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Links: 3/16/2017

I hope that you all know how much I love I Capture the Castle (spoiler: A LOT), so I found this essay on Cassandra’s hesitant faith and its echoes in Marilynne Robinson to be really intriguing. While I wanted the essay to go a step further in terms of drawing out its arguments & conclusion, it did illuminate a facet of one of my favorite books that I hadn’t considered much before.  (R. has been telling me to read Gilead for ages and I really should do that.)

Ever wondered what happens when Queen Elizabeth II eventually dies? The Guardian found out–and wrote a long, thorough read that looks at the protocol and what it suggests about the nation and its future.

Dr. Carla Hayden, the Librarian of Congress, is TOO MUCH, as are these two adorable children. On a day when the future looks horrifying & uncertain, it’s good to remember what we’re fighting for.

An excellent thread on happy/hopeful endings & the merits of comfort books.

FIYAH Magazine has released the results of a Black SFF Writer Survey. They “encourage readers to view the FIYAH Black SFF Writer Survey Report as a contextualization tool […] attempting to add what is probably the most neglected–and most important–perspective to the conversation: that of black writers themselves.” Diversify publishing on every level, friends.

Tiptree Awarrrrrrddddd AND one of my favorite books from last year (When the Moon Was Ours) won!



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Links 11-3-2016

Look, it’s almost the election and I wish I could say that these links are full of happy things. There are some, but first:

Awful things

The upcoming book The Continent, which has apparently been getting a lot of buzz, is also apparently full of really awful stereotyping and racism. I won’t be reading or recommending this one in any way.

In other terrible news, Johnny Depp has been cast in Fantastic Beasts 2. So. Yeah. That’s happening, and I’m furious and sad and tired about it.

Twitter friend Amy Diegelman wrote a fiery essay in response to harassment in the comics world. Required reading if you care about comics and/or women’s experiences online. Also see this thread from Noelle Stevenson, which made me actually cry.

Non-awful things

My dear friend Ally shared some valuable tips for helping someone struggling with a mental health crisis. It’s aimed at teens and librarians, but is worth reading no matter what.

The World Fantasy Awards were announced and they look pretty great! I will say I’m somewhat baffled by the choice for Novel. And I’m not giving the WFC a pass on this year, considering the lead up to the Convention.

If you are also a fan of Sydney Padua’s Thrilling Adventures of Babbage and Lovelace, you’ll be happy to know that THERE’S A NEW COMIC!! If you’re not a fan, please go read it so that we can discuss the joys of mathematics and the iniquities of street organs.

Finally, I saw a link to this 2012 Zen Cho short story recently and it is incredibly comforting and lovely and perfect.


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On libraries, and women in SF

I have two posts up on Tumblr today that I wanted to mention here.

First, there is one I’ve been working on for the past few days, called “On Libraries.” It was born out of my frustration with some quotes about libraries that don’t reflect the reality I see. Here’s the opening:

Here’s the thing about public libraries: they are so much messier and weirder and funnier than you think.

They are kids throwing up on the brand-new carpet; kids missing the toilet entirely; mysterious substances smeared on the covers of books, on the pages, on the inside of DVD cases. They are a full bag of poop tied shut and shoved into the book drop. They are left behind trash and bedbugs crawling out of books and used condoms in the bathroom trash.

Second, go read Alexandra Duncan’s post on Stacked today, called “Staking Our Claim in the Science Fiction Universe.” It’s a great post, but I also had some thoughts about history and context. You can read those here.


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Blogger appreciation: Inspirational edition

So I tried and tried to think of a less cheesy title for this post and, reader, I could not do it. In fact, several of them were worse. But what do I actually mean by inspirational? I mean the blogs that I keep reading because I find them soul-nourishing in some way. They remind me of who I want to be and how I want to live. Sometimes it’s crafts, sometimes it’s cooking, sometimes it’s homeschooling, or some combination of these.

Smitten Kitchen is the queen of cooking blogs, in my opinion. A wide range of recipes, written about in a down-to-earth way that puts the focus squarely on the food. If you’re not following Deb, and you like cooking, change that.

Tara, at Seven Spoons, has a lot of great recipes which I’ve really enjoyed. While I sometimes find the prose a bit purple, I keep coming back for the combination of photography and ideas. I don’t think I’ve ever made a recipe from this site that I’ve been unhappy with.

I’ve been following Elizabeth’s blog for several years now. She’s also Orthodox and I love her pictures of her home and Cleo the cat.

While I don’t do a lot of sewing, I like looking at the projects at Elegant Musings. Casey hasn’t updated a lot recently (for completely understandable reasons!), but the older posts are still fun.

Posy Gets Cozy, Alicia Paulson’s blog, is the definition of this category. Lots of beautiful photographs, crafting inspiration, cooking ideas, and a lovely sense of the value of the everyday.

I also love Anna at Pleasant View Schoolhouse. Blogging about family life is so tricky, but she does it wonderfully well, and I am constantly refreshed by her site.

For homeschooling, Melissa Wiley is great. Also, funny stories and so much more. I really appreciate her series on tidal homeschooling, which helped me cement some of my ideas about my approach in the future.*

Also in that vein, two new-to-me Waldorfy blogs! Small Wonders and Rhythm of the Home.

(Other editions of this feature: authors and book bloggers)

* Note: I am unmarried and have no kids, but I am a planner


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Links from around the web 2/12/2013

– Maggie Stiefvater has announced the title and cover of the second Raven Boys book. Eeeeee!

Changing fashions in the Regency era (via Nancy Kelley)

– This is a fascinating, and somewhat depressing, interview about writing diverse YA books

I waaant this shirt. *eyes longingly* (via darcybear on Twitter)

– Speaking of Doctor Who, I find this alternate history of Doctor Who in which the Doctors have been women really interesting, not so much as a criticism of the show, but as an exercise in might-have-beens.

– Valentine’s Day seems to inspire the Megan Whalen Turner fans. Who I am to judge, or complain? Exhibit 1, exhibit 2, exhibit 3, exhibit 4, exhibit 5,exhibit 6, and okay I’m done now.

Adorable baby tapir is adorable! (via Rachel Neumeier)

A great look into the head of an INFJ (which I am). (via Kelly Jensen)

– Speaking of introversion, there was a quite a conversation this week, starting with an article in the Atlantic. Lots of people had responses, which Liz B collected. Susan Cain had a nice rebuttal, and I especially liked Kelly’s post, which has a fascinating, albeit contentious, discussion in the comments.

– If Downton Abbey took place on Facebook (spoilers through the latest episode)

Speaking of things that I need…

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Links from around the web 1/17/13

Charles Darwin and the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day. This is a fun reminder that famous people are actually real people and, you know, have bad days.

– Writing female characters. This. Yes. This. SO MUCH. (via Miriam Forster)

– I am still hoping for this to happen in-canon. But if it doesn’t, at least we have fanart (via RJ Anderson)

– A fascinating post about writing war in SF/F. A bit gritty, but excellent. (via Amanda McCrina)

– If you have not seen the newest Lizzie Bennet Diaries video GO WATCH AT ONCE.

– Leila’s review for Kirkus this week sounds quite cool

Father Brown miniseries! Starring Mark Williams! *extends grabby hands* (via Shelvers Anon)

– There’s a new Betsy-Tacy blog, Betsy-Tacy’s Deep Valley. As a huge Maud Hart Lovelace fan, I approve. (via Melissa Wiley)

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Links from around the web

– Did you all hear about the Librarian Stress thing? If you haven’t there’s a decent recap at the beginning of the post I’m linking to, which I think has good things to say, especially about a certain blog I dislike.

Modern Parenting may hinder brain development. I wish I knew more about parenting research, but this was an interesting article and, profession wise, made me wonder about library programs as a way to off-set some of the issues that are touched on.

Fantasy of Color. “We’re here to share art, pictures and stories of people of color in fantasy or steampunk settings.” Very cool. Also, this is amazing. (via Miriam Forster)

This Isn’t the Petition Response You’re Looking For. If the US government receives a petition with over 25,000 signatures, they are obligated to respond to it officially. This is the official response to the Build a Death Star petition. It is hilarious. You should read it right now. (via LeVar Burton’s Twitter)

– This is cool and creepy and cool. An online version of 20 questions. It got Harry Crewe, Chrestomanci, Cassandra Mortmain, Miles Vorkosigan, and Julie Beaufort-Stuart, but not Maddie or Rupert Venables. (Via Miriam Forster)

Ego Thy Name is Librarianship is honestly a more interesting/insightful post than the title gives away. It touches on a number of library-related topics and I found myself nodding more than once. (via Liz B & Kelly J)

– Charlotte wants recommendations of adult fantasy for mg/YA fantasy fans.

Shelvers Anon has a great post about the numbers game, which I am totally guilty of.

– If you’re a writer considering submitting queries to an agent, at least you’re better off than these folks. (via Rachel Neumeier)

School Library Thrives after ditching print collection. Or as it should read, School “Library” “Thrives” after ditching print collections. Just no. This is so wrong on so many levels, I can’t even tell you.

– On the other hand, there is this WSJ article! Which paints a very rosy picture of the future. I hope it turns out to be true and I see no inherent reason why it couldn’t. But then I think that if ebooks take over completely, it’ll be because everyone freaked out and assumed they would.

– Speaking of Star Wars, here’s a hilarious letter from Alec Guinness.

– Nice list of YA historical fiction. Some I’ve read, others I haven’t.

Rants about Rants about YA. Excellent stuff here.

And now this has gotten really long! Would help if I did it more regularly, I suppose. 🙂 At any rate, I am always interested in interesting links about books, history, the world we live in.

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