Open Thread: Pink and Yellow


Just a flower.

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Friday Recommendations!  What have you been reading/writing/listening to/playing/watching lately?  Shamelessly self-promote or boost the signal on something you think we should know about - the weekend’s ahead of us, so give us something new to explore!

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Political season reminder: please take any stuff on the election to the politics space on The Slacktiverse.

Open Thread: Gulls on a Roof


The picture, and several other pictures taken at the same time from the same angle, didn't really come out as well as I'd hoped.  Still: seagulls, lots of seagulls

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Friday Recommendations!  What have you been reading/writing/listening to/playing/watching lately?  Shamelessly self-promote or boost the signal on something you think we should know about - the weekend’s ahead of us, so give us something new to explore!

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Political season reminder: please take any stuff on the election to the politics space on The Slacktiverse.

Repost: The Emperor's Hangwoman

[Ana's Note: By popular demand, this is a re-post of an old deconstruction, partly to have content while I struggle with my ongoing disability challenges and partly so that newcomers can comment on old conversations.

The original post is here. I have not edited the content.



[Content Note: Death, Torture, Execution]

Narnia Recap: Peter, Susan, Lucy, and the Beavers have caught up with Aslan at the Stone Table.

The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, Chapter 13: Deep Magic From The Dawn Of Time

   NOW WE MUST GET BACK TO EDMUND. When he had been made to walk far further than he had ever known that anybody could walk, the Witch at last halted in a dark valley all overshadowed with fir trees and yew trees. [...]
"No," said the dwarf, "it is no use now, O Queen. They must have reached the Stone Table by now."

Open Thread: Orange Dragon


I do not own this cloak.  I'd like to own this cloak.  The best I could do was get a picture of the dragon on the back.

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Friday Recommendations!  What have you been reading/writing/listening to/playing/watching lately?  Shamelessly self-promote or boost the signal on something you think we should know about - the weekend’s ahead of us, so give us something new to explore!

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Open Thread: Pink and Purple Sky.


I was away from computer for the weekend.  I had meant to schedule a Friday open thread, but there were a lot of things that I'd intended to do which I didn't actually do.  So, sorry about that.  Then, well ... more or less now, I discovered that I have misplaced the cord that connects the camera to the computer, and was forced to look for things already on my computer or online.

I ended up with this picture, which was used, I think, three and a quarter years ago on Stealing Commas.  It's really a pink and blue sky with the purple mostly at the interface of the pink and the blue, however the beginning of the song "The Princess who Saved Herself" started running through my head on a loop ("There was a castle by a waterfall // with a pink and purple wall ...)

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Friday Monday Recommendations!  What have you been reading/writing/listening to/playing/watching lately?  Shamelessly self-promote or boost the signal on something you think we should know about - the weekend’s ahead of us gone by, so give us something new to explore!

And, like on all threads: please remember to use the "post new comment" feature rather than the "reply" feature, even when directly replying to someone else!

Political season reminder: please take any stuff on the election to the politics space on The Slacktiverse.

Metapost: Blog Upkeep

I'm doing some Behind The Scenes blog upkeep this week. So if something seems slightly different to you, it's probably not your imagination playing tricks. Thank you for your patience.

Narnia: Lasaraleen's Silliness

[Narnia Content Note: Racism, Violence, Forced Marriage, Misogyny]

Narnia Recap: Aravis and Lasaraleen catch each other up on what has been happening. Obligatory note about racism, intent, and Lewis is here.

The Horse and His Boy, Chapter 7: Aravis in Tashbaan

I feel like I keep starting these off with apologies for why it's been so long since the last post. On the one hand, I'm fully aware that you don't need self-flagellation on my part. On the other hand, I don't know how many of you catch my open thread comments and I'd hate for you to think I just don't care about Narnia anymore (I do!).

So, in brief: I've been sick for about a month now. I started off with an upper respiratory virus that took the better part of three weeks to settle down and then, just as I was getting over that, my spouse brought a cold home with him. I do not blame him for this--he gets enough blame from the cats who are in a permanent state of freaked-out by all the coughing--but it's been an uphill struggle. This is the first time in about a month that I've been able to sit upright at my desktop where I write the posts.

*cracks knuckles*  All that to say, let's do this!

Open Thread: Cracks


And shadows of foliage!

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Friday Recommendations!  What have you been reading/writing/listening to/playing/watching lately?  Shamelessly self-promote or boost the signal on something you think we should know about - the weekend’s ahead of us, so give us something new to explore!

And, like on all threads: please remember to use the "post new comment" feature rather than the "reply" feature, even when directly replying to someone else!

Political season reminder: please take any stuff on the election to the politics space on The Slacktiverse.

Open Thread: Reflections on a Backhoe


Ok, so technically it's actually reflections of a backhoe on an estuary, but "Reflections on a Backhoe" sounds more poetical, like I'm writing an ode that resulted from thinking about backhoes.

If accuracy is the goal then something with this title should be the result of me pointing the camera at the backhoe itself, probably one or more of its shiny surfaces (the windows seem promising) and then taking a picture of other objects as seen reflected off of the backhoe's surfaces.  But why be literal?

Pretty picture.  *points*

*kicks all logical and linguistic complications under the furniture while people look at the picture.*

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Friday Recommendations!  What have you been reading/writing/listening to/playing/watching lately?  Shamelessly self-promote or boost the signal on something you think we should know about - the weekend’s ahead of us, so give us something new to explore!

And, like on all threads: please remember to use the "post new comment" feature rather than the "reply" feature, even when directly replying to someone else!

Political season reminder: please take any stuff on the election to the politics space on The Slacktiverse.

Repost: Endangering Girls For Fun And Profit!

[Ana's Note: By popular demand, this is a re-post of an old deconstruction, partly to have content while I struggle with my ongoing disability challenges and partly so that newcomers can comment on old conversations.

The original post is here. I have not edited the content.



[Content Note: Violence, Deadly Natural Disasters, Small Animals]

Narnia Recap: Peter, Susan, Lucy, and the Beavers are traveling to the place where they expect to find Aslan. Edmund has been taken captive by the White Witch, who is attempting to intercept the other children.

The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, Chapter 12: Peter's First Battle

   WHILE THE DWARF AND THE WHITE Witch were saying this, miles away the Beavers and the children were walking on hour after hour into what seemed a delicious dream. Long ago they had left the coats behind them. And by now they had even stopped saying to one another, "Look! there's a kingfisher," or "I say, bluebells!" or "What was that lovely smell?" or "Just listen to that thrush!" [...]
   And after the thaw had been going on for some time they all realized that the Witch would no longer be able to use her sledge. After that they didn't hurry so much and they allowed themselves more rests and longer ones.

Open Thread: Road


Just a picture of pavement.

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Friday Recommendations!  What have you been reading/writing/listening to/playing/watching lately?  Shamelessly self-promote or boost the signal on something you think we should know about - the weekend’s ahead of us, so give us something new to explore!

And, like on all threads: please remember to use the "post new comment" feature rather than the "reply" feature, even when directly replying to someone else!

Political season reminder: please take any stuff on the election to the politics space on The Slacktiverse.

Promotion: Poison Kiss Audio Book Now Available

[Note: ACX doesn't let me know when my book will go "live", so I'm writing this in advance.]


Poison Kiss is now available as an audiobook from Audible and iTunes! The book is narrated by the magnificent S. Qiouyi Lu, who is a truly wonderful narrator and does an amazing job with all the voices in the book. I immensely enjoyed working with em, and I hope ei and I will be able to work together on future Earthside books.

I may be uploading the book to other outlets, based on reader need; please contact me if you have a preferred outlet you use where you would prefer to buy from. I will also (eventually) have a direct-from-author store up.

If you like Poison Kiss and can leave a review, that would be amazing and so very helpful to me and S. Thank you!



Online outlets carrying Poison Kiss are being updated with relevant links to the audiobook as we speak--as well as with a sneak look at the cover for the next book in the series! Amazon and Smashwords are already updated; I'm still working with B&N and other outlets. A reminder that Amazon does not automatically push updated material to your account; currently, you must send a specific request. Here are the steps to do so:

Step 1: Visit the Amazon Contact Form: https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/contact-us

Step 2: Pick "Contact by Email."

Step 3: Write the below text into the form and send.

Please push the ~latest updated version~ of this kindle book to my account, thank you.

Poison Kiss
by Ana Mardoll
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B018JOICT4

Metapost: Illness

[Content Note: Orlando]

I wanted to pop in to let everyone know I'm still alive. I've had an upper respiratory virus for over a week now and it's kicking my butt, but the doctor says I'll be fine with time.

I wanted to put up something about the Orlando event this weekend, but I don't have any words for how sad I am for us all. I wrote some stuff on twitter and some people said it helped, so I'll share here.

I love you all. Can everyone also give love to Chris, who puts up open threads for us? I do not know what I would do without her help. Thank you, Chris.

Open Thread: Light Pinkish Purple


The camera has always had some trouble with purple, so if it looks all pink and no purple to you . . . that's why.  Not that this and its cohorts were nearly so purple as some, hence the modifiers "light" and "pinkish".

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Friday Recommendations!  What have you been reading/writing/listening to/playing/watching lately?  Shamelessly self-promote or boost the signal on something you think we should know about - the weekend’s ahead of us, so give us something new to explore!

And, like on all threads: please remember to use the "post new comment" feature rather than the "reply" feature, even when directly replying to someone else!

Political season reminder: please take any stuff on the election to the politics space on The Slacktiverse.

Writings: Super Cool Survey

Here is a survey I have made for taking: link. It is for a super secret project that is actually maybe not that secret given that I'm blasting out surveys.

Title of survey:

Beta Reading for Transgender Fantasy Collection.

Frequently Asked Questions:

1. Should I take this survey if I'm cisgender or think I might be?

Yes! Take my awesome survey. I spent time on it. It is pretty. You are pretty. We are all pretty together.

2. Can I make a suggestion about your gender options?

Yes! I can still edit the survey at this stage (I think) and also feedback is important.

3. Are you doing okay today, Ana?

Absolutely! I'm a little tired. I haven't slept recently. Everything is fine.

Open Thread: Twisty Leaves


It must have been five or six thousand degrees.  There on the side of the road was a plant and metal shop that said it had pie.  Or perhaps it was just a heat induced waking dream shared by Lonespark, myself, and my camera.

We stopped in and looked around.  They had everything.  Everything that included metal wings in various shapes and sizes, enough peacock stuff to make a shrine to Hera, flowers in all colors one could imagine and perhaps even a few colors one couldn't.  Plants with leaves as big as me.  Those glass reflective sphere things in multiple colors.  Pie.  Duck sculptures.  Dog sculptures.  Eagle sculptures.

Petrified bisected chambered nautiliplay.

At one point Lonespark asked if I'd seen the twisty leaves.  I hadn't.  Above you see the twisty leaves.

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Friday Recommendations!  What have you been reading/writing/listening to/playing/watching lately?  Shamelessly self-promote or boost the signal on something you think we should know about - the weekend’s ahead of us, so give us something new to explore!

And, like on all threads: please remember to use the "post new comment" feature rather than the "reply" feature, even when directly replying to someone else!

Political season reminder: please take any stuff on the election to the politics space on The Slacktiverse.

Open Thread: Yellow and Red


I find I have nothing to say.

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Friday Recommendations!  What have you been reading/writing/listening to/playing/watching lately?  Shamelessly self-promote or boost the signal on something you think we should know about - the weekend’s ahead of us, so give us something new to explore!

And, like on all threads: please remember to use the "post new comment" feature rather than the "reply" feature, even when directly replying to someone else!

Political season reminder: please take any stuff on the election to the politics space on The Slacktiverse.

Open Thread: Fallen Flowers


Rhododendron.  My grandparent's farm, where my sister lives now, has one that's nearly as big as the two story house it's next to.

In this pictures the light sky, fence, and driveway in the background screwed up the color balance something awful and I had to try to fix it on computer.  The point though, the mass of flowers that have fallen to the ground under the tree/bush/thing should be clear enough.

Sometimes there's a windless fall and you get a similar effect; wherever there's an isolated deciduous tree there's a vaguely circle shaped zone of brightly colored leaves around it.

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Friday Recommendations!  What have you been reading/writing/listening to/playing/watching lately?  Shamelessly self-promote or boost the signal on something you think we should know about - the weekend’s ahead of us, so give us something new to explore!

And, like on all threads: please remember to use the "post new comment" feature rather than the "reply" feature, even when directly replying to someone else!

Political season reminder: please take any stuff on the election to the politics space on The Slacktiverse.

Repost: Good Kings, Bad Laws

[Ana's Note: By popular demand, this is a re-post of an old deconstruction, partly to have content while I struggle with my ongoing disability challenges and partly so that newcomers can comment on old conversations.

The original post is here. I have not edited the content.



[Content Note: Physical Abuse, Slavery]

Narnia Recap: Peter, Susan, Lucy, and the Beavers are traveling to the place where they expect to find Aslan. Along the way they have seen proof that the Witch's spell is weakening, in the form of Father Christmas who supplied them with food and presents.

The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, Chapter 11: Aslan Is Nearer

Edmund fans will be disappointed to note that this is the last chapter in the book where Child!Edmund will be allowed a voice. Say your fond farewells now.*

Metapost: Thank You

I want to thank everyone who has donated this year and particularly this month. Every donation is deeply appreciated and helps out. Thank you.

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