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Badlands or Bust!

Happy early birthday to theladyrose! May you have a fantastic day and many more to come!

I am off tomorrow morning before the crack of dawn to go to South Dakota. There I will join my friend and one of my very favorite musicians, Giuseppe Festa of Lingalad (see my previous post about him here), and filmmakers Francesco and Massimo Piccioli. They are shooting a feature on Native America and the West for Sky TV, and they kindly have invited me to appear in the documentary as the "guide" for Giuseppe (who will be hosting the show) as we make a whirlwind tour of the Badlands, the Black Hills, and the Pine Ridge Reservation. We will get to visit the Crazy Horse Memorial and the scene of the Wounded Knee Massacre, among other places. Needless to say, I am thrilled at this opportunity to share the West in general and Native America in particular with an Italian audience, in a trip that I know will be profoundly meaningful and emotional for me, in the homeland of Red Cloud, Sitting Bull, Crazy Horse, Black Elk, and much of the modern American Indian Movement. I will be offline until Monday morning, and I plan to bring back many pictures to share.

A couple of quick notes before I go:

* Maria Lectrix has begun an unabridged reading of H.P. Lovecraft's The Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath.

* Night Shade Books is currently having a 50% off sale (with a minimum four-book purchase).

* Tom Burns of The Deadbolt has posted "Seven Things We Want from The Hobbit."

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

"Everything the Power of the World does is done in a circle. The sky is round, and I have heard that the earth is round like a ball, and so are all the stars. The wind, in its greatest power whirls. Birds make their nest in circles, for theirs is the same religion as ours. The sun comes forth and goes down again in a circle. The moon does the same and both are round. Even the seasons form a great circle in their changing, and always come back again to where they were. The life of a man is a circle from childhood to childhood, and so it is in everything where power moves. Our tepees were round like the nests of birds, and these were always set in a circle, the nation's hoop."

- Black Elk


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May. 22nd, 2008 02:33 pm (UTC)
Oh no, another Night Shade sale...*looks at his budget, budget looks back in horror*
May. 22nd, 2008 03:43 pm (UTC)
I know what you mean! They're even including pre-orders. *whimpers*
May. 22nd, 2008 10:46 pm (UTC)
*goes and sells a kidney for extra funds*
May. 27th, 2008 02:08 pm (UTC)
May. 27th, 2008 03:16 pm (UTC)
I was good, didn't sell any body parts for Nightshade books...

Mostly because I blew the budget on copies of HPL Selected Letters vol 1 and 2, and Misc Writings.

Hi, I'm Vulpine, and I'm a bookaholic ;)
May. 22nd, 2008 02:35 pm (UTC)
OK, so it will be in Italian, then? I need to get back to those language podcasts, lol. What a great opportunity, though, you're right. I am sure you'll enjoy every moment!
May. 27th, 2008 02:10 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! After talking more to the director/producers, I get the impression it will be part Italian and part English. It will definitely be available on DVD. I think they're planning to finish post-production by September. I'll definitely keep you updated. If the dailies I saw were any indication, it will be absolutely stunning, visually, as well as meaningful. Thanks so much for being interested!
May. 22nd, 2008 02:39 pm (UTC)
Have a fun trip!
May. 27th, 2008 02:10 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! It was spectacular.
May. 22nd, 2008 02:43 pm (UTC)
How very exciting!! Have a safe journey!
May. 27th, 2008 02:12 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! I did, even though I managed to hit tornadoes in Denver on the way over and severe thunderstorms in Minneapolis on the way back. Whew! Can't complain, though - all's well that ends well! ;)
May. 22nd, 2008 05:21 pm (UTC)
**turns pea green with envy** You are so lucky! You are going to love every second of your time out there!

**Hugs you**
May. 27th, 2008 02:12 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much - I did indeed! And I'll never forget it.

*hugs you back*
Abbie [wordpress.com]
May. 22nd, 2008 05:40 pm (UTC)
That's awesome. You're so stinkin' cool!

I hope that you have a wonderful, memorable time, and please do take lots of pictures!! Oh, and be safe. :o)
Abbie [wordpress.com]
May. 26th, 2008 07:08 pm (UTC)
As an english project in 7th or 8th grade, my friends and I made a movie of The Hobbit, and I'm pretty sure it had at least 4 of those 7 things they want from the new film. I'm just sayin'...

I wish I still had that. Unfortunately, one of my friends in the group "lost" it (meaning that she didn't want it replicated or shown ever again, so she wasn't ever going to give it back to me).

I believe I played a brilliant Gandalf. Smaug was played by a dachshund named Amy, and her owner made a dragon costume for her (for us). Quality entertainment. I'd pay to see it again.
May. 27th, 2008 02:15 pm (UTC)
Re: P.S.
Oh, wow!!! That sounds brilliant. It just grieves me that you no longer have it. I would pay to see that, too! I bet your Gandalf was absolutely fantastic. And I wish I could see Amy the dachshund in her Smaug costume, too!!!
May. 27th, 2008 02:13 pm (UTC)
Aw, thank you so much! I don't know about the "cool" part, but I did have a wonderful, memorable time, and I've just posted pictures. Thanks a million for the good wishes!
May. 22nd, 2008 06:08 pm (UTC)
I freaking LOVE the Black Hills. You'll have a smashing time. And The Badlands are so freakin awesome ... you're making me miss them just thinking about it.

Have a blast and take pics. We can compare the awesomeness of Nature's majesty once you're home again. (And squeeeeeeeeee you as a guide for their film!)
May. 27th, 2008 02:18 pm (UTC)
It was soooooooooo freaking amazing! I started to say "you can't imagine" - but I know you can! ;) Squee indeed.

Each day we had these short, intense thunderstorms that, of course, you could see coming for hours across that big sky, and then watch move away for hours after they'd passed. The most amazing moment, I think, was in the park. We were watching two elk lock horns and fight not 30 feet away, while the sky turned black and thunder rolled over the Black Hills. It was very primal, very raw, and the air just sizzled. Nature's majesty, as you say.
May. 28th, 2008 05:19 am (UTC)
They have the most amazing clouds up there, and for a cloud nut like me, it's almost Nirvana. When I kick up my mac, I'll grab a couple of photos and post them for you from the last time I was there.

I told you that I was standing on the pigtail road once, in August, in a sudden snow squall, right? It was freakin seventy degrees, and snowing like a bitch. I had to video it just to prove it to people. Amazing weather up there, amongst other things.

Elk in rut, eh? Such a stunning thing. Custer, I'm assuming? Although the roadside shows can be just as impressive. We had to wait for a herd of bighorn to move their slow asses once because, clearly, they thought they owned the road. We didn't argue, we just sat and marvelled.
May. 22nd, 2008 07:15 pm (UTC)
Have fun in South Dakota!
Ooooh Amy I am so jealous;)!! Hey why wasn't I asked to be one of the producers on this?! ;)I so wish I could be there..Give everyone a big hug from me. Have a wonderful time. I can't wait to hear all about it.

xoxo Rebecca
May. 27th, 2008 02:21 pm (UTC)
Re: Have fun in South Dakota!
Hey there! (FYI: It was an all-Italian production by Filmaker, I do believe.) It was remarkable, though, and absolutely unforgettable. I think my favorite unscripted moment was getting Giuseppe to sing Bon Jovi during the Mount Rushmore filming. :)

ConCarolinas is in three days. I can't wait! And it makes me especially excited, thinking we might be together for it when they host DeepSouthCon!!! Hope all's well with you! *hugs*
May. 22nd, 2008 09:20 pm (UTC)
Congrats on the Native American film, what an honor that is for you to be able to do that. I am sure you are thrilled.

See you next week.
May. 27th, 2008 02:22 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! I was thrilled indeed, and it was a remarkable, profound experience. Thanks so much for your good wishes! *hugs*
May. 22nd, 2008 09:34 pm (UTC)
Oh, I am so with you in my heart!! Many blessings on this trip and I can't wait to "hear" more about it! love and hugs, grace
May. 27th, 2008 02:24 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! It was such a profound experience, I just can't explain it - indeed, I'm still trying to wrap my mind and heart around it, especially being there in the Black Hills, where Black Elk had his visions. I knew it would be amazing, but my imagination just couldn't do it justice. Thank you so very much for the good wishes - they were felt and appreciated! Hugs and love to you, too!
May. 23rd, 2008 03:31 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much for the early birthday wishes, and I hope you have a wonderful time in South Dakota!
May. 27th, 2008 02:25 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! I did indeed. I hope you're having a fantastic time, too! And I hope your birthday was wonderful.
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