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ASterling
Aliso Viejo
Interests: travel, wine, dog, hiking, writing, clothing
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Thanks to Mindy Klasky, my fellow Book View Cafe member and gifted writer, who invited me on this blog hop about what we're working on! Mindy's writing a hot series of nine romance books about the Diamond Brides ... they're... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2014 at incipit vita nova
Anagnorisis: or the journey from ignorance to knowledge. Peripetia: the moment, in Greek tragedy - an awful one - of realization of a life-changing truth. I don't think in today's world that peripetia need be tragic or horrible at all.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2014 at incipit vita nova
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Vikings Season 2 is in some ways better than Season 1! In light of a somewhat disturbing panel on military battles in fantasy at ConDor, during which other panel members asserted that female military commanders or just plain warrior females... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2014 at incipit vita nova
Looking at the 25th Anniversary WoTF video... Somebody looks better than she did in 1998. Dump Dairy. Dump Wheat! Dump Additives and especially HFCS! Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2014 at incipit vita nova
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I recently got a response from a beta reader of Like Fire that informed me I was using "passive" language. Language like "He was" and "they were" and so-on. After a bit of discussion, this turned out to have originated... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2014 at incipit vita nova
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My horoscope for today began with, "You might be a real motor-mouth ..." Apparently, Mercury the Messenger is visiting - and that guy just never knows when to shut up. First, I don't know how this Rick Levine guy keeps... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2014 at incipit vita nova
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Sophia McDougall wrote a fascinating, thoughtful, painful article in the New Statesman about gender bias in UK booksellers, particularly among SF/F books and authors. In the article, she mentions surveying table after table of books of various types and finding... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2014 at incipit vita nova
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A long time ago, I might have considered myself a bit of a Dickens scholar. I have read nearly all of his novels -- some like Great Expectations, several times. I've even read Bleak House twice. Most people familiar with... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2014 at incipit vita nova
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If you search for pictures with the word "power" on Google, most are pictures of the standard power button on monitors and other peripherals. Out of all the pictures, I liked Pipeline the best. I have been at, and will... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2014 at incipit vita nova
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If you're interested in maker culture or optics, the film by Teller (of Penn & Teller) about Tim Jenison's multi-year obsession to discover how Vermeer painted is a must-see. I left the film vaguely disturbed. I understand the intellectual argument... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2014 at incipit vita nova
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Hey! Wanna know what happens to your books? Here's one part of the book display at my local Ralphs (owned by Kroger). I'll put the other part (endcap) later on. There is also a second side virtually identical to side... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2014 at incipit vita nova
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As I was born, I am easily deceived. I can be easily taken advantage of, and am easily fooled into doing things for others which have little to no benefit for myself. This is ironic, considering that at the same... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2014 at incipit vita nova
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I am half Persephone. In ancient Greek myth, Persephone is called Kore, or simply "The Mistress." Queen of the Underworld, she was wed against her will to Hades, Lord of the Underworld, who, in love with her beauty, abducted and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2014 at incipit vita nova
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This is a message from your space witch. I read through a goodly number of the essays for the Women Destroy SF! Issue of Lightspeed, which were used to support their successful Kickstarter campaign. In her thoughtful essay, Sheila Finch... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2014 at incipit vita nova
And, Mr. Modesty ... the title of this book would be Tales of the Madman Underground: An Historical Romance, 1973, winning the Printz Honor award in 2010. And I was at a SCBWI event and picked this up and it is an incredible book.
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How do we learn to tell our own stories? This is a question for the individual writer, as well as for companies that produce and market creative products to the public in the hope of earning money. Profit. That stuff.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2014 at incipit vita nova
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I've had the sense ever since I finished LIKE FIRE on January 1 that something really big was coming to the world very soon. By this, I mean I intuit that the world is getting ready for a very big... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2014 at incipit vita nova
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1. Stop worrying about what other people think or say. 2. When you make a decision, stick to it. 3. Recognize no one is going to take care of you. 4. Decide to take care of yourself. 5. Take responsibility... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2014 at incipit vita nova
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I think I'll call fuzzy or just plain wrong-headed thinking put forth by the "creative" class, aka people we're told are the creative "elite," Slurb from now on. Feel free to suggest alternative names. Some call it "b.s." Doesn't this... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2014 at incipit vita nova
I just wanted to say that the doctor did not tell me I looked 35 years old.
Toggle Commented Jan 8, 2014 on Dreams Do Come True at incipit vita nova
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I'm a scary empath. All the strange things I write? They're not me. They're what I feel and see. So this is you, not me. It's a mirror. If this could be nude, it would be. Because I have nothing... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2014 at incipit vita nova
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Dear Dr. Bloom: The world has turned to the point where someone you'd consider worthy only of laying your "heavy, boneless hand" upon her leg in an off moment, can analyze your career, your opinions, your position, and all you... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2013 at incipit vita nova
You're welcome, Janis.
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It's some kind of rare miracle when people who created things you felt were just for you growing up are people you actually know as an adult, and who are figures in a vast cultural play that you believe to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2013 at incipit vita nova
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You can buy the unabridged Audible audiobook version of Female Science Fiction Writer through Amazon.com for much less than directly through Audible right now. We short fiction writers seldom hear positive feedback about our work. Over the years, I came... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2013 at incipit vita nova