Bye Bye 2016

Like sand through the hour glass, so are the days of 2016.  But this year, I’d say it doesn’t serve us to simply turn the glass over and start again.  We need new ingredients.  New sands.  New Magics.  More science. Here’s wishing everyone a wondrous 2017.  Keep fighting, keep growing, keep achieving, keep dreaming, and keep reading.  WeContinue reading “Bye Bye 2016”

Places to Give Love and Support

Back when I failed the ALS ice-bucket challenge (because ice-cold water + head = crippling migraine), I donated to the ALS Association (http://www.alsa.org/) and spent a little while drawing your attention to other worthy establishments. If you are in the giving mood right now, for whatever reason–needing to spread joy, needing to help ensure safety,Continue reading “Places to Give Love and Support”

Happy 4th!

Hope everyone celebrating has a safe and fun Independence Day (speaking of, if you haven’t seen Independence Day: Resurgence yet, I recommend it if you are into crazy stupid fun, cuz it’s crazy stupid fun). Go forth, light things on fire responsibly, eat cheap food, and have a blast.   . (Note: above Supernatural gifContinue reading “Happy 4th!”

Happy Omnomnom Day

Happy Thanksgiving, also known as American Omnomnom Day.  Hope you’re stuffing your face responsibly.  Stay safe, stay thankful, and stay classy.  To inspire you to turkey-day greatness, I leave you with these: First: Then: Then: Finally: And after all that, finish the day with a hardy helping of: ~Marina  

Goodbye, Sir Pratchett

Terry Pratchett died today, after battling with dementia.  This news struck me very personally on two fronts.  Firstly as a reader.  I adore Terry Pratchett’s work, especially his Discworld novels, and will surely continue to appreciate them for time innumerable. Secondly, his death has brought to the forefront just how deeply my life has beenContinue reading “Goodbye, Sir Pratchett”

Jim Baen Memorial Writing Award Finalists

Just a quick post to let y’all know I made the finalist list for this year’s Jim Baen Memorial Writing Contest.  Whoohoo!  Lots of great writers right there with me, so the competition is at least as stiff as last year, if not stiffer!  The list includes: Robert Dawson John Eckelkamp C. Stuart Hardwick Jamie LackeyContinue reading “Jim Baen Memorial Writing Award Finalists”

Artist Spotlight Interview: Tran Nguyen

Tran Nguyen is a Georgia-based gallery artist and freelance illustrator. Born in Vietnam and raised in the States, she is fascinated by visuals that can be used as a psycho-therapeutic support vehicle. MJNL: Your art has been featured in many publications, including Spectrum, and you’ve done work for high-profile businesses such as Tor, Hatchet, McDonald’s, andContinue reading “Artist Spotlight Interview: Tran Nguyen”

Confessions of an #IceBucketChallenge Loser

I’m an #IceBucketChallenge Loser. I was tagged for the Ice Bucket Challenge–which, if you don’t know, is a viral campaign aimed at raising both awareness and money for the ALSA (http://www.alsa.org/)–by my brother. I’ll have to concede, as rapid temperature changes of the skin and scalp (like those caused by, I donno, a bucket ofContinue reading “Confessions of an #IceBucketChallenge Loser”