finished the book; more ambivalent

Apr. 27th, 2017 07:18 pm
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[personal profile] bironic
I finished Every Heart a Doorway (previous post) and... hm.

Reviewing the story from a personal/subjective perspective, rather than formally assessing its structure and so forth: spoilers )

New Murderbot Review

Apr. 27th, 2017 07:41 am
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This is from Romantic Times (which reviews all genres) and yay, it's an awesome review!

4.5 stars (out of 5) Top Pick
ALL SYSTEMS RED
Author(s): Martha Wells [1]
Having our hero be an apathetic, pessimistic killer android who can’t stand being looked at without its helmet on and who just wants to spend its time in the comforting grip of TV might seem to some readers like an outlandish premise, but in Wells’ hands, Murderbot is wonderfully relatable, very funny and a great narrator, editorial asides and all. The story is well put together and sketches out an intriguing future, but the real draw is our host, and the result is a story that builds to an unexpectedly moving climax. More Murderbot, please.

Murderbot may have hacked its own systems to become a free agent, but mostly it’s content to work the low-level guard jobs that require its type of SecUnit while only paying minimal attention and trying to stay caught up on its serials. Unfortunately, someone is trying to kill the scientists who are its current employers, and even more unfortunately, those scientists are coming perilously close to understanding that Murderbot is different. And if that happens, they might just start treating it like a person. (TOR.COM, May, 144 pp., $14.99)

***

If you want a signed paperback copy, you can order one from Murder by the Book before May 5, 2017 here: http://www.murderbooks.com/event/martha-wells-preorder

The DRM-Free ebooks are available world-wide on B&N, Kobo, Kindle, iBooks, etc: http://www.marthawells.com/murderbot1.htm

Mid-April media: novella edition

Apr. 26th, 2017 08:12 pm
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Today I started reading the e-book of Every Heart a Doorway that Tor.com is offering for free until midnight Eastern. I hadn't read anything by Seanan McGuire before, despite many of your rave reviews, and the blurbs I'd seen for this book hadn't grabbed me. Well, it turns out that all anyone needed to have said was spoiler? it's mentioned in chapter 1 ) and I'd've been on this much faster!

More on that: ) *cough* Up my alley, even though it's only a small part of the story.

I'm enjoying general themes and a couple of characterization points ). The prose could be tighter, but I guess it's YA? Whatever: it's working, because I'm already two-thirds of the way through.

For me it's the happy medium between the grotesquerie of Catherynne Valente's Deathless and the -- what's the word for when you need more tension? -- uneventful, I guess, utopia of Becky Chambers' The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet; but that's a subject for a more intensive post that I do not have the brain cells to write these days.


ETA: thoughts on the ending.

Book Quote Wednesday

Apr. 26th, 2017 08:31 am
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This is for Book Quote Wednesday on Twitter.





The Murderbot Diaries: All Systems Red is a 140 page novella coming out May 2 http://www.marthawells.com/murderbot1.htm

New Book Wednesday is on a roll

Apr. 26th, 2017 07:26 am
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(If you've been following my book rec and new book listing posts for a while, you may have noticed this already, but while most book lists emphasize books by popular straight white men, this one emphasizes everybody else. I include books by straight white men, but in about the same percentage that other book lists include everybody else. I also try to highlight books that are less well known.)

(I only link to one retail outlet in the book's listing, but most books are available at multiple outlets, like Kobo, iBooks, international Amazons, Barnes & Noble, etc. The short stories are usually on free online magazines.)


* Dream Eater: Portland Hafu Book 1 by K. Bird Lincoln
Koi Pierce dreams other peoples' dreams. Her whole life she's avoided other people. Any skin-to-skin contact—a hug from her sister, the hand of a barista at Stumptown coffee—transfers flashes of that person's most intense dreams. It's enough to make anyone a hermit. But Koi's getting her act together. No matter what, this time she's going to finish her degree at Portland Community College and get a real life. Of course it's not going to be that easy. Her father, increasingly disturbed from Alzheimer’s disease, a dream fragment of a dead girl from the casual brush of a creepy PCC professor's hand, and a mysterious stranger who speaks the same rare Northern Japanese dialect as Koi's father will force Koi to learn to trust in the help of others, as well as face the truth about herself.


* The Brothers Jetstream: Leviathan by Zig Zag Claybourne
ADVENTURE... just got 35% cooler. Milo Jetstream. Ramses Jetstream. Coming to save the world one last damn time against the False Prophet Buford in the battle to save the Earth, preserve the soul, and make sure folks get home in one piece. Cabals. Fae folk in Walmart. And the whale that was poured into the oceans when the world first cooled from creation. Sometimes it seems saving the world one last damn time is more trouble than it's worth.


* Comic: Sun Dragon's Song 2 by Joyce Chng and Kim Miranda
Yo Hi's life's dream has finally come true: He's been accepted into the Dragon Riding Academy. While his life will never be the same, unfortunately, some things may never change.


* Heroine Worship by Sarah Kuhn
Once upon a time, Aveda Jupiter (aka Annie Chang) was demon-infested San Francisco’s most beloved superheroine, a beacon of hope and strength and really awesome outfits. But all that changed the day she agreed to share the spotlight with her best friend and former assistant Evie Tanaka—who’s now a badass, fire-wielding superheroine in her own right. They were supposed to be a dynamic duo, but more and more, Aveda finds herself shoved into the sidekick role. Where, it must be said, she is not at all comfortable.


* A Minacious Appearance (The Elephant and Macaw Banner Novelette Series Book 8) by Christopher Kastensmidt
After an ill omen and an encounter with a fiery, headless mule, Gerard and Oludara are sidetracked by a Jesuit priest named Miguel Samperes and get caught between enemies both old and new. When tensions run high and violence erupts, the prophecy of doom becomes clear.


* Buffalo Soldier by Maurice Broaddus
Having stumbled onto a plot within his homeland of Jamaica, former espionage agent, Desmond Coke, finds himself caught between warring religious and political factions, all vying for control of a mysterious boy named Lij Tafari. Wanting the boy to have a chance to live a free life, Desmond assumes responsibility for him and they flee. But a dogged enemy agent remains ever on their heels, desperate to obtain the secrets held within Lij for her employer alone.


Short stories: Apex Magazine Issue 95

Short story: Uncanny Magazine And Then There Were N-One by Sarah Pinsker

Bought a Pack for Backpacking.

Apr. 25th, 2017 06:06 pm
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Oh good, I needed some new madness. Being fair to me, it was a chance to buy a nice $200 backpacking pack for $40. (It’s second-hand but all the wear I saw was cosmetic. It just needs a bath and a few minutes with some strong twine and a needle.)

I got the idea because REI has this program where for $250 they take you backpacking for a weekend, and I looked at that and thought, I’m a cheap asshole but I bet between what I’ve already got and a $250 budget, I can almost completely kit myself out for an entire month of weekends of camping if I so desired. 

$210 to go. Fortunately I have most of the activewear I need, and since I’m only looking at overnighting right now, I won’t need cooking supplies just yet. And my stepdad’s giving me his sleeping bag, so there’s a chunk I won’t have to spend. 

The tent will almost certainly be the only other significant expense, and I can wait a while on that – I have several recon trips planned to the campground before I’ll even be overnighting it. If I get that far this summer, my weekends are filling at an alarming rate. 

But I have my backpack! Now I get to fill it. 

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The Edge of Worlds Paperback

Apr. 25th, 2017 07:44 am
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I think it's already been shipping, but this is the official release day for trade paperback reprint of The Edge of Worlds. It's the second to last Raksura book.

a sad day

Apr. 24th, 2017 08:15 pm
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My dad passed away in his sleep last night, at the hospice where he's been receiving extraordinary palliative care for terminal cancer and resulting paralysis since late last year. He was 59.

I visited him a few times over the weekend. We ate dinner and watched Doctor Who as a family on Saturday night, and yesterday we sat and chatted and I held his hand and told him I loved him. I knew that might be the last time I saw him. These things do provide some comfort in an awful time.

My dad was a generous, hard working, and amazingly positive person and I know he touched a lot of people's lives. I'm so proud to be his daughter. He lived his life with tremendous gusto, creative spirit and an eclectic range of hobbies and interests. I've lost a parent, a mentor, and most of all a friend. I feel very lucky to know just how much he loved me and how he proud he was of me, as exemplified in the speech he gave at my wedding, which I have on video to keep forever.

(no subject)

Apr. 24th, 2017 07:56 am
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways to Give:

[tumblr.com profile] nubpher linked to Second Hand Paws Small Animal Rescue, which is in need of funds after a large influx of animals needing shots, as well as one needing surgery. You can check out their site full of adorable animals here, hit up their facebook here, or donate here. If you'd like to send supplies [tumblr.com profile] nubpher says you can also contact her about how to get the supplies to the Rescue.

[tumblr.com profile] rilee16 is still struggling to cover medical expenses after two head injuries last year, and hasn't been cleared to return to work, thus can't earn money to cover basic living costs, let alone the bills they've received, including a recent rent increase. They are frequently running out of money for gas to even do odd jobs for pay. You can read more and help out here.

Buy Stuff, Help Out:

[tumblr.com profile] magpiesmiscellany has a selection of tree-of-life pendants in various shapes, colors, and sizes for sale, with proceeds going to Planned Parenthood, Lambda Legal, the ACLU, Doctors Without Borders, Earthjustice, Sierra Club, and the National Immigration Law Center. And Mother's Day is coming up, at least in the US! You can read more and purchase them here.

Help For Free:

[personal profile] brainwane's friend Zack is doing a research project related to online censorship, and is looking for people to help, particularly people using a computer physically located outside of Europe and North America. You can read more about the fascinating project and help test here.

News to Know:

Anon linked to [livejournal.com profile] auntmo9, who has a job posting up: the Austen Dooley Company is looking for Direct Support Staff, LPNs, and RNs for the St. Louis/St. Charles area. You can read more and get in touch with questions here.

And this has been Radio Free Monday! Thank you for your time. You can post items for my attention at the Radio Free Monday submissions form. If you're not sure how to proceed, here is a little more about what I do and how you can help (or ask for help!). If you're new to fundraising, you may want to check out my guide to fundraising here.

Con or Bust Auction

Apr. 24th, 2017 06:50 am
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Bidding for the Con or Bust Auction starts today, April 24, 2017, and runs to May 7, 2017.


Con or Bust, Inc., is a tax-exempt not-for-profit organization (EIN: 81-2141738) that helps people of color/non-white people attend SFF conventions. Con or Bust isn’t a scholarship and isn’t limited to the United States, to particular types of con-goers, or to specific cons; its goal is simply to help fans of color go to SFF cons and be their own awesome selves. It is funded through donations and an online auction held annually.


Items to bid on include signed books, jewelry, critiques by editors, custom-made items, and much more.


My three items up for auction are:

* A signed personalized trade paperback of The Edge of Worlds
* A signed hardcover of The Harbors of the Sun
* A signed paperback of the novella The Murderbot Diaries: All Systems Red

Black Sails | Poll results | RL stuff

Apr. 23rd, 2017 10:04 am
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  1. Pirates!

    So I decided to re-watch S1 of Black Sails last week, before starting the rest, which I hadn't seen as yet. In the last four days, I basically mainlined ALL of Seasons 2, 3 and 4. *___* I have been living and breathing Black Sails for the last week. At this point, I think I'm even *dreaming* Black Sails. LOL.

    Despite all the gratuitous female nudity, I was absolutely enthralled by the storytelling. There was so much that I enjoyed about the series. The sense of continuity, how previous actions had consequences through the seasons. The wonderfully diverse and complex female characters and their relationships with one another. And then of course there was that ending. All in all, a really engaging series. :) I'm not sure if I'll be seeking out fic, but if I do - they've all been through so much - it's probably gonna be futurefic of the Happily Ever After variety. *g*

    ETA: And of course, being from the West Indies myself, I sort of got a kick out of seeing its portrayal on screen, as well as the historical setting.

  2. DW Anniversary Poll Results

    The DW-versary poll results are in! Of the 72 people who participated, more than half of you guys have a DW-versary in April, or thereabouts. So I'm thinking that next year, we could all collectively celebrate it Block Party style in the month of April. :D :D

  3. RL rambling

    Today is my last day of vacation. It went by so fast. *clings* Back out to work tomorrow, and the start of the final term of the academic year. We will be doing Art History this term, on all class levels. So I'm looking forward to introducing the kids to Leonardo da Vinci and Van Gogh, and Egyptian pyramids, and all that cool stuff. Having traveled to Europe last year, it's given this whole other dimension to my understanding and appreciation of the subject matter. In fact, it's also given me incentive to start saving $$ towards more world travel. Who knows where next...

ha ha HA

Apr. 20th, 2017 08:44 pm
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So since my LAST post:

- I caught a cold on vacation
- which turned into a sinus infection when we got home
- just as I felt better, husband caught a cold
- just as husband started to feel better, Hypatia caught a cold with fever
- right about this time I started having mysterious joint pain
- which was explained today when Hypatia's cold turns out to be FIFTH DISEASE and apparently I managed not to get it as a kid HA HA AWESOME

APART from the endless courses of disease I have also:

- (mostly) coded a webcam-based Python wand recognizer so we can use our Harry Potter Wizarding World wands at home to trigger IFTTT events

- ripped the bezel off a spare monitor and taken it to framing store so I can turn it into a wizarding family portrait

(NO REALLY IT'S GOING TO BE AWESOME LOOK:



- obtained (and now thrown out) a printer with invisible ink which instead of printing things in invisible ink just leaked invisible ink all over our lovely built-in office counter (fortunately, the ink is in fact invisible, so no one will ever know unless they tote along a blacklight for inspection)

PS if you think this is so I can print an invisible ink marauders map that will only appear in response to someone using their wand and solemnly swearing they are up to no good HOW DID YOU GUESS

(as I described all this in chat, [personal profile] elynross said, "I'm starting to get the feeling you have a deadline" HA HA HA it's like she knows me)

So yeah, I only just finished rewriting a script treatment a month and a half past when I said I would and have not touched my novel in a month. On the bright side when I finally reopened it today and re-read it, a quarter of the way through the first chapter I knew what was going to happen in the rest of the book, which I have been wondering for some time now, so that was nice.

Oh and I imported over [community profile] sga_flashfic so if you have old links, update them! Also I banged in http://ao3.org/collections/sga_flashfic so please upload your stories to the AO3 and pop them into the collection! If you happen to be able to throw a few bucks at the AO3 for the fundraising drive that would be pretty cool too. I mention there is an AO3 HAT among the goodies and it says "You have already left kudos here" on it! <3 <3 <3

What I have NOT done: seen Fate of the Furious! So DO NOT SPOIL I!
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(If you've been following my book rec and new book listing posts for a while, you may have noticed this already, but while most book lists emphasize books by popular straight white men, this one emphasizes everybody else. I include books by straight white men, but in about the same percentage that other book lists include everybody else. I also try to highlight books that are less well known.)

(I only link to one retail outlet in the book's listing, but most books are available at multiple outlets, like Kobo, iBooks, international Amazons, Barnes & Noble, etc. The short stories are usually on free online magazines.)


* Imaginary Cities by Darran Anderson
For as long as humans have gathered in cities, those cities have had their shining—or shadowy—counterparts. Imaginary cities, potential cities, future cities, perfect cities. It is as if the city itself, its inescapable gritty reality and elbow-to-elbow nature, demands we call into being some alternative, yearned-for better place.


* Tender by Sofia Samatar
The first collection of short fiction from a rising star whose stories have been anthologized in the first two volumes of the Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy series and nominated for many awards. Some of Samatar’s weird and tender fabulations spring from her life and her literary studies; some spring from the world, some from the void.


* Journey Across the Hidden Islands by Sarah Beth Durst
The traditional Emperor’s Journey is meant to be uneventful. But as the princesses Seika and Ji-Lin—twin sisters—travel to pay respects to their kingdom’s dragon guardian, unexpected monsters appear and tremors shake the earth. The Hidden Islands face unprecedented threats, and the old rituals are failing. With only their strength, ingenuity, and flying lion to rely on, can the sisters find a new way to keep their people safe?


* A Fistful of Honey by Malena Crawford
This stunning novel begins when a pending divorce and job loss force Alena Ford out of her elite life in Manhattan’s Upper East Side, and into a gritty section of Brooklyn. Stripped of everything, she is forced to face the demons of her past and the ghosts in her heart. When Alena befriends her eccentric neighbor Gloria, the woman’s stunning amethyst necklace and Black Madonna painting draw her into a world of ancient secrets, dark forces, and powerful magic.


* WarDance by Elizabeth Vaughan
Now a warrior-priestess, Snowfall, stands before Simus, who dares to speak of peace, of reconciliation. Her knives are sharp, her tattoos alluring, and her cool grey eyes can look through Simus and see...everything.


* The Dragon's Legacy by Deborah A. Wolf
In the heart of the singing desert, the people are fading from the world. Mothers bear few live children, the warriors and wardens are hard-pressed to protect those who remain, and the vash’ai—the great cats who have called the people kithren for as long as there have been stories—bond with fewer humans each year.


* Mother of the Sea by Zetta Elliott
When her village is raided, a teenage girl finds herself on a brutal journey to the coast of Africa and across the Atlantic. Her only comfort is a small child who clings to her for protection. But once they board the slave ship, the child reveals her rebellious nature and warns that her mother--a fierce warrior--is coming to claim them all.


* Short Story: When Stars Are Scattered by Spencer Ellsworth
Ahmed is a doctor working in a far flung outpost of humanity. His way was paid for by the leaders of his faith and his atheism is a guarded secret. His encounters with the "kite people" will cause him to doubt his whole worldview however when the aliens start dying and escalating tensions between religious extremists threatens to destroy the colony's peace.


* Anathema Magazine Issue 1
Anathema: Spec from the Margins is a tri-annual speculative fiction magazine of work by queer POC.
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Dang, I missed my DW-versary day again this year. But I noticed something - it seems like many of us came here in 2009, and within a week or two of each other. Anyway, it's made me curious, therefore POLL! :D

The date of your account's creation can be seen on your Profile page.

Poll #18231 DW Anniversary
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 63


Which year did you create your main DW account?

View Answers

Before 2009
1 (1.6%)

2009
55 (87.3%)

2010 - 2015
6 (9.5%)

2016 - 2017
1 (1.6%)

Which month did you create your DW account?

View Answers

January
2 (3.2%)

February
1 (1.6%)

March
3 (4.8%)

April
32 (50.8%)

May
17 (27.0%)

June
0 (0.0%)

July
2 (3.2%)

August
1 (1.6%)

September
1 (1.6%)

October
0 (0.0%)

November
2 (3.2%)

December
2 (3.2%)

If created in April, which day?

bye-bye, tax season!

Apr. 18th, 2017 09:13 pm
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[personal profile] celli
I still have plenty to do at work and a few things to work on at home, but DONE. DONE DONE DONE.
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I just got a robocall from a credit card company….in the elevator…over the elevator’s emergency telephone speaker. 

Is that even possible? I thought elevator phones only went one way and that way was “to the fire department”. 

Apparently the elevator can get a super low APR if it hasn’t missed a payment in six months.

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Some Things

Apr. 18th, 2017 07:46 am
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Books Coming Out


* The trade paperback of The Edge of Worlds comes out on April 25, 2017.

* The ebook and paperback of the 150 page novella The Murderbot Diaries: All Systems Red comes out May 2, 2017.

* The hardcover, trade paperback, and ebook of The Harbors of the Sun comes out on July 4, 2017

Yes, that does seem like a lot in a short time.


Events

* If you're local to Bryan/College Station, I'll be at the Bryan Public Library's Meet the Author Day: http://www.bcslibrary.org/meet-the-author-day-martha-wells/ Saturday, April 29, 2017, 10 AM to 12 PM with a bunch of other local authors.


* If you want a signed, personalized paperback copy of my new 150 page SF novella, The Murderbot Diaries: All Systems Red, you can order one through Murder by the Book here: http://www.murderbooks.com/event/martha-wells-preorder But you have to order before May 5, 2017.


* I'll be at Comicpalooza in Houston on May 12-14. And the literary program director Vijay Kale has a discount code for $5.00 off three-day, VIP, or speed passes for the con that he wants people to use and pass along. The code is vkale3


* I'll be doing a signing with Rachel Caine at Murder by the Book in Houston, TX, on Saturday, July 15, 2017 at 4:30. If you can't be there, you can order our books, get them signed and personalized, and the store will ship them to you: http://www.murderbooks.com/event/martha-wells The hardcover and trade paperback of The Harbors of the Sun will be available.



Other Stuff


A couple of weeks ago I tried a new medication on one of my cats, Tasha, and after working great for a few days, she stopped eating. It took about a week to get her back to a normal diet, so that was several days of not-fun, though now she's fine. I finished a third Murderbot novella, though as yet it's unsold. I'm going to finish polishing it today and hopefully get it sent to my agent. (There is a second Murderbot novella already scheduled to come out from Tor.com next year.) I've been having hand pain off and on, though not as bad as it was at the start of the year when my fingers got stuck and I had to have shots in both hands. I think this latest bout was caused by too much weeding the yard. I think I just need to be careful while I'm still recovering.
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Spreadsheet test: approved! Look at them weights. 

I realized that I could just…do weights on days I don’t run. And I’m more likely to get out and do them actually because I don’t have to dress quite as specifically (slip-on shoes, shorts instead of running pants, etc). 

I also did half a mile on the treadmill walking, because I mean…I was there. :D 

Tracking: Since October 2nd, I have run 119.2 miles.

Datestamp 4.18.2017

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Today is Patriots' Day in Boston, a.k.a. Marathon Monday, a.k.a. the day most people in the city seem to have off from work and school except us. My usual commute is bisected by the marathon line, so I came home the long way tonight, through the city: a packed train of tourists, Sox and Bruins fans, and an international collection of runners in foil cloaks, some limping and leaning on one another and some looking like they just went for a jog around the block.

This afternoon, per tradition, a few of us walked to the local portion of the marathon course to cheer on our now-former coworker as she ran by. The crowd was quiet enough this year that she heard us, smiled and waved as she continued along the final stretch. (It was hot today and she's injured in two places, yet she still ran the thing in less than 4 hours. Unbelievable.)

*

Friends are great. Some came over for a seder on the first night of Passover; some were in town for lunch this weekend; some will be moving here from far away; some are helping me sift through an enormous amount of source material for this multifandom vid. I've only sent out a handful of emails so far, so if you volunteered for something and haven't heard yet, stay tuned.

Since last we spoke, I've watched or scanned through a whole bunch of movies and short TV shows. Let's see: Crazyhead (fun), Cleverman (difficult but rewarding), Extant (derivative but enjoyable), Travelers (meh), now starting Timeless (fun); the "San Junipero" episode of Black Mirror (not traumatizing, hooray), the Green Fury episode of Powerless (I liked parts of it, but sitcoms are still not my thing) and the new Doctor Who premiere (winning me back over); Pacific Rim (meh), Fantastic Four (2015) (Action Movie formulaic emptiness), Z for Zachariah (great), The Fits (as wonderful as promised). I am not a huge TV fan compared to the general fan community -- some of my dearest and most passionate fandoms have been TV shows, but I'm not well-"read" in TV and don't love the medium as a medium as much as I love movies -- so this endeavor presents an interesting challenge.

There is still a ton to go, but it feels good to have made a dent.

*

Meanwhile, my de-stressor and pre-bedtime media over the last month or so has been a BBC show made for five-year-olds: Sarah & Duck. Have any of you seen it? It's so lovely and chill, wholesome, and often funny. Sarah is curious, imaginative and accepting, and every day seems to be a vacation day, which sounds nice right about now. From time to time the art is really beautiful, too. You never know when the plot will go full-on surreal or stay within the realm of the plausible -- well, given a reality where ducks sort of understand English and ladybugs play small trumpets. I am a particular fan of Duck wagging his tail, Sarah when she gets really excited about things like baby manatees, and Scarf Lady's long-suffering handbag.

I'm almost out of episodes on Netflix, though, and then whatever can take its place?

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