A 58-post collection

Good morning

Once again, my fucked-up sleep cycle strikes in the wee small hours. I plan to use it to my advantage, though. You all get your instant story ahead of time, and I get a day of luxurious loafing.

The only downside for me is that I'll have to update my master files when I finally exit my bedroom. Yay for laptops, boo for non-cloud files.

Pretty sure the Google editor does rich text and not plain text. That could plausibly fuck up everything I've been working on, so... I have to keep my master file on my main PC only. At least until Beloved finally makes that add-on for my pro site. Then I expect it to go mobile in a hurry.

I could carry the Year of Instants with me. I have a Markdown editor that's mobile. The disadvantage is that it only does one file at a time. That's something of an impediment for multitasking me.

I have Beloved's ear tomorrow, so I might discuss how to fuck with Stackedit so I can see the word count and have multiple files open at the same time. But only after we've edited KFZ. I need that fucker to be ready to send out to any and all agents in New York.

And I can't really judge any agent by which books I've heard of here in sunny about-to-flood Queensland. The spec fic section of my local book shop is a tiny little space of shelving, barely a meter and a half wide. Crammed in between the romance novels and the kiddies section. Most of the contents are fantasy, and of the science fiction, the only stuff that isn't Star Wars, Star Trek or Doctor Who... is Isaac Asimov and Philip K. Dick. With the occasional rare sighting of Ursula Le Guin. If there's any new sci-fi up there, it's crying because it's alone.

Trust me to pick a genre that's the orphan child of fiction. I have to be bloody good just to get on the shelves at the local shop. I don't think I'm there, yet. And a negative review of Hevun's Rebel, this morning, has pretty much whacked my ego back down.

On the other hand, I might make it big elsewhere, and therefore lead the local QBD into giving shelf space to newer sci-fi again. It could happen. And while I'm wishing, why not a billion dollars?

Eh. I'm supposed to be relaxing, today. And that starts with getting my work out of the road so I don't have to do it.

Secondary skills

In the words of Odo when Quark questioned his interest in funerary rituals, "Everybody needs a hobby." It didn't come in to the Hevun's Child trilogy, because almost everyone I was writing about literally did not have the time to kick back, relax, and faff around.

I glimpsed at it in The Amity Incident but by and large, the entire human colony were a bunch of nerd whose primary focus was their better future. The luxury of messing about with things to

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I feel... not yet fantastic

Throwing off lurgi is easier with ginger and rest. It's day three of feeling awful, and I'm almost back up to my base levels.

At least I have an appetite, now.

Which means that I can go ahead with booking the flu jabs for the family. Which means the dreaded phone call because the health app won't let you do multiple bookings.

On the downside, there is something wrong with the rig I had thought was recharging my laptop and investigation needs

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::Zombie noises::

I've had the second shitty night in a row and that sort of thing is never good for me. My spoons are at a minimum. My entire day is going to be "Can't be arsed, gotta do it anyway" with a side order of slow, uncomfortable moaning.

Good thing Steam Powered Giraffe is there to help my limited powers of concentration and at least keep me in the same plane of reality.

Also good thing - Beloved has taken a shine to

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Zip ties and superglue solve lots of problems

...but not the one where I have to spend a lot of money to keep breathing.

Beloved and I restocked my medication stores, yesterday. It was quite the shopping list:

  • Ventolin nebules
  • Atrovent nebules
  • Magnesium tablets
  • Olive leaf extract tablets [I refuse to take the liquid, it is gut-wrenchingly gross]
  • Vitamin C
  • Probiotics
  • Cough syrup of the expectorant variety
  • Herbal anti-anxiety stuff

And a few items of sundry miscellany that were neither here or there. Now... how much would you expect to

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What would I miss most by turning Vegan?

Short answer: Chewing, because the only vegan food is Soylent(possibly).

Long answer:

Veganism is the lifestyle choice of eschewing food items that could possibly harm an animal. On the surface, that seems nice and friendly to our fur-bearing friends [and scale-bearing, and skin-bearing, and chitin-bearing etc] until you actually think about it.

There’s not a plant on our current menu that doesn’t exploit an animal.

Of the foods that don’t use bees to procreate, there&

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Shoutout to all those people who click the $0 option in “Pay What You Want” items. You have NO idea what goes into doing the...

Shoutout to all those people who click the $0 option in “Pay What You Want” items.

You have NO idea what goes into doing the thing.

[Or you’re completely broke, in which case, I forgive you]

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Star Trek: Into Darkness - One Dork's Opinion

Massive spoilers for the movie under the cut.

Mr Abrams… You’re directing the thing that caused thousands of nerds like myself to study things like physics and sundry other sciences in order to help make the reality that got us hooked. You should therefore NOT FUCK UP PHYSICS, YOU FUCK!

Shit, man.

Seriously. The half-a-planet looked awesomely cool and all, but that was a still shot from a damned incipient planetary disaster. That half-moon in contact with the main

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Sic Transit Gloria Mundi

[Thus go the way of all things, for those who know less Latin than I]

My lunchbox Mac Mini up and died an entire year before its expected expiry date, and now all my fictions are locked up safely in a portable drive until such time as it can be connected to a computer that can handle it.

I’m starting to get really, really pissed off at Apple. $2K minimum for a computer that works fabulously… but when it

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sexuallycanadian: I AM GOING TO PUNCH SOMEONE See? This is why we can’t have nice things. Idiots like the WBC blaming everything on...



See? This is why we can’t have nice things.

Idiots like the WBC blaming everything on the homosexuals. Or telling us it was a message from God, saying -in essence- “you stop that Homo shit now”.

Jesus fucking Christ on a bicycle…

God did not send the bombs. The hands of a human made those bombs, and put those bombs there. Three people died. twenty-something more were hurt.

And, very

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Well, this sucks.

I got a court order today. Delivered into my hand. Specifically into the hand of [and I’m quoting the dude who was reading off a script] “the InterNutter who claims to have written a work entitled ‘Misfits’, lately to appear in Google Drive?”

It was a Cease and Desist from Little, Brown Books in general and Stephanie Meyer in particular.

Seems my fic bears an astonishing resemblance to Ms Meyer’s latest series to come

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Male Privilege in the Media: Hart of Dixie

I like entertainment as much as anyone else, but I’m afraid I’m getting very jaded. Possibly more so now than ever as I round the horn into middle age and everything available just looks increasingly like More of the Same.

I objected to Big Brother when it was new. To my eyes, reality television is neither reality nor television. Just like white chocolate is neither white nor chocolate.

Anyway, onwards to my actual point.

I have, until recently,

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Another rant for another time #5: Climate change, not global warming

To everyone who says, “So much for global warming,” every time they so much as glimpse a frigging snowflake:


Aaaah. Got that off my chest.

Scientists never actually called it “global warming” unless they were talking down to some media presenter. We all know media presenters, especially the American ones. They have the mean IQ of an concussed lemming. And I’m

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Another rant for another time #4: Toxic media industry

Most folks know about the toxic fashion industry. And the unattainable, photoshopped “beauty” in most, if not all, ladies’ magazines. It’s a big thing.

Well, porn is toxic, too. It just doesn’t get talked about because it mentions male floppy bits instead of ladies’ floppy bits. Nobody wants to mention that filth. Euw!

Except for me, because I’m a certified weirdo.

Porn almost exclusively relies on fantasy. The ladies are all attractive.

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Another rant for another time #3: Overpopulation and the food crisis

I keep coming back to a webcomic I found where one of the characters says to a child, “There’s enough room in Texas for everyone in the whole world.” [Quote from memory, may not be verbatim]

It bothers me.

A lot.

Five seconds on Google reveals that the surface area of Texas isĀ 261 914 square miles. That’s 6.78354146x10^11 square meters. About 67 835 414 600 if you want to take it long-form.


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