"It is a great comfort to me, I assure you, to realize that my spirit has not kept watch for so long that it has become inured to the joys of its vibrant younger days.... The closer I get to life's decline, the more I savor, piously and justly, the generous and providential things that it has to offer. On the far side of the hill, I pause and descend slowly, casting a loving, admiring glance at the beauties of the place I leave behind..."
Editor: Sand had just turned 31.
George Sand to Liszt, July-August 1835: "Yes, Franzi, I am still in that deserted house; alone, absolutely alone, never opening the outside door except to admit a cenobitic dinner, and I cannot recall having known sweeter and purer days..."
Editor: That house belonged to her new lover, Louis-Chrysostom Michel, and actually she spent most of her time with him.
The astute observer will notice that I'm a little behind in my reading.
"There’s always one who learned how to brood early and often, and always girls who think they can heal him.
Eventually the girls learn better. Either the hurts are petty little things and they get tired of whining or the hurt’s so deep and wide that they drown in it. The smart ones heave themselves back to shore and the slower ones wake up married with a husband who lies around and suffers in their direction."
—"Jackalope Wives," by Ursula Vernon
Feeling a bit like
Made my own proper ginger bug, inspired by a friend who made a ginger bug and somehow lived. It's alive, and fizzing, and somewhat terrifying.
Today was grace like a river, rain like mercy.
"The Witch of Orion Waste and the Boy Knight" reappears this year in Strahan's The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year, vol 11, as well as The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2017, edited by Charles Yu and John Joseph Adams.
"If the culture is dysfunctional in a traditional hierarchal structure it will also be dysfunctional when reorganized into a matrix structure, or a flat structure, or whatever structure you choose. The problem is that organizational structure is given too much power in the expectation of success."
Pine Tree High School: every kid is named Amber or Douglas, they use hemlockers, and the cliques won't quit needling each other.
These bros by any other name would smell as sweat
Sometimes my cat plays fetch with me. I throw the stuffed mouse, she catches it, kills it, and brings it back.
Then after about five minutes of this she's all, "Stop trying to make fetch happen! It's not going to happen!!"
Cat stats probably something like
-5 mobility (effect tripled if you are sitting down)
-1 health per day (slow bleed)
"Clearly Lettered in a Mostly Steady Hand," a short story by Fran Wilde in Uncanny:
Today I learned what "FF" means. Hi!
"The Wretched and the Beautiful," a story from February 2017:
Successful first attempt at brewing ginger beer with stuff in the kitchen.
Good things come to those who are too lazy to go to the store.
No, sorry, I can't go, I have to stay home and water my mushrooms