Travel Light by Naomi Mitchison is a delightful story of a princess raised by bears and dragons. I’m amazed I’d never heard of it before, but happy I finally did. Track down a copy. I think you’ll be glad you did.

Finished reading Dead Astronauts by Jeff VanderMeer last night. A good read before bed, during that liminal drowsiness. Cuts to the emotional heart of what’s so dire and sad about climate ruination and humanity’s complicity in it. A tough book to stomach, rewards careful chewing.

A Grab Bag of Links (Go-Round Gorilla Edition)

I’ve had more dreams in the last week than I’ve had in the last couple months probably. Wild! I don’t remember much, apart from going through doors. That’s dreams for you! Anyway, here are some interesting things I found on the internet thingy.

  • Looks like I’m going to be running this groovy game, Ultraviolet Grasslands by Luka Rejec, for some friends of mine. It’s just the kind of gonzo stuff I’m into. Feeling pretty excited about it! (I listened to a chat with Luka on the Rollin’ Bones podcast and he’s just as interesting as I was thinking he would be.)
  • The Last Blog has some great music on it. All fascinating and weird in the best way.
  • I’ve been listening to songs from KEXP’s Song of the Day podcast for years now. A lot of good stuff. Occasionally a song sticks with me and I’ll dig a little deeper into the band, such as In Dreams by Math and Physics Club. I had never heard of them before, even though they’re a Seattle band and I lived there for years. I was deeply charmed by this photo of the band at a Seattle library.
  • Alan Jacobs honed in on something that stuck with me too from Neal Stephenson’s last novel, Fall, or, Dodge in Hell, namely, what to do about people who have veered off into a completely disconnected reality tunnel and are determined to stay there no matter what.
  • “Strange Meeting” by Wilfred Owen. Probably time to start reading some of the old war poets again.

Some Links (Evasive Echidna Edition)

The sun came out and I drank it up. There’s a swamp in my backyard now. Some people had a good day for the first (well really second) time in weeks, geeze. Sometimes I read so slowly and other times I zoom through books and that’s the end of them. Could almost read this whole book today, but I won’t.

Forget Left/Right. It’s True/False now. It was ever thus.

Photos of people reading books. I could scroll through these all day (and probably will).

Oikeiosis. It’s a Greek word that means something like growing as a person or becoming wiser. This article captures my general philosophy about parenting.

You don’t have to be stuck on Facebook. There are so many other options. This blog post has a good run down of some cool things to try out.

Shades of Solla Sollew! A funny Lovecraft-inspired poem by Simon Bucher-Jones. (Here’s Part 2)

Some Links (Elaborating Echidna Edition)

I read some poetry. It was pretty swell. The poetry was pretty well received too. The sun came out. It rained. I read some books. Walked to and fro. Chatted about rocks and Roald Dahl and any old thing.

Apparently, blogging isn’t dead. Good to know. (It’s a pretty good list of currently active blogs, btw.)

I’ve liked every other book that Patrick Stuart has written, so I’m thinking I’ll probably like this one too. (No, not that Patrick Stewart. This Patrick Stuart.)

A simpler time. (This video is bonkers!)

The tee shirts have images. The images are made up of the text of famous novels. Pretty cool.

A massive archive of old X-Men comics covers. I honestly don’t know how they get away with it. They must have some kind of arrangement with Marvel.

Some Links (Infinite Dingo Edition)

Some days feel like three or six days wrapped into one. There were some laughs had. Wanted more sun than I got. It’s all good though. We’ll get plenty of sun soon enough.

I’ve found a lot of really cool stuff on this site, Colossal.

Like this Russian woman, Masha Ivashintsova, who was a secret photographer her entire life.

Or this app, Artopia, that lets you leave 3D AR graffiti in specific locations.

Or this artist, Katie Doka, who makes these delightful miniature birds.

Or Rune Guneriussen, a Norwegian who makes art out of lamps and books.

Oh yeah, and José Naranja, who does some pretty swell book art.

Some Links (Gallivanting Dingo Edition)

Another day at the old salt mines working in the wizard tower. A certain someone hasn’t napped in years, but there you go. Sometimes you get tired. Knowing when to set aside all the digital delights to focus on, I don’t know, napping.

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I love these illustrations by Ivan Bilibin.

A lot of good roguelike game stuff on the Temple of the Roguelike blog.

“11 Untranslatable Words from other Cultures”

Penflip “a GitHub for writers”. Looks pretty cool.

Some Links (Deliberate Dingo Edition)

Some days don’t go according to plan. Like this one. Wheels, spinning wheels. Tears. It’s a good problem to have, having too many books to read. But it doesn’t always feel like a good problem.

“Equoid”: A great Laundry short story by Charles Stross.

“How to Dream” by Umair Haque. Sometimes you gotta read something a little inspirational.

A science fiction story about Kermit the Frog. I liked it.

“Why Sherman was Right to Burn Atlanta” for all you Civil War history buffs or just someone curious about it.

“The Case for Reparations” by Ta-Nahesi Coates. One of our best living writers.