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Happy Hearts Day!

Hi there! I have a few quick links to share:

1. I'm deeply in love with Juan Ortiz's new retro-style Star Trek: The Original Series art here.

2. Speaking of love, I highly recommend Martin Berman-Gorvine's Seven Against Mars, a science fiction novel just published this month (YA but also great for adults). You can read my review here.

3. To celebrate the series finale of Cabin Pressure, you can make your own Captain Crieff hat. The hat is paramount! (Thanks to killerweasel.)

4. Is anyone else planning to check out Vikings next month? It's Vikings. It's Gabriel Byrne. I have to give it a try.

5. My latest "Looking Back on Genre History" segment for StarShipSofa, which is the second of a two-part segment about Edward Bellamy's classic novel Looking Backward, 2000-1887, is now available. (The first part is here.) You can listen or download it here. An updated list of all of my podcast appearances (with links) is available here.


Happy birthday to mr_earbrass and mollypunkin, and happy early birthday to cookiefleck, firiath, alicia_stardust, ankh_hpl, dqg_neal, xerum525, homespunheart, jagash, settiai, rosamundeb, and kalquessa. May all of you enjoy many happy returns of the day!

Valentine Overload


Happy Valentine's Day to all! In honor of today's occasion, a quote:

Hail Bishop Valentine, whose day this is,
All the air is thy Diocese,
And all the chirping choristers
And other birds are thy parishioners,
Thou marryest ever year
The lyric Lark, and the grave whispering Dove,
The Sparrow that neglects his life for love,
The household bird, with the red stomacher;
Thou maks't the black bird speed as soon,
As doth the Goldfinch, or the Halycon;
The husband cock looks out, and straight is sped,
And meets his wife, which brings her feather-bed.
This day more cheerfully than ever shine,
This day, which might enflame thy self, old Valentine.

Till now, thou warmd'st with mutiplying loves
Two larks, two sparrows, or two doves,
All that is nothing unto this,
For thou this day couplest two Phoenixes;
Thou mak'st a Taper see
What the sun never saw, and what the Ark
(Which was of fowls, and beasts, the cage and park,)
Did not contain, one bed contains, through thee,
Two Phoenixes, whose joined breasts
Are unto one another mutual nests,
Where motion kindles such fires, as shall give
Young Phoenixes, and yet the old shall love.
Whose love and courage never shall decline,
But make the whole year through, thy day, O Valentine....


from John Donne, "An Epithalamion, Or Marriage Song, On the Lady Elizabeth and Count Palatine Being Married on St. Valentine's Day"

Comments

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morfin
Feb. 14th, 2013 02:13 pm (UTC)
I'm quite looking forward to Vikings, with one caveat. I expect nothing approaching historical accuracy considering the producer. The Tudors was an historical travesty. I just hope he doesn't crash and burn like he did with the horrible Camelot series (Merlin gives Arthur a sword after killing it's maker and his daughter. Really? Who thought it was a good idea to give your king a sword that's probably cursed now? Anyone? Bueller?).
eldritchhobbit
Feb. 17th, 2013 03:31 pm (UTC)
Aha! I hadn't put two and two together to link Vikings with The Tudors. *slaps forehead* Excellent point about historical accuracy. Looks like I'll have to go into this as if it's a fantasy, then. ;) It could be fun for lots of reasons, but intentional and, er, un.

Who thought it was a good idea to give your king a sword that's probably cursed now? Anyone? Bueller?

LOL! Excellent point!
litlover12
Feb. 14th, 2013 02:32 pm (UTC)
What a lovely poem! Thanks for sharing. And thanks for sharing the hat link too! :-)
eldritchhobbit
Feb. 17th, 2013 03:32 pm (UTC)
My pleasure! So glad you liked both. :)
nakeisha
Feb. 14th, 2013 04:47 pm (UTC)
*Hugs*

Happy Valentine's Day to you too.

Lacey sends extra nose rubs to Virginia.
eldritchhobbit
Feb. 17th, 2013 03:33 pm (UTC)
Aw, thank you! Virginia sends warm nuzzles and love back to dear Lacey.

(It snowed yesterday - beautiful! - and Virginia had to go stand on the front porch and just watch. It reminded me of the pics you've posted of Lacey in the snow, sometimes even disappearing a bit! So darling.)
cookiefleck
Feb. 14th, 2013 08:11 pm (UTC)
Thank you! *beams*
eldritchhobbit
Feb. 17th, 2013 03:34 pm (UTC)
*hugs you tightly* :D
jan_u_wine
Feb. 15th, 2013 01:01 pm (UTC)
That poem is stunning. It's one of those things that makes you bow your head and not ever write another word. OR lift your head and grab the metaphorical quill.....

Star Trek art: just.....W O W

a happy (a bit) belated Valentine's Day to you and yours, dear Amy!
eldritchhobbit
Feb. 17th, 2013 03:36 pm (UTC)
Isn't it a gorgeous poem? I'm so glad you liked it, too.

YES! That Star Trek art takes my breath away. Isn't it incredible? I can't wait to see what he'll do for some of the remaining episodes.

Thank you so much! *hugs you*
jan_u_wine
Feb. 17th, 2013 10:20 pm (UTC)
*hugs you back*

poems like that aren't written any more....but we can be damn thankful that they once were.

LOVE that ST art. I want City on the Edge of Forever. Soon I will only have t-shirts, no other clothes at all. Be Very Afraid........

BTW, I will be published this year, in a poetry magazine called RE)VERB. I'm very happy!
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