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Today was the first of two "Postgraduate Research Induction" sessions at the University of Aberdeen.

The morning included a lot of talking from the Dean of Graduate Studies, and some talking from a number of others -- the library services, careers services, and so on.

There was a "networking bingo" game which is a sort of specially-designed hell for introverts where we had to talk to people to find out if they had attributes printed in the squares. It was, in fairness, a lot better than just being encouraged to talk to people without that kind of structure, but there wasn't really enough time to get to know anyone properly and also fill in the sheet.

There was nothing at all on how to do a research PhD that's actually a portfolio of your own artistic work and an accompanying dissertation, nor did I meet anyone else who's doing that. So I feel like I used 4 hours of concentration for something that was actually pretty low-value for me. But at least I'm writing about my work more, now, and reading other people's thoughts about contemporary music, and even doing some listening (not much yet, but give it time).

I ran some errands and had some lunch, then came back and listened to Kyle Randall's New Gothic Mass, which I wasn't desperately impressed by, though I'll listen again when I'm less tired.

And I've transferred over my bulletjournal, finally, not having managed to get around to it last night after all.


Feb. 23rd, 2017 01:55 pm
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I've always had a strange, distant relationship with my family, but after the trip to Australia to see my mother, it only seemed right to take a trip to France to meet with my father. It was a much shorter trip and the time passed quickly, but I enjoyed the time I spent there and expect to return again.


A short trip to France )

The full set of photographs are here on Flickr.

Belated Reading Wednesday 22/02

Feb. 23rd, 2017 12:03 pm
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Recently read: A couple of cute things:
Ghetto Swirl by Terry Blas. A lovely comic about a nerdy, Mexican, gay, Mormon and some street kids.

In which a New Type of Dragon is revealed by [personal profile] hatam_soferet

Currently reading: A journey to the end of the millennium by AB Yehoshua. Still a bit slow, still a bit sexist, but compelling in spite of that.

Up next: I am not sure, I have a lot of things vaguely on my to-read pile, but it'll probably take me a while to finish the Yehoshua.


Feb. 22nd, 2017 06:27 pm
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Yesterday: packing, mostly, which involved lots of laundry and turning the radiators on specially to dry it. But in between that I found some poetry to add to Words for Songs, and another modern poet whose feed to follow. So there's that. I also found some bits and pieces to listen to on Bandcamp.

I think some of the issue for me with getting my academic reading and listening done is that I don't have regular, routine reading or listening times *at all*. So turning this DW account into a place that I do at least some of the reading, and trying to figure out how listening fits into a schedule, is a good thing. Academic research-like reading is going to be different than reading poetry on the internet, but just doing some work-related reading each day is stil better than nothing. Ideally, if I want these changes to stick, they're going to have to be organic and habitual, rather than attempting to do an immediate complete overhaul of my routines. And ideally, I do wnat these changes to stick beyond the PhD. Not reading enough poetry is the main reason I so often struggle to find the right words for a composition; not reading enough of the researchy, theoretical stuff is less obviously limiting, but being able to do self-directed intellectual study at a higher level than "hey, that book looks interesting" or "Oh crap I need to know about widgets, what does the internet say about them?" is going to serve me well no matter what I do. (The practical skills side of this I can already self-direct to an extent I'm fairly happy with, but it's a while since I pushed myself in the arena of learning information.)

Today I spent on the train to Aberdeen. I was going to transfer over to a new bullet journal but the train was too bumpy, and I was not concentrating well. So I mostly spent the journey reading non-PhD stuff, nodding off, and staring at the sea.

Going to have some supper, unpack, and then see how much of the BuJo transfer I can do before bed, and try to figure out what tomorrow's schedule is like -- it's some kind of postgraduate induction thing, with a lot of emphasis on experimental ethics committees. I think there's a concert in the evening, too.

It would be sensible for me to make a post here with things like the regular times of services at St Andrew's Episcopal, opening hours for various restaurants, and so on; I tend to forget while I'm away and no longer need the information, and as I'm currently getting through a bullet journal every 3 months (I have a lot of ideas, okay?), and it's the sort of thing that's useful to have but not crucial to have offline, it's more sensible to store some of that stuff in a bookmark.
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Writing to peers is a bit of a faff. Well, the writing bit less so, working out who to write to is the faff. is the best source of suggestions for what to write. It also has information on how to choose who to write to.

Write to a specific lord (search by name) here:
Or use to search by other factors - e.g. words they have mentioned in debate, or connections to a location. The other benefit of this is that you can check whether a given peer is someone who turns up to debates or not.
These both limit you to 6 emails a day (the rationale being that above that, messages will be dismissed as spam). Many peers use the general House of Commons email address and this is a convenient way to email them. The form will put in the correct form of address for you.

However, using you can look up email addresses, and if you find peers listing a different address, not just the HoL one, you can email them separately at that address. for how to get the form of address right (NB that's Dear Lady Mobarik, frex, not Dear Lady Baroness Mobarik, not completely clear from that article).

In addition, the following are members of the government so subject to whip, and so may be less useful to write to:
Baroness Neville-Rolfe (Treasury), Baroness Williams of Trafford (HO), Baroness Joanna Shields (HO), Baroness Anelay of St Johns (FCO), Lord Keen of Elie (MoJ), Lord Nash (Education), Lord Bridges of Headley (ExEU), Lord Prior of Brampton (BIS), Lord O'Shaughnessy (Health), Lord Henley (DWP), Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon (Transport), Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth (DCLG), Baroness Evans of Bowes Park, Lord Dunlop (Scotland), Lord Gardiner of Kimble (Biosecurity), Lord Bates (int dev), Lord Ashton of Hyde (cult), Lord Taylor of Holbeach, Earl of Courtown, Baroness Mobarik, Viscount Younger of Leckie, Lord Young of Cookham, Baroness Goldie, Baroness Buscombe, Baroness Vere of Norbiton, Lord O'Shaughnessy (all whips)

Other useful links: "Case updates" has ideas and material they've sent to all the Lords and previous stuff they sent to MPs

Yorkshire Pudding

Feb. 21st, 2017 08:49 am
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 Good longsword session last night in spite of my voice being crap.

My possible new dancer did show up and she enjoyed herself.

Even better, her daughter did too.  Not dancing, but sitting down reading the library books. Her daughter has Down's Syndrome, but she was in her element sitting in the children's corner with all the picture books.

In spite of the usual problems of being a small group (the odds of being below critical numbers are high, as it only needs a few people to fall ill...) we managed to work on the new four man dance I'm writing - now called 'Yorkshire Pudding' -and progress further  on Lingdale - a traditional 6 man dance.

It's starting to come together, but once people master the basic moves it becomes important to work on the timing and that's where we still need to improve.

Not sure if any of you will be at Redemption this weekend, but if you are, come and join in the longsword workshop!

worklog: blogging

Feb. 20th, 2017 11:26 pm
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Made a blog post that is both a quotidian update of the week, and delves into my feelings aorund #1daywithoutus a bit.

Very tired now.

worklog: yakshaving

Feb. 20th, 2017 09:27 pm
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Not much work today; partly because I was sortof avoiding it because of #1daywithoutus, and partly because I'm very tired.

I did finally add a user icon here, and found some more people to follow who are interested in choral music. I'm... not entirely sure where I'm going with the social networking? This all feels much smaller than Livejournal was in its heyday, but maybe that's a good thing. Anyway, if you're new here, hello, and welcome, and stuff.

I was going to post something on my blog about being an immigrant, but I didn't really know what to write. I might have one more try at it, as I also need to do my weekly summary update.

Thinking about also posting a weekly link roundup. Here? There? Probably there.

The writing here is to catch my thoughts, take PhD-related notes, and get used to writing about my work at a variety of different levels. I'm not locking most of it. If I'm going to write a dissertation as well as compose a portfolio, I need to be in the habit of stringing more than 140 characters together on the regular.

The writing at my blog is much more about things that will be interesting to people who like or are interested my choral music but don't necessarily care much about the academic processes (or my struggles with them), don't want to see a zillion half-baked ideas, aren't necessarily interested in the nuts and bolts. It's public-facing. But it should probably still have some personality, so a link roundup that is partly social justice, partly music-related, partly church-related, is probably good, as long as it isn't too spammy. (One of the ways to make it not seem so spammy, of course, is to cross-pollinate links from DW which don't necessarily make it on to Twitter and the Book of Face.)

If you want to follow both I'm pretty sure there's a feed thing somewhere here. Ah, yes: [syndicated profile] artsyhonker_blog_feed is it.
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So there is Hiveworks, which is a creator-owned comic collective; it looks like there revenue comes from advertising, and they have various mentoring services and so on.

Could something similar work with sheet music publishing?

When I've spoken to traditional publishers, they've generally not been willing to talk about the Creative Commons thing. From their perspective, publishing something that people are allowed to photocopy, and could even reproduce themselves by downloading the work from online, is no way to make a living.

I think this is a misunderstanding of the market for deadtree format sheet music:

1) When I am performing regularly, I frequently buy scores that are in the public domain, because printing things at home is annoying or inconvenient or, in the end, not much cheaper.

2) There are still a number of people who only really buy sheet music by post or in actual shops; while this is a shrinking market, the problems of e-scores (readers are expensive and run out of battery; you can't write on electronic scores anywhere near as easily as you can paper ones with a pencil, or draw pictures of the conductor with a dragon's head for that matter; nobody has really got page turns right; DRM of any kind at all is really annoying if you're buying a piece of music thinking your choir might sing it again in 5 or 10 years) are not really going away quickly yet, and in the meantime, fewer people who own computers have access to a printer at home.

3) In terms of choral music, at least, you can charge a bit more for a "photocopiable resource": I've seen some publishers experimenting with this with the Christian Copyright Licensing Initiative. (The difference between that and CC by-SA? CC by-SA requires no admin on the part of the consumer, and rather less on the part of the composer, too. CCLI is an awkward workaround, and it shows.)

Further, when people go to download music from e.g. the Choral Public Domain Library or IMSLP, they're usually looking for something they already know to be in the public domain. When they go to a bricks-and-mortar or even an online sheet music shop, they're looking for new stuff. My work is new -- but it's on CPDL. Oh, and Lulu, which also isn't somewhere people go to look for sheet music.

Just as e-books have not, in fact, meant that people stop buying deadtree format books, I don't think electronic scores are going to kill the deadtree format music library just yet.

I think it's also a misunderstanding of the nature of copyright and copyright infringement. In general, if someone is going to photocopy my music, they're going to do it anyway, and sortof hope they don't get caught.

Anyway, I am wondering whether some kind of collectively-owned publishing house which explicitly allows composers to choose Creative Commons licenses -- or not, if the composer in question would rather not -- would be a good idea.

I suppose this is just more fleshing out of this idea about a print-on-demand music publisher. The difference between that and this? Collective ownership, and a presence (in due course) in bricks-and-mortar sheet music shops where they exist. (I don't think most of the existing small sheet music publishers do print-on-demand -- I think they do a bulk order from a music reprographics company, and then warehouse it and distribute. I know of one print-on-demand music reprographics company that also does distribution, which isn't cheap, but a co-op might be a good way to manage the cost.)

The thing about print-on-demand is that without the warehousing costs, and with distribution being outsourced, you don't necessarily have to play the crappy gatekeeping game of only having a certain "standard" of composer, either (and very often this is more about an old boys' network and the perceived necessity of going for a certain style, than anything else). You can still have the equivalent of whoever it is that decides to send a catalogue showcasing certain repertoire to the brick-and-mortar shops, print that when they order it, and also have ten thousand "long tail" pieces of music that only get printed when someone requests them -- only now, they can request them from brick-and-mortar shops, too. Further, if you have a decent online shop with decent search engine optimisation etc, you can use the sales figures from that to predict what to send to the brick-and-mortar shops; and since it's a composer-owned co-op you can also ask composers to give you some of their social media stats etc (strictly on an opt-in basis, of course) and add some of the more popular ones there to the deadtree catalogue, so that people like me who are mostly focused on free downloads and Patreon can still have offline representation.

I do think hybrid models like this are a way that the publishing industry can stop eating itself, and that artist ownership is likely to be beneficial. However, I do not know how to get there from here, I don't even know many other composers who use CC by-SA, and I'm supposed to be doing a PhD, not starting companies.


Feb. 20th, 2017 07:40 pm
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I've had a good month for seeing friends I don't spend time with often enough. I managed long phone chats with [personal profile] hatam_soferet and [personal profile] lethargic_man, and [personal profile] jack and I managed to get most of a weekend with [personal profile] doseybat and her mother and [personal profile] pplfichi, and the wonderful [personal profile] angelofthenorth came to stay with me for a few days.

I feel really really blessed by having such wonderful friends, especially when they reach out to me when I'm doing badly at keeping in touch. And several other people have got in touch too and I really do want to get back to them to make plans. And I'm not doing at all well at posting or commenting here (though I'm still reading, definitely, I haven't missed a day.)

slightly angsty )

Anyway, the only way to restart the habit of posting here is to just go ahead and do so. Have a meme which [ profile] ghoti sensibly imported from FB: suggest a category and I'll tell you my top five things in that category. Feel free to propagate it if you think it would be a fun thing to do in your own journal.

Voice and longsword

Feb. 20th, 2017 05:48 pm
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 Two asthma attacks in a couple of weeks and the medication is sending my voice into the pits. Which is unfortunate as I'm teaching longsword tonight and doing  a couple of dance workshops at Redemption this weekend.

Still, dance teaching is one of the few things I'm willing to do even when my voice is shot to pieces.  Though it would be easier if I could persuade someone else to call the count when people are learning figures.

It's all about getting the feet to fit the music.  There's 16 beats in a lot of the tunes and each person's moves have to fit in with that pattern.

Left, right, left, right, hop on right, left foot over sword, hop on left, right.  

That's one person going over the sword in their left hand, starting outside the circle and stepping into it (lifting their own sword over their head and turning clockwise as they go).

That's 6 steps in total, so 6 dancers will do it exactly in 3 passes through the music. (three verses of Bobby Shafto in this case)

It's also a lot of calling, as they have problems getting the steps right on new moves unless I call them.

But, there's an outside chance we might have a new dancer tonight, so no way am I going to cancel!


Feb. 20th, 2017 02:33 pm
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I need to get round to some letter-writing activism. If you need to also, then you are welcome at my house (in Cambridge) this evening to do so, from 8:30ish. DM me if you need the address.
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Oops. I lost track of everything happening online. In my defense, I was ill with two different bugs one after the other and then spent a chilled half term with my inlaws in The North, mostly disconnected from the internet. (It was lovely and I actually feel human again now.)

Anyway, I utterly missed the reveals for [community profile] festivids. And had failed to actually upload a signed version of my vid anyway. So here it is, a week late.

My recipient asked me for a Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell vid, preferably about John Childermass. I was very pleased with this, since it's basically the mirror (sorry) vid to the one I made last year about the women :D Maybe next year I'll make one about the actual title characters??

It's six minutes long. I know, I know. But it was really hard to find a fitting song! Then I remembered this one and I loved it, so I just went for it. And actually, I think it's very much the best vid I've made so far. It's also much more haphazard than usual -- in the past I've been obsessively matching every lyric and beat to a clip, but I made a much more meandering thing this time, and I think it worked for the song/theme/atmosphere/whatever. I'm pretty proud of it, anyway. I'd really appreciate you watching!

A Tune Like the End of the World: a John Childermass vid
Song: One More Mazurka by Telling The Bees
for [personal profile] actiaslunaris
CN for mild violence
Thank you [personal profile] sholio for the beta help!

A Tune Like the End of the World from frith_in_thorns on Vimeo.

(You can download from vimeo)


Feb. 18th, 2017 10:57 am
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16th Feb was a difficult day for me, and in the end I said "sod it" to work and did some gardening instead.

Yesterday was a bit better, but though I was working on composing for part of it, I didn't really... get anywhere.

I think on days like that, it would be better for me to set a timer for 30 minutes and if I haven't written anything, give up and do some reading or some listening.

It wasn't a completely wasted day, though, because there was a ULCC rehearsal in the evening. I always feel better after a good sing. We rehearsed Tallis 'Sancte Deus' which I love; it has that ambiguity over major and minor, and instability of key, that I enjoy so much. This time I noticed that in the final "Amen" section, every part has a sort of ascending pattern: the highest note in the phrase is one higher than the last, for three phrases. This makes me think that the word underlay in the alto part of our copies is wrong, as they have one more "Amen" than the rest of us; whoever put it in (rather than just having one very long A----------men) clearly wasn't paying attention to that.

We also worked on John Ireland's Mass setting, which is rather lovely, and SS Wesley 'Wash me Throughly', which again is harmonically somewhat twisty.

Today is a sort-of work day, too. I've moved the draft of Winter Stars onto the computer, and I'm participating very gently in the February Crowdfunding Creative Jam.

Lent starts soon and I've been thinking about a Lenten discipline to take up. One strong contender: "some PhD reading and some PhD listening every day". Sundays are exempt. I don't generally give up physical things (chronic pain means my flesh is, essentially, self-mortifying already), and there's a bit of me that is thinking "yes, but a Lenten discipline shouldn't be something you ought to do anyway" -- but if taking this up as a religious discipline would allow me to get into the habit and stop being avoidant about it, then it would be a good thing, to be sure. And working through fears and blocks, getting over one's self if you like, is very much part of Lenten discipline, for me; I cannot focus on, listen to and obey Christ if I am so busy avoiding my fears that I am unable to fulfil my academic or creative duties.

That said, there are other contenders, not for discussion here, which may yet win out; I haven't decided. The biggest danger for me is of choosing too many things, so that my Lenten discipline looks something like "give up snooze button, go to Morning Prayer, 2h bike ride, reading, spend no money" and I give up after half a week, or cannot schedule it around other commitments.

Raging against the machine.

Feb. 17th, 2017 07:50 pm
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Actually raging against Microsoft, and needing a place to vent.

In octotber last year I decided that increasing my excel skills, learning some more VBA and discovering how access works was a good idea. (My last test was with access 97 which was *horrible*)
I bought Microsoft office 2016 64 bit at a site called digital licence.

It was registered to a user called ''.
(Obviously myfirstname was my actual name. And that is a used email address).

I receive a key/CoA and a link to download the program.
That link was on an external site ( which requred me to create yet another account. I tried the same email address as username as I used before.

It was rejected for unknown reasons.

I tried
It was rejected for unknown reasons.

I triedmy
It was rejected for unknown reasons.

I tried a dozen more emails variations. But with my regular domain as well with various external sites for throw away mail adresses. Nothing worked. After an hour I assumed that trying it at a later time might be more productive.

A week later I tried again, and again, and again.

Really, has MS internal problems. Might I be unlucky?
Lets wait a few more days.

That did not help. MS still does now allow me to create some account. Weird.

A few months later. I try again, and again, and again, and again.
I make a typo and end up with' user username.
Suddenly it is accepted. Apparently any account with *office* in it was banned, without mentioning that to the user!

Arg. Please fire whoecver decided that that was acceptable without clear error message.
So many hours wasted on this.

OK, now I got a MS account so I can download office. Hopefully I can throw away the account afterwards. Go to the download site. Login again. Enter key.

"Sorry, we cannot find this product key in our database"

Apparently if you do not redeem it [nearly] immediately then your key is lost.

Email sent to the place I bought it from.
Wait one week.
Phone call since this is taking too long for a place which prides itself on cusomer service.
Quick pickup. Claim that the mail did not arrive. Forward same mail from the BCC: to myself.

One mail that I did not use the key. (OK, only logical) and next day I got a new key.

Log in, MS account suspended (No reason mentioned, but it might have to do with trying to registered a key a few dozen times).

Create yet another new account.
Paste key.
Yes, download is starting!

10 second later. WTF, why a 3 MB installer. Nooooooooo! not oline installers! Curse them!

Testing it anyway:
* No change to choose installation path.
* no chance to choose which items to install.
* No chance to choose regular or legacy (32bit version).

Instead if installs all office 2016 apps into a default location.

Now I did not want outlook, nor word, nor power point, nor....
I wanted excel and access. And Lync is acceptable.
I did not want any other unused cruft on my limited space SSD.

Lets sleep on it and try again.

Next morning: click on the small letters to get an off-line installer. Yay.
Downloading again. Mostly the same files as I downloaded yesterday.
Sadly it does the same thing.

I look somewhat closer. Apparently you do not need to run the main setup.exe but you manually need to enter a folder and run setup64.exe.

First burning question: "Why is Microsoft unable to detect that I run a 64 bit version of my OS. Maybe they should talk to the makers of windows to receive info on how things work."

Seond impression. Argh! It installed everything again!

Time to Google:

Aparently I need to install the Office 2016 Deployment Tool and edit XML files if I want to do a fairly normal install of office 2016. Nothing fancy. Just what a nearly average end user would need.

placemarking; ideas list

Feb. 15th, 2017 05:53 pm
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I'm sort-of following the Church of England General Synod this week. It is making me heartsick.

I know better than to try to follow the livestream: that way lies certain misery, and I can't really face it. But there was a very good speech by the Southern Prolocutor, bits of which ended up on Twitter, and he ended with Genesis 32.6 - "I will not let you go until you bless me."

That instantly earwormed me with a song we usually sing on Song Cycle, words by Wesley and tune from the shapenote tradition in the US. It's a sort of Christological exploration of Jacob wrestling with God.

Here's Maddy Prior singing an arrangement of it.

The words we usually sing are as they appear in the New English Hymnal:

1. Come, O thou traveller unknown,
Whom still I hold, but cannot see;
My company before is gone,
And I am left alone with thee;
With Thee all night I mean to stay,
And wrestle 'til the break of day.

2. I need not tell thee who I am,
My misery and sin declare;
Thyself has called me by my name,
Look on thy hands and read it there:
But who, I ask thee, who art thou?
Tell me thy name, and tell me now.

3. In vain thou strugglest to get free;
I never will unloose my hold:
Art thou the Man that died for me?
The secret of thy love unfold:
Wrestling, I will not let thee go
Till I thy name, thy nature know.

4. Yield to me now, for I am weak,
But confident, in self-despair;
Speak to my heart, in blessings speak,
Be conquered by my instant prayer:
Speak, or thou never hence shalt move,
And tell me if thy name is Love.

5. 'Tis Love, 'tis Love! Thou diedst for me!
I hear thy whisper in my heart;
The morning breaks, the shadows flee,
Pure, universal Love thou art:
To me, to all, thy mercies move;
Thy nature and thy name is Love.

I wonder if this would be sung more in churches if there were a good 4-part hymnody arrangement. The original of Vernon is in 3 parts with the tune in the middle, which is not a familiar format to most English congregations; there are some other tunes, but I don't think they're a patch on Vernon. The vocal range is a bit large, a minor tenth in Maddy Prior's version (and an 11th in the version we sing), but it doesn't stay high for very long, and there are definitely well-known hymns with a range of an 11th (e.g. Slane, usually sung for 'Be thou my vision').

It would probably only be an afternoon's work for me to make a playable 4-part arrangement with the melody in the treble, such that a typical parish with an organist would be able to do this.

Of course, that won't get it into any hymnals, which is the other reason it isn't widely sung; but that's another problem.

musing about how this sort of arranging might fit into a crowdfunded business model, for me )


Feb. 15th, 2017 02:59 pm
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Kirkoskammer competition is only open to people born after 1982, which is NOT ME.


Well, I guess at least I finished a piece... really just need to tidy up the score now.

The Refrigerator Monologues

Feb. 14th, 2017 06:17 pm
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In case you missed it, we’re excited to announce CMV’s forthcoming book, The Refrigerator Monologues. Cat wrote an introductory meditation on the project over at The Mary Sue, which you should absolutely check out for insight into this fierce takedown and ruthless interrogation of the point and place of women in superhero comics:

It all started because The Amazing Spider-Man 2 pissed me off.

Oh, I know it pissed everyone off for one reason or another. But when something pisses me off badly enough, I throw art in its face. And after Spider-Man, I walked out of the theater in actual, real life tears, and not the single tear flowing down a single cheek in mourning for the passing of the elegance of the world or something—big sobs like a big baby.

Let me explain.

Click this link to keep reading “The Refrigerator Strikes Back: The Refrigerator Monologues” at The Mary Sue.

The Refrigerator Monologues owes a particular debt to Gail Simone, who coined the termWomen in Refrigerators.” The book is dedicated to her.

Caught your interest yet? Read on for Saga Press’s description:

The lives of six female superheroes and the girlfriends of superheroes. A ferocious riff on women in superhero comics.

From the New York Times bestselling author Catherynne Valente comes a series of linked stories from the points of view of the wives and girlfriends of superheroes, female heroes, and anyone who’s ever been “refrigerated”: comic book women who are killed, raped, brainwashed, driven mad, disabled, or had their powers taken so that a male superhero’s storyline will progress.

In an entirely new and original superhero universe, Valente subversively explores these ideas and themes in the superhero genre, treating them with the same love, gravity, and humor as her fairy tales. After all, superheroes are our new fairy tales and these six women have their own stories to share.

The Refrigerator Monologues will be released on June 6, 2017. Pre-order it now from your favorite retailer! 

IndieBound | Barnes & Noble | Amazon | Powell’s

Mirrored from Also appearing on @LJ and @DW. Read anywhere, comment anywhere.


Feb. 14th, 2017 06:40 pm
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I thought I probably wouldn't finish it in time, but...I think I have, in fact, finished the horn solo for the Kirkoskammer competition (deadline Thursday).

I think there's also progress on the Juice piece (deadline 28/2) but I have a text copyright problem and may need to approach that one differently. Botheration. At this point I need to write the difficult copyright piece to get it out of my mind and then find another text.

Meanwhile I did some back-of-envelope calculations and I am feeling exceedingly skint. I am spending a lot on this PhD, and it's difficult to reduce costs much (yes, transport would be less if I took the bus instead of the train to Aberdeen, but I get horribly motion sick on buses; yes, I could try to stay somewhere cheaper when I'm there, but then I start wasting more time and energy on transport, and my joint problems make the choice of mattress really important if I don't want to be even more limited by pain than I already am; you get the idea.) I think I have a few options for earning more that will help, but none of them are instant, and by my current reckoning I have about 3 months to sort this. Sigh.

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