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Thursday, March 15, 2012

7:13PM - Happy belated Purim!

Uriel is Iron Chef Chinese, ascending into Kitchen Stadium.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

12:23PM - Aethereal Girl says check it out

Hey everyone, dhole has a new story up at Abyss & Apex:

A Demon of Almansol

I think it's pretty good.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

7:10AM - New York Comic Con!

No, I'm not going to be there.

But my comics will!

Y'all may remember Bento Comix, the comics I drew for Uriel's bento box and occasionally put up on the web. Well, I took one of those stories and polished it up a bit, and now real gone girl studios (who is, full disclosure, my sister murmbeetle) is publishing it as a minicomic under the title Bento Comix: Ghost Girl vs the Mean Medium. And they will have it available at New York Comic Con this weekend, at table S9 in Artist Alley.

Check it out! And while you're checking it out, check out the other fine products of real gone girl studios.

Monday, August 22, 2011

11:52AM - Fun with airport security

We're at my parents' house in Ashkelon (the Iron Dome seems to be working out pretty well so far, thank you) and joshbrown was over for Shabbat. The following conversation ensued:

joshbrown: Did you know that they tried using gerbils in airport security? Because they can smell fear, so what they did was they took a fan . . .

My father: But it must work only at a very short range. Surely a more effective way to do it would be to have the passengers take off their clothes and climb into a box of gerbils . . .

Me: And if they say, "Do it to Julia!" they can go on the flight.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

4:11PM - What the international media won't tell you

Israel looms much larger than its actual size in the international imagination. But how much do people living abroad know about the issues that are closest to Israelis' hearts?

A case in point: Although it was the top story in today's Hebrew papers, I couldn't find any articles in English about the triumphant end of the great cottage cheese boycott.

Here's a video in Hebrew, though, for those who understand it.

Truth! Justice! Freedom! Reasonably-priced love! And a hard-boiled egg cottage cheese!

Friday, April 15, 2011

12:48PM - Purim pictures

I finally got the Uriel Purim pictures from my parents, and you can see them behind the cut.Collapse )

Thursday, March 31, 2011

5:59AM - All Knowledge, etc.

So I keep hearing--or at least I think I keep hearing--that all the Vorkosigan books except for Memory are legitimately available as free ebooks. Is this true? The only one that seems to be in Baen's Free Library is The Warrior's Apprentice. (And "The Mountains of Mourning," which isn't a book, as such.)

I ask because I have a young friend who wants to read Ethan of Athos, but who doesn't actually live near me so I can't just hand him my copy.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

5:12PM - To whom it may concern

I'm okay, and so are dhole and Uriel.

Gosh it's been a while since I've had to do one of these. It's remarkable how much I hadn't missed them.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

7:11PM - Ben Drosai's Food

Ben Drosai's Food

Ben Drosai, the bandit chief, would take his meals rare
He ate sashimi, steak tartare, and never turned a hair
It wasn't boast or braggadocio
To prove that he was tough and macho
That made him relish beef carpaccio
It was simply savoir-faire

And so, on erev shabbos, with the minutes ticking by
And you'll never finish cooking howsoever hard you try
Just shove your eggplant parmesan
Onto the plata, still half done
And with the setting of the sun
Raise a glass to Ben Drosai

Sunday, March 6, 2011

7:00AM - Cryoburn

So, about ten years after the rest of the internet, I finally read Cryoburn.

The only part I didn't like was when Miles was showing the holocube of his family to Jin, and there didn't seem to be any pictures of Nikki on it. Really, Miles? Not cool.

Other than that, I liked it. It wasn't a major Vorkosigan novel, but it had the things I'm looking for in a Vorkosigan novel: Miles burning up the page, mad schemes spiraling out of control, at least one line of dialogue that made me cackle madly. (Best one in this book is Mark's: "Fuwa-san, let's talk fire sale.")

There may have been occasionally a bit too much "here's what these characters you care about have been getting up to in the past five years" interrupting the story, but it's a fair cop; I do care about these characters and I do want to know what they've been getting up to. Also, Kibou-daini, not actually terribly Japanese. Eh. It's true, but I don't particularly care.

I liked Jin. I don't remember seeing Bujold do a kid point of view before; it's good. If she decided that what she wanted to write after the Ivan thing was a middle-grades book about the adventures of Jin and Mina, I would totally be all over that. (Similarly, if she wanted to write a cozy mystery starring Ekaterin, as one of the commentators at james_nicoll's lj suggested, I'd be all over that too. Neither is likely to happen, sadly.)

I liked Raven.*

About a third of the way through the book I realized that Roic is camwyn, or at least a character played by camwyn, and I immediately became twice as fond of him, not that I had been precisely unfond of him before.

So, yeah. I'm happy. Aethereal Girl says check it out.

*In fact, when he and Roic were escaping from the NHLL, I was briefly quite taken with the idea of Raven/Roic. The feeling passed, which is not to say that I'd object if I happened to come across some well-done Raven/Roic lying around the internet.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

6:58PM - A Conversation With Uriel

Uriel and I are waiting at a bus stop.

Me (singing): Bum-bum-bum, another one rides the bus . . .

Uriel: No! Bites the dust.

Me: Oh, right.

Uriel: Are there any dustarians around here?

Me: Dustarians? . . . I see, you mean people who only eat dust.

Uriel: Wait, I forgot. Definitely not good eats.

Me: That's true.

Uriel: Because why?

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

10:05AM - Your depressing manifestation of the patriarchy for the day

Do a Google image search for "human proportions."

How many women do you see?

Sunday, January 23, 2011

6:29PM - My name in dead trees

The Apex Magazine anthology--you know, a print anthology, on paper, like in the old days--with my story in it is now available:


I mean, I'm not sure why you'd want it--all those stories are available online. But it's pretty cool, anyway.

Monday, January 17, 2011

3:57PM - Yet another Uriel anecdote

One of Uriel's inexplicable hobbies is reading wikis about video games. He was doing that while I was cooking dinner, when suddenly I hear a distress call from the living room.

"Oh, help, help! Imma, come back!"

I came back to the living room. "What is it?"

"This page is making you sad!" He meant the page was making him sad. He still has some pronoun trouble.

"The web page?" I said. "What's wrong with it?"

"It's all stubby!"

I looked at his computer. Sure enough, This article is a stub . . .

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

9:30AM - An analogy

Graykin :: Jame
Sergeant Bothari :: Cordelia Vorkosigan


I mean, if you feel like it.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

7:52PM - Free to a good home

Has anyone ever written Father Brown vs Cthulhu? Chesterton and Lovecraft seem to have compatible worldviews, and it's not just the xenophobia -- well, actually, it's mostly the xenophobia. Read these lines from "The Wrong Shape":

"The colours are intoxicatingly lovely; but the shapes are mean and bad -- deliberately mean and bad. I have seen wicked things in a Turkey carpet . . . They are letters and symbols in a language I don't know; but I know they stand for evil words . . . The lines go wrong on purpose -- like serpents doubling to escape."

And tell me that Lovecraft couldn't have written them.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

9:33PM - A review of Merlin and the Dragons

Last night I read Uriel Merlin and the Dragons, by Jane Yolen. As we got close to the end, he interrupted me to ask, "What gender is Arthur?"

"He's male," I said.

"What gender is Merlin?"

"He's male, too."

"What gender is Vortigern?"


Finally, in exasperation, "Who is female?"

So . . . my son, the feminist reader.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

6:16AM - It's alive!

My story, "Sol Asleep," is live on Apex Magazine.

You can read it here, or listen to it here.

There is rape. I don't think that's a spoiler, since it happens in the first couple of paragraphs.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

7:37PM - Syndrome

The other day, as I was walking to work, I was accosted by a man who told me he was the reincarnation of Reuben, son of Jacob.

During his lifetime as Reuben, he had claimed to be the messiah, and God had punished his presumption by reincarnating him as the obscure and humble man I saw before me. God had, of course, been in the right, and he himself was much happier now, he assured me.

He also told me that he had been only the first in a long line of false messiahs -- he showed me where Jesus' name was hidden in a Biblical verse about Reuben -- and that I shouldn't believe anyone who claimed to be the messiah. No messiah was anything but arrogance and forbidden worship. Then he wished me a happy holiday and went on his way.

I've met a few people with Jerusalem syndrome, living in Jerusalem as I do, but this is the first time I've met anyone with Anti-Jerusalem syndrome.

Monday, May 10, 2010

10:54PM - Twenty-three

So a couple of weeks back when I was too busy to post, I finished Chapter 22 of Snatched-from-the-Water, and I just now finished Chapter 23, and that is the end.

It's not actually a draft yet because I have to go back and introduce key characters before their dramatic death scenes, and take out various things that seemed like a good idea at the time, but turn out to be inconsistent with or irrelevant to the story in its final version, and so on. And now that I know what the structure of the book is, I have to nudge it ino that shape a bit.

Among a whole bunch of smaller changes, this is going to mean completely rewriting one existing chapter and adding anther new one somewhere in the middle, so I am not out of the woods yet.

But I am in a nice sunny clearing.

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