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>I love The GIMP September 29, 2010

Posted by Elizabeth Schechter in GIMP, promotions, public displays of geekery, slacking.
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>The GIMP? What’s The GIMP?

If you don’t know, The GIMP is the GNU Image Manipulation Program, kinda of an open-source Photoshop. (It’s free, runs on Windows AND Linux, and you can get it over here.)

So… with the time that I was supposed to be writing this morning  while the boy was in school (cough cough… slacker… cough cough…), I made up a neat little jewel box insert  and CD label for the Omnibus CDs that I currently have in my possession. (For sale! $20 for all four ebooks! And signed copies will be at the Blissful Lotus anniversary party this Saturday!)

So, take a look at what I did. It came out pretty nicely, although I did have to scale it up when I printed it out. Now you know what to look for when you go shopping! Now… let me go finish this book…

>Silver Lining September 16, 2010

Posted by Elizabeth Schechter in bigotry, moon, someone-is-wrong-on-the-internet.
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>I suppose a good thing that comes out of Elizabeth Moon’s screed is that it saves me a boatload of money. Now I don’t have to buy any of her books.

Honestly, you’d expect one of the luminaries of SFF to not have her head so far up her ass she can count her own back teeth…

>Research fun… September 10, 2010

Posted by Elizabeth Schechter in background, research is fun, writing.
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>With the end of the second part of the novella in sight, I am thinking ahead to the third, and to the big bad for that one. Which required a little bit of research into something that I read about once while reading Celtic mythology: demons of the air.

Apparently, these were some of the most feared creatures in the ancient Celtic world. And if you were REALLY bad, you got turned into one and suffered for all eternity. (I refer you to Aoife, the step-mother in the Celtic Snow White equivalent The Children of Lir)

Now, the thing is, that story is the only place I can find any substantial reference to demons of air. They are mentioned in the Tain bo Cuilagne (The Cattle Raid of Cooley) but only in passing (the passage in question involved Cuchulain roaring in anger, and the demons of air all fly away in fear. Not exactly helpful.)

Then, I found The Dictionary of Celtic Mythology (Thank you, Google Books! You have once again saved my bacon!) And on page 353, there was this interesting little snippet, that again talks about Aoife:

Aife then proceeds to Bobd’s palace at Killaloc, where her treachery is soon discovered and she is punished by being transformed into a demon (sometimes vulture), condemned to wander through the air forever.

Now, demon is not a term that is native to the ancient Celts. They borrowed it (or it was applied to their mythology) by later Christians. So what was it that the Christians were editing to suit their own mythos?

I have my ideas. And they’ll show up in Princes of Air. (What, did you think I was going to just tell you?)

>FOUND! September 9, 2010

Posted by Elizabeth Schechter in Good news.
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>The missing teen has been found!

>Boosting the signal – endangered teen September 8, 2010

Posted by Elizabeth Schechter in Boosting the signal, can't stop the signal, SOS.
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>Not a drill, not a scam. The sixteen-year-old daughter of a friend of a friend has gone missing. She appears to be heading for the Rainbow Gathering in the company of two male friends, and has no money, no supplies, no anything but the clothes on her back.

More info here. I really have no idea how many people read this blog, but if everyone who does could boost the signal, there’s a better chance of finding this girl unharmed.