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I am launching a Patreon on Tuesday. If you have suggestions about patron rewards, I would love to hear them.

(N.b., my book reviews will still go up at Goodreads and here, all content currently in the dreamwidth archive will stay there, and I will not be abandoning this blog, although the content may be mostly political for a while fuck you 2017.)
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This is just to let everyone know that I'm going to be off the internet for the next couple of months. Do not panic; although it is a medical issue, it is nothing life-threatening or paradigm-shifting.

Hopefully, I'll be back, at least in a limited capacity, by the New Year.

In the meantime, two things:

1. Since someone asked & I suspect other people will be interested in the answer: no, there is not currently any legally available e-format (or paper format for that matter) of either Mélusine or The Virtu. This is because I, personally, do not have a useable electronic version of either book and thus cannot self-publish them through Lulu and/or Smashwords (or another of their ilk), which I promise you is still the plan. I am really, wretchedly sorry about this state of affairs, but making any of the files I do have into useable versions of the text of the published books is something I cannot do right now.

2. If you need to get in touch with me, to ask me a question or tell me about something important, my email address is semonette (at) I will be checking my email, although not necessarily every day.

Best wishes to you all for the rest of 2012.
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I hate to do this, but I have had enough of the freaking endless spam that now infests LiveJournal. I have turned off anonymous comments.

To all of you who do not have a LiveJournal and who have commented on my blog, I'm sorry. Please believe, this is not about you and not caused by anything you did. It's about the bloody spam.
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For anyone who was at the reading Saturday and would like to read the rest of the story, it's "After the Dragon" and it's here.
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A weird little miracle occurred. The Saab guys found two '97 9000 ignition switches that had been shelved wrong. I got one, and then apparently another guy came in today with the exact same problem, and he got the other.

So, you know, if you're a weirdo like me still driving a '97 Saab 9000, it looks like you can expect your ignition switch to fail on you any time now.

You're welcome.
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I will be a Guest of Honor at Odyssey Con 11 this weekend.

The Usual Caveat: I am very shy and very near-sighted, but--unless I am rushing off to a panel or otherwise obviously busy--I am delighted to meet people and sign things and whatnot.

It looks like it's going to be a fun weekend, so if you've a mind to, come out and join us!
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I have acquired a post office box.

Sarah Monette
P.O. Box 259838
Madison, WI 53725
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1. Project Valkyrie
60 minutes, 40 laps.
301 miles, 2 laps.

2. Everything is melting. The world is a mess. And Wisconsin's new governor is just going from strength to fucking strength.

3. My wrists have been bothering me, and with all the sleep dysfunction nonsense, I don't have much energy, plus I have a book to revise and another half a book to write ([ profile] matociquala writes the other half), so blogging is probably going to be light and sporadic for the next little while. Just so you all know.

4. I know they're deadly carnivores who would eat me in a heartbeat, but I have a hopeless soft spot for polar bears. Especially when they're as cute as this little one and his or her mom.

5. I'm not a big fan of Valentine's Day (too many years in public school), but I am a big fan of love. So here's some itty bitty kitty Valentines committee pictures.
truepenny: artist's rendering of Sidneyia inexpectans (writing: bone key)
[For anyone whose eyes glaze over at long lists.]

As part of the Ben Jonson Memorial Fundraiser, I would like to do a limited edition chapbook of the four uncollected Booth stories: "The Replacement," "The World Without Sleep," "White Charles," and "The Yellow Dressing Gown." Price would be $20; after production costs, all money will be donated to the University of Wisconsin-Madison Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital's Companion Animal Fund.

By "limited edition," I mean a print run of 50. Unnatural Creatures will be on sale from 02/02 2:00 P.M. CST to 02/03 2:00 P.M. CST. This will be a "speak now or forever hold your peace" kind of deal.

If you would be interested in this chapbook, please leave a comment either here or here. A comment is not a commitment.

Thank you!
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64 hours (and counting) ago, [ profile] elisem had a stroke. Because she got to the hospital right away, she is coming out of it with no permanent damage.

What Elise would like people to do for her is to spread the word. The efficacy of TPA (tissue plasminogen activator, the drug that means Elise is coming out of this unharmed) depends on its being administered within a very narrow time window. Learn the symptoms of stroke, and if you observe these symptoms in yourself, a friend, family member, co-worker, etc., CALL 911. If you're not sure, CALL 911. This is a case where better safe than sorry are truly words to live by.
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For those of you who find your mammary hypertrophy* getting in the way of your physical endeavors, I can report that Title 9's Last Resort Bra (a.k.a. the Enell Sports Bra) really does perform as advertised. It is expensive like whoa ($60 a pop) and hard as hell to get into (they are absolutely correct when they warn you that the proper size will feel too small when you start), but it works. I had been doubling up my sports bras to withstand the sitting trot, and the Enell bra is actually better. Once I get into it, I don't have to think about my breasts again until I take it off.

Which, frankly, is what I want from a bra.

*Thank you, Lois McMaster Bujold and Ethan of Athos, for that phrase.
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The next time you see [ profile] mirrorthaw, buy him a drink. Or a cookie.
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Please disassociate me in your mind from the famous French painter, Claude Monet. Instead, think of the Radio City Rockettes. That should clear up any lingering mental confusion.

ETA: And if not, try this handy mnemonic: "When you MOW the tennis court, please be careful of the NET."
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This is a PSA and also a gloat: Stephen Booth's King Lear, Macbeth, Indefinition, and Tragedy is now available from the most excellent people at Cybereditions. How do I know this? Because I HAVE A COPY. I am not clutching it in my grubby little paws even as we speak because I have to type, but otherwise I totally would be.

Despite its unwieldy title, KLMIT is my favorite book of literary criticism EVER. It radically changed the way I thought about plays and narrative, and I am incapable of talking about King Lear (as my friends know to their chagrin) without citing it. It is ALL OVER my dissertation. It is also READABLE (which, sadly, one cannot always say about books of literary criticism) and conveys, along with the intellectual fascination, the joie de vivre that the best Shakespeareans bring to discussions of Shakespeare. I have been trying to find a copy to love, hug, squeeze, and call George for probably fifteen years.

In conclusion, GLOAT.
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For anyone who has missed it, the Muppets are embarking on a bit of a renaissance on YouTube: MuppetsStudio's Channel. I cannot, personally, recommend Beaker's "Ode to Joy" highly enough.
truepenny: artist's rendering of Sidneyia inexpectans (writing: catfish)
Last Drink Bird Head, an anthology of flash fiction to support literacy charities (and check out the contributors' list), will be out at WFC.
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1. My (rather pathetic) Storytellers Unplugged column for August is here.

2. WATERLOG (yesterday)
TIME: 41 min.
DISTRACTION: The Dead Zone, "Enemy Mind"

3. This Dead Zone episode gets points for giving the girl agency. She has hard-earned knowledge that Johnny doesn't; she is an active participant in saving herself. My worst problem with the episode, which is purely my problem, is that the cougar is so beautiful I keep forgetting it's symbolically the bad guy.

4. Shift, Shift 2, Shift 3, and Shift 4 are flash games that make brilliant, and frequently fiendish, use of their medium.

5. I will have more to say about Anna Katharine Green when I've finished reading The Leavenworth Case, but if you're going to be near Milwaukee anytime before the twenty-third, I highly recommend the Milwaukee Art Museum's current exhibition, "American Originals," on Charles Rohlfs' furniture and the paintings of the Eight (Arthur B. Davies, William Glackens, Robert Henri, Ernest Lawson, George Luks, Maurice B. Prendergast, Everett Shinn, and John Sloan).

(Anna Katharine Green, whom I had heard of as the first American woman mystery writer, was Charles Rohlfs' wife; the exhibition and the accompanying book, The Artistic Furniture of Charles Rohlfs by Joseph Cunningham, are concerned to emphasize her collaboration with her husband, and the exhibition store made me very happy by having copies of one of Green's books: The Leavenworth Case, as mentioned above.)
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Next Monday, July 27, at 7 P.M., I will be speaking at the Bartholomew County Public Library in Columbus, Indiana. The event is free and open to the public, so if you are or will be in the area, feel free to come!


Jul. 6th, 2009 01:44 pm
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If your comment is:

(a.) anonymous
(b.) extremely short
(c.) in a language I can't read*
(d.) any combination of the above

I will assume it is spam and delete it.

If it was a sincere effort to communicate, please try again.

*Languages I can read: English, French, Middle English if you give me a dictionary and plenty of time, Anglo-Saxon ditto, Latin ditto, ancient Greek ditto only more so. I have German and Italian dictionaries, and I thought I had a Spanish dictionary, but that seems to be a myth.
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For those of you still trying to find a copy of The Virtu: as of yesterday, Uncle Hugo's Science Fiction Bookstore had two paperbacks left in stock (along with copies of all my other books). Also as of yesterday, the two paperbacks (and the other books) are signed.

If you're interested, email the store at unclehugo (AT) aol (DOT) com.


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