😀 😀 😀
Extract from a random conversation with Liana Brooks on learning to live with negative emotions – sharing because…?? I don’t know? Someone else might find it useful? My brain is a weird place and I feel you deserve full disclosure of that? Something. 😀
this is different
it’s not bottling
i know bottling
i come from a long hereditary line of bottling
this is just… acknowledging that the feelings are there but that that doesn’t mean they have to be in charge, right
yes, okay, i’m feeling blue
it’s kind of a light summery aqua, not a navy, so it’s easier
but it’s like
there is blue
this does not actually change anything
blue is fine
blue is not in charge
red is not in charge
purple is not in charge
blue is not in charge not because it’s blue, but because it’s a feeling, and feelings don’t get to be in charge
they get to help
they get to advise
but they only get to be in charge when I decide they are in charge
and right now, nope, not in charge
yes, i see you blue
you are there, and you are blue
and you can go and sit in your little blue corner and be blue, and that is fine
but while you do that, i’m just going to be over here being competent
and you can join me when you’re done, m’kay?
[language warning at one point]
AH HA HA. Yes. Just, yes.
Look, I’m an English teacher, a line editor and an author, m’kay? YES. O:) 😀
An oldie but a goodie. If you haven’t seen it before, prepare to appreciate this ancient glory 😀 (And if you have seen it, surely a few minutes to refresh your memory won’t hurt? O:) )
Something a little more mellow this week. This is one of my favourite music videos, and the song’s pretty cool too 😉
Ready for a new book? My partner-in-crime Liana Brooks is away from the computer over her summer (July-ish), so she’s releasing the first book in her new series, Bodies in Motion, as a serial to keep the blog running while she’s gone. I’ve had the privilege of seeing this book in early drafts, and if you’re into space politics, witty flirty romance, and awesome worldbuilding, you’ll love this 🙂 Scroll down for the blurb!
BODIES IN MOTION
Coming June 13th (USA dates)
A body at rest stays at rest unless acted on by an equal and opposite force.
– Newton’s First Law of Motion
Selena Caryll lost everything in the war: her ship, her crew, her family. The only thing keeping her going is the hope that somehow the feuding, ground-bound settlers and the fuelless space fleet can set aside their differences. But getting the politically-fractured fleet moving again is more than she can manage alone. For now, she has to settle for working undercover with the planetary police force.
When someone tries to reignite conflict between the planet-siders and the fleet, there’s only one person who has the rank and ability to help Selena protect the fleet: Titan Sciarra, Fleet Guardian—the one man she’s tried hardest to avoid since the war destroyed her life.
In a world where the stagnant weight of tradition can be as deadly as any knife, the only way to survive is to keep moving.
BODIES IN MOTION will be serialised at www.lianabrooks.com this summer with new chapters every Tuesday and Friday, starting June 13th (that’s Wednesday and Saturday in Aus-land).
The full novel will be available in print and ebook September 19th, 2017.
Welcome to #MadeItMonday, where I post something I’ve made in the previous week, and where you can join in and post something you made too! The rules are easy: post a pic somewhere of something you’ve made in the last week (ish; let’s say in the last month as the hard-and-fast) and tag it. Sit back and enjoy scrolling through all the beautiful things we’ve collectively created, and celebrate the fact that humans can be awesome! 🙂
AH HA HA, I HEART CAKE. DO YOU GET IT?!?! …Okay so maybe scroll down for the pictures and then it will make sense. Ish. Inasmuch as I ever make sense. HAR.
So this is the birthday cake I baked the other week, transformed into pretty + tasty. Birthday family was super pleased. Yay! :3 Dark chocolate mud cake (my special recipe) filled with salted caramel meringue buttercream and dark chocolate ganache, covered with vanilla meringue buttercream. I was going to have three layers of filling, alternating caramel-chocolate-caramel, but I accidentally split the cake into 3 layers instead of 4, so never mind. It still tasted great, just not quite as caramelly as it could have done, and the inside doesn’t look symmetrical, which makes me moderately cranky (but honestly, I was too sick that weekend* to care too much, so eh).
* Did not infect cake. Promise.
What have you made this week? (It doesn’t have to be fancy!!) Don’t forget to tag your contribution, or even better, leave a link in the comments!! I love seeing what inspiring things other people have made 🙂 🙂 🙂
Okay in keeping with the somewhat fannish theme of our Friday posts this term, something else I’m fannish about: The Dresden Files books by Jim Butcher. YOU GUYS. These books are ASTOUNDING. I love them SO. MUCH. They’re dark and gritty but hopeful and glorious, the plot is deep and complex while providing action and pace, the mythology is glorious (did I use that adjective already?) and just … *wavy hands of inexpressibility*. I love them. If you like urban fantasy (or even if you just like action movies, probably, and can stand your action movies with some magic thrown in) and you haven’t read these yet, go check them out. Immediately. <3