The History of Lucy

Nov. 24th, 2014 01:53 pm[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
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Here's an interview about Lucy, one of my all-time favorite fossils. 

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Nov. 24th, 2014 11:02 am[personal profile] telophase
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Toby and I spent the weekend playing Dragon Age: The Loadening. Yes, its real subtitle is Inquisition, but the load screens are diabolically long.

And when I mean that we played it, is that he handled the controls while I watched. When the character got to a decision point that affected plot, I made the choice, and Toby took care of combat. It makes for a nice together thing, especially because I can sit back reading a book or browsing Reddit while he plays, and we both get the experience of amusing glitches, like remarkably porous stairs into which the characters sink ankle-deep, or the horse that climbed up onto a stone fence. Or the amazing sliding horse that skidded sideways through the stables instead of walking.

I attempted to make the main character look like Toby, and failed completely, ending up with a Roman centurion who just can't even. Toby named him "SerTired," short for "SerTiredOfThisShit," and I've been having him make decisions that fit with that persona.
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I am a juror for the Speculative Literature Foundation's 2015 Working Class/Impoverished Writers Grant. Press release to come but here's a relevant site.

Peanut Butter Cookies

Nov. 23rd, 2014 10:24 pm[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
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I made this recipe of peanut butter cookies, minus the chocolate chips, today.  They're nutritious as far as cookies go: butter, flour, an egg, sugar, 3/4 cup of peanut butter, etc.  They're small going on the tray, the right size to be flattened with a fork instead of a glass.   When done, they are as advertised, soft and moist.  And they might as well be rolled in crack; we can't stop eating them!
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So maybe this is a good time for longer books?
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Thanks to a donation from [personal profile] gingicat, there are 4 new verses in "Save the City."  Abigail and Danso talk about Nathaniel.

Poem: "Sânziene"

Nov. 23rd, 2014 08:39 pm[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
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This poem came out of the March 17, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] dialecticdreamer and LJ user Laffingkat. It also fills the "prosperity" square of my 3-6-14 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] technoshaman. It belongs to the series Frankenstein's Family.

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Today is the last day of the half-price sale in Frankenstein's Family.  There are still two poems left.  With only one open epic, these are eligible for microfinding if somebody wants to open one.

Watch "Nebula"

Nov. 23rd, 2014 03:07 am[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
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 "Nebula" is a short film about a girl and a magical creature.  Lovely animation, adorable story.
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This poem came out of the September 2014 Creative Jam. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] dialecticdreamer and [personal profile] helgatwb. It also fills the "indecent proposal" square in my 6-11-14 card for the [community profile] fanbingo fest and the "Frankenstein" square in my 9-11-14 card for the Halloween Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It belongs to the series Frankenstein's Family.

WARNING: This poem contains rude behavior and sexual harassment.  If those are sensitive topics for you, please consider your state of mind before deciding whether to read onward.



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Faerie Blood 2.99 Sale!

Nov. 22nd, 2014 05:56 pm[personal profile] annathepiper
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Just because I can, I’m putting Faerie Blood on sale for $2.99 through December 1st, Cyber Monday!

If you want to buy it from Smashwords, you can use the coupon code EC86P here.

A promotional price has been set on Kobo to put the price at $2.99 (and international equivalents) through December 1st. You can get Faerie Blood from Kobo here.

A promotional price is on Google Play now as well and you can get the book from Google Play here. (They’ve actually put it down to $2.51 since Google Play knocks a bit more off the price in general.)

B&N doesn’t have a mechanism to let me set a promotional price, so I’ve just adjusted the pricing there. You can get Faerie Blood for the Nook here.

A promotional price has been set on iTunes for the book there. Faerie Blood is available on all the iTunes stores I have access to; a full list of iTunes links is available on the book’s official page!

And I can’t set a promotional price for Kindle since I’m not on KDP Select–but I’ve set the price there down to $2.99 as well. All of the various Kindle links for the book are on the book’s official page!

Please feel free to spread the word around about this sale as you like!

Mirrored from angelahighland.com.

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Thanks to a donation from [personal profile] janetmiles , there are five new verses in "Save the City."  Danso tries to relate to Nathaniel's grandmother Abigail.
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This poem is spillover from the June 17, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] siliconshaman and LJ user Moonwolf1988. It also fills the "loss of possessions" square in my 6-10-14 card for the [community profile] hc_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. It belongs to the series Frankenstein's Family.

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This poem was written outside the regular prompt calls. It fills the "perfect" square of my 9-29-14 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. This poem belongs to the series Frankenstein's Family.

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Nearly a Novel

Nov. 22nd, 2014 05:06 pm[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
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Wow, I just pasted in the latest poems to the Frankenstein's Family collection ... which is just over 35,000 words now, nearly at the novel threshold of 40,000.  Not quite all of them have been published yet, but the sale is still running through tomorrow.

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Caveman Skills

Nov. 22nd, 2014 02:47 pm[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
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Today we needed a crockpot lined with foil.  Therefore I needed to know how much foil to pull off the roll.  Now, I know there's a formula for calculating that; I could've looked it up.  But I wanted to figure out a way to do it myself, without the math.  So I used a piece of string to measure the inside of the crock, and then the foil.  Problem solved, no math required!

This is a vital life skill.  You don't have to be able to do everything, just know how to get everything done.  Schools don't teach it, parents these days are often unavailable, so people may not learn it.  There are usually a lot of different ways to accomplish things.  I could just as easily have asked my partner, who was three feet away chopping peppers.  But I'm proud of myself for knowing how to figure out these little everyday puzzles -- the stuff that ordinary people actually need math for, only a lot of time, you don't need the numbers.  You need an amount  of something.  That can usually be obtained through practical methods, faster and more accurately if you are not good with numbers.  I'm good with string.

The other thing is that a friend of ours was practicing with his longbow out in our yard, and let us try it.  This is the first time I've gotten to fire a longbow in this life -- the others were compounds.  It was way too heavy a draw for me, but I did manage to launch an arrow with it, and not smack my boobs or elbow with the string.  I remember how to do it, even if this body won't really go there.  Close enough is ... not good enough to put a rabbit in the pot, but good enough to put a smile on my face for sheer nostalgia.

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This poem is spillover from the September 2, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] helgatwb, [personal profile] lynnoconnacht, [personal profile] technoshaman, [personal profile] ellenmillion, and LJ user Laffingkat. It also fills the "humiliation" square for my 7-31-14 card in the [community profile] hc_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Frankenstein's Family series.

WARNING: This poem contains topics that some readers may find unappealing. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. There are embarrassing situations, menstrual issues, gender dysphoria, difficult negotiation of body boundaries, an abandoned child, and other touchy stuff. Consider your tastes before clicking through.

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I've already reviewed the Zero Stone. If I replace it with Ralestone Luck, not only do I deal with that issue but I have at least one Norton for each letter of the alphabet.
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This article talks about untapped potential in SF.

Untapped?  I've been banging it like a rented drum since I could hold a pencil.  So have lots of other writers I know.  So have my favorite shows.  There's a reason most of my favorites run high in diversity, and why I've taken to dicing up ensemble casts to make a good mix.  It's how I want to see the future.  Plus I have an increasing tendency to look at the cast first when considering a new show.  All white male?  Back on the shelf it goes.  Some female, multicultural, disabled, etc. representation?  Flip it over and read the back.  The higher the mix, the more likely I am to buy it.

Steampunk?  It's not just for white blokes anymore.  Superheroes?  Explosion in a paint factory.  Far-future SF?  All my diversity, let me show you it!

I also used material created by and for people of color to entice prison inmates to read poetry and fiction -- to show them that people like themselves could be writers, heroes, could have a future.  It's one of the most subversive things I've done, and it worked.

But every time somebody says "untapped" or the like, they are dismissing  decades worth of awesome accomplishments by all us folks who have been make this stuff.
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One of the major women from early in SF's history.

I read Thor Hyerdal’s book on crossing the Pacific Ocean in a bamboo craft, the Kontiki, in which Hyerdal stated that every day at sea he and his crew saw trash floating. I brought this up at a Milford Conference and Ben Bova looked at me pityingly and said, “Katie, do you really think we can pollute the entire ocean? Do you know how big the ocean is?” He didn’t literally pat me on the head, but the avuncular pat was there.
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This poem is spillover from the July 1, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] dialecticdreamer, [personal profile] technoshaman, and [personal profile] ellenmillion. It also fills the "hunger / starvation" square in my 6-10-14 card for the [community profile] hc_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the series Frankenstein's Family.

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To make a long story short

Nov. 21st, 2014 10:25 pm[personal profile] jewelfox
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And get this update written before we collapse ...

(Content note: Personal and slightly TMI-ish discussion of physically transitioning genders.)

Despite some kind of "hairy Benjamin standards of care" gatekeeping stuff, along with some painful blood-drawing and unexpected (and painful) groping between our legs >_o we apparently S-ranked our first hormone appointment thing.

Which was today.

Which we announced that it was in a post that was locked at the time, so that we wouldn't get stalked and our parents of origin wouldn't freak out and order a tactical nuclear strike on the apartment complex or something. Because unlike our heart, soul, romantic love, and creative writing endeavours, our primary and secondary sexual characteristics are very important to them, and there is no telling what lengths they will go to in order to terrorize us for thinking we own our "sacred parts" instead of having them on loan from God.

AHEM.

Anyway, the lab results from those huge vials of blood that they drew from our arm will be in a couple weeks from now, at which point we will hopefully be prescribed the synthetic estrogen we need to achieve a fuller physical / mental / emotional gender transition. Which apparently has its ups and downs, especially those last two. So if you're playing Magic against us sometime next month, and we suddenly burst into tears and exclaim stuff like "These lyrics are soooo deep ;; " ... don't say we didn't warn you!

... of course, if we don't get a prescription at that point, we may just burst into tears regardless.

So, how's life treating you all? >_>

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Nov. 21st, 2014 07:34 pm[personal profile] brushwolf
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Adventures Of Don Juan: http://youtu.be/-ktwwXV4EUo Ha ha cut to 5, parry 3, jump backwards onto table, lowline sweep parry, flash rakish smile!

Most filmmakers in the 30s/40s had bad eyesight so soft focus in romantic scenes reflected their experience taking glasses off to smooch.

(Similar to how Edo period Japan was purely black and white before the widely-protested Meiji "Aspect Ratio" reforms of 1883.)

Proposed Asatru/eclectic Neopagan workshop for Pantheacon; "Working With the Entities of Simonson's Run On Thor." #HeStoodAloneAtGjallerbru

"In this workshop, we tackle tough subjects like the lore surrounding Thor-As-Frog and bringing Beta-Ray Bill into your practice."
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Robert A. Heinlein (15)

Rosemary Kirstein (4)
K.J. Parker (4)

Max Gladstone (3)
Larry Niven (3)
K.B. Spangler (3)
M.K. Wren (3)

Steven Brust (2)
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C.L. Moore (2)
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L. Neil Smith (2)
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Note to self

Nov. 21st, 2014 06:44 pm[personal profile] james_davis_nicoll
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Do not end months-long period in which Fig got no catnip abruptly.

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Call for Prompts

Nov. 21st, 2014 11:22 am[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
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[personal profile] thebonesofferalletters is hosting Stories from the Crossroads with a theme of "LGBTQA themes and/or creators and creations."  Leave prompts, get ficlets!  There are perks for donations.

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Nov. 21st, 2014 09:50 am[personal profile] telophase
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I always find a flexible rubber sole to be a great feature in a candy bar.

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Nov. 21st, 2014 09:30 am[personal profile] telophase
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I'm making a cheapass Advent calendar for Toby...

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