Where I end 2014 with an Apology

I posted this on John C Wright’s blog, but my apology is both to him, and to Jim C Hines:


So this is where I tender an apology.

You see, a couple of days ago, I went to visit your blog, John. See what you were up to. I saw the post on your reaction to the Legend of Korra.

I…was disheartened by it. I publicly said so, on twitter.

“Read a John C Wright piece about Legend of Korra, and now am disheartened and sad.”

Because it did, John. It most certainly did. I didn’t link it. I just put it out there. Should I have not tweeted it? Maybe.

Jim (among others) saw my tweet, went to read your piece, wrote his response, and the rest you know.

Would he have seen the piece without me saying this? Maybe, maybe not. Who can say? But my mention of it caused him to seek it out.

I know your religious beliefs, as you practice and believe them, are sincere.

But, John. I have a friend here in Minneapolis. She’s been in a lesbian relationship for 15 years. Recently, they did get married, because they now can.

My friend Alyx Dellamonica, up in Canada, has been married to her wife Kelly for much longer than that.

They’re good people, in happy, strong, healthy relationships. I’m happy for them, that they have found life partners. Just like you and Jagi!

The idea that you consider their relationships a sin, though…that DOES make me disheartened and sad.

But, again, this internet conflict between you and Jim, and I consider the both of you friends, is my doing. And I am sorry. And I apologize.

2014 at a Glance

The year 2014.

The year 2014 was the year my best friend Scott Olson died from complications from influenza.

The year 2014 was the year that, therefore, I did not go on the grand adventure to Alaska.

The year 2014 was the year I got Hugo nominated for a podcast (the Skiffy and Fanty Show) of all things. Surprising given I am shy and stuttering.

The year 2014 was the year I went to my first World SF Convention (in London!)

The year 2014 was the year I consumed over 115 books.

The year 2014 was the year that was another step in the road. I continue to plod along.

Onto 2015.

More Sindarin Names

Max Gladstone.

Glad Stone can be thought of as “Stone of Joy”. In Sindarin, that comes out to be “Gondglas”. So:

Max Gladstone--Gondglas
Max Gladstone–Gondglas

Shaun Duke.

Shaun goes into a rabbit hole of what Shaun means (it eventually means God is gracious), so I will take it as a name qua name.

A Duke is noble, so Shaun Duke is a Noble Shaun. Arashaun

Shaun Duke-- The Noble Shaun: Arashaun
Shaun Duke– The Noble Shaun: Arashaun