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The Habitation of the Blessed by Catherynne M. Valente was officially released into the wild today, though it's been available by Kindle for some time now.

I had the pleasure of reading this novel a month or so ago, and it promptly learned to sing in the tongue of my heart and engaged with many of my spiritual issues in sublime catharsis. That toes the edge of overwrought, but this novel proved to be a very personal experience for me. This is why I have not yet reviewed it, and why I am reading it again before I do. I purchased my own physical copy today, and immediately cracked open its ragged-edge pages: already, again, I am gone over the edge of the world and the Rimal has me in its scouring embrace.

Look for me there.

...no, seriously, if you have any interest in fabulous bestiaries, religious deconstruction, intelligent fantasy, or just a compelling story of the fantastic... do yourself a favor and pick up this novel.

You should also check out the amazing release shenanigans (prizes! video!) over at Cat's Livejournal, and the fantastic website for Prester John that she's set up.

Also, I may have committed icon:



18 more icons behind the cut! )
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The Spring issue of Goblin Fruit is live! I haven't had a chance to check it out yet, more's the pity: there's just no way any issue featuring Seanan McGuire, C.S.E. Cooney, Shweta Narayan, Nicole Kornher-Stace, and Jaime Lee Moyer could disappoint.

Also live in this edition are some icons I made for your use at Livejournal, Dreamwidth, and any other site that supports 100x100 pixel avatars. Here's a preview of my visual homage to this delightful poetry quarterly, using the excellent Oliver Hunter's art featured in each Goblin Fruit:



You can find these and others in the Mischief section of the site, along with some rather mischievous baked goods. Enjoy!


P.S. And this should have been said at the beginning, but allow me to append it here: Thank you so much to [personal profile] tithenai for asking me to create some icons for the promotion of Goblin Fruit! I am so honored to contribute.

This entry was originally posted at Livejournal. You can comment here or there.
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A release day gift for Rob Mosca's High Midnight: 15 original icons!

Preview:


Icons beneath the cut! )

About High Midnight:
Ghouls, cryptids, homicidal clowns, knife wielding chimps and the best damn phantom bordello north of the border... welcome to Unity, Texas!

Sheriff Laredo Beaumont, former truck driver, hobo savant and ex-luchadore, along with his bonobo deputy Cicero are the sole law in Unity - a literal ghost town perched on the mysterious crater known as the Devil's Outhouse - whose main economy derives from the spectral pleasures found within the Heskiaoff House bordello along with the Gallows Daughter Saloon (the last watering hole before exiting the American Dream). Whether corralling a pack of feral Chihuahua Yetis, giving chase to monstrous Thunderbirds or stemming the endless tides of sleep-walking dead - there's no problem Sheriff Beaumont couldn't handle either behind the business end of his trusted Colt or at the bottom of a bottle of Wild Turkey. But every man's got his limits and Laredo has long reached his, retiring from the badge that bought him little respect and less gratitude. Ready to settle down with his beloved Sally Mae, a ghostly soiled dove working in the town's infamous ghost bordello, Laredo has no idea that a gang of murderous clowns are closing in... each looking to settle a long forgotten score with the infamous 'Sheriff of Unity'.

A gonzo pulp western for the 21st century, High Midnight is a timeless tale of blood and redemption set against a preternatural and pre-apocalyptic Texas.


High Midnight can be purchased via this link.

This entry was originally posted at Livejournal. You can comment here or there.
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The time has come for more Wicked Girls icons! As before: Comments are keen. If you use, feel free to credit [personal profile] talkstowolves. And I am totally open to requests!

If you have no idea what this is all about, see this post.

And now for the previews:



Twelve more icons behind the cut! )

In order, this particular run of Wicked Girls icons stars: Eowyn (as portrayed by Miranda Otto, from J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, of course), River (Firefly), Zoe (likewise Firefly), Yvaine (as portrayed by Claire Danes, from Neil Gaiman's Stardust), Yvaine again (this time as drawn by Jeff Smith & Eric Olive, and Michael Zulli), Rose Marshall (from Seanan McGuire's Sparrow Hill Road, drawn by Amy Mebberson), Ace (Doctor Who), Mina Harker (as portrayed by Winona Ryder in Dracula's Horror Bordello), Talia (from Jim Hines' The Stepsister Scheme &c), and Snow White (from Jim Hines' The Stepsister Scheme &c).

I did actually cheat a bit and include icons made from requests placed on the original post, but I hope you'll forgive that! And, as always, thanks to Bauble for the icon table generator.

This entry originally posted at Livejournal. You can comment here or there.
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A POLL

What do you think of authors publishing short stories that tie in with their novels? For example, Sarah Rees Brennan posting "Sorcerer and Stone," a short story that depicts the background of Gerald from The Demon's Lexicon? Or Marie Brennan publishing "Deeds of Men," which takes place between her novels Midnight Never Come and In Ashes Lie? Or those Silverberg-edited Legends anthologies featuring stories set in Westeros (George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice & Fire), The Dark Tower universe (Stephen King's, of course), and Neil Gaiman's version of reality from American Gods? Marie Brennan is looking for thoughts from writers and readers regarding this very topic in this poll at [profile] fangs_fur_fey.


MYTHOPOEIC AWARDS

I don't even remember if I managed to post the finalists for this year's Mythopoeic Awards, which I feel awkward about considering I'm a member of the Mythopoeic Society! In any case, I'm here to share the results now:

Literature Awards

Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature
Winner: Flesh and Spirit and Breath and Bone by Carol Berg
Others nominated: Pandemonium by Daryl Gregory, Lavinia by Ursula K. Le Guin, The Bell at Sealey Head by Patricia A. McKillip, and An Evil Guest by Gene Wolfe.

Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children's Literature
Winner: Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Others nominated: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, House of Many Ways by Diana Wynne Jones, Savvy by Ingrid Law, and Nation by Terry Pratchett.

Scholarship Awards

Mythopoeic Award in Scholarship Studies
Winner: The History of the Hobbit, Part One: Mr. Baggins; Part Two: Return to Bag-end by John Rateliff
Others nominated: Charles Williams: Alchemy and Integration by Gavin Ashenden, Tolkien on Fairy-stories: Expanded Edition, with Commentary and Notes, eds. Veryln Flieger and Douglas A. Anderson, Planet Narnia: The Seven Heavens in the Imagination of C.S. Lewis by Michael Ward, and The Evolution of Tolkien's Mythology: A Study of the History of Middle-earth by Elizabeth A. Whittingham.

Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Myth and Fantasy Studies
Winner: Four British Fantasists: Place and Culture in the Children’s Fantasies of Penelope Lively, Alan Garner, Diana Wynne Jones, and Susan Cooper by Charles Butler
Others nominated: Folklore and the Fantastic in Nineteenth-Century British Fiction by Jason Marc Harris, Rhetorics of Fantasy by Farah Mendlesohn, One Earth, One People: The Mythopoeic Fantasy Series of Ursula K. Le Guin, Madeleine L’Engle and Orson Scott Card by Marek Oziewicz, and Oz in Perspective: Magic and Myth in the Frank L. Baum Books by Richard Carl Tuerk.


HELL YES, I WROTE THAT!

And, finally, [personal profile] catvalente posted a passionate essay today on how writers are not, in fact, mere vessels for the divine muse. This essay induced a lot of Amen!'s from readers and culminated in the following text:

"And that's the thing. It isn't easy. It shouldn't be. It's scary and hard and it takes forever. Own that, for fuck's sake. Flex your bicep and say: hell yes, I wrote that book. Not my characters. Not my muse. Me. Every verb, every article. I've got the carpal tunnel to prove it.

Writers aren't fragile Mina Harkers, occasionally filled up with Dracula's literary fluids. We're Rosie the Riveters. We always have to roll up our sleeves and do the damn work.

That text caused me to throw up my fist in solidarity and spontaneously generate the following icon:



Take, use, credit as you wish! 
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In honor of [profile] onaleopard (the community for The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente) being in the Livejournal spotlight this week, I bring you icons inspired by Chapters Five and Six.

Preview:



+15 more icons behind the cut! )


As always, comments are keen! And you can credit [personal profile] talkstowolves.

Thanks to Bauble for the icon table generator.

Updated! Icon post now includes icons of September's key, inspired by Interlude I!
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Way back when (where the value of when equals March 4th, 2008), the talented Mia Nutick debuted the amazing new [profile] chimera_fancies: pendants of various sizes, painted in gorgeous and sometimes glittering colors, featuring tiny poems constructed from the printed pages of old books. It was recycled creativity at its finest and the poem-pendants she crafted were nothing less than revelatory.

I was lucky enough to land one of the most beautiful early examples of her art: the black and red-glittering flower-kissed pendant that proclaims "wicked girls saving ourselves." Yet even though Wicked Girls came to live only with me, its influence has been vast.

On May 9th, 2008, [personal profile] seanan_mcguire wrote a song inspired by the poem-pendant, entitled, naturally enough, "Wicked Girls Saving Ourselves." It is, in a word, amazing, and you don't have to take my word for it. You can listen to a recording here or even watch a video of her performing it live at Duckon 2009 with Vixy & Tony and S.J. Tucker! (Seriously, listen. You need to, even if you don't know that you do.)

The concept of wicked girls saving themselves is one that's very inspiring to me and close to my heart (and I don't just mean when I'm wearing the pendant, hah). For all intents and purposes, I've been a wicked girl for most of my life and definitely had to save myself a time or two. Poem-pendants and beautiful songs that encourage this behavior simply enrich my life. I dare say that's true for more girls than me.

Seanan recently engaged in penning some apocryphal verses to her song, because she's crazy and always plays the best party games. As she says in the title of that post, the world is in need of wicked girls. That sparked something inside me and so an icon meme was born. And so, for your pleasure, I present to you the birth of a new line of "Wicked Girls" icons, starring some of my favorite wicked girls:




There are seven more behind the cut! )

In order, this particular run of Wicked Girls icons stars: Toby Daye (from Seanan McGuire's forthcoming Rosemary and Rue!), Ofelia from Pan's Labyrinth, Coraline from Neil Gaiman's Coraline, Emma Frost of X-Men fame, Alice from Resident Evil, Elizabeth from Pirates of the Caribbean, Elphaba from Wicked, Flying Snow from Hero, September from The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, and Sorrow from The Orphan's Tales (the latter two being by Catherynne M. Valente, of course).

Comments are keen! If you use, feel free to credit [personal profile] talkstowolves. And I am totally open to requests!
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If you're interested in crowdfunding (or cyberfunded creativity), either as a creator or a consumer, you should definitely be a member of [profile] cyberfund_creat. (Speaking of which, all members of [profile] cyberfund_creat need to make sure they take part in our renaming poll, closing this weekend.)

In honor of crowdfunding, I've made a few topical icons:



+7 variations in the table behind the cut... )

All images are courtesy of Getty Images. Thanks to Bauble for the icon table generator.

As always, comments are keen! Credit can be given to [personal profile] talkstowolves.
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Chapter 3 of The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making went up yesterday and, as usual, I found myself inspired for icon-making. You can find the fruits of my labor below:

Preview:



Signposts and hats and spoons... )

As always, comments are keen! And you can credit [personal profile] talkstowolves.

Thanks to Bauble for the icon table generator. Also, thank you to [personal profile] catvalente for featuring the Livejournal icons on the brand new Fairyland Museum!

You see the first batch of Fairyland icons at this post and you can find banners to promote Fairyland at [profile] onaleopard here.
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Hello. My name is Deborah and I am an icon addict. Especially when I'm sick and find playing around with images in Photoshop to be low-key and soothing.

So, here you have them: a slew of icons inspired by [personal profile] catvalente's upcoming serialized novel, The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making. Are you excited to see it spin out? You should be.

Previews:



On to the rest of the icons! )


If you like them, do let me know! Comments make this sick-frazzled girl happy. Also, if you choose to use them, you can credit [personal profile] talkstowolves. Enjoy!

Oh, and if you fancy an icon with a different phrase, do let me know. I'll take requests.

We also have a banner and buttons! )

Leopard of Little Breezes icons here! )

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