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March 2017



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i'm burning diesel, burning dinosaur bones

Signs my brain is offline: I spent an hour this morning cleaning up my lj tags. Never fear--I didn't remove any redundancy or quirkiness. Just some misspellings that had crept in, probably when I was blogging at two AM. And how many ways can you spell "wingeing," anyway?

I got about a third of the books mailed this morning, because that was all I could haul into the post office on one trip. The next batch goes out Monday and then the overseas stuff on Tuesday, if I can keep to plan.

Farmer's market haul

three heirloom tomatoes ("Malachite Box (okay, the real name is in Russian and as long as my arm, but that's the translation)" "Red Zebra," "Garden Peach.") from the tomato lady
a stripy heirloom eggplant
five carrots
three cucumbers
six ears of sweet corn
a quart box of peaches
one head of butter lettuce
a pint of tiny purple potatoes that anticipate an illustrious future as my dinner

BLT salad for lunch today, I think.

34. Rob Nixon - Dream Birds
33. Julie Smith - New Orleans Mourning
32. Scott Westerfeld - Uglies
31. Mike Mignola et al - B.P.R.D.: Hollow Earth and Other Stories
30. Mike Mignola et al - Hellboy: Seed of Destruction
29. Emma Bull - Bone Dance
28. Charlaine Harris - A Bone to Pick
27. Ian McDonald - Brasyl
26. Elisa Albert - The Book of Dahlia
25. Frederick Zugibe, M.D., Ph.D. and David L. Carroll, Dissecting Death: Secrets of a Medical Examiner
24. Katherine Ramsland, Ph.D., The Human Predator: a historical chronicle of serial murder and forensic investigation
23. Barth Anderson - The Patron Saint of Plagues
22. Thich Nhat Hanh - The Miracle of Mindfulness
21. Dennis Lehane - Shutter Island
20. Robert K. Ressler and Tom Shachtman - I Have Lived In The Monster
19. Ilona Andrews - Magic Bites
18. Charlaine Harris - Living Dead in Dallas
17. Charlaine Harris - Grave Surprise
16. Caitlin R. Kiernan - Murder of Angels
15. Caitlin R. Kiernan - A is for Alien (ARC)
14. Lilian Jackson Braun - The Cat Who Dropped a Bombshell (man, these things just keep getting worse and worse and worse. But they have them at airports.)
13. Jim Butcher - Death Masks
12. Lilian Jackson Braun - The Cat Who had 60 Whiskers
11. Delia Sherman - The Magic Mirror of the Mermaid Queen (in draft)
10. Marie Brennan - Midnight Never Come
9. Elizabeth Moon - The Speed of Dark
8. Alice Hoffman - The Foretelling
7. Douglas, Burgess, Ressler et. al. -- Crime Classification Manual: A standard system for investigating and classifying violent crimes
6. Vincent J. DiMaio and Dominick DiMaio -- Forensic Pathology
5. Liz Williams - The Demon and the City
4. Cory Doctorow - Little Brother (ARC)
3. Warren Ellis & Ben Templesmith - Fell, Volume 1: Feral City
2. Amber Van Dyk - Red Means Go (in draft)
1. Amanda Downum - The Drowning City (in draft)

Last night's work was page proofs for Seven for a Secret. Still gotta figure out "The Tricks of London," which needs to be written in the not too distant future. Also I have some audio recording stuff to do.

Speaking of audio recording stuff...

Now available from Infinivox, a 3 CD collection of unabridged readings of Mini-Masterpieces of Science Fiction:

'Last Contact' by Stephen Baxter
'The Something-Dreaming Game' by Elizabeth Bear
'Grandma' by Carol Emshwiller
'Lambing Season' by Molly Gloss
'None So Blind' by Joe Haldeman
'Kin' by Bruce McAllister
'Gene Wars' by Paul J McAuley
'Bright Red Star' by Bud Sparhawk
'Far As You Can Go' by Greg van Eekhout


How did you like Uglies? I've heard mixed reviews, and I see it everywhere in my store.

I bought the massmarket of A Companion to Wolves today (as my mother was buying the new Twilight book for herself XD)!!! I was also going to get Whiskey and Water, but they didn't have it in mass-market for some reason, and the regular paperback was the only one on order. I would've ordered, but...I'm poor. So I'll be off to Borders soon to see if I can get it there.
I have mixed feelings about it. *g* I feel like it sets up a very interesting argument, and then turns it into a straw-man. That made me sad.

W&W isn't out in mass market until January. *g* That would be why you haven't found it....
Aw man... *sigh* Teen novels tend to do that, I find. With exceptions, of course.

Oh, derr. That might be why I haven't found it. But I could swear that a few months ago I was looking in Barnes and Noble and the mmp for W&W was there... Unless it was the bigger verison and my brain is confusing things. Which is possible.
B&I is out in MMPB. Maybe it was that?
Westerfeld's Midnighters trilogy, on the other hand, is pretty fantastic...
Farmer's markets...ALL the cool kids are doin' it!
What is an heirloom vegetable?
A vegetable of a cultivar... um... domesticated type? Like mcintosh apples?... that has been used since before modern factory farming and supermarkets homogenized available types of produce.
I spent an hour this morning cleaning up my lj tags. Never fear--I didn't remove any redundancy or quirkiness.

Thank heaven, because your tags are a panacea for uptight people like me who have to have their tags *just so*. I always enjoy yours; they're kind of like surrealist microfiction. /grins/
I like to think of them as an acknowledgment of the basic unknowability of the universe.

Or a manifestation of extreme laziness.
The beauty of it?

It works both ways.