So the work on the house to repair the plumbing disaster is finally finished. :knock on wood: That's one source of stress gone. Now I can concentrate on the other sources of stress. But at least last night I was able to get some real sleep. I still had an anxiety dream, but I did sleep past 4:00 am.
The Bletchley Circle has been airing on Sunday night on PBS, and it's awesome. There are only three episodes, about a group of women who were counter-intelligence code-breakers in WWII, solving a serial killer mystery after the war. They had to sign the official secrets act, and can't tell anyone what they did, and have to say they just did clerical work.
The Lives of Tao by Wesley Chu
When out-of-shape IT technician Roen woke up and started hearing voices in his head, he naturally assumed he was losing it.
He now has a passenger in his brain – an ancient alien life-form called Tao, whose race crash-landed on Earth before the first fish crawled out of the oceans.
* This is going around on Tumblr and I thought it was enormously cool: Concept art for Janelle Monáe’s The ArchAndroid by Chad Weatherford
* The Nation: My So-Called 'Post-Feminist' Life in Arts and Letters
It's career suicide, colleagues tell me, to speak out against the literary establishment; they'll smear you. But never mind. I'm too old and too invisible to said establishment to care.
* Sarah Rees Brennan: On writers getting paid to write
I think it is interesting that they *are* both guys, and they both got a lot of good press for saying: my work is worth something. Because when a woman says that, people argue with her.
* 20 of the world's most beautiful World Heritage Sites
* Bill Crider reviews Emilie and the Hollow World
Wells is excellent, as always, at world-building, and the societies that Emilie and the others encounter are interesting and believable. There's plenty of intrigue, danger, and action, too, and Emilie proves herself more than capable of dealing with just about any emergency. If you read YA fiction, this one is great fun and should be on your list.
May 1st, 2013