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Apr. 20th, 2014


jen_qoe

Wicked Women - Call for Submissions

Darlings! The awesome team of Jen & Jan are doing a Fox Spirit anthology and we are open for submissions!

Official blurb type thing -
Wicked Women
Edited by Jan Edwards and Jenny Barber

Regular readers of Fox Spirit books know that women are pretty bad-ass - be they evil queens, goddesses, super-villains or anti-heroes, warriors, monsters, bad girls, rebels, mavericks or quietly defiant - so with that in mind, we’re looking for stories of women who gleefully write their own rules, women who’ll bend or break the social norms, skate along the edge of the law and generally aim to misbehave.

Genres: any variation of fantasy, SF, horror and/or crime.
Length: 4000 – 8000 words
Format: doc/docx/rtf files – see the Fox Spirit house style guide for formatting requirements
Email as an attachment to: wicked@majorarcana.demon.co.uk
Please put ‘Submission: Wicked Women/story title’ in the email subject line
Deadline: 30th June 2014
Payment: £10 on publication, copy of the paperback and profit share for two years.

Odd notes -
[1] Yes, we're accepting stories from men too! Just make sure your lead is a woman.
[2] A leading woman can be cisgender or transgender or any person who chooses to self identify or present as a woman in the space of the story.

rmjwell

Burlesque Picture of the Day, 2014-04-20: Gin Minsky

( You are about to view content that may only be appropriate for adults. )

carduustristus

Red winged blackbird calling.

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jedibuttercup

Fic Update: Never Look Back

I bet none of you could honestly say you ever expected me to update this again. Well. Here we go: a new chapter in My First Fanfic Epic, in a story which is now eleven years old and counting. Go me?

Chapter Twenty: Bridging the Gaps

(You can find the saga index here on LJ, or now at the AO3.)

firenzekat

Hard Work, Goals and Inspirations.

Originally published at karen carlisle / off the artboard. You can comment here or there.

In recent blogs, I have documented some of my writing journey – CampNaNoWriMo, attending the weekly Writer’s Race (hosted by The Australian Writer’s Marketplace online on Facebook), working at my ‘day job’, and doing the domestic chores that can not be avoided.

This week, I have pulled myself out of writing doldrums and have (finally) written almost 5000 words towards my CampNaNoWriMo goal. (I do tend to work better to deadlines or goals – which is why I use the progress gauges below.) I am quite relieved, as I originally chose to attempt CampNaNoWriMo specifically as another tool to fight off procrastination – one of my biggest enemies.

I chose the minimum goal level of 10,000 words, so I could get a feel for how difficult it will be in November, when I attempt the full NaNoWriMo experience, of 50,000 words – and a new story project that is knocking at my skull to get out. (I have taken time of work for that one, increasing my writing days.)  Maybe this would also get me back into the habit of daily writing.

Having not yet published anything (other than my shortlisted short story, online at the competition website), I thought I had little to offer already established writers. Well, this week has been an amazing ride for me! A short while ago, a long-time author friend of mine commented on how enthusiastic I am about my writing and asked me to write a blog post. This week a new author friend has asked to read Doctor Jack when it is complete, and author friend has said how I inspired her to get some writing done.

Sometimes the smallest comment can have the biggest consequences.  A big thank you to the three of you – you know who you are – you have boosted my confidence not only in continuing my writing, keeping up with my daily practice but also in sharing my journey with others, hoping that I may inspire them as you have inspired me.

Doctor Jack – 1st draft- Deadline 30th April, 2014: 

Manuscript Word Progress:(on hold for the month)
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incandescens

enjoying it while it lasts

Had an enjoyable day in York. The weather was gloomy, but it wasn't raining, and there was a "Chocolate Festival" with many interesting stalls, and I got some yarn and fabric (though not at the Chocolate Festival), and also bought a bit of chocolate egg and put it on one side for tomorrow.

These four-day weekends are enjoyable things.

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This quick mode of acting placed her, some few months later, at the head of some eight hundred cavalry and two thousand foot soldiers, facing seven thousand rebellious, heavily armed, and well-commanded Dragonlords, Orca, and Teckla on Bernen's Field. Sethra rode up alone to the enemy lines and in full view of her own troops, took from her brow the Warlord's Headdress, which had been the symbol of ultimate command since the First Cycle, and threw it into the enemy's lines. The first reaction, of course, was great joy on the part of the enemy, and despair in Sethra's own army,but then she returned to her own lines and declaimed, "The enemy seems to have acquired a holy relic of the Empire. We cannot expect them to return it from kindness or duty, wherefore, my loves, I am about to order a charge, and if you care about my honor and the traditions of the Empire, you must not think of holding back or retreating until this relic is in our hands once more."

Three hours later the Warlord's Headdress was again on Sethra's brow, and the rebellion was broken and scattered. While we would hesitate to say precisely what this anecdote expresses about Sethra's character, we are certain, at any rate, that it ought to tell the reader something.

-- Five Hundred Years After, Steven Brust

Apr. 19th, 2014


spasticat

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Obviously still excited over the move! I found out that a $30 or $40 tip per mover is perfect. My mom and I decided to also leave out some Subway sandwiches for them. I'm hoping Subway still does deli trays or whatever they're called. We'll also leave out a bunch of bottled water. Sound good?

I had been borrowing my former landlord's computer table so I went to CB2 and got a new one. Plain and simple and affordable. I had given away my old kitchen table and for the meantime will be using my Great Aunt's card table. It's rather darling...a yellow-orangey wood with a green mint pleather insert. And for chairs I still have the 60s library chairs. Woot! My dream dining table is either Norden from IKEA or if I were dreaming it'd be the Flatiron Dining Table from Restoration Hardware. Ha! The library chairs will go well with either table. And I had given away my night table so picked up this metal one.

I *also* got rid of my dresser as the bottom half was ruined in the flood. I have not seen any that catches my eye. So next weekend I'll hit the thrift shops and hopefully find an affordable tall one.

For some strange reason I don't have much flatware left. I think some were accidentally tossed out. I figured out some, like the knives, were used by my landlord post-flood to clean out the cracks in the floor. Uh, yuck. I had a hard time, leading up to this move, of finding anything I liked. This pattern from Crate and Barrel is lovely yet I'm not keen on the rounded handles. I went to Target today to pick up milk and yogurt and came out with a new affordable flatware set that's lovelier than the one from CB.

My loveseat will do for now but at some future date I'd love this sofa from IKEA. Good ole Ektorp in grey. I kinda wish I had bought it years ago when they had a beautiful floral pattern.

I don't have a media center anymore and don't really need to buy a new one. I'll just use an old coffee table for now. At some point I have to go to DC and pick up a very old credenza (16th c) from my Uncle. It even has a separate piece on the top, I'm hoping the TV will fit. Then the coffee table can become a coffee table again.

I've an idea to buy a large sisal rug for the living room and painting it. There's this expensive rug that is my inspiration:


And then a plain sisal rug from IKEA to use acrylic paints upon it:


Oh, and last Friday, when I was checking my bank account there was a strange charge for a store in MI. I live in IL and was working at the time. Called the bank and had my card cancelled. Then had to go to the bank and report the $200 as being a theft and so put in a claim. It'll take a while for it go through. Hopefully the bank realizes I was burgled, burgled I tell ya! I was so mad that it had happened. Just after having had to get a new card because of the Target credit breach last fall/winter.

After the bank I went to my psych doc and am back on Abilify and Lorazepam. In retrospect I should have taken a few days off of work afterwards to adjust to the meds. I was out of it and felt awful. Now it's all settled down and working.

Hope y'all are well and enjoying the beautiful weather. I wore sandals today!

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stina_leicht

Hugo Nominations

So, the Hugo and Campbell nominations went out today. A Huge CONGRATUALATIONS hug to all the nominees. Becase DAYUM. Check it out. Here's the list:

BEST NOVEL (1595 ballots)
Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie (Orbit US / Orbit UK)
Neptune's Brood by Charles Stross (Ace / Orbit UK)
Parasite by Mira Grant (Orbit US / Orbit UK)
Warbound, Book III of the Grimnoir Chronicles by Larry Correia (Baen Books)
The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson (Tor Books)

BEST NOVELLA (847 ballots)
The Butcher of Khardov by Dan Wells (Privateer Press)
“The Chaplain's Legacy” by Brad Torgersen (Analog, Jul-Aug 2013)
“Equoid” by Charles Stross (Tor.com, 09-2013)
Six-Gun Snow White by Catherynne M. Valente (Subterranean Press)
“Wakulla Springs” by Andy Duncan and Ellen Klages (Tor.com, 10-2013)

BEST NOVELETTE (728 ballots)
“The Exchange Officers” by Brad Torgersen (Analog, Jan-Feb 2013)
“The Lady Astronaut of Mars” by Mary Robinette Kowal (maryrobinettekowal.com / Tor.com, 09-2013)
“Opera Vita Aeterna” by Vox Day (The Last Witchking, Marcher Lord Hinterlands)
“The Truth of Fact, the Truth of Feeling” by Ted Chiang (Subterranean, Fall 2013)
“The Waiting Stars” by Aliette de Bodard (The Other Half of the Sky, Candlemark & Gleam)

BEST SHORT STORY (865 ballots)
“If You Were a Dinosaur, My Love” by Rachel Swirsky (Apex Magazine, Mar-2013)
“The Ink Readers of Doi Saket” by Thomas Olde Heuvelt (Tor.com, 04-2013)
“Selkie Stories Are for Losers” by Sofia Samatar (Strange Horizons, Jan-2013)
“The Water That Falls on You from Nowhere” by John Chu (Tor.com, 02-2013)
Note: category has 4 nominees due to a 5% requirement under Section 3.8.5 of the WSFS constitution.

BEST RELATED WORK (752 ballots)
Queers Dig Time Lords: A Celebration of Doctor Who by the LGBTQ Fans Who Love It Edited by Sigrid Ellis & Michael Damian Thomas (Mad Norwegian Press)
Speculative Fiction 2012: The Best Online Reviews, Essays and Commentary by Justin Landon & Jared Shurin (Jurassic London)
“We Have Always Fought: Challenging the Women, Cattle and Slaves Narrative” by Kameron Hurley (A Dribble of Ink)
Wonderbook: The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction by Jeff VanderMeer, with Jeremy Zerfoss (Abrams Image)
Writing Excuses Season 8 by Brandon Sanderson, Dan Wells, Mary Robinette Kowal, Howard Tayler, and Jordan Sanderson

BEST GRAPHIC STORY (552 ballots)
Girl Genius, Volume 13: Agatha Heterodyne & The Sleeping City written by Phil and Kaja Foglio; art by Phil Foglio; colors by Cheyenne Wright (Airship Entertainment)
"The Girl Who Loved Doctor Who" written by Paul Cornell, illustrated by Jimmy Broxton (Doctor Who Special 2013, IDW)
The Meathouse Man adapted from the story by George R.R. Martin and illustrated by Raya Golden (Jet City Comics)
Saga, Volume 2 written by Brian K. Vaughan, illustrated by Fiona Staples (Image Comics )
“Time” by Randall Munroe (XKCD)

BEST DRAMATIC PRESENTATION (LONG FORM) (995 ballots)
Frozen screenplay by Jennifer Lee, directed by Chris Buck & Jennifer Lee (Walt Disney Studios)
Gravity written by Alfonso Cuarón & Jonás Cuarón, directed by Alfonso Cuarón (Esperanto Filmoj; Heyday Films; Warner Bros.)
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire screenplay by Simon Beaufoy & Michael Arndt, directed by Francis Lawrence (Color Force; Lionsgate)
Iron Man 3 screenplay by Drew Pearce & Shane Black, directed by Shane Black (Marvel Studios; DMG Entertainment; Paramount Pictures)
Pacific Rim screenplay by Travis Beacham & Guillermo del Toro, directed by Guillermo del Toro (Legendary Pictures, Warner Bros., Disney Double Dare You)

BEST DRAMATIC PRESENTATION (SHORT FORM) (760 ballots)
An Adventure in Space and Time written by Mark Gatiss, directed by Terry McDonough (BBC Television)
Doctor Who: “The Day of the Doctor” written by Steven Moffat, directed by Nick Hurran (BBC Television)
Doctor Who: “The Name of the Doctor” written by Steven Moffat, directed by Saul Metzstein (BBC Televison)
The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot written & directed by Peter Davison (BBC Television)
Game of Thrones: “The Rains of Castamere” written by David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, directed by David Nutter (HBO Entertainment in association with Bighead, Littlehead; Television 360; Startling Television and Generator Productions)
Orphan Black: “Variations under Domestication” written by Will Pascoe, directed by John Fawcett (Temple Street Productions; Space / BBC America)
Note: category has 6 nominees due to a tie for 5th place.

BEST EDITOR - SHORT FORM (656 ballots)
John Joseph Adams
Neil Clarke
Ellen Datlow
Jonathan Strahan
Sheila Williams

BEST EDITOR - LONG FORM (632 ballots)
Ginjer Buchanan
Sheila Gilbert
Liz Gorinsky
Lee Harris
Toni Weisskopf

BEST PROFESSIONAL ARTIST (624 ballots)
Galen Dara
Julie Dillon
Daniel Dos Santos
John Harris
John Picacio
Fiona Staples
Note: category has 6 nominees due to a tie for 5th place.

BEST SEMIPROZINE (411 ballots)
Apex Magazine edited by Lynne M. Thomas, Jason Sizemore, and Michael Damian Thomas
Beneath Ceaseless Skies edited by Scott H. Andrews
Interzone edited by Andy Cox
Lightspeed Magazine edited by John Joseph Adams, Rich Horton, and Stefan Rudnicki
Strange Horizons edited by Niall Harrison, Brit Mandelo, An Owomoyela, Julia Rios, Sonya Taaffe, Abigail Nussbaum, Rebecca Cross, Anaea Lay, and Shane Gavin

BEST FANZINE (478 ballots)
The Book Smugglers edited by Ana Grilo and Thea James
A Dribble of Ink edited by Aidan Moher
Elitist Book Reviews edited by Steven Diamond
Journey Planet edited by James Bacon, Christopher J. Garcia, Lynda E. Rucker, Pete Young, Colin Harris, and Helen J. Montgomery
Pornokitsch edited by Anne C. Perry and Jared Shurin

BEST FANCAST (396 ballots)
The Coode Street Podcast Jonathan Strahan and Gary K. Wolfe
Galactic Suburbia Podcast Alisa Krasnostein, Alexandra Pierce, Tansy Rayner Roberts (Presenters) and Andrew Finch (Producer)
SF Signal Podcast Patrick Hester
The Skiffy and Fanty Show Shaun Duke, Jen Zink, Julia Rios, Paul Weimer, David Annandale, Mike Underwood, and Stina Leicht
Tea and Jeopardy Emma Newman
Verity! Deborah Stanish, Erika Ensign, Katrina Griffiths, L.M. Myles, Lynne M. Thomas, and Tansy Rayner Roberts
The Writer and the Critic Kirstyn McDermott and Ian Mond
Note: category has 7 nominees due to a tie for 5th place.

BEST FAN WRITER (521 ballots)
Liz Bourke
Kameron Hurley
Foz Meadows
Abigail Nussbaum
Mark Oshiro

BEST FAN ARTIST (316 ballots)
Brad W. Foster
Mandie Manzano
Spring Schoenhuth
Steve Stiles
Sarah Webb

JOHN W. CAMPBELL AWARD FOR BEST NEW WRITER (767 ballots)
Award for the best new professional science fiction or fantasy writer of 2012 or 2013, sponsored by Dell Magazines (not a Hugo Award).
Wesley Chu
Max Gladstone *
Ramez Naam *
Sofia Samatar *
Benjanun Sriduangkaew
*Finalists in their 2nd year of eligibility.

Congrats, everyone. Seriously. It's a big big honor to be on this list again. The Skiffy and Fanty crew (of which I'm a small part) is super amazing. They're so deserving of being on the nomination list. They all work very, very hard and they're lovely people. (Yes. Even Shaun. ;) )

fyrdrakken

Shiny bright things

This week's manicure turned out much better than last week's -- at least the color choices were much better, and there was no smearing before it dried. Didn't get time to sleep before work Tuesday night, though, because of not getting the art bits done before lunch with Grandma and instead doing it after the rabbit cage and then having to let the top coat dry before my shower -- but I've gotten reasonable amounts of sleep over the last few days and if I'm not exactly "caught up" at least I've been functional the last few nights.

Bright as plastic Easter eggsCollapse )

It's been an excellent week -- good amounts of sleep, but still time to knit in front of the TV. I'm past the halfway mark on the cabling chart on the German stocking, and should have it finished by the next round of progress photos Tuesday morning. I was actually hoping for a couple of hours in front of the TV working on it today, but between the nap I took when I first got home and then the time lost drowsing on the couch in mid-afternoon and my computerage now, I'm down to choosing between a little additional nap before work or else knitting until time to get ready to leave. I think I may be coming down towards the nap -- especially since we finished up early last Saturday night, and also this morning. I'm expecting a short shift tonight and getting home early tomorrow. I can knit in front of the TV then. (No Daily Show or Colbert Report this week, so I look forward to knocking out something that's been going unwatched for a while, like s3 Sherlock. Also, Pacific Rim is on the DVR and I need to finally get around to watching that.)

Also -- I broke my ID badge Wednesday night at work. Leaned against the edge of my desk and heard a *POP* and fished it out of my labcoat to check and sure enough, cracked from side to side. But it still worked, surprisingly enough -- and I was very tired, leaving work Thursday morning, and decided not to bother swinging by the office to see about replacing it. It clocked me in and out and back in from lunch on my next shift -- until I was clocking out at the very end yesterday morning, when it no longer worked. So I went back in and found the sheet where people write down the times for if they missed timeclock punches and then went to the office to get a replacement badge -- and was informed I need a supervisor's signature for the form in question. By that point I was at an hour and a half past the end of my shift, and all the supervisors had already gone home.

Which was my punishment for not dealing with it Thursday morning -- I might have caught a supervisor still there, since I was leaving at 9am instead of at 10am, but if not I could have gotten the signature Thursday night and been able to turn in my form at the office Friday morning. Getting my signature Friday night meant I wouldn't be able to go back by the office till Wednesday morning (they not being there on weekends) and had to work last night's shift, tonight's, and Tuesday night's, all without a working badge. Remembering to write my clock-in and clock-out times on the sheet is a slight pain -- not being able to get in the door when I arrive unless there's someone in the break room to let me in is a bit more worrisome, and I made a point of arriving earlyish last night and need to try for the same tonight. (No cocoa yesterday morning since I couldn't get back in after going out to my car, and I keep the thermos and the cocoa packets in the driver's side door pocket. This morning I went to Starbucks for the first time in weeks, and discovered that they no longer offer cinnamon rolls. For tomorrow I'll have grapefruit juice in my thermos waiting in the car for the end of my shift, and actually it's probably a good time to switch from morning cocoa to morning juice, at least for the summer months.)

At least my supervisor did an interdepartmental mailing thing with my form after she signed it so it'll get to the right people Monday morning. I don't know if that means when I swing by Wednesday morning to deal with it there'll be a new badge waiting for me and already in the system -- normally there's like a twenty-four-hour lag for the new badge to be updated to the system and for the first day or so we hold the badge to the sensor and the time clock has no idea who we are. (We're told to clock in and out anyway, and that our ID will be retroactively assigned to the time punches once the new badge is in the system.) Really convenient would be if the new badge was given to me Tuesday night -- probably not left on my desk waiting for me, but maybe given to a supervisor to hand to me when I get in. In any case, a pain in the ass for tonight's shift and probably Tuesday night's as well.

Crossposted from Dreamwidth with comment count unavailable comments made.

p_m_cryan

His days like crazy paving.

The seemingly old man coughed as he emerged from his nest of piled-up newspapers and scavenged cardboard under the rotting footbridge. He blinked in vexation at watery sunlight stabbing painfully into his rheumy eyes. He hitched one shoulder higher than the other as he straightened from a crouch to what passed for a standing position.

His sleeves felt looser today. His greatcoat was a necessary weight upon his bony shoulders and broken frame... with it, his movements were hampered; without it, there was not enough of *him* to keep body and soul together in a literal sense.

His mind was too raddled by alcohol to wend its way through metaphors. A few random thoughts did manage to emerge from the cerebral underbrush.

Maybe another blanket will fall from the sky.

Would a blanket come if he looked for it? Would it come when he wasn't looking?

Didn't other things fall from the sky? Wasn't there someONE who used to arrive out of the blue from the sky?

"Out of the blue", now that was a good one. He wanted to get into the blue, didn't he...

What?

He propelled himself away from the retaining wall onto the sidewalk, driven by a need for sustenance. His hands clutched at the air in front of him in spasmodic movements; in its transit, his left wrist passed briefly into his line of sight.

There was something on his wrist.

There was nothing on his wrist.

"Yes, that's right, you're going. You've been gone for ages. You're already gone. You're still here. You've just arrived. I haven't even met you yet. It all depends on who you are and how you look at it. Strange business, time. Think about me when you're living your life one day after another, all in a neat pattern. Think of the old traveller, with his days like crazy paving."

He scarcely noticed passersby on the pavement, since most shied away from him, gave him a wide berth or crossed the street to get clear of him entirely. Hunger was the enemy now, and to conquer it was now the only thing that moved his feet over the uneven rises and falls of concrete. The dumpster behind the restaurant called out to him... there would be something there for him.

And then back to his blanket, a thing that had come to him rather than something he had sought.

His endless days were unsought as well.

He wished he could remember seeking.

crazypaving


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This is my entry for therealljidol, Season 9, Week 6. The prompt is "step on a crack".

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[Footnote: this is a sequel, of sorts, to this entry from several years ago: http://n-maranda-coy.livejournal.com/1299.html. "Captain" was a real person, encountered by both ellakite and me on different occasions when we were at college together. At one point I dropped an old blanket from the overpass for "Captain" to find and use.

One of the commenters on that entry, way back when, indicated that one of the paragraphs in it could almost pass for DOCTOR WHO / TORCHWOOD fanfic. [See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Harkness for details.] Add in the notion of homeless people "slipping through the cracks" in society, plus the idea that The Doctor could give the quoted speech to any of his Companions... it wasn't a sentiment unique to the "Seventh Doctor and Melanie Bush" combo. Mix well with Harry Chapin's "Taxi" and Jethro Tull's "Aqualung". I shook it all together, and this is what came out... maybe fanfic, maybe a slice of real life. You decide.]
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