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new Penric impending

Lois McMaster Bujold says, here:

https://www.goodreads.com/author_blog_posts/15463253-new-penric-impending

I am pleased to report that I have finished the first draft of a new Penric & Desdemona novella. (For that peculiar value of "finished" that means, "still dinking till it's pulled from the writer's twitchy hands.")

Title will be "Penric's Fox"

Length, at this moment, is around 37,400 words. It is more-or-less a sequel to "Penric and the Shaman", taking place about eight or nine months after that story.

Final editing and formatting, arranging for cover art to send it out into the world nicely dressed, etc., will take some unknown amount of time and eyeball-endurance, but e-pub will likely happen in August.

My computer file tells me I started typing the opening on March 3rd, but of course there was lead-up to that. It is, in general, hard to tell or remember when a project segues over from "notion" to "planning", although the notion had been with me for some time. Story notions are like a collection of vaguely related objects rattling around in a box; planning starts when some key object that connects them all drops in, and things suddenly get interesting.

Ta, L.
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[personal profile] kjn2017-07-24 06:49 am

Notice about filkarchive

This was posted by [personal profile] hms42 over on Facebook:

For those who still look at Livejournal (I know most people are not on there any longer), the filk archive LJ account has been hacked a couple of times over the past few days and they are posting in Russian on there.

Its going to get migrated over to Dreamwidth for the history to be preserved before the account is closed.

The site itself is currently down for reprogramming and will eventually be put back online.


The LJ account has since been cleaned up and migrated to [personal profile] filkarchive here on Dreamwidth.

RIP Jordin Kare

Very sad news. Jordin Kare has died, his widow Mary Kay informs us on Twitter.


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ot: SFF Binge-Reader Bundle

https://storybundle.com/bundle

Just a couple of these things, & it pays for itself. For example, the Fiction River anthology alone [nearly 800 pages!] is 8.00 on Kindle. The Uncollected Anthology Year One [490 pages] is only available as a $24 paperback. Afaik, this is the only e-book edition. The Grayson trilogy is excellent, romance-with-woo-woo fun; the Rusch Diving series has great buzz. The Faerie Summer is a 20-book e-book set.

Throw in the others, & that's a lot at an excellent deal. Squee!

filkferengi, off to buy it now

PayPal registration is now open for ConCertino

You can now register online and pay by PayPal for ConCertino 2018. The early bird rate of $55 is good through July 31. You can also get a supporting membership if you think you might not be coming, or you can buy a premier membership to give extra support to the convention.

There are two sets of prices. You can help us out by including the PayPal fee in your payment, or you can choose not to.

The convention will be June 29-July 1, in Dedham, Mass. Guests will be Cecilia Eng, Errol Elumir, Erwin Strauss (Filthy Pierre), and Gabrielle Gold. We hope lots of you will be there!
[personal profile] tigertoy2017-06-30 12:25 pm

Jordin

Beloved filker Jordin Kare is in critical but stable condition after complications from heart surgery. Good thoughts are appreciated. I don't have any contact info.

ConCertino 2018

ConCertino 2018 will be in Dedham, Mass. (south of Boston) on June
29-July 1, 2018.

  • Guest of Honor: Cecilia Eng

  • Toastmaster: Errol Elumir

  • Fan Guest: Filthy Pierre (Erwin S. Strauss)

  • Interfilk Guest: Gabrielle Gold


More information at concertino.net.


This will, in all likelihood, be the last of the rotating northeast filk
conventions. Three meetings took place at Contata to plan the new
NEFilk, an annual convention with a single committee and geographic
area. Watch nefilk.us for updates.
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[personal profile] kayshapero2017-06-23 08:17 pm

Pasadena Folk

The Pasadena Folk Music Society is very pleased to present the US debut of a fine new Celtic group, The Recollective, who are beginning their first American tour here at Caltech on Saturday, July 8 in Beckman Institute Auditorium (Little Beckman) at 8:00 PM.  The band consists of Calum Morrison, (Glascow, Scotland) on vocals, guitar, banjo, tenor guitar, bodhran and Highland bagpipes, Karen Hickey, (County Mayo, Ireland) on fiddle, Michael Coult, (originally from Glossop, close to Manchester, England) on traditional Irish flute and whistles, and Kieran Leonard, (now living in London, originally from County Fermanagh) on drums, percussion, & bodhran.  All of them have previously performed in the United States in other configurations, but they formed The Recollective in the past year after playing together in the Celtic Legends traveling show that has appeared for a million people worldwide over the years.  As Kieran explains, their name, The Recollective, is meant as a double entendre, firstly that they are a group that sings and plays music inspired by the past and secondly, that they are as a 'collective' play in a contemporary and edgy style.  They wanted a name that reflects both the traditional roots and the modern aspects of their music.  Their brand new debut recording is about to be released, and should be available for purchase at this show.  Hear Karen's beautiful fiddle interplay with Michael's flute, along with the perfect understated percusion of Kieran on the medley, Vals Til Mor Og Far/The Midge and Calum's vocal and guitar on Gin I Were a Baron's Heir. Help us welcome this fine band to our side of the pond!    

Tickets for the show are $20 for adults and $5 for Caltech students and children.  You can order them on the phone by calling the Caltech Ticket Office at (626) 395-4652.  Online tickets are available here.  You can avoid the service charge by purchasing tickets at the door on the night of the show or by visiting the Ticket Office in person at the Caltech Ticket Office in their new location at 1200 E. California Boulevard in Pasadena (Southeast corner of Wilson Avenue.)  Their usual hours are 9AM - 4PM, Monday through Friday.
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[personal profile] callibr82017-06-22 07:08 pm

two Contata memberships available

Due to economic constraints (lack of work), I will be unable to attend Contata, and thus have two attending memberships available for sale. If you're interested in acquiring them (at the pre-reg price, which is what we paid), please contact me. Thank you. -- Callibr8

Seeking Coders for Contata

At Contata, a pick-up chorus will be performing Kanefsky's "Code" (ttto "Men of Harlech"), as arranged in Ed Stauff's "The Scared [sic] Harp." At the last MASSFILC filksing, we had people on alto, tenor, and bass, but adding some singers would be nice, especially sopranos to sing the melody in the proper octave! If anyone would like to join in, let me or Keshlam or Ellen know. We'll be doing it as part of the GoH concert. We'll squeeze in a rehearsal at some point.
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[personal profile] thnidu2017-06-16 09:05 pm

Wha' hoppen?

Over on my own blog I've recorded something popping out of me (no, not TMI) that quite surprised me. You may enjoy it.
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[personal profile] kayshapero2017-06-01 04:31 pm

Pasadena in June

June is here and this is a last reminder about our next show in just 2 days, featuring Brocelïande, Saturday, June 3 in Beckman Institute Auditorium (Little Beckman.)   Brocelïande has performed throughout the West Coast since 1999, at festivals, concert series, and a cameo in the movie Bedtime Stories. Their delight is, through evocative and sometimes obscure historical means, to uplift the audience and provide a sonic sanctuary for all. They specialize in seasonal fare and the music of J.R.R. Tolkien, honoring the elements of Nature and celebrating the human experience. They have recorded 7 CDs, most recently Make We Merry, their second Winter album. Rambles Cultural Arts Magazine says of them “These people are good. Each is a master of the various instruments they play, and their arrangements are intricate, exciting, exceptional music … their vocal harmonies are exquisite.”  Listen to Rossignolet du Bois and Galadriel's Lament to get a good idea of what to expect.  You won’t want to miss this all-too-rare Southern California appearance by Brocelïande.  [Second the motion - I'm going! KS!]

Tickets for the show are $20 for adults and $5 for Caltech students and children.  You can order them on the phone by calling the Caltech Ticket Office at (626) 395-4652.  Online tickets are available here until the end of today, Thursday June 1.  There is a service charge for online and phone tickets, but you can buy tickets without a service charge by visiting the Ticket Office in person or by purchasing them at the door on the night of the show.  The Caltech Ticket Office is now in their new location at 1200 E. California Boulevard in Pasadena (Southeast corner of Wilson Avenue). Their usual hours are 9AM - 4PM, Monday through Friday. There is limited short term parking in front of the four story Spalding building on California Boulevard (note the yellow curb and the sign that indicates 15 minute parking for the Post Office station inside)  Otherwise, you can look for street parking nearby.  They are located just inside the door on the east side of the building, to the left of the entrance.

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Cheshire Moon

Get ready for the Cheshire Moon "We've been pounded by all kinds of extra bills" midwestern tour!

And, we booked all these before all this happened ... clever that.

We have gotten pounded with hospital and automotive bills the last month. If you have wanted to see us play, now is the time! We have lots of music for sale, including two new CDs. You can put money in our jar (virtual in the case of the Concert Window show). You can see us in our living room (live or virtual), in a church and in someone else's living room (both of those live). Oh, and the Chicago show ... we're bringing Susan! That doesn't happen every often.

And if you want CDs, they are available on our website, cheshiremoon.net. If you want downloads, they are available at cheshiremoon.bandcamp.com.

June 3 - Concert Window - 1pm Central
www.concertwindow.com/cheshiremoon

June 9 - 2nd Friday Coffeehouse Chicago - 7 PM
The Peoples Church of Chicago, 941 W Lawrence Ave, Chicago,

June 10 - House Concert at the Abzug Ampitheatre Champaign, IL - 7 Central Geekish Time
RSVP to Dnabzug at gmail dot com
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[personal profile] kayshapero2017-05-23 04:22 pm

Brocelïande coming to Pasadena!

Well, certainly beats Birnam Wood come to Dunsinane... :) But seriously, to the handful of you out there who don't already know about them, this is one group well worth listening to. Here's the latest update.

We want to let you know about our June shows (there are 2!) so here's the word. We welcome back Brocelïande in two weeks for their fourth appearance at Caltech, on Saturday, June 3 in Beckman Institute Auditorium (Little Beckman.) This Bay area trio consists of Margaret Davis, Kristoph Klover, and Kris Yenney, and between them they cover 3-part vocals, with Celtic harp, guitar, cello, octave mandolin, recorders, Swedish nyckelharpa, flute, and more! Their performances include music from the British Isles, Medieval and Renaissance music, and original settings of the songs of J.R.R. Tolkien. They cover a lot of ground, and their shows are like no other act we have presented. Sample their music with Santa Maria/ Cantiga This program is your chance to hear Kris play the only “Hardanger cello d’Amore” in existence! We look forward to seeing you at this show!

Tickets for the show are $20 for adults and $5 for Caltech students and children. You can order them on the phone by calling the Caltech Ticket Office at (626) 395-4652. Online tickets are available here until the end of Thursday May 11. There is a service charge for online and phone tickets, but you can buy tickets without a service charge by visiting the Ticket Office in person or by purchasing them at the door on the night of the show. The Caltech Ticket Office is now in their new location at 1200 E. California Boulevard in Pasadena (Southeast corner of Wilson Avenue). Their usual hours are 9AM - 4PM, Monday through Friday. There is limited short term parking in front of the four story Spalding building on California Boulevard (note the yellow curb and the sign that indicates 15 minute parking for the Post Office station inside) Otherwise, you can look for street parking nearby. They are located just inside the door on the east side of the building, to the left of the entrance.

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[personal profile] bunsen_h2017-05-22 01:08 am

Seanan won the Nebula

Seanan McGuire has just won the Best Novella Nebula for Every Heart a Doorway!
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[personal profile] kayshapero2017-05-10 09:12 pm

It's Pasadena again!

Just 3 days until Ben Miller (Scottish border pipes) and Anita MacDonald (Cape Breton fiddle) arrive in Pasadena to wind up their current U.S. tour this Saturday, May 13 in Beckman Institute Auditorium (Little Beckman) at 8:00 PM. Anita is from Little Narrows, Cape Breton and Ben is American-born, now also living in Cape Breton. They have been performing together for a few years now, and their initial 2015 recording, A Day at the Lake shows them to be excellent performers who you won't want to miss . Zakk Cormier will join them on acoustic guitar for this show.

We like the way Radio Station 101.5 in Nova Scotia (known as "The Hawk") described them, "Ben and Anita have the unique talent of taking well known, traditional tunes and giving them life. They have a great respect and knowledge of how these tunes are to be played, but are able to inject an energy that brings them to life once again. That's the way you keep the music alive for a new generation to discover and enjoy." Come to the show and you will hear a generous offering of lively dance tunes, with a few slower songs, including a vocal or two. Listen to their instrumental prowess on An t-Alltan Dubh (The Black River.) Anita sings quite well, as you can hear on Eoghainn Mhóir a Ghràdhaich from A Day at the Lake. She often does a bit of step dancing, but on Saturday, that will depend on whether we can turn our carpeted stage area into a proper dance surface. Again, we include the link to their introductory video. Their web site is www.benandanita.com. We hope to see you!

Tickets for the show are $20 for adults and $5 for Caltech students and children. You can order them on the phone by calling the Caltech Ticket Office at (626) 395-4652. Online tickets are available here until the end of Thursday May 11. There is a service charge for online and phone tickets, but you can buy tickets without a service charge by visiting the Ticket Office or by purchasing them at the door on the night of the show. The Caltech Ticket Office is now in their new location at 1200 E. California Boulevard in Pasadena (Southeast corner of Wilson Avenue). Their usual hours are 9AM - 4PM, Monday through Friday. There is limited short term parking in front of the four story Spalding building on California Boulevard (note the yellow curb and the sign that indicates 15 minute parking for the Post Office station inside) Otherwise, you can look for street parking nearby. They are located just inside the door on the east side of the building, to the left of the entrance. And you can buy stamps or do Postal business while you are there!

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The Storm King's Prayer

This is based on Girl Genius as it stands this weekend. Andronicus Valois, the Storm King, has returned after 200 years, but he is now mostly undead and mad. He's up against the Master of Paris, Agatha Heterodyne, and Martellus von Blitzengaard and their respective followers; any one of them is capable of taking on a small army. Even though Andronicus is the bad guy, it's possible to feel a little sorry for him.


The Storm King's Prayer
Lyrics: Gary McGath, Copyright 2017
Music: "A Sailor's Prayer" by Rob MacDonald

Though my arm is torn and severed and my weapons turned to slag,
Though my minions turn and hope to strike me down,
Though I meet vile sorcery, still the land belongs to me.
This is not the end I am meant to face.
 
Chorus:
   I will not lie me down, this mob a-raging.
   I will not lie me down, I'm King of Storm.
   And if these knights be unblessed, I shall not take my rest
   Until they die and are no more.
 
Though they stole away my bride, though the very stones rise up,
Though a young usurper tries to claim my sword,
I have risen from the night and will now reclaim my right,
Take this city back from wizards and traitors.
 
Chorus
 
If my friends conspire against me and it seems my hopes are lost,
With my one bare hand my reign I will defend.
And if someone lays me low, let it be a worthy foe.
I will stand and fight until I meet destruction.
 
Chorus
























MASSFILC filksing, May 13

The next MASSFILC gathering will be in Cambridge, at Cornerstone Cohousing, 175 Harvey Street, on Saturday, May 13. This is walkable from the Alewife T station or from the 77 Bus. It's a semi-public location (a common room rather than a living room), so newcomers can feel comfortable about dropping in. Things start at 2 PM or a little later, and there's a short business meeting at 6. People can bring a snack, beverage, or potluck dish if they like, but there's no obligation.

The schedule of meetings is on the MASSFILC site. You can subscribe to the mailing list from there.

MASSFILC filksing

Yesterday's filksing at my place drew a small but lively group, including newcomer Isaac. And I do mean newcomer, at five weeks of age! I locked Mokka away upstairs, since she can be hostile to visitors, and I especially didn't want to take chances with a baby. Mokka had food, water, and a litter box and didn't seem unhappy with the arrangement. Carl hung around the filksing, glad to see all these people who might give him food! At one point he kept his foot under the pedal of my keyboard for about 20 minutes. I think he was telling me not to play it so much and to give him more attention (and food). There was no lack of food, but it was the human variety.

At the business meeting we had a rather overdue discussion of guests for ConCertino and came up with a preferred slate. Invitations should be going out shortly.

The next filksing will be at Cornerstone Cohousing in Cambridge, Mass., on Saturday, May 13, so anyone who didn't come to this one because it was too far from Boston should find the next one easier to get to.
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And now!

The CDs are now available for purchase on our webpage!

It's been a hectic couple of months, but it's all done now!

http://www.cheshiremoonband.com/merch.html