In Munich and at the Lair

Greetings from Munich, where I’ve been tripping out on Rococo palaces and resisting — on a daily basis! — cream donuts, though I’ve succumbed to chocolate. Weather has been lovely — today the only grey day so far, and it should be clearing again tomorrow, when we’re off to Fussen to make the acquaintance of King Ludwig’s castles. I didn’t know until recently how new they are; basically he was a 19th century constitutional monarch who wanted to be Louis XIV — a romantic dreamer who, being king, had the means to live his dreams on a grand scale, though his extravagance nearly bankrupted the Bavarian state — which, however, is now doing rather nicely out of his legacy.

In other news, it’s my turn to be featured at the Lair of the Evil Drs. Brain, aka Angela Slatter and Lisa Hannett. Check out the interview with a squee-inducing illustration by Kathleen Jennings.



World Fantasy etc.

Heading off o/s tonight for World Fantasy Convention in Brighton at the end of October, to be followed the next week by a conference on The Weird: Fugitive Fictions/Hybrid Genres at Senate House, University of London, on the 8th November. On the night of the 7th there’s a reading at the Horse Hospital in Bloomsbury, with M. John Harrison, Hal Duncan, Lisa L. Hannett, Helen Marshall and me, and Robert Kingham will be giving a talk on Weird Bloomsbury. The conference and the reading night look like they’ll both be great. Tickets are available here. Before WFC Stu and I will have a few days in Bavaria, seeing Munich and King Ludwig’s castles, and between my two events I’ll be dossing down in the New Forest. I’m hugely looking forward to all of it. Now I have to go and do a million things that I should have done yesterday!

N.B. I won’t be taking my computer, so emails will mostly be by phone.



Better baby

On my second attempt to cast the baby I did it indoors with aircon, and it worked. The PU resin hates humidity, which of course Bangkok has in abundance. Moisture causes bubbles in the resin. This time there were actually no bubbles in the mixture that I could see. I gave it a good stir and it set just fine, with only a few small bubbles forming (due to moisture still in the mould after I washed it out from the first casting, maybe, or just because bubbles happen — I don’t know.) However, my mould was total shit, with bubbles all through the silicone, causing the pimples in the cast. It’s ok, though, as they can be sanded off, and the indented bubbles can be filled in with epoxy putty or something.



I’ve also been making another minotaur:


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Yucky baby

Awww, my first polyurethane casting:


The resin didn’t cure properly, probably because I didn’t mix it well enough. It only had a 2 minute pot life, and I was trying to stir carefully to avoid bubbles. So, yeah, this thing came out of the mould, all grotty — just like a real baby! I’ve washed the mould out with acetone and am going to try casting in polyester. This was the original model, btw:

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