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Several compilations of Andre Norton works are free or .99 over on Kindle right now, over on 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.

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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!”)

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


P. S. The main non-book gift thread is here: 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 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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Rowdy Celtic rock band Dust Rhinos have their albums up on cdbaby at $5 each to download. If you're missing any, it's the best way to fill the gap.

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After many years of talking about this story, I finally found it online. It's very short; wherever one stands on the discussion spectrum, this is a fun story to read.

If they implemented this, I don't know if it'd work or not, but it'd sure be fun to see them try. It's by Jack C. Haldeman II.
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Because the [personal profile] filkferengi just had to share the love. Note: all of these albums are on bandcamp, which means you can listen to the whole thing for free before buying, if you want to. [If you run the cursor over the song title, a link to lyrics frequently appears on the right.]

Amanda Palmer did an album with her dad. The whole album's $1.

The PDX Broadsides have a new album. These folks are funny!

Emily Holbert also has some good stuff. This album includes her recording of her own song "The Maiden And The Selkie" which was so gorgeously covered by Heather Dale [ or - with lyrics]

Now, *that*'s a message we can all approve of!

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Had y'all seen this? [link via]
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Here's a link to an excellent concert by two of my favorite bands:

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Saddle up with Sir Patrick in the best infomercial ever! Also, it's for a good cause. We just wish the rest of the ad were real.
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January, 2016
Seanan McGuire--”The Ghosts Of Bourbon Street” [reread]
Seanan McGuire--”Snake In The Glass”
Georgette Heyer--The Toll Gate [reread]
Lea Wait--Shadows At The Fair
Catherine McLean--”The Garden Door”
Tamora Pierce--Melting Stones [reread--Mark Reads]
Terry Pratchett--Men At Arms [reread--Mark Reads]
Lea Wait--Shadows On The Coast Of Maine
Sharon Lee--”The Wolf’s Bride”
Catherine McLean--”The Girl, The Gold, & The Goblins”
Eva Gates--By Book Or By Crook
Melissa Marr--”The Maiden Thief”

February, 2016
Krista Davis--Murder, She Barked
Nora Roberts--Risky Business
Aaron Allston--”Demonized”
Tel--”The Short Victorious Vor” [Miles/Honor Harrington fic]
Garth Nix--Newt’s Emerald
Catherine McLean--”Clemenceau In The Underworld”
Catherine McLean--”Saint Denis And The Basil”
Barbara Ross--Clammed Up
Lois McMaster Bujold--Gentleman Jole And The Red Queen
Elliott James--Charming
Catherine McLean--”Sempre Camellia”
Seanan McGuire--”Swamp Bromeliad”
Sharon Lee--”Will-o’-The-Wisp”
Catherine McLean--”Collaborations [Pasteur]”
Seanan McGuire--”Velveteen Vs. The Consequences Of Her Actions”
Lois McMaster Bujold--Gentleman Jole And The Red Queen [reread]

This year started a trend that has continued: I'm reading lots of short fiction. There's some fan fiction and lots of original fiction, mostly friends or from Novels tend to be mostly mystery or science fiction/fantasy. That much author awesome augurs auspiciously. [weg]
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"Wise Child," a Liaden novelette by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller, is now live. It starts on the front page, or you can read the whole thing here:
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While not always the book I'd have recommended by these particular authors, it's a very fine assemblage indeed.

Who are your favorite authors? Which book[s] by them would y'all recommend?
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New York Review of Science Fiction #330, the David Hartwell memorial issue, is free to download [in pdf, epub, & mobi] here:
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After 20+ years of monthly booksales, the local library system got a new director who cut the Friends back to 3 sales a year. To fill this social void, I started checking out sales in neighboring counties. Both Fulton & DeKalb counties have over 30 branches each, each with its own sales. I checked out a good many the last couple of years, & am still on the mailing list for several.

So, I get an email from the Toco Hills library saying, come to our book-sorting party, before the big sale in May. I think, why not? The catch is, it's 5-7 p.m., across town, at the worst traffic time of day. But I kind of want to go. I'm thinking, why not get there early, grub down, & then frolic at the library? With ze spouse at spring training [Chaucer in Spring hath naught on my hunky hubby for langen to goon on pilgrimagen--especially with baseball.], there's no time pressure.

While looking at the map for eating places, I notice it's near the Book Nook [used book store]. This is starting to look like an outing! Best of all, there's a Cici's [pizza buffet] right on the way.

I have several outlets for things to leave the house. There's the Interfilk box, the swapping piles, and the going-away stacks. I packed 2 banker's boxes with books & cds from the going-away area and headed out. Traffic was pretty good, so I reached the pizza place at 3:30. Call it an hour to grub down [with a good book] & 30 minutes to get to the library [traffic].

Arriving right on time [yay, me!], we all get to work right away. There were multiple carts piled high with sturdy tray-boxes that had to be sorted into categories. They'd already set up multiple rows of alphabetized categories, but they were all on the floor. Iow, lots of bending, stooping, & lifting. My back loveth me not, but volunteers get a few free books. I found some cds for me & some books for ze spouse. Good chats & hard work, but I'd not exactly call it a "party"; there weren't even donuts, let alone beverages.

Then came the bookstore. I hauled in the heavy boxes, feeling smug about getting rid of so much clutter. To my chagrin, when they were finally done, most of my stuff was back in the boxes. I was stuck with lots of stuff, & meager trade-credits [which can only be used for limited things]. Worst of all, there was a box labeled "Bluegrass Blowout." Thinking there'd be big discounts, I found lots of things to want, only to find out that there were no discounts at all. Now, I like lots of things, but not enough to pay $8-$9 for used cds. The whole wall labeled "discounts" weren't, either. No thanks to the signage, I eventually found the discount stuff & even found some interesting things, but it was still frustrating and disappointing.

It's a thing I get from my mama: rip me off if you must, but don't lie to me. I'd been so excited, & I did enjoy some things about the afternoon, but it was still a big let-down, to drag home, worn out, with feet hurting & a spasming back, only to still have to drag the heavy boxes right back in & unpack them. I left that for today, when my back was still stiff, but much better [triple ibuprofen, ftw!].

These folks need to learn words, though. If you're going to "party", "trade", or "discount", then rock that. But if you're not, don't call it that. You'll avoid alienating a lot of folks that way. And some of us are pretty vocal. Good or bad, we'll broadcast that experience all over town [& some internet].

I was too tired to use the [few] book-credits last night, so that's an opportunity for an outing with a friend or ze spouse. That'll be something to look forward to. Why, yes, I *did* imprint on Pollyanna at a young age; why do you ask?

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An older friend recently shared some of her de-cluttering woes. This was my reply.

Thank you for your frank sharing of your collecting and de-cluttering woes. Your efforts give me inspiration to renew my own. The older I get, the more I count opportunity cost: one day to read a book, another to get caught on what I got behind on while reading the book. If each book I read is going to cost two days of my life, then it had better be worthwhile. I'm stacked spouse-higher in places, with books that are perfectly interesting, but which I'm not likely to be able to get to. Hence the increased de-cluttering urgency. My house needs excavating every 5-10 years, whether I like it or not.

And I mostly don't [either do, or like the doing]. In spite of ze spouse's support [enthusiastic volunteering to rent fleet of U-Haul trucks ;)], it's hard to let go. We hoarders see things in layers of time. There's the past, emotional associations, the present satisfaction at hoarding a treasure, and the future possibilities of something being useful. Last month, I went through the mystery section & got rid of at least 10 feet that I hadn't read in several years & wasn't likely to get [back] to.

Full of smug, self-satisfaction, I turned to the science fiction section, and ... ground to a halt, like spinning wheels in clogging sand. I finally figured out why. Although I read more mysteries these days [especially cosies with punny titles & cats on the covers], my primary identification is as an sf fan. It's primordial, from reading Lester Del Rey & Rip Foster in 4th grade. Getting rid of sf isn't a light twinge, like mystery; it's deep gouging, worse even than peeling a sunburn too early.

It still needs doing, of course; I'm close to getting claustrophic in my own house, which is just silly. I don't want to just throw things at the thrift stores; rather like pets, I want to send my friends off to good homes. Right when I'm in this mode, the Georgia Tech library [where I sent several truckloads in the last purge, 10 years ago] is closed for renovations for the next 2-3 years. So, I do the swap-site thing [, et. al.], but that gets expensive, with all the shipping.

As Yul Brynner said in "The King And I," "Is a puzzlement." But we persevere.


So, how are y'all getting on with your domestic de-cluttering endeavors?
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I surprised my headbanging, hunky hubby with a new cd. It's by a group called Hayseed Dixie. The album is "Kiss My Grass: a Hillbilly Tribute To KISS." The very first track I played him off it was:

So. Deliciously. Wrong. The look on his face when *those* sounds came out was absolutely priceless.

Tee hee hee.

Our new cat

Mar. 1st, 2016 10:20 pm
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They misspelled her name; she's a cat, not a turkey. Still, she's a stroppy sheila, rubbing on everyone & everything, getting used to us & settling in.
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via the Bujold list:

with lots of downloading options!

Now I'm hearing "Feelin' Pulpy" [to the tune of "Feelin' Groovy"].
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There're some interesting insights in here:
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