I'm now on ! I've been

I'm now on ! I've been meaning to do this for a while, move my monthly author newsletter over to Substack. (My brain just doesn't work very well with how Mailchimp and Wordpress are organized!)

Which is to say, if you'd like an about once a month update from me with news, updates on stuff Im working on, recommendations, and the occasional photo of my dog, you can subscribe here:

You have all been very patient. Let's slip a little bit more off... down there.

Cover reveal part 2!

Still curious to see more

Karate the Art of "Empty-Hand" Fighting by Hidetaka Nishiyama: New.

A first teaser for the new , Sodden Earth and Soiled Water. Here are some working titles:

1. Pudding Poke Nooking etc.
2. Watermarks
3. Banking on Water
4. Time for Warp again
5. Sludge Dredge
6. Tittlebats, Garvies, and Five-Fingers
7. Wharves and Wafts
8. Sewage for Wurzels

Let me know if youre intrigued and want to know more! And for good measure, heres a photo of mine on the theme.

Pilze der Heimat eine Auswahl der verbreitesten, essbaren ungeniessbaren und giftigen Pilze unserer Wlder -1913-

On this 85 degree (F) day in late October, Im starting Jeff Goodells The Heat Will Kill You First: Life and Death On A Scorched Planet

Current reads: proust#4 mtal#8
Total: 2000 pages

Proust: Albertine disparue, Le Temps retrouv
Mtal: Moebius (Arzach), Druillet (Guerre), Caza (Hydrogense), Dionnet+Bilal (Exterminateur 17), Picaret+Tardi (Polonius), Caro, Arno, Jano, Nicollet, Beb-deum, and much more

: good afternoon, I hope you have a relaxing day.

attribution: Benot Prieur, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons.
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Book post!... 'The House of Dracula' by R. Chetwynd-Hayes, published by William Kimber in 1987, with a cover illustration by Ionicus.

I'm particularly pleased with this addition to my Ionicus/Kimber collection. It's signed by the author, and it is in absolutely pristine condition. Whoever owned this book before me loved it and took exceptionally good care of it.

My Kimber/Ionicus index is here:

My entry for Stepback Saturday! It's been sometime since I've joined but it's always so fun.

and a good

AI aside, there's some good example code in here for using to work with web requests, databases, etc.

Practical Artificial Intelligence with Racket


Two months ago, I held a promotional campaign where my followers could download my book for free for 2 days.

In those 2 days it was downloaded some 50 times.

Of course, I am curious to know which of you who downloaded it, also found the time to read it, and what you thought of it.

Thank you!

Once the epub version is ready, I will repeat this promotion.

Hello masto!
Je cherche des reco de franais-italien pour mon petit cousin pour ses 12 ans. Il fait de l' sur Duolingo depuis presque 2 ans.
Ce que je trouve c'est soit trop bb, soit trop adulte...

Los Viajes de Sasha: cuentos cortos para nios.


Book post! Another one for my Kimber/Ionicus collection.

'The Haunted Garden' by Mary Williams.
Added to the index here:

A trip to the forest the other day with coffee and a book.

So good to get out of the house for a couple of hours.

Tonight I'm spending the night in my hammock in the forest with a good friend.

('Song of Silver, Flame Like Night' - A World of Legends, Folklore and Magic.)

British birds by Thorburn, Archibald -1860-1935-

"She lacks confidence, she craves admiration insatiably. She lives on the reflections of herself in the eyes of others. She does not dare to be herself."
(in The Diary of Anas Nin, vol. 1)

This portrays a large percentage of women on the social networks.
When Anas Nin wrote it in 1931 there were no social networks. So, the problem is not in the networks, is in us.

Been thinking a lot on how to layout the book AND satisfy all the itches and ideas I have at the same time. This page layout comes pretty on target for doing just that. Its not a traditional page layout by any stretch but it does solve all the things I have been grappling with when trying to put this universe down on paper/

Bonjour, nous sommes spamedi !
Qui va offrir un protge-livre pour nowel

Et videmment, j'en fais aussi la demande !

Hi there, it's spamturday ! Who will offer a book cover for Christmas

And of course I can make them made to measure !

at Auto e Moto dEpoca Paula Sweet presents in K-Wave coming to

Best books read in October, #2 -

Three Apples Fell from the Sky by Narine Abgaryan, translated by Lisa C. Hayden

Set in a remote Armenian mountain village, this is a story of trauma endured, the interdependence of human beings, and hope springing up in unexpected places.

"A Simple Justice" (2020)
Melanie Beals Goan

A weekend .

I Didn't Do The Thing Today by Madeleine Dore.

I recommend this to anyone who struggles with this ugly feeling of not doing enough, which is most ppl I think. It didn't exactly change my life, but it did help me feel seen.

Happy :blobCatComfySoff:

An interesting stumble upon for today's QAGOMA Members Club: 'The Vegetarian' by Han Kang (2007) 3pm session.

"In a country where societal mores are strictly obeyed, Yeong-hye's decision to embrace a more plant-like existence is a shocking act of subversion"

I need you to talk less. I have a low boredom threshold.

Ouch! I think this counts as another murder in The Last Devil to Die.

DELIGHTFUL, UNLIKELY SLEUTH Mrs. Pargeterwidow of an English crime bossgathers her late husbands crew to solve two linked mysteries. Entertaining cozy is author Simon Brett at his best. B PLUS

The Amateur Exegete's full review of Christian apologist Lydia McGrew's "Testimonies to the Truth: Why You Can Trust the Gospels" has been published

Betrayals, twists, dangers and manipulations. They are the words I would use to describe this novel. If you are looking for a sinister story where the main character is ready to do anything to realize her dreams, then you are looking at the perfect book !

The Lepidoptera of Ceylon by Moore, Frederic, 1830-1907

Obscura the Cat Sees Beyond is more than a good old-fashioned scary story-its a tail of cleverness and bravery, and a valuable lesson that sometimes, our fears are more scared of us than we are of them!

Are you WEIRD* Prof Joseph Henrich wrote a nonfiction on the impacts of being raised
- Western
- Educated
- Industrialized
- Rich
- Democratic

Title "The Weirdest People in the World: How the West Became Psychologically Peculiar and Particularly Prosperous"

It's in my current TBR pile. It's supposed to be very good but the 600+ page length and physically heavy weight mean it's not a quick read on the bus or while waiting in a queue.
to follow

Which had all the options for making of all the , included

I thought it was but I just bought it and I don't see it.

Und als nchstes: "Jung oder alt Schalenwild richtig ansprechen" von Bruno Hespeler/Bernd Krewer
Next in line: "Jung or old Correctly estimating the age of hoofed game" (Translating German hunting jargon is funny)

Listening to an audio book of The Cosmic Computer (1961), half way though and I just realised it is basically about bringing back a economic stability and not so much about fighting powerful merciless robots.

Not disappointed tho. Okay maybe slightly.

And like stocks and making companies and stuff. Gimme more robot violence.

Ex-Wife by Ursula Parrott

"A one of its kind Futurist made by Dine + Annishinabe artist Kayla Shaggy! All of the writing, drawing, editing, distributing and publishing has been handled by her since the first issue in 2017.

This new edition of The Sixth World collects all 5 issues of The Sixth World, with new text and typesetting, 20 pages of bonus art, and all covers including variants in a 172 page perfect bound !"

I stumbled upon this for small at the local , and I think its very inappropriate and misleading.

Man, woman everyone what they want

What if it is neither one thing nor the other


What is Missing?