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Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Monday, July 17, 2017
From Candlemark & Gleam:
Velocity Wrachant, owner and captain of the merchant starship Susan Calvin, is broke and stranded on a Drift station, when she is offered what seems like a simple job: to escort young Brontë Ikeda into Republic space and help her retrieve several bonded-labor children.
While Velocity is tempted by the fee Brontë offers – which is enough to clear her debts – she also knows that Ikeda House, a powerful Combine, just had a major coup; and both she and her crew suspect the story they’re being told by the Combine child is not the whole story.
Velocity takes the gig, but it takes her into the heart of Combine territory, a place she fled almost twenty years earlier. What is the price she and her shipmates may end up paying for this job?
Saturday, July 15, 2017
Thursday, July 13, 2017
Since I had revisions of my novel and am teaching two classes in Summer II, my reading rate has dropped off just a bit. Also my physician gave me some Valium for my anxiety, which has helped so much.
But! Not much Valium -- just enough to use when the anxiety is the worst. So I'm still self-medicating with excessive novel reading.
Here's what I've read over the past week or so:
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
I'm busy, is what I'm saying, and also exhausted, since in order to teach at 8:00 I have to be awake by 6:00. And even though I mean to go to sleep at 10:00 p.m. like a sane person, every single night I look up from what I'm working on (usually writing fiction by then) to find that somehow we have skipped straight from 7:00 p.m. to midnight.
Friday, July 07, 2017
by a post at Nicole & Maggie's blog, I took apart my dryer venting system yesterday, using a vacuum and leaf-blower to clear (what I hope is) all the lint out of both the internal and external venting line.
The W/D hookups in our current house are the worst ever. Originally, this house (built I think in the mid-1960s) had no hookups. At some point, one of the previous owners added a laundry space. But rather than locating it, sensibly, against an exterior wall, they located the laundry room (really a closet) in the middle of the house. Thus, our vent line has to travel about sixteen feet underground -- yes, they dug an underground line, under the house's slab -- to emerge in a dug-out hole exactly where the AC vents its water.
Thursday, July 06, 2017
Wednesday, July 05, 2017
I swear I don't know Leslie Gornstein. OTOH, she obviously has excellent taste in short fiction:
Think you can't write brilliant short spec fiction in under 5,000 words? @delagar's short in @fandsf will prove you wrong. So, so wrong.— Leslie Gornstein (@famefatalesays) July 4, 2017
Monday, July 03, 2017
Trump's EPA administrator is axing rules against dumping toxic chemicals in our environment, Trump's Secretary of Education is bent on destroying public schools, the GOP-dominated Congress is destroying Medicaid, and Trump himself has pulled us out of the Paris Accords -- but this is the real threat to America's children.
Seriously, how much of a wanker do you need to be to write a post like this?
Scott Pruitt has rolled back 30 environmental rules in the past 4 months, with apparently 0 regard for children's nervous systems, the earth pic.twitter.com/N3E8HWI1EF— Lauren Duca (@laurenduca) July 2, 2017