I survived the 10-day extravaganza! Barely…I think I came down with some kind of bug in the middle of it, so I’m happy to be home where I can nap a bit and drink my tea with honey.

Meanwhile, I’m already gearing up for the next thing, which is the release of THE WILD DEAD, the sequel to the award-winning BANNERLESS. July 17 is the day. Reviews are starting to come in, and they’re lookin’ good!

Library Journal gives the novel a starred a review! The rest of that list is fine company to be in — I’m reading Novik’s new novel Spinning Silver (I scored an ARC), and it’s just as amazing as Uprooted was.

This thoughtful analysis by Nick Mamatas as part of his Books I Like series makes me seem much smarter than I feel most of the time.

Bonus picture from the trip:  Sunday at Denver Comic Con, I cosplayed with my niece. She was Hei Hei, I was Lisa Hayes from Robotech. We had a great time!

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what madness is this!!!

June 18, 2018

I usually kind of roll my eyes at a lot of reboots and crossovers. Then something like this crosses my path:

WHAAAAAAAAAATTTTTTT!!!!!!!!!

(Spoiler:  Steve Austin is being mind-controlled by Cobra!!!!!!)

 

DCC and beyond!

June 15, 2018

Ten Days.

Two Conventions.

One Workshop.

Cosplaying with Niece.

Let’s do this.

 

Since I’m suddenly facing buying a new computer monitor (seriously, since I can’t remember when I got the current monitor — 15 years ago maybe? — it’s totally time for something new and shiny), I leave you with the burning question that confronted me last night:

Is Paul Bettany this generation’s Peter Cushing?

 

tea

May 14, 2018

I am becoming a morning tea drinker. Is it getting older, or am I just that tired? I used to be strictly an afternoon tea drinker, but there’s been some times recently when all that was available in the morning was tea, and sometimes when traveling a morning tea is so nice. Also a cup of tea in the morning while camping, when everything’s chilly and there’s a mist in the air and I haven’t quite woken up, is just divine. It’s like a warm hug for my internal organs.

At any rate, it’s 9:30 am right now and I’m drinking tea. Maybe it’s because it rained all night and it’s still gray out and I need a hug.

I’ve also become the sort of tea drinker who has lots and lots of different teas. My favorites:

Harney and Sons Earl Grey Supreme. I think this was the first time I could really smell what Earl Grey is supposed to smell like, and I think it got me high.

Dryad Tea Selkie blend. This is a green tea with lemon and ginger that is perfect with honey, and good for sore throats.

Green tea. Just plain green tea is what I like in the morning, and what I’m drinking right now.

Jasmine green tea. A good pick me up, especially in the afternoon.

Yorkshire tea. Good for cold rainy days.

Celestial Seasonings Sleepytime and Tension Tamer are my go-to before bed teas.

You see, I have become a person who has an opinion about tea. Didn’t used to be like this.

 

Monday update

May 7, 2018

You know, no matter what my strategy is on the Global Big Day, I’ve seen about the same number of species each year I’ve done it — right around 50. I think I spent less actual time on it this year than in previous years, so maybe that means I’m getting better. But each year I’ve seen a rather significantly different set of species. Like, if you counted up all the species I saw all three years it would hit 70 or 80.

The think pieces about Infinity War are propagating in earnest and my willingness to engage with any of it is just about zero. Yes, there are a ton of easter eggs. Yes, there are a ton of clues. Yes, everything Dr. Strange said is probably super significant. Yes, a lot of people really hate the movie for lots of different reasons. I got nothing. I’m not going to try to argue anyone out of hating the movie because, well. I got stuff to do, you know? Things to knit, stories to write. Right now I’m just really enjoying liking the movie, if that makes sense.

But I have a confession. I didn’t actually cry about anything that happened at the end of the movie until I read this tweet from GotG director James Gunn. That’s it, I’m cooked, I need to go sit in a corner and deal with this.

Writing:  I’ve suddenly arrived at that state where I have a half a dozen things I need to revise and should work on them before starting anything new. Grrrrr. Gotta clear the desk.

 

Tomorrow is Cornell Lab’s Global Big Day, where thousands of birders go out and try to spot as many different species as they can. I’ve had some other things come up tomorrow (SCA Kingdom of the Outlands Coronation, with some good friends of mine stepping up as King and Queen so I’d like to be there), so I’m not sure I’ll get a full day in. But we’ll see what I can do. Barr Lake is right on the way to the event, so I can drop by and get my annual quota of Western Grebes in. Aren’t they pretty?