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All Good Things Must Come to an End

Journal Entry: Tue May 5, 2015, 4:26 AM
Tarien's Scribbling

And it's time for me to say good-bye to dA. I can no longer justify the cost in time or coin doing things not related to my writing here. To those I've counted friends here over 6 years, thank you. You know my aliases on other sites. ;)  I never intended to share my work here when I started on the site. But I think I gave a fair cross-section of my creativity. And with that, farewell. 

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Let the Popcorn Be Eaten!

Journal Entry: Sat Apr 4, 2015, 4:38 PM

The Hugo Nominees came out, and after months of being told the Sad Puppies were a minority that didn’t matter. That last year proved the award belong to the CHORFs and TrueFen, the truth comes out.…

Tor is in an uproar, if you ever needed proof they long ago left the majority of their genre’s fans behind, you see it here from Moshe Feder of the aforementioned publisher’s FB feed:

It’s most unfortunate that right-wing fans with a warped, paranoid vision of how the Hugo Awards have successfully functioned for decades, confabulated scenarios in which they imagined their favorite works had been kept off the ballot, or from winning, by non-existent left-wing conspirators. Sadly, they chose to respond with an _actual_ conspiracy of their own, and have, as a result, succeeded in demeaning and devaluing the awards. The fact that their conspiracy was open rather than secret makes it no less nefarious. I don’t know whether to shake my head or my fist.
The Hugo Awards are not supposed to be political elections, but popular judgments of absolute quality. To bring organized campaigning into the awards’ process is to render them all but meaningless. I feel sorry for those authors whose stories deserved recognition but whose nominations have now been sullied by association with the conspiracy.
I have to give this some thought, but I may have to conclude that an ethical fan with traditional fannish values has no choice but to only consider nominees _not_ backed by the slates and, if not satisfied that those deserve to win, to then vote No Award in as many categories as necessary. No Award is our last bastion against corruption. Unfortunately, to vote for any of the slate-backed nominees, no matter how worthy in the abstract, would be to implicitly endorse the cynical and unfannish way they got on the ballot.

Folks, we’ve danced this dance last year. Even Scalzi admitted that the only thing SP did different from before was make their bloc voting transparent. When feminists swept the Nebulas and pranced around Twitter chanting they would never read a white, male, heterosexual author, no one at Tor called them out for their matriarchal dance. And those of us who called that just as sexist as if I said I’d never read a lesbian female author–which would be untrue, as I have–were called backwards right-wingers and not-true fans.

What’s more, the SP slate deliberately culled itself to not overemphasize it’s own triumph. If you needed proof Larry Correia is class, here it…. Now I can hope without reservation that Jim Butcher–criminally overlooked for the Hugos for over a decade–come on, not ONE nomination? Did you not read Dead Beat or Changes?–will get an award he justly deserves. And while Butcher *may* have snuck a couple of political statements into his later Dresden novels, none of them are overt table pounding. And the one that annoyed the Left the most was said by a Faye the reader isn’t supposed to empathize with ANYWAY, as Dresden says the exact opposite–tolerant–statement. But that isn’t good enough. Not to mention, it wasn’t in Skin Game anyway, which is nothing if not a back-to-Dead Beat recapitulation of everything that made the Files DresdenCrack to begin with.

So I’m not sorry that Sad Puppies crashed the party. We were told for years we didn’t matter, and wouldn’t change the award.

We did. We have. And if you think it’s for the worse, then ask yourself what does it mean to be ‘inclusive’? Or is only ‘Inclusive of the people we like’? The Evil League of Evil is here to stay, and I proudly wear my Overlord-in-Waiting tag.

If you Ever Want to Know if Something

Journal Entry: Sat Feb 28, 2015, 9:02 AM
is a Bad Idea, check "The People's Cube."…

and this:…

Because someone, somewhere, might decide paying more for their internet is OK with them, now we ALL are going to pay more. For inferior service. Using a scheme twice declare illegal by the courts and a model whose regulations that helped create the largest TelCom monopoly in the world. One that had to be broken by the Courts because its stranglehold was so pervasive no one could compete with it. Yeah, Ma Bell for the Internet sounds like a good idea.

Oh, but this will keep corporations from raising rates and throttling speed on providers! Yeah...about that. If that's the case, why are they all onboard supporting this? ALL the Big Corporations campaigned for this--because it WASN'T good for them? Somehow, I don't think so.

Just once, I'd love it if someone would realize that maybe life is better when the government isn't trying to control your choices.

For the Memishly Inclined

Journal Entry: Tue Feb 10, 2015, 4:26 AM
:iconlunaticstar: graciously featured Aivee Hardy from my Urban Fantasies for an OC Feature. And I was challenged to return the favor. So... here are the rules...if you comment below, I will search through your gallery for the Original Character (visual or lit) who most fascinates me and feature them here. BUT, doing so, you should repay the favor, by including one of *my* characters in a similar effort. Thusly:

1) LunaticStar Darcy Blanch

Really, how can you say no to tough, smart, and sexy?

Darcy's battledress by LunaticStar

Book Review: Taken (Alex Verus, Book 3)

Journal Entry: Fri Feb 6, 2015, 3:28 PM
This is a solid, but not spectacular third entry in the Alex Verus Urban Fantasy series. Alex is a diviner who lives in London, though more of this story takes place outside his home city.

The strong point of the book--and the series in general--is the characterization of Alex and Luna. Alex is a very good voice and interesting narrator. Luna is a believable non-romantic apprentice with a fascinating hook. The secondary characters in this book are also quite good. The villains, don't receive a lot of development. And I think the plot suffers for that. Hence my rating this a 4 star. The story isn't bad, it's just a tad thin.

If you've liked the series, you'll like this one. If you haven't read the series, start with Fated, which is, IMHO, a stronger book anyway. A lot of people say this series is for people who like Dresden. Yes and no. Yes, in that Alex's character has a lot of Dresden-like quirks (though nowhere near the snark), and he's a magical-investigator. No in that Alex is more studious, more serious, and as a diviner, doesn't do a lot of flash-bang. Harry outclasses most single mages he fights. Alex is outclassed in power by just about everything. But because he can see futures, he can chessmaster his way out of stuff.

Still, it's a good read in its own right. Especially for fans of Urban Fantasy.


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I'm a wizard, nah, I'm a spy, no no, I'm an evil genius! Yeah, that's it. :iconfoxevillaughplz: Alright, actually I'm a writer, which just means I've been restrained by society from fulfilling my desire for global domination through illegal means, and instead torment my characters.

Tarien Cole may only be the pen-name, but it's much more interesting than real life. ;)

I write, primarily in novel form, across the Speculative Fiction spectrum. Classic Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Steampunk, Weird Western, & Space Opera.

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