. . .and so on

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So, today was my turn with the doctor.  My entry is a sinus infection; my prize amoxicillin in the large, economy size, with a hold-out prescription for an inhaler, in case the whole I-can't-breathe-thing gets uglier.

On the way home, we of course stopped at the drugstore to fill the 'script.  Then we went to Flo's Greenhouse and Steve bought us a. . .rather large wreath, which will make the house smell pleasantly like pine, and upon which we may hang ornaments, if either or both of us is so moved.  We then stopped at Holy Cannoli, and purchased a homemade Lasagna (actually, I'm guessing it's more like a Quarter, or even an Eighth, Lasagna -- still a Massive Beast), which is destined to be dinner on Christmas Day.  Also a raspberry bar, and a blueberry bar, because Holy Cannoli fruit bars are to die for. We had penciled in a viewing of "Into the Woods," for Christmas Day, also, but right now that looks like it ain't gonna happen.

I'm thinking that the rest of the day looks like:  Lunch.  Nap.  Do Dishes.  Nap/play cards.  Supper.  Go to bed.

. . .and how's your day been?

Books read in 2014

readbooks from furriboots
51.  In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex, Nathaniel Philbrick
50.  The Hum and the Shiver, Alex Bledsoe
49.  Prince of Shadows, Rachel Caine
48.  Why Mermaids Sing, C.S. Harris
47.  The Enchantment Emporium, Tanya Huff
46.  Mortal Heart, Robin LeFevers (e)
45.  Dark Triumph, Robin LeFevers (e)
44.  Grave Mercy, Robin LeFevers (e)
43.  Heavenly Pleasures, Kerry Greenwood (e)
42.  Branded by Fire, Nalini Singh (read aloud w/Steve)
41. Paragon Walk, Anne Perry
40.  Spellcast, Barbara Ashford
39.  A Night in the Lonesome October, Roger Zelazny, (re-re-re-&c-read aloud w/Steve)
38. The Third Circle, Amanda Quick
37.  Agatha Heterodyne and the Sleeping City, Phil and Kaja Foglio
36.  Good Omens, Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
35.   Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!, Richard P. Feynman (as told to Ralph Leighton)
34.   A Brother's Price, Wen Spencer (e)
33.   Spiral Path, Katharine Eliska Kimbriel (e)
32.   Earthly Delights, Kerry Greenwood (e)
31.   Night Broken, Patricia Briggs (e)
30.  Just My Type, Simon Garfield
29.  Bones of Faerie, Janni Lee Simner
28.  Dancer of the Sixth, Michelle Shirey Crean
27.  Tryst, Elswyth Thane (re-re-re-re-re-&c-read)
26.  The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern
25.  The King of Attolia, Megan Whalen Turner
24.  The Queen of Attolia, Megan Whalen Turner
23.  The Thief, Megan Whalen Turner
22.  Cuckoo's Egg, C.J. Cherryh (re-re-re-&c-read)
21.  The Windflower, Laura London (Tom and Sharon Curtis) (re-read)
20.  Sparrow Hill Road, Seanan McGuire (e)
19.  Demon's Lexicon, Sarah Rees Brennan
18.  Refining Felicity, Marion Chesney
17.  Something Wicked This Way Comes, Ray Bradbury (re-read aloud w/Steve)
16. The Vanished Priestess, Meredith Blevins
15.  Nine Princes in Amber, Roger Zelazny (re-read aloud w/Steve)
14.  Code Name Verity, Elizabeth Wein
13.  Ghost Point, James A. Hetley, manuscript (read aloud w/Steve)
12.  Peacemaker, C.J. Cherryh (read aloud w/Steve)
11.  The Red Hot Empress, Meredith Blevins
10.  Hogfather, Terry Pratchett
9.  Black Widow: The Name of the Rose, Marjorie Liu, Daniel Acuna
8.  Agent of Change, Sharon Lee and Steve Miller (e)
7.  The Emperor's Agent, Jo Graham (e)
6.  Eternity and a Day, Aline Hunter (e)
5.  Kindred Rites, Katharine Eliska Kimbriel (e)
4.  Billy the Kid, the Endless Ride, Michael Wallis
3.  The Steerswoman, Rosemary Kirstein (e)
2.  Uncovered, Jordan Matter
1.  Dancers Among Us, Jordan Matter
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So, things have been rockin' and rollin' here at the Confusion Factory.  Yesterday, we took time out from holiday prep (insert laugh track) to take Steve to the weekend clinic at Inland Hospital, where he achieved the diagnosis of bronchial pneumonia, orders to Take It Easy, and a prescription for antibiotics.  It was a little bit of a zoo getting the prescription filled, what with the lines of communication at our favored pharmacy having gone down for more than an hour, and eventually necessitated a second trip into town, but all was at last accomplished, at last, by Steve -- who won the second trip into town by the simple tactic of being awake when it came time to go.  He brought home a late lunch of nutritious Kentucky Fried Chicken (original), mashed potatoes, and gravy.  Easily, the best meal either of us has eaten in a month.  It's true what they say about hot grease, and salt.

The rest of the evening was filled out by Steve napping in Princess Jasmine Sprite's blue throne, with the Princess herself holding him down, and Sharon alternately reading and napping on the couch.

Finally, we rose and sought our bed, and that, as they say, was that.

Today, we expect more of the same sort of excitement.  I'm concentrating on a Miraculous Cure on my own behalf, because if I don't get one today, it will be my turn with the doctor tomorrow.

So, that.

In other news, I have succeeded in offending someone with "The night don't seem so lonely," so, if you haven't read it, this may be the moment.

Also! If you've read Carousel Seas, as some of you have, please consider leaving a reader review on BN.com, Amazon, Goodreads, Baen, or other sites that you may frequent. Early reviews help readers who may be on the fence about buying the paper copy. Also, early reviews help the author, by demonstrating that people not only anticipated, but immediately put the book at the top of their TBR pile.

Thank you.

. . .and I think that's all I got.

A blessed solstice to those who celebrate, and -- everybody stay healthy, right?

Today's blog post is brought to you by the Shakers, Simple Gifts.

SPOILERS: Let's play a game

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Believe it or not, signing your name over and over is Really Boring.

Happily, I have (1) a short name, and (2) only 100 books to sign.

Still, I'm sorta bored, anyway, and a little down from this dumb illness, so!

Those who have read at least two of the Carousel books, tell me in comments:

Who do you love?  Huh? Huh? Who is your favorite character in the Carousel books, and why?  C'mon, you can tell me.


THOSE WHO HAVE NOT READ THE CAROUSEL BOOKS, YOUR ATTENTION PLEASE! 
There are likely to be spoilers in comments.  If you don't want to be spoilt?  Don't read comments.

Let the game begin.

Together again for the first time

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Someone asked that I put the links I've been scattering about over the last couple days "in one place" in order to make them easy to find.

There aren't all that many links, unless someone has been adding extras in while I was napping, but, insofar as there are links, here they are:

The Night Don't Seem So Lonely -- an Archers Beach story, free to read on Baen.com

Carousel Seas eBook, direct from Baen

Carousel Seas eBook, from the Kindle Store

PREORDER Carousel Seas from Audible

As stated elsewhere, I am still waiting for the delivery of the pre-ordered trade paperback editions of Carousel Seas to arrive from the warehouse.  It's snowing, so it's probable that today is the day.  As soon as the books arrive, I will unpack them, sign them, repack them and call UPS for a pickup and a ride to Uncle Hugo's just as quickly as I possibly can.

In other news, I am, preposterously, still not well, though no longer actively sick.  Which is, yanno, progress.  I've lost almost a month to this thing, which is bitter, indeed.  As soon as I can safely use my brain, I'll need to do some counting, but I don't think I'm on track for an on time delivery  anymore (insert favorite curse here).

Trooper had a delightful birthday, and thanks all his fans for their well-wishes.

I had some adventures with the ACA in between it all, but I'll save that story for another day.

Everybody be good.

Books read in 2014

readbooks from furriboots
50.  The Hum and the Shiver, Alex Bledsoe
49.  Prince of Shadows, Rachel Caine
48.  Why Mermaids Sing, C.S. Harris
47.  The Enchantment Emporium, Tanya Huff
46.  Mortal Heart, Robin LeFevers (e)
45.  Dark Triumph, Robin LeFevers (e)
44.  Grave Mercy, Robin LeFevers (e)
43.  Heavenly Pleasures, Kerry Greenwood (e)
42.  Branded by Fire, Nalini Singh (read aloud w/Steve)
41. Paragon Walk, Anne Perry
40.  Spellcast, Barbara Ashford
39.  A Night in the Lonesome October, Roger Zelazny, (re-re-re-&c-read aloud w/Steve)
38. The Third Circle, Amanda Quick
37.  Agatha Heterodyne and the Sleeping City, Phil and Kaja Foglio
36.  Good Omens, Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
35.   Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!, Richard P. Feynman (as told to Ralph Leighton)
34.   A Brother's Price, Wen Spencer (e)
33.   Spiral Path, Katharine Eliska Kimbriel (e)
32.   Earthly Delights, Kerry Greenwood (e)
31.   Night Broken, Patricia Briggs (e)
30.  Just My Type, Simon Garfield
29.  Bones of Faerie, Janni Lee Simner
28.  Dancer of the Sixth, Michelle Shirey Crean
27.  Tryst, Elswyth Thane (re-re-re-re-re-&c-read)
26.  The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern
25.  The King of Attolia, Megan Whalen Turner
24.  The Queen of Attolia, Megan Whalen Turner
23.  The Thief, Megan Whalen Turner
22.  Cuckoo's Egg, C.J. Cherryh (re-re-re-&c-read)
21.  The Windflower, Laura London (Tom and Sharon Curtis) (re-read)
20.  Sparrow Hill Road, Seanan McGuire (e)
19.  Demon's Lexicon, Sarah Rees Brennan
18.  Refining Felicity, Marion Chesney
17.  Something Wicked This Way Comes, Ray Bradbury (re-read aloud w/Steve)
16. The Vanished Priestess, Meredith Blevins
15.  Nine Princes in Amber, Roger Zelazny (re-read aloud w/Steve)
14.  Code Name Verity, Elizabeth Wein
13.  Ghost Point, James A. Hetley, manuscript (read aloud w/Steve)
12.  Peacemaker, C.J. Cherryh (read aloud w/Steve)
11.  The Red Hot Empress, Meredith Blevins
10.  Hogfather, Terry Pratchett
9.  Black Widow: The Name of the Rose, Marjorie Liu, Daniel Acuna
8.  Agent of Change, Sharon Lee and Steve Miller (e)
7.  The Emperor's Agent, Jo Graham (e)
6.  Eternity and a Day, Aline Hunter (e)
5.  Kindred Rites, Katharine Eliska Kimbriel (e)
4.  Billy the Kid, the Endless Ride, Michael Wallis
3.  The Steerswoman, Rosemary Kirstein (e)
2.  Uncovered, Jordan Matter
1.  Dancers Among Us, Jordan Matter

Carousel Seas eBook and Audio News!

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The Kindle edition of Carousel Seas is now available for download from Amazon.

Here's your link.

Those who prefer to download their ebooks directly from Baen, may do so from this link.

ALSO!

The Audible edition of Carousel Seas is now available for pre-order from this link.

For those who pre-ordered signed copies of Carousel Seas from Uncle Hugo, I am awaiting delivery of the books from the warehouse.  As soon as they arrive, I will -- as quickly as I can manage -- sign those 100 books and send them on to the Uncle.

Thank you for your patience.

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. . .to read it.

So, what're you waiting for?

Oh, a link?

Here it is:

The night don't seem so lonely

Books read in 2014

readbooks from furriboots
49.  Prince of Shadows, Rachel Caine
48.  Why Mermaids Sing, C.S. Harris
47.  The Enchantment Emporium, Tanya Huff
46.  Mortal Heart, Robin LeFevers (e)
45.  Dark Triumph, Robin LeFevers (e)
44.  Grave Mercy, Robin LeFevers (e)
43.  Heavenly Pleasures, Kerry Greenwood (e)
42.  Branded by Fire, Nalini Singh (read aloud w/Steve)
41. Paragon Walk, Anne Perry
40.  Spellcast, Barbara Ashford
39.  A Night in the Lonesome October, Roger Zelazny, (re-re-re-&c-read aloud w/Steve)
38. The Third Circle, Amanda Quick
37.  Agatha Heterodyne and the Sleeping City, Phil and Kaja Foglio
36.  Good Omens, Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
35.   Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!, Richard P. Feynman (as told to Ralph Leighton)
34.   A Brother's Price, Wen Spencer (e)
33.   Spiral Path, Katharine Eliska Kimbriel (e)
32.   Earthly Delights, Kerry Greenwood (e)
31.   Night Broken, Patricia Briggs (e)
30.  Just My Type, Simon Garfield
29.  Bones of Faerie, Janni Lee Simner
28.  Dancer of the Sixth, Michelle Shirey Crean
27.  Tryst, Elswyth Thane (re-re-re-re-re-&c-read)
26.  The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern
25.  The King of Attolia, Megan Whalen Turner
24.  The Queen of Attolia, Megan Whalen Turner
23.  The Thief, Megan Whalen Turner
22.  Cuckoo's Egg, C.J. Cherryh (re-re-re-&c-read)
21.  The Windflower, Laura London (Tom and Sharon Curtis) (re-read)
20.  Sparrow Hill Road, Seanan McGuire (e)
19.  Demon's Lexicon, Sarah Rees Brennan
18.  Refining Felicity, Marion Chesney
17.  Something Wicked This Way Comes, Ray Bradbury (re-read aloud w/Steve)
16. The Vanished Priestess, Meredith Blevins
15.  Nine Princes in Amber, Roger Zelazny (re-read aloud w/Steve)
14.  Code Name Verity, Elizabeth Wein
13.  Ghost Point, James A. Hetley, manuscript (read aloud w/Steve)
12.  Peacemaker, C.J. Cherryh (read aloud w/Steve)
11.  The Red Hot Empress, Meredith Blevins
10.  Hogfather, Terry Pratchett
9.  Black Widow: The Name of the Rose, Marjorie Liu, Daniel Acuna
8.  Agent of Change, Sharon Lee and Steve Miller (e)
7.  The Emperor's Agent, Jo Graham (e)
6.  Eternity and a Day, Aline Hunter (e)
5.  Kindred Rites, Katharine Eliska Kimbriel (e)
4.  Billy the Kid, the Endless Ride, Michael Wallis
3.  The Steerswoman, Rosemary Kirstein (e)
2.  Uncovered, Jordan Matter
1.  Dancers Among Us, Jordan Matter

Celebrations of the Season

Calvin & Hobbes happy dance

All righty, then!

Today is December 15, the day on which we here in East Winslow and all of you Around the World! celebrate Trooper's birthday!

Trooper is five years old today, and he has a full day planned.  Here's just a glance at his celebratory calendar:

9 am     Breakfast with Mozart
9:30     Rassle with Sprite
9:45     Play in the water dish
9:55     Run up and down the hall, moobling loudly
10:00  Look out the back window, nap on bookshelf, check in with Mozart, nap in rocking chair
Noon  Mail call
12:05  Nap on couch with Sharon
3:00 ice cream!

. . .I think you can see that he intends to pull out all the stops for this Very Special Day.

Here's a picture of Trooper from a little earlier in the year:






Sooper Trooper rockin' the red basket




Sooper Trooper rockin' the red basket



As if Trooper's Birthday weren't enough reason for celebration, we here at Archers Beach -- and all of you Around the World! -- are on a short story watch.

Sometime after noon Eastern Time today,  "The Night Don't Seem So Lonely," ought to automagically appear on the front page of the Baen website.  I, of course will be very involved in the Birthday Celebrations (see above) and may not be keeping as close an eye on the interwebs as I might otherwise do.  Therefore, I am depending on you -- yes, YOU! -- to let the world -- or at least all of your friends -- know when the story goes live.

Thank you all for your assistance, and!

May the Joy of Trooper's Birthday fill you with purrs.

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Progress on Alliance of Equals
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