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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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qyss0YEPSfU


Part 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aRbmzuOL9aY
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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:

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

*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. ;)
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http://www.goodreads.com/author_blog_posts/15467364-new-bujold-podcast-interview

...is here:

http://www.podcasts.com/live-from-the...

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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Lois McMaster Bujold says, here:

https://www.goodreads.com/author_blog_posts/15463253-new-penric-impending

I am pleased to report that I have finished the first draft of a new Penric & Desdemona novella. (For that peculiar value of "finished" that means, "still dinking till it's pulled from the writer's twitchy hands.")

Title will be "Penric's Fox"

Length, at this moment, is around 37,400 words. It is more-or-less a sequel to "Penric and the Shaman", taking place about eight or nine months after that story.

Final editing and formatting, arranging for cover art to send it out into the world nicely dressed, etc., will take some unknown amount of time and eyeball-endurance, but e-pub will likely happen in August.

My computer file tells me I started typing the opening on March 3rd, but of course there was lead-up to that. It is, in general, hard to tell or remember when a project segues over from "notion" to "planning", although the notion had been with me for some time. Story notions are like a collection of vaguely related objects rattling around in a box; planning starts when some key object that connects them all drops in, and things suddenly get interesting.

Ta, L.
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http://blog.paperbackswap.com/jerrie-and-richard-visit-midway-elementary-to-distribute-books/2017/05/

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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After 12 years, my spouse has quit his baseball league. There was nothing wrong with the guys or anything, but the game had just gotten less fun for him. Why pay lots of money and drive an hour & more each way, if it's not fun?

I guess it just didn't fit him anymore, like clothes that fit fine in former years, but our shape has changed, and they're not as comfortable anymore. It's another way he's re-inventing himself, like I do every few years.

It's different things that change up, over time: the cons I go to, books I read, colors of clothes I prefer wearing. Bujold's a constant, of course, but most other things are, as Anne McCaffrey used to say, "subject to change without notice."

Some recent examples, just for giggles. My bridesmaid the kindergarten teacher got me looking for kid books for her, & it turns out lots of my favorite authors have written them. I'm slowly working through the 5 boxes of them in the house [down from 7 boxes]. I'm wearing lots more in the light blue-turquoise-teal range these days; they bring out my "naturally blond" [i.e., silvering] hair. I'm trying out some new conventions, and ditching others.

Then there's medical fun, enough for the whole class: diabetes, high blood pressure, thyroid meds, arthritis meds, the recent root canal [6 parts; apparently I'm now a Rocky franchise ;(], the finally-over 3-week bronchial inconvenience. Then there's the blood pressure med that makes me sun-sensitive. No problem in fall & winter, but what in the worlds will I do about walks in the 7 months of summer we have here? I sweat too much to wear sunscreen on my face. I have a lovely, wide hat [that amplifies my voice, with acoustic weirdness], but would rather not live with sweaty, flat hat hair for months on end. Still, if it means getting our walks in, I'll be doing it. I'd not miss those.

All in all, a transitional, liminal time, with some definite inconveniences, but also some promising possibilities.

How are y'all re-inventing yourselves these days?
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In Lois McMaster Bujold's Sharing Knife books, Dag Redwing is named for the Red-Winged Blackbird. Since reading the series [over and over again, as one does], that's become one of my favorite birds. Yesterday morning, as I drove out to run errands, a flock of them took flight across the road in front of me. Their dancing red and yellow shoulder-flames dazzled my eyes. As Dag's wife Fawn says about him, they made my eyes happy.

:)
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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:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lxpdh-vKTz4

Woot!

Political?

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:

https://taliskimberley.bandcamp.com/track/damned-if-you-dont

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

https://taliskimberley.bandcamp.com/album/free-album-songs-of-common-ground

I also enjoy the common sense of this one:
https://taliskimberley.bandcamp.com/track/spoon
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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.

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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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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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.

https://www.sff.net/people/jack.haldeman/people.htm
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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.
http://amandapalmer.bandcamp.com/album/you-got-me-singing-2


The PDX Broadsides have a new album. These folks are funny!
https://thepdxbroadsides.bandcamp.com/album/somethings-rotten


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 [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGT5lBve_v4 or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=om8LzIcFmbA - with lyrics]

https://emholbert.bandcamp.com/album/foxfire


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

;)
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Here's a link to an excellent concert by two of my favorite bands:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLMh12dgY1ImElLd1Dasho10po5hJMuW-7

:)
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"Wise Child," a Liaden novelette by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller, is now live. It starts on the Baen.com front page, or you can read the whole thing here: http://www.baen.com/wisechild
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