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Have been rambling around in the slightly warmer weather waiting for flowers to pop and becoming mildly obsessed with labyrinths and mazes.  And haikuing.

Why The Minotaur of Distraction Often Wins

Many paths roll out
Tantalizing colors sweep
Thoughts away from this

Nearly Spring

Lingering through pine
All sharp: Green Chill Sun Shadows
Orioles’ calls fly

Storm Suite Haiku



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Have finally uploaded all my Year of The Goat art to Flickr. Enjoy!


Changed my acupuncture appointment so I could catch the USA vs. France in the Algarve Cup final and then they changed the time so I missed the 1st half. Yeah for the win, but I’m sorry to not be seeing Sydney Leroux or Megan Rapinoe on the field much. I am enjoying the flash of Christen Press though. Check out her goal.

Have, as I think I might have mentioned, been reading like a fiend. Two things: Princeless:The Pirate Princess is amazing, The Black Arrow, pirate of the title, is getting her own book and you should start reading now. Really.

The second: zinged through a book on my mini iPad Kindle app last night called The Quality Of Her Voice. Really fascinating — a lot of the notes struck through the book felt like moments I could have been very near. It amused me, possibly more than it should have, but in an I’m impressed and having fun way.

Still not cheerful about how the USWNT are playing, looking forward to the start of the Seattle Reign season, hoping Everton and Cardiff City don’t get caught up in relegation battles and apparently the Mets have a decent pitcher or two. Been reading the New York Times more frequently. Good sports writing and story choices. Love their “Not The Knicks” stories. Have a cost me $2 subscription to Sports Illustrated and it’s worth less than that. Skipped the swimsuit issue on the grounds that if that’s the only time Sports Illustrated showcases multiple women on its pages, I might get livid.

Medusa seems to be a theme in the universe. Elizabeth Watasin has a book by that title, I saw a Super Irritated spoof cover at the grocery today with a very unhappy looking Medusa (just looked for it and discovered it was the Snickers ad on the back cover of SI) and I ran across a cool modern take on Tumblr the other day. So be careful whose eye you catch out there.



Have been reading comics like a fiend the early part of this week. Love Princeless, actually started with Comixology so I could read the third Pirate Princess issue. Always love swagger, confidence and a good shot with a bow and arrow. Actually have an archery medal somewhere (Robin Hood was a childhood hero). I was the only girl in the middle school gun and bow club. And they were nicer than the girl’s basketball team.

Still on a Korra kick, have to track down the art of the other two seasons (4 is coming out in September). Batwoman was a good read but just makes me annoyed once again that DC fired the creative team. I’ve always had a soft spot for Maggie Sawyer. Too bad DC decided she couldn’t marry a hero. Probably part of why I don’t get any DC books right now. Although The Flash is probably my favorite tv show right now: cheerful, great action, excellent villains, Iris West and it’s darn fun.

Batman 66 was a little disappointing, perhaps because I love the show so much and that tone is so hard to do. Rocket Girl is a cool time travel take; In Real Life is an interesting exploration of culture and communication and Macanudo is pure comic joy in its simplest most perfect form.

And that’s a quick what I’ve been reading look.



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Here’s the In The Bleak December link. Try it.


Wishing you health, happiness and good fortune in The Year Of The Goat.



In The Bleak December has been up for a couple of months and I’m in the trying to find a larger audience phase of the small snowball stage of the eventual avalanche.  Had a couple of sites that didn’t bother to follow up on my requests to buy advertising, which is frustrating.  But I’ve created a Facebook Author page where I can talk about these sorts of issues.

I’m currently running a pre Valentine’s Day Kindle Promotion Deal.  The sooner you buy In The Bleak December, the cheaper it is.

My four Robots <3 Shakespeare paintings are currently on display at the library downtown. I’m excited that they are being seen together.

Anne Of Green Gables teched this weekend so I’m not only wandering around in a dress onstage, I’ve been equipped with a crinoline, hat, purse, shawl and cape.  The crinoline is a terror.  It got fired in the second act, although I fear costumes will find a way to fix it.

Watching my way through Legend of Korra.  Much better than I remembered, although Mako is still hard to take, especially when the Season 1 Big Bad takes a pause to ooh and aah over his bending talent before taking it.  But then Korra unlocks a new ability and saves the day.  Korra seems to be mostly motivated by saving people.  Flash gets anxious when bad things happen to Korra (a lot) and Gayle won’t add it to her must watch TV list but I’m enjoying it.

Agent Carter is amazing.  And extremely stylish.  And The Flash is a master class in what superhero storytelling should be.

To segue into comics:  Lumberjanes continues fun, Thor is compelling, Captain Marvel flies high, Miss Marvel is marvelous and Copperhead is a granite chip off the Westerns I’ve always loved.

Haven’t been hitting the movies much with Anne Of Green Gables rehearsals crimping my Saturday movie date time.  There also hasn’t been anything I’ve really urgently wanted to see.

And that’s enough of a rant/run through to relax me.  Reading Terry Pratchett for fun, always enjoy his humor.  The Lunar New Year is approaching so time to start researching.

Thanks for stopping by.  Stay warm,


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Legend of Korra Series Finale: It’s Not Just All Physical


I like the doesn’t have to be about damage or sex thought. The universe needs more positive examples.

Originally posted on Taylor Ramage's Blog:

An image shows Korra and Asami facing each other in the glow of a spirit portal while holding hands.

At long last, the Avatar franchise has come to an end, at least in terms of the TV series. The Legend of Korra aired its final episode at midnight on Friday and I enjoyed it much more than I thought I would.

Especially since Korrasami became cannon.

In my previous LoK post about Korrasami, I analyzed the slow burn that Korra and Asami’s relationship has been from the start of the series and stressed how important cannon Korrasami would be while compromising/validating an ending with no ships at all. At the time of that writing, Book 3 had just ended and, narratively speaking, there weren’t yet enough romantic hints between the two for me to feel angry if Korrasami didn’t happen.

Then, everything changed when Book 4 attacked.

From Korra’s letter to Asami to “you’re looking snazzy as always” to Asami giving Korra warm tea in a pagoda, Book 4…

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Watched the third season of Legend of Korra.  Better than I expected.  Many of my quarrels with Korra from guessing at plots were erroneous and Korra and Asami walking into a spirt portal hand in hand resolved my ‘they have great chemistry, why do they have to want the not much personality stick of a guy?!?!?!?!?!?!’ rant after the girls in fast cars episode of Season 1.  Can’t convince Gayle to watch it and don’t know if I have the tolerance for Season 2, but Season 4 is on my to watch list.  And yes, I do have a weakness for smart women and fast cars, but oh well.  I blame Diana Rigg.

My youngest brother has finally got us to watch Korean dramas.  We finished Tomorrow’s Cantabile, a story of a group of students at a music college.  Beautiful music, glorious fall scenery — love when you see characters OUTSIDE.  Right now, we’re watching Detectives of Seonam Girls’ High School as we asked Beau to find something in the mystery category.  It’s weird, but kind of wonderful and sometimes wonderfully goofy.  Korean dramas have a great mix of comedy and drama, with high quality writing and performances.  Impressed.  Nice that they don’t linger and just tell a story well in a certain number of episodes.

Men in Blazers is a hoot. If you watch soccer at all, or these days Downton Abbey or pay attention to fashion, it’s a half hour fest of obnoxious laughter.

The Librarians is the perfect mix of action, myth, laughter and literature.  And their casting people are having so much fun.



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