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Monthly Archives: January 2010

Suddenly the thrushes sang around her in upward spirals, psalmic, glorious sounds. Dragonflies with wings veined like cathedral windows followed them. And then with a rush, all the birds of the air flew above.

Read “When Elder Sister Grew Her Wings” by Jane Yolen.

Ha Ha Sick

Kate Beaton has a new Mystery Solving Teens comic up!

You only have to let the soft animal of your body/love what it loves.

Read “Wild Geese” by Mary Oliver.

There were at least twenty of the ads, and for all it seemed they were doing their damndest to step lightly, her red and yellow tulips were completely trampled. Marie had stubbornly continued to cultivate those flowers despite the certainty that she ought to be using the gardening space, and the captured rainwater, to grow food.

Read “Advertising at the End of the World” by Keffy R.M. Kehrli.

Don’t Be Evil.

Further to my earlier post about the Google Book Settlement, I registered on their site and discovered that they’ve scanned my poetry book The Glaze from Breaking (there’s a “yes” in the column entitled “Digitized without authorization on or before May 5, 2009”). They also think it’s “commercially available” i.e. in print, even though it […]

Loose, it promptly/smothered an acre of corn.

Read “By Way of Sorrow” by Peg Duthie.

It’s like the opposite of puppies.

Read “What Shark Attack Can Teach Us About Love” by Caryn Cardello.

legal neepery of interest only to copyright holders and their publishers

The Amended Settlement filed in Authors Guild v. Google creates a non-profit Book Rights Registry governed by authors and publishers to oversee the settlement on their behalf. A Fairness Hearing has been scheduled for February 18, 2010; authors have until January 28, 2010 to opt out of the agreement. The SFWA is objecting to (among […]

I desperately want to quote The Big Lebowski but can’t decide which quote to use.

“The Supreme Court threw out a 63-year-old law designed to restrain the influence of big business and unions on elections Thursday, ruling that corporations may spend as freely as they like to support or oppose candidates for president and Congress.” (via)

I was scared the first time, of course I was. It took me a long time to soften to my man. I blame my mother for that, it wasn’t like I had a choice. We sure as hell chafed and ached for a long while—why one time I even made him bleed. I remember that horrifying moment when I realized he was bleeding all over me, inside me.

Read “Cracked Leather” by Liz Argall.