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I think someone else would like this better than me. I skimmed a lot of it because the voice of "Ralph Trilipush" didn't engage me. The core question's pretty easy to the reader, but that's not a problem, because the secondary questions are the point anyway. I think the right person would like it: even though it is not actually a thriller, I think thriller readers would be about right. I looked at his other book, called Prague though it is set in Budapest, and I was not taken with it, but again it looked like someone else might like it better.

40 Years Ago Today

Aug. 20th, 2017 04:56 pm
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The United States of America, then an independent nation, launched Voyager 2

I wonder if any of the people involved realized it would still be going two generations later?

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Find of the Week: Goth Girl

Aug. 20th, 2017 09:57 pm
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I picked up the first of these in a supermarket the other day because I could not resist the eight-poster bed, read it yesterday, and today picked up the next two volumes. They are

Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse
Goth Girl and the Fete Worse Than Death
Goth Girl and the Wuthering Fright

by Chris Ridell.

Young readers (the alleged intended audience) will probably enjoy them - they're not quite graphic novels, but they have a lot of graphic elements[*], and very silly plots - but well-read, pun-loving adults with a good grounding in literature and contemporary British culture will probably enjoy them even more.

Since I started reading them the air has been punctuated by laughter every now and again when a penny drops. I am halfway through book two, and there seems to be a puddle of pennies at my feet...


And now I shall return to the statue of a sulking-looking seamonster known as 'Mopey Dick'.

[*] extra points for innovative use of footnotes

Write Every Day, August Day #20

Aug. 20th, 2017 09:17 pm
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I feel like I've slept all day, even though I haven't. Not that I've been doing much else, either...

Writing

So far only a few sentences on one of my original things, and I've started to work on my Femslash Exchange Sign-Up, but only by selecting fandoms and pairings. (I'll have to narrow down the Doctor Who pairings I want to request.) I might still take a look at the beta comments to my Rare Pairs fic, but I'm too tired for editing today, I think...

Tally

Days 1-14 )
Day 15: LJ / DW : [personal profile] auroracloud, [livejournal.com profile] cornerofmadness, [personal profile] esteliel, [personal profile] fangirlishness, [personal profile] miss_morland, [personal profile] navaan, [personal profile] sylvanwitch, [livejournal.com profile] trobadora, [livejournal.com profile] verdande_mi, [personal profile] ysilme
Day 16: LJ / DW : [personal profile] auroracloud, [livejournal.com profile] cornerofmadness, [personal profile] esteliel, [personal profile] fangirlishness, [personal profile] miss_morland, [personal profile] navaan, [personal profile] sylvanwitch, [personal profile] tinx_r, [livejournal.com profile] trobadora, [livejournal.com profile] verdande_mi, [personal profile] ysilme
Day 17: LJ / DW : [personal profile] auroracloud, [livejournal.com profile] cornerofmadness, [personal profile] esteliel, [personal profile] fangirlishness, [personal profile] miss_morland, [personal profile] navaan, [personal profile] sylvanwitch, [livejournal.com profile] trobadora, [livejournal.com profile] verdande_mi, [personal profile] ysilme
Day 18: LJ / DW : [personal profile] auroracloud, [livejournal.com profile] cornerofmadness, [personal profile] esteliel, [personal profile] fangirlishness, [personal profile] navaan, [personal profile] shopfront, [personal profile] sylvanwitch, [livejournal.com profile] trobadora, [livejournal.com profile] verdande_mi, [personal profile] ysilme
Day 19: LJ / DW : [personal profile] auroracloud, [personal profile] esteliel, [personal profile] fangirlishness, [personal profile] navaan, [personal profile] shopfront, [personal profile] sylvanwitch, [livejournal.com profile] trobadora, [livejournal.com profile] verdande_mi, [personal profile] ysilme

Let me know if I missed anyone, or if you wrote but didn't check in yet! You can join in any time.

this week we commemorate st. phoebe

Aug. 20th, 2017 07:08 am
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St. Phoebe is the prototype for women deacons, a leader of the early Pauline church. She traveled widely, carrying church correspondence across the empire. Her legacy has inspired generations of ordained women.
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Traveling: Visions

Aug. 20th, 2017 09:57 am
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Posted by Heather Rose Jones

Sunday, August 20, 2017 - 02:57

Just a quick note this time. Yesterday we did a little more wandering around Durham. Checked out the stalls in the Old Market Hall looking for gifts, but didn't see anything that really grabbed me. Went off to look at Sara & Joel's new house that they're gradually getting fixed up for moving in and had serious Old House Envy. (18th century beams! 0.5 meter thick back wall (now an interior wall of the house)! Cute postage-stamp back garden with sheds!) Had lunch and a pint in the pub right around the corner from the new (old) house.

Spent the afternoon resting up for the jaunt to York today, plus doing a bunch of exporting, formatting, and annotating of my files from the Great Welsh Name Database which I'm handing over to Sara for use in the DMNES project (Dictionary of Medieval Names from European Sources). This is, to some extent, an acknowledgement that I'm unlikely to do more work on the database in the near future. But I've always meant to ask if she wanted the data to use and this was a chance to talk about how the current files are structured and what some of the analytic data was trying to do.

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I need to do a con writeup for Worldcon 75 (it was swell) and a trip writeup (it was mostly good) but am still massively jetlagged and wrangling the aftereffects of a horrible migraine yesterday. Blergh.
But I still have updatey things!

Followup from Worldcon panels:
Older Women in Speculative Fiction: Catherine's book and story list of older women as protagonists in science fiction, fantasy and horror. Sidsel Pedersen had turned it into a Goodreads list that you can add to or use to build a reading list of your own. Catherine has a shorter Goodreads list of her reviews of some of the books in the bibliography.

LGBTQ Science Fiction Goes Worldwide -
Catherine's original history of LGBTQ speculative fiction posts here now here. Her updated versions which include more horror and are longer are being posted on a monthly basis on Queer Sci-Fi and her list of speculative fiction with queer female protagonists cane be found here. The Gaylactic Spectrum Awards have a reading list of early works here (see also the award lists) and LGBTQ Reads for more recent works.

Podcasts - I had a two part interview up at author Heather Rose Jones' Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast. Part 1 and Part 2. Part 1 is my work and Part 2 is book recommendations.

More soon!

Write Every Day, August Day #18

Aug. 19th, 2017 04:14 pm
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Here's the belated check-in post for August 18. I was away overnight visiting friends, and didn't have my laptop with me. I'll reply to comments later, but just wanted to get this one up as soon as I was home. The post for today (the 19th) will go up tonight.

Also, as you may have heard in the news about Bad Things Happening in Finland, just letting you all know that I'm safe and fine, and so is everybody close to me.

Writing

There was little writing time, but I did manage a teeny little bit of editing on the Rare Pair Fest fic, and then I prepared for the Missy remix fest by reading stories and trying to pick one to remix. I may have made my choice, and have some ideas for it...

Tally

Days 1-14 )
Day 15: LJ / DW : [personal profile] auroracloud, [livejournal.com profile] cornerofmadness, [personal profile] esteliel, [personal profile] miss_morland, [personal profile] navaan, [personal profile] sylvanwitch, [livejournal.com profile] trobadora, [livejournal.com profile] verdande_mi, [personal profile] ysilme
Day 16: LJ / DW : [personal profile] auroracloud, [livejournal.com profile] cornerofmadness, [personal profile] esteliel, [personal profile] miss_morland, [personal profile] navaan, [personal profile] sylvanwitch, [personal profile] tinx_r, [livejournal.com profile] trobadora, [livejournal.com profile] verdande_mi, [personal profile] ysilme
Day 17: LJ / DW : [personal profile] auroracloud, [livejournal.com profile] cornerofmadness, [personal profile] esteliel, [personal profile] miss_morland, [personal profile] navaan, [personal profile] sylvanwitch, [livejournal.com profile] trobadora, [livejournal.com profile] verdande_mi, [personal profile] ysilme

Let me know if I missed anyone, or if you wrote but didn't check in yet! You can join in any time.

Books I’ve Read

Aug. 18th, 2017 08:04 pm
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Some books I’ve recently read and enjoyed! As always, none of this comes close to anything like a review, because reviewing isn’t a thing I’m good at.

Strange Practice by Vivian Shaw

Dr. Greta Helsing (yes, she’s related) specializes in treating London’s supernatural denizens–people whose safety might be at risk if most Londoners knew they existed, and who might not get any sort of healthcare otherwise. It’s not going to make her rich, and it’s difficult enough with her small practice to care for vampires, mummies, ghouls, and…other sorts of creatures, without someone going around trying to kill her patients.

I thoroughly enjoyed this, and am looking forward to the next installment. You can read the first chapter here.

Ack Ack Macaque by Gareth Powell

It took me way too long to read this, but that gives you some idea of how out of control my TBR stack is. Back in 2014 I was absolutely tickled when Ack Ack Macaque tied with Ancillary Justice for the Best Novel BSFA, and I was really glad to be able to meet Gareth in person at Worldcon later that year. Now I’ve finally read this! It was a lot of fun. In the wake of WW2, France and Britain have unified–look, just go with it, ok?–and a hundred years later there are nuclear powered airships, and actual monkey Ack Ack Macaque is the central character of an amazingly popular online multiplayer game. In the non-game real world, murders and skulduggery are happening and the very survival of everyone on Earth is at stake. This book is great fun, a quick, compelling read. I’m putting the sequels on my ever-growing TBR pile.

The Course of Honour by Avoliot

Okay, this one is kind of a bonus. As in, it’s free! You can click that link and find the Download button (up there in the righthand corner) and nab a copy in your favorite ebook format. Or, you know, you can read a chapter right here on your screen, and then click on to the next at whatever pace.

I want to thank Liz Bourke for tweeting about this, because I wouldn’t have known about it otherwise, and I enjoyed it quite a bit. I’ve said before that I’m not much for category romance (though I do enjoy them now and again), but the fact is I’m a sucker for a good Arranged Marriage/Fake Marriage plot. And this was a good one! Jainan was married to Prince Taam of Iskat–a marriage arranged for political reasons, and when Taam suddenly dies [ahem] accidentally, the Emperor of Iskat declares that party-loving Prince Kiem will step up. And…look, I’ll just paste in the “additional tags” here, so you’ll see what you’re getting into:

Romance, Slow Burn, Arranged Marriage, Pining, past abusive relationship, space princes, Court Politics, Emotional Hurt/Comfort

Space princes. I mean. Seriously. Give it a look, and maybe leave some kudos if you like it.

Mirrored from Ann Leckie.

"Warding gestures*

Aug. 18th, 2017 02:48 pm
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My body: A tiny bit of post-nasal drip leading to slight throat soreness, probably just allerg—

Me: NINE HOURS OF SLEEP, STEAMY SHOWER WITH PINE AND MINT ESSENCE, NASAL RINSE, SALT-WATER GARGLE, ANTIHISTAMINE NASAL SPRAY, STEROID NASAL SPRAY, CLARITIN, AGGRESSIVE TOOTHBRUSHING

My body: —look, forget i said anything, okay?


I refuse to get sick. REFUSE. R E F U S E. J has had a horrid cough for a week and is on antibiotics and prednisone (when they prescribe prednisone to the guy with insomnia, you know it's bad), X is wrapping up a course of antibiotics for a throat infection, and J had to do that for his own throat infection last month. So far I've been fighting off all the respiratory bugs Kit brings home from daycare, but I don't take my ability to do that for granted. And I can't take most antibiotics without serious mood effects because apparently I depend on my gut flora for emotional management, so I have to be extremely diligent about my preventive care.

I'm going to go have spicy curry for lunch and drink some ginger honey tea. Fuck off, germs.

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