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Not Down the Rabbit Hole

rabbits are harmless


And Now For Something Completely Different
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Firstly, thank you to everyone for the birthday wishes. I am *positive* I have failed to thank someone individually because... I'm trying to mangle a KKBB quote here and I can't quite make it work, so basically: I suck at things, but I appreciate it greatly and am grateful. Yes ::squishes you all::

Secondly, wish me luck for my mouth surgery on Friday? Or at least vaguely hope that I don't end up in a coma due to the general anaesthetic like my mum nearly did when she had me. That would be nice :3

Thirdly, if anyone knows why publishers/editors/general people in the publishing industry have so much trouble sending out updates when a publishing date gets moved or they need something from you, I would love to know the answer to this mystery. It's not even just me! I have a writer-friend who this week was shocked to discover that an anthology she's in was out already. I've had one I'm in that was scheduled for summer 2012 moved to spring 2013 and only know because I visited the editor's website.

Fourthly, I hope you're all alive and well and happy. Are you? Tell me! (Also tell me if you're not one of the above. Especially if you're not alive).

Writing Bollocks
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Trying to come up with something for the pulped_fictions 'Someone Else's Sandbox' challenge, and everything is either too long or too porny (which is not to say that I wouldn't provide you lovely people with porn, but there's a difference between 'porn' and 'using Mr. Fantastic to fill your fisting/stretching kink square'*).

Also, factually inaccurate reviews annoy me.

And finally, I have a fantastic plot running around in my head and not a single clue how to write it and I keep getting caught up on details because I mean to set it in America. Not, honestly, that I care too much about getting details wrong because I find in general that Americans are less butthurt over people not knowing every single thing about them (way to go Americans \o/), but still. Sigh. (Someone kick my arse to start this because I actually have a great opening scene for it running around. Two scenes if I rescue one from an abandoned attempt at what has evolved into this story.)



*For those scratching their heads: Mr. Fantastic's superpower is that he stretches.

History Thing 008 - Fine and Dandy
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(This one is incredibly lazy of me, because I know this particular History Thing by heart. Also: bet you thought I'd forgotten these!)

Okay, so, hands up those of you who've heard of Beau Brummell!

... now, put your hand down if you've heard about him from me.

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Oh, and I forgot to mention...
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This is Tony (so named for a little white patch on his chest that just looks like an arc reactor, okay?). He is a tiiiiiny kitty cat.

Do not let his innocent sleeping face fool you. He is a devil ninja cat. But I love him all the same. ::squishes him::























I watch crap for attractive actors
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So I watched What's Your Number? because I just really like Chris Evans' adorable little face, okay?

Protip: Don't make my mistake.

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I am not dead yet [I can dance and I can sing!] ... [not really]
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I mean, I guess I kind of *can* dance and my pitch and tone aren't so bad but I haven't got a great voice, exactly. But, anyway, Stuff That Has Happened, in brief:



SO THIS HAPPENED. Those are actual print books, you guys! With my name on them and my words inside them! I got them about two weeks ago and I've been staring at them ever since. IT IS SO EXCITING :D :D :D (For anyone who cares, Pants Off Reviews will have a competition up tomorrow to win a copy! Can't win if you're not in etc. [plus I should totally send traffic there because DarienMoya is an awesome lady and a lot of fun and said nice things about ASoE :D)

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I am a *whirlwind* of productivity
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Okay, so, since I like giving things away: I am giving away ARC copies of Winding Road to anyone who signs up for one before Sunday-ish. Hint: when you fill in the form, the only thing that's actually important is a working email address because I cannot magic books to people. As much as it would be cool if I could.

For anyone scratching their head, here's the blurb on the form (I recognise that I need to come up with a better blurb, but that will have to wait until I have the necessary brainpower):

"Winding Road" is a contemporary queer romance and coming of age story centring around Ash, a guitarist and singer/songwriter for his own band - a band that are just looking down the road at a successful career - and a huge crush on Indigo, another musician who plays the violin as flawlessly as he plays with gender boundaries and writes lyrics that speak to Ash so deeply that he feels they must be soulmates. When they do finally meet, things aren't quite what they seem, but through a journey that will change his life forever, Ash finally figures out the mysterious man behind the makeup, and everything starts looking up.


So, if that appeals, sign up for a free copy post-haste.

History Thing 008 - Doctor in The House
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Hello and welcome to another edition of: History Things! This time, we're going straight-up anecdote from my very own personal grandma, who, for context, was born in 1927. This particular story takes place on the 20th of December, 1946. I know the exact date, because that is my dad's birth date.

So, basically, grandma booked into the Royal Women's hospital to give birth to dad so that she'd be looked after by female medical people (according to her, you basically got a midwife when you were giving birth at the time unless you were actually dying, which she wasn't). Anyway, you may have noticed that the year in question here is 1946. As in, one year after the end of WWII.

So what was happening in hospitals all over the country is that people who signed up as army doctors and general medical staff were having additional training to make them ready for civilian service if that was what they wanted.

Remember here that grandma had specifically booked herself into a hospital so she'd only have women around her? Well, given that these nice ex-army doctors were all just hanging out with fuck all to do and very little baby-delivering training because this doesn't tend to come up in the middle of a war all that often, grandma managed to have three attending physicians, all male.

She laughed about it when she told me, so I figure she's gotten over it.

History Thing 007 - Mark Antony, BAMF
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Aaaand in the hopes that I'm over the last of my life/health issues for the moment, the return of HISTORY THINGS :D

Today, we're going to talk about Mark Antony. Drunken debauchery, violence and general Roman-ness ensue.Collapse )

Rainbow Awards
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I completely and totally meant to bother everyone with strange and exciting facts about history (Friday, promise - hold me to it!), but, round 7 of the rainbow book awards is on! (... I missed rounds 1-6 because I am ill-informed).

I mention this because the cover of The Sartorialist is up this month. For those who have not seen it:



Anne Cain is an amazing artist and deserves all the awards for this cover, in my humble opinion. There were a couple of others that got my vote as well, and really, if for nothing else than the sheer joy of some of these covers (and the hilarity of others), you should go check them out and vote.

Speaking of: of all the books you own, which covers are your favourites?

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