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Catwoman is stealing voices! Featuring appearances by Chad & Jeremy, Steve Allen, Don Ho, Jay Sebring, and Joe Flynn! The Bat-rewatch does "The Cat's Meow"/"The Bat's Kow Tow."

An excerpt:
The plot in this one is—well, weird. Catwoman’s misdirection by doing a prank with riddles and umbrellas would have made more sense if the primary trio of male villains weren’t all in jail. The whole notion of stealing voices is bizarre in the first place, and it just doesn’t seem like it has much chance for success. The cliffhanger deathtrap is actually clever, and the high volume of the echo chamber is a rare case that gives the villain a good reason to be out of the room while the deathtrap is engaged. Having said that, Batman’s solution to get out is weak tea. And the opening with Bruce and Dick casually talking Bat-business in a live TV studio is just mind-boggling, given the contortions these two generally go to in order to preserve their identities. Also why does Catwoman steal Gordon’s voice, when that gives away that she hasn’t actually reformed? It’s an unusually stupid move.

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......to support Altered States of the Union, the alt-U.S. anthology with stories by me (about the Conch Republic of the Florida Keys), a story by David Gerrold, a story of the war between North Alaska and South Alaska by Peter David, and the first-ever fiction from the mighty Meredith Peruzzi about the Philippines as the 49th state, plus lots and lots more. Full details in this blog entry...

PLEASE HELP SUPPORT THIS! IT'LL BE AWESOME!

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One of Queen's best songs, dedicated to woofiegrrl:

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Kirk, Spock, and McCoy are captured and tortured -- and so are the viewers. The TOS Rewatch meets "The Empath."

An excerpt:
But ultimately, it’s a lot of really bad acting by William Shatner, who looks ridiculous when the Vians use their slow-motion gun on him, and even more so when he’s being tortured while making sure we get to see his manly manly chest. Kathryn Hays has her moments, mostly in closeup, as she has a very expressive face, but her body language and gestures border on the comical. And as with far too many episodes this season, there’s not enough story for an hour, giving us way too much padding, particularly during the climax where we’re subjected to endless scenes of Kirk and Spock standing in the force field, Gem gesticulating bizarrely, McCoy lying around covered in bruise makeup, and the Vians just staring blandly ahead over and over again.

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Been a while since I've done one of these. Here's all the covers I have for works of mine released from 2015 forward:

Without a License: The Fantastic Worlds of Keith R.A. DeCandido:




William Did It: A Tale of Cassie Zukav, Weirdness Magnet (on StoryOfTheMonthClub.com):




A Baker's Dozen of Magic (which reprints William Did It):




Cayo Hueso: A Tale of Cassie Zukav, Weirdness Magnet:




Marvel's Thor: Dueling with Giants (Book 1 of the "Tales of Asgard" trilogy):




A Long Time Ago: Exploring the Star Wars Cinematic Universe (with my essay "Top Ten Positives About the Prequel Trilogy"):




The Side of Good/The Side of Evil (with my SCPD story "Send in the Clones"):




Heroes Reborn: Save the Cheerleader, Destroy the World:




Heroes Reborn Event Series Collection Two (reprinting Save the Cheerleader, Destroy the World):




The X-Files: Trust No One (with my story "Back in El Paso My Life will be Worthless"):




Mermaid Precinct:




Stargate SG-1: Kali's Wrath:




V-Wars: Night Terrors (with my story "Streets of Fire"):




Limbus Inc. Book 3 (with my story "Right on, Sister!"):

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I've got a bunch of books for sale that you can buy autographed copies of directly from me!

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There's only three crowdfunding days left! If you want to preorder the alternate history anthology Altered States of the Union, featuring alternate versions of the United States edited by Glenn Hauman, you've only got a couple days left to support it!



Here's the full, incredibly cool lineup:
    Russ Colchamiro (Genius de Milo)
    Peter David (Star Trek: New Frontier)
    Keith R.A. DeCandido (Star Trek: The Klingon Art of War)
    Debra Doyle & James D. Macdonald (Bad Blood)
    Brendan DuBois (Blood Foam)
    Malon Edwards ("The Half Dark Promise")
    G.D. Falksen (Cthulhu Fhtagn!)
    Michael Jan Friedman (Star Trek: Death in Winter)
    David Gerrold ("The Trouble with Tribbles")
    Robert Greenberger (Sherlock Holmes: Murder at Sorrow's Crown)
    Alisa Kwitney (New Avengers: Breakout)
    Gordon Linzner (The Troupe)
    Sarah McGill (And the Imps)
    Meredith Peruzzi (first fiction sale)
    Mackenzie Reide (The Mask of the Troll)
    Aaron Rosenberg (No Small Bills)
    David Silverman (Fighting God) & Hildy Silverman (Space and Time)
    Ian Randal Strock (Ranking the First Ladies)
    Ramón Terrell (Hunter's Moon)
    Anne Toole (Crystal Cadets)

What are you waiting for? SUPPORT THIS BOOK! It'll be debuting at Shore Leave 38 in July (at which editor Glenn and at least seven of the authors will be in attendance)

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First of all HAPPY FATHERS DAY! to all the fathers out there (you know who you are). In particular, happiness of the day to my father and the Infomancer, who are both fathers to me. I only get to see one of them today, as The Dad and Mom-Like Product are off on a driving tour of New England and southeastern Canada. But The Mom, The Infomancer, Wrenn, and I are having a nice Fathers Day dinner at our favorite restaurant.

Yesterday we went on a major shopping spree to get stuff for the week in Little Italy and our local excellent supermarket, so we're set for the week. One of the things I bought was a ton of tomatoes, so sauce is being made! I started it last night and am continuing to simmer it down today. I maintain that there is no better smell in the world than good tomato sauce simmering. The whole place smells of it, and it's glorious.

Writing has been a bit slow the past couple of days, as the next scene I have to write in the collaborative thriller is a bit unpleasant, and also required a certain amount of research. Gotta do that and the belated Bat-rewatch today around the dinner engagement......

This week is my last week teaching my afterschool program and while I will miss the income that derives from teaching over the next couple of months, I really could use the break, too.....

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If you want any of the books below, then send the total amount of the books plus $5 for shipping (U.S. orders only -- if it's international, just send me the amount for the books, and I'll bill you for the shipping once I've sent it). You can PayPal the amount to me at krad at whysper dot net or send a check or money order made out to Keith R.A. DeCandido to me at PO Box 4976, New York, NY 10185-4976. Please include your shipping address and to whom I should sign the book(s). If you have any questions, comment here or e-mail me.

anthologies/collections
Defending the Future: Best Laid Plans -- $15
Limbus Inc. Book 3 -- $22 NEW!!!
Without a License: The Fantastic Worlds of Keith R.A. DeCandido -- $15

Cassie Zukav
A Baker's Dozen of Magic -- $15 NEW!!!
Out of Tune -- $20 NEW!!!
Ragnarok and Roll: Tales of Cassie Zukav, Weirdness Magnet -- $15
all 3 Cassie books -- $40 NEW!!!
all 3 Cassie books plus Without a License -- $50 NEW!!!

Command and Conquer
Tiberium Wars -- $5

Dragon Precinct
Dragon Precinct -- $15
Unicorn Precinct -- $15
Goblin Precinct -- $15
Gryphon Precinct -- $15
Tales from Dragon Precinct -- $15
any 3 Precinct books -- $40
any 4 Precinct books -- $55
all 5 Precinct books -- $65

Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda
Destruction of Illusions -- $10

Heroes Reborn
Event Series Collection Two -- $8

Marvel
Thor: Dueling with Giants -- $10

Scattered Earth
Guilt in Innocence -- $15

Star Trek
Alien Spotlight Volume 2 -- $20 NEW!!!
Captain's Log -- $20 NEW!!!
Deep Space Nine: Demons of Air and Darkness -- $7
The Klingon Art of War -- $26
Klingon Empire: A Burning House -- $8
The Next Generation: Q & A -- $8
The Next Generation: A Time for War, a Time for Peace -- $8

Stargate SG-1
Kali's Wrath -- $10 NEW!!!

Super City Police Department
The Case of the Claw -- $15
The Side of Good/The Side of Evil -- $16
With Great Power -- $15

Supernatural
Nevermore -- $8 NEW!!!
Bone Key -- $8 NEW!!!
Heart of the Dragon -- $8 NEW!!!

V-Wars
V-Wars -- $10
V-Wars: Night Terrors -- $20

The X-Files
Trust No One -- $20 NEW!!!

Young Hercules
Cheiron's Warriors -- $3
The Ares Alliance -- $3
both YH books -- $5

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Throwback Thursday: February 2008, an "action shot" of me performing Yaku Soku Kumite #3 during my promotion from advanced green belt to brown belt. This particular promotion ended for me with nine rounds of fighting against three of the best fighters in our dojo. (Which meant that they all got to rest for two rounds between fights. I did not. Yeah. I earned that brown belt, dagnabbit! *laughs*)

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Some of you may have seen this tumblr meme by iztarshi that's been making the rounds:
Humans quickly get a reputation among the interplanetary alliance and the reputation is this: when going somewhere dangerous, take a human.

Humans are tough. Humans can last days without food. Humans heal so fast they pierce holes in themselves or inject ink for fun. Humans will walk for days on broken bones in order to make it to safety. Humans will literally cut off bits of themselves if trapped by a disaster.

You would be amazed what humans will do to survive. Or to ensure the survival of others they feel responsible for.

That’s the other thing. Humans pack-bond, and they spill their pack-bonding instincts everywhere. Sure it’s weird when they talk sympathetically to broken spaceships or try to pet every lifeform that scans as non-toxic. It’s even a little weird that just existing in the same place as them for long enough seems to make them care about you. But if you’re hurt, if you’re trapped, if you need someone to fetch help?

You really want a human.

My dear friend Vivian Caethe, author, editor, tea-lover, and all-around groovy person, has, with iztarshi's permission, decided to do an anthology of stories using this meme as its theme (it's got a meme theme!), and I'm going to be part of it. The story will, in all likelihood, be in the setting of Jin the Human Finder, the milieu I used for my story "The Stone of the First High Pontiff," which appeared in Defending the Future: Best Laid Plans and was reprinted in Without a License, and which I intend to some day write a novel about....

Vivian is running a Kickstarter to fund the anthology, so please do support it, as this will be a very nifty project to do! It's a nice palliative to the dystopian SF that's been all the tiresome rage lately.......

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Altered States of the Union is an upcoming alternate history anthology edited by Glenn Hauman for Crazy 8 Press and ComicMix. I've been talking it up, as I've got a story in it, even though I wasn't actually listed as an author on the Indie GoGo page. I'm doing a story called "We Seceded Where Others Failed" about the Conch Republic of the Florida Keys.

At last, an update has been posted, and I'm not the only new addition! Here's the just-this-morning-announced list of additional authors:
    Russ Colchamiro
    Peter David
    Keith R.A. DeCandido (see? there's me!)
    Robert Greenberger
    Meredith Peruzzi
    Aaron Rosenberg
    David Silverman & Hildy Silverman
    Anne Toole

This is the first fiction by both Meredith -- a historian, museum director, and ASL interpreter -- and David -- the president of American Atheists and the author of the nonfiction book Fighting God -- with the latter collaborating with his wife Hildy, a longtime author, editor, and publisher.

So please go! Back this! In addition to the above, the anthology has stories by David Gerrold, Michael Jan Friedman, Debra Doyle & James D. Macdonald, Brendan DuBois, Malon Edwards, G.D. Falksen, Alisa Kwitney, Gordon Linzner, Sarah McGill, Mackenzie Reide, Ian Randal Strock, and Ramon Terrell.

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Love is blind, and so is Miranda Jones. The TOS Rewatch asks "Is There In Truth No Beauty?"

An excerpt:
You might read those three previous paragraphs and wonder why I like the episode then, but it’s for this reason: at no point anywhere in the episode does Jones take any of their shit. She gently deflects Kirk’s (multiple) flirtations, mostly just ignores McCoy, and responds not even a little bit to Marvick’s unasked for kiss. And after Kirk treats her despicably, when she would have every right to just walk out on him or throw up her hands and say that there’s nothing to be done, she still went back in to telepathically save Spock’s life. We don’t get a Helen Noel or a Marla McGivers or a Carolyn Palamas or a Romulan commander, who all lose their professionalism to some degree or other due to meeting a hunka hunka burnin’ love (Jones, in fact, scoffs at the very notion, thanks to both her blindness and her telepathy).

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I haven't said much online about the shooting in Orlando because others have been more eloquent on the subject, and I'm just wrung out. Mass murders of children didn't change anything about gun laws in this country, so I doubt this will, either. I mean the only thing this country fetishizes as much as it does guns is children, but not a goddamn fucking thing changed after children were gunned down, so -- yeah.

In my ideal world, guns would only be able to be carried by law by law-enforcement or military. Sadly, I'm stuck in the real world, so I know that's not possible, but it's absurd to me that firearms are more easily obtainable than a driver's license -- or fucking sudafed. There is no reason, none, why the process of obtaining a firearm of any kind shouldn't come with a rigorous licensing procedure that shows that you know how to handle the thing, not to mention a background check and waiting period. While the multiple mass shootings over the past few years are appalling and horrible, and it's despicable that they've become so commonplace that we can't even list all of them anymore because there's too many (I'm reminded of Riley's line in Buffy the Vampire Slayer about how before he met her, he didn't know there was a plural of apocalypse), there's also the fact that most gun deaths are from people who handle them wrong, or use them in the spur of the moment.

The argument that people will break the law anyhow, so why regulate them? is specious at best. Of course people will break the law. If they didn't, we wouldn't need the fucking laws in the first place. The whole point of laws against aberrant behavior that is bad for the commonweal is because they will happen, but laws serve as a partial deterrent and as punishment.

One last thing, because I've seen this argument, too: if they can't get guns, they'll use something else. Should we ban gasoline or knives? Here's the thing--guns serve only one purpose: violent destruction. Period. There is absolutely no other use for a gun. It's not a tool, it's not a vehicle, it doesn't have other uses that mitigate the destructive possibilities. All it does is destroy things.

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The Adventures Thru Wonderland site has a review by Alice L. of my Thor novel Dueling with Giants, giving it 3 of 5 stars. Not the most enthusiastic review, but not the most unenthusiastic, either.....

Money quote:
I loved seeing the character personality show through from anything from as simple as a meal, and carry over to things like fighting style. Many of the characters have traits or quirks, be it size, or how they talk, or even what they use as a weapon, ex. in one of the battles, one of the larger warriors choose to sit on his enemies and talk about all this 'honors'! I also really enjoyed seeing different sides of Loki and Frigga, both in how they care for and treated each other, to how they reacted to the others of Asgard, and even Thor.

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If you're a Star Trek fan, then it's likely that you at least know about, if not own, a copy of Mr. Scott's Guide to the Enterprise by Shane Johnson, published in 1987. The engineering reference book is one of the classics of its type, and a great guide for the TREK fan who loves the specs and diagrams.

Anyhow, in the intervening decades, Johnson has transitioned and is now Lora Johnson, and she needs help with medical bills relating to a birth defect. She's started a GoFundMe page, and every little bit helps. Please, if you can, give a bit to aid a fellow Trek enthusiast.

Thanks!

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Long, exhausting weekend, but a really good one, most of it involving either karate or spending time with Wrenn.

Friday was a beautiful day, the perfect time to go to the Bronx Zoo (pictures can be found on Facebook). We didn't get to ride the bug carousel, but we did see tigers and birds and bears and such.

Friday night, was, of course, my usual teaching of the kids fighting class. That class is going very well, and one of my regular kids has started taking the adult fighting class, which is pretty groovy. He's a really good fighter and it's good to see him challenged.

After that, Wrenn and I went to a local steak house. We had a bit of a financial windfall, and so we took advantage. It was expensive, but it was YUMMY!

Saturday, we went to Little Italy in the morning for shopping, then I helped Shihan teach the noon kids class, then took the 1pm class. The afternoon was made more entertaining during the former when I was demonstrating a jumping front snap kick for the kids, and something went pop in my right thigh. I pulled a muscle in the back of my thigh. Luckily, I keep pain patches in my karate bag, so I put one on and got through the rest of the day.

Which included a promotion! Several of the kids in the three afterschool karate classes I teach, as well as the one that Senpai Dylan teaches, were eligible to go from white belt to advanced white belt. They all did supremely well, and I'm incredibly proud of them. The afterschool kids are a bit of a challenge sometimes -- they don't have the same level of discipline as the kids in the dojo -- but I really enjoy teaching them and I love seeing how much they've learned, and how much stronger they are both physically and mentally.

Wrenn and I had a nice dinner of fried chicken and corn on the cob, and I watched the first episode of the new Roots and we both watched a few episodes of The Venture Bros., as we finally catch up on season 6.

Today was promotion day at the dojo, which involved four sessions: the first was four-and-five-year-olds and white belt kids, the second was color-belt kids (including one of the kids from my afterschool program who wound up joining the dojo and is now a yellow belt; she did really well, too!), the third was adults, and the fourth was three of the adults who were going for advanced brown belt, and so had more stuff to go through, including fighting.

The three now-advanced brown belts are women who started at the dojo at the same time, and the three of them have progressed together all the way to this highest color belt level. One in particular is like me, someone who was in a sedentary profession and did almost no exercise prior to signing up for karate, and she has progressed superbly. Her technique and spirit are superb, as good as anyone in the dojo. All three of them showed amazing skill, amazing strength, and amazing spirit today as we pushed them really hard, and they came out the other side magnificently. They're all going to make superb black belts.

Just in general, I really love teaching, and weekends like this are a big part of it: seeing people whom I've taught -- some of them exclusively, some occasionally, some more along the lines of mentoring rather than actual teaching -- achieve success at promotion, which is a tangible symbol of what they've learned and how they've progressed. It's wonderful.

Afterward, I was beyond exhausted -- did I mention it included fighting? and I pulled a muscle, so that was fun? -- so Wrenn met me at our local Irish pub for yummy food, desperately needed booze, and live Irish music. Bliss!

Then we came home and napped a lot. *laughs* Gonna make dinner soon and watch more Venture Bros. GO TEAM VENTURE!

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Penguin opens a swanky restaurant. Has he reformed (again) or is it a disguise for an evil plot (again)? The Bat-rewatch does "The Penguin's Nest"/"The Bird's Last Jest."

An excerpt:
On the one hand, I like the fact that Penguin stays on point throughout the two-parter, always coming back to his original plan of being sent to the state pen so he can enlist Ballpoint in his forgery scheme. On the other hand, Batman knows this is his endgame, so why does he go to all the trouble of actually prosecuting Penguin’s case to get him sent to the state pen? For that matter, how is it even possible that a guy in a mask who won’t reveal his true name can prosecute a case for the state? That’s probably illegal. So is faking fingerprints, if it comes to that.

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It's an open question thread! Yes, I have an "ask the author" section on GoodReads, but nobody's used it in a while.

So please ask me something in the comments here! I promise to answer it, even if my answer is, "I can't answer that." :)

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Throwback Thursday: Twenty years ago, the first ever book with my name on the cover hit the stands. Conceived by me and Laura Anne Gilman​ at Philcon, and completely filled in less than a week, OtherWere: Stories of Transformation featured some amazing stories by Adam-Troy Castro​, Christie Golden​, Doris Egan​, Peter David​, Craig Shaw Gardner​, R.A. Salvatore​, Nina Kiriki Hoffman​, Jody Lynn Nye​, Julia Ecklar​, Esther Friesner​, Greg Cox​, Debra Doyle​ & James D. MacDonald​, S.N. Lewitt​, Marina Frants, and the late Josepha Sherman​.

Two decades later, I still count it as one of my proudest editorial accomplishments. So happy anniversary, first book!

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Good things happening.....

Yesterday, Bryan Thomas Schmidt, the editor of the Joe Ledger: Unstoppable anthology, sent me a PM over Facebook that said, with regards to "Ganbatte," the story for that antho that I wrote in, basically, two days: "Nice job on the story. Enjoyed that."

*happy author dance*

That was followed by Joe Books informing me that Disney approved Marvel's Warriors Three: Godhood's End with changes, and I went and made those changes.

Also I've been doing more time at the dojo, including my first fighting class in waaaaaay too long. Luckily, it was a small class and we only did ten rounds. Good way to ease back into it, honestly. I'm hoping that once the school year ends, and I'm down to teaching one class a week (my Friday kids sparring class) rather than four (the two afterschool classes on Mondays and the other one on Thursday), I can go to a lot more classes. I really want to be ready to go for my third-degree whenever Shihan thinks it's time.....

Today I'm working on the Bat-rewatch and diving back into the thriller. Fun fun fun.

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I just learned that Marvel has approved the manuscript for Marvel's Warriors Three: Godhood's End, Book 3 of the "Tales of Asgard" trilogy, to be published later this year by Joe Books. Hooray!

Hope to have some news on the cover of both this and the Sif book soon.................

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Brain and brain, what is brain???? The TOS Rewatch tries to convince you that "Spock's Brain" isn't the worst episode of Star Trek ever. (Don't worry, I don't argue that it's actually good or anything crazy like that.....)

An excerpt:
Besides, there’s one thing that this episode has that it doesn’t get anywhere near enough credit for: the scene on the bridge where Kirk, Sulu, Uhura, and Chekov put their heads together to try to figure out where Kara has taken Spock’s gray matter. Usually when stuff like this has to get done, it’s just Spock sucking all the air out of the room and doing it himself while the rest of the crew sits there and pushes buttons and says, “Aye aye, sir,” a lot. This scene, though, does a wonderful job of showing the teamwork of the crew that’s been in rare evidence since the earliest days of season one—and it’s also an interesting preview of the more ensemble-directed spinoffs.

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It's been quite an amazing last few days............................

Yesterday was my mother's 69th birthday, and she decided that this year -- which was her first healthy birthday in a few years thanks to her cancer fight -- she would spend it at Yankee Stadium going all out: dinner at the Audi Club, field-level seats, and with twelve tickets all together for her nearest and dearest baseball-loving friends.

One of those she invited was Meredith, who came up Friday night to make a weekend out of it. Saturday, Wrenn and Meredith went to get their hairs cut. They both go to Madora George Michael, which specializes in long hair (my mother's been going there all her adult life). Vinny, the woman who cuts their hair (and also my mom's) did excellent work, and also gave Meredith a French twist and Wrenn a braid:



After that, we hied up to the Museum of the City of New York, to which neither Wrenn nor Meredith had ever been. I've been a few times, most recently as research for my Sleepy Hollow novel Children of the Revolution, which had a chapter taking place in MCNY. We saw all the exhibits, my favorite being a great collection of New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast's work (she's always been one of my favorite of the New Yorker's stable). My favorite was the area set up like one of her book covers with a couch so you could take amusing selfies:



There was also a great exhibit of photographs of the South Bronx in the 1970s (when it was an arsonist's wet dream and a war zone), portraits of prominent New Yorkers of the 18th and early 19th centuries, art by former grafitti artist "Daze," a history of activism in New York City, and so on. Just some wonderful stuff. I strongly recommend this museum, especially for the staircase, which has lots of great quotes about New York from across the centuries. (My favorite is from John Adams in 1774: "New Yorkers talk very loud, very fast, and all together. If they ask you a question, before you can utter three words of your answer, they will break out upon you again and talk away.")



After that, we joined our buddy Roger for a lovely dinner at Mei Jin Ramen on the upper east side, which was yummy, then headed home.

Sunday was rainy and yucky, and also one in which both Wrenn and I had to work. I had a story due, and she had a book production gig to finish. I taught the Sunday-morning white-belt adult class at the dojo, and then hunkered down. I had written 1500 words of "Ganbatte," the story I'm doing for Joe Ledger: Unstoppable, an upcoming anthology of stories featuring Ledger and the rest of Echo Team at the Department of Military Sciences in various Jonathan Maberry novels and short stories. Jonathan has opened the Ledgerverse up to other writers, and my story involves Lydia "Warbride" Ruiz.

So yeah, the story was past due, and I needed to buckle down.

I finished the story at about 2.40am Sunday night/Monday morning. It was 6800 words long. So yeah, I wrote 5300 words in one day. Yowza.

I think it's a good story. It's a story that tackles subject matter I've never tackled before, but it's something that I think is hugely important. More when we're closer to publication date.

Anyhow, Monday was THE MOM'S BIRTHDAY!!!!! Well, okay, first of all, it was still Monday which meant a) the TOS Rewatch (of "Spock's Brain," which should go up later today on Tor.com) and b) teaching one of my afterschool karate thingies. Because I needed to leave early, and because we couldn't get someone to fill in for my second class, I decided to do both classes in one hour. Normally I have one class of 12-15 older kids and about ten little kids, but Monday I had to handle 20 of them in one shot. I did it outside in the school's playground (this would never have worked in the classroom I normally teach in), and it mostly worked out okay. I don't want to make a habit of it, but it made it possible for me to get to Yankee Stadium in time for dinner.



We started with dinner at the Audi Club, which is a buffet-style restaurant with pretty decent food overlooking right field. Our package gave us all we could eat before the game, but after 7pm, we had to vacate and head to our seats. Which was fine, as you want to watch the game from the stands, not a restaurant. (I really don't get people who go to the trouble of going to a baseball stadium and then spending the whole game in one of the restaurants or clubs where you can really only see the game on one of the TVs in there. It's like staying home and watching it on TV, only way more expensive.....)

Our seats were on left field line at field level. Sadly, no foul balls were hit my way, thus maintaining my 39-year streak of regularly attending baseball games and never getting a ball.



But the best part is THE YANKEES WON! Best of all, they won in incredibly dramatic fashion! After being down 2-0, they roared back late in the game, starting with back-to-back two-out solo homers by Brian McCann and Starlin Castro in the seventh, and then in the eighth, Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner got back-to-back singles followed by a towering home run to right field by Carlos Beltran to put the Yanks permanently ahead 5-2.

My mother arranged to have her birthday greeting put on the Jumbotron when they did that thing around the sixth inning or so and sure enough.....



On top of that, I tweeted the pic above with me and my Mom with the hashtag #MobilizingNYY which got it put up on the Jumbotron in the eighth inning!



After the triumphant victory, we came home and collapsed, secure in the knowledge that The Mom had the bestest birthday ever.

I had to get up and fuck-me-o'clock to get Meredith to her absurdly early train so she could still work today (she could only afford to take yesterday off), and today I have to give "Ganbatte" a final once-over before sending it off to editor Bryan Thomas Schmidt. Tonight I plan to go to fighting class for the first time in far too long. Wrenn and I also have some shopping we need to do.

Then I'm up at fuck-me-o'clock tomorrow, too, though this time I'm staying up until then: Dale has to be taken to the airport around 4am or so for his transcontinental flight to visit his daughter and her family for a month and a half. Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

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"COME BACK, SHAME! COME BACK!" The Bat-rewatch goes Western crazy in "Come Back, Shame"/"It's How You Play the Game."

An excerpt:
The Batmobile arrives at high noon, naturally, and our heroes face off against Shame in the street—with Messy, Rip, Okie, and Leo all pointing two six-shooters each at them as well. Shame has them fire, but Batman tosses a smoke bomb to foil their aim. Batman is concentrating, and then asks Robin if there are nine guns with six bullets each, how many does that make? Robin says it’s 54, and Batman says he only counted 53 being fired. (Yes, Batman can count bullets being fired rapidly all around him with perfect precision, but doesn’t know what nine times six is.) Once the 54th bullet is fired, and they’re all out of ammo, fisticuffs ensue (including Robin at one point riding Rip like a horse), and our heroes are triumphant.

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Current Music: "Jupiter" by Tito & Tarantula

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