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Stuff. I’ve been up to it lately.

In the pages of Apex Magazine I interviewed author John Moran about his haunting story “The Sandbirds of Mirelle”

And hey, if you’re a subscriber, that issue has an excerpt from Zombies and Calculus, to which i say shut up and take my money.

Over at SFSignal I reviewed Wolfsbane, the third book in Gillian Philip’s fantastically fun (and addictive!) Rebel Angels series.

I made pickled daikon radish. They were crunchy and delicious,  but omg, that stench. It could srsly knock a person down.

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Yesterday I picked my first ripe tomato off my tomato plant. There is tomato basil cheesy bread in my future! Tomatoes are late this year because my plant didn’t get enough sun.

I finished reading Cibola Burn by James S.A. Corey and the Kaleidoscope anthology edited by Alisa Krasnostein and Julia Ross. Hoping to have time to work on reviews this weekend.

And I signed up for SciFi November!  Last year the fabulous Rinn of Rinn Reads organized the massive insanity known a SciFi November. This year, because she values her sanity, she recruited the ladies from Oh The Books! to help run the shindig. So, yeah, you should go over there and check it out. And sign up to do cool stuff. Because, like, it’s fun. and cool.

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Yes, I just turned “River Song” into a verb.  and you can to!  In fact, you probably already have.


Has this ever happened to you?  You’re innocently surfing the interwebs, skimming through your twitter or tumblr feed, when you hit on an article, or story published online, or podcast. You read, comment, download, and then realize the article/story/podcast/cartoon was from two years ago.   But time has gone all wibbly-wobby, this is happening *right now* for you, so who cares that the information is at least a year old? So you e-mail or FB or tweet the person, letting them know how much you enjoyed the post/podcast/etc. You gracefully (or not) imply how much you are looking forward to their future work. You hope you don’t sound too stalker-ish.


If it was a face to face conversation, they might be looking at you a little funny.  The enjoyment of whatever it was, it’s your present, or your very recent past (like, yesterday).  But for them, it’s been months or even years since they even thought about how much that podcast was a pain to edit, or what their inspiration was for that blog post. It takes them a second to remember the specific whatever that you’re talking about, and then a smile comes across their face.


Your present is their past. in fact, your future is also their past, because you’ve got an entire season of podcasts to catch up on.


You’ve just River Songed them.
And because the person is very polite, they will patiently wait for you to catch up. To do anything else would  make it painfully obvious to you how far apart your time lines are. it would be impolite. it would give spoilers.
And spoilers wouldn’t be fun for anyone, would they?

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so, apparently I’m on Tumblr now.  Here’s my link:

Surprising no one, the name of my tumblr thing is I Said A Bad Word.  there are bad words there.  The text posts are mostly me being a snarky (and maybe tipsy) asshole, and photos of my handwritten notes I take preparing for book reviews so you can enjoy some of my “process”*.  I liked a cosplay tumblr and kept reblogging all the pretty pictures, so that stuff is there too.

Are you on tumblr? leave your link in the comments, or send it to me privately if you prefer, and we can be tumfriends.


I’ll probably eventually figure out how to make a side bar “follow me on tmblr” thingy, but for now, this will have to do.


so, uh, anyone know what the hell I’m supposed to do with this tumblr thing? besides have another outlet for my snark?


*most of that process seems to be trying to read my own handwriting.



Posted on: July 3, 2014

Due to unforeseen circumstances involving dayjobbery, I will be taking a short hiatus from posting book reviews.  Do I have a ton of books (and Hugo stuff) I’ve read and desperately want to write up reviews for? holy cow YES.  do I have the mental energy to do so? nope. all my mental energy is going elsewhere right now, and it’s made me unable to write intelligent content that meets my standards.


the Hubby and I are attending Anime Midwest in Chicago this weekend, so you can expect some goofy tweets over the weekend and fun photos posted next week, but other than that… well, we’ll just have to take it day by day and see what happens.


dude, it’s July 4th weekend!  if you’re in the US, go see some awesome fireworks!  but don’t set off any in your backyard, I don’t want anyone to accidentally set a fire or get hurt.





I had the fun job of asking “What were the best SF/F titles of the first half of 2014?” in my latest Mind Meld over at SFSignal.  So of course, I asked a ton of blogger buddies!

Head over to SFsignal to read the whole article, and to find out what bloggers like A Fantastical Librarian, Oh Magic Hour, Books Without Any PicturesLynnsBooks, Violin In a Void, There Were Books Involved, and others chose as their favorite reads of the first half of 2014!


so, what were your favorites?  Comment over at SFSignal or right here, and let’s make some TBRs explode!




pen palPen Pal, by Francesca Forrest

published Feb 2014

where I got it: Received review copy from the author














From the cover art, my husband thought this novel might be a romance. Personally, I had no idea what to expect. But I was hooked about 5 pages in. It was as if at the same moment, Em threw a fishing line into the ocean, and Kaya lowered a line into the lava lake, and they both caught me and reeled me in. Good thing this book has quality binding, otherwise my copy wouldn’t be in such good shape by now because I pretty much carried it around everywhere.


I very recently read Long Hidden, which features marginalized characters and stories. Everything in Long Hidden was historical fiction, stories and situations that should never be relegated to the margins, but still, are history. I didn’t plan to read the books concurrently, but while reading Pen Pal I watched marginalization in action, happening right in front of my eyes.  And it was shockingly sobering.  Due to adult content, Long Hidden probably isn’t appropriate for the under fifteen crowd. But Pen Pal is perfect for the YA crowd, and for any reader looking for stories from the margins.  And if you’re just looking for a damn good book with two empowering women, Pen Pal is that too.


On a lark, young Em puts a message in a bottle, and throws it into the ocean.

“If you find it, please write back to me at this address. Tell me what the world is like where you are”,

says the end of the note. From her home in a floating community in the Gulf of Mexico, the bottle finds it’s way to a tiny island nation near Malaysia and into the hands of Kaya, a political prisoner whose prison hangs over a volcano.


Written in an epistolary fashion, Pen Pal is the intersection of Em’s and Kaya’s life, and it is fantastic story. What could a twelve year old girl from a  floating community have in common with a suspected insurrectionist? More than you might think.

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Portal Cake (with recipe!), Klava, Stackfalter Sturton cheese, Romulan Ale* and more.  Have you got a favorite food or drink from a scifi or fantasy?  Check out the latest Mind Meld on SFSignal on our avorite science fiction foods and drinks to see who suggested which!

*Who provided the answer Romulan Ale? Vic Mignogna. The name might not ring a bell, but I bet you know who he is:

He’s the voice of Edward Elric. I spent about five years being more than a little obsessed with this manga and the first anime series.  Would still love to crossplay Edward sometime.




He plays Capt Kirk on Star Trek Continues. This project is just buckets of fun.


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I muppet flailed when he e-mailed me back.


Shhhhh!!!  No one tell John at SFSignal that sometimes I invite people to MindMeld that I am totally fangirl crushing on.


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