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Posted by John Scalzi

As we all know, I don’t have a new novel out this year — although the mass market paperback of The End of All Things is out May 31, hint, hint — but that doesn’t mean I’m not showing up in new books in 2016. Above you’ll see two new books that I’m in, one already out, and the other upcoming. The one that’s already out is The Books That Changed My Life, edited by Bethanne Patrick, in which notable folks (including, uh, me) talk about the books that made a real impact on them. Other folks featured in the book include Margaret Atwood, Rosanne Cash, Dave Eggers, Kate Mulgrew and Al Roker. This is a pretty wide net, folks.

The one that hasn’t come out yet is Mash Up, which is the printed version of the audio anthology Rip-Off! which you may recall came out about three years ago. The audio version did very well — nominated for an Audie Award, whilst Mary Robinette Kowal’s contribution scored a Hugo — so it’s lovely to finally see this anthology in print. And as you can see on the cover, this is a hell of a line up of authors. Mash Up will be out June 7th — also, coincidentally, the release date of the other anthology I’m in this year, Black Tide Rising, which features a story I co-wrote with my pal Dave Klecha. Basically I have a very busy two weeks coming up at the end of May and early June.

So, that’s three books in 2016 so far! Plus my audio-first novella The Dispatcher should be out later this year (with the print version from Subterranean Press to follow after the audio’s exclusive period), plus, speaking of Subterranean, I’ve turned in another book project to them a couple of weeks ago, which should be out later this year. I’ll wait until Subterranean officially announces that before I say anything else about it.

So, to recap:

  • The Books That Changed My Life — already out.
  • Mash Up — out June 7.
  • Black Tide Rising — also out June 7.
  • The Dispatcher — scheduled for this year in audio.
  • Secret SubPress Project — also scheduled for this year (I think!).

And the mass market paperback of The End of All Things, out May 31st.

Wow, for not having anything out in 2016, I sure have a lot of things out in 2016.

A Year of Tanith Lee Extension

May. 2nd, 2016 07:32 pm
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Because I missed a week for the Year of Tanith Lee, I am extending the series until the end of 2016. This means I need ten more Tanith Lee title. Open to suggestion. The ones I am already planning to review are:
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Posted by John Scalzi

I got a smidge behind in showing off the new books and ARCs that have come to the Scalzi Compound, so I figure the semi-hiatus would be an excellent time to catch up on this score. To that end, please peruse this very fine stack of books courtesy of Baen Books, all titles that are just recently out or about to be. What looks good to you? Tell me in the comments!

Scammers, meet the end of my rapier

May. 2nd, 2016 06:52 pm
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I'm waiting for a phone call about a job offer, right?

So I've gotten four calls today from numbers without a custom ringtone (which means I'll usually ignore them) ... they have all been out-of-state area codes that I've just ignored and then listened to the voicemail. None of which has had anything to do with the job, of course: three hang-ups and one scam.

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May. 2nd, 2016 06:34 pm
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Haunted bed, anyone?

May. 2nd, 2016 01:58 pm
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Someone is giving away a free haunted bed on Craigslist. This is the best thing I've seen all day.

And I'm stashing it under my "ideas" tag because this has GOT to be useful in a story someday.

They're not wrong

May. 2nd, 2016 02:41 pm
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I found this photo on Tumblr with the caption "This is a wizard battle and you can't convince me otherwise."

Hands up! by Georg Charf )
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Fandom: Harry Potter
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Draco Malfoy/Harry Potter
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Artist Website/Gallery: [ profile] trowicia

Why this piece is awesome: The art is fine and delicate. Love the subtle use of color and the sweetness of this piece and the angst lurking underneath.

Link: Safe With Me.

An odd disadvantage of efficiency

May. 2nd, 2016 02:18 pm
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I'm in Montreal for a long weekend with [ profile] rysmiel and [ profile] papersky; we have had lots of good food and good conversation. I'm flying back tomorrow around lunchtime, so when rysmiel and I came back from a walk, I logged into the Air Canada site and checked in for my flight. All very sensible; I changed my seat, paid to check my bag (I've bought a few things, some of them liquid), and printed my boarding pass. But it makes me feel a little bit like the visit is almost over, even though about a quarter of it is left, and we have actual plans for this evening.

The odd thing about visiting this time of year is that spring is much more advanced in Boston than in Montreal: a lot less is in bloom here (the forsythia are just starting, and they were close to done by the time I headed to the Boston airport Friday morning), and most of the trees are bare. (Montreal in January, or for that matter August, is probably going to be colder than New York or Boston, but it's not so visually different.)

Last night

May. 2nd, 2016 02:24 pm
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Because I was looking down at my phone to post something, I missed that the bus I was on was detoured and got very disoriented. Could not for the life of me work out where in downtown Kitchener I was. Didn't work it out until the bus got to Queen and Joseph.
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A reader writes:

I work for a company with a very small number of permanent employees (10) that employs a large number of entry-level seasonal workers (~25) at a couple points in the year. The company is so small that we don’t have landlines; we just have company cell phones, and we have no HR department. The phone number that goes on our website, brochures, etc. is my number (since my role involves dealing with the public) so although I do not hire anyone myself, I am the one who job seekers call. I can’t give them the number of the actual hiring manager, who is higher up in the organization and doesn’t want to be bothered with dozens of calls any more than I do.

Of course, a quick “did you receive my application materials?” is fine and easy to handle. But oftentimes, job seekers call asking for more details about compensation, the qualifications needed for the position, job duties, etc. BEFORE they have been contacted for an interview.

On the one hand, I don’t want to be one of those snooty HR people, and I know this would be the first job for a lot of these folks. But I’m not in HR, many of these details are on the website/job posting, and honestly, it’s just annoying. The system is pretty automated – within three weeks, they are either contacted for an interview or sent a rejection – so there isn’t even anything I can do.

Neither my manager nor I know how to handle this, so we’re leaving it to you. How much can we tell people when they call? And is there some way we can gently educate young and eager job seekers about what is and isn’t appropriate?

You can tell them as much as you’d like, but most organizations don’t, simply because it can end up taking a huge amount of time.

It’s perfectly reasonable and a very, very normal practice for you to say to callers, “I’m not the hiring manager for this position. The person who is isn’t taking calls about it at this stage. I know she’d be happy to talk in detail about these questions if we move you forward in our process, but for now we’re hoping the information in the job posting on our website will give you a pretty good sense of the job and what we’re looking for.”

That said, though, I would reexamine your ad to make sure that it truly does have enough information in it. Would a reasonable person looking at the ad walk away with a thorough enough understanding of what the job entails, what qualifications you’re seeking, and other key details? If not, that might be part of the reason you’re getting these calls, and being clearer in the ad would be one fix. It won’t fix all of it though; you’ll always get some of these calls.

For what it’s worth, I’ve always noticed a fascinating correlation: The people who call with questions before applying are almost never people you’re going to end up wanting to interview. Strong candidates just don’t do it. Plus, annoyingly often these callers aren’t truly seeking information; they’re seeking contact with a human so they can pitch themselves for the job or try to make a positive impression, which is not something you’re obligated to accommodate.

It’s reasonable to funnel people through the process you’ve established for each side to learn more about the other.

* An exception to this would be if you were hiring for a very senior or hard-to-fill job — in which case it makes sense to invest more time in cultivating people. But that doesn’t sound like it’s the case here.

job candidates who call for more information before we’ve invited them to interview was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager.

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Posted by Mark Liberman

Following up on the issues raised yesterday in "Feelings, beliefs, and thoughts",  it might be helpful to explore the etymology of the various  verbs that people commonly use to express the epistemic status of their assertions. From their entries in the Online Etymological Dictionary, we'll learn that several common propositional attitude verbs have roots in sensation, motion and emotion, just as feel does.


Old English belyfan "to believe," earlier geleafa (Mercian), gelefa (Northumbrian), gelyfan (West Saxon) "believe," from Proto-Germanic *ga-laubjan "to believe," perhaps literally "hold dear, love" (cognates: Old Saxon gilobian "believe," Dutch geloven, Old High German gilouben, German glauben), ultimately a compound based on PIE *leubh- "to care, desire, love"


Old English þencan "imagine, conceive in the mind; consider, meditate, remember; intend, wish, desire" (past tense þohte, past participle geþoht), probably originally "cause to appear to oneself," from Proto-Germanic *thankjan (cognates: Old Frisian thinka, Old Saxon thenkian, Old High German denchen, German denken, Old Norse þekkja, Gothic þagkjan).   Old English þencan is the causative form of the distinct Old English verb þyncan "to seem, to appear" (past tense þuhte, past participle geþuht), from Proto-Germanic *thunkjan (cognates: German dünken, däuchte). Both are from PIE *tong- "to think, feel" which also is the root of thought and thank.   The two Old English words converged in Middle English and þyncan "to seem" was absorbed, except for its preservation in archaic methinks "it seems to me."


c. 1200, recenen, from Old English gerecenian "to explain, relate, recount," from Proto-Germanic *(ga)rekenojan (cognates: Old Frisian rekenia, Middle Dutch and Dutch rekenen, Old High German rehhanon, German rechnen, Gothic rahnjan "to count, reckon"), from Proto-Germanic *rakina- "ready, straightforward," from PIE *reg- "to move in a straight line," with derivatives meaning "direct in a straight line, rule" (see regal).

Intransitive sense "make a computation" is from c. 1300. In I reckon, the sense is "hold an impression or opinion," and the expression, used parenthetically, dates from c. 1600 and formerly was in literary use (Richardson, etc.), but came to be associated with U.S. Southern dialect and was regarded as provincial or vulgar.


early 14c., "to assume as the basis of argument," from Old French suposer "to assume" (13c.), probably a replacement (influenced by Old French poser "put, place") of *suppondre, from Latin supponere "put or place under; to subordinate, make subject," from sub "under" (see sub-) + ponere "put, place" (past participle positus; see position (n.)). Meaning "to admit as possible, to believe to be true" is from 1520s.


early 14c., "end an argument," from Latin concludere "to shut up, enclose," from com- "together" (see com-) + -cludere, comb. form of claudere "to shut" (see close (v.)). Meaning "reach a mental conclusion, deduce" is from late 14c., a sense also in Latin.


mid-14c., "to form a mental image of," from Old French imaginer "sculpt, carve, paint; decorate, embellish" (13c.), from Latin imaginari "to form a mental picture, picture to oneself, imagine" (also, in Late Latin imaginare "to form an image of, represent"), from imago "an image, a likeness" (see image (n.)). Sense of "suppose, assume" is first recorded late 14c.


Old English felan "to touch or have a sensory experience of; perceive, sense (something)," in late Old English "have a mental perception," from Proto-Germanic *foljan (cognates: Old Saxon gifolian, Old Frisian fela, Dutch voelen, Old High German vuolen, German fühlen "to feel," Old Norse falma "to grope"), from PIE root *pal- "to touch, feel, shake, strike softly" (cognates: Greek psallein "to pluck (the harp)," Latin palpare "to touch softly, stroke," palpitare "to move quickly"), perhaps ultimately imitative.

In Germanic languages, the specific word for "perceive by sense of touch" has tended to evolve to apply to the emotions. The connecting notion might be "perceive through senses which are not referred to any special organ." Sense of "be conscious of a tactile sensation, sense pain, pleasure, illness, etc.; have an emotional experience or reaction," developed by c. 1200, also "have an opinion or conviction;" that of "to react with sympathy or compassion" is from mid-14c. Meaning "to try by touch" is from early 14c. From late 14c. as "know (something) beforehand, to have foreknowledge of." To feel like "want to" attested from 1829.


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A Noble Masquerade

by Kristi Ann Hunter
September 1, 2015 · Bethany House Publishers
Historical: EuropeanInspirationalRomance

This RITA® Reader Challenge 2016 review was written by Heather T. This story was nominated for the RITA® in the Best First Book, Inspirational Romance category.

The summary:

Lady Miranda Hawthorne acts every inch the lady, but inside she longs to be bold and carefree. Approaching spinsterhood in the eyes of society, she pours her innermost feelings out not in a diary but in letters to her brother’s old school friend, the Duke of Marshington. Since she’s never actually met the man she has no intention of ever sending the letters and is mortified when her brother’s mysterious new valet, Marlow, mistakenly mails one of the letters to the unsuspecting duke.

Shockingly, this breach of etiquette results in a reply from the duke that soon leads to a lively correspondence. Insecurity about her previous lack of suitors soon becomes confusion as Miranda finds herself equally intrigued by Marlow, a man she has come to depend upon but whose behavior grows more suspicious by the day. As the secret goings-on at her family’s estate come to light, one thing is certain: Miranda’s heart is far from all that’s at risk for the Hawthornes and those they love.

Here is Heather T.'s review:

This book was nominated in two categories – Best First Book and Inspirational. I’ll admit that I signed up to review it in Best First Book before I realized it was an Inspirational. As I am not religious, and as I have had some unfortunate experiences with Inspirationals that were heavy-handed in force-feeding religion at every turn, I had my doubts. However, I decided that getting out of my comfort zone would be a good thing and soldiered on. I’m glad I did.

This was a charming book that kept me reading. It had interesting characters and situations, with religion as an appropriate and unobtrusive backdrop to the time and the characters. If this is a first book for this author, I have high hopes for her future endeavors. The only reason I am not giving it an A is that the writing showed some first-time clumsiness. There were some awkward phrasings, incomplete sentences, and jumpy transitions. Certain characters were introduced as if we already knew them, making me wonder if perhaps some scenes had been removed but the rough patches hadn’t been smoothed in. The writing improved considerably as the book went on, and if there were such gaffes in the middle, I was so absorbed in the story that I didn’t notice them.

Lady Miranda Hawthorne is a spirited child who chafes at her mother’s constant admonishments that invariably start with “a lady never . . . .” As a way of blowing off steam in a way that will be considered ladylike, she writes her deepest feelings in letters to her brother’s school friend, the Duke of Marshington. She never sends these letters; instead it is the unrestrained putting of the words to paper to someone she doesn’t know that relieves her stress. Jump to years later and Lady Miranda has had four seasons and is still not wed. She’s had offers, but she’s turned them all down because it turns out that none of the men were interested in her, but were only interested in the connection to her powerful and rich brother. Her prettier younger sister is about to make her debut, and Miranda is reconciling herself to spinsterhood. Miranda has continued to write her letters to the Duke of Marshington, and has a small trunk full of the letters in a trunk under her bed.

Enter Marley, her brother’s new valet. Miranda is intrigued by Marley until he accidentally posts one of her “letters” to the Duke of Marshington. Miranda is horrified, but she hopes and assumes that the Duke will never receive the letter because he mysteriously disappeared nine years previously. To her deep embarrassment, he responds, and the two begin a clandestine correspondence, aided and abetted by Marley. I loved that this book is truly set in its time: the thought that a lady would correspond with a gentleman to whom she is not related and to whom she has not even been introduced – shocking, shocking, I tell you! At the same time, she forms a real friendship with Marley and is troubled to find herself thinking of him as possibly a real person, not just a servant.

There are thrills and chills. There is a spy story and all kinds of skullduggery. There is humor and engaging flirtation as the hero and heroine get to know one another and gently begin to fall in love. The supporting characters are fleshed out enough to be supportive, but not so much as to be distracting. Lady Miranda has two brothers of whom she is fond and who are protective of her without being controlling. Miranda knows her own mind and is strong and smart, even if she is constrained by society’s expectations. The family ribs each other with familial affection. There is a younger sister who is a pretty flirt, though sometimes self-centered and annoying, and a doting mama. In contrast, the hero’s family are all openly hateful, but his household is unconventional and amusing and we like him all the more for it. I found myself quite taken with it all.

Of course –

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Marley and the Duke of Marshington are the same person.

But if you didn’t know that the first time the character is introduced, you don’t understand how stories work. One of the interesting things that the book does is contrast Miranda’s relationship with Marley, the valet, with her relationship with the Duke of Marshington, a man she’s never met. One evening Miranda drinks a cup of tea in the library with Marley.

Her brother (who knows the ahem secret) is upset that Miranda was alone in a room with a man until it is pointed out that she wasn’t alone in a room with a man, she was alone in a room with a servant, which is perfectly acceptable. What an interesting notion that if he had been a gentleman, being alone with him would have been scandalous, but since he is only a servant, it is fine.

As for the “Inspirational” label, it was nothing overt and the religion fit in to the story perfectly. When troubled, Miranda prays, but not in an over-the-top maudlin way; instead it is a matter of fact reaching out for guidance. When Miranda is upset, a friend reads to her from The Bible, as would have been completely ordinary and expected at the time, and Miranda is comforted – just as when I suffered a loss I read poetry and was comforted. The following passage is a good example of how the book treats religion. In this scene, Miranda is worried that the hero has thrown her over:

She was doomed to settle for lonely spinsterhood.

Which was what she’d already told God she was prepared to accept.

Apparently, she’d lied.

With a nervous glance at the storm raging outside, she took a few steps away from the window. There was no reason to tempt God to strike her with lightning. His aim was sure to be better than Mother’s.

It is all very matter of fact and sweetly funny. The whole book is that way, and I sincerely hope this author writes more and improves on an already promising beginning. With interesting characters, story and gentle humor like this, her books are sure to please.

Merry Monday #25

May. 2nd, 2016 06:57 pm
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What good, exciting things happened to you last week? What are you looking forward to this week? It can be one thing or many things, something big or small - especially the small things, they don't get enough credit.

If you are uncomfortable commenting publicly, you can leave an anonymous comment instead which will stay screened, and I have turned off Captchas.

♣ Last Saturday I booked a hotel room for a weekend trip in July, that I'm undertaking with my sister and her boyfriend. Already looking forward to it...
♣ There's a newly created local meet-up for trans/genderqueer people and I offered to do a painting activity soon-ish ( = bring supplies, paint whatever you want how you want it, eat all the snacks).
♣ This year three of the public holidays in May fall on a weekday.
♣ Three ordered books from the UK arrived today already, which was perfect for a Monday and besides it means I can look forward to receiving shipments all week. I love getting mail.
♣ On my way home I saw a forget-me-not blooming in the narrow space between garden fence and sidewalk. Not only are they pretty, they also remind me of my late maternal grandmother as forget-me-nots were common in her garden.

A garden is a movable feast, God wot

May. 2nd, 2016 09:47 am
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My fitness app tells me that I exercised for six and a half hours yesterday, though that doesn't seem enough; that I walked 30,000 steps; that I only covered twelve miles of ground.

Nothing really adds up, until you take another perspective on the day: that I worked - with breaks - from ten in the morning to ten-thirty in the evening, and those steps were entirely back-and-forth and up and down.

People, we moved a garden.

Happily, it was a garden already in pots; and happily we'd done an afternoon's groundwork the day before, clearing the alley beside the house and putting shelves and such into the truck. Still: it was a big truck, and a crowded garden. Between the shelves and the racks and the hanging rods, we filled that truck from floor to ceiling with biomass, and drove it half an hour and emptied it again (that's where the up-and-down came in, for there were fifteen steps down to the sunside patio, and half the garden loves the sun). Then we went back to the point of origin, and filled the truck again. Just at the point where a British party would have said "I could murder a curry," Karen came through with dim sum; and then we went back to the new house and unloaded the second half of the garden. In the dark.

I am tired today, and a little bit achey.
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usnewsAnyone who’s ever had a job knows the special hell of annoying coworkers who get on your last nerve at work and from whom you can’t escape because you’re both required to work together. But have you ever considered that you yourself might be that annoying coworker for some of your colleagues?

At U.S. News & World Report today, I talk about seven things that would make the chances pretty high that you are the one your coworkers are venting about when they go home each day — including regularly cc’ing people’s managers when you don’t need to, playing the martyr, and more. You can read it here.



7 ways you’re driving your coworkers batty was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager.

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May. 2nd, 2016 11:31 am
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So far today I have scheduled an appointment with a realtor to look at houses, bought stock, and acquired an EIN for a fictitious business.

I'm having a very Adulty Monday.
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Posted by Amanda

The Marriage Contract

RECOMMENDED: The Marriage Contract by Katee Robert is 99c! This is an arranged marriage plot in a modern setting, which I would love to see more of! The book does deal with characters in the mob, which I know is a big off-button for some readers, so FYI. Elyse’s review came out today and she gave it an A:

If you had told me that I’d really love a book about the children of two Boston mob bosses being in an arranged marriage, I’d have raised a skeptical eyebrow. But I’m so so glad that The Marriage Contract proved me wrong because I enjoyed it immensely.

Teague O’Malley hates pretty much everything associated with his family’s name. And when his father orders him to marry Callista Sheridan to create a “business” alliance, Teague’s ready to tell his dad exactly where he can stuff his millions. But then Teague actually meets his new fiancée, sees the bruises on her neck and the fight still left in her big blue eyes, and vows he will do everything in his power to protect her.

Everyone knows the O’Malleys have a dangerous reputation. But Callie wasn’t aware just what that meant until she saw Teague, the embodiment of lethal grace and coiled power. His slightest touch sizzles through her. But the closer they get, the more trouble they’re in. Because Callie’s keeping a dark secret-and what Teague doesn’t know could get him killed.

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The Wee Free Men

The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett is a Kindle Daily Deal for $1.99! We like to feature Pratchett’s books when they’re on sale because his backlist is so huge and eventually, we want to piece together an entire Discworld library. This is book thirty (yes, thirty!) in the Discworld series, but it’s the first book in the Tiffany Aching spinoff.

A nightmarish danger threatens from the other side of reality . . .

Armed with only a frying pan and her common sense, young witch-to-be Tiffany Aching must defend her home against the monsters of Fairyland. Luckily she has some very unusual help: the local Nac Mac Feegle—aka the Wee Free Men—a clan of fierce, sheep-stealing, sword-wielding, six-inch-high blue men.

Together they must face headless horsemen, ferocious grimhounds, terrifying dreams come true, and ultimately the sinister Queen of the Elves herself. . . .

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Dearest Rogue

RECOMMENDED: Dearest Rogue by Elizabeth Hoyt is 99c! This is book eight in the Maiden Lane historical romance series and Elyse called it one of the best romances she read in 2015. She also gave it an A grade:

Everything about this book was wonderful. If I had to describe it in one word it would be breathless–from the action, to the UST (unresolved sexual tension), to the you-know-it’s-going-to-be-phenomenal-once-his-reserve-breaks sex, to all of the pent up emotions these characters have.


Lady Phoebe Batten is pretty, vivacious, and yearning for a social life befitting the sister of a powerful duke. But because she is almost completely blind, her overprotective brother insists that she have an armed bodyguard by her side at all times-the very irritating Captain Trevillion.


Captain James Trevillion is proud, brooding, and cursed with a leg injury from his service in the King’s dragoons. Yet he can still shoot and ride like the devil, so watching over the distracting Lady Phoebe should be no problem at all-until she’s targeted by kidnappers.


Caught in a deadly web of deceit, James must risk life and limb to save his charge from the lowest of cads-one who would force Lady Phoebe into a loveless marriage. But while they’re confined to close quarters for her safekeeping, Phoebe begins to see the tender man beneath the soldier’s hard exterior…and the possibility of a life-and love-she never imagined possible.

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Total Surrender

Total Surrender by Rebecca Zanetti is 99c and is the fourth book in her Sin Brothers series! The series is mainly romantic suspense with a few paranormal components thrown in just to spice things up. The book has a lot of four and five star ratings on GoodReads (it has a 4.3 average), though some of the complaints mention the heroine’s rather naive personality. Has anyone read this one?

A fight he must win . . .

Piper Oliver knows she can’t trust him. They warned her that the tall, dark, and sexy black-ops soldier Jory Dean would try to win her over with his steel-gray eyes and deadly charm, but she won’t be conned by this man they call a traitor. All she has to do is figure out the science necessary to save his life, and she’s done. Something isn’t adding up, though, and she won’t rest until she uncovers the truth-even if it’s buried in his deep, dangerous kiss.

A passion she can’t resist . . .

Jory will do anything to reunite with and save his brothers-even kidnap the gorgeous woman who’s working to deactivate the deadly chip in their spines. But the forces determined to destroy his family won’t let them go so easily. Keeping Piper alive is more than he bargained for-and so is his burning desire for her. But with every second bringing him closer to certain death, can he afford to lose himself in her hot and willing embrace?

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last day for sign-ups!

May. 2nd, 2016 11:09 am
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Hi, all! Today is the last day to join this year's HP Podfic Fest! Here's something to do now that Amplificathon is over. :)

Podficcer sign-up post.

Claim your fic post.

You have a month to work on your fic. Podfics are due on June 6th.


Hippo, Birdie, Two Ewes

May. 2nd, 2016 08:54 am
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 to [personal profile] dakiwiboid !  How ya doon?  Day of fun, enchantment, and joy!

Next 3 Sex-canons posted

May. 2nd, 2016 11:27 am
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In response to this meme, I have posted sex-headcanons for the following three characters:

Agmund Fridmar (Addergoole)
Winter (Stranded World)
Robbie (Aunt Family)

The original post is still open for more comments~
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Posted by Ask a Manager

A reader writes:

I work for a small law firm as an attorney and left a higher paying job with a firm in another state to work there. I’ve been employed there for five months, but I’ve only been working for three months because I was severely ill and had surgery unexpectedly two months into my tenure, and was on medical leave for two months. I’ve been back to work for about a month.

I actually expected them to let me go while I was out, but all of the partners were very accommodating and said everyone wanted me back and that they would do their best to accommodate me. Of note is that I don’t think my leave was protected, as I haven’t worked there long enough and the firm isn’t big enough to be subject to leave laws. So, if they wanted me gone, I’m not sure why they didn’t just let me go while I was on leave.

Without any explanation, approximately one month after I returned from medical leave, one of the four partners took me out to lunch and told me “it’s not working out” and “they [the other partners] want [me] gone but will give [me] three months to find something else.” Of note is that I have not had ANY bad reviews, feedback, or personality conflicts with anyone, and I like my job and the people I work with very much. I expressed as much to this partner and asked for the reason behind this gut-punch. Nonetheless, despite a three-hour lunch conversation with this partner, I was never given any substantive reason other than that the firm has a “revolving door” and he’s had this conversation “many times before.”

After wallowing in feelings of inadequacy, self-loathing, and doubt for over a week and informing my friends and family of my impending termination, however, said partner invites me out to coffee the following week. He then says the other partners feel like they “haven’t given [me] a chance” and they’re not firing me after all!

To say I’m confused, hurt, disgusted, etc. would be the understatement of the year. I don’t have any other job options at the moment, and lawyers don’t find new jobs easily in general right now, let alone after a few months’ tenure in this particular practice area. Having said that, however, the idea of continuing to work for this firm makes me feel ill. What do I do, and what on earth was this about? There really are no other details that I’m leaving out–I’m as confused by this as I’m sure you will be reading it.

Well, it’s possible that it was related to the medical leave, but most employers would be reasonable about that, and an employer ready to fire you over that would usually do it during the leave itself (“unfortunately we can’t let the position go unfilled this long”) rather than a month after you came back. I suppose it’s possible that they’re nervous about whether a health condition will pull you away for a long stretch again, and that would explain their vagueness since even if they’re too small to be subject to laws around leave, few people want to say “we’re firing you because of your health.”

But the partner’s remark that the firm has a revolving door and that he’s had a similar conversation many times before makes me think that’s not the reason, or at least that it’s not the full reason.

My best guess is that these people are terrible at one or more of the following:
* hiring people who are right for what they need
* setting clear expectations with new people about what they’re looking for and how to succeed (and so people inevitably don’t meet those expectations)
* understanding what’s realistic to expect from a new hire a few months in
* working with people who differ in some way from themselves

And no guessing is needed for this one: We know for sure that they’re terrible at communicating. We know that because otherwise they would have given you feedback all along about whatever concerns they had, or at least at a minimum would have explained those concerns when they decided to fire you. “It’s not working out” is rarely a sufficient explanation to give someone you’re firing; they owed you an attempt to put their concerns into words, even if it was difficult or awkward to do.

They especially owed you that because you left a job in another state to move there for this one. I mean, they’d owe it to anyone, no matter how soft of a landing that person was going to have, but reasonable employers know that there are extra burdens when someone moves to take the job. That doesn’t mean that they have to keep someone who’s not working out, but it means that they owe them a clear explanation (as well as some serious severance, which we’ll get to in a minute).

As for what to do now … that’s hard to say without knowing things like your finances, your other options, and how easily you’ll find a new job. Ideally, you wouldn’t return to this one, since it’s very unlikely that it could be a long-term home for you; in addition to what they’ve exposed themselves as, you’d always be wondering if you’d be fired out of the blue again.

However, if your financial situation doesn’t allow for you to say no, then it could make sense to return so that you have a paycheck coming in, while conducting the most aggressive job search of your life.

Either way, this could be an interesting opportunity to try to extract information out of them. You could say something like, “I appreciate the offer of my job back, but can you help me understand what happened? I’m still in the dark about why I was let go in the first place and if I came back, I’d want to make sure I understand what happened.”

Also, if you choose not to return, I hope you’ll think about trying to negotiate a severance package. This may be complicated by the fact that they’re now offering to let you return, but in general, “I left a higher paying job and moved here for this job, and you fired me without good reason” makes a pretty compelling argument for severance.

I was fired and then offered my job back a week later was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager.

Weekend gardening (and bonsai club)

May. 2nd, 2016 08:43 am
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This weekend featured a new thing: $myLittleTown's first bonsai club meeting. There were new people, trees to admire in various states of training, a whole lot of new information, and a very small and very friendly dog. I enjoyed the meeting and the information, and think I'll go back in three weeks for the next meetup.  We have homework: before the next meeting, we're all supposed to obtain a tree, either by collection (I think Star has an eye on the aspen suckers by the big tree clump in our yard) or by going to the nursery for a seedling.

I mentioned an interest in air layering, and the club owner said, now's the time and if we wait we'll need to wait until next spring. We ended up arranging to meet yesterday and do some work on the crabapple tree in our front yard.

Yesterday, naturally, was just above freezing and pouring down sleet. We went out and did it anyway, although Bonsai Lady had optimistically not brought a jacket. Star made hot tea for us and wisely stayed out of the weather.

Air layering is an interesting process. We used the style with ring cuts - two parallel cuts with a score between, stripping the bark and cambium down to bare wood. This girdles the branch - we'll lose it whether or not it roots - so we chose branches that the tree needed to lose anyway: those that were rubbing or scarring branches that are better placed or better established, or those that were shading out other parts of the tree. We packed wet soil around the wounds and bandaged them with clear plastic and tape. The branch has to rely on its own stores of energy to create roots, as the parent tree can't feed it any more.

If the branches die, I'll know they failed; if I start seeing roots in the bandages, I'll know they succeeded. This moves at the tree's pace, so it'll be weeks or months before I have results.

We made six air layers, and one is promised to Bonsai Lady as trade for teaching me how to do it. If they all succeed, there'll be crabapples and to spare, and even if half of them succeed, I'll be a very happy camper. Any that don't get chosen for bonsai I'll replant on our land.

Next weekend is a tiny convention at $nearestBigCity, so I won't be gardening then, and it's supposed to rain all week. The ground is soup right now, so the garden beds may just have to wait a bit longer.
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I forgot to do the April writing roundup yesterday, possibly because I forgot I actually finished anything in April. Sigh.

April 2016 writing roundup:

your long shadows and your gunpowder eyes (@ AO3)
Daredevil; Karen/Frank; adult; 1,900 words
Karen wants the truth more than she wants the fantasy.

I did write some stuff in April! Just nothing that is actually finished. Or in some cases usable in any form! Sigh. Work has mostly sucked away my brainpower.

I've gotten some comments recently on older stories, which is fantastic and always welcome, but occasionally someone asks a question and, like, I'm lucky if I can remember what I meant yesterday, let alone in a story I wrote ten or more years ago! And it made me think about the weird timelessness of fandom, which always kind of exists in a permanent now for the fan who is in a particular fandom at any given moment. Though older stories will feel different - different styles or tropes were in fashion then, or the story was in conversation with some bit of fanon or speculation going around at the time, or canon had only progressed so far etc., and the context is often lost if you weren't there (or, in the case of my Swiss cheese memory, even if you were) - they do often hit the spot, and I know a lot of people don't check the date something was posted at first. I mean, I can speak to this from the other side as well, as a reader going through old Star Wars recs lists looking for things to read and coming up with stuff that is five or ten (or more!) years old too.

We're all still here. Even the people who are gone are, if they've left up their stories or their recs or their meta, still here.

I don't know if that's comforting or weird, but it's what I was thinking about this morning. *hands*

In other news, hockey teams which I am rooting for since my team is out did not have the best weekend. I apologize if my rooting for them is what does in the Caps or the Stars, but, you know, I am on your side, guys! On the other hand, the Sharks, whom I'm really only rooting for because of a fictional goalie (sweet baby Chowder!) won, so that was good.

In other hockey news, Amanda Kessel signed with the New York Riveters, which is exciting, even if the local newspapers don't seem to mention it at all. Sigh.


Patreon Theme Poll!

May. 2nd, 2016 10:10 am
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Hello! It's time for the May Patreon Theme Poll!

These polls determine the theme for Patreon writing for the month, spurring the prompt call and from there several stories.

Want to check out my Patreon? Look here.
For just $1, you can read all the Patreon stories; for $5/month, you can prompt in the prompt calls! (for $7/month you get a private story!)

Don't have Dreamwidth? Please feel free to vote in the comments.

Poll #17461 May Theme Poll
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 3

What should the May 2016 Theme Be?

View Answers

Stranded World (Setting)
2 (66.7%)

Inner Circle (Setting)
0 (0.0%)

The Planners (Setting)
0 (0.0%)

Gender & Sex (motif)
1 (33.3%)

Survival (motif)
0 (0.0%)

Weather and the Outdoors (motif)
2 (66.7%)

Hurt/Comfort (motif)
1 (33.3%)

Rebirth (motif)
0 (0.0%)

Demifiction (type) (non-fiction in fictional settings)
0 (0.0%)

More Please (type) (continuations of extant pieces)
2 (66.7%)

For setting information, check out here.

This poll will close on 5/5/2016 at 5:55 p.m. Eastern time.

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May. 2nd, 2016 08:49 am
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Squirrel that gives no fucks and Sora.

cut for pics )

Information on the Alder updated!

May. 2nd, 2016 09:29 am
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I finally put together a list of my publications!

And on the same site, there A listing of all the places you can currently find my writing...

...oops, gotta add AO3. Well, it'll be updated quickly!

SF/F Being Awesome: Books for Kids

May. 2nd, 2016 09:10 am
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Welcome to the first of what I hope will be many SF/F Being Awesome posts.

Charity Auction FlyerFor close to 20 years, Balticon and the Baltimore Science Fiction Society have been raising money to provide books to kids — particularly kids who might not otherwise be able to afford them — and to school libraries as well.

I spoke with Kelly Pierce, who’s been coordinating the Bobby Gear Memorial Charity Auction at Balticon since about 2002. The auction raises the bulk of the money for Books for Kids each year.

In the beginning, BSFS Books for Kids worked with RIF (Reading is Fundamental) to buy and hand out the books. When RIF stopped operating in Maryland, BSFS Books for Kids chose to continue, and to distribute the books themselves.

The auction is named in honor of Bobby Gear, who was a BSFS volunteer and teacher at Buck Lodge Middle School, one of the first schools to benefit from the generosity of BSFS Books for Kids.

Since it all began, Balticon and BSFS has probably raised around $50,000 to provide books to libraries and kids in need, with the bulk of that money comes from the annual auction.

Think about that for a moment. Think about how many books this group of fans has passed out. Think about how much that means to kids who might not be able to afford books of their own.

This is what I love about fandom. People don’t just get together to celebrate the stories we love. They pour in hundreds and thousands of hours of work to help others, to share those stories and books with others. To share that love.

For more information:

Thank you Kelly for taking the time to talk to me, and thanks to everyone who’s volunteered and donated and supported BSFS Books for Kids over the years.

Goblin: Keep Being Awesome!!!

Do you have a suggestion for a group, organization, or event to be featured on the blog for general awesomeness? Email me at jchines -at-, or through my Contact Form.

Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.

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Every week, let's celebrate ourselves, to start the week right. Tell me what you're proud of. Tell me what you accomplished last week, something -- at least one thing -- that you can turn around and point at and say: I did this. Me. It was tough, but I did it, and I did it well, and I am proud of it, and it makes me feel good to see what I accomplished. Could be anything -- something you made, something you did, something you got through. Just take a minute and celebrate yourself. Either here, or in your journal, but somewhere.

(And if you feel uncomfortable doing this in public, I've set this entry to screen any anonymous comments, so if you want privacy, comment anonymously and I won't unscreen it. Also: yes, by all means, cheer each other on when you see something you want to give props to!)

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May. 2nd, 2016 07:32 am
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways to Give:

[ profile] serah-pounce-a-bell has a fundraising post up for her sister, who needs special medical attention that they can't get in Venezuela. They're raising $300-$500 to get everyone out of Venezuela, where the economy is failing badly, and to somewhere they can get help and medical attention for her sister. You can read more and find a paypal link here; there's also a link to hire her for writing or translation work on Fiverr.

[personal profile] forests_of_fire's younger brother disappeared about a month and a half ago and his body was found on Friday; she needs funds to get home to help with the funeral arrangements. You can read more and support the fundraiser here.

[profile] iamshadow21 linked to a fundraiser for Kit, a trans woman in need of temporary housing in the Denver/Boulder/Longmont area from May 9th through June 1st after recovering from complications from major surgery; she has housing starting June 1st but needs a bridge between leaving her current residence and starting her new housing. You can read more and get in touch here, and there's a rebloggable tumblr version here.

[ profile] moonpupy linked to a fundraiser for [ profile] mickeym, who is facing dentist and doctor bills for her family on top of overdue bills for other necessities. You can read more about the family's situation and find paypal info here, and there's also a gofundme set up by mickeym's adopted daughter here.

[ profile] linballina linked to a kickstarter by Vina, Natalie, and Holly, who want to open a new community bookstore in Queens, which currently has only one store serving the entire borough. You can read more about the project and support the kickstarter here.

[ profile] rilee16 is still struggling to cover medical expenses after two head injuries last year, and hasn't been cleared to return to work, thus can't earn money to cover basic living costs, let alone the bills they've received. You can read more and help out here.

[ profile] editrx has been struggling to keep her indy bookstore afloat for this past year, and on top of her troubles there, she's now been the subject of a violent assault by her housemate. She's dealing with mounting medical bills and trauma from the assault. She doesn't have a new fundraising site yet, but funds from her ongoing YouCaring fundraiser will reach her, as will income from the Starcat Books online etailer. She also has jewelry for sale on Etsy. (Obviously if you're shopping her etail or etsy there may be a delay in delivery.)

Buy Stuff, Help Out:

[ profile] dreamwaffles has a shop on Etsy, which is currently her only source of income while she applies for jobs. She's got cool beaded art and earrings for very reasonable prices; you can shop and purchase here!

And this has been Radio Free Monday! Thank you for your time. You can post items for my attention at the Radio Free Monday submissions form or via email at copperbadge at gmail dot com. If you're not sure how to proceed, here is a little more about what I do and how you can help (or ask for help!). If you're new to fundraising, you may want to check out my guide to fundraising here.

More Maps!

May. 2nd, 2016 08:18 am
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I finally got a picture of the rivers, national boundary, cities, and now wild-rice roads for my new map project:
Read more... )

And this past Friday, for #fridayfiveminutemap, I did a draft of my map for the Cartographers' Guild April-May Lite Challenge (link to follow when their site's not down): a campground.
Read more... )

AllBingo - "Finish It?"

May. 2nd, 2016 08:12 am
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okay, guys, there's this -

So, much in the spirit of [ profile] rix_scaedu's recent "More Character please" prompt request and "More Story please posts, I'm offering this:

Tell me what you want me to finish/work on

Give me 30 things (6 are for me to pick) - with URL if available - that need to be/you want to be completed/continued/furthered, and I will add them to my bingo card, to be worked on over the next 2 months.

If I get more than 30 (I accept this is entirely possible), I will put them all on a list and randomize out the first 30, or pick and choose ones I like, as I see fit.

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May. 2nd, 2016 08:16 am
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I’ve been watching Steven Universe. I’m twenty some episodes in, and I’m not… It’s by no means terrible, but I’m not in love with it. I will watch more because it’s low time investment.

We have two books coming in at Book Bound tomorrow, both for Cordelia. One is the new Rick Riordan book, the start of a new series. (Oddly, the library has no record of this book in their catalog which means they haven’t ordered it yet. I find that really, really strange. I mean, it’s Rick Riordan. There’s going to be lot of demand.) The other is the second book in a series by Kerstin Gier. I’m torn. I ought to save the second book for her birthday, but my impulse is to give it to her right away because I know she desperately wants to read it.

I got up with Cordelia today. She was surprised to see me and demanded to know why I was awake. She didn’t tell me to go back to bed, though, so I really don’t know what she wants me to do. I’ll have to get up with her on Wednesday because my appointment is pretty early. I’ll need to call a cab a little after 9:00.

I slept badly last night. I was too warm under the sheet and blanket and too cold under just the sheet. I was in one of those half awake states where I was both aware of my body and the blankets and all of that and dreaming that there were things I had to to in a very specific way. When I’m like that, the most nonsensical things seem logical, and I can move a bit, so I worry that, some day, I’ll actually get up when I’m like that. Who knows what I’d do then?

I’ve been sleeping without the compression pad and wearing it during the day. That seems to be working out okay. I get more swelling during the day, whether I wear the pad or not, but it seems to be less if I wear the pad. Generally, the swelling goes away when I spend time lying down, whether on my back or on my side, so I think the pad isn’t useful then. My breast still hurts a lot when I get up from lying down, though. I’m fine once I’ve been upright for a minute, but that first minute is pretty awful.

Right now, I’m debating whether to drink more water or to lie down for a while. I think sleep will win, but I’m not absolutely sure yet.

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May. 2nd, 2016 08:01 am
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My short story "Further Arguments In Support of Yudah Cohen's Proposal to Bluma Zilberman" is up today at Diabolical Plots!

Obviously death of the author and all that but nonetheless here are some word-of-God canonical facts:

1. Yudah's pronouns are he/him/his
2. Yudah is definitely much hotter than poor Hershel Shmulewitz (that blockhead)
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Sooner or later, everything leaks out and animals get to hear what others think about them.

(Apologies for missing two weekends in a row; today is technically still a weekend for me.)

[This post is part of my Watership Down read through. You are welcome to join in at any time; please read my introduction post first.]

Kim's Earth: Kim: The Injection

May. 2nd, 2016 11:01 am
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Kimberley knew there was something wrong when no one answered the phone. Without stopping to think about what the repercussions might be she walked home. It had been three days, three very long days, since both her parents had been given the new contraceptive injection and she couldn't help worrying. The World Government said it was safe, that it had been through thorough and rigorous testing, but no one really believed them. Not after what they'd done before. As they had lied then it would be easy enough for them to lie again, which was why her parents had hidden her away in an unused nuclear bunker before the injections. They'd been fined, but they wanted her to be safe. They needed her to be safe, because she had two younger brothers who would have to be looked after if something happened to their parents, although that hadn’t been something they’d thought too much about in advance.

Read more:

Collection: Kim's Earth, Status: Complete, Word Count: 1000 - 2000
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* You do not do a smol summon to all the trickster gods you can dig up sigils for simultaneously and go "HAAAYYYY I'M A SEEKER" for similar reasons to why you do not post publicly to facebook, twitter, and 4chan simultaneously going "HAAAYYYY PARTY AT MY PLACE HERE'S THE ADDRESS" while @-ing a few choice contacts. That is how you get more infosec d00ds than you know what to do with on your lawn and hacking your launderizer; similarly, you don't necessarily want a certain redhead and a certain fan of well-targeted fruit to take up camp in your pineal gland without that you thought things through very, very carefully beforehand.

* I can, in fact, still use coffee as a divination aid.

* Does anyone know a deity or two who might be associated with shit sandwiches and/or lemonade? No, seriously. The deity who is your boon companion when you go "Well, this is certainly a shit sandwich that I have here!" and/or also the entity for "Welp, these are some lemons; I guess it's time to find a big pot and some sugar." Asking for a friend.

* Tumblr is great for creating new mythology. However, anything that tumblr says are true historical fax, double-check that with other sources.

* 90s web design is not an immediate disqualification for a pagan informational website. Presence of information which can be easily debunked via actually qualified historical sources, however...

* Libraries are a thing.

* Divination can be super helpful at some things, but when you're doing it for yourself, you're going to get a lot of internal noise from what you're wanting to happen. Thus, divination is a reasonable way to explore what you personally in fact actually want...

* For fuck's sake, do not get a tattoo on your actual body honoring Bacchus without thinking things through super carefully.

or, in other words...


May. 2nd, 2016 06:21 am
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Back in the 60s, education radicals said that the school system was merely a matter of teachers telling the kids Revealed Truths and then grading them on how correctly they regurgitated those doctrines on an exam. Oversimplified, of course, but yesterday’s satire is today’s news, and we now have a perfect example.

The NFL draft has just concluded. Alleged experts told us who should draft whom, and now they are grading the teams. But of course, no one knows anything about how well the teams drafted until actual games are played. After the season, a preliminary evaluation can be made, but it’s probably best to wait several years. So the experts are grading the teams on how correctly they regurgitated what the experts told them.

Random things

May. 2nd, 2016 06:20 pm
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Feeling motivated but sore, so, a post about various minor things.

First: SOON got (positively) reviewed by PC Power Play Australia!! It got ONE WHOLE EXTRA SALE (which was [personal profile] loic, seeing my post about it on Facebook but shh)

Second: yesterday I went to the Maylands festival and it was super fun, I had fancy meat from the gourmet butcher and fancy toasted marshmallows, and a baby goat at the petting zoo fell asleep in my lap omg it was SO CUTE. At first it was all "wtf who are you" but then it decided I was a friend and then it slowly calmed down and went to sleep. It was all brown with a cute little black nose and floppy ears. Having animals at petting zoos sit happily in my lap is an unexpected upside of the wheelchair. I smsed Cam (who was asleep when I left) that there were some nice looking fancy hotdogs (his weakness :D) so he came down and we had fun walking around together. The accessibility was unnecessarily poor, though, they blocked curb cuts and footpaths in a few places meaning I had to take complex detours a few times to get to things an able bodied person could just step to.

Third...uh...I had a weird pain in my side again? But then it went away? FUN TIMES.

Oh wait! Yeah! I went to the Swancon programming meeting, it was pretty good but I was the only non committee member there so am very glad I came to add a different POV. They want more diverse POVs so contact them with ideas for panels! Especially book/writing/academic/social justicey/cutting edge fandom stuff, since their strengths seem to be more older anime/tv/movie fandoms and fun interactive stuff. I took some notes I'll try and write up when less sleepy.

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May. 2nd, 2016 11:45 am
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May. 2nd, 2016 05:24 am
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"The War on Terror started with over 3,000 people being killed in a terrorist attack on your own soil. It has since cost the U.S. over 5 trillion dollars -- money that could have been used to save far more lives than were lost in the first place, if they had been provided with adequate health care." -- Pete Ross, "Here's the Thing So Many Americans Can't Grasp About Bernie Sanders", 2016-04-26

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