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“no prayers”

 

if a mouth speaks
violence
if a tongue shapes
hatred
the hand must raise
to ask why
the heart must rise
to say no.

this is mitzvah.
this is god’s work.

 

 

 

© laura anne gilman 2019

 

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Dragged and prodded with a lot of “all the cool kids are doing it” and “nobody will know you’re not a cool kid, do it!” I am Doing The Hugo Thing.

(with thanks to the also-eligible CE Murphy for sharing the template)

The following works are eligible for Hugo nominations this year in the listed categories.

 

Best Novel: RED WATERS RISING by Laura Anne Gilman

Kobo || Simon & Schuster|| Amazon || Barnes & Noble

 

Best Novella: WEST WINDS’ FOOL by Laura Anne Gilman
Kobo || BookViewCafe|| Amazon || Barnes & Noble

 

Best Series:THE DEVIL’S WEST by Laura Anne Gilman
(SILVER ON THE ROAD, THE COLD EYE, RED WATERS RISING and the collection WEST WINDS’ FOOL and Other Stories)

 

Best Professional Artist:


Emma Rios (see: RED WATERS RISING and the paperback edition of THE COLD EYE)

Rebecca Flaum (see: WEST WINDS’ FOOL and Other Stories of the Devils West)

cover art for WEST WINDS FOOL

the cover for RED WATERS RISING

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New Year, Same Trips to the Vet...
Due to recent Digestive Incidents, Boomer the Geriatric Cat got to visit with Uncle Vet again today. They all commented on how long it’s been since they’ve seen him, which is a very good thing (for a while we were monthly visitors).
 
We are pleased to say that he’s put on some weight, clocking in at a totally respectable 15.5 pounds (for newcomers, he earned his nom d’ Internet “Cat of Size” by being over 20 pounds for most of his adult life, almost all of it muscle and bone, but then dropped down to nearly 13 pounds when the cancer hit. Fifteen pounds, for his frame, is good-healthy).
 
They’re running his yearly (OMFG expensive) geriatric screen, plus a few other tests to rule out anything New And Unpleasant. Hopefully, as Dr. B suggested, this is just the IBD lifting its head and reminding us all it’s still there. But we may have to shift his protein again. Beef, chicken and fish are already ruled out, rabbit may end up in the no-chow zone…so that leaves us with duck, and if that doesn’t work, possibly a synthetic protein.
 
Very Blade Runnerish, no? And so timely…

But still and all, he’s not doing badly for a 16 year old cat who has diabetes, IBD, thyroid disease, and oh yeah, is a cancer survivor.
  Whatever we’re doing, it’s still working.
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