delphipsmith: (zombies)
I can't believe it's been six weeks since I posted anything, woah. And I was pretty spotty for a while before that. Real life has been keeping me pretty busy -- our local Ren Fest started which takes up most of our weekends, I've been deep into a re-read of Stephen King's Dark Tower series, we did a ten-day trip west to see family and take care of some business/financial stuff, there's been a bunch of aggravations at work, we've got family coming to visit, there have been some tough times for a close friend, and underneath it all is the constant barrage of nonsense coming from Washington, D.C. which I find more dispiriting every day.

Still, that is no excuse for not keeping up with friends, whether real or virtual. I hope some of you are still around lol!! As a kind of apology for being AWOL so long, I have some books to give away :)

These four I would love to get in the hands of a teacher or home-schooler. They're terrific activities for kids -- math, English, etc.

And then there are all of these:

The Hobbits: The Many Lives of Bilbo, Frodo, Sam, Merry and Pippin
A Window Opens by Jennifer Egan
After Alice by Gregory Maguire
Ghosts, Demons and Dolls
The Doll-Master and Other Tales of Terror by Joyce Carol Oates
A Fair Maiden by Joyce Carol Oates
The Elementals by Michael McDowell
A Darker Place by Laurie R. King
The Gabriel Hounds by Mary Stewart
Twenty-Five Years of American Short Fiction, Vol 19 No 63 Fall 2016 -- 8 short pieces by established authors (e.g. Joyce Carol Oates) as well as brand new ones, winnders of ASF's writing competition.

First come, first served. No need to pay postage; if you want to do anything in return, please donate to these folks or these folks or your local animal shelter.

Also of course if you get one and read it, come back and tell us what you thought :)
delphipsmith: (bookgasm)
The annual Bookshelf Cull is underway! Here is the first batch on offer -- claim one, claim some, claim all. I'll be doing another pass tomorrow. As always, no need to pay any postage, but a donation to Planned Parenthood or the World Wildlife Fund would be appreciated :)

The Unconsoled by Kazuo Ishiguro
Crash by J. G. Ballard
After Alice by Gregory Maguire
Ghosts, Demons and Dolls by Erica Gammon
The Doll-Master and Other Tales of Terror by Joyce Carol Oates (ARC)
Fair Maiden by Joyce Carol Oates
The Elementals by Michael McDowell
Promise Island by Francis Clement Kelley (the one about religion, not the one about fishing)
More Than This by Patrick Ness
The Gabriel Hounds by Mary Stewart
delphipsmith: (Luddite laptop)
How would you like to own your own media outlet? The Hardwick Gazette, a 127-year-old local newspaper in Hardwick, VT, is the prize in an essay contest launched by its owner, who wants to retire.

What an amazing opportunity. I hope it goes to someone who will honor the traditions of a free press. Feel free to spread the link far and wide!!!

Read more ===>
delphipsmith: (its so fluffy)
Does anyone out there do dollhouse stuff or dioramas or little scenes? I have some dollhouse stuff that needs a good home. Photos under the cuts (some have a standard ballpoint pen in them for size comparison. If anybody wants them, let me know. They don't weigh much at all so I'd be happy to ship outside the U.S. Sorry the colors aren't great but I have a dumb phone rather than a smart phone and it doesn't do very good pics :P

Tiny stuff )
delphipsmith: (GilesLatin)
Still lots of free books left on my Annual Shelf Weeding and Book Giveaway -- stop by and claim a few!

No need to pay postage or do anything in return, but if you want to, please give to one of the following excellent causes: Planned Parenthood (people), the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (animals), or the Kansas Rural Center (sustainable agriculture).
delphipsmith: (Cicero books)
Yes, it's time again for the Annual Weeding of the Psmith Bookshelves, and the subsequent search to get them adopted into good and loving homes. It's a long list this year (I was very firm with myself), but the rules haven't changed: if you want one or two or six or ten, just comment to this post listing which ones you want. I'll box them up and ship them.

You don't need to do anything in return, but if you want to, please give to one of the following excellent causes: Planned Parenthood (people), the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (animals), or the Kansas Rural Center (sustainable agriculture).

Format (hardcover hc or pb) is given in the list. Unless otherwise noted, all are in very good condition. If you want to know more about any of them, just ask :)

Fiction )

Nonfiction )

I also have about 30 back issues of Piecework, the wonderful craft magazine published by Interweave Press. Packed with lush illustrations, gorgeous photos, ideas for beading, sewing, felting, quilting, lacemaking, etc etc etc. You can see sample issues on the Piecework website.
delphipsmith: (julia)
So, Thanksgiving was awesome this year. We hosted it, as we have for the past six or seven years, so the house was full of food, family, yummy smells, conversation, etc. Ten people, with three of them age nine or younger and one older one hard of hearing, made for a rather high volume, but a good time was had by all. And I'm getting better and better at doing things ahead of time -- this year I was actually able to sit down and watch some of the Macy's parade, go me!

We had a bit of drama over the turkey, though. Mr Psmith had suggested we get a heritage turkey this year, having read wonderful things about them, so we ordered one in early November. It was supposed to arrive Tuesday via Fed Ex. Late Tuesday morning we get a call from the turkey people saying that our turkey had flown the coop: Fed Ex couldn't find it. So they were sending out another one that would arrive on Wednesday, but that it might be a little bigger since they were out of the size we ordered.

So all day Wednesday while I'm cooking, I'm alternating between Nightmare A, in which the replacement turkey never arrives and I have to venture out and scrounge a stunt turkey, and Nightmare B, in which the replacement arrives and is a 30-lb monstrosity that won't fit in my oven and will take six hours to cook.

Happily, Fed Ex rang our doorbell at 2:47 pm with a 17.6-lb bird, so tragedy was averted. Interestingly, it was a noticeably different shape, lacking the enormous breasts of the standard Broad-Breasted White (what most stores carry) and with much larger thighs. The more equal white-to-dark-meat ratio means it cooks slightly faster and more evenly. And WOW did it turn out amazing! They recommend a very simple preparation since heritage turkeys are very juicy and flavorful, so I rubbed butter and herbs under the skin which I've never tried before (this video was very helpful). The meat-eaters in the group voted it highly tasty, and I got FOUR CUPS of juice out of it for gravy. Normally I get one, if I'm lucky.

Mr Psmith's youngest brother brought his girlfriend E. who is a vegetarian, so there were two of us at the table this year. Since I'm a vegetarian, everything in the meal except for the turkey itself and Mr Psmith's Grandma N's giblet stuffing is meat-free, and E. kept saying how nice it was to have so much she could eat :) Also, she shares my aversion to an empty wine glass which makes her a girl after my own heart. She's been around for a year now and we have hopes that she may be a keeper!

Here is a partial transcript of my five-year-old nephew's conversation:

11:33am: "Can we have pie now?"
11:52am: "Where's the pie?"
12:10pm: "Is it time for pie yet?"
12:30pm: "Pie?"
12:36pm (as I'm taking the turkey out of the oven): "Wow, that's a really big chicken!!"

He also got hold of a pack of post-its and amused himself writing notes and sticking them on his chest: PINCH ME, POKE ME, KICK ME. My favorite was HUG ME.

There were some tough moments, since it was the first big holiday for us without Mr Psmith's brother, and sister-in-law A cried a bit, but it was good to all be together.

On another traditional note: I'll be doing my Christmas bookshelf-weeding and giveaway again this year. I'm compiling the list now and will post it probably this weekend. I do enjoy doing this -- it's such fun to send books to good homes :)
delphipsmith: (bookgasm)
The World Science Fiction Conventio, aka WorldCon, (which I swear I will get to someday, like maybe next year since it's in Spokane) is where the Hugo Awards are given out. If you read much F/SF at all you've probably heard of the Hugos -- they're basically the equivalent of the Academy Awards for science fiction and fantasy. There are Hugos for Best Novel, Best Novelette, Best Professional Editor, etc. (Fic writers note: there are also Hugos for Best Fan Artist, Fan Writer, and Fancast!!).

WorldCon is also where the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer is bestowed. And now, you can read over a hundred stories eligible for the Campbell Award FOR FREE. Some brilliant person has compiled them all into The 2014 Campbellian Anthology.

I am soooooo excited!!

"A little over a year ago, a small group of us had a crazy idea. What if, we said, there was a way everyone eligible for the Campbell could publicize their work at the same time, so that readers might have some idea of who we are?...The volume you now hold in your hands...includes a multitude of works from 111 contributors, spanning more than 860,000 words..."

Read the full post (with download links) > > >

On a semi-related note, if any of you have a novel sitting around gathering dust (*koff*[ profile] anna_bird*koff*), there's a new publisher in town and they're looking for submissions: Story Spring Publishing, click on "Submissions." Go ye and submit!
delphipsmith: (books)
We're getting rid of a biggish box of maps, all kinds: highway maps, depth charts for sailing, state and local, etc. They're nice and colorful and seem like they'd be a lot of fun for craft projects -- decoupage, jewelry, blank book binding, home-made cards, etc. Does anybody want them? If so let me know and I'll send them to you. I just hate for them to go to recycling when they're so pretty!
delphipsmith: (shiny)
For all of you who claimed titles from the Great Weeding of 2013, your books are en route!

For those of you who haven't yet, there are still some good 'uns left. You have until Sunday, when they go to my favorite local second-hand store down the street.
delphipsmith: (books)
Free books, free books, free books, still some very good 'uns left to claim!! Surely someone wants all those Terry Pratchettses, precious? Then there's The Kingdom of Little Wounds ("a fairy tale about syphilis") which is intriguing and unusual, and The Spark: A Mother’s Story of Nurturing Genius which is absolutely wonderful. And surely someone out there wants to learn jQuery, no?

Pleeeeeeeease don't make me cram these back on my shelves ::begs::
delphipsmith: (books)
Still lots of free books left in the Great Weeding of 2013! Fiction, non-fiction, some techy stuff for the computer nerds in the audience, etc. Stop by and claim one or three or five!

I also have several teaching/student activity books that I didn't list, figuring they weren't of general interest. If anyone is a teacher or homeschooling, or knows someone who's a teacher or homeschooling, PM me and I can send you a list of the titles. I'd love to find those a good home.
delphipsmith: (library)
Yep, you heard right: it's my annual free book giveaway! I was pretty aggressive in my weeding this year, and only four ended up being rescued from the cull and put back after the second review. Go me! (Alas, the number being disposed of is still less than the number acquired, so my shelves continue to bulge...)

The rules are pretty simple: You don't have to pay postage, you don't have to pass a test, you don't have to give me your credit card number or your mother's maiden name, you just have to say, "I want that one!" I would of course love it when/if you read the book(s) you claimed, you post something about them: whether you liked them, didn't like them, hated them, passed them on to a friend or a library sale, whatever. (If you wish, you can also "pay it forward" by donating to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust or Planned Parenthood, but that's totally optional.)

You can ask for one, or three, or ten -- as many as you like. I'm sitting here looking at a giant pile of 70+ books and eagerly anticipating sending them off to new homes where they'll be happy and cherished, so don't be shy about asking!

If you have questions about any of the titles listed, feel free to ask. Or, you know, use The Google :) Checking the title on GoodReads is another great way to see a summary as well as other people's reviews. Everything is a paperback unless it's starred; "BCE" means Book Club Edition. Enjoy your shopping experience!

* Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Ransom Riggs)
Eye in the Sky (Philip K. Dick)
Brown Girl in the Ring (Nalo Hopkinson)
Mara and Dann (Doris Lessing)
The Algebraist (Iain M. Banks)
Idlewild (Nick Sagan)
* Brightness Falls from the Air (James Tiptree, Jr.)
The Infinity Concerto (Greg Bear)
Orphan of Creation (Roger MacBride Allen)
* The People of Pern (Robin Wood) (really lovely artwork: illustrations of Anne McCaffrey’s characters; BCE but in beautiful condition, good enough for a gift)
The Sentinel (Arthur C. Clarke)
The Sacred Pool (L. Warren Douglas)
The Moon of Gomrath (Alan Garner)
Terry Pratchett books:

* Feet of Clay (BCE)
* The Fifth Elephant
Going Postal
Guards! Guards!
Making Money
* Maskerade (BCE)
Men at Arms
Moving Pictures
* Night Watch
Soul Music
Good Omens (Neil Gaiman/Terry Pratchett)

Year’s Best SF 16 (authors include Joe Haldeman, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Gregory Benford, Catherynne Valente, Michael Swanwick, more)
The Sixteen Pleasures (Hellenga)
The Virgins (Pamela Brens)
* The Kingdom of Little Wounds (Susann Cokal) (unusual book; billed as YA but definitely not)
The Eight (Katherine Neville)
* The Fire (Katherine Neville) (sequel to The Eight)
The House of Mirth (Edith Wharton)
Manic Quixotic (Blye) (Warning: This one is very weird and more than a little disturbing)
* The Clothes They Stood Up In (Alan Bennett)
Regina’s Song (David and Leigh Eddings)
Garden Spells (Sarah Addison Allen)
The Hill Bachelors (William Trevor)
White Noise (Don DeLillo)/
Fortress in the Eye of Time (C.J. Cherryh)
Silver Wedding (Maeve Binchy)
The Weird Sisters (Eleanor Brown)
Oronookoo, or, The Royal Slave (Aphra Behn) (has highlighting and marginalia)
Tuesdays at the Castle (Jessica Day George) (ARC)

* Animal, Vegetable, Miracle (Barbara Kingsolver)
Mary Gilliatt’s Shortcuts to Great Decorating
* The Algebra of Infinite Justice (Arundhati Roy)
Better World Shopping Guide (2008 edition)
* Bizarre Books (Russell Ash) aka “Frog-Raising for Fun and Profit” (collection of hilarious but real book titles)
Family Wicca Book (Ashleen O’Gaea)
Free to Succeed: Designing the Life you Want in the New Free Agent Economy (Barbara Reinhold)
* Hidden in Plain View: A Secret Story of Quilts and the Underground Railroad (Jacqueline Tobin)
* Men and Manners of the Eighteenth Century (Susan Hale) (this is the oldest book on the list, published in 1898, in illustrated boards)
* The Mind of the Maker (Dorothy Sayers)
* Pity the Billionaire: The Hard-Time Swindle and the Unlikely Comeback of the Right (Thomas Frank)
Pocket World in Figures, 2013 Edition
* The Spark: A Mother’s Story of Nurturing Genius (Kristine Barnett)
* Summer of the Great Grandmother (Madeleine L’Engle)
What Every American Should Know About Who’s Really Running the World (Melissa Rossi)

CSS: The Definitive Guide (O’Reilly, 2007)
CSS3 Anthology, 4th edition (Sitepoint, 2012)
JQuery: Novice to Ninja, 2d edition (Sitepoint, 2012)
UNIX Shell Programming (Hayden Books, 1990)
delphipsmith: (bookgasm)
And no, I don't mean legalized pot in Colorado. I mean the Great Book Giveaway! As some of you may remember from last year, I weed my incredibly overstuffed bookshelves each year round about this time. Being a loving parent of my books who wants them to find happy new homes, I then post a list of the victims titles here and anyone can claim one, or more, or as many as you like simply by commenting and saying I WANT! I'll be doing the deaccessioning this weekend, so watch this space for free books (always a good thing)!!
delphipsmith: (bookgasm)
Yes, really. It's that time of year again where I weed my bookshelves and remove extra copies of books, books I read and enjoyed and want to pass on, books that weren't my cuppa but might be someone else's, and so on. The books are listed below; all you have to do to claim one (or more) is be the first to comment and ask for it. Claim as many as you like; I pay the shipping, because I love sending my books to happy new homes. If you have questions about any of them I'll be happy to answer if I can, but you should be able to look 'em up on Amazon or GoodReads or heck, just use "the google." Unless otherwise noted, assume they're in very good but not quite new condition. There are even a couple that are like-new, good enough to be a gift.

Really, they're free. No catch. Jump right in, and feel free to spread the word!!

The Lost Books of the Odyssey by Zachary Mason (hc)
The Semi-Attached Couple and the Semi-Detached House by Emily Eden (pb)
A Monstrous Regiment of Women by Laurie R. King (hc; part of the Holmes/Russell series)
The Good Fight by Ralph Nader (hc)
Your House Is On Fire, Your Children All Gone by Stefan Kiesbye (pb)
Lord of the Far Island by Victoria Holt (hc but former library book)
The Shivering Sands by Victoria Holt (hc but former library book, no cover)
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher (hc)
Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey (pb)
Helliconia Spring by Brian Aldiss (pb)
Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein (hc; book club edition)
Houseboat on the Styx by A.F. Moritz (pb)

The Steampunk Trilogy by Paul DiFilippo (hc; includes Victoria, Hottentots, and Walt and Emily)
44 Scotland Street by Alexander McCall Smith (pb)
The Physick Books of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe (hc)
New Eves: Science Fiction about the Extraordinary Women of Tomorrow (hc)
Clean & Green by Annie Berthold-Bond (pb; about “green” housekeeping and cleaning)
This Book is Overdue: How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All by Marilyn Johnson (pb)
A Study in Sherlock, edited by Laurie R. King (pb)
Codex by Lev Grossman (pb)
Wine Journal (hc; blank journal for recording info about the wines you drink, never used, nice enough it could be a gift)
Creole Cajun Cooking Cards (30 or so printed Southern/Cajun recipe cards in a printed brown paper bag; cards are in great shape but bag looks a little tired)
Kitchen Gardener magazine, 11 issues from Apr/May 1999 to Feb/Mar 2001
Goodnight iPad by Ann Droyd (hc; spoof of Goodnight Moon; nice enough it could be a gift)
Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s Stone (pb – as if anyone on my flist needs this lol)
Never Seen by Waking Eyes by Stephen Dedman (pb)
Second Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, all 3 volumes (The Wounded Land, The One Tree, White Gold Wielder) (hc; book club edition; jackets worn, faded, a bit raggedy)
delphipsmith: (books-n-brandy)
It was in the 80s last week. The next few days the highs will be in the mid-40s and the lows in the 20s and 30s. Curse you, fickle spring!!

However, since it IS spring, I'd like to share one of my favorite spring poems. I discovered e e cummings ages ago, back when I was writing bad angsty woe-is-me teenage poetry (a habit I thankfully dropped, in no small part because I discovered good poets like cummings, Countee Cullen, John Donne and others). I fell in love with his work because of its creativity, its liveliness and loveliness, the way he plays with words and language. No matter the subject, there's always an undercurrent of joy; reading this one aloud you naturally fall into a cadence almost like singing.

sweet spring is your
time is my time is our
time for springtime is lovetime
and viva sweet love

(all the merry little birds are
flying in the floating in the
very spirits singing in
are winging in the blossoming)

lovers go and lovers come
awandering awondering
but any two are perfectly
alone there's nobody else alive

(such a sky and such a sun
i never knew and neither did you
and everybody never breathed
quite so many kinds of yes)

not a tree can count his leaves
each herself by opening
but shining who by thousands mean
only one amazing thing

(secretly adoring shyly
tiny winging darting floating
merry in the blossoming
always joyful selves are singing)

sweet spring is your
time is my time is our
time for springtime is lovetime
and viva sweet love
    e e cummings

Also, third and last call for free books! You don't even have to pay shipping, that's how much I want to find good homes for them. (No, none of them look like the books in the icon, and yes, you have to provide your own beverage.)
delphipsmith: (bookgasm)
Still giving away free books!!! Feel free to pass the link on to all and sundry, it's not flocked.
delphipsmith: (bookgasm)
I did this last year (through a different venue, not LJ) and it worked pretty well, so here we go again. I have weeded my bookshelves and have the following items FREE to good home(s)! All you have to do is comment naming the book(s) you want and I'll send them to you. You don't even have to pay shipping, that's how much I love giving books away. All are paperback except the starred ones, those are HB.

First come, first served, so post away :)

The Lord Next Door (Cullen) - trashy romance, signed by author (oooooooh)
*Everything on a Waffle (Horvath) - YA, humor
Flan (Tunney) - kind of weird F/SF
Shutter Island (Lehane)
*The Sirian Experiments (Lessing) - aka Canopus in Argos III; literary sci-fi
Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone (um...Smith LOL?)
The Folk Keeper (Billingsley) - YA, fantasy
Heart of Gold (Shinn) - SF
Gateways (ed. by Hull) - SF short stories, various authors
Aftershock& Others (Wilson) - mild horror/sci-fi

Reframing Bodies (Hallas)
Stick Figure (Gottlieb) - YA, anorexia (has wine stains, sorry!)
Why Girls Can't Throw (Symons)
*How to Never Look Fat Again (Krupp) - clothing/fashion; my mother gave me there a subtext, do you think??
Microsoft Visual Basic 5 - no idea whether this is obsolete; probably
Ugly War, Pretty Package (Jaramillo) - how CNN and Fox sold the Iraq War as a
high-concept media event; really excellent if a bit disturbing


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