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A Christmas Story

Writer Joe Ekaitis sent me this. I thought it was very much worth sharing. Joyeux Noel, everyone. Every year that passes, I continue to feel blessed by your presence.

The longest night

Solstice morning in Newgrange, 2007: Newgrange solstice 2007by erickfp Happy Solstice to you. May the turning of the year find you warm, loved, with plenty.

A Very Merry Thanksgiving, All

I so want to deep-fry a turkey, one of these days. Just not in this tiny little third-floor apartment…

End of Summer 2009

Fall in the Pacific Northwest really is incredible. Today was one of those crystalline-perfect autumn days, when the air is just cool enough for a jacket, but the sun is bright and slanting golden, and the sky a brilliant watercolor wash of blue. Definitely a fine day for a walk, since anyone who has lived […]

Requiescat In Pace

Mary Travers has died. My mom had all their records, stuck in the very back of the big console record player, with her previous name written with indelible marker, using careful and pretty cursive, on the album covers. I asked about those albums, once. The resulting conversation was one of those odd and slightly disconcerting […]

Health Care

There was a Bellingham rally for the single-payer option, today, and as the chanting throng of people wended their way under my window, I could hear the occasional heckler shout from a passing car. The cat sat in the window and growled at the commotion. And I haven’t been able to stop thinking about the […]

Monday, Monday…

If you Google-search “Amazon rank” this morning, the top three hits don’t actually take you anywhere near amazon.com. Those top hits either take you to this page, instead, or to commentary about why the Google-bombing happened. And I’ll confess, I was deeply, seriously tempted to link the words “Amazon rank” above to the smartbitchestrashybooks.com page, […]

Okay, big changes a-coming

I’ve managed to fix the archives. That’s the good news. The bad news is, I had to nuke and pave the customized template. However, that’s okay — it gives me a fun reason to start all over, and my sidebar links were pretty out of date, anyway. So, umm — Hi, folks. Welcome back. In […]

A summer of diversity in E-fiction

My own response to the Great Debate 2009 regarding post-colonialism, cultural appropriation, sexism, racism, etc. in Science Fiction and Fantasy is this: Let’s stop wanking, and do something constructive. I run a small ezine, and a large website/newsletter for writers, as well as a pretty big message board. I will commit my energy and resources […]