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Via @SaladinAhmed on Twitter. Previously from @popsonnet.

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 19:23

Via @SaladinAhmed on Twitter. Previously from @popsonnet.

beautifulmars: HIPOD (13 Augus 2018): We’ll Always Have the...

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 16:03


HIPOD (13 Augus 2018): We’ll Always Have the South Pole

    — While the global dust storm has obscured much of the surface, we’ve still been able to get some good images of the polar region. (247 km above the surface, less than 5 km across.) 

NASA/JPL/University of Arizona

trekcore: Leonard Nimoy as Spock on “The Carol Burnett Show”...

Sun, 08/12/2018 - 19:15


Leonard Nimoy as Spock on “The Carol Burnett Show” (1967)

(Watch the skit here: https://youtu.be/wVH8xgxY9Uw)

Bless. :)

consultingdoctorwholock: Giant monster: *rises from the mediterranean sea* Meryl Streep, putting...

Sun, 08/12/2018 - 19:13


Giant monster:

*rises from the mediterranean sea*

Meryl Streep, putting on sunglasses:

Mamma Mia…

*cocks shotgun*

Here we go again

stra-tek: A tidbit cut from Star Trek (2009) has Spock Prime...

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 21:02


A tidbit cut from Star Trek (2009) has Spock Prime reference Cthia (from Diane Duane’s Spock’s World) and imply that everything happening in the movie was the time stream attempting to repair the damage Nero has wrought.

Holy FUCK. The things you come across…

Sweet Powers that Be in a bucket, if this had made it into the shooting script I’d have passed out from astonishment right there in the theater.

This has Alex Kurtzman’s fingerprints all over it. Remind me to hug that man when I see him next.

There’s a slumber party I wouldn’t mind an invite to. (via Amber...

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 20:50

There’s a slumber party I wouldn’t mind an invite to. (via Amber Leigh on Twitter)

Hey DD! I was wondering if you knew if any one had gotten the Oath (or a section of it) as a tattoo. I'm thinking about getting it done and was curious how other people had it turn out.

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 20:44

Some folks have inquired, and have apparently done it, but if I’ve seen the art it’s slipped my mind. Those interested might reply to this… ?

naamahdarling: COME VISIT FANCY’S FUNDRAISER! UPDATES: 1 2 3 4...

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 20:11



UPDATES: 1 2 3 4 5 6

Latest update is here ——-> link!

Wishlist is here ——-> Click!

Hello everyone! This is Fancy.  She is a ~12-13-week-old dilute tortoiseshell kitten my girlfriend found on the street while delivering pizza.  Her long coat makes it hard to see how thin she is, but she is very thin. Her bones are so prominent that we have to cuddle her wrapped in a towel or she can’t get comfortable. (Yes, that is exactly as heartbreaking as it sounds.)

In addition to being dangerously underweight, she is suffering from an abscessed bite wound and some sort of problem with her tail, as well as a heavy parasite load that is giving her runny poop issues and sapping her energy.  She is too small to even have the shots given to babies half her age.

Despite all this, Fancy is heart-meltingly sweet.  She loves people.  She talks a lot and even vocalizes softly while purring herself to sleep.  She is alert but she tires easily because she has no energy reserves and right now she basically only sleeps, eats, poops, sleeps, cuddles, talks about everything she does, eats some more, and sleeps.

She looks rough now but with some TLC she will be a beautiful cat with a nice, low-maintenance medium-length silky coat and vibrant lemon-lime eyes.  We want to find her a forever home, but we can’t do that until she is healthy enough!

We took her to the vet on Monday, July 30 and she has been wormed, treated for earmites, and tested clean for FeLV and heartworms, and her abscess has been cleaned out, which is all good, but she has some challenges. 

The vet says that at 3.6 lbs. she is ½ to ¾ of a pound underweight, which is a big difference when you are as small as she is. Imagine being 30 lbs. underweight. That’s scary.  This is the biggest hurdle right now.  The odds are absolutely in her favor, this is a problem we can fix, but she is still severely malnourished and that presents a very real risk.

Also her tail doesn’t work so great.  She can only move the first inch or so closest to her behind, and sometimes it’s hard to get it out of the way when she uses the litter box.  If it doesn’t improve as she gets stronger the vet wants to take X-rays to see what’s causing it and what needs to be done.

She has a checkup in 10 days but right now we cannot afford to take her to it, let alone pay for any more unexpected urgent treatment, because today’s vet appointment blew through everything we had saved back.

Will you please help us give her a second chance by visiting her fundraiser and sharing this post?  Fancy is a brave and strong young lady who wants to be healthy!  She wants to go home with someone who will make her their special little girl forever!

I’ve set a goal of $700 to cover what we had to pay today for testing, wound treatment, and medication, and the things we had to get to take care of her (piddle pad crate liners, her own toys, some special food to get her weight up, baby wipes to clean up her bottom, all that sort of thing) plus some extra for her next checkup, her shots, and some extra for imaging or in case something unexpected comes up (most likely another abscess, a respiratory infection, or gastritis).  We have other cats, one of whom has kidney disease and needs specialized food that costs kind of a lot, so this is putting a big strain on us financially.

She deserves so much better.  Please help us make her second chance as great as it can be.

Thank you so much.

Who wants to help this kitteh? Please consider helping.

God knows we’ve been there with cats who needed multiple vet visits to deal with multiple ick. We’ve been fortunate enough to be able to pay for it, mostly. Not all are so fortunate.

Please help. :)

The first new “Tales of the Five” fiction for 25 years: “The Levin-Gad”

Thu, 08/02/2018 - 12:57

I’ve been thinking about this series of novelettes for a good while. Now that The Door Into Starlight is in progress for real (and DO NOT ask me about when it’ll be ready, I am NOT discussing it until I actually have a complete draft in my hands), this series of “stepping stone” works has at last started to unfold.

The first one, “The Levin-Gad”, all 20K+ words of it, is in the Ebooks Direct store now. From the product description:

In this 20,000-word novelette set in the main character through-line of the Door Into… novels, the first man in a thousand years to bear the Blue Flame of Power, Herewiss s'Hearn, is now happily married to King Freelorn of Arlen, their lover Segnbora tai-Enraesi, the fire elemental Sunspark and the dragon Hasai. But he tells none of them why (at a most delicate moment) he must undertake a clandestine mission to the city of Darthis.

His reasons are secret: his intentions desperate. So why does Herewiss wind up spending his whole visit in a tavern? Only the Stuck Pig’s indefatigable bouncer, Iras, can learn the reason why… and finds herself caught up in a kind of tavern brawl that no one’s ever imagined.

“The Levin-Gad” is the first of five novelettes planned for publication this year, spanning the period between Book 3 of the Tale of the Five, The Door Into Sunset, and the forthcoming The Door Into Starlight.


We’re doing another of these today… so those of you who...

Mon, 07/30/2018 - 14:02

We’re doing another of these today… so those of you who missed out on the one earlier in the month: here’s your chance! For more info and to see the whole store inventory that’s on sale, go here:


Thanks, all!


Sun, 07/29/2018 - 09:20

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Sun, 07/29/2018 - 09:16


Duracell powering Vader’s lightsaber [490x594]


Sat, 07/28/2018 - 14:19

For 24 hours, the Middle Kingdoms are on sale!

Fri, 07/27/2018 - 22:00

Well, bits of them, anyway.

We’ve just finished the business of generating new covers for the Ebooks Direct versions of these (the Amazon versions will have different ones) and updating their interior texts, as part of the process of updating their interior look-and-feel with the cutting-edge ebook production software Vellum. The Door into Fire was the last of them to go up in the store, just this afternoon.

So as usual we’re having a one-day sale to celebrate: all our Middle Kingdoms works are 20% off for the next 24 hours. (All the ones that cost anything, anyway. Sirronde’s World: Parting Gifts remains free until the SW sequence is complete, which won’t be before the end of the year.) The sale’s located here:


All these ebooks, as usual, are DRM-free and can be moved from device to device at your pleasure. Lose them? We’ll replace them for free. I have no desire to be mistaken for Jeff Bezos. If you bought them from EBD once, that’s enough for me. …Not sure how to get them into your app or e-reading device? Check our sideloading guide for basic info, or email us via the store’s contact page for more details. We’ll be glad to help.

Also, I have to admit: this promotion is partly is in preparation for something Middle Kingdoms-based, something frankly quite unusual – indeed groundbreaking – that’s going to happen early next week. But mysteriously I will say no more… for the moment. Except to suggest that if you’re familiar with this universe, you might want to be, well, caught up with the main sequence of MK works. So if you know anybody else who shares you interest in the major personalities of the Kingdoms, do feel free to spread the word.

Anyway, if you’d like to acquire any of the above-mentioned works at a discount, just nip over to the sale page. Links to all the MK books on offer will load there, underneath a copy of this brief blurb.

Thanks, all!

Just finished rereading the YW series and I can’t wait for book 11! Is there a time frame for book 11?

Fri, 07/27/2018 - 19:24

If you mean “when will it be ready?”, then the answer is that I won’t have a draft until late this autumn at the soonest.

If you mean “time frame” in terms of plot: YW 11 starts several hours after book 10 ends, and covers approximately the next month in real time.

Any chance we could convince you to write some Deadpool? Your sense of whimsy, and deep ethical quandaries, and how they mix, seems unusually suited to him.

Fri, 07/27/2018 - 19:20

You know, I like Deadpool a lot. A whole lot. I wonder who I’d need to talk to about that…  :)