Central American Food

What follows is the textual content of a speech I had to give in class. It ran deplorably long, because as regular readers know, I love food, and find the anthropology surrounding meals a fascinating topic. So while this seems stilted, if I start expanding it I’ll wind up...

Damsels in Distress?

How about Damsels who can’t be bothered with Distress? Death before Whining!  This started out as a spark off Tom Knighton’s post at According to Hoyt the other day. He wrote: “I don’t recall exactly who, but one of the better known authors of our genre once claimed that...

Review: One of Each

I got two new books in this last week, and I managed to read them both. One fiction, and one non-fiction. Being sick helped with the reading, for a little silver lining in a cloud. I read book #6 in the Ongoing April series by Mackey Chandler. I have...

Taking Counsel

Life is a Battleground I found myself walking across campus yesterday and wondering what I was doing there. It’s not that I feel like I don’t belong, although I have days like that, too. It’s more that I was feeling sick, stupid, and used up. I’m too old for...

ETWYRT: Tom Kratman

(mirror-posted from the Otherwhere Gazette because I have an Organic Chemistry exam) Today’s reading and recipe come from Tom Kratman, best known for his military science fiction and alternative history books. I’ve been reading Kratman since his first book and his skills have grown exponentially since that endeavour. When...

Drawing, photos, and other artistic endeavours

Drawing class is going well. We’re working on tonal qualities, and charcoal, things that I haven’t really put too much thought into previously. Turns out that using powdered charcoal and reductive methods is difficult, gloriously messy, and not something I’m likely to master anytime soon. I’ll stick to graphite...

A Little Circus

#hugoawards #sadpuppies The guy who is just too damn obstinate, brave, hell maybe even stupid to accept he’s beaten. Who takes on odds fifty or fifty thousand to one and…   Probably gets knocked flat. And gets up again and tries again. It’s a frontier thing, I think. Kowtowing...

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Quote Under a Big Tent

“And that is why the Sad Puppies campaign is important. In recent years, my rate of “discovery” of new cool authors has slowed to a crawl – and I’m not the only one. Scifi/fantasy literature sales are trending in the wrong direction at a meteoric rate. When I was 15, award-winning meant great fiction. Now that I am 35, award-winning means I am not finishing the book.

 

Query: with everything I just wrote, does it surprise anyone still reading that I didn’t know I could vote on the Hugos until Sad Puppies 2? I was shocked to learn it. No wonder the insular cliques are running the show, the rest of us don’t even know we’re supposed to be contributing to the script.

 

The only way to change that is to erect a big tent and get everyone in. People like the trufen who scoff at me are already there. Sad Puppies have showed the rest of us that we can join too. And as a bonus, since SP3 started, I have a list of new authors to check out so long I can’t even remember them all at once. Everybody wins!

 

That’s what it’s really about. I just spent 1,300+ words telling you why my fandom should count. That doesn’t invalidate anyone else’s fandom. I am still laboring to understand how “fandom” became a contest. My whole life, “fandom” has meant that I can share books, and games, and movies with people with similar interests, and they will share theirs with me, and we will both get enjoyment.

 

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Gallery A Walk in the Woods

Falling in love with Ohio all over again in the spring sunshine.

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An Author at a Con

James Young is guest posting at the Mad Genius Club today, writing about what is entailed in being an author-vendor at a con-of-size.  The first thing a person should do in order to prepare for any event is do some research.  For instance, if you look through previous news...