Annoyingly Broken

May. 22nd, 2017 08:59 pm
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Not really sure what’s up. I’ve been unusually fatigued for the last week and a half – barely making it through the evening and sleeping extra overnight. Maybe it’s the change in weather and the blasts of pollen from the late spring. Or maybe I’m fighting something else. Today I was plagued with a rare headache. I might have to resort to allergy meds.

Also, a week ago last Friday I injured my wrist/hand somehow, and it was painful to type. When I was young I could heal in less than a week. As I got older, I’ve been saying 7-10 days. The 10-day mark was Sunday, and my hand still hurt a little, but at least I could type. Today (day 11) I didn’t notice any pain – until this evening. I think my standard 7-10 day estimate for healing has to be changed to 10-14 days. The last two or three injuries have taken over 10 days. Getting older kinda sucks sometimes.

SIFF hot take May 22, 2017 at 08:35PM

May. 23rd, 2017 03:35 am
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The Wedding Plan
A nice Orthodox girl sets the date for her wedding, in spite of not knowing who the groom is. bittersweet and funny, fascinating insight into a culture I don't know well.

SIFF hot take May 22, 2017 at 06:18PM

May. 23rd, 2017 01:18 am
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I was so whipped yesterday I forgot to mention Ivan Tasrevich and the Changing Princess. it was a charming anthology of retold folktales done in shadow play style. I, however, was more exhausted than I realized and nodded off here and there. after that, I decided to go home and veg.

Ski year summary–2017

May. 22nd, 2017 03:26 pm
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For the first time I only skied a few times, over about three weeks, similar to what a lot of people do with their ski vacations. I’m–not thrilled with that amount of limitation. That said, I could have gotten more ski time in, including in NE Oregon, if I had been able to get my feet into my boots sooner in the season. But I couldn’t, so there’s no crying now over spilt milk.

We had five ski days in total in late April and early May. That more than brought the cost of our spring ski passes ($118) down to about half of what a regular pass would cost for me and less for the husband at age 65.

Besides being away from the slopes for two years, the big challenge was that the snow is just plain different in April and May than it is in November/December starting out skiing. Even when there were heavy snowfalls, they were different from the heavy snowfalls earlier in the season…not as dry and cold, for one. And even though we had plenty of cold exposure in NE Oregon over the winter, it wasn’t ski exposure.

I don’t know. There was only one session where I found my flow and rhythm, and skied well. The rest of the time? I struggled more than I like to do. It seemed harder to get back into it than it does at the beginning of the ski season. Maybe it was just the awareness that I only had these few short days or something like that…but whatever it was, it wasn’t working that well. I may have just not been trusting my cranky ankles.

Oh well. Maybe next year.

Mirrored from Peak Amygdala.

Arabella wins Norton Award

May. 22nd, 2017 04:56 pm
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I am pleased and amazed to report that Arabella of Mars, my first novel, has won the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy, presented by SFWA as part of the annual Nebula Awards. (Complete list of Nebula winners and nominees.) Previous winners of this award include J. K. Rowling, Terry Pratchett, Cat Valente, and Nalo Hopkinson. The award was presented by last year's winner Fran Wilde. 

To say that I'm overwhelmed would be an understatement. I barely emerged from my room yesterday and I'm still stunned. Congratulations have been pouring in via every available channel; I have not been able to reply to most of them but please know that I am very appreciative. 

Here's the text of my acceptance speech:
I’d like to thank everyone who read, nominated, and voted for Arabella for this award, whose name honors one of our finest writers, and acknowledge all the other, very worthy, nominees. Special thanks to Moshe Feder, who acquired it; Christopher Morgan, who edited it; Patrick Nielsen Hayden, who provided invaluable support; Paul Lucas, my agent; copyeditor extraordinaire Deanna Hoak; Mary Robinette Kowal, my invaluable guide to all things Regency and navigating the dangerous shoals of publication; Janna Silverstein, my greatest adviser and cheerleader, and most of all my late wife Kate Yule, who never stopped believing in me. Pittsburgh was her home town and she would have been so proud and happy to share this moment. I wish she could be here. I still love you, snookie.

After I sat down Seanan McGuire let me cry on her shoulder for about five minutes. 

Arabella of Mars is currently available in hardcover, ebook, and audiobook; the mass market paperback will be released on May 30. Sequel Arabella and the Battle of Venus will be released on July 18. 

Catching up on New Worlds

May. 22nd, 2017 12:57 pm
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I’ve been very remiss in linking to my New Worlds posts over on the Book View Cafe blog (brought to you by my lovely Patreon backers). Here’s the full lineup to date:

If that stuff looks good to you, please consider becoming a backer!

And, for a bonus: I’ve been neglecting the Dice Tales community on Imzy, but I put up a new post today ranting about how combat-oriented rules can screw over plot.

Originally published at Swan Tower. You can comment here or there.


May. 22nd, 2017 06:41 pm
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So I may have got the garden weeded but I did it at the expense of my wrists, which have been very sore for the past few days. I've been trying to rest them, which is frustrating as I have things that I want to be doing!

It's also a pain for Mike, who keeps having to do things like follow me around the garden while I point at places where he needs to dig up weeds or plant out seedlings. Still, "we"'ve got most of the veg bed planted out now, so hopefully it will all get on with growing and making tasty food. About the only useful gardening that I can do at the moment is watering things and pulling up nettles, which means I'm covered in stings!

On the assumption that it was actually a combination of gardening and cutting out pieces for quilts wot done it, I've put aside the quilt I started last week until I'm doing a bit better. I did, this afternoon, have a go at making a block for a different quilt on the grounds that it's paper pieced and so involves less repetitive/precise cutting of fabric. I'm quite pleased with the results, but my wrists aren't. Sigh.

The whole quilt will have the dark blue and cream fabrics in the background, and then I've got a range of different blue and cream fabrics for the stars.

The Up-The-Hill's came for dinner at weekend, which was nice and (we think) went well. Various amusing but not unexpected things about TWWOTV, including the fact that she's already not speaking to them although they're not sure why!
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The Refrigerator Monologues will be published and released into the wild on June 6 – just over two weeks from now! To celebrate, Pandemonium Books & Games in Cambridge, MA (just across the Charles River from Boston) is throwing a launch party that Tuesday. Cat will be there to celebrate right alongside you, and admission is free! The event will be in the store’s downstairs space.

Here’s what Pandemonium has to say:

“Catherynne M. Valente’s new collection of connected novellas, The Refrigerator Monologues, with illustrations by Annie Wu, is releasing on June 6! Join the Hell Hath Club, a group of ‘fridged’ (killed off to further the storylines of male superheroes) superheroines, supervillainesses, and superhero girlfriends. Six of them share stories of their deaths, their lives, and their relationships with the male superheroes for whom they were killed.

You don’t have to be a comic book fan to enjoy this book, but comic book fans will pick up on fantastic Easter Eggs as well as connect the characters that Valente has created with their DC and Marvel counterparts.

Join us and help us launch The Refrigerator Monologues into the world! Event is free and open to the public and will be located in our downstairs space.”

If you live around Boston (or are within acceptable driving distance), put The Refrigerator Monologues Launch Party on your calendar! Come on out to Pandemonium Books & Games at 7 PM to meet Cat in person and get your book autographed. She can’t wait to share this book’s release with friends and fans!

Pandemonium has set up a Facebook event page for the launch, where you can indicate your interest and rest assured Facebook will keep you reminded of the date.

Mirrored from Also appearing on @LJ and @DW. Read anywhere, comment anywhere.

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May. 22nd, 2017 03:00 am
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I have gotten done all that is possible at this point in time. Despite the Damn Cat deciding to pee on the laundry room floor, the handle coming off the freezer drawer on the fridge, and some other fun distractions, its to the point of zipping up the suitcase and having the sister creature take us to the airport. MonkeyBoy is here, his train arrived on time for once, with no disasters.

The sister thinks this is funny, but again, she gets my van for a full week unsupervised. Talked to The Boy and how the week in NYC will go, its sounds very busy and full of people I might have met at the wedding, but, its all good. I got a walking map of Manhattan (and once I typed that, it did sound funny to me) if all else fails.

Let the games begin...

Meiko’s Home Screen Updated

May. 21st, 2017 07:53 pm
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Meiko’s Home Screen
Meiko’s Home Screen
My iPhone 6

I decided to purge all the 32-bit Apps Remaining on my iPhone. While I’ll miss the games, most of the other applications – with the exception of Darkness – weren’t used much anyway.

The home screen is somewhat different than it was nearly 2 1/2 Years Ago:
  • 32-bit apps Timer and Darkness were removed
  • Previously Drive, Vesper, Simplenote were removed
  • Videos was renamed by Apple to TV. I moved it to the second screen with other video apps
  • Some time ago I swapped Clear and Messages between the dock and the home screen
  • A Year and a Half Ago Mikuture earned a spot on the home screen
  • Recently I added photography apps VSCO and Snapseed to the home screen
  • Today I added DayLight to replace Darkness and also a bundled app GoldenHour for photography

DayLight and GoldenHour were offered in a bundle by the developer BlackBird. I think both apps are pretty cool.

DayLight App
DayLight App

Meiko 2015.01.31
Meiko 2014.11.23
Meiko 2013.09.29

Naruto Rendan – Week 11

May. 21st, 2017 06:54 pm
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Naruto Uzumaki
Naruto Uzumaki
Naruto Shippuden, Episode 324

Today I finished watching episode 330 of Naruto Shippuden. The original broadcast date in Japan was September 12, 2013. Naruto started October 3, 2002 – so I’ve almost made it through the first 11 years. 3 1/2 years remain.

I’ve continued to skip the filler episodes. Since the previous post I’ve skipped episodes 257-260, 271, 279-281, 284-295, and 303-320 as per the Naruto Shippuden Filler List.

Important events during this stretch: the completion of Naruto’s training with Killer Bee, the story and fate of Kisame Hoshigaki, the Gedo Statue, Naruto and Killer Bee’s entry into battle, the return of Itachi Uchiha, Naruto’s growing connections with the Tailed Beasts, and the continuation of the Fourth Great Ninja War.

There was a single event that I had known of – that I was glad that I finally able to witness – Naruto’s conversation with his mother, Kushina.

Naruto Rendan – Week 3
Naruto Rendan – Week 5
Naruto Rendan – Week 7
Naruto Rendan – Week 8
Naruto Rendan – Week 10
Naruto Rendan – Week 10 Coda

Anime Spring Week 7

May. 21st, 2017 06:29 pm
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Ochako Uraraka
Ochako Uraraka
Boku no Hero Academia, Episode 21

A slow week. It felt like many of the series were inbetween story arcs – or on hiatus completely. Here are the shows from this season that I watched last week…

Rokudenashi Majutsu Koushi to Akashic Records (Akashic Records of Bastard Magic Instructor): Episode 7
Mostly setup for some kind of Re=L arc, I guess. Also an obligatory swimsuit episode. Let’s hope interesting stuff starts happening next week.

Shūmatsu Nani Shitemasu ka? Isogashii Desu ka? Sukutte Moratte Ii Desu ka? (a.k.a. Sukasuka)(WorldEnd: What do you do at the end of the world? Are you busy? Will you save us?): Episode 6
The introduction of more characters… some moral conflict… and more bad things that can happen to fairies… sort of a muddle. I feel like the last few episodes have been in something of a holding pattern, waiting for a real action/story arc to begin. Maybe soon?

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations: Episode 7
A rather weak episode, I thought. The preview had led me to believe the story would be centered around Chocho, but it wasn’t. Instead we got what I think is mainly a throwaway character, temporary villain-of-the-week. Setting a low bar here… so maybe next week will be better.

Kenka Banchou Otome: Girl Beats Boys: Episode 6
Ramping up the new arc of the second years. So there will be battles every couple of weeks or so. The new bad guys are just like the old bad guys – but one year older.

Tsuki ga Kirei (As the Moon, So Beautiful): Episode 6.5
A recap episode, already. Maybe there are production problems.

Clockwork Planet: Episode 7
The battle for AnchoR was simpler than I would have thought. But I’m all for happy endings. Now that the core foursome is established, the show can go back to more of the socio-political action/drama.

Seikai Suru Kado (Kado: The Right Answer): Episode 6.5
Must be recap week. This show is low on my watchlist anyway, so no big loss.

Boku no Hero Academia: Episode 21
This was the fun sort of action I expected to see from the first level of the bracket. I had no idea who would win each battle, and all were entertaining. A small spotlight on the side characters only helps us like each character more. Obviously Izuku has to move up – but I’m also rooting for Ochako. Could they actually meet in the finals?

Eromanga Sensei: Episode 7
I guess I’m a fairly simple-minded otaku. I was quite happy with the way this episode went. I hadn’t been looking forward to another messy adversarial situation, and the conflict smoothed out quickly and nicely, making Muramasa a much more likeable character. Elf was actually helpful and upbeat… and Sagiri made a rare personal appearance. Nicely done all around.

Uchouten Kazoku 2: Episode 7
As usual, events transpire in a way I can’t foresee. This was a fascinating episode, and Benten certainly is a crafty one. Yasaburō continues to do amazingly well improvising his way through conflict. And although we had but brief glimpses of my favorite character, Kaisei, her presence gave me hope.

Alice to Zōroku: Episode 7
Starting from slice-of-life then unexpectedly ramping up into action again. The episode tied up a pair of loose ends from the first arc – and introduced new complications – a new puzzle for the current arc to address. Because I like Sanae and Shizuku so much, I was glad they each had a role in Sana’s well-being this week.

A Mischievous Benten
A Mischievous Benten
Uchouten Kazoku 2, Episode 7

With my watchlist down to 10 regular-length episodes a week, this has become a light season (compared to my norm, that is) – and I’m grateful, as I’m still on a Naruto rampage / catchup. With two series doing a no-show this week, there was even more viewing time available. I’ll take it.

Making an INFJ Smile

May. 21st, 2017 06:10 pm
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I haven’t been to Thought Catalog in quite a while. I guess I dropped it when I thought it was getting fairly fluffy, and I didn’t have much time to waste in my day.

However, through some crosslinks I learned there is a Thought Catalog Myers-Briggs tag, so there was a nicely compact list of fun articles to read. They won me over early with: The Myers-Briggs Types and Whether or Not They Need a Hug. (^_^)

Naturally, I had to start visiting the archive. Some of the ones that tickled me…
(There’s an autoplay ad in the lower right corner of each page. You might want to mute your computer and click on the ‘Close Ad’ popup at the upper right corner of the ad.)

The site that I do visit regularly is Introvert, Dear.

Facebook Resistance

May. 21st, 2017 05:43 pm
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I can’t say that I’ve clearly thought everything through… as I do use Google, Gmail, and Google Drive, so Google has a certain amount of my personal information. But I’ve been strongly resistant to signing up for the closed ecosystem called Facebook (or as my SCA friend calls it, “The Book of Faces”). I’m very annoyed by closed spaces in the web that require a login to view content. And with the problem of Facebook requiring a “real” identity – rejecting established public personas of LGBTQ folk or outing some stealthy transfolk – I’ve refused to accept Facebook’s entrance criteria.

So far, I’ve made it without signing up – but it’s been hard. Volunteer organizations often require a Facebook ID – I’ve already had issues with Kumoricon. It might get worse.

How Facebook Is Making Membership a Prerequisite to Everyday Existence.

And... That's a (Rummage) Wrap!

May. 21st, 2017 06:04 pm
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 I'm just plain, ol' tuckered out right now.  Another wet, cloudy, drizzly day.  We finished up the rummage sale and netted Mason's team $95.00.  Not bad, actually, and about what I'd secretly hoped to make. Between that and a few other last minute donations to the GoFund me from a couple of my friends, we added an extra three hundred some bucks!  Hopefully, this will mean less money worries for the Team.

The sale was much slower today, despite the fact that the weather was actually quite a bit nicer.  I think this is a Saturday vs. Sunday thing. I know that when Shawn and I do rummaging we like to do it on Saturdays.  Sundays, particularly rainy ones, are for being curled up on the couch with a good book.  

We had a few humorous interactions with strangers who came to the sale.  One was a set of grandparents who were entertaining the kids for the weekend, it sounded like.  Apparently, after church they traditionally go rummaging and so this time brought the two (amazingly well behaved, if indecisive) kids along. They stopped at our sale specifically hunting for a "digger" for the young man. Apparently, at the previous sale the young lady had gotten a treat and now it was the young man's turn.  He reminded me of Mason at that age, which I would guess to be about three.  But, he was very articulate, though the hilarity ensued when grandma became very insistent that since our bucket was labeled "4 for a Quarter" the two kids had to chose four, and ONLY four, toys. We, alas, had no diggers, but there were plenty of trucks.  The young fellow first wanted the dumper, then didn't, then grandma finally sort of picked something for him so they could get in the car, but then, hilariously, kept coming back and forth to the bin trying to appease the kid.  It cracked me up. Finally the problem was solved by me explaining that, honestly, as long as it was okay with her, the kids could have all the trucks, no extra cost.  I explained that what we didn't sell was going to GoodWill, anyway.  She finally decided this was a good deal and took all three trucks.

The other was the two women (maybe a mother and daughter, but possibly just two good friends, with one slightly older than the other) who checked out all our board games and ended up buying almost twenty dollars worth of things (which at our sale is actually a LOT.) They were funny because they seemed seriously impressed that we "knew our merchandise." I wanted to know where they were shopping previously that people didn't really know what they were selling, but I think they were really surprised that we'd at least tried all our odd board games at least once.  I think I liked them because they reminded me of who Shawn and I are when we're out sale-ing.  We chat pleasantly between ourselves and the sellers and generally talk about all the merchandise. 

One woman came by specifically looking for bookshelves (I hear ya, sister!) but left with another nice piece of furniture.  

Then there was the big haul to GoodWill. Lisa and Shawn did most of the packing up, while I went and pulled up signs. By the time I came back with the car, they were mostly ready for me to jam everything into the trunk and backseat.  We managed to haul it all in one load because Lisa filled up her minivan as well.  I can't believe we finally got all that junk out of the house!  

We only came back with a small bag of LEGOs for Mason and a stool for Shawn to try to use with the loom.  She's got one now, of course, but since she hurt her back, she's been specifically looking for something that might offer a bit more back support. We're hoping that this one from Lisa will do the trick! Fingers crossed.

The last things I have to do before Mason leaves is get him some cash for food in Anaheim.  Shawn is going to start packing his bag a bit tonight, but we're all so wiped out that she'll probably do the lion's share of it tomorrow.  We've already done our bookstore run so that Mason will have new books to bring along for the trip. I hope that Mason remembers to take lots of pictures. Last time he did a big trip like this he actually took notes of things he wanted to remember to tell us about on his iPad. I hope he thinks to do that again. 

Ja ne!