May 30 2015
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A readathon and some QUILTBAG recommendations

Earlier today, I learned about the , hosted by A Daydreamer’s Thoughts, which will be held from 22nd – 28th June. (It’s also held May 25th – 31st. Yes, this week!) There is no announcement post for the readathon yet, so I’ve just linked you to the old one.

My thanks to Lisa from Over the Effing Rainbow for bringing it to my attention. ^_^

So I thought I’d offer up some QUILTBAG books I’ve enjoyed and would recommend to anyone looking for some books to add to the pile. ^_^ These will be largely SFF and I’m going to stick to about ten. And a list. And a brief note on my own stories.

First! The list! Because last year I compiled a list of all the books I know of that have (or are suspected of having) asexual characters.

Please also note that because I’m me, I’m going to cheat copiously and list series as one book.

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May 30 2015
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Goal Review and Upcoming Plans May/Jun 2015

May has ended! Whoot! Well, actually, it hasn’t just yet. There’s a bit longer to go, but the post about this month’s goals is going up today, so that counts.

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I Want to Read:
– The Girl who Soared over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two by Catherynne M. Valente
– Going Postal by Terry Pratchett
– The Seventh Bride by T. Kingfisher

I Want to Write:
10,000 words of fiction

Depending on how you want to count the writing, I have either failed miserably or blasted past the writing goal. It is no one‘s surprise that I did well on the reading one, I’m sure. So! Let’s focus on the writing. The end of April threw a bit of a spanner in my plans with an opportunity I can’t pass up and I spent all of my writing efforts on rewriting and polishing up That Darned Space Ghosts Story I Keep Talking About. Wish me luck! I got it done and I think it is awesome. (When, y’know, I’m not busy thinking it is the worst story ever because apparently those two mindsets like to play pingpong together. Or something.)

But it is finished and I am not horribly behind on my other projects (except insofar as that I’m well below my personal goals and ideals.) And the reading went wonderfully, as always, and I read quite a bit more than I’d anticipated.

I wasn’t sure what my reading was going to be like with the focus on editing and rekeying a novella. Not necessarily in that order. But I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. As of this writing, I’ve read a grand total of twelve books. Though I’ll grant you that most were graphic novels and one I wrote myself.

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I Want to Read:
– Trade Me by Courtney Milan
– Ombria in Shadow by Patricia A. McKillip
– Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie

I Want to Write:
10,000 words of fiction

And… that’s it. June is going to be filled with some commitments that are relatively hazy, so I may or may not have more time on my hands than I had this month. We’ll see. If all goes well, I will have some very exciting news to share in June and things won’t be half as scary as I think they are. We’ll also get to see if I can keep up the “Post every day but Sunday” schedule that seems to have been April and May. I probably can’t, but we’ll see how it goes.

I hope everyone’s months end on a high note!

May 28 2015
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Game Talk: Inherit the Earth

Inherit the Earth is a relatively little known point-and-click adventure game from the 1990s. It features anthropomorphic characters and… well, you’ll see below the cut. Before I get to that I’d like to note that one of the creators currently has a Patreon page to fund the first chapter of a sequel as well as running a web comic sequel. I’ve linked to the very first page, which also lets you read a recap of what happened in the game.

That all said, onwards! To the spoilers!

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May 27 2015
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Book Talk: The Girl who Soared over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two

Book Talk: The Girl who Soared over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in TwoThe Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two (Fairyland #3) by Catherynne M. Valente
Pages: 256
September misses Fairyland and her friends Ell, the Wyverary, and the boy Saturday. She longs to leave the routines of home and embark on a new adventure. Little does she know that this time, she will be spirited away to the moon, reunited with her friends, and find herself faced with saving Fairyland from a moon-Yeti with great and mysterious powers.

Huzzah! I have finally gotten around to reading the third installment in Valente’s Fairyland series! That took quite a long time, so I’m just going to launch straight into the rambling below the cut.

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May 26 2015
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Film Talk: Pretty Guardian Sailormoon, Act 5

Welcome back once more to the rewatch and episode-by-episode live commentary of Pretty Guardian Sailormoon. We’re onto Act 5, so that puts us at about a tenth of the way through the show.

Previously, Rei decided she wanted to be friends after all (as long as hanging out does not involve karaoke), the Dark Kingdom introduces itself (sort of), Tuxedo Kamen reveals that he too is after the ginzuishou, and the preview promised us a slumber party.

Content note: Contains discussion of issues arising from low self-esteem. There’s also a very brief discussion of bullying and casual verbal cruelty near the end.

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May 23 2015
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Toughest classic you ever read?

A while ago — actually, a pretty long time in blogging and internet terms — Lynn from Lynn’s Books put up a classic book-themed meme. Since I was looking for questions to natter about at the time (you’re still more than welcome to ask them!), I decided to just nab the whole meme and work through the questions point by point. (Except for the time-specific ones like “What are you reading at the moment?” because scheduling that in advance is silly.)

So! Without further ado.

Toughest classic you ever read?

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