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Diana Wynne Jones has died. She was born on August 16th, 1934.

"Pretending was like that. Things seemed to make themselves up, once you got going."
Fire and Hemlock (1985)

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Just read an article online about the increase in the US Hispanic population, now the second largest ethnic group in the nation (50+ million, accounting for 16.3 percent of the U.S. population of 308,745,538). And then I made the mistake of glancing at the readers' comments, which, in the main, consisted of racial slurs and cries of alarm about impending white extinction. My favorite, some idiot blaming abortion and gay rights for the "fall of the white man." What do you say to shit like that?

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Spooky and I thank everyone who helped to make our first Kickstarter project an enormous success. When the donation period ended last night, we had 212% of our funding. So, The Tale of the Ravens will happen, and Goat Girl Press is born. Thank you all.

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Yesterday, I wrote 1,125 words on "Random Thoughts Before a Fatal Crash." It's a strange start to a strange story. It may not even be a story, precisely. But then, the title says that.

There was also a lot of non-writing writing busyness. And I signed contracts. And stuff.

I'm loving Markus Zusak's The Book Thief.

And I'm tired and dreamsick, and just want warm weather and the sea.

Comments

( 18 comments — Have your say! )
chris_walsh
Mar. 26th, 2011 05:13 pm (UTC)
And I'm tired and dreamsick, and just want warm weather and the sea.

Makes me wonder what was the warmth of the seas where the mosasaurs you've studied used to live.
greygirlbeast
Mar. 26th, 2011 05:17 pm (UTC)

"Sediment cores show that [Late Cretaceous] tropical sea surface temperatures may have briefly been as warm as 42 °C (107 °F), 17 °C (31 °F) warmer than at present, and that they averaged around 37 °C (99 °F). Meanwhile deep ocean temperatures were as much as 15 to 20 °C (27 to 36 °F) higher than today's."
chris_walsh
Mar. 26th, 2011 05:22 pm (UTC)
Maybe the warmth is part of what attracted you to the period. (Okay, THAT was cheap analysis.) (Actually, I don't think I know this so I'll ask: what did get you interested in mosasaurs?)

Thank you for the info, by the way. I'm hoping for warmth and the sea, too.
greygirlbeast
Mar. 26th, 2011 06:03 pm (UTC)

what did get you interested in mosasaurs?)

Happenstance.
chris_walsh
Mar. 27th, 2011 12:12 am (UTC)
Got it.

Markus Zusak's The Messenger (2002) has also been recommended, by the same friend who suggested The Book Thief to me.
joshrupp
Mar. 26th, 2011 06:10 pm (UTC)
The hispanic thing is ridiculous. The fifth column is totally irish.

Fuck. I wasn't supposed to say that.
greygirlbeast
Mar. 26th, 2011 06:12 pm (UTC)

Fuck. I wasn't supposed to say that.

Likely not.
ashlyme
Mar. 26th, 2011 06:14 pm (UTC)
"What do you say to shit like that?"

Simple. "Hey bigots, we've found you the country you always wanted." But not tell them it was subject to natural disasters.
poesillchild
Mar. 26th, 2011 06:51 pm (UTC)
Happy to support Goat Girl Press and any future projects your new press creates.
greygirlbeast
Mar. 26th, 2011 08:16 pm (UTC)

Thank you.
robyn_ma
Mar. 26th, 2011 07:36 pm (UTC)
'What do you say to shit like that?'

greygirlbeast
Mar. 26th, 2011 08:13 pm (UTC)

Yes. Yes, indeed.
from_ashes
Mar. 26th, 2011 07:48 pm (UTC)
Since you've been discussing YA fiction on your journal, I did not know if you were aware of this:

http://jessicaverday.blogspot.com/2011/03/wicked-pretty-things-running-press-and.html

Is there really a notion in YA literature that being gay is wrong? I surely hope this is an isolated case.
greygirlbeast
Mar. 26th, 2011 08:16 pm (UTC)

s there really a notion in YA literature that being gay is wrong?

Queer YA is a point of contention, yes. And those who say otherwise do not know the market. It's out there, but a risky and uphill battle. We live in a society that still, in general, condemns queer people; literature that teaches young people must, per force, be seen as a threat.
from_ashes
Mar. 26th, 2011 08:37 pm (UTC)
All I can say is that's just entirely too sad. I live in this bubble where it doesn't matter if you're straight or gay or bi, so when I see something like this pop up, I just honestly don't get it.
pepsiswinger
Mar. 26th, 2011 08:54 pm (UTC)
Diana Wynne Jones has died. She was born on August 16th, 1934.

Reading that felt like being punched. Ow.
greygirlbeast
Mar. 26th, 2011 09:47 pm (UTC)

Sorry. I woke to the news.
duowolf
Mar. 27th, 2011 08:09 am (UTC)
I just got back from work to the news and it's so sad. I grew up reading her books and she'll be deeply missed.
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