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March 2017



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you'll find your ignorance is blissful every goddamn time

Today, I got stuck in a snowbank in an unplowed parking lot, and AAA had to come haul me out. Actually, he couldn't get the truck in to haul me out, so the truck guy and I took turns pushing, and so the ranch was saved. (Front tires [drive tires] went down into a little dip, and there was ice at the bottom. Not badly stuck, but no way one person was shifting it.) All that exercise comes in handy in a clinch, it turns out. I couldn't actually have backpacked the Moby Smurfberry out, but I could probably backpack, oh, a sixteenth of a Honda. A short distance. With a good frame pack.

Speaking of packing--I am. Tomorrow, I depart the East Coast to spend a couple of days at an undisclosed location, doing glamorous secret things. (It's a consultant gig, but I'm not supposed to talk about it.)

I have about the worst case of impostor syndrome you've ever seen. But I can use the plane time to catch up on my reading.

I may be online sporadically. Feel free to treat this as an open thread until I get back. You could talk about books or something. If you fight, I will find out eventually.

"We owe God a death."
      --William Shakespeare


Party in Bear's thread! Waaahooo!

*brings cookies and punch*

Read anything good lately?
Hmmm, nothing really good in paper since Bone Palace . I've been reading ebooks on my phone, which is a bit of a trial. Currently meandering through the picture of Dorian Gray. How about you?
*grabs a cookie*
I just finished Bone Palace. Excellent. Before that, I read Cryoburn, the new Miles Vorkosigian novel from Lois McMaster Bujold. I think her Miles novels just keep getting better and better.

In my To Read queue I have A Companion to Wolves, Boneshaker, Dreadnaught and Metropolitan by Walter Jon Williams. I was reading Metropolitan before Christmas, and it got nudged out by my presents. *grin*

I got The Tricks of London chapbook, and had to read it as soon as it arrived, even in the middle of two other books. I was thrilled.

*pours a mug of punch*

You know, I've never actually read the Picture of Dorian Gray, but I have some idea of the plot. hmm... Maybe that was because I wasn't an English major.
I almost picked up Boneshaker when I was at the bookstore on Saturday. Looked interesting but I didn't recognize the author.
Re: imposter syndrome. I'm here to tell you: you're the genuine article. They still pay me to figure out that sort of thing so trust me: I'm a professional. :-)

(Also? I purchased a book of yours today, so it's objectively certain you're the real thing. I have evidence.)
Mwahahaha. I hope it turns out to be a good book.
If I'm to believe the reviewers, it should be, but I'll have to judge for myself. I'll let you know. ;-)
I am curiously compelled by your icon to guess
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period comma exclamation question semicolon colon asterisk apostrophe
are parentheses one or two? always in pairs
are square brackets standard?
are hyphens and dashes distinct, not only typographically?
/ as in and/or, maybe, I'm dubious

oh I'm forgetting open & close quotes! "" oh well.
thank you keyboard!
And there is the ellipsis...
I have tentatively come to the conclusion -- after having suffered from it for years -- that imposter syndrome has a silver lining: it's a sign that (a) you don't suffer from the Dunning-Kruger effect, and (b) you're being dropped into a new environment that's stretching you.
This is most definitely true. It's new environments all the way down. Like turtles.
Travel safely!
If it's any comfort at all, I skidded in mud and dented my front bumper yesterday. Cars. Bah.
You will be wonderful. Have a great time.
Cool! (Assuming that you're not joining Niven and Pournelle's anti-terrorist Sigma squad). ;-)
Shhh! *g*
Looks like you'll be up to lifting your end of the Mercedes in no time.
Next step, throwing ugly orange chairs.
I'm about two-thirds of the way through "By the Mountain Bound" and am enjoying it immensely.

I attribute the enjoyment to several factors:
1. It's the first book I've read for fun in a while.
2. It's a really good story, and well-written, too.
3. It's a bit more linear than "All the Windwracked Stars," and now I want to go re-read that one to see if I get it a bit more.
4. It's so much better than most of what I get paid to read, and I don't have to look for errors.

Thanks for writing it!
Have a good trip. I get the imposter syndrome thing all the time, just remember, you've got THEM fooled already! :) It turns out nobody ever actually sees through and everything one says gets treated seriously, just like you actually know what you are talking about. :)