kit
11 November 2014 @ 01:15 pm
The other day on Twitter someone said she'd just finished all the Walker Papers, and now what was she going to read! So I made some suggestions, and not only she but several other people were delighted. So I thought maybe I'd try to make Recommended Reads a regular blog feature (in so far as anything is a regular blog features these days @.@), separate from the Recent Reads I generally try to do.

I figure the point of this isn't just to list names—I could do that for weeks—but to give a few more in-depth reasons as to why I'm recommending these particular writers. So I'll start with the three I recommended on Twitter the other day, and we'll go from there!

Faith Hunter: I specifically recommended Faith to this reader because she'd just finished the Walker Papers and I figured if she liked one 6' tall, Cherokee-heritage urban fantasy female lead she'd probably like another. It's shooting close to the mark, and if you're recommending books to people it's nice to have one pretty sure fire hit in the list.

I obviously like Faith's work very much: so much, in fact, that we ended up writing a crossover novella, EASY PICKINGS, which features both Joanne and Faith's main character Jane. Faith is insanely good at sensory detail—I invariably get hungry for Cajun food reading her books—and she's got that knack for romance that plays at a level both intriguing and not embarrassing.

Chrysoula Tzavelas: I specifically recommended Soula to this reader because it's staying within the urban fantasy realm, but straying a little farther away from the Walker Papers: her protagonists are younger, so her books skirt the YA field. She shifts points of view from book to book, making her Senyaza series a much more ensemble cast than the Walker Papers, although it shares some of the more metaphysical qualities (the 3rd book, for example, takes place almost entirely in what Joanne would call the Lower World, although it's nothing at all like Jo's Lower World).

Chrysoula uses analogy, metaphor and description beautifully, like, to the level that I was recently enthusing at her about us maybe doing a crossover and then I read some astonishingly beautiful bit of writing in WOLF INTERVAL and was like "except if we do a crossover you will totally show me up as a fake and a charlatan..." :) She also writes terrific stories of female friendship, which is practically unheard of.

Kari Sperring: Kari writes epic fantasy, so I was shooting wider of the mark by recommending her to this reader, but I feel pretty confident that if a reader likes the lyricism of Chrysoula's writing they're going to find something to love about Kari's. I can do, to some degree or another, what Soula and Faith do. Kari's writing is outside my skill set, and that's part of why I love it so much.

The pacing of Kari's writing is very different from the above two writers. Urban fantasy tends to be pretty ruthlessly action-oriented with no space for breathers, but what Kari does is set the reader into a slow current that runs very deep. These aren't books that throw the stories at you: they unfold the story with beautiful, inexorable strength, and it's a wonderful journey.
 
 
kit
10 November 2014 @ 04:25 pm

Judging from the series of pathetic sounds I was making earlier, I have Man Flu. :) (I feel that if my husband moaning and moping around like I was doing means he’s got the Man Flu, it’s only fair that I should too.) Anyway, it’s sick in this house. Poor Ted is actually the only one who isn’t sick, and he was driven out of our bedroom last night by my snoring, out of Young Indy’s by his snorting, and out of ours AGAIN by my snoring, only to end up on the couch, where nobody gets any good sleep. Poor guy.

For my own part, at 1:30am I remembered the presence of Vicks in our house, and spread it liberally beneath my nose and got a whole three hours of practically uninterrupted sleep before it stopped working, even with further application. We’re all pretty pathetic here. @.@

Less pathetic is the Redeemer Chronicles Kickstarter, which I suspect my friend E thinks I should be promoting harder. :) It’s approaching the midway mark, which I have fond hopes of it reaching by tomorrow, 1 week in to the campaign. :) I’ve added three new reward tiers. One of them involves fudge!

*laughs* Last Thursday or so Ted read the REDEEMER teaser chapters and said “OMG. I hope this thing funds, because I want to know what happens!!!!” Ted doesn’t usually read my works in progress, so this was something of a triumph for me. :) :) :)

Ted made red beans & rice last night. Today I’ve got a crock pot of ham & bean soup, using the left over juice from the red beans, as the flavour base. I bet it smells really good. I just can’t tell. :)

(x-posted from The Essential Kit)

 
 
kit
04 November 2014 @ 02:01 pm
It is *surprisingly* nerve-wracking to launch a Kickstarter, even if you've run half a dozen or more crowdfund projects. But we're doin' it, ladies and gentlemen!

First! Let me invite you to read the Redeemer Proposal Chapters and submerge yourself into the world of the Redeemer!

Then when you've just gotten invested and find that the proposal comes to an end, dash over to the REDEEMER Kickstarter and help make it happen as a project! Go little Kickstarter go!

(I will now gnaw my knuckles for the next 30 days. :))

(holy shit, there's already a pledge and i haven't even posted this anywhere!)
 
 
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kit
03 November 2014 @ 02:24 pm
Guys, I TOTALLY CHANGED MY MIND, okay?

I kept trying to work out the reward levels for the Old Races project and just couldn't. It just wouldn't work without knowing how long the main event, KISS OF ANGELS, was going to be, and I couldn't bring myself to write it right now, so I wibbled and wobbled and flopped around and went through all of my "I wish I could do this" projects and finally landed on REDEEMER, which is what happens when I mash up Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Rosie the Riveter in my head and set an urban fantasy in 1945.

The war is over...but for Rosie the Redeemer, the homefront battle is just about to begin!

It's July 1945, and handsome young Johnny B. Goode is home from the war. Reportedly shattered by his experiences, he takes a night shift job at the local factory. It's no surprise that the girls there are smitten with the handsome young soldier, but as they start to leave their jobs--and no forwarding addresses--Rosie Ransom begins to suspect there's more to Johnny's homecoming than believed.

When Johnny tries to turn a vampiric bite on her, Rosie kills him in self defense--and sees his soul, pure and uncorrupted, rise into the ether. Within hours, she's approached by handsome, dangerous Hank Turner, who believes her to be a Redeemer--a rare talent who can save a lost soul even after demonic possession has taken place.

Rosie, facing the loss of her factory job as men--and her fiance Rich Thompson--come home from the war, is eager for any future that grants her the independence she's come to cherish as a working woman. If there are monsters to slay, she'll embrace the opportunity. Because without Rosie's help, the scare started by Johnny may turn into a full-fledged nightmare...


(This *is* your grandma's urban fantasy!)

Tomorrow there will be sample chapters. There might even be a Kickstarter link. O.O :)
 
 
kit
30 October 2014 @ 02:39 pm

Picoreview: Serena: I walked out.

Spoilers after the cut, including How I Would Have Done It.

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(x-posted from The Essential Kit)

 
 
kit
24 October 2014 @ 08:12 pm

I have blogged less this month than I think I ever have. This is because I was first making fudge and then making a Captain America costume. Most of the fudge efforts have already been consumed (possibly my favourite comment: “It tastes like poetry.”), and the costume is now done.

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So yes. That’s what I’ve been doing. I have some vague hope of returning to more regular blogging in November.

While I’m doing NNWM. #headdesk :)

(x-posted from The Essential Kit)

 
 
kit
15 October 2014 @ 02:16 pm
I have made just about All The Fudge In The World. I've added it up, and all told it's going to be 75 pounds (there are a couple left to do this weekend). That's a lot of fudge. A LOT of fudge.

Here are the ingredients, from The Big Shopping Excursion:
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Prepping a 12 pound quadruple batch. This is NOT for the uninitiated: I came very close to screwing this up. Expert level fudge-maker only.
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This in no way conveys just how much fudge is on the platter. 12 pounds is a huge amount of fudge.
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The plate of fudge/previous picture holds as much as is in those two pans, plus another of the large pan's worth.
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About 30 pounds worth of fudge.
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So that's basically what I've been doing with practically all my free time the past two weeks. Making fudge and packaging it to send to the world. :) It's actually been quite a lot of fun, if exhausting, and I may very well do it again next year, if people are interested. :)
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kit
15 October 2014 @ 02:13 pm
I'm at that stage again where I've got a backlog of posts I want to write and am apparently never going to get to them so I should let it go

(let it go, can't hold me back anymore / which reminds me that yesterday Young Indiana pulled all my hair over one shoulder so I would be "like Elsa" and so this morning I said to him "should I braid my hair like Elsa's?" and he said yes and I did and he said "That's not like Elsa. Elsa's braid is on the other side." And I was like "...yes. yes it is, now that you mention it. CLOSE ENOUGH.")

and make posts on other topics instead of mooping about the ones I haven't done. Or maybe I'll do a quick round-up:

I have read some good books lately. One was Chrysoula Tzavelas's WOLF INTERVAL, 3rd in the Senyaza (MATCHBOX GIRLS) series, and right now you can get all 3 books plus all her Senyaza short stories at that Kickstarter link for only $12!

Another is Deborah Blake's debut novel WICKEDLY DANGEROUS, which I totally failed to read in time to blurb and am sad about. It's a splendid modern twist on Baba Yaga with some terrific characterisations and funny funny lines. Well worth reading.

And UNMADE, Sarah Rees Brennan's third Lynburn Legacy book is out, and ended the trilogy very satisfactorily.

I've watched the first episodes of Gotham, Agents of SHIELD, Arrow and The Flash. So far I like The Flash the best by a country mile, as it seems to be having *fun*, but I was thinking about this season's TV and thought "I like Person of Interest best of the new stuff this season" and then realized I'm watching PoI season 1 on Netflix, not on tv. Oops.

My s9 Supernatural finally arrived. Now I just need time to sit down and binge-watch it. :)

Pretty sure I've given up on Elfquest: the Final Quest. My failure to give a damn is turning to active dislike of the story. I just...yeah. Don't like it. I actually don't like it, and that's sad.

I have got so many things to do. Over and out.
 
 
kit
13 October 2014 @ 01:47 pm

And grooms!

Alaska will start issuing same-sex marriage licenses at 8am this morning, after US District Circuit Judge Timothy Burgess struck down the one-woman one-man amendment to Alaska’s constitution as illegal in a ruling yesterday afternoon following a hearing on Friday.

This is not only a joy to me because it’s my home state, but because I have family involved in this case. I cannot wait to see pictures from the courthouse this morning. #sniffles all over everything

(x-posted from The Essential Kit)

 
 
kit
08 October 2014 @ 01:16 pm
guys guys GUYS guys guys

I have been terribly remiss in shouting about Chrysoula Tzavelas's Senyaza Kickstarter. This is for her third book in the MATCHBOX GIRLS series, and I'm in the middle of reading it right now and it is so. good.

Like, early on (because it's set in Seattle, mostly, sort of, and bcaus I'v got crossovers on my mind) I was reading and I tweeted to Soula that we should really do a Walker Papers/Senyaza crossover good.

Then a couple hours later I was like "or maybe not because the glory of Soula's writing would make mine look like the pikersville it is and that would be embarrassing" good.

In other words, *good*.

And! This is a particularly good time to hop on the Senyaza train if you haven't already, because for $12 you get all 3 Senyaza novels *plus* all the short stories Soula has written/will write in the Senyaza universe, which is a terrific bargain.

And also I kind of know the bones of what's going to happen in book 4 due to a brainstorming session in the war room a few weeks ago and I'm all just like "AAAAH GRABBY HANDS GRABBY HANDS!" so you want to be ready for that, I bet. o.o

And now I have to go finish reading it because I MUST KNOW WHAT HAPPENS. 'scuze me.