State of the Blog and Weekend Links: August 20, 2017

So, let’s just say right up front that this wasn’t a great week for me. I’m depressed, which sucks, and last weekend saw literal fucking Nazi’s marching in the streets of America, which isn’t surprising but is nonetheless upsetting and disheartening. I’m having a hard time dealing with the fact that we’ve got more than three years of this shit to go. At least.

On the good news front, my daughter is back in school; she started 9th grade on Wednesday, which means I’ve got a good deal more theoretically productive alone time coming my way now. Tomorrow, we’re heading to Bowling Green, Kentucky to see the eclipse slightly better than we would see it here in Cincinnati, but after that it’s back to school for my daughter and back to work for me. As shitty as this past week has been, it’s managed to be kind of inexplicably restful as well, and I’ve got some stuff to work on this week that I’m excited about.

This week, my Game of Thrones post was very late (like, today late), but I hope to have it out either late tomorrow or sometime on Tuesday. After that, I’ve got a review post on recent magazine and short fiction reads in the works. I’m also hoping to get back on track this week with Let’s Read! Gormenghast. I haven’t forgotten about the project, though I have taken an extended break from it, and I’m determined to finish it. Right now, I’m not making any promises about what I’ll be publishing, but I’m hopeful that I’ll be able to get back to a two or three posts a week schedule now that I have more time to myself during the day. It’s a weird balance, this trying to be productive while also trying to be kind to myself (which in turn makes it easier to be productive than wallowing in self-loathing).

If you’re feeling fatalistic, I saw this neat piece the other day about how Earth’s final total solar eclipse is less than a billion years away.

Speaking of the apocalypse, N.K. Jemisin’s The Fifth Season is being adapted for television.

Jemisin discussed the Broken Earth trilogy at the Barnes & Noble Sci-Fi and Fantasy Blog.

Jemisin was also interviewed for Playboy, where she disclosed that her next series will be based on her short story, “The City Born Great,” and will take on the Lovecraftian Mythos.

Becky Chambers’ next Wayfarers book, Record of a Spaceborn Few, has a cover blurb. I am excited.

Chapter Two of Sarah Gailey’s new serial at Fireside, The Fisher of Bones, is out. Read Chapter One here.

The newest Book Smugglers novella, Temporary Duty Assignment by A.E. Ash, is out now. There’s five days left on the paperback giveaway,, and you can read about Ash’s inspirations and influences here.

The Wertzone’s Cities of Fantasy series continues with Golgotterath, from R. Scott Baker’s Second Apocalypse series.

Black Gate is signal boosting the Kickstarter for the first English translation of a Brazilian solarpunk anthology. Intriguing.

I am in love with these adorable PRONOUNS enamel pins.

Silvia Moreno-Garcia is crowdfunding a novella!

In new that should surprise no one, Joss Whedon’s ex-wife called him out today as a hypocritical faux-feminist. That does sound like him.

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