State of the Blog and Weekend Links: August 27, 2017

Welp, this week wasn’t nearly as productive as I’d hoped it would be. It turns out depression is still a cold, hard bitch, and willpower isn’t enough to beat her entirely.

I still remain hopeful, however, and this week I’ve got a plan in place for a new exercise and healthy eating routine. Tonight was the season finale of Game of Thrones, which means the end of weekly semi-binge drinking during the episodes, and it looks like this is going to be a long break between seasons. It’s probably for the best. The next big things coming up are the new seasons of Lucifer and The Shannara Chronicles, both in early October, so my plan, at least right now, is to work on getting caught up on other projects between now and then.

This week will see the start of a new fitness and calorie-counting regime from me, in the interests of getting healthy again, but at the same time ALL of my teenage daughter’s extracurricular activities start this week, with several auditions and after school meetings. Still, I should have plenty of time to write, and I’ve got several things I hope to read this week, having come nowhere near to my reading goals for the weekend. I think I’ll finish The Stone Sky tonight, but only if I don’t pass out first, which is looking very iffy at this point. Regardless, I’m hoping a new routine will help.

Silvia Moreno-Garcia is crowdfunding her first novella, Prime Meridian, on Indiegogo, and there’s still 8 days left to help her reach her goal.

There’s a trailer and episode titles for the next season of Black Mirror. There’s nothing that looks as incredible as “San Junipero,” but that piece of cinematic perfection is a hard act to follow, and I’m still looking forward to the new season.

James Cameron embarrassed himself with his garbage opinion on Wonder Woman, but Patty Jenkins shut that shit down fast.

Book Riot rounded up some Chinese SFF in translation.

At Nerds of a Feather, the G sat down for an excellent chat with Jonah Sutton-Morse from Cabbages a& Kings.

Annalee Newitz was interviewed for Lightspeed.

Spencer Ellsworth shared his favorite bit of his [excellent] new short novel, Starfire: A Red Peace.

At Fantasy Faction, Ada Palmer was interviewed about Seven Surrenders.

At Long Reads, Adrian Daub wrote about losing oneself in the geography of fantasy worlds.

At Tor.com, Jack Heckel took a critical look at Prince Charming.

Mari Ness examined Anne Thackeray Ritchie’s The Sleeping Beauty in the Wood.

A garbage book managed to, momentarily, scam its way onto the NYT Bestseller list.

You guys. This book is REALLY bad. It popped up on NetGalley for a minute, but it was removed quickly enough that I’ll never get a chance to mock it firsthand, since I can’t see myself actually spending money on it.

There’s a new Kai Ashante Wilson story at Tor.com: “The Lamentation of Their Women.”

“Avi Cantor Has Six Months to Live” by Sacha Lamb is the latest and last story in the Book Smuggler’s Gods & Monsters series, and it’s wonderful. Gay trans boys and queer families and Judaism and the demon Lilit, you guys. Probably you will tear up at least a couple times, at least a little bit.

Read about Sacha Lamb’s inspirations and influences.

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