Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Terrance Lindall's Latest Report from New York and Other Hurricane Reports . . .

Terrance Lindall

The avant-garde postmodern surrealist artist Terrance Lindall, who's illustrating my story, The Bottomless Bottle of Beer, arguably a novella at over 20,000 words, has a new video on YouTube, where he notes:
A writer tries to tell the horrifying tale of how he sold his soul to the Devil for a bottle of beer that never runs dry, as he awaits with growing terror his fate!
In his email informing me of the video, he added:
We are in the midst of a major hurricane. I wanted to start on the next version of BBB but was stranded . . .
This was posted just minutes before the Frankenstorm "Sandy" sent an estimated 15-foot wall of water into New York, so I hope he's surviving . . .

Water Floods NYC Subway

There's some of that water rushing into a New York Subway about three hours after Terrance went offline. Rather different from the peaceful scene supplied by Carter Kaplan from a place further west, away from the storm, the photo of a little girl dressed up in Halloween trick-or-treatery and holding a book with the short story version of "Bottomless Bottle" that will soon appear for sale, or so says Kaplan.

Take it from a Little Witch...

That appears to be the actual anthology, so publication can't be far behind -- some time in November, I reckon. But I'm also looking ahead to the novella version, which will reach upwards of 100 pages when combined with Lindall's illustrations, and I'm inferring that he has a date around March in mind, given the fascinating 'trailer' he's posted at YouTube, which announces March 2013, though that might be Lindall's tricksterist joke, but click on that link and see what you think of Lindall's antics as he mimes reading my story for artistic inspiration. First, however, he has to pull through the storm, which has left scenes like this:

Flooded Subway

Obviously from several hours after that other photo of water gushing into the NYC subway system. Outside was even worse:

Flooded NYC Streets

Power is out in much of the City, as this photo by Alana Newhouse reveals:


I know readers can find photos on their own, so I won't post more, but just say that I know New Yorkers will make it, so the City will, too.

Meanwhile, keep Terrance Lindall in your thoughts, also my friend Malcolm Pollack, and any New Yorkers you might know.

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At 10:33 PM, Blogger Carter Kaplan said...

I spoke with my mother late Monday night, but haven't heard from her since. At that time the worst of the storm was over. I am assuming the electricity and/or the internet and phone are out, and that everyone is fine.

Emanations: Second Sight should be out by the end of the week. The final stages of the proof process are always full of, ahem, "surprises". Cross your fingers.

At 3:17 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Thanks, Carter, for letting me know. As for Terrance, I've since heard from him -- as the blog entry that follows this one shows.

I hope that your mother's fine . . .

Jeffery Hodges

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At 4:29 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What! No pictures of the sharks in NY/NJ? Those same shark pictures show up every time it floods within 100 miles of a coastal area.

Seriously though, Sandy may wind up being the costliest storm in US history in terms of property damage, but when some people call Sandy the worst storm ever to hit the US, that does a disservice to the thousands of lives lost during Katrina. Property can be repaired and rebuilt, but how much is the value of one person, much less thousands?

Am curious as well on your usage of "mother's fine." Would not the use of an apostrophe indicate a possesive versus a condition?


At 4:50 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

If the apostrophe signaled a possessive rather than a contraction, the sentence would be incomplete . . . but I can see how that ellipse might lead one to such a reading.

If I had used just a period, however, the sentence would have been fine.

Or are you thinking of some grammar rule that I've forgotten?

Jeffery Hodges

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At 5:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No, are way more skilled in literary usage and writings than I am. I just do not remember seeing an apostrophe used that way on a proper noun without a possesive following it. Looking at the apostrophe rules below, your usage falls into #2.

The apostrophe has three uses:

1. To form possessives of nouns
2. To show the omission of letters
3. To indicate certain plurals of lowercase letters

At 5:35 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

There might still be some rules limiting the use of contractions, but I can't think of any in this case, except that when one is writing more formally, one avoids contractions.

Jeffery Hodges

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At 9:53 AM, Blogger Carter Kaplan said...

They are without electricity and telephone for anotehr five or six days. Otherwise, they have heat and hot water. I think the break from TV will be good for them.

At 1:34 PM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Good to hear that they're fine.

Jeffery Hodges

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