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Apr. 18th, 2019 03:21 pm
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I think today will be the elderly dog next door's final day. Poor Dakota is very, very old for a dog and time has caught up with her.
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What a fun fantasy read. Aimed at middle grade readers or even young YA this is the story of Rasim, age 13 and transitioning from apprentice to journeyman in the Seamaster's Guild. His only ambition is to be taken on as crew and to sail with the fleet. He's undersized, and not much of a water witch—in truth he can barely keep a bucket from slopping over—but he's a quick thinker, if a little precocious. He's the Forrest Gump of his guild, always managing to be at the heart of events without really trying, and always coming up with ideas that even his superiors listen to. OK, it's a little far fetched that his 'betters' accept his good ideas, but just go with it. This is, after all, not meant to be realistic for adult audiences. He manages to achieve great things, but sometimes misses the obvious, which is quite endearing.

Going for a walk

Apr. 18th, 2019 05:24 pm
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 I'm aware that I've posted relatively little of recent. Most of the time I've just been so tired.

I had a bad bout of asthma in early December, that required two courses of steroids to shift it (please, please will the government do something about air pollution!).  the side effects from the steroids wrecked my muscles and it's taken until now to get back to full fitness. Well, almost, I think it will be a few weeks yet until I finally see the back of it.

I'm hypermobile (ie.  very, very bendy) which is great for things like dancing, but means that if I lose muscle tone, my slack tendons (which is basically what hypermobility is) means that things fall out of shape. My knee started flopping to one side and I didn't realise that for a long time. This had the effect of causing severe pain in my Achilles tendon, etc. etc.

Anyway, lots of exercises have got the strength back in the knee and the calf muscles and the tendon pain is gone in one foot and greatly improved in the other.

I do lots of walking as both a source of enjoyment and a practical necessity.

I was talking to my next door neighbour last week, and became aware just how unwell she has been.   A combination of depression, work stress, aches and pains, etc.  She hardly ever goes out because she tires too much when she walks, and she looks really pale from lack of sunlight.

So, when I saw her waving off a visitor this morning, I went out on impulse and invited her to come for a walk with me.

We had a gentle stroll across the heath (a path she'd never taken before, although she'd lived here over a decade) and I think it did help her a bit. We've arranged to do it again tomorrow.  I'd normally walk further, but I don't want to exhaust her.  Tomorrow we'll have added five year old, and I think that will be a bonus. Oswin is very good at chatting to people.  She makes instant friends.  (Last week, she invited the lady in the wholefood shop to come to her birthday party!)

Off to Eastercon

Apr. 18th, 2019 04:59 pm
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Since it was three weeks since I'd last seen the inside of A&E and the "Oh **** I need to get off this med right now" side effect had tailed off a week after that, I decided at the weekend that it's safe to go to Eastercon. I've been on the current second med before in combination with the primary migraine med (although not at the current high dose of primary) so I know what it normally does by way of side-effects, and while they can be unpleasant after a while they have never made me feel like A&E would be A Really Good Idea. So I should be there after lunch tomorrow.

Hugo Help Please

Apr. 18th, 2019 11:05 am
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Which twelve of my reviews in 2018 were the best?

Safeguarding: some further articles

Apr. 18th, 2019 11:59 am
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Posted by Simon Sarmiento

Updated with more articles on Friday Meg Munn, chair of the Church of England’s National Safeguarding Panel, has written this: QUESTIONING THE TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT FRAMEWORK. The whole article is worth a read. On the topic of Victims and Survivors, she wrote this: The panel was asked to consider a paper on the setting up of […]

Got My New Bingo Card!

Apr. 17th, 2019 06:49 pm
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Yep, having finally finished round 15 of [community profile] genprompt_bingo, I got my new bingo card for round 16. And once again, I am staring at it and thinking, "What on Earth do I do with that?"

card behind cut )
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No use to me, don't have a 3D printer, but maybe someone is interested? 3D printable dungeon accessories, monsters, etc.

https://www.humblebundle.com/books/3d-printable-dungeons

Some of it looks very good, but of course it all depends on the quality of the printer.

Wednesday Reading

Apr. 17th, 2019 08:26 am
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A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine follows the new ambassador, Mahit, to the powerful Teixcalaan empire as she tries to figure out how and why her predecessor was murdered. So far as names go, and a tendency to honor willing blood sacrifice, and physical appearance, the Teixcalaanli seem roughly based on the Aztecs, except in space, and possibly with more poetry. There's a succession crisis happening, and a looming threat near the ambassador's home space station, and a mystery surrounding Mahit's imago, which is a personality/memory impression of the previous ambassador. This may sound like a lot, but it's all tied together and the plot clicks over swiftly and entertainingly. I really liked it, and though the ending isn't exactly a cliffhanger, it very clearly sets up the next book.

Walking to Aldebaran by Adrian Tchaikovsky is a novelette, I think, but that was all I could handle, anyway. The first person narrator is stuck wandering a physics-bending alien space artifact out beyond Pluto, alone, while becoming more and more unreliable. It was not pleasant reading, exactly, but was gripping. I was left unsatisfied by the ending, but am not sure what I would have preferred. The setting was perfect for generating additional stories, though, so I'm curious if that was part of the intent.

Dactyl Hill Squad by Daniel José Older is a Middle Grade fantasy set in an alternate version of Civil War-era New York City. The alternate part is there are dinosaurs living among people and being used as beasts of burden, though the possibilities aren't as fully explored as they might have been in an adult novel; I got the feeling they were around because dinosaurs are cool, and dactyls are cool, and I think that's cool, because why not? When I was a kid, I would not have blinked at this setup. (Adult me was wondering how the presence of dinosaurs would affect the Industrial Revolution and the development of associated technology, which appears to have happened here pretty much the same as in our world.) Magdalys Roca, the protagonist, is one of the kids from the Colored Orphan Asylum who get caught up first in the draft riots, then in a plot to rescue black people who've been captured to be sold in the southern states. The history is very beautifully integrated with the kid-focused action plot, and doesn't shy away from the racism non-white people are facing. The assortment of kids have interesting characterization, even those with smaller roles. Possible trigger warning: early on, a kindly adult figure is discovered to have been lynched in the riots after heroically giving children time to escape. Recommended because dinosaurs.

A weekly reminder...

Apr. 17th, 2019 07:41 am
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... my GoFundMe is still active, because we're still going to need a lot to cover the incoming repair and medical bills. (what is it with hospitals sometimes taking literal MONTHS to send the bill? Just got one in yesterday from mid-December!)
 

Opinion – 17 April 2019

Apr. 17th, 2019 10:00 am
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Posted by Peter Owen

Martin Sewell Archbishop Cranmer Holy Week: dealing with deep sin is horrible, messy, prolonged, humiliating and painful Giles Fraser UnHerd What does salvation look like? “You can tell much by our response to the pain of asylum seekers” Andrew Lightbown Theore0 Talking of Maundy Thursday Michael Sadgrove Woolgathering in North East England Thoughts on Nôtre Dame […]

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