# Canadian sff author Dr. Peter Barnes was beaten and detained at the U.S. border this week, and now he's being sued for assaulting a border patrol officer. As the Cobell lawsuit proved earlier this week, fighting Uncle Sam takes time and money; think about donating, if you can.
# Cat Valente smacks it to literary fiction in this post at her LJ (yuki_onna). I think she says some very perceptive things about literary fiction, which is a genre all its own (just like vanilla is a kink!), and its genre rules, and how these rules contrast with sff's.
# A post on tag wrangling 101 by my fellow wrangler akamine_chan. I've been putting in my Yuletide sweat equity wrangling Yuletide fandoms lately--as I said in our chatroom, if tag wrangling is a degree in fandom, Yuletide is a Ph.D. (I might be getting us an icon that says that, actually). We need more wranglers to join our steampunk crew, please think about joining! It helps to be detail-oriented and slightly obsessive, I've found.
# Via my sister, American history, but with cats. (Read "U.S." for "American".)
# Speaking of Cat Valente and of steampunk, her steampunk story "The Anachronist's Cookbook" is now available on her website! Unlike many steampunk writers, CMV does not ignore many of the genre's problematic tendencies.