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October 19, 2015

Getting wrangled

Cuinn Cattledog (Dec 20110

Assistant author wrangler Cuinn Cattledog in her puppy days: I knew her when.

Back in May I announced that I was going to breathe new henki into Henkimaa by resuming blogging. A bit premature, turns out: a reread of that post makes clear how hesitant & unready I was, the burnout from my former reluctant political blogging not quite burned out yet.

Well, I’m here to say differently now.

A few months back — when was it, Sian? June? July? — my Australian friend Sian & I picked up a collaborative...

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Published on October 19, 2015 20:51

May 8, 2015

It’s Friday & I still have cats

Kuu

Kuu

Laulu

Laulu

One hundred thirty-one (131) Fridays ago, I wrote about the progressive political blogger Kevin Drum’s tradition of Friday cat blogging. He still does it today.

I must have intended to follow the same tradition, but forgot to. Sorta like how I forgot to blog altogether. But now that I’ve remembered the one, I might as well remember the other.

So here to reintroduce my two children kittens who have lived with me since May 1, 2012: Kuu the tuxedo cat whose name means moon & her sister...

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Published on May 08, 2015 13:10

May 7, 2015

Breathing new henki into Henkimaa

Me with a beer, New Year's Day 2015Because henki of course means breath.

And after much semi-consideration — mostly just random maybe I should over a long bit of time— but always quickly countered by tired thoughts wherein the maybe just didn’t have the oomph to actually inspire an exhale….after all that burnout from political blogging occasionally here & lots elsewhere…& a few losses over the past coupla years….

…maybe now I just have the wherewithal to say a thing or two.

Nothing programmatic. It’ll be what comes to mind. La...

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Published on May 07, 2015 21:24

November 16, 2012

Growing up Green

Still growing up Green. (This was my halfway prize from my municipal liaisons for passing 25K words for NaNoWriMo last night.)


This was my halfway prize from my municipal liaisons for passing 25K words for NaNoWriMo last night.


Yesterday’s writing: inventing a government for Mars. It’s a parliamentary representative democratic republic with a unicameral parliament. And it’s got parliamentary sovereignty, too: it’s a committee of Parliament that determines the constitutionality of laws before they become Law, so there’s none of this screwing around with unconstitutional laws until someone has the wherewithal to sue it...

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Published on November 16, 2012 20:19

November 2, 2012

It’s Friday, & I have cats

Kuu & Laulu, 3 Mar 2012


For several years, I’ve off & on (“on” usually in the couple of months before a presidential election) followed the progressive political blogger Kevin Drum, currently at Mother Jones. He has a tradition called “Friday cat blogging.”


Great idea. It’s Friday, & I have cats too.


Pictured above: my two sister kittens Kuu (left) and Laulu (right). Their names come from the Finnish song “Mitä Minä” (which I learned off the Hedningarna album Karelia Visa) which goes like this: “Mitä minä laula / kun...

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Published on November 02, 2012 14:02

November 1, 2012

An Americano in Australia

A long black at Theobroma Chocolate Lounge, Southern Cross Station, Melbourne.

A long black at Theobroma Chocolate Lounge, Southern Cross Station, Melbourne.


Bit of trivia: My coffee order of choice nowadays when I’m out café writing is an Americano, but December before last during my month in Australia, I discovered (unsurprisingly) that Australian barristas don’t serve Americanos. They do serve something very close, though: the long black.


Sometimes, though, I’d still have trouble ordering: I arrived in Oz fresh out of completing NaNoWriMo 2009, & kept asking for a Long...

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Published on November 01, 2012 18:08

Reading (& writing) spacy

Spacegeek bookshelf


Here are a few of the books that I consult for the Long Dark/Cold story universe that I’ve written in since NaNoWriMo 2007, and which I’m writing in again this NaNovember (along with a few that have to do with a different long-term project, Mistress of Woodland — MoW for short). (This photo was cropped from this one, which shows the shelf above too.)


Most of these books are about various aspects of space exploration, with a heavy emphasis this bookshelf on Mars, the first home of one of my mos...

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Published on November 01, 2012 15:59

October 31, 2012

Hallowe’en: The night my writing is raised from the dead

Bloodshot eye


Happy Hallowe’en.


Don’t be frightened by my bloody eyeball. That was just from a burst blood vessel I got courtesy coughing my guts out when I was sick with a bad case of skankthrax in early October.


(Skankthrax is what my friend Gretch called a nasty series of colds I suffered from a few years ago. It’s even more fitting to how sick I was for a good part of this month. Except — & this is an important disclaimer, so pay attention! — I am not a skank.)


This post is about how nearly three months a...

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Published on October 31, 2012 17:50

September 20, 2012

The Daily Tweets 2012-09-20

Donned top hat & tails & threw shrimp into wait staff's mouths. http://t.co/oAYiV1gd #missing2min #
Pumps biceps to show off his #RomneyStrength #missing2min #



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Published on September 20, 2012 09:45

September 15, 2012

The Daily Tweets 2012-09-15

The ability to@out-lie Paul Ryan & still be believed by a Fox News audience: #RomneyStrength #
Wielding the Superpower of Smirk: #RomneyStrength http://t.co/6LuygqGI #
A #BaconNumber of -∞ : RomneyStrength #
Brawny announces new line: #RomneyStrength ™ Paper Towels, for those tough jobs like cleaning Seamus shit from roof of family car. #
Why the Koch Bros. love #RomneyStrength ™ Paper Towels! > RT: @Thunderballs2: Factoid: Brawny is a Koch Bros product. #
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Published on September 15, 2012 09:45