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    Thursday, November 16th, 2017
    ruthi
    4:18a
    On Tuesday, (14th) my laptop came back from repair. I have a service contract thing that was bought with the laptop. So when I spilled soup on it by accident just before Halloween, they sent someone to pick it up, shipped it to their repair centre, and a scant couple of weeks later, here it is:

    They found faults and replaced:
    AC adapter, display, extension board, cable, mother board, keyboard, palm rest, extension board, battery. It looks new. It mostly is new.
    It had Windows on it.
    Now it is getting Ubuntu installed on it and a restore-from-backup.
    I don't want to touch it. It's so clean and un-oily and no crumbs on it and it is so shiny and new.
    (this I am typing on the beloved's work laptop. Which is at home because beloved is on holiday)

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    On Monday, (13th November) I went out with the beloved to see Thor: Ragnarok in our local cinema. We have a local cinema, now. It's been there for, two or three years? It's still new to me. It is close to to where we live! The old local cinema was closed for so many years.

    Thor: Ragnarok was very enjoyable. I am glad I went to see it. I managed to stay awake during all the fights! Usually the fights are where I fall asleep at movies. They don't have to be boring, they just often are.
    I had a special fondness for Korg.

    We stayed after the film and watched the mid-credits scene, and read some of the credits and cheered for the sysadmins, and watched the post-credits scene.

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    On Saturday, (4th November) I went out for Derek's birthday drinks and got there late.
    He gave me my Christmas present, a bottle of Claree. To be opened in December.
    I bought him some gin.
    There were more trans men in one place than I'd knowingly encountered before, I think. It was inspiring and hopeful (and a bit hard for me. I felt small emotional wobbles. I just tried to get through them and not load them on anyone else).

    After the drinking, I went on to Duckie with [personal profile] apiphile and with Fiona and Rory. found space to dance and it was fun. It was crowded and overheated, as usual :)
    Sometime after one [personal profile] morwen showed up, we said hello to her and grabbed her bag, and then she came in and danced with us.

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    On Friday, I met Derek out in Central London because he asked online for someone to buy him a coffee. I thought I'd be an arsehole and said 'Covent Garden' when he asked me to name a tube station, but joke's on me, as he's actually so fit now he just went up the stairs easily, and I arrived later and did all the waiting-for-the-lift (though it wasn't that bad).
    He chose a place that does monster milkshakes so I got one,
    https://www.instagram.com/p/BbCogoVnuzp/?taken-by=effienell
    It was caramel and it came with whipped cream and a doughnut and marshmallows on sticks.

    Then we wondered around Covent Garden, I was ambushed by some shops, At Paperechase I bought a notebook and a Pilot V-pen (which has a nib! like a fountain pen! But it's not re-fillable, as far as I know).
    Also tasted tea at tea-shops, wondered at the chocolate shops (some of which may be included on Derek's hot-chocolate tour), and so on. I bought some sealing-wax for the beloved's birthday.
    There was a sweet-shop which does prosecco-flavour and rosê wine flavour gummy seets, and some were acquired for the birthday boy.

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    It's been November, so I am doing the read-and-provide-feedback for [personal profile] apiphile's nano, he sends it out a chapter a day to friends who volunteered.

    In previous years I had it open in a word file on one half of the screen, with a text file for my comments in another half of the screen. (tip: Ctrl+windowskey+left arrow to get a window to fill left half of the screen, Ctrl+applekey+right arrow to get a window to fill right half of the screen. Then it's just shouting at the pointer to do what you meant, not what you asked)

    This year my laptop was away for the first couple of weeks, so I wrote my comments - including quoting the text to show where I am - by hand in my new notebook with my new pen, - then typed it out into an email to send back.
    I enjoy the writing by hand with the pen - it feels nice, when I get the angle right and the ink flows - but the typing it all in afterwards was a bit of a pain, because I was using my phone for that. Now I have my laptop back, I will be able to use it, but I don't know if I'll write and then type, or go back to typing directly.
    I am beginning to understand how/why my sister started her fountain pen collection.

    This entry was also posted at https://ruthi.dreamwidth.org/696809.html, where it has comment count unavailable comments. You can comment here, or there.
    Saturday, November 11th, 2017
    duskpeterson
    10:46p
    November 2017 fiction round-up. Theme: Resist!


    THIS MONTH'S THEME: Resist!

    After checking to see which of my series cover the topics of rebellion and reform, I was tempted to say, "Just go read my fic." However, for the record, here's the full list.

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    The Three Lands centers upon the efforts of a group of men and women to reform oppressive aspects of society in three nations, such as slavery. Sometimes these practices are justified on religious grounds, sometimes on the basis of maintaining an orderly, law-abiding society. Some of the efforts at reform take place from within the governments; other efforts are most decidedly outside the channels of accepted law-making. Here be rebels and spies.

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    The fourth and fifth volumes in the Eternal Dungeon series, On Guard and Sweet Blood, feature a rebellion by a group of prison-workers against the accepted practice of torture in a royal prison that is already well known for its past reforms. The seeds for the rebellion are sown in the first three volumes of the series. The story of the Eternal Dungeon continues in the Dungeon Guards series.

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    Michael's House is about an ex-prostitute who takes a most unusual approach to helping youths trapped in prostitution. Opposing him are the owners of houses of prostitution, the government, and all of respectable society.

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    Life Prison is about a rebellion from within: When a couple of abused prisoners decide they've had enough, their efforts at creating change give rise to a battle over how best to handle prisoners within a nation's prison system.

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    Waterman and Young Toughs are set in a society where one's rank is determined at birth, and where sexual relationships are forbidden between ranks. When a couple of youths set out to break both rules, trouble lies ahead – trouble that will be spearheaded by a group of young men and young women.

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    Princeling is set in a world where the noble soldiers fight each other in order to protect the "petties," the commoners. After centuries of warfare, the petties are tired of all this protection. When one of the nobles becomes disabled, he must decide who to side with in this emerging conflict between protector and protected.

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    Debt Price (Master/Other) is about a young terrorist who discovers that there are other paths to resistance than the one he has chosen.

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    Finally, the difficulty of determining who the villain is in any clash between society and societal rebels is explored in my contemporary novel Twenty Thousand Gold Stars (Unmasked).
     


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    NEW E-BOOK: Sweet Blood (The Eternal Dungeon)

    "Oh, Mercy and Hell. He would gladly allow himself to be flayed for eternity if he could thereby escape the responsibility of disciplining his love-mate for any future violations of the Code."

    The Eternal Dungeon has been split by a civil war, with the division clearly marked by a quarrel between two Seekers (torturers) whose faithfulness to each other has already become legendary. Into this explosive situation arrives a new Seeker, one who is determined to see that past evils do not continue in the dungeon. But can he keep control of himself when assigned a prisoner who falls in love with him?

    This tale of friendship, romance, and suspense can be read on its own or as the fifth volume in The Eternal Dungeon, an award-winning alternate history series set in a nineteenth-century prison where the psychologists wield whips.

    The Eternal Dungeon series is part of Turn-of-the-Century Toughs, a cycle of diverse alternate history series (The Eternal Dungeon, Dungeon Guards, Michael's House, Life Prison, Commando, Waterman, Young Toughs, and Dark Light) about adults and youths on the margins of society, and the people who love them. Set in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the novels and stories take place in an alternative version of America that was settled by inhabitants of the Old World in ancient times. As a result, the New World retains certain classical and medieval customs.

    Available as a free multiformat e-book or as a 99c Kindle e-book: Sweet Blood (The Eternal Dungeon).


    Excerpt )


    NOW AVAILABLE AS MULTIFORMAT E-BOOKS: The Three Lands

    Click on the covers for more information.

    Law LinksBlood Vow


    NEW ONLINE FICTION: The Eternal Dungeon and The Three Lands

    Information about my online fiction. Click on the title for the full blurb, tags, and story.
     

    Checkmate (The Eternal Dungeon). The Eternal Dungeon is no longer a prison. It's a battlefield. (E-book.)

    Famine or Feast (The Three Lands). Adrian knew that friendship was a fundamental custom of all mankind. Or so he thought, until his closest friend discovered a mysterious journal. [Includes spoilers for Law Links; see below.]


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    CURRENTLY ONLINE SERIALIZATIONS: The Three Lands, The Eternal Dungeon, and Life Prison

    Information about my online fiction. Click on the titles for the full blurbs, tags, and stories.
     

    Law Links (The Three Lands). Few events are more thrilling in a young man's life than a blood feud between two villages. Or so Adrian thought. (E-book.)

    Truth and Trust (The Eternal Dungeon). He has ten days to prepare for his performance in the Eternal Dungeon's first play. He may have fewer days than that to fight for his career and to save his prisoner's life. (E-book.)

    Mercy's Prisoner (Life Prison). A cold-hearted murderer. A vicious abuser. A young man hiding a shameful secret. A bewildered immigrant. A pure-minded spy. All of these men have found their appointed places at Mercy Life Prison, where it is easy to tell who your enemies are. But a new visitor to Mercy is about to challenge decades-old customs. Now these men's worst enemies may be hiding behind masks . . . and so may their closest allies. (E-book.)
     


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    MY NEW HISTORICAL RESEARCH BUSINESS

    Historicalfic: Historical Research for Fiction Writers is my new business. Those of you who read or write historical genres may be interested in Historicalfic's Twitter account, @historicalnovel, where I've been posting links to resources on historical research and historical genres. If any of you know of writers who might be interested in my research services (now or in the future), or know of writing communities whose members might be interested, I hope you'll spread the word.
     


    ONE MILLION WORDS

    I reached a new milestone in October: I've now posted over one million words of online fiction. This year alone, I'll have added half a million words to my collection of online fiction. I hope that you're all enjoying the stories.

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    I began posting fiction to e-mail lists in January 2002. This is the table of contents of my first website, from May 2002.



    REVIEW: The Breaking (The Eternal Dungeon)

    "Wow! This short fantasy left me hungry for more." —Gina Marie (Amazon customer) on Rebirth 1: The Breaking (The Eternal Dungeon).
     


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    NEW STORY TAGS

    I've updated the story tags page with a new category: Stories of home life and community life. Amidst all my usual stories of threats to life or limb, I've been sneaking in a fair number of stories on quiet domestic life. (Or as quiet as my characters are ever permitted. Usually there's a threat to life or limb somewhere in there.)
     


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    FEATURED BACKLIST TITLE: Rebirth (The Eternal Dungeon, Volume 1)

    "'This prisoner deserves special treatment.' The hooded man looked over at the young man again."

    Elsdon Taylor, a prisoner accused of committing a terrible murder. Layle Smith, a torturer with a terrible past. Their meeting in the Eternal Dungeon appears certain to bring out the worst in both men.

    Yet neither man is quite what he appears. As the prisoner and his torturer begin to be drawn toward each other, the ripple effects of their meeting will have a powerful impact on other inhabitants of the Eternal Dungeon: Layle's faithful guard, struggling to contain his doubts. A younger guard determined to take any shortcuts necessary to ensure that his life follows the path he has already chosen. An old love from Layle's past, still sorrowing. And most of all, a prisoner who has not yet arrived at the Eternal Dungeon, but whose fate will depend on how Layle handles Elsdon Taylor . . . and on how Elsdon handles Layle Smith.

    A winner of the 2011 Rainbow Awards (within the "Eternal Dungeon" omnibus), this tale of friendship, romance, and suspense can be read on its own or as the fifth volume in The Eternal Dungeon, an alternate history series set in a nineteenth-century prison where the psychologists wield whips.

    The Eternal Dungeon series is part of Turn-of-the-Century Toughs, a cycle of diverse alternate history series (The Eternal Dungeon, Dungeon Guards, Michael's House, Life Prison, Commando, Waterman, Young Toughs, and Dark Light) about adults and youths on the margins of society, and the people who love them. Set in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the novels and stories take place in an alternative version of America that was settled by inhabitants of the Old World in ancient times. As a result, the New World retains certain classical and medieval customs.

    Available as a free multiformat e-book or as a 99c Kindle e-book: Rebirth (The Eternal Dungeon).


    Excerpt )
    duskpeterson
    10:43p
    Online serializations: Law Links 22/27, Mercy's Prisoner 19/23, Truth & Trust 10/15
    Law Links


    "Sometimes I feel that he is as mysterious as the gods, and that he is hiding something of vital importance from me. Something that would transform my life."

    Few events are more thrilling in a young man's life than a blood feud between two villages. Or so Adrian thought.

    Torn between affection toward his traditional-minded father and worship of his peace-loving, heretical priest, Adrian finds himself caught between two incompatible visions of his duty to the gods. Then the Jackal God sends Adrian a message that will disrupt his world and send him fleeing to a new and perilous life.




    Mercy's Prisoner


    "'You have committed a vile and savage act, one that any other nation would punish with death. Our punishment, on the other hand, will only be to give you what you want. You have sought to live in a world without boundaries of civilization, and such a world shall henceforth be your dwelling place.'"

    A cold-hearted murderer. A vicious abuser. A young man hiding a shameful secret. A bewildered immigrant. A pure-minded spy.

    All of these men have found their appointed places at Mercy Life Prison, where it is easy to tell who your enemies are. But a new visitor to Mercy is about to challenge decades-old customs. Now these men's worst enemies may be hiding behind masks . . . and so may their closest allies.




    Sweet Blood


    "He tried to keep his voice calm, though his pulse was racing."

    Time is running out.

    Vito de Vere has ten days to prepare for his performance in the Eternal Dungeon's first play. He may have fewer days than that to fight for his career and to save his prisoner's life.

    As the Eternal Dungeon prepares for the greatest change it has ever undergone, Vito must prove his worth by breaking and transforming a criminal. Nobody else is likely to manage it. And nobody but himself cares so passionately whether his prisoner survives.

    As an actor, Vito portrays the qualities of courage, love, truth, and trust. Now he must find the strength to take those qualities into the breaking cell.




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    lexin
    9:31p
    In Flanders fields the poppies blow
    Between the crosses, row on row,
    That mark our place; and in the sky
    The larks, still bravely singing, fly
    Scarce heard amid the guns below.

    We are the Dead. Short days ago
    We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
    Loved and were loved, and now we lie
    In Flanders fields.

    Take up our quarrel with the foe:
    To you from failing hands we throw
    The torch; be yours to hold it high.
    If ye break faith with us who die
    We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
    In Flanders fields.


    John McCrae

    This entry was originally posted at https://lexin.dreamwidth.org/649948.html. You can comment here or there, it's up to you.
    Tuesday, November 7th, 2017
    duskpeterson
    9:01p
    Online serializations: Law Links 21/27, Mercy's Prisoner 18/23, Truth & Trust 9/15
    Law Links


    "Sometimes I feel that he is as mysterious as the gods, and that he is hiding something of vital importance from me. Something that would transform my life."

    Few events are more thrilling in a young man's life than a blood feud between two villages. Or so Adrian thought.

    Torn between affection toward his traditional-minded father and worship of his peace-loving, heretical priest, Adrian finds himself caught between two incompatible visions of his duty to the gods. Then the Jackal God sends Adrian a message that will disrupt his world and send him fleeing to a new and perilous life.




    Isolation


    "'You have committed a vile and savage act, one that any other nation would punish with death. Our punishment, on the other hand, will only be to give you what you want. You have sought to live in a world without boundaries of civilization, and such a world shall henceforth be your dwelling place.'"

    A cold-hearted murderer. A vicious abuser. A young man hiding a shameful secret. A bewildered immigrant. A pure-minded spy.

    All of these men have found their appointed places at Mercy Life Prison, where it is easy to tell who your enemies are. But a new visitor to Mercy is about to challenge decades-old customs. Now these men's worst enemies may be hiding behind masks . . . and so may their closest allies.




    Sweet Blood


    "He tried to keep his voice calm, though his pulse was racing."

    Time is running out.

    Vito de Vere has ten days to prepare for his performance in the Eternal Dungeon's first play. He may have fewer days than that to fight for his career and to save his prisoner's life.

    As the Eternal Dungeon prepares for the greatest change it has ever undergone, Vito must prove his worth by breaking and transforming a criminal. Nobody else is likely to manage it. And nobody but himself cares so passionately whether his prisoner survives.

    As an actor, Vito portrays the qualities of courage, love, truth, and trust. Now he must find the strength to take those qualities into the breaking cell.




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    duskpeterson
    8:58p
    Daily life: Hypomania, bedbugs, and editing
    Me for the last three weeks at online forums that I'm visiting for reasons connected to my new business: "Fun, fun, fun! Talking to people online again, after staying off online forums for a long time!"

    Me every following morning: "Oh my god, what did I say yesterday?"

    My new model is Hillary Rodham Clinton. I don't think she has made a single spontaneous remark in public for forty years.

    In all seriousness, my hypomania has been giving me lots of trouble, and I'm bound and determined to wrestle it into decent behavior. Slow blogging helps. So here's a brief update on what I've been up to:

    1) Our overly friendly bedbugs are going to take $3000 to eradicate. Joe asked, "Can we just name them and keep them as pets?"

    2) My new business is going as well as I might expect it to at this stage. People know it exists now.

    3) What with landlord inspections, bedbugs, and business, I've scarcely gotten a word written since July. However, I'm making some needed progress on editing and layout, and I'm channelling my inner Super Editor for NaNoWriMo. I'm hoping that, by the end of the year, I'll have 110,000 words' worth of new fiction ready to post next year, as well as many reissues of ebooks as online fiction.

    4) Other stuff going on in my life this fall: lots of medical appointments (including a routine medical procedure requiring anesthesia next week), my usual pleasant interactions with family members, and did I mention that prepping for bedbug extermination requires me to get rid of tons of stuff so that there will be room in our cluttered apartment for the exterminators' equipment?
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