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It's Friday! The third Friday in April, already! And nearly Easter!

My husband and I are attending The 42nd Northwest Science Fiction Convention (NorWesCon). Other than a couple of years, I have been attending this convention or a portion of it since 1987—which means that yes, I definitely am an old fart! I had fun the first day, even though we arrived a bit later than we had intended to. It's fun seeing friends, especially some that I haven't seen since last year!

Anyway, welcome to the Friday Five. This week I am not bringing you any stories about the contents of the heavily redacted Mueller report. There are a couple links below related to in, but I decided to put the five stories that I thought were most interesting about what information we do have in a separate post last night, and it is behind a cut-tag. So if you're just browsing you don't have to look at it. If, on the other hang, you are interested, click here.

For this week's Friday Five I bring you: the top five (IMHO) stories of the week, the top five science and sci fi stories of the week, five stories about deplorable people, five stories about things not going so well for the alleged president and five videos (plus notable obituaries and things I wrote).

Stories of the Week:

As clock strikes midnight, Russell Wilson strikes deal to become highest-paid player in NFL history. I know, I only think this is a story of the week because I'm a big Seahawks fan. So sue me!

Poll: Church membership in US plummets over past 20 years.

The Boys in the Band to Be Adapted for Netflix With All-Star Broadway Cas.

Insurer Warns of Existential Threat on Climate Policy.

Florida Newspaper Wins Pulitzer For Parkland Coverage.

This Week in Science Fact and Fiction:

Katie Bouman and the Black Hole That Made Her Famous.

The first type of molecule to form in the universe has been seen in space.

Shazam and Sekiro: Gatekeepers Die Twice.

Newly Discovered Ancient Carnivore Was Bigger Than a Polar Bear and Is True Nightmare Fuel.

'It drives writers mad': why are {certain kinds of} authors still sniffy about sci-fi?

Crimes, Hateful and Worse:

LOUISIANA: Hate Crime Charges In Church Fires . To donate to the fund to rebuild the churches the white supremacist burned down, click here.

Sol Pais, woman “infatuated with Columbine,” found dead after apparent suicide near base of Mount Evans - Florida woman, 18, had been considered “armed and extremely dangerous” by FBI. "Schools are closed because a gun owner obsessed with school shootings is celebrating the anniversary of a school shooting by taking a school shooting road trip" is 100% undistilled America.

Courtier gets life for hate crime killing.


We Need to Bury the Columbine Shooters - Unending focus on the pair who struck in 1999 keeps fueling copycat attackers, our investigation shows.

Challenges to the Deplorable In Chief:

House Judiciary Chair Jerry Nadler demands Mueller testify in Congress in the next month.

FOIA Judge May View Full Mueller Report And Release It To The Media.

How Buttigieg and Trump handle protesters.

Trump's Been Running for Re-Election Since Day One. Raising $30 Million Is a Really Bad Sign for Him.

Trump Shouts At TV While Eating Burgers With Pence .

In Memoriam:

The Goodest Boy – Dogbomb’s victory lap against ALS.

Gene Wolfe (1931-2019).

Gene Wolfe by Neil Gaiman.

Actress Georgia Engel Dies At Age 70 .

Things I wrote:

Weekend Update 4/13/2019: Evil comes in many forms….

Sunday Funnies, part 33.

The wheel of time keeps turning, but never enough to make fresh coffee while rushing to get ready for work.

Leader of church that was the result of someone making up their own version of christianity says other people can’t make up their own version of christianity.

You can help rebuild after three terrible arsons.

What does a self-loathing closet case anti-gay ex-Congressman do after somehow getting a sweetheart deal on his financial crimes prosecution?

That isn’t what exoneration looks like….


Assange Arrested and Charged with Conspiracy | The Daily Show:

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Democrats Take on Corporate Profits and CEO Pay: A Closer Look:

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Stephen Colbert - Trump's Bad Advice For The Notre Dame Cathedral:

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Mark Hamill Does a Perfect Impression of Harrison Ford:

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Ben Platt - Older [Official Video]:

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What Is Your Essence?

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Who is the Real You when all the distractions, fears, and “shoulda/coulda/woulda” factors of life are stripped away?

Do you know?

Would you like to find out?

The “essence conversation” is one of my favorite coaching tools. It’s a roughly hour-and-a-half conversation that distills your true core, your essence, to five guiding concepts. Sometimes I find that people are afraid of what they might find out… but in practice I have never once had a client discover that they were anything but amazing.

By the end of the process, we come up with five words that describe your real self. (Why five? No magic secret, just that people are generally too complex for fewer than that, and more than that creates mental clutter.) Everyone’s words are different. My essence words, as distilled by my own coach using this same tool, are:

  • exuberance

  • play

  • trust

  • connection

  • heart

When I’m stuck trying to make a decision, or working on a difficult problem, or even just feel like something is “off,” I return to my essence to help me choose what to do. I also find, when things are not working, that I’ve probably been choosing from ego or survival mechanism instead of essence — but that’s a topic for another post.

I’ve done dozens of essence conversations, and it’s always amazing. It’s where I like to start the coaching process, to create a powerful foundation for success. I also don’t charge for essence conversations, so if you’d like a taste of coaching and learn the power it can bring to your life, it’s a great way to get your feet wet. E-mail me today to schedule a call!

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Welcome to the new digs! I recently completed working with Braid Creative to bring together twenty years of writing, comics, and coaching under one banner, and I am very pleased with the results.

Which makes all the more ridiculous the drama I had to push myself through to get to it. >.>

Because Braid is a professional agency, they charge Professional Agency Prices — prices that set off my survival mechanism big time when they were first quoted to me. I had seen their work and I knew that they were who I wanted but… y’know… money scary. First I put off contacting them at all. Then I contacted them and backed out in a panic two weeks later when I had a slow clients month.

And then I noticed: backing out of getting the branding overhaul that I knew I wanted, made getting clients harder instead of easier. I had effectively told myself and the Universe that I wasn’t worth the investment, and if I didn’t believe I was, why should a potential client? From there, it was just a nudge away from going into a tailspin of suck, resignation, and beating myself up.

I am pleased to report, dear reader, that I didn’t go into that tailspin… but it was a near thing. Basically it took the support of my own coach, my other coachy friends, and a certain amount of mule-headed stubbornness to decide that no, I wanted to invest in myself, and especially that I was worth investing in. So after what felt like a year but was more like three or four days and angst about it, I found the money, put it in my business account so I wouldn’t use it for anything else, and called the agency to say “Let’s do this thing.”

Now the good news? I’m actually glad the delay happened, because in the intervening time I also had some major breakthroughs around figuring out what I actually wanted from my brand. Where I had originally just planned to create a look and feel for BringingTheAwesome.com, I realized that this was a great opportunity to create an integrated new me — which is in fact Braid’s specialty. If I hadn’t had my little freakout, I would have been wasting their integration expertise by just telling part of the story.

So be grateful for your breakdowns! They may just be leading you to better things in the end!

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Another in my series of posts recommending web comics that I think more people should read...

(The rest of this post is at Fontfolly.Net.)
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Once again here we are with some stories that broke after I completed this week’s Friday Five or have had further developments since being reported in an earlier Friday Five or Weekend Update. Specifically stories that I want to editorialize a bit more about than I usually do in the Friday Five. And spoilers: it isn’t all bad news...

(The rest of this post is at Fontfolly.Net.)
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Lori had to go to work, but returned in time to take me for a farewell meal at the Mount Airy Tavern before driving me to the airport. We had nachos and cocktails, and a friendly waitress asked me about my stay in Maryland...and, inevitably, about Brexit.

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It's Friday! We are barreling through April already!

I was hoping the return of rain would give me a break from the hay fever, but no such luck!

Anyway, welcome to the Friday Five. This week I bring you: the top five (IMHO) stories of the week, the top five queer stories of the week, five stories about deplorable people, and five videos (plus notable obituaries and things I wrote).

Stories of the Week:

Joe Nguyen Is an AOC of the Washington Senate.

The backlash against Pete Buttigieg has exposed some sad facts about evangelical Christianity. um.... DUH!

IRS, Congress Struggle to Shed Light on Opportunity Zones’ Impact.


Bonnie Haim murder trial starts against husband Michael Haim after skull discovered in yard.

This Week in Science:

Evidence Found Of Previously Unknown Human Species.

The first picture of a black hole opens a new era of astrophysics.

Mystery surrounds humpback whale found dead in depths of Brazil’s Amazon jungle.

National Geographic: Giant purple squirrels do exist—and they have an odd behavior.

New species of ancient human unearthed in the Philippines.

Queer stories of the Week:

GOP Gov. Doug Ducey Signs Repeal Of “No Promo Homo” Ban On LGBT-Inclusive Sex Education.

San Jose city council votes to make their airport Chick-fil-A the ‘gayest’ in America.

Oklahoma City's first openly gay city councilman takes office.

Dear Alabama: Sen. Doug Jones' Gay Son Has a Message for His State.

Chelsea Manning misgendered by NBC reporter - PinkNews.

Awful, Deplorable People:

Devin Nunes said the quiet part out loud about his defamation lawsuit targeting journalists "I am absolutely sure that they do not want this to get to discovery so that we find out who their sources are.".

Illinois Senate Approves Bill Mandating Release Of Five Years Of Taxes In Order To Appear On Presidential Ballot.

Conservative Columnist Bashes AG Bill Barr With 7 Brutal Reasons Why No One Should Trust Him.

Suspect in Louisiana black church fires is son of sheriff's deputy, officials say.

Julian Assange Charged by U.S. With Conspiracy to Hack a Government Computer Background: Ecuador's president says Assange breached terms of London embassy asylum | Reuters.

In Memoriam:

A Small Town in South Carolina Mourns the Prom Night Death of Trinity Harrison.

Mystery as missing Mouseketeer Dennis Day, 76, is found dead at home, EIGHT MONTHS after he vanished as it emerges his disappearance initially went unreported because the star's husband has dementia. Correction to headline: disappearance WAS reported, but police didn't take it seriously because of the husband's health...

Background: Body found at home of missing original Disney Mouseketeer Dennis Day.

Things I wrote:

Weekend Update 4/7/2019: Sword-wielding hate crime suspect arrested.

Not to be cliched, but I don’t like Mondays….

Filling up the gaps, or, why An Archive Of Our Own deserves that Hugo nomination.

Julian Assange finally dragged from the Ecuadorian embassy.

Who is the actual monster? Or, more of why I love sf/f.


Lucifer | Season 4 Teaser [HD] | Netflix:

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Tales of the City | Teaser [HD] | Netflix:

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Assange Arrest Puts WikiLeaks Tie To Donald Trump Camp Back In Spotlight | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC:

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Seth Meyers Destroys the Dumbest GOP Congressman on the House Oversight Committee: A Closer Look:

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Kevin McHale - Help Me Now (Lyric Video):

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I’ve written about Frankenstein as a pair of classic movies, as an award-winning parody, as the basis of a whacky sixties comedy, and I’ve mentioned it many times while talking about the history of science fiction, but I’ve never written a post just about the original novel published in 1818. I’m obviously long overdue, and since something I saw on line earlier this week almost made me type a twitter storm of irritated commentary, I figure that now is as good a time as any to remedy the situation...

(The rest of the post about the original science fiction novel is at FontFolly.Net.)
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I could hold this for tomorrow’s Friday Five, but I want to editorialize a bit here, so…

(The rest of this highly opinionated post is at FontFolly.Net.)
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I'd asked to visit Baltimore again because I knew it boasted a statue of Frank Zappa, who was born there and would later pen What's New In Baltimore? about it, in the great tradition of musicians writing songs about how boring their hometowns are (cf. the Weakerthans' tribute to Winnipeg, One Great City!). I wanted to check this out on behalf of my dad, who would have loved it.

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The weather forecast was for non-stop rain, so we planned a quiet day of pottering about. We visited the thrift shop in Mouth Airy, where I bought some terrible spy novels and a corduroy jacket for a total of $3. We bought sandwiches from Mike's Jersey Subs and I experienced my first Philly cheesesteak, eaten in the car while Lori got her hair cut. I also tried an Orange Crush, just because of the R.E.M. song.

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The Hugo Awards Ballot was released a bit ago (and I linked to at least one post about it at the time), and one of the more interesting items to make it to the ballot was the fanfiction web site, Archive Of Our Own (known to many of us as AO3) in the Best Related Work category. This nomination is, of course, not without some controversy. Best Related Work is usually awarded to works of non-fiction, such as biographies of authors and editors from the field, or collections of non-fiction essays and/or reviews, and so forth, but the definition of the category allows for other things, which bothers some people...

(The rest of this highly opinionated post is at FontFolly.Net.
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Most of my adult life I have worked in office jobs where the work week runs from Monday to Friday, and office hours tended to hover around 8-to-5, with some workplaces and some positions have varying amounts of flexibility. I’ve never been a morning person, so whenever possible I try to get my “expected time to arrive at the office” no earlier that 9:30. That usually means I was expected to work later. Of course, like most tech companies, the expectation has become that a worker will be available at times outside of office hours, which is both exploitive and irritating. At my current workplace one of the ways they try to make that less annoying is to give most of us a lot of flexibility...

(The rest of this slice-of-life post is at FontFolly.Net.)
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"We need to get going in 45 minutes," Lori said, knocking on my door at a quarter to eight. "I have a latte and a hot scone for you, and I'll even keep the dog out."

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Lori had a lunch date, so I entertained myself with the TV and the pets until her return, when we headed out to the barn to feed the horses - some hers, some boarders.

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