Posts By: irina

I wrote a thing

Sunday morning, in church, during the Lord’s Prayer in various languages, a tiny story idea (an idea for a tiny story, not a tiny idea for a story, I get the latter all the time) fell into my head ready-made. At post-service coffee I told the plot to a couple of choirmates and they said

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Reading notes, week 3

By now we all know it’s 2020, don’t we? Currently reading: The third Shakespeare and Smythe, Much Ado About Murder. More of the same but hard to stop. And still The Army of Flanders and the Spanish Road, 1567-1659 by Geoffrey Parker, a very different take on the Eighty Years War than Dutch kids learn

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2020 reading notes, week 2

I notice that so far this year I’ve only read one book by a man (the Judge Dee one). I’m not aiming to read only or mostly books by women, but it happens. Mostly white women, though, like myself (and still not for that). Obviously I don’t know about the fanfic but it’s statistically probable

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Protestant art

Or craft, whatever. I’m taking part in a series of three workgroup sessions about gratitude, organised by the local Protestant church where I know some people. I think I and a Bahá’i woman were the only non-Protestant participants. We had a round of introductions (ick), then someone told a very condensed version of the story

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2020 reading notes, week 1

Sara had a splendid idea, and this is my modified version of it: I’m starting now, January 1, and updating the post whenever I finish reading something (fiction or nonfiction, any length, new or rereads; no blog posts but notable articles may slip in), keeping the newest on top so people following it won’t have

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Is it Christmas yet?

Is it Christmas? Is it Christmas yet? (both sites detect where you are by your IP address, and the first also guesses your language by that: I did a small double take when I asked a question in English that was answered in Dutch) I got so annoyed with people saying it was Christmas that

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Scaffolding

I’m glad I’m a woman. Not only in general terms though that’s true too, but I’m glad I’m a woman with a strong liturgical calling in the Orthodox church. If I were a man I’d probably be a deacon or even a priest now. I don’t agree with women not being allowed in the altar

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Catfishing on CatNet

Naomi Kritzer, Catfishing on CatNet I’d already read, loved, nominated and voted for Cat Pictures Please, so I was excited when the whole novel on the same premise came out, and bought it the same day (Kobo doesn’t let me pre-order without a credit card, or I would have pre-ordered). I was right. I can’t

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Floodtide

Heather Rose Jones, Floodtide Another splendid Alpennia novel, set alongside Mother of Souls which I mysteriously neglected to review. I read a beta of it and the final version felt much better; I didn’t read the versions side by side but now it’s without a couple of scenes that made me cringe and go “eww,

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So many books

There’s much to be said about November, most of it not complimentary, but I did read a lot of mostly wonderful new books. (link forthcoming for The Time Roads, but I think I must reread or at least re-skim it first) One I’d been looking forward to since Heather Rose Jones first talked about it:

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