i am not dead; i did not die


I did, however, discover that the Blogger interface has no clearly visible Find & Replace function. Almost as bad?

I also had to fistfight Blogger’s comments service so it would let me reply to the nice comments people had left under my last post. That mofo didn’t go down easy, believe me, but I hit like a girl.

Also I had to switch out of Chrome, because it just randomly stopped working a couple of hours ago — and every time it quit on me, my menubar went from black to white. Weirdness.

Anyway! I’m reading four books, fixing up a new Links page for my website (because the hot popup I copypasta’d and spent an hour editing doesn’t work in mobile browsers, sadness, sorrow, regret), and working through the worst flare of PCOS symptoms I’ve had in two years. And assiduously avoiding Tumblr!

Tomorrow evening I will post the book survey I was working on. Until then you can content your bad  bibliophilic self with this repost of old content, which took me ages to arrange because all the electronic devices in my household are working against me tonight. I’m going to the doctor tomorrow afternoon, and after that I’ll probably visit my horrible granny for awhile (so she can tell me I’m fat and remind me repeatedly that I’m the only non-married adult member of the family now) (THAT’S A FEATURE NOT A BUG GRANDMA) — but after that, it’ll just be us and the books.

Sounds like a party to me!


  1. Sorry to hear you've been feeling bad recently! But it's good to have you back!

    Looking forward to the book party xxxxx

    1. Thank you!

      …I am terrible at this, you are a much awesomer blogger than I am.

      So are dead people, though, it’s not much of a compliment :[

      I’ll do better!

    2. I dunno, man. I have been mighty slow on the blogging front for the past two years.
      (But, at the end of the day, I figure it's best to ignore the guilt and just blog when I feel like it.)

      You don't need to worry about doing better! You always come up with awesome stuff, regardless of frequency.

    3. You are amazing, I love you. I have no further comments.

  2. Good to see you back on the "t00bz", hope all is well. I haven't been on the web as much as usual lately- I visited mom last week and have been working every weekend (my department is small and overextended)- so I missed this post. Hope all is well with you healthwise.

    While I was at mom's place in northern Virginia, I hit a great used bookstore and found a copy of Joy Chant's Red Moon and Black Mountain, which I haven't read, and another copy of John Bellairs' The Face in the Frost, which is one of my all-time favorites. Lin Carter lumped these books in with The Last Unicorn as his favorite post-Tolkien fantasy novels.

    Hope your Christmas is good!

    1. Hey, you never have to apologize to me for "missing" one of my terrible posts, for sure. I regularly forget my own blog exists, let alone those belonging to other people. Don’t worry about it. I hope you mother is well and that things slow down soon at work! Don’t those people know how important spending time on the internet is???

      I’ve never heard of Red Moon and Black Mountain, but I’ll add it to my pile. As for The Face in the Frost — I absolutely loved that book when I was a kid! I loved it to pieces. But I never owned my own copy, and when I tried to find it again as an adult to reread it, I couldn’t remember what it was called. I couldn’t remember the characters’ names, either. The only thing I could remember was a scene with an evil moth (?), the ending you elected not to spoil, and what I assume was Prospero’s bad-tempered magic mirror singing a song that went: "Overhead the moon is SCREAAAAAAAAAMING, whiiiiiiiite as turnips on the Rhine!" Which, it turns out, is a real song. Trying to find a book when you can’t remember its title, its author’s name, or what any of the characters are called, is functionally impossible. BUT NOW I’VE FOUND IT. The Face in the Frost is undoubtedly my lost wizard book! Hooray!! Thank you so much.

      I really, really appreciate it. I bought an ebook version a couple of days ago, and I’m going to relive my childhood by reading it this weekend. (Well, a little more than usual. I guess.)

      Anyway: Hooray!!!!!!! Thanks again!!!
      (/ ̄ー ̄)/‥∵:*:☆*゜★。::*☆

    2. I'm just glad I was able to reunite you with an old friend. This is a book that I have recommended to many, many people- that's how much I love it. When you've re-read it, please post about it. I have my pet theories about the end of the book, and about the true antagonist (Melichus is a fool).

      and what I assume was Prospero’s bad-tempered magic mirror singing a song that went: "Overhead the moon is SCREAAAAAAAAAMING, whiiiiiiiite as turnips on the Rhine!"

      All of those extraneous vowels make it impossible to google, which probably frustrated a lot of people searching for the book. The original song isn't quite so demented.

      Any other "lost favorites" you can put your readers on the scent of?

    3. Please accept my deepest apologies re: not replying to your kind comment. I didn’t see it! I always forget I have a blog! I suck! I’m so sorry!

      I haven’t finished A Face In The Frost yet — shit kept happening, there’s a bumper sticker — but I definitely intend to write about it once I do finish. I love it too!

      I literally cannot believe that is a real song and that you found it on YouTube. (It isn’t that bad, really, although I do find it a little fatuous.) The world is truly full of magic.

      Thank you again.

      (I can’t think of any other lost books right now, but since I know you are the Bookfinder General, if I ever do think of one you’ll be the first person I impose upon.)

  3. Just stopping by to see how you're doing, and to recommend a book, Lud-in-the-Mist by Hope Mirrlees. It's a really nice evocation of the perils of being to close to Faery, and it could be interpreted as an allegory about addiction. It's a quick read, and you'd probably enjoy it.

    All the best, hope all is well.

    1. Uh, TOO close to Faery... sorry, it's been a crazy week, and it's only Tuesday.


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