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Cast not a clout redivivus

Sunday, 30 April 2017 18:32
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Nice November day out there, with creamy blossoms standing in for snow flurries. But on nice November days one shouldn't walk to the store in sandals and socks unless the sun is shining, and especially not when rain is forecast. But I did and it did so now I'm changed into jammies and bedsocks.

The Infidel Stain is indeed lots of fun, even if Carter uses 'begs the question' in a way no 1840s Englishman would. I don't know why, unless it's the American publisher who also changed the spelling. Shall read the next one; am not a fan of India so not likely to read the first. Mind, I'm not a fan of 1840s London either, but still. Will not spoil myself by googling Chartist to discover how the movement eventually ended. Badly, I assume.

neighbors and other irritants

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"Writing in Dialect" Roundtable

Sunday, 30 April 2017 17:29
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Around a year ago, I remember reading a great round-table about using dialect in sf writing. One writer's work was turned down because dialect writing is "too hard" for default audiences.

It was linked around, as well.

Can you remember what site that was?

Sharp Turn by Marianne Delacourt

Monday, 1 May 2017 08:00
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Sharp Turn, Marianne Delacourt, Twelfth Planet Press, Tara Sharp, Earl Grey Editing, books and tea, tea and books

Published: December 2016 by Deadlines
Format reviewed: E-book (mobi)
Series: Tara Sharp #2
Genres: Crime, paranormal
Source: Publisher
Reading Challenges: Australian Women Writers Challenge 2017
Available: Publisher (print and electronic) ~ Amazon ~ Barnes & Noble ~ Book Depository ~ Booktopia~ Kobo ~ Smashwords

Disclaimer: I was provided with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
This review contains spoilers for previous volumes/books.

Tara’s quirky PI business is attracting some even quirkier customers. She’s not sure how Madame Vine’s Escort Agency got her number. And then there’s the eccentric motorcycle racing team owner, Bolo Ignatius. Both these clients want to Tara to investigate suspicious circumstances that turn up dead bodies. That can only mean one thing in this town: John Viaspa. Tara goes in for round two with the local crime boss, while balancing the tight rope of her deliciously complicated love life.

Sharp Turn is the second Tara Sharp book and continues to be fast-paced fun. Although Tara finds herself in some prickly situations (sometimes quite literally), the story maintains a light-hearted tone.

The first book in the series got off to a bit of a slow start, but Sharp Turn came roaring out of the gate. Within two chapters, the story had reintroduced reoccurring characters and set up several new plots. It verged on a little too fast for me, but fortunately settled.

I really enjoyed the return of some of the characters. Cass was a particular surprise–a streetwise teen who helped Tara out in the first book. She’d seemed like just a passing character, so I was delighted to see her back. Not only that, but she gets fleshed out as we learn a bit more about her background. She serves as an excellent foil for Tara. The fact she has more life skills than Tara–particularly when it comes to cooking–highlights Tara’s privilege, as does Cass’s relationship with Tara’s mother.

The romantic relationships were a bit of a weak point of the book. There are appearances from both love interests, just long enough to remind us that they are still there with very little meaningful interaction. New complications are added to both relationships, but these felt flimsy and unsatisfying. Overall, Tara gives the impression of not being interested in any kind of relationship beyond the superficial.

The mystery elements were stronger, with each of the cases deftly intertwined. Coming from a family of motorbike enthusiasts, I also really enjoyed the setting. It felt vibrant and full of tension.

If you’re looking for a quick, fun read, Sharp Turn doesn’t disappoint.

Mirrored from Earl Grey Editing.

[personal profile] siderea on mead

Sunday, 30 April 2017 17:51
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We never did figure out what was in our mead. An upperclasswoman who – perhaps crucially – was a biologist who liked to party hard, counseled us that if it didn't taste like something we wanted to drink, maybe we shouldn't be worrying so hard about whether it was something we could drink. Thus we resigned ourselves to the obvious and sadly fed it to the kitchen sink. Some weeks or months later, she actually found exactly the phase-state diagram we had needed and made me a photocopy; I may still have that piece of paper somewhere in my stuff.

Context had an annoyingly hard time figuring out which part to quote....

Different Three Things

Sunday, 30 April 2017 11:53
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With a theme.
  • Adam Savage (Mythbusters) on gender as a spectrum
    "Being trans means often having to navigate 'myths' about gender, and it is usually a burden that trans people alone are tasked with explaining," Smith explains over email. "So it meant a lot to me to see Savage use his privilege and position to speak out on behalf of folks like me, and for scientific reality."

  • Conservatives want to police everyone's gender. Mmmmm-hmmmmmmmm. Wonder why?

  • (No, I haven't forgotten; she has a point.) Unsettlingness of The Handmaid's Tale (AlterNet, Jessica Valente). (Somebody mentioned that the series is somewhat gorier than the book and that some of the stratification has been subverted. Good.)


Sunday, 30 April 2017 21:30
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I really need to work out *in advance* which machines (desktops, tablets, phones) can post where without issues when I want to post stiff to different services. _Reading_ here there and everywhere doesn't seem to be an issue, but posting gets that way, hence my being apparently awol for a few days here yet not elsewhere, because I have different options available at each location I live at.

Currently I'm in London - came back this afternoon to check on the post as I'm waiting to see whether the ESA people are going to demand a medical - but the post on the mat didn't include anything from them. So I concluded I'd wait to see what was in tomorrow's post before heading to get other stuff prepared for later in the week.

It was only when my mum phoned and pointed out that Monday is a bank holiday and that there'll be no post that I discovered the slight problem with this plan. Whups. :O

Camp Nano

Sunday, 30 April 2017 13:25
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Well, I didn't meet my 10K goal for Camp Nano this month, but I DID manage to write more this month than the rest of the year combined, so I'm calling is a win. And I feel like I have a lot more motivation to sit down and write now, so I'm hoping I can keep this up and get myself consistently writing again. I truly enjoy writing, and still want to go pro when I'm ready. It's just been hard to motivate myself these past few years. When my Depression got bad, well... it threw everything off. Including my creativity. I think I needed a good kick in the writing pants, and this was it.

I'm still doing GYWO, of course, so that helps me keep track as well. And I'm feeling... clearer? now than I have felt in a while. Writing is how I express myself. And I haven't been expressing myself. This is healing. I'm healing. And it feels good.

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Sunday, 30 April 2017 14:38
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On Thursday I had another psychiatrist appointment, and afterward, as a reward (I'm terrible at rewarding myself, but I am working very hard at getting better at it and all related forms of being kind to myself) I stopped off at the nearby local free zoo with non-releasable native wildlife again.

It was a good visit - the cooper's hawk decided I was too interested in their breakfast and carefully took it away to the back of their enclosure, one of the rescue big desert tortoises was very near mutiny because it's been so warm that they'd had had lots of time outside in their big outside field, and they did not believe it was too cold this morning for desert tortoises! (It really was too cold for desert tortoises.) And I spotted one of the prairie chickens! Always a treat - they like to hide. But the really surprising thing was when I left, on the road in front of the visitor center, I spotted a killdeer!

It spotted me at about the same time. We stared at each other for a moment. And then it went tippa tippa tippa toe running across the street and across the grass. Nope! Not today, Monkey!

(I wasn't gonna chase it, but I did watch it out of sight, because they have the most interesting gait.)


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