I am not sure I like this tradeoff.

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I feel that the unlicensed street theatre militia group punching out aggressive oppressors is an excellent game scenario for something. Maybe I'll run it someday.
kiya: (pooka)
( May. 20th, 2017 07:11 pm)
I wish to make note of the existence of this amusing conversation I had with [personal profile] pameladean.
More terrible sleep, more dreamlog? This one wasn't substantial.

In dream #1 Captain America was fighting a giant purple creeper. Clearly I have been Minecrafting.

In dream #2 a group of people were playing complicated one-upsmanship games with bad sociology, and [personal profile] jenett and I were unimpressed and eventually turned the conversation to use of accidentals in Simon and Garfunkel tunes. (Hey hey *hey*.)
kiya: (akhet)
( May. 18th, 2017 04:56 pm)
Sleep was terrible last night due to dealing with toddler who kept waking up shrieking and inconsolable for reasons that are obscure to me, but possibly related to her apparent heat rash (now fading).

However, the 'constantly interrupted in deep sleep' means that I remember my dreamstate a bit, even now? So, yay?

Dreamlogs are cut )

Mirrored from Kiya Nicoll.

The table of contents for Death of All Things has been released and it looks like I’m capping off the book.

It’s slowly turning real….

I look forward to a future where a websearch on “Delayed Exchange Deferred” produces references to my story in addition to the Ruy Lopez opening (from which the title is drawn) and, apparently, bits of real estate law.

The book can be preordered here.

First session of a two-session ink completed.

Artist is Carly Menasco.

Images are cut as a courtesy )

Mirrored from Kiya Nicoll.

My experience of being a writer is basically like living in a portal fantasy. The Wood Between The Worlds resides somewhere in my cerebellum, and I wander it and occasionally peer into pools. I don’t know how to jump in them, though there are times in my life I have desperately wished I might, but I can watch, get to know some of the people on the other side, and I can take that and bring it back out onto the page. I can get it wrong, for sure, but the feel of the experience is ‘through a glass darkly’, not ‘I made up the wrong thing and now I’ve gotten stuck in a dead-end alley’.

I know not everyone writes like this, of course, but it predisposes me to a certain form of approach as a reader: if this is true, or can be seen to be true, what does it mean? (This is, arguably, a good chunk of why I appreciated Alternity – a seven year transformative performance art group fanfic in a Harry Potter dark AU – as much as I did, because dear gods there is so much fridge horror in the Potterverse.)

An interesting thing about stories that have roots in the real world, of course, is that one can dig into what that implies about those stories, and the people in there. (I’m doing a lot of this with Cracked Pots, which is a steampunk fantasy, and digging into actual things going on in Victorian London for my not-London that I still need to figure out how to name. See also: have not named Oscar Wilde expy.)

Which brings me rather inevitably around to Captain America.

(This is huge so I’m trying to figure out how to put in a cut. Forgive me if I fail.)

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Many moons ago I knew how to paint miniatures. I am attempting to remember how.

These are not finished but they are in a condition to show off a little, pardon my terrible lighting.

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kiya: (bow to the shiny)
( Apr. 19th, 2017 11:42 am)
[personal profile] artan has made a cat tree.

I have taken pictures of a cat in this cat tree, since Dame Lily happened to come upstairs right when we were finished putting it in the window.

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Mirrored from Kiya Nicoll.

A friend pointed me at this tweet, which was an outgrowth of a conversation I was seeing happening in my own feed. So I’ve put in as one of those people who’s interested in the further project, and am working on chasing down an appropriate plot bunny, because Space Marine Midwives is not actually sufficient to story all on its own.

Today’s current cat-vacuuming, therefore, has involved doing a lot of research into institutional culture of the Marines.

The fact that it’s space marine midwives is crashing hilariously into the fact that I have a window open with a boatload of tabs on Victorian pregnancy and childbirth traditions and procedures on the one hand and Ayurvedic obstetric treatments on the other, for working through some events for Cracked Pots.

Writing. It’s occasionally a barrel of very strange juxtapositions.

kiya: (pondering)
( Apr. 16th, 2017 12:05 am)
And apparently I haven't got the other crosspost working yet either, and rather than snarl at that I will just post On Outlines, Or The Lack Thereof by hand and grump about it.
kiya: (uu)
( Apr. 14th, 2017 03:56 pm)
Crossposting glitched on this, so hand posting Warning: I start from UU politics from the Suns blog. After this crossposting from Suns should be working.
kiya: (connections)
( Apr. 11th, 2017 01:47 pm)
So a while back I mumbled about automatic feeding of stuff to here, and I have figured out how to get my personally owned wordpress blogs to automatically crosspost now. So for those people who were interested in that, that will be a thing that happens in the future, whee.

The two blogs that I have figured out are the one at Suns in Her Branches, and my newly established author site. For context here is the sort of stuff that's up on each of these:


Everything Reflects On Everything
Start in the Landscape
Bread and Roses
A Big Announcement!
We're All Fronds Here

Author Site

I Miss rasfc

We'll see if the crossposty works next time I post something. I'm still chewing on what sort of content I want to throw up on the author site.

(Note: the wordpress.com site Peaceful Awakenings, my monthly Patheos column, and my column at Pagan Bloggers are not included here. They do appear in the sidebar of Suns, or at least I will get the Pagan Bloggers column to appear there now that I've remembered I haven't yet; the other two already do.)
kiya: (Default)
( Apr. 8th, 2017 10:10 pm)
Photos of two of them under the cut assuming this is behaving.

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kiya: (computers)
( Apr. 6th, 2017 11:38 am)
I think I've got as much of the DW transfer figured out as I'm gonna right now.

Will continue reading stuff that's only LJ-side but now actually also reading DW-side and I think I've got a bunch of things sorted.

Please comment if you didn't get one of the flurry of subscription/access emails that I just caused with relevant handles so I can find you again.
kiya: (let's go)
( Apr. 3rd, 2017 04:20 pm)
Three things make a post.

1) We have been approved to adopt catlings. It's about six months since we lost Len, and we decided it was time to start looking. We will be bringing home a pair of black youngsters, and we are trying to decide if we are also going to adopt a Holstein cat as well.

2) I have made formal plans for next ink.


My short story, "Delayed Exchange Deferred", will be appearing in the Zombies Need Brains, LLC anthology, The Death Of All Things. The TOC will be coming out real soon now, so I don't know who all I'm sharing pages with yet, but the company website says "It will include short stories by multi-award winning and NYT-bestselling authors Stephen Blackmore, Aliette de Boddard, Christie Golden, Jim C. Hines, Jason Hough, Faith Hunter, and Fran Wilde."

So, you know, if you're just dying to read my take on playing chess with Death (and yes, they are playing the Ruy Lopez opening, that is not a spoiler), that's where you can go to get you some of that stuff.

The book can be preordered here.

You guys, this is my first professional sale. (ZNB hits the payment benchmark for professional sale for SFWA though I don't think they're officially recognised as a qualifying market from a quick glance at the site.) Also: also. Also! I did the thing! rasfc folks, y'all know I've been wanting to do the thing! I did the thing!
kiya: (connections)
( Feb. 27th, 2017 04:16 pm)
It is the time of the end of February traditionally known as "many packages for Kiya" because of the conversion of birthday money into books and occasional artifacts.

Which occasionally leads to me declaring that I am currently playing the part of [personal profile] whispercricket, who is the usual recipient of Many Package.

Today's many package was, I thought, interesting:

A copy of Stations of the Sun by Hutton;
a "nevertheless, she persisted" t-shirt;
the annual report from my church, with little welcome package of notes.

Meanwhile, in semi-unrelated things, I am poking at a questionnaire from church for a little getting to know you thing that one of the other new members is organising, and trying to figure out how I want to answer "If you could invite any real or mythological religious figure to give a sermon, who would it be and why?"

Just gotta wait for the right moment to post. :}
If anyone is up for helping me brainstorm, I am seeking:

Suggestions for names/images of people who are simultaneously leaders of a movement/action involving the long arc curving towards justice and synecdoche for that movement/action in popular discourse.


Martin Luther King, Jr.
Malcolm X
Bree Newsome

as for examples.

Susan B. Anthony is probably the first wave icon most recognisable. Hrm. I know there were notable black feminists of her time but I cannot bring names to mind; must fix.

Gandhi. (My examples are rather US-centric and while that isn't a problem for the project per se I don't want to be explicitly US-centric.) Nelson Mandela.

I need enough visually 'I recognise this person as an Icon' people to make the ones who aren't visually recognisable clearly 'okay, even though I don't know who that is, they must be, also, an Icon'. (I don't expect most people would recognise Bree Newsome on the street, f'ex, but I suspect the silhouette of her up a flagpole would be appropriately Iconic.)

Miss Major, I think. Harvey Milk?

Crazy Horse. Some of the young people behind the DAPL protests.


Also seeking:

Iconic artists/musicians/etc. whose work provided rallying points for similar matters. Johnny Cash. Pete Seeger. Phil Ochs. Possibly Freddie Mercury, given Queen's particular cultural role and his death. Um. Things.
kiya: (connections)
( Dec. 27th, 2016 11:34 am)
Now that I've got things imported over and other such excitements.

Meanwhile: is there any interest in me having my more public-facing blog echo to here?


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