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The acclaimed _Goblin Emperor_ is on sale for 1.99! The link below includes lots & lots of sites & formats.

This book is so good, I read it twice in the same year. Compelling world-building, & one of the kindest main characters ever. *insert incoherent, euphoric squee-ing here*

Well, that takes care of reading matter for my next flight.

*heads off to share the love*
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This is now available for pre-order.

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Marc Gunn, aka the Celtfather, offers:

"I want to make it as easy as possible for people to get to know my music. So I am setting two of my albums on Bandcamp to 100% free. There's no hitch, no need to sign up to a mailing list or pay anything. Just listen and download.

The two albums are: St Patrick's Day and

Irish Drinking Songs for Cat Lovers

Share the links. They will be good through St Patrick's Day. I want as many people as possible to hear them. I really appreciate your help. Thank you! Marc"

note: these are both lots of fun!
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The latest Becky Chambers book, _Record of a Spaceborn Few_, is 1.99 on amazon & I don't know about elsewhere.

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I kind of did a thing last night. Donald Davis is a famous storyteller from North Carolina I'd been hearing about for years. He had a free event last night at the La Grange library [well over an hour away--I got ze spouse to drive, 'cause that's how he rolls, literally ;)].

I wanted to dress appropriately. What does one wear for a storyteller? Seanan McGuire is one of my very favorite songwriters, & my favorite song by her is "My Story Is Not Done." I wore my t-shirt with that on it. Some ladies sitting near me noticed, & were very impressed. Win! [Hey, that's as close to a costume as I get.] The song is here: , & lyrics are here:

For a taste of how wonderful Donald Davis is, have a 15-minute TED talk about how story transforms the teller:

Btw, judging by how my normally composed spouse kept almost falling out of his chair, the hour presentation was well worth the 2+ hour drive.

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from their recent sojourn overseas: and
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Patricia Wrede's 5 Lyra novels are on sale for 2.99!


I don't know about elsewhere.
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The Five Senses set [3 books] is 1.99! and

I don't know about elsewhere.
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This other Pratchett favorite is 1.99 as well! and

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I know it's 1.99 at these links; I don't know about elsewhere.

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Terry Pratchett--Going Postal [Mark Reads reread]
Kameron Hurley--”Glottal’s Gift”
Rose_Milburn--All On A Frosty Night [LMB fanfic]
Linda O. Johnston--Teacup Turbulence
Jana Deleon--Hurricane Force
Jana Deleon--Fortune Hunter
Patricia Polacco--Mrs. Katz And Tush
Gwynne Powell--”Just Another Family Dinner” [Bujold fanfic]
Kristine Kathryn Rusch--”The Moorhead House”
Zanda Myrande--”The Treasure Of Squire Batty”
M.C.A. Hogarth--”Bone Magic”
Linda O. Johnston--Bite The Biscuit
Bzarcher--”A Fitting Legacy” [Bujold fan novella]
Bzarcher--”All True Wealth” [Bujold fanfic]
Annelise Ryan--Board Stiff
Catherine Lloyd--Death Comes To The Village
Kristine Kathryn Rusch--”Three Wishes Before A Fire”
Agatha Christie--”The Adventure Of The Christmas Pudding”
Linda O. Johnston--Fine-Feathered Death
Mandy M. Roth--Once Hunted, Twice Shy
Kristine Kathryn Rusch--”The Last Christmas Letter”
M.C.A. Hogarth--”Season’s Meaning”
Zanda Myrande--”Oh, Hum It & I’ll Play For You, My Son” [reread]
Kristine Kathryn Rusch--”Christopher’s Crummy Christmas”
Elizabeth Barrette--”If You Have Almost Nothing” [long poem]
Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff--”The White Dog”

Several novels, & a good variety of short stories and books. If I'm reading all these things, why do the stacks of library books never seem to diminish?
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A friend sent me a lovely e-card and wish this morning. The art reminded me a bit of Marguerite de Angeli's _Door In The Wall_ [which won the Newbery]. I highly recommend all her books. The music reminded me of "Julian Of Norwich" by Sydney Carter [who wrote "Lord Of The Dance"]: The hope is appropriate for the day.

Happy New Year, one and all!
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When I first became diabetic, over two years ago now, I was freaked out and scared death, so I was fairly careful. After starting out on 4 pills a day, I quickly got down to 3, and then 2 pills a day. I was doing very well on those, with lots of morning readings in the 80s and 90s. My a1c had been in the 5s for several months, getting down as low as 5.5.

I began to wonder if I could reduce the pills further, maybe even eliminating them altogether. At the end of March, I accordingly went down to one pill a day, and continued to have good numbers in the mornings, mostly 90s, with some 80s and 100s. I thought things were going great and was very excited about the whole thing. The catch was, at the next check-up, after a couple of months of one pill, my a1c had jumped to 6.4. Eep!

Although I went back on 2 pills a day instanter, I still have not gotten back where I was earlier in the year. The next time, it was 6.1, and the most recent is 6.2. Thanksgiving and Christmas will do that, I guess. It's not just that, however.

I think it's more that I'm not as scared as I was. Having figured out I'll live, the first panic is over, and, as the third year of being diabetic starts, I've become more complacent. That extra treat won't kill me. It's starting to get scary again. After weighing the same for well over a year, at my first FKO, I put on 3 pounds I haven't been able to shake. [I blame Canada.] Even with doing at least one extra walk a week all year, I've added a few on top of that. Not so bad, if it goes away, but ominous if it stays & brings friends, as such things are all too prone to do. Of course, we had several out-of-town trips this year. There won't be nearly as many next year, so it'll hopefully be easier to lose at-con weightgain, if there's more time between cons.
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Ever since high school, when I gave blood for the first time on a forged permission slip, giving blood has been important to me. After becoming diabetic a couple of years ago, I waited a year to stabilize, before giving blood again. I gave blood 3 times in the last year, each time with a bad reaction. The last time was especially bad, in spite of all my precautions [hitting Waffle House several hours before the appointment, etc.]. On the up side, my hemoglobin that day was 14.5!

Yet, just two months later [November], when I went to donate again, my number was only 12.1. I exclaimed, "Hormones!" [in the same tone in which Cordelia imprecates, "Barrayarans!"] Early this afternoon, during lunch, I got an email about a blood drive today. In spite of the short notice, I was able to get a good lunch, make an appointment, and go give blood. In spite of previous experience, this time things went well. My blood pressure was low, 112/68 with a pulse of 78. Best of all, the hemoglobin was 13.5, much more the thing.

So now, after 3 bad reactions, I've had one donation with no problems. Hopefully, this trend will continue.
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M.C.A. Hogarth--Coracle [Book 1]
Kristine Kathryn Rusch--”Children”
Rose_Milburn--An Armsman’s Honour [LMB fan-novella reread]
Rose_Milburn--A Flower Of The Vor [LMB fan-novel]
Antoine de Saint Exupéry--The Little Prince [Mark Reads]
Jacques Prévert & Mordicai Gerstein--How To Paint The Portrait Of A Bird
Kristine Kathryn Rusch--”On The Trail”
Linda O. Johnston--Oodles Of Poodles
M.C.A. Hogarth--”Bleach”
Nancy Coco [Nancy Parra]--To Fudge Or Not To Fudge
Sarah Gailey--”Bread And Milk And Salt”
Kristine Kathryn Rusch--Coolhunting
L. A. Kornetsky [Laura Anne Gilman]--Collared
M.C.A. Hogarth--”Veterans”
Amanda Flower--The Final Reveille
Cory Doctorow--”Sole And Despotic Dominion”
John Scalzi--”Automated Customer Service”
Kristine Kathryn Rusch--”Pudgygate”
Mollie Cox Bryan--Death Among The Doilies
Terry Pratchett, Ian Stewart, Jack Cohen--The Science Of Discworld II: The Globe [Mark Reads]
Deborah Donnelly--Bride And Doom
Annelise Ryan--Lucky Stiff
Kristine Kathryn Rusch--”The Space Between Hope And Dreams”

In among the fanfic novels, there were lots of good cozy mysteries, too.

After 3 decades of me burbling about _The Little Prince_, ze spouse and I followed along with the Mark Reads videos. Although I imprinted on it so hard in high school, I'd never read it in English, so that was some interesting cognitive dissonance. Mark read it so fast, my spouse may have wondered what the fuss was about. We did enjoy Mark's reactions, though, so now ze spouse gets some of why I'm so enthused about Mark's videos.
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and Wondrous Winterthings, to one and all!
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Kristine Kathryn Rusch--”Strangers At The Room Of Lost Souls”
Sharon Lee & Steve Miller--”Revolutionists”
Zanda Myrande--”The Angel On The Campanile”
Jan Brett--The Mermaid
Talia Hibbert--Mating The Huntress
Kristine Kathryn Rusch--”The Women Of Whale Rock”
Annelise Ryan--Scared Stiff
a_t_rain--”A Bit Too Much Good Work” [LMB fanfic novel]
a_t_rain--”On A Cold Planet” [LMB fanfic novella]
Jackie Mims Hopkins & SG Brooks--The Three Armadillies Tuff
Rachel Isadora--A South African Night
Gavin Curtis & EB Lewis--The Bat Boy & His Violin
Jo Walton--An Informal History Of The Hugos
Jo Walton--What Makes This Book So Great
Wallace Tripp--Wallace Tripp’s Wurst Seller
Lynette Hall Hampton--Jilted By Death
Kristine Kathryn Rusch--”At Witt’s End” [Spade & Paladin story]
Jana Deleon--Soldiers Of Fortune
Kristine Kathryn Rusch--”Trick Or Treat” [Spade & Paladin story]
Lynette Hall Hampton--Echoes Of Mercy
Susannah Hardy--Killer Kebab
Linda O. Johnston--Nothing To Fear But Ferrets
Annelise Ryan--Frozen Stiff
Tessa Dare--The Duchess Deal
Kristine Kathryn Rusch--”Fumes”
Linda O. Johnston--Hounds Abound

_Wallace Tripp’s Wurst Seller_ had enough bad puns to make even this filker wince. Great visual humor! I've enjoyed all his books I've read.
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Linda O. Johnston--The More The Terrier
Linda O. Johnston--Sit, Stay, Slay
Annelise Ryan--Working Stiff
Helen Lester & Lynn Munsinger--Batter Up Wombat
Canon_is_relative--Unseen Stars [MWT fanfic]
Rose_Milburn--Another Innocent Bystander [LMB fan-novel]
Rose_Milburn--Ivan And The Armsmen [LMB fan-novel]
Rose_Milburn--An Armsman’s Honour [LMB fan-novella]
Kristine Kathryn Rusch--”The Tower”
Diana Pharaoh Francis--Putting The Fun In Funeral
Barbara Seuling & Gail Roth--Boo The Ghost & The Robbers
John Langstaff & Feodor Rojankovsky--Over In The Meadow
Mercer Mayer--Liza Lou And The Yeller Belly Swamp
M.C.A. Hogarth--”Leadership Lessons” [Alysha story]
Agnes Lester Brown--Unmasked
Kristine Kathryn Rusch--”Oathbreaker”
Terry Pratchett--A Hat Full Of Sky [Mark Reads]
Elizabeth Hunter--Ink: A Love Story On 7th & Main
Kristine Kathryn Rusch--”Dix” [Diving Universe novella]
Seanan McGuire--”Falling’s Free, Gravity Costs”
Jana Deleon--Gator Bait
Susannah Hardy--Olive And Let Die
Nancy Coco--All Fudged Up
Diane Duane--The Book Of Night With Moon [Mark Reads]
Wendy Tyson--A Muddied Murder

A lot of longer books. _A Hat Full Of Sky_ was absolutely mind-blowing. Mark Oshiro's always a delight, but especially on that one.
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Kristine Kathryn Rusch [Kristine Grayson]--”The Charming Way”
Zanda Myrande--”By A Brother’s Hand”
Zanda Myrande--”Barry Meets His Match”
M.C.A. Hogarth--”Arihiir”
Zanda Myrande--”An Adverse Reaction” [reread]
M.C.A. Hogarth--”Disengage” [a Liolesa vignette]
M.C.A. Hogarth--”Jackal Chest”
Donald Davis--Jack And The Animals
Kristine Kathryn Rusch--”At The Crossroads”
Kristine Kathryn Rusch [Kristine Grayson]--Wickedly Charming
Kristine Kathryn Rusch--”Standing Up For Grace”
Kristine Kathryn Rusch [Kristine Grayson]--Tiffany Tumbles
Kristine Kathryn Rusch [Kristine Grayson]--Crystal Caves
Kristine Kathryn Rusch [Kristine Grayson]--Brittany Bends
Kristine Kathryn Rusch--”Say Hello To My Little Friend”
Kristine Kathryn Rusch--”Detail”
Jana DeLeon--Swamp Team 3
Gayle Leeson--Silence Of The Jams
India Ink--Scent To Her Grave
Maddie Day [Edith Maxwell]--Grilled For Murder
Carol Ann Martin--Tapestry Of Lies
Lynette Hall Hampton--The Calendar Clan
Carrie Vaughn--”Amaryllis”
Zanda Myrande--”The Stone”
Kristine Kathryn Rusch--”My Real Cousin Ruby”
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