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Patchwork Families Part 4 of 5
by Dialecticdreamer/Sarah Williams

word count: 941

Review part ONE, TWO, and THREE

:: The lovely, amazing, talented [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith allowed me to play in her sandbox of Polychrome Heroics. Anything developed here is also hers to play with as she will. It's only fair! ::

Time passed in selecting and ordering supplies, until Saraphina woke up. Then it was measured in soft French, in stories and songs and nursery rhymes. Aidan looked up as Arlene entered, carrying a small bowl and spoon. He was sitting on the visitors' chair, with Saraphina in his lap and the baby carrier worn empty on his chest. Both had little dabs of some white cream on their faces, in their hair, on their necks and even their hands.
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Faerie Blood 2.99 Sale!

Nov. 22nd, 2014 05:56 pm
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Just because I can, I’m putting Faerie Blood on sale for $2.99 through December 1st, Cyber Monday!

If you want to buy it from Smashwords, you can use the coupon code EC86P here.

A promotional price has been set on Kobo to put the price at $2.99 (and international equivalents) through December 1st. You can get Faerie Blood from Kobo here.

A promotional price is on Google Play now as well and you can get the book from Google Play here. (They’ve actually put it down to $2.51 since Google Play knocks a bit more off the price in general.)

B&N doesn’t have a mechanism to let me set a promotional price, so I’ve just adjusted the pricing there. You can get Faerie Blood for the Nook here.

A promotional price has been set on iTunes for the book there. Faerie Blood is available on all the iTunes stores I have access to; a full list of iTunes links is available on the book’s official page!

And I can’t set a promotional price for Kindle since I’m not on KDP Select–but I’ve set the price there down to $2.99 as well. All of the various Kindle links for the book are on the book’s official page!

Please feel free to spread the word around about this sale as you like!

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New verses in "Save the City"

Nov. 22nd, 2014 07:52 pm
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Thanks to a donation from [personal profile] janetmiles , there are five new verses in "Save the City."  Danso tries to relate to Nathaniel's grandmother Abigail.

Poem: "The Nature of His Game"

Nov. 22nd, 2014 07:34 pm
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This poem is spillover from the June 17, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] siliconshaman and LJ user Moonwolf1988. It also fills the "loss of possessions" square in my 6-10-14 card for the [community profile] hc_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. It belongs to the series Frankenstein's Family.

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Poem: "A Gathering Ground"

Nov. 22nd, 2014 06:47 pm
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This poem was inspired by the "biology" square of the Science Bingo fest public card 10-31-14. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. It belongs to the series Frankenstein's Family.

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Poem: "The Little Things Citizens Do"

Nov. 22nd, 2014 06:14 pm
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This poem was written outside the regular prompt calls. It fills the "perfect" square of my 9-29-14 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. This poem belongs to the series Frankenstein's Family.

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Nearly a Novel

Nov. 22nd, 2014 05:06 pm
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Wow, I just pasted in the latest poems to the Frankenstein's Family collection ... which is just over 35,000 words now, nearly at the novel threshold of 40,000.  Not quite all of them have been published yet, but the sale is still running through tomorrow.

Caveman Skills

Nov. 22nd, 2014 02:47 pm
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Today we needed a crockpot lined with foil.  Therefore I needed to know how much foil to pull off the roll.  Now, I know there's a formula for calculating that; I could've looked it up.  But I wanted to figure out a way to do it myself, without the math.  So I used a piece of string to measure the inside of the crock, and then the foil.  Problem solved, no math required!

This is a vital life skill.  You don't have to be able to do everything, just know how to get everything done.  Schools don't teach it, parents these days are often unavailable, so people may not learn it.  There are usually a lot of different ways to accomplish things.  I could just as easily have asked my partner, who was three feet away chopping peppers.  But I'm proud of myself for knowing how to figure out these little everyday puzzles -- the stuff that ordinary people actually need math for, only a lot of time, you don't need the numbers.  You need an amount  of something.  That can usually be obtained through practical methods, faster and more accurately if you are not good with numbers.  I'm good with string.

The other thing is that a friend of ours was practicing with his longbow out in our yard, and let us try it.  This is the first time I've gotten to fire a longbow in this life -- the others were compounds.  It was way too heavy a draw for me, but I did manage to launch an arrow with it, and not smack my boobs or elbow with the string.  I remember how to do it, even if this body won't really go there.  Close enough is ... not good enough to put a rabbit in the pot, but good enough to put a smile on my face for sheer nostalgia.

Poem: "Because of the Moon"

Nov. 22nd, 2014 01:27 pm
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This poem is spillover from the September 2, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] helgatwb, [personal profile] lynnoconnacht, [personal profile] technoshaman, [personal profile] ellenmillion, and LJ user Laffingkat. It also fills the "humiliation" square for my 7-31-14 card in the [community profile] hc_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Frankenstein's Family series.

WARNING: This poem contains topics that some readers may find unappealing. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. There are embarrassing situations, menstrual issues, gender dysphoria, difficult negotiation of body boundaries, an abandoned child, and other touchy stuff. Consider your tastes before clicking through.

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Nov. 22nd, 2014 07:56 am
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2 slices of bacon, 2 eggs, some cooked grain...

OK, fried rice for breakfast.

Untapped Potential in SF

Nov. 22nd, 2014 12:02 am
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This article talks about untapped potential in SF.

Untapped?  I've been banging it like a rented drum since I could hold a pencil.  So have lots of other writers I know.  So have my favorite shows.  There's a reason most of my favorites run high in diversity, and why I've taken to dicing up ensemble casts to make a good mix.  It's how I want to see the future.  Plus I have an increasing tendency to look at the cast first when considering a new show.  All white male?  Back on the shelf it goes.  Some female, multicultural, disabled, etc. representation?  Flip it over and read the back.  The higher the mix, the more likely I am to buy it.

Steampunk?  It's not just for white blokes anymore.  Superheroes?  Explosion in a paint factory.  Far-future SF?  All my diversity, let me show you it!

I also used material created by and for people of color to entice prison inmates to read poetry and fiction -- to show them that people like themselves could be writers, heroes, could have a future.  It's one of the most subversive things I've done, and it worked.

But every time somebody says "untapped" or the like, they are dismissing  decades worth of awesome accomplishments by all us folks who have been make this stuff.
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Okay, here is a tip:

If there is a usually normally-functioning kid under a table who does not want to come out and cannot communicate very much, try to ascertain if there is a head injury. If there is not -- and especially if you know the kid is on the autism spectrum -- LEAVE THE KID ALONE for 10-20 minutes and see if they self-soothe. (Obviously, if the building is on fire or the table is about to collapse, that's a safety issue. I am assuming no safety issues.)

If the kid is on the autism spectrum and says that it's dark under the table, consider that there are sensory issues in play. Darkening the room if possible may be helpful, but if not, LEAVE THE KID ALONE for 10-20 minutes and see if they self-sooth enough to cope with the light-stimulus. (Obviously, if one is concerned that there may be an injury, be watchful.)

If the kid is begging you to please don't move the table away from over them, then LEAVE THE DAMN TABLE ALONE.

If you fail to leave the kid alone, try to neg them into going to class like some kind of clumsy Pick-Up Artist, threaten to call their parent(s), and drag the table away when they are begging you not to... then do not be surprised when the kid's parent or parents start breathing fire and/or turn into bear(s) who want your head. Especially if you have presented yourself as being a psychologist. Because that behavior was just vicious.

Am I angry? Gosh, however could you tell.

INwatch+Bookwatch )

Dragons under fold )

Grimm Feminism

Nov. 21st, 2014 09:11 pm
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I've finally pinpointed one of the reasons I like Grimm.

Since it hinges on several events from tonight's episode, I don't want to spoiler it. Instead, I'll start by saying that Season One Juliet is almost a completely different character than in Season Two and successive ones.

I also disliked her character. Intensely. I /winced/ whenever the actress spoke.
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Poem: "Dance on the Table"

Nov. 21st, 2014 10:03 pm
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This poem is spillover from the July 1, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] dialecticdreamer, [personal profile] technoshaman, and [personal profile] ellenmillion. It also fills the "hunger / starvation" square in my 6-10-14 card for the [community profile] hc_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the series Frankenstein's Family.

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Copyrights, Licenses, and Love

Nov. 21st, 2014 06:20 pm
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Those of you who look at such things may have noticed that I'm licensing this on more liberal terms than I've been using for Silicon Soapware.

This journal (and probably future issues of Silicon Soapware as well) will be under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. The main difference is that I've dropped the restriction against commercial use. You can read the fine print on the Creative Commons site at

I got started thinking about this when I noticed that the Creative Commons people had upgraded all their licenses and were recommending that people use the newer versions.

When I was growing up the music industry (as well as movies and other media) were built around a few large companies. The recording and distribution technology of the time tended to favor a culture of a relatively few heavily promoted stars. This made a few composers and performers wealthy while most languished unnoticed. There may have been a larger number of people making a modest living in the various arts but the general public didn't hear much about them.

Thus it appeared that the only way to succeed as a writer was to somehow get noticed by one of the established publishers.

In addition, I'd grown up hearing horror stories about composers like Stephen Foster who died in poverty as others got rich from their works. I didn't want that to happen to me.

Then the world started changing. Cassette tapes came along, making it feasible for people to record music at home and distribute it to their friends and acquaintances. The quality may not have been what you would get from a studio, but at least it was a start. Likewise, printing technology made small-scale distribution of written works less capital-intensive.

Around this time I was getting involved in science fiction fandom, where one could make friends and otherwise get non-monetary rewards by being generous with one's creations.

Then computers and the Internet added momentum to the trend. Now a culture based on freely shared creative works is taking shape, and it feels like something I want to be part of. Based on the arguments I've read on the Creative Commons site and elsewhere, the type of license I'll be using appears to be the best choice for me.

If people with money want to give me some I'll gladly take it (contact me for logistics), but I won't be charging for my work in the conventional sense.

See also:

Don't worry, I haven't forgotten you!

Nov. 21st, 2014 02:44 pm
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I've been super-busy since I moved back to New York from London. I haven't finished unpacking yet, and in addition to doing support for the London project, I've jumped right into another project. Also, the day after I got back I drove down to Maryland for the baby-naming of my brand-new niece. (Nothing like a 5 hour drive on jetlag. Thankfully).

But I'm back and ready to party, promise. More real content soon, including my farewells to London, stuff about Worldcon and Worldcon bids, musical things.

Watch this space.

Call for Prompts

Nov. 21st, 2014 11:22 am
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[personal profile] thebonesofferalletters is hosting Stories from the Crossroads with a theme of "LGBTQA themes and/or creators and creations."  Leave prompts, get ficlets!  There are perks for donations.

42 years ago

Nov. 21st, 2014 11:55 am
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I wore a dark brown suit. The bride wore white, as brides do. Joe and Elaine Ennis were our witnesses, and Paula's parents were there to see us through. It was a very cold November night, with snow on the ground -- quite unusual for Denton, Texas, especially at this time of year.

42 is supposed to be the answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything. Yes, I think that's right. My Life. My Universe. My Everything.

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Nov. 21st, 2014 10:01 am
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My monthly prompt call!

Feel free to prompt and signal boost. I look forward to being able to write for you!

Geeks At Home (One meaning of "Fan")

Nov. 20th, 2014 08:40 pm
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Some days, it's very, very difficult to actually write a serous piece for this blog. After /months/ of playing it straight, I think my readers finally NEED to understand why.
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I hate broken sleep.

Nov. 20th, 2014 10:33 pm
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It makes me crabby. (Do not feel that you cannot speak to me on a crabby-day post, though; I will see it the next day, usually, and I will try not to crab too much. >_> Just, perhaps, handle with care.)

I have found that store-bought turkeys often contain... Gluten! And sometimes MSG! ( alerted me.) For those with allergies to gluten, and/or reasons for avoiding MSG... Be warned, and check the ingredients label.

I don't eat turkey at all, and so far as I know can handle gluten. (Probably all that Tennessee inbreeding in my geneology.) But I know some people can't.

I backed up All Things Pages, and deleted-and-reinstalled Pages on the new iPad today, which fixed the crash-upon-opening problem. (Factory-installed app, came with the device, crashed along with GarageBand and all the other iWorks apps.) ...Discovered that it is now UGLY. O:p I think I'm going to see what the iOS Microsoft Word looks like now.

Havva Quote
...I've got my eye on you three. So does Cerby. And he's got six of them.

INwatch+Bookwatch )

Dragons under fold )

Trans Day of Remembrance: Yoilosh

Nov. 20th, 2014 08:00 pm
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For the Trans Day of Remembrance, I direct your attention to the Torn World character Yoilosh, a gender activist. 

EDIT: It occurs to me that I should also add, I maintain my parts of the internet as safe space, so if someone hassles you about your gender in my territory, let me know and I will deal with it.  If you're local to me and having gender issues, you can also come to me and I'll help as best I can.  Intolerance is bullshit up with which I will not put.
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There is a lovely mini-interview of [personal profile] dialecticdreamer by [personal profile] corvi about writing and entertainment.   Schrodinger's Heroes fans will get a big kick out of this.


Nov. 20th, 2014 01:19 pm
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Seen at the birdfeeders this morning: a flock of 7 goldfinches all crammed onto the foot-long thistle sock.  There was some fluttering and pecking, but on the whole they share much better than most other birds, who will hog a whole side of the hopper feeder to themselves unless it's pretty cold out.

Thankful Thursday

Nov. 19th, 2014 10:32 pm
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So, after another lenghty break, we finally come around to the Thursday before Thanksgiving. We'll see whether I can get two weeks in a row. But for now, I'm thankful for..

  • Having finally sold Grand Central Starport. An era has well and truly ended, and I'm still somewhat in shock. But still.
  • Rainbow's End.
  • My wonderful family.
  • Cat therapy.
  • ssh -Xf $MYBOX gnome-panel

ETA: The first sentence would probably have been more effective if I hadn't posted this on Wednesday.

Chessiecon ramp-up

Nov. 20th, 2014 01:12 am
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The music schedule for Chessiecon is pretty solid at this point. I'm taking some risks, but I think it will be fun, and that the con will be awesome.

Some hilights:

Tom Smith. Because.

Batya. In, and out of the Funny Things (with Merav).

-Five- sometime members of Clam Chowder, doing their thing in, and out of the music room. Including Don Stallone, who hasn't been seen for...quite some time.

Familiar. Who I've never heard in person(that I know of), but sound -damned- good.

Glen Raphael, Gary Ehrlich and Roberta Rogow (because I do actually want filk on the menu).

The Usual stuff (filk circles, including a moderated 2pm Friday one; the Halelujah Chorus, caroling, Moggy, Ellen James, Sarah Pinkster, and, of course, an insturmental jam).

More lobby performance than you can shake a stick at. Because it's always good to have a choice about where to go.

There -may- end up being too much music. (is there such a thing?) There won't be too little.

If you don't have anything else you're doing on Thanksgiving Weekend this year, it's worth doing.

Long Drive Day

Nov. 20th, 2014 12:37 am
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No long posts tonight! Unwinding from Long Drive and catching up on LJ and whatnot. ( would be some of the whatnot. I have submitted Crucible's cover, at least partly in the hopes of figuring out if the title's margins are any good. OXD )

...the kid went up to get ready for bed, and her lights are off in her room and I think she laid down for a moment before calling me for bedtime stuff and... fell asleep. O_o

Havva Quote
“On the other hand, she had to admit that she had never met an eagle or a peacock or a phoenix, either, and it was entirely possible that they were just as obnoxious as swans. Rhea was not notably more cynical than the average fifteen year old, but she thought that this was likely. ”
--T. Kingfisher. “Seventh Bride.” iBooks.
Or -- whence I downloaded it into iBooks, though I know it's also on Amazon and presumably B&N and Kobo as well as iBooks/iTunes.

INwatch+Bookwatch )

Dragons under fold )

Five Questions -my answers.

Nov. 19th, 2014 08:27 pm
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I gave Corvi a chance to ask me some questions-- the questions are thon's and the answers are mine. (Though some of them feel like the characters running away with my brain, frankly!)
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Nov. 20th, 2014 11:39 am
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Doing pretty good.

Things have settled down into "flatmate away" mode and I feel more secure and everything is running more smoothly. It's harder to cope without the additional support - I get less energy to do things I want to do and more of it goes into necessary stuff - but I can cope.

medical updates - cautious optimism )

I've been christmas-decorating the house slowly, and getting people to do tons of odd jobs and other bits and pieces that have been on my "to do" list. Having the house the way I want it is an especially big deal when I spend all of my time here!

That's all I can think of for now ... Love you all!

Language on the Brain

Nov. 19th, 2014 05:00 pm
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 ... apparently stays there even if the language is discontinued.

I think the weirdest effect I've gotten is that the Spanish in my brain kept growing  after I stopped studying it.  I can parse things now that I know we never studied in class.

How to gift my books

Nov. 19th, 2014 12:46 pm
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And speaking of gifting, let’s talk a bit about how to give any of my books as gifts! Because as you might guess, this is a subject near and dear to my heart. :D

Faerie Blood’s print edition

I will be happy to mail a copy of Faerie Blood‘s print edition anywhere in North America, either to you or to an address of your choosing, and I will totally sign it as well.

Overseas folks, please be advised that the cost of mailing an individual copy of the book is more than I actually ask for the book, so I’d recommend against that unless you REALLY want to pay the shipping charges. *^_^*;;

Regardless, contact me by email or the various social networks I’m on if you’d like to make arrangements.

All of my ebook editions

Faerie Blood, Valor of the Healer, and Vengeance of the Hunter are all available via the major ebook vendors. So if you want to give any of them as gifts to people, you should go to the ebook vendor of your choice and use its available functionality for giving gifts. (Note: Carina Press’s own site does not have gifting functionality, so if you’d like to give Valor or Vengeance as a gift, you should do so via one of the major ebook vendor sites.)

Instructions for how to gift a book on the Kindle are here.

Instructions on how to gift a book on the Nook are here.

Kobo apparently USED to have the ability to gift ebooks, but doesn’t currently now, given what I’m seeing poking around the site. So if your target gift recipient is a Kobo user, you’re probably going to be best off giving a gift card.

If you want to give one of my books as a gift on the iBooks store, search for that book in iTunes or iBooks, and click on the dropdown arrow next to the price. You should see a menu that includes an option to “Gift this book”.

If you want to give the book as a gift on Google Play, to the best of my knowledge, it can’t be done–you have to give gift credit to the Google Play store via a gift card.

Smashwords has a “Give as a Gift” button on Faerie Blood‘s page here.

ALSO: I can’t hand-sell you my Carina titles, but I can and will hand-sell Faerie Blood as a gift to anyone in electronic form as well as print! I have EPUB, MOBI, and PDF all available, and can even make arrangements to bundle them up onto a gift CD for a recipient if so desired. As with the print edition, talk to me if you’d like to make arrangements.

Valor of the Healer’s audio edition

Don’t forget, either–Valor of the Healer is available in audio as well as ebook, so that’s a potential gift option too!

You should be able to use Amazon’s, Audible’s, or iTunes’s ability to gift audiobooks on any of those platforms.


Talk to me! And if you choose to buy any of my stuff as gifts for your loved ones, thank you in advance for your support!

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Evil!Schrodinger in Action

Nov. 19th, 2014 02:12 pm
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[personal profile] zeeth_kyrah asked me if if this was how Evil!Schrodinger got started.  Could be!  That is definitely  his personality. 

How to gift Big Fish Games

Nov. 19th, 2014 10:16 am
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Some of you know already that I work for Big Fish Games for my day job, and because of this, I thought I’d take a moment to provide some helpful data on how to give our games as gifts if you want to give casual games of the sort we sell to your loved ones!

What we sell

First of all, if you don’t know already, what we sell are things in the general category of “casual games”, ranging from Hidden Object-type adventures (some of which can be quite complicated and dark) to Match 3 type games (think Bejeweled, Gummy Drop, or one of my personal Big Fish favorites, Unwell Mel) to card-type games (think Fairway Solitaire and Fairway Solitaire Blast), and many more.

What platforms our games can be played on

We sell games for PC, Mac, iOS, and Android.

Gifting PC and Mac games

We have a page for buying gift credits for standard editions of our download games right over here. (Standard Edition as opposed to Collector’s Edition–the Collector’s Editions of games have extra content available, and they cost more.)

Note that a lot of our recent releases are Free to Play style games, meaning anybody can download and play them, but they have in-app purchases. Gift credits should basically be used on non-Free-to-Play type games.

Gifting iOS games

We sell our iOS games through iTunes, of course. So there are a few different ways you can go about giving out our iOS games as gifts.

One: we have a bunch of app bundles available for our iOS games and you can see them on our site here. And we’ve got a Help page up about app bundles here.

From what I’ve seen googling around, you can buy an app bundle via your computer in iTunes and then you can download the individual apps onto your iOS device, even if you’re not running iOS 8 yet. So if you want to give an app bundle to somebody, and they don’t have iOS 8 on their phone or iPad yet, have them redeem the gift code on their computer. See this post for a longer explanation.

Two: If you want to give an individual game as a gift, you can do that too via the iTunes app store’s usual functionality. As with our desktop games, a lot of our iOS games are Free to Play. So if you see specific Big Fish Games with a visible price on them, those are ones you can give as gifts. (For example, Mystery Case Files: Return to Ravenhearst, a long-time favorite of mine.)

I don’t know yet whether iTunes app store credit can be applied to in-app purchases on our iOS Free-to-Play games. I’ll update this post when I find out.

Gifting Android games

The vast majority of our Android games are available via either the Amazon app store or the Google Play store.

On Amazon, I don’t see an immediate way to give specific games as gifts–but I do see that you can give Amazon coins as gifts to people, and they can then spend them on apps. Alternately, you can always also buy Amazon gift cards for folks and they can spend those on apps as well.

On Google Play, it’s a similar situation–I don’t see a specific way to give an individual game as a gift. And checking the Help on Google Play’s store, I see that you can only buy physical gift cards for people if you want to give them credit to the store. You can’t buy store credit online for someone else’s account, just your own.

I don’t know yet whether Amazon and Google Play store credit can be applied to in-app purchases on our Android Free-to-Play games. I’ll update this post when I find out.

What games should you buy?

So enough with the details–what games do I recommend?

First, here is an earlier post I did on the topic of my favorite games, including several from Big Fish.

(Note: since I wrote that post I have in fact started playing “Escape from Ravenhearst”, but be advised that that game is particularly dark compared to a lot of our usual fare. It’s one of the few games we’ve published with an actual content warning. It’s not kidding. So if that’s a concern, you might skip that one and go to the next one in the series.)

Some more recent releases that aren’t mentioned in that post: I’m VERY fond of Fairway Solitaire Blast, which is a Free to Play game, but which strikes a decent balance between playability (you don’t really need to buy extra perks to solve levels) and reasonably priced extra perks (you can drop 99 cents on a new pack of lives if you don’t want to wait for your lives to recharge).

And in terms of full-download, premium-type games, I like the “Awakening” series as well, which starts with “Awakening: The Dreamless Castle”. “Empress of the Deep” is pretty cool, too, and it’s got sequels as well.

Any questions?

Any questions? Recommendations to others about your favorite casual games? Tips on how to give games as gifts? Drop a comment and let me know!

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NOW IT CAN BE TOLD: We will be having the official release event for Bone Walker: The Free Court of Seattle Original Soundtrack Album at Conflikt 2015 in Sea-Tac, just south of Seattle, Washington. It will also be the release event for book two in the Free Court novel series, also called Bone Walker.

This is going to be a full-band event, with readings, details of all of which will be forthcoming once everything’s nailed down. Certain key guest players from the album will be joining us on stage, and it’s going to be awesome.

Otherwise, sorry I’ve been a bit quiet, things are happening. More to come soon. Lots more, I hope. :D

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1: Uncle-in-Law does not have MRSA that's resisting the usual drug, but instead apparently has a reservoir of bacteria somewhere which is releasing new troops into the bloodstream. They are going to ship him down to a bigger city hospital, probably closer to his insurance, and check his pacemaker leads. Presumably the next steps, if the leads don't have bacteria adhering to them in a spot just above where the IV antibiotic can get to them, would be to scan his hand (that had stitches relatively recently and had a lump on it for a while), and then a full-body scan to see if there's a mass of infection hiding somewhere.

2: Okay, so there was a thing that haikujaguar on livejournal posted, about representation as authors in fiction, and how it felt like this should be a non-issue -- that people should just self-publish and do an end-run around the gatekeepers. (You can probably find the post and she may let me link to it (or she may tell me to occlude the name), but for Bast's sake, if you comment there, be good. Because the TL;DR form is I think she's 100% right on one axis of the argument, though I disagree with her on another axis.) So anyway, I had a mass of feels which I inflicted on her. And which I should probably put here, because it goes really meta in spots. (And now she can delete all my comments if she wants! ^_^ ), Person Who Is Traditionally Published Soon, whom I refer to, tell me if you'd like me to A: edit this in any way on those aspects, and B: delete the other comments and just reference back to here. I was trying to avoid saying anything specific!

Seriously. This is a <I>lot</I> of Feels. Also a lot of parentheticals. )

No quotes after all that. My eyes are doing the @_@ thing. Go check out her books at and then sample them wherever you buy books. There will be quotes!

(Later I will do T. Kingfisher quotes from Seventh Bride.)

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Last night, while entering data about long-dead relatives into the family history database, I was struck by the unusual (for the time) family of one 2nd cousin four times removed. She married in 1884, had her first child in 1885, a second in 1887, and a third in 1889. Then she stopped. After two sons and one daughter she and her husband had no more children. She didn't die as a result of her last pregnancy, nor does he seem to have moved away. It set me to wondering what family planning options were available to them, living as they did in Hamilton, Ontario, in the 1890s.

Turning to Google, I found that they would have had a number of options -- rather more than their American cousins to the south, due to the Comstock laws which limited the options of American women to abstinence and prayer. While vulcanized rubber condoms were available by 1890, the preference seems to have been for cervical caps and diaphragms. In the event of "accidents" the midwives of the day would provide a "uterine wash" to "promote regular menstrual flow" should that become necessary.

The perils noted in the Subject line came from the complete lack of regulation and government oversight. While most midwives were careful and diligent, there were sad exceptions. Furthermore, there were a lot of quacks peddling "French pills" which often contained toxic amounts of drugs intended to induce abortions. Fortunately, my long-dead cousin seems to have avoided these, succumbing instead to what was most probably breast cancer at the age of 51.

Fiction: Patchwork Families (3 of 5)

Nov. 18th, 2014 06:40 am
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Patchwork Families Part 3 of 5
by Dialecticdreamer/Sarah Williams

Review part ONE and TWO

Forward to part FOUR

::I may have forgotten to thank [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith when I posted this, but she has my sincerest appreciation every day for allowing me to play in her">Polychrome Heroics sandbox!

They began winding their way through the questionnaires, but after half an hour, Aidan held up a hand, glancing down at Saraphina. “Shh, c'est bien. Do, do,” he murmured softly. Saraphina gripped his shirt, even in her sleep, but began to relax. Instead of setting her in the crib, he checked his watch, tapping out a few keystrokes on his tablet. “Ce'st--” he sighed again, and shook his head faintly. “Sorry, I think she'll /sleep/ properly for a bit.”
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Nov. 17th, 2014 11:22 pm
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Poor guy had a rough day.

I took him to the vet because he has another eye infection.  They checked his eye for ulcers, seems clear, though it's still possible he has feline ocular herpes that acts up occasionally and causes grossness.  That sucks, but isn't scary.  So we medicate and be patient and see how he does.

Thank you to everyone who donated recently to help with his vet bills.  I turned down a couple of things that didn't seem likely to help much, but was still able to get what needed to be done done and catch both boys up on their Banfield plans.

I need to buy some Advantage -- there might have been flea dirt on him, which given the number of strays around my girlfriend's place isn't surprising -- but that will have to wait for next month.  (Our last vet, the really good one, gave us the tip to get the stuff for big dogs, making sure it's the one same ingredient with none of the extra tick stuff, and then splitting it with a syringe for multiple cats.  So that saves money and works a treat.)

Thank you.  I could have done this, but it would have left me with literally nothing, and I wasn't not going to do it, since it's been apparent that it's uncomfortable for him.  I love my guy.  He's frustrating and aggravating and sometimes I just wish he'd be less needy, but he's a sweet boy, and he loves me, and I want to try to be what he needs me to be.

I'm not feeling great on the cat care front, lately.  I've been absent and scattered and cranky and sometimes in pain and it just . . . I haven't been giving him attention the way I should be.

I hate the way that this bullshit mental illness and the associated poverty and stress fucks up literally every part of my life.  Sigh.

Y'all are lovely, though.

Patreon coming soon, I hope, but in the meantime, The Graveyard of Empires is a good way to support us.  We're at 35% and that's doing pretty good!  I'd like to top 40% or even 50% by the end of this week.

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Another surprising recommendation from the land of Opinionated. (Yes, me. Some things I am merely Curious about, but for the most part, Opinionated is my default setting.)

“Star Wars Rebels” has been unusually interesting.
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