Links Roundup 08 June 2018

Written by Natalie Luhrs

I'm a lifelong geek with a passion for books and social justice.

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June 8, 2018

I’ve started painting again and I’m not sure why I stopped, exactly. That’s not entirely true. I do know one of the reasons why: my taste is more finely tuned than my ability and I am really terrible at sticking with things I’m not good at, really really terrible. And I’m not sure how to get past that particular roadblock and I’d really like to, as it’s starting to pop up in some other areas of my life, too.

But in the meantime, I’ll enjoy splattering paint on paper.

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  1. Sunita

    Thanks for linking to my post, Natalie!

    Oh man, that first link. It is so, so true. The internet is far more necessary and far less enjoyable than it has ever been.

    I also think that post is connected to the ship wars post. It was never all rainbows and kittens (I still remember the great Buffy-Angel board fights), but it seems worse now, maybe because the internet is just so unpleasant. It’s partly that so many platforms are so good at rewarding performative anger, but it’s also that everyone seems so entrenched in their positions.

  2. Ian D Osmond

    Honestly, the “vor” thing is a coincidence. Bujold has written about it — when she made it up, she hadn’t realized that her Russian-descended nobility-by-force prefex already existed as an organized crime term. She was thrilled when she found out, and has retconned it in as either deliberate-ish, or at least, recognized and commented on by other people in the books — but it’s actually one of those amazingly wonderful coincidental things that happens that makes a story even better.

    • Natalie Luhrs

      That makes it even better!


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