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In My Mailbox (2)…Daughters of Artemis author’s copies (Month of Thanksgiving Days 11 – 20)

(Month of Thanksgiving is exactly what it sounds like: a [hopefully] daily dose of the things for which I give thanks during the month of November.)

So I have failed at posting daily for Month of Thanksgiving, but I have been intentionally thankful each day, and I will share some of them here.

Day 11: I am thankful for solo road trips. I love being alone in my car, just me and my music and my machine, the road stretched out before us. I do a lot of driving at night, on lesser used highways, my lights the only thing breaking up the darkness for miles at a time.

Day 12: I am thankful for people who put up their outdoor holiday lights even though it’s still before Thanksgiving. Isolated farm houses appearing from the fields as I pass, bright white lights framing windows and doors, dangling from the roof, and trees wrapped in colorful strands. It’s beautiful and fleeting and an excellent reminder that some of the most amazing moments happen unexpectedly and then are gone.

Day 13: I am thankful for reading stories to other people. I spent some time with Tech Guru during my trip. One of those days, we were lounging around, me with a book, him watching old Whose Line Is It Anyway? episodes, and he asked me to read to him what I was reading. I was in the middle of the book, in the middle of the chapter, in the middle of the page, but I started reading aloud and continued on that way until my voice broke. He didn’t really care about the book or the story or the characters, but it was so nice to share that time together, laughing over the story.

(Laughing over the way I read so much faster than I can speak, and my brain runs ahead of me when I read aloud, and then I stumble a little to keep from skipping paragraphs at a time.)

Day 14: I am thankful for hot drinks (peppermint mocha) and cold drinks (iced caramel mocha) and the buzz of caffeine carrying me through the many, many entries on my to do list.

Day 15: I am thankful for Hulu, and for the network websites that offer streaming, which allows me to stay fairly current on the shows I enjoy without having to buy a television and order cable. I don’t mind being a week or so behind for some shows. I like being able to watch on my own schedule.

Day 16: I am thankful for good coworkers and team building lunches and having a job that I love a lot most of the time. Two jobs, really, because I also love my writing career.

Day 17: I am thankful for my publishers, with whom I have had such amazing experiences. I have been very, very lucky, and though I frequently focus on all the things I haven’t yet done, I need to take the time to remember all the things I have and all the things I love about what I’ve done.

Day 18: I am thankful for friends who remind me that I am doing more than I think I am, despite how much I feel like I have everything yet to do.

Day 19: I am thankful for the broiler, which I used for the first time today and which is amazing. How have I ever lived without it? Melty cheese on my sandwich, sourdough crunchy at the edges — I can’t wait to figure out more ways to use.

Day 20: I am thankful for author’s copies of gorgeous books. I opened my author’s copies of Daughters of Artemis today, and it is a beautiful book in person, just absolutely beautiful.

Daughters of Artemis cover

(Image description: A book cover in grays and shadows, with a full moon in the upper right, partially obscurred by dark clouds and the anthology title, “Daughters of Artemis: A Storm Moon Press Anthology.” A bare tree takes up the left side of the cover, and there are rocks at the bottom. On the rocks is a wolf and two women with pale skin. One woman is naked, the other wearing a dark dress. The clothed woman stands above the wolf and the other woman, the alpha to her pack. Contributors names are in the bottom right corner: Shashauna Thomas, Della Buckland, S.L. Armstrong, Marie Carlson, Erik Moore and K. Piet.)

It’s a crappy picture because I’m in a hurry, but oh, author’s copies, amazing.

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Moon Cycle…November’s Full Moon (Month of Thanksgiving Day 10)

(Month of Thanksgiving is exactly what it sounds like: a [hopefully] daily dose of the things for which I give thanks during the month of November.)

Today I am thankful for the gorgeous full moon. The Frosty Moon, the Full Beaver Moon, the Moon of Thanksgiving, whatever you want to call it, it is gorgeous. It was gorgeous last night, too. The Kansas City area was horribly gray and cloudy and stormy on Monday and Tuesday, so the sky had been invisible earlier in the week. Add that to the fact that I can’t believe it is really November 10, and I was taken by surprise this month. I got out of my car when I came home from work (late), and suddenly I was bathed in moonlight. The sky was perfectly clear, the stars bright, the moon brighter still, the air no longer bitter, but crisp in my lungs. I took a moment to stand there, head tilted back so I could gaze up at the sky, and in that moment, there was peace. Peace I desperately needed.

So yes, today I am thankful for the full moon.

Werewolf Wednesday…Night Wolf, Women Creating Horror (Month of Thanksgiving Day 9)

(Month of Thanksgiving is exactly what it sounds like: a [hopefully] daily dose of the things for which I give thanks during the month of November.)

Today I am thankful for werewolf movies and women creating horror.

From BloodyDisgusting.com: AFM ’11: ’13 Hours’ Becomes ‘Night Wolf’

Blurb: A full moon hangs in the night sky and lightning streaks across dark storm clouds. Sarah Tyler returns to her troubled family home in the isolated countryside, for a much put-off visit. As the storm rages on, Sarah, her family and friends shore up for the night, cut off from the outside world. But something comes out of the driving rain and darkness. Something that holds a dark secret so devastating that, in one night, it could wipe out the entire family. Trapped, Sarah and her brothers and friends must use their heads as well as their physical strength to survive not only the thing that is hunting them down one by one – but their own entrapment as the besieged group turns in on itself. Can they survive the horror stalking them? Or is their enemy already amongst them and has it always been? Can they survive for 13 hours?

BloodyDisgusting.com calls it a crappy werewolf movie, and I will agree that the werewolf image looks horrible, but I think it could be cheesy horror movie fun. I love stories about friends being trapped together in an isolated area, cut off from the rest of the world, and hunted by monsters, and therefore I will give this a try when it’s available.

From AfterEllen.com: What If Horror Films Were Made by More Women?

Not specific to werewolves, but I would be interested in more discussion of what horror movies by women would look like. Would they be different? Could they avoid the misogyny so prevalent in horror movies (the sex shaming, the sexualization of women, women as victims or villains only, etc.)? In addition to the paranormal romance and erotica, I also write horror, and I am intrigued by discussions of women in horror.

Site…Search Terms (Month of Thanksgiving Day 7)

(Month of Thanksgiving is exactly what it sounds like: a [hopefully] daily dose of the things for which I give thanks during the month of November.)

Today I am thankful for ease of access to site statistics. (I’ve used Dreamhost for years, and am really pleased with the service and the tools I have access to through them.) Sometimes, as with most website owners, I take a look at the search terms that send people to the website. Frequently they make me grin, and today I thought I would share them with you all.

marie carlson: Fitting, obviously.
blood moon werewolf mask: The new werewolf western?
dominant woman submissive man (and variations): Fitting in a certain way. I do write a lot of dominant women.
female werewolf tf: I found this delightful animation when performing this search myself.
wolves and werewolves pack a.d: I featured this song in a couple of the Music Mondays posts. It’s a gorgeous song.
authors who write about submissive men: I write more about dominant women, but I hope you all found what you wanted.
dont fear the reaper artist in the howling reborn: Like I said in a Werewolf Wednesday post, I think it is the Gus cover, but I don’t know for sure. Can anyone confirm that?

Delightful search terms this time around.

Food…Roast Beef, Potatoes, Carrots, and Celery (Month of Thanksgiving Day 6)

(Month of Thanksgiving is exactly what it sounds like: a [hopefully] daily dose of the things for which I give thanks during the month of November.)

Today I am grateful for the smell of a roast in the slow cooker. I don’t cook all that often, because I don’t actually enjoy it (and a few of my siblings love to cook, so I never really felt the need to, until I started living rather far away from them a few years ago), but I am trying to eat out less and to do that, I need to have lunches and dinners prepared. Right now, I’m making roast beef and veggies, and in the slow cooker, it is incredibly easy. Plus it makes the house smell delicious. Once everything is done, I’ll use the water and bits of meat to make a beef gravy to go with it. (My father taught me that.)

I think I’m warming up for Thanksgiving, when I will be making sweet potatoes and a couple other things. We have a long list of who is cooking what.

But this week, I will eat roast and veggies, and probably pork chops with mashed potatoes later in the week.

Now I am going to make hot chocolate, I think. I bought marshmallows today.

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Links…Bits and Pieces (Saturday Link Round Up)

If You’re a Bigot When You’re Angry, You’re a Bigot All the Time by Tami from What Tami Said, Guest Blogging at Transgriot

Tami addresses Kelly Osbourne’s nasty, transphobic comments during her recent breakup and how making an excuse for bigotry because of anger does not work.

Quote: When you believe that a group of people intrinsically have value equal to your own, you believe it all the time and deep in your heart. This belief is not contingent on your being in a good mood. The belief doesn’t go away when a marginalized person makes you angry or annoys you. If you have it in you to use epithets when hurt, then you have it in you all the time.

Beauty Myths: Terrible Things Await Women Who Use Men’s Razors, Gillette Says

Apparently, Gillette has a new ad campaign out trying to get women to buy razors and blades for “women’s razors,” not the ones for “men’s razors.” I don’t have cable television and haven’t for awhile now (I am well pleased with a mix of Hulu, Amazon on Demand, and Netflix on Demand, though I’m considering dropping the Netflix at some point), and I don’t read Cosmo and similar magazines (actually, I don’t really read any magazines anymore, and I don’t actually know when that changed. Huh), so I haven’t seen any of the ads, if they exist, but Jezebel addresses an article in Cosmo about it. One of the things that was said is that women mistakenly believe men’s razors are sharper than women’s razors. Jezebel talks about how women’s razors cost more than men’s razors, at least generally.

I prefer men’s razors to women’s, especially electric razors, because I have found they do work better. I have very thick, coarse hair, and when I decide to shave, the men’s razor handles the hair so much better. So I side-eye the claim that women’s razor blades are just the same as men’s, at least from my personal experience.

Kardashian in Trouble with Native American Group for ‘Indian Giver’ Comment at Colorlines

Quote: The phrase “Indian giving” is wrong and hurtful,” she added. “The cultural values of Native Americans are based on giving unconditionally and empowering those around them. Instead this cultural value is forgotten when negative stereotyping of Native people occurs.

Thandie Newton Takes ‘Vogue’ to Task for Lack of Black Women on Cover at Transgriot

Quote: I personally don’t read Vogue, because I am not interested in fashion, and I certainly would not support a magazine that cannot be arsed to have someone who looks like me appear on even a semi-regular schedule; however, I recognize what this lack of exposure is doing to young Black women. There is a reason why even today despite all the gains of the Black community, that Black children continue to prefer the White doll. Everywhere they look, everything that is constructed as good, pure and beautiful is White. From the television shows that they watch, to billboard and magazine covers they are shown, to be White is to be worthy of attention and adoration. No matter how hard a parent tries to invest a child with racial pride, they are fighting the institution of White supremacy, which is determined to enforce the exact opposite. We need Black women on the covers of magazines like Vogue, if our children are ever to see themselves as valuable. We need these covers to dispel the idea that Black women are just born unattractive. There is absolutely nothing neutral about erasure and until we address the fact that it essentially amounts to a value judgment based in racist ideals, we are going to continue to have a divided society in which some people are privileged over others, simply based in the Whiteness of their skin.

‘A Year Straight: Confessions of a Boy-Crazy Lesbian Beauty Queen’ Will Piss You Off at AfterEllen

Quote: The second problem: Bisexuality is not once mentioned. The idea of either being a lesbian or being straight is the perpetuation of a terrible stereotype. Elena doesn’t even consider the fact that her attraction to men could mean she’s interested in exploring her sexual fluidity instead of a quarter-life crisis indicating she’s meant to be with a guy. In fact, the whole reason she starts dating guys is because she felt a connection with her yoga instructor. And when she shares her crush with a coworker and gets a Brazilian wax, she decides to keep trying to date men because she didn’t want to let all that go to waste.

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Link…Apocalyptathon 2011 (Month of Thanksgiving Day 5)

(Month of Thanksgiving is exactly what it sounds like: a [hopefully] daily dose of the things for which I give thanks during the month of November.)

Today I am thankful for the Apocalyptathon 2011 celebration over at Moira Rogers’ blog. There are all sorts of prize giveaways, and every day for thirty days, authors and bloggers will talk about their apocalypse books, their favorite apocalypse stories, and on. I love apocalyptic fiction, and I am thrilled at the idea of a month of apocalyptic blog posts.

My favorites so far are: This post about Freeze Line, a post-apocalyptic werewolf and witch novel. (Ice age! Lone werewolf! Witch whose powers are lessened by the ice! It sounds delightful!) This post where E from the Book Pushers talks about great apocalyptic fiction.