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27 September 2014 @ 06:27 pm
So, typing this while seated on the steps of the New York Public Library...  Good place to be, although midtown on a Saturday afternoon is full of ogling tourists.  New York is still, by far, the best city in the world, as far as I'm concerned.  Bad for the feet, though!
24 September 2014 @ 09:33 am
So, to celebrate our freedom to read whatever we want, and to tell everyone who wishes to impose their views on others to bug off, it's Banned Books Week this week! So, whether iyou dislike the religious far right's objection to Fifty Shades of Grey, clueless parents opposing Captain Underpants, or the PC thought police trying to get The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian thrown out of libraries, today is a good day to go out and read something that people who oppose liberty don't want you to.

This is extremely timely considering what has recently happened with the Spider Woman cover art. I personally don't care for graphic novels myself, but am always in favor of opposing any and all calls for censorship and boycott.  I deeply believe that consumers can think for themselves, and we don't need the thought police, thank you very much!  This may not be a popular position, but not fighting for freedoms mean you lose them.  With Marvel caving to the pressure, a bit of freedom was lost - and not just in the US... this is a global issue ina a globalized world.
Yet another controversial post over at Classically Educated.  I believe that this one should manage to offend almost everybody, but things that need to be said need to be said!

Anyhow, not much else going on at the moment.  Working, got a few hundred words into an SF story... and that's about all!
17 September 2014 @ 09:16 am
We have continued msstacy13's brilliant historical novel excerpt over on Classically Educated.  So, more Mussolini, here.

Also, I received word that one of my stories was an Honorable Mention in Writers of the Future...  I have enough of these certificates to wallpaper a medium-sized house (call for an estimate).
12 September 2014 @ 11:29 am
The third part of the Mussolini excerpt went up on Classically Educated.  If you're interested in WWII, you definitely should be reading these - it takes the huge events going on and makes them personal. msstacy13 has a real talent for making history both personal and engrossing!
11 September 2014 @ 02:48 pm
I often wonder why Daphne Du Maurier is nearly neer mentioned among the great literary geniuses of the 20th century.  Granted, her work was anything but progressive and "meaningful" (note quotes), which means critics will have turned up their noses at it, but it was still great.  Well, the great bits were great - I imagine with the amount of work she wrote, there were some duds in there.

I am only writing this because I've just finished reading one of her short tales, "Monte Verità", and it brought back the brilliance of Rebecca.

Anyone have any thoughts on why she isn't as highly regarded as she should be?
09 September 2014 @ 11:55 am
My story "For the Light" has been accepted at Voluted Tales.  Happy dance!

Also, we just released the second part of msstacy13 's Mussolini excerpt on Classically educated.  The plot thickens!
08 September 2014 @ 11:33 am
Here are a couple of interesting things to read:

-  My story "Scent of Night" was published by Plasma Frequency Magazine, and you can read it here.

- We have the first part of a new novel excerpt by our very own msstacy13 up on Classically Educated.  It's about the last days of Mussolini, and you can read part 1 here (with the rest of the excerpt to follow over the next few days).  Fascinating stuff, as awlays!

At some point, I'll write about what I've been doing during my LJ absence, but not yet!
05 September 2014 @ 09:22 am
Just got news that my story "Rain Over Lesser Boso", a story that I really love, BTW, has sold to Third Flatiron press for one of their anthos.  Really looking forward to having this one published!
02 September 2014 @ 06:33 pm
No new stuff to say today, although I did receive payment for a forthcoming story, which is always a nice feeling, so I'll leave you with:

The politically correct Christmas

On the 12th day of the Eurocentrically imposed midwinter festival, my Significant Other in a consenting adult, monogamous relationship gave to me:

TWELVE males reclaiming their inner warrior through ritual drumming,

ELEVEN pipers piping (plus the 18-member pit orchestra made up of members in good standing of the Musicians Equity Union as called for in their union contract even though they will not be asked to play a note),

TEN melanin deprived testosterone-poisoned scions of the patriarchal ruling class system leaping,

NINE persons engaged in rhythmic self-expression,

EIGHT economically disadvantaged female persons stealing milk-products from enslaved Bovine-Americans,

SEVEN endangered swans swimming on federally protected wetlands,

SIX enslaved Fowl-Americans producing stolen non-human animal products,

FIVE golden symbols of culturally sanctioned enforced domestic incarceration,

(NOTE: after members of the Animal Liberation Front threatened to throw red paint at my computer, the calling birds, French hens and partridge have been reintroduced to their native habitat. To avoid further Animal-American enslavement, the remaining gift package has been revised.)

FOUR hours of recorded whale songs

THREE deconstructionist poets

TWO Sierra Club calendars printed on recycled processed tree carcasses and...

ONE Spotted Owl activist chained to an old-growth pear tree.

Merry Christmas Happy Chanukah. Good Kwanzaa. Blessed Yule. Happy Holidays! (unless otherwise prohibited by law)*

*Unless, of course, you are suffering from Seasonally Affected Disorder (SAD). If this be the case, please substitute this gratuitous call for celebration with suggestion that you have a thoroughly adequate day.