Open Thread: Birds and Reflection


I'm not able to connect my camera to my computer and while I could just wait until that changes . . . here: have two birds and, I'm going to say, one and a half reflections.

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Open Thread: Shopping for Snow


Continuing with pictures of the Northern Hemisphere temperate zone season, I give you a well stocked shopping cart.

I guess the idea is to get it while it's available, because the way the climate is these days you never quite know whether any given snow storm will be followed up by horrid death-cold, which is too cold for precipitation, or a warm rainy day that seems to have missed the memo about the showers being in April and instead migrated to December.

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Open Thread: Footprints in Slush


Slush makes for very visible footprints because, given time, the liquid component will settle a bit leaving the top mostly composed of little tiny solid bits.  What do little tiny solid bits of water look like?  They look white.  Thus: snow.  Below the top, though, it remains a sort of collodial-ish thing that shares many properties with wholly liquid water, including the color: clear.  So unless the underlying surface was already snow-ish white, you get really nice contrast.

The nice contrast makes it so visible that it kind of feels like an explicit message from the universe: "A chicken was here."

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Narnia: Beginning to Enjoy Himself

[Narnia Content Note: Violence, Slavery, Child Kidnapping]

Narnia Recap: The party of four were attacked by a lion before stumbling into a Hermit's territory. The Hermit took in Aravis to heal her and the two horses to rest, then told Shasta to run and find King Lune. Obligatory note about racism, intent, and Lewis is here.

The Horse and His Boy, Chapter 11: The Unwelcome Fellow Traveler

Wow, it's been longer than I thought before we had a Narnia update. Sorry! Between holiday-planning over here and finishing up my latest book (BTW I WROTE A BOOK) the days slipped by me.

On a personal note, I am coming to realize that I have some weird emotions wrapped up in this deconstruction. I started these Narnia posts in 2011 and we're coming into 2017 soon. So many of you have been with me every step of the way, through my ups and downs, and I am truly humbled and grateful. I find myself not wanting this to end, which is a silly feeling; for one, there are still two more books in the Chronicles and for two, there is a world of books left to deconstruct. But you have all made this one special and I treasure our time together. Thank you. You have made me a better, happier person, and given me an invaluable gift of your time and thoughts and friendship.

So where were we?

Self-Promotion: Survival Rout Book Birthday

~fireworks~

      ~doves released into the sunset~

              ~rainbow streamers everywhere~

This announcement is to announce that my latest Earthside book, Survival Rout, can now be purchased as an eBook at most retailers! (Links are here!!)


You guys, I am really excited and proud of this one. This is the 2nd book in the series, but if you haven't read Poison Kiss yet, you should be able to leap feet-first into this one without being too disoriented; my goal for this series has always been to make it accessible in any order, like the series fiction I grew up on. I consider this the best thing I've written thus far, and I hope you all love it.

Survival Rout is the story of a girl with scoliosis (like me!) who is kidnapped to fairyland with her genderqueer demigirl girlfriend (who uses xie/xer pronouns like me!). After their memories are torn away, they have to piece together who they are, what they mean to each other, and how to survive in a hostile world determined to destroy them. And because this is a capital-R Romance novel, you know they're gonna be okay somehow in the end.<3

The book is up at all the eBook retailers except Barnes & Noble Nook (it's been submitted to them, but it hasn't gone live there yet--it should by the end of the week, though!), and if you're interested in a review copy emailed to you, ping me! Or even just a free copy if you're strapped for cash; I know not everyone can afford a book right now, but I'd rather folks have something nice to keep them warm through the holidays. We need good things this year.

Survival Rout

Survival Rout (Earthside Book 2)

by Ana Mardoll

The evening wasn't supposed to end in kidnapping, yet despite best laid plans three college students find themselves hauled out of the local bar and into another world. Imprisoned in a nightmarish fairyland where boys are forced to fight horrific monsters for the entertainment of their captors and girls are served up as prizes to the victors, a small group of human captives must learn how to work together in order to survive.

Yet trust is difficult in a place where every memory has been ripped away, leaving the young adults unable to remember the first thing about themselves or their pasts. Can they overcome their fears and mistrust of each other and use their newly awakened powers to escape?

Tags: Fantasy, Romance (F+GQ/FMM), Urban Paranormal, Queer

Book (eBook)
Written by: Ana Mardoll
Published: December 2016
Language: English
ISBN: 978-0-9849822-7-1

Available from retailers below.
Amazon Kindle
Draft2Digital
Apple iTunes
Barnes & Noble Nook
GoodReads
Google
GumRoad
Indigo
Kobo
Overdrive
Playster
Scribd
Smashwords
24 Symbols
Angus & Robertson (AU)
Book (6x9 Trade)
Written by: Ana Mardoll
Published: December 2016
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-5446094-5-4

Available from retailers below.
Amazon
Barnes & Noble
Etsy
Patreon ($25 tier)


Open Thread: Frosted Grass


In keeping with the seasonal theme of last week, I give you verdant green grass covered in frost, with a few fallen leaves thrown in for good measure.

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Open Thread: Snow on Leaves


I think it was the first snow of the season.  Didn't stay for long.  Still, nice contrast.

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