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Something to make your heart soar

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A 13-year-old Kazakh (Mongol) girl hunting with her eagle.

I know this may make the vegitarians and anti-hunters among us squick, but a couple of things: her people have been doing this for centuries, to survive. It's an art today, and a skill that is dwindling.

And look at her. Just . . . look at her. When she sends her eagle into the sky, you can tell she's sending her heart with that glorious bird. That girl is the embodiment of freedom and joy. And look at the end! They snuggle!!!


Style note from North Korea

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The next time a Republican starts complaining about Obama stealing her/his rights, show them this article about the Young Leaders requirements on hairstyles for men.

I swear, the world gets weirder every day.

And on the upside, the original film of the great German silent "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari" has been restored. Even though a beat-up copy scared the pants off of me in college, I still want to see it: it's a brilliant example of the German expressionist film style, and Cesar the somnambulist is one creepy villain--or monster, I could never decide. I hope it goes public soon!

It's this or bang my head on my desk

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I remember the days when CNN was a reputable news organization. As of this bit of newsiness, I wouldn't believe a CNN report unless it was backed up by five other news organizations, including Disney Adventures magazine.

Here's the pull-quotes from DKos's story if you don't want to follow the link:

CNN anchor Don Lemon and Decoded host Brad Meltzer bandied about the idea Sunday afternoon that something “beyond our understanding” happened to Malaysia Airlines flight MH 370, that “something” being perhaps supernatural maybe?

“Especially today, on a day when we deal with the supernatural,” Lemon said. “We go to church, the supernatural power of God…people are saying to me, why aren’t you talking about the possibility — and I’m just putting it out there — that something odd happened to this plane, something beyond our understanding?”

Maybe I'll go bang my head anyway.

edited to add:

Oh, yeah. YHWH centrist, much, to accuse that God of kidnapping a flight with a majority of Chinese (mix of faiths) and Malaysian (most likely Muslim) passengers?

My Tumblr Thing

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pennydrdful asked for my Tumblr in a previous post, so this is it. But I'll still pop in here now and then when I'm not going crazy on Exile. Numair's about to meet an old friend!

You know when you've had enough winter?

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When you see a story entry on the Interwebs--"Day's Best Temperature: 73 Degrees"--and you think, "Fucker."

Mind, I'm not normally one of those people who complains about winter. I knew what I was doing when I moved to Syracuse. But we got about 18 inches of snow over the last two days (my excavation guy is getting rich off me this winter), with single-digit temperatures at night, and the day temperatures are none too swell, and it's mid-March, and I am feeling downright surly, and I can't even be happy that I am not alone.

Thought I'd share

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I've been working my fingers off on EXILE, with only a few breaks (seriously! I'm now on wireless internet out of my computer, and spend half of the day with the wireless device pulled out of the socket!), and I've been feeling guilty about neglecting everyone while I spend some of my free time on Tumblr and Pinterest. Thus, I thought I'd share this link, that makes me feel a little better about the *&^%#%$@!!! snow coming down outside of my window, about a dolphin with fishing line around its fin and a man with scissors. I used to do this very thing, only with air, and pigeons.

The writers we read

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Why is it, when I'm reading the interviews of other writers, and they're asked who are their favorite writers, too many of them start unscrolling a list of the Literary Greats (many of them dead)?

Okay, I have two favorites who have passed, Mark Twain and Georgette Heyer, but mostly my favorites aren't even classed as Literary (okay, Margaret Atwood): Maggie Stiefvater, Sarah Beth Durst, Barbara Hambly (who is also Barbara Hamilton), Bruce Coville (long before we became buddies), Robert McCammon, John Connolly, Guy Gavriel Kay, Jodi Picoult, Dennis Lehane, Chuck Logan, Lois McMaster Bujold, Jane Lindskold, Rachel Neumeier, N.K. Jemisin, Carrie Vaughn, Sarah Zettel, Holly Black, Terry Pratchett, Nancy Farmer, Esther Friesner, Susanne Hale .. . If you've seen my lists, you know the writers I go back to time after time.

The writers and books that inspired me as a young writer were swashbucklers (THE PRINCE AND THE PAUPER, A CONNECTICUT YANKEE IN KING ARTHUR'S COURT, Edgar Rice Burroughs, THE THREE MUSKETEERS, TREASURE ISLAND), historical (Dorothy Dunnett's PAWN IN FRANKINCENSE), or fantasy and science fiction (Tolkein, Robert Howard's Conan, Michael Moorcock's Elric, Frank Herbert's DUNE, Robert A. Heinlein, Isaac Asimov).

So I'm begging the question: don't these writers who cite all these great dead literary writers ever read for fun? Don't they ever get inspired by just rollicking fun books? Or do they just feel they have to be inspired by "great literature" to be counted as a real writer?

Pete Seeger has passed

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I don't know how to explain what Pete Seeger meant to my generation, to the Left of the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s, to folk music, to world music, to the resistance to the House Un-American Activities Committee and their witchhunts . . . He was a giant.

I learned his "If I Had a Hammer" and "Good Night, Irene" in 5th grade. I sang along with "Turn! Turn! Turn!" and "Wimowe." I listened to him play with Peter, Paul, and Mary and the Weavers. He had so much passion and joie de vivre when he sang, whether he was thirty or eighty. The only good thing about his passing is that I know he's found his old pal Woody Guthrie in the Summerlands at last, and that they're jamming together right now.

Summer writing workshop--if you DARE

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Applications are being accepted for the Alpha Writers' Workshop, for writers ages 14-19, this July. Among the presenters will be writers Bruce Coville, Tobias Buckell, Rachel Swirsky, and, well, me, as well as other publishing professionals. Don't waste time in checking the site, because a story will be your application!

Help for girl suicide bomber

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I don't know how many of you have heard about the girl whose father strapped her into a suicide vest and sent her out to blow up herself and as many other people as she could reach. If not for an alert Afghani soldier, that would have been the end of her story. He spotted and stopped her. Now she has been interviewed by the BBC while Hamid Karzai, the president of Afghanistan, tries to decide her fate.

Here's a BBC article with the interview she gave them, about the kind of life she had. And here's my petition asking that she get not just a place to stay, but a good home, so she can be a real kid for a while. I think this kid is in as much need of a break as Malala. Honestly, I fear for her life, too.

Also, would you boost the signal to anyone you think will care?

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