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Just reach for the sky…

Martha Wells has a new book, The Cloud Roads, coming out in March of 2011.  You can pre-order the book from Amazon and other online booksellers.

Martha has also put the first chapter of the book up on her website  so you can check out a preview of the story.

Kit

Eyeball! Eyeball!

Eyeballed on the Web this week:

Scooter is watching ‘Phineas and Ferb’ a kids show she and the ‘Bit are kind of addicted to and apparently Wired has just discovered.  She is running around with her elephant storage cube on her head because for some bizarre reason doing so makes her a tree.  (Jeremy is a tree in the episode she is watching

Two Cow Garage on NPR!  Check out the November 1st World Cafe entry  and listen to a couple of songs off the new album.

Future writers and editors of the world, yes material you find on the internet can be and most often is copy protected.  (This is a link to the Washington Post article but I first saw the story on Martha Wells’ blog early yesterday)  I am not sure if the lesson here is ‘do not steal’ or ‘do not tell the person you stole from they should be -happy- about the theft’. I suspect it is both. ;)

November is National Blog Posting Month or NaBloPoMo.  While it sounds like some kind of seafood sandwich you would find in the coastal south, it is just posting a blog entry every day in November.   You can check out the website for daily posting topics and sign up for prizes if you feel inspired to try an entry a day.

Limited Pressing is celebrating their one year anniversay this week.  Stop by the site, look around, check out the Hoverboard for music news feeds from all over the internet, listen to some music and download some free (yes they are legal) tracks.

Enjoy the Weekend!

Kit

What if I don’t get it right the first time…

From my reading list:

Martha Wells periodically opens up her blog to answer questions on writing and publishing.  Her post on writing workshops  is very informative.

The biggest benefit, and the one that I always feel is the most important, is that they taught me how to evaluate criticism.”

John Scalzi on how he stays inspired to write and how he finds the time to do so.

I keep inspired to write because if I don’t then the mortgage company will be inspired to foreclose on my house. And I’d prefer not to have that happen.”

Linda Leinin from The Task at Hand addresses writing without getting distracted by all the techno pretties.

We have internet chat rooms and forums, social networking sites, texting, Twitter and internet television – a flood of distraction lapping at our desks. What we do about these new realities, how we manage them, is an increasingly critical question.”

Awesome Vid – Day Number 22  – Try Again 

Okay, the video and audio are not the best quality but I really wanted a vid of this specific song for today.  I thought the lyrics went nicely with the writing topics of the other posts.  “Try again, try again, try again.”

Song by Imagination Movers – from live concert footage – vid recorded by michelesobo

- Kit

Knowing how way leads on to way…

I am ramblin round this morning. ;)

Martha Wells has put another short story up for reading on her website.   Reflections is a Giliead and Ilias story (set before The Wizard Hunters) and first appeared in Black Gate, issue #10.

I somehow missed the announcement that after 26 years Reading Rainbow is ending.   I disagree so strongly with their reasoning.  No amount of teaching how to read is going to help if a kid doesn’t want to read.  Reading Rainbow excelled at getting kids to want to read.  I watched it with my youngest brother and then again with the ‘Bit.  There isn’t anything else like it on television and I will miss sharing it with Scooter.

Poets.org set me a list of the most popular poems to teach.  I was happy to see two of my favorites, Dreams by Langston Hughes and The Road not Taken by Robert Frost on their list.

I recently discovered a livejournal version of my old blues blog.  After reading some of the entries I vaguely remember I was going to use it as sort of a back up.  It only runs a couple of months but it contains posts I lost when I moved my blog from Typepad over to WordPress so I am happy to get the chance to save those posts and stick them in the archives.

Well, Scooter is up so I need to call it a post and go.

- Kit

Making waves across my time…

A couple of short stories from Martha Wells.

The Potter’s Daughter (previously published in Elemental:The Tsunami Relief Anthology) and The Forest Boy, a new piece.

You can read them for free or drop a few bucks in her tip jar.

Martha also has a somewhat recent (I know, I know, I got busy)  interview over on  A Wicked Convergence of Circumstances

Kit

I’d have time on my hands…

Well, I survived both my summer cold and a dire lack of sleep. ;)

Things are hopping.  We have my in-laws coming in a few weeks, my mom moving to the coast in about a month and we are still working on the renovations in the girls’ rooms.  No tomatoes from the garden yet, but we should be getting buckets of garlic this weekend. capejas

The Cape Jasmine (Gardenia for those not in the South) is blooming.  Whatever possessed me to think edging the porch with them was a good idea?  I love the spicy fragrance but some afternoons it is so strong we can barely breathe.

Between all this I haven’t been online much but I did run across a few things.  Like –

The Element of Fire and City of Bones by Martha Wells are now available for the Kindle.  ($3.96 and $5.95) If you don’t have a Kindle, you can still download The Element of Fire for free at manybooks.net

 And - Anthology Recordingswhich is the world’s first ever all digital reissue label.  Its goal is to provide an online outlet for rare and out-of-print music of all eras, genres and cultures.

- Kit

They’ve rocked around the milky way…

I was reading Martha Well’s blog a few days ago and she recced what has to be the most amazing concept for a SF anthology I have ever heard.  SF author Mike Brotherton has put together an anthology where the actual ‘science’ of each science fiction story is accurate.  Funded by the National Science Foundation, the Diamonds in the Sky anthology covers subjects from the phases of the moon and black holes to (grin) killer asteroids. 

The book is FREE and designed to aid in studying science and astronomy in high schools and colleges.  It should also be a great read for hard sf fans.  The stories are all fairly short and pretty good.  My favorite is the sort of ‘murder mystery’ Planet Killer by Gus Seger and Kevin Grazier.

Diamonds in the Sky should be available for free download next week or you can read the stories online now (still free) on the contents page of the website.

I am headed out of town for the day, you all go read. Shoo.

-Kit

Memories, seem like yesterday…

While I am working on a book review (one line at time – sigh) I thought I would throw in a couple of recs.  These are slightly older to “whoa, I wasn’t even born yet older” titles some of you might have missed.  (Hey, I somehow missed all of Eddings‘ Belgariad  books so it does happen.)

The Fall of Ile Rien by Martha Wells    

The Wizard Hunters – This book has one of the best opening lines – ever- and introduces one of my favorite heroines, Tremaine Valiarde.  The bad guys are invading so Tremaine sets off to save her world, gathering help along the way.  

The Ships of Air – In which Tremaine gets a ship, something to wear other than tweed, and our band of would-be heroes sail the high seas and fight a very evil and creepy nemesis.

The Gate of the Gods – Spies, intrigue, secret plots abound as Tremaine’s dad Nicholas enters the fray. So to speak.  There are lost cities to explore, gates to other worlds to unlock and the end game to er…play.

These books are actually more serious than I have described them and very well written.   Wells weaves elements of fantasy, science fiction and steampunk together to tell a great story.

The Beastmaster Series by Andre Norton

The Beastmaster - Hosteen Storm, Navajo commando, has left earth after it was destroyed in a war with aliens and has found a planet to settle down on.  Along with his genetically altered and enhanced animal buds, he finds work, makes friends with the natives and contemplates revenge.  There are alien discoveries, telepathic bonds and horses.  It is impossible to convey how cool this book was (to my pre-teen self) and still is today. 

Lord of Thunder – Continuing adventures of Storm, his animal buds and his newly discovered brother.  A ship has crashed wayyyy back in the mountains, deep in native territory and Storm treks off (hopefully) to find the survivor.  Lots of alien ruins and native tensions.  Metaphor and allegory hitch a ride.   Even cooler than the first book.

 These books were written in the late ’50s and early ’60s but they hold up very well.  (and are nothing like the “we couldn’t even bother to get a guy with dark hair, much less a Native to play the Beastmaster” movie or the tv series)  Several decades later Norton wrote some sequels with another writer, Lyn McConchie but since I haven’t read them I can’t offer an opinion. The original two books are excellent.  Oh, did I mention the meer-cats?

You can find the Fall of Ile Rien Trilogy in bookstores, on Amazon and from any of the booksellers linked on Martha’s blog.  Martha also has chapter excerpts from most of her books on her website so you can preview the books.

Some Andre Norton books can be found at the major booksellers but you may need to order the two original Beastmaster stories from Amazon or another online retailer.

- Kit

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