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No One Obliged To Cry.

Aug. 27th, 2014 06:27 pm
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There is a horror barely concealed in the past tense. We all feel it. We treat that tense with wary respect, it and its myriad complicated grammatical variants. That tense is where all the misery of the universe is cached.

adam roberts, by light alone

"Fuzz. Brrr."

Aug. 27th, 2014 03:58 am
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Two big bugs managed to get in from the front garden today. I got one and Alex got the other. He may be a brat sometimes but it sure is useful having a trained killer in the house. I gave him a treat and then emailed the landlord about having an exterminator come poison the garden again.

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Harbor Island

Aug. 27th, 2014 07:00 am
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Posted by Bill Barnes

by Bill ( link to this post | email me | my twitter )

Harbor Island

Please welcome this week's sponsor, Harlequin MIRA, publisher of Harbor Island:

In this vivid and suspenseful addition to her widely acclaimed Sharpe & Donovan series, New York Times bestselling author Carla Neggers takes readers on a heart-stopping journey from Boston to Ireland to the rocky coast of Maine.

Emma Sharpe, granddaughter of world- renowned art detective Wendell Sharpe, is a handpicked member of a small Boston- based FBI team. For the past decade Emma and her grandfather have been trailing an elusive serial art thief. The first heist was in Ireland, where an ancient Celtic cross was stolen. Now the Sharpes receive a replica of the cross after every new theft—reminding them of their continued failure to capture their prey.

When Emma receives a message that leads her to the body of a woman on a small island in Boston Harbor, she finds the victim holding a small, cross-inscribed stone—one she recognizes all too well. Emma’s fiancé, FBI deep-cover agent Colin Donovan, is troubled that she’s gone off to the island alone, especially given the deadly turn the thief has taken. But as they dig deeper they are certain there is more to this murder than meets the eye.

As the danger escalates, Emma and Colin must also face do-or-die questions about their relationship. While there’s no doubt they are in love, can they give their hearts and souls to their work and have anything left for each other? There’s one thing Emma and Colin definitely agree on: before they can focus on their future, they must outwit one of the smartest, most ruthless killers they’ve ever encountered.

Click here to find out more about Harbor Island, Carla Neggers, and the Sharpe & Donovan series, listen to an audio excerpt, and see a slideshow of Carla's photos of scenic Ireland!

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The Need to Touch by Brooke Johnson & Natalya Parks
Series: Stay True
Paperback: 168 pages
Publisher: Cool Beans Publishing & Editing, llc; First Edition edition (July 31, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1634470001
ISBN-13: 978-1634470001
Amazon: The Need to Touch
Amazon Kindle: The Need to Touch

You can only win someone’s heart once you’ve captured it.
Nineteen year old Ryder Harrison grew up near a small town in Montana, working on the family’s ranch and in love with his best friend, Landon Pennington. That was until his Grandfather decided he needed to go to college in California. Ryder promised his Mom before she died that he would finish his education. Staying true to his word, Ryder packs his clothes, and heads to California, confident that it would all be one big disaster. The only thing he hadn’t planned on was meeting Bentley Carter.
Twenty year old Bentley Carter has enough emotional issues to write his own ‘How to Cope’ manual. Surviving an abusive childhood, he made a personal promise to always stay true to himself, and never let emotions overrule his common sense. Content with his current life and friend with ‘benefits’, Ben is determined to not let his new roommate affect him.
Uncertain about their places in the world, and with each other, Ryder and Ben struggle to understand the person who is not what they thought they wanted, yet who they are unable to live without. Living in a sometimes cruel and unforgiving world they are determined to embrace the reality of falling in love and the challenges that follow.



Excerpt )

Author Bio: Brooke Johnson lives in Louisiana with her five girls, wonderful boyfriend, and many pets. When she is not working on finishing her current degree, she can be found fishing, coloring, or blowing bubbles with her kids. Just over a year ago, Brooke decided she wasn’t going to back down from her dreams, and started writing full time. With the encouragement of her family she is proud to be publishing her books for the world to read.
Brooke started reading later in life. Unlike many authors who have always had a special love for reading, Brooke didn’t pick up a book until she was in her late teens. She remembers wanting to find something to do with her mom, who has always been her best friend. One day her mom was talking about a romance novel that she just read. Not being interested in it all, Brooke gave in and read the book. She’s been her mom’s reading partner ever since. They can now sit and talk, laugh and even cry about all the books they have read over the years.
So, with great pride and honor, Brooke is happy to thank her mother for encouraging her to not only read, but to follow her heart, and write her own books. What started as simple poetry on scrap paper, at the age of seven, is now a dream come true. Brooke started writing but felt something was missing. When she started writing with Natalya Parks, everything seemed to fall into place, and now here they are. Launching books, and writing more. This may be the first you see of them, but Brooke is determined that this won’t be last. Brooke is excited for you to meet their characters, and fall in love with the men that they have spent many hours with over the last year, just for you!!

Natalya parks lives is Louisiana with her beloved dog, Napoleon. Natalya enjoys spending as much time as possible with her children and grandchildren.
Natalya has had an ongoing passionate love affair with books since she was four years old. While her friends were getting in trouble for not reading she was getting in trouble for reading. She was late for dinner, forgot to do her chores, stayed up past her bedtime, forgot about homework and was late for the school bus on many occasions; because she couldn’t put the book down. Her most embarrassing moment caused by reading a book occurred when she was in seventh grade. The school bus pulled up to her stop and of course she couldn’t possibly stop reading. The story was just too good. So with her nose still in her book she slowly made her way down the aisle of the bus. She as she got to the top of the stairs she tripped over an instrument case that was jutting out just a bit into the aisle. Where she promptly fell head first down the stairs landing in a heap in the dirt, her feet resting on the bottom step. Natalya was wearing a dress that day.
She has wanted to be a writer since she was a teenager but never thought she could write anything good enough for someone else to want to read. Her dear friend Brooke convinced her otherwise and literally dragged her into the world of writing. Something she will be forever grateful. Now, not only does she get to love and enjoy works by other authors but also those that she has contributed to as well. Her mind still goes tilt, tilt when she thinks about the fact that she is a published author. Dreams really can come true.



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Aug. 27th, 2014 04:09 pm
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Recently, I mentioned being interviewed for the 2014 Australian Speculative Fiction Snapshot. All of the interviews have now been indexed. There are almost 200 interviews with writers, editors, illustrators, publishers, reviewers and judges.

Author and editor Jodi Cleghorn offers a practical guide to beta reading.

Author Peter Ball shares six things writers can learn from the Highlander movie. It is part of his Trashy Movie Tuesday Writing School, a series I've been enjoying immensely.

2014 Rainbow Awards Submissions

Aug. 27th, 2014 07:52 am
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Gay Contemporary Romance
Chasing the Dragon by Kate Sherwood
Paperback: 230 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (August 4, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1632160315
ISBN-13: 978-1632160317
Amazon: Chasing the Dragon
Amazon Kindle: Chasing the Dragon

When mercenary Jack Hunter stumbles upon Christian Manning servicing a client in a back alley, it stirs feelings he’s kept deeply buried. Hunter becomes Christian's knight in shining armor when he rescues him from an attack and takes him to his secluded cabin to heal.

Being stuck in the cabin over the winter gives both men a chance to get their lives in order. Christian is struggling to break his heroin addiction, and Hunter needs to get away from the organization he helped start years before—a group of people who don’t appreciate being told no. It’s a toss-up which goal is more difficult. Their new starts spark a relationship between them, but nothing good comes cheap. Despite the complications, Hunter wants more, but Christian is resistant to making that commitment. When Hunter’s private security company threatens them, only nurturing the fragile trust they formed at the beginning of their love affair will save them. But for two men with very dark pasts, relying on each other might be easier said than done.

Gay Erotica
Great Pleasures by Edward Southgate
Paperback: 236 pages
Publisher: Bernabel Books; 1 edition (April 4, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0692207635
ISBN-13: 978-0692207635
Amazon: Great Pleasures
Amazon Kindle: Great Pleasures

"How many bottoms can I top before I pass the threshold of sexual acceptability and destroy my chances for being a contender in the sweepstakes of romance?" Sex isn't usually this fraught with complications . . . or this funny! Written as confessional blog entries by a gay man tomcatting through the nightlife of New York City, this novel of erotic exploration delves into the repercussions and fascinations of sex as physical entertainment, with graphic frankness, cheeky humor, mortifying vulnerability, poetic flights, and brutal honesty.

Lesbian Anthology / Paranormal Romance
When the Clock Strikes Thirteen by Diane Marina, Emma Weimann, Erzabet Bishop, Joan Arling, L.T. Smith, Lois Cloarec Hart & R.G. Emanuelle
Paperback: 202 pages
Publisher: Ylva Verlag e Kfr (October 26, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 3955331555
ISBN-13: 978-3955331559
Amazon: When the Clock Strikes Thirteen
Amazon Kindle: When the Clock Strikes Thirteen

Seven authors of lesbian fiction contributed otherworldly and supernatural short stories that will keep you glued to your seat. Midnight Messages by Lois Cloarec Hart Luce Sheppard can't ignore it any longer. She has to make a decision and time grows short. But refusing to make a decision is a decision, and she retires to bed, prepared to accept the results of her non-decision. That night an unexpected midnight visitor lands on her doorstep. Keira Keller, a distraught teenager, has lost her way home after a disastrous party. Luce steps in to help and in doing so receives answers to questions she didn't know she'd asked. Batteries Not Included by L.T. Smith Alex Stevens is a workaholic and a loner. Nothing and nobody can get past the cool exterior and solitary walls she has painstakingly created. Until one night in October. One night that makes her step back and reassess what it means to be alive. Lost and Found by Emma Weimann Laura Sullivan flees to her grandparents' old cottage to escape the haunting memories of finding her brother in bed with her girlfriend. But even in rural Ireland, tranquility is easier to find than peace--especially when she meets an otherworldly being that leaves her a reminder she didn't count on. Chrysalis by Joan Arling Tara is a nice little girl. Her friends, on the other hand, are... peculiar... A breeze of a story. Or the other way 'round. Sisters of the Moon by Diane Marina The week before Halloween, Nicole joins her friends on a local ghost tour. In addition to visiting spooky sights and haunted grounds, she meets an enticing woman who makes her spine tingle. Who is the mysterious stranger? And how will the encounter end? Wolf Moon by Erzabet Bishop Seeking diversion from her job as a bookstore manager, Lindsay goes to a Halloween party at a convention center—and finds much more than she bargained for. Werewolf Detective Taggert responds to a bomb threat at the convention center. An explosive situation, especially when raw chemistry hits them full force. Can Lindsay open her heart and accept the fierce love of a red-hot shifter, or will they go their separate ways? Love Bites by R.G. Emanuelle New Orleans. Vampires. Jodi goes to the former and finds the latter. She feels a mysterious pull that leads her to The Big Easy and to freedom, passion, and the startling revelation of what having too many daiquiris can make her do.

Lesbian Contemporary Romance
See Right Through Me by L.T. Smith
Paperback: 310 pages
Publisher: Ylva Verlag e.Kfr. (November 9, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 3955330680
ISBN-13: 978-3955330682
Amazon: See Right Through Me
Amazon Kindle: See Right Through Me

Trust, respect, and love. Three little words-that's all. But these words are powerful, and if we ignore any one of them, then three other little words take their place: jealousy, insecurity, and heartbreak. Schoolteacher Gemma Hughes is an ordinary woman living an ordinary life. Disorganised and clumsy, she soon finds herself in the capable hands of the beautiful Dr Maria Moran. Everything goes wonderfully until Gemma starts doubting Maria's intentions and begins listening to the wrong people. But has Maria something to hide, or is it a case of swapping trust for insecurity, respect for jealousy and finishing with a world of heartbreak and deceit? Can Gemma stop her actions before it's too late? Or will she ruin the best thing to happen in her life? Given her track record, anything is possible...

Lesbian Contemporary Romance
Departure from the Script by Jae
Paperback: 270 pages
Publisher: Ylva Verlag e.Kfr. (June 30, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 3955331954
ISBN-13: 978-3955331955
Amazon: Departure from the Script
Amazon Kindle: Departure from the Script

Aspiring actress Amanda Clark and photographer Michelle Osinski are two women burned by love and not looking to test the fire again. And even if they were, it certainly wouldn't be with each other. Amanda has never been attracted to a butch woman before, and Michelle personifies the term butch. Having just landed a role on a hot new TV show, she's determined to focus on her career and doesn't need any complications in her life. After a turbulent breakup with her starlet ex, Michelle swore she would never get involved with an actress again. Another high-maintenance woman is the last thing she wants, and her first encounter with Amanda certainly makes her appear the type. But after a date that is not a date and some meddling from Amanda's grandmother, they both begin to wonder if it's not time for a departure from their usual dating scripts.

Charities Donation program progress:
328$ Albert Kennedy Trust: http://www.akt.org.uk/
1165$ Ali Forney Center: www.aliforneycenter.org/
10$
Australian Marriage Equality: www.australianmarriageequality.org/
50$ Audre Lorde Project: http://alp.org/
25$ BiNet US: http://www.binetusa.org/
125$ CARE: careprogram.org/
125$ The Center Colorado: http://www.glbtcolorado.org/
25$ LGBT Center of Greater Cleveland: http://www.lgbtcleveland.org/
554$ COLORS: www.colorsyouth.org/
130$ Covenant: www.covenanthouseno.org/
75$ Diversity Role Models: http://www.diversityrolemodels.org/
25$ The Diversity Center: http://diversitycenter.org/
10$
Gay and Lesbian Foundation of Australia: www.galfa.org.au/
367$ Galop: www.galop.org.uk/
150$ GLYS: http://www.glyswny.org/
135$ Human Rights Campaign: http://www.hrc.org/
75$ Huntsville GLBT Advocacy & Youth Services: http://www.glbtays.org/
125$ It Gets Better: http://www.itgetsbetter.org/
100$ Inland Northwest LGBT Center: www.thelgbtcenter.org/
28$ In Other Words: inotherwords.org/
40$
Los Angeles LGBT Center: www.lalgbtcenter.org/
415$ Lambda Legal: www.lambdalegal.org/
50$ Lambert House: www.lamberthouse.org/
50$ Lancaster LGBT Center: http://www.centralpalgbtcenter.org/
50$ LEAP: http://www.glbtleap.org/
515$ Lost-n-Found Youth: www.lost-n-found.org/
50$ MKE LGBT Center: www.mkelgbt.org/
130$ Moveable Feast: http://www.mfeast.org/
25$ Odyssey Youth Center: www.odysseyyouth.org/
25$ Out Youth: outyouth.org/
50$ Pathfinders: pathfindersmke.org/
235$ PFLAG: community.pflag.org/
175$ Point Foundation: www.pointfoundation.org/
130$ Ruth Ellis Center: http://www.ruthelliscenter.org/
854$ SAGE: giveto.sageusa.org/
25$
Seta: seta.fi/seta-in-english/
25$ Terrence Higgins Trust: www.tht.org.uk/
605$ The Trevor Project: www.thetrevorproject.org/
160$ UCAN: www.ucanchicago.org/
25$ WayGay: http://www.waygay.org/
225$ You Can Play: http://youcanplayproject.org/
75$ YouthCare: www.youthcare.org/
25$
You Will Rise Project: youwillriseproject.blogspot.com/p/our-mission.html
1135$ Other Funds
TOTAL: 8721$*

* more than 150$ is a direct donation from a supporter of the Rainbow Awards who isn't submitting; while some authors were more than generous, arriving to donate 5 times the suggested amount, being the submission fee a non mandatory and voluntary direct donation, we were struggling to raise the same amount as last year and there is who decided to cover part of it. I thank you for all you are doing, and if you wish to donate to the above links, please drop me a note with your donation and I will update the total.

2014 Rainbow Awards Guidelines: reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4162490.html

Still light headed

Aug. 27th, 2014 06:03 am
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The first weekend of freedom was splendid. I'd got the day of the Manchester Pride parade wrong; it was Saturday, so I went in and thoroughly enjoyed myself. This also meant that I could go out to Saddleworth on Sunday for the rushcart, or rather the latter part of the celebrations: good dancing to watch, and I bought an excellent book on Lancashire Pace Egg plays.

Weather on Monday was predictably awful (the BBC weather forecasters commented on the fact that the only area with decent weather was Scotland, which didn't have a Bank Holiday) so I didn't go out except shopping; food is a lot easier to organise now, bearing in mind this week that I shan't be cooking on Thursday as I am having lunch in Manchester and going out to Glossop on the Folk Train in the evening. They have a splendid system: they have an arrangement with a local takeaway, so take orders on the train, phone them in and the food is delivered half way through the evening.

The other thing I did was pack up my work computer equipment for return. It was collected yesterday, with a bit of a glitch; the White Van Man who had been sent from Leeds to take it back to Leeds had been told two boxes, and I had been sent three boxes. To get things sorted quickly I wedged everything into two, and off it all went.

That left me with an odd, light-headed feeling: that definitely drew a line: I couldn't work now even if I wanted to. I can now de-work the study, and have a big desk available for other things (contrary to what my line manager originally thought, the desk and chair are mine, paid for by me, and there is a lot to be said for having a good desk and very good chair available).

The weather looks as if it should be decent today so we may take all the dogs for a decent walk. I have to go in to the library this morning and need to pick up some more purple hair dye, so I'm not actually planning to start the full new routine until Friday; however, I haven't been lounging around doing nothing, and have been getting in some tin whistle practice. I think I'm all the more inclined to do so because of the lovely letter the person who did the workshops handed out at the end:

"I sincerely thank you for attending the tin-whistle workshop.

It was of enormous help to me that you allowed yourself to be cajoled into playing to a standard that will allow you to progress further and (maybe) enhance the lives of those close to you, and maybe not so close.

Keep on playing for many years more and perhaps we'll meet again at Sidmouth or elsewhere.

The pleasure I got from the sessions was due to the effort you made to work hard and be happy."

He was an excellent teacher: from a standing start he got us from "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" to "Believe me, if all those endearing young charms" in five one-hour sessions... and in one case, working out how to play "For he's a jolly good fellow" and in the case of the rest of us, able to join in playing by ear at the end. He already had the letters printed out, but was visibly touched - both by the tribute and by the degree of skill we had reached.

Before I go to bed

Aug. 27th, 2014 02:00 am
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I got a request to read something cheerful. What F&SF would people say passes the something cheerful test?

Evidence for Supernovas Near Earth

Aug. 27th, 2014 01:38 am
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It seems obvious that you wouldn't want a supernova exploding near Earth. Yet there is growing evidence that one did—actually, more than one. About 10 million years ago, a nearby cluster of supernovas went off like popcorn. We know because the explosions blew an enormous bubble in the interstellar medium, and we're inside it.

Flying Past Neptunes Moon Triton

Aug. 27th, 2014 04:30 am
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What would it look like to fly past Triton, the largest moon of planet Neptune? What would it look like to fly past Triton, the largest moon of planet Neptune?


Poem for Wednesday and Arm Repair

Aug. 27th, 2014 12:49 am
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The Fire )

I got up early Tuesday morning to take Adam to the orthopedic surgeon, an activity that ended up taking up pretty much the entire day, though that was a good thing -- our goal was to get him taken care of as much as possible so he can move to college on Thursday. We went to the same practice where Daniel had his arm set when he broke it three years ago (a similar injury, though not as severe). The first doctor who examined him and his x-rays felt that it would be better to use pins than screws to set the bones and thus avoid more significant surgery, but he couldn't perform the procedure until Wednesday, which would have made move-in on Thursday pretty much impossible.

Thankfully, he contacted another colleague at the practice who agreed to do the procedure on Tuesday, so we stopped at home very briefly at about 11 a.m. and a couple of Adam's friends dropped by for moral support, then we went to the surgical center, where Paul came to meet us (the office conveniently had wi-fi, so he could work while we waited). The procedure itself only took about half an hour, but between prep and recovery time and all the rest, we were there till late afternoon. When we finally got home, Adam ate to make up for missing three meals, then fell asleep for several hours until we had a late dinner. My parents stopped by with ice cream for him.


Broken Arm )


Adam couldn't take his heavy-duty pain meds for another couple of hours, so after we had dessert, we went looking for something that was funny, not too long, and free to watch in case we ended up being too tired to finish it. We settled on The Dictator, which was actually much funnier than we expected and less offensive (yep, the Middle Eastern stereotypes are terrible, but the America-bashing is pretty strong too, and I am going to go around reciting "My great-grandfather fought in the American Civil Jihad" all week. On Wednesday Adam wants to rejoin his orientation group in College Park for the afternoon and dinner, so I have to recover my energy to get him there!

Kilowog administers tests

Aug. 26th, 2014 10:13 pm
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Hi folks!

Back in 1988, DC Comics ran a crossover event titled "Millenium." The last remaining Guardian of the Universe and his Zamaron opposite number came to Earth to jumpstart the next step in human evolution through a group called "the Chosen." The Chosen, after some losses, became a group known as the New Guardians, who got their own comic book.

The New Guardians were a valiant attempt to increase diversity in DC's superhero population, including their first heavily implied to be gay superhero, Extrano. Unfortunately, the execution was heavy-handed. and Joe Staton's art was not at its best, so it's mostly remembered today for the gloriously over the top villain Snowflame in the second issue.

Today, we'll look at issue #4, eight pages of twenty-four.



Open Secrets )

In other news, my diploma from Rasmussen finally arrived.


Your thoughts and comments?
SKJAM!

CA:TWS Fic: There's My Territory

Aug. 26th, 2014 09:26 pm
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So I decided I wanted to write fic about Bucky wearing panties. And then I realized that there had to be a reason he was wearing them and where did Bucky even ACQUIRE panties and...

So anyway, thirty thousand words later: Bucky in panties fic!

Many thanks to [livejournal.com profile] rubynye for supporting this story all along and [tumblr.com profile] feanorinleatherpants for not only cheering this story on but illustrating, and to [personal profile] giddygeek for beta!

There's My Territory (29587 words) by Dira Sudis
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Captain America (Movies), Marvel Cinematic Universe
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: James "Bucky" Barnes/Steve Rogers/Sam Wilson, Steve Rogers/Sam Wilson, James "Bucky" Barnes/Steve Rogers
Characters: James "Bucky" Barnes, Steve Rogers, Sam Wilson (Marvel)
Additional Tags: Lingerie, Cookies, Threesome - M/M/M, Internalized Kink Shaming, Disordered Eating
Summary:

"That's the beauty of this stuff," the salesman said, tilting his head toward the display Bucky had been looking at. "Nobody knows what you're keeping under your clothes. That's between you and yourself."

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Here goes again! I am trying to earn money for art software (PaintTool SAI, for the curious).

Ten slots for flash fiction at 200+ fiction (likely longer but no guarantee; on the other hand, you don't get charged for extra words!).

NOTE: This time around it is USD$6.49 per (because that leaves me $6.00 after Paypal takes its cut). Payment in advance, fic written to a one-to-two word prompt of your choosing, e.g. "dragons; milk" or "marmalade" or "feathers." I reserve the right to ask for an alternate prompt in case of Yoonfailure. Let me know if you want the story by a particular date so long as I have at least a week to write; otherwise, I will endeavor to have them done by the last day of September 2014. (Probably earlier.)

ETA: You'll want to send Paypal for "Goods and Services," so Paypal gets its cut; if you do "Family and Friends/Personal" or whatever it calls it, those forty-nine cents go to me. I owe at least one of you a refund, which I will do later in the day when I am actually awake.

Stories will be posted both to DW and the flashfic archive on my website for other people to enjoy. Original fiction only unless you want something based on one of my own works (so, for instance, the world of Iria from Winterstrike is fair game).

For sample fics, check here or the "stories" tag on DW. That should give you an idea of my strengths.

Payment to yoon@yoonhalee.com (Paypal). If you don't have Paypal, email me and we can work something out.

I don't allow anon commenting, so if you want a slot and don't have a DW account, you can contact me directly via email at yoon@yoonhalee.com.

Slots:
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2. [personal profile] ahasvers: prompt: SCIENCE!
3. [personal profile] cohomology: prompt: recursive pepper (paid)
4. [personal profile] lemon_badgeress: prompt: witches (alternate: dragons and marmalade) (paid)
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[ SECRET POST #2793 ]

Aug. 26th, 2014 08:35 pm
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⌈ Secret Post #2793 ⌋

Warning: Some secrets are NOT worksafe and may contain SPOILERS.

01.

More! )


Notes:

Secrets Left to Post: 02 pages, 036 secrets from Secret Submission Post #399.
Secrets Not Posted: [ 0 - broken links ], [ 0 - not!secrets ], [ 0 - not!fandom ], [ 0 - too big ], [ 0 - repeat ].
Current Secret Submissions Post: here.
Suggestions, comments, and concerns should go here.

Thor #356

Aug. 26th, 2014 07:29 pm
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Hello Scans Daily! This is my first time actually posting any pages from anything, so with luck I won't screw up and need to do a lot of editing afterwards. I should also warn you that while there are no triggers in this story, I'm gonna recap the pages that I don't post pretty thoroughly, and YMMV on whether that's a good thing or not.

Read more... )

Periodic ponderings: Week 35 edition

Aug. 27th, 2014 08:57 am
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20140529 Callistamon bud 3 HDR

(New growth on a Callistemon 'Little John')

What are you doing/thinking/wondering/making/reading/etc. that you don't normally post about? It has been a while since I have done one of these and I thought it would be a good way to post about non-holiday stuff

Doing: I recently acquired six boxes of second-hand books from an acquaintance who was otherwise going to throw them away. Such books would normally be donated to the local crisis-counselling telephone service for their bi-annual fundraising book fair. However, my acquaintance tells me they're no longer accepting paperbacks. I'll be seeking to confirm this once my friends, family and writing groups have had a chance to pick through them. My sweetheart very kindly waded his way through the boxes to my computer and spent a morning helping me to catalogue what was there. My acquaintance is threatening to send another four boxes. I don't mind rescuing the books but I didn't properly consider the imposition on my time, energy and space this would take.

Watching: While down with a cold late last month, I started rewatching the TV show Castle featuring Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic. It has long been comfort viewing for me. I've also got the fifth of "Richard Castle's" Nikki Heat books to read and so I have been rereading the series in conjunction with rewatching the show. I've just finished Season 3 and have therefore just started on the third book.

Thinking: I'm still processing my thoughts on the return of Doctor Who but it left me prickly. I'm not entirely sure the new doctor was behaving any differently from the last two doctors but the way it came across definitely had resonances of dementia (at least to begin with). Considering how ham-handed they were with Clara (and with Madam Vastra) I'm not sure I can bring myself to think it clever.

Reading: As mentioned above, I just started reading the third of the Nikki Heat books, Heat Rises. I had a review to write for the second book, but have managed to misplace my notes. Suffice to say it doesn't hang together well as a series, since they seem to use a different ghostwriter for each book. I find that makes it hard to settle into the story to start with.

Wondering: September is known around here as "cake month" thanks to all the birthdays. It is truly a month of madness for me and the most stressful part of my year. A couple of years ago I began the practice of not accepting any social engagements other than birthday parties during September. I'll admit that I'm not always very good at sticking to that. I also tend to turn down any editing jobs taking place in September. This year, I'm wondering if there are any other self-care practices I should be engaging in to help make my life a bit easier. I suspect making sure I get enough sleep should be on there. I've not been getting quite enough lately and as a consequence am not quite at my sharpest.

Writing: Still working on Heartwood. Slow and steady wins the race, right? But only if you really are working steadily.

Drinking: I'm currently drinking the Jane Austen blend from Gillards of Bath. A very thoughtful friend brought it back from England as a gift several months ago and it is quite possibly the nicest tea I've ever had the pleasure of drinking.

writing natter

Aug. 26th, 2014 04:31 pm
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Good: I felt recovered enough today from post-Gencon sick to write 500 words on FG (I am not sure that melding a quasi-Lovecraftian [1] mythos with a quasi-post-Korean War setting is precisely a good idea, but I will never know if I don't try).

Also good: I noodled a lot at Ratios.

Bad: I still need to do more basic worldbuilding before the end of the synopsis will fall into place. Ratios is interesting in that I have a basic concept of the beginning up to the midpoint. Then it falls to pieces because I haven't nailed down enough stuff to get a sense of the external conflict. (It's a space opera, so a certain amount of blowing things up will be required. I presume. Not like I'm an expert.) And the external conflict has to logistically line up with the other conflict and...aaaaagh.

(You can totally tell me I am stupid at this. Trust me, I am looking at my notes for today and I know I am stupid at this. It is very tempting to spill water on the lot, since I did not use water-resistant ink. I'm at the point where Rorschach blots would not only be more inspiring but make more sense.)

9FG was much easier on a macro scale because I knew the ending right from the beginning, and the conflict was baked into the protagonist/antagonist pair. The tactics of the middle were a complete pain in the ass and I ended up writing in too much only to have to simplify them on the grounds that most readers weren't going to be following the details, but at least I had a sense of the big picture.

Mainly, I hate worldbuilding, but not as much as I hate coming up with characters. It's also aggravating that at short story length the specifics I settle on for a given character don't matter as much in that I don't personally have to connect to or feel much for the character. They're just a puppet constructed to do the job. But at novel length, I can't sustain that. I have to have some connection to the protagonist or at least one of the major POVs or I completely lose interest. And I don't care how interesting that other person over there finds character concept X, it has to be a character concept X that interests me or I'm gone.

What's maddening is that I have a perfectly good metaphor for big space battles and a perfectly good narrative framework shtick [2] but I need people to make the space battles happen. :(

[2] I'm so good at literary terminology, I know.

I'm going to go do laundry because the usefulness of my brain for the rest of today is done. Maybe tomorrow some of this will look less hopeless.

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Aug. 26th, 2014 05:32 pm
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I'm not ready for Cordelia to go back to school. It seems like no time at all has passed since the end of the last school year. Next Tuesday, we'll be back to getting up at seven (and counting ourselves lucky to get to sleep that late). I hope we can get the hang of the new school schedule-- Cordelia will need to be at school about forty-five minutes earlier than she needed to be last year. We have sufficient cushion built into our day to be able to manage it, but it will be tighter than we're accustomed to. Also, if there's cross country this year, we'll have to get up earlier than we're used to if Cordelia wants to participate. The earlier start time for school may mean that cross country won't happen-- Getting kids to school at seven is harder than getting them to school at seven forty-five.

I'll also have to get used to Cordelia coming home right as I finish my exercise programs. I'll have to get in the habit of unlocking the front door before I start in on Body Electric. Setting an alarm on my cell phone to remind me to do it won't make as much sense as it did in years past.

We don't know yet what Cordelia's schedule will be. Class assignments should be coming any day now, but it won't be as clear cut as we're used to. She will have both of the sixth grade teachers at different times during the day as one will teach language arts and social studies while the other teaches math and science. I have the impression that each teacher will have a room and that the kids will move back and forth between them. I just don't know on what schedule or how things like art and music and foreign languages fit in.

I think I'm worrying about all of this more than Cordelia is. I'm not sure she understands how different things will be. I suppose she might just be figuring that it will all work out somehow.

I should probably e-mail the new librarian again to figure out when I'm to volunteer in the library. I'm offering one morning a week, two or three hours, depending on what's needed. I don't want to do Tuesdays because of my commitment to [community profile] metanews, but pretty much any other day could work. Last year, it was Thursdays which worked pretty well by putting all of my socially stressful stuff on the same day so that I didn't have an anxiety spike twice in a week. The librarian said, when I e-mailed her before, that I could set my own schedule. Maybe I should offer Thursdays again.

We also need to find out how much lunches are going to cost this year. Middle school lunches normally cost more but offer more food and more variety of food. It's not clear that Cordelia's school will be offering the middle school students a middle school lunch, however. The school's not really equipped to feed different things to different groups of students, but middle school students realistically need more food than, say, kindergartners. Another parent I know has been trying to get this information from the school district, and he keeps getting passed from person to person because nobody knows the answer. I'm surprised nobody knows because the district has another K-8 school, so following the pattern set there ought to be a no-brainer.

First World desperation [1]

Aug. 26th, 2014 04:20 pm
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Just out of curiosity, would there be any interest if I ran another flashfic round? I'd be charging $6.49 per (after the fee gets taken by Paypal, that would get me $6 per) and I am specifically trying to raise money for a piece of art software (Paint Tool Sai), not for anything actually important. :]

Joe says working at Starbucks would drive me crazy, which is probably true, but in all honesty working at Starbucks or fast food sounds like a good deal right now.

For a sample of what I mean by flashfic, here are a bunch (clicking on the "stories" tag will also take you to the DW posts).

[1] I want to make things. Unfortunately, making things frequently requires getting set up with tools.
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To be fair, these guys were from a different outfit, Spark Energy. Yelp shows many bad reviews.

"No, I don't want to show you my bill."

"Take us off your list. We're not interested."

I'm just wondering if we're going to have to deal with unwelcome visits from each and every random utility provider who enters the market. This is irritating.

"Lilies at the funeral": a review

Aug. 26th, 2014 04:54 pm
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[personal profile] legionseagle just posted an excellent 22k crossover between Return to Night and Agatha Christie's Miss Marple books. It's the longest fic that's been written in the RtN fandom so far and is an great sequel to the book, written in the style of a Golden Age detective novel.

The announcement of Dr Hilary Mansell’s engagement to Julian Fleming, the much younger owner of Larch Hill, comes as a shock to her nephew Sam, who knew Julian at Oxford. But Julian’s mother Elaine is not merely shocked, but overtly hostile. Given the intense, febrile relationship between mother and son, something has to snap.

[personal profile] legionseagle's work is always well-written, tightly plotted and impeccably well-researched, especially when it comes to the law and crime. This story is no exception and it was a perfect treat to read on the August Bank Holiday.

You can certainly read it without knowing Miss Marple and I expect that you could even read it without knowing Return to Night, but it brings a very welcome wider (and more than a little meta) perspective to what is, after all, a deeply weird canon.

Above all it's a story that's deeply Provocative of Thought if you've read RtN - and if you know me you know that's what I enjoy in fiction. The premise is very, very far away from anything that I would have considered plausible at first glance and yet it's fascinatingly and nigglingly consistent with canon at the same time. I've been musing on the story ever since I first read it and [personal profile] legionseagle has kindly given me permission to write a detailed review, which is below. Be warned that it's deeply spoilery and that these are the sort of spoilers that will affect your enjoyment of the story.

Spoilers, I'm serious, right under here )

Landing Page: Doomsday Academy

Aug. 26th, 2014 04:00 pm
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A sub-setting of Addergoole and the Fae Apoc, Doomsday Academy is what happens when a fae graduate of Addergoole decided to build something better.

It features Addergoole characters from two generations as professors, and an all-new cast of students. The school experience runs from ten years old to 18, covering a wide swath of education not often found in the post-apoc world.

And post-apoc it is. Set approx. forty years after the titular Faerie Apocalypse ("the Disaster" "the Collapse"), the world is a far different place. Monsters still roam the blasted countryside, and cities are mostly destroyed shells. The human/fae population are just beginning to move past bare survival. Electricity, running water, telephones - these things exist, but mostly in sheltered enclaves.

That is the world into which Cynara brings Boom Town and Doomsday Academy.


I Have this School (LJ)
A Drabble of Addergoole meets Doomsday (Facebook)


The Professors
Doomsday Academy: First Day of Math (by [personal profile] inventrix)
First Day of School for First years (LJ)
First Day of History Class (LJ)
First Day of Survival Class (LJ)
First Day of Law Class (LJ)


The Students
Aquilina at School (LJ) at least 4 years in.
Gonna Be A Samurai (LJ)


The Parents
The Tower (LJ)


The City
The Year Cya Didn't Keep Anyone (LJ)
Tweets: Planning a City (LJ)
Takes a Village to Build a City (LJ)
Boom Town: Center Street (LJ)

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Aug. 26th, 2014 02:21 pm
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Русскй язык )

So I left a lot of snark and headtilting at the book this time, most of which involves the HOOMANS HOW DO YOU HOOMAN variety of semi-analysis. Mostly because I don't actually feel up to discussing the ways in which people are just... weird, right now, and the severe gender split in Russian naming conventions I am sure Means Things in a soft Sapir-Whorf theory. I just do not have the brain (or, probably, the language base) to explain it precisely. Which is irritating.

This weekend I have a wedding/reception to attend and I made the mistake of allowing as how I had a fiddle on the RSVP. I suppose this will be a test of whether or not I can actually stand to go back to lessons. Or if I simply can't afford NOT to.

I'm slightly less tired today than I was yesterday afternoon around this time! Part of that may be running on adrenaline because SERIOUSLY FUCKING TELL ME WHEN YOU PUT A LADDER UP WITHIN FIVE FEET OF MY WINDOW. God our maintenance people are assholes. Mind you I also have not yet tackled the ear training I wanted to do today, which will probably knock the tired up a few notches. Worth it. Especially if it gets the fucking tune out of my head and under my fingers.

Go me!

Aug. 26th, 2014 03:33 pm
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Rating today

Although I worry that it is a bad sign my rating went up after a period where posting frequency went down...
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slow_satisfaction_150pxWhew! It’s Day One of the Slow Satisfaction Blog Tour and there are a LOT of places you can read about the book, me, and enter to win copies:

Two hot excerpts (warning: spoilers) along with giveaways for 10 sets of autographed books (all three in the series!) are at Katiebab’s Babbling About Books and at Smut and Bon Bons.

And then a third excerpt (warning: spoilers) is up on a plethora of blogs. Thanks to the Mixed Emotions Book Blog, My Book Filled Life, Deal Sharing Aunt, Sapphyria’s Steamy Reviews, Confessions of a Librarian in Training, Buttontapper Press, and Jersey Girl Sizzling Reviews for blitzing the excerpt on launch day!

Eager Reader posted the first review!
“Soooo thankful that I got my hands on this book a little bit early since this has become one of my favorite series to date. We have been taken on such a roller coaster and the games that they play are so intricate that I don’t know about anyone else, but I’ve been really excited to see where it goes… while i’m sad that the trilogy is over, I’m really happy with how it went!”

Read the full review here: Eager Reader.

And I wrote a guest blog for Rainy Day Reviews:

“I wanted to write a story about a kinky billionaire because I feel some of the books out there are, well, giving kinky billionaires a bad name.”

Read my guest blog on why I wrote Slow Satisfaction: BookjunkieMom’s Rainy Day Reviews.

Many more blogs, contests, and interviews are coming in the next 14 days!

Oh, also, did you see that the UK/Australia/NZ ebook editions of all three Struck by Lightning books launched today, too? From Piatkus Entice, an imprint of Little, Brown UK! Check it out: http://www.piatkusentice.co.uk/ebooks/slow-surrender/

Mirrored from blog.ceciliatan.com.

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Because they really, really have no clue about current events. Their schools never did it, which I just don't get. Current events was a weekly feature of my life from second grade on. Twice weekly once I entered middle school, as universally my social studies AND science teachers wanted it. But I guess it's not in fashion right now. Ten minutes a day seems reasonable, and I must say I'm impressed with the sheer groanworthiness of their closing puns. It's a lot harder to just casually talk about the news when we don't watch TV news that much and I don't get in-print newspapers like we did growing up. But who wants to kill all those trees?

Part of today's episode had to do with the new cases of Ebola in the Congo, and Ana's commentary? "Why are all those doctors white?" Well, yes, I suppose that's one thing you can take away from the segment.

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Liquid salts can improve the treatment of skin infections by killing bacteria and enhancing antibiotics' ability to penetrate the skin's outer layer, a new study finds.

Russian soldiers detained in Ukraine; leaders meet in Minsk

NSA built 'Google-like' search engine to share data

The United States' Continuing Border Crisis: The Real Story Behind the "Invasion" of the Children

United flight diverted after passengers fight over legroom

Bad Decisions Yield Grim Results in Europe

Net Neutrality Is 'Marxist,' According to This Koch-Backed Astroturf Group

Anybody else think the Koch brothers could've benefited from a few more hugs as children?


The long-standing mystery of why human children grow so slowly compared with our closest animal relatives has been addressed by new research. A study has shown that energy funneled to the brain dominates the human body's metabolism early in life and is likely the reason why humans grow at a pace more typical of a reptile than a mammal during childhood.

Three quarters of whites don’t have any non-white friends

Vermont Quits War on Drugs to Treat Heroin Abuse as Health Issue

Fifteen previously unknown monuments discovered underground in Stonehenge landscape

U.S. court overturns law limiting biotech crops on Hawaiian island

Isis accused of ethnic cleansing as story of Shia prison massacre emerges

Islamic State turns radical Islam on Syria Muslims

ISIS swiping hashtags as part of propaganda efforts

The Kurdistan Regional Government can bring $100 million of crude ashore in Texas after a U.S. judge threw out a court order that would have required federal agents to seize and hold the cargo for the Iraqi Oil Ministry until a court there decided which government owns it.

Could support for the 'other' Kurds stall Islamic State?

Israel accepts Egyptian proposal for Gaza ceasefire

Report: U.S. begins surveillance flights over Syria

The World Watches Ferguson, but Racial Discrimination Is Also a Health Issue Across the US

Djinni Icons...

Aug. 26th, 2014 02:38 pm
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So, Djinni has another icon day open! and I decided I'd put together all the icons he's done for me that I can find.















Autoschadenfreude

Aug. 26th, 2014 11:36 am
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Ah, that sense of grim satisfaction you get from simply knowing that almost all the reading public is just so very wrong: that your books do have value, that they are entirely missing out on excellent fiction, the more fools them.

Why yes, I do have a new book coming out in a couple of days: why do you ask?

(Why yes, indeed I'd rather sell in millions than dozens; but if dozens just happens to be what I've got, then I might as well find some nose-chopping way to appreciate it. It's better than resenting all my better-selling friends. Besides, it allows me to create a word like autoschadenfreude. Which, yes, I find other people have created before me, but hey. I can get pleasure out of the fact that I'm not even allowed the pleasure of being first: that is what autoschadenfreude means.)

In other news, I just wrote a sentence that includes the words should, could and would, in order. I enjoyed that quite unreasonably.

Fever Season, by Barbara Hambly

Aug. 26th, 2014 02:35 pm
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Benjamin January is working at a hospital during a yellow fever epidemic. (Yellow fever is transmitted by mosquitos, and due to being endemic in Africa, many people from Africa have some level of immunity. The characters in the book are aware of the latter fact but not the former, and have no useful treatment even if they did know the cause.) Meanwhile, both free people of color and slaves are mysteriously vanishing. In more cheerful news— well, cheerful for a while— Ben meets Rose, a free woman of color running a school for girls. Rose is a great character, and their slow burn romance is lovely.

That being said, the book as a whole was awesomely depressing. Not only was it set in a yellow fever epidemic, not only did it contain a brief but absolutely horrifying torture sequence, but both the epidemic and the horrifying torture were actual historic events, ie, they really happened to real people. Also, dead children. Truly grimdark, though not gratuitously given that it’s real history. Not even Ben and Rose’s charming courtship and politicly crude policeman Abishag Shaw’s delightful way with words ("But I do think I should point out to you that even if Miss Chouteau gets cleared of Borgialatin the soup herself, it ain't gonna win her freedom,") can lift the general gloom.

I have been told that this and Sold Down the River are the darkest books in the whole series. However, I already started Graveyard Dust, and it looks like Hambly is careful to get new readers up to speed on events, so Fever Season is probably skippable if you like the characters but want to miss the awesome depressingness.

Fever Season

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Memory

His reunion with his family having not gone entirely well, the man using the name Poldarn flees back to the Empire he fled in the first book. People familiar with the series thus far might ask if that is an entirely sensible idea on Poldarn's part; sadly, Poldarn's talents do not lie in the field of ratiocination or even “learning from experience”.

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Chapter Five: Taslin

Thrust

Thrust. That was step one. Step two was definitely don’t get thrust into. Taslin danced out of the way of her larger opponent’s blade and, because she could, made a twist out of it so that she could then go for another thrust, this one a move that looked far more complicated than it was.

The audience - such as it was - cheered. Her opponent - such as he was - barely managed to dodge in time. Her teammates - such as they were - shouted encouragement and his - such as they really, really weren’t - hissed and yelled.

Taslin loved it. She slapped him in the face with the flat of her blade - not grandstanding, she told herself, she could tell Gan she’d done it because she wanted to get him angry.

If she’d been trying for that, it worked. He bellowed in rage and came running at her, head down and sword out.

It was too easy. It had to be a trick. If it was a trick, if he was actually planning this out, his off hand would come up like thus.
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Aug. 26th, 2014 01:35 pm
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Yesterday, Scott's sister had a medical appointment in Ann Arbor. She brought her daughter and picked up me and Cordelia. The three of us went to Barnes & Noble while Scott's sister went to her appointment. I bought a book for Scott and a DVD for Cordelia, and Cordelia bought a book (Rick Riordan's Greek mythology book) with money her great-grandmother gave her. I got all three of us drinks in the in-store Starbucks. The girls were a little disappointed that the advertised smoothie flavors weren't available due to a lack of bananas, but they found something they wanted anyway.

Scott's sister finished up her appointment around noon, and all four of us went to Panera for lunch. Cordelia and her cousin had tortellini with chicken. Scott's sister had a salad. I had an asiago steak sandwich.

Nobody had strong feelings about what to do next. We were all four prepared to go swimming, but the girls were so tepid about doing it that we adults didn't feel strongly motivated.

I suggested going to DSW to see if I could find a pair of sandals. I haven't had sandals for years, and I've kind of missed them this summer. We were late in the year for finding sandals, but there were still quite a few pairs on the sale shelves in the very back. I was torn between two pairs of sandals, one that looked nice and had good support but was a little tight and one that fit better but had less support and didn't look as nice. The second was about $20 cheaper than the first, so that and the better fit carried the day. I also bought Cordelia a pair of slippers.

From there, we went to Marshall's. The selection of clothes for girls was pretty poor. Cordelia tried on two shirts, one of which we bought and the other of which she rejected for not being sufficiently opaque. Scott's sister suggested that women's extra small shirts might be worth trying, and Cordelia tried on some of those, but none of them fit quite right, and they tended to be quite low cut.

After that, we came back here, and everybody but me played Mario Kart 8.

Our niece left her purse here. We're hoping to be able to attend a family gathering on Saturday at which we can give it back to her, but that depends entirely on Scott's job not scheduling him to work on Saturday which, well, he's had so many Saturdays off that it's pretty likely he'll be working.

Cordelia had her first soccer practice last night. She wasn't pleased with it because it was pretty hot and because she hates sports practices in general. She asked me why we make her go to practices. I should have pointed out that Rec & Ed's rules say that only kids who go to practices are guaranteed playing time. Instead, I mentioned how much money we spend on a sports season (about $100). Cordelia was appalled and vowed that she'd never play sports again. I hope she gets over that. Sports are good for her, and she does enjoy the games a lot. We've already paid for volleyball, so the real test will be spring soccer. Red & Ed sports are a pretty good deal, actually.
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To [personal profile] kelkyag's commissioned continuation of Older Witches, etc.

Aunt Family has a landing page here on DW and here on LJ

Evangaline modern-era. After Unexpected Guest, Followed Me Home (LJ), In the Cards (LJ),
Big Bad Witch (LJ), Frog Pancakes (LJ)
, and Older Witches.



The boy in front of her - the teenaged young man in front of Eva - was licking his lips drumming his hands on his lap. “This is what we’re going to do.” She leaned forward a little, just enough to read as serious as possibly. “There’s a second place on the property. Technically, it’s on my sister’s land, a cottage. And since my sister is a happily married matron with a passel of kids, she isn’t going to be the sort of person people raise eyebrows at.”

Robby blinked at her. “You’re - what? Giving me a place to crash when it gets bad?”

“I’m giving you a place to live. Rent-fee until you graduate from school, and then we’ll negotiate.”
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Things I don't get

Aug. 26th, 2014 12:45 pm
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I don't understand the overt hostility to young adult fiction as a category, especially from older people whose formative reading experiences as they themselves relate it include works aimed at younger readers.

Teaser - Luke Visits Doomsday

Aug. 26th, 2014 12:13 pm
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Cynara had sent him an engraved invitation, which showed up fifty-one weeks to the day since her last letter had arrived. An actual engraved invitation, the curly font requesting the honor of his presence for a "Demonstration Day" at Doomsday Academy.

(to @inventrix's commissioned continuation of this drabble on the Addergoole Facebook Page.)

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