The third in the Spotless series. Losing interest, but it was an easy read in the middle of the night when I needed distraction from my itching feet.
The third in the Spotless series. Losing interest, but it was an easy read in the middle of the night when I needed distraction from my itching feet.
An interesting story about what happens when people lose their memories. This being science fiction, it turns out that memories live in your shadow, and everyone’s shadows begin to disappear.
Sequel to Six of Crows, nice wrap-up to that story. Adventure, heists, magic, plots within plots – good stuff.
Sad as I am about missing WorldCon and the Hugo award ceremony this year (and missing our visit with Erik and Margaret and the kids, obviously), I was still totally excited to see the list of the winners this morning. I looked that up before I even got out of bed.
The full list of winners is on Tor.com and the WorldCon site and I’m sure other places. If you’re at all interested in seeing how my votes stacked up against the final tallies, keep reading. I got the details about the final voting order from here.
|My Voting Order||Hugo Final Order||My thoughts on the final results|
|The Stone Sky by NK Jemisin||The Stone Sky by NK Jemisin||YAY!|
|Provenance by Ann Leckie||The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi||Can’t be upset about this. I didn’t love it, but I liked it, and I felt pretty much the same way about Provenance.|
|The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi||Provenance by Ann Leckie||Yeah, okay.|
|Raven Stratagem by Yoon Ha Lee||Six Wakes by Mur Lafferty||I couldn’t finish this one, so no.|
|New York 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson||Raven Stratagem by Yoon Ha Lee||Didn’t read it, but I liked its prequel.|
|Six Wakes by Mur Lafferty||New York 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson||Didn’t read it, no opinion.|
|River of Teeth by Sarah Gailey||All Systems Red by Martha Wells||I can’t complain too much about this category because I liked all of these SO much, but I LOVED River of Teeth more than anything, and to have it come in 6th hurts a little bit.|
|All Systems Red by Martha Wells||And Then There Were (N-One) by Sarah Pinsker|
|Binti: Home by Nnedi Okorafor||Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire|
|Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire||Binti: Home by Nnedi Okorafor|
|And Then There Were (N-One) by Sarah Pinsker||The Black Tides of Heaven by JY Yang|
|The Black Tides of Heaven by JY Yang||River of Teeth by Sarah Gailey|
|The Secret Life of Bots by Suzanne Palmer||The Secret Life of Bots by Suzanne Palmer||YAY!|
|A Series of Steaks by Vina Jie-Min Prasad||Wind Will Rove by Sarah Pinsker||I was close enough on the rest of these not to be annoyed by the results.|
|Wind Will Rove by Sarah Pinsker||A Series of Steaks by Vina Jie-Min Prasad|
|Children of Thorns by Aliette de Bodard||Extracurricular Activities by Yoon Ha Lee|
|Extracurricular Activities by Yoon Ha Lee||Children of Thorns by Aliette de Bodard|
|Small Changes Over Long Periods of Time by KM Szpara||Small Changes Over Long Periods of Time by KM Szpara|
|Best Short Story|
|Fandom for Robots by Vina Jie-Min Prasad||Welcome to Your Authentic Indian Experience by Rebecca Roanhorse||I was close enough on all of these not to be annoyed by the results.|
|Welcome to Your Authentic Indian Experience by Rebecca Roanhorse||Fandom for Robots by Vina Jie-Min Prasad|
|Sun, Moon, and Dust by Ursula Vernon||The Martian Obelisk by Linda Nagata|
|The Martian Obelisk by Linda Nagata||Sun, Moon, and Dust by Ursula Vernon|
|Carnival Nine by Caroline M. Yoachim||Carnival Nine by Caroline M. Yoachim|
|Clearly Letter in a Mostly Steady Hand by Fran Wilde||Clearly Letter in a Mostly Steady Hand by Fran Wilde|
|The Memoirs of Lady Trent by Marie Brennan||World of the Five Gods by Lois McMaster Bujold||Haven’t read anything by her. Planning to in the near(ish) future.|
|InCryptid by Seanan McGuire||InCryptid by Seanan McGuire||Yay!|
|The Books of the Raksura by Martha Wells||The Memoirs of Lady Trent by Marie Brennan||Yay!|
|World of the Five Gods by Lois McMaster Bujold||The Books of the Raksura by Martha Wells||Haven’t read these, but I’ve read others, and I like her.|
|The Divine Cities by Robert Jackson Bennett||The Stormlight Archives by Brandon Sanderson||I couldn’t get into the first book. Might have to try again sometime. People rave about it.|
|The Stormlight Archives by Brandon Sanderson||The Divine Cities by Robert Jackson Bennett||Haven’t tried it yet.|
|Best Related Work|
|Sleeping with Monsters: Readings and Reactions in Science Fiction and Fantasy by Liz Bourke||No Time to Spare: Thinking About What Matters by Ursula K. Le Guin||She’s wonderful, so okay.|
|Luminescent Threads: Connections to Octavia E. Butler edited by Alexandra Pierce and Mimi Mondal||Crash Override: How Gamergate (Nearly) Destroyed My Life, and How We Can Win the Fight Against Online Hate by Zoe Quinn||Eh.|
|No Time to Spare: Thinking About What Matters by Ursula K. Le Guin||Luminescent Threads: Connections to Octavia E. Butler edited by Alexandra Pierce and Mimi Mondal||More wonderfulness.|
|Crash Override: How Gamergate (Nearly) Destroyed My Life, and How We Can Win the Fight Against Online Hate by Zoe Quinn||Iain M. Banks (Modern Masters of Science Fiction) by Paul Kincaid||Okay.|
|Iain M. Banks (Modern Masters of Science Fiction) by Paul Kincaid||Sleeping with Monsters: Readings and Reactions in Science Fiction and Fantasy by Liz Bourke||She’s the only one I read regularly, so boo to 5th place.|
|A Lit Fuse: The Provocative Life of Harlan Ellison by Nat Segaloff||A Lit Fuse: The Provocative Life of Harlan Ellison by Nat Segaloff||I don’t really like Harlan Ellison, so this is okay with me.|
|Best Graphic Story|
|Saga, Volume 7 written by Brian K. Vaughan, illustrated by Fiona Staples||Monstress, Volume 2: The Blood written by Marjorie M. Liu, illustrated by Sana Takeda||Read and liked Vol 1.|
|Bitch Planet, Volume 2: President Bitch written by Kelly Sure DeConnick, illustrated by Valentine De Landro and Taki Soma, colored by Kelly Fitzpatrick, lettered by Clayton Cowles||Saga, Volume 7 written by Brian K. Vaughan, illustrated by Fiona Staples||Love Vols 1 and 2 – need to catch up|
|Monstress, Volume 2: The Blood written by Marjorie M. Liu, illustrated by Sana Takeda||Bitch Planet, Volume 2: President Bitch written by Kelly Sure DeConnick, illustrated by Valentine De Landro and Taki Soma, colored by Kelly Fitzpatrick, lettered by Clayton Cowles|
|Black Bolt, Volume 1: Hard Time written by Saladin Ahmed, illustrated by Christian Ward, lettered by Clayton Cowles||Black Bolt, Volume 1: Hard Time written by Saladin Ahmed, illustrated by Christian Ward, lettered by Clayton Cowles|
|My Favorite Thing is Monsters written and illustrated by Emil Ferris||Paper Girls, Volume 3 written by Brian K. Vaughan, illustrated by Cliff Chiang, colored by Matthew Wilson, lettered by Jared Fletcher|
|Paper Girls, Volume 3 written by Brian K. Vaughan, illustrated by Cliff Chiang, colored by Matthew Wilson, lettered by Jared Fletcher||My Favorite Thing is Monsters written and illustrated by Emil Ferris|
|Best Dramatic Presentation (Long Form)|
|Thor: Ragnarok written by Eric Pearson, Craig Kyle, and Christopher Yost; directed by Taika Waititi||Wonder Woman screenplay by Allan Heinberg, story by Zack Snyder & Allan Heinberg and Jason Fuchs, directed by Patty Jenkins||Close enough!|
|Wonder Woman screenplay by Allan Heinberg, story by Zack Snyder & Allan Heinberg and Jason Fuchs, directed by Patty Jenkins||Get Out written and directed by Jordan Peele|
|Get Out written and directed by Jordan Peele||Thor: Ragnarok written by Eric Pearson, Craig Kyle, and Christopher Yost; directed by Taika Waititi|
|The Shape of Water written by Guillermo del Toro and Vanessa Taylor, directed by Guillermo del Toro||Star Wars: The Last Jedi written and directed by Rian Johnson|
|Star Wars: The Last Jedi written and directed by Rian Johnson||The Shape of Water written by Guillermo del Toro and Vanessa Taylor, directed by Guillermo del Toro|
|Blade Runner 2049 written by Hampton Fancher and Michael Green, directed by Denis Villeneuve||Blade Runner 2049 written by Hampton Fancher and Michael Green, directed by Denis Villeneuve|
|Best Dramatic Presentation (Short Form)|
|The Good Place: The Trolley Problem written by Josh Siegal and Dylan Morgan, directed by Dean Holland||The Good Place: The Trolley Problem written by Josh Siegal and Dylan Morgan, directed by Dean Holland||YAY!!!!!! You know my love for Doctor Who, so you can see how much I must REALLY love The Good Place to vote for it over the good Doctor.|
|The Good Place: Michael’s Gambit written and directed by Michael Schur||Black Mirror: USS Callister written by William Bridges and Charlie Brooker, directed by Toby Haynes||We should watch this.|
|Doctor Who: Twice Upon a Time written by Steven Moffat, directed by Rachel Talalay||The Good Place: Michael’s Gambit written and directed by Michael Schur||Yay!|
|Black Mirror: USS Callister written by William Bridges and Charlie Brooker, directed by Toby Haynes||Doctor Who: Twice Upon a Time written by Steven Moffat, directed by Rachel Talalay|
|The Deep [song] by Clipping (Daveed Diggs, William Hutson, Jonathan Snipes)||Star Trek Discovery: Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad written by Aron Eli Coleite & Jesse Alexander, directed by David M. Barrett||Haven’t seen it|
|Star Trek Discovery: Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad written by Aron Eli Coleite & Jesse Alexander, directed by David M. Barrett||The Deep [song] by Clipping (Daveed Diggs, William Hutson, Jonathan Snipes)|
|Best Professional Editor (Long Form)|
|Miriam Weinberg||Sheila E. Gilbert||For these, I looked at what they edited that made them eligible, and ranked them by whether I’d read it, liked it, heard of it, never heard of it, and so on.|
|Sheila E. Gilbert||Navah Wolfe|
|Joe Monti||Diana M. Pho|
|Diana M. Pho||Devi Pillai|
|Navah Wolfe||Miriam Weinberg|
|Devi Pillai||Joe Monti|
|Best Professional Editor (Short Form)|
|Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas||Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas||For these, I looked at what they edited that made them eligible, and ranked them by whether I’d read it, liked it, heard of it, never heard of it, and so on. And apparently most of the other voters agreed with me in every case. Weird.|
|Sheila Williams||Sheila Williams|
|Neil Clarke||Neil Clarke|
|John Joseph Adams||John Joseph Adams|
|Jonathan Strahan||Jonathan Strahan|
|Lee Harris||Lee Harris|
|Best Professional Artist|
|Galen Dara||Sana Takeda||Kind of annoyed that my least favorite won, but there’s no accounting for taste.|
|Victo Ngai||John Picacio|
|Bastien Lecouffe Deharme||Galen Dara|
|John Picacio||Victo Ngai|
|Kathleen Jennings||Kathleen Jennings|
|Sana Takeda||Bastien Lecouffe Deharme|
|The Book Smugglers edited by Ana Grilo and Thea James||Uncanny Magazine edited by Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas, Michi Trota, and Julia Rios; podcast produced by Erika Ensign & Steven Schapansky||I don’t read any of these regularly, so I went with have I heard of them? Am I familiar with anyone involved? Do I think the name is cool?|
|Strange Horizons edited by Kate Dollarhyde, Gautam Bhatia, A.J. Odasso, Lila Garrott, Heather McDougal, Ciro Faienza, Tahlia Day, Vanessa Rose Phin, and the Strange Horizons staff||Strange Horizons edited by Kate Dollarhyde, Gautam Bhatia, A.J. Odasso, Lila Garrott, Heather McDougal, Ciro Faienza, Tahlia Day, Vanessa Rose Phin, and the Strange Horizons staff|
|Uncanny Magazine edited by Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas, Michi Trota, and Julia Rios; podcast produced by Erika Ensign & Steven Schapansky||Beneath Ceaseless Skies editor-in-chief and publisher Scott H. Andrews|
|Fireside Magazine edited by Brian White and Julia Rios; managing editor Elsa Sjunneson-Henry; special feature editor Mikki Kendall; publisher & art director Pablo Defendini||Escape Pod edited by Mur Lafferty, S.B. Divya, and Norm Sherman, with assistant editor Benjamin C. Kinney|
|Escape Pod edited by Mur Lafferty, S.B. Divya, and Norm Sherman, with assistant editor Benjamin C. Kinney||Fireside Magazine edited by Brian White and Julia Rios; managing editor Elsa Sjunneson-Henry; special feature editor Mikki Kendall; publisher & art director Pablo Defendini|
|Beneath Ceaseless Skies editor-in-chief and publisher Scott H. Andrews||The Book Smugglers edited by Ana Grilo and Thea James|
|SF Bluestocking edited by Bridget McKinney||File 770 edited by Mike Glyer||I’d never heard of any these, so I ranked by how I felt about the names in the moment.|
|Journey Planet edited by Team Journey Planet||SF Bluestocking edited by Bridget McKinney|
|Rocket Stack Rank edited by Greg Hullender and Eric Wong||nerds of a feather, flock together edited by The G, Vance Kotrla, and Joe Sherry|
|nerds of a feather, flock together edited by The G, Vance Kotrla, and Joe Sherry||Journey Planet edited by Team Journey Planet|
|Galactic Journey edited by Gideon Marcus||Galactic Journey edited by Gideon Marcus|
|File 770 edited by Mike Glyer||Rocket Stack Rank edited by Greg Hullender and Eric Wong|
|Sword and Laser presented by Veronica Belmont and Tom Merritt||Ditch Diggers presented by Mur Lafferty and Matt Wallace||Again, I don’t listen to any of these, but I had heard of one of them, so I ranked it first (it got 5th).|
|Verity! presented by Deborah Stanish, Erika Ensign, Katrina Griffiths, L.M. Myles, Lynne M. Thomas, and Tansy Rayner Roberts||Fangirl Happy Hour presented by Ana Grilo and Renay Williams|
|Galactic Suburbia presented by Alisa Krasnostein, Alexandra Pierce and Tansy Rayner Roberts; produced by Andrew Finch||The Coode Street Podcast presented by Jonathan Strahan and Gary K. Wolfe|
|Fangirl Happy Hour presented by Ana Grilo and Renay Williams||Galactic Suburbia presented by Alisa Krasnostein, Alexandra Pierce and Tansy Rayner Roberts; produced by Andrew Finch|
|Ditch Diggers presented by Mur Lafferty and Matt Wallace||Sword and Laser presented by Veronica Belmont and Tom Merritt|
|The Coode Street Podcast presented by Jonathan Strahan and Gary K. Wolfe||Verity! presented by Deborah Stanish, Erika Ensign, Katrina Griffiths, L.M. Myles, Lynne M. Thomas, and Tansy Rayner Roberts|
|Best Fan Writer|
|Sarah Gailey||Sarah Gailey||YAY!|
|Bogi Takács||Foz Meadows|
|Foz Meadows||Mike Glyer|
|Camestros Felapton||Bogi Takács|
|Mike Glyer||Camestros Felapton|
|Charles Payseur||Charles Payseur|
|Best Fan Artist|
|Geneva Benton||Geneva Benton||Happy to have chosen the winner|
|Grace P. Fong||Likhain (M. Sereno)|
|Maya Hahto||Grace P. Fong|
|Likhain (M. Sereno)||Maya Hahto|
|Spring Schoenhuth||Spring Schoenhuth|
|Steve Stiles||Steve Stiles|
|Award for Best Young Adult Book (not a Hugo)|
|In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan||Akata Warrior by Nnedi Okorafor||Deserved|
|Summer in Orcus by T. Kingfisher||Summer in Orcus by T. Kingfisher||Okay|
|Akata Warrior by Nnedi Okorafor||In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan||A little bummed. I really liked this one.|
|The Art of Starving by Sam J. Miller||A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge||Didn’t read|
|A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge||The Art of Starving by Sam J. Miller||Not really surprised|
|The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman||The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman||Didn’t read|
|The John W. Campbell Award (not a Hugo)|
|Katherine Arden||Rebecca Roanhorse|
|Rivers Solomon||Vina Jie-Min Prasad|
|Rebecca Roanhorse||Jeannette Ng||This feels like a literary vote. Her book didn’t grab me (this past week), but I put her last because at the time I hadn’t read her at all.|
|Vina Jie-Min Prasad||Rivers Solomon|
|Sarah Kuhn||Katherine Arden||A little bummed. I loved her book.|
|Jeannette Ng||Sarah Kuhn||Yeah, okay. Didn’t love it.|
This has been a busy week for contractors. The painters were here Tuesday through today, painting the main living spaces downstairs (not the kitchen), our bedroom, and the baby’s room, a plumber came Tuesday to fix the leaking kitchen sink (and a few other things while he was here), and the yard people came today (just left), and WOW what a difference having work done makes. I mean, hello, that’s obvious, but it’s so nice to see the changes. We can walk out the back door without being attacked by bushes and trees, we can see whole flower beds we didn’t know we had, and we can see much of the low stone wall around the front of the house. I can’t wait until those guys come back. Too bad I don’t know when that will be – they have a couple of jobs to take care of next week, and everything else in the schedule is weather-dependent. The guy in charge (Dana) definitely understands what we’re after, though, which means we are completely comfortable letting him loose.
I was not that comfortable with our lead painter after a day or two. We had to ask for another coat of paint over the section of wall downstairs where the chalkboard paint had been because we could still the difference between that part of the wall and parts next to it, and then yesterday, he messed up one of the bedroom walls. In the master, we wanted the two walls with windows to be dark blue and the two without windows to be a lighter blue. I even diagrammed the room and included that, and he had that diagram on his phone. So yesterday, I went in to take a look and I found that one wall of each color was the wrong color. His excuse was that the day before, I had said I wanted to the two lighter walls (the room was already two colors) to be the darker blue and the two darker walls to be the light blue. First of all, I said no such thing. Second of all, when you come in to start painting and you realize that you have conflicting instructions from the homeowner, wouldn’t you check one more time to be sure? Anyway, he fixed it, but he didn’t seem happy about it, which annoyed me even more.
What he’ll never know, because we’ll never tell him, is that now that we’ve had a day to live with the room in two colors, we think we like the darker color MUCH better, and we’ll probably make all four walls that color ourselves. He doesn’t need to know that. Besides, I got the impression that he’s as glad to be done with this job as we are to have him not in the house anymore. Three and a half days of strangers in the house all the time was way too much.
Gave up: 8/17/18
Interesting premise: Victorian missionaries travel to the lands of the Fae to try to convert them to Christianity. Our protagonist’s brother never returned, so she heads there to try to find him. And then nothing happens. For a long time. So I gave up.
Gave up: 8/16/18
Loved it. Alternate history where an asteroid hits the planet and the space race of the 60s is needed to find a way to save humanity. It’s about the space race, focusing on the role of women and minorities in a fascinating and entertaining look at fake-NASA.
Gave up: 8/13/18
I was so ready to love this book and then I didn’t. It was written in the Hitchhiker’s Guide style (which I knew going in – that was part of the appeal), but it was too deliberately and obviously and painfully done that way, and it wasn’t fun to read. I gave up.
Those of you who have seen the house (or who read my post from Wednesday) know that the lawn is overgrown, the flowerbeds are full of weeds, there’s poison ivy in too many places, vines are threatening to take over the wooded areas, and every plant/tree/bush near the house is practically (in many cases, actually) attached to the house. And we have an acre, so it’s kind of overwhelming. We knew going into this that we would be hiring help for the yard, so paying for a bunch of yard-related stuff is in the budget. We just had to prioritize and pick someone.
The first place I called took down my notes about what we wanted and then sent someone out to look over the place WHILE WE WEREN’T THERE. We never met the guy, never talked to him, never clarified what we might want or not want to do, and we ended up with a quote that didn’t meet what we wanted at all. Surprise. I eventually talked to him on the phone, and he quoted us an hourly rate to just have some guys come in and trim or clean up where we point for a set number of hours. Still not really what we’re looking for. We want advice, too. Oh, yeah – this is the guy who basically told me I can’t pay him to remove the poison ivy. So they’re a no.
For the second place I called, we met with the guy Friday afternoon a week ago. Turns out his sister went to high school with John, and he (Anthony) was only three or so years behind. Rhode Island is small and no one leaves. We liked him, he helped us prioritize, understood what we’re after, WILL help kill and remove the poison ivy, and when his quote came in, it was about what we expected. Unfortunately, he doesn’t seem to be in any kind of hurry. It took him over a week to get us the quote, and he wants to do the work in October, and we just can’t wait that long to trim back the stuff that’s attacking the house. We’re happy to break up the work, but that part needs to be done soon.
John found the third guy (Dana) via a card and write-up on a bulletin board in a local coffee shop. His website sucks, but we called him Wednesday and he made the appointment to come out Thursday, and we liked him immediately. He seems very practical, practices organic gardening/landscaping (no pesticides or herbicides), and understood our need to simplify. He’s maybe a little odd – he’d wander off mid-sentence, get up really close to a tree branch, grab hold of it, and inspect it closely. With nearly every tree. He was happy to see that everything we have is native, and said it appears that our yard was designed by a professional, and he even thinks he knows which one (the timing matches up to that guy’s career in RI, although apparently he has moved on to landscaping in the Hamptons). It is crazy to me that a landscaper could look at our overgrown yard and, based on the layout and the type of plants, be able to name the landscaper. What was I saying about Rhode Island? Also, hopefully that means he knows his industry. Artists can do it – why can’t landscape architects?
After one circuit of the house, I left John and Dana to roaming the yard, and when John came in later, he said, “I hired him.” I’m glad I’m not the only one who liked him. Also, turns out his hourly rate is $30 less than the first group, AND he wants to come back in a week to get started. Works for me!
LOVED this. The Civil War got interrupted by the zombie apocalypse, and while slavery technically ended (because everyone is needed to fight zombies), really all the former slaves got drafted to be the front line in the fight against the zombies. Young adult, really strong voice, great main character. I think (I hope) there will be a sequel.
Today is taking SO LONG. I was just reminded of an email I need to send at the end of the day, once I find some information out at a 4pm meeting and then I checked the clock frantically because oh-my-god-did-I-miss-the-4pm-meeting and NO. I did not miss it. Because it is not yet 4pm.
John and I bought olive oil when we went to the store the other night, and I expressed regret that we can’t just buy Wegmans extra virgin olive oil like we used to. We’ve been not so lucky at picking out other relatively inexpensive olive oils over the last few years. (There are a lot of really boring olive oils out there, and some of the more exciting ones aren’t great for general use. I feel like Goldilocks.) We have a Wegmans within reach, if you consider an hour and 15 minutes one-way to be within reach. I don’t. I actually considered asking Emily to buy us some so John could bring it back this weekend when he drives up with our stuff from the storage unit. We picked something since we’ll need it this week, I don’t remember which brand, and shortly after we got home, John said, “I think we owe my mom a really big thank you.” Of course we do, for any number of things, so I asked for a few more details in my own articulate fashion. “Huh?”
She gave us a housewarming basket with a bunch of traditional housewarming gifts, all with their own meanings, and one of the items is olive oil (“May you be blessed with health and well-being”). WEGMANS OLIVE OIL.
All is well with the world.
We have moved! We live in this house now. And while we are both occasionally overtaken by fits of holy-shit-what-have-we-done with regard to this stupid-big purchase and the baby coming and the changes all of this will mean to my job (and salary), it’s all under control and we’re very happy about it (after the fits pass). And we have moments like last night when we went to our local grocery store and they played a Frank Turner song we love, or like today at lunch when we walked to the library (it took us four minutes) and found that our Providence library cards work in every library in the state because of course every library in the state is on the same system. Also, our library has at least four of this year’s six Hugo nominees for best novel actually on the shelf, in the science fiction section (which I didn’t expect to find at all in a tiny town library), meaning they are keeping their collection pretty well up to date. Yay for me! And I picked up the new Cat Valente novel from the new releases shelf because I can’t go to the library and not check something out. Anyway, those moments reinforce that we picked the right place (“It’s a sign.” “You don’t believe in signs.”).
We’re very slowly unpacking (the kitchen is finally a working kitchen again as of last night, although I guess Sunday night to Tuesday night isn’t so bad). We’ve hired a guy to paint four rooms, and we’re working on scheduling that work, and we’re getting quotes to have someone come out and do some initial yard clean-up (including poison ivy, which we seem to have a lot of). About three quarters of the outside of the house (first floor) is under attack by bushes and plants and vines of all kinds, and we want some help beating them back. The poison ivy is all farther from the house, but I want to start killing and removing it as soon as possible. One place I called says they don’t like to handle poison ivy removal because that can cause their guys to miss work, and I was like, I KNOW, OF COURSE IT’S DIFFICULT, WHY DO YOU THINK I’M WILLING TO PAY YOU TO DO IT. So we’re probably not going with that guy. We have a stone wall bordering most of the property that we can barely see through all the overgrown plants, but that’s next year’s problem. (We have a stone wall! Of all the things we wanted in a forever home, a stone wall was one we never thought we’d actually get.)
Want to know something REALLY weird? There’s a CRIB upstairs. Like, for a BABY to sleep in. Because we’re going to have a BABY soon. This kid is going to be 15 years old, and I’m still going to be surprised to see them come in to the kitchen. I’m adjusting. Slowly.
(The crib and dresser both got delivered yesterday – BIG thank you to both sets of parents for those and their accessories. They look FANTASTIC, and they’ll look even better when they’re actually in the baby’s room after it gets painted.)
Things are coming together!
Really good, really interesting, but a little tough to start. Once I was in, though, I was all the way in. The magic is super weird but in a good way, and at the same time, this is set in our future.
This weekend, we are moving everything from the townhouse to the new house. Well, everything that requires a truck. Last week, we moved a bunch of little things, stuff that didn’t need to go in moving boxes and was small enough to fit in the car. And we cleaned. Tomorrow, we pick up a truck and we’ll make a trip with all the boxes. I will do no more than supervise, I promise. Tom is coming on Sunday, so he and John will move all the furniture then. As long as the only things left by Sunday night fit in the car, we’ll be in good shape, but I have no doubt that we’ll have EVERYthing moved. Then we’ll just have to do a quick clean of the townhouse, and we’ll be done there.
DONE. Done with the ugly bathroom that never feels clean enough. Done with the super-loud creaky floors and stairs. Done with the nails popping out of the floor downstairs, hurting feet and ripping socks. Done with the windows that look directly into our neighbors’ house. Done with the stuffy, overly warm house that has forced us to flee to Starbucks to work for the last two days. (I’ve been super-productive, though, so maybe working in Starbucks isn’t a terrible thing.) We left one of the box fans at the new house, so the first level hasn’t had any way to move air for a week or so, and last night we were eating dinner and watching TV and I was SO HOT. I was dripping sweat doing absolutely nothing. John was not as uncomfortable as I was (and he’s usually more sensitive to the heat), so I can only assume baby Hugo was contributing to my issues. It was not fun. Also, my feet are swollen by the end of every day, and I HATE it. That is NOT what my feet are supposed to look like. Or feel like. It kind of gives me the creeps.
Anyway, we’re ready to move.
It’s official – we’re not going to WorldCon this year. Okay, it was official MONTHS ago, but as of today, we have transferred both memberships over to other people who will really go so now it’s super official. And because people are basically good (or at least the people in my sample of SFF fans who go to conventions are basically good), both of the people we transferred the memberships to paid us for those memberships. And because WE are basically good people, we didn’t charge them the full amount we paid back in December. One of them got her membership (John’s) in time to vote. The other didn’t, but that means MY votes for the Hugo awards (and other awards) counted, and we all know how important that was to me. (Voting ended Tuesday night at midnight, and the transfer of my membership went through today.)
Next year, WorldCon is in Dublin. If we can’t make it (with a baby!), I’ll at least get a supporting membership (which is WAY cheaper) so I can nominate and vote. I like being involved in this. These are my people. This is my community.
Are we going to do something fun and relevant with the money we got back? Well…sort of. Fun, no, but Hugo-relevant, yes. The money is going to go to buying the stroller. Practicality FTW!
Interesting way to look at reincarnation (kind of reincarnation, kind of immortality), but I feel like the story went off the rails towards the end. Pretty good, didn’t love it.
I’m really not sure if I liked this. It was interesting, and there’s an open question about the abilities the kid had (Did he actually have them? Did those things really happen?), but aside from that, it’s about a teenager, his relationships, and his eating disorder.
Entertaining, but not great. Superheroes are a thing, but the main character is the assistant to one of the heroes because she’s afraid of her own powers and blah blah blah. It wasn’t exactly gripping.
It’s a Baba Yaga story, it’s an Alice in Wonderland story, and of course it’s neither of those, but it was really good, and I really enjoyed the characters.