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December, 2016
Seanan McGuire--”Fall Like Snow”
Delia James--By Familiar Means
Catherynne M. Valente--”The Beasts Who Fought For Fairyland Until The Very End And Further Still”
Kathleen Baldwin--”Dragons Of Tomorrow”
Cheryl Hollon--Shards Of Murder
Terry Pratchett--Jingo [reread--Mark Reads]
Diane Duane--A Wizard’s Dilemma [Mark Reads]
Marissa Lingen--“The Elf Who Thought He Was Teddy Roosevelt”
Peter Beagle--”The Story Of Kao Yu”
E. E. Cummings--Fairy Tales
Cheryl Hollon--Cracked To Death
Bronwen Ross--Mouse Mischief!
Candice F. Ransom--Jimmy Crack Corn
Rudyard Kipling--The Beginning Of The Armadilloes
Charles M. Schulz--Charlie Brown’s All-Stars
Charles M. Schulz--You’re In Love, Charlie Brown
Margaret Wise Brown--The Sailor Dog
Jennifer Crusie--Getting Rid Of Bradley [reread]
Jay Williams--The Silver Whistle
Alix E. Harrow--“The Autobiography Of A Traitor And A Half-Savage”
Alex Bledsoe--”The Key To The Coward’s Spell”
Brit Mandelo--”The Pigeon Summer”
Paul McAuley--”Something Happened Here, But We’re Not Quite Sure What It Was”
David Nickle--”The Caretakers”
Laurie Penny--”Your Orisons May Be Recorded”
Carrie Vaughn--”That Game We Played During The War”
Michael Reaves--”Requiem” [Dungeons & Dragons finale]
Cornelia Funke--Pirate Girl
Krystyna Turska--The Woodcutter’s Duck
John Scalzi, Roz Kaveney, Jo Walton, Laurie Penny--“A Trump Christmas Carol”
Carrie Vaughn--”The Thing About Growing Up In Jokertown”
Aileen Fisher--Rabbits, Rabbits
Lisa McCue--Sweet Dreams
James Skofield--Detective Dinosaur
Diane Vallere--Silk Stalking
Mercer Mayer--One Monster After Another
April Pulley Sayre--Turtle, Turtle, Watch Out!
Ursula Vernon--Summer In Orcus
Diane Vallere--Pillow Stalk
Catherine McLean--”Léon Gambetta & The Battle Of The Metro”
Catherine McLean--”The Frog Girl”
Catherine McLean--”Marionette”
Catherine McLean--”Fear Not”
Judith Tarr--”I Sing Of A Maiden”

That's a lot of short stories and short books, along with some novels. Very few of them are rereads, though. What fun new things is everyone reading?
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Here's the 2016 portion of the newsletter I sent out this year.

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Herewith endeth Part The Second.
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Here's the 2015 portion of the newsletter I sent out this year.

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Herewith endeth Part The First.
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November, 2016

Catherine McLean--”Death And The Widow”
Susan Furlong--Peaches And Scream
Jonathan Carroll--”The Loud Table”
Diane Vallere--Suede To Rest
M. C. A. Hogarth--”Breaths Long As Years”
Seanan McGuire--”Velveteen Vs. The Retroactive Continuity”
Robert Bright--Richard Brown And The Dragon
Charles Larry--Peboan And Seegwun
Richard E. Albert--Alejandro’s Gift
K. Shivukumar--The King’s Choice: A Folktale From India
Lois Hobart--What Is A Whispery Secret?
Joanna Cole--Bony-Legs
Diane Vallere--Crushed Velvet
M. C. A. Hogarth--”Snow Maiden”
Amy Ehrlich & Hans Christian Andersen--The Snow Queen
Tomie de Paola--Strega Nona’s Magic Lessons
Katherine Paterson--The Tale Of The Mandarin Ducks
Anne Rockwell--When The Drum Sang
Allen Say--The Bicycle Man
Daniel M. Pinkwater & Tomie de Paola--The Wuggie Norple Story
Lesley Anne Ivory--Cats


Several artists-turned-authors here: Hogarth, de Paola, Ivory, McGuire--has anyone else read good things by artists who are also authors?
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Wondrous Winterthings to one and all!

Or, given the way it's looking, Hot fun in the summertime. ;)

On our walk, we just saw:

5 sunning turtles,
4 yellow sulfurs (butterflies!)
3 lee-zards (2 skink, 1 anole)
2 titmice, &
1 kingfisher caroling around.

All presided over by Goose-Gamesh (the resident Canada goose at the pond).

obLMB--It's 70 degrees fahrenheit today, & *that's just wrong!*

Tee hee hee.
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October, 2016

Elizabeth Partridge--Oranges On Golden Mountain
Tomie de Paola--26 Fairmount Avenue
Audrey Penn--Feathers & Fur
Bill Peet--Cyrus The Unsinkable Sea Serpent
John Langstaff--Oh, A-Hunting We Will Go
Catherine McLean--”Half Life”
Catherine McLean--”Alice‘s Adventures In Revolution”
Terry Pratchett--Hogfather [reread--Mark Reads]
Ardath Mayhar--”Watch-Cat”
Ink-splotch--”I was so tall” [Narnia fanfic]
Ink-splotch--”There comes a point where Susan” [Narnia fanfic]
Russian_blue--”Majesty” [Narnia fanfic]
Gisho--”Went Forth Unconquered” [Narnia fanfic]
Jo Walton--”The worst of it was” [Narnia fanfic]
Ursula Vernon--”Elegant And Fine” [Narnia fanfic]
Minutia_R--”Till Things Are Brighter” [Bujold fanfic]
fawatson--”Reception” [Bujold fanfic]
Kelly Robson--”The Eye Of The Swan”
H. H. Munro--”Sredni Vashtar”
Deborah Nourse Lattimore--The Dragon’s Robe
Deborah Nourse Lattimore--The Flame Of Peace
Jack Haldeman--”We, The People”
Sarah McCarry--”Blue Is A Darkness Weakened By Light”
Delia James--A Familiar Tail
Edward Lear--The Owl & The Pussycat & Other Nonsense Poems [illustrated by Michael Hague]
Ana_a_ana--”Ash In The Blood” [Bujold fanfic]
Tasha Alexander--A Fatal Waltz
Sharon Lee--”The Road To Pomona’s”
Charlie Jane Anders--”Clover”


Looks like the Bujold fanfic partied with the Narnia fanfic & lots of kids books. What else has everyone been reading?
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September, 2016

Spider Robinson--”Two Heads Are Better Than One” [reread--Mark Reads]
Tasha Tudor--Favorite Stories
Joan Aiken--The Monkey’s Wedding & Other Stories
Duffy Brown--Geared For The Grave
Paul Cornell--”Don’t You Worry, You Aliens”
Danielle Hart--”Mutual Affection” [Pride & Prejudice fanfic]
Danielle Hart--”Nightmares” [Kou & Drou fanfic]
Danielle Hart--”The New Middle-Class Married Life” [Kou & Drou fanfic]
Georgia Perez--Through The Eyes Of The Eagle
Tomie de Paola--Strega Nona
Tomie de Paola--Big Anthony And The Magic Ring
Tomie de Paola--Helga’s Dowry
Tomie de Paola--The Baby Sister
Bonnie Carey--Grasshopper To The Rescue
Heidi Petach--Goldilocks And The Three Hares
Rebecca Campbell--”The High Lonesome Frontier”
Patricia Wentworth--Eternity Ring
Catherine McLean--”Between The Seams”
Catherine McLean--”The Judgment Of [Elaine Of] Paris”
Frances Ward Weller--Madaket Millie
Trosclair & James Rice--Cajun Night Before Christmas
a_t_rain--”Mike Adams, Justina Vorrutyer, and Wyx Hargraves, Authors Of Macbeth” [Bujold fanfic]
a_t_rain--”We That Are Young” [Bujold fanfic]
a_t_rain--”Protective Coloration” [Bujold fanfic] [reread]
a_t_rain--”Fidele” [Bujold fanfic] [reread]
a_t_rain--”And Cry ‘Content‘ To That Which Grieves My Heart” [Bujold fanfic]
Vanessa Julian-Ottie--Sebastian Explores
a_t_rain--”Hostage Negotiation Is The Family Business” [Bujold fanfic]
a_t_rain--”We‘re All Mad Here” [Bujold fanfic]
Gwynne Powell--”Now Is The Winter Of Our Discontent” [Bujold fanfic] [reread]
a_t_rain--”Burying Baron Burr” [Bujold fanfic]
Philomytha--”A Bit Of A Loose Screw” [Bujold fanfic]
a_t_rain--”Cold Case” [Bujold fanfic]
a_t_rain--”Dirty Angel” [Bujold fanfic]
a_t_rain--”The Fast-Penta Test” [Bujold fanfic]
a_t_rain--”Loyalty” [Bujold fanfic]
Minutia_R--”The Mutant Bridegroom” [Bujold fanfic]
a_t_rain--”Lessons In Self-Defense” [Bujold fanfic]
a_t_rain--”Magnetism And Gravitation” [Bujold fanfic]
a_t_rain--”A Bit Too Much Good Work” [Bujold fanfic]
a_t_rain--”Cheating” [Bujold fanfic]
a_t_rain--”On A Cold Planet” [Bujold fanfic]
a_t_rain--”Impostor” [Bujold fanfic]
a_t_rain--”Diamonds And Hearts” [Bujold fanfic]
a_t_rain--”Three Conversations Donna Vorrutyer Had About Bisexuality” [Bujold fanfic]
a_t_rain--”Give My Regards To Brodsky” [Bujold fanfic]
a_t_rain--”Cargo” [Bujold fanfic]
a_t_rain--”Ordinary” [Bujold fanfic]
Nancy Willard--Simple Pictures Are Best
Jay Williams--One Big Wish
a_t_rain--”A Brief History Of Pornography In The Imperial Security Service” [Bujold fanfic]
avanti_90--”Better Than Running Away” [Bujold fanfic]
a_t_rain--”Thou Shalt Not Covet Thy Neighbor‘s …” [Bujold fanfic]
a_t_rain--”Acknowledged Bastards” [Bujold fanfic]
Jean Flowers (Camille Minichino)--Death Takes Priority
Carol J. Perry--Tails, You Lose
Diane Duane--A Wizard Abroad [reread--Mark Reads]
Gwynne Powell--”Gift Of The Gods” [Bujold fanfic]
Gwynne Powell--”Glimpses After A Campaign” [Bujold fanfic]
Gwynne Powell--”Victory” [Bujold fanfic]
Gwynne Powell--”Security Report” [Bujold fanfic]
Gwynne Powell--”Explanations” [Bujold fanfic]
Gwynne Powell--”Duty Calls” [Bujold fanfic]
N. K. Jemisin--”The City Born Great”


My word, that's quite the collection of quality Bujold fanfic, right there!
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The album with the train station video is available for free download here:

https://arstidir.bandcamp.com/album/rst-ir-live-in-dresden-2013-free-download-includes-heyr-himna-smi-ur
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Date: Sun, 18 Dec 2016 20:55:11 -0600 (CST)
From: Lois Bujold
Subject: [LMB] 5GU music

This has been sloshing around the internet for some time, I'm sure, but
it's very like what I imagine some of those 5GU 5-voiced Temple choirs
to sound like.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_yYcq1_Vxco

There's another recording of the same in a train station with acoustics
like a Cedonian stone temple. Minus the PA system and the trains, natch.

Ta, L.
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August, 2016

Tasha Tudor--Tasha Tudor’s Book Of Fairy Tales
E. Nesbit--Long Ago When I Was Young
Val Schaffner--Algonquin Cat
Judith Tarr--“Chrysalis” [Alamut story]
Catherine McLean--”The Blind Girl Of Castel Cuille”
Nina Allan--”The Art Of Space Travel”
Tomie de Paola--Strega Nona: Her Story
Ursula Vernon--Castle Hangnail
Ursula Vernon--Hamster Princess: Of Mice And Magic
Diane Duane--High Wizardry [reread--Mark Reads]
Lt Joe Jebkanto--”Trading Places” [Alien Nation fanfic]
Lt Joe Jebkanto--”All The Right Words” [Alien Nation fanfic]
Lt Joe Jebkanto--”Seeds Of Yesterday” [Alien Nation fanfic]
Nancy Atherton--Aunt Dimity And The Buried Treasure
Terry Pratchett--Feet Of Clay [reread--Mark Reads]
Krista Davis--Murder Most Howl
L. Leslie Brooke--Johnny Crow’s Party
Lavinia R. Davis--Danny’s Luck
Scott Washburn--”One Enchanted Evening” [Bujold fanfic]
Scott Washburn--”Keepsake” [Bujold fanfic re-read]
Elizabeth Barrette--”Get Over That Old Doubt”
A. A. Milne--”A Matter-Of-Fact Fairy Tale”
Christine Trent--Lady Of Ashes
Sharon Lee & Steve Miller--”Guaranteed Delivery”
Cheryl Hollon--Pane And Suffering
Randall Jarrell--The Bat-Poet
Selve Maas & Peggy Hoffmann--The Sea Wedding & Other Stories From Estonia
Catherine McLean--”Worth More Than Silver”
Seanan McGuire--”Velveteen Vs. Going Home Again” [re-read]
Seanan McGuire--”Velveteen Vs. Everything You Ever Wanted”
Page McBrier--Beatrice’s Goat
Valerie Wesley--Freedom’s Gifts: A Juneteenth Story
Valerie Flournoy--The Patchwork Quilt
Robert D. SanSouci--The Faithful Friend
Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen--Elizabeti’s Doll


That's very varied, right there! What have y'all been reading, in or from unusual places?
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July, 2016

Lea Wait--Threads Of Evidence
Catherine McLean--Lots & Lots of Political Posts
Karen Lynn Williams--Galimoto
Ursula Vernon--Digger Volume 1
Emily Dickinson--Poetry For Young People
Diane Duane--”Uptown Local” [Mark Reads]
Spider Robinson--”The Centipede’s Dilemma” [Mark Reads]
Patricia Wentworth--Fingerprint
Louise Borden--Caps, Hats, Socks, And Mittens
Wanda Gag--Millions Of Cats
Bonnie Lass & Philemon Sturges--Who Took The Cookies From The Cookie Jar?
Elizabeth Coatsworth--The Noble Doll
Miska Miles--Somebody’s Dog
Diane Taylor--A Scoundrel Breeze
Jane Werner, ed.--The Tall Book of Make-Believe
Seanan McGuire--”Long Way Down”
Lea Wait--Shadows On A Cape Cod Wedding
Jane Yolen--How Do Dinosaurs Learn To Read?
Jane Yolen--How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight?
Adam Gamble & Joe Veno--Good Night, Boston
Adam Gamble & Joe Veno--Good Night, Washington, D. C.
Lea Wait--Shadows On A Maine Christmas
Jane Yolen--Owl Moon
Louisa May Alcott--An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving
Tomie DePaola--Tomie’s Little Book Of Poems
Maurice Sendak--Where The Wild Things Are
Deborah M. Newton Chocolate--Spider And The Sky God
Dennis Danvers--”Once More Into The Abyss”
Laura Bradford--Jury Of One
Jeremy Whitley--Princeless Volume 1: Save Yourself
Jeremy Whitley--Princeless Volume 2: Get Over Yourself
Jeremy Whitley--Princeless: Short Stories
Mem Fox--Night Noises
Helen E. Buckley--Grandmother And I
Danielle Hart--”Nancy Drew & The Hassled Heiress”
Glinda--”Feather On The Nile” [Mummy fanfic]
Zdenka--”Persephone Departs”
Connie Archer--A Spoonful Of Murder
Margaree King Mitchell--Uncle Jed’s Barbershop
Tomie de Paola--Four Stories For Four Seasons
Arnold Lobel--Ming Lo Moves The Mountain
Eve Bunting--The Valentine Bears
Molly Brett--The Forgotten Bear
Ursula Vernon--Nurk
Chris Duffy, ed.--Fairy Tale Comics
Catherine McLean--”Music Of The Spheres”
Tasha Tudor--Pumpkin Moonshine
Tasha Tudor--A Is For Annabelle
Tasha Tudor--The Springs Of Joy
Tomie de Paola--Strega Nona Meets Her Match
Margaret Hodges--Saint George & The Dragon
Graham Greene--The Little Steamroller
Gerald McDermott--Raven

Well, *that* was certainly a fun and interesting mix!
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Neil Gaiman is offering a new Humble Bundle of rare collectibles to aid refugees and support freedom of speech. That's a lot of goodies, right there!

https://www.humblebundle.com/books/neil-gaiman-book-bundle
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Eve Bunting--The Night Tree
Margaret Mahy--The Seven Chinese Brothers
Jane Yolen--Old Dame Counterpane
Holly Hobbie--Toot & Puddle
Margaret Kahn Garaway--The Old Hogan
Molly Brett--Tom Tit Moves House
Tasha Tudor--1 Is One
Seanan McGuire--Pocket Apocalypse
Seanan McGuire--Chaos Choreography
x_los--”Gentle Antidote” [Wimsey/Harriet soulmate AU]
Tomie dePaola--The Clown Of God
Kurt Cyrus--Oddhopper Opera: A Bug’s Garden Of Verses
Munro Leaf--The Story Of Ferdinand
Joanne Ryder--The Snail’s Spell
Claire Llewellyn--Whose Footprints?
Judith Tarr--”Tax Season”
Lesley Anne Ivory--The Birthday Cats
Steven Kellogg--A Rose For Pinkerton
Jane Yolen--Welcome To The Sea Of Sand
Eve Bunting--No Nap
Tasha Tudor & Clement Moore--The Night Before Christmas
Steven Kellogg--Pinkerton, Behave!
Dr. Seuss--One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish
Joan Aiken--The Way To Write For Children
astolat--”Nice Work If You Can Get It” [I Robot slashfic]
Barbara Rogasky, ed.--Winter Poems
Doris Orgel--Button Soup
Joanne Oppenheim--”Not Now!” Said The Cow
Tamara Kitt--The Boy, The Cat, And The Magic Fiddle
Doug Cushman--Inspector Hopper
Else Holmelund Minarik--Father Bear Comes Home
Susan Varley--Badger’s Parting Gifts
George Mendoza--The Crack In The Wall & Other Terribly Weird Tales
Walter Wangerin, Jr.--Elisabeth And The Water-Troll
Carol Carrick--Old Mother Witch
Elsa Beskow--Children Of The Forest
Else Holmelund Minarik--Little Bear’s Friend
Nina Shackelford--Bird Nests
Jan Brett--The Mitten
Laura Numeroff--If You Give A Cat A Cupcake
Laura Numeroff--If You Give A Dog A Donut
Laura Numeroff--If You Give Moose A Muffin
Robert N. Munsch--The Paperbag Princess
Mike Resnick--”Royal Bloodlines”
Lawrence Schimel--”Take Back The Night”
Harry Turtledove--”Typecasting”
Diane Duane--Deep Wizardry [reread--Mark Reads]
Wallace Tripp--Sir Toby Jingle’s Beastly Journey
Tomie dePaola--Now One Foot, Now The Other
Michele Maria Surat--Angel Child, Dragon Child
Audrey Osofsky--My Buddy
Shari Halpern--My River
J. Moria Stephens--Persephone The Ladybug
Joan Aiken--Past Eight O’Clock
Scott McCloud--Reinventing Comics
Ruth and Latrobe Carroll--The Christmas Kitten
C. W. Anderson--The Rumble Seat Pony
Anonymous--The Wand Of Siora The Wise [Dungeons & Dragons cartoon fanfic]
Jan Brett--The Hat
Terry Pratchett--Maskerade [reread--Mark Reads]
Nancy Luenn--Song For The Ancient Forest
Kathryn Lasky--Sea Swan
Scott McCloud--Sculptor
Beverly Brodsky McDermott--The Golem: A Jewish Legend
Carol Carrick--Paul’s Christmas Birthday
Conrad Aiken--Tom, Sue, And The Clock
Diane Duane--”Theobroma” [Mark Reads]
Lea Wait--Shadows Of A Down East Summer
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Lesley Anne Ivory--Glorious Cats
Lesley Anne Ivory--Meet My Cats
Lesley Anne Ivory--Cats And Carols
Diane Duane--So You Want To Be A Wizard [reread--Mark Reads]
Terry Pratchett--Interesting Times [reread--Mark Reads]
Lea Wait--Twisted Thread
Spider Robinson--”The Guy With The Eyes” [reread--Mark Reads]
Spider Robinson--”The Time Traveler” [reread--Mark Reads]
Catherine McLean--”The Right To Mount The Scaffold”
Theodora Goss--”Red As Blood And White As Bone”
Lea Wait--Shadows At The Spring Show
Daniel D. Skwire, F. S. A.--”Actuarial Issues In The Novels Of Jane Austen”
Judith Tarr--”Cat And Jackal”
Ursula Vernon--Hamster Princess: Harriet The Invincible
Barbara Michaels--”The Runaway”
Elizabeth Peters--”The Locked Tomb Mystery”
Donna Andrews--”Cold Spell”
Mary Jane Maffini--”Cocktails With The Corpse”
Dean James--”All In The Family”
Donna Andrews--”The Birthday Dinner”
Dean James--”The Village Vampire And The Oboe Of Death”
Marie Brennan--In The Labyrinth Of Drakes
Carol J. Perry--Caught Dead-Handed
Jane Yolen--How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food?
Paul Galdone--Over In The Meadow
John Patience--Sigmund’s Birthday Surprise
Kevin Henkes--Julius, The Baby Of The World
Nancy Walker-Guye--Merry Christmas, Little Mouse
Mary Edwards--Australian Bush Animals
Haruo Yamashita--The Mouse Family Go To The Beach
Arnold Lobel--The Rose In My Garden
Audrey Penn--A Pocket Full Of Kisses
Phil Brucato--Mage: The Ascension
Margery Cuyler--The Biggest, Best Snowman
Edward Lear & Jan Brett--The Owl And The Pussycat
Jane Yolen--How Do Dinosaurs Learn To Read?
Catherine McLean--”Best Served Cold”
Joan Aiken--The Kingdom Under The Sea
Tomie dePaola--The Legend Of The Bluebonnet
Gale Cooper--One Unicorn
Demi--One Grain Of Rice
Barbara Cooney--Miss Rumphius
William Steig--Doctor DeSoto
Lesley Anne Ivory--Cats In The Sun
Seanan McGuire--”Swamp Bromeliad” [reread]
Seanan McGuire--”Waking Up In Vegas”
Dennis Danvers--”Orphan Pirates Of The Spanish Main”
Steven Kellogg--Tallyho, Pinkerton!
Steven Kellogg--Prehistoric Pinkerton

As Gary McKee, a former local DJ, used to say, that list is, "All right, mighty fine!"
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March, 2016

Ursula Vernon--”Pocosin”
Ursula Vernon--”Wooden Feathers”
Mary Robinette Kowal--”Midnight Hour”
Tasha Alexander--And Only To Deceive
Tamora Pierce--Reddit AMA
Seanan McGuire--Reddit AMA
Charles Finlay--”The Political Officer”
Katharine Kerr--License To Ensorcell
Terry Pratchett--Soul Music [reread--Mark Reads]
Krista Davis--The Ghost And Mrs. Mewer
Lea Wait--Shadows On The Ivy
Elizabeth Stowe--”Desuma’s Way” [Chalion fanfic novel]
Genevieve Valentine--The Girls Of The Kingfisher Club
Tamora Pierce--Google + AMA
Tamora Pierce--Battle Magic [reread--Mark Reads]
Catherine McLean--”Welcome To Mount Parnassus”
Cable69--”Transported: The Healer”
Labellementeuse--”And Remember Who I Am”
AlyoraShadow--”Would You Like Some Lightning With Your Soup?”
KiaraSayre--”Dear”
Grim_lupine--”Conflict Resolution”
Grim_lupine--”Welcome Silence”
Elizabeth Moon--Remnant Population [reread]
Dirgewithoutmusic--”In The Very Palm Of Your Hand”
Dirgewithoutmusic--”The Things You Carry”
Dirgewithoutmusic--”Ah, To Be A Thing Worth Loving”
Dirgewithoutmusic--”The Small”
Kate Elliott--”Writing Women Characters Into Epic Fantasy Without Quotas”
Seanan McGuire--”Velveteen Vs. Going Home Again”
Diane Duane--”During Their Morning Rituals” [Young Wizards]
Daniel Friend--”Honors 300R Ethnography: The Denizens Of Leading Edge”
Sherwood Smith--”Commando Bats”


April, 2016

Barbara Ross--Boiled Over
Catherine McLean--”The Un-Drowned Princess”
Unpretty--”Empty Graves” [Martha Kent fanfic]
Eve Rice--Once In A Wood
Catherine McLean--”The Hair Loom”
Marie Brennan--”From The Editorial Page Of The Falchester Weekly Review” [a Lady Trent Story]
Jane Yolen--The Last Dragon
Ursula Vernon--”The Tomato Thief”
Ursula Vernon--”Jackalope Wives”
Catherine McLean--”Javert’s Mercy”
Ursula Vernon--”Bluebeard’s Wife”
Hope Larson--Mercury
Ursula Vernon--”Never”
Ursula Vernon--”Elegant And Fine”
Ursula Vernon--”The Wolf & The Woodsman”
Ursula Vernon--”The Dryad’s Shoe”
Carrie Vaughn--”Origin Story”
Ursula Vernon--”Godmother”
Ursula Vernon--”Telling The Bees”
Ursula Vernon--”Razorback”
Lois McMaster Bujold--Answers 200 Questions on Goodreads
Colin Eisler & Lesley Anne Ivory--Cats Know Best
Jack Nicholls--”Dune Time”
Rosie Reeve--Lullaby Moon
Alyssa Satin Capucilli--Good Morning, Pond
Bill Martin, Jr. & Michael Sampson--Kitty Cat, Kitty Cat, Are You Waking Up?
Dolly Parton--Coat Of Many Colors
Foz Meadows--”Gentleman Jole and the Vorkosigan Saga: Thoughts”
Catherine McLean--”Most High, Most Potent And Most Excellent Prince”
Seanan McGuire--”Ye Highlands And Ye Lowlands”
Tasha Alexander--A Poisoned Season

That's a whole lot of Ursula Vernon, right there! Most of those stories are up on her website, for free. Whee! It's also a lot of fanfic & interviews. I'm trying to give myself credit for things I actually do. It's important to do that.

Kid Books

Dec. 13th, 2016 06:29 am
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Back in the spring, my bridesmaid & I got together for lunch. I wasn't sure what to do with her afterwards. Her allergies mean she wasn't up for a walk at the nature preserve, & she's so fidgety, she's got Restless Body Syndrome. ;)

She's a kindergarten teacher, & I have lots of extra credits over on paperbackswap.com, so I suggested ordering some books for her class. She gave specific searching parameters, & we ordered some things. So far, so fine.

But I'm the filkferengi, used to shopping for several people at once. At the next book sale, I started seriously checking out the kid books. It was a whole new revelation. Lots of the library book sales I go to had recently started raising their prices, to $2 for an adult hardback. That doesn't sound like much, but adds up quickly, & actually is a lot for a beat-up ex-library discard. The kid books, however, are still .25-.50 most places, which filled my frugal heart with acquisitive glee.

Bridesmaid Kim was very excited, too--at first. The first box was pounced upon with grateful glee, as was the second. By the third, she was getting a big glassy-eyed & starting to whimper. So, I quit buying for her, but that left me with lots of boxes potentially for me. There's the shelf in the hallway, the large box in the media room [formerly known as the book room], the two boxes in the living room, not to mention the tall stacks on the kitchen and coffee tables. Eep!

Still, finding all those made for a very fun spring and summer. It seems as if every author I like has written a kid's book: Jane Yolen, Jay Williams, et-extensive-cetera. Now I've discovered all kinds of groovy new authors, mostly artists: Jan Brett, Molly Brett, Steven Kellogg, Lesley Anne Ivory [cats!].

As I'm [very] gradually working through them, it's quite convenient. When ze spouse is watching a particularly news segment, it's the simplest thing in the world to reach down & read half a kid's book or so. If nothing else, it's certainly beefing up my monthly books-read total. Fun times in filkferengi town!
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Here's a fun article about the first modern book-seller. Lots of the innovations he introduced are fundamentals today.

http://lithub.com/the-man-who-invented-bookselling-as-we-know-it/#
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Several compilations of Andre Norton works are free or .99 over on Kindle right now, over on amazon.com. The collections include 5, 7, 12, 14, or 15 works in one, as well as several individual works.

note: I don't know if that works for other countries or not.

Squee!
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Every year on his blog, John Scalzi has a week of threads for holiday gift-giving. In his non-book thread, Elise Matthesen, the wonderfully creative jeweler who crafted the exquisite torque-of-many-nomination-pins that graces Lois McMaster Bujold on formal occasions, posted the following:

If you’re a Bujold fan, mention Winterfair when you make your order, and I will send you a free gift: a little planet pendant on sterling silver. (Lois saw them once and said, “Hey, those are like the planet pendants from my book!”)

https://www.etsy.com/shop/LionessElise

For fans of Bujold or wonderful sparklies, it doesn't get much on-topic-er than that.

filkferengi

P. S. The main non-book gift thread is here: http://whatever.scalzi.com/2016/11/30/whatever-holiday-shopping-guide-2016-day-three-arts-crafts-music-and-more/ The other threads are on the other week-days of last week.
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It's that time of year again. I hope this helps.--filkferengi

The 2016 NaNoWriMo Writing Tools Bundle - Curated by Kevin J. Anderson

If you're a writer, you know about NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month, every November when aspiring authors scramble to try to write the first draft of a new book in one month flat. There are challenge groups, sprint partners, lots of blogs, advice from writers.

Each year for NaNoWriMo, I curate a StoryBundle of books on various aspects of the craft and business of writing, and for 2016 I've got eleven titles—your complete toolkit for getting through NaNoWriMo and increasing your own writing knowledge.

This bundle is a real grad-level course on becoming a writer—just the inspiration and information you need, not just for NaNoWriMo but for your entire career.

As a bonus, if you are looking to build your computer toolkit for writers, this bundle includes 50% on Jutoh, Digital Publishing Made Easy, and 80% off Writer's Café software. Two apps that help you write and format your novel! – Kevin J. Anderson

The initial titles in the 2016 NaNoWriMo Writing Tools Bundle (minimum $5 to purchase) are:

Drawing Out the Dragons by James A. Owen
The Science Fiction Professional by Mike Resnick
The Writer's Brainstorming Kit by Pam McCutcheon and Michael Waite
Managing Your Inner Artist/Writer by M.L. Buchman and M.L. Buchman
Closing the Deal on Your Terms by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
The Every Day Novelist: Business 101 by J. Daniel Sawyer
If you pay more than the bonus price of just $15, you get all four of the regular titles, plus six more. Also, you get coupon codes for 50% off Jutoh and 80% off Writer's Cafe, two incredible tools for you to create the book that's in your mind!

Pros and Cons by Jody Lynn Nye and Bill Fawcett
From Dreamer to Doer by Jude Wilhoff
Mastering Place and Setting in Your Writing by Eric Maisel
Killing the Top 10 Sacred Cows of Indie Publishing by Dean Wesley Smith
Write it Forward: From Writer to Successful Author by Bob Mayer
80% off Writer's Cafe! by Writer's Cafe
50% off Jutoh! by Jutoh

This bundle is available only for a limited time via http://www.storybundle.com. It allows easy reading on computers, smartphones, and tablets as well as Kindle and other ereaders via file transfer, email, and other methods. You get multiple DRM-free formats (.epub and .mobi) for all books!

Read more.
– Jason
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