Thursday, July 27th, 2017 08:30 pm
13. Infectious
(Middle Earth, Bilbo/Thorin)

Bilbo stood in the doorway to the dining hall, eyes wide with awe. A terrible cold was going around the caves, and half the dwarves were sick and sneezing.

“What’re you doing out of our chambers?” an angry voice snapped. A hand gripped his shoulder and spun him around.

Bilbo stared at Thorin’s livid expression. “I wanted to see…”

“Oh-ho, I know what you wanted.” Thorin reached down and cupped his Hobbit’s crotch. “Their sneezing makes you hard.”

Whimpering, “Thorin…”

“Dwarf colds spread quickly. It may already be too late for us. We’ll soon be sneezing too.”

Bilbo squealed excitedly.
Thursday, July 27th, 2017 07:10 pm
We went to see Spiderman today. It was a painful-to-watch paean to the misery of modern adolescence, Tony Stark's A+ parenting, and the infinite breadth of human stupidity. >_< The characters I liked best? The bad guys. They were hard-working citizens who got screwed out of jobs that were legally contracted as theirs. So they decided to do something else, by selling alien equipment. See, this is what happens when you fuck people over. It makes me want to go write Beach Hero, but I've got other stuff I'm trying to finish.
Thursday, July 27th, 2017 03:58 pm


(rape warning)

....do you not WANT my money, Marvel? For any fucking thing? Because real life already punches me in the face with this shit already. I don't need my hobby to do it too.
Thursday, July 27th, 2017 10:10 pm

Posted by Kirsten Akens

Researchers at Boston University studying deceased football players’ brains released new findings earlier this week on the potential connection between the athletes and long-term neurological conditions, and the results were damning.


Thursday, July 27th, 2017 09:00 pm

Posted by Claire Lower on Skillet, shared by Claire Lower to Lifehacker

Last weekend, while hanging out on the Oregon coast, I was suddenly overcome with the desire to consume a kalimotxo in the sand, but in no way wished to bring a wine glass to the beach. So, rather then get a red Solo cup involved, I dumped out about half a can of Coke—setting it aside for later use—and filled that now…


Thursday, July 27th, 2017 06:38 pm
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Thursday, July 27th, 2017 10:00 pm

Posted by Amanda

This year, RWA is live-streaming the festivities once again at 7:00pm EDT this Thursday, July 27th! We hope you’ll be watching along with us and cheering on your favorite books from last year.

Earlier this afternoon, The Ripped Bodice accepted the award for the 2017 Steffie Walker Bookseller of the Year! Congrats to Leah and Bea! You can see their acceptance speech here.

If you’d like to look through the books up for a RITA this year, check out the reviews from this year’s RITA Reader challenge! Here they are broken down by genre:

Romance Novella
Short Contemporary
Short Historical
Mainstream Fiction with a Central Romance
Mid-length Contemporary
YA Romance
Romance with Spiritual or Religious Elements
Paranormal Romance
Best First Book
Romantic Suspense
Long Contemporary
Erotic Romance
Long Historical

If you’d prefer the quick and dirty overview, we’ve compiled all of the grades this year in a spreadsheet. Be sure to click on the GRADES tab at the bottom of the sheet.

Check back tomorrow with a more in-depth breakdown of the reviews, grades, and the winners in each category!

Which books do you think will take home an award? Any betting pools going on?

Thursday, July 27th, 2017 05:51 pm
1. Friends who love me even when I'm having a terrible day.

2. The "New Beginnings" playlist that [personal profile] heresluck made for me last year, to which I am listening even now.

3. Setting a pretty Shabbat table for tomorrow night.

4. The many excellent things that have been recommended to me in the last 24 hours! I devoured The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe (a truly lovely novella) last night, and am now beginning to read Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud: The Rise and Reign of the Unruly Woman, which, um, yeah.

5. I'm gonna pour myself a glass of pink wine, because it's wine o'clock, y'all.
Thursday, July 27th, 2017 04:30 pm

Name: Vicari Vollmar and Jordan Conley
Location: Lansing, Michigan
Size: 600 square feet
Years lived in: 4 months, renting

Vicari is a senior designer for a public policy firm with an affinity for fitness, bold color, and a good gin fizz. She firmly believes in carbohydrates, horoscopes, and the power of love. Jordan is a state contract monitor, CrossFit coach, and bookworm. He enjoys binge-watching a series on Netflix, comic books, and snuggling his calico, Harley. Their small studio apartment in downtown Lansing, Michigan is a reflection of both their colorful personalities.