Blog Without A Name

In which the trolls go a bridge too far

This message is for those of you who primarily connect with me through Goodreads.  I am, in the face of the ongoing carnage and lack of oversight demonstrated on Goodreads*, removing my account — in fact, I would have already removed it, save that the instructions provided on-site for deleting an account are, um — inaccurate.  It will take Goodreads 5 days to get back to me on this.

Apparently, authors can not leave the system entirely — Goodreads will still record new books and publish reviews — like Amazon.  But I will not be directly involved even in the small way that I did participate.

Those who wish, can bookmark and follow this blog.

Thank you for your understanding and patience.

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*For those who have not been following the story of carnage and lack of oversight, I offer this synopsis of events, compiled by Jason Sanford.

And she is moving very slowly, rising up above the earth

So, here we are in 2020.  I’ve been warned not to date checks with just /20, because some Bad People could just add, oh “19” to that and steal my check.  I’m sure that’s good advice, but, really I hardly write checks anymore, and when I do, I always date them fully, to wit:  “January 4, 2020,” because old habits die hard, if they die at all.

In related news, many-to-all (depending on your news source) of the credit unions in Maine are off-line as the result of mysterious “connectivity problem.”  This is not as much fun as it may at first seem.

We here at the Cat Farm and Confusion Factory are clinging to our last few precious Not-Sundays.  There’s writing to do and writing being done, as well as chores, of a sort, but it’s all being done in a soft bubble, almost a “deadline free zone,” which we all know there’s no such thing, but — it’s been pleasant to pretend for a week or two.

Deadlines and doctors appointments return Monday morning, quite early, so we’ll be getting back into the Daily Push realsoonnow.

My first-in task today is to clean the so-called Boy’s Bathroom, and to steam clean the kitchen floor.  After that, there’s the final sweep at the WIP.  After much banging my head against various metaphorical, logical, and fictional walls, I have figured out how to straighten the last kink in the last scene.  Go me.  The entire corrected manuscript ought, I think, be on its way to Madame by the end of the week, and then?  I won’t have anything to do.  [Cue laugh track]

Looking ahead, Steve and I will be attending Boskone in mid-February, and!  We will be Guests of Honor at NarniaCon, aka the Coat Check Con.  NarniaCon hosts a scavenger hunt within Boskone entire; this year’s hunt will be based on the game of Clue.

. . .and that’s where we stand at the moment, still inside the bubble, with the cats napping inside, and the sky grey with snow clouds, outside.

Today’s blog title brought to you by one of my hometown bands, Talking Heads:  And She Was.

Small thoughts on the last day of the year

Snow removal will get underway as soon as my hair dries. Speaking of doing things in the wrong order.
 
It is still snowing here at the Cat Farm and Confusion Factory. We’ve got about six non-technical inches on the ground, and the plowguy has made his first pass. Weatherbeans are calling for another 3-4 inches, with the whole storm winding down around 7 pm, Central Maine Time.
 
The birds are mobbing the feeders with such vigor that the squirrels can’t get in. This is not a complaint.
 
The Plan inasmuch as we have a Plan, is to work quietly — I, for instance, have corrections to input, and two scenes to edit and place. Steve has been hanging pictures — we now have David Mattingly’s cover art for the new edition of Carpe Diem in the dining room, bringing the total number of art works in that room to six.
 
The Plan also calls for us to take an early evening and view Hogfather, which we’ve never seen.  We may or may not stay up to formally greet 2020.  If we don’t, we’ll surely see it at breakfast tomorrow.
 
And that seems to me to put a very pleasant period to the Year of Getting Hit in the Head, and may next year be more of everything that was positive in this one.
Happy new year, one and all.

Books read in 2019

72. Can’t Escape Love, Alyssa Cole (e)
71. Hogfather, Terry Pratchett (read aloud with Steve, re-re-read)
70. The Winter of the Witch, Katherine Arden
69. Swordheart, T. Kingfisher (e)
68. The Austen Playbook, Lucy Parker (e)
67. Fast Women, Jennifer Crusie (read aloud with Steve)
66. In the Market for Murder, T.E. Kinsey (e)
65. A Quiet Life in the Country, T.E. Kinsey (e)
64. Wyrd Sisters, Terry Pratchett (read aloud with Steve)
63. Bet Me, Jennifer Crusie (read aloud with Steve)
62. Witchmark, C.L. Polk
61. Death at Victoria Dock, Kerry Greenwood
60. Welcome to Temptation, Jennifer Crusie (read aloud with Steve)
59. Rock Hard , Nalini Singh (e)
58. The Night Tiger, Yangsze Choo
57. Equal Rites, Terry Pratchett (Steve read to me)
56. The Spotted Dog, Kerry Greenwood (Corinna Chapman #7) (e)
55. Murder on the Ballart Train, Kerry Greenwood (re-read)
54. Flying too High, Kerry Greenwood (re-read)
53. Cocaine Blues, Kerry Greenwood (re-read)
52. The Belles, Dhonielle Clayton
51. Bank Shot, Donald E. Westlake
50. A Night in the Lonesome October, Roger Zelazny, read aloud w/ Steve (re-re-re-&c read for both)
49. A Woman of No Importance, Sonia Purnell
48. Exit Strategy, Martha Wells (e)
47. Rogue Protocol, Martha Wells (e)
46. Artificial Condition, Martha Wells (e)
45. Diary of a Witchcraft Shop, Trevor Jones & Liz Williams
44. Air Logic, Laurie J. Marks
43. Water Logic, Laurie J. Marks
42. The Art of Theft, Sherry Thomas (e)
41. GuRu, Ru Paul
40. Earth Logic, Laurie J. Marks
39. The October Man, Ben Aaronovitch (e)
38. Sapphire Flames, Ilona Andrews (e)
37. The Cat Who Blew the Whistle, Lilian Jackson Braun (read aloud with Steve)
36. Silver Silence, Nalini Singh (read aloud with Steve)
35. Faking It, Jennifer Crusie (read aloud with Steve)
34. Fire Logic, Laurie J. Marks
33. Cats in Cyberspace, Beth Hilgartner (read aloud with Steve; re-read for both)
32. Dread Nation, Justine Ireland (e)
31. Masque World, Alexei Panshin (read aloud with Steve; re-read for both)
30. The Girl in the Tower, Katherine Arden
29. The Thurb Revolution, Alexei Panshin (read aloud with Steve; re-read for both)
28. Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, Winifred Watson (re-re-re-read)
27. Star Well, Alexei Panshin (read aloud with Steve; re-read for both)
26. The Cat Who Wasn’t There, Lilian Jackson Braun (read aloud with Steve)
25. The King of Attolia, Megan Whalen Turner (re-read)
24. The Queen of Attolia, Megan Whalen Turner (re-read)
23. The Goblin Emperor, Katherine Addison (re-read)
22. Maiden of the Machine, Volume 1, Caitlin Like
21. The Sandman: Preludes & Nocturnes, Neil Gaiman
20. The Franchise Affair, Josephine Tey (read aloud with Steve)
19. City of Whispering Stone, George C. Chesbro (read aloud with Steve)
18. Allegiance of Honor, Nalini Singh (read aloud with Steve)
17. Storm Cursed, Patricia Briggs (e)
16. Who Slays the Wicked, C.S. Harris
15. The Warlock in Spite of Himself, Christopher Stasheff (re-read)
14. The Cat Who Knew a Cardinal, Lilian Jackson Braun (read aloud with Steve)
13. Wild Ride, Jennifer Crusie & Bob Mayer (read aloud with Steve; re-read for me; first read for him)
12. Shadow of a Broken Man, George C. Chesbro (read aloud with Steve)
11. How Much for Just the Planet?, John M. Ford
10. Brat Farrar, Josephine Tey (read aloud with Steve; re-read for me; first read for him)
9.  Spinning Silver, Naomi Novik
8.  Lies Sleeping, Ben Aaronovitch
7.  The Luckiest Lady in London, Sherry Thomas
6.  Release the Virgins, Michael A. Ventrella, editor (read aloud with Steve)
5.  Becoming, Michelle Obama
4.  Agnes and the Hitman, Jennifer Crusie & Bob Mayer (read aloud with Steve; re-read for me; first read for him)
3. the unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Ryan North, Erica Henderson
2.  Alliance Rising, CJ Cherryh & Jane S. Fancher (read out loud with Steve)
1.  A Shilling for Candles, Josephine Tey (read out loud with Steve)

Books read in 2019

71. Hogfather, Terry Pratchett (read aloud with Steve, re-re-read)
70. The Winter of the Witch, Katherine Arden
69. Swordheart, T. Kingfisher (e)
68. The Austen Playbook, Lucy Parker (e)
67. Fast Women, Jennifer Crusie (read aloud with Steve)
66. In the Market for Murder, T.E. Kinsey (e)
65. A Quiet Life in the Country, T.E. Kinsey (e)
64. Wyrd Sisters, Terry Pratchett (read aloud with Steve)
63. Bet Me, Jennifer Crusie (read aloud with Steve)
62. Witchmark, C.L. Polk
61. Death at Victoria Dock, Kerry Greenwood
60. Welcome to Temptation, Jennifer Crusie (read aloud with Steve)
59. Rock Hard , Nalini Singh (e)
58. The Night Tiger, Yangsze Choo
57. Equal Rites, Terry Pratchett (Steve read to me)
56. The Spotted Dog, Kerry Greenwood (Corinna Chapman #7) (e)
55. Murder on the Ballart Train, Kerry Greenwood (re-read)
54. Flying too High, Kerry Greenwood (re-read)
53. Cocaine Blues, Kerry Greenwood (re-read)
52. The Belles, Dhonielle Clayton
51. Bank Shot, Donald E. Westlake
50. A Night in the Lonesome October, Roger Zelazny, read aloud w/ Steve (re-re-re-&c read for both)
49. A Woman of No Importance, Sonia Purnell
48. Exit Strategy, Martha Wells (e)
47. Rogue Protocol, Martha Wells (e)
46. Artificial Condition, Martha Wells (e)
45. Diary of a Witchcraft Shop, Trevor Jones & Liz Williams
44. Air Logic, Laurie J. Marks
43. Water Logic, Laurie J. Marks
42. The Art of Theft, Sherry Thomas (e)
41. GuRu, Ru Paul
40. Earth Logic, Laurie J. Marks
39. The October Man, Ben Aaronovitch (e)
38. Sapphire Flames, Ilona Andrews (e)
37. The Cat Who Blew the Whistle, Lilian Jackson Braun (read aloud with Steve)
36. Silver Silence, Nalini Singh (read aloud with Steve)
35. Faking It, Jennifer Crusie (read aloud with Steve)
34. Fire Logic, Laurie J. Marks
33. Cats in Cyberspace, Beth Hilgartner (read aloud with Steve; re-read for both)
32. Dread Nation, Justine Ireland (e)
31. Masque World, Alexei Panshin (read aloud with Steve; re-read for both)
30. The Girl in the Tower, Katherine Arden
29. The Thurb Revolution, Alexei Panshin (read aloud with Steve; re-read for both)
28. Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, Winifred Watson (re-re-re-read)
27. Star Well, Alexei Panshin (read aloud with Steve; re-read for both)
26. The Cat Who Wasn’t There, Lilian Jackson Braun (read aloud with Steve)
25. The King of Attolia, Megan Whalen Turner (re-read)
24. The Queen of Attolia, Megan Whalen Turner (re-read)
23. The Goblin Emperor, Katherine Addison (re-read)
22. Maiden of the Machine, Volume 1, Caitlin Like
21. The Sandman: Preludes & Nocturnes, Neil Gaiman
20. The Franchise Affair, Josephine Tey (read aloud with Steve)
19. City of Whispering Stone, George C. Chesbro (read aloud with Steve)
18. Allegiance of Honor, Nalini Singh (read aloud with Steve)
17. Storm Cursed, Patricia Briggs (e)
16. Who Slays the Wicked, C.S. Harris
15. The Warlock in Spite of Himself, Christopher Stasheff (re-read)
14. The Cat Who Knew a Cardinal, Lilian Jackson Braun (read aloud with Steve)
13. Wild Ride, Jennifer Crusie & Bob Mayer (read aloud with Steve; re-read for me; first read for him)
12. Shadow of a Broken Man, George C. Chesbro (read aloud with Steve)
11. How Much for Just the Planet?, John M. Ford
10. Brat Farrar, Josephine Tey (read aloud with Steve; re-read for me; first read for him)
9.  Spinning Silver, Naomi Novik
8.  Lies Sleeping, Ben Aaronovitch
7.  The Luckiest Lady in London, Sherry Thomas
6.  Release the Virgins, Michael A. Ventrella, editor (read aloud with Steve)
5.  Becoming, Michelle Obama
4.  Agnes and the Hitman, Jennifer Crusie & Bob Mayer (read aloud with Steve; re-read for me; first read for him)
3. the unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Ryan North, Erica Henderson
2.  Alliance Rising, CJ Cherryh & Jane S. Fancher (read out loud with Steve)
1.  A Shilling for Candles, Josephine Tey (read out loud with Steve)

Books read in 2019

70. The Winter of the Witch, Katherine Arden
69. Swordheart, T. Kingfisher (e)
68. The Austen Playbook, Lucy Parker (e)
67. Fast Women, Jennifer Crusie (read aloud with Steve)
66. In the Market for Murder, T.E. Kinsey (e)
65. A Quiet Life in the Country, T.E. Kinsey (e)
64. Wyrd Sisters, Terry Pratchett (read aloud with Steve)
63. Bet Me, Jennifer Crusie (read aloud with Steve)
62. Witchmark, C.L. Polk
61. Death at Victoria Dock, Kerry Greenwood
60. Welcome to Temptation, Jennifer Crusie (read aloud with Steve)
59. Rock Hard , Nalini Singh (e)
58. The Night Tiger, Yangsze Choo
57. Equal Rites, Terry Pratchett (Steve read to me)
56. The Spotted Dog, Kerry Greenwood (Corinna Chapman #7) (e)
55. Murder on the Ballart Train, Kerry Greenwood (re-read)
54. Flying too High, Kerry Greenwood (re-read)
53. Cocaine Blues, Kerry Greenwood (re-read)
52. The Belles, Dhonielle Clayton
51. Bank Shot, Donald E. Westlake
50. A Night in the Lonesome October, Roger Zelazny, read aloud w/ Steve (re-re-re-&c read for both)
49. A Woman of No Importance, Sonia Purnell
48. Exit Strategy, Martha Wells (e)
47. Rogue Protocol, Martha Wells (e)
46. Artificial Condition, Martha Wells (e)
45. Diary of a Witchcraft Shop, Trevor Jones & Liz Williams
44. Air Logic, Laurie J. Marks
43. Water Logic, Laurie J. Marks
42. The Art of Theft, Sherry Thomas (e)
41. GuRu, Ru Paul
40. Earth Logic, Laurie J. Marks
39. The October Man, Ben Aaronovitch (e)
38. Sapphire Flames, Ilona Andrews (e)
37. The Cat Who Blew the Whistle, Lilian Jackson Braun (read aloud with Steve)
36. Silver Silence, Nalini Singh (read aloud with Steve)
35. Faking It, Jennifer Crusie (read aloud with Steve)
34. Fire Logic, Laurie J. Marks
33. Cats in Cyberspace, Beth Hilgartner (read aloud with Steve; re-read for both)
32. Dread Nation, Justine Ireland (e)
31. Masque World, Alexei Panshin (read aloud with Steve; re-read for both)
30. The Girl in the Tower, Katherine Arden
29. The Thurb Revolution, Alexei Panshin (read aloud with Steve; re-read for both)
28. Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, Winifred Watson (re-re-re-read)
27. Star Well, Alexei Panshin (read aloud with Steve; re-read for both)
26. The Cat Who Wasn’t There, Lilian Jackson Braun (read aloud with Steve)
25. The King of Attolia, Megan Whalen Turner (re-read)
24. The Queen of Attolia, Megan Whalen Turner (re-read)
23. The Goblin Emperor, Katherine Addison (re-read)
22. Maiden of the Machine, Volume 1, Caitlin Like
21. The Sandman: Preludes & Nocturnes, Neil Gaiman
20. The Franchise Affair, Josephine Tey (read aloud with Steve)
19. City of Whispering Stone, George C. Chesbro (read aloud with Steve)
18. Allegiance of Honor, Nalini Singh (read aloud with Steve)
17. Storm Cursed, Patricia Briggs (e)
16. Who Slays the Wicked, C.S. Harris
15. The Warlock in Spite of Himself, Christopher Stasheff (re-read)
14. The Cat Who Knew a Cardinal, Lilian Jackson Braun (read aloud with Steve)
13. Wild Ride, Jennifer Crusie & Bob Mayer (read aloud with Steve; re-read for me; first read for him)
12. Shadow of a Broken Man, George C. Chesbro (read aloud with Steve)
11. How Much for Just the Planet?, John M. Ford
10. Brat Farrar, Josephine Tey (read aloud with Steve; re-read for me; first read for him)
9.  Spinning Silver, Naomi Novik
8.  Lies Sleeping, Ben Aaronovitch
7.  The Luckiest Lady in London, Sherry Thomas
6.  Release the Virgins, Michael A. Ventrella, editor (read aloud with Steve)
5.  Becoming, Michelle Obama
4.  Agnes and the Hitman, Jennifer Crusie & Bob Mayer (read aloud with Steve; re-read for me; first read for him)
3. the unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Ryan North, Erica Henderson
2.  Alliance Rising, CJ Cherryh & Jane S. Fancher (read out loud with Steve)
1.  A Shilling for Candles, Josephine Tey (read out loud with Steve)

Books Read in 2019

69. Swordheart, T. Kingfisher (e)
68. The Austen Playbook, Lucy Parker (e)
67. Fast Women, Jennifer Crusie (read aloud with Steve)
66. In the Market for Murder, T.E. Kinsey (e)
65. A Quiet Life in the Country, T.E. Kinsey (e)
64. Wyrd Sisters, Terry Pratchett (read aloud with Steve)
63. Bet Me, Jennifer Crusie (read aloud with Steve)
62. Witchmark, C.L. Polk
61. Death at Victoria Dock, Kerry Greenwood
60. Welcome to Temptation, Jennifer Crusie (read aloud with Steve)
59. Rock Hard , Nalini Singh (e)
58. The Night Tiger, Yangsze Choo
57. Equal Rites, Terry Pratchett (Steve read to me)
56. The Spotted Dog, Kerry Greenwood (Corinna Chapman #7) (e)
55. Murder on the Ballart Train, Kerry Greenwood (re-read)
54. Flying too High, Kerry Greenwood (re-read)
53. Cocaine Blues, Kerry Greenwood (re-read)
52. The Belles, Dhonielle Clayton
51. Bank Shot, Donald E. Westlake
50. A Night in the Lonesome October, Roger Zelazny, read aloud w/ Steve (re-re-re-&c read for both)
49. A Woman of No Importance, Sonia Purnell
48. Exit Strategy, Martha Wells (e)
47. Rogue Protocol, Martha Wells (e)
46. Artificial Condition, Martha Wells (e)
45. Diary of a Witchcraft Shop, Trevor Jones & Liz Williams
44. Air Logic, Laurie J. Marks
43. Water Logic, Laurie J. Marks
42. The Art of Theft, Sherry Thomas (e)
41. GuRu, Ru Paul
40. Earth Logic, Laurie J. Marks
39. The October Man, Ben Aaronovitch (e)
38. Sapphire Flames, Ilona Andrews (e)
37. The Cat Who Blew the Whistle, Lilian Jackson Braun (read aloud with Steve)
36. Silver Silence, Nalini Singh (read aloud with Steve)
35. Faking It, Jennifer Crusie (read aloud with Steve)
34. Fire Logic, Laurie J. Marks
33. Cats in Cyberspace, Beth Hilgartner (read aloud with Steve; re-read for both)
32. Dread Nation, Justine Ireland (e)
31. Masque World, Alexei Panshin (read aloud with Steve; re-read for both)
30. The Girl in the Tower, Katherine Arden
29. The Thurb Revolution, Alexei Panshin (read aloud with Steve; re-read for both)
28. Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, Winifred Watson (re-re-re-read)
27. Star Well, Alexei Panshin (read aloud with Steve; re-read for both)
26. The Cat Who Wasn’t There, Lilian Jackson Braun (read aloud with Steve)
25. The King of Attolia, Megan Whalen Turner (re-read)
24. The Queen of Attolia, Megan Whalen Turner (re-read)
23. The Goblin Emperor, Katherine Addison (re-read)
22. Maiden of the Machine, Volume 1, Caitlin Like
21. The Sandman: Preludes & Nocturnes, Neil Gaiman
20. The Franchise Affair, Josephine Tey (read aloud with Steve)
19. City of Whispering Stone, George C. Chesbro (read aloud with Steve)
18. Allegiance of Honor, Nalini Singh (read aloud with Steve)
17. Storm Cursed, Patricia Briggs (e)
16. Who Slays the Wicked, C.S. Harris
15. The Warlock in Spite of Himself, Christopher Stasheff (re-read)
14. The Cat Who Knew a Cardinal, Lilian Jackson Braun (read aloud with Steve)
13. Wild Ride, Jennifer Crusie & Bob Mayer (read aloud with Steve; re-read for me; first read for him)
12. Shadow of a Broken Man, George C. Chesbro (read aloud with Steve)
11. How Much for Just the Planet?, John M. Ford
10. Brat Farrar, Josephine Tey (read aloud with Steve; re-read for me; first read for him)
9.  Spinning Silver, Naomi Novik
8.  Lies Sleeping, Ben Aaronovitch
7.  The Luckiest Lady in London, Sherry Thomas
6.  Release the Virgins, Michael A. Ventrella, editor (read aloud with Steve)
5.  Becoming, Michelle Obama
4.  Agnes and the Hitman, Jennifer Crusie & Bob Mayer (read aloud with Steve; re-read for me; first read for him)
3. the unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Ryan North, Erica Henderson
2.  Alliance Rising, CJ Cherryh & Jane S. Fancher (read out loud with Steve)
1.  A Shilling for Candles, Josephine Tey (read out loud with Steve)