Preview Time! House of Cards, Anyone?

Stop the presses! Diana binged on the new season of House of Cards over the weekend and she’s decided to publish a short series about it here just as soon as she can get them written. Since Netflix makes the whole season available at once, and it is trending on the Twitters right now, we’ve decided we aren’t going to blog every episode, nor draw it out for a great length of time.

Diana is working on how to organize the posts, and I will fit whatever she comes up with into the schedule as quickly as possible. I’ve wanted to see what this series would do on the blogs for a while. I love it myself, and we’re striking on this one while the iron is hot. Starting tomorrow. Here’s the teaser in the form of a tweet:

David will finish his run on Agent Carter Tuesday, we’ll have the next installment of Will’s Planescape play-through on Wednesday, and of course more Tolkien on Thursday to go along with the House of Cards. Arrow is on a two-week hiatus, so Melissa won’t be around this week ๐Ÿ˜ฆ but she will definitely be back.

Other News

If you missed the memo yesterday, I’ve volunteered to help with the setup phase of a Twitter account for #1000Speak, @1000Speak. That’s going well, and if you wrote a post for Feb. 20, it is perfectly acceptable to share it on Twitter again and tag @1000Speak in the Tweet.

Also, we’ve collected some of last year’s Feminist Friday posts into an e-book. The official release date is March 8, to coincide with International Women’s Day. I’m working on the blurb for the download sites today, and once that’s done, Natacha will have everything she needs to finish the editing and publishing work and get the text ready to go.

Contributors and Blogging A to Z guest bloggers: I am planning to get the themed A to Z art into the image library in the next day or two. Once that is done you can load posts at your convenience, but don’t schedule them. Some of our regular features will continue to run in April, so the scheduling is going to be a bit tricky. My suggested post guidelines are in the announcement, and the schedule is broken out by day and author here. If anything comes up and requires changes to the plan, let me know immediately so I can adjust and fill in.

Have a great week!

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Bonus Music and Other Things: The FUTURE!

So, this is way late and I am in the mood for some Leonard Cohen. In addition to being one of the most versatile singer-songwriters I can think of, I consider him a poet of the first rank. Because he is very good at pointing out that almost everyone is playing a rigged game, through no fault of their own. He thinks that is just a part of the human condition, if I read his work correctly, and pointing it out is a worthy thing for a poet to do.

The first, and most important thing you need to know, other than my thoughts on Leonard Cohen, is that Jeremy will be back on Wednesday. Batman is a bit of a culture hero around this place, and the blog you see before you today would not exist in its current form if not for the fact that Jeremy delivered the Batman every week for almost seven months last year, which gave me the breathing room I needed to just love blogging and do all the meta-stuff. So do stop by and read Jeremy.

We will have our other features, as well, and OMG, the Walking Dead is back and so is LUTHER!

Our friend Nerd in the Brain is on a quest to spread kindness and happiness across the blogosphere, and she now has a hashtag and some badges to go along with her #ThreeThingsThursday feature.ย  Check it out! She’s good with you stealing the idea, and I will tell you. This feature includes many of the elements that have allowed the #WeekendCoffeeShare to become a thing. If you are in the market for a Thursday feature, or just enjoy spreading some positive vibes, this is for you.

I barely tweeted this weekend, and almost did not even post. Because I am helping out with a super-secret project which involves offering people an e-book that I am included in for absolutely free (it will take a while, but it will happen!) Also, some crazy-good feminism happened on Sabina’s Friday thread and that required a lot of my attention. You might enjoy scanning that thread. I recommend it.

Have a fabulous week and a world domination joke!

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Weekend Music: Imagine

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John and Yoko at Madison Square Garden in 1972. The intro is rough, and the quality is uneven. This is the YouTube version of old vinyl. Worth watching.John with the purple glasses and the sideburns is nearly always worth watching.

Plans have shifted this week, because 1000 Voices Speaking For Compassion happened and I decided to do what I could to give it a boost. You weekend readers can catch up on that drama at Just Gene’O. And seriously. There is a story there worth telling.

We’re starting a long run of contributor posts next week, and Diana will have something extra-special for you tomorrow concerning a certain television series we all love.

Weekend Music moves to Saturdays next week to make way for Arrow, because we are running that one on Friday mornings, and Weekend music just does as well on Saturdays as a single photo feature.

Keep Blogging!

We’re Pleased to Welcome Natacha Guyot!

A few weeks ago, the fabulous Natacha Guyot offered to guest post here and I, of course, said yes. ๐Ÿ™‚ We haven’t worked out a date for her first post to run yet, but when we do, you can be sure I will announce it ahead of time, it will be Star Wars-related, and you won’t want to miss it.natacha

Natacha is a French independent researcher, writer and public speaker. She works on Science Fiction, transmedia, gender studies, and fan communities and practices. She is also a vidder, bookworm, fangirl and feminist. She will be writing here about Science Fiction and female characters.

You can find more about her projects, including her upcoming books Women in Science Fiction Television (Scarecrow Press, 2015) and A Galaxy of Possibilities: Representation and Storytelling in Star Wars (Self-Published, 2015) at natachaguyot.org.

Natacha and I have been chatting on the Internet for almost a year, and she hosted not just one, but two of the Feminist Friday discussions last year. She’s actually the first person I met through WordPress who offered to guest post here, but we decided to run her Feminist Friday posts at Science Fiction, Transmedia, and Fandom instead.

SF, TM, FDNatacha has a standing invitation to guest blog, so you never know when you might see a post from her hereย  ๐Ÿ˜‰

You can Tweet with Natacha @natachaguyot. If you want to know even more about her, check out this Q&A she did with @RonovanWrites for LitWorldInterviews in November.