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Eighty Days Yellow ($1.99 Kindle, Kobo), the first title in the Eighty Days erotic romance series by Vina Jackson [Open Road Media Romance], is the Kobo Daily Deal, price matched on Kindle. If this is your genre, be sure you are checking daily at Hot Romance on the Knob, for the All Romance Ebooks free book of the day (thru Earth Day).

Book Description
The international bestseller that takes readers on a daring new adventure in erotic romance

Caught in a frustrating relationship with a man who can’t accept her for who she is, passionate, flame-haired violinist Summer Zahova finds release in her music. She spends her afternoons playing for money in the London Underground, lost in the works of Vivaldi or Mendelssohn. When her violin is damaged beyond repair, Summer receives a surprising proposition from Dominik, a university professor with powerful desires, who has been captivated by Summer ever since he heard her perform. Dominik will replace her priceless violin, but only if she agrees to play for him in a private concert.

Unable to deny the chemistry between them, Dominik and Summer embark on an intense affair full of daring twists and turns, as unpredictable as it is thrilling. For Summer it is a chance to finally embrace her long-denied dark side, but she’ll soon learn that where there’s pleasure there must be pain. Can a relationship born of such all-consuming passion ever really survive?

Exhilarating, seductive, and tantalizingly bold, Eighty Days Yellow will leave you breathless for more.

Now available: the next two books in the Eighty Days Trilogy—Eighty Days Blue and Eighty Days Red

        
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Barnes & Noble is promoting the Scholastic’s Worlds Collide Multi Series Sale today and it looks like most (if not all) the titles are also price matched at Amazon. The books in the sale are geared towards young readers and all are marked down to $2.99 today. I’ve highlighted three below, the first of which was just released this year!

The 39 Clues: Doublecross Book 1: Mission Titanic ($2.99 Kindle, B&N) by Jude Watson

Follow the Leader

At only seventeen years old, Ian Kabra is head of the Cahills, the most powerful family in the world. He has presidents on speed dial, generals at his beck and call. Ian knows he’s an ideal leader and the only man enough for the job. There’s just one small problem: He’s already messed up big-time.

A Cahill from the past calling himself the Outcast has risen to challenge Ian with an impossible test. The Outcast has re-created four of history’s greatest disasters and dared Ian to stop him. If Ian and his allies can’t decipher the Outcast’s hints in time, innocent people will die. Ian’s only chance to beat the Outcast is to track down his former allies, Amy and Dan. But finding Amy and Dan will demand from Ian an impossible sacrifice . . .

Age Level: 8 – 12 | Grade Level: 7 – 7

Wild Born: Spirit Animals #1 ($2.99 Kindle, B&N) by Brandon Mull

#1 New York Times bestseller Brandon Mull launches Scholastic’s wildly popular multiplatform phenomenon.

Four children separated by vast distances all undergo the same ritual, watched by cloaked strangers. Four flashes of light erupt, and from them emerge the unmistakable shapes of incredible beasts — a wolf, a leopard, a panda, a falcon. Suddenly the paths of these children — and the world — have been changed forever.

Enter the world of Erdas, where every child who comes of age must discover if they have a spirit animal, a rare bond between human and beast that bestows great powers to both. A dark force has risen from distant and long-forgotten lands, and has begun an onslaught that will ravage the world. Now the fate of Erdas has fallen on the shoulders of four young strangers . . . and on you.

Part engrossing book series, part action role-playing game — discover your spirit animal and join the adventure.

Age Level: 8 – 12 | Grade Level: 7 – 7

A Mutiny in Time: Infinity Ring #1 ($2.99 Kindle, B&N) by James Dashner

Scholastic’s next multi-platform mega-event begins here!

History is broken, and three kids must travel back in time to set it right!

When best friends Dak Smyth and Sera Froste stumble upon the secret of time travel — a hand-held device known as the Infinity Ring — they’re swept up in a centuries-long secret war for the fate of mankind. Recruited by the Hystorians, a secret society that dates back to Aristotle, the kids learn that history has gone disastrously off course.

Now it’s up to Dak, Sera, and teenage Hystorian-in-training Riq to travel back in time to fix the Great Breaks . . . and to save Dak’s missing parents while they’re at it. First stop: Spain, 1492, where a sailor named Christopher Columbus is about to be thrown overboard in a deadly mutiny!

Age Level: 8 – 12 | Grade Level: 7 – 7

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Today’s Audible Daily Deal is The Hunchback of Notre Dame ($0.99 Kindle, $48.99 $5.95 Audible), by Victor Hugo, narrated by Bill Homewood [Naxos AudioBooks]. Get this Audiobook for the reduced price of $2.99, when you buy the Kindle edition first, which saves you $2 over buying the audiobook alone on this sale! In addition, this audiobook counts towards the Listening Rewards deal this month, which means it would contribute $2.50 to the $10 rewrd in your credit balance (assuming you do buy 4 audiobooks this month; which is an easy choice for me). Be sure to also download the accompanying reference guide from the Audible product page.

Book Description
In the grotesque bell-ringer Quasimodo, Victor Hugo created one of the most vivid characters in classic fiction. Quasimodo’s doomed love for the beautiful gipsy girl Esmeralda is an example of the traditional love theme of beauty and the beast. Yet, set against the massive background of Notre Dame de Paris and interwoven with the sacred and secular life of medieval France, it takes on a larger perspective. The characters come to life; the poet Gringoire, the tormented priest Claude Frollo, the fun-loving captain Phoebus and above all Quasimodo and Esmeralda themselves. It is a tale peppered with humor but fuelled by the anguish which unfolds beneath the bells of the great cathedral of Paris.

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Splendour Falls ($2.99 Kindle, B&N), by Susanna Kearsley [Sourcebooks Landmark], is today’s Nook Daily Find, price matched on Kindle.

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An Ancient Castle, a Tragic Love, and a Web of Secrets Begins to Unravel…

Emily Braden has stopped believing in fairy tales and happy endings. When her fascinating but unreliable cousin Harry invites her on a holiday to explore the legendary own of Chinon, and promptly disappears—well, that’s Harry for you.

As Emily makes the acquaintance of Chinon and its people, she begins to uncover dark secrets beneath the charm. Legend has it that during a thirteenth-century siege of the castle that looms over the city, Queen Isabelle, child bride of King John, hid a “treasure of great price.” And in the last days of the German occupation during World War II, another Isabelle living in Chinon, a girl whose love for an enemy soldier went tragically awry.

As the dangers of the past become disastrously real, Emily is drawn ever more deeply into a labyrinth of mystery as twisted as the streets and tunnels of the ancient town itself.

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My eyes!

Apr. 19th, 2015 16:27
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I was in the local eye hospital on Wednesday, where they took a look inside, checked that it no longer looked like soup, and made sure my pressure was ok, and then pronounced me absolutely fine. And handed me a bottle of Maxidex so that next time* this happens I can get started immediately while waiting for an appointment.

Next up, getting my prescription checked, because before I was referred to the eye hospital I was checked by an optician, who told me my right eye prescription was now slightly too strong. And that eye does occasionally get tired. And eye-tests are free.

Oh, and remembering to relax more, and spot signs of stress sooner, as that seems to be the major trigger for me. Yay.


*This was the third time in five years. It will almost certainly happen again.
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Just a general FYI that my compy time is currently limited due to:

1) nerve pain goes AHAHAHAHAHA NOPE to too much hand use, and it's sliiiightly more forgiving if I use an actual keyboard/monitor than a laptop or tablet (where my neck is bent and hands more squished).

2) the primary monitor on our tower computer has not been turning on, and I have not had spoons to troubleshoot and partner has been working lots of hours now there is gardening. Yay for now it is working! but since it's been fixed and then nope'd several times the past couple weeks, I am withholding judgement. (Apparently we may need a new video card with more HDMI ports, different cables, and/or a different monitor to solve permanently which takes time which she is short of.)

3) I could use my mom's computer, except my dad is working out of that office so NOPE (because when he's not working, generally she needs that computer).

I am also somewhat bored out of my mind because having your hands out of commission is for me one of the most annoying body parts to be on strike. Also feet. Which for me are borderline on strike. (Like, I can go on short walks and am supposed to but only after I stretch them out a bunch and roll a tennis ball under them which super hurts and thus I'm like, "I know this will ultimately feel better but uuuugh I hate you plantar fasciitis." Also why getting out of bed is kind of a dare for myself like, "OK yes you can deal with the first few steps srsly." Though, uh, having hungry cats demanding food does reduce the procrastination.)

ANYWAY request goes thusly: activities one can do that require limited hands and/or transportation to places to do them (i.e. pool is a nope sorry; please do not discuss pools with me it's just a Thing due to asshole doctors). Like *I want to be knitting* for copes with all the stress, but until the nerve flare thing goes down that is ultimately a bad idea.

Current activities include:
  • binge watching Netflix (currently so bored of this option)
  • mental exercises such as "spot the historical inaccuracies in this piece of historical fiction" ("Could one grow a second crop of cabbages if you planted them on Guy Fawkes night in New England? Like, could you even harvest them before winter?" "Wait what kind of is that dress made of? OK, yes, she would totally have worn that then as a Loyalist. OK, well played costumers." etc.)
  • random stretching (procrastinating on this one because of initial pain deterrent even though I know later it will usually feel better)
  • some walking (it's more interesting if I *go* somewhere, but driving is also not great atm)
  • playing with cats (with time limits)
  • snuggling cats
  • reading (while I can hold reading materials)
  • endlessly refreshing email and/or websites I read regularly
  • thinking about a potential writing project and debating whether I have the hands to type it and how much I hate Dragon Naturally Speaking, its cost, how I have hated it in the past, and how none of my machines will run it, etc.
  • attempting to keep up with mandatory housework (litterboxes, laundry, toilet bowl)
  • running errands with my partner when she is not working (srsly she has had like no time off since gardening season started, which is entirely her own doing not that I blame her)
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Yesterday I meant to write and to watch Daredevil and I did neither of those things. This whole not being able to sleep thing is such bullshit, especially on the weekend. If I can't sleep until 4 am, I should get to roll over at 7:30 and sleep for three more hours, not be wide awake and wired.

I'm still trying to forget that terrible, terrible game last night. Ugh. I've been a Rangers fan for 35 years and I feel like it's just been a constant litany of "clear your own zone, dumbass" and "shoot the puck, you fuckers" the whole time. Always with the extra, fancy pass. It makes me crazy.

Don't become a sports fan, kids, it will only break your heart.

At least there was more exciting Star Wars stuff yesterday! Well, maybe not if you haven't watched The Clone Wars or Rebels, but trust me, it was exciting!

spoilers for s2 of Star Wars Rebels ) So yeah, that looks all kinds of awesome.

And I can't get enough of the Avengers cast - whatever I end up feeling about the actual movie, at least we'll always have those dorks being adorable, especially the Chrisses Hemsworth and Evans, who make my heart happy whenever I see them being dorks together.

*

Today's poem:

Fairy Tales
by Shu Ting

You believed in your own story,
then climbed inside it—
a turquoise flower.
You gazed past ailing trees,
past crumbling walls and rusty railings.
Your least gesture beckoned a constellation
of wild vetch, grasshoppers, and stars
to sweep you into immaculate distances.

The heart may be tiny
but the world's enormous.

And the people in turn believe—
in pine trees after rain,
ten thousand tiny suns, a mulberry branch
bent over water like a fishing-rod,
a cloud tangled in the tail of a kite.
Shaking off dust, in silver voices
ten thousand memories sing from your dream.

The world may be tiny
but the heart's enormous.

*
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What IS the cost of adding audio description to a movie or TV show (that is, of hiring somebody to do the audio description), and what other costs might there be to Netflix adding it to its programs? Because there are the predictable people talking about the financial burden, but I can't very well say it's not that burdensome if I don't have a good idea of the total costs. Every reference I can find points to the cost on movie theaters, but that's not relevant to the question at all.
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screen capture of 'Another Sunday'When Leonard and I lived in the Bay Area and drove south to Bakersfield to see his mom every few months, he got a satellite radio subscription. I'd navigate the music channels and look at the device to see the name of the artist and ask him to guess. When he couldn't tell, he often guessed "REM" (for loud stuff) or "Belle & Sebastian" (for quiet stuff).

Right now I'm working on an ambitious fanvidding project and am thus watching a bunch of other ambitious fanvids (e.g., chaila's "Watershed", danegen's "Around the Bend", counteragent's "Coin Operated Boy") to take notes on technique (e.g., exactly how many 100%-dark frames serve as a good stutter in frightening montages, versus how many blank frames help reset the eye and prepare it for a new sequence). Just now I was watching "Another Sunday" by Jescaflowne, set to "We Built This City" by Jefferson Starship. I checked the timecode scrubber. "Hey Leonard," I said facetiously. "Did you know that rock songs used to be four and a half minutes long?"

He looked at my screen as we made up Freakonomics-worthy nonsensical explanations of why this used to be the case. "What show is that?"

"Stargate Atlantis."

At this, Leonard developed a hypothesis that Stargate Atlantis and Supernatural are like REM and Belle & Sebastian, viz., if he can't tell what fandom a vid is, and there are spaceships and lots of guns, it's SGA, and if there are no spaceships and nearly no guns, it's Supernatural.

As a data point, I've watched zero SGA and one ep of SPN ("Fan Fiction"), but have spent happy hours enjoying fic and vids about both, particularly the critical readings -- if you're waiting for Ann Leckie's next Ancillaryverse installment, you could do worse than reading "Second Verse (Same as the First)" by Friendshipper/Sholio. I wonder whether the same thing will happen to me with Teen Wolf.

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Today's plans:

11AM-12:15PM: Yoga
2PM-3/3:30PM: Late lunch with fangirls
4PM-8PM: Furious 7 and dinner with college friend
8:30PM-???: Birthday gathering for former coworker

These aren't including travel times. I think I may have accidentally overscheduled myself juuust a little. Considering I still need to, you know, run errands like going food shopping and buying more work clothes. I'm just not used to having weekends off, so when people are like, "Here's a thing," I'm like, "OH, LET ME GO TO THAT THING! I CAN GO TO THE THING NOW."

A good problem to have, to be sure.

In other news, I've been a lot more active on twitter recently. I resolved to do it after MJ, and for some reason it stuck this time. You can find me at [twitter.com profile] unfinishedidea losing my mind about hockey.

I also watched my first hockey game (Pens vs. Rangers) last night, which, as it turns out, was a GREAT game to watch but SUPER STRESSFUL. I don't understand how people do this all the time. I was intending to clean my room while I was watching, but ended up sitting by my computer clutching my face for a lot of it. I will probably watch the next game! I just might need inject chamomile tea into my veins first.

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Apr. 19th, 2015 09:43
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I didn't do much yesterday. Mostly, I poked around AO3 and read mediocre fic. I spent a couple of hours working on links for [community profile] metanews, but I stopped when I hit the two big lumps of saved off links-- More Hugo Awards stuff and a bunch of Tumblr posts about a Sherlock con called 221B Con where there was recently some nastiness that has spilled over into Tumblr in a fairly big way. I haven't dug very far into the 221B Con stuff and probably won't, but I have enough links to give people an introduction of sorts. It's just that, yesterday, I couldn't face tackling either group of links. I also haven't yet touched the blog feed, and that's going to be time consuming.

I'm debating whether to risk another shower today or whether to take a bath instead. A shower has the advantage of getting me cleaner, but it might make my ankle hurt worse tomorrow. A bath will probably be a lot easier on my ankle, and Scott is home in case I need help. I just don't really like baths unless, for some reason, I need to soak in hot water for a while. It's warm enough right now that I don't feel any urge to do that.

Scott suddenly realized, about 7:00 last night, that he hadn't yet cooked dinner and that he didn't have everything he needed to make the turkey burgers he'd promised Cordelia. Instead, he cooked chicken. Cordelia wasn't particularly pleased, but she ate it. We'll have turkey burgers tonight, most likely.

Sunday mornings are difficult-- I'm generally out of ripe bananas (Scott buys some on Saturday, but they're usually not quite ready to eat on Sunday. Also, he only gets five or six at a time, and that only works out if I eat something else on Sunday) and so don't have anything easy for breakfast. Scott makes pancakes or waffles eventually, but those usually aren't done by the time I'm supposed to eat (half an hour after my morning medications). This morning, I couldn't find anything portable except a bowl of goldfish crackers. That's far from ideal, but I suppose it will hold me until there are waffles.

There's someone in Yuletide chat who, back in February, offered to take a look at one of my WIP. I put in on Google docs and gave them permission to edit. Then they vanished from chat for two months and didn't reply to the one email query I sent. They've returned to chat just this week but haven't said anything to me. I'm trying to decide if I should query or not. I mean, they're by no means obligated to look at my stuff or to talk to me about it. I'm quite clear on that. I just wonder if they even remember. I doubt it was as important to them as to me (I think a lot more about my writing than anybody else does or should), and something kept them away from chat for two months. I suspect whatever it was was important to them.
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rockets-raccoon:

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I figured that they’d eventually text cancel, but they never did

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Then I decided to change things up a bit

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I don’t even know who this girl is, but she apparently thinks Cap’s birthday is kool

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I figured, why not add another Avenger to the mix?

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Then I said, what the heck, I’ll just send stuff about all of them

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At that point, I knew this person was great (and I’m guessing she probably has a tumblr) but I wasn’t expecting them to respond at all, let alone in those amazing one word responses. 

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