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May 26th, 2017


01:00 pm
"Iiiit's that time again!"

"Time to wear the lilac?"

"Time to steal the Death Star plans?"

"Nooooo. It's time for another New York / New Jersey area housefilk!"

Next Sunday afternoon, June 4, from 12 to 4 pm.
Aaron Davies will be our host.

The address is: 100 Christopher Columbus Dr., Jersey City, NJ 07302 (right next to the Grove St. PATH Station; exit from the middle of the platform and go up the escalator).

Once in the building, take the elevator to the seventh floor and go through the door between the two pairs of elevators; turn right and the room is on your right, just past the kitchen.

RSVP by emailing adavies42(at)me(dot)com. Feel free to boost the signal!

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May 19th, 2017


12:50 pm - Contata: Call for Volunteers
The Contata Con Committee Needs YOU!

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January 11th, 2017


12:52 pm
"Iiiit's that time again!"

"Story time?"

"Hammer time?"

"Greenwich Mean Time?"


"Nooooo. It's time for another New York / New Jersey area housefilk!"

Sunday, January 22nd, 2017, at the home of Josh Kronengold and Lisa Padol in Woodside, Queens. Details and RSVP here or here.

Feel free to boost the signal!

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January 2nd, 2017


09:05 pm
Once again: the full list of books I read in the past year. Not counted are comic books, graphic novels, fanfics, works in progress that I have edited or beta-read, or webcomics. (For this year, that means that among other things I am not counting having FINISHED HOMESTUCK.)

Titles behind the cut-tag.Collapse )

My total count is up considerably, from 142 to 163. First-time-read count is likewise up, from 35 (25% of all books read this year) to 56 (34%).

My five most-read authors this year were Lois McMaster Bujold, Naomi Novik, David Eddings, Diane Duane, and Dorothy Sayers. Topping the first-time-read chart this year are Maggie Stiefvater, Dorothy Sayers, Catherynne M. Valente, Brandon Sanderson, Scott Lynch, and Jo Walton (with the last two tied).

William Gibson's Pattern Recognition and Jo Walton's Among Others are still my most-reread books over the nine years I've been tracking. Following them are Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn trilogy, Lois McMaster Bujold's The Curse of Chalion, Janet Kagan's Hellspark, and Dorothy Sayers's Busman's Honeymoon.

And because I didn't say so the other night: Happy New Year to all, and may this year be better than the last. (Please and thank you, God, okay?)

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November 8th, 2016


03:04 pm
Question, for everyone here who attended OVFF: did anyone get video of the Pegasus nominees concert and/or the awards ceremony? I'd really love to be able to show it to some people who weren't there.

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November 7th, 2016


06:03 pm
Oh god, I won.

2016 Pegasus award, Best Filk Song: "Creatures of Dream."

I ... have a lot I want to say about this song and this honor, but there's one thing I really should have said upon acceptance, and that's gotta come first. "Creatures of Dream" wouldn't exist without Jesse Dangerously, who introduced me to nerdcore and told me that there was no reason I couldn't write rap and said super nice things about the first lyrics I sent him, and cobbled together the original beat for this song in a cave out of a box of scraps. (Said scraps including Dave Carter and Tracy Grammer's "Shadows of Evangeline", and voice samples from the late greats Jim Henson and Gene Wilder.)

The other really important thing is what I did say on acceptance, and that's that if you don't usually like rap but you like this song, then I guarantee you: there is other rap you will like. And over the next week or so, hopefully with Jesse's help, I will be putting together a long list of tracks and artists you should check out, because without all of these other brilliant lyricists and rappers I couldn't have written anything like this.

And, well ... I also couldn't have written it, or had any faintest notion of performing it for anyone, if it weren't for the filk community. Because this song is quite possibly the most viscerally autobiographical thing I've ever done -- and I knew, the whole time I was writing it, that there were people who would listen to it because in filk we listen to everybody, and who would both sympathize and understand. That these things I was saying, that were fundamentally true about me, were also fundamentally true about a lot of you too. You know where I've been, because you've been where I am.

(As evidenced by the fact that "Creatures of Dream" and one of the other nominees this year, Vixy and Tony's "We Are Who We Are", are basically twins.) (-- and while I'm on that subject, can I just say? There was not a single song in the category this year that I would not have been proud to lose to. Such a great, great ballot this year, you guys; I fully intend to nominate all of these songs again until they win.)

I'm still a little overwhelmed and I don't see that passing anytime soon. To the filk community: thank you. Thank you all so much.

If anybody would cross-post or link to this on Facebook, wherever filk people will see it, I would be most grateful.

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September 11th, 2016


03:45 pm
So hey friends, especially certain friends from Milliways: If I were to (at long last) try watching Revolutionary Girl Utena, would you recommend dubbed or subtitled? My understanding is that subtitled is generally to be preferred, but I'd be interested in hearing about it if any of you have watched both.

Also: has anyone here watched Stranger Things? BOY DO I HAVE A LOT OF FEELINGS ABOUT IT.

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August 18th, 2016


08:13 am
"Iiiit's that time again!"

"Time to go to Worldcon?"

"Time to go look at the 2016 Pegasus Awards ballot?"

"Nooo -- well, yes. But it's also time for another New York / New Jersey area housefilk!"

Sunday, August 28, at the home of [personal profile] ladymondegreen et al in Jersey City. Details and RSVP here or here. Feel free to boost the signal!

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July 14th, 2016


10:59 pm - Things!
Thing the first: As the Pegasus Awards Nomination deadline draws closer, I've been signal-boosting elsewhere on the internet, and realized I should probably do the same here. Go check out the brainstorming poll! And then nominate! Nominate like the WIND! (I also embarked on a project of compiling audio links of the brainstorming poll results, but there is seriously not going to be enough time to do it. But go check out the list anyway!)
(also: "Creatures of Dream" made the brainstorming poll aaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhh)

Thing the second: I have just reposted a bunch of short-short ficbits I wrote on tumblr to my AO3 account, including the "Blue Food" one that some of you have heard me talking about recently.

Thing the third: my lost phone has been found and returned to me by a kind and helpful stranger! Now I just need to copy all the old phone numbers into the new phone. Unless I can just get the SIM card transferred. Note to self: look into that.

Thing the fourth: the kidney stone saga continues, very boringly. As of a week ago today I have had ~*laser surgery*~ on one of them, and I am assured that at this point I should have a bunch of fine sand-to-gravel where the biggest stone used to be. Sadly, neither the lasers nor the earlier sonic blast treatment appear to have conferred any superpowers.

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June 30th, 2016


11:07 am - Music news!
So for those of you who don't follow me on tumblr, especially my fellow filkers: there is now an official studio recording of "Creatures of Dream".

Some of you probably remember Jesse Dangerously coming to join me at FKO to perform this song; we took advantage of being in the same place and of Jesse's portable recording equipment to cut this track the following morning. And I am so glad we did.

Please feel free to share it around!

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