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Random Good Things

Apologies for being quiet lately. At the moment, there just aren't enough hours in the week. However, soon you'll be hearing from me every day (in October), so maybe you should just count your blessings. Ha!

Some good things...

* Pumpkin spice lattes are back at Starbucks. For me, this is like Christmas and New Year's Day combined. Mmmm, pumpkin. Fall, come to me!

* The fabulous Rebecca MacPherson has joined the new group blog The Fabulous Female, which celebrates women of history and today.

* Speaking of fabulous people, and related to my last post, the always-awesome cookiefleck made it to the ceremony for Buddy Holly's new star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She posted pictures here.

* Next week Tori Amos's new album, Night of Hunters, is released. New Tori Amos Album Day is one of those holidays I always try to observe. The album is up now for NPR's "First Listen." If you only have time for one track, I recommend "Your Ghost."

* I've accepted a lovely invitation to be one of five special guest speakers at next year's conference on dystopia and the problem of technology (official title TBA), which will be sponsored by The Working Group on Political Theory at Duke University. It should be a fantastic event.

* Later this week we're hearing Wes Moore, the author of the New York Times bestseller The Other Wes Moore, speak about his work, and then attending a reception with him. I'm looking forward to it.

* Here's a new quiz from Smart Pop Books (in support of Nyx in the House of Night: Mythology, Folklore, and Religion in the P.C. and Kristin Cast Vampyre Series, which includes an essay by yours truly).

* Speaking of Smart Pop Books, Fringe Science: Parallel Universes, White Tulips, and Mad Scientists is now available. You can read excerpts from the essays, including my "In Search of Fringe's Literary Ancestors," here.

* Happy early birthday wishes to ekeppich, jinxed_wood, princeofcairo, chickenfried_jo, and llembas! May each of you enjoy many happy returns of the day.

Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.
- George Eliot


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Sep. 14th, 2011 01:08 pm (UTC)
next year's conference on dystopia and the problem of technology

Sounds immensely cool. I hope you'll be allowed blog about it.
Sep. 15th, 2011 01:08 pm (UTC)

If you see a post with a big red "Message Redacted," you'll know Big Brother didn't approve. ;)
Sep. 14th, 2011 01:22 pm (UTC)
Looks like you are pretty busy too! Enjoy your latte! Fall is arriving here tomorrow with a high of 59!

Come back Summer!!!
Sep. 15th, 2011 07:18 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much!

The high should be in the 50s here tomorrow. Since I'm only comfortable when it's under 70, and most happy when it's in the 40s-50s, I say bring it on! I'll trade you all my springs and summers for all of your autumns and winters! :)

Sep. 15th, 2011 08:02 pm (UTC)
It's a deal!!
Sep. 14th, 2011 02:34 pm (UTC)
Sounds like an amazing conference!

Thanks for the link to the essay excerpts for Fringe Science. I went to the D*C panel that discussed that book, erroneously thinking it would be a much different sort of discussion, but have been somewhat curious about it since.

eta: Also I did not realize that you had an essay in! I am definitely more interested in it now.

(I should not write comments before coffee.)

Edited at 2011-09-14 02:35 pm (UTC)
Sep. 15th, 2011 07:20 pm (UTC)
I'm most excited!

Oh, thank you. I'm so glad to hear you're interested in the book. I really appreciate it. I wish I could've been there for that panel!

(Nothing works without coffee, if you're like me! LOL.)
Sep. 14th, 2011 02:39 pm (UTC)
I look forward to October! :)

Thanks for the Tori Amos link...that's awesome. I'm beginning to enjoy T.A. after a long time of not really getting into her, so I appreciated and enjoyed this. :) Made putting away groceries much easier with that to listen to, I tell you!

Febobe :)
Sep. 15th, 2011 07:21 pm (UTC)
Yay! Thanks so much, my friend. *hugs*

Doesn't the new album sound amazing? I can't wait. Thanks for sharing the excitement with me.
Sep. 14th, 2011 03:43 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much!
Sep. 15th, 2011 07:21 pm (UTC)
You bet! *hugs*
Sep. 14th, 2011 06:14 pm (UTC)
There are some cthulhu squid for you here :-)
Sep. 15th, 2011 07:22 pm (UTC)
Good grief! I love it! :D You find the best things. Thank you for sharing this with me!
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Sep. 15th, 2011 07:22 pm (UTC)
You bet! Have a great one!
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Sep. 15th, 2011 07:22 pm (UTC)
My pleasure! Have a great one.

It's not long now! \o/
Sep. 16th, 2011 12:27 am (UTC)
ninjababe loves pumpkin spice lattes, and last weekend, I said, I know what you'll be drinking Monday morning (I saw an advert they were back), and she knew exactly what it was. she squeed LOL.
Sep. 16th, 2011 07:38 pm (UTC)
LOL! A fellow fan! It's ridiculous, the degree to which one can make my day. It just tastes and smells like the season.
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