January 20th, 2009


oh happy day!

Happy Inauguration Day!

I'm back from Arisia and back online. As you can probably tell, since I'm posting this message....

Con was good. I particularly enjoyed the gender panel, which benefitted from an excellent moderator, Lee Harrington (who often gives workshops, facilitates, etc., which was really evident). I attended a couple of panels in their entirety and a few partially, as they were scheduled at the same time as each other. I only had to participate in two panels and a reading, so the amount of time to actually attend other stuff was unusual for me, and fun. I was really tired during the Steampunk/Cyberpunk panel I was on, and also we were sitting near a door to outside, so my feet were cold the whole time. The "Trend? What Trend?" panel was a blast. There were only four of us on that one, and we had a range of knowledge of different genres, so it moved pretty quickly.

It snowed, very beautifully, most of Sunday.

Best news of con, Sarah Smith is done with the ghost book she was working on, and is back to the next in her mystery series! I am curious to see how the mystery is going to tie in to the Titanic, which features in the plot.

November 2008 reprise

In case anyone missed it and still wants it, here's another link to my Nov-08 Political Playlist.

1. "Have You Had Enough," Rickie Lee Jones
2. "Wake Up," Rage Against the Machine"
3. "Beautiful Struggle," Talib Kweli
4. "A Change Is Gonna Come," Ben Sollee (Sam Cooke cover)
5. "Eyes on the Prize/Hold On," Sweet Honey in the Rock
6. "Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I'm Yours," Stevie Wonder
7. "We Shall Not Be Moved," Mavis Staples
8. "Freedom Is Like Gold," Andy M. Stewart and Manus Lunny
9. "State of the World," Lifesavas
10. "Pastures of Plenty," Odetta (Woody Guthrie cover)
11. "One Little Step Towards Freedom," Kim and Reggie Harris
12. "People Get Ready," The Blind Boys Of Alabama
13. "Power and the Glory," Phil Ochs
14. "Change A Gonna Come," Asian Dub Foundation
15. "Go," Indigo Girls
16. "Get Up, Stand Up," Bob Marley and the Wailers
17. "We Shall Not Be Moved," Sweet Honey in the Rock
18. "The Times They Are A Changin'," Keb' Mo' (Bob Dylan cover)
19. "It's a New Day," Will.I.Am
20. "We Shall Overcome," Mahalia Jackson
21. "Somos El Barco," John McCutcheon
22. "The Star Spangled Banner," Ruben Guevara