It’s Time to Save the World

Hello from 2017, and holy shit, has the world gotten pretty bad since Jan. 20th, hasn’t it?

First of all: YES, this is bad. This isn’t normal. We are not just being overly dramatic here. Even if you are middle-class and white and think that none of this will affect you — yes, it will. Also, stop being a selfish chump, okay?

Let’s recap the last week:

First of all, our current “leadership” has moved forward with repealing the ACA, and has already started making lists of people who “don’t deserve” to have it replaced. (Not that they have a plan to replace anything anyway.)

They’ve threatened to send the military against citizens of one of our own US cities over exaggerated and untrue claims of crime stats that don’t exist. The Superintendent of the Chicago Police literally said, “I have no idea what he’s talking about.”

Let’s not forget to mention that after the Jan. 21st Women’s March(es) on all seven continents, they still proceeded with their plan to punish and directly or indirectly cause the deaths of women seeking safe, legal healthcare, both domestically and around the world.

This is on top of the fact that one of the top advisors is a white supremacist who has gleefully gone on-record as wanting to “destroy the state” and “today’s establishment”. And this guy now has access to our National Security Council. I have to say — I don’t feel very secure!

But if that wasn’t enough, they also want to build a useless wall and starve our families and friends. Or that pesky little executive order from yesterday that’s already been blocked (but the fight’s not over yet).

Protest sign that says: "First they came for the muslims and we said not today motherfucker."
Photo from: https://twitter.com/amyharvard_/status/825593307229278208

This is NOT OKAY.

Yes, this blog has historically done book reviews. If you’re about to message me and tell me to keep my political opinions to myself?

First of all: fuck you. Second of all: THIS IS WHAT I’VE BEEN PREPARING MY WHOLE LIFE FOR, MOTHER FUCKER.

Did you think I’d spent hours as a kid searching Goodwill for a real-life copy of So You Want to Be a Wizard? so that I could sit back and let this shit happen? Did I check the back of every closet I came to for a door to Narnia to not go in? Bullshit. Ever since Ce’Nedra fought for her armor and jumped on a horse with all of the West at her back, I’ve been preparing for this. The purpose of supernatural power is to use it to defend the defenseless. That’s what we need now.

If you’ve ever said something along the lines of, “I’d never let that happen…” about Germany in the 1930’s? THIS IS YOUR TIME. Put up or shut up time, kiddies. And if you’re sitting there reading this and thinking, “That could never happen. She’s being melodramatic”? You’re part of the problem. I’d like to say I don’t care how you voted, but I do. If you voted for this shit, or abstained from voting against this shit, you have betrayed everything the women in novels from The Wheel of Time to Discworld to a hundred others have tried to teach us. I’m ashamed of you. But there’s also time for forgiveness. I’m putting my hand out. Help carry this bag of Cheetos to Mordor and we’ll throw it in the goddamn volcano together.

So what do we do to stop this?

First of all: be the kindness you’d like to see in the world. That doesn’t mean be a doormat. You should still stand up, speak out, and punch Nazis. Compliment someone. Smile on the street — especially if it’s at a person of color. They need our support right now. Buy small gifts for those you love. Bake cookies. Recharge. Put on your own oxygen mask first.

Donate to the ACLU or Planned Parenthood, if you can. Volunteer if you can. Voice support if you can’t do anything else. These organizations are fighting for us, and they also need our support.

Go to a march. I’m seeing signs that they’re planning one for scientists and another for LGTQBIA+ folk. Watch. Listen. Be vigilant. If you can’t march, voice support for those who do. Knit a hat.

If you want more to read or to do, check out the following resources:

Indivisible

Resistance Manual

Digital Security for Protestors (EFF)

5Calls.org

Be safe, and know that you are loved and valued.

Work. Fight. Resist. Persist. Rest. Repeat.

We can do this together.

What I’ve Been Up To

My attempt at making tiny clay animals led to my purchasing some acrylic paints. A sale at Michael’s led to… Well. This.

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I’m rather proud of this one, although it’s not finished. It got too wet, so I’m taking a break for it to dry some. A really cool bit is that I had some glow in the dark paint I used on the moon.

This next one I’m less proud of, but it was actually my first one, so not bad for a first try, I guess?

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Both of these were painted along with/inspired by some tutorials I found on YouTube channel called Pandemonium Art Videos.

It was a bit harder for me, since my canvas is 5″x7″ and they tend to work on 12″x16″, but I made it through. Think I need a better quality of paint, though.

What have you all been up to lately?

The 2015 Urban Fantasy Zodiac

So a couple of years back, I did a tongue-in-cheek Urban Fantasy Zodiac with a similar structure to the Chinese zodiac. All my respect to the original astrology, and if you’re not familiar with it, this is a good starter guide. I’m not really a believer in any version of the zodiac, honestly, but I’ve always appreciated what these beliefs teach us about mankind’s early attempts to explain astronomy, the world, and ourselves. In any case, for some reason that post has remained one of my most popular. So I thought this year I’d revisit that and give you your 2015 Urban Fantasy fortunes.

Come with me as I look into the stars and give you a little glimpse of what’s in store for you this year. [Don’t know your UF Zodiac sign? Check the original post.]

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Created by Waiting for Fairies.com

Sign of the…

Zombie

I won’t lie. This year is going to be challenging for you, especially throughout the summer months. But don’t fall apart! By October, you’ll be back in your groove.

Fairy/Fae

The year is going to start slow for you, but keep your wings busy by helping others. In springtime, you’ll be everyone’s favorite dinner guest. Party hardy, but drink responsibly!

Dragon

January and February are going to be big months for Dragons. You’ll be happiest at home with your horde for most of 2015, but try to get out and about periodically.

Ghost

This winter leaves you feeling pale and wan, so why not plan a summer vacation to somewhere tropical? All a Ghostie really needs is some palm trees and one of those little umbrella drinks.

Griffin

Griffins won’t hit their stride until late in the year, but keep on keeping on! Some people may try to bring you down, but you can soar above it all. Try helping out the less fortunate when you’re down or blue.

Demon

It’ll be a frantic year for demons, and it’s unclear yet whether that’s a good or a bad thing. Brace yourself, because there are mighty changes coming.

Dryad

2015 is going to be a quiet and peaceful one for Dryads. Friends of yours are going to have a hard year, though, so listen up! They may not be upfront about their needs, but you’ll be able to provide just what they need at the right time. By December, your patience and caring will blossom into a great event!

Shape-shifter

This year is going to be all ups and downs for you shifters, I’m sad to say. Just when you think you’ve gotten the hang of things, they’ll change again. Hang in there. Things always get better.

Selkie

Family will be big for selkies this year. Stay close to home and don’t get distracted with things beyond your control. Someone is going to need your advice in August.

Incubus/Succubus

2015 is all about variety for the incubus/succubus crowd. You’ll be happiest when you’re getting out there and trying new things. When the urge to travel hits in April, give in to it. You won’t regret it.

Druid

Springtime travel will be great for Druids. Don’t forget to bring your meds, because you’re really going to need them! Make an effort to be social — you’ll regret the things you didn’t do more than the things you did!

Vampire

Vamps will be having a great year when it comes to fashion. Take care of your appearance and everything else will fall into place. You’ll be looking cool in September when someone special finally takes notice of you.

[Disclaimer: We here at WFF make no pretense toward having any sort of psychic abilities. Remember, this is just for fun, so don’t take us (or yourself!) too seriously!]

We’re Back! (Not From Outer Space, Though)

We’re nearing our 6th anniversary here at WFF and now that I’m back  from my extended “vacation”, I am feeling revived and renewed. That means I’ve got several great posts in the queue for you and am planning some extra special goodness for our upcoming seventh year of posting.

  • Item the first: WFF will now house all my myriad thoughts and posts. This means the front page has a new look that will direct you to only book reviews if you want only book reviews, or just all the other stuff if you prefer that. If you want everything, you can still feel free to subscribe by RSS or email. You can also subscribe via RSS to individual categories, if that floats your boat. 
  • Item the second: I am a BzzAgent and part of that program is sometimes posting reviews and opinions publicly. Those reviews will also go here, in their own category. Feel free to skip them if they don’t interest you. I won’t be offended.
  • I have some reviews and not-review posts in the works. 2013 is proving to be an exciting year, so stay tuned.
  • Part of my goals for 2013 is to purge my own dead-tree bookshelves in an effort to go nearly-all-digital. This purge is good news for you, as I’ll be dumping them on you guys GIVING AWAY the best of my copies to my dear readers here at WFF.
  • There will not be an official Kiaras Festivus this year. Some of you have emailed to ask me this, and I hate to say it but it’s true. I had no time to coordinate this year and I can’t expect my friends, fans, and beloved authors to sponsor guest posts or giveaways with so little notice. I am super sorry about this, guys, but it couldn’t be avoided. I’ll do my best to fill in the gap on my lonesome.

If you have questions, comments, suggestions, or tribute, please leave it in the comments.

XOXO,

Kia

Meet Tor’s New Bouncing Baby Twins

Like Fantasy? Like Steampunk? Then I have some good news for you.

Tor.com has announced the creation of two “satellite sites” exclusively for sharing some of the best content found around the ‘net in the fantasy and steampunk genres. Basically, these are Facebook “fan” pages and accompanying Twitter streams.

Would you care to meet these two cute li’l additions to the Tor family? I knew you would.

Meet @TordotFantasy. She’s the eldest by two minutes*. She likes dragons and swords and kicking major evil booty. I think you should meet her.

Don’t forget @TorSteampunk, either. She enjoys gears and goggles, bustles and dirigibles. Give her a call.

*Note: This is completely untrue. I made that up just now. I have no idea which idea came first – but it’s an interesting thing to speculate, right? Kind of like the chicken and the egg!

Pick your poison: Click the links in the text to go to the Twitter pages and the images if you’d rather go to Facebook.

What else has Tor.com got going on? Well – they’re holding a series of Countdown to the Winter Solstice Giveaways. Click the link to find out more information and get in on the winning.

And since Stubby the Rocket (Tor’s mascot/logo) is traveling full-speed ahead into holiday swing, you might just want to keep your eyes peeled for more wacky goodness from our friends at Tor.com.

In other news – stay tuned here at Waiting for Fairies for an upcoming review of the new NookColor from Barnes & Noble!

If Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder…

Then you guys’ll love me next week!

Tomorrow I hand over the keys to the Fairy-Hunting-mobile to a guest poster. Jessica has been a friend of mine for several years now and always provides an intelligent, insightful opinion on… pretty much anything she sets her mind to.

I can assure you that you’ll all be in wonderful hands. I know for a fact that Jessica has a most interesting review of Kristin Cashore’s Fire for your reading enjoyment on Thursday morning. And who knows what else she has up her sleeve? (I sure don’t… I’ll find out with the rest of you!)

I’ll be off for a long weekend Road Trip of Intrigue! And! Adventure! And probably a wedding… If I don’t get lost on the way.

I’ll see all you lads and lassies next week. (Unless you’re on Twitter, because, I mean — really. Who’s going to give up Twitter for six whole days?)

Would You Like To Guest Post? And Other Miscellanea

Okay, first off, I know it’s incredibly short notice. But. I’ll be out of town the week of May 24th and am interested in hearing from anyone who’d like to guest post on WFF that week, or possibly early the following week.  Readers, writers of the published or unpublished variety, or anyone vaguely interesting would be welcome. Topics should relate to books in some way, but I’m open to exotic variations. If you’re interested, email me at kiara AT waitingforfairies DOT com, and we’ll talk. We’ll work in some extreme pimp-age for your own website/Twitter feed/other (non-pr0n) site while we’re at it. And I’m open to returning the favor at a later date.

If I can manage to get some rest from all the overtime at Ye Olde Daye Jobbe and from family obligations, I’ll have reviews for you from:

  • Devon Monk’s MAGIC ON THE STORM [link]
  • Leanna Renee Hieber’s THE DARKLY LUMINOUS FIGHT FOR PERSEPHONE PARKER [link]
  • And I still need to say a bit about Jim Butcher’s CHANGES (I think I’m still recovering from that one! Brutal!) [link]
  • As well as the fact that I’ve just received my copy of Peter V Brett’s DESERT SPEAR [link]

So I hope you’re all looking forward to that. I know I’m looking forward to having all that stuff written and the work gone from over my head. Ha!

The short story I promised my writing partner, which is now over a month late, I think (It was an arbitrary deadline, but a deadline nonetheless.), still continues, although slowly. But I’ll take any progress rather than none at all, at this point. I’ve promised myself 15 minutes a day on it. If, at the end of those minutes, I want to quit working, then I can. I usually don’t want to, but must, because I’m typically scribbling furiously in a tiny notebook during a coffee break at work.

Ah, well. A writer does what a writer must. Right?

WIN a Copy of White Witch, Black Curse!

Ok, guys and ghouls – I managed to somehow end up with two hardcover copies of Kim Harrison’s newest release, White Witch, Black Curse. Simce I’m keeping one for my greedy self, I’m willing to send my extra copy to one of you.

Here are the rules:

  1. I can only mail the book to continental US addresses. If you’re international and you have a great American friend who’d forward the book to you, then feel free to enter. I’ll send it to you (or your friend) with delivery confirmation. If you’re mailing to a friend, once it’s in their possession, you’re on your own.
  2. Contest will run through 11:59 PM April 1st, 2009. Winners can expect their prize within 1-4 weeks after that (depending on the post office and my own laziness – I won’t lie to you.)
  3. Winner will be chosen randomly.
  4. Duplicate entries will disqualify you.

To enter, simply leave a comment on this post. Try to make it constructive. Tell me why you like Kim’s books, why you deserve to win, or continue on from the last contest and give me your favorite Hollows swear.

Good luck.

Shelfari’s 50 Book Challenge

DIrect from Shelfari.com:

When asked about the new Amazon Kindle product, Steve Jobs CEO of Apple computer had this to say:

“It doesn’t matter how good or bad the product is, the fact is that people don’t read anymore,” he said. “Forty percent of the people in the U.S. read one book or less last year. The whole conception is flawed at the top because people don’t read anymore.”

Welcome to the the 50 Book Challenge, where we fly in the face of Steve Jobs.

Basically …. the challenge is to read 50 books in one year. OR … establish a goal for yourself more or less, it’s up to you, just because we say 50 books doesn’t mean that has to be your goal too.

What a stupid, stupid thing to say, Steve Jobs. Do you have the data to support your statistics? I think not. So I will be participating in Shelfari’s call to action. Right here on this blog, I’ll be posting my progress toward reading 50 books in the next 365 days.

If you are a reader, please join us in fighting this assumption that Americans (or Canadians, or Martians for that matter) aren’t readers. If you don’t have a blog where you can track your progress, you can post from Shelfari’s forums, or start your own blog at WordPress.com (or similar). Whatever you do, if you choose to join us, post your link here and spread the word!

Shelfari's 50 Book Challenge

DIrect from Shelfari.com:

When asked about the new Amazon Kindle product, Steve Jobs CEO of Apple computer had this to say:

“It doesn’t matter how good or bad the product is, the fact is that people don’t read anymore,” he said. “Forty percent of the people in the U.S. read one book or less last year. The whole conception is flawed at the top because people don’t read anymore.”

Welcome to the the 50 Book Challenge, where we fly in the face of Steve Jobs.

Basically …. the challenge is to read 50 books in one year. OR … establish a goal for yourself more or less, it’s up to you, just because we say 50 books doesn’t mean that has to be your goal too.

What a stupid, stupid thing to say, Steve Jobs. Do you have the data to support your statistics? I think not. So I will be participating in Shelfari’s call to action. Right here on this blog, I’ll be posting my progress toward reading 50 books in the next 365 days.

If you are a reader, please join us in fighting this assumption that Americans (or Canadians, or Martians for that matter) aren’t readers. If you don’t have a blog where you can track your progress, you can post from Shelfari’s forums, or start your own blog at WordPress.com (or similar). Whatever you do, if you choose to join us, post your link here and spread the word!