The Tyrant Baru Cormorant is coming out on the 11th and I didn’t know about it until three days ago.

I got my preorder in, but good grief the publisher did jack-all to promote the book. The Baru Cormorant books are astoundingly good, unique stories. Both the author and the book deserved a lot better.

I hope he’s doing well. I hope his publisher sticks with him.

So, lightning struck one of the trees that hangs over my driveway

Other than stripping the bark off in its path, there doesn’t appear to be any damage.

Having some real anxiety about school opening in the fall. The ten year old can handle the distancing and wearing a mask; the four year old not so much.

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If Phil Dick predicted your idea, whatever it is, you're doing it wrong. You're probably *peopleing* wrong.

But I’d need to buy them first.

That’s okay, I’ve got The Calculating Stars to keep me company.

I finished Network Effect last week, and I haven’t started a new book because now I want to re-read all of the Murderbot novellas.

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Also, this is going to be Mother’s Day next year, and I need to prepare myself for it.

My eldest has prepared a menu for Father’s Day breakfast, snack, and lunch.

It’s already clear to me that I owe my wife a very large manhattan tonight.

Just found out about this, and thought the Shop would be interested: StoryGraph ( is a Goodreads competitor. You can rate by half-stars, import your Goodreads library, and was founded by a Black woman.

Some images from the post I found, with more details.

I signed up and am already impressed by how responsive their site is on a mobile browser.

I’m getting to be old enough that getting back into shape is harder, but I’ve also neglected proper exercise for so long that the “I’m old” added level of difficulty is hidden due to being a complete lump for so long.

Past me: I know! I’ll pull the carpet strips off that hardwood for 1.5 hours and then go for a run when I get back. Best. Idea. Ever.

Now me: Ugggh...

My favorite local bakery now has Saturday hours (yay!). Today’s haul: a chocolate hazelnut tart, and a lemon tart.

These are hidden in the back of the fridge, top shelf. Need to avoid detection my the kiddos.

Finished The City We Became this morning and was de-lighted to find out its the beginning of a new trilogy.

N.K. Jemisin rules.

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"If you are silent about your pain, they’ll kill you and say you enjoyed it."

-- Zora Neale Hurston

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Moon Palace Books is an independent bookstore located just behind Minneapolis police precinct 3, the starting point of the riots. When the police tried to set up a barrier around the store they said no thanks and instead set up a station to give protestors food, water, treatment etc. They even hung an “Abolish the Police” banner in their window.

Please consider using this small business if youre looking for more books, they’re doing mail orders. Here’s their website.

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