Links Roundup 01/06/17

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January 6, 2017


…and I’m back for 2017.

I was hoping that the break would give me some time to recoup, but I’m having a hard time: our cat Pixel got sick the week before Christmas–probably cancer, we chose not to go for an expensive diagnosis. After a couple of good weeks, she started declining again and then on Wednesday she was in a very sad state when I got home from work, so we had little choice but to put her to sleep. Our vet thinks she had either a blood clot or a seizure that precipitated her rapid decline–we could see her getting weaker by the minute, until she could barely move. The last thing she did before the vet started the sedative was to lean her head into my hand. I’m so grateful that she waited for us to say goodbye. She was 16 and we loved her very much.

In significantly more cheerful news, I have an essay in Issue 14 of Uncanny: Why You Should Read Romance. I’m really proud of it. Added bonus: I talk shit about Heinlein and Rothfuss in it. And make a lot of romance recommendations.

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  1. TAM

    Hi, I’m a longtime lurker and I’m very sorry to hear about Pixel. Cats are the best, and I’m so glad you have that memory of her leaning into you one last time.

  2. CG

    Cats make our lives better, I’m so sorry you lost your’s. I’m in a somewhat similar situation with my furry buddy and I know I’m going to be a complete wreck when it’s time. (longtime lurker; of course it’s the cat post that gets me out)

  3. Lee

    I’m so sorry about Pixel – we love them so and rely on them for so much, losing a pet is always hard.

    I read the piece in Uncanny and I lurved it – I have been trying to be bolder about reading romances in public, and talking about them to anyone who’ll listen. I can read parts of Jenny Crusie’s blog to my husband, but he’s pretty much stopped reading anything that isn’t on the internet, so I’m unlikely to be able to persuade him to read one of her actual books.

    On the other hand, sharing a Nook account with both daughters means when they’ve read all the things they know they’ll like, they start on the other stuff. In this fashion I have snared the older daughter with Courtney Milan books, so woo! for the next generation.

  4. I_Sell_Books

    My condolences regarding Pixel.


    Concerning rape on tv, one of the best depictions of it I’ve see is in S3 of Shetland, based on the works of Ann Cleeves (‘Vera’ is also based on her novels). I won’t go into detail, but what I loved about the series is that it doesn’t show the rape – at all. We do, however, see the ripple effect it has not only on the character, but on the friends and work colleagues as well. Fantastic.


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