Saturday, May 21, 2016

The Kid's Comic Updates!

The kid's new comic updated!

Early reviews: The best online comic with only four pages so far, one reviewer states.

I couldn't agree more.

Read Fragile here.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Remember That Cooking Blog I Have?

I finally put up a new post.

I was reading a British mystery novel, and the main characters had baps for breakfast.

You had what? I thought to myself, and looked this strange item up on the internet.

That's how I spent a large portion of the past several days researching what baps are, and how one makes them, and the best recipes for baps, and how to make baps in America.

Then today I made some.

I'm happy to report they're lovely.

Here's the recipe, over on Cooking With Delagar: Baps.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Grades Are In, Summer Begins

I have submitted my last set of grades (go me), and now my first true summer break in -- good shit, thirteen years? Yes, thirteen years -- is about to begin.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Oh My God, Tear This Guy Apart

So, you might have heard -- yesterday Obama issued a directive ordering US public schools to allow students to use the bathrooms that match their gender identity.

The Far-Right Conservatives promptly lost their nut.

On my FB page, students I respect, who are intelligent and well-read, good-hearted, but who are conservative Christians, are likewise losing it over this.  Apparently respecting the rights of trans children, well, it's just a step too far.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Ethics, Morals, "Christians"

My kid took the English AP exam yesterday.

"How'd you do?" I asked when she got home.

"Kicked its ass," she said.

I was not at all surprised, obviously.  As the child of not one but two English Ph.Ds, one of us a fiction writer, the other a poet, she's been raised around books and reading, discussions of language and literature, grammar and rhetoric, all her life.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

New Comic from Our Favorite Artist

The kid's new comic has dropped!

It's a quest story -- a wolf mother who has taken up with a one-winged exile (who has a troubled past) is seeking her lost son. In the course of this quest, they become entangled with a revolution on the edge of explosion.

You can view it here: Fragile. 

Updates twice weekly.

Sunday, May 08, 2016

The 100 Must-Read SF Books by Female Authors -- A Challenge List

You might have seen this post, over at Book Riot: a list of the top 100 SF/F books by women writers. Some of my favorites are missing, but still! Not a bad list to start with.

Sunday, May 01, 2016

Cat Pictures, Please

Update: Due to Tom Mays' withdrawal -- good for him, by the way! -- "Cat Pictures, Please" is now a Hugo Nominee.  Yay!

So yesterday we're driving to the bookstore, as we do, and Dr. Skull says to me, he says, "Hey, did you hear about that idiot that's trying to wreck the Hugos?"

Friday, April 29, 2016

Rod Dreher Gives Himself the Vapors, Yet Again

Oh noes!  Sex Ed in KINDERGARTEN?

The culture is doom-ed!

Yes, Rod, sex education can start in kindergarten.  My kid, when she was in public school, had sex education classes in kindergarten.  I don't know what ridiculous fantasies have your trousers in a wad, but all this means is that once a month or so, the school counselor took them all down to the resource room and they sat in a circle and they talked about Stranger Danger; or on other days about how no one had the right to touch their bodies without permission.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Passover 2016

We held Passover last night, smaller than usual -- Uncle Charger's mother, who usually celebrates with us, died suddenly last month of a heart attack. (What is it with 2016?  Stop killing people!)

So it was a slightly sadder than usual celebration, but still lovely.  Here we all are at the table near the end of the ceremony:

All of us except Dr. Skull, who is taking the photo.  That's the kid to the right, me in the center, and Uncle Charger to the left. (He's an uncle in the Southern sense, as in Dr. Skull's best friend for 30+ years, who became the kid's uncle that way. His mother, Joan, was deeply fond of the kid as well, and the kid loved her.)

The menu! Matzo ball soup, gefilte fish, roast chicken, asparagus, potato kugel, and a KFP cake for dessert, which was very afflicting. Matzo with schmaltz throughout the meal.  Dr. Skull rendered the schmaltz himself. It was interesting, but there's not much you can do to matzo to make it edible, I'm afraid, except dip it in dark chocolate.

Have a good holiday, y'all.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

For My Global Lit Class

I wanted to use some graphic stories/graphic lit for my Global Lit class.

Here's what I'm using, so far -- any suggestions for what I might add?

Requirements: It needs to be short, and it needs to be by an other-than-American (USA, in other words) writer:

This link goes to the START of a collection -- these three writers are the ones I'm using:

James Stewart, Catherine Brighton, Faye Moorehouse, Isabel Greensberg
(Note the arrow at the bottom of the page -- that's how to move to the next page)

His Face All Red, Emily Carroll

 Bongcheon-Dong Ghost” by Horang (This one is scary!  Like, no kidding, made me scream out loud in my office scary. Skip it if that's not your deal.)

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Well, That was Upsetting

I just had my first wreck -- I mean, the first one that was my fault.

Readers of the blog will remember I was hit from behind by a guy in a truck last August -- that wreck wasn't my fault.

This time, though, I was in a hurry and changed lanes without looking (never change lanes without looking -- d'oh!) and side-swiped a Mitsubishi Eclipse.