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Friday, November 21st, 2014
8:18 pm - My current writing efforts
Delayed Taken down March 2015.

I am using the pen name associated with these stories to work through the process of e-publishing short fiction.  As I finish more short fiction, which I've accepted is what I can do right now, I'll update this post.

Any feedback on the look/feel/blurb (and content if you feel like buying or think the auto-sample is enough to go on) is appreciated, I'll look it over through the Thanksgiving and Xmas holidays when I get a chance and probably implement some of it.  I do take seriously the input of people who read ebooks and those who write their own, because they see lots of little covers on their phones and tablets and etc. and have a pretty good idea what something easy on the eyes but still interesting looks like.

ETA December 2014: Reviews help with getting sales and being able to use (free) advertising services, and when I posted this I forgot I can just SEND PPL FILES, so if you want to help out with a review, message me or leave a comment and you can give an honest review if you want.  Even 1 or 2 stars are useful!  Comments will be screened for privacy.

Stickying for obvious reasons.

ETA 2 December 2014: All these are free from Dec 23-25, Festivus to Christmas May do another free day next month, not sure.  Right now I'm going to completely change up my approach to be more sale-friendly in the longer term, even if the basics remain a bit strange.

End of 2014 ETA: I'm going to "unpublish" this stuff in the next month, but the cloud is undying, so if you already got it free, well, it'll still be there!  I am not really sure what I'm going to do regarding this self-publishing journey as yet.  Need to finish more stuff and come up with another pen name.

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Thursday, May 21st, 2015
3:28 pm - Hugo packet post #2, John C. Wright stories and essays
Anyone saying they are badly written and/or terrible is lying.  I think that if I am very generous to such people, I would say they are conflating his blog posts with his for-pay fiction and non-fiction.  And you know, I have to agree that the man bloviates on his bloggity-blog.  The difference between his unedited blog posts and his published work is the ultimate case in point for "why writers need editing, so don't think self-editing will cut it".

His published work has a lawyerly precision of word choice and sentence structure that his blog posts don't.  By being reigned in on his pomposity and bellicose tendencies with strong editing, his love for language and story as deep myth can shine.  If John Wright were progressive-friendly, his style dominating his plots and character arcs would be richly praised, I think.  Instead, I don't believe people are reading his published work and are instead inferring what they think it must be like from his blog posts.  I seem to recall this was a major, heavily discussed aspect of Racefail '09, assuming people's published work was one way based on their blog posts or online comments to blogs.

If I have the energy, I'll knock out some more detailed reviews in another post, but right now I've read his nominated stuff and I truly think it's worth Hugos out the wazoo on artistic GP and that Vox Day deserves a Short Form Hugo on merit for bringing out the wonderful in a guy who really takes "blog at length" too seriously.  John C. Wright got me to be sympathetic to a very bad man in one story and he also pulled off the animal fable format in another without sounding like bad Kipling.  I didn't even think of Kipling while reading, only just now writing up this post.

I was afraid to read Wright's entries because I find his blog pompous, but I am very pleasantly surprised and yeah, the editor made the difference in a big way.

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Tuesday, May 19th, 2015
9:42 am - Reading/viewing the Hugo packet, first in a series
I am taking a break from reading 1950s and 60s American history to read the Hugo voter packet before voting.

So far I've gotten through the fan artist and most of the Campbell New Writer selections.  The fan artist stuff was mostly bland.  Elizabeth Leggett's horse drawing was pretty good, though, so I guess that's the furthest I'll go for that category.

As for the New Writer, the choices were Jason Cordova, Kary English, Wesley Chu, Rolf Nelson and Eric S. Raymond.  So far I've read the first two and am working on Wesley Chu's novel, which is second in a trilogy.  Slightly odd choice for a sample.  Cordova did a short story and a novella for his sample, and the novella is first in a series.  Kary English put up several short stories.  The other two guys have stories in the anthology Riding the Red Horse, so I'll get to them when I get to that anthology.

I am posting this because I'm getting bogged down in Wesley Chu's novel about aliens living symbiotically in human bodies by giving the humans super powers as they battle some different aliens.  It is not very fun reading, I have read just a couple chapters so far it's wordy in just the wrong way.  I desperately want to move on with the rest of the category, but regardless of whether I finish this novel or not, I wanted to mark my place since the "packet" is a bunch of online files and I'll get them mixed up  and probably reread stuff unwittingly if I don't write down my progress through each category.  Yay sleep dep I guess.  

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Thursday, April 23rd, 2015
9:07 pm - no idea how to engage with wives of this type married to husbands of this type

It's so alien to me, the idea of being married to someone who doesn't want to know anything except is dinner ready on time.  And anything about the very tasks you're assigned, oh, not worth mentioning!  That would be MANIPULATIVE!  And if dinner isn't on time or less than perfectly cooked, why, it's totally fine to be berated at length about how much you suck for existing!

If I live in some kind of tradtopian bubble where "Traditionally minded husbands" ARE NOT LIKE THIS (this is very much NOT my experience nor that of the women I go to church with and live near who have the traditional sex role division going on), then you know what, I am glad my kids never have to see this being presented as the norm.  Because if it is, I really do despair of things ever getting less crummy for my daughters and their daughters.

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Wednesday, April 15th, 2015
4:51 pm - welp, the sad puppies were proven correct (last hugo update for the month, probably)
a bunch of liberal-leaning folks are withdrawing their work or participation at the hugos because right-wing people like their fiction and the sjws sent them harassing email/phone calls/etc. about this.

so there it is, the hugos are just a little prize for sjws looking to buff up the old resume and if people were suckers enough to believe that little ship meant something more when they were teenagers or young adults, well, they were just stupid for not being hip enough and social justice enough to get that this wasn't the case.

annie bellet's story is good, for the record.  the misogyny from liberals making her feel she had to withdraw though is not good.  and again they never have to apologize or pay a consequence.

PS: Requires Hate's stories are being purchased by the SJW clique.  So anyone who tells you that she was policed/punished/suffered a consequence is LYING.  She got nothing but free publicity and a career boost from being a giant jerk to everyone in sight.

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Tuesday, April 14th, 2015
8:35 pm - women favored wildly for STEM

i knew there was a greater preference, but didn't realize it had got so large. still not going, though.  can't make me!

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5:45 pm - old non-hot white guy replaced by young, very hot white guy in hugo nominations
needless to say, this is being hailed as a blow for diversityingness or something.

iz funny,

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Friday, April 10th, 2015
9:28 pm - annie bellet's "goodnight stars", up for a hugo in short story this year

should be up for a while, voting goes into summer.

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Thursday, April 9th, 2015
4:01 pm - sad puppies and me
as i've been pretty blunt about these days, i felt driven out of fandom and especially trying to write my own chromatic fiction by many of the same people who are making libelous and slanderous claims that sad puppies or rabid puppies nominators and supporters are racist, sexist and homophobic and numerous other not-true things.

it's a small group, their power over publishing is limited and their deception about this is monstrous.  they're the real gatekeepers and they have never had to answer for it.

probably will add more later.  keep in mind that i wouldn't be writing fiction at all if i'd stayed in social justice oriented fandom because i was so convinced there was no point in trying since what i wrote was nothing like what they were getting published.  it's not really like what conservative fandom publishes either, but they don't think I SUCK AS A HUMAN for writing differently.

anyway i have to jet, more later i think.

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Monday, March 23rd, 2015
11:21 pm - woman i want to use for a story
she marries a man, has a baby with him, divorces him when the kid is about 5 and repeats.  She's up to 3 or 4 kids now and there appears to be no sign the pattern will change until she is too old to have babies.  at least for me, this is the most unusual frequent-divorce pattern i've ever seen.  lot of fiction possibilities anyhow.  

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Sunday, March 15th, 2015
10:39 pm - anna karenina (book a day)
I finished Anna Karenina.  It didn't end as I would have expected, I was taken aback by the denouement.  Tolstoi is a very excellent personality crafter, enough that you never concern yourself with plot, although he does have that.  It was writing above my pay grade, to say the least.

I started this four years ago with nine books and now have three left, and in between I've read a couple dozen others minimum.  So it has been possible to read with littles underfoot and that's been a great relief.

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Thursday, February 19th, 2015
2:56 pm - Sad Puppies just moved almost 2000 copies of NOVELLAS (for three authors). In one 24 hour period.
Sad Puppies is the latest dustup in the libertarian vs. leftist camps in Sci-fi/fantasy fandom.  There is no right wing, the "right wing" is super libertarian, which makes the whole thing even funnier/sadder as your whim dictates.

But a few of the libertarians put together Sad Puppies, which is some suggestions of cool stuff to nominate for the Hugos, and the best-selling among them, Larry Correia, is putting together book bombs for the short works (novella, short stories, novelettes).  This was the first one and it was a doozy.  Those kind of numbers would have most midlisters partying in the streets and a fair number of upper-midlisters like Larry.  Novellas barely sell (not counting smut and not counting a very small number of hard hustling indies), even with big pushes.  A hundred units for a launch is doing very well among Big 5 authors with real promo from the publisher.  So this is actually very impressive.  I eagerly await the numbers for the novelette and short story book bombs that are coming up.  

The really impressive part is that one of the authors' novellas was already free due to being published deadtree and thus not available on Amazon (so the author just sent people epubs), so Larry picked a low-selling anthology of that author's to use for the bomb and BOY DID THAT WORK OUT.  That author went from the dregs of 400-500k land (a sale a day or less) to top 900 across all of Amazon.  What a ride that must have been!

And then the book bomb took the other two authors to #1 in major subcategories, triggering additional sales boosts.  Just a snowball of sales from one book bomb.

It's nerdy numbers stuff, but since I have some complex marketing to do for my SFF, it's good to see what happens when you can get hooked into a solid network of support and help each other over the algorithm finish lines.

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Thursday, January 29th, 2015
5:12 pm - I'm not a feminist but I sure end up sounding like one these days.
I have no idea when my ultraconservative9000 blog will wind down beyond "by Jan 1 2016 or sooner if I run out of blog post drafts", but I have enough basic ideas down to start outlining the books I'm going to write about domesticity and marriage and historical norms around female agency and power.  And the thing that keeps striking me is that misogyny really is just rampant, from both men and women, all up and down the ages into the modern day.  It's just there whether I like it or not.  Jealous hateration really does power a lot of historical shifts away from female power.  Sucky but true!

I'm just pro-woman when it comes down to it, but apparently that makes you a screaming femmahnatzi in some circles.  Too bad for them, imma write how I want.  I am a reasonably self-controlled non-teen.  

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Monday, December 29th, 2014
9:46 am - back to reading bwe bloggers a lot
I've been sick about a week, which made Christmas a challenge, and as is the case with hormones, I've been feeling super down on myself and my prospects of decently educating the kids or having a normal life since I never seem to get the chance to recover physically and get sleep.

But then I read BWE bloggers and it's like a virtual black girl party full of slightly weird but mostly sensible women.  They are reassuring when I feel like I'm failing at all the things all the time.

And on that note I'll go pick fleece.

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Thursday, November 13th, 2014
3:40 pm - the internet is a small, small world
one thing i notice more these days is how small the various -spheres of the internet are. there are names i keep seeing over and over across multiple big-name blogs and even many smaller ones with catchy names. the commentariats are small, whether it's a rightish or leftish blog, and many of the commenters have years-long posting histories, often under the same name in multiple -spheres. sometimes under multiple names (it seems about 50/50 as to whether they link them up explicitly or not).

a good example is the econoblogsphere, which is basically a blend of leftish and libertarian. i don't know if i will ever get free time to start up that blog about the economics of sexwork as seen through an economics textbook lens i always wanted to, but if i did, that sphere is still small enough that sending my posts to the big dogs would get me some impressive link love. eight or ten years ago i remember an econoblogger talking about how small that sphere was and very little has changed. the big blogs are still around and the smaller ones are defunct because the commenters just hang out on the big ones posting there instead.

it's just weird how there are zillions of people "on the internet" but when it comes to specific subject or affinity 'spheres', it's only a few hundred people or a few thousand (*cough* mommyblogs *cough*).

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Wednesday, November 12th, 2014
1:03 pm - fandom hates me and it still makes me sad and hurty feelinged
i went down some of the requires hate/winterfox/etc rabbithole.  i was going to write a big old tldr; about my sad epic hurt feelings that the whole sorry business brought out, but decided against it. instead i'm just going to note that social justice theory is completely unable to withstand class analysis.  that is, it is pretty much designed for elites of color to manipulate the language and tropes of oppression to maintain their own positions of privilege in their own nations and the West.  As a bonus it can offer the same to middle and upper class Western whites out of the academic/pundit class who are lower-status than such elites.

i'm also going to note that diversity in sff now appears to mean "speaks white academicese real good, even in their fiction" and not terribly much else.

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Friday, November 7th, 2014
8:40 am - interesting #gamergate link

very interesting regarding who gets to just assert doxxing with no need for pesky proof and who has to pony up police reports or whatever would theoretically constitute adequate "confirmation".  

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Monday, October 27th, 2014
2:52 pm - parking some gamergate linkage

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Tuesday, October 21st, 2014
12:00 pm - My tweets

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Thursday, October 16th, 2014
12:00 pm - My tweets

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Wednesday, October 15th, 2014
10:26 pm - gamergate isn't about misogyny
it's about a culture of corruption and cronyism and good old boy/girl networks being acceptable, as long as they favor the current progressive slate of beliefs.  it's about spitting on the audience that unwittingly funds makework sinecures for connected RichPeople'sKids who dissemble and lie like rugs.  it's about a bunch of people being suckaplayed by con artists like anita sarkeesian and zoe quinn into thinking something like #notyourshield is a stunt, a trick, rather than a cri de coeur all its own of people sick of cooption by elites hiding behind their own privilege.

several of the people claiming to have received death threats faked them.  when this has been noticed, it's been dismissed as irrelevant.

it's not about ladyparts, it's about people of various genders and sexes being unethical, unprofessional and sometimes illegal.

gamers are pretty stunned at how scummy the hive of wretched villainy is.  but it's not about misogyny.  it's just not.  that's the angle being played as a cognitive kill switch, but it's not what the boots on the ground are actually concerned with.  they are not invested in womanhating, many are feminist or sympathetic to feminism.  many are women themselves.  they are simply not into the powerhungry creatures trying to present this whole thing as a bunch of bigoted white "bros" when it's

anyway this is incoherent, i'll stop now, it frustrates me a whole bunch that anyone thinks the establishment is in the right here when they are so, so, so wrong.

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Sunday, September 28th, 2014
12:00 pm - My tweets

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Sunday, September 21st, 2014
12:00 pm - My tweets

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Thursday, August 7th, 2014
12:00 pm - My tweets

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Wednesday, July 16th, 2014
12:00 pm - My tweets

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Thursday, July 10th, 2014
9:25 pm - rump patriarchy and me
this is a placeholder for something longer when i am in less of a crabby state that is qualitatively different than my usual kinds of crabby states.

but simply, a sort of stumpy tag ends rump patriarchy is what i live under and around and all that, and it's good in some ways, but still hard in others because it's not the full-on deal.  it's really too bad the term itself is a cognitive kill switch, because i often find myself wanting to correct uses of "patriarchy" as "bad stuff some men do or did" online with "that's patriocentricity" or "no, that's masculinism" or even "no, that's just plain and simple misogyny, no need to shove it under that heading".

but except in the narrow realms of conservative/right wing/etc ville, where they sometimes think they are using the term correctly, it clearly has other meanings elsewhere so i often don't go there.

but my longer post is just going to be describing what even a rump patriarchy looks like.  the men know they can't just hare around doing whatever and they also like women, but there's still the idea of male and female spheres as discrete things.  and people accept hierarchy and that they may not be as high up in it as they personally wish to be, but they don't push against it either.  it's very different than the various things i have seen described as patriarchy.  it has harsh parts, but a lot of kindness for many, even those considered marginal.

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Monday, June 23rd, 2014
12:00 pm - My tweets

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Friday, June 20th, 2014
12:00 pm - My tweets

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Tuesday, June 10th, 2014
9:44 pm - finished two more book a day books
All done with the Henry James collections.  He is quite strange once you step outside of the well-known tales.

Also finished Black Mischief by Evelyn Waugh.  Talk about coal black satire, dark and greasy as Basil Seal's floppy hair.

I had been not reading as much when I had some time to for the same reasons I didn't read when I was in a more bohemian line of work.  Which is that if I read all the books on my backlist alone, not even reading everything we owned before marriage I haven't gotten to yet, I'd still be better read than many people I know and it might make some of them feel bad.  But I can't just sit around not reading hundreds of books I'd actually like to read (even "boring" things like Schopenhauer and Hegel) because some homeschool mom somewhere might feel insecure that I know the contents of the classics she's quasi-teaching out of a box.

It wears over time, the endless not-doing because someone else will feel inadequate.  I am very slowly learning to get over that hurdle because really, people are just really badly educated and there's not much I can do about it.  Even reading lots of old books and writing about them isn't going to improve my own pathetically bad education, but I will learn more and be able to discuss the books with my kids when it's time to figure out what and how to teach them less pitifully than I was taught.  And if butts are hurt, well, they can read these books whenever they want.

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