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Oct. 5th, 2015 08:35 pm
archangelbeth: Bleary-eyed young woman peers up, pillow obscuring the lower half of her face. Text reads: SO not a morning person. (So Not A Morning Person)
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1: Get up, get kid to school. (Drive her in because she's sick and if she is going to get through the class at all, she needs all the sleep she can get.)

2: Return. Go back to bed. Just as I'm getting back to sleep, the phone rings. Kid managed to get partway through the unexpected quiz, but has not the spoons for more.

3: Get up, get dressed, get kid, come back with kid, go back to bed.

4: At some point, the phone rings again. (Spouse answers.)

5: Get back to sleep. ...I don't think the phone rang again. Not sure. Waking up happens.

6: Phone rings after waking up. Flinch. Because.

7: Take kid with us to a restaurant we haven't been to before. It promises much, but execution is spotty. I also snark about their "real" oatmeal. If there are scare-quotes around "real," then it's not real. So what is it? Imaginary? Not actually oatmeal? Soylent Beige?

8: On the way out, kid trips on a crack in the sidewalk and twists her ankle some, tears the knee on her pants, and scrapes up her actual knee. I pick her up and carry her 7-10 feet to the car.

9: Long Drive Day. Spouse cannot come, as he is taking his mom to the doctor appointment. I accidentally go halfway to the Wrong Appointment (Thursday's, not today), but fortunately realize this at a point where I can do a relatively minor bit of looping around and go the right way after all. This is somewhat longer. We are somewhat late. Meh.

9a: Manage to get some editing done in the waiting room, YAY.

10: Drive back. In the dark. I hate driving in the dark.

Havva Quote
f___ says, “Oh gosh, Ticket To Ride.”
f___ says, “The board game most likely to lead to assault in my local friends group.”
J_______ [to f___]: Oh dear.
f___ [to J_______]: We...we don't play that game anymore.
f___ [to J_______]: Death threats were issued across the board.
f___ [to J_______]: Probably not seriously!

INwatch+Bookwatch )

Dragons under fold )
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This article does a good job of analyzing what underlies mass shootings. Remember that America has had plentiful guns for a couple of centuries and only recently developed a persistent problem of mass shootings. Also there are other countries with guns that don't have this problem. So if you want to fix it, you have to look at the root causes, which include...

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Peeple: Gone.

Oct. 5th, 2015 08:50 am
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It's dead. When John Oliver pans your app, it's over.

They may be able to change the name and the focus and still create some kind of social media app, but this guarantees the current plan is going nowhere.

Defining Progress?

Oct. 4th, 2015 08:32 pm
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First, two matters of housekeeping:

A scheduling conflict means that I'll have to push the Magpie Monday from the 12th to the 19th, but it'll allow the Magpie Monday to even happen.

The other item is simply that I'm running short of spoons, and will be, likely through Samahain. Replies may be delayed or less detailed than usual, for which I apologize in advance.

And now for something completely different…

Hidden on my computer is a file listing all of the Capaldi!Doctor episodes in descending order of preference. I've been a fan of the show since I was a child, and that list… is rapidly becoming an itemized collection of changes the newest writers are making, seemingly out of thin air. Fortunately, last night's episode did something I loved.

There was a Deaf actress in the episode.
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Oct. 4th, 2015 10:02 pm
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Tomorrow had better be better than today in MANY WAYS. Especially for doing the editing, which I was going to do more of than just at the restaurant, but kid was sick.


(Also bought a book via iBooks at... breakfast? I think? Yesterday lunch? Because I needed to check something and wanted Search. >_> )

Havva Quote
arcangel curls up in a little introverted BALL.
N_____ drags arcangel over. Provides blankets and pillows, and sets her in front of the crackling fireplace.
arcangel curls up under the blankets.
K_______ says, “But a ball is a social event! It makes no sense!”
N_____ [to K_______]: Do not taunt Happy Introvert Ball.
arcangel snickers despite herself.
--The MUSH is kind to me

INwatch+Bookwatch )

Dragons under fold )

Cemetery Symbolism

Oct. 4th, 2015 03:35 pm
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For the death-holiday season, here's a lovely look at the meaning of symbols often appearing on grave markers
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new tweets from Peeple founder

I see you've changed the Twitter handle and are looking for a new name; presumably, you didn't mean to step on the toes of the Peeple home camera hardware.

On the plus side: you're is managing not to get into mudslinging fights; good for you.
On the minus: You truly don't seem to understand what the problems are.

You asked why people aren't outraged at, when it's a similar service.

1) It's web-based; you don't need to own a several-hundred-dollar piece of hardware to participate. If your evil ex is trash-talking you, you can look it up, and potentially get the post removed.
2) It doesn't rate the people who are the targets of its comments.
3) There's no social side of things--people drop off a comment and leave; no opportunity for a nasty comment to turn into a flamewar.
4) It's not being widely marketed and trying to make returns to feed venture capitalists.

Things to consider )

Done last week (20150927Su - 1003Sa)

Oct. 4th, 2015 07:45 am
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Reasonably productive at work. Somewhat productive at home. Booked air travel for Mom's birthday (which I was able to pay for with points! Go me.) and OVFF. (Membership and hotel for OVFF were already booked.)

Practiced. Some days not all that much, but every day.

Lots of puttering around the house, but there's still a lot -- mostly paperwork and coordination -- that isn't getting done. Still employed, but worried. When I stop working, whether it's now or in a couple of years, things are going to go to hell very quickly. N and I are starting to brainstorm other things I could do, but it's still not going to be enough to keep things together.

I hate this.

Links, as usual, in the notes.

raw notes, with links )


Oct. 4th, 2015 05:12 am
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I have to see a couple of specialists before I am cleared for gallbladder surgery. Dr. Sternberg isn't sanguine about surgery as I am at risk for a few complications and I was asymptomatic at the time. I'm starting to have some pain, but nothing to make me scream for coma-inducing doses of pain killers.

So, I see the cardiologist this month. We've yet to schedule the gastroenterologist. As for the chronic insomnia, I see the sleep consult doc in January. GAH!

For now, it's hunt up a new bed time.

Sapient Species?

Oct. 3rd, 2015 08:59 pm
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Fiction, in any form, is a giant "What if?" and it's a chance to practice framing, empathy, logical thinking, improvising, and teamwork.... while sitting safely comfortable in a familiar environment. Midwesterners are about as likely to have an earthquake as we are to see a funnel cloud here in California, for example, but being able to empathize and frame an unfamiliar event with familiar, similar references is a terribly important ingredient in "civilization.

And now I am wandering into today's theme.

Earlier in the week I asked what made us human, and why some people can broaden their definition to include species others don't. Is it laughter that makes us, and art, and micro-robots and lattes and the pyramids?

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Guild Wars 2 PvP is hard.

Oct. 3rd, 2015 09:53 pm
archangelbeth: Bleary-eyed young woman peers up, pillow obscuring the lower half of her face. Text reads: SO not a morning person. (So Not A Morning Person)
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Whee, mashing buttons.

Also a lot of apple harvest festival downtown. Brrrr.

Havva Quote
M__ says, “Fury Road is NOT a Deep Blue Sea. :)”
C_______ needs a copy of Fury Road.
arcangel ponders. Fury Sea. Deep Blue Road. Crossovers?
M__ says, “I SWIM, I DIE, I SWIM AGAIN!”
arcangel [to M__]: hahahahahha
--The MUSH is a strange, strange place.

INwatch+Bookwatch )

Dragons under fold )

I am alive

Oct. 3rd, 2015 04:39 pm
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Yeah, I haven't posted in ages. I'm hoping to get back into the habit. I'm going to ease back in by not telling you all the stuff since last time because that would take a long time and makes the kind of barrier that keeps me putting things off.

So today I joined the Friends of the Library, and also helped mind the booth that the Friends have at Old Time Saturday, which is a regular thing in my small town, the first Saturday of October.

Now October is usually lovely weather--comfortable temperatures, dry, with that wonderful blue blue sky we only get when the summer haze is gone. The trees are turning, the mosquitoes have died, if you're only going to come to Tennessee one month in your life, make it October.

Unfortunately we caught the backwash of Hurricane Joaquin (I think that's how it's spelled) and so it has been raining for two days solid. I wore jeans, hiking boots, my leather jacket, my winter hat with the brim and the earflaps that tuck inside and took the extra large umbrella to go to mind the booth.

I needed them all. A scarf and wool socks wouldn't have gone amiss either and really the hiking boots need new soles. If anybody had been selling hot chocolate instead of popcorn and snow cones, they'd have made a killing, except that the attendance was way down this year--it wouldn't surprise me if half the people present were minding a booth or associated with someone who was. Some of the booth-minders didn't even come.

In other news I have decided to try to learn tremolo. I hate it--I've only ever heard one mandolinist who could do it without sounding obnoxious and they were a professional who played classical music--but it appears to be key to developing other techniques that I do want to be able to do. So I found a youtube video by someone called "hardrockgrrl" who appears to know what she's doing and have a systematic approach I think I can copy. It looks like it will take a couple of months of daily practice to get out of the obnoxious zone but I think I can do that.

And in other other news I'll be playing bodhran at OVFF, which wouldn't be any biggie but I want to be able to hit a particular tempo and then change it to another particular tempo and do that several times, so I have a fair amount of bodhran practicing before me also.

So that's what is up with me.

Yelp for People startup

Oct. 3rd, 2015 11:46 am
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Everyone you know will be able to rate you on the terrifying ‘Yelp for people’ — whether you want them to or not

The new app is called "Peeple." Users need to have a Facebook account, and "must post with their real names," which I don't expect to be enforced. It's being founded by a pair of White blonde women who work in marketing.

To post a review of someone who's not yet on the site, you need their cellphone number. It seems to say that someone who's not registered will only show positive reviews--users can contest the negative ones, and since non-users can't, those reviews go into a hidden queue and don't show up. (Not a lot of details, so it's not clear if that's really how it works.)

Users have to state their relationships: personal, professional, or romantic. Positive reviews post immediately, negatives, even for registered people, have a 24-hour delay to allow for challenges.

Yeah, I can see no way in which this can go horribly wrong.

Pope did not support Kim Davis

Oct. 3rd, 2015 12:16 pm
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from The Guardian

Vatican: pope did not show support for Kim Davis

The Vatican has distanced Pope Francis from Kim Davis, the controversial Kentucky clerk who refused to issue marriage licences to same sex couples for religious reasons, saying the recent meeting between the two ought not to be seen as a “form of support of her position”.

In a short statement that the church said would provide an “objective understanding of what transpired”, the Vatican also downplayed the significance of the encounter, saying Davis was one of “several dozen persons” who had been invited by the Vatican’s ambassador to the US in Washington. The only “real audience” the pope had granted during that period, the Vatican said, was to his former students and family.

[Photos] Banksias

Oct. 3rd, 2015 08:13 pm
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Glen's currently on a 4 hour flight home. (No wait, he's been delayed more).

I've been playing Dragon Age (...I'm going to be playing it forever, you can't stop me).

Also it took me like 50 hours to finally find Rifts less scary. *sighs at self*

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[Photos] Clouds

Oct. 3rd, 2015 08:06 pm
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It's been an interesting weekend.

Glen went to Melbourne to see the Eagles play in the Grand Final, and I stayed here and Mum stayed over with me (I'm not so good on my own at night). It was good, a little stressful just because my routine was thrown off so much, and I feel a bit ill now. So I'm sharing some clouds. Cloud therapy! :)

Do you know how much cirrocumulus we get here? Do you? ALL THE TIME.

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October Monthly Post

Oct. 2nd, 2015 11:54 pm
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What are your planned crowdfunding projects for October? What did you accomplish during September?

The October Creative Jam will be Saturday 17-Sunday 18 with a theme of "Abilities & Disabilities." Please check in then to leave or claim prompts!

Betrayal of Character

Oct. 2nd, 2015 09:07 pm
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For those who aren't active viewers of “Sleepy Hollow,” the series just returned for a partial run (maybe half a season?) to wrap up their universe and the stories they've left dangling. Knowing that they're wrapping up the series, I suspected that they'll be putting more effort into connecting the rather weak plots and even weaker historical plot points into some kind of coherent resolution.

Nope. That wasn't even in the ballpark in the land of wild guesses.
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OC Meme: Vic

Oct. 2nd, 2015 07:28 pm
elf: Emily the Strange: Misery loves company (Misery Loves Company)
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Vic is a Wild Cards character. She wanders the streets of Jokertown, with unnaturally white, faintly glowing skin, and white hair, and white eyes. Her skin is smooth and unlined; she might be a teenager, but she doesn't have a teen's awkward movements. She doesn't sleep, although she does sit down under street lamps or in brightly-lit doorways in at night.

Nobody knows her given name; she just showed up a few years back, wandering alone and glowing, and someone saw her and muttered, "just another victim of the wild card," and after that she was "Victim," or Vic for short.

She doesn't talk. )

The View from Thnidu's Head

Oct. 2nd, 2015 05:48 pm
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As I lie resting:

Why I call her "Her Royal Hiney"


Oct. 2nd, 2015 08:25 pm

Ladiesbingo Card 10-2-15

Oct. 2nd, 2015 02:42 pm
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Here is my card for the [community profile] ladiesbingo fest. This bingo challenge celebrates the various shades of relationships amongst female characters. It's intended to raise the amount of female-centric literature available. All modes are welcome here: het, slash, femslash, poly and gen.  (Borderline fills such as F/F/M or genderswap may be no more than 1 per line or 5 per blackout.)  All media/formats are welcome, including poetry; fanfic and original material are both acceptable. Some of the content may be NSFW. Read the FAQ and rules, scoring, and list of prompts first. The signup post is here. Anyone tired of womenless mainstream entertainment, but not sure what to make? Get a card for inspiration.  (See all my bingo cards for 2014.)

I thought this might be an effective way to attract some new readers. It's also useful for developing some of my series with female leads or other characters as a prevailing feature. Consider The Adventures of Aldornia and Zenobia, Hart's FarmPath of the PaladinsSchrodinger's Heroes, and Walking the Beat. In other series such as An Army of OneFledgling Grace, and Monster House there's at least one F&F or F/F relationship amongst a more widely scattered cast and plot.  Polychrome Heroics is kind of a unique case because 2/6 of Damask (Mira and Maze) are female; and of course it has other kick-ass superheras.  Fortressa's Pit Group is all-female, and within that she has a tighter queerplatonic relationship with Socket developing.

If you'd like to sponsor a particular square, especially if you have an idea for what character, series, or situation it would fit -- talk to me and we'll work something out. This is a good opportunity for those of you with favorites that don't always mesh well with the themes of my monthly projects. I'll still post some of the fills for free, because I'm using this to attract new readers; but if it brings in money, that means I can do more of it. That's part of why I'm crossing some of the bingo prompts with other projects, such as the Poetry Fishbowl.

Underlined prompts have been filled.


A Murder to Solve Taxes Opposites Attract Frankencritters Left Brain / Right Brain
Unnatural (Events, Weather, Beings) Trapped! Race Against Time Chaos and Order One of the Dispossessed
Gen Fic Kinetic Energy Wild CardDusk Pre- Slash / Femslash / Het
Graduation Love without Hope Pretending to be married Soulmates Asia
Child Endangerment Someone gains Purpose Festivals and Celebrations Orgasm Something is Destroyed / Demolished

The Martian

Oct. 2nd, 2015 11:58 am
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Leslie and I went to see the midnight showing of The Martian last night. The movie is a very good film adaptation of Andy Weir's book, and I recommend both to anyone reading this. Most of you are interested in science fiction, and it's great at that. But beyond the quality SF, it's also a story about good people doing difficult things.

Waxing Lyrical )
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Alexis Radcliff is an author who emailed me out of the blue asking if I’d consider reviewing her book. I told her I couldn’t guarantee a timely review, and instead recommended she send me a piece for Boosting the Signal so that she could appeal to y’all directly about whether you might like to read her book. Which is, by the way, A Vanishing Glow, which she described to me as ‘a deep and thrilling blend of steampunk and flintlock fantasy’. So maybe what you might get if you smoosh Boneshaker and the Rebels of Adalonia books together? If that sounds awesome, read on for an excerpt from the book. Which nicely features a clear goal of SCIENCE! Or at least, science in the name of war. Check it out.


A Vanishing Glow

A Vanishing Glow

“Isn’t this kind of dangerous, Doc?” Verse rubbed her arms and looked around the field. “I feel like we should have ear protection or something.”

“Got it covered.” Nilya pulled a handful of cotton bits out of her jacket pocket and passed two to Verse, two to Doc, and then jammed two in her own ears.

“What about Doc’s eye?” asked Verse. Her voice sounded muffled through Nilya’s cotton, but still audible.

Nilya blinked, and looked at Doc. “What about your eye, Doc? If this works, I’d hate to be responsible for something happening to it.”

Doc reached up and tapped himself in the center of the construct eye with two hard taps, making Nilya flinch. “Special crystal compound. Designed by Vasaan himself to work with mystech. Your pulser can’t do anything to it.” He grinned. “Go ahead, Nilya. Fire it up.”

“Wait, wait!” Verse scrambled to stuff the cotton into her ears. Then she covered them with her hands. “Okay, go ahead.”

“Here goes.” Nilya held out the pulser in front of her and braced herself. A queasy, nervous fluttering started up in her stomach. This was her moment. They were only a few feet from the beakers. It had to work. “Here goes nothing. One… two… three!” She flipped the switch.

A loud, keening shriek pulsed out of the tiny pinholes on the device in her hand. It vibrated with the energy of the mystech crystal inside. She winced at the volume of the shriek, despite the cotton, and gritted her teeth, holding the pulser nearer to the beakers. Are they vibrating? She couldn’t tell. She stepped closer.

She spared a glance back at Verse and Doc. Verse stood tensed and ready to jump backwards, one eye squeezed shut and the other peeping open, fixed on the beakers. Doc stood impassively, arms folded. He had a strange expression on his face. He unfolded his arms and raised a hand to rub the back of his neck.

The beakers stood silent and serene on the tree stump, giving no indication that the noise affected them. They should be vibrating by now. There’s no technical reason it shouldn’t work. Why isn’t it working? She bit her lip. What did I do wrong?

There was a loud pop and the device jerked in Nilya’s hands. The mechanical shriek cut off.

Doc was screaming.

She spun around to see him kneeling on the ground, rocking back and forth as he wailed, both hands covering his construct eye. Verse stood frozen behind him, a horrified expression plastered on her face. Nilya dropped the pulser and rushed to his side, grabbing him by the shoulders. Her heart thudded in her chest. “Doc, Doc, what is it? What happened?”

“My eye! My eye, what did it do to my eye? I heard something shatter…” His fingers frantically probed at the socket and then came away. He stared up at Nilya in confusion, natural eye rolling wildly. “I can’t see!”

His construct eye looked intact, though it no longer glowed red with its signature inner light. Nilya took a deep breath. She could still make out the black focusing bands clearly on the dull crimson surface. “It looks okay, Doc,” she assured him. “But deactivated. You can’t see?”

“My right eye…” He stared at her in shock, trying to comprehend what she was saying. “Intact?”

His hand snapped back to his neck, grasping at the brass compartment that held his M-cell seating. The casing swung out on tiny, concealed hinges, and his fingers groped for the mystech crystal inside. Tiny yellow shards tumbled out instead, and he caught them in his hand and brought them around to stare at them.

“I’ll be damned to hell,” he said, looking up at her in amazement.

Nilya stared back. Mystech shards… She stood and returned to the pulser, sweeping it up off the ground, and popped the casing off in a single motion. A similar pile of shards sat in her own M-cell seating. She upended the device, shook them into her hand, and held them out for Doc and Verse to see.

“What is it?” Verse asked. “What’s going on?”

Did my pulser do that? Nilya stared down at it, stunned. But how?

“What is it?” Verse pleaded.

“Something I’ve never seen done before.” Doc climbed unsteadily to his feet. “Her device destroyed the nearby mystech crystals instead of the glass.” He shook his head. “I never even thought…”

“But how? She didn’t build it for that, did she?”

“The calibrator,” Nilya said. “I’d never used it before. My design just resonates, but it’s the calibrator that helped me set the frequency.”

“I’m amazed, Nilya.” Doc let the crystals in his palm fall to the ground and dusted off his hands. “What you’ve stumbled on… Do you realize the potential this has?”

Nilya nodded mutely. Her mind was already racing with the possibilities. A handheld weapon that could knock out every light in a building or disable a guard’s shockrod? One person could hamstring an entire squad of Istkherian Steelguards. She licked her lips, mouth suddenly dry.

“So what do we do, now?” She held the pulser open in her hands, exposed to the air. The device was unharmed, despite the jolt of the shattering crystal. “I’m sorry about the scare with your eye,” she added.

“Forget my eye. It’s fine. Next we test it again.” He gestured back towards the workshop as he stared thoughtfully at her invention. “I have spare crystals in the shop. After we do that, then I take your device and go have a little chat with the Colonel about your potential as a military engineer. We might be wasting your talents with your current assignment.”

Nilya nodded, still too excited to speak. After this, they won’t just let me join the weapons engineering corps. They’ll probably ask me to run it!


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OC Meme: Danwedh

Oct. 1st, 2015 10:51 pm
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I got this from a locked post; the meme is basically "post an OC every day in October." I'm not sure I have that many OCs that I've actually come up with details for, but I have some, and it'll be interesting to try to come up with the rest.

This one is a half-grey elf, half drow, Druid, from my old D&D days; I had some rough notes for her and never managed to find a game that would allow her (until the later editions of D&D, at which point "elf druid" was no longer against the rules and therefore not unique; this requires being unique.)


Her name is Danwedh ni Lalaith, and it means ransom of laughter. She does not remember ever laughing. She has had other names. The ones given by her mother's people, she abandoned when she came to the surface world; the ones given by her father's people were uneasy, like ill-fitting garments. She cast them all aside when she took up training with the forest keepers.

Danwedh has not had an easy life )
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This Gulf of Time and Stars

This Gulf of Time and Stars

Picked up from Kobo:

  • Zen of eBook Formatting, by Guido Henkel. Because this is the guy who wrote the excellent nine-part tutorial for how to do ebook formatting which I followed to do Faerie Blood, Bone Walker, and both of my short stories currently available. This is his extended guide for doing ebook stuff, and I wanted to give him some money to show some support. And also because I want to dive into the more detailed guide he has to offer.
  • Forever Your Earl, by Eva Leigh. Historical romance. Grabbed this because Eva Leigh is a pen name of Zoe Archer’s, and previous stuff I’ve read of hers (i.e., the very fun Blades of the Rose series) was awesome. This is Zoe trying her hand at historicals. Sign me up.
  • Bryony and Roses, by T. Kingfisher. Fantasy, a retelling of the Beauty and the Beast tale. T. Kingfisher is a.k.a. Ursula Vernon, and I grabbed this on the strength of James Nicoll’s excellent review.
  • A Strange and Ancient Name, by Josepha Sherman. Fantasy. Nabbed this because it’s the e-release of a book I very, very much loved when I originally read it, and my paperback copy is getting kind of worn around the edges. Sherman was actually also arguably a strong influence on my own writing, and if you like my stuff, you’ll probably like this book.

And, preordered from Kobo, on the general grounds of I NEED ALL OF THESE BOOKS RIGHT NOW and since I can’t have ’em, I will preorder them, and then will be able to go “OH HEY LOOK A BOOK HAS SHOWN UP WHAT AWESOME PERSON THOUGHT OF THIS? Thank you, Me of the Past!”:

  • This Gulf of Time and Stars, by Julie E. Czerneda. SF. This is not only a new book by Julie Czerneda, not only book 1 of a new trilogy following up on her previous stories involving the species known to the Galaxy only as ‘the Clan’, it’s specifically book 1 of a trilogy revisiting Sira and Morgan from A Thousand Words for Stranger. It’s going to bring the history of Sira’s people full circle, and reunite the split factions.
  • Ancillary Mercy, by Ann Leckie. Also SF, and book 3 of Leckie’s amazing trilogy that’s been duking it out with other titles in the last couple rounds of the Hugos.
  • She Walks in Shadows, by assorted authors. Forthcoming Lovecraft-themed anthology, revisiting the Cthulhu mythos from a feminine perspective. GIMME.
  • Scandal Takes the Stage, by Eva Leigh. Book 2 of the series she’s started with the aforementioned Forever Your Earl

73 for the year.

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Sapient Laughter

Oct. 1st, 2015 09:04 pm
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“I don't give a damn if you are a machine, Bracewell. Are you a man?”

- Winston Churchhill
Season 8, episode 5 of “Doctor Who”
“Victory of the Daleks” (the Skittle Dalek episode)

One of my favorite questions in science fiction (at least, it's more common than in fantasy novels) is “What makes us human?”

What makes our species separate and distinct from “common” animals? How do we define sapience? Sentience? Even in the simplest forms, definitions are nearly impossible to agree upon.
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Oct. 1st, 2015 11:30 pm
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I got a bit of stuff done during the waiting-room time today, despite that being the waiting room that is most comfy to fall asleep in. >_>

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I have it on good authority that a lot of new homeowners go through a stage where they claim they'll be getting geothermal. This lasts right up until they see the price. Then, despite the fact that they've been bragging about it to all their tree hugging friends, they stampede in the direction of a more conventional system. This saves them a few bucks in the short run, but their heating bills are awful and everyone in their crunchy-granola clique laughs at them mercilessly for months.

INwatch+Bookwatch )

Dragons under fold )
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Here is my card for the Halloween / Samhain fest on [community profile] allbingo. It will run from October 1st through 31.  The point of this month's theme is autumn holidays and spooky stuff.  (See all my 2015 bingo cards.)

If you'd like to sponsor a particular square, especially if you have an idea for what character, series, or situation it would fit -- talk to me and we'll work something out. I've had a few requests for this and the results have been awesome so far. This is a good opportunity for those of you with favorites that don't always mesh well with the themes of my monthly projects. I may still post some of the fills for free, because I'm using this to attract new readers; but if it brings in money, that means I can do more of it. That's part of why I'm crossing some of the bingo prompts with other projects, such as the Poetry Fishbowl.

Underlined prompts have been filled.


Drunk Girl/GuyAutumnSmokeEmergency Nurses / Workers DayBalance
Freak AccidentRecombinant DNAHexCreepyFrankenstein
Van Helsing / Monster HunterDia de los MuertosWILD CARDStock your car / house for emergenciesVampires
Listen to the Nerd if You Want to LiveThing in the ClosetShadowsIt Started With a Group of TeenagersGothic
I Got The Instructions off EhowMake-upShapeshifterMummyFeast / Celebrate Food

Halloween / Samhain Fest on Allbingo

Oct. 1st, 2015 08:31 pm
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 [community profile] allbingo is running a Halloween / Samhain fest this month if anyone wants a card.
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NWCN just reported that all the dead in Oregon are women. Shooter was male, shooting into a computer lab. Are we looking at another École Polytechnique Massacre?

eta: This is also being reported:

Kortney Moore, 18, from Rogue River, was in her Writing 115 class in Snyder Hall when one shot came through a window. She saw her teacher get shot in the head. The shooter was inside at that point, and he told people to get on the ground. The shooter was asking people to stand up and state their religion and then started firing away, Moore said. Moore was lying there with people who had been shot.
eta2: From a press conference carried by the NWCN Eugene affiliate, but with poor audio: the three wounded who are in critical condition are also women. (update: the three wounded who are in critical condition at one particular hospital are also women. Wounded were taken to multiple hospitals.)

eta3: Possible advance notice post on 4chan. Here's the link to the We Hunted the Mammoth summary, and here is a cache of the now-deleted thread. TRIGGERS ABOUND: misogyny, violence, murder. subETA3: 4Chan's ID of a specific person was wrong. We do NOT KNOW whether that means the anonymous person was a coincidence; the post the night before was, after all, anonymous.

eta4: KGW reporting all victims sent to Springfield for care were women.

eta5: Sheriff press conference says numbers are confusing, here's the best they have:
  • 10 fatalities (includes shooter)
  • 7 additional injuries
  • 3 of critical moved to another hospital in eugene (2 serious, 1 critical)
eta6: The other four are at Mercy Medical Centre, closer - not sure of the critical/serious count, missed it. One died after arrival. All identified as women, age range given, I think 18-56 but I'm not sure.

Interesting note: if they were asking about religion, one of the 4chan responders to the threat thread (which may and may not have been the shooter) advised the poster not to shoot "churchies" for reasons.

eta7: 3 Stable, 1 Critical, at Mercy Medical. That's also where one of the victims died, in surgery.

Trope Bingo Card 10-1-15

Oct. 1st, 2015 06:00 pm
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Below is my card for the [community profile] trope_bingo fest. This fest features fundamental motifs that will be familiar to most readers. It encourages writers to analyze storylines and characters, then reinterpret them in new ways. It is open to all fandoms and to original work; and open to fiction, poetry, art, and all other media. Read the rules. See the list of tropes. They're trying something new with a divided list this time, so pay attention to that. Request a card of your own. All fanworks and original works are allowed, including poetry; poems can be any size, while fiction should be 500+ words. (See all my bingo cards for 2015.)

Dates for Round Five:
Round 5

July 1: Signups open
July 15: Bingo posting begins
Oct 15: Last day to request a first card
Oct 31: Last day to request a second card
Oct 31: Last day to post bingos for This round
Nov 1: Amnesty beings
Dec 1: discussion period begins
Dec 31: Amnesty ends
Dec 31: discussion period ends
Jan 1: Next round begins

I'm hoping to attract some new readers through this fest. People are starting to show interest in specific prompts. If you'd like to sponsor a particular square, especially if you have an idea for what character, series, or situation it would fit -- talk to me and we'll work something out. I may still post some of the fills for free, because I'm using this to attract new readers; but if it brings in money, that means I can do more of it. That's part of why I'm crossing some of the bingo prompts with other projects, such as the Poetry Fishbowl. Any other ideas for monetizing this? Let me know.

Underlined prompts have been filled.


May December Romancekidficrivals to lovershandcuffed / bound togethertime travel
huddle for warmthwingfictelepathy / mindmeldlocked insharing a bed
unexpected friendshipHurt /comfortFREE SPACEtrust and vowsDeal with the Devil
food and cookingtransformationscelebratory kissreunionsecret twin/doppelganger
against all oddspoor communication skillsslaveficHappy endinggenderswap


Oct. 1st, 2015 05:20 pm
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I made bingo in the Tones & Voices fest.

Banner for Voices Bingo
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Much to our surprise, Dara and I actually enjoyed the two-part season opener for Doctor Who: “The Magician’s Apprentice” and “The Witch’s Familiar”. Y’all may recall that we bailed on watching partway through season 8, and we’d been pretty sure we weren’t going to come back.

But after hearing good buzz about the first half of this two parter, Dara decided to check it out and quite liked it. So I joined her on a rewatch of that one, and then we watched part two last night.

Picoreview: this was in all honesty the most enjoyment I’ve had out of a Moffat story in a while! Spoilers behind the fold.

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Oct. 1st, 2015 02:26 pm
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My Friend and I Would Like a Word With You

The photos from the Bethesda booth finally showed up! More at Flickr.

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I've been arting very casually lately. But I AM participating in Inktober (draw an original ink piece every day for 31 days). We'll see how it goes.

I've not been open for commissions for about two years now. I still get asked, especially for totems, and I put people on a waitlist. But I honestly have no idea when I'll come back to it. I want to one day. Right now my path has me going a completely different direction.

Borzoi sketch. Borzoi have weird heads.

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Moar. )


Oct. 1st, 2015 08:30 am
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Woah, VCON starts tomorrow! I’m on a bunch of panels and my concert is Friday at 7pm, with the possibility of an ish on that because I don’t know if that includes the setup time.

Because I’m just goofy, I’m bringing like three instruments just for the show, plus a few others for a panel, and I’m doing some really old material and a couple of things I’ve just written. BRAND NEW AND FRESH FOR YOU!

Over on Dreamwidth, Batyatoon asked if she could get a listen to the surprisingly cheap and trashy and awesome sound the octave mandolin makes when it’s tuned to an open power chord that’s down a bit. Since she’s all East Coast Tribe and stuff, and therefore far away from any likely shows, I’ve decided CAN DO, SPORT!

This is a raw single mic recording I just made of the “Thirteen” riff, no effects at all, barely any compression for levelling, but it’ll give you the idea:


I love how overdriven it sounds even though there’s not a hint of actual overdrive. I’m still getting a feel for it and a SRS BSNS PRO probably wouldn’t play it out yet but SINCE WHEN HAS THAT STOPPED ME? Muah ha ha!

Relatedly, Part Two of the Doctor Who series opener… surprise! It was pretty good! I’ve got a nit or two to pick, but nothing major, and again, several bits I really quite liked. Still on probation, but this is the best it’s been in a while. I don’t know what happened, but I’m glad it did.

Anyway – see you at VCON, I hope!

said count by the minutes and count by the hours
you’ll see a future that you never knew
but the path’s all covered with the blood of strangers
raggedy man, there’s too many of you

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[Art] Fishes!

Oct. 1st, 2015 11:23 pm
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So, here's the thing, recently I got myself a Moleskine journal (okay okay, I get why everyone loves them now). And then I didn't do anything with it for ages. And then the other day I was bored and so not feeling the writing and technically on holiday anyway so...

So I drew some ballpoint fishes. Tool of the trade: black kilometrico pen.

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Actually really happy with how they turned out! )

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