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I drove back from Sunset last Thursday to find a couple of gifts waiting for me; one was a book named A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder, sent to me by Jeremy Dunn.  I had a rather quiet weekend (except for going to a special Doctor Who screening on Sunday with Lorelei); aside from writing and getting stoned (because I believe in keeping Christmas going for the full twelve days if at all possible), I did a bit of planning for an upcoming overnight with one of my favorite gentlemen, and I finally got the cover art for The Essential Maggie McNeil, Volume I completed!  I originally planned to use a photo, because I wanted a different style of cover for my non-fiction books.  But we just couldn’t get any photos to work, so Shannon Reeves (who did the art for The War on Whores) did a sketch based on one of my photos instead.  I think it came out very well, and as soon as I’m finished examining the proof the book will at long last be ready for sale!  So I should be announcing that soon.  Because, as I mentioned last week, Grace has been in poor health, I decided to run back to Sunset for one night earlier this week so she wouldn’t have to be alone for such a long stretch; while I was there we did two more bookcase units, which completes the main work for that set of shelves.  Chekhov will be back tomorrow, so they’ll start on the finish work and staining, and before much longer I’ll have a real library again!  We want to do a few more sets of shelves for DVDs and CDs, then after that Chekhov is going to put new flooring down (the existing flooring is 90 years old and quite worn), and then Jae will do the rest of the decorating; by spring we’ll finally have the main room finished.  And after 25 years of waiting to have a nice place of my own again, that’s going to feel so wonderful I’m honestly not sure how I’m going to react to it.

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Little Christmas 2020


If you don’t understand why I post a picture of a sexy witch on this occasion, I suggest you consult my column from five years ago today, which also (not by coincidence) contains links to the columns for the previous four years.  That should give you all the information you need to understand why I’m wishing some of my readers a Merry Christmas, some a Good Epiphany and others a Happy King Day, and welcoming all of you to the Carnival season!

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New Year’s Day 2020


Happy New Year, dear readers!

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Injustice in the end produces independence.  –  Voltaire

At long last, my prophecy from eight years past is beginning to come true.  It has taken a bit longer than I predicted, roughly three or four extra years; the difference is due to the US, state and some foreign governments (not to mention sociopathic billionaires) dumping far more money and effort into maintaining the propaganda than I had imagined they would.  But as it so often does, the hubris of those who yearn for power over others above all else undermined their own plans; in the spring of last year power-drunk US politicians tried to use the hysteria to achieve their long-desired goal of control over the internet, and the result of that power grab – the massive internet-censorship bill called FOSTA – badly backfired, galvanizing sex worker activism so powerfully that neither the media nor up-and-coming politicians could ignore it any longer.  Populations of sex workers who once preferred to remain silent have become extremely vocal, and many media outlets who once ignored or opposed us are now reporting on our demands and publishing supportive articles, many of them centered around the damage done by FOSTA and its attendant pogroms.  Academics in many fields are urging decriminalization for a broad front of reasons, and the broken-down Hollywood celebrities who champion police violence against women are increasingly finding themselves ignored or even publicly mocked for their cluelessness.  “Feminist” anti-sex rhetoric is finally being recognized as the puritanical garbage it always has been, and the hysteria, as I predicted it would long ago, is rapidly approaching the point of implosion.  Even politicians, those opportunistic crowd-followers who fantasize themselves “leaders”, have finally recognized support for sex workers as a possible path to power (especially those campaigning as reformist district attorneys).  Soon the government will recognize that its manufactured hysteria has accomplished all it is likely to accomplish, and shift the money it has flushed down the “sex trafficking” toilet to some new civil-rights-destroying boondoggle; all that will be left then is to fight the myriad laws it spawned and attempt to salvage what remains of the internet once the FOSTA-enabled lawsuits are done.  But widespread public recognition of sex worker rights as a valid cause is here to stay, and no matter how dark the days before victory is finally achieved, the prohibitionists can no more undo that than they can undo LGBT rights or the slow-motion collapse of the drug war.

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Diary #495

On Monday I drove out to Sunset, and the past few days have been lovely.  I’ve managed not to stress about anything this week, even when I was preparing our small feast (5 of us altogether) on Wednesday.  Oh, I had the usual low-level anxiety which is inevitable when trying to get several dishes prepared at the same time, but beyond that nothing.  Even the drive out on Monday wasn’t bad; I threaded the traffic in Tacoma pretty well, and got here in about 2 hours and 20 minutes.  And Christmas Eve…well, look at the picture and judge for youself.  And I’ve got almost another week here!  Sometime in the next few days I’m going to try to listen to the latest episode of the Trek Profiles podcast, featuring me; since most of the podcasts I do focus on heavy topics like human rights and police violence, it was rather nice just to talk about Star Trek for once.  If you’re a fan, give it a listen!

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Boxing Day 2019


Just a reminder of what this day is for:  relaxing and sharing with the less fortunate.  And they needn’t be strangers.  Happy Holidays, and Blessed Be.

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Christmas Day 2019


A Very Merry Christmas to all my readers, and Blessed Be!

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