Poem: "Glorious Accidents"

4 Mar 2015 02:22 pm
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This poem came out of the March 3, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by [personal profile] librarygeek who, being a figure skater and related to another one, wanted to explore what could happen mixing superpowers with skating challenges. This also fills the "accidents" square of my 9-29-14 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest. It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics. Be advised that this is a sequel to "April Showers" in that it follows Jackie Frost after the birth of her daughter, but it happens several months later, so that's a jump forward compared to the timeline of most other PH stuff in play thus far.

WARNING: This poem contains some intense scenes which may not be to everyone's taste. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. Baby Aurora needs to stay tethered to a parent for safety, so she and Fireheart are attached with climbing harness and strap. Two teen girls have a skating accident. Natalia slices her leg. Anaïs has an emotional overload and develops superpowers. That includes some messy medical descriptions. There are also hints of how developing superpowers could undermind a skating career. But the issues are nothing life-threatening and comfort is available. Consider your tastes and headspace before deciding whether to read onward.

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I'm going through an extremely busy period and I haven't been able to post anything lately, nor do I think I'll be able to post anything for quite some time. Plus, my Megatron & Starscream series almost got up to date with the current IDW series (http://tinyurl.com/mjplzwd), and there is very little material left for me to show.

But there is one page in particular I always wanted to share. And today, when I saw that the Humble Bundle is back with almost 100 TF comics for around 12 dollars, I decided to finally do it :)

He used to be such a sweet boy... Ok, no, not really, but he was slightly less murderous! )


And here is the link to the current Humble Bundle: https://www.humblebundle.com/books

The Death of Optimus Prime, generally considerd an excellent jumping-in point, is included in More Than Meets The Eye Vol. 1. It's pay-what-you-want, so you could get 37 issues for a dollar.

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4 Mar 2015 06:48 pm
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wednesday reads

4 Mar 2015 03:59 pm
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Ugh I am sick. I was going to go skiing today, and judge the regional science fair tomorrow, and be at a meeting of a nonprofit board on Friday, and attend the memorial service on Saturday for a friend who died unexpectedly. Instead I am lounging at my home office desk trying to breathe through lungs that feel like they're filled with ick, and focus through the haze in my skull. Woe is me. I hate being sick.

What I just finished reading: Again, "just finished" is a broad term since I last did this meme three weeks ago. I finished Robin Hobb's Shaman's Crossing (which I mentioned last meme post) but didn't really like it, and don't feel inclined to read the other books in the series. I ripped through the free (from Riptide Publishing, or Amazon) M/M/F steampunk ebook There Will Be Phlogiston by Alexis Hall which was okay, but too much romance and not enough worldbuilding for me. And it's odd to see that I said that (I'm cribbing from my Goodreads reviews) because just yesterday I abandoned Rosemary and Rue, the first October Daye story by Seanan McGuire, on grounds that it had too MUCH worldbuilding, and not enough plot.

I did enjoy, for some value of "enjoy", Broken Harbour which is the fourth Dublin Murder Squad book by Tana French, and basically everything you'd expect from one of these books, which is, a beautifully-written account of horrible things happening to people, and people making connections between each other and then having them destroyed. Maybe I need a break before reading the next one.

I also quite liked The Diviners by Libba Bray, although a good part of my enjoyment came from the fabulous audiobook narration by January LaVoy. I had intended to use this as a springboard for a much-belated December Talking Meme post, about audiobooks vs eyeball-books, but I think I'll have to save that for when I have more brain. But the setting of 1920s New York City is fabulous, and LaVoy brings the Harlem numbers-runners and the hopeful immigrants and the gin-swilling flappers to life.

What I'm reading now: A Free Man of Color, the first of the Benjamin January series by Barbara Hambly. Set in 1830s New Orleans, it reminds me of Anne Rice's The Feast of All Saints (which I read long enough ago that I only have vague memories of it), in that it's about the mixed-race people of pre-Civil-War New Orleans.

I am also listening to the audiobook of Stephan Talty's Empire of Blue Water: Captain Morgan's Great Pirate Army, the Epic Battle for the Americas, and the Catastrophe That Ended the Outlaws' Bloody Reign, and isn't that a mouthful? I'm 30% in, and I have to say, this is seriously great. The writer uses the conceit of a composite "sample pirate", who he's named Roderick, to describe the events as an average man in Morgan's fleet might see them, and it makes for an engaging read. I particularly appreciate the way events are explored within their greater historical setting, for example, the Anglican English view of the Catholic Spaniards as being unworthy of the riches they claimed.

What I'm reading next: Still waiting for my ILL of the next book in the Steerswoman series. I also have a couple of Rosemary Sutcliff books I ought to read before [community profile] sutcliff_swap happens (which is NEXT MONTH AIE!)

zine review - roads not taken

4 Mar 2015 10:11 pm
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making a concerted effort to read some of the zines i have (it's a good way to procrastinate away from finishing EB, if nothing else) and to then list them on ebay if i don't want to keep them. i have just listed this one, but i actually think it's really good. the stories i like the most, though, are on hermit - which is currently down... but i'm hoping will come back in a bit. i contacted judith proctor last year about moving all the stories to ao3, but i'd need to do that by hand myself if i wanted to do it (and i do, obviously) and i know that now isn't a great time for me, so i'm not chasing it. but clearly... i should have done. and can do if it doesn't come back.

anyway - here are my thoughts about:

Roads Not Taken )

check in day 4

4 Mar 2015 10:41 pm
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How is the writing going?

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Today I

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wrote
2 (100.0%)

edited
1 (50.0%)

sent to beta
0 (0.0%)

posted
0 (0.0%)

researched
0 (0.0%)

planned
1 (50.0%)

had a cheeky break
0 (0.0%)

dealt with life
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My progress is

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terrible 10 (0.0%)
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41 (50.0%)
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terrific 100 (0.0%)


Discussion: challenges. What do you like about them? What do you dislike about them? Do you have a favourite type of challenge?

I seem to have gone a little blank tonight. I like some challenges but I find that I have to be in the mood for participating in them. I like prompt challenges with short deadlines of around a month, and although I like the bingo format I find that the long deadlines mean that I'm more likely to forget about it until it's too late, the same with big bangs and the deadlines are often too far ahead for me to remain interested.

BPAL for sale / swap

4 Mar 2015 10:30 pm
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Black Forest, approximately half full, £6 including shipping.

Scherezade, full to above top of label, £12 including shipping.

Both bought on eBay, aged. Unfortunately both turn to lemon floor cleaner on my skin.

Haute Macabre. LE, sold out, full to about 2mm below top of label, £17 including shipping.

Or will swap any of these; I like things along the pumpkin / chocolate / sweet stuff continuum, musk, patchouli and frankincense, rose and dragon's blood. I am less keen on florals and anything involving lily or jasmine puts me right off. In particular, it's a long shot but if anyone has a bottle of Marshmallow Pumpkin I am really interested in that. I will ship internationally but it will cost a bit more, probably an extra £4 or so to the USA.

schneefink, this is your fault

4 Mar 2015 05:14 pm
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[personal profile] schneefink, I read your Beau/Borts fic and I got smacked with a horrible awful tragic upsetting plot bunny wherein Sid and Geno's bond gets ripped apart and exacerbates Sid's concussion(s) after the Winter Classic and Tampa games. THANKS FOR THAT.

things I wrote on tumblr after talking about the bunny there )
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And what will I be doing there? Oh, you know. Talking and signing books and answering questions and maybe reading something from the upcoming book that no one will have ever heard before. Maybe. We’ll see.

Anyway, if you happen to be anywhere near Pickerington, OH on the 18th of March, why don’t you come on down. This is, at the moment, my only scheduled appearance in mid-Ohio for 2015, so if you’d like to see me, you know where I’ll be.


toby

4 Mar 2015 09:43 pm
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My sweet Toby, my precious cat, died yesterday. It seems like only yesterday that I blogged about getting getting him from Battersea but it’s already been ten years. Ten whole years of good times with the best cat I’ve known and that makes me so, so lucky.

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my cat )

daily gratitudes

4 Mar 2015 11:42 am
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  1. antihistamines
  2. cross-browser testing tools
  3. shortbread cookies
  4. Ta-Nehisi Coates being smart all over the internet
  5. I am hoping the Russian bakery on my way home will have hamentaschen

The Plague of 2015

4 Mar 2015 04:18 pm
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Poll #16508 The Plague, Part Wev
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So apparently not even a throat so sore your doctor swabbed you for strep gets you out of having to eat a food occasionally if you don't want to feel horrible.

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... seems legit
10 (50.0%)

No, wait, how is that possible? I demand a recount!
10 (50.0%)

Podcast Interview

4 Mar 2015 12:00 pm
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Sherwood and I were interviewed on the Outer Alliance podcast by Julia Rios. Please feel free to ask follow-up questions here. (Spoilers are clearly stated in the interview, in "skip ahead a few minutes" format.)

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to remember

"When you make the finding yourself— even if you're the last person on Earth to see the light— you'll never forget it." —Carl Sagan

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