Book review: The Change series, by S.M. Stirling

Dies the Fire (book 1 of The Change Series) by S.M. Stirling My rating: 5 of 5 stars S.M. Stirling‘s Change series & associated novels are my favorite post-apocalyptic books ever. Incredible world-building highlights a variety of cultures based on the various sub-cultures we’re familiar with in today’s world, and… Continue reading

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Book review: Violeta, by Isabel Allende

Violeta by Isabel Allende My rating: 5 of 5 stars I adore everything that Isabel Allende writes, but Violeta stands out as one of her best. The book is one long love letter to someone Violeta loves dearly, recounting the events of her life, and what an extraordinary life it… Continue reading

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Prayer for the Dying

The title for this post is from the title of a song by Jimmy Page and David Coverdale, Whisper a Prayer for the Dying. As far as I can tell, it’s the only song Jimmy Page has ever done that is any kind of political statement, but it’s a powerful… Continue reading

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Groundhog Day USA

Today is Groundhog Day.  Um… I’ve never understood the logic of the groundhog/winter forecast thing.  If the groundhog sees its shadow there will be six more weeks of winter but if it doesn’t, spring comes early.  You’d think it would be the other way around. We are fully overcast here… Continue reading

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Begone 2021

2021’s ending, and who’d have thought that at the last minute it’d include saying goodbye to Betty White. It’s felt like the end of times for a long time, I swear. But maybe that’s OK. I wrote about it on one of my alternate blogs that’s dedicated to music and… Continue reading

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November is a word for BUSY

Autumn’s my favorite time of year, but only if I’m outside enjoying it. I try to haul myself away from the computer but things just pile up. November is NaNoWriMo and I’m way behind this year. Had a time-out for a week due to eye issues. It was scheduled, but… Continue reading

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Indigenous People’s Day

Celebrating the multi-faceted heritage, history, and hope of Indigenous peoples. Indigenous peoples are not the past. They are living, powerful, and loving today. Elders, children, activists, teachers, leaders, community, and so many among the missing. ~ Bernice King, on #IndigenousPeoplesDay Evolution Device‘s main character is Warm Springs Apache, but he… Continue reading

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Wills for writers

If you’re a writer and your will doesn’t cover the issue of what happens to your work after you die, then please read Neil Gaiman’s blog post on the subject.  It’s for artists, photographers,  musicians, and all creatives with a few adjustments of language. I’ve also posted the link on… Continue reading

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Good Fences

  They say good fences make good neighbors. That might be so, but here’s a fence that stands alone, not between me and anything.  It’s not a particularly “good” fence, in that it’s not all spiffy, not something that zoning regulations would approve of. It’s a fence that’s no better… Continue reading

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