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December 2021



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First off: Bears in Boston.

I'll be hanging out in the Boskone bar on Saturday the 19th with ctwriter and probably others, if anybody wants to come say Hi. Also, I will be signing books at Pandemonium on the 22nd. Which is Book Day for Grail, not coincidentally.

Pursuant to my complaining about the un-neighborlyness of folks who don't shovel their walks, leahbobet offers a nice link to an essay on citizens vs. taxpayers. Not sure I entirely agree that his conclusions follow, but--

And where, I ask, does that leave the people who are opposed to paying any taxes at all? Not very community-minded, if you ask me.

Maybe that's the new radicalism: community-mindedness.

I'm reading Patti Smith's Just Kids, which kept me up two hours past my bedtime last night. It's okay: today is Saturday, and I voted myself a lie-in to make up for it. The cats seconded, so it was carried unanimously by proper parliamentary procedure. (The dog, as a nonvoting member before 9 am, was not consulted. He's still ignoring his breakfast, though, so he can't have been too hungry.)

Today I have a podcast to record and there's hopes for a trip to the climbing gym if the snow isn't too bad. Also, maybe another scene on the MG proposal. I've gotten to the exciting bit at the top of chapter 2, which makes me eager to keep going. Short chapters are very satisfying--they feel like regular progress.

Oh, and the first pass pages for The Tempering of Men are here. I should probably see to those, so you guys can read 'em in August.

I made maple oatmeal bread yesterday with a couple of parsnips grated up in it. Pretty good, if maybe a touch too sweet, but hey, anything to eat more veggies. It's this recipe, except I use butter instead of vegetable oil, and maple syrup instead of honey, and twice as much rolled oats, and only one cup of bread flour: the rest is white whole wheat, so I throw in a couple of teaspoons of vital wheat gluten.

Oh, and Neil Gaiman has been blogging about giving things away, which inspired me to update my free fiction page. Read and enjoy.

There's a major redesign going on at soon. I know it's been a bit derelict over there recently: we're switching to wordpress, which will make updating easier, but the main reason for the redesign is that, well, my inability to sustain a series for more than three or four books has led to a certain amount of site clutter. Ahem.

This may lead to a certain redistributing of the blogging, but never fear--the livejournal will remain. I've been here eight years now, and I feel like I have a commitment.

In other words, a pretty typical day at the ranch.

Keep your knives sharp and your pencils sharper.


Short chapters are very satisfying--they feel like regular progress.

Which is I think one of the primary reasons that James Patterson is so commercially successful.
I don't think I understand how your comment relates to my post.
I was griping about people who don't shovel their walks just yesterday--to myself while I was out walking.

We've occasionally had storms where no one can shovel in the hour and a half before it turns into three inches of ice that lasts until March. But that's not this year. There are people who clearly haven't shoveled for several weeks when all the other sidewalks are clear.

I have no time whatsoever for anyone who expects the state to do things for them, but is unwilling to give back, through taxation or whatever. It's all very well to insist on no taxation without representation, but the reverse should apply too. (In UK terms, I am looking at you, Sir Sean Connery.) If it's radical to feel that one should give back to the community, then colour me radical. But to me, it's simple common decency to do so.
Nails socialist colours to mast and whistles The Red Flag.
Have a lovely time in Boston.
This pretty much nails it. My problem with the hardline libertarian perspective is that *everybody* benefits from society in some manner--and the people espousing a hardline libertarianism are often the ones who have benefited most/been least exploited. (And seem to recognize those benefits/privileges least.)

It's common decency. You do what you can for others. This doesn't mean you starve your own family, but it does mean you share what you don't need.

Anything else is sociopathic.
I feel somewhat frivolous asking about bread, but wanted to double-check the parsnip procedure-- just grate up a couple of parsnips (producing roughly.... a cup or so of grated veggies?) and put them into your variation on the honey/oat bread? Possibly decrease the sweetner to account for the sweetness of said parsnips?
Yup. Just grated and dumped them in raw. They pretty much vanished in the final product.
I shovel my patch of sidewalk, you shovel yours, then we can both walk safely. It has to be done, one doesn't have to like doing it, but it still has to be done. Like laundry,vacuuming, or dishes. If you don't want to do it yourself, then pay* someone to do it for you.

Thanks for the free fiction! I just devoured the excerpt of Dust and promptly boogied on over to Amazon and bought it and Chill and put Grail on order. All courtesy of the gift card my employer gave all us peons over Christmas... I'm not sure how I managed to miss Dust, but somehow I did. It's damned good!

*Not necessarily a monetary payment - barter works just fine too. So if you'd rather hire a guy with a snowblower or a kid with a shovel that's fine. If you want the city to do it, then pay them either in taxes or fees.
Indeed. And older people get a certain credit for Time Served.

(And thank you! Glad you liked!)

I have grumbled about this very thing a great deal this winter.

Oliver Wendell Holmes: “I like paying taxes. With them I buy civilization.”

Now if I could figure out how opt out of the "buy one, get one" deal on war and oppression along with that civilization I'd be all set.

Re: I have grumbled about this very thing a great deal this winter.

Hear, hear. If only we could earmark.
If I say "make some noise" -- kill me.

I've lived in the Boston area for 15 years now and it still shocks me how people get away with not shoveling here. It would not be tolerated anywhere else I've lived. Some of the worst offenders are the police stations and the areas that the towns themselves are responsible for clearing (I used to go to physical therapy across the street from the main police station in the next town over. Three times a week every week I waited for the bus home in the street because the sidewalk was not shoveled once all winter).