Monday Morning Music

Another Monday! Let’s see if I can get a video posted today.

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Words in Progress

I’ve been on vacation from the dayjob this week and it’s been lovely. But I’ve let the blog slide. I owe you a Monday Morning Music, there’s a book review I need to write, and it’s time for another update on my writing. Let’s do that one! Continue reading

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Monday Morning Music

It’s the last Monday of March. That means it’s the last Monday of Women’s History Month.

I wanted to post videos from a woman I don’t listen to that often any more, but who I still admire tremendously. Joni Mitchell.

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Matchbox Girls by Chrysoula Tzavelas – A Review

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Matchbox Girls by Chrysoula Tzavelas
324 pages, Candlemark & Gleam (February 2012)
Contemporary/Urban Fantasy

4.5/5

As you can see by the publication date, I’m a little late to the party with Matchbox Girls. But, then again, books don’t really go bad (for the most part), and I reviewed one from the nineteenth century last year, so, you know? I’m not going to worry about it. Just wanted to point out that this book has been out for a little while.

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Monday Morning Music

So, yesterday was Alpha Reader’s birthday. It turned out to be a lovely day of noodling around town, looking at art, and eating ALL THE FOOD! I made flan and stuffed pork chops for him and we had amazing smoked salmon melts at the Madison.

I asked AR who he’d like to see on this week’s Women’s History Month edition of Monday Morning Music. He gave me a list and I told him I’d see what I could find.

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Monday Morning Music-St. Patrick’s Day Edition

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, everyone! If you’re into that. I’m not really, but it seemed like a good excuse for music videos today. :)

I’m also continuing the Women’s History Month celebration so that means… Irish women!

Yeah, so I Googled Irish women musicians and was disappointed to see that most of the hits were Irish women singers. Which–fine–there are many of those. But I really did want MUSICIANS, not just singers. I finally found some, thanks to this website.

Starting off in a traditional vein, here’s a short track from traditional instrumentalists Sharon Shannon, Maire Breatnach, Mary Custy, and Siobhan Peoples.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=duF2ePd1q4E

Next up, a newer rock band, Black Daisy. They got together in 2004 and performed in the 2009 Eurovision contest. They didn’t win. But I like their song “Disturbing New Fashion.” I can’t seem to find anything about them since.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RcEoNZy87Vc

A band with a little more staying power is Screaming Orphans. This group of four sisters has been together since the 1990s (as a band–as sisters, they’ve probably been together much longer). They do a combination of traditional Irish tunes and their own pop songs. Here’s one of the latter, “So Cold.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ywqyp1ZbQJ0

And to finish up, let’s indeed go with an Irish vocalist. My favorite, in fact. I’ve liked her since she first came on the scenes back in the ’80s. She’s definitely been an interesting character to watch. And what a voice!

Here’s Sinead O’Connor with the song “4th and Vine” from her 2012 album How About I Be Me (And You Be You)?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bIoi7s42lrA

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Monday Morning Music

Last Tuesday was Miriam Makeba‘s birthday. She would have been 82 on March 4. So, for this installment of Monday Morning Music during Women’s History Month, let’s celebrate Mama Africa!

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Words in Progress

So, when I posted my end-of-year roundup on my writing in December, I was thinking of making that kind of post a regular thing, updating all y’all on how the writing’s going.

And now it’s March. Yeah, I’m not always so good on following through with stuff.

So, how is that writing stuff going, M?

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Monday Morning Music

Monday again! And it’s March. That means spring is on the way. *looks at the thermometer* Right? Continue reading

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“‘Tis not right, a woman going into such places by herself.”* – A Book List

As promised, here’s the list of books containing older women as important characters that my friends and I came up with on Twitter a couple weeks ago. Clicking on the photos will take you to the book’s Amazon page.

Thanks to @grumpymartian, @whateversusan, @chrysoula, @AthenaHelivoy, @JustinSRobinson, @byharryconnolly, @LJLietya, @KateElliottSFF, and @clundoff for chiming in!

Mindscape Mindscape, Andrea Hairston: an older woman gets the action going; another older woman has a hand in trying to destroy what the first set out to accomplish.
The first four books of the Deverry series, Katharine Kerr: I didn’t get any details on this one. Deverry
Crown of Stars Crown of Stars series, Kate Elliott: “One of the POVs … is a scholar who is about 50. She’s technically a secondary POV.”-@KateElliottSFF
Silver Moon, Catherine Lundoff: main character becomes a werewolf as part of menopause at 50.  silver moon
 paladin Paladin of Souls, Lois McMaster Bujold: the main character is in her 40s/50s, possibly late 30s (there was some discussion about this).
The Last Unicorn, Peter S. Beagle: Molly Grue and Mommy Fortuna  last unicorn
175px-CherryhDownbelowStation20thAnnCover Downbelow Station, C.J. Cherryh: I’m not sure of her age, but as commander of an interstellar battleship, Signy Mallory must be a mature woman, close in age to Captain Janeway.
Tehanu, Ursula K. Le Guin: the main character is Tenar, a woman who has aged through the Earthsea series and is now middle-aged.  tehanu
throne Throne of the Crescent Moon, Saladin Ahmed: “majority of characters are older”-@grumpymartian
The Day Before the Revolution (from the short story collection The Wind’s Twelve Quarters), Ursula K. Le Guin: the protagonist from The Dispossessed returns as a much older woman. twelve
Swan Song Swan Song, Robert R. McCammon: “mostly the older characters tell the story”-@grumpymartian

Another book was brought up in our conversation that hasn’t been published yet: The Great Way, an epic fantasy trilogy by Harry Connolly. It’ll be out later this year.

And, to finish up, these are the Discworld books that involve Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg. To quote Wikipedia:

[Weatherwax] has starred in six Discworld novels (Equal Rites, Wyrd Sisters, Witches Abroad, Lords and Ladies, Maskerade and Carpe Jugulum), has appeared briefly in Wee Free Men, acted as a significant supporting character in A Hat Full of Sky, Wintersmith, and I Shall Wear Midnight, and was referenced in three other Discworld books (by name in Mort, and anonymously in Thief of Time as well as Going Postal). She also appeared in the short story “The Sea and Little Fishes” and in The Science of Discworld II: The Globe.

Nanny Ogg appears in the same Discworld novels as Granny W., as well as the short story “The Sea and Little Fishes.” She also makes a cameo appearance in Thief of Time. Have you read any of these? Are there others you’d recommend? Let us know!

*–Granny Weatherwax, Wyrd Sisters (Terry Pratchett)

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