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So, noted white supremacist and general PoS Richard Spencer is giving a speech at the University of Florida, in Gainesville. And the University, in a rather amazing show of WTFkery, has allowed Spencer's camp to screen journalists, only allowing "approved" ones press access. Their excuse "they rented the hall, it's their event."

Apparently, University of Florida is disclaiming any responsibility for anything that happens within a rented hall on their property. That can only end well, don't you think? I wonder what their journalism department has to say about freedom of the press, these days? (feel free to ask them)

But! There is a bright light in Gainesville (actually, quite a few, but one I'm showcasing in particular). Alligator Brewing Co.

If you bring in a (free) ticket to the abovementioned event, before the event, you can exchange it for a beer, thereby a) getting a free beer and b) leaving an empty seat in the hall, as they will dispose of said ticket.

Alligator, in the name of decent folk, beer drinking or otherwise, everywhere, we salute you. 
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Project 1: I was told my objection to manure was a relic of my, and I quote, ‘soft city life.” I told them to spend a summer riding the subway and get back to me on smells.


Project 2: "Only in the corner, in a small box, was there notice of unrest between several “anxious young men” over “matters political.” But it did not say what those matters had been, nor how it had been resolved."
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New life goal: to make Carrie Fisher's ghost cackle with pride in me.

"Even after her death Carrie Fisher is having none of your bullshit. 

 

Heather Ross, a friend of Fisher's, spoke to a local radio station in Tucson, AZ. about her experience with sexual assault in Hollywood. On the 94.9 Morning Mix, Ross recalled inappropriate advances from a big name producer and how Fisher made clear she had a zero-tolerance policy for that kind of behavior.

After Ross was assaulted by "an Oscar-winning producer" – not Weinstein, but another – Fisher was furious. After the initial shock and fear wore off, Fisher ran into the producer at Sony and delivered him a package.

"It was a cow tongue from Jerry’s Famous Deli with a note that said, ‘If you ever touch my darling Heather or any other woman again, the next delivery will be something of yours in a much smaller box.’”

The cow tongue was all Fisher's idea, natch, and she made sure to deliver it in person and watch him open the box."



 http://mashable.com/2017/10/16/carrie-fisher-heather-ross-cow-tongue/#Hsa_I4ursmqT


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 Washington State's voter pamphlet has arrived. I'm preparin' to do my thing for Democracy and Sanity....
 
(yes, this state sends you a pamphlet a month before the election, with all the issues and candidates up for decision, so you have time to actually look at things and learn about them before you MAKE your decision....

And then you can mail it in, and track your vote all the way to the counting pile.

Oh, and we use a Top 2 Primary system, rather than a party nominating system. So the general election is not inevitable R vs D, but "the two candidates out of the whole pack who got the most votes in the primary."

Washington State's not perfect, but it's got a pretty decent handle on this democracy thing, right now.
lagilman: (dissent)
In case - among the visual horrors of the California fires and the abandonment of Puerto Rico, as well as the destruction of our environment for financial gain of corporations and shareholders, you missed this tidbit:

45's regime is attempting - despite there being no actual science to support it- to define life as beginning at conception.

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/10/look-at-the-junk-science-about-contraception-in-the-health-departments-new-manifesto/

Yanno, if you're going to claim religious exemptions for employers to not pay for birth control, and why abortions should be limited, then you need to either a) allow those of us whose religion ALLOWS contraception, and abortion, and protecting the health of the mother above all else - to have religiously-protected access to same, or b) admit that you're angling for a Christian theocracy, and your "freedom OF religion" really means "bow to MY religion."

In this, as in so many other bullshit ideologies being pushed by Pence et al.

/rant



 Also, Trump has apparently tweeted (what else) that NBC should lose their broadcast license for, um...being critical of him, apparently.

He seems to have forgotten (or not actually listened to) part of the oath he actually took in front of a scattering of witnesses:

"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.“

Including the 1st Amendment, not just the 2nd.

In response, the National Association of Broadcasters, who actually DO know their Constitution, issued the following statement:

“The founders of our nation set as a cornerstone of our democracy the First Amendment, forever enshrining and protecting freedom of the press. It is contrary to this fundamental right for any government official to threaten the revocation of an FCC license simply because of a disagreement with the reporting of a journalist.”
 

https://www.nab.org/documents/newsRoom/pressRelease.asp?id=4253
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If you missed last month's new story on Patreon, "Trouble in Fear," you can still sign on and read it - plus the first Pietr Cholis story, "Trouble in Mind"!  Otherwise you're going to have to wait until the series is complete, and then buy the full set....  (and that may not be for another 6+ months!  Delayed gratification is all well and fine, but $1/month gets you satisfaction now!)


 

 

Meanwhile, we've got an exclusive "false start" excerpt from the NewBook, that nobody outside of Patreon will ever see.  Hints at what's coming, and a peek into what my brain is like during first drafts.  If that's your cuppa, anyway.  :-)

Coming this week: October's "WTF is writing?" discussion, the monthly Rant, and more of My Youthful Folly (aka "annotated-with-snark excerpts from the first book I ever tried to write")....

 

 

hah!

Oct. 1st, 2017 01:25 pm
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 Realized this morning that the tank I was wearing did not quite match the cut of the bra I was wearing, resulting in a bit of peek-a-boo of the undergarment.  Which normally would be a case of don't-give-a-fuck, but I was going to be public-facing in a managerial capacity, so yeah, it mattered.

Solution?  Grabbed one of the ticky-tac dots we use to keep the rugs in place, cut it in half, and hey-presto, emergency dress tape!

I feel like my former theater wardrobe mistress would have been proud. 
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 It is Yom Kippur. I am not fasting (health reasons) and I have to work (there’s nobody to take my shift for me), but I am very much aware of what day it is, what the High Holy Days are, and what it means both to my greater community, and to myself, personally.

In the Jewish tradition, confessing to a sin and repenting does not immediately anoint you with forgiveness. Words are not enough, be they between you and another person, or you and your understanding of God. It is the point of where you recognize and acknowledge that you did wrong, and begin the effort to carry that wrong no further. But it is future actions that earn forgiveness, not merely mouthing the word of repentance.
 

(read more at the link: http://www.lauraannegilman.net/5304-2/)
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One of the interesting joys of the current story-series is that I'm NOT writing a broken or restricted character - I'm writing a character who has gotten his shit together & is taking on a new, out-of-comfort-zone challenge because he chooses to.

Because the story doesn't end when the broken bits of a POV character are repaired/justified.  Interesting stuff happens after, too. And we don't have to break them a second or third time to make it interesting.

Kintsugi is about the repaired form as a whole, not just the golden seams.

This post possibly brought to you by reading too damn many "hero/ine is broken in order to BE the hero/ine" story.  Which are good and necessary stories, but not the only ones we should be telling.

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Watching "Some Kind of Spark" on PBS, and it is having the multiple effect of a) making me homesick, b) making me thoughtful about the ideas of passion, practice and perfection, and c) wishing once again that I were capable of reading music.

Watching kids realize that what they want is going to be a lifetime of hard work, internalize that knowledge, and then go after it, is a lovely thing.



(before anyone offers advice on c, don't. Dyscalculia makes reading music an exercise in nothing but frustration for me)
lagilman: (Seattle Wheel)

Still I remember. Until I am no more, I will remember. 
Absent friends, and the friends we never got a chance to meet. The world that ended, and the world that became.

“Bear Witness”

Years pass, decades,
The revising measure of a lifetime
Entire; I stand here still,
Not stone not metal not fire but flesh
To bear the weight, to not fail nor fall some greater trust.
Rise into the skies and ne’er come down again.

© 2012, Laura Anne Gilman

(originally posted on http://www.lauraannegilman.net/this-day-this-day/)


and for those for whom it may help, I write about dealing with the emotional and psychological aftermath for #Holdontothelight: http://www.lauraannegilman.net/gaslighting-myself-a-holdontothelight-post/

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 The West is still burning.  Texas is wringing out, but Florida is underwater.  Mexico is rattled.  The Northeast, I am told, is bracing for locusts.

(Joking.  Mostly.  Kinda.  Maybe.)

I'm writing again, after a summer of seemingly endless interruptions, but not as quickly as I'd like.  On the plus side, the Patreon story-series is flowing like crazy.  I guess it's true: sometimes you have to walk away from people (characters) to want to come back to them...

and ...Pietr, you spent way too much time in NYC.

"Nobody needed that kind of tsurus, without they were working off a lot of bad karma."






whoops.

Sep. 3rd, 2017 07:26 am
lagilman: coffee or die (Castiel)
 I'm kind of failing at blogging here, aren't I?  The inability to connect this to my website blog and the Amazon feed is more of an irritation than I'd anticipated, and this seems to be falling behind Fb and Tumblr for ease of copy-and-paste.


Back in the PNW (did you notice I was gone?)

Trouble in Mind (and a new story-series!)



Meanwhile, this is a PSA for Americans:

This year’s enrollment period for ACA is short, November 1 to December 15.  

Also keep in mind that in addition to shortening the enrollment period, 45 has also slashed the budget for getting word out, so it’s up to us to get the word out.

Getting everyone in the US covered by ACA would REALLY piss 45 off.

lagilman: coffee or die (Castiel)


And I already have no brain left, after one day.  Oops.

And I still have a shitload to do tonight, both GISHy and work-related, so I'm going to inflict upon you a punny that requires a certain level of multi-denominational as well as fannish knowledge, but amuses the ever-loving fuck out of me, so I’m going to share anyway.
 

When I, I Jew, meet a Muslim friend, I say shalom, and they in turn say to me, salaam. At which point our Eastern Orthodox friend cries out, “now kiss!”





(I crack me up.)

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It is unseasonably, historically WRONG kind of warm here in the PNW, and some of us are handling it better than others.

Which is to say, most of us are whinging and sulking and moving as little as possible.

It doesn't help that there are also wildfires up north (in Canada) and southwest of here, and the smoke's come all the way down here to visit, too.

A lot of stuff tumbling around in my life right now, most of which either makes for boring blogging, or really can't be blogged about right now. So hey, have some promotional post!


LAWLESS LANDS: Tales from the Weird Frontier, which includes my story “Boots of Clay,” as well as stories from many other fine folk, is now available via Amazon, B&N or direct from the publisher.

From Whence You Came,” (Sea serpents, magicians, cranky scholars, and a Very Large Ooops!) is on sale for $1.99 this month at BookVewCafe.com! SF Signal called it "a thoughtful examination of the consequences of magic”!


And, of course, there’s my Patreon - a new short story every month, for $1! (And the proceeds help keep my CatofSize in insulin).

and last, but certainly not least, THE DEATH OF ALL THINGS, the anthology edited by yours truly and Kat Richardson, is now available for pre-order on Kindle and Kobo! Plus, check out the gorgeous cover!

 

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 Reminder: if you're frustrated because I'm only doing one novel a year, you can get a MONTHLY fix of fiction via my Patreon....

A new short story guaranteed every month, for just $1, plus additional levels of Stuff!

https://www.patreon.com/LAGilman

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PNW summer joys: saffron salmon rice salad, made with smoked salmon I picked up from a local farmstand.

This shit's good enough, and pretty enough, to make it onto the list for my next dinner party, but also easy enough to be on the workday rotation....
 

Nom.
lagilman: coffee or die (Castiel)
 Agent and editor notes are in, my own final markup is complete, and I have a mostly-clear deck for the next two weeks.

I'll be making a supply run this morning, and then settling in for the (hopefully) final pass of fixing-the-broken-things-hopefully-without-breaking-anything-new we laughingly call The Revisions Run.

A lot of stuff to be done, to get this book to where I need it to be. Agent and editor seem to think I've got this well in hand. I hope they're right.

But it has to be done by early August. Because GISHWHES is coming...
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Today's meeting has been postponed/cancelled, and I have taken this as a Sign that today's office should be the sofa, and I am not getting off it for love or money (unless amount of love or money is sufficient motivation for moving).

Also, I was awake at 4am and I can't even blame the cats for that - that's purely my own brain being an ass. On the plus side, the kitchen's clean and laundry's prepped for a reasonable hour to start the washing machine.

What do you do, when you accept that you're awake too damn early? 
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 With everything else going on in the world, conversation this weekend seemed mostly centered on the Rattlesnake Hills fires, with a side note of the Mitchell fire in Wenatchee, and the Alamo fire in California (specifically, the ones where vineyards/wineries are at risk as well as homes, because this was industry conversation).

Main suspected causes of the fires? Human. Odds of them being from assholes setting off firecrackers in dry conditions over the 4th? High.

I'd say some people just can't resist making bad situations worse, but the truth is, these people don't put that much thinking into it. Pretty sure they're not putting much thinking into ANYTHING.

When the future writes humanity's obit, cause of death will probably be "terminal dumbassedness."

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