I miss music!

Jul. 27th, 2017 08:12 pm
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I can't catch all the lyrics. But man alive, what a voice! I heard a live version of this also, just to be sure he's for real. He is!

ETA: Wait, this song is even better!

Man alive, it's been years since I've fallen in love this fast!


On second hearing I was already singing along, even the harmonies.


I MISS MUSIC! It's where I belong!



Books Meme + Update

Jul. 26th, 2017 04:35 pm
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Tomorrow my husband has an appointment to see someone who isn't his doctor because his doctor is on vacation. He's feeling worse rather than better. Maybe he needs a different antibiotic. We'll see.

I'm tired and distracted. I'm thinking about defaulting on my kidlit exchange. I can't focus on writing.

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Books I finished:

Jane's Warlord by Angela Knight. This is yet another time-travel romance. The time-travel plot is silly but when isn't it? The serial killer plot is even worse but that's not why you're reading this book. The romance is standard fare. Warrior Boy from the future travels back in time to save newspaper girl, they have the best sex like ever, and girl returns with boy to his own time (and planet--did I mention he's not from Earth?) and they live happily ever after. She gets to take her cat, too. Luckily, the universe doesn't break from the strain. If you like your heroes to be hyper-masculine, super-human sex machines and enjoy sex scenes featuring bondage without safe-words between total strangers, this might be just what you're looking for. How do I even rate something like this? One star because it was a quick read, especially since I skimmed the sex scenes.

Time and Again by Jack Finney. It's an illustrated novel from 1970. Spoilers ) I thought the premise of the book was intriguing enough to keep reading but the execution left something to be desired. I solved the big mystery at the center of the novel by the end of the paragraph in which it was introduced. The romance fell flat. The ending was a complete dud. The style was serviceable Two lukewarm stars.

Books I abandoned:

The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick. I checked this out because of the Amazon series, which I can't watch. A consolation prize? I know it's a classic but dammit, the book is boring. I didn't care about the characters. The plot seemed inconsequential, which given the premise, is pathetic. Maybe the series is better written. Anyway, after 67 pages, I'm done with it.

The Peppered Moth by Margaret Drabble. You should know that I have read and enjoyed a number of Drabble's books. This was not one of them. It was about genetics and the English class system. I didn't get through an entire chapter of this turkey. Books about unpleasant characters leading unpleasant lives need a hook and she didn't provide one.

Books in the pipeline:

The third and final book in the kid-lit series I'm reviewing for my kid-lit book exchange. Title withheld.

Change of Plans

Jul. 23rd, 2017 12:56 pm
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We're leaving this afternoon for Fontana, no one's favorite vacation destination. Kyle's surgery is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. tomorrow and he has to be at the surgery center an hour ahead. Rather than getting up at the crack of dawn, we're spending the night at the Hilton Garden Inn Fontana. He should be released before noon so we'll be back home by afternoon.

There is absolutely nothing to do in Fontana. There is not a decent sit-down restaurant in the entire city. Their highly rated Mexican hole-in-the-wall doesn't hold a candle to the one in my neighborhood. There is a pool at the hotel. There's a movie theater right down the street so we might go see the latest Spiderman reboot. (Good grief. How many more times will they reboot that movie franchise?) Or maybe we should see Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets instead. Basic cable is basic. I'll bring my computer but WiFi is spotty.


I didn't get a chance to finish, let alone post this before it turned into old news.

My husband just aspirated again. The hotel is cancelled. The surgery center doesn't open until 7:00 a.m. tomorrow so informing them will have to wait.

I see a trip to Urgent Care in the near future, as soon as I can talk him into it. He's really scared. This could be bad, like our last December vacation in Hawaii kind of bad. At least this time we're at home.
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I had just taken a sip of coffee at one point and nearly choked/slobbered on my keyboard.

God bless this lunatic man!


Summer Safety Tips For Leftists




You know it's true

Jul. 21st, 2017 10:19 am
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JUSTINE DAMOND: KILLED BY “ISLAMOPHOBIA”

If this had been a Muslim woman (especially a black Muslim woman) killed this way by a cop (especially a white cop) we would NEVER hear the end of it. There would be protests all over the world, maybe even riots. Celebrities would be all over this. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton and Oprah Winfrey would be on our TV screens day and night, condemning it. And they would be right in condemning the act, though I'm sure wrong in assuming the motives/reasons..

But because it was a white, non-Muslim woman killed by a Somalian, Muslim cop, there will be nothing of the sort. This story will quietly disappear from public view. Everyone will soon forget it like it never happened. Everyone, that is, except her shattered family and friends.


As Robert Spencer says in the article, and from the information I've seen, it doesn't seem to be a jihad attack.

Let me repeat that. Right now, it does not seem like this was a jihad attack. Just because a Muslim does it, does not necessarily mean it was jihad. Get that straight, My Side! When it comes to this issue (and others) you can be just as knee-jerk and outright stupid as the liberals.

I don't give a rat's tail whose "side" does and says what. I don't defend people's comments just because they are on "my side" of any issue. What I care about is facts. And from the facts I see thus far, it doesn't seem it was a jihad attack.

What does seem clear is that this man had no business being a police officer. But because Islam has gained Most Favored Status in this country, he was given this job. Now an innocent woman is dead. Needlessly dead, since this story makes very little sense in the way events played out.*

Multiculturalism at its finest.

What a disgrace.















* As always, and in all fairness, if more/different information later comes out, it may impact the story and my views on it. My comments here are based on what I know at this time.

What she said

Jul. 20th, 2017 08:41 pm
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* On Fairy Stories - J.R.R. Tolkien


I've found that it helps me relax when I watch a light and/or funny show before going to bed. My show of choice the past few weeks has been Dragons: Race to the Edge. I saw some of the original, How to Train Your Dragon movie with the kids I used to watch. (It still makes me sad to say that.) I'm not sure if we watched the whole thing at the time. I never saw the second movie. Has anyone read the books? 

Anyway, I happened upon this quite by accident on Netflix. I gave it a try and was pleasantly surprised at how well done and enjoyable it is! The characters are all so well developed that you feel like you're watching a live action movie, not a cartoon. And while the dragons have their personalities, they are not "Disney-fied", in the sense that they talk or act too much like people. They are closer to pets and weapons than than the animals in most cartoons. I actually like that. It's a refreshing difference from the usual animal/magical creature sidekick that's been endlessly overdone in kids' movies.

Best of all, so far it hasn't been preachy about anything, there's been no politics, and no inappropriate sexual content. It's said that this even needs to be mentioned regarding a children's program. But that's the world we live in today.

This is just pure storytelling and adventure, with characters who so far seem to be good people. (Even the ones that don't get along. It's the usual "ragtag bunch of people have to work together" sort of thing. And that's just fine.

Best of all, DRAGONS! 




I loved this!

Jul. 20th, 2017 08:15 am
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Brother

When we were young
We were the ones
The kings and queens
Oh yeah, we ruled the world
We smoked cigarettes
Man no regrets
Wish I could relive
Every single word

We've taken different paths
And travelled different roads
I know we'll always end up on the same one when we're old
And when you're in the trenches
And you're under fire I will cover you

[Chorus]
If I was dying on my knees
You would be the one to rescue me
And if you were drowned at sea
I'd give you my lungs so you could breathe

I've got you brother-er-er-er
I've got you brother-er-er-er
I've got you brother-er-er-er
I've got you brother-er-er-er

[Verse 2]
Oh brother, we'll go deeper than the ink
Beneath the skin of our tattoos
Though we don't share the same blood
You're my brother and I love you
That's the truth

We're living different lives
Heaven only knows
If we'll make it back
With all our fingers and our toes
5 years, 20 years, come back
It will always be the same

[Chorus]
If I was dying on my knees
You would be the one to rescue me
And if you were drowned at sea
I would give you my lungs so you could breathe

I've got you brother-er-er-er
I've got you brother-er-er-er


[Post Chorus]
And if we hit on troubled water
I'll be the one to keep you warm and safe
And we'll be carrying each other
Until we say goodbye on our dying day

Because I've got you brother-er-er-er
I've got you brother-er-er-er
I've got you brother-er-er-er
I've got you brother-er-er-er

If I was dying on my knees
You would be the one to rescue me
And if you were drowned at sea
I would give you my lungs so you could breathe

[Outro]
Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh
I've got you brother-er-er-er
I've got you brother-er-er-er

Wednesday Book Meme

Jul. 19th, 2017 01:44 pm
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Because of all of the kids' books and quickie romances I've been reading lately, I am nine books ahead on my Goodreads challenge. I'm going to have to up the ante by ten books, at least, to compensate.

What I've finished

All the President's Men (1974), Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward. I began reading it because of (1.) this article in Newsweek: "The Eerie Similarities Between Alleged Trump Scandals and All The President's Men, and (2.) because we'd just watched the movie based on it. (Note that the Newsweek story was published back in March. Imagine if they'd written it this week.) The book is award-winning journalism but honestly, the movie makes for a better story. Go rent the movie. Download it. Whatever. (We checked it out of the library). You will not be sorry. The movie gets five stars. The book gets four stars. These reporters, their editors, and their publisher are all American heroes.

Beany and the Beckoning Road (1959), Lenore Mattingly Weber. Beany believes that she has lost boyfriend Norbett to another girl: Cynthia. She and Johnny plan to drive from Denver to California to return their nephew to his parents and advertise for passengers to share the travel expenses. What a surprise for Beany when she discovers that one of the passengers is Cynthia. What will happen to a mismatched set of passengers with very little money and a tomato plant in the back seat?

This was better than the previous book in the series. Beany flies off the handle one time too many for my taste but whatever. Three stars for retro-charm and that tomato plant. I haven't decided if I'm going to continue on with the Malone family, but this book was funny and engaging.

Girl in the Water (2016), Dana Marton. I took a chance and purchased (I know!) this book because of how much I liked Secret Soldier. The online reviews were enthusiastic, but I was not impressed. Marton tried to weave together three stories, and multiple points of view, and couldn't quite pull it off. spoilers ) I applaud her attempt to write something more ambitious than your run of the mill romance but this didn't work for me at all. I give it one star.

I returned Sugar and Other Stories (1987) by A.S. Byatt to the library after reading just one story. Actually, I didn't make it through the first story. I can't recall the title. It was about an unpleasant little girl, attending an atrocious boarding school, with nasty classmates and an appalling, sadistic headmistress, who I've decided in retrospect might be a stand-in for the writer. Byatt enjoys torturing her characters in much the same way that her headmistress character enjoyed torturing her students. Halfway through, I found I wasn't liking anything about this story. Enough was enough. I skimmed through the next two stories and they were more of the same. No, thank you.

What's next?

I borrowed another book in the time travel porn series from the LAPL. I think this one is called "The Slayer" but it has nothing to do with vampires.

I'm still rereading the series for my kidlit fic exchange, titles withheld.

I unearthed an old novel of Margaret Drabble's which I'd never read, The Peppered Moth.

I'm carrying around Mirror Dance from the Vorkosigan saga in my purse.

There's a stack of time travel novels from the library at my bedside.

Entering Space: Creating a Space-faring Civilization by Robert Zubrin is sitting around somewhere, too. I got it out of mothballs because there is a chapter on mining asteroids, which is relevant to my interests. Speaking of space-faring civilizations, season two of The Expanse arrived yesterday!

black kitty

I love Ben Shapiro!

Jul. 16th, 2017 08:49 am
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I have zero interest in watching this show. Read the first book and was turned off. (Not to mention confused.) But this music is gorgeous. And the graphics are hilarious!  I didn't know he still played. I've just seen that video of him as a young boy.

Ben Shapiro: Political commentator, public speaker, writer and violin player. Not to mention a mind like a steel trap and a Faster!Talker than Lorelai and Rory put together. Those pesky Jews! Why do they always have all the talent?

**shakes fist**




genex author letter

Jul. 15th, 2017 10:30 pm
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Super excited about this exchange (as I am about them all, really). It isn't very often that there are opportunities for gen fic in this manner.

So, dear author, here are some things you should know generally, and then under the cut are some fandom-specific thoughts.

I like world-building, stories that take place in unexpected places or that include some detail about surroundings. I like character-driven stories, ones that include backstory or off-screen speculation and events. I'm fond of secondary and minor characters, their perspectives on the bigger events. I like main characters, too, and getting different viewpoints from them. Angst is my cup of tea, though not sexual violence of any kind.   Non-canonical character death is okay if it furthers your story.  Seeing as how this is a gen exchange, and some of my requests are more traditionally shippy, I need to clarify that I really enjoy friendship stories or stories that deal with non-romantic aspects of a relationship that may BE romantic later. Team-building is awesome, partnerships between people who aren't very connected in canon or have very little screentime otherwise.

Okay, on to the fandoms.

Read more... )