NEW SCI-FI of 2023

There’s an excellent article on the Goodreads website. It includes a sampling of new fantasy and science fiction of this new year

It displays the covers of the books. If you click the image a popup window gives basic plot info. If that sounds interesting, the image has a link to a full page of detailed info and (in some cases) a link to where you can buy or pre-order the book.

Click the image to read the article.

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MARY MCCARTHY progress at 90%

I’ve just passed the 90% point in the third book in the Mary McCarthy: Shapechanger trilogy. Mary and her crew have now successfully created a commercially viable airplane. But airplanes need more than one airport to be successful.

So she is in Chicago looking for a location for a second airport. To check out the locations that an attorney has suggested she views them from the air. She wears camouflage to lessen the chances that she will be sighted. On sunshiny days the color of her clothing is blue. As you see here.

Click image to read the first few pages and to buy the books.

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VEGAN CONFEDERACY stories

An author whose works greatly influenced my stories was James Schmitz. I seek to give my readers the same feeling of wonder I feel reading anything he wrote.

I just finished re-reading a collection of his Vegan Confederacy stories and begun re-reading another collection. The second is of some of the stories taking place in the Confederacy’s Hub worlds.

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THE SILVERED Great Fantasy Novel

I just finished Tanya Huff‘s THE SILVERED. It pulled me in and pulled me along to the very end.

Understandably I highly recommend it. Available in Kindle, Audiobook, Hardcover.

From the Amazon website: The Empire has declared war on the small, were-ruled kingdom of Aydori, capturing five women of the Mage-Pack, including the wife of the Were Pack-leader. With the Pack off defending the border, it falls to Mirian Maylin and Tomas Hagen—she a low-level mage, he younger brother to the Pack-leader—to save them. Together the two set out on the kidnappers’ trail, racing into the heart of enemy territory.

I especially appreciated that the Were people were not brutalized by their animal side. This is a trope that I think is way overused.

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FREE MS Word is available

Recently I decided to use Microsoft Word rather than LibreOffice to write my stories. I wanted to use Grammarly to help me copyedit my stories and LO did not have that option.

The current version of MS Word is available only as a subscription service. I did not want to be captive to Microsoft in this way, nor pay the high price of the software. So I researched downloading free older versions. I found over a dozen places that said they had Word in its several versions. (The newer versions are 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, and 2019. They are no longer sold or supported by Microsoft, which is fine by me.)

I picked Word 2013 for various reasons. I then examined several websites that offered it free. I chose mysoftwarefree.com because over a dozen scam evaluator sites said it was virus free and because it had very clear and simple instructions on how to download and install Word.

I now have Word running. (I also got the rest of Office 2013. I don’t want those apps and will uninstall them sometime soon.) For now I’m happy with this version of Word and its ability to run Grammarly.

To download and install Word 2013 click this image.

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THE EMPRESS OF UNITY timeline

THE EMPRESS OF UNITY, a companion piece to THE SPACE ORPHAN trilogy, is contemporaneous with the middle book.

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Wonderful movie CARRIE PILBY

I just watched for the umpteenth time “Carrie Pilby” starring Bel Powley. Watching her face is a fascinating process; she reveals her feelings so clearly yet so subtly.

The action takes place from just before Thanksgiving through Christmas to New Year’s Eve. In that time Carrie journeys from blahness to happiness while meeting interesting characters, including one cad (who meets his just deserts, I’m glad to say).

I’m heartbroken that I’m not friends with this fictional character. Happily, I have some real-life friends who are just as terrific. I urge you to meet her too. To find out how go HERE.

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More FUN DANCING SCENES from Great Older Movies

Just for fun – a mashup of dancing scenes from movies set to the tune of Rasputin, performed by the German all-Black vocal group Boney M.

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ILIZA SHLESINGER hilarious comedy specials

I recently came across a genius comedienne, smart, creative, and most of all HILARIOUSLY funny. She is Iliza Shlesinger.

She has been working steadily since 2007. She is best known for five comedy specials. Here they are, from earliest to latest. I eagerly look forward to what she does next.

Click image to preview & add to your Watchlist/MyList.
The first two are on Amazon Video, the next three are on Netflix.

     

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FUN DANCING SCENES from Great Older Movies

Just for fun – a mashup of dancing scenes from movies set to the tune of Footloose.

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