Cancelling convention plans

For work-related reasons, I will not be able to attend Worldcon or Geek Girl Con this year.

This is not my idea of a good time, and I hate cancelling plans. But work is work.



Historical fiction recs? Please?


I want to read some good, chewy, overly-detailed historical fiction. The sort that spends fifteen pages talking about wool processing before mentioning that a lead character is dying of cholera, and then spends ten pages discussing cholera treatments. The sort of book where most readers will be begging for an editor to step in at some point. Ideally I’d like this to be set from roughly 1600-1880, anywhere in the world.

Any recommendations? Mysteries are fine, romances are fine, military fiction is fine, even  AUs are fine as long as there are lengthy digressions into bricklaying and making pastries.


Any recs? Anything? A recs list on Goodreads, perchance?

Help me, Internets, you are my only hope ..



Unto every generation

Daughter: I’m making my plushie chipmunk twerk. Twerk twerk twerk twerk!

Me: What?

Daughter: He’s twerking his tail. Twerk twerk twerk twerk twerk!

Me: We live in a debased age …

Spouse: Exhibit A, Elvis.

Me: Unto every generation …

Daughter: … Who’s Elvis?


Musing on knitting

The other thing that reading about the Napoleonic Wars does, is it make me want to knit more. :grins:

I finished the socks!






They fit! They are fun! I like them!

I wore them around yesterday, even though it is summer and it was too hot for socks!

And then I cleaned out my knitting bag:


Which was sort of a disaster. But now I am looking for my next knitting project. I owe a hat to J, so I might work on that next. A big, soft, floofy winter hat.

I also read the Crochet Coral Reef book last week, and this week I read the Geek Knitting book. So I am pondering options for my next project.

Hmmm …



The science future

Pluto has ice mountains and seismic activity of some currently-unexplained mechanism.

We found a new quark.

The scaleless blackfish lives inside volcanoes.

Life is just kind of amazing.

I am so excited to see what we figure out next!


Suddenly obsessed with the Napoleonic Wars

So I read Georgette Heyer’s An Infamous Army, and while I liked the romance just fine, I LOVED the historical fiction bits. Like, the history bits. And now I am catching up on the Napoleonic Wars.

I’m taking recs!

Things I am already aware of:

Sharpe’s Rifles
Patrick O’Brien
Horatio Hornblower
Bernard Cornwall’s new history of the wars
War and Peace

Though, funny story about War and Peace.

It turns out that I have spent my entire adult life conflating War and Peace with Doctor Zhivago, having read or seen NEITHER.

What can I say?

War, dying, estranged lovers, endless snow, duels, family drama, endless fur hats.

You can see why I might get them confused, even though the wars in question are like 140 years apart.

But! If you have recs, particularly engaging non-fiction, concerning the Napoleonic Wars, let me know!


Crochet Coral Reef

Honestly, I’m still recovering from CONvergence. It’s a lot of work, extroverting that much for four days. And my kids are … readjusting, let’s say, after a weekend of kid-value partying.

So here, have the Crochet Coral Reef.

I found this when we went to the Minneapolis Institute of Art on Wednesday. Part of the Crochet Coral Reef is on exhibit there, attached to a travelling installation of Leonardo DaVinci’s folio pages.

If that doesn’t make sense to you, well, you have not read the essays by Margaret and Christine Wertheim about art and mathematics.

If you have a chance to see any installation of the Crochet Coral Reef, I highly recommend it. And in any event, I recommend the companion book.

They self-published it because the traditional publishers they contacted would not agree to publish the names of all 7000 contributors to the reef project. The Wertheims insisted on including all the names. They refused to devalue the work of any artist who participated, however slight that participation may be.

The Crochet Coral Reef is beautiful. It is environmentalist. It is scientific and mathematical. It is artistic. It is deeply feminist.

I highly recommend this book.



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