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​Trash and trains: thoughts on metaphor

Recently my social network feeds were filled with posts about the Republican plan to replace the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare). One metaphor in particular struck me, partly because so many people were using the same language: “a dumpster fire”. That got me thinking about metaphors for “a disaster”. I’d heard “dumpster fire” before, but […]

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A Rainy Afternoon Reading

It was a dark and stormy night…no, wait, make that afternoon. As some of you may know, the entire Greater Houston area has gotten a surfeit of rain this spring, and the storm gods did not take a day off Sunday when Mary Robinette Kowal and Marie Brennan were in town to do a reading […]

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Leonard Nimoy, R.I.P. – Mr. Spock LLAP

Leonard Nimoy passed away at age 83 last week. I was among those weeping over my phone as the news spread across social media. He was best known as Mr. Spock on Star Trek, but his considerable talent went far beyond that. He was a gifted photographer and director, and by all accounts a nice […]

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Post-NaNoWriMo 2014: What I learned this year

This year’s NaNoWriMo differed from the two previous years in a number of really great ways. Although I won previous years (and the second year was substantially easier than the first year), I’m still learning new things about how to write NaNo novels and how to integrate this lovable monster known as “NaNo” into my […]

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I’m a Space Bird! I’m Gone!

While I as doing NaNoWriMo this month I also passed my final goal on the 750words.com site, which I’ve written about a number of times here. This will be my final 750words post. I made my final goal, backed up my material, and deleted my acct. When I first joined in Oct 2011 it was […]

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Saladin Ahmed: After the flood…

Author Saladin Ahmed’s house flooded and though insurance will cover some of the damage, it will not cover nearly enough. You can survey the disaster on his Tumblr or pics he posted on Twitter (@saladinahmed). So this happened yesterday. Lots of folks asking how they can help. Details here. And thanks! http://t.co/1KINGldAJO pic.twitter.com/sCHDrojYeR — Saladin […]

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Yeah, what they said!

I couldn’t have said this better myself. This is a terrific essay about women in fiction…and more…Don’t have time to read? It’s read on this week’s episode of Podcastle so you can listen to it, too. We Have Always Fought: Challenging the Women, Cattle, and Slaves Narrative by Kameron Hurley It reminded me of an […]

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An Evening With Mary Robinette Kowal and Marie Brennan

Last Tuesday night we went to hear Mary Robinette Kowal and Marie Brennan doing a reading at Murder By the Book. Both of them write in the fantasy genre and both are currently writing historical fantasy novels. Mary Robinette Kowal is nearing the conclusion of a five book series of Austenesque fantasy novels. The best […]

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One good thing about Twitter

On Twitter recently I asked Darren Naish (@TetZoo) about a review he referred to of a book on Pterosaurs by Mark Witton which put me in touch with Mark Witton (@MarkWitton) and now I’m following his blog as well and have put his book on my ebook wish list. This is one good thing about […]

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I’m on Delicious!

I know I’m years behind the rest of the world, but I got a Delicious acct this week! Then I spent some time filling it out (up?) with an assortment of links I’ve collected over the past few years. My interests are varied, but you can filter by tags. 🙂 If you’re on Delicious, add […]

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