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There's a huge sale on Georgette Heyer novels over on and amazon. Lots & lots of screens of e-books for 2.99 each.

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Ursula Vernon, who just won the Best Novelette Hugo, stopped in Iceland en route to WorldCon. She was with her husband Kevin, his cousin, Amy, & their friend Tina. They storified the trip, here:

There're lots of gorgeous photos & great snark.
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Here's some of the magnificent music I was enjoying last weekend, Cheshire Moon rocking the house. My feet are on the lower right [we'd cleared the front of the room for the video].

Part 1:

Part 2:
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You know that Robert Burns poem, about wishing "to see ourselves as others see us" and those physics stories about seeing the back of one's own head? Yeah, that. Check out the front row:

*Dang*, the back of my head looks good! Especially when you consider I cut my hair in front of a mirror with no hand mirror [so I'm doing the back by feel]. I really should've been on the second row with my feet up, though. If my feet had swollen less, I might've been able to make it to some filking at night. As it was, I taped 14 concerts from that seat. I should've filed a homestead exemption. ;)
filkferengi: filk fandom--all our life's a circle (Default) here:

The interview starts at about 1 minute in, and runs about 30 minutes.

This was recorded on Day 4 of ConVergence, earlier this month. (Which seems longer ago than that, already.)

Ta, L.

posted by Lois McMaster Bujold on July, 24
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I have the following songbooks from The Music Class that go with cds of children's songs. Does anyone know anyone in the U. S. who'd like them? I'd be glad to ship them.

The Bear Collection--paperback
The Bunny Collection--paperback
The Dinosaur Collection--paperback
The Tiger Collection--paperback
The Pony Collection--paperback
The Elephant Collection--paperback
The Lion Collection--paperback


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Dr. Mary Crowell says:

"So, HEADS UP! Thirty-two tracks coming your way (I broke up my two concerts into individual tracks.) I have Idle Minds and Not Much Hard Drive Space included as bonus tracks too. Once I do make the band camp album available for sale, they won't be visible unless someone downloads them.


(Please, spread the word.)"

So, if you're not already signed up, now would be an excellent time.
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It was just a few hours after getting home from this fun adventure, that the interstate I'd driven on exploded into flames. Fortunately, no one was hurt, & I understand the interstate's all repaired now. I'm even almost over the shock of spending lots of the day in a skirt. ;)

note: that's the shirt I wear for my Aral Vorkosigan cosplay. It's supposed to be the one the crew of the "General Vorkraft" gave him.
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Palette Swap Ninja has a whole new album for free. It's the most brilliant mash-up of "Star Wars: A New Hope" and "Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band"--the whole album! It's free to download here: Or, you can watch the entire story via videos [with lyrics] at .

Woot, woot!
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This is a big deal; the regular price is 24.95!

Subject: [LMB] CVA on sale at

Just spotted this sale on the audiobook of _Captain Vorptril?s Alliance_ at, $5.95 for the download version, good through Feb 27, 2017:

h/t to [personal profile] nlbarber
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The BBC recently aired a documentary called "Terry Pratchett, Back In Black". There's lots of Pratchett. It's 49 minutes, & here:

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Ever helpful, [personal profile] hms42 sent me this link.

If anyone ever wonders what a filk con is like, check this playlist out for yourself. You can definitely see why Judi won the Pegasus award for Best Performer, though!

I've not checked all the videos, but if they show the bottom of the microphones, the small recorder on the front of the stage is mine. I'm the one in the first or second row, savoring the goodies.



Feb. 4th, 2017 09:28 am
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I don't really do politics. The usual line is, "Ze spouse speaks law, politics, baseball, and wrestling. I speak French, Spanish, science fiction, & fantasy. The difference is, my fantasy is better written than his, especially in an election year." [That was somehow much less funny lately.]

The closest I get to politics is two opinions:

1. Leave me alone.
2. GOOMU [Get Out Of My Uterus]. [Feel free to use; that's a good one.]

Howsomever, good is good, but great is better. Speaking of which, I was just listening to this this morning:

Talis is always delightful, but she's put some of her best stuff for free or name-your-own-price here:

I also enjoy the common sense of this one:
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The album with the train station video is available for free download here:
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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.

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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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!
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Here's a fun article about the first modern book-seller. Lots of the innovations he introduced are fundamentals today.
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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.

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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
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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
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– Jason
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