Jul. 4th, 2017

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I am sort of ready for Harbors day. I don’t know if I’ll ever be ready in my heart for Harbors day, but I am as ready as I can be. I reread Edge of Worlds on my phone starting the moment we’d crossed the border and I could get data again, and just finished it a few moments ago, so that it would be fresh in my mind and agh the suspense.

I’m not ready for Harbors day but I can’t wait for Harbors day. 

[Harbors of the Sun is the last Raksura book and it’s out in a matter of hours now. Gonna go get my Kindle and hit refresh a few times just to make sure it’s not on there already, I preordered it like the minute it got posted up.]
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One More Sleep to Raksura Day

So, tomorrow, July 4 2017, is the release day for The Harbors of the Sun, the last book in the Books of the Raksura series.

The ebooks will be dropping tomorrow, but I think the trade paperbacks and hardcovers have already started shipping. (I haven’t heard anything about an audio version yet.)

If you want a signed edition, you can order one shipped to you from Murder by the Book as part of a signing I’m doing there with Rachel Caine on July 15. (You can probably get a whole signed set of Raksura books if you want, as long as you order in enough time for the store to get them.)

The timeline for all novels, and the novellas and stories collected in Stories of the Raksura I and II is:

“The Tale of Indigo and Cloud” - in the Reaches, before the Time of the Great Leaving

“The Forest Boy” - Moon as a young boy

“The Dead City” - Moon as a young man, after Saraseil

“Adaptation” - sometime later, at the old Indigo Cloud colony in the east

The Cloud Roads - two turns later

The Serpent Sea - eleven days later after the end of The Cloud Roads

The Siren Depths - two months after the end of The Serpent Sea

“Mimesis” - three months after the end of The Siren Depths

“Trading Lesson” - a month later

“The Falling World” - one turn since arriving at the Reaches colony. Jade, Chime and Balm go missing while on a trip to another court.

“The Dark Earth Below” - half a turn after the end of “The Falling World.” Jade is about to have her clutch and the court is under attack.

The Edge of Worlds - one turn after “The Dark Earth Below”

The Harbors of the Sun - immediately after The Edge of Worlds

The Raksura Patreon with flash fiction about the Indigo Cloud Court is here: http://ift.tt/2uExkAi

The Traveler’s Guide to the Three Worlds is here: http://ift.tt/2tGdNCv

Happy reading!

This is the book series I made the stickers for. :D (x) 
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oh good not only have there been nonstop fireworks for three hours, now there are also nonstop sirens, well done america
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Oh, wow, this is dumb– I preordered the last Raksura book so long ago that the credit card I used has in the interim expired, and instead of going ahead and processing it with the new credit card I have on file, or like, notifying me at all, Amazon was just sitting there with a little flag on the order saying “welp we can’t sell you this book because your credit card in November isn’t your credit card now and gosh we just don’t know how to use the new one you’ve been using for the last seven months!” until I went in and told it to do that, so. 

Sigh. Now it’s “pending”. I’ve been, like, reinstalling software on my Kindle because I thought the thing was broken. Oh well.

Now I know! Preorder things and make sure you use an eternal method of payment! I actually thought they’d taken the money out already, which being a seller on Amazon, I should know is not how it works. But. We’ll see.

The consolation is that I’ve been rereading other stories while waiting for my Kindle to work, so it’s not like I haven’t had a lovely morning anyway.
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A Good Nights Sleep in Ancient and Medieval Times

Today when one gets a good night’s sleep, one typically goes to bed in the middle of the night, gets a good 7-8 hours of continuous sleep (if possible), and is greeted by the new day with the blaring of an alarm clock.  However, according to a historian named A. Roger Ekirch, that was not they most of humanity slept throughout history.  Rather, Ekirch asserts that the eight hour night is mostly a modern invention created by modern industrialism.  Throughout most of history, humans practiced a type of rest called “bifurcated” or “segmented sleep”.  Rather than sleeping in one long stretch, people turned in for bed at dusk, slept for four hours, then enjoyed a period of wakefulness lasting about 1-3 hours.  During this period of wakefulness, people would do a variety of things.  First and foremost, people would check the fire and ensure that the home, crops, and livestock were still secure.  After all, this was an age when outlaws were common and regular law enforcement was rare.  During this time people would play games, spend time with the family, take a walk through the neighborhood, or even socialize with the neighbors.  During this period it was not uncommon for pubs and taverns to re-open, so one my have an ale or mead and chat with friends before turning in again for “second sleep”.  Many scholars considered this period to the perfect time for focusing and learning, so it was often a time for reading, studying, reflection, or philosophizing.  A French doctor from the 16th century reported that this time was often ideally used by bedfellows to have sex.  For monks and priests, it was often a time for prayer and meditation.  Once this period of wakefulness was done, people would return to bed for “second sleep”, which lasted until sunrise.  Often many cultures assured there was no sleep deficit by adding a siesta, usually early afternoon.

The practice of bifurcated sleep probably occurred throughout most of human history. Such a sleep pattern is mentioned in a variety of sources, including Homer’s Odyssey, the Bible, and Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales.  The practice of bifurcated sleep began to die in the 17th century.  What killed it off entirely was the industrial revolution, where inventions such as electricity, street lighting, and 24 hour a day shift work put an end to bifurcated sleep, demanding more compact sleeping habits.  Modern scientific sleep studies suggest that humanity has not quite gotten over this ancient practice, as circadian rhythms are still adjusted to an awake period in the middle of the night.  Today, the sleeping habits of modern peoples in industrialized countries are especially appalling, with millions suffering from chronic sleep shortages, especially when it comes to precious REM sleep.  Many suffer such deprivations due to disorders such as sleep apnea and insomnia.  Others suffer under a society which values productivity over health.  Perhaps we as a society should rethink how we sleep, and take a queue from our ancient and medieval ancestors?  

BTW, I practice bifurcated sleep. Since I work night shift I sleep during the day. Around 12:00 I always wake up and can’t get back to sleep for an hour. So I do yoga or go to Jiu Jitsu class.  I then wake up around 5:00pm and do my kettlebells before heading off to work.
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“You may have noticed that the books you really love are bound together by a secret thread. You know very well what is the common quality that makes you love them, though you cannot put it into words: but most of your friends do not see it at all, and often wonder why, liking this, you should also like that. Again, you have stood before some landscape, which seems to embody what you have been looking for all your life; and then turned to the friend at your side who appears to be seeing what you saw - but at the first words a gulf yawns between you, and you realise that this landscape means something totally different to him, that he is pursuing an alien vision and cares nothing for the ineffable suggestion by which you are transported. Even in your hobbies, has there not always been some secret attraction which the others are curiously ignorant of - something, not to be identified with, but always on the verge of breaking through, the smell of cut wood in the workshop or the clapclap of water against the boat’s side? Are not all lifelong friendships born at the moment when at last you meet another human being who has some inkling (but faint and uncertain even in the best) of that something which you were born desiring, and which, beneath the flux of other desires and in all the momentary silences between the louder passions, night and day, year by year, from childhood to old age, you are looking for, watching for, listening for? You have never had it. All the things that have ever deeply possessed your soul have been but hints of it - tantalising glimpses, promises never quite fulfilled, echoes that died away just as they caught your ear. But if it should really become manifest - if there ever came an echo that did not die away but swelled into the sound itself you would know it. Beyond all possibility of doubt you would say “Here at last is the thing I was made for.” We cannot tell each other about it. It is the secret signature of each soul, the incommunicable and unappeasable want, the thing we desired before we met our wives or made our friends or chose our work, and which we shall still desire on our deathbeds, when the mind no longer knows wife or friend or work. While we are, this is. If we lose this, we lose all.”

C.S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain (via soracities)

I did not expect that to be a CS Lewis quote.

Also, dear lord, yes.

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Holy FUCK.

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