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Lily Valley

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  • Birthday 01/12/1975

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    New Orleans
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  1. Lily Valley

    Secret Santa XII - Gifts are arriving!

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    Pictionary 42 - Second Describing Round

    SORRY! Monday turned into Thursday night somehow! Schedule should clear up a little bit next week. SENTENCE IN!
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    Pictionary 42 - Second Describing Round

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    Fan fart

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    YA Hugo Nominations, 2019 Dublin

    I loved The Belles. Tackled a lot of body issue, bodily autonomy and beauty stuff that adolescents deal with. Edit: I just realized I already responded to this. There was a great article reviewing YA I need to find and post.
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    YA Hugo Nominations, 2019 Dublin

    I did love The Belles and Dhonielle Clayton's sequel is coming out. Part of what I loved / hated about it was that it was so loooooong. The long part turned it into a terrible commentary about bodies and beauty. Looking forward to the new one and big nod to the cover artist. The new cover reveal is this weekend. Edit: But OMG y'all, remember how freaking long The Silver Crown was? It Was So Long. So were the OZ books, sometimes a long YA book is ok.
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    Hugo Nominations and Awards - Onwards to 2019

    I like Uprooted series for a YA. I know it's not eligible for that, exactly. I liked the Binti series for YA also. To me it fits that genre. Given, what "most people think is for teens" and "what I think is for teens" are much different books. Your Circe book is in my queue!
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    Katrina at 13: A Backwards Timeline

    This city has been outspoken about sanctuary status for non-US citizens who have made a life here. This city not liking "outsiders" was not a commentary people who have come here to make the city home. Since Katrina, a lot of politics have come down the pipeline that have been about citizenship and race and my city has, usually, stood on the side of "What is Good and Best for Us". Casual racist shit like shutting down food trucks and permitting ICE to operate within our jail have been forbidden. It's not exactly a welcome mat, but it's a reminder to me that this city remembers what it is. It's a fucking port town and it's barely gotten past "Port town living in 1850". This city is fighting back against the things that make it not itself. It's just hard to tell who is fighting anymore and why.
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    Hugo Nominations and Awards - Onwards to 2019

    Nebula Reading List is up and kinda started. It's still pretty thin, Click the menu left to look at novels or novellas. https://www.sfwa.org/forum/reading/3-novelette/ I opened to the novellette page because I loved Shooting Iron by Cassandra Khaw (Magic Cowgirl story published in F&SF) and The Only Harmless Great Thing by Brooke Bollander (Alternate history elephant story)
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    The Tales of Drunken Egg

    Goddamit. I forgot about this thread and wailed into the void. I blame a Lobster. Oh, I will say that since he started the drunk thread, I have gotten in a LOT less trouble with the mods.... BAD DAY and I am trying to drink a whole box of wine before work at 9am. It's 2 here. @larrytheimp:hic:
  11. Where were you? What were you doing. God knows that on August 31, when the footage started to spill, you were somewhere. I know where I was. It took 2 days for the media to stop saying "Dodged a bullet". Reports came in from the Superdome first, that was WAY WAY after the levees broke. Talk, people. The coverage was horrific. The situation was horrific. The National Guard was dragged in to kill people and enforce martial law. I have friends that waded, boated and swam to the French Quarter, because they saw lights. Lights for President Bush's Press conference. In Puerto Rico, the situation is exactly 10x worse, 13 years later. This is not how that is supposed to work. We're supposed to LEARN from fuckups. Why, WHY are we going backwards in the basics? I will preface this post with saying that I have been working since 5am and it is now 10pm here, in New Orleans. Since Hurricane Katrina, I left school without a PhD, moved home, had a job I hated, got a job I loved and then watched my state go into a downward spiral of economic disaster. Bought a house, filled it with sadness. Repeated that process twice over. I saw a city fight tooth and nail for survival during that time. It's still fighting pretty hard. This city is fighting a moneyed makeover and it is a dirty fight. New Orleans is now a great "cheap" place to go live. Awesome. Wages are still terrible. I'd like to remind people that Portland, OR has had an unemployment rate of over 10% for over 20 years. Bring a job with you to these "urban adventures" Living in the South has been very interesting during the current administration. A lot of people felt like "the powers that be" wanted to remove a big blue blot from an otherwise red state. That's an interesting thought. Louisiana was a swing state until Katrina. Voted with the country like Iowa, until Katrina. Thirteen years later and I have moved twice because of tax increases due to ABSOLUTELY city endorsed whiteness and pro-gentrification policies. I have friends that still haven't come home and they cant because our education and healthcare system is in shambles. Some of our people made it home. This city has been here for 300 years, I think we'll survive urban fad living. I grieve that it will cost so many families a chance to come home. I grieve the cost to New Orleans children that they thought "Clean Slate: Charter School Rollout" would be a good idea. Ever. Especially here. I especially grieve that Teach For America taught young people from Not Here that they were Doing Good by Helping the Poor Katrina Kids. Have y'all ever been here? We are the northernmost point of the Caribbean. We are more exotic, in general, than your nearest neighbors in Canada or Mexico. Our people have habits that are cosmopolitan and seem decadent. In my opinion, most people don't pay enough attention to the importance of greetings and the sanctity of mealtime should be prosecuted. Importing teachers that didn't understand our kids and putting our schools under corporate and qualitative product control was AWFUL. New Orleans does NOT like outsiders. Not just the people, but the city itself. It will set you on fire, spontaneously if you don't belong. With food, if not with bad wiring. The death toll out of PR is shocking. This thread is not for that discussion. The toll of the missing from Katrina was originally 10k. I cannot imagine what the toll of the missing is in PR right now. What the hell is wrong with this country? Why are things worse and not better? Some of the answers are: They stole public housing deeming it "unsafe". So a population that was a backbone of our culture couldn't return. Schools were privatized. Much property was grabbed as citizens couldn't afford to rehab / come home. I have libertarian (old school) friends that said that Katrina was the biggest police - state blueprint they've ever seen. So how did we get to this place? I really don't like this timeline, and especially don't like my city being a blueprint for it. Not 13 years later. Not ever. @sologdin @Ravenhair Edith: I left the board over the conversation happening about Katrina in 2005. This time, y'all stuck with me. Be mindful, please about talking about generalizations. For some of us, it's very personal.
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    Hugo Nominations and Awards - Onwards to 2019

    The Bollander novella is MUCH better than her previous work. I totally bounced off the murderbot diaries. I found murderbot to be a brat. One of those "not for me" books. I did place Bennet's trilogy first on my ballot. I loved that series and look forward to reading more of his work. Sorry to hear your reaction to Lee's new book. It's on my to-read pile along with Arden's new book. We'll see.
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    YA Hugo Nominations, 2019 Dublin

    English translation of Nation of the Beasts comes out this fall. I met Mariana Palova at WorldCon. She illustrates her own novels and the art is beautiful. Her book is YA and SET IN NEW ORLEANS. I was so excited I bought a bunch of her art and ordered the deluxe preview. Thanks to John Piccacio AGAIN for organizing the MexicanX initiative. I met so many new (to me) remarkable artists. https://themageslantern.com/products/notb-preview-edition?variant=12091493843017
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    Hugo Nominations and Awards - Onwards to 2019

    You're going to make me read this. I remember how much you loved it. Read my Margaret Killjoy books. I'll even mail or kindle them to you. I liked them that much. Remind me, is this second in the series? NVM, I have the power of google and I'll go check. My short story game is weak this year, but the term just started. This is when I usually get caught up on stories and novelettes. I always have 5-10 idle minutes in lab or class. I have 3 issues of FSF magazine to go back and read.
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    Hugo Nominations and Awards - Onwards to 2019

    ^^This. Margaret Killjoy's excellent book The Lamb Will Slaughter the Lion was overlooked last year. Her new book The Barrow Will Send What it May is eligible. I just finished it. It's the second of a series, they're both short, so I'm not sure if they are novel or novella length. I don't have my notes from last year. I personally love this series. A lot of my friends could be described as anarcho-punks. This book was clearly not written by a tourist but by a member of the community. If you've ever been curious about train kids, circus performers (sideshow variety) or the life of punk bands on the road, this book will give you a glimpse of what that life is like. None of the characters have those jobs, but folks who travel for art often use networks of people like the one described in the books to enable their art. Brook Bollander's The Only Harmless Great Thing is a fantastic novella about an alternate history where elephants were used to mine uranium. She has really honed her craft over the last few years. Some of the events in the novella are real. Women were used in radium mines, historically and many died of cancer. The prose is beautiful. Cixin Liu's Ball Lightening just came out. I prefer this translator, who translated The Dark Forest to the translator responsible for Three Body Problem, so I've REALLY been looking forward to it. Yoon Ha Lee's third book Revenant Gun is out. I really enjoyed the first two. Rivers Solomon is partnering with Clipping to write a book inspired by the Deep, but I suspect we won't see that until next year. I'm tired, so that's a start for now. For the record. The Stone Sky was the best book on that ballot. There were several I loved nearly as much that didn't make the ballot, but of the ones on the list it was the clear standout. Well deserved win to Jemisin.