On Godlings, Warriors, and Impossible Things [The Drafty Version]

Reblogged from Dissertation Brat (can you guess who THAT is?):

Sometimes I believe as many as six impossible things before breakfast:

1. There’s a potion that can make you small.

2. And a cake that can make you grow.

3. Animals can talk.

4. Cats can disappear.

5. There’s a place called Wonderland.

6. I can slay this dissertation. #fallback&watchme

& as further inspiration, #nowreading books 1 and 2 of N. K Jemisin’s (@nkjemisin) Inheritance Trilogy, The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms and The Broken Kingdom.

My fangirl lust is making me a bit silly over Jemisin. Her stories are accesible, deceptively simple, and will haunt you through the days, weeks, and months between the next installment of the series. She is nice with social media; her blog is full of regular updates (not something many published and publishing authors can say), pretty pictures, podcasts, sample chapters, teasers….serious silly, I am, serious silly. She tweets. She discusses race in science-fiction and fantasy in the same breath as gender. She lives in New York. She is a woman of color. I know some might say it remains to be seen, but she is, quite possibly, our 21st century Octavia Butler. I kinda want to be her. #noreally I’d start with meeting her…can anyone help with that?

Also finishing Ntozake Shange’s Liliane: Resurrection of a Daughter, a lilting story about a girl, her therapist, and her nine lives. Performance art captured in text.

This is how I train to slay the Jabberwocky #dissertation.

*winds while the beat drops*

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Bits & Pieces Everywhere

I know.  I’ve missed you too.  In-the-Flesh matters have preoccupied me.

Here are some toys to play with while I’m gone:

by Morton Roberts for "America's Own Music in its Lusty Youth: JAZZ," LIFE Magazine, 22 Dec 1958. Read it here.

 

“You see, Arjuna, everyone has a duty; we all have a duty, and your duty, Arjuna, as a warrior, is to engage in battle and fight.  It’s your job my dear friend.  But with that said, you must never engage in action or battle while being attached to the outcome of that action.  Winning or losing is not what matters, since that is up to God alone to decide.  What matters is that you fulfill your duty with honor, dedication, and humility.” ~Krishna, Bhagavad Gita

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