Earworm Warning
This is what happens when you hit your biannual Bollywood kick right before you get on a plane: this song, in a loop on your head, for two hours. Here’s the thing: it’s a really upbeat, catchy song, performed by Madhuri Dixit (who, for my money, is one of the best in Bollywood).…
My Wiscon Schedule
Obligatory: I will be at WisCon as of tomorrow! I will see what looks like 65% of you there. Also obligatory: I will be part of the Lightspeed Launch Event! Lightspeed Magazine Launch Event, Saturday, 10pm, Conference Room 2 Join us to celebrate the launch of Lightspeed Magazine (www.lightspeedmagazine.com), a new online science fiction magazine published by Prime Books (publisher of Fantasy Magazine).…
The Catherine Cookson Experience: “The Rag Nymph”
The Catherine Cookson Experience: "The Rag Nymph"Wow, that was kind of a long hiatus! (I made the last one in 1996, it looks like.) I know this has become something of a habit, like that time I tried to make a picspam of my French vacation and only got two-thirds of the way through, so if you are a literalist it looks like I never actually came home but am instead blogging from an attic somewhere overlooking the amusement park in Rouen.…
Fantasy’s Top Ten Fight Scenes: The Battles
This week at Fantasy Magazine, the fight-fest continues with Fantasy’s Top Ten Fight Scenes: The Battles. This one was rougher than I had expected, largely because I wanted to get a range of battle scenes, and it’s much easier to find a range of movies in which two characters duke it out than it is to find a range of movies where a group of people ends up having a violent engineering dispute with another group of people, and because a lot of scenes that seem like battles on the surface are actually next round’s trope, One Against Many.…
Cleopatra: Portrait of a KILLAH!
Last week I stumbled on what is possibly the best historical doc ever on the Discovery Channel: Cleopatra, Portrait of a Killer. (To be pronounced “KILLAH!” with Gloria Swanson eyes.) On the right, Arsinoe. On the left, a KILLAH. Their premise is that Cleopatra, because she hinted around at various Romans until her brother/husband and her half-sister got bumped off and left her sitting pretty on the throne, is a stone-cold killer.…
World’s Fair, Way of the Wizard, and W…Dress Picture
This weekend was the Steampunk World’s Fair, where I read for the first time from my upcoming novel (exciting), saw a lot of great costumes (very exciting!), and had the usual problems with some elements of the subculture (Me? Have problems with something? Surely not!). Overall, though, it was great, and I’m still beyond thrilled to have been invited.…