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hamtastrophe:check this boy out

DD's Tumblr - Mon, 01/08/2018 - 11:27


check this boy out

mechanicalcurator: Image from ‘Nero: or, the trials, battles and...

DD's Tumblr - Mon, 01/08/2018 - 11:20


Image from ‘Nero: or, the trials, battles and adventures of the sixth Emperor of Rome … in darkest Hades. A poem, etc’, 001770223

  • Author: HUNT, Horatio.
  • Volume: 02
  • Page: 15
  • Year: 1893
  • Place: London
  • Publisher: J. Burns
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I read your books a long time ago, as a kid. Stuff happened, and when my mom told us she had cancer, the first place I ran to was back to book 5. That book became really hard for me to read, later, but it was the first place I turned. So as an adult,...

DD's Tumblr - Sun, 01/07/2018 - 11:00

You’re very welcome.

The Wizard’s Dilemma was where I worked out a fair amount of stuff that, decades later, was still surrounding my own mother’s death (I was 16 at the time). I hear from a lot of people who found the book useful in the same way that you did. I’m glad it had an (eventually positive) impact for you too.

I need to thank you for your post on outlining novels, because I have always had trouble with this, but this has saved me.

DD's Tumblr - Sat, 01/06/2018 - 13:55

Listen. I’m delighted to be of any help regarding this. I used to have a ton of trouble with it, but once C.J. Cherryh put me onto the make-a-list method, all my problems were solved. Seemed to me that there had to be other people who’d find it useful. :)

The Remarkable Influence of A Wrinkle in Time

DD's Tumblr - Wed, 01/03/2018 - 23:00
The Remarkable Influence of A Wrinkle in Time:

It was a pleasure to talk to Natalie Escobar at Smithsonian Magazine about a writer with whom I have a fair bit of history… all of it good.

Happy 2018, everybody!

DD's Tumblr - Sun, 12/31/2017 - 23:24

It’s not midnight here yet, but as the hour draws near, the contention on the local cellular node that provides our connection to the Intarwebz is making everything run very VERY slow. So I’m going to go offline now while wishing everybody the happiest possible 2018 full of all good things! See you on the other side. :)

design-is-fine:Food – Don’t waste it, World War I Poster,...

DD's Tumblr - Wed, 12/27/2017 - 13:59


Food – Don’t waste it, World War I Poster, 1914-18. U.S. Food Administration. Lithograph. Via FAMSF

Not bad advice for the here and now, either.

design-is-fine:Sophie Taueber-Arp, Puppet of a stag for the play...

DD's Tumblr - Wed, 12/27/2017 - 13:57


Sophie Taueber-Arp, Puppet of a stag for the play “König Hirsch”, 1918. Painted wood. Schweizerisches Marionettentheater. Via Museum für Gestaltung Zurich

Munchies from 1903...

DD's Tumblr - Mon, 12/25/2017 - 16:46


Made these today (because why not?)

The difference is that instead of cheese straws - fiddly, delicate, will break if you look at them sideways - we used our smallest biscuit/cookie cutter and produced one-bite-munchies the size of a commemorative coin.

And they are delish.

Being a man who can’t leave anything alone, I’ve already suggested another batch with, instead of cayenne, curry powders of various flavours and strengths, smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder and any number of different sorts of cheese.

But try the basic recipe first.

(And make more than you think you’ll need. Lots more. Trust me on this…)

Merry Winterfeast-of-Choice to all!

THE BIG MEOW v1.02 goes out to purchasers

DD's Tumblr - Sun, 12/24/2017 - 18:05

Just to let people know that the updated version of Book 3 of the Feline Wizards series has just been installed at the Ebooks Direct store.

This means that if you’ve bought one, the store will mail you with a download link for the new version some time over the course of the day. (It doesn’t do them all at once to avoid being mistaken for some kind of spambot by your ISP.)

V1.02 contains some textual corrections (of a few dropped paragraphs, and the notorious “[Insert Ailurin Term Here]” inclusion) and various sorts of reformatting to bring the book into line with present ebook editions of the first two, The Book of Night with Moon and To Visit The Queen.

That’s it. And now I’m going to the pub. :) Have a nice evening, all.

I'm so excited for YW11! Any hints or clues as to the nature of it?

DD's Tumblr - Sun, 12/24/2017 - 17:44

Nothing except what I’ve said before: this book is quite dark.

38: What’s your current WIP?

DD's Tumblr - Sat, 12/23/2017 - 15:45

There are four. One is YW #11. One is here: http://pps.dianeduane.com/

There’s also a miniseries (that unfortunately I can’t discuss) and a couple of other TV projects in differing stages of development, ditto. 

A question of spelling - is it Siff'hah, or Siffha'h? Or neither? I've seen at least two variants, and figured I should ask. Hope your holidays go well! ~Autisticace, logged out.

DD's Tumblr - Sat, 12/23/2017 - 14:42

It’s “Siffha’h”. Thanks for the heads-up on that. I’m presently correcting TBM (while adding the new cover) and caught & fixed a bunch of those errors.

The divine Miss S. and the Eggnog Recipe - Out of Ambit

DD's Tumblr - Fri, 12/22/2017 - 20:47
The divine Miss S. and the Eggnog Recipe - Out of Ambit:

The best (alcoholic) eggnog, for those who’re into it.

Will the cover for 'The Big Meow' ebook be re-worked to match the styling of the first two books? I hope I do not come off as rude - that is not my intention. I do like the cover for 'The Big Meow', but the different styles just bother me when I see...

DD's Tumblr - Tue, 12/19/2017 - 10:19

I kmow, it bothers me too! And yeah, I’m working on that right now. Ideally I should have the new cover done in a day or so, and I’ll be swapping it into the ebooks and resending them to purchasers shortly thereafter. 

aberrant-eyes: leeshajoy: badgrapple: scotsdragon: thefingerfuckingfemalefury: mirrorfalls: moon...

DD's Tumblr - Sun, 12/17/2017 - 18:13









A Christmas Carol is so wild to me because it takes not one, not two, but like four fucking ghosts to convince this dude not to be the biggest douche in the universe. Like, four fucking ghosts came back from the dead, rose from the Goddamn grave to be like, “I came back from the dead because you need to quit your shit.” Fuck. How big of an asshole do you have to be to have four fucking ghosts tell you to stop?

Have you ever met a rich capitalist

Also, one of those ghosts was a rich capitalist douche. He needed to reform Scrooge to work off his own sentence, didn’t he?

Marley’s ghost basically told Scrooge that if he kept being a greedy douchebag he would go to hell and Scrooge still needed convincing and that honestly is 100% believable to me

That an old rich white guy being told “Your going to hell unless you help the poor” would respond by going “I still kind of want to NOT help the poor tho?”

Charlie Dickens knew what was up.

Dickens had to work in a factory hos entire childhood. His father was thrown in a debtor’s prison. Thats why all his stories are about rich fucks getting owned.

Fun fact: There’s one particular bit in the original version of A Christmas Carol that never gets put into film adaptations. After Marley’s ghost leaves, Scrooge looks his bedroom window and sees dozens of other ghosts in the streets, all dragging the same kind of chains Marley had. The narration makes it explicit that these are the ghosts of other privileged people who ignored or exploited the poor and are therefore condemned to walk the Earth witnessing human suffering forever.

It took way more than four ghosts to get Scrooge to shape his shit up.

That bit actually got put into one film that I know of: Scrooge, the 1970 movie musical with Albert Finney in the title role and Sir Alec mother-kriffing Guinness as Marley (music by Leslie Bricusse, whose credits also include the following year’s Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory). On his way out, Marley carries Scrooge out the window and into the midst of the suffering bastards, to a short tune called “See the Phantoms” (”…filling the sky around you/They astound you/I can tell/These inhabitants of Hell”). I’ve never had actual nightmares about that scene, but it’s engraved on my brain just the same.