At Boskone

Feb. 16th, 2019 06:10 pm
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And having an enjoyable time.

One thing does make me wonder, though: What is it with the food in this year's con suite? In the past, they've had bread and cheese and boiled eggs and chips and salsa and actual jugs of milk and cream for the coffee; this year, it's all little bags of peanuts and individually wrapped crappy candies and stuff like that. It's worse than when the green room at Arisia went overboard with the vegan and gluten-free stuff -- at least that was still real food.

The only excuse I can imagine is that the hotel instituted some new rules that the consuite people didn't feel up to working or negotiating their way around. If they're just cheaping out, I'm disappointed in them.

In other news -- if you look at Duncan Eagleson's work in the art show, you can get a sneak peek at the cover art for our planned re-publication of our YA novel Knight's Wyrd.

Cool Stuff Friday

Feb. 15th, 2019 09:30 am
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Friday is trying not to obsessively check email now that Project K is out on submission…

Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.

Bah. Humbug.

Feb. 12th, 2019 05:49 pm
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Spent the whole day waiting for the dishwasher repair person who was supposed to show up in the morning. Called them at noon to make sure they had my phone number; they did, and said that somebody should be around sometime today. They weren't.

Considering that it's probably just one guy on the job, I shouldn't be too surprised. This is the kind of weather where everybody's stuff breaks down, and a non-draining dishwasher doesn't rank at the top of the disaster list.

Just the same, I hate waiting for repair and delivery people.

Also, this morning it was -13°F at seven in the morning, and I woke up cold even under the flannel sheet and the fleece coverlet and the down comforter.


Feb. 12th, 2019 09:30 am
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At long last, book two of the Janitors of the Post-Apocalypse is out in the world! Today is the official release of Terminal Uprising. In this book, Mops and company return to the ruins of Earth.

Terminal Uprising Cover Art by Dan Dos Santos

We’ve already seen a couple of reviews for this one.

“Subtle absurdist humor permeates the narrative, derived from faulty translations, cultural references without context, and unconventional solutions to problems. Clever characterization and action-packed moments round out this thoroughly satisfying outing.”

-Publishers Weekly

“Hines writes a crackling good action scene… Hines is also damn good at banter and witty repartee, and at evoking strong feelings of empathy in the reader … I really enjoyed this novel, and I look forward to another installment in the full course of time. I can’t imagine what Mops and her crew will get up to next — and that’s, of course, four-fifths of the fun.

-Liz Bourke, Locus

You can read the first chapter online, if you want to try before you buy (or check out from the library, or whatever).

Finally, I’m hoping to get another newsletter out today, and will probably give a book away to a random subscriber. So sign up now if you want to be included in that giveaway.

Purchase links below. Thank you to all of my readers, and to everyone who checked out the first book, posted reviews, pre-ordered, and/or just offered support and encouragement along the way.

Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.

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Tonight's dinner was frozen lasagna from the IGA, served in paper bowls, in order to reduce dirty cookware buildup.

Meanwhile, the temperature outside is -2°F, and we've got a winter storm warning up for tomorrow evening through Wednesday afternoon. At least we've got a snowblower. Also, a layer of snow will make the ice sheet that is the front walk and the driveway more navigable.

The big question, of course, is Boston this coming weekend going to be sub-arctic, or is it going to be unnaturally warm? (Either way, once we're in the hotel, I won't care.)

It's a Bright and Sunny Morning

Feb. 10th, 2019 01:55 pm
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And the dishwasher still isn't draining. I have called the local appliance-repair person and left a message on their answering machine. More, at present, I cannot do.

I hope we get this fixed before the Boskone/UConn trip. I'd hate to be away for almost a week only to come back to a kitchen full of dirty dishes.

Well, Damn.

Feb. 9th, 2019 10:40 pm
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The dishwasher isn't draining.

Damned if I know what's the problem, though I suspect it's a clog at some point in the system beyond that which can be reached by a householder without access to specialized knowledge and/or equipment.

I will probably have to call the local appliance-repair guy and arrange for someone to come out either Monday morning (but not afternoon, since we are scheduled to be elsewhere) or Tuesday to fix it. Which is annoying, but so it goes.

I don't know what it is about dishwashers. Our first dishwasher lasted us well over a decade and only once, I think, had a problem that required professional intervention. Since then, they've become less and less dependable.
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Well, I got the trash to the dump, actually. But in the dead of winter, when the ice sheet on the downslope of the driveway is so thick that the postman got partway up and turned back, getting trash to the dump damned well counts.

With extra points for getting rid of another piece of what I think of as perma-trash (i.e., items of Dead Stuff that have been sitting around taking up space so long that the eye tends to pass over them): in this case, the dead office chair that had been occupying the far corner place at the kitchen table ever since the year when we moved it in there for extra seating during a particularly high-occupancy Thanksgiving.

Which was . . . um . . . a while ago. And due to its configuration, the chair over time became a collection point for more Stuff, most of which went into a garbage bag and out of the house as well. (The three hairbrushes and the two t-shirts and the towel, however, count as Lost Stuff Now Found, which is different.)

And also I got rid of the burnt-out teakettle.
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Even though I spent most of the morning feeling like this was going to be one of those no-accomplishment kind of days.

Didn't get trash to the dump, though. Alas.
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There needs to be another good thing in the world today, so this is an experiment in creativity, work, appreciation, and reward.

This is a LionessElise writing challenge based on the piece "Moon in a Rocking Chair", which is a pendant of sterling silver and opal. (NOTE: you will probably have to scroll down to view the pendant at that link, so scroll down past the "similar items" there.)

Here are the directions:

1. Go look at the piece as linked above.

2. Write something short (500 words or less) inspired by your viewing of the piece.

3. Send your submission to using the subject line "LIONESS CHALLENGE: Moon in a Rocking Chair" before or on March 5, 2019. Please pay attention to submission guidelines about limits on length. Submissions over 500 words will be discarded by Jenett before the proper length entries are anonymized and sent on to the judge/judges, who will include (but might not be limited to) me.

The winner will receive the pendant "Moon in a Rocking Chair" and bragging rights. The winner retains all copyright to their work(s). If the winner posts the winning piece somewhere linkable, I will be happy to link to it if the winner provides me with a link.

The Lioness reserves the right to award other prizes if it seems like a good idea at the time.

Thank you, and good luck.

Today's Minor Annoyance

Feb. 6th, 2019 10:11 am
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I broke the handle on my good tea mug this morning. And then cut my finger on the china stub.

With any luck, I can score a replacement mug at the IGA, which is where I bought the first one.
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