One More Grouchy Refugee
Fanfic and Whinge

date: 2018-03-01 13:58
subject: My New Book! The Hangman of Wolves
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mood swinggiddy giddy
tagsamazon, books, fiction, kindle, m/m, mystery, original fic, suspense, thriller

I am complete pants at self-promotion. I don't do people well. (The idea of something like a book signing, for instance, affects me much like the prospect of being lowered naked into a vat of crickets.) I'm not under any impression this is going to make me rich or famous. I will not be babbling about this a lot.

However, if anyone likes my fan fiction and is interested, I now have a book available on Kindle. Ebook, that is.

This is what I have been working on for the last two years. I could yak about it a lot, but I'll restrain myself to a few things. It's got a little romance, m/m, some action, murders, a mystery or two, and ambiguous werewolves in it. I found it a little hard to categorize. It's maybe supernatural, but any horror is human.

So, yeah, there's that. 

Now, I'm going to curl up like a pill bug for a while in an agony of embarrassment because I want people to buy it and love it the way I do. Really, just don't tell me if you aren't interested. I'm going to write some fanfic. I'm perfectly confident in my ability to ... Well, not perfectly confident, but I've done it before at least.

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date: 2015-10-21 22:50
subject: Lois McMaster Bujold's next book
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mood swinggood good
tagsbooks, lois mcmaster bujold, vorkosigan saga

Just in case anyone here hasn't heard, BAEN Books has the eARC for Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen available at their site. It'll be out in edited form in February, but if you're like me you'll click this link:

BAEN Books Advanced Readers Copies

There just aren't that many writers I still get this excited about seeing a new book. The fifteen bucks is well worth it to me and I'll still be picking up the hardcover later. This entry was originally posted at where there are comment count unavailable comments. Comments are enabled on all cross posted journals.

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date: 2011-07-18 18:32
subject: another one bites the dust
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tagsbooks, bookstores, spammage

L.A. Times article - Borders seeks approval to liquidate


I never really liked the Borders that I've been in, but there was one very convenient to Dad's place, and I can't help feeling sad. Another tie cut, another place I'll never go again, and all those people out of jobs. There's no way to look at it that isn't depressing.

How can I complain though, about the end of Borders, when I buy almost all my books online and am planning to pick up a Kindle next month? Storefronts are less and less cost effective and no one, buyer or seller, has money to waste.

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date: 2009-07-19 23:36
subject: heatwave = brain giving up
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tagsau, bigbang, books, fanfic, heatwave, sga, wip, writing

I'm melting.

Actually, I'm proof that you can not sweat away the pounds. How on Earth or Tattooine do people endure in Iraq and Iran? I was not bred for this. I was bred for living through famines in cold northern countries.

Palimpsest finally engaged me half way through, enough that I'm recommending it to those with a taste for elegant language and fairy tales and a hint of horror. Not blood spatter, axe murderer horror, or brain-eating zombies horror, but mannered horror, Poe or M.R. James or Sarah Monette's The Bone Key type horror, the sense of the surreally wrong, twisting reality horror. I'm going to try a couple of Catherynne M. Valente's other books anyway.

Big Bang progress is slow, so slow. I have to say though, Precious performs damn well for a laptop in 108.5º F. I suspect my sweat is eating away the finish next to the touch pad though and on my favored shift key. I'm considering waxing a couple of the surfaces taking the worst wear. What do you think?

SGA Big Bang Equestrian AU

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date: 2009-07-17 23:52
subject: Annoyances abound
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tagsau, bigbang, books, fanfic, no-cellphone-no-service, sga, wip, writing

Uhm. Current progress, not counting today's work.

29622 / 51000 words. 58% done!

Google and I are on the outs. So there. They discriminate against Luddites and those of us without mobile text messaging phones. Bastards.

But, if I were to ever move back to civilization and give in to the necessity of a cell phone? It won't be with Verizon.

Verizon? Can bite me.

Or better yet, they can be eaten by voracious, rabid, giant crocodiles.

Also, I hope they never have another orgasm in their lives.

Meanwhile, the current heatwave has slowed my writing speed to a tortoise crawl. I'm blaming the heat and not my own lack of dedication. Still, I got the Ronon intro scene done and have moved on to introducing Zelenka. To do that, I'm having a horse die. I think I may end up warning for animal death when the story is finished. It's all off screen so far, but if I throw in some action, something might happen to one of the main horses.

It would be utterly wrong to have Jennifer Keller make a mistake that gets a horse killed, wouldn't it?

It really would.

But it's really tempting. It would be more likely for John to do it, though.

I'm currently reading Catherynne M. Valente's Palimpsest. I suspect she wouldn't be thrilled to know that so far it reminds me of Clive Barker. Yeah...I'm pretty sure that she wasn't aiming at evoking comparisons to ol' Clive. Of course, I'm not referring to current Clive Barker, whatever he's writing at the moment. I think the last book by him I bought was Imajica, when I had a two hour wait for the dentist to fit me in and pull a cracked tooth and needed something to lose myself in. Anyway, surreal cities and clockwork cockroaches make me think of horror.

Valente's a gorgeous prose stylist though, but I think it works better in her poetry (when I get around to my Post Every Damn Day poetry month again, expect to see her name pop up). I'm struggling to form an attachment to any of the characters in Palimpsest. I really want to like the book, but I can't say I do so far.

In fact, if I'm honest, I'll admit that last night, Palimpsest was put aside in favor of an epic Transformers fanfic.

Transformers. WTF? Do not even ask, do not ask.

BTW, it wasn't half bad.

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date: 2009-03-16 16:55
subject: the nice and the not so nice
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mood swingaggravated aggravated
sound:Sarah Slean - Notes from the Underground
tagsau of epic doom, bad day no cookie, books, fail prize, health, not-writing

If someone did nominate me for the Stargate Fan Awards?

Thank you. I have no idea which story you nominated, but thank you anyway.

Otherwise, the not nice:

The Stargate Fan Awards site can bite my moon-pale fat ass. It is either screwing me over somehow or there are no nominations and they just sent the email to mess with my head. I've wasted enough time trying to get it to work for me, when I don't in fact care beyond the little ego boost of a nomination.

Otherwise, if like me you are jonesing for Atlantis to the point you're willing to read tie-in novels? Do yourself a favor. Go read miss_porcupine's SGA crossover with NCIS. Do not, whatever you do, waste $7.95 on James Swallow's Nightfall. On pain of brain death. If you really itch to spend that money, donate it to OTW. Or the Carl Brandon Society. Or the local humane society, soup kitchn or homeless shelter.

Me and spinach: No no no no no. I tried, again, because 'it's good for you'. No.

Also, my back and my feet hurt today.

The au epic of doom continues to comfort me in its sheer, blazing self indulgence. Anyone want me to post another teaser bit?

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date: 2009-01-09 17:11
subject: blither, beer bread, relativity, novel non-progress
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mood swingquixotic quixotic
sound:100 Knives - Miarh
tagsbooks, recipes, spammage, writing

Relativity )

the novel and detail distractions )

I made homemade Beer Bread today and it turned out perfectly. I have searched cook books for a decent recipe to replace the Dassant mix I used to buy until the supermarkets here quit carrying it and never, never found one that tasted anything like what I wanted. It finally occurred to me to check the Internet. *face palm* Second hit was what I wanted. I replaced the all purpose flour with kamut flour (couldn't find barley flour, but I will) and had a delicious loaf of bread in an hour. Nom nom nom. Next time I'll put cubed up cheddar cheese and kielbasa in it.

Easy Beer Bread Mix )

Also, if you have really old, dried up and hard parmesan cheese, put it in your polenta, right at the very end with the butter. Just saying. I can't get enough polenta lately.

Wandering back to my inability to grasp complex mathematics expressed in numbers (I need it in words, preferably with an accompanying interpretive dance number and someone holding my hand), and science fiction of the really hard sort, anyone out there read Greg Egan's books? I find them very dry, very pedantic and I think it's probably because I r math dum. But the thing is, it's not just my failure to get it, it's Egan's failure to convey it. If the books were non-fiction text meant to teach me the concepts, that would be one thing, but Egan's writing fiction. I buy my fiction to be entertained first and foremost, and I'm really not entertained when I'm left feeling stupid. I really think this might be why Egan isn't as well-known/successful as he might be otherwise. Feel free to disagree and explain why I'm wrong, wrong, wrong.

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date: 2008-08-05 19:05
subject: book review: Always by Nicola Griffith
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mood swingcontemplative contemplative
tagsbooks, recs

Less review than reaction, maybe, I'm not going to deconstruct and analyze the book in an academic fashion, but [info]mirabile_dictu expressed an interest when I mentioned reading it and between it and another book I'll mention I've had a thought float through my head.

Always )

Wow, that went long and veered off into personal land, but that's what I'm talking about: every book you read is personal to you.

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