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Salon post: February 15

Feb. 15th, 2019 11:16 am
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Good morning!

Topic of the week
Stuff you're enjoying right now, whatever that is.

What I've been up to
Doing all sorts of catchup stuff at home, whee! (And a few enjoyable social outings.)

Reminders and tips for making this post flow better )
House rules )

Another Five Minutes, Then I'll Go

Feb. 15th, 2019 08:17 am
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 I have to get up out of the warm blanket and go fetch some kitty food from Menard's. I just don't want to. Did I mention that my blanket it electric? And i had to squeeze my car into a parking space halfway up the block?  

Just another five minutes, then I'll get up.

So, what do I have to report? The most my family did for Valentine's Day was exchange a card or two. Mason had robotics until almost 5:30 pm, which meant I had time to start our "fake" naan recipe.  So, we had a favorite meal, something we call "Indian Butter Chicken" (because that might be what it's called on the box that contains the sauce I make), rice, and naan.  Then, because Mason is a teenager, somewhere around 7:30 pm, he says, "Uh... so, I'm supposed to bring some ingredients to Chinese tomorrow, because we're making dumplings again."  But AT LEAST he remembered to bring them with him this morning. The night before, he'd stayed up late to do some art-type project for AP Human Geology and then promptly forgot it at home. Luckily, I could text him a picture of it, so his teacher would know that it was, in fact, done on time, even if it didn't make it in on time.  

Because today is payday, we're hoping to all go out to Tavern on Grand tonight for fish.  Mason has to be at robotics again, because the wrap day (or whatever they call the day that they have to shrink wrap their robot) is coming up early next week. But, Shawn and I are thinking about hitting Roseville Library to browse the shelves and hang out until he's ready to join us.  When you think about it, that's pretty romantic. Looking for books together at the library?  HOT, am I right???

Also, I have to laugh at myself. You know how I've ALWAYS claimed that the reason I've been unable to write is because I can't write unless I have a contract?  THIS APPEARS TO _ACTUALLY_ BE TRUE, much to my chagrin.  I have an apocalypse story due the first of April, and, yesterday, I wrote almost 2,000 words on it. What the hell, brain. What the H.E.L.L.

One of my pen pals died. I recently acquired a pen pal in Duluth. Normally, I don't like to have pen pals that I don't know that close. (Like, you live in Minneapolis and we've met or we're on social media together and you want to be my pen pal? SURE!) However, this woman took Friend Books. Friendship Books are a very weird aspect of the pen pal subculture, that are fascinating, but also a burden. I've written about what they are here before, but a quick look at Wikipedia might help you understand how they work: The point is, I started conversing with this person, mostly so that I had someone to whom I could pass on Friendship Books when I got a bunch of them from the two other pen pals who tend to pass them on to me.  The other day, I got a letter from her daughter. This woman had some 60 pen pals by her own reckoning, but so that might explain the brevity of this note. But, it simply said, "I know you exchanged letters with my mom. I'm sorry to tell you that she and a friend were involved in a head-on collision and died instantly."

But I can't find any information about it. No obit was included. I mean, there's no reason not to believe this, but, wow, what a shock.

Anyway, my eldest cat is staring at me. I'd better get up and fetch her food from the store or she will guilt me wit that amber-eyed stare of hers.
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A Tuba to Cuba
NYT Critic’s Pick Documentary, History, Music Directed by T.G. Herrington, Danny Clinch, T.G. Herrington
This joyous documentary follows the Preservation Hall Jazz Band to Cuba for a celebration of musical history and common bonds.

Fighting with My Family
NYT Critic’s Pick PG-13 Biography, Comedy, Drama, Sport Directed by Stephen Merchant
Dwayne Johnson helped produce this charming comedy about a family of professional wrestlers, their chops, drops and drama.

Clara's Ghost
NYT Critic’s Pick Not Rated Comedy, Drama, Family, Thriller Directed by Bridey Elliott
This unhinged comedy shines a spotlight on a family’s maladjusted dynamics.

Sorry Angel
NYT Critic’s Pick Drama, Romance Directed by Christophe Honoré
Set in early 1990s Paris, Christophe Honoré’s new film presents us with a middle-aged, H.I.V.-stricken writer falling, wearily, for a bookish 20-something.

Pájaros de verano
NYT Critic’s Pick Drama Directed by Cristina Gallego, Ciro Guerra
Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra follow their Oscar-nominated “Embrace of the Serpent” with a saga of the drug trade set amid the Wayuu of northern Colombia.

High Flying Bird
NYT Critic’s Pick Drama, Sport Directed by Steven Soderbergh
The director Steven Soderbergh teams up with Tarell Alvin McCraney and André Holland to take on the contradictions of modern sports culture.

One Million American Dreams
NYT Critic’s Pick Documentary Directed by Brendan Byrne
This haunting documentary guides viewers through heartbreaking tales of the lost souls buried on Hart Island.

The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2019: Animation
NYT Critic’s Pick
This year’s Oscar-nominated shorts will make you cry, laugh, cry, think, cry, wonder, and cry some more. Have we mentioned they might also make you cry?

The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2019: Documentary
NYT Critic’s Pick
This year’s Oscar-nominated shorts will make you cry, laugh, cry, think, cry, wonder, and cry some more. Have we mentioned they might also make you cry?

Daughter of Mine
NYT Critic’s Pick Drama Directed by Laura Bispuri
Ardent and primal, Laura Bispuri’s drama addresses complicated ideas with head-clearing simplicity.

Velvet Buzzsaw
NYT Critic’s Pick R Horror, Thriller Directed by Dan Gilroy
In this bilious satire, Jake Gyllenhaal plays an art critic on the edge of sanity as the paintings he covets turn murderous.

Never Fear
NYT Critic’s Pick Drama Directed by Ida Lupino
“Never Fear,” a 1949 movie directed by Lupino that has been superbly restored, tells the story of a dancer felled by polio.

The Image Book
NYT Critic’s Pick Drama Directed by Jean-Luc Godard
Jean-Luc Godard’s latest film is a gloomy, lively essay on some disturbing history, cinema and himself.

The 5 Browns
NYT Critic’s Pick Documentary Directed by Ben Niles
A new documentary tells the painful but ultimately hopeful story of a classical music quintet of siblings, three of whom were molested by their father.

-- Interlude in Egypt --

I've been off cavorting in Egypt for a couple of weeks, well, back last Wednesday to be more accurate. The weather turned as we got to Minneapolis and my sister, who was also on the trip, was stuck here either waiting for planes or waiting at the airport until she finally got a flight out to Fargo 250 miles away. We all thought they coulda made it with a plane, but then again, we don't fly planes. The highways were closed off and on. I'm sure she now knows the Minneapolis airport better than I do. We spent a remarkable amount of time toing and froing from the airport at rush hour as that seems to always be the time something came to a no-go. With the nearest Interstate entrance ramp twenty-five blocks away and a constant state of snow or blowing snow, moving around always took longer than anticipated. We did drag her to see Sunken Cities at the MIA, which was interesting after two weeks in Egypt at Cairo and points south of there.

I bought a big new Sony camera to take with me to Egypt and took a few pictures. I've gotten about five days up on Facebook. The albums are public, but my profile is private, so I'm not sure how to get people past one and into the other. My attempts using an incognito browser ain't been a great success.


Album link:

My lazy-ass photo processing process ain't up to the level of the new camera yet, and I'm mostly trying to process pictures to jpgs, enchance them a bit, cut out the stupid, and post them. I am trying to post them in discreet groups rather than "Here's 600 pics from Aswan" that's my usual wont. For example, Abu Simbel - Rameses II - Inside -- it's still 600 pics from Aswan, but at least you know what you're getting into. ;-)

I was the resident self-appointed know-it-all for the group of six I was traveling with, the one that put Ramses the II in the Middle Kingdom at least once, but I think we all had a great time. Egypt was great, except for the traffic in Cairo. I could have stayed twice as long. We went Giza, Aswan, Abu Simbel, Lake Nasr, Aswan, Nile, Luxor, Cairo. I took too many pictures through the bus with the big Sony. I shoulda used my cell phone. I expected a larger number of out-of-focus pics, but I think I done good. It did seem like time's winged charriot always hovered near in the form of "Don't be the last one on the bus."

A couple of people had got something while we were there, but I survived fine until I got on the plane back home, when I could feel something settling around me. I'm doing a different antibiotic and I have a small jar of codeine cough syrup to see me through. (I wanted a gallon, but I'll take what I can get.) I denuded the house of chocolate one night and decided that "No, it does not work as well as codeine."

I am starting to load pics on fotki, where I have a few. Link Something between me and Photoshop and fotki is flipping pictures, so keep a limber neck. Pics from the Valley of the Queens and Valley of the Kings are up on Fotki, and I'll be adding more as time goes by, maybe even flipping the flipped ones back. With luck, this link goes to a full-screen version of the Mortuary Temple of Pharaoh Hatshepsut

Cool Stuff Friday

Feb. 15th, 2019 09:30 am
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Friday is trying not to obsessively check email now that Project K is out on submission…

Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.

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Inosculation, a Legion fic by @versaphile and @hexiva David’s heat is coming on, but he can’t share it with his alpha. His parasite offers an alternative. David/Farouk A/B/O, Explicit.

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just emailed the mayor, about Amazon

Feb. 14th, 2019 02:34 pm
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Amazon has just announced they won't be moving to Queens, onto land that had been (and I hope will be) designated for much-needed housing, because of local opposition. I just sent an email to the mayor of Somerville, saying that we don't want them here either. (Somerville had expressed interest, before Amazon picked New York and Virginia.)

I figure it can't hurt for them to hear from us now, before they start making public statements on the subject. ("They" also includes your local government, if you live somewhere else that tried to make this mistake.)

Here's the letter I sent for use by anyone who isn't sure what to say )
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David reminds himself he’s in control. He’s in control. He’s in control. Magnets, not glue. Lenny and Syd did this, he can do it, too. He’s not going to let his asshole parasite keep his system from putting itself back together. “What do we do next?” David asks, focusing very intently. “Take it slow,” Ptonomy cautions. “Uh, how about– We raise our thumb?” Dvd suggests. “On three. One, two–” There’s a tug as Dvd raises their thumb a fraction faster than David, and David’s stomach wobbles. But they match and hold still, and the tug goes away. “Okay,” David says, breathless. “Uh.” “Take your hand out,” Divad says, a gentle command. “So you know you can.” David pulls his hand away. It’s shaking, a little. He’s not sure he can put it back in.

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Buried the Lede

Feb. 13th, 2019 06:54 pm
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Indicative of my day yesterday, I started a "What are You Reading Wednesday?" post, only to discover this morning that I hadn't finished was still sitting here, in a tab, in draft form, on my computer.


I mean, to be fair, I haven't had much to report in terms of reading lately beyond "my Broad Universe mentee's manuscript," but I did finish My Solo Exchange Diary by Nagata Kabi, which I reviewed here: Thanks to a VERY QUIET night at Maplewood on Tuesday, I also have a bunch of books being pulled for me at the Ramsey County Library from the most recent Locus Recommended Reading List. So, hopefully, I'll have a better list of things I've read soon.  

Yesterday, I was also unaccountably sad to have heard about Opportunity, the Mars rover.  I know it lasted much longer than expected and it's _just_ a robot, but I feel like maybe a person is a little bit inhuman if they don't shed a small tear at its final communication: "Battery dying. Everything is going dark."  Jesus F*cking Christ, NASA. 

Then, on top of that, this morning I turned on the radio to AM950 and heard about the horrific destruction scheduled for the National Butterfly Center in Mission, Texas, as Trump's bulldozers and border control are seizing PRIVATE PROPERTY with immanent domaine.  I'm planning, on payday, of becoming a member in order to help them fight this, legally... even though I don't have a lot of hope that they'll win. And that's it, the frogs and the butterflies and the tiny little owls are all going to die because we're all a bunch of racist pig-sh*ts.

And, Shawn says to me this morning, "Hey, happy Valentine's Day, BBC is reporting that Taiwan voters rejected same-sex marriage."

It's honestly this sh*t that's going to break me.


In happier news, Mason really enjoys judging debate tournaments. He had one last night, at Washington, and he came home almost giddy with stories of the middle schoolers he critiqued and graded. "I'm SO PROUD of them!" he says to me, beaming. 

Next Monday we go to the informational meeting for PSEO (Post-Secondary Education Opportunities, a program that allows public school students to attend university for free, particularly if there's need--like for Mason, he's exhausted high school math, as of this year. Technically, he was done with the official HS math curriculum last year, but Washington Tech has a "College In Schools" Calc I class that he's in this year.). Mason also talked to his school councilor who is really supportive (especially after his early PSAT scores) of him going full-time PSEO next year. We're still debating the merits and the drawbacks to that, but the idea that Mason could basically be in college next year is kind of amazing. I think it could potentially be really good for him. He's a funny kid. The more rigorous the class, the better his grades tend to be. If he's in any class where there's a lot of busywork that most people would find to be "low-hanging fruit," (ie easily done), he struggles to do it, because he can't see the point. We tease him that he's the only person who get A+s in Calc I, but can barely pass "Independent Living." 

In much happier news, I have a book contract on the horizon.

It's a kind of funny story about how that happened. So, as reported here, Wizard Tower Press has put out an omnibus edition of all 5 of my AngeLINK books. As I was going around posting all the various self-promotion things one does, I came across an email from a fan complaining that she could not get a copy of Song of Secrets a book that Rachel Calish and I wrote together (but which has since been removed by the publisher for various reasons) AND she wanted to know when he heck I was going to get around to publishing that sequel to Precinct 13.

Those who have been following along at home know that i have a large portion of a sequel already written. I was posting it in installments on Wattpad for a while, but then I ran out of steam and never finished it.

WELL. I thought to myself, I wonder if Cheryl Morgan, my publisher at Wizard Tower Press, would be interested in that. Plus, if Cheryl gave me a deadline (and a contract), I might actually get off my depressed BUTT and finish it.  

Turns out, Cheryl was more than willing to send me out a contract... so, I now have a deadline of September 2019 to get things into shape. Should be very doable.

I HAVE NO IDEA WHY I NEVER THOUGHT TO ASK CHERYL BEFORE. Thank you, random complainer! Without you, it would NEVER have occurred to me that I could just see if Wizard Tower Press was up for a new novel by me.

So that's kind of big news. It's not official-Official yet, per se, so I'm not shouting it from the rooftop--but, dang near. I have a draft contract in hand and everything looks very much green to go.

It's crazy, but just having this in the works has lifted a huge weight off my shoulders. I feel like a _real_ writer again.

Breaking the Glass Slipper guest

Feb. 14th, 2019 07:33 am
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Recently I was a guest on the Breaking the Glass Slipper podcast. BtGS is a feminist SFF podcast that wanted to do more episodes on intersectional issues, so we talked about disability representation in SFF. You can give it a listen here!

(I will confess that I am terrible at listening to podcasts myself, but it can be so much fun to be on them--one gets into good conversations. So we'll see if I can't get better at this.)

social: visit from Elizabeth

Feb. 13th, 2019 09:04 pm
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Elizabeth is someone [personal profile] cattitude and I know from Yale Story Reading and then hadn't seen for many years while we were living in New York and she was in Boston. Cattitude went to dim sum with herh and a whole bunch of other people on Christmas Day. I didn't get to talk to her at length, but I mentioned the planned eye surgery and she offered to give me a lift to the surgery.

At the beginning of February I sent her a message with the subject line "touching base," to ask if that still looked doable, and saying that also, I'd like to just hang out soon. So, she came over here yesterday afternoon to spend a few hours with me, Cattitude, and the cats. A good time was had by all; the conversation included a bunch of catching up, and chatting about our cats. Elizabeth praised Molly's fluffy tail and general long-haired-cat good looks, as well as scritching both cats.

competence; Dick Francis

Feb. 13th, 2019 07:31 pm
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My new motivational reminder is "be the competence porn you want to see in the world," because I realized that I get the same nice warm glow when I accomplish what I know that I'm capable of. (Shocking, I know.) We'll see how long that is effective.

Meanwhile, rec your favorite competence porn, ideally text because time and access, and ideally not dude-heavy, as I have just finished an Aubrey-Maturin skim/skip re-read and am likely about to embark on a Dick Francis binge.

Also, speaking of Dick Francis, rec me your favorites. I think all I've read is Proof--or at least if I've read more, I don't remember a thing about them. I've already checked [personal profile] rachelmanija's tag and seen [personal profile] skygiants's review of The Edge.

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links; imaginary pet rock characters

Feb. 13th, 2019 07:28 pm
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[personal profile] skygiants had a dream that "Will Scott, in the Lymond Chronicles, was just a pet rock that Francis had hallucinated was a human being," and now all I want to do is think of other works that would be improved by, or at least lend themselves to, characters actually being pet rocks.

Here's what I've got so far:

  • Draco Malfoy, imagined by Harry;
  • Moby Dick, imagined by Ahab? (I haven't read it);
  • Appa, imagined by Aang; and
  • take your pick of Steven Universe spoilers, and not only for the terrible pun.

What else?

(I did not realize until now that 3/4 of that list are not actually, uhh, human beings; but I think it's within the spirit of the thing.)

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Stuff I love: baths!

Feb. 13th, 2019 03:26 pm
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I prefer baths to showers. Soaking in a tub of warm water while reading a book? Heaven to me. I love bath things: bath bombs, bath melts, bath salts, and so on. I was a LUSH cosmetics fiend.

I say was, because I don't take baths at home that much any more. I used to take a bath every night. And then one night I saw a big black thing floating in the tub with me, squinted, and then launched myself out of the tub, screaming. As I stood in the corner of the bathroom, stark naked and dripping, the Stroppy One ran in, looked in the tub, and said "Oh shit". One of the largest spiders ever seen in our house (and that's saying something), in the tub with me. 5 years on, and I still can't completely relax in our tub.

But! One of the naked lady spas opened about 4 years ago, and it is 3 blocks from our house. Because the steam sauna and pools help my migraines and chronic pain issues, I buy an annual membership, and go at least 3 times a week. At this point, when someone new is being trained, they point me out: "This is Jillian, she's an annual member, her using a Kindle is fine because it doesn't have a camera, and the warm pool is essentially her living room". :D
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NASA has pulled the plug on the Mars rover Opportunity, several months after it was last heard from. That rover did a lot of science (as did its sister rover Spirit, which "only" managed six years of their original 90-sol mission. Landing on Mars is difficult, but JPL builds good hardware: the Voyager space probes are still functional and doing science after more than forty years.


Feb. 13th, 2019 06:16 am
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Yesterday [personal profile] rachelmanija and I had a lovely drive (once we got out of LA . . . it took almost three hours to cover the forty miles to her place) up to her parents' place in Mariposa. Snow in the distance, and then as we climbed into the mountains, it lay everywhere, glistening white and magical.

We're here on a writing retreat--no interruptions except looking at beautiful scenery.

Second whoop, I was sent the cover art for A Sword Named Truth, which is slated now for June. They said that the copyedit is coming, which means this is more likely to be a real pub date!

Something as good as I remember

Feb. 13th, 2019 04:00 am
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Beacon Hill Cookies.

Also, they are dead easy to make, even I can bake them.  They are basically a chocolate meringue with walnuts.  (Some recipes call for pecans, but i grew up with walnuts.)  They are gluten free, if you need that, and even DDB, who is deeply dubious of meringue in all its forms, liked them. And the prep time really is just about 10 minutes, and the cooking time really is 10 minutes.  

My mother used to make these, and I love them to pieces.  Also, a cookie I can bake!  Pretty neat, huh? 


Feb. 12th, 2019 10:47 pm
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Is anyone else going to Escapade?

I'll be there for Friday afternoon and Saturday.

Looking forward to California, like you have no idea

Birthday ficlet: NCIS

Feb. 12th, 2019 07:34 pm
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Happy Birthday, [profile] nagi_schwartz! It's been a pleasure getting to know you a bit better this past year, especially the past few months.

I wrote you a little ficlet/triple-drabble as a present. Don't know if you're still into NCIS (which I haven't written before), and I apologize that it's implied het, but I hope you like it anyway:

A New Life )

Hope you've had a great day! <3


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