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Comes Sandy one morn to say that The Fearsome Strand, that is my novel of wreckers and sea-monsters does extreme well, and the publishers are exceeding anxious for anything else I might give 'em.

I sigh and say, 'tis gratifying, but has he had a chance to look over the plays I gave him?

Indeed, says he, as Celeste comes with coffee and shortbreads, and has already been see Mr J- with 'em. Likes 'em exceedingly – in particular the comedy, for hints most alluring at certain late scandals, without it could be suppos’d to refer to specifick persons. Also, there is Miss T-, that undertook Miss R-'s parts while she was unable to be about the business, comes on very promising, and with three fine parts for actresses, there will be no brangling amongst 'em.

I am pleas’d to hear it, says I, but I doubt not that Mr J- has suggestions for telling business that might be includ’d.

Why, says Sandy, taking a shortbread, I have a few notes to the purpose. But I think he may be dissuad’d from including a volcanick eruption in The Antiquarian’s Daughter.

La, says I, I may suppose he has late took on some fellow that manufactures spectacles -

Sandy remarks that he fears 'tis so, for Mr J- put out some feelers as to whether the esteem’d dramatist thought of turning The Fearsome Strand into a play?

I shudder and say, why, had consider’d upon it, but should shrink from matters of vulgar spectacle.

Sandy laughs and says, sure you are in accord with Mr P- for once, for he deplores that practice, as too oft employ’d to distract from the poorness of the play itself. And I myself am in some doubts as to whether brings about anything of enduring value to the drama.

We look at one another very amicable.

But, says Sandy, dear sibyl, you look a little troubl’d.

O, says I, 'tis entire foolish qualmishness about this dinner-party I go give, Lord and Lady T- and their gloomy son, and Sir B- and Susannah, with their house-guests.

Sandy winces and says, including Mrs D- K-, I apprehend. Sure will not be the jollyest of gatherings, but I daresay you have some strategy upon hand?

Why, says I, I am not sure I entirely have a strategy upon hand, but there are matters I hope observe; and sigh. Sure, says I, I can think of more congenial gatherings.

Come, dear C-, consider your soirées, that have brought together in harmony a deal of assort’d society.

La, says I, I would not answer for what might happen did Mr P- ever discover that Deacon Brodie was of the company.

Sandy laughs quite immoderate and says, naming of seconds, for a dawn meeting for the exchange of critickal opinions, at ten paces.

I am brought to laughter myself. My dear, says I, I am delight’d to see you in such restor’d spirits.

Why should not my spirits be lighten’d at receiving such kindness as I do not deserve? Has he not quite the noblest of hearts?

I look at him very fondly and say, harmony entire restor’d, then?

Sandy looks thoughtfull and says, somehow seems that the painfull breach has come to bring about a better understanding.

Long may it endure, says I.

But, dearest C-, I must be about my business: you may laugh when I tell you, Lord A- is mind’d to employ a secretary that may advize him upon such politickal matters as he is call’d upon to deal with in the Lords –

What? I cry.

- 'tis the influence of Mr O- B-, that he finds himself on excellent terms with, has contriv’d to bring him about to think upon his responsibilities and the condition of the nation &C.

I laugh a little, 'tis such a very unexpect’d conjunction of the fribble and the cotton manufacturer: but indeed I am pleas’d to hear it.

- so I go about certain of my acquaintance that might suit.

Why, I would not hinder you in such a task. Kindly leave Mr J-'s notes with me and I will address myself to the matter, ‘twill distract my mind from fretting.

But, alas, when I have done that, and set certain suggestions aside so I may think 'em over further, I am return’d to the frets, so I determine go take a little ride on Jezebel.

When I come to the stableyard I find Nick, Nell, and Sal, that is her sister that tends the mews cottage, that huddle together and I daresay are in concern over the matter of the sale of the livery-stable. They jump apart and Nell and Sal scurry off about their proper business. Nick goes fetch out Jezebel, that Ajax has been saddling &C.

'Tis another matter for me to go fret over as I ride.

But comes at last the time when my guests arrive, and sure 'tis ever pleasing to see Sir B- W- and dear Susannah, and Captain C- looks as tho’ having made his decision to sell out takes a deal of weight from his mind, and Mrs D- K- is looking in good taste. And Lord T- is ever amiable, and Lady T- makes exceeding civil to me, even if Lord K- is the same sad dull fellow, his eyes ever straying towards Mrs D- K-.

Timothy comes with some excellent fine wine - has acquir’d a deal of polish in the matter, I confide he took some lessoning at R- House in such duties – that most fortunate I had already in my cellar, for have been so busy since my return have had no opportunity to convoke with Mr H- concerning his friends of the Trade.

We exchange a little civil conversation – Lady T- wishes to know is there any lace made about Naples, for 'twas once most exceeding not’d for that art. Alas, says I, has declin’d from those days, there is indeed lace hawkt about but 'tis somewhat coarse. However, I go on, the Contessa di S- has some very fine antique lace that has been in her family this long while.

Susannah says, she is ever in the greatest admiration for Lady T-'s skill with the bobbins and the fine lace she makes. Alas, she goes on with a flourish of her lorgnette, I fancy I am too near-sight’d to be able to undertake anything of the like, even did my fingers have the skill.

Lady T- smiles a little and I see this prepossesses her with dear Susannah, that she has been like to suppose a sad bluestocking that rules her husband.

In due course comes Hector to inform us that dinner is serv’d, and we go into the new part of my house and my fine dining-room, and I look about it very pleas’d, for the furniture is all well-polisht and the table laid with my good china and my very fine wine-glasses, and there are candelabra with fine candles burning, and two epergnes that hold pickles and relishes and are deckt with flowers that were especial sent over from R- House.

'Twas no difficult matter to think who should take who in to dinner: Sir B- W- takes Lady T-, Lord K- takes Susannah, Captain C- arms in Mrs D- K-, and I, of course, am took in by Lord T-.

And Hector and Timothy come around laying the dishes that have come fresh and hot by means of that very excellent device from the kitchen beneath, and go round with wine, and I observe Lady T- look most approving at my dinner service. Euphemia has done most exceeding well and all except Lord K-, that looks sorrowfull at Mrs D- K-, look upon the first course with great pleasure.

I hear Sir B- W- offer to carve Lady T- some of this excellent beef, or perchance she would prefer duck, and here are some little new peas, and I see that she becomes amiable towards him. Susannah goes endeavour make conversation with Lord K-, that picks at his food as if fears might be poison’d.

Lord T- says 'tis pleasing to see me return’d to Town in such health, and hopes that the matters of my property at Naples are entire settl’d? – indeed, says I – and hopes they may see me at C- Castle this summer. We discourse a little of mutual acquaintance, and he remarks that Mr C- answers most excellent as secretary.

There is a pleasing little buzz of conversation tho’ one must observe that Lord K- does not say much.

At the remove and the bringing of the second course – Euphemia has contriv’d to obtain a very fine fresh salmon upon which all exclaim, and there is also the excellent early sparrowgrass – Lord K- is at last at liberty to speak to Mrs D- K-, that he does in somewhat of an undertone, waving away the while the offer of the very fine rice pillow with almonds and raisins. (Sir B- W- looks at me, and says, all the more for the rest of us.)

Lady T- goes converse with Captain C-, and very soon they determine upon some family connexion by way of Mrs Robert G-, and she displays a markt increase in civility towards him, and shortly he is telling her about his adventures at the Cape with his regiment, and later in Nova Scotia, and I see her eyes go to Lord K-, that leads such a dull life going about quacking himself for imaginary ailments, and I daresay she makes odorous caparisons.

The ice-pudding is most well-receiv’d, except by Lord K-, that says somewhat about the unwholesomeness of such things. He also eschews the very good cheese, that has been sent by Martha from the dairy on the Admiral’s estate.

At the proper moment I rise to withdraw the ladies to my parlour, so that Hector may bring out the port and brandy and cigars for the gentlemen.

There is tea and ratafia ready for us, along with some little macaroons, and we talk of various matters – what a shame 'twas I misst the M- House ball, 'twas an excellent occasion, but doubtless I saw a deal of society at Naples – until the gentlemen come in, that is not a long while at all.

Lord T-, Sir B- W- and Captain C- are conversing very amiable about Nova Scotia, but Lord K- has somewhat of a sulky look and goes with somewhat uncivil expedition to Mrs D- K-'s side.

I do not think he would drag her from her bed to kick her, but sure I am in some concern about how he would show as a husband.

My father-in-law

Apr. 26th, 2017 08:39 am[personal profile] happydork
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My father-in-law passed away on Monday morning.

He was a kind man. Brilliant, playful, curious, funny, generous, loving — and kind. He loved to laugh and he loved to share, and his love for Amy shone out of him. He was so open to and enthusiastic about anything that made her happy — even if I hadn’t loved him for himself (and I did), I would have loved him for that.

I know he wanted to be remembered for who he was before the last few months of his life. The lively, silly, driven man who raced his small daughter down corridors (feinting the wrong way and giggling as she followed his misdirection), who trekked the world for charity, who took beautiful photographs, loved music, cooked and ate with gusto, and took great pleasure in so many things. But I’ll also remember how, at the end, he kept his kindness and kept his warmth. Every time we visited, I was struck again by how clearly he wanted Amy to feel welcome, to feel loved.

I was so lucky to have him in my life for the last few years. I'm far from the only one who'll be carrying him in my heart from now on.

concert review: Murray Perahia

Apr. 26th, 2017 12:05 am[personal profile] calimac
Another recital by one of my favorite pianists since I first encountered him when he was an obscure student some 45 years ago. I last heard him three years back, also at Davies, in a program much like this one.

Three medium-weight works by heavyweight composers: a French Suite by Bach, a set of Schubert Impromptus, and a stray but dark-toned Rondo by Mozart. Plus one very heavyweight work, Beethoven's final Sonata, Op. 111.

Perahia played them all with feeling and authority. Considering that the last time I heard Schubert's Impromptus they were played with no feeling whatever, it increased my appreciation for what a truly great pianist can bring to a work.

No encore. After applause brought him out yet again even after the house lights had gone up, Perahia put his hand to his heart to express his appreciation, and then went offstage again. I expect he felt that after you've given Beethoven's final words, there's nothing more to be said.

Nearly concert time...

Apr. 26th, 2017 12:31 pm[personal profile] 17catherines
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And I'm actually really excited about it now.  We had our second and final rehearsal yesterday, and it went very well.  And the duets are going to be fine, after all.

I sent an email to my tenor duet partner, saying that I would appreciate some direction on how we are staging the love duets (I know he directs a lot of Gilbert and Sullivan, and one of our duets is from Iolanthe), because I've only ever sung in recitals and concerts, and thus have no stagecraft and feel super awkward.  He didn't reply to my email or make any comment at the rehearsal, but when we got to our duet, he had quietly come up with staging that I'm a lot more comfortable with (no fake kissing) and can actually do (bonus points for this, because I am *not* a coordinated individual).   Since he is always a pleasure to sing with, vocally speaking, I think the duet is actually going to be really fun. And I suspect that whatever weird underlying communication issues we have are resolved - we actually managed to have a conversation that was fun rather than vaguely awkward and prickly, which was nice.  Though if he makes ridiculously lovelorn faces at me throughout my part of the duet the way he was doing yesterday, my ability to not laugh will be severely tested...

As for the duet with Countertenor... oh my.  We didn't get to rehearse last week, because he was sick, so yesterday was our first full run-through.  And the thing with Countertenor is that he really does have one of the most beautiful voices I've heard, so singing with him always feels too good to be true – like suddenly singing a duet with Ian Bostridge or Bejun Mehta or something.   I have a serious musical crush on this man (he was singing Rameau's Sejour de l'eternelle paix right before our duet and it was just swoonworthy – countertenor voices are either angelic and almost eerie, or screechy and horrible, there is no in between, and his definitely falls into the first category).  And our voices blend so well in this piece that we kept on accidentally grinning at each other because it was just so much fun and it sounded so good.  But also, somehow we wound up singing this duet staring into each other's eyes for most of the time, and I was having a lot of trouble not blushing because a) terrible musical crush aforementioned and b) he has lovely eyes and ridiculously long eyelashes, something I had not previously noticed but now appreciate a bit too much. 

So yeah, that's going to be pretty good, for me if for nobody else!

The weird Hitler opera is still weird Hitler opera, and I am still very, very glad not to have a solo in it, though the others are all consummate musicians and doing extremely well with nightmarish material.  I'm finding that I can decipher the Austrian dialect quite well, for basic comprehension purposes, which is surprising, because my German isn't that good, and the people who actually speak fluent German in the group are having trouble with it.  So at least I'm contributing something to it!  And everyone's solos are sounding great.  I do prefer the front end of the program (mostly baroque) to the back end (mostly Hitler opera and Gilbert and Sullivan), but if nothing else, it's a really interesting and varied program, and the voices are excellent. 

And I have a very cute dress, which I had a lot of fun buying, because it turned out that the shop assistant was a fellow mezzo and had also sung the St John Passion with a different group during Lent.  We bonded over the nightmares associated with 'Wohin', and serenaded Myers with 'Lasset uns der nicht zerteilen' and 'Herr!  Unser Herrscher!'.  And then my dress scanned for less than half what it was supposed to at checkout, and she applied the discount, and when I said, um, I kind of hate to mention this, but I'm pretty sure I should be paying about $100 more than you are charging me, she looked at the price tag and said, hmm, yes, that is what the price tag says, and it's probably right, but I can only charge you what the scanner is saying, so you're in luck. 

I have also decided to wear my wedding crown/tiara/wreath thingie (you can see it a little bit in my icon - it's like a wreath made of peridots strung on wire with little semi-precious stones (rose quartz, amethyst, citrine, carnelian) like flowers or berries) in lieu of a wig to somewhat disguise my very short hair.  It does make the hair look more feminine, and if one is a soprano, one does what one must.  Also, it does look like a wreath of leaves and blossoms, and since every single duet or aria I am singing involves me being a fairy or a Queen, I feel that this is entirely appropriate! 

(My only concern at this point is that I woke up today with an earache and a sore throat... noooooo...)

In writing news, the first of my RITA reviews is up on Smart Bitches Trashy Books.  To my amusement, a side comment I made about the idiocy of the heroine jumping into the sea in her wedding dress and how water safety is taught in Australian schools spawned a lengthy comment thread on the subject of water safety, garnering far more comments than the book itself.

I also managed to finally write Pantin's first story for my Stories Under Paris site, which means that I have sketched out the three remaining stories in his arc.  I have not managed to write anything else this week, which is frustrating, but I've just been feeling too tired and under the weather and all my energy has gone to singing.

God, I hope this cold can hold off for another day, though.  I've put way too much work into this to lose my voice halfway through...


Apr. 25th, 2017 10:09 pm[personal profile] yhlee
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By way of [personal profile] likeadeuce:
Name one of my fandoms and I'll answer some questions!

1. the character I least understand
2. interactions I enjoyed the most
3. the character who scares me the most
4. the character who is mostly like me
5. hottest looks character
6. one thing I dislike about my fave character
7. one thing I like about my hated character
8. a quote or scene that haunts me
9. a character I wish died but didn’t
10. my ship that never sailed


Apr. 25th, 2017 10:56 pm[personal profile] sanj
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So I am 90% in a Yuri On Ice place right now (aided and abetted by [personal profile] kouredios and her daughter), but I'm also still here for the other ice gays in Check, Please!

And we all know I love stories that involve media and spin. Allow me to direct you to the following :

the jack zimmermann interview series (16170 words) by heyfightme
Chapters: 11/11
Fandom: Check Please! (Webcomic)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Eric Bittle/Jack Zimmermann
Characters: Jack Zimmermann
Additional Tags: Interviews, News Media, Mixed Media, Articles, Magazine articles, how to tag?, it is a mystery, Jack Does Magazine Interviews, Homophobic Language

In the thick of one of the best debut seasons the NHL has ever seen, Providence Falconers rookie and former hockey child prodigy Jack Zimmermann is proving that second chances make all the difference.
We talked to the Falconers’ number one to find out what makes a successful comeback.



a series of revealing interviews in which jack breaks his press silence (with a definite agenda).

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Poll #18279 First Gaming Poll
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: Just the Poll Creator, participants: 13

How should I choose games for a 'what to play?' poll?

By System (decide on game system first)
1 (7.7%)

By Genre (decide by genre first)
1 (7.7%)

Alphabetical (pick a letter for the title to start with)
1 (7.7%)

Random (just grab ten random games)
10 (76.9%)

Other (suggestions welcome in the comments)
0 (0.0%)

For those of you who are new to these parts, my gaming backlog is huge. It's been huge, then I went back to school and basically lost most of my gaming time/energy but I didn't entirely stop buying games, plus like when Gamestop was clearancing out PS2 games and whatnot for a couple bucks each, I really loaded up. So we're talking a backlog probably pushing 500 games? Yeah...


I'll leave this open til late Thursday or early Friday, probably. Feel free to ask any questions or just facepalm in my general direction. ^^;;

(as a bonus note - I have some games where I know I'll never be able to beat them, like Ninja Gaiden, where I like the characters/series/story but am just terrible at the actual gameplay. should anything like that win, I'll play up to where I'm capable, youtube the rest, and call it good. actually, for anything else where I just am not enjoying myself, same thing - youtube for story and that's that. or a general 'no, this is just nope' after a respectable stab at playing. I want to have fun, after all, but I don't know where to start.)

ETA: It seems a good idea to note the consoles/handhelds I have around and have games for: list )

ETA2: Most of what I have is RPGs, but also a decent amount of action/adventure/platform/fighting games, some puzzle games, and a handful of racing games, sim-stuff, music games, and probably some other outliers that I'm not thinking of.

A Thing Or Two

Apr. 25th, 2017 08:45 pm[personal profile] kalloway
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I intend to write a follow-up post to this last weekend's post on gatekeeping in fandom, interest-shaming, etc. but it's not going to happen until later in the week. ^^;; I do appreciate all the support. ^_^

Right now, I feel like I'm in hurry-up-and-waaaaait limbo. One more day of class this week, then finals on Monday, graduation next Friday. There are so many things I want to do/plan/etc. and I just need to waaaaait. My current thought on how to organize my days is to roughly plan to clean/work in one room each day of the week (my place roughly breaks down to seven rooms/areas). Add in a short checklist of 'do I need to pay any bills/run any errands/take trash/do special things' for when I first get home from work, and then...

idk, stare at my future? *laughs*

I do want to start exercising, which will probably be walks to the water and some counter push-ups to start, then add in what I can. I want to work through all of my media backlogs, especially all the games I have hanging out. (I should put up a poll for where to start... or a series of polls?)

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Happy 100th to Ella Fitzgerald, singer extraordinaire.

(Selected samples.)
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About five days ago, some asshole used my legal name email address to sign up for a Spanish-language internet dating site. Since then, I have been getting at least 200 emails a day from that site, to the general effect of 'Legal-First-Name-Random-String-of-Numbers has received a new message' or 'Random-Name-Who-Is-Probably-a-Bot has done something in relation to your post/profile/message/what-the-hell-ever'. (I would be more specific except I do not speak Spanish and don't entirely trust Google's auto-translate function.)

I mean, Gmail knows they are spam and duly files them as such, but still!

I can't even unsubscribe from the damn thing, since that would require knowing what password the asshole created when they used my email to sign up. *headdesk*

The site, for those who may be curious, is Plentyoffish Media Inc. #142-757 West Hastings St., PMB 670, Vancouver, BC V6C1A1. Their web address is (Are they Canadian or Mexican? Who knows!)

I feel like I should write them an annoyed letter or something.
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China Mièville's novella This Census-Taker is a collection of mysteries, memories half-remembered, truths half-told, stories layered one on the other that may or may not be about the same thing, by the same person.

There was a boy, who lived with his mother and father on the side of a mountain, just above the main part of a town that spread across two hills. The boy learned to read from his mother, and learned to fear his father. A boy who saw something so terrible his mind could not encompass it, his tongue could not communicate it, his fellow townspeople could not believe him when he tried to explain it.

Later there was a man who was either a prisoner or a guest, who had three books to write, one in figures, one in words, one in secret.

There was a census taker, who came to the boy's house, and spoke to his father, and then took the boy away to become a trainee. And before him, there was another trainee, who disappeared leaving only a warning for the boy who came after her, who became the man writing the books.

There are no answers to any if the questions, the mysteries, the disappearances. There is only memory of what was seen and heard, but never known and understood.

It is an unsettling story, full of implied violence and without anything that feels like an end. But it stays with you.

FMK #9: Second Books

Apr. 25th, 2017 07:07 pm[personal profile] melannen
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Note to self, things your circle is v. interested in: Library classification. Canadian art.

So, back on the wagon with FMK! I posted about Growing Up Weightless yesterday and I am very nearly done with Snow Queen. After that Electric Forest should be quick and then I will be caught up! Except the six library books! But we aren't talking about those!

Fewer of you than I thought voted that you change your poll answers after reading the comments! I am apparently in the more easily swayed group. :P

This week's theme is I Read the First One And It Was Good But For Years I Could Never Find The Next One But Then I Did So Here It Is Yay

(In a it's the first one I couldn't find instead of the next one, but close enough.)

How FMK works, short version: I am trying to clear out my unreads. So there is a poll, in which you get to pick F, M, or K. F means I should spend a night of wild passion with the book ASAP, and then decide whether to keep it or not. M means I should continue to commit to a long-term relationship of sharing my bedroom with it. K means it should go away immediately. Anyone can vote, you don't have to actually know anything about the books.

I pick a winner on Friday night (although won't actually close the poll, people can still vote,) and report results/ post the new poll on the following Tuesday, and write a response to the F winner sometime in the next week.

If you want to be extra-helpful, bear in mind that it may have been two decades since I read the first on, and note whether I need to re-read that one first.

Link to long version of explanation (on first poll)

Poll: Adams, Cherryh, Ellis, Gibson, Handeland, ab Hugh, Jones, Kotzwinkle, Lackey, Monette, Snyder, Watt-Evans, White  )

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Kij Johnson's novella, "The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe" is in many ways a response to H. P. Lovecraft's The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath," in which the protagonist, a man named Raymond Carter, first sees a mysterious city in his dreams and then finds a way to transport himself to this dreamworld full of magical places and terrifying creatures, where he undertakes a journey to find the city of his visions.

Johnson has set her story in that dreamworld. Vellitt Boe, a professor at Ulthar Women's College, is awakened one night to learn that one of her finest students, Clarie Jurat, has eloped with a man from 'the waking world,' as the inhabitants of the Six Kingdoms of the dreamworld call our reality. Because she travelled extensively in her youth, and because she knew a man from the waking world once - a man who, it turns out, was Raymond Carter himself - and knows the location of one of the gates that allows people to travel physically between the worlds, Boe undertakes to follow Clarie and bring her back. The stakes are high - Clarie is the daughter of a high official of the College and a socially prominent society; the College, and higher education for women, is not universally supported, and if Clarie is not recovered, there is a good chance that the College will be closed because of its inability to protect its students from scandal and impropriety. But there is more. Boe discovers that Clarie is the granddaughter of a god, and that the petty politics of the gods of the dreamworld may result in the destruction of Ulthar itself, and perhaps other lands of the dreamworlds as well.

This story is both labour of love, and critique, of Lovecraft's novella. As Johnson notes in her brief acknowledgements, "I first read it at ten, thrilled and terrified, and uncomfortable with the racism but not yet aware that the total absence of women was also problematic. This story is my adult self returning to a thing I loved as a child and seeing whether I could make adult sense of it."

Where Lovecraft has a young male protagonist searching for a vision out of his dreams, Johnson gives us a middle-aged woman fulfilling her responsibilities to an institution that gave her position, place and standing in a world - as created by Lovecraft - without much room for women, and to her student.

In the end, both Boe and the dreamworlds are changed by her dream-quest and its resolution, in ways that subvert Lovecraft's sexist and elitist imaginings but hold onto the wonder.

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Apr. 25th, 2017 05:10 pm[personal profile] yhlee
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Rick Riordan Imprint Acquires First Three Titles:
Lee’s book, Dragon Pearl, a standalone middle grade novel, stars Min, a teenage fox spirit whose brother is missing and thought to have deserted the Thousand Worlds Space Forces in order to find the pearl of the title, an artifact that may have the power to save their struggling space colony. Lee says the toughest part of writing for a new audience was working with shorter chapters and a different vocabulary; the idea for the story itself came to him quickly. “I was pretty sure nobody else would come up with a space opera based on Korean mythology,” he said.


The other two, which I am super looking forward to reading, are Roshani Chokshi's Aru Shah and the End of Time, first of a projected quartet about "a 12-year-old Indian-American girl who unwittingly frees a demon intent on awakening the God of Destruction," and Jennifer Cervantes's Storm Runner, "about a 13-year-old boy who must save the world by unraveling an ancient Mayan prophecy." I may have to fight my daughter over who gets to read them first. =D =D =D

Anyway, that's what I'm working on right now!

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Apr. 25th, 2017 04:50 pm[personal profile] sheafrotherdon
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An update:

The secretary wrote me back yesterday, and apologized profusely. I wrote back and said that misunderstandings happen and that I was glad we had cleared things up.

I secretly delighted in her apology, proving I am not actually the bigger person.
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.... are proliferating on my back deck like some kind of improbable alien menace from a Dr. Who Christmas special.


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