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Apparently every second day I can manage two posts... *g* We had a relaxed start to Friday, after the epic Black Forest drive, but by Friday afternoon we were off again. If you take out one of the ss from the name, and you happen to have read the Astreiant books, you might know why I just had to visit Esslingen... *g*

Today's road went through buildings, and past distant vistas...
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And look who we found - another balancer!
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A river runs through... )
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Hmmn - another of lj's features that I've never actually used - the share button! So let's give it a whirl, because I'm quite excited about this... *g*

Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] mescott at Patreon!
My Patreon is live!

After a bunch more talking and tweaking, I’ve decided to concentrate on Astreiant for now. I’m doing a simple monthly appeal: if enough people sign up to bring in $100 a month, I’ll post a sketch from Astreiant. It can be anything — a bit of drama, a character’s background, daily life, one of Old Steen’s sea-stories as Rathe remembers is — but it will be at least 500 words. These are bits and pieces that are unlikely to make it a novel, or will do so only in a severely edited form. They’re like the seven studies of folded hands that you see in an artist’s sketchbook: one of them may end up in the completed portrait, but it won’t be the same as the sketch. If the page reaches $250 a month, I’ll post a second sketch, also of at least 500 words. If the page reaches $500 a month, I’ll add an almanac entry — at least 250 words from my notes, almanacs, and imaginary reference books. I might include horoscopes and maps here, too.

I’ve set the minimum pledge at $1 a month, and for that, you get access to all the Patron posts. At $2 a month, I’ll send you an Astreiant-themed thank-you card — nothing fancy, but drawn from the dozens of stamps and images I’ve collected that remind me of this world. At $5 a month, you’ll get all of the above plus the chance to offer a prompt for a sketch. If you want to pledge $10 a month, I’ll throw in a signed copy of any of the Points books that you might be missing, and if you want to pledge $100 a month (this would be extraordinarily generous, to say the least!) I’ll make sure you get a complete set of the books currently out, and I’ll send you each new novel as it comes out for as long as you stay subscribed. Since you’ll be subscribing by the month rather than by the story, you’ll never risk paying more per month than you intended.

Why do this? For the simplest of reasons: money buys writing time. Income that can be calculated in advance, like the royalties from those newer publishers who pay by the month rather than every six months, buys slightly more writing time precisely because it can be relied on. The more I can raise here, the more time I’ll have to spend on my writing, and the sooner Point of Sighs can go to Lethe.


And some rambling from me... *g* )

I'm curious - what does anyone else think of this sort of thing? (Quite apart from - yeay, Astreaint! *vbg*)

Erk, yes I should still be working... *sighs*
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Hello! It's the Monday after Christmas, and it's a bank holiday Monday, and after three days of mostly sitting on my couch and reading books, interspersed with watching telly, I think I should probably try and be a bit more active today... *g* So - a post isn't a bad place to start, I think? Hope you all had good days over the break - and still are having! Hello. *g*
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(My Pros-y Christmas-y view from the couch... Hurrah Pros, and ProsFandomCards, and thank you all! *g*)

There's been reading... )

2015-12-25 ChristmasSpecialWatching telly... )

What else? Astreiant fanfic! Three new ones - A Life in Star Signs, Wicked Grace and Four Things Philip..., all by Anonymous (I suspect the same one, but not sure). And of course lots of Pros that I'm catching up (too slowly) on. So much to read in the world, so little time... *g*

So now I'm at the bit between Christmas and New Year where you're thinking about all the possibilities and potential that next year has. What will I do? What's my plan? This year has been - well, okay, but it's involved far too much work and whinging about work, and not enough brilliant things in the world! I lost all my weekends away and holidays a couple of years ago, and I don't seem to have replaced them yet - so I guess that's part of my plan for 2016. And I'm enjoying reading still (well, as ever *g*), so more of that please. *g* But what else...? I'm toying with the idea of doing a 365 photography project (where you take a photo and show it to people every day for a year - guess who that would be. *g*), cos I seem to have put down my camera a bit- no reason other than work and all, really. There's a course I've got my eye on, not far away. There's bookbinding. Fiddling. National Trusting. Those all seem sort of background things though. What d'you reckon? What should I do in 2016? All ideas and thoughts welcome!

And what are you thinking of doing in 2016?
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I have way too much to do today, work-wise and making-the-annexe-fit-for-guests-wise, and finishing-off-those-garden-bits-wise, and fiddle-practice-which-I-haven't-for-ages-wise - so naturally I felt the need to make a books-post first... *headdesk* In theory it's to do with tidying-up, mind - now I can move the books from the corner of the desk... *g*

Books and books and books... )

So - where does this leave me in my Once Upon A Time challenge? Well, if I add what I have read to the list it looks pretty good - but I feel as if I've cheated a bit so far, because four were beloved re-reads, one was a re-read for the bookclub, and another was a book I didn't finish. So I've sort of only read two new fantasy books - and they were from the same series, so perhaps really only count as one. Help - I'd better get on! *g* Oh, the pressures of life... *vbg*

One fantasy
Point of Hopes by Melissa Scott and Lisa A. Barnett
Point of Knives by Melissa Scott
Point of Dreams and Lisa A. Barnett
Fair's Point by Melissa Scott
Ghost King by David Gemmell (178/356 - unfinished...)
One folklore
One fairy tale
Among Others by Jo Walton
One mythology
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
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Speaking of re-reading...
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Sometimes you just need a hug of a book, one that you know is going to make you feel happy for the characters, and as if you're wandering around a place that you love... which, since this is set in Astreiant, I was... *g*
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Finally, at long last, I shall post about this gorgeous book... *g*
I also have a confession - I may have read it twice. In a row. Because that's how much I like not just Rathe and Eslingen, but the entire world that Scott (originally with her late partner Lisa Barnett) created. It's a fantasy world, with a generally Renaissance-ish historical feel to it, based around the city of Astreiant. Astreiant is on a planet with two suns - the primary sun and a more distant winter sun, and a planet where magic works, in a very practical, scientific way, there is a ghost-tide every year, and everyone knows that your life is ruled by the stars you were born under - the most popular newsheets are the horoscopes. And it's a brilliant world - it feels as if you're right there, and without any dull exposition at all, you can picture it and know exactly how it works. It just is

In this book, says the blurb on the back... )
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I popped over to Amazon.com to remind myself when the new edition of Point of Dreams was going to be out, and got distracted wandering around some of Melissa Scott's other novels (Lost Things sounds good, as does Death By Silver - and after my favourite Astreiant books, I trust Scott to write books worth reading). As I was looking around, my eye was caught by the "Recommendations for You" listed at the bottom of my page. Front and centre?

"Be a Sex-Writing Strumpet"
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What have I been looking up at Amazon that suggested that as an appropriate recommendation for me! *g*

Pointsmen...

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012 06:56 pm
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Well, I'm a bit heartbroken...
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...because I've yet again finished the existing Pointsmen books, by Melissa Scott and Lisa A. Barnett... including the new novelette, Point of Knives, twice!

And actually I'm briefly all newly-excited now cos I hadn't seen the new Point of Dreams cover before (it isn't out yet, though you can still find the original print run copies around) and when I was looking for an old one to show you there it was, all waiting to be ordered... (NB, Brits, the others were much quicker from Book Depository).

I know, I'm always raving about them, and I'm sure I've given a heads up for the [livejournal.com profile] astreiant comm before, which has a list of Rathe/Eslingen fic (there isn't enough!), and... and... oh, but if you haven't heard how gorgeous they are (in a deliciously professional way... *g*) then... well, they really just are. For instance, I love this about them......

But I've finished them agaaaaaaaain - wah! The authors have done the most beautiful world-building job I can imagine, and I want to live in Astreiant, and experience ghost-tide, and buy my daily broadsheet for the horoscopes, and... and... and what's going to happen about the succession?! I've been waiting years to find out... Honestly, it's all just magic, and... I need more. Which there will hopefully one day be, but not for a while, I guess... *sighs impatiently*

And if you're fond of Pros and AU, and you're fond of beautifully written fantasy, then... hie thee to the bookshop! *g*

Pointsmen...

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012 06:56 pm
byslantedlight: (Bookshelf colour (grey853).)
Well, I'm a bit heartbroken...
PointOfHopesCover PointOfKnivesCover PointOfDreamsCover

...because I've yet again finished the existing Pointsmen books, by Melissa Scott and Lisa A. Barnett... including the new novelette, Point of Knives, twice!

And actually I'm briefly all newly-excited now cos I hadn't seen the new Point of Dreams cover before (it isn't out yet, though you can still find the original print run copies around) and when I was looking for an old one to show you there it was, all waiting to be ordered... (NB, Brits, the others were much quicker from Book Depository).

I know, I'm always raving about them, and I'm sure I've given a heads up for the [livejournal.com profile] astreiant comm before, which has a list of Rathe/Eslingen fic (there isn't enough!), and... and... oh, but if you haven't heard how gorgeous they are (in a deliciously professional way... *g*) then... well, they really just are. For instance, I love this about them......

But I've finished them agaaaaaaaain - wah! The authors have done the most beautiful world-building job I can imagine, and I want to live in Astreiant, and experience ghost-tide, and buy my daily broadsheet for the horoscopes, and... and... and what's going to happen about the succession?! I've been waiting years to find out... Honestly, it's all just magic, and... I need more. Which there will hopefully one day be, but not for a while, I guess... *sighs impatiently*

And if you're fond of Pros and AU, and you're fond of beautifully written fantasy, then... hie thee to the bookshop! *g*
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Was there someone on my flist struggling to find Point of Dreams? I seem to remember there was! Someone else on my flist (Europe-based) has a spare copy, and if you comment below (or email me if you'd rather!) I can put you in touch... *g*
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Was there someone on my flist struggling to find Point of Dreams? I seem to remember there was! Someone else on my flist (Europe-based) has a spare copy, and if you comment below (or email me if you'd rather!) I can put you in touch... *g*

Me me me me...

Sunday, February 8th, 2009 04:24 pm
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Had another flat tyre today - that's the second in this house, which means the second in eight months! Different car of course. Tomorrow morning could be the third though, cos when I got the spare on I realised it was... flat! Luckily I'd driven all the way to the garage before realising I'd had the first flat - which was reeeeally flat by then, and I decided to be stupidly lazy and just pump it up and drive home and see what happened. Cos there's another spare, you see, tucked underneath Little Car, so if I have to I can use that tomorrow. But eep!

So then, instead of going for a walk, I had to have treats - spearmint tea, potato cakes, some freesias and a couple of ceramic pots of spring flowers. I'm blaming Point of Dreams, which is all about the floral arrangements... But still - job, yes, so treats allowed?

Also - yeay, I have a plot for my Valentine's fic! *g* Now I've just got to write it... *g*

But... doesn't everyone like the pretty shiny sparkly one the best?!


Your Brain is Creative



You have a dreamy mind, full of fancy and fantasy.
You have the ability to stay forever entertained with your thoughts.
People may say you're hard to read, but that's because you're so internally focused.
But when you do share what you're thinking, people are impressed with your imagination.


Actually, I think they're mostly going... wtf? *g*

Me me me me...

Sunday, February 8th, 2009 04:24 pm
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Had another flat tyre today - that's the second in this house, which means the second in eight months! Different car of course. Tomorrow morning could be the third though, cos when I got the spare on I realised it was... flat! Luckily I'd driven all the way to the garage before realising I'd had the first flat - which was reeeeally flat by then, and I decided to be stupidly lazy and just pump it up and drive home and see what happened. Cos there's another spare, you see, tucked underneath Little Car, so if I have to I can use that tomorrow. But eep!

So then, instead of going for a walk, I had to have treats - spearmint tea, potato cakes, some freesias and a couple of ceramic pots of spring flowers. I'm blaming Point of Dreams, which is all about the floral arrangements... But still - job, yes, so treats allowed?

Also - yeay, I have a plot for my Valentine's fic! *g* Now I've just got to write it... *g*

But... doesn't everyone like the pretty shiny sparkly one the best?!


Your Brain is Creative



You have a dreamy mind, full of fancy and fantasy.
You have the ability to stay forever entertained with your thoughts.
People may say you're hard to read, but that's because you're so internally focused.
But when you do share what you're thinking, people are impressed with your imagination.


Actually, I think they're mostly going... wtf? *g*
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You've probably heard me rambling and squeeing about these books before, but just in case you haven't...



I found them recced by [livejournal.com profile] nellhowell ages ago as basically Pros AU stories, and managed to track them down secondhand and read them, and just... yeay! They're set in the incredibly gorgeously made world of Astreiant, where there are guilds, where's it's important to know your stars, and where there is a season known as ghost tide. Nico Rathe is a "pointsman" and Philip Eslingen an ex-soldier/mercenary who end up working together to solve one of Nico's cases. I think they're lovely and slashy in a similar way to Larton - hugely understated, but no less deep for all that - and by the second book they're "officially" in a relatonship together. And I totally see them as B/D... *g*

Point of Dreams has a "Look Inside!" version here at Amazon and there is an official Points website here if you want to see what they're like.

But the main point of this post is to be all happy that now there's an lj community for the books! Wheeee! [livejournal.com profile] astreiant And there's fic - some lovely, lovely Pointsfic... *vbg*
byslantedlight: (Bookshelf colour (grey853).)
You've probably heard me rambling and squeeing about these books before, but just in case you haven't...



I found them recced by [livejournal.com profile] nellhowell ages ago as basically Pros AU stories, and managed to track them down secondhand and read them, and just... yeay! They're set in the incredibly gorgeously made world of Astreiant, where there are guilds, where's it's important to know your stars, and where there is a season known as ghost tide. Nico Rathe is a "pointsman" and Philip Eslingen an ex-soldier/mercenary who end up working together to solve one of Nico's cases. I think they're lovely and slashy in a similar way to Larton - hugely understated, but no less deep for all that - and by the second book they're "officially" in a relatonship together. And I totally see them as B/D... *g*

Point of Dreams has a "Look Inside!" version here at Amazon and there is an official Points website here if you want to see what they're like.

But the main point of this post is to be all happy that now there's an lj community for the books! Wheeee! [livejournal.com profile] astreiant And there's fic - some lovely, lovely Pointsfic... *vbg*

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