As with the first two volumes in this series, all profits go to benefit Con or Bust.
Here’s the full table of contents:
- Introduction by K. Tempest Bradford
- Heroes and Monsters, by T. S. Bazelli
- Notes from the Meat Cage, by Fran Wilde
- What Color Are My Heroes? by Mari Kurisato
- The Zeroth Law Of Sex in Science Fiction, by Jennifer Cross
- Our Hyperdimensional Mesh of Identities, by Alliah
- Erasing Athena, Effacing Hestia, by Alex Conall
- Not So Divergent After All, by Alyssa Hillary
- Skins, by Chelsea Alejandro
- The Doctor and I, by Benjamin Rosenbaum
- My Family Isn’t Built By Blood, by Jaime O. Mayer
- Lost in Space: A Messy Voyage Through Fictional Universes, by Carrie Sessarego
- Decolonise The Future, by Brandon O’Brien
- Natives in Space, by Rebecca Roanhorse
- I Would Fly With Dragons, by Sean Robinson
- Adventures in Online Dating, by Jeremy Sim
- Of Asian-Americans and Bellydancing Wookiees, by Dawn Xiana Moon
- Shard of a Mirage, by MT O’Shaughnessy
- Unseen, Unheard, by Jo Gerrard
Huge thanks to the contributors for sharing their stories and experiences. I’ve learned so much from earlier volumes in this series, and this one was no different.
If you’re a reviewer and would like a copy, please contact me and let me know your preferred format and where your reviews are published.
Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.
A song that makes you sad. It's hard to find anything sadder than one of my friends who posted a video of a scratch orchestra playing the European anthem Ode to Joy the day after the UK voted to leave the EU. But the song most likely to make me cry, personally, is the aria Voi che sapete from Mozart's The marriage of Figaro.
( break-up sadness, plus video )
Played in a fast, silly game!
I was Galli-EMU-mus. It was fun.
Di clambers up the food dispenser! Clamber, clamber... how is she getting inside this? More importantly, how is she getting down? Di whips her head around wildly and screeches, hoping that this will help somehow.
( INwatch+Bookwatch )
( Dragons under fold )
1. School: i enjoy being able to take classes for free and i feel comfortable with a lot of the staff and students.
2. Starting all the podcast discussion groups: it's just so much fun running discussions and it helps me keep up with canons.
3. Volunteering: I'm really happy with my volunteer job at the shelter. I always feel accomplished and it's nice having cats to socialize.
December Blogging Meme Masterpost (LJ)
Round 1, I took pictures and planted morning glory seeds.
Round 2, I transplanted some wild morning glories and started clearing weeds and brush around the purple-and-white garden.
Round 3, I sowed more grass seed in the bare patch. There is a chance of rain tonight. I also cut more brush around the purple-and-white garden. It's about half done now, I think.
Round 4, I cut more brush around the purple-and-white garden. It's about 3/4 done, although I'll probably need to go back and touch up parts later. It already looks a lot better though.
Poem: "Uncertain Miracles"
Garden Photos 6-22-17 Flowers
Garden Photos 6-22-17 Nests
Poem: "One Familiar with Self-Defense"
Garden Photos 6-19-17 Flowers
Garden Photos 6-19-17 Birds
This week's half-price sale in Polychrome Heroics had only modest participation, despite having the quarter-price option. However, I do have one donor who's still picking out poetry for funds already sent, so there will be something more.
Poetry in Microfunding:
"A Hope and a Promise" belongs to Polychrome Heroics and has 15 new verses. Aidan and Mrs. Ozenne talk more about Saraphina as she interacts with another toddler. "Essential for Human Survival" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Cassandra and has 11 new verses. Groundhog and Cassandra encounter one of the monks. "The Inner Transition" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Berettaflies. Valor's Widow finds out what Stylet has in his backpack.
Weather has been cooler and pleasant here. The nest of baby robins fledged! :D The cardinal nest lost its egg. :( Currently blooming: dandelions, carnations, marigolds, petunias, lantana, million bells, snapdragons, zinnias, firecracker plant, torenia, yarrow, white and red clover, penstemon, daylilies, rose campion, coreopsis, morning glories, aster, spiderwort, echinacea, golden rain tree. Mulberries and black raspberries are winding down.
a song that makes you happy. And I have quite a lot of those, making me happy is a big reason I have a music collection at all. I think I'm going to go for Complex person by The Pretenders. The lyrics are not all that cheerful in some ways, but I love the bouncy tune and I always hear this as a song about determination and not letting things get you down.
( video embed, actually audio only )
Also I've had a good week for playing games: ( mostly list with short comments )
WARNING: This poem contains topics that many readers may find disturbing. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. Patches and Rampart help Buraq find Haboob to use miracles to make him stop being a supervillain. This includes a manhunt, terrorist activity, Buraq getting shot, messy medical details of a serious bullet wound, flashback to prior injury, the bad guys fragging their own sniper for violating medical neutrality, taking items from a corpse as a point of positive etiquette, teleporting while injured is no fun for anyone, kidnapping Haboob and fixing him by force, when you apply miracles to a terrorist it kind of sounds like you're torturing him, and not everyone is comfortable with this, dubious consent once Haboob starts to regain some sanity, distressing inability to pray in the customary manner, but Buraq is creative with solutions and it works fine in the end, another overwhelming prayer experience ending in a faint that scares the team healer, traumatic guilt, renaming, radical forgiveness of a divinely repaired terrorist, miracles have a blest radius of extra healing, loss of homeland, austere living conditions, feeling unclean, but fortunately Buraq knows how to fix that, uncertainty, and other challenges. On the whole, however, everyone is better off in the end. Because this poem contains a major plot development in world politics, skipping it would leave a gap, even though it doesn't fall into main storylines. Please consider your tastes and headspace before deciding whether this is something you wish to read.
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(On the plus side, taking the Benadryl AFTER brushing teeth did provide an earlier bedtime. We can, perhaps, work with this.)
excuse, there is a commotion in the gas fireplace. a flying squirrel or large mouse hopefully NOT setting itself on fire via the pilot light...
Okay, commotion seems to've faded. I need to clear out enough space to open that out and figure out where the creatures are coming in. *sigh*
Anyway. Food was gotten, but it was breakfast type food, and I got no ice tea or hot tea and now I have a splitting headache and am drinking cooked-at-home tea. After taking ibuprofen. Kid and spouse are off getting food.
Hat tip to Mal, re Wonder Woman:
This is an awesome Twitter thread about the design of the movie Wonder Woman's costume.
Now I'm going to try to edit through this headache.
(Oh, right, and when this headache fades, I have a CUNNING PLAN to consolidate some things and thus declutter something else. HM.)
S••••• says, “And someone on this thread about flags goes and asks where do single people go to get the tax breaks married couples do. I answer, 'A judge, justice of the peace, or minister.'”
S••••• says, “Of course, they have to go in pairs.”
--From the MUSH. (Or, I suppose, in 4s, if they're Andorians.)
( INwatch+Bookwatch )
( Dragons under fold )
Ray: Traditionally? We put up our little yule tree (a charlie-browned American girl christmas tree decorated with mostly secular decor, and the foam snowman we made at a vinfen party). We read The Mouse in the Manger (sadly the audio is no longer available; we'll have to fix that some day) and the inside kids watch the santa tracker app on our phone.
Julian: I will probably be adding a tradition of my own this coming winter, but I'm going to keep that a secret for now ♥ Though you can probably guess.
December Blogging Meme Masterpost (LJ)