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I’m starting a tag here for NaNo, and I hope y’all go with it: #brilliantlines.

Every day you write, find one brilliant line of prose or dialogue from your manuscript. Post it under both the NaNoWriMo tag and #brilliantlines, and let’s see what awesomeness is flowing from everyone’s headspace.

Ready to go? Here’s mine for the day:

"Some days I just thought I’d take the wagon out to the middle of nowhere and start a sheepfold. Nexus or no."

"A sheepfold?”

"We’re shepherds, Kestrel. We keep sheep.”

To all my fellow NaNo participants:

To all my fellow NaNo participants:

All right. I know I’ve said it a few times, but we spent Gen Con 2013 on the demo crew for Asmadi Games. One of the games I’d wanted to try from the Asmadi line but hadn’t had a chance to was called Impulse. I finally got a chance to try it tonight, and here’s my rundown of the beta verson we received as thanks for working hard all weekend.


Impulse is a “4X” game (explore, expand, exploit, exterminate) that is designed to play in an hour or less, and our 2-player game held true to that, playing to victory in just under 45 minutes. In the game, a conveyor belt of available actions (the eponymous mechanic), a faction-specific set of actions, and an optional individual “Plan” drive the gameplay. Players receive victory points for trading cards or destroying enemy ships. Each card can serve multiple purposes:

·      Providing space on the board. Landing a glass-marble ship on the space allows you to take the action on the card.

·      Providing an action in the Impulse queue (the aforementioned conveyor belt)

·      Serving as a “mineral”, stored in the player’s board by a “mine” action. Unrefined minerals provide a boost to certain cards.

·      Currency for trading and tech actions, as well as certain card actions.

The game does have a relatively high learning curve, which is lowered if the new player has already played a 4X game (Glory to Rome being the most-cited comparison on Board Game Geek). Once the basic rules are down, play is smooth and tight.

Aside from a few minor gripes, I find Impulse a compelling game in the 2-player format, and can’t wait to get my paws on the final version, due in November of this year.

By the way, I won.

What a high! It’s been a little over a day since Gen Con 2013 came to a close and I am still totally giddy over how well it went.

This is the first time I’ve ever attended Gen Con and only the third time I’ve attended a convention of any appreciable size (my previous experiences being Dragon*Con 2010 and 2011), and hands-down I would say that it is my absolute favorite. Despite the fact that Gen Con is primarily billed as a gaming convention, tracks exist for fandoms of all sorts.

I did spend most of the weekend working a demo room for Asmadi Games, but a little before the convention I discovered the presence of an annual Writers’ Symposium and was compelled to sign up for several of the sessions. The vast majority of these were free, but there were a few paid ones that I attended. These were two lectures by Mike Stackpole and a Quick Critique workshop on Sunday. I’m going to gloss over the gaming-related portion of my Gen Con experience for now, but will be writing about it a little later. I’ll run everything down on a day-by-day basis for easy reading and/or skipping.


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this list has been brewing for a few weeks and now is as good a time as any to post it. although it’s by no means comprehensive and is really only the tip of the iceberg, here are (in no particular order) 30 speculative fiction (sci-fi/fantasy/dystopian) books written by women of color

  1. Dawn by Octavia Butler
  2. Redemption in Indigo by Karen Lord
  3. Wind Follower by Carole McDonnell
  4. Mindscape by Andrea Hairston
  5. Racing the Dark by Alaya Dawn Johnson
  6. Dragon Sword and Wind Child by Noriko Ogiwara
  7. The Icarus Girl by Helen Oyeyemi
  8. Salt Fish Girl by Larissa Lai
  9. Half World by Hiromi Goto
  10. Silver Phoenix by Cindy Pon
  11. Guardian of the Spirit by Nahoko Uehashi
  12. Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin
  13. The Iron King by Julie Kawaga
  14. Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor
  15. Hammer of Witches by Shana Mlawski
  16. Ico: Castle in the Mist by Miyuki Miyabe
  17. Orleans by Sherri L. Smith
  18. Dualed by Elsie Chapman
  19. The Killing Moon by N.K. Jemisin
  20. What’s Left of Me by Kat Zhang
  21. Filter House (short stories) by Nisi Shawl
  22. Huntress by Malinda Lo
  23. Legend by Marie Lu
  24. Signal Red by Rimi B. Chatterjee
  25. The Conch Bearer by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
  26. The Island of Eternal Love by Daína Chaviano
  27. My Soul to Keep by Tananarive Due
  28. Cast in Shadow by Michelle Sagara
  29. Ascension by Kara Dalkey

update: kate elliot is not actually a woman of color and i’m confused as to how she ended up on this list :(

Kate Elliot is not a woman of colour. But I would recommend her Spirit Walker series, I’ve posted about it before: here

(via maisewilliams)


I think I’m just gonna start writing fanfic of my own life.

Do we call that friendfic?


So. This really isn’t anything important or pertinent to the issues I promised discussion about when I made this blog.

But I got broken up with via text this weekend. It blindsided me. I’m pretty heart broken.

I spent pretty much the whole weekend sitting at various bars or at my house looking…

I’m not sure what’s worse: $3USD per hour or the fact that no less than 9 people are willing to accept it

Going to Gen Con next week? Here’s an invaluable tool. I only wish I knew where I’d found it. Please let me know if you have the source!