I very much enjoyed Black Blossom as a web serial, and artist-author M. C. Hogarth is doing a Kickstarter to fund publication of it as a book. It's lovely if you're into language and storytelling and calligraphy and science fiction/fantasy. The physical book looks beautiful, and the support level for the ebook version is reasonable. If you’re interested, the Kickstarter has four days to go: Black Blossom: A Fantasy of Manners Among Aliens. There's a link to the web serial on the Kickstarter page, too.
In the interest of making you laugh until tears run down your faces and thus distracting you from my fail, I give you a link to a recent blog post in which a gifted raconteur shares links to tales of his youth in Africa (The Ratel) and his service in law enforcement (Pink Gorilla): Law Dog Presents. Click through, then click on the story links. You won't be sorry, if you put down the coffee first.
More story will be forthcoming from me next week on fanfic Friday, I promise.
So under the delusion that the people who read this blog will be interested in this, and perhaps interested enough to kick in some dough, here's the link to the Kickstarter Ogre campaign. Only 48 hours and 14K to go to Carwars! Make it so!
Their parent organization, which also exists to promote and protect fanfic from a legal standpoint, is running a membership drive and survey.
I took the OTW Community Survey!
Specifically Eastern Screech Owls in central Texas. This kind gentleman sets up a nest box every year; I ran across the site some years ago and have followed it off and on since.
Blogging about the owls
The nest cam site
He requests a postcard from your locale if you like the nest cam; info is at the bottom of the nest cam site.
So, as an antidote, went to Spiffworld and played through some oldies but goodies of WoW Mechanima: Code Monkey is always good (mentioned that one here before.) And I found this, awesome and new to me:
Source: Staples eReader Department
According to them, I read just over 700 words per minute. Which explains why my book budget is so high. :-)
Though it's pretty much always been like that; in high school I read a book in two days that had taken my dad two weeks to get through. Part of that is scanning content rather than reading thoroughly. I like to reread books, sometimes I find whole paragraphs that unaccountably got skipped the first time.
The catch is, the giveaway is only open to people who have never read Liaden novels. So if you are one of those folks, I highly recommend hustling over to Sharon Lee's Writer blog and entering the contest. If you are already a reader, they're offering a B&N certificate giveaway for mentioning this contest in your blog. Though I would mention this contest in my blog without the incentive; the books are just that good.
Quoted from the contest page:
In celebration of the publication of Mouse and Dragon, the thirteenth novel set in their Liaden Universe®, authors Sharon Lee and Steve Miller are holding an Expanding Universe Contest! Yes! No less than thirty-six electronic copies of The Dragon Variation will be given away.
The Dragon Variation is an omnibus edition of three Liaden Universe® novels — Conflict of Honors, one of the first modern SFRomances; Local Custom, second place winner of the Prism Award for best Futuristic of 2002; and Scout’s Progress, the first place winner of the Prism Award for best Futuristic of 2002, Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice for Best SF Novel of its year, and the prequel to Mouse and Dragon.
That’s three complete novels under one cover. No prior knowledge of the Liaden Universe® required. Electronic! In Baen Books’ DRM-free, multiplatform style. This omnibus can be read on your Kindle, your phone, your iPad, your desktop, or other ereader.
George Washington's 1789 Thanksgiving Proclamation
Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me to “recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:”
Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th day of November next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favorable interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed; for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enable to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and, in general, for all the great and various favors which He has been pleased to confer upon us.
And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions; to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our National Government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as have shown kindness to us), and to bless them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and, generally to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as He alone knows to be best.
Given under my hand, at the city of New York, the 3d day of October, A.D. 1789.
Your result for The Social Persona Test (What kind of man/woman are you?)...
The Librarian (QTBF)
Quirky Traditional Beta Female
You know the story--The quiet, smart girl who emerges from her shell to become the new queen bee. Nothing wrong with nerdy girls, in fact there aren't enough of you. Your best match is The Late Bloomer, as he once was the male version of you.
You are more QUIRKY than NORMAL.
You are more TRADITIONAL than LIBERAL.
You are more PASSIVE than DOMINANT.
When picking a date, consider: The Late Bloomer (QTAM), The Lord of the Misfits (QLAM), The Snowball's Chance in Hell (QTBM), The Suit (NTAM), or The Altar Boy (NTBM).
Avoid: The Frat Boy (NLAM)
(Image from theblackspiderman.com)