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Heyer Kindle sale!

If anyone is interested, today's Kindle Big Deal on Amazon UK is a bunch of second-tier Georgette Heyer novels for 99p each. (Well, maybe A Civil Campaign is a cut above second-tier. And I have a soft spot for Sylvester, because writer-heroine.)

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Joining the madness again

(In other words, I'm participating in NaNoWriMo, for the fifth time since 2008.)

I even made a cover of sorts. I still have a couple of days to figure out the rest of my plot. I'm deliberately not driving myself crazy trying to follow all the plot templates at once, this time, or even worrying too much about whether my viewpoint character is a sufficiently proactive protagonist; I just want to be writing again, after a hiatus of more than a year.


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The Shrooms are Coming
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No, I'm not doing NaNo this year, though it's a wrench to admit it. I've barely had time even to think about it properly the last couple of months, and the art is still soaking up most of the available creative energy.

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One more

What do you get when you cross ...
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I'll try and write a post with actual words some time this week, but this fractal-art thing is being way too much fun at the moment.

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I arted again.

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More fractaling

This one I found all by myself. I'm very pleased with this family of parameters -- it feels like a real landscape that you can walk around in, albeit at the risk of crunching tiny skeletal critters underfoot. The sky is from my own photo of a Tucson evening.

Beach shelter -- after the storm
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Something new

I just joined DeviantArt. Not that I really feel entitled to call myself an artist when the computer does most of the work, but lately I've been having a lot of fun generating fractal imagery, and I wanted somewhere to share it that's less grudgingly accepting of such things than Flickr.

Purple Mountains
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LiveJournal Listens!

We get to keep our old-style f-lists if we want!

Coming hard on the heels of the other week's restoration of comment subject lines, this is extremely refreshing.


Kepler Mission Manager Update: K2 Has Been Approved! | NASA

This is much happier news than my last Kepler post -- and a nice bit of scientific make-do-and-mend. With only two reaction wheels the spacecraft can't point at its original target field with enough stability to be useful, but the engineers figured out that they could stably point it at the ecliptic instead.

Just testing something

Sharing from Flickr using what is by now practially stone-age technology -- right-click on the 500x500 image to get the image link, then code in the photo page link by hand.

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Wednesday reading notes

Just read:

Protector, by C.J. Cherryh, the second volume of the fifth Foreigner trilogy. Which I devoured in two days when I really should have been doing other things, but was left oddly unsatisfied by. We do get a bit of offstage station politics retconned in along with the Atevi politics (and spoilerCollapse ) and Cajeiri continues to be engaging.

Arms-Commander, by L. J. Modessit, which is the latest so far (2010) in the Recluce series, going back to the Angels of Westwind and their attempts to deal with the local politics after being stranded in Candor by a wrecked spaceship. Less onomatopoeia than in earlier volumes, and a female protagonist for a change, but way too many ellipses. According to the author's website there will be at least one more Recluce novel at some stage. It must be getting hard to fit them into the existing history, by now.

Reading now: Spellwright, by Blake Charlton. Unusual magic system, enjoyable so far. I might have guessed that the author wrote it as a medical student from the anatomical references.

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It's been a long time coming, but today is actually something like a spring day, although it's rather late in the year for the crocuses to be in their full glory!

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WOT observation

I just finished a reread of The Eye of the World, the first volume in the epic Wheel of Time series. It strikes me that, in pacing at least, it's a miniature version of the whole series: a promising beginning, a saggy, baggy, tangled middle that goes on far too long, and an epic and rather awesome confrontation at the end.

I think I'll wait a little while before I plunge into the next volume.

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Wednesday reading notes

What I just finished: Cold Days by Jim Butcher (wow, is Harry Dresden getting over-powered or what?), and a few days earlier A Memory of Light, which I mentioned in an earlier post.

What I'm reading now: The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan (reread) and Powers by James Burton. (I probably won't do a straight back-to-back reread of the whole WOT series, but it was interesting to go straight from the end of A Memory of Light back to the beginning and see how many of the things and people that were important in the end are there right at the beginning. TEOTW does sag in the middle, though -- I remember bailing on at least one reread halfway through, and I haven't even got to the ill-conceived flashback section with Mat and Rand yet.

What I might read next: time for something that isn't fantasy, I think. Maybe Leviathan Wakes, by James S Corey. Or one of the Sister Frevisse mysteries.

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An ending

I just finished reading A Memory of Light. At first I was reading a chapter or two at bedtime, but the last couple of days the story gripped me and wouldn't let go; I've been reading most of the day. And now, after twenty-three years and fourteen fat books, the story is done.

I'm exhausted. And sad, and satisfied. It brought me to the edge of tears more than once, in the last few chapters. For all the flaws of the series, I don't think I'll ever read another story quite like it. Thank you, Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson. Thank you.

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Winter wonderland

After a week of feeble flurries, we finally got some worthwhile snow last night, coating every tree and fence.

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Wednesday reading meme

What I'm currently reading:

The Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss -- started yesterday. The first page is dire (as I commented on G+, I suppose a book as long and eagerly awaited as this can get away with starting with the badly-written boredom of a secondary character), but it gets better quickly. That's my big fat bedside book; for portable reading I just started Danse de la Folie by Sherwood Smith, which is a fun Heyer-esque Regency and was on e-book special today. I'm already nearly a third of the way through, and vastly diverted.

Just finished: In the Lion's Mouth by Michael Flynn, sequel to Up Jim River, which itself was a sequel to The January Dancer, but I hesitate to call them a series, somehow -- the tone doesn't quite match from one to the next, and while the first was very much in usual Flynn mode of dysfunctional people being Doomed, the sequel was less so. This one was back to the doom, though, and ended in a severely cliffhung fashion.

What I'll read next: considering the size of the Rothfuss, maybe A Memory of Light will be here before I finish it?

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Books read, 2012

I started out meaning to do a monthly book post, but that fell by the wayside after March. Here's the list for the year, anyway.

(r)=reread, (e)=e-book, (l)=library book; otherwise it's a hardcopy that I own, or owned at the time of reading it.

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Autumn leaves


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Writing prompt free to good home

Unpacking replacement seahorse

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