Did you all see that the winners of the NLA Writing Awards were released? These annual awards celebrate the best in BDSM-positive writing and publishing, in both fiction and nonfiction categories. As a member of the awards committee I’ve been involved with these awards for several years and this year had a bumper crop of books!
To quote from the press release that came from NLA: International:
National Leather Association: International, a leading organization for activists in the pansexual SM/leather community, announced the winners for excellence in literary works in SM/leather/fetish writing published in 2016. The judges received a great number of nominations this year and judging in most categories was quite difficult with such exemplary pieces of writing.
Winner of the Geoff Mains Non-Fiction Book Award is Peter Tupper and David Stein (ed.) for Our Lives, Our History (Perfectbound Press). Honorable mention in this category goes to David Wade for “Vanilla Breaks” (Xcite Books), Richard Levine for “Jolted Awake” (Alfred Press in cooperation with Lulu Enterprises, Inc.) and to Slavemaster and slave 7 “Beyond Obedience” (Createspace).
In the John Preston Short Fiction category, the winner is D.L. King for “Cupcakes and Steel” from the anthology For The Men and The Women Who Love Them (ed.) Rose Caraway (Stupid Fish Productions). Honorable mention for short story goes to Caraway Carter for “7 With 1 Blow” (Beaten Track Publishing) and Ferrett Steinmetz for “Rooms Formed Of Neurons and Sex” which appears in Uncanny Magazine.
The winner of the Pauline Reage Novel category winner is Angela Hamm for The Gambler’s Lady (Blushing Books). Honorable mention in this category goes to Amelia C. Gromley for Risk Aware (Riptide Publishing), Scott Alexander Hess for Skyscraper (Unzipped Books, an imprint of Lethe Press) and Jade A. Waters for The Assignment (Carina Press)
The winner of the Cynthia Slater Non-fiction Article Award is Erica Mena for “(K)ink #5 – Writing While Deviant” which appeared on January 26, 2016 on TheRumpus.net. Honorable Mention in this category goes to Jack Fritscher for “He Was A Sexual Outlaw: My Love Affair With Robert Mapplethorpe” which appeared March 9, 2016 in The Guardian.
There is no winner of the Samois Anthology Award as there were no submissions this year.
Congratulations to all the winners! Writers, publishers, the NLA starts taking nominations for judging in September and the deadline is typically December 31st annually for books published in the calendar year. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Mirrored from blog.ceciliatan.com.
I wasn't happy with the resolution of either of the files I uploaded earlier but, at the time, that was the highest resolution avi or mp4 files I could find on any of the download sites. I haven't been able to find a better copy of the avi file but I was able to find a nicer copy of the mp4 so I swapped it out with the earlier file just a bit ago. It has a much cleaner, sharper picture than the earlier mp4 file so you might want to re-download it.
Still no luck on a nicer avi file so I've added a 720p mkv copy to the download list. It's a pretty, high res version of the new episode so it's there if you'd like to have it.
I know that this is me being picky but I always want to share the nicest copies of the weekly episodes with you that I can. Here's the links to the files:
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Anyway, enjoy and I'll, hopefully, see you guys tomorrow. :)
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Hope that everyone is doing okay. *hugs you hard*
I don't have a list of changes for you yet, but most will fall into the following categories: things users have complained about to support volunteers, things support volunteers have complained about to developers, things denise has complained about not working the way she expects them to (and as we all know, The Boss is Always Right), and things that were printing warnings over and over in the production server logs, making it hard to spot when less frequent, more urgent errors were being printed. Oh, and also all the unused code I ripped out at the roots, which if you notice that, I did it wrong.
To sum up: we are rolling out a bunch of requested changes, so thank you all for your feedback!
If you're new to Dreamwidth and interested in tracking our development process, our commit logs are published to changelog and changelog_digest, and every month or so, one of our volunteers will translate those often-cryptic entries into witty, informative code tours! The most recent one was published on April 1, so we're about due for a new one. Hint, hint.
We'll update here again to let you know when the code push is imminent!
(am I a person who says no chill? apparently yes)
(I went to a service where a friend made his life profession in the Society of Saint Francis on Saturday and then there was a lot of socialising with strangers and I was such a mess the whole way home and then I decided to listen to the Ordinary Days soundtrack and I'm not saying I was crying on the A1M but my eyes might have watered a little)
I'm suffering from that thing where the more organised I get the more I realise it's all a lie and there are hundreds of things I'm not being organised about and maybe it was better when I just didn't know? Probably it wasn't better really but it's a little dispiriting.
On the otherhand I got two steps further on with a thing that's been on my to do list for... well I'm pretty sure it went on at some point in 2015? And early 2015 at that. So that's an achievement.
Currently the thing bringing me most joy is my continued ability to forget that this is a Bank Holiday weekend so that I get that little jolt of "three day weekend" over and over again.
That and the fact that I think I can actually make one of the showings of Moonlight at our local cinema which hasn't been true the last two months.
I'm glad because fun was sorely needed to offset some stress we've been dealing with. We got the notices from insurance as to what they did, and didn't, cover on Lee's two CT Scans and the Electrocardiogram he had to have. The good news is that we've met our deductible for this year. The bad news is that we now owe Norton's Hospital almost eight thousand dollars in total. Thankfully they're willing to work we us on payments but that is such a scary, scary number. Especially on top of the other bills we have.
Means I'll definitely be selling more stuff to help us pay it down and get by with our day to day. You know I've told you before that when Lee goes to trade shows for work he always enters every drawing he can to try and win goodies for us that we could never afford otherwise. Last year at Statewide he was lucky enough to actually win a Surface Pro for me. I've enjoyed the heck out of having it, especially for reading with my eyesight problems now. But, it's very much a luxury I can do without. I took pictures and posted it for sale on Ebay, along with some other things. There's going to be more to come as I can get to it.
I don't know if any one would be interested or not but it's here if you'd like to take a look:
Otherwise, things are going okay. Lee's doing better healthwise, I've been dealing with a bit of a flare but it's not been too bad. Amber's doing well in her new teaching job. She got her diploma a couple of weeks ago and it's so wonderful to see it and know she made it through. We are so proud of her.
We're still doing cleanup from the plaster repairs we had to have done but the guy did an amazing job. Lee's going to do the repainting we'll need himself to save money. It'll take a little longer but I know it'll look great when he's done.
The dryer is dinging at me so I'd better close for now. I sure hope everyone's had a good weekend. I'll try my best to catch up over the next few days. Love you guys! :)
If you tried to schedule a second import while the first one was still running, at any time in the past 10 days or so, you may have confused the poor thing. If you think your import should be finished by now and it isn't, and you're seeing "Aborted" on the Importer Status part of the Importer page, feel free to open a support request in the Importer category and we'll look into it for you. (It may take a little bit before you get a response; those of us who have the access to look into importer problems have been really busy for the past two weeks or so, and I at least need a few days to catch my breath a bit before diving back into the fray! But we'll do what we can.)
I hope all y'all are continuing to settle in well to your new home!
I'll have to use my walker because, no matter what, we're doing the local Science March this weekend. :)
So that's all fun.
I saw Hidden Figures tonight finally though and that was amazing <3 I do love having a cinema within walking distance again even if getting tickets can be challenging. The group sharing the little corner table I had were talking afterwards and one of them was having to eat humble pie as he'd evidently been convinced he was going to be bored (how?). I do love when historic films still make you hold your breath and feel the peril even when a moment's calm thought would remind you you KNOW the outcome.
Plus I always love standing in the Abbey watching people's faces as they realise that no, that really is the Doctor Who/Pirates of the Caribbean/Star Wars theme being played on the organ or singing along with Memory or Consider Yourself. This year I also watched the most glprious smile dawn across a little girl's face as she realised that she could hear Beauty & the Beast playing!
After being pointed towards this on twitter & talking about it on facebook I thought I should mention it here to. The CBeebies Midsummer Night's Dream is utterly wonderful ♥ It talks about what a play is and what scene changes are but it also uses the actual text rather than paraphrasing and it makes me SO HAPPY.
(sorry people who can't get iPlayer)
I... still owe you a million reviews (what's new) but I'll get there eventually. In shocking (or at least unlikely) news I'm going to the cinema tomorrow :D I'm seeing Hidden Figures (better late than never)
Aaaaand I have just realised I have done nothing about a packed lunch for tomorrow so maybe I should sleep now so I can get up early and go in via the shops :-P
My day has included great music (I do love singing the Hallelujah Chorus), friends & family, the Abbey in the sunshine (see below the cut), delicious slow cooked lamb, LOTS of chocolate (I got a Green & Blacks egg AND a Lindt bunny one <3), maybe more than one nap, lots of reading, boiled eggs & soldiers, chocolate cake and now wine & Maigret. And I haven't even touched the chocolate nests my goddaughter (& her siblings) made me!
( The Abbey in the sunshine... )
The run up to Easter has been manic as always but all the services went very well (minus the 100m dash during the Gloria last night when the Deacon told me the Gospel was still upstairs in the room we get ready in... I made it back just in time). One more service tomorrow, the Easter Monday Pilgrimage, and then it's back to normality and work. Yay?
I really should have booked the whole of next week off but it got all filled up with stuff before I thought about it.
Never mind. I've managed a lie in of some kind 3 out of 4 days off so far and should manage a small one tomorrow so maybe at least by the time I go back to work I'll have caught up on my sleep deficit.