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Mary Dell [userpic]
My tweets
by Mary Dell (marydell)
at April 16th, 2014 (12:02 pm)

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Kristine Smith [userpic]
Drive-by post
by Kristine Smith (kristine_smith)
at April 16th, 2014 (10:40 am)

Busy busy for the next week. Did take time out last night to listen to the latest Welcome to Night Vale podcast.

The thing with Welcome to Night Vale is that for the most part it’s weird and loopy and Twilight Zone Meets Mayberry until every so often it hits you with a touch of sadness or even downright horror. Not enough to put you off. Just enough so that after the episode ends, you sit quietly for a few minutes before moving on to whatever else.

Mirrored from Kristine Smith.

lyda222 [userpic]
More Incoherent Squee from Me
by lyda222 (lyda222)
at April 16th, 2014 (10:15 am)

Mason and I recorded our sixth MangaKast podcast, and it's up for your enjoyment.



I kind of wish I could be slightly more articulate about why Ao no Exorcist is so awesome. I'd love to drag more people into that fandom and there are only 56 chapters to-date, so it wouldn't be hard to catch up.

In other news, there is a "wintery mix" falling on the ground right now. That's right: SNOW. I can hardly believe it. It's not right. At least my strawberries are still mostly covered by mulch, so I think they'll survive this. The question is: will Minnesotans? Because I think a lot of people are ready to weep (myself included.)

it's a great life, if you don't weaken [userpic]
now i'm calling all citizens from all over the world, this is captain america calling
by it's a great life, if you don't weaken (matociquala)
at April 16th, 2014 (09:52 am)

current mood: relaxed
current song: Morning Edition

It's snowing.

I guess this is going to be a thing now.

Heya, Jadis.

In other news, why hasn't the Internet made me a Captain America: The Winter Soldier fan vid to this yet?


Mindy Klasky [userpic]
Pics of Hot Men (and More!)
by Mindy Klasky (mindyklasky)
at April 16th, 2014 (09:21 am)

I’m not a big believer in “Man Candy Monday” and “Friday Man Wars” and the like – I understand what they’re doing on a sociological basis, as women take back their sexuality and proclaim that they can be sexual creatures before anyone can shame them for such and all that academic stuff, but it’s just not me, to post lots of pics of naked and near-naked guys.

That said, I *had* to looks at lots of pics of naked and near-naked guys to evaluate the covers for the Diamond Brides Series.  In fact, designing cover art was a major challenge for the nine-book series — and I’ve written about it at the Romance at Random blog today:


I’ve also drawn on my deep, dark past as a trademark lawyer to write another blog post — about trademarks, Major League Baseball, and how the Raleigh Rockets came to be.  You can read all that over at Nancy C. Weeks’ blog:


And, finally, I chatted about CATCHING HELL over at Book View Cafe (disclosing the not-so-secret truth that Zachary Ormond is my favorite of the Diamond Brides heroes… so far…)  You can read why here:


So, stop by, see what I have to say, make comments of your own…  You know the drill!


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Past posts about the Diamond Brides Series include:

Mirrored from Mindy Klasky, Author.

Joshua Palmatier [userpic]
SHATTERING THE LEY Cover Hits the Online Bookstores!
by Joshua Palmatier (jpsorrow)
at April 16th, 2014 (09:10 am)

So the cover of SHATTERING THE LEY (coming July 1st) has now hit the online bookstores, which is good, since I think the cover rocks and will help people to notice the book AND also help get them to preorder their copies. (Seriously, preorders really help the author, so if you know your going to get the book regardless, please preorder.) Here's the Barnes & Noble link and here's the link to Amazon.com And just in case you missed it earlier, here's the actual cover:

RiceVermicelli [userpic]
Anything You Do Twice Is Traditional
by RiceVermicelli (ricevermicelli)
at April 15th, 2014 (10:00 pm)

danceboy stuck at work because of work. quueer stuck at school because of Green Line.

If I had a hundred children, tucked into a hundred beds, fifty of them might be asleep at this time. I do not know whether the two I actually have are in the sleeping or waking half of that superposition of possibilities.

it's a great life, if you don't weaken [userpic]
you must take the a train to go to sugar hill
by it's a great life, if you don't weaken (matociquala)
at April 15th, 2014 (07:56 pm)

current mood: relaxed
current song: Ella Fitzgerald - Take the A Train

I just invented a cocktail name, and it was so good I had to invent a cocktail to go with it.

It's a Manhattan variant--specifically, a variant of the Manhattanhenge, also known as a Black Manhattan, in which Amaro is substituted for vermouth. This uses bourbon in place of the traditional rye, because that boy I like prefers bourbon.

I like bourbon too, as it happens.

It's my reward for a stupidly productive two days.

I call this, "Persephone Takes the A Train," and it's in honor of the Storium kickstarter and my Jazz Age/Harlem Renaissance jazzpunk stretch goal.

2 parts bourbon (decent bourbon, please)
1 part Amaro
1 part grenadine (make and use real grenadine, which is just pomegranate juice cooked with an equal weight of sugar to make a syrup. If you use that corn syrup and red dye #5 shit, Persephone is going to look you in the eye and go right back to her mama.)
2 dashes orange bitters (Bitter Truth makes a lovely orange cardamom one that works well)
half a clementine or mandarin orange

Put the bourbon, Amaro, grenadine, and bitters in a lowball glass. Swirl to mix. Squeeze half a clementine into the glass and then drop the crushed fruit in so the peel oils infuse the drink.

Add a little ice.

Enjoy in a leisurely fashion while reading Langston Hughes and listening to Ella Fitzgerald.

I'll start.

cherie priest [userpic]
I know it's true that visions are seldom all they seem
by cherie priest (cmpriest)
at April 15th, 2014 (05:10 pm)

Signed, sealed, and mailed off the Amended Tax Return of the Damned this morning, so that's done. I hope. I don't mind paying taxes, to tell you the truth; I like having roads, fire fighters, cops, and so forth - and I am a grown-ass adult who understands that these things cost money. But I swear to God, there must be a better way to collect it.

Like I've said before, if you want an exercise in absolute counter-intuitive insanity, try paying taxes like a self-employed creative professional for a year or two. It'll give you ulcers.

And that's all I'll say about that.

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Maplecroft is still 4-1/2 months away and my brain already cannot shut the hell up about it. Today I started cobbling together some guest post content, in hopes that I might score a spot with some of my blogging friends later on this summer. It was either that, or just start doodling "Maplecroft <3 4evah" on my Trapper Keeper.

Anyway, I'm starting to think about promo schwag - since we're going to drop this one a smidge early at DragonCon, and I'll be doing several events between now and the end of the year. It's useful to have such stuff on hand, to remind people of what's coming - or what's available, depending on my timing. So for starters, I'll print up the usual handbills, and I might even do what I did with Boneshaker back in the day: Offer up a pack of 10-20 to anyone willing to leave them in the coffeehouse/student association lounge/bookstore/etc. of your choice.

I mailed out dozens of such packets a few years ago, and it was kind of fun; people kept sending me pictures re: where they'd left their flyers. It felt like I was following my book around the world.

But aside from that? I'm not really sure. Maybe some temporary tattoos? WHO DOESN'T LOVE THOSE THINGS? I know I love those things, and my real tattoos aren't even jealous. We could work up something with an axe and some blood and the title...maybe. And what about those rubber wrist-band-thingies? They seem pretty popular. Buttons? Magnets?

I'm taking suggestions, folks.

I feel like there must be some awesome promotional gimmick out there for a love letter to Dracula as filtered through Lovecraft in a wholly fictionalized retelling of the Fall River axe murders. But I'll be honest, I'm drawing a blank.

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Here's today's progress on my witchy art-deco horror novel about Lizzie Borden thirty years after her parents' deaths - now featuring ghosts and non-ghosts alike, anti-Catholic conspiracy nuts, supernatural political shenanigans, the mafia, and a Bonus! space-worshiping murder cult hiding behind the KKK:

    Project: Chapelwood
    Deadline: October 1, 2014
    New words written: 2397
    Present total word count: 61,659

    Things accomplished in fiction: Returned to our sweet little axe murderer, who really is just trying to do the right thing; visited an old victim who's now the closest thing to a kindred spirit the poor fellow has in this world.

    Next up: Some bad news. Probably a very bad experience.

    Things accomplished in real life: Neighborhood jaunt with dog; wrapped up tax amendment paperwork; went to the post office and mailed it off; went to Walgreens to put in for a prescription refill; made some phone calls; answered some useful emails; started drafting guest blog posts for deployment later on.

    Other: I feel like I'm forgetting something.

    Number of fiction words so far this year: 95,052

Mary Dell [userpic]
My tweets
by Mary Dell (marydell)
at April 15th, 2014 (12:02 pm)

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