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Picked up from [ profile] almeda. I'm going to track which books I read this year. Last year I read 54
  • 'Date' below means the date I finished reading it;
  • Origin abreviations: [ARC] means advanced reading copy; [G] means gift or giveaway (free); [H] means part of the Hugo voting packet; [L] means I got it from the library; [N] means new book (retail); [O] means online book; [P] means proofreading; [R] means a re-read; [S] means secondhand.
  • Entries in Bold contain Hugo Award Eligible Material
  • The List )
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Podcasts in 2012

  1. Writing Excuses (Season 7) by Mary Robinette Kowal, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, & Dan Wells; Panel, NonFiction (F/SF); In Progress
      I just like to listen to writers talking about writing
  2. The Points Between (Season #1) by Christopher Wright, read by author, Fantasy; Complete;
      In the style of old time radio thrillers
  3. Podcastle Edited by Anna Schwind and Dave Thompson (Anthology), fantasy
    • Episode 165: The Paper Menagerie by Ken Liu, read by Rajan Khanna
        A cultural identity story, Nebula Nominee 2011
    • Episode 198: Urchins, While Swimming by Catherynne M. Valente, read by Diane Severseon
        Russian Folktale with a twist
    • Episode 200: In The Stacks by Scott Lynch, a full cast recording
        Sometimes you read from the library, and sometimes the library reads you
  4. Escape Pod Edited by Mur Lafferty (Anthology), science fiction
    • Episode 305: Midnight Blue by Will McIntosh, read by Paul Haring
        A story about power and balance
    • Episode 314: Movement by Nancy Fulda, read by Marguerite Kenner
        A brave story of different perceptions, Hugo and Nebula Nominee 2011
    • Episode 335: The Water Man by Ursula Pflug, read by Christiana Ellis
        Welcome to the new economy
    • Episode 340: Golubash (Wine-Blood-War-Story) by Catherynne M. Valente, read by Marguerite Croft
        A tasting of history
    • Episode 348: Nemesis by Nathaniel Lee, read by Mat Weller
        We all have our battles to win or lose
  5. I Should be Writing #ISBW by Mur Lafferty, NonFiction; In Progress
      The podcast for wanna-be fiction writers
  6. Dark Currents by Lindsay Buroker (Emperor's Edge #2), Read by Starla Huchton, Steampunk Fantasy; Complete
      Lively mystery adventure
  7. Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, read by Carolynn McCormick, SF; Unabridged CD (L)
      A powerful story of choices
  8. Space Casey by Christiana Ellis, Full Cast, SF Heist; Complete
      Second time through is as good as the first
  9. Pay Me Bug! by Christopher Wright, read by author, Space Opera; Complete
      A good story, early episodes suffer a little from inexperience
  10. Matcher Rules by Mary Holland, read by author, SF; Complete
      Is Novi Colony the Utopia it appears?
  11. The Hidden Institute by Brand Gamblin, read by author, SF; Complete
      Illegal schools don't do background checks?
  12. SF SqueeCast (Season #1) by Lynne M. Thomas, Seanan McGuire, Paul Cornell, Elizabeth Bear, and Catherynne M. Valente, Panel, NonFiction (F/SF); Complete
      A fun fannish interest panel, suffers a bit from remote connectivity format
  13. The Roundtable Podcast by Dave Robison & Brion Humphrey (Season #1), Speculative Fiction Story Workshop; In Progress;
      A chance to learn about writing from the mistakes of others
  14. Ravenwood by Nathan Lowell (Tanyth Fairport #1), Narrated by Author, Fantasy; Complete
      Adventure of a 53 year old herbwoman. Second Listen, I'm looking forward to Book 2.
  15. SF SqueeCast (Season #2) by Lynne M. Thomas, Seanan McGuire, Paul Cornell, Elizabeth Bear, and Catherynne M. Valente, Panel, NonFiction (F/SF); In Progress;
      A Hugo winning fannish interest panel

Vlogs in 2012

  1. MHS Hysteria Log: Season 2 by "Stagethane", Full Cast, Steampunk/Time Travel SF; In Progress
      A series of short (4-8 minute) tongue-in-cheek vignettes.
  2. Doodling in Math by Vi Hart, performed by author, Non-Fiction; In Progress
    • A series that shows that math is fun
  3. My Drunk Kitchen by Hannah Hart, performed by author, Comedy; In Progress
      She keeps getting better
  4. The Guild by Felicia Day (Season #5), Full Cast, Gamer Fiction; Complete
      It's time for Megagame-o-ramacon

  5. Title by Author (Series #0), Performer(s), Genre; Status

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In June of 2006 I attended my first ConCertino, (re)joined the filk community, and signed up on LJ all in the same weekend.

LJ was my first purely social network site (although I did become part of some social networks on gaming sites). Now six years later I'm on LJ, Facebook & +Google. I also read tumblr and twitter occasionally. On LJ I now read 185 journals regularly, and 157 people have chosen to be able to read mine.

Before June 2006, I only went to filk circles/concerts at general cons, and listened to tapes/cs at home. Since then I have attended house circles in 5 states, attended all 3 varieties of NEFilk, I've been to ConFlikt, FKO, GaFilk, & OVFF. This year I was on the concom for ConCertino 2012, I am the filk organizer for 7Pi-Con, and I am President of MASSFILC.

A lot has changed in those six years. Most of it things I never could have predicted.
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Journal entries: Last Year: 596This Year: 731 (135 since last year)
- Posted: Last Year: 4,948 This Year: 5,797 (849 since last year)
- Received: Last Year: 1,720 This Year: 2,044 (324 since last year)
Friends: Last Year: 171 This Year: 178
Mutual Friends: Last Year: 139 This Year: 148
Communities: Last Year: 24 This Year: 25
Hugs Received: Last Year: 384 This Year: Hug Counter no longer works :(

I was less active on LJ in 2011 than 2010. I posted less and commented less, but I still connected with more people
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I read 54 books this year )
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Picked up from [ profile] almeda. I'm going to track which books I read this year. Last year I read 55
  • 'Date' below means the date I finished reading it;

  • Origin abreviations: [ARC] means advanced reading copy; [G] means gift or giveaway (free); [L] means I got it from the library; [N] means new book (retail);
    [O] means online book; [P] means proofreading; [R] means a re-read; [S] means secondhand.

    1. Jan 20: The Lodge of the Lynx by Katherine Kurtz & Deborah Turner Harris (The Adept #2) 1992, Urban Fantasy [S]
      • I find I'm more interested in the characters than the story
    2. Jan 26: The Habitation of the Blessed by Catherynne Valente (A Dirge For Prester John #1) 2010, Fantasy [N]
      • Sureal tale within a tale within a tale
    3. Feb 22: Islands in the Mist by Patrick Weeks, SF [P]
      • Manned aerial combat kites. What more do I need to say?
    4. Feb 23: The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland In A Ship Of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente (Fairyland Series #1) 2010, YA Fantasy [ARC]
        A beautifully balanced adventure of whimsy and suffering
      • Jul 30: The Girl Who Ruled Fairyland — For a Little While [O]
          A petite poignant prequel
    5. Mar 27: Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson, 2009, Fantasy [G]
      • A lively story, in spite of it's darker tones
    6. Mar 29: Late Eclipses by Seanan McGuire (October Daye #4) 2011, Urban Fantasy [N]
      • A hero's instincts can be their strength or their weakness.
    7. Mar 31: Imager's Intrigue by L.E. Modesitt Jr. (Imager Portfolio #3) 2010, Fantasy [N]
      • Another politics of power story
    8. Apr 18: Millennial Mythmaking edited by John Perlich and David Whit, 2010, Non-Fic [G]
      • About how SF&F genre has changed the definition of "mythic hero"
    9. Apr 19: Moon Called by Patricia Briggs (Mercy Thompson #1) 2006, Urban Fantasy [N]
      • Harsh world with good characters
    10. Apr 24: Darkship Thieves by Sarah A. Hoyt, 2010, Space Opera [S]
      • an okay story, though the science and politics were a bit iffy
    11. Apr 26: Storm Front by Jim Butcher (Dresden Files #1) 2000, Urban Fantasy [S]
      • Solid storytelling
    12. Shadow Unit, Season 3, 2011 [O]
      • May 01: Ligature by Elizabeth Bear & Emma Bull (Episode 3.07)
          The Anomaly is evolving
      • May 10: Wireless Girl by Emma Bull and Stephen Shipman (Episode 3.08)
          The tension is building
      • Jul 31: The Small Dark Movie of Your Life by Leah Bobet (Episode 3.09)
          Wow, drastic end of Season 3, The Anomaly is resisting being studied.
    13. May 06: Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs (Mercy Thompson #2) 2007, Urban Fantasy [S]
      • An ok story, I'm getting a little tired of the focus on how unenlightened werewolves/vampires are.
    14. May 19: Fool Moon by Jim Butcher (Dresden Files #1) 2001, Urban Fantasy [S]
      • "Werewolves. There's more than one kind of werewolf?"
    15. May 22: The Lady Who Plucked Red Flowers Beneath the Queen’s Window by Rachel Swirsky, 2010, Fantasy, Nebula Winner [O]
        An extended version ghost story
    16. May 27: Regeneration by Julie E. Czerneda (Species Imperative #3), 2006, Alien SF [S]
        Writes really cool aliens
    17. May 27: Selected Short stories by Mary Robinette Kowal, 2006-2011, SF [O]
      • Bound Man, (Twenty Epics, July 2006)
          The burden of destiny
      • Waiting for Rain, (Subterranean Magazine, Fall 2008)
          A wine story
      • Evil Robot Monkey, (Solaris Book of New Science Fiction, 2009)
          Nominated for Hugo Award
      • For Want of a Nail, (Asimov’s, September 2010)
          Hugo Award Winner
      • Tomorrow and Tomorrow, (Apex, reprint, January 2011)
          A dark story
      • Water to Wine, (Subterranean Magazine, reprint, Spring 2011)
          A wine story
    18. May 28: Ill Wind by Rachel Caine (Weather Warden #1) 2003, Urban Fantasy [S]
        A wild ride with an unexpected ending
    19. May 30: Iron Kissed by Patricia Briggs (Mercy Thompson #3)2008, Urban Fantasy [S]
        A fae plotline. I think I prefer the fae plotlines
    20. Jun 01: In the Garden of Iden by Kage Baker (The Company #1) 1997, SF, Time Travel [S]
        A strong period piece
    21. Jun 06:Mendoza In Hollywood by Kage Baker (The Company #3) 2000, SF, Time Travel [S]
        Adds whole new meaning to "What did you know, and when did you know it?"
    22. Jun 12: Rainbows End by Vernor Vinge, 2006, SF, Urban [S]
        My favorite chapter "How-To-Survive-The-Next-Thirty-Minutes.PDF"
    23. Jun 19: Furies of Calderon by Jim Butcher (Codex Alera #1) 2004, Fantasy [S]
        Young orphen sheepherder becomes hero. Good read.
    24. Jun 28: Forests of the Heart by Charles de Lint (A Newford Book) 2000, Urban Fantasy [S]
        Not his best book. I found the villians a bit petty
    25. Jul 05: Geist by Philippa Ballantine (The Order #1) 2010, Fantasy [N]
        An adventure where the intrigue is kept simple
    26. Jul 17: Academ's Fury by Jim Butcher (Codex Alera #2) 2005, Fantasy [N]
        The battle scenes took up a bit more than I would have liked, but overall a good story.
    27. Jul 28: Who Goes There by John W Campbell, 1938, SF [O]
        A classic
    28. Jul 30: Bearers of the Black Staff by Terry Brooks (Legends of Shannara #1) 2010, Fantasy [S]
        Familiar writing style, maybe a bit too familiar
    29. Aug 04: Transfigured Lady by Mary Robinette Kowal, Period Fantasy [P]
        In "rough" form it's a marvelous story, once it is polished it will be a gem.
    30. Aug 09: The Measure of Magic by Terry Brooks (Legends of Shannara #2) 2011, Fantasy [ARC]
        I can't decide if it was the fault of impulsive & immature characters, or a heavy-handed plot
    31. Aug 17: The Infernal City by Greg Keys (Elder Scrolls #1) 2009, Fantasy, RPG [N]
        I think people would get more out of it if they had played the game
    32. Aug 30: Lord of Souls by Greg Keys (Elder Scrolls #2) 2011, Fantasy, RPG [ARC]
        The various puzzle pieces end up coming together nicely
    33. Sep 01: Disappeared by Kristine Kathryn Rusch (Retrieval Artist #1) 2002, Alien SF [S]
        A brilliant story of conflicting cultures
    34. Sep 05: Stardoc by S.L. Viehl (Stardoc #1) 2000, Alien Space Opera [S]
        A bit more disturbing than your typical "Space Opera"
    35. Sep 15: Thirteen Orphans by Jane Lindskold (Mah-Jong #1) 2008, Urban Fantasy [N]
        An o.k. story, but for some reason it didn't thrill me
    36. Sep 19: Halting State by Charles Stross, 2007, SF, Urban [N]
        A virtual game turns into spy vs. spy, told in a tongue-in-cheek style
    37. Oct 08: Spectyr by Philippa Ballantine (The Order #2) 2011, Fantasty [N]
        A good story, although it suffers a bit from "middle-book-syndrome"
    38. Oct 24: Restless Spirit by Matthew Schwartz (Novelette), SF [P]
        Mars has may risks, some more subtle than others
    39. Oct 28: Kraken by China Miéville, 2010, Urban Fantasy [N]
        A well balanced British satire.
    40. Nov 03: Silently And Very Fast by Catherynne M. Valente (novella) 2011, SF, [N]
        The premise of teaching an A.I. through "figurative communication" rather than "literal communication" is very clever.
    41. Nov 07: One Salt Sea by Seanan McGuire (October Daye #5) 2011, Urban Fantasy [N]
        This is Toby the Detective.
    42. Nov 12: The Truth of Valor by Tanya Huff (Confederation Series #5) 2010, Space Opera [N]
        Very different from the previous books, Torin is not the same without a team.
    43. Nov 14: Glamour in Glass by Mary Robinette Kowal (Glamour Series #2) 2012, Period Fantasy [ARC]
        Jane Austen meets Scarlet Pimpernel
    44. Nov 18: Cryoburn by Lois McMaster Bujold (Vorkosigan Series) 2010, Space Opera [N]
        Touching and relevant
    45. Nov 29: The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss (Kingkiller Chronicle #1) 2007, Fantasy [N]
        It has been a while since I read an epic this lush
    46. Dec 02: Cursor's Furey by Jim Butcher (Codex Alera #3) 2006, Fantasy [N]
        Plucky young hero takes command with courage and luck

    47. Dec 00: Title by Author (Series #0) Year Published, Genre [origin]

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Some of you probably remember when I was posting regularly about my weight, with calorie counts and exercise lists, that ended back in May. At least the posting about it did. I have fallen out of the exercise habit, I pay attention to what I eat (most of the time) but don't really count calories anymore.

Back in May when I last posted it, I weighed 148 lbs. I still weigh myself 3 or 4 times a week, at times my weight has fluctuated as high as 153 lbs (69 kg). Today I weigh 147 lbs (67 kg) so I have managed to maintain my weight this year. My waist is still 33 inches (84 cm).

I'm glad to see that I have been able to maintain my weight, and hope I can continue the trend next year.
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Journal entries: Last Year: 424This Year: 596 (172 since last year)
- Posted: Last Year: 3,962 This Year: 4,948 (986 since last year)
- Received: Last Year: 1,293 This Year: 1,720 (427 since last year)
Friends: Last Year: 150 This Year: 171
Mutual Friends: Last Year: 129 This Year: 139
Communities: Last Year: 23 This Year: 24
Hugs Received: Last Year: 262This Year: 384 (122 since last year)
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All these Podcasts are free. They are all stories I enjoyed. Many of the serial novels are available on Podiobooks. Several of the serial novels are also available in e-book and paperback formats.

Fiction Podcasts to check out:

  • “The Empress Sword” by Paulette Jaxton, full cast, epic fantasy serial novel (incomplete)
  • “Escape Pod” (Anthology) Founder - Steve Eley; Publisher - Ben Phillips; Editor - Mur Lafferty, science fiction short stories; Some Favorites:
    • #254 “A Talent For Vanessa” by David W. Goldman, read by Dave Thompson
    • #265 “We are Ted Tuscadero for President” by Chris Dahlen, read by Cheyenne Wright
    • #270 “Advertising at the End of the World” by Keffy R. M. Kehrli, read by Dani Cutler
  • “Podcastle” (Anthology) Founder - Rachel Swirsky; Publisher - Ben Phillips; Editors - Anna Schwind and Dave Thompson, Fantasy Short Stories; Some Favorites:
    • #79 “Marsh Gods” by Ann Leckie, read by Phoebe Harris
    • #78 “The Tinyman and Caroline” by Sarah L. Edwards, read by Bob Eccles
    • #45 “The Annals of Eelin-Ok” by Jeffrey Ford, read by Rajan Khanna
  • “Drabblecast” (Anthology) Produced by Norm Sherman, “Short Stories at the Far Side of Weird”
    • #170-171 “Mongoose” by Sarah Monette and Elizabeth Bear, read by Norm Sherman, with Abby Craven & Lauren Synger
  • “Metamor City” by Chris Lester, narrated by author with voice cast, ‘21st century’ epic fantasy (contains sexual content)
    • Short Stories: “Welcome to the City”, “Huntress”, “House Call”, “The Sentinel”, “The Muse”, “Troubled Minds”
    • Serial Novellas: “Whispers in The Woods”, “Dreams of Change”
    • Serial Novel “Making the Cut”
  • “Ravenwood” by Nathan Lowell, read by author, pastoral fantasy serial novel
  • “Golden Age of Solar Clippers” by Nathan Lowell, read by author, space opera
    • The “Trader's Tales” serial novels: “Quarter Share”, “Half Share”, “Full Share”, “Double Share” & “Captain’s Share”
    • “Shaman’s Tales” serial novel: “South Coast”
  • “Tumbler” by Brand Gamblin, full cast, space opera serial novel
  • “The Crown Conspiracy” by Michael J. Sullivan, read by Nathan Lowell, fantasy/mystery serial novel
  • “Murder at Avedon Hill” by P.J. Holyfield, narrated by author with voice cast, fantasy/mystery serial novel
  • “Space Casey” by Christiana Ellis, narrated by author with voice cast, humorous space opera serial novel
  • “Brave Men Run” by Matthew Wayne Selznick, read by author, super-hero serial novel
  • “Playing For Keeps” by Mur Lafferty, read by author, super-hero serial novel
  • “Leviathan Chronicles” by Christof Laputka, full cast, science fiction espionage serial (contains graphic violence)
  • “Nina Kimberly the Merciless” by Christiana Ellis, read by author, humorous epic fantasy serial novel

  • “Guild of the Cowry Catchers” by Abigail Hilton, narrated by author with voice cast, fantasy serial novel (contains sexual content, semi-complete)
  • “Children of the Gods” by Chris Mack, full cast, military space opera serial (incomplete)
  • “Down from Ten” by J.D. Sawyer, narrated by author with voice cast, mystery/suspense serial novel (contains sexual content)
  • “Weather Child” by Philippa Ballantine, read by author with partial voice cast, fantasy/alternate history serial novel

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I read 55 books this year )
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January: We gamed for nearly 12 hours at the Staybridge Suites where a friend of a friend was staying.

February: A very merry un-unbirthday to ocelotn and gee_tar

March: Authors are often accused of writing characters who are actually themself in disguise, however in the new book A Local Habitation by Seanan McGuire there are clear differences between the author and the main character.

April: Tech Support is not exactly my field, but I have enough computer experience to do most of the basics, which is what is usually needed, so I decided to apply to some postings.

May: I am unhappy with my weight. (183 lbs)

June: In the past seven days I walked 2 miles 4 times, 1.5 miles 1 time, and was a pallbearer on Saturday. (177 lbs.)

July: For the cephalopod fans out there, while looking up a perfectly ordinary word online at the sidebar had this video that I had to share

August: For the past three months my father has been working as the assistant director of Unnecessary Farce put on by The Village Players of Wolfboro N.H.

September: In honor of Seanan Mcguire being nominated for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer which is being awarded this weekend, let's see if people know what to do during the Zombie Uprising: Where is the FIRST place to go when the uprising begins?

October: This week I was not motivated enough to walk in the rain. I only walked six and a half miles over 2 days. I went kayaking once. I only did 5 half hour yoga sessions. (156 lbs.)

November: With Ohio Valley Filk Festival over we are coming to the end of the Filk year. As we look back at what Filk has meant to us this year it is a good time to consider The Filk Hall of Fame.

December: This week I walked 4 miles. I did 5 half hour yoga sessions. (151 lbs.)


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