Monthly Archives: December 2012

Going On The Account: RED JENNY Ninety Three

Part Ninety Three of RED JENNY AND THE PIRATES OF BUFFALO in now up, and may be read here.  Please note that the next installment will be posted after the holidays; we wish you a happy and peaceful time, and will resume come the new year.

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Going On The Account: RED JENNY Ninety Two

Part Ninety Two of RED JENNY AND THE PIRATES OF BUFFALO in now up, and may be read here.

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Going On The Account: And Now, For A Different Approach…

Yes, the current book makes a few predictions as to what we might see, and yes, it hedges a little bit on when we might see this.

 

If you’d rather a different scenario with a hard timetable there’s the Director of National Intelligence‘s latest publication, Global Trends 2030: Alternative Worlds, which is willing to consider a range of options over and above rapid climate change and greater instability (although both get their due in the report).  Among the other possibilities for what’s to come include the emergence of trans-national megacities, the occurence of solar geomagnetic storms disrupting the economy, or the chance of an actual global thermonuclear war.

Talk about chips on both black and red numbers at the table…

The complete report is online, or can be downloaded via Kindle or iTunes.  I’m still looking to see if any of the “nonstate actors” they refer to here and there in the 150 or so pages fly a skull and crossbones; fingers crossed…

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Going On The Account: Setting To Sea With Her

Some women can’t catch a break no matter what.  Thankfully their authors are often there to provide them with considerable overwhelming defense…

 

An item first reported at Corey Doctrow’s Boing Boing and picked up by a few other outlets concerns a “fan” letter received by Scott Lynch regarding his novel Red Seas Under Red Skies which featured the character Zamira Drakasha, a pirate leader who happens to be female, dark skinned, forty one years of age and the mother of two.  Apparently Lynch got an earful about this character, whom the questioner challenged for being a woman, as well as being “an unrealistic stereotype of political correctness” and a whole host of other  comments that, I am sorry to say, there is just not enough spin in the world to make any of these comments come across with any good intentions whatsoever.

 

Scott Lynch’s reply via Livejournal, I will warn you, uses language that would make a sailor take pause.  Though to be frank, had  I received a letter like he had, I would have given the son of a bitch the “blunderbuss from six inches” level of response as well.  It’s one of the nastier take down defenses any writer’s done in some while, and delivered with the same fury you’d expect any crew to give their mates if they were under attack.

 

If nothing else, having such a story coming across the bow was endearing, in that at least there’s another woman of note flying against all flags out there.  And Doctrow made a pitch for the following as part of his piece:

 

Not sure if I would have benefited or not from having this back when I was plotting Abigail’s journeys, but it might be something to add to the wish list; there’s still six more nights of Hanukkah, as well as Christmas and a birthday come January…

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Going On The Account: RED JENNY Ninety One

Part Ninety One of RED JENNY AND THE PIRATES OF BUFFALO in now up, and may be read here.

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