May. 15th, 2017

Chita I know you’re glad I’m home but you have to get off my lap so I can go to bed, I can’t sit here all night with you.

Located in the gorgeous Finger Lakes region of upstate New York, Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge serves as an important resting, feeding and nesting ground for migratory birds along the Atlantic Flyway. With almost 10,000 acres to explore, visitors can enjoy bird watching, fishing, boating, hiking and photography while learning about wildlife and the environment. Photo by Doug Racine, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
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Hmm, I may have to give Martha Wells another go. I once started looking at one of her books, but on the very first page there was some description about “wisps of cloud passing behind the moon” or similar. I was like, WTF - clouds BEHIND the moon??? And I’m almost crazily sensitive to inaccuracies and errors like that in the fine details of world building and description in fantasy, so that was enough to put me off and I didn’t continue.

She– her descriptions sometimes tread the line for me, of being too much, but that might be because of the compulsive rereading; on my twentieth read-through I just skim over what color the damn rocks were. Generally she’s got very good scene-establishing descriptions, and if there are weird details like that, it’s because of some sort of world-building thing she’s trying to do. I can’t recall one where there’d be clouds behind a moon, but there are plenty of weird things like people turning into dragons and there being an entire city built on the back of a sea monster and that sort of thing; if she described something that didn’t make sense, it was because it was meant to alert you to something like that. 

I read her because she’s very character-driven, and I love that. She has a real thing for protagonists with extremely strong and extremely well-hidden emotions and that is my jam. 

I got on a rereading kick because, well, she just had a novella come out, about the agender murder-robot (and literally every background character is poly, I didn’t think to mention that, but it’s a recurring thing with her, it’s kind of entertaining)– but just before that someone fancasted I think Diego Luna as the dashing handsome Captain of the Queen’s Guard in her Element of Fire book and I absolutely had to reread it just with that in mind and it was a thing of beauty. 

(It’s not that there are never proofreading errors in her books– some of them she’s re-self-published after the original publisher let the rights lapse, and she had to manually OCR some of them and the like. I don’t think there are many, but on your twentieth reread you tend to have started to automatically correct those sorts of things. Mostly they’re italics errors, I’ve found.)


This 110 million-year-old, armored plant-eater is the best preserved fossil of its kind ever found.

From the article:

The more I look at it, the more mind-boggling it becomes. Fossilized remnants of skin still cover the bumpy armor plates dotting the animal’s skull. Its right forefoot lies by its side, its five digits splayed upward. I can count the scales on its sole. Caleb Brown, a postdoctoral researcher at the museum, grins at my astonishment. “We don’t just have a skeleton,” he tells me later. “We have a dinosaur as it would have been.”

Read more on Michael Greshko’s (beautifully written) article at National Geographic.




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