1. hornetaur:

    She had curves in all the wrong places - some of them cast a 3-dimensional shadows, still others hummed a low, discordant note as they flitted about like flies. She was nothing like other girls - she was an abomination from the 6th plane of torment

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  2. max-peck:

    This should be played in every high school classroom when they are learning about plagiarism.

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  3. Nine Worlds Schedule

    And here is my Nine Worlds schedule — which begins TOMORROW, eep!

    Friday

    Suffering Sappho! Queer representation in superhero comics
    Connaught B, 1:30pm – 2:45pm (LGBTQAI Fandom)

    The Doctor’s Privilege
    Royal C&D, 3:15pm – 4:30pm (Doctor Who)

    Saturday

    Wouldn’t It Be Cool If…
    Connaught B, 3:15pm – 4:30pm (LGBTQAI Fandom)

    Bifröst! Queer Cabaret
    Comm East, 8pm – 10pm (LGBTQAI Fandom)

    Hope to see you…

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  4. What Tolkien REALLY Said

    halduncan:

    "I have claimed that Escape is one of the main functions of fairy-stories, and since I do not disapprove of them, it is plain that I do not accept the tone of scorn or pity with which “Escape” is now so often used: a tone for which the uses of the word outside literary criticism give no warrant at all. In what the misusers are fond of calling Real Life, Escape is evidently as a rule very practical, and may even be heroic. In real life it is difficult to blame it, unless it fails; in criticism it would seem to be the worse the better it succeeds. Evidently we are faced by a misuse of words, and also by a confusion of thought. Why should a man be scorned if, finding himself in prison, he tries to get out and go home? Or if, when he cannot do so, he thinks and talks about other topics than jailers and prison-walls? The world outside has not become less real because the prisoner cannot see it. In using escape in this way the critics have chosen the wrong word, and, what is more, they are confusing, not always by sincere error, the Escape of the Prisoner with the Flight of the Deserter.

    "Just so a Party-spokesman might have labelled departure from the misery of the Führer’s or any other Reich and even criticism of it as treachery. In the same way these critics, to make confusion worse, and so to bring into contempt their opponents, stick their label of scorn not only on to Desertion, but on to real Escape, and what are often its companions, Disgust, Anger, Condemnation, and Revolt. Not only do they confound the escape of the prisoner with the flight of the deserter; but they would seem to prefer the acquiescence of the “quisling” to the resistance of the patriot. To such thinking you have only to say “the land you loved is doomed” to excuse any treachery, indeed to glorify it."

    [Escape in: On Fairy-Stories, J.R.R. Tolkien.]

    via: tolkienist.com

    Is Tolkien saying here that the world being a prison, only a mean old meanie of a jailor would scorn escape, or is he saying rather that the metaphor is itself invalid, a piece of bad faith rhetoric designed to slander the fantastic by representing it as desertion, as craven cowardly abrogation of any and all responsibility to resist? I’m inclined to think that it’s the latter.

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  5. LonCon3 Schedule

    My LonCon3 schedule, let me show you it! It’s pretty packed. I’ll note up front that in addition to panels I have an autographing session and a Kaffeeklatsch, so those are places where I am guaranteed to be in a way that you can at least tokenly converse with me if all other plans fall through!

    I’ll also be at Nine Worlds, but there are couple of things still being ironed out in that schedule,…

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  6. Upcoming Appearances: Nine Worlds, LonCon3, Waterstone’s Glasgow Argyle St

    Upcoming Appearances: Nine Worlds, LonCon3, Waterstone’s Glasgow Argyle St

    I have existed in a near-constant state of travel since June 25, and it’s far from over! But here’s where I’ll be over the next two weeks:

    August 8-10: Nine Worlds Geekfest 2014

    I’m on the Doctor Who and LGBTQAI tracks, with confirmation of programme items pending.

    August 14-18: LonCon3

    I am on SO MUCH PROGRAMMING I may as well make a separate post for it! It all looks amazing, though.

    August 21:

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  9. Thing The Second: Collaboration with the Banjo Apocalypse Crinoline Troubadours

    wyrdingstudios:

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    The necklace is the piece that started it all, and the other beads are things that have demanded to be made into jewelry about songs and stories about abducted miners in space. There’s tektites, and lodestones, and pyrite, and some labradorite, and titanium-coated druzy quartz, and tiny stars, and lampwork glass that looks like planets, and leaves, and I need to go shopping for meteorites because really, how can I NOT go shopping for meteorites now?

    Going to bed now. But this is a thing that is happening, and I hope to have the first few pieces up on the website by this weekend, seeing as how I’ve already spent some of that money before I’ve even made it.

    That image, though. The coal and the colourful leaves. The encircling and the laddered stone. It’s how it is in my head just before the weaving — that those leaves will touch that coal, those ladders twist in wire, those bright baubles bloom. 

    I see our songs in it already.

     

  10. Thing The Second: Collaboration with the Banjo Apocalypse Crinoline Troubadours

    wyrdingstudios:

    At Readercon earlier this month, I had the distinct pleasure of meeting the Banjo Apocalypse Crinoline Troubadours, and while sitting in the audience at their concert, I found myself making a necklace inspired by some of the songs from their “Ballads From A Distant Star” project, which reworks traditional folksongs to be about a mining colony in space. I’m not doing it justice at all because it’s almost 1am and I should be asleep, but it’s awesome.

    Afterwards, I showed Claire and Amal and Caitlyn the necklace and told them a bit about how I used to be a folksinger and once aspired to be a song collector/folklorist (before I realized that particular career pays even worse than being an artist, poet, or musician…) and the next thing I knew we were exchanging contact information and talking about what beads went to what song lyrics and and and and.

    (This is how it always starts. One minute I’m quietly sitting in a corner working, the next I find myself up to my eyebrows in some kind of interstitial collaboration. Art is tricksy, y’all. It attacks when you’re not looking.)

    AND THEN. Today we were emailing back and forth about it, because the beads had been talking to me, and Amal suggested that perhaps if I could get the first few pieces from the collection up on the website we could do a bit of cross-promotion for the An Alphabet of Embers Kickstarter at the same time, since one of the stretch goals on that project is a new song from the BACT! Which I delightedly agreed was a most excellent idea, and when I saw that the Kickstarter only needed a little nudge to hit that particular stretch goal, I decided that the first $60 of sales from pieces in the Ballads From A Distant Star project would be earmarked to support An Alphabet of Embers, in the name of art supporting other art supporting other art, and I got out my credit card and preemptively increased my pledge accordingly, because that’s what credit cards are for sometimes.

    (And then I got to talking to Rose about cross-promotion and phoenix pendants, and, well, this is what I mean about art being tricksy and sneaking up on people.)

    Anyway. Where was I? Right, it’s 1 am, I’m supposed to be in bed. Here, have a photo:

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    The necklace is the piece that started it all, and the other beads are things that have demanded to be made into jewelry about songs and stories about abducted miners in space. There’s tektites, and lodestones, and pyrite, and some labradorite, and titanium-coated druzy quartz, and tiny stars, and lampwork glass that looks like planets, and leaves, and I need to go shopping for meteorites because really, how can I NOT go shopping for meteorites now?

    Going to bed now. But this is a thing that is happening, and I hope to have the first few pieces up on the website by this weekend, seeing as how I’ve already spent some of that money before I’ve even made it.