My youngest, Caleb, breaks into dance each time a movie's credits roll.
Today's dance music courtesy of The Peanuts Movie, which was fantastic on all levels by the way.
Watching C move for me is pure joy. And the kid has rhythm too.
In the interest of discovering good fiction, you might consider browsing this list of supposedly Hugo-worthy books from Sad Puppies 4. I found it interesting.
Note to all bodies: when it comes to the methodology and process one follows to arrive at her/his Hugo award nominations, I'm Switzerland. That AND civility and grace should rule the day in any case.
Please refrain from posting a for-or-against comment about the Sad Puppies on my blog. Please. I'll delete it. It's my blog and I am Switzerland. There's room for everyone in Switzerland and a waiting hot cup of Swiss Miss too. I have below-zero interest in debating "Slate Gate." Go read the posts of Eric Flint or John Scalzi or Brad Torgerson or George R. R. Martin if you want to get lost in the weeds. (Some good reading in those weeds by the way).
Some accomplished authors appear on SP4's list: Eric Flint; Anne Leckie (I've interviewed her twice on my blog, here and here); John Ringo; and Brian Sanderson among others, and many authors I know little or nothing about. I find myself overwhelmingly book-curious after examining a list of "must-reads." Are you even the tiniest bit curious?
If yes, then scan the list, buy, and read good books. If, after reading this post, your hackles are up, well, I really am sorry. May I suggest a heavy bag? I hung one in my garage for just such moments. Wrap your knuckles tightly, or buy some monkey gloves, and have at it. It's cheap therapy, folks. Trust me on that one.
P.S. Dartboards work well too.
W. C. Bauers
Half the family is down with colds. So Andrew and I headed to church and then to Mimi's Cafe for some daddy-son time.
Andrew's fourth grade class is learning about the American Revolution and the various functions of government. When I asked Andrew what he wanted to discuss he answered history. Fine and well, I thought. History it is.
Two weeks ago Andrew's class sent a letter to the queen (Mrs. Degrassio), asking her to repeal the Stamp Act. Being infinitely wiser than King George, the Queen admitted to her folly and consented to the colonist's plea. Had King George actually done the same, we'd probably be singing "Long live the Queen" instead of "Hail to the Chief."
During breakfast (I had lunch) we also discussed the Boston Massacre and how John Adams risked his reputation and his wellbeing and his family's safety to defend a group of British soldiers accused of murder. Why? Because Adams was at that time a British subject, and as a God-fearing man and a lawyer who cared deeply about the rule of law, he cared more about the truth and right living than about his own reputation.
Good man, John Adams. We desperately need men like him today.
Good job, Mrs. Degrassio.
Get Your Mind off of the Election. Read a Good Book Instead. (so says io9 anyway)
io9 just mentioned INDOMITABLE (and by association UNBREAKABLE) among 16 great reads to get your mind off of the election.
Thanks, Charlie Jane Anders! Admittedly, I'm biased. But, I couldn't agree more. Please check it out.
Another great read on the list is Rachel Bach's FORTUNE'S PAWN, book one of the Paradox Series. Full-bite, militaristic science fiction with a plucky character named Devi who looks like a pixie but hits like Thor.
Time to #EscapeElectionFatigue and celebrate #WomenWarriorsRockingMilitarySF!