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Monday was just wonderful, though. That was when it really started to sink in that not only was I actually happy at being redeemed from slavery, but I am incredibly joyful and grateful to have such an excellent family. Both the ones I grew up with who are so great to celebrate Pesach with, and my family of choice who are incredibly supportive about joining in with my festivals and including me in theirs in a really respectful and non-pressurey way. We played D&D with jack GMing, something we've been meaning to do for ages and just not had time for, and it was really fun and relaxing.
Today is sunny, warm, and breezy.
EDIT 4/25/17: Round 2, I planted a butterfly weed beside the barrel garden and prairie onion in the septic garden. Then I watered plants.
I have a linkback poem, "Lead Us in Peace" (18 verses, Clay of Life).
If you're interested, mark the date on your calendar, and please hold actual prompts until the "Poetry Fishbowl Open" post next week. (If you're not available that day, or you live in a time zone that makes it hard to reach me, you can leave advance prompts. I am now.) Meanwhile, if you want to help with promotion, please feel free to link back here or repost this on your blog.
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Haven't yet actually deleted my lj - there are still - probably less than a handful? - people posting there whom I read who haven't made the switch to DW - though I rescinded auto-payments back when the server move happened.
What cheered me about this was when I tried whether it would work in DW and previewed the post the misspelling of 'received' that showed up at the LJ is 18 page had been corrected. I was going to say something about it, I R pedant, but it seems I don't need to.
It's been a long time and I've made many friends, I've done things I wouldn't have done if I hadn't been on LJ and made those friends, it's a pity it had to end like this, even if my life has been predominantly at Dreamwidth since 2009, which is, in fact, for somewhat longer.
This story has been living in my head for . . . about a decade, I think. I know I wrote the first third of A Natural History of Dragons in 2007 or thereabouts, before stalling out on the plot and setting it aside. I came back to it in late 2010, sold it in 2011, the first book came out in 2013, and now, my friends, the end of the story is in your hands. (Or will be, as soon as you run out and buy it.)
I’m going to be launching a new blog series, along the lines of John Scalzi’s THE BIG IDEA or Mary Robinette Kowal’s MY FAVORITE BIT, called SPARK OF LIFE: a place for authors to talk about those moments where the story seems to take on a life of its own, with a character doing something unexpected or the world unfolding a bit of depth you didn’t plan for. For me that mostly tends to happen in the depths of the tale, when I’ve built up enough momentum and detail for such things to spring forth. But in the case of this series, it happened less than a page in, because the spark of life?
That was Isabella.
Countless reviews have talked about how the narrator is one of the strongest features of the story. I’m here to tell you that, like Athena from the head of Zeus, she sprang out more or less fully-formed. The foreword got added a bit later, so it was in those opening paragraphs of Chapter One, where Isabella talks about finding a sparkling in the garden and it falling to dust in her hands, that she came to instant and vivid life. Part of the reason that initial crack stalled out in 2007 — or rather, the reason it got so far before stalling — was because I was having so much fun just following along in her wake, exploring her world and listening to her talk. The narrative voice has consistently been one of the greatest joys of writing this series. I have an upcoming article where I talk about how sad it is for me to be done with the story, because it feels like a good friend has moved away and I won’t get to see her regularly anymore. That’s how much she’s lived in my head, these past years.
Stay tuned on future Tuesdays for a glimpse at how other authors’ stories came to life. And stay tuned in upcoming days for some more behind-the-scenes stuff about my own characters!
In the meanwhile, the book is out, and so are the reviews. Here’s a spoiler-free one from BiblioSanctum, and two reviews on one page at Fantasy Literature; here is a SPOILER-TASTIC one at Tor.com. (Do NOT click unless you’ve read the book or are fine with having the big discovery of the entire series laid out in full. I’m serious.) (And while I’m at it, the same goes for that Gizmodo article that shows all the interior art for the book, because spoilers can come in visual form, too. Love ya, Gizmodo, but oof. Tor.com warned; you didn’t.)
Back in the land of no spoilers, you can read about my absolute favorite bit of Within the Sanctuary of Wings on Mary Robinette Kowal’s blog. It’s . . . a wee bit topical, these days. And I’m on the Functional Nerds podcast, talking about all kinds of things that aren’t this book, because they like to give authors a chance to branch out and natter on about roleplaying games and things like that.
And finally, I’m currently running a giveaway on Twitter. Name your favorite female scientist in any field (there, or in comments here), and get a chance to win a signed book of your choice from my stash of author copies. It’s already a stiff competition; we’ve had dozens of women named. (If you were wondering why my Twitter stream has turned into a sea of retweeted names, that’s why.) You have until tomorrow!
More patches of coltsfoot seen, daffodils and hyacinths outside of town now, willow twigs turning yellow and red osier turning redder.
Didn't hear wood frogs by the roadside where I heard them on the previous ride -- either too cold or too much traffic noise.
Air temperature broke 50 F and it wasn't raining yet. Got out on the bike and didn't die of hypothermia.
15.28 miles, 1:17:16
Nope. Nope, nope, nope. Burn it down.
In contrast, I'm really enjoying a lot of the new comics that don't have anything to do with Nazi Bullshit. I will continue buying Black Panther and Ms. Marvel and Hellcat and Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur, to name a few. But I will not buy Nazi comics, unless Nazis are getting punched. And stomped on until they are gelid. And set on fire. And eaten by angry jackals, and then pooped into a vat of acid.
Some say you can't complain if you haven't read the material. But I do what I want.
Once upon a time, I was active in this community, and much more so on Dreamwidth. Then I took what ultimately became a years-long sabbatical, and these days, flitting on the edges.
One of my goals for 2017, is to write more, both professionally and personally. Long story short, back in November, the husband and I moved to Pittsburgh, and had to dip into our savings to pay for moving expenses. Money has since been weird.
To that end, I have started a Patreon as a way to supplement our income with my writing. Primarily, I am posting on my Urban Fantasy novel, and occasionally, poetry.
Pledges start at as little as $1/month. There's some nifty perks and stretch goals in place.
Plus! Let me know you linked from Dreamwidth, and there will be a welcome perk thrown in!
The Supreme Court is dealing with separation of church and state again. Watch for fireworks.
A user's guide for who to blame if the government shuts dwn on Saturday.
The new chancellor of State University of New York -- all of it -- is a woman engineer, Kristina Johnson.
New Orleans has begun taking down Confederate monuments, by popular demand after the Dylan Roof shootings.
I am unsure whether this article on passport changes is up to date -- does anyone know?
Making art at the March for Science.
What 'snowflakes' get right about free speech.
Country songs women should sing instead of men. And whyever not?
The art of having no idea -- another approach to brainstorming.
Can we turn farms into greenhouse gas sponges?
Every Wednesday a new theme is posted. It might be an ingredient or a cuisine or something else. You then post your recipes inspired by the theme. We welcome vegetarians and other people with restricted diets. Come and join us!
ETA: I should not have constructed the title like that. Now my brain won't stop replaying the Cheezy Peaz sketch from the Fast Show... -_-"
INTERESTS & HOBBIES: huge books, movies, tv shows fan - shadowhunters, outlander, merlin, sherlock, marvel, DC, anne of green gables, little women, etc traveling, cinema, photoshop, ...
LOOKING FOR: people from different countries, fans, as crazy as I am,
ANYTHING ELSE?: proud tumblr user - rolliraserin - too ;) . still have a lj account too , import my stuff a week ago , but u can find me with the same username at lj too