Updates.

Aug. 31st, 2015 06:54 pm[personal profile] jolantru
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My doctor has taken me off the treatment/medication - but one of the horrid side-effects is acne. These bloody red swellings are everywhere: my face, my neck (and this time, it itches like hell), my chest.

Been a busy two weeks - basically exam questions, marking test papers and projects. It will be a short week this week, as we celebrate Teachers' Day on Thursday and the holiday starts on Friday.

I guess, I am at the edge of burnout?

Can't wait for Dragon Dancer to be released as well as the Jan Xu books (to be re-released). Also, interesting stuff for Singapore Writers' Festival - stay tuned.

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We just passed the peak/15th day of the Ghost Month/Seventh Month. After this lunar festival will be my favorite: Mid-Autumn Festival. Which reminds me to get mooncakes and lanterns.
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Fandom/Geeky Things

"BBC Two announces The City And The City, an 4x60 adaptation of China Miéville's novel".

Via [personal profile] cofax7, "The Philosophy of Star Trek: The Kobayashi Maru, No-Win Scenarios, And Ethical Leadership".

([personal profile] cofax7 also says "The 100 is one big Kobayashi Maru test, for everyone. It's not possible to win, just lose more or less badly.")

[twitter.com profile] FaPanini has been doing "#the100 at @Hogwarts" fanart, like this and this.

ETA: [dreamwidth.org profile] tassosss linked to all of the "#the100 at @Hogwarts" pics in a comment below [on the DW post] and also in the weekly roundup post at [dreamwidth.org profile] the100. ^_^


Writing/SFF

[livejournal.com profile] mrissa posted about critiquing writing recently. This is the chunk that especially pleases me: "And…this is a thing I honestly love about writing. I really, really love this. If you catch me in the wrong mood, I will wax sentimental and get a little choked up. Because in writing, in speculative fiction in particular, we take it for granted–it is a totally normal thing to do–that we will get to look at other people’s awesome things and help make them a little more awesome. Think about that for a moment. There are some other jobs for which it works that way, sure–for which a project is primarily someone else’s and it is assumed that you will get to take your time and help make it better. But mostly not. Mostly you are either working together on something or you’re not helping. I like helping. I like cooperation."

Going back a couple of weeks, Zen Cho posted "My publishing journey: Revising the novel (again and again and again)".

"Kelly Sue DeConnick: How To Make People Uncomfortable (And Still Make a Living)". There are few weird typos in the transcript--one of which I wasn't quite able to reverse engineer to what she actually said--but a good read and, I'm sure, good viewing if you watch the video instead.


Social Justice

"10 Things I’ve Learned About Gaslighting As An Abuse Tactic". [Everyday Feminism]

[dreamwidth.org profile] commodorified has a longish post on writing rape in fiction. "This essay was originally inspired by this post, but a) I sat on it for awhile and b) this isn't, except in one important detail — the quite possibly unconscious assumption saturating that advice that nobody who writes fiction and/or fic has ever been raped, or gone in fear of it, and all that implies about said advice — a particularly terrible example. There's some very good stuff there, if applied cautiously. So I want to acknowledge Swan Tower, as well.

This is my assumption: we all live in rape culture, and we are all injured by it. Victims of sexual assaults - all ages and genders - are injured by it. Those who have at one time or another been threatened with sexual assault and evaded it are injured by it. Women, queer men, transfolk, and others at high risk of sexual assault, who must learn how to negotiate the world under threat, are injured by it."



Unsorted

Via [dreamwidth.org profile] kaberett, [dreamwidth.org profile] happydork's post "Introversion, social anxiety, social skills, change" is excellent.

[dreamwidth.org profile] happydork's more recent post on microaggressions--what microaggressions and some of their characteristics are--is also well worth reading. "Microaggressions are those little shitty things that people say/do that can seem innocuous (or, at least, not worth making a fuss about) on their own, but build up into a longterm pattern of reinforcing privilege/oppression dynamics and making the recipient feel like shit. You can see examples at microaggressions.com."

Via a few people, GQ did a great profile of Stephen Colbert as he moves away from The Colbert Report and takes over The Daily Show.

Not entire SFW: "This Montreal Artist is Putting Dildos in Stephen Harper’s Hands and It’s Spectacular". "Over the years, Stephen Harper's done everything imaginable to present himself as warm-blooded human, employing stylists and make-up artists, limiting photography by the media, and releasing an unstoppable flurry of propaganda-like photos. As it turns out, most of these efforts are effectively pointless once a dildo is gently inserted into the frame, which is exactly what an artist from Montreal has been doing for the past year"

The Seattle Aquarium has a giant Pacific octopus cam!

I forget who linked this, but Wikihow has "3 Ways to Communicate with Your Cat".

Via [dreamwidth.org profile] sovay, "Fuzzy Nautilus Rediscovered and Filmed After 30 Years"!

Via Facebook:

--"10+ Totoro Cakes That Are Too Cute To Eat".

--"Maybe You Get Bad Customer Service Because You're a Bad Customer". [August 2013]

Stolen from File770

Aug. 30th, 2015 07:53 pm[personal profile] james_davis_nicoll
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What stories from 1940 do people like for next year's retro Hugos?

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Aug. 29th, 2015 06:07 pm[personal profile] conuly
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New technique could enable design of hybrid glasses and revolutionize gas storage

Bizarre Mars photos: Signs of life, or signs the Internet has lost its mind?

Nasa starts year-long isolation to simulate life on Mars

How The Ballpoint Pen Killed Cursive

Marvel villains are now quoting David Cameron

Why these colored water droplets seem to be alive

A women’s theatre in rural Turkey.

Fetal Cells Can Be Found In A New Mother's Body And Will Effect Her Health Even After Pregnancy

18 Times Breastfeeding Was Portrayed Onscreen, For Better Or Worse

The Terrible Teens

Scientists Work on New 'Liquid Biopsy' for Breast Cancer

121-year-old time capsule found at bridge near Kingussie

Earth's mineralogy unique in the cosmos

A US dilemma: Kurds or Turks?

Young Hands in Mexico Feed Growing U.S. Demand for Heroin

West Point professor calls on US military to target legal critics of war on terror

The Village That Will Be Swept Away

‘You’re one of us now’

Troubled Water: What I Learned Teaching Hurricane Katrina in the Classroom

Hoarding Is Making Firefighting Harder

The ‘saddest bride I have ever seen': Child marriage is as popular as ever in Bangladesh

Anguish of 'disappearance' continues across the world, say campaigners

Death of a young black man in a Virginia prison sparks outrage

Middle East faces water shortages for the next 25 years, study says

Citizens Taking Video of Police See Themselves Facing Arrest

Prison Vendors See Continued Signs of a Captive Market

American Teen Gets 11 Year Sentence For Pro-ISIS Tweets That Taught People How To Use Bitcoin

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I've gone from having the phone in my hand much of the time to really not touching it much at all.  I already have a lot of soundcodes on my phone -- I know when my kid is texting me, or when Snapchat or Breaking News is going off -- but you can only fine-grain that so much.  I don't know *who* is Snapping me, I don't know if the newsflash is worth taking the phone out for, I don't know if the email is from a human or a robot.  That all kicks to my wrist now.  The phone stays in my pocket a lot more.  The speedbumps in my day that it smooths out are probably trivial, but the new layer of distance and quiet that it introduces feels real.


This rings very true to me. I still use my phone a lot - for a start it's mostly how I read most of my 110-odd RSS feeds, but if a text, email, or tweet comes in I know if it's something I need to look at or not, and I know I don't need to take my phone out of my pocket to see if something "exciting" has happened.

If you're not someone like me, and you don't get many notifications on your phone, then you probably don't need one for that. You may want one for keeping track of how far you walk, or to track your heart rate. But as I don't do either of these things (this week), I can't help you there...

Aside

Aug. 30th, 2015 03:10 pm[personal profile] krait
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As an aside, I'm sekritly impressed with how well my book photos in the last two posts turned out! A photographer I am not, but apparently sometimes the stars align, or something. (Who would've guessed that the key to good book pics would be black bedsheets + 2 dead bulbs in the light fixture?)

More fannish excitement!

Aug. 30th, 2015 02:56 pm[personal profile] krait
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The other thing I bought for myself arrived, and I've just enjoyed a delightful reread!

Photo below the cut! )

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A good weekend

Aug. 30th, 2015 03:12 pm[personal profile] andrewducker
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On Thursday I wandered into town and met up with old friend Bill, and we went to see a Tennesee Williams play (Confessional) purely on the basis of half-price tickets. This is set in a bar, and the theatre space was set up so that 2/3 of the area was a bar. Including free beer/coke for people as they walked in. Chatting to the performers afterwards it turns out that it's laid out differently on a regular basis, and as the audience sit at at least some of the bar tables, they have to work around them differently every performance, which keeps them on their toes.

It was well performed and the dialogue was good, but I didn't feel terribly engaged by it. It was expanded later into Small Craft Warnings, and the Wikipedia page for that says "The play is scarcely plot based, and might be considered more of a kaleidoscopic pastiche of monologues" - which sums it up rather well. Interesting though, and I'm glad I've finally seen something by Tennessee Williams!

On Friday I left work at 4:30 and headed into the heart of The Fringe, picking up tickets in The Underbelly, just off Grassmarket, to see Thunderbards, a comedy sketch duo. I've just tracked down this quote from a review, which sums them up perfectly:
Thunderbards doesn’t do anything particularly new with the sketch-show format; the only difference here is some kind of framing device. But the sketches therein are invariably funny, and have been rehearsed to a slickness which never feels stale.
I enjoyed them, but wouldn't urge people to dash out to them as a matter of urgency. Which is good, as their last show is in two hours.

I _would_ recommend "Festival of the Spoken Nerd's: Just For Graphs", who are about to tour the UK, and are well worth seeing if you're a nerd, or like math jokes. Or graphs that are on fire. They were great fun, very polished, and knew their audience perfectly.

I saw Thunderbards with [livejournal.com profile] doubtingmichael and [livejournal.com profile] gummitch, who already had tickets for the show, as part of their week-long festival extravaganza. [livejournal.com profile] doubtingmichael and [livejournal.com profile] anef come up every year, and this year had brought [livejournal.com profile] gummitch and [livejournal.com profile] tamaranth with them. So Julie came out afterwards, met up with the five of us at the gorgeous apartments they were staying at, and then we headed to L'esarcgot Bleu for delicious french cuisine. I had the lamb, which was nice, but I did spend a chunk of the meal staring at [livejournal.com profile] gummitch's boeuf bourguignon enviously.

Amusing subjects of discussion over the dinner table included portrayal of Steve Rogers in the movies (nicely summed up in this discussion I bumped into the next day. And also of archaic computer storage media, nicely summed up by this:



Saturday we spent largely recovering, before going over to see [livejournal.com profile] gwendysmile for geeky board games. We played several games of Dominion, and I introduced people to Dobble, a very silly and quick card-matching game which I am indebted to [livejournal.com profile] marrog and [livejournal.com profile] erindubitably for.

And then today we woke up at a reasonable hour (about nine-thirty), and had breakfast out. My favourite breakfast place (the Edinburgh Restaurant) now has a gluten-free option (which mostly means leaving off the sausages and adding GF toast) which was great. And [livejournal.com profile] pisica and Chris WINOLJ joined us, which was lovely. Then John Lewis for Julie to buy thread, before returning home to collapse in a little heap.

Hiatus notice

Aug. 30th, 2015 10:46 pm[personal profile] metanewsmods posting in [community profile] metanews
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Metanews is going to be on hiatus for a while.

One of our two link finders, [personal profile] the_rck, has been diagnosed with breast cancer and will have a lumpectomy on Friday. She will definitely have radiation treatment and may have to have chemo (they won't know that until after the surgery). It's not clear when she will be able to link find again. This week, she's too stressed and too busy (the surgeon's office told her on Monday that she'd have to wait three weeks for surgery then called Tuesday morning to say that her surgery would be Friday). She has appointments every day this week.

[personal profile] the_rck is in the US but has good insurance, both private insurance and Medicare. She is also less than ten minutes drive from an excellent cancer center that is providing all the necessary care. She will be fine, eventually.

[personal profile] the_rck normally handles Feedly which takes 10-20 hours a week, depending, and is the source of roughly 85% of our links. Our remaining link finder can't take on Feedly at this point. That left us with the choice between going on hiatus and publishing a much abbreviated newsletter or the foreseeable future.

Additionally, the surgery happened on Friday and I've heard from [personal profile] the_rck's husband that it went successfully.

We're not sure at this stage how long the hiatus will be for, but when we know more, we'll post and let you all know.

Yuletide underachiever

Aug. 30th, 2015 10:58 am[personal profile] naraht
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For a good part of this past year, I've been questioning whether I ought to sign up for Yuletide 2015. Given that I've always fallen firmly into the Yuletide Is A Way of Life camp, this may shock some people, although I've had some helpful discussions about the idea with various friends already.

Part of the problem is that I had such an amazingly productive year in 2013. Last year I felt some pressure to live up to that standard and, although I did end up writing quite a bit, also ended up rather burned out as a result. There's also the fact that I'm working full time now, which means I'll probably have a lot less time and energy to spend on Yuletide.

Another factor, odd though this may sound, is the multitude of amazing fics I got as gifts last year. I couldn't be more grateful; they really were all amazing. But I know that I won't be able to pay all of those generous authors back this year, much though I would like to. Not to mention the fact that so many of my requests got filled - what am I going to request this year? I honestly feel a little abashed by it all.

Having said this, failing to sign up for Yuletide would almost certainly be a case of throwing the baby out with the bathwater. Despite my protestations, I've been keeping a running fandoms/requests list, seemingly out of habit. I know if I didn't put my sign-up in, I would spend the rest of the season feeling bitterly left out, not to mention regretting breaking my streak (which is broken already, but what can one do).

So, for the moment at least, my resolution is to have a much more low-key Yuletide experience this year. I will not write an epic letter and I will not post it several weeks before sign-ups open. I will not write epic treats. I will consider myself to have done my duty if I write more than 1k for my assigned recipient - and I will default if I feel that I need to. Everything else is Optional.

Also I will lower people's expectations. That's what I'm doing now. Is it working?

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Aug. 28th, 2015 01:55 am[personal profile] conuly

Linkspam, the NSFW edition

Aug. 30th, 2015 12:51 am[personal profile] umadoshi
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The last themed (?) batch of linkspam I've had gradually accruing, which I'd thought was basically "all the NSFW links" with nothing more in common than that, but it turns out a surprising number of them either have to do with sex toys or are from The Toast. 10 links (NSFW to varying degrees) under the cut )

I exist, thank you very much

Aug. 29th, 2015 11:21 pm[personal profile] yvi
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Dear universe,

Yes, it is indeed possible in a heterosexual relationship for women to propose marriage to men*. The world does not explode, ships do not sink, pigs do not suddenly start flying. It is entirely possible for this to end in a "yes" from the man and a marriage.

I know this from experience.

(*and for no proposal from one person to take place and other configurations)

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Aug. 29th, 2015 04:18 pm[personal profile] case posting in [community profile] fandomsecrets
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The first secret from this batch will be posted on September 5th.



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All,

Please be advised that we're having a big ol' windstorm in the Puget Sound metro area today. As of this writing, Puget Sound Energy has over 138,000 outages and Seattle City Light has over 35,000. Our power took a couple of hard hits, although we came back up while I was in the process of taking down our servers.

We've continued to have hard power hits, so I have not yet brought our servers back up. If we stay stable long enough, I will bring our servers back up by 2pm Pacific time, but as we're continuing to have power hits, I ain't betting on this happening.

I will post further updates to my social media accounts, as well as here, since my phone will continue to talk to the world even if our power goes out.

More bulletins as events warrant!

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Aug. 27th, 2015 02:21 pm[personal profile] conuly
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Quantum "Spookiness" Passes Toughest Test Yet

A Wonderfully Clear Explanation of How Road Diets Work

The Egg Map

Why It’s Hard to Sue the NSA: You Have to Prove It Spied on You

Nitrogen triiodide: "So volatile that a mosquito landing on it will make it explode"

Marijuana Use May Lower Sperm Counts 'Quite a Lot'

Wittgenstein, Schoolteacher

A Man Known As The “Portland Pooper” Has Been Relieving Himself On People’s Lawns

What Do Conspiracy Theories Do to Us?

The Red-Baiting of Lena Horne

Study: 15% of West Bank Settlers Are American

Pew Study Finds Orthodox Similar to Evangelical Christians — Not Other Jews

Kids toss out fruits and veggies from school lunches, researchers find

Everything you always wanted to know about panda sex (but were afraid to ask)

Japan's Cultural Fascination With Scissors

Reasons You Were Not Promoted That are Totally Unrelated to Gender.

Poignant vs. Pungent: A Tale of Swapped Histories and Mirror Definitions

The Last Secrets of Skull and Bones

Man with almost-perfect poop donates it to help patients with C-diff infection

Lego a 'better investment than shares and gold'

Making Ocean Water Drinkable Is Much Harder Than You Think

Why Phone Fraud Starts With A Silent Call

Why the Rich Love Burning Man

Gay Teen Worried He Might Be Christian

Japanese police bracing for gang war as Yamaguchi-gumi mafia group splits

America’s Great Infrastructure Stagnation

When Prisons Need to Be More Like Nursing Homes

Amid Backlash Against Isolating Inmates, New Mexico Moves Toward Change

Man found to have been shedding virulent strain of polio for 30 years

An Important But Rarely Discussed Lesson of the Stanford Prison Experiment

Libyan drownings, truck of corpses drive up migrant toll

Expert: We’re ‘locked-in’ to 3 feet of sea level rise
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There is an old saw: "Just when I got my mule to work without being fed, she up and died on me!"

At the end of 1958, Galaxy editor H. Gold announced that his magazine was going to a bi-monthly publication schedule. He did not mention that he was also slashing writer pay rates in half.

Last issue, Gold crowed about his stable of fresh new authors who would carry the torch of science fiction creation. And, of course, there is plenty of room for the new authors now that the old names have departed for greener pastures.

Is this how a great magazine dies? Not with a bang, but with a whimper? You may disagree with me, but the October 1960 issue of Galaxy feels like a throwback. A lesser mag from the mid '50s. Let me show you the first half of the issue, and you'll see what I mean.



(see the rest at Galactic Journey!
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Smashwords reported to me an awesome thing today: to wit, I’ve made my first sale of Faerie Blood via Overdrive! This means that some library somewhere has elected to purchase that book to make it available to their patrons. Which means, somebody will be able to check out Kendis & Company via Overdrive really soon. 😀

What I do not know is what library might have made that purchase, though. I’m googling around tonight to see if there’s a way to find this out, and this has led me to Worldcat.org, which is apparently a very large database of what’s available at libraries.

Through this, I have now also determined that my Carina books are ALSO available in a small handful of library systems!

The Brooklyn Public Library has all three of the Rebels books, and in fact has two copies of Victory showing up in their search results on me, here. So if you’re a patron of their system, you can read my whole trilogy through them! Awesome. And their Twitter account is here.

The Hennepin County Library in Minnesota apparently has Valor and Victory but NOT Vengeance, according to their search results. If you’re a Minnesota patron, consider them. Also consider asking them to pick up Vengeance to round out the set! They’re on Twitter here.

The Los Angeles Public Library just has Valor, but hey, if they’re going to have only one of my books, that IS the correct one to have to start the trilogy! If you’re in L.A., consider asking them to pick up books 2 and 3, won’t you?

Same notation for the Calgary Public Library and oh wow I’m readable in at least one Canadian library, how awesome is this. <3 They also just have Valor, but that’s a start!

The New York Public Library only has Vengeance, which is an odd purchasing decision on their part, but hey, not my call to make! Do I have any New York readers who might consider asking them to also get Valor and Victory? ‘Cause yeah, if you try to read this trilogy starting with Vengeance, you WILL be confused.

This is PARTICULARLY amazing: there’s a copy of Victory in the Auckland Libraries system in New Zealand! O.O Apologies in advance to any New Zealanders who might check that book out and be really really confused since it’s the tail end of the trilogy. Do please consider asking them to also pick up Valor and Vengeance!

And, much closer to home, the Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative has a copy of Victory, and so do the Douglas County Libraries in Colorado, here.

Many thanks to all library purchasers who saw fit to pick up any of my Rebels of Adalonia books! Particularly Auckland and Calgary! But really, all of you!

Because HOLY CRAP I’m in libraries. If I could reach back in time and share this news with High School Anna, who spent her study hall time slurping up every book she could find in the school libraries, High School Anna would cry with joy. Current Day Anna is pretty close to doing so herself, and has just thrown off a flurry of shoutouts on Twitter to these various library systems. :~)

ETA: I am informed by Vancouver-based friend userinfosticckler that the Rebels books are ALSO in the Vancouver Public Library system! And they have the entire trilogy, and people are even checking it out! I shall be adding this to the list of Reasons Why I Love Vancouver!

Anybody else want to share a library system sighting of any of my books with me? 😀

Mirrored from angelahighland.com.

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So whatever you do, don't link to it and especially don't sing it if a CPC candidate slithers out into the light of day.

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Aug. 28th, 2015 07:03 pm[personal profile] case posting in [community profile] fandomsecrets
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There's a noticeable delay between me hitting a key and the letter appearing on the page. And while it plays badly with my site in a different way than OO, it still plays badly. What do people like about LO?
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I have a new CPAP mask and I managed to walk across all four lanes on Victoria without getting smushed.
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Boosting the Signal is directly inspired by John Scalzi’s Big Idea column and Mary Robinette Kowal’s My Favorite Bit. But given that I’m a much lower-profile author than either of them, I don’t usually expect to get any feedback about the books I feature. Imagine my surprise, then, when an author I saw featured on My Favorite Bit emailed me out of the blue to ask if she could also be on Boosting the Signal! “YES”, I said, particularly given that I’d already noticed her cover on Kowal’s site and thought that that sounded like a book I wanted to check out. Dynamically posed characters of color? Yes please I’ll have some. Particularly when the author serves me up an intro to their villain. I do so love me some villain POV pieces! So here’s Cain’s villain, telling you all about how his dastardly plans are of course entirely for the good of the kingdom.

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Stormseer

Stormseer

You should already know me, but on the off chance that you’re a foreigner or from some remote village in the far east of the kingdom, I’ll introduce myself. My name is Arisanat Burojan, and I am Lord of the First Family, cousin to the king of Tamnen.

That’s right, cousins. That’s how the Families work, you know. Well, of course I love my cousin. He’s a misguided fool, but I do love him. The same goes for Prince Razem. He’s only a few years younger than me, and I know I can count on him to keep this war with Strid going as long as possible. But the problem is, he’s still not in it to win it, so to speak.

Oh, I don’t doubt that he hates our enemies. After all, he still thinks they killed his sister, Princess Azmei. I certainly haven’t told him I was the one who arranged for the assassination. Why would I do that? Right now he trusts me. He thinks we’re on the same side.

What side am I on? Why, I’m on Tamnen’s side, of course! I’m only doing this for the good of the kingdom. You think I want to murder my cousin’s family? What sort of monster do you take me for? I practically grew up with Prince Razem and Princess Azmei. I wept for her after I paid the assassin.

But the royal family has lost its edge. The king is actually talking about peace! Peace, after all the atrocities those Strid dogs committed on our people. After the sacrifices our people made in this war. After my brother died at the hands of those murdering Strid. The king talks of peace.

It’s intolerable. I will not allow it. And since there is only one other nobleman on the council willing to speak out, I must go about it another way.

I didn’t mean for things to turn out like this. But my cousin gave me little choice.

I embarked on this path three years ago, after Venra died. My brother died in the war, and how did Princess Azmei respond? She agreed to an arranged marriage with a foreign prince–despite the tenderness and affection between her and Venra, despite how she must have known he intended to speak to her father about an alliance. She had to have known how much Venra adored her. But she shed pretty tears at his funeral and then sauntered back to the capital where she agreed to marry a same-loving boy she’d never met.

Oh, I know that isn’t nice. I don’t really care if the Amethirian prince loves men instead of women. But Azmei’s arranged marriage was just one more demonstration of how weak the Tamnese throne has become. We agreed to marry our princess to a foreign empire so her husband could crush Strid for us. If that doesn’t show how ineffective my cousin’s rule is, what does?

So I arranged to have Azmei removed. I didn’t anticipate how angry Razem would be, how he would blame our enemies for it, but that’s certainly a bonus. But now that the king has finally decided to pursue peace by other means, it’s time for my plan to come to fruition.

First, the death of the king. Second, the prince.

And then I will be king.

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Poor [dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose took the day off work and made the trip out to the tattoo studio he's using TL;DR: he DIDN'T get his tattoo finished and has to go back repeatedly, instead of getting all the remaining work done in one go today )

Anyway. :/

In better news, last night after I mentioned that my stylist is opening her own (shared) salon space, I got the official email notifying me about it. ^_^ Soon I can book an appointment!

And since I actually managed a bit of wordcount over the past week and am trying to get back in the habit of actually contributing at [livejournal.com profile] ushobwri, I guess I should see about posting a snippet for workshop day.

Happy weekend, all!
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Good timing because I also found a copy of White Queen.
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It's the second anniversary of Claudia and Jinksy coming to live with us! *^^* This is the post I made the next morning, which is the first time I mentioned them at all in an unlocked post*. And this is the post I made a couple days later when we'd named them and had uploaded a few decent photos.

Even after living without cats for so many years and missing having them for all that time, I still can't quite believe how much better life is with them here. Our amazing, sweet little beasties. *^^*

ETA: I just made a Throwback Thursday post at [dreamwidth.org profile] jinksyandthebrain using the photos linked from the second post above (other than the one of me and baby!Claudia hanging out on the futon, because I don't feel like having a photo of myself on Tumblr. ^^;).

*The whole process of finding out Siberians even existed, doing research to see if we believed it was worth taking a chance on them not setting off [dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose's allergies, looking into breeders and then choosing 7 Cedars, and then making the commitment and arranging to get them here from Colorado was all rather involved, so I kept it all under lock. I was so scared it wouldn't work out, and poor [dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose was scared of committing to trying it and then having it not work--he had no clue that he'd love the kittens so much, as opposed to getting them to make me happy and liking them fine himself, but he knew it'd devastate me if we got cats and couldn't keep them.

Other stuff...well, I was about to post that I'd remembered Kas has an Amazon Prime account and that we were working out whether he should be the one to order A Red-Rose Chain (copies for himself, me, and [dreamwidth.org profile] wildpear) to get it here ASAP, but by the time I typed up the chunk about the kitties, he'd already placed an order for me--like, a separate order for just my copy so that it can be delivered straight here. Because Kas is awesome. *^^* (I suspect he'll do the same for [dreamwidth.org profile] wildpear's copy as soon as she confirms that she needs one.)

Meanwhile, [dreamwidth.org profile] seangaffney arrived safely this afternoon. ^_^ By 10:30 PM I was the only person awake, since Ginny (who's here tonight too) and [dreamwidth.org profile] seangaffney are both morning people, and while [dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose is naturally a night owl like me and not going to work tomorrow, he still has to get up at a reasonable hour to go for his tattoo appointment.

And I picked up my new glasses (both clear pairs; the sunglasses will be another week or so), so I'm wearing the simpler pair to start adjusting ASAP. Not that either pair is really dramatic, but the other one is a bit more so than this one. *g* (No photos right now. Not that saying so means there will be pics, just that there aren't any at the moment.)

Mentioning pictures, non-existent or not, reminds me that I'm at the point of needing a haircut or trim, but since [dreamwidth.org profile] wildpear just found out that our mutual stylist is opening her own salon sometime in the next few weeks (!!!), I'm gonna hold off and go get it done there once her doors are open. She's wonderful, and I really hope this works out well for her. ^_^

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