I'll probably have a second post up about this later, when people are online, but if you've been following the Georgette Heyer reread, the last of the Georgette Heyer posts just went up..

I have to say, I'm kinda glad this reread is over.

The Lloyd Alexander reread continues for several more books.
Yes, the low point of the Georgette Heyer reread has arrived. Here, everyone, have the torture that is Cousin Kate. Getting through it required a total digression into Oz stuff, which I should apologize for but I'm not really sorry.
A couple more Tor.com posts, including The First Two Lives of Lukas-Kasha by Lloyd Alexander and Black Sheep by Georgette Heyer.

And yes, I realize that yet again my blogging here seems to be reduced to "hey, the latest Tor.com posts" posts. I just have not felt the blogging bug; I have a few things to say about television, like, Go Team Oliver and Felicity Go! and wow, Scandal may be the only show about government to now go several episodes into its third season without having any character decide that, you know, governing might be an awesome idea (even House of Cards, which is primarily about power plays and scandals, at least had two subplots about actual government work), and I feel that Scandal is trying to say something here about our current thoughts on government, and hey, Once Upon a Time writers, sure, kudos on sorta bouncing back from a really awful second season to an at least watchable third season, but if you want to match your main heroine up with the supposed first love of her life, you might not want to give her a sexy, sexy pirate as an alternative love interest, just saying, and seriously, Ichabod over on Sleepy Hollow, you have the nerve to criticize anyone else for their interpretations of U.S. History after a couple of your statements, or that wow, just as you think that show can't possibly get more ridiculous people start leaving 300 year old secret messages on teeth (YES THAT WAS TOTALLY IN THE SHOW) but I got nothing except Go Team Oliver and Felicity, Go!

I don't think this can be totally blamed on the semideath of Livejournal, either. It's just that the blogging bug appears to have gone into hibernation. We'll see if more profound thoughts poke it to come out, or if I just tell myself to go ahead and write more stuff. After November sweeps. Or if Sleepy Hollow gets a tad bit less ridiculous, although I suppose that would ruin the point.
And finally, the Heyer reread reaches one of my personal favorites: Frederica.

And in related Tor.com news, you can now finally download Some of the Best of Tor.com 2013, in which you can read my little short story, "In the Greenwood," before it's officially published, along with several other great stories. Bonus: it's free!
It's Tuesday, so must be time for another Georgette Heyer reread! This time, False Colours, which I've never been that fond of, since it features a number of characters heading into a deliberately convoluted plot which they try to make more convoluted for reasons that are never quite clear despite a few attempts to explain them. Anyway.

In unrelated news in THEORY the summer heat, which returned over the past few days, really, truly, and really is breaking again either tonight or tomorrow. I hope so, because I am not sure how much more of it I can endure.
And the Georgette Heyer reread continues with The Nonesuch.


Sep. 24th, 2013 05:09 pm
While you are eagerly awaiting Marvel's Agents of Shield, a few news tidbits from me:

1. And the Hollow Space Inside was chosen as a storySouth Million Writers Award notable story of 2012. This is pretty exciting, especially since this particular award honors both genre and literary fiction.

2. Part one of my three part story, "The Gifts," was just emailed out to Daily Science Fiction subscribers today; the next two parts will be popping up over the next two days.

In my original concept part one was supposed to be it, but I had to move a paragraph out of it, and that turned into parts two and three. All can be read as individual flash pieces, or as a single story. I'll put up links once the story goes live at DSF's website.

3. The Georgette Heyer reread continues over at Tor.com with The Unknown Ajax.

4. Tor.com is also doing a series of posts focusing on banned books, or at least, books that various people have tried to get out of libraries. My post on Bridge to Terebithia should be popping up as part of this at some point this week. Alas, Lois Lowry's The Giver series did not arrive on time (The Giver only arrived from the library today, as it happened, showing just how popular that book is, or at least just how assigned/recommended in school that book is) so the reread of that series is getting pushed back to "sometime after I go through the Lloyd Alexander books."

5. It's raining again. Ordinarily this probably wouldn't warrant that much of a mention, but as a result of the rain, a little stray tabby cat has decided that the very thin front porch is not a bad place to watch the rain from, a decision that the Little One and the Grey One are not really in agreement with. The Little One would like the tabby cat to come inside (no; from appearance alone this is a Cat That Fights A Lot) and the Grey One would like the tabby cat to depart the country immediately. The cat isn't here all the time, but just enough to keep us at Defcon Lever 4 -- GUARD THE TUNA -- all day.


Sep. 10th, 2013 05:32 pm
And the Georgette Heyer reread continues over at Tor.com with Venetia.
So, while I was at Worldcon and recovering, various things happened, like, publications!

1. First, over at Tor.com, the Heyer reread continued with Sylvester, or the Wicked Uncle and the Chronicles of Prydain reread got going with The Book of Three. To answer the third most popular question that I was asked at Worldcon, yes, I will be covering the Westmark and Vesper Holly series, although there may be a small interruption midway through the reread for a different series (the timing, as always, is based on Tor stuff, not me.)

Sidenote: it was pretty gratifying to hear at Worldcon how many people are enjoying the Heyer posts, largely because those feel like complete indulgences on my part. But one of the first new people I met had been reading them and had Things to Say! We bonded over hating Bath Tangle. It's a good bond.

2. The fourth issue of Through the Gate went up, containing my tiny little poem Mountain. The issue also has a prose poem by Sonya Taaffe called Mari Mild which has nothing to do with me, but I loved the title so I am noting it here. Check out the rest of the issue while you're there (assuming the word "poetry" hasn't made you flee); it's really excellent.

3. And if you haven't subscribed to Daily Science Fiction yet, you still have a few days before my next little set of short stories for them (technically, one story subdivided into three separate flash stories), called "Gifts" pops up in your inbox later this month.
1. My flash fiction piece, "Seaweed," the next in the series of fairy tale vignettes, was sent out to Daily Science Fiction subscribers today. I'll have more on this next week when it goes up on the web.

2. Meanwhile, over at Tor.com, the Heyer reread continues with April Lady. Not a favorite...but Sylvester, or the Wicked Uncle, is coming up next.

3. And over at McSweeney's: What to Expect When You're Expecting Cthulhu. This could not be more unlike the "Seaweed" piece: you've been warned.
1. I chat about Sprig Muslin over at Tor.com. Spoiler=highwayman, yay, end of the book, not so ya.

2. Daily Science Fiction has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the zine for another couple of years. The Kickstarter rewards include anthologies, the chance to have your story critiqued by a Daily Science Fiction author, and excellent karma.

Obviously, I'm a bit biased here -- DSF published my story The Princess and Her Tale back in May, and will be publishing a little flash piece of mine, "Seaweed," next month. But it's not just me, really! They also publish several other amazing authors. If you can help out, it's an excellent zine.
Got very dizzy on Saturday again, with the result that blogging, and even coherency, has not been a major factor in my life for the last few days. However, that didn't stop me from Having Things to Say about Bath Tangle over at Tor.com.

In other news, a New Cardinal has arrived in the yard. This is NOT A DRILL. I repeat, the male and female cardinal have successfully nested and given us a new fledgling cardinal.

The Little One is delighted. Or at least that's how I'm choosing to interpret his fixated stares through the window and yowls whenever the new little cardinal shows up at the bird feeder.
My post about Georgette Heyer's The Toll Gate just popped up over at Tor.com. We should probably discuss it before I forget it again. Which I suspect will be in a couple of days.
Good news: the roofing hell appears to be nearing its close. The inspectors came by today and gave their ok, which, yay. The yard still has roofing supplies everywhere and the driveway still has a large dumpster but by any standards this is an improvement. Also, I am able to get a passport after all, so, another improvement.

In this improved mood I offer you a discussion of attempted murder in the Regency era, over at Tor.com: The Quiet Gentleman.


May. 14th, 2013 08:19 pm
Over at Tor.com, I chat about Georgette Heyer's Arabella, a book that used to be one of my favorites and now...really not so much. More details in that post.
Feeling hideous at the moment, but wanted to note that my post on Georgette Heyer's The Reluctant Widow just popped up at Tor.com and is already generating some cheery discussion.
A few Tor.com posts went up while I wasn't paying attention:

James and the Giant Peach (the film, not the book).

Friday's Child (Georgette Heyer's first bestselling Regency)

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory which is still such a terrifying experience that I haven't dared to look at the comments.

On a related note, to answer a couple of lingering questions from ICFA, Tor.com is probably the hands down worst way to contact me. I do have an account there and in theory you can send messages to it. In practice since the only people who were sending messages to that account were people desperate to sell me fake Prada bags or introduce me to new ways of finding porn, I stopped checking it, with the result that you could have a message there for three months before I noticed it.
1. Happy Pi Day! I myself plan to celebrate by having a homemade beef and bacon pie, followed by considerably less homemade cherry pie. This, of course, requires that I purchase bacon. Oh, the pain. It's a good sort of holiday to celebrate.

2. Over at Tor.com, the Georgette Heyer reread continues with Penhallow. Wow. I remembered this book as deeply, deeply unpleasant, but I hadn't remembered just how unpleasant or how many times characters threw things at each other or tossed people down the stairs. The comments recommend reading Cold Comfort Farm as an antidote. I agree.

3. My mother wants you to watch this. (In French, but you don't need to speak French to follow it.)

3. So I finally got around to catching up with Once Upon A Time, and Some brief spoilery comments. )
Over at Tor.com, the Heyer reread is back with some chatter about Faro's Daughter and World War II.

It's also just a teensy eensy bit possible that you might -- might -- be seeing a few more Oz posts popping up at Tor.com. Might.

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