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Feb. 10th, 2016 12:38 am
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you are NOT ALLOWED to steal Ken Watanabe from us. NOT. ALLOWED.

Heroes

Feb. 10th, 2016 06:00 am
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Posted by Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff

piles of booksMy daughter, Kristine, reads constantly. She is, in fact, sitting in the living room reading Lord of the Rings with a stack of history books and Jane Austen-related material next to her chair. She gets her exercise by walking to the library and lugging home books. This makes her My Hero.

Recently, she introduced me to another writer who has also become My Hero. She did it by bringing home from the library a book about a very particular publishing phenomenon—series children’s books. There were a number of writers who gave their talents to this effort, but the paragon that stood out in my reading of the book was Mildred A. Wirt, the original Carolyn Keene. (The title, for anyone who’s interested is Girl Sleuth: Nancy Drew and the Women Who Created Her by Melanie Rehak.)

I expect that most women reading this know that byline. Carolyn Keene was the author of record for the Nancy Drew Mystery series that most of us grew up with—that girls are still growing up with and which, after repeated tries to bring Nancy into the new age or to make her adhere to modern assumptions about what girls want to read, has reverted back to the character she was when the inestimable Ms. Wirt was writing her.

So, why is Mildred Wirt My Hero? It’s not just that she wrote 23 volumes of the Nancy Drew series. It was that she also wrote:

Kay Tracey (as Frances K. Judd)
Penny Parker (as Mildred A. Wirt)
Dana Girls (as Carolyn Keene)
Penny Nichols (as Joan Clark)
Connie Carl (as Joan Clark)
Madge Sterling (as Ann Wirt)

It was that in her most prolific year, 1939, she wrote nine novels. She wrote when she was pregnant, raising a child, caring for a sick husband and sustaining his loss, dealing with her own health problems. She wrote from spartan outlines and from very detailed ones—both of which can be a blessing or a curse for a writer. She dealt with editors who were disengaged from her issues and who were jealous of their creations. She worked under wraps—sworn to secrecy about her involvement with the books she wrote—and reacted with measured calm when others took credit for her work. (Since I also ghostwrite for a living, I understand what this feels like better than I’d like to).

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Millie Wirt could fly a plane, climb a mountain, paddle the Amazon. She could be self-confident yet self-effacing, assertive yet measured, bold yet polite—even in the face of unjust criticism. She was a journalist, too, who worked until the age of 96, using a magnifying lens so as to be able to see the computer display. She turned in her last column one evening in May of 2002, went home and died that night. If that’s not dying in harness, I don’t know what is.

BENSON__t440All of that is why she is My Hero. She exemplified something science fiction writer and fellow MAFIA (Making Appearances Frequently In Analog) member Michael Flynn wrote years ago about how writers deal with the changes and chances of the material world. I can’t quote him verbatim, but I can paraphrase and condense his comments thusly: If the world around you seems to be going mad, keep writing. If the sky is falling and you have no means to prop it up, keep writing. If things are splodey-sploding all around you, keep writing.

It’s what writers do.

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Feb. 9th, 2016 05:01 am
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New comic!

This comic is about SEX THINGS and has nudity and may not be considered safe for work.

Anyways, this is actually pretty much what my sexytimes look like; a bunch of weird and funny and enthusiasm until everyone’s worn out.

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Feb. 10th, 2016 12:29 am
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At The OASG, "Five Questions with Dr. Casey Brienza, Author of Manga in America". [Probably unnecessary disclaimer: I haven't read the book yet, but I was one of the manymanymany people Casey interviewed when researching it.]

"How To Make Something People Give A Shit About".

"20 free fashion books to download from The Metropolitan Museum of Art".

"Decipher Your Cat's Body Language With This Helpful Infographic". (Also includes the corresponding dog body language infographic.) [Mental Floss]

"Why Do Poor People 'Waste' Money On Luxury Goods?"

"Girth Guides are online!" is a post announcing Girth Guides: Patches for Fat Activists. Being a fat person is tough work & sometimes we deserve a bit of recognition for living in the world while fat. Girth Guides is a way to connect with other fat activists and seek comfort in community; a club where we can witness and validate our own strength and lived experiences.

"10 Things You Should Say to Someone with a Chronic Illness". [2014]

"17 Pictures Of Beach Bodies That Will Get You Motivated". [Buzzfeed] No humans in sight in this article! "“Being able to return to a stage of sexual immaturity after reaching sexual maturity and remaining essentially biologically immortal is really helpful for maintaining my youthful glow,” she shared."

Here is a tweet with a retail listing description and a link to photos. Hard to describe; worth a look.

The Globe and Mail has an excerpt from Untangled, in which "psychotherapist Lisa Damour uses neuroscience to help parents – and anyone perplexed by teenage girls – understand what’s really going on in their heads". (Not a field I know anything about, so take my linking it with a grain of salt, but I found the excerpt more interesting than The Globe and Mail's description suggests.)
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used in women's magazines to reference our bodies various shapes again it will be too soon.
also, fuck shape wear.

re current affairs

Feb. 9th, 2016 10:05 pm
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i am not supportive of the draft because i do not support the way america uses it's military at all. If I had the choice, i'd repeal drafting entirely. like hell am i interested in upholding empire.
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He masked himself like another Strange, with dark hair streaked grey.

Five years later, there was a reciprocal reference.

It was in Moon Knight #17, written by Doug Moench and drawn by Bill Sienkiewicz.

It wasn't one that fit at all in the story.

It was a jarring one. )
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Posted by Maddie Stone on Gizmodo, shared by Maddie Stone to io9

Whether they’re selling tickets to orbit or making sure the science funding keeps flowing, rocket companies and space agencies alike have a vested interest in getting the public jazzed about the cosmic beyond. So it’s no surprise that we’re now entering a golden age of space tourism propaganda—one that’s bringing back the beloved, classic design elements of long-past atomic age propaganda.

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Posted by Evan Narcisse on Kotaku, shared by Cheryl Eddy to io9

The first time I read All-Star Squadron #20, somewhere in my pre-teens, it blew me away. There it was, the answer to the question I didn’t even know I had: how come superheroes don’t just fix everything?

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Photo of the Day

Feb. 9th, 2016 07:09 pm
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Black on Red
Target • Beaverton, Oregon

A long list of tasks has carried over into the work week. Some of the tasks can’t be deferred due to hard deadlines. My most important task took me to Target immediately after work. I did get what I needed.

While I was walking back to my car I saw these two guys talking against the red Target building. I took my purchases to my car and then walked back towards the scene. After taking one photo from a fair distance away, I was caught. I explained that I couldn’t resist the black on red scene. They shrugged and went back to talking. So I was able to get closer and take a few more shots. I got lucky! And it was golden hour.

Lens Testing, Continued

Feb. 9th, 2016 06:59 pm
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Patio at My Workplace
Patio at My Workplace

I took a very brief break late this morning and walked around my building at work – trying to give my new Nikkor a workout. The lens is performing well.



Slash & Burn #2

Feb. 9th, 2016 08:27 pm
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"...the best new series of 2015, and with only a month and a half left in the year, that's saying a lot." - Fanboy Nation (quote on the front cover of the issue)

Writer: Si Spencer
Artist: Max Dunbar
Inker: Ande Parks
Colorist: Nick Filardi

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Batman: Odyssey #6

Feb. 9th, 2016 06:18 pm
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"I will admit that although I enjoyed some of the colourful clowns at one time or another, I think they have a mildly negative effect on the Batman franchise." - Neal Adams

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Posted by Cheryl Eddy

Last month, Universal confirmed that it had cast Tom Cruise in 2017's The Mummy. And the studio’s monster madness continues with similarly massive star power, with the news that Johnny Depp has signed on to play the title role in The Invisible Man.

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Uh, Tudors, I guess?

Feb. 9th, 2016 08:45 pm
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Many apologies to [personal profile] sorcerorfor being a day late with this!

But the truth is, I don't really have a lot to say about the Tudors?

If I had to pick a favourite one, I'd probably pick Elizabeth? But honestly that's more because I'm interested in some of the explorers from her period - Raleigh, Drake, their ilk,the pseudopirates, and all that meant in terms of the tensions between England and Spain during their rush to lay claim to the New World, and the Armada, and all that jazz.

But the Tudors themselves?

I suppose I'm just more of a Yorkist at heart...

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