I’m not going to write a blog post


It’s too early in the morning.

What winning the dragon did was effectively short circuit the last day of away-writing.   Also we went wild and crazy and had a whole scoop of ice cream.  Carbs these days have an effect similar to a hangover for me.

So I’m not going to write a blog post until I’m home which should be early afternoon.

Ya’ll can wait that long, right?


See you on the flip side.


UPDATE: We’re home safe, much later than we thought.  So, post tomorrow?


154 thoughts on “I’m not going to write a blog post

  1. Sarah, you’ve been dishing us free ice cream for a while. Certainly you’ve earned some of your own.


  2. I don’t blame you, and you know we can handle it. Wishes for most safe travels, and rapid recovery of your writing mojo.

    And if, when you get home, the muse says write your stories, we can handle that as well.

    1. Our Esteemed Hostess’s comment aside, it is a blog post, and the rest of us are treating it as such. Moreover, I doubt that any of us would seriously object to it if she left it at that. (Some of us might put on a show of high dudgeon, for the humor of it.)

      We all know that she holds herself to a high standards, and thus such a short piece leaves her feeling as if she fell short of her side of the social contract regarding blog posts. Nothing any of us have said to lay her concerns at rest has had lasting effect. Her fierce commitment to her fans is part of her, to deeply rooted for her to ignore.

      So we love her — and worry about her burning the candle at both ends in attempts to do what she thinks is right.

      1. One weekend she should have an online con. She just posts the days of the convention — Friday through Sunday — unless she wants to have a panel. The rest of us post on our blogs topics like con panels, and link them here, and we all get to talk like a con panel.

            1. Does that mean I have to dress up as a character and post it if you’re doing cosplay? I’m not built right to do a credible Dyce Dare.

                    1. I agree. Rather be behind the camera, not in front of it. Kid has inherited that quirk. Like someone turned off the “little ham” switch. Became real obvious just before middle school. I blame the grade school for forcing the “performance arts” on all the kids whether they wanted to participate or not. Before that he was fine having his picture taken. After that it has been like pulling hen’s teeth.

          1. Huncon would work nicely. For an online con scheduling can be rather loose, because someone can always comment. . . .

            Probably should solicit some suggestions for panels, too. Huns might have some interesting ones.

  3. I like to think you bought said ice cream with your share of the money from my purchase of your award-winner!

  4. I’m deathly allergic to waiting, so I’m actually posting this having passed away years ago from anaphylactic shock. Late posts no longer have any impact on me.

    More seriously, congratulations, take care of your self, and take care of your business. We’ll be okay.

  5. Shoot, take the whole day off. Maybe even two. We’ll still be here when you get back.
    And the diner will probably still be standing. Well, parts of it anyway.

    1. Yep. Promise. No more experiments. Even if I just bought that book. Which looks really interesting. You know, improvised munitions… just for research purposes, for a story.

      Research… now research can be such fun, no? 🙂

      1. I’d be more concerned about a repeat of the drunk dragons holding the airborne obstacle course and flame throwing contest one New Years that singed the library than an exercise in improvised munitions. Due to the nature of this crowd we now have a proper area set aside for that.

  6. Congratulations on winning the Dragon! But fell off the wagon, did you? Tch.

    Forgiven, though. Receiving the most significant award in SF/F today is actually worthy of an entire ice cream float! Not like you hit every ice cream bar in (undisclosed location) and made a spectacle of yourself.

    In fact, you are encouraged to make an (annual) habit of this.

  7. Us? Mischief? *pushes crate of firecrackers back under table with hind foot nudges tablecloth with tail tip* No, nay, never.

    1. While I am sure it is better than setting fireworks off during a drought, isn’t it a bit soggy for ’em in Texas right now?

        1. We’ve got the dry. Even the patch of green over the leach line is mostly gone, thus upsetting the jack rabbits on lawn care duty. OTOH, the owls on jack rabbit control duty have been remiss; once they cleared the area of ground squirrels, they’ve taken a break.

      1. Depends on where you are. Parts of my corner of the state are still in soo-extreme-it’s-not-on-the-chart drought. I got 1.25″ of rain in half an hour on Saturday night (major street flooding in my neighborhood) but other places? Nada. And we’re still eight inches below average.

        1. O.K., one thing I remember from my trip west — Texas is big. No, I mean it is very big. Make that huge. (And it is not all the same.)

          1. I never get that impression, but only because my drives across Texas only been across the panhandle on I-40. If I ever had to drive I-10 across I’m sure my impression would be a little different. 😛

            1. One of the standard ways to describe how large Texas is: Imagine you are driving from Los Angeles, California to Shreveport, Louisiana, a few miles past the Texas / Louisiana state border. When you reach the New Mexico / Texas state line, you are not halfway yet.

              1. We’ve got relations that we visit in San Diego.

                It’s a shorter drive to go there, from El Paso, than the relations that are on the sort of right side of Texas…..

                (not sure on distance, just know legal driving time)

            2. True, I-40 across the panhandle only crosses 177+ miles. When I was driving it I kept in mind that I-10 covers 877+ miles across Texas.
              The Daughter called the trip through Oklahoma on I-40 ‘miles and miles of miles and miles.’ I wonder what she would have thought had we traveled I-10 in Texas.

              1. Going the long ways through Texas is only about a hundred miles more than my drive to my parents’ place. But since I’m always driving the Texas Panhandle instead, after having first crossed through either all of Oklahoma or all of New Mexico, Texas seems smaller, like Indiana or Illinois. 😉

                1. With the exception of the period where the Federal government put the ridiculous restriction on the national highways of 55 miles per hour Montana had no specific specific speed limit on rural highways. The soul restriction on speed during daylight hours as ‘reasonable and prudent’ was Montana. A driver was ticketed for speeding during the day and challenged the charge. The court held that the law as written was too open to interpretation and, as such, was non-enforceable. As of October 2015 it has a set limit, the last state to impose one. 😦

                    1. Most states have both set speed limits and a reasonable and prudent clause. The reasonable and prudent clause is generally applied when weather / atmospheric / road conditions are in one way or another bad.

                      I have driven in areas of the mountains of Virginia that have double postings. One states the legal speed limit for the category of road; the other states a maximum safe speed for that section of the road.

                    2. Iowa used to have (may still have) dry pave limits and contaminated pave limits (aka “overdriving the conditions”). Texas still has day/night limits for some vehicles.

                    3. CACS,
                      Every state I can ever recall driving in has those yellow “maximum safe speed” signs. Admittedly I have never driven on the eastern seaboard, which apparently has different standard signage.

                    4. Some places they’re a lot less…uh… precise than they should be; there’s some corners where my mom will warn folks “the hazard sign says thirty five, and they really mean it.”

                    5. Oregon Hwy 242 as it starts to climb from Hwy 126 from the west side. The posted speeds, on the steep hairpin turns are optimistic; these are marked between 15 to 20 mph. True driving either direction but especially coming down them from the east entrance.

                      You can NOT see around the corners. Cutting across the line is not an option. Depending on the corner going wide, or cutting = going off the edge, or hitting the rock.

                      This is the original road across the pass. It has been paved. Technically it is two lane, barely. Bicyclist ride it all the time, there is NO side, they are in the road lane. The white lines at the edge of the road are at the drop off/rock cliff.

                    6. And it is amazing how many people can’t seem to grasp that a “safe cornering speed” varies by what you are driving. What is a perfectly safe and acceptable speed when driving your Toyota Celica is dangerous as all hell when driving a lifted long bed quad cab diesel with two ATV’s on the eight foot wide over the bed ATV platform.

                    7. Well a well loaded Semi is something you won’t be encountering on OR Hwy 242, nor most motor homes or anything being towed. There is a length limit; possible on motor home, but not likely & really, really, not recommended.

                      Now the jacked loaded down with ATV long bed pickup, sure, but why? Designated wilderness, no motors, on either side. A few very small campgrounds off the road, but none big enough to think ATV is a sane choice.

                      Pickup with Camper (not canopy)? Yes. But going west to East they are going to scrape the Camper on the south side along the way. There are some major overhangs on the way up. The other way, not so bad, but possible. This is volcanic lava flow rock. Guess what is not going to give when it is scraped along?

        2. Different state(s) but here in $HOOTERVILLE it’s been wet, wet, wet… and in northcentral WI it’s been dry, dry, dry. We (and they) would have been thrilled to transfer about half the wet to fix their dry. Next year might see mosquitonados the way it’s been.

          1. I grew up in California and got very confused when I realized that most places expect it to rain in the summer. (I’ve heard this referred to as a “chaparral” climate, where it’s dry for five months of summer. And by “dry” I mean one inch of rain expected between May and October inclusive.) We’re not liking the earlier fire season, though, that is the result of the five years of deep drought that stressed the forests (and the decades of fuel load mismanagement that the recent decades haven’t managed to lighten.)

      2. Third door on the left of the fourth corridor. The green one with silver stars on it.

        The aardvark reports that even he doesn’t know what the enchantments are, but you can launch fireworks from the beach there all night without any trouble either lighting or extinguishing. And everyone can gather under the trees to watch.

        Just don’t bother the animals that come to watch.

        1. I learned the hard way not to tease, harass, vex, bother, plague, malign, irk, wart, pester, irritate, annoy, provoke, needle, chafe, perturb, or otherwise disturb the animals.

          1. It has to be a hard thing for a kitteh dragon … to exercise the self control and not engage when there are so many potential, um, playmates to attack, strike, jump, snatch, ambush, chase, corner, or pounce upon.

    2. Did you know with two scavenged microwaves, a fully discharged lantern battery, jumper cables, and a fire brick you can make a furnace for melting small amounts of steal for casting.

      My wife would prefer I not burn down the house, but she’d be fine if I risked it at Sarah’s blog.

      1. Get carbon rods out of the battery?

        Wait, I’m thinking Pochet electric arc and you’re thinking something else.

          1. Why, yes. Otherwise we would have a simple rule: nothing is simple. And then the paradox quota would get overloaded.

          2. We are often caught between the the competing impulse to build the most elaborate Rube Goldberg machine or to create the most elegant solution. On the occasion that the latter prevails I assure you that it can be surprisingly simple.

    1. Weirdly, about three weeks ago, I picked a new office mug to symbolize the new phase of my career. It’s a dragon on deep blue. Not delivered yet, since it’s made to order once you order.

  8. Congratulations for winning an award. I hope it increases sales of your books. I really enjoyed “A Few Goo Men” and have made a list of other books of yours to buy.

      1. Actually, Goo Men were a very effective Meta-Servant monsters.

        Created by the infamous Rogue Ultra known only as “Maker Of Monsters”, they had Alpha level strength and when physically attacked they trapped their attackers as if their attackers had tried to punch out the legendary Tar-Baby. 😈

        1. To mix and match universes, Captain Cold defeated the Goo Men when he inadvertently discovered that they made delicious desserts when covered with strawberry jam and flash frozen. Which is why Captain Cold, normally an arch villain, is so well adored by the pre-teenage crowd in the city.

          1. Unfortunately for Captain Cold, Meta-Servants (like the Goo Men) are extremely hard to kill but when they are killed, their bodies disappear completely. 😈

  9. Excellent. Congragulations! Mom and I are braving State Fair with the children, (I hope I’m in as good shape as she at her age) so we’ll not smash the diner, but will join in ice cream.

    If Baen screws this boost up-saw was it Pam? Cedar? One of the usual suspects, anyway, tracking Amazon sales rank on fb last night-then I don’t suppose they’re in for business anymore, but have some other goal.

  10. Hey, if anyone deserves to take a day off, it’s the Dragon Award winners! I mean, surviving being awarded by dragons? Or worse, awarded a dragon who now wants care and feeding? That’ll mess up your whole year, if you got a fresh-hatched baby dragon!

      1. Fluffy doesn’t scare that easy. Especially since the sea serpent in the minion pool will go goo-goo over a dragon baby. Seriously — that’s scary.

  11. Hey, you have to do SOME celebrating! Trust me, I know…I came back from the World Muzzle-Loading Championships with two medals. Which definitely warranted a celebration.

    1. Congrats! That’s all sorts of awesome!

      …Oh, man, I haven’t been to the NMRLA national muzzleloading shoot in friendship, IN in…way too long! You’re making me miss it, now! The world championship – was that in Austria, this year? That must have been fun!

      1. Eisenstadt, Austria. I staggered into first in the original (antique gun) division of the 50 meter revolver match, which carried me into first in the revolver aggregate. Scores were down that day due to poor light, which meant that my lousy score was slightly less lousy than everybody else’s lousy score.

        Worlds is something I both love and hate. Traveling with firearms becomes more of a PITA every time. And the time change is a challenge. On the other hand, the people are great…and you can play tourist while getting over the jet lag.

        1. Traveling with firearms is bad enough. I can’t imagine how difficult it is to travel with enough powder for a weekend of shooting.

          1. You don’t. We have to buy powder on site, the airlines will toss us in prison if we try to bring it with us.

      2. A friend regaled me with her fond memories of camping out at Friendship, Indiana in her youth. However, the only time I’ve been through there was one spring morning on a weekday, and it was so dead. An empty range, a bunch of empty campgrounds, a near-empty flea market, and a tiny village, all tucked into that little valley, with maybe two or three human beings to see and one other car driving about. Very verdant, though.

  12. Someone (with talent and inspiration) should do a new favicon for this site instead of the generic WordPress (delente este).

    1. You can set one up through Gravitar, but I don’t know what options Sarah has besides monsters. Quilts… might be a challenge to tell who is who.

        1. Yeah, that thing. It barely shows up on a computer browser (it’s 16×16 pixels); on your phone (at least under iOS) it can be pretty large. I’ve got software that would do an icon, but don’t know what would instantly tell you “Beautiful but Evil Space Princess (DO NOT APPROACH)” or “Taking over the world and ruthlessly leaving it alone.”

          Just initials “SAH” or “sHa” wouldn’t really be the right thing. Just a katana, perhaps.

          1. A katana over a copy of the US constitution (or just the words “We the people”)! Would it show up worth a cuss or just be a blurry mess?

            1. Or perhaps mutate their “W” simply to our “We” (as in “… The People,” of course) — katana optional. That could be both legible and sub/superversive enough
              Or even (to be slightly more baroque) a katana crossed with a quill or steel pen, dangling inkdrop optional, over the “We.”

              “The pen is mightier than the sword, but greatly beware both wielded togther in a good cause!”

            1. 32×32 is part of the standard, but it’s still hard to make pretty & legible at that size.

  13. On a related note, it looks like Kacey Ezell won 2018’s Year’s Best Military and Adventure Science Fiction Readers’ Choice Award. Congrats!

  14. Congratulations, plural: first on the book, second on the award.

    May the roads roll on and on…

  15. A CNN photo from DragonCon pre-parade

    All these Hand Maidens dressed in red. Implies nobody dressed in blue or green. striped or white. Makes you wonder why they choose that particular character class from that show, and not the other women’s roles.

    1. I honestly did not know that there were other roles that wore other colors in that book. But really, is “why they choose that class” a mystery?

      1. Because it was closest in behavior to their everyday? /sarc

        I admit that the class name for the striped-dresses was quite memorable. “Econo-wives” IIRC.

        The Blues were “Wives” and the Greens were “Marthas” (i.e. the domestics)?

        1. I now know substantially more about The Handmaid’s Tale than I have ever intended.

          The Daughter came across it when it was relatively new and had yet to hit the cult status it seems to have achieved. She solemnly informed me that I really had absolutely no need to waste my time in reading it. I took her at her word and have never looked back.

          1. I now know substantially more about The Handmaid’s Tale than I have ever intended.

            Sorry about that. XD

    2. Blargh. I am so tired of people latching onto that book and assuming that “limits on thing” is the same as “take over the world and enslave everyone!!!”

      1. Well, here’s three other buckets you can lump people into: those who want to be enslaved, those who do not, and those who don’t know the difference.

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