Monthly Archives: July 2015

The News From 2Dits Farm: Zucchini Dreams

I had the Zucchini Dream last night. We run down the endless corridors toward the bridge. The white walls curve around us, pulsing with the red Alert lights that indicate the ship is under attack. The doors whisk open and … Continue reading

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ArmadilloCon, Readings, and Parties, Oh, My!

BookWoman reading

This year at Austin’s ArmadilloCon there were three panels on feminist science fiction and fantasy: one on the classic examples, one called “Badass, Babe, or None of the Above” on the archetypes for women in SF/F, and one on new … Continue reading

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New Gear Geekout: Part one, new skates

Speed skaters expect pain in the feet; they’re a bit like ballerinas that way. Derby girls of course expect pain everywhere else, but it doesn’t occur to them that for a good fit, the pain must start with the feet. Continue reading

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I Was a Middle Aged Barn Rat, Part 7, “Teenage Days”

Pepper

I Was a Middle Aged Barn Rat, Part 7, “Teenage Days.” This is a ten part blog series about the year I decided to pursue my lifelong interest in horses, based on an article that appeared in Equus, March 2015. … Continue reading

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Questions for Ursula K. Le Guin Are Now Closed

Due to the overwhelming response to Ursula K. Le Guin’s Navigation project, we have had to shut down the question form. Once she goes through the more than one hundred questions received so far and picks some to answer, we … Continue reading

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Punching Down

I saw something the other day that made me really angry, in that “what, were you raised in a woodshed or something?” sort of way. Prolonged, self-involved, privileged rudeness makes me on-beyond-cranky. And as I watched this behavior continue I … Continue reading

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Navigation Q1: How do you make something good?

Ursula K. Le Guin

“How do you make something good?” —Nancy Jane Moore Well, you could start with butter and fresh farm eggs, it’s hard to go wrong from there, unless you’re a vegan. All right, I’ll try to be serious — it’s a … Continue reading

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Navigating the Ocean of Story

Ursula K. Le Guin, photo by Marian Wood Kolisch

Navigating the Ocean of Story Ursula K. Le Guin An Experiment I have enough vigor and stamina these days to write poems, for which I am very thankful. It takes quite a lot of vigor and stamina to write a … Continue reading

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Story Excerpt Sunday: From Raiding the Hoard of Enchantment by Dave Smeds

Raiding the Hoard of Enchantment

Raiding the Hoard of Enchantment Seven Tales of High Fantasy by Dave Smeds from “The Beheaded Queen” [Editor’s note: When posted a few weeks ago, this excerpt was inadvertently truncated. It was meant to contain the entire opening scene of … Continue reading

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The Rambling Writer Hikes to Lake Ann on Mt. Shuksan

Time for another mountain hike with Thor and Bear dog. As I’ve mentioned before, this year in the Pacific Northwest is presenting us with some weather patterns I’ve never seen before, and I was born and raised here. We’re in … Continue reading

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