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Three Hines Books On Sale!

Jul. 24th, 2017 12:56 pm[personal profile] jimhines
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I checked Amazon today and was surprised to see that three of my books are on sale in electronic format. Barnes and Noble doesn’t appear to have price-matched the sale yet (they have now!), and I don’t know if this is limited to North America, but here’s what I do know:

Libriomancer is on sale for $1.99.

Goblin Quest is on sale for $2.99.

The Stepsister Scheme is on sale for $2.99.

That’s book one of all three of my fantasy series. If you’ve been waiting to check out my stuff, this is the perfect time.

Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.

[ SECRET POST #3854 ]

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Trailer Roundup

Jul. 23rd, 2017 12:36 pm[personal profile] jimhines
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It’s movie trailer season!

1. Thor: Ragnarok – I love the banter between Thor and Hulk/Banner. Everything I’ve seen about this movie looks like fun.

2. Star Trek: Discovery – I’m intrigued enough to want to see more, and it will be nice to have some new television-style Star Trek. We don’t have CBS All Access, but I’m sure it will be available on Blu-ray eventually.

3. Ready Player One – I know a lot of people loved this one, but for some reason, the book just didn’t work for me, and the trailer seems to be following suit. The trailer looks pretty, but it doesn’t grab me.

4. Justice League – I don’t know. DC’s cinematic universe has let me down again and again…but then they did Wonder Woman, and I started to hope again. This looks like it could be fun. Or it could be a mess. I’m withholding judgement for the moment.

Which ones, if any, are you looking forward to?

Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.

[ SECRET POST #3853 ]

Jul. 22nd, 2017 04:04 pm[personal profile] case posting in [community profile] fandomsecrets
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⌈ Secret Post #3853 ⌋

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[ SECRET SUBMISSIONS POST #553 ]

Jul. 22nd, 2017 03:48 pm[personal profile] case posting in [community profile] fandomsecrets
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[ SECRET SUBMISSIONS POST #553 ]




The first secret from this batch will be posted on July 29th.



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disgruntledgirl: Taken from one of my many yahoo accts, which all mirror part of me. (Default)
Frankly, even other white people would be sick of this woman's shit if she were in say .. my neighborhood.

White woman named Mackenzie buys an apartment in Harlem and starts launching a campaign against: the ice cream truck.

Yes, the offending ice cream truck driver has the nerve, the unmitigated gall, to blast jingles from his parked truck between 7:45-9:00 PM, according to Mackenzie. Playing jingles while parked is technically illegal, as Mackenzie knows, but it’s also the kind of thing literally nobody but Mackenzie gives a shit about. She found this out the hard way because she called everyone from 311 to the cops to the fucking mayor and her “problem” still wasn’t solved.

Because no one gives a shit.

The first time this happened, she recalls, “I went down and said to him, ‘Would you mind turning off the music?’ He looked at me and he was like, ‘What are you talking about?’”

She continued, “I said, ‘It’s illegal for you to have your music on anyway, so could you please turn it off?”

His response: “Fuck off.”


(Sings Real American Heroes....)


[Check-In]

Jul. 21st, 2017 08:55 pm[personal profile] kalloway posting in [community profile] onedeadplotbunny
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It looks like summer is trying to sneak by~ Sorry about that!

This is a weekly check-in! You do not have to check in, of course, but if you would like to comment on the last week, feel free!


If you have a deadline coming up, you can do it! If you need a deadline, feel free to ask!

[ SECRET POST #3852 ]

Jul. 21st, 2017 06:25 pm[personal profile] case posting in [community profile] fandomsecrets
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⌈ Secret Post #3852 ⌋

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Cool Stuff Friday

Jul. 21st, 2017 12:22 pm[personal profile] jimhines
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Friday still hasn’t seen the new Spider-Man movie 🙁

Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.

[ SECRET POST #3851 ]

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⌈ Secret Post #3851 ⌋

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[ SECRET POST #3850 ]

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⌈ Secret Post #3850 ⌋

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[ SECRET POST #3849 ]

Jul. 18th, 2017 06:58 pm[personal profile] case posting in [community profile] fandomsecrets
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⌈ Secret Post #3849 ⌋

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jimhines: (Snoopy Writing)

“There is a common poor attempt at a joke … that consists purely in stringing together a series of marginalized identities and calling attention to it … as if the mere existence of someone like that would be so absurd it could only be laughable.”

Invisible 3 CoverAlliah is one of the contributors to Invisible 3, which came out on June 27 and includes 18 essays and poems about representation in science fiction and fantasy. You can order the collection at:

Amazon | B&N | Kobo | iBooks | Smashwords | Google Play

Any profits from the sale of the collection go to Con or Bust, helping fans of color to attend SF/F conventions.

As with Invisible and Invisible 2, the contributors to this third volume have shared work that’s heartfelt, eye-opening, honest, thoughtful, and important…not to mention relevant to so much of what we see happening in the genre today.

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Our Hyperdimensional Mesh of Identities

Growing up in the 90s and early 00s in the south-east of Brazil, all I saw in mainstream media were the same repetitive, harmful and offensive stereotypes about travestis in telenovelas and badly written comedy TV shows, and the effeminate gay men and macho lesbian women token characters whose non-conforming gender expression was grossly caricatured for cheap laughs.

As an openly queer young girl in school, I learned that I could be queer, but not too much, not too visibly. I’ve heard those laughs, and I internalized through bullying and ridicule that I should change how I presented myself to the world—which I did really fast by becoming the stock image of a non-threatening feminine girl, although I never hid my sexuality. My first awkward attempts at a masculine gender expression didn’t have time to blossom. I shoved it down some unreachable recess of my mind and avoided it for 10 years, which (along with compulsive heterosexuality and a binary cisnormative culture) is why it took me so long to understand my bisexuality and figure out my transmasculine non-binary gender identity.

Once I did, I uncovered a gender euphoria I’ve been cultivating ever since.

It took me years to understand the ways in which I inhabit my queer transmasculine genderfluid neuroatypical body, and my most powerful illumination came unexpectedly through the stories of a queer non-binary neuroatypical green witch: Elphaba Thropp, the Wicked Witch of the West.

Wicked: Cover ArtI first met her in the book series The Wicked Years by Gregory Maguire, where most aspects about her gender and sexuality were ambiguous or obscured between the lines, and later in fan fiction, where the depths of Elphaba’s intersectional identities (canon or not) could be explored to the fullest by writers that shared those same identities.

Despite being an avid reader of speculative fiction since childhood, it was only after these encounters with trans and non-binary characters in fan fiction during the first half of my twenties that I started researching these topics, that I found out where I belonged. I discovered a thriving community of authors from marginalized groups creating astonishing rebellious versions of every world I’ve ever dreamed of and countless others I couldn’t imagine would be paramount to my process of liberation.

I owe it mostly to the fictional characters and their creators that illuminated me—from early readings like Virginia Woolf’s Orlando to the most recent fan fiction stories about a non-binary autistic Elphaba, a genderfluid bisexual Korra (from The Legend of Korra), and an agender transhumanist Root (from Person of Interest). I wish I could’ve met them sooner. Along the way to self-discovery, I had to collect all sorts of missing pieces with jagged edges and weird fractal shapes, and figure out a way to put them together myself. I was lucky to stumble upon the stories that I did and then to be able to find the communities that I needed. That’s why representation is vital. You cannot search for something you don’t even know exists.

There is a common poor attempt at a joke (that I’ve seen in both Anglophone and Brazilian online spaces), often directed at dehumanizing non-binary people and mocking activists working at the multidimensional core of intersections, that consists purely in stringing together a series of marginalized identities and calling attention to it, using the accumulation of these identities as a joke in and of itself, as if the mere existence of someone like that would be so absurd it could only be laughable.

One of the things fantasy author Jim Anotsu and I wanted to acknowledge when we wrote the Manifesto Irradiativo—our call to diversity and representation in Brazilian speculative fiction—is that our lives cannot be reduced to an isolated shelf in a bookstore or a niche market, thus we cannot be constrained to discussing the realities of our identities in those compartmentalized terms. We’re so much more than single-issue stories, than the same old one-dimensional narratives constructed to serve the gaze of the oppressor without making them examine their privileges and dismantle their systems of violence.

Those single-issue stories exist and persist for several reasons concerning the maintenance of racial, economic, and social power, amongst them because there is a fear of “too much” diversity. As if a book about a bipolar asexual bigender Afro-Brazilian person, for example, would scare away or alienate the common reader—who is always presumed to be the neurotypical cis straight white default that can handle only one unit of diversity at a time, served lukewarm, unseasoned. But as Audre Lorde said in a 1982 speech at Harvard University: “There is no such thing as a single-issue struggle because we do not live single-issue lives.”

Stories matter. And we shouldn’t have the full extent of our existences cut, segregated, and dimmed in them. We deserve to live as a hyperdimensional mesh of identities when they want to flatten us, to be loud when they want to silence us, to occupy the spaces that have been negated to us, and to be wonderfully written and represented as such.

***

Alliah/Vic is a bisexual non-binary Brazilian writer and visual artist working in the realms of the weird and pop culture. They’re the author of Metanfetaedro and have various short stories published in themed collections and on the web. They’re currently building too many independent projects, working on their first novel, and haunting your internet cables. Find them tweeting at alliahverso and newslettering in Glitch Lung. Or buy them a coffee at ko-fi!

Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.

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Jul. 17th, 2017 06:38 pm[personal profile] case posting in [community profile] fandomsecrets
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Dental Damnation.

Jul. 17th, 2017 08:46 am[personal profile] disgruntledgirl
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Where to fucking start?

"The plan was perfect. My appointment at 7am, Kevin's at 4pm.
WAS.
"

We showed up at 6:45 so I could handle an paperwork, but the door would not open until 7am, as demonstrated by other people that had the same idea as us. let us begin the timeline.

7am to 9am
Paperwork, picking, meet the dentist, meet the hygienist, xrays. A sensor was out causing multiple Xrays to be made over and over and over. I had to say - twice - "You do know that you're depending on the rear right molar to support this sensor at this angle - and it's one that's missing?"
by 9am - there is paperwork, payment ("Here's what insurance should cover, here's what you cover" Why do I have a comma in my amount?) working out a payment plan. I am sent to go eat because I won't be eating again that day.

9am to 10am
So Kevin and I dined at a roadside cafe, complete with a table where old folks showed up and left in a steady trickle and kept the conversation going. We heard local politics, remarks on kids these days, chocolate discussions, birthday plans, AR 15 break downs and even a few jokes.

10am to 10:45am
I got back, they numbed me and stuffed a hose under my nose to start the gas. They left me in that room alone for so long, I sent for my phone. This became a theme.

10:50am to 1:50am
When shit got real )

Oh and nearly 16 more xrays. Over and over - jamming the sensor edge into the socket of the broken tooth. That wasn't numbed.

4:08pm - Temp set and they let me leave. Turns out 6 Day Dental had one dentist the entire day. She was leaving me to tend to other patients. I rushed Kevin out the door and into Roanoke traffic where we barely made it to his diagnostic appointment so we can check on his kidneys and liver. They had paperwork for his cholesterol.
God Fucking Dammit.
They stabbed him quickly and we left. 4 hurricanes later and a pain pill the size of a Geritol, I am able to function. The nerve was still unhappy and shot a path of persistent pain up the side of my head. It was like a crack on a block of ice.

So I am going to
1: Buy a waterpik so I can clean out the hole on the right side.
2: Find out how much is the cost for just the work on the left, how much is the crown I'm promised - pay only that and LEAVE THAT PLACE.
3: Find new dentist to handle the right side of the mouth.
4: Call the liver/kidney doc and ask what the ungoldy hell is going on now. See, last day we took off for appointments, they neglected to tell Kevin he needed to take labs and get the reports to them. They needed them handled the week prior and they called about it ... 28 hours before the appointment. To say they needed them a week ago.

I'm not unreasonable on this - this was an excellent clinic 5 years ago. However, I don't see any updates in that clinic. It's getting dingy, the equipment is old and failing and the apparent lack of staff are all marks against this.
Yes, being kept from 7am to 4pm HAS colored my point of view.
After all - that is now one day unpaid. I was hoping to get paid at least 3 hours.

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