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Links and Accomplishments, 8/9/15 to 8/15/15

Links

You should read the first three chapters of The Traitor Baru Cormorant on tor.com and the B&N website. I knew I’d like this book, and I knew I’d feel thematic similarities with Lioness, but… well, see for yourself:

And he looked at her with open eyes, the bone of his heavy brow a bastion above, the flesh of his face wealthy below, and in those eyes she glimpsed an imperium, a mechanism of rule building itself from the work of so many million hands. Remorseless not out of cruelty or hate but because it was too vast and too set on its destiny to care for the small tragedies of its growth. She saw this not merely in the shape of his eyes and the flatness of his regard, but in what they recalled — things he had said and done suddenly understood. And she knew that Farrier had let her see this, as a warning, as a promise.

I love this and will pre-order this book and yet gah, I feel like what I wanted to say has now been said, much better.

This is a beautiful rebuttal of a certain Pup’s screaming at clouds

Doesn’t everyone need Nerevar’s Moon-and-Star ring? Guaranteed not to kill you instantly! (Powers of persuasion not included)

Accomplishments

Writing
– Wrote 1891 words on Lioness
– Submitted “Powder of Sympathy” to Nightmare magazine
– Wrote two blog posts: Review of The Goblin Emperor, and On Writing, Rejection, and Pitch Wars

Reading
– Finished Sarah Monette’s The Bone Key
– Read Yoon Ha Lee’s “Snakes” (Clarkesworld July 2015)
– Read Pan Haitian’s “The Hunger Tower (Clarkesworld July 2015)
– Read Keith Brooke’s “The Accord” (Clarkesworld July 2015)
– Read Martin L Shoemaker’s “Today I Am Paul” (Clarkesworld August 2015)
– Read “Road Test” by KJ Kabza (DSF)
– Read “Encounter with a Dorian” by Steven Mathes (DSF)
– Read the first three chapters of The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson

LARP/Social
– Had RP day with other folks from my warband in 5G
– Hosted a visit from Mel & Will

Other Media
– Listened to Writing Excuses 10.32, “How Do I Control the Speed of the Story”
– Listened to Happier with Gretchen Rubin, episodes 23 and 24
– Watched the RiffTrax of The Magic Sword
– Played two games of Tragedy Looper
– Played Race For the Galaxy