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January 21, 2017 · 2:54 PM

The New Year Lurks

So it’s that time again when we have artificially put a pin in time and mutually agreed that it is the start of the Earth’s cycle around the sun and a new year, while still gasping from the last days of the old one. Storms are on the horizon, but we’re not entirely sure what they are going to bring. You never know what comes through the window. We all make ourselves new itineraries, promise to clean out the cobwebbed closets and hope. We set up new starting posts and imaginary finish lines. And then we change them. Human beings love markers. And even more we love to change them.

So new year markers are coming up — a run down of some of the novels I’ve read this year, I’m sure there will be plenty of publishing issues coming up and yes, I’m going to be doing the 2016 recap of Women in Film, to be followed by a look at that subject for up-coming films of 2017. But I’m trying not to do too much of a plan right now, because if there’s one thing I’ve learned in life about plans — they always get diverted. But I do like having this space, so let’s see what I do with it.

 

 

 

 

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Well, What Do We Do Now

So it’s been a wild couple of months again, including some unexpected medical crises. And we really don’t know what’s going to happen in the future except that it’s looking bad and probably will involve another global recession. So I’m thinking about what I am going to do/need to do and that includes how I want to handle this blog, which has gotten rather intermittent the last couple of years. For now, I am chugging through the end of the year, and I hope all of you chug through it too without disaster.

In the meantime, I enclose this very sweet piece by author Maureen Johnson about dealing with one’s spoons, this up-lifting quote from Kurt Vonnegut Jr. from his work A Man Without A Country:

“The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven’s sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possibly can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.”

And lastly, the latest video from OK Go for their new song “The One Moment,” which includes all their favorite things: paint, explosions, Rube Goldberg machines, geometric patterns and umbrellas, plus you can check out the charity causes being supported by their sponsor, Morton’s Salt. And if you don’t want to do that, if you can, support your local food bank.

 

 

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Briannah Donolo Followed Me on Vacation

So we’re on a vacation trip and my husband and I are eating lunch in a restaurant and pop songs are playing on the restaurant’s sound system. And my husband stops eating and says, “Isn’t that Briannah’s song?” And I listen more closely and realize, yes, that is Briannah Donolo’s single, which has been doing pretty well, being played along with singers like Drake and Lady Gaga. It was a rather weird experience, to be sitting there eating shrimp while listening to the kid I used to know sing in the background from whatever satellite channel they were using.

The entertaining music video for the song “Fake It Till You Make It” seems to no longer be available online. I believe it’s probably been pulled because an album is in process that will include it. However, Briannah, who also goes by Briia on the music scene, does have an official audio video for that song still up as well as one for her other single, “Back to You.” Both songs are good and so I put them up for folks to enjoy until there is a full album out there. Briia has been running around performing, mostly in Canada, and doing some modeling. More power to her. I expect her music will be lurking behind me at even more places as time goes on.

 

 

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That Was a Summer That Was

So I had another gap, because family stuff this summer got a bit crazy. Not always in a bad way, mind, and I got to go on vacation, which was 95% part pleasant (I may have gotten a little food poisoned.) And returned to Trump and white supremacists parading around, and the fainter echo of bigoted nonsense going on with planning for the World Fantasy Convention and at the recent WorldCon. (The good news being that MidCon II, which hosted WorldCon, apparently rocked at announcing and enforcing their code of conduct, having access for all, and generally prepping stuff. Which is really quite a bit of progress. And was achieved by people being pushy, loud and undeterred about bringing up the issue so that people couldn’t pretend it wasn’t an issue anymore.)

But I really, really don’t want to spend all my days ranting about this stuff. (Although I did some ranting at Whatever and Jim Hines’ blog if you want to go read that.) So next post will be about books. In the meantime, enjoy Scott Bakula being totally silly in a Quantum Leap sketch with Stephen Colbert on Colbert’s show:

(I just remembered the sketch makes a lot of fun of Trump with a very good kid actor. Oh well, but it’s not me specifically ranting. Technicality counts.)

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A Brief Holiday Announcement

As has been readily apparent, my blog is in hibernation until the New Year. Which I hope ends up being a good and hopeful one for as many of the billions of people on the planet as possible. In the meantime, I am travelling and scanning the horizon for snow:

 

“I’m okay as long as the wireless doesn’t go out!” (AgencyImage photo)

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Naturally Uplifting

There’s been a lot of silliness going on today, so you know what that means? Animals! Because serot0nin needs a boost, man.

For instance, is there anything cuter and weirder than baby stingrays?

Did you know that some types of rays can fly?

Drones may be the new tools of the skies, but hawks are unimpressed:

Remember, lions are cats. Big, smart cats:

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