it finally happened!

Apr. 24th, 2019 04:22 pm
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Helga finally has an enemy! I think, sort of? One of the Iron Tusks in Crystal Creek has it in for her and it makes me so happy!

He accused her of hiring an assassin to kill him! How absolutely droll!

If Helga was going to have him killed, she wouldn't need to hire an assassin. She'd do it herself or chat up a friend.

It amuses me to no end.

I figured out as well why I have no bleed when playing Helga or after playing Helga. She's such a beautiful rest from being me. My mental illnesses and issues from them are useful as Helga and in her world. They're not so useful in the modern world. She's a vacation.

I told that to someone else and it was as though I'd grown a spare head.

Oh well.

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Posted by Amanda

Workspace with computer, journal, books, coffee, and glasses.It’s Wednesday! It’s the last Wednesday of April and we hope you all had a great Easter, Passover, or just weekend in general. I did absolutely nothing besides lounged around the house and play video games. It was fantastic; sometimes you just need a lazy weekend. This Saturday is Independent Bookstore Day. If you have a local indie you love, be sure to grab some books!

Netflix has announced a lesbian teen romantic comedy, starring two actresses of color! It’s going to be directed by Alice Wu, who directed Saving Face, which was a previous SB Movie Matinee. The movie will also have a Cyrano de Bergerac vibe.

If you loved the Rachel Hawkins podcast interview, Sarah is going to be in conversation with her for an event at East City Bookshop in D.C. on May 8th. The event is free!

PornHub has launched a campaign to save the bees. Watch their bee/pollination porn parodies and they’ll made donations to relevant organizations based on the amount of views their videos get. Not going to lie; I’m not mad about it.

GQ has ranked Billy Crystal’s outfits from When Harry Met Sally. I highly disagree with the outfit that topped the list. How do you feel?

I am obsessed with this adorable fantasy adventure comic, A Nice Long Walk by Jake Lawrence, a.k.a. Timecowboy. It won’t take you very long to catch up.


Don’t forget to share what super cool things you’ve seen, read, or listened to this week! And if you have anything you think we’d like to post on a future Wednesday Links, send it my way!

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Apr. 24th, 2019 10:45 am
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Today, we have a class of small people from a nearby elementary school touring the library. These tours always include our backroom because a) children are fascinated by bookdrops and b) they are always surprised by the fact that we have a kitchen, because of course librarians don't eat.

One of our bookdrops is near a built-in ladder that leads to the crawlspace in the ceiling. Children are also fascinated by this and often ask about it, so our children's librarian explained its presence and also the fact that only maintenance people go up there "because it's dangerous". She then began to lead the children out of the back room.

Two boys dawdled behind, looking up the ladder. Before their grownups managed to chivvy them forward, I distinctly heard one of them whisper, "I could climb it, I don't care if I die."

Small people are pretty amazing.

Age of X-Man: The X-Tremists #3

Apr. 24th, 2019 01:29 pm
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"i hope the way i write Dukes comes for your throat. i hope you get so attached to this alt reality Freddy that you custom order a floofy uwu Blob body pillow to cry into at night." -- Leah Williams

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Would y'all mind putting your emotional reactions to Avengers:Endgame under your spoiler cuts as well? Because I've been reading most of y'all long enough to know what things get you riled up, and as such end up with fairly good guesses as to the plot points/events that incited those feelings.

I'm trying to scroll past anything to do with the Avengers without reading anything, but my brain processes words as soon as they hit my eye and it's not especially successful--as soon as I realize it's the Avengers, I've already skimmed the first line or two.

I'd like to be able to read my f-list for the next few days (we have Saturday tickets). :)


(it's not one person doing it--it's multiple: I'm not calling out any specific person.)
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The Library at Mount Char

The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins is $2.99! I’ve heard such good things about this fantasy/horror novel, and it’s been recommended in one of my book groups. However, some felt this one was a bit too strange for them. Have you read this one?

A missing God.
A library with the secrets to the universe. 
A woman too busy to notice her heart slipping away.
Carolyn’s not so different from the other people around her. She likes guacamole and cigarettes and steak. She knows how to use a phone. Clothes are a bit tricky, but everyone says nice things about her outfit with the Christmas sweater over the gold bicycle shorts.

After all, she was a normal American herself once.

That was a long time ago, of course. Before her parents died. Before she and the others were taken in by the man they called Father.

In the years since then, Carolyn hasn’t had a chance to get out much. Instead, she and her adopted siblings have been raised according to Father’s ancient customs. They’ve studied the books in his Library and learned some of the secrets of his power. And sometimes, they’ve wondered if their cruel tutor might secretly be God.

Now, Father is missing—perhaps even dead—and the Library that holds his secrets stands unguarded. And with it, control over all of creation.

As Carolyn gathers the tools she needs for the battle to come, fierce competitors for this prize align against her, all of them with powers that far exceed her own.

But Carolyn has accounted for this.

And Carolyn has a plan.

The only trouble is that in the war to make a new God, she’s forgotten to protect the things that make her human.

Populated by an unforgettable cast of characters and propelled by a plot that will shock you again and again, The Library at Mount Char is at once horrifying and hilarious, mind-blowingly alien and heartbreakingly human, sweepingly visionary and nail-bitingly thrilling—and signals the arrival of a major new voice in fantasy.

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The Lady Meets Her Match

The Lady Meets Her Match by Gina Conkle is $1.99! This historical romance is the second book in the Midnight Meetings series, though it can function as a standalone. The first book is free, though! If you’re into fairy tale elements, this one has a heavy Cinderella vibe. However, others wished there were more of a plot involved.


Cyrus Ryland didn’t become England’s wealthiest bachelor by being a pushover, but the mysterious beauty he discovers sneaking around at his grand ball enflames his curiosity. When the clock chimes midnight and she’s nowhere to be found, Cyrus vows to scour all of London to uncover who she is. Little does he know that not only does Claire Mayhew not want to be found, but she wants nothing to do with him at all…

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Kissed by a Dark Prince

Kissed by a Dark Prince by Felicity Heaton is 99c! This is book one in the Eternal Mates series and obviously features the fated mates trope. Readers seemed divided on the world building. Some thought the premise delivered, while others were rather bored. It has a 3.9-star rating on Goodreads.

Olivia thinks it’s her lucky night when a dangerously handsome unconscious fae ends up on her inspection table. He’s her chance to redeem herself with her employer, the demon-hunting organisation, Archangel. But when the tall, dark and deadly immortal warrior awakes, she gets much more than she bargained for…

Attacked by his enemy in the elf kingdom, the last thing Prince Loren expects when he comes around is a beautiful angel watching over him and medical technology of the mortal realm. Hazy from his injuries, all he can focus on is the pulse ticking in her throat and the sweet allure of her blood.

One single bite reveals she is his eternal mate, triggering a bond between them that will leave him weakened until it is complete… or broken, and pulling Olivia into the crossfire of his ancient feud.

To protect his people and his mate from the machinations of a madman, Loren must risk everything by working with Olivia at Archangel to find a way to break the bond blossoming between them.

But will Loren be strong enough to place duty before desire and give up the one thing he has waited millennia for and craves above all others—his eternal mate? And will Olivia be able to resist the incredible heat that burns between them and the temptation of her dark prince’s kiss?

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Positively Pippa

Positively Pippa by Sarah Hegger is 99c! This is the first book in the Ghost Falls small town romance series. Some reviews on Goodreads mentioned that both characters are in their 30s, which can be hard to come by in romance. However, others thought the plot was a bit scattered.

From author Sarah Hegger comes an exciting new series set in small-town Utah, where secrets don’t keep for long—and love turns up in the most unexpected places.

For Pippa Turner there’s only one place to go when her life self-destructs on national TV—home to Ghost Falls, and her heavily perfumed, overly dramatic, but supremely loving grandmother, Philomene. If anyone will understand how Pippa’s hit makeover show was sabotaged by her vengeful ex, it’s Phi. But she’s not the only one who’s happy to see her—and Pippa can’t help but wonder if Matt Evans, her gorgeous high-school crush turned Phi’s contractor, is game for a steamy close-up…

Matt owes his whole career to Phi and her constant demands to embellish the gothically ridiculous house he built for her. Getting to see red-headed, red-hot Pippa is a bonus, especially now that she’s no longer the troublesome teenager he remembers. He’s willing to stay behind the scenes while she gives her own life a much-needed makeover, but not forever. As far as he’s concerned, their connection is too electric to ignore. And the chance to build something lasting between them—before she can high-tail it back to Hollywood—is going to the top of his to-do list…

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What I read

Finished Amnesty, and I think that was a good ending: not descending into grimdark but not fluffy-bunnies either, in keeping with the general tenor and a small note of hope.

Also finally finished The Strange Case of Harriet Hall and really, this is yet another 'neglected Golden Age detective novelist' that one can see why, really.

Catherine Dain, Dead Man's Hand (1997), which is the one where our protag has reached a place where the reader can see that perhaps the author did not quite know where to go next, which is the problem when you have a protag who changes and grows and is affected by the things that happen... I also started Dain's Angel in the Dark (A New Age Mystery #1) (1999), which failed to grab me and went into the donation bag. (Apparently there was a #2 in this series which I shall not be seeking out.)

And then I fell down an Amanda Cross rabbit hole, no, I don't know why, it just happened, they were on the shelf and I succumbed, I'm not even reading them in any particular order: Honest Doubt (2000), The Edge of Doom (2002), An Imperfect Spy (1995), The Puzzled Heart (1998), A Trap for Fools (1989), The Players Come Again (1990). And my sense is that Cross/Carolyn Heilbrun was having fun with these and being playful and not caring if they adhered to the Detective Club rules or even had a murder in them and was using that strategy of writing in genre so that she could do the late C20th version of 'o, it is only a novel' while having plots in which noxious professors get defenestrated, women bond &/or find life after unsatisfactory marriage, etc.

On the go

Amanda Cross, Poetic Justice (1970) - this must be one, I think, I bought somewhere like Sisterwrite or Compendium Books, way back in the day.

Charlotte Lennox still on the go.

Up next

Apart from more Amanda Cross, I have, I think, somewhere, a couple of collections of Heilbrun's essays.

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April 24th, 2019: This week I'm off to Juneau Alaska for COMICS CAMP! There will be queued up comics but I won't be around to respond to emails so I'm really sorry if there's a typo, I do my best but I've got these clumsy fingers :o

– Ryan

Beetroot lentil salad

Apr. 24th, 2019 01:02 pm
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1 tin green lentils, drained
circa 2 peeled cooked small beetroots, finely chopped (I use the pre-cooked vacuum-packed ones because they are a boon to humanity
circa 1/4 to 1/2 red onion, chopped
handful or two green leafy stuff (spinach, wild garlic, mixed salad leaves, whatever you have that can be eaten raw)
optional: hard goat's cheese, cubed -- as much as you want! keep adding until it looks right to you!


2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp cider vinegar
1 or 2 tsp wholegrain mustard
pinch salt, pinch black pepper
optional: 1 pinch to 1 tsp curry powder, depending on heat of curry powder and personal preference

Mix the dressing, pour over everything else. Lasts reasonably well in the fridge without going soggy (though the beetroot will start tinting the other ingredients pink). This is excellent with some eggs fried in olive oil and put on top.

N.B. I am ambivalent at best about beetroot, so anything that makes me choose to eat it has to be pretty good.

Thanos #1

Apr. 24th, 2019 07:36 am
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"I'm a sucker for a smart girl and the big angry guy who becomes her father figure. When I put some thought into what Thanos and Gamora's early relationship would have been like in an interpersonal sense, not the thousand-yard-overview we get in the old books, I go back to 'True Grit.' Or I think of team-ups like Sandor Clegane and Arya Stark from 'Game of Thrones,' you know? These classic duos where nothing threatens the big bad guy -- except for a kid. And it's not because kids are cute and vulnerable, it's because they're honest. And they don't have a full understanding of the world around them yet, so they're somewhat unaware of nuance and danger. And Gamora's even more dangerous than a regular child -- because Thanos has taken everything from her. She's got nothing to lose. And they share a moment in the first issue that I won't spoil here -- that answers the question: why her? Why Gamora?" -- Tini Howard

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Apr. 24th, 2019 04:00 am
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Posted by (Velveteen Rabbi)

In the open window
as we began seder.

Between the readings
a fountain of birdsong.

That’s your mother,
someone said, hushed.

I called us to silence.
Can everyone hear —

I think even the skeptics
felt you there.

What was it like
to visit us in that tiny body

gilding the room with song
we could almost understand?



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