WWWednesday: January 25, 2017

This week’s word for Wednesday is a verb; to slounge. It is old Scots and means to hang about in the hope of getting some food. It can also be a noun, someone who is slounging can be called “a slounge.” Now I have a word for the squirrels in my backyard. 

Books and Writing:

This article from Quartz looks at the prolific Isaac Asimov, who, it states, wrote 500 books in his lifetime, and tries to tease out writing lessons for all of us. Thanks to Ryan for this one.

Tor.com has this nice interview with Lois McMaster Bujold.

Locus Magazine had an obituary for Larry Smith, longtime book seller and conrunner, including co-chairing a World Fantasy Convention, who passed away on January 20, 2017.

Another sad loss; British comics artist John Watkiss, who worked on Sandman among other works, passed away on Saturday (Thanks to Kat.)

Veronica Roth, author of the DIVERGENT series, has a new space opera series coming out with the first book, Carve the Mark, out now. Publishers Weekly asked her four questions about the series.

Cover of March, Book Three

March, Book Three

U.S. Representative John Lewis’s graphic-novel memoir March won another award; this time for Book Three. Lewis’s trilogy depicts the American Civil Rights movement from the point of view of everyday people.

Apparently, Audio Realms has closed up shop. They have taken down their website and their Facebook page, and this article says that customers report that Audio Realm content (which they paid for) has disappeared from their readers.

Here is a story about war, death, an overdue library book, and forgiveness, and I didn’t make a word of it up.

Movies and TV:

The movie Arrival is nominated for Best Picture on the Oscar shortlist this year.

The Razzies felt that 2016 had such a bumper crop of terrible movies that it expanded its short list from 5 semi-finalists to 6. We’ll recognize some of these names…

The Axanar lawsuit is settled according to IO9. I wonder. And, there will be an Axanar, although the producers can get no ad revenue and it will be “substantially different” from the original project. Oh, Hollywood.

Emma Watson, Dan Stevens and Luke Evans discuss their roles, and opinions, of the live action re-make of Beauty and the Beast. I’m not sure “compatriotism” is a word, but I enjoyed these conversations. It’s just shy of 15 minutes long.

Have you seen a lot about the new King Arthur movie, King Arthur, Legend of the Sword, due out in May, 2017? Right, I haven’t either. And what I’m reading now doesn’t inspire confidence. The release date has been moved several times, and now it will compete with several big franchise summer movies. Anyway, on that bright note, here is a link to the trailer.

Lucasfilm Story Group shares Rogue One Easter eggs, mainly the connections to Rebels,  in this 25-minute video.


The Ataksuki mission photos show huge bow-shaped waves on Venus.

Interior Page from March

From March


Ars Technica covers Dragon Quest VIII.

Kotaku reviews Astroneer.

I thought this study, also from Kotaku, about what percentage of gamers were women, and what games women play, was really interesting!


Do you agree with Alien Expo’s choice of the top 5 SF villains? Check out the list here.

Courtesy of Geekologie, a South Korean cooking show that will make dishes with a World of Warcraft theme.


Today’s images are from the three volumes of March.

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Marion Deeds, with us since March, 2011, is the author of the fantasy novella ALUMINUM LEAVES. Her short fiction has appeared in the anthologies BEYOND THE STARS, THE WAND THAT ROCKS THE CRADLE, STRANGE CALIFORNIA, and in Podcastle, The Noyo River Review, Daily Science Fiction and Flash Fiction Online. She’s retired from 35 years in county government, and spends some of her free time volunteering at a second-hand bookstore in her home town. You can read her blog at deedsandwords.com, and follow her on Twitter: @mariond_d.

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  1. “Slounge” would also refer to every dog I’ve ever met.

  2. I don’t have a story idea to go with it, but I would love to write a story that opens with, “The three sisters bustled around the kitchen, while the dogs slounged underfoot, hoping for tidbits.”

  3. Highly recommend March! Thanks for the links!

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