Open Thread: Covered Sidewalk


Portland, Maine, a year and two months and three days ago.

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Time Quintet: Equal and Same

[Wrinkle Content Note: Fascism, Hypnotism, Captivity]

Wrinkle Recap: Alex Murry leads his children (and Calvin) to see IT.

A Wrinkle in Time, Chapter 9: IT

When we last left off, Alex Murry was helping "Charles Wallace" (whose brain is currently occupied and being controlled by IT) lead Meg and Calvin to IT whilst negging on about how Meg isn't prepared to meet with IT. Murry doesn't give her any pointers to resist because he's saving those for later when it will be mostly too late.

On the one hand, as an author I understand this. It's more scary for the reader when they don't know what is going on and are just thrust into a situation without introduction. On the other hand, this tactic can come across as forced and heavy-handed when it's not carefully justified--and moreso here, when it's been the entire book so far. The angels didn't stop to explain anything to Meg et. al. because after years and years of leaving Murry in captivity, apparently it was so urgent to get him right now that there was no time to explain anything or give directions which weren't uselessly cryptic.

Now we're continuing in that vein and it makes me want to pull my hair out: Alex Murry could tell his daughter what they're about to face and how he's been able to resist it for so long, but instead he's chatting with IT-in-Charles about how Meg totally isn't prepared, she won't be able to resist, et cetera ominous scary wooo. This is contrived to keep Meg and the reader in the dark for the Big Reveal, but it looks contrived, like a stage magician shouting "LOOK OVER THERE A PUPPY" because he can't think of a more natural way to distract the audience for his trick.

Open Thread: Thing on my hat


When I first noticed it was on my hat, my hat was on my head and it was hanging upside down so we could look at each other face to face.  Also, my camera was a ways away in my purse in my sister's car.

So I took off my hat, went for my camera, and took some pictures when I got back.

This was taken yesterday.

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August Newsletter (2018)

Welcome to August! I wasn't sure I'd make it but here I am!

July was an amazing rush for me and flew by. Some of that was bad (my hand still isn't at full mobility since the surgery, and my fallopian tube surgical scars still haven't healed up and keep weeping) and some of it was good (I wrote a whole book from scratch!).

Which, uh, did I mention I wrote a whole book from scratch? It's nonfiction and available for download now, but it'll be going up here in pieces so folks can comment and ask questions. Interactive!

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So let's talk about rewards this month!

LET'S TALK PATREON REWARDS.

$2+ The Lost Last Princess of Ravelin. This is a three-part story which will be going up over August, September, and (I hope!) October. I really like this one and I hope you will too. It started with an idea from a D&D campaign about a disabled wizard (Mythica fans will recognize the inspiration) and plays with myths, legends, and being propelled into the limelight by others.

$5+ Transcending Flesh, another essay for discussion and questions!

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And now let's talk projects.

TRANS PROPHECY PROJECT: Don't forget this is out as No Man of Woman Born and available to buy or download! I also have an Etsy store for people who want to buy extra signed copies!

EARTHSIDE #3 PARANORMAL ROMANCE: This is coming along! Slower than I'd like, but definite progress is being made.

FIRE MAGE FANTASY: Still in work, though I didn't get as much done on this as I wanted this month. I have high hopes for August!

HARKEN THE ACCIDENTAL HERO: I haven't forgotten Harken! My hope is to get more of his story out before the year is up.

TRANSCENDING FLESH: Remember that new book I mentioned? You can get it here! For free, or on a pay-what-you-want model at GumRoad! Some of you have already seen the first three essays up here, but I rushed to turn out the other 12 (for a total of 15) because I had someone else's deadline to meet in order to help them with a thing. Let me tell you that writing an entire book in a week was intense and I will never do that again! But it was rewarding and I'm very happy that this book exists now. I hope you enjoy!

Before I sign off, I just want to say THANK YOU. Every single one of you contributing to this blog and/or Patreon is helping me so much, and I can't thank you all enough. Thank you for comments, thank you for support, thank you for the reviews out there on book sites, thank you for everything. My brain weasels were pretty jerky this month, but knowing I had y'all at my back was amazingly good. Thank you. ♥

Writings: Prince Hyacinth (Blue Fairy Book)

Note: This was previously published on my Patreon.


I knew when I decided to rewrite fairy tales from Andrew Lang's "color fairy books" what I was getting into. How did I put in in my first post? Oh, right: He 'collected' fairy tales the way Doctor Frankenstein collected body parts: stealing them in the dead of night and sewing them together in grotesque defiance of natural order. The 'fairy tales' in the color fairy tale books contain pieces of tales you've heard before in more sensible stories, now recombined in absolutely batshit ways. There's no way I'm going to be able to do a read-along-with-me deconstruction of these stories, so we'll have to settle for summaries in each case.

Today's story is "Prince Hyacinth and the Dear Little Princess", and it's really two incomplete stories smushed together in the hopes that you'll be fooled into thinking you read a full one. In the first half-story, a king is deeply in love with a princess but she can't marry anyone Because Reasons. The actual reason is "because she was under an enchantment". What kind of an enchantment? No details are given! We're just supposed to go along, come now, mustn't dwell on little details! The king seeks out a fairy for advice (he just happens to be friends with a fairy, and no, you don't get to know more about that either) and she tells him that the only way to break the enchantment is to step on the tail of the princess' cat. The king is all 'consider it done' and goes home to dig out his best stomping boots.

Open Thread: Red and Yellow


I remember none of the details surrounding this picture.

Sorry for being so late.  (Even later than I was last week.)

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Open Thread: Ant-Man and The Wasp



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Open Thread: Sea Crow


First of all, sorry that this is so late.

Second, have a crow.  My nephew and I were watching bathing seagulls from the parking lot of a supermarket, then in flew a crow.  It had something in its beak and seemed to find the estuary . . . bed?  I'm going to go with "bed", "floor" makes me think of the underwater parts.

Anyway, it seemed to find the estuary bed an inviting place to have it's meal.  Or attempted meal.  I was too far away to see what it was trying to eat, so I have no idea if whatever it was was actually edible.

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

The Writings page has been updated with my latest book and 800 links to places where it (and my other books!) can be acquired. 💕

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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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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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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Open Thread: Solo (A Star Wars Story)


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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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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

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