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I took a Pride and Prejudice quiz to see what character I would be, and they gave me Mary! Remember, the bluestocking who pretends to be smart and forces her musical performances on everyone?!!!! I can't show my face around here for a while!

(Actually, I'll be away at the Romantic Times convention in Dallas, TX for the rest of the week, but the shame of being rated Mary Bennett buuuurrrrnnnnnssss.)

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RT Booklovers Convention!

Hey everyone - Tammy's assistant sliding in to remind y'all that she's going to be in Dallas, TX for the RT Booklovers Convention from the 13-16th! The convention itself runs through the 17th.

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What are people watching?

Person of Interest: I love Harold, John, and Fusco, don't see nearly enough of Root or Shaw this season, haven't recovered from the loss of Taraji P. Henson (no matter how wonderful the part in Empire is for her, and it is). Camryn Manheim isn't given nearly enough to do for the show's main female character this season (Root's only popping in and out). And I don't see enough of Bear, for that matter. Obviously the show still has me hooked.

Justified: I'll be relieved when it's over, frankly. I love it up until the last season, when the quality just seemed to be in a spiral of kooky characters and the bigger world intruding on Harlan. I hate what Raylan and Boyd are doing with Eva; I feel like the writers have wrangled things to the point where one or the other has broken character to handle her as he has, stealing all the agency she built up after the first season. Rachel is great, probably because the writers have her in a position where they can't screw her up. Mary Steenbergen is just getting in the way, and Winona remains a throwaway.

Gotham: I know. It's bad, it's gritty, all the women but Fish and Cat are plot puppets; the men whip between good/bad and bad/good so fast the viewer gets whiplash, and Jim and young Bruce are so rigid in their view of good and evil that you just want to sock Jim and get Bruce a female role model like a cook or something before he goes completely south. I love Alfred in this light, and oddly, Penguin, and Ed (though his wacko turn in the episode I just watched made me sad). I don't like Cat--like I said, she's a plot puppet like Barbara and Fish, saying whatever the writers want her to say instead of acting like a complete person.

Chicago Fire: You would think, at my age, that I would cease to be a sucker for Dick Wolfe TV, but I'm not. The funny thing is, in this show I don't really like any of the characters for themselves, except the chief, but I love the entire house as an ensemble. I think this is the best united ensemble cast Wolf's people have ever put together, and even when they move people in and out, its integrity holds. I'm fascinated by the workings of the ambulance teams, Squad, and Truck, and the lives of the people who intersect with the firefighters and paramedics. Yes, I wish that one of the top dogs would marry, but I also understand that this is a really hard life for those who live it and those who intersect with it, and it's hard on their relationships as well. And the show is a thrill ride, let's face it.

Orphan Black: now, see, this is why I can tolerate a few shows which short their female characters, because this one is all about a fistful of female characters! They are clones, all splendidly and apparently seamlessly rendered by the superlative Tatiana Maslany and accented by a wonderful cast of men and women, including her gay BMF/foster brother/brother Felix, played so excellently by Jordan Gavaris, her foster mother Mrs. S., and her daughter Kira. They've just introduced a clone line of males this season, who give me the utter creeps, but I'm sure Sarah and her sisters and Felix can handle them. I hope.

The Bletchley Circle: Back during WWII, the Germans had a super code machine called Enigma. One of the biggest secrets of the war was that it wasn't a man who cracked Enigma: it was the women code writer/transmitters who worked at Bletchley Circle. Now the war is over and like Rosie the Riveter, they've put away their rivets--demobilized and been shunted off to girly jobs--until one of them notices a numeric pattern in a series of murders reported in the daily paper. That season covered that case, and the second covers first the murder case in which one of them is locked up and second the murder of a black market goods dealer. The four main women are very different, one a cranky Scot, one a wife and mother who wants to forget what she was, one a cheerful goodtime girl, and one a secretary in Scotland Yard. The men are bluff and uncaring sometimes, kind sometimes, and even attentive, depending on who they are and their relationship to each of the women. It's well worth watching if you like period mysteries (and I do).

So You Think You Can Dance: every summer, and this year it begins June 1st with a new theme, it looks like. I get together with Julie and the Covilles to watch this. We always have our favorite dancers and favorite choreographers--it's a bright spot in every summer! It makes me look at physical activity in different ways, and in the ways dancers can express emotion, too.

Project Runway: this one I watch with Tim and Julie and sometimes my brother-in-law. Again, we have our favorite designers, but we also live for Tim Gunn, Heidi Klum, and Nina Garcia. I have learned such an incredible amount about sewing, clothes, color, and fashion from this show, as well as about human interaction!

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Every spring I become a couch birdwatcher, courtesy of the Cornell Bird Labs and the Peregrine folks in Harrisburg PA. (Cornell is an expansion--I used to just watch the peregrines, and there's a stork cam in Germany which isn't up yet because it's still wintery there.) If you look at the bar on the link, you'll see other nest sites to check out, but I'm posting the Barn Owl Site

Barn Owl cam

for starters, because Peep #1 has hatched! (And there are more to come)

I love spring. I love this spring, after this last winter. I normally love gray weather--it's easier on my eyes--but even I got depressed this winter. Now I'm out looking at random flowers and actually smiling at the sun. And adding new bird cams to watch the peeps hatch. I hope the stork cam comes online soon. The storks don't know it, but their nest is so big that sparrows nest in the underside.

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I haven't posted about Gray or a number of other murdered Black people here before because I am ashamed. I am ashamed that so many police officers and, in some places, police departments, in my country feel it is okay to ignore their own oaths of service and the laws of this country when it comes to anyone who is not white and wealthy. I am ashamed of the list of deaths in custody that has unscrolled only this year, let alone in previous years.

I am ashamed that my country's much-vaunted liberties are a lie. I knew they were a lie from the beginning, but as a child of the Sixties I once thought we were on the road to becoming our better selves. Now I know that we have sold the pretense of those better selves to the Koch Brothers, to Nestle water miners, to frackers, to elected representatives who refuse to work for their paychecks but hold up the process until they can retire to consult for rich multinationals, and to the murderers who serve them.

And this is all I can say. Because I am white, because I am middle class, the gun isn't pointed at me.

What does it take? What does it take for a government--local, state, national--to look at what's going on and say, "You know--this is fucked."

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Dreamwidth, ahoy!

Missing her LJ and wanting a fresh start, Tammy has opened up a Dreamwidth! Lengthier opinion posts, daily life updates, and PG-13 venting will all take place over there.

There will also be a forum for Tammy’s fans to discuss topics outside of those covered in Tammy’s posts, though membership is not yet open. We’ll let everyone know when it is.

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A long overdue update

Gee. You neglect LJ for a while and you come back and they've reformatted the thing. And I never saw a change on my friends' LJ pages.

Never mind. It occurred to me I was long overdue to touch base here, so here I am.

I went to the RT Book Reviews convention in New Orleans the weekend before Memorial Day, because they'd invited me to receive not one, but two awards, one for career achievement, and one naming me as a Young Adult Pioneer. This brings me up to 5 awards, which is pretty cool beans!

It also meant spending several days with a number of very cool people. Hang on a sec while I put wax in my ears, because I know the squeeage is about to hit the high decibels. I already knew Sarah Zettel from her adult SF days--now she's the writer of DUST GIRL and the other two books of the American Fairy trilogy, and she's begun the series that starts with PALACE OF SPIES. I was glad to see her again, and delighted to know the third American Fairy book is on its way and to get a chance to read the second PALACE book! Then I got to meet, let's see, Tess Gerritson, Lee Child (both adult thriller writers), Kelley Armstrong, Sarah J. Maas, Melissa Marr, Leigh Bardugo, Mary Robinette Kowal (who gifted all of us with lovely sandalwood fans!), Kristen Callihan, Mur Lafferty (of THE SHAMBLING GUIDE TO LONDON fame), PJ Schnyder, Rachel Caine, David McGinnis Gill, CL Lyons, Stephanie Perkins, Rae Dawn Carson, Morgan Rhodes, Carrie Ryan, Kiera Cass, Colleen Houck, Veronica Rossi (UNDER THE NEVER SKY and sequels), and Melissa Marr. Just a wonderful, witty, funny, exciting group of people, including Michelle Krys, Sarah Rees Brennan, Tessa Gratton, and my beloved Random House editor Mallory at dinner the night I arrived, at a restaurant called Sobu. I also got to meet a lovely group of intelligent, cool young female editors from Tor Books.

I had a wonderful time. The RT Book Reviews people were wonderful and made sure I didn't get very lost; the nice people at Harlequin presented the award winners, including me, with huge bouquets, and we were given tons of free books, three of which I've read already! (I'm a sucker for historical romance!) And from my hotel window I could see the Mississippi curve past the French Quarter and listen to the horns of the ships. It being New Orleans, even the hotel food was good.

Everyone was dressed up to the max, particularly the Southern ladies. Everyone was welcoming, and the weather was just right. You should try it next year!

Something to make your heart soar

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

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!

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