Self-Promotion: No Man of Woman Born and Other Updates

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Open Thread: Purple Lines and Curves


I think my camera is losing the ability to good close ups (i.e. macro mode isn't working properly) but that's for the resolution it takes pictures at.  I think, scaled down to the resolution we use here, this looks good.

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   ● Solo (A Star Wars Story)
   ● Avengers: Infinity War
   ● A Wrinkle in Time (2018)
   ● Black Panther

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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: Today, with its cloudy sky.


Like all great art, this was taken through a car window.

In spite of it being taken only 23 minutes ago, I don't remember which window in particular, but it was, most definitely, not the near window.  The one on the opposite side of the car would have been the closest possible window, with some possibility that the window was opposite not just left to right but also front to back.

Anyway, it is well recorded (by the ancients and then "rediscovered" in the Renaissance, in spite of certain Medieval art clearly having made use of the allegedly lost knowledge ) that it is important --nay,  vital-- that there be a stretch of open air between the observer and the car window though which the subject matter is observed, if the resultant art is to be great.

In other words:

I got nothing.

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   ● A Wrinkle in Time (2018)
   ● Black Panther

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Narnia: The Magician's Neighbor

[Narnia Content Note: Child Abuse, Animal Abuse, Ableism, Mental Illness]

Narnia Recap: Welcome to the start of a fresh new day!

The Magician's Nephew, Chapter 1: The Wrong Door

The ending to The Horse and His Boy was so abrupt that I actually had to go back through the archives to check to see if I'd actually finished the book. Apparently I have! And as there is not yet a THAHB movie of any sort (at least that I know of), we have no intermission. On to the next book!

The Magician's Nephew is one reason why I tackled the books in publishing order rather than canonical order: I remember not being a fan. We'll see if time and distance have mellowed me, but as a kid this was one of the books in the series that I didn't much care for. When I grew up and saw that Harper-Collins was actually packaging and marketing the series with TMN as "book one", I had a hearty bitter laugh and predicted that the kids they were marketing to would never read past the "first" book. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe may have problems, but you can see what Lewis was going for and can fill in the gaps, often without even noticing that you're doing so. The Magician's Nephew is often just... surreal and not nearly so easy to aid with imagination-spackle.

And, if I recall correctly, the women get the short end of all the sticks. But now I'm jumping ahead.

   THIS IS A STORY ABOUT SOMETHING that happened long ago when your grandfather was a child. It is a very important story because it shows how all the comings and goings between our own world and the land of Narnia first began.

I mean! This is the first paragraph of the book, and what is Harper-Collins even thinking? The narrative clearly supposes the reader knows and cares about Narnia, enough so that they'd be interested in a backstory about the place. When you package this as "book one" in a series, you're completely misunderstanding how a reader--

No. Okay. I'm calm.

July Newsletter (2018)

Apparently it's July?????? When? How?

I'm afraid I don't have a lot to report today and I'm honestly really sorry. June saw me go out on my second surgical leave of the year, this time to cut out a cyst which kept expanding on my ovary. The surgery was supposed to be routine and no big deal, but they ended up having to take one of my fallopian tubes. I'm still recovering from all that (my incisions are very ouch) and my emotions have been all haywire.

What's most frustrating is that this was meant to help with a pain I've been having--and which sent me to the Emergency Room last month--and the pain... hasn't stopped. So apparently the cyst was an unrelated thing that needed to come out but we still haven't gotten the culprit. Bodies!

All this has meant my writing has been in a downward spiral of nope because I've spent most of the month sleeping off the anesthetic. But I'm hopeful that July will be better. It can't be worse, which means it will be better, right? ♥ ♥ ♥

LET'S TALK PATREON REWARDS.

♡ $2+ Fantasy Realtor. This was a fun drabble I wrote after thinking about realtors in D&D settings where they need to explain things like the failed summoning circle burned into the living room floor. I love this one, even if it's a short one.

♡ $5+ Fire Mage Chapter 6, the next chapter in my Fire Mage wip!

♡ $25+ Early Access: No Man of Woman Born Signed Paperbacks! I actually made deadline on this, which feels like a miracle! I got these to the post office earlier in the week and some of them have already reached their new homes! This is a huge big happy feeling!

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TRANS PROPHECY PROJECT: In case you missed it: The book is finished! I'm so excited I could pop! eBooks exist and are going out to you today, and have been put up for pre-order at Amazon and elsewhere. There is a GoodReads page! There is a cover reveal at LGBTQ Reads which is a life-long goal of mine!! This month has been amazing.

DON'T FORGET: Stay safe and take care. I'll be back next month with more. ♥

Open Thread: More Geese


So far as I know there's no suffix one can attach to "gos" that means "Smaller than adult but not so little as the 'little gos' that one thinks about when hearing 'gosling'" but if there were, the middle geese here would be exemplars of the resulting word.

They're clearly still young enough that the two adults feel the need to flank them, and they don't yet have black feathers, but they're definitely nearly full-grown geese.

Taken at Clark's Pond in South Portland.  Not pictured here is the little dam that keeps the pond at its current level.  Where the water runs over the dam is actually right in front of the foreground adult goose.

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We have special open threads set aside for discussing various movies, said discussions including plain text spoilers.  These are they:
   ● Solo (A Star Wars Story)
   ● Avengers: Infinity War
   ● A Wrinkle in Time (2018)
   ● Black Panther

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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: Solo (A Star Wars Story)


This is a place to discuss the movie Solo: A Star Wars Story, including spoilers (without need for ROT 13 Cthulhu summoning.)

Unfortunately the "Current Comments" feature removes whitespace so, to avoid spoilers appearing there, please use some space for non-spoiler comments or just start your comment with some nonsense.

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Time Quintet: She Wouldn't Be Able To Hold Out

[Wrinkle Content Note: Fascism, Hypnotism, Captivity]

Wrinkle Recap: Charles Wallace has "allowed" himself to be hypnotized and is now being piloted by IT. Meg and Calvin have been led to see her father.

A Wrinkle in Time, Chapter 9: IT

A lot has happened since the last post, and I'm sorry it's been so long. First there were all the Storify threads to get through and then, well, I've been having a lot of surgeries and I'm in pain. But let's do this.

When we last left off, Father was wearing Meg's borrowed magical glasses.

   “Please try them, Father. Please!” She waited while she felt him fumbling in the dark. “Can you see now?” she asked. “Can you see now, Father?”
   “Yes,” he said. “Yes. The wall is transparent, now. How extraordinary! I could almost see the atoms rearranging!” His voice had its old, familiar sound of excitement and discovery. It was the way he sounded sometimes when he came home from his laboratory after a good day and began to tell his wife about his work. Then he cried out, “Charles! Charles Wallace!” And then, “Meg, what’s happened to him? What’s wrong? That is Charles, isn’t it?”

Storify: 2013-07-12 Texas Senate Amendments

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Texas Senate is starting, folks. Gonna go get soda and pain pills.

Couple of quick points. If I get Twitter Jail'd while reporting today, my Twitter Jail account is in my profile.

Dewhurst says they can't take up another 45 minutes. Stand by until 2:30.

@VictorianPrude: Uncomfortable, unsanitary sure but would be poetic justice to be leaving menstrual blood all over if DPS is throwing out tampons.

Why the hell is DPS looking for tampons? We don't have a constitutional right to bleed? @VictorianPrude

Open Thread: Orange


Only when I was prepping this image for the open thread did I notice that there's one of those things that tells what kind of flower it is in the background.  Anyway, I believe this was at a motel on the walk between my house and the eye doctor.

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We have special open threads set aside for discussing various movies, said discussions including plain text spoilers.  These are they:
   ● Avengers: Infinity War
   ● A Wrinkle in Time (2018)
   ● Black Panther

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Storify: 2013-07-09 Texas House Amendments

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.@scATX Do you have the YouTube link for today?

@Shakestweetz: If you're getting coverage from someone independently reporting, remember they only get paid if we pay them. *cough* @scATX @AnaMardoll

@dreaflynn: Davis asks good question about how drs will would terminate a preg but prioritize saving life of baby?

IIUC, that means using methods that are MORE likely to cause complications for the woman. @dreaflynn

I.e., induced delivery instead of D&C. @dreaflynn

Storify: 2013-07-08 Texas Senate Citizen Testimony

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@becca_aa: Senate Health and Human Services cmte meeting at 10am to discuss #SB1, testimony limited to 2 min

Please represent our side with intersectionality. These bills affect ALL people with uterus, not just women.

.@suddenlyspeakin says "Line to testify wraps down to lower floor of ext bldg- est. 200+"

.@suddenlyspeakin Lots of blue shirts in line.

.@suddenlyspeakin But lots of orange, too!

@AustinGurl: Watch your back! Pro-lifers are walking around putting 'Life' stickers on your back if you're wearing orange!

Holy shit, we're in grade school now. @AustinGurl @aemccarthy

Storify: 2013-06-26 Favorite Filibuster Tweets

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@Froborr: @brandyseago @HelloPoodle @anamardoll There is no polite way to strip someone of their rights or threaten their life.

@andreagrimes: Sen Nichols: "I don't think alternatives to abortion are related to #SB5." And there you have a perf. example of what's wrong with the GOP.

@JillBidenVeep: There's no "Texas" in vagina. #StandWithWendy

@TUSK81: Remember the last time a man had to filibuster for ten hrs in order to keep the gov't out of his genitals? Neither do I. #StandWithWendy

Storify: 2013-06-25 Texas Senate Filibuster

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2013-06-25 Texas Senate Filibuster

@scATX: And I've heard the line is down and wrapped around the rotunda.

The livestream of the Senate is VERY QUIET. I'm understanding the filibuster has not started yet?

@scATX: No. NOTHING has started yet.

Storify: NYT Opinion "My Daughter Isn't Transgender"

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NYT Opinion: "My Daughter Isn't Transgender"

[This is a long thread, so lets get one thing clear up-front: The author-and-mother says her "daughter" has directly told her that he is a boy. That isn't mentioned in her first (and latest) NYT article, but instead comes out lower down in the thread from an older Parenting.com article. So we will start with that fact in mind: this child is a boy because he says so. It is genuinely that simple.]

@LisaSelinDavis: I wrote this piece for all the kick-ass non-girly girls out there: My Daughter Is Not Transgender. She’s a Tomboy.

@sapphixy: You wrote in an article on Parenting Magazine that your child has LITERALLY SAID THAT HE IS A BOY. YOUR CHILD IS A TRANS BOY.

Storify: Margaret Atwood and SFF

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[Content Note: Sexual Assault]

[redacted username] Is Atwood avoiding the term SF in her career because she's a snob?

No, and I hate when guys do this without recognizing that SFF is rife with sexual assault.

Also: Atwood isn't currently avoiding the SFF term. That's an old take that won't die. She did at one time disclaim the label but has since said she didn't understand the genre well enough to see how it applied to her work.

Storify: Ian McEwan's Nutshell

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This is the book in question.

@sazza_jay: who asked for this

Ana: ....narrated by an unborn fetus.

Open Thread: Metal Bird


I think it's some kind of weather vane.

I generally associate "Giant metal bird on the corner of a building" with:
a) not an eagle, and
b) the other side of the street.

A check of google street view shows that the reason for that (which is to say: the other giant metal bird) is across the street and one building down from this one.  Also, I'm pretty sure the other one is a static emplacement.

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Storify: Vulture, KatR, and The Black Witch

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Vulture, KatR, and The Black Witch: How a personal grudge ended with an NY Magazine outline ginning up harassment against indie and small press authors.

Part 1: Summary for people who don't want to read the long version.

TL;DR: The Vulture piece by @katrosenfield appears to be a grudge piece designed to harass people who objected to her calling WOC a "groupthink mob".

FIVE of the people she hate-links to were people who've criticized her in the past for loaded language against WOC and queer people.

SIX of the people hate-linked in that article are friends-of or friendly-to those five authors who criticized her in public.

In total, ELEVEN of the people Kat hate-linked to were folks she has an axe to grind with, or friends of those folks.

The Vulture article feels like a harassment hit-piece which casts harmed WOC and queer people as the "real bullies" for objecting to harm. An ethical reporter does not write a piece like this and "accidentally" only link to people who've criticized her behavior in the past.

Storify: The Black Witch

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Thread 1: The Review

Y'all. THE BLACK WITCH is BAD. This is important reading. Review: The Black Witch by Laurie Forest

You want some extra nitpicks? Because the GIANT TRASH HEAP wasn't trash heapy enough? I got them.

"Gardnerian", as in the white-coded mages descended from "Kelts" and fae in this book? Gardnerian Wicca is a real religion.

"Wandfasting", as in the magical mage marriage in this book? Handfasting is a religious wiccan ceremony very much like marriage.

The Tragically Chaste Gay Guy in this book is named Trystan, which of course sent me thinking about Tristan and Isolde. Bodes well for him!

There's an Athenaeum without Athens, an Amazon race (Amaz) without Greece, and the warrior woman is named Diana.

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