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Happy early birthday wishes to brighteyed_jill. May you have many happy returns of the day!

* The new issue of Apex Magazine is now available, and its theme is the year 2012. Included are two dark and thought-provoking short stories, one by Genevieve Valentine and one by James F. Reilly, and an essay by yours truly that delves into the different ingredients that make up the 2012 popular phenomenon: "2012: The Good, The Bad, and the Apocalyptic." I had great fun writing this piece (thanks again to Managing Editor and all-around great guy jasonsizemore for the invitation!), and I hope you read and enjoy!

To quote Dan Piraro:
By Dan Piraro

* My latest StarShipSofa "History of the Genre" segment, which this month is about Anthony Trollope's all-but-forgotten science fiction dystopia, is now available in the latest episode of the podcast. You can download it or listen to it here. If you listen, I hope you enjoy. (A full list of my past podcast segments, with links, is available here.)

* Congratulations to my friends the Potter Pundits for winning the 2009 Leaky Award for "Favorite Leaky Moment" for their Harry Potter literary analysis segments on the PotterCast podcast. Way to go!

“One of the illusions of life is that the present hour is not the critical, decisive hour. Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year. No man has learned anything rightly, until he knows that every day is Doomsday.”
- Ralph Waldo Emerson


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Jan. 6th, 2010 01:39 pm (UTC)
Dan Piraro
Thank you! That cheered me up a bit when my Boss is just being well annoying! *g*
Jan. 10th, 2010 07:14 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear it! ;)
Jan. 6th, 2010 02:38 pm (UTC)
Great quote! And bwahahahaha, great cartoon!
Jan. 10th, 2010 07:14 pm (UTC)
Jan. 6th, 2010 02:41 pm (UTC)
Your 2012 article was a really interesting read. Thanks for sharing.
Jan. 10th, 2010 07:15 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much for reading it! I'm so glad you enjoyed it. I appreciate the feedback.
Jan. 6th, 2010 03:50 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the well-wishes, dar-link! And hooray for the (not) end of the world!
Jan. 10th, 2010 07:15 pm (UTC)
I hope it was a fabulous day! And hooray, definitely. ;)
Jan. 7th, 2010 03:17 am (UTC)
hehehehe I love that cartoon!

I enjoyed your essay. You hit the nail on the History Channel. It's actually been nicknamed the Hitler Channel by tv guide. :D I think that's actually when they started getting away from Hitler.

I didn't realize so many people/cultures were getting all wrapped up in this 2012 stuff. I just consider it another date on the calendar.

Just remembered, one of my aunts is going to this wacky church where the minister is convinced the world is going to end in 2011. Remember when everyone was convinced it would end in 2000? I just wonder what date they're going to come up with after 12/21/12 comes and goes.
Jan. 10th, 2010 07:29 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much for reading my essay! I'm so glad you enjoyed it.

It's amazing how so many different groups have jumped on the 2012 bandwagon. There are some strange bedfellows in that mix.

I remember those doomsday predictions for 2000! It will be interesting to see what happens this time when (if? *wink*) we're all here the following day, week, year. It was interesting, reading the religious blogs from different faiths. A lot of them seemed to start out with variations on "I know the [insert scripture of choice] says we can't know the exact time of the final days, BUT...." ;) It seems people have an endless appetite for doomsday-ing.
Abbie [wordpress.com]
Jan. 7th, 2010 04:46 am (UTC)
Thanks for the 2012 article! Well done. Now I know what all the fuss is about. And you got Aquarius stuck in my head. >:(

Jan. 10th, 2010 07:17 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much! I really appreciate your reading it.

Sorry for the 5th Dimension earworm. ;)
Jan. 8th, 2010 02:01 am (UTC)
LOL! I love the cartoon. ^_^

Oh, over the Christmas holiday, I showed my sister some of the Virginia pics, and she said, "My, she's the cutest Boston I've ever seen."

Jan. 10th, 2010 07:18 pm (UTC)
Me too. :)

Oh, how sweet of her! That puts a huge smile on my face. Virginia and I both thank her.
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Jan. 10th, 2010 07:30 pm (UTC)
Fantastic!! Thanks so much for the link. I appreciate it.
Jan. 12th, 2010 07:02 pm (UTC)
2012 article
Just read this and not only did I love it, I had to post about it on my blog. I also could not resist the urge to tweet. ;) Great article, Amy!

Jan. 13th, 2010 06:53 pm (UTC)
Re: 2012 article
Thanks so much, Rebecca! I really appreciate it.
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