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"True Poems flee."

Happy birthday to gondoriangirl and happy early birthday to viven529! May you both have wonderful birthdays and many, many more to come!

* May I share some news? I came home from my trip to learn something utterly unexpected: I am a finalist for the Greater Southern California Press Club Award in the "Entertainment Reviews/Criticism/Column" category for my article "Florida's Forgotten Rebels: Rediscovering the Most Successful Slave Revolt in American History" in Reason Magazine. The winners will be announced on June 21. More details are here. I certainly didn't see that coming!

* Robert Asprin, R.I.P.
Science fiction and fantasy writer Robert Asprin, born 1946, died on May 22, 2008 at his home in New Orleans. Asprin's first novel was the science fiction The Cold Cash War (1977), but he was best known as creator and editor of the Thieves' World series of braided anthology/novels, and as author of numerous comic fantasy novels including series beginning with Another Fine Myth... (1978) and Phule's Company (1990). His latest book is Dragons Wild (2008), first book in another new series. Asprin won a Locus Award in 1982 for anthology Shadows of Sanctuary and he won two Balrog Awards, for that book and for anthology Storm Season the following year. Read more here.

* And as a vegetarian, I should share the news about this vote:

Emmylou Harris and Sean Astin Have My Vote for the
I am still catching up from my time away. I look forward to getting up to speed with everyone's posts.

To see the Summer Sky
Is Poetry, though never in a Book it lie -
True Poems flee.
~Emily Dickinson



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May. 28th, 2008 02:03 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on being a finalist, that is wonderful.
May. 28th, 2008 11:18 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much!
May. 28th, 2008 02:22 pm (UTC)
major congratulations to you! best of luck!
May. 28th, 2008 11:18 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much!
May. 28th, 2008 03:38 pm (UTC)
May. 28th, 2008 11:18 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much!
May. 28th, 2008 04:12 pm (UTC)
Wow! What great news! The article was very interesting, too. I am definitely going to check out that site. What an amazing story and almost nobody knows about it.

I was watching a documentary on the history of the Capital Building in DC and it was discouraging with all the artwork depicting the history of the country that there was only ONE representation of an African American (a bust of Martin Luther King) very few women (the three key suffragettes and a Native American statue from Nebraska, which is the only statuary of a Native American) and apparently it was like pulling teeth to get them included. The only other Native American representations are about 50% negative and violent. I think they are working on a better actual representation of America, but it is slower than it should be in my opinion.

I chose Mary Tyler Moore and Michael Stipe, lol.
May. 28th, 2008 11:29 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much! I really appreciate it. The credit should go to that site; it is so well done, and I think it's a terrific example of how the internet can and should be used by historians to interest and educate fellow professionals, students, and interested laypeople alike.

That documentary sounds fascinating - and disheartening, too. It makes me wonder how much the old adage "out of sight, out of mind" figures into the national consciousness. I mean, have there been no women role models/leaders since the suffragettes? "Slower than it should be," indeed. And speaking of negative portrayals of Native Americans, I was somewhat horrified while in Cleveland to find myself walking under a massive billboard for the baseball team, which sported the most ridiculous caricature I've ever seen as the mascot. It's painful to look at! And I don't think one needs to be Native to see that; I mean, the "Little Black Sambo" image is pretty much disturbing to most people regardless of their race, isn't it? So much so that you don't see it on any billboards...

I chose Mary Tyler Moore and Michael Stipe, lol.

Those are fantastic choices!
May. 28th, 2008 04:45 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on your nomination! Let us know how that goes,k?

And you're a fellow veggie? I should have known. :)
May. 28th, 2008 11:31 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! I really appreciate it. And I will.

I am indeed a fellow veggie. I think I'm soon due for my eleventh anniversary of "eating nothing with a face," in fact! *toasts you with tomato juice* Go us! :D
Abbie [wordpress.com]
May. 28th, 2008 09:08 pm (UTC)
Ehem...am I the only one who silently freaked out with concern while reading "May I share some news? I came home from my trip to learn something utterly unexpected: "
I was preparing myself for something shocking and terrible. I'm so relieved that it's just that you're up for another award. :o) Congratulations!! I hope you win.

I don't even have a good comment for the Veg. awards thing.
But Emily Dickinson is the world's sexiest poet!
May. 28th, 2008 11:37 pm (UTC)
Aw, I'm so sorry - I didn't mean to go all melodramatic or anything! Thanks for being concerned, and for beings so supportive. I appreciate it. This really is one of those cases in which I'm extremely honored just to have made it to the "finalist" stage.

Yeah, the "sexy vegetarian" award is rather bizarre, isn't it? But you knew I'd vote for Sean Astin, didn't you? Ha. :) I also love Emmylou Harris, not only because she's my husband's favorite singer, but also because she's one of the few women in the public eye I can think of who has let her hair go naturally grey. As someone who's now slowly but surely going grey herself (and not coloring), I think that's kind of cool. LOL!
May. 29th, 2008 04:55 pm (UTC)
You go, girl! Go grey that is. I'm sure you'll wear it well. I really admire women who not only go grey but continue to wear their hair long. I plan to be one of those women some day. When the time comes I'll be grateful if I'm even half as sexy as Emmylou Harris. She is one incredibly lady.
May. 29th, 2008 10:41 pm (UTC)
You go, girl! Go grey that is.

Thanks! I don't have much of a choice these days...! But I am not going to color it. I agree wholeheartedly about admiring those women who choose to go grey and keep their long hair. I love that, and I plan to follow their example.

Emmylou Harris is amazing, isn't she?
Abbie [wordpress.com]
May. 29th, 2008 09:39 pm (UTC)
Haha! Melodrama. It's quite alright, but don't you ever scare me like that again, young lady!! :o)

Actually my first thought was, "Sean Astin's a vegetarian?" Then it all made sense.
Aging gracefully is always attractive.
May. 29th, 2008 10:44 pm (UTC)
LOL! Yes, ma'am!

Sean Astin is indeed a vegetarian, and apparently he supports PDSA, for "pets in need of vets." Not that you should care, but there you go. ;)

Aging gracefully is always attractive.

Very true!
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May. 29th, 2008 12:07 pm (UTC)
I hope you have a great birthday! :)

And thanks!
May. 29th, 2008 10:40 am (UTC)
Congratulations. :D That's awesome.
May. 29th, 2008 12:07 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much! :)
May. 29th, 2008 05:03 pm (UTC)
That nomination is covered in awesome sauce. It's kind of sad to share your good news and the news of Asprin's passing in the same post. I might just be overly emotional, but I was genuinely upset to hear he had left us.
May. 29th, 2008 10:46 pm (UTC)
That nomination is covered in awesome sauce.

Aw, thank you so much! :D

I did rather a disservice to Asprin by chunking him in with the more banal stuff. I, too, was quite saddened to hear that he is gone. *hugs*
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