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and the only solution was to stand and fight

Friday, February 21st, 2014

A FABLE OF SFWA: or, WHY I SHOULD HAVE LISTENED TO GEORGE R. R. MARTIN TEN YEARS AGO AND HOW YOU CAN LEARN FROM MY MISTAKE So, ten or so years ago, when I was a very new young published novelist, I was thrilled to send in my dues check to SFWA and (red alert) [...]

On the naming of parts. Er, storms.

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

By now, it’s pretty plain that the Weather Channel’s plan to market and merchandise winter storms get people to “take winter storms seriously by naming them” is an abject failure, in large part due to the unintentional hi-larity of the names they have chosen. (Okay, I was fond of “Gandalf.” Next year: Erebor!) Basically, it [...]

Last night, the Minnesotan admitted it was cold.

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

I’ve only seen that happen a few times before. I’ve only heard him admit to being personally cold once–in Grand Marais, at 40 below zero plus a bit of windchill. Neither one of us wanted to be outside, and I’m a Yankee born and a Swede and Ukrainian bred, and a long-term pedestrian and bus [...]

Hobbit day.

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

Yesterday was my birthday, and Scott took me to the Como Zoo and Conservatory to celebrate. There was also pastry beforehand and fried cheese curds afterwards, and all in all it was a totally fabulous day. It’s a Minitor in the center of a labyrinth! (The brand name of Scott’s fire department pager. I couldn’t [...]

We came here on a porpoise: ecotourism spectacular. The one with the gannet. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court. And like that.

Sunday, August 25th, 2013

Yesterday was my friend Jack’s annual birthday whale watch. This year it was a smaller group than in years previous: Jack, me, two other members of our Pathfinder group (Hi, Julia and Lou!), and the illustrious Batwrangler, who brought her camera. But before we get to that–dear reader: Friday, I had An Adventure. I took [...]

Bear’s bug rescue program. Also, apples.

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

Working with windfall apples requires a particular kind of attention. At the risk of sounding like a Christopher Kimball essay, you never quite know what you’re going to get from looking at the outside of the fruit. I mean, you can spot the rotten ones pretty easily–but then sometimes you can have one that looks completely miserable, [...]

Photo spam and tea…

Sunday, August 18th, 2013

I’m working on revisions for my short story for the Hieroglyph Project, and wishing I had a lot more time to work on it. I am full of partly-gestated ideas, and not sure how to make any of them crystallize. Especially since I’m having serious trouble focusing today. But I will put on my big [...]

Space City Con and also Hieroglyph.

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

I am home from Space City Con in Houston, where I got to visit NASA, met several real astronauts and one of my favorite make-believe astronauts (Gil Gerard, who played Buck Rogers), and was also privileged to meet The Doctor, and another the Doctor as well. I played AD&D with some of the people who design it, and I [...]

Coping with the rave rejection.

Friday, July 26th, 2013

I have sinned. It has been 23 days since my last blog post. In that time, I’ve been to two conventions, written a review or two, threw a birthday party for a housemate, took my boyfriend on a whale watch, cleaned up the sort of paperwork and dust that piles up when you are away [...]

I went to ALA, and only brought you back a photo of a quicksilver jellybean

Monday, July 1st, 2013

I went to ALA, and only brought you back a photo of a quicksilver jellybean. For the past four days, Scott and I were either traveling from Wisconsin to Chicago, being at ALA, or traveling from Chicago to Wisconsin. This trip involved a panel (with Timothy Zahn, John Scalzi, Brandon Sanderson, David Brin, and Cory [...]