Month: November 2015


Inside the Music, Stunning Macro Photography by  Andreas Mierswa and Markus Kluska 

These stunning photographs were commissioned by the Chamber Orchestra of the Berliner PhilharmonikerAndreas Mierswa and Markus Kluska  let’s us see inside musical instruments, cleverly lit, narrow places become cavernous space, almost like concert halls.

Oh my god, I thought these were actual halls and spaces built to look like the insides of instruments.


NaNoWriMo 2015 – I Won!

Well, I sort of can’t believe it, but I actually pulled it off. Fifty thousand words (or technically, 51,286 words) towards the first draft of my novel in progress, bringing up the total wordcount to 103,895. I’m feeling fairly giddy. This is a bit surreal.

I opened up my file this morning, and all the madness and joy of the past month sort of evaporated for a scary moment of clarity, and I realized: holy shit, I have most of a novel.

So I want to thank from the bottom of my heart everyone who helped make it possible for me to wake up this morning with most of a novel, including the amazing team of organizers and volunteers and novel-ers at NaNoWriMo itself, my very patient and supportive friends and family, and, maybe most of all, my writing buddy @simongannon, who let me invade his living room and read him my crazy sentences about arrow wounds and incinerators and chase scenes while he told me about interstellar politics and brandy. I’m happy to say Simon also hit his 50K target today, so yaaay and congrats to us.

And congrats to everyone else who participated in NaNoWriMo this year! Whether or not you hit the target, those words you wrote didn’t exist a month ago, and now they do, and that’s something to be damn proud of.



A UNIQUE STYLE – model: Leila Nda – photographer: Paolo Roversi – fashion editor: Panos Yiapanis – hair: Shuko Sumida – make-up: Val Garland – Vogue Italia September 2015 – featured designer: Valentino Couture Fall 2015

I love every single one of these outfits, and there’s something totally haunting about the weird graininess of the photographs – like royal portraits from another time, another world. 



“The Empyrean Chronicles is an anthology of fan fiction and fan art set in the living science-fiction universe of Eve Online. Submissions are OPEN until December 12th, 2015. The first book will be published during the first quarter of 2016, and exact date will be announced in early 2016. Initially our plan is to provided a downloadable print-quality PDF for FREE to anyone that wants one.”

I’m so excited about this project and really honored to have landed the cover of the debut volume. This is shaping up to be a marvelous community project and I hope everyone with a voice in the EVE universe lends a hand, shares their stories and spreads the word. 

Here’s a link for the full post:

I am totally down for this being the cover.

Man, I don’t even know the context, and I agree. That cover. !!

Taking The Chicken Out Of Piecaken


So here’s a little linguistic note for Thanksgiving, thanks to our director Adele. Maybe you’ve heard of “turducken”, the tripartite dish made of a chicken that is then stuffed into a duck, which is finally stuffed into a turkey. So that’s a name made up of the words for the three different birds.

Now, this year, following the success of turducken, comes “piecaken”, a chimerical dessert made out of three different pies stuffed into a larger cake. Which sounds super crazy! But the thing is, it immediately conjured up for both Adele and myself the idea that you were taking a pie, putting it in a cake, and then sticking both in a chicken… which does not sound like a good dessert.

But it does sound like a cool linguistic thing! This is -en becoming a new derivational morpheme, a suffix meaning crazy stuffed food item or something. It’s clearly adding something new to the meaning here, divorced from its chicken roots. And predictably, not everyone is on board with the shift – check out this Huffington Post piece getting down on the piecaken.

Their suggested alternative, “pake”, doesn’t really work, though. As Adele points out, it implies a simultaneity of pie and cake. Whereas
“piecaken”, in spite of its implied poultry, definitely makes it clear
that one is within the other. That’s the new morpheme at work.

Language just keeps changing, even during holidays. It’s super cool. ^_^

Yay new morpheme! ❤ Looking forward to seeing how far this use of -en gets extended over the next few years.

I still would eat piecaken, though! It’s somehow less daunting to me as a food than turducken, which just scares me.