Little birds looking down at the battle grounds
2 years, 6 months ago, mid-afternoon
Three things today shall make a post. No more than three, because I have to log off and go finish folding laundry and then pack for the literary festival tomorrow. Sorry. But it’s three really GOOD things, so there’s that:
- A Blessed Unrest – My darling muppet-fae wonder of a friend, Meredith Yayanos, is half of a musical duo known as “The Parlour Trick.” Right now, she and her partner Dan are pushing a Kickstarter; and yes, ordinarily I eschew linking such things, but THIS ONE … this one … you guys. I NEED for this Kickstarter to get funded, so that I can get the album they plan to record – because when they do, then I will sit down and write the World’s Greatest Victorian Ghost Story. Which I am pretty sure cannot be written without this music. So. Help a sister out, would you? I’ve already thrown some pence in the bucket, and now I am crossing the ever-living hell out of my fingers.
- Art imitating Life WAIT OH GOD NO I HOPE NOT – So as a bunch of you people keep reminding me via squeefully emailed articles, the Washington Department of Transportation is holding (I am not making this up) a contest to name the world’s largest tunneling machine … which will soon start digging the SR 99 tunnel beneath downtown Seattle. I am frankly SO DAMN TORN between (a). wanting them to name it THE BONESHAKER and (b). making them swear they will name it ANYTHING ELSE because LET’S NOT BORROW TROUBLE. Unless you really like trouble, in which case, knock yourself out.
- Shelf Awareness likes The Inexplicables – The review itself is slightly spoilery, but not tragically so. Here’s the highlights reel, as copied over on my “Reviews” page for the sake of reference: “While the sequels Dreadnought and Ganymede expanded the fictional territory across much of North America, Priest circles back to the Pacific Northwest in The Inexplicables, subtly pivoting her story in a new direction…. Just as Rector and his friends roam up to the edges of their territory, she’s probing the world that she’s created, teasing out new aspects of the familiar landmarks, then laying out early signs of the next direction–because it’s very clear that there’s at least one more installment of the Clockwork Century yet to come. Newcomers can pick up The Inexplicables without any substantial difficulty, but there’s an extra layer of enjoyment if you know the backstory – and its three predecessors are just such fun, anyhow.”