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A snippet from today's writing on the sequel #timeandtithe   The Seneschal has turned into one of the most interesting characters in the sequel. He traded his name and his face for the ability to wield the power of persuasion and a place at the side of Faerie's ruler.


"My apologies for the meager surroundings, Milady."

Lydia started, falling backwards as the Seneschal's laughed, his voice full of its usual ironic amusement.  So he had found his way to power without her. Ignoring his outstretched hand, Lydia scrambled to her feet. "I don't even rate a visit from Aeon himself?"

"Ah, no. I thought you and I needed a private moment."

Something in the tone of his voice and the way he studied her, made Lydia pause. Had he allied himself with Aeon? And if he was not under his orders, what did the Seneschal want with her? She knew better than to ask him directly.

"Shall we stroll?" he asked.

Lydia nodded and took his offered arm. As they walked, the gray featureless expanse traveled with them, leaving them in a small oval patch of clear air.

"An interesting place you have here," she said, matching his light tone. It was neither of Faerie, nor somewhere in the Mortal world. She could sense no touch of glamour around her, except for the intricate magic that kept the Seneschal's face obscured. It was as if he had found a way to wrap that same magic around them both.
"He can't see us, can he?"

The Seneschal stopped and gave her a short bow. "Welcome to my sanctuary. It exists in the Between; a particular blind spot of my own creation that no one, not even Aeon, can find."

"I could have used a place like this."

"That is true. But we were not allies then."

Lydia looked at him sideways. "Are we allies now?"


She nodded. "Good. I would rather there only be honesty between us, Seneschal."

He offered her his arm again and they continued walking. "Faerie might have prospered under your rule. It is a shame you abandoned your birthright."

In another time or place, Lydia might have argued with him, but she was past her anger and her self-pity. There was only the truth left. "I did what I thought best. There was too much I didn't understand."

"Had you sought me out for council, I would have advised you."

Lydia snorted. "Being honest doesn't suddenly make me stupid."

"Apologies, Milady."
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I just spent the past hour and a half sifting through memories.

My father recently moved from a larger apartment to a far smaller one, now that it's only him.y sister did most of the work of packing/unpacking/downsizing and left me a box of photos and papers to look through.

Most of it was old photographs, including ones of my parents from the 1950's. there were also many photos of my early childhood.

So much I didn't remember. My mother looked so young. It's hard to recall a time before the confusion took her.
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Thanks, +Ilyanna Kreske Bitter and sweet, like so much of life. :)
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Marjorie Liu hits it out of the park with this succinct post about misogyny and harassment in the comic book industry, and elsewhere.

From her post:
"The problem we’re discussing in our industry is symptomatic of a larger issue.  Specifically, we are living in a world that perpetuates and upholds the sub-human treatment of women.  And that discrimination — the patriarchal idea that women are not fully human, that we are objects, commodities, property — trickles down and down, into every facet of our lives.  Is serial sexual harassment the same as an acid attack?  No, of course not.  But are the roots of that violence the same?  Yes."
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Really not much more I can add to this. Well said. 
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My favorite kind of politics. :snerk:
Repost for the Day walkers. I had too much time on my hands last night. I will make this T-Shirt for Gen Con.

A Basis for government!
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It would make more sense if they did "Strange Women," or- if they really want the singular- "Moistened Bint."
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This is more than chilling. Yes, winter is coming to academia. Pun intended, but the issue is no laughing matter.

Plusser posts a photo of his young daughter and cat.

Awww, how cute

Daughter is wearing a GoT t-shirt.

Totes awesome

T-shirt has famous quote by Daenerys Targaryen printed on it. Plusser's post says "Trailer for the new season is coming out."


Plusser is a professor at Bergen Community College.

Right on, the family that nerds together stays together

Nutjob over-reacting idiotic dean who has heard of neither Game of Thrones nor Google gets Plusser Professor suspended without pay because the "email" with the photo of the itty bitty nerdling and her kitty is threatening.

Wait, what?

I can't even, you guys.

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We are all in trouble.
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I'm having a really hard time focusing today. I think I may take a nap, then go for a walk before trying to write again.
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That song gets annoying after a while.
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OOOH! Ursula K LeGuin's The Lathe of Heaven is now available as an eBook for the first time. This is one of my very favorite reads of all time.

On sale for $3.99

I have a print copy, but now I get to have it with me anywhere. Seriously - I LOVE this book.
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Yeah. I'm going to have to get a copy. Nice. 
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I'm watching the Red Sox game on the MLB network from my dad's house in Florida with the sound muted and  listening to the WEEI radio feed on MLB-radio from my computer.

It makes for interesting juxtapositions when I watch one commercial and listen to another.
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Yes, please! 
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A huge shout out to +Rachel Desilets whose eagle-eyes found a list of typos in FUTURE TENSE. This after it had been edited/revised multiple time, by multiple people, including a freelance copyeditor!

Most were really small issues: a missing quotation mark, a word used once with a hyphen, in another place as one word, capitalizations.

I'm really astounded by her eye. I know she does copyediting/proofreading. Based on my experience (she gave me this feedback after reading the book) I would hire her in a heartbeat.
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I fixed them all in both eBook versions and uploaded the corrections. I need to do the print version when I'm home.
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This is a very powerful piece about the lack of diversity in all aspects of publishing.
I regret that I have only one +1 to give this article.
"The publishing industry looks a lot like these best-selling teenage dystopias: white and full of people destroying each other to survive."
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This kind of thing always reminds me of that story of Whoopie Goldberg seeing Uhura on Star Trek as a kid and shouting to her mother, "There's a black lady on TV and she ain't no maid!"

Diversity matters because when people see themselves in fiction it gives them a sense of having a role to play in society. If they never see themselves, or only see narrow roles for themselves, we can lose the contribution they might have made because they lose the sense that they can make a contribution. 
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eBook formatting & conversion, wheel throwing & hand building ceramics, listening
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Poet, Novelist, potter, Doctor Who fan, denizen of Night Vale
Who I really am is just plain stubborn mixed with a crazy sense of optimism, and tempered by a dash of cynicism.

I write novels as LJ Cohen across the YA, fantasy, and speculative fiction genres and am represented by Nephele Tempest of The Knight Agency.

My published YA novels, FUTURE TENSE and  THE BETWEEN, are available at all the usual venues.

PEN-ULTIMATE: A Speculative Fiction Anthology, LJ Cohen & Talib Hussain, eds, is available in print and eBook editions (proceeds donated to the SFWA Emergency Medical Fund)

My short story, "I was a Teenage Alien" is in Theme-Thology: Invasion, published by HDWPBooks.

My short story, "The Forgetting" is in Theme-Thology: Day I Died, published by HDWPBooks.

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You can read the first three chapters of OATHBREAKER'S PRICE, an alternate-world fantasy novel, on Wattpad.

You can read the first three chapters of DERELICT, a science fiction novel I previously serialized and that is now revised and being readied for publication, on its story blog or on Wattpad.

I've also been known to make pottery and give it away. :)

FYI: I have political biases. I am concerned with social justice, gender issues, and feminism. I will talk about this side by side with writing craft, pottery, and cute animal pictures.
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Slept in a yurt on the Kyrgyz jaloo.
  • Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons
    Physical Therapy, 1984 - 1986
  • University of Rochester
    1980 - 1984
  • Hicksville High School
  • Hicksville Jr. High School
  • Burns Avenue Elementary School
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