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“Not someone like that”

Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Posted in: Azteclady Speaks, cranky AztecLady, rant

I’m a bit hesitant to post this because the exchange started in a different venue where I’d rather not create trouble for the moderators–especially since technically I’m still one of them.

So, if I may, let’s keep whatever discussion ensues over here, please. With that said…

This is what happened: remember how I posted that I’m in love with this video? Well, there’s a thread in the music area of that other forum devoted to all things Adele. Obviously I had to share the love, right? So far so good. Some people comment that they don’t get the video, blah blah and then this guy says that the video doesn’t make sense because (and I quote): (more…)

Long, long ago (yet not all that far away)

In a previous incarnation of KKB, Karen posted a NSFW and over-18-only image.

Through the years, it has (predictably) continued to get some traffic. There’s your usual spam and trolling (which I always enjoy blasting away), but occasionally someone posted a pertinent comment, which is why it has remained open.**

The last comment in there as of right now, from Dan, is this:

It does seem weird to me that people are ridiculing this guy for literally the one thing about himself he has no power over and can’t change. What the fuck?

“What the fuck?”


Can this guy (or anyone) be honestly surprised about people piling on someone over something that cannot be changed? Haven’t women particularly been often criticized, mocked, ridiculed, ogled, and even shunned for things that they cannot change?

Often pretty women are consistently considered stupid–because they are pretty. Women who are ‘built’ are often viewed suspiciously, as if having a figure automatically made them whores.

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** I would love it if someone would tell me how I can close comments while allowing existing comments to show–I’m sure it’s me, but WordPress is not allowing me to do that right now.



Friday, November 25, 2011
Posted in: Azteclady Speaks, Gratitude, Thank God For Romance

trying to be thankful feels like an uphill battle. Your life is fucked up and all the shit in it keeps popping up in your thoughts, no matter what you are doing (and more so in your one day off).

But there are many, many good things in your life too, many things–and people–that enrich your soul, that lift your spirit and that, even in the darkest hours, keep you afloat.

Thank you.

And age does not make a difference.

And age does not make a difference.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Posted in: AztecLady Reviews, book talk

when reading works for you.




(found via the new and improved Smart Bitches, also here demotivation.us

and before that at Mr Bookman, in the original Russian–need to scroll down and watch the slide show to see if a few times )

You don't need wide lawns

You don’t need wide lawns

Saturday, November 19, 2011
Posted in: Azteclady Speaks, cranky AztecLady

Back in the day (gah, probably more than two years ago), before I got a job, I used to read Wide Lawns and Narrow Minds at least a couple of times a month. At the time most of the posts were highly entertaining, sarcastic accounts of the blogger’s working life at some country club where the neighbors have more (much, much more) money than sense.

I laughed and laughed at some of those people’s antics, perfectly capable of imagining most of the ridiculous, outrageous and frankly stupid situations, conflicts and confrontations she described there. Not only is a sense of entitlement expected from people with money to spend on meaningless luxury, but  I’m a bit of a misanthrope, willing to think badly of humanity at large–which is interesting as I can’t manage that much cynicism when it comes to people I do know, even slightly, in a round-about-not-quite-know-you way *waving at Las*

Then I got the job and don’t find those accounts as innocently funny anymore.

AztecLady after a full shift (more…)

Tradition and transformation

Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Posted in: Azteclady Speaks

As some of you may know, I have an Etsy store *cough* *hintnugdewink* *seesidebar* *cough* One of Etsy’s many features is a blog where both staff and members contribute articles. Today’s article, by fukunaga, is a short film portrait of one of Japan’s last living traditional swordsmiths, Korehira Watanabe.

Handmade Portraits: The Sword Maker from Etsy on Vimeo.

I love this man’s ‘quiet intensity’ and his passion for his work.


At one point, Mr Watanabe says (paraphrasing just slightly) that adapting traditional crafts through modern methods or tools is cheating, as it strips away the traditional cultural values–the soul, as it were–of the craft.

While deeply admiring the ingenuity, dedication and artistry that made it possible for artisans long gone to create such amazing items as the Koto sword, I beg to disagree with him. The marrying of traditional crafts with modern perspectives, tools and purposes doesn’t destroy, it creates.

(I am, of course, biased. In a world where there is only one true way, outliers have no place. As a left handed, mostly self-taught, stubborn knitter, most of what I make would be considered poorly made.)

I'm stupid in love...

I’m stupid in love…

Thursday, November 10, 2011
Posted in: Azteclady Speaks

with this video

Of course, I started by falling in love with the song and Adele’s voice, but this? I wish it were the official video.

My version of retweeting: Pamela Clare, Romance, State Law, and Women’s Rights

From the Smart Bitches, how one person (who happens to be a woman and a romance author) can make a huge difference in the lives of many.

Go read in detail how Pamela Clare fought her way to writing a law (that passed) to make it possible for female inmates to give birth unshackled to the bed.

Yes, you read right: unshackled. Because up to now, in many of states of the Union is allowed by law to shackle a laboring woman to a bed, simply because she’s also an inmate.

I also want to point out that as much as Ms Clare’s actions are amazing from the point of view of women’s rights, they are so as part of the fight for human rights–the inhumane treatment of pregnant inmates has, in fact, cost lives.

For her dedication to this issue and her work and integrity as a journalist, Ms Clare was awarded the Society for Professional Journalists “Keeper of the Flame” Lifetime Achievement Award.

Thank you, Ms Clare. Way to go.

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Read more here–and go check out Ms Clare’s website. She not only one determined human being but a really good writer.



The first time I read the term was on Sela Carsen‘s blog (where is she?), I think a couple of years ago–and didn’t get it.

And I didn’t get it for quite a while, even after reading Meljean Brook’s brilliant novella “Here There Be Monsters” (Burning Up anthology). Finally it clicked for me: The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, of course! (the movie–Sean Connery as Alain Quartermain for the win!)

Then there was this video, posted ages ago by the Smart Bitches:




And with that said, I am now in love with Steampunk–well, well writen Steampunk at least. Just as I’m in love with well written fiction, period 😀 How about you?

Not surprised, actually.

“No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent.”  John Donne

Now that I’m back out and about these wonderful intrawebs, I’m playing catch-up on all the usual kerfuffles. Mind you, it’s beyond late to participate, fan the flames or make snarky/scathing asides as appropriate, so I’m refraining from it.

However, the quote above–courtesy of the widget on the blog (thank you, Karen!)–made me ponder a bit about one specific to-do. (Please don’t ask me how I went from one to the other–I have no idea how my mind did it, I just know it did.)

Back when the dinosaurs roamed the earth (at least on internet terms-it was early October in calendar terms), SBSarah posted a disclosure about her involvement with Simple Progress.




Sunday, November 6, 2011
Posted in: Azteclady Speaks

I have read that rape is about power not sex. If so, why?

(Short version: a 19 year old man stands accused of raping a 9 month old girl)

After a very long silence, a drive by post

Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Posted in: Azteclady Speaks

I have no patience. I want what I want and I want it now–which is why I love closely scheduled releases for trilogies.

(I’m looking at you, Shiloh Walker’s Ash romantic suspense trilogy)

The only problem? I have all three back cover blurbs available, which just took one of my two viable suspects out of the running.

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In an effort not to spoil other readers–in case I turn out to be right–I’ll refrain from naming the character, but let it be known that I had a main suspect by chapter 2 of If You Hear Her. (Leave a comment if you want me to email you my guess)

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In other news–I’m alive. I may even be around some.

Sorry for the long silence.