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Lemme tell you why this book is so awesome.

I mean, yes, there is a black bisexual hero. And a mad lesbian governess. And a half-Chinese genderqueer sky pirate. THERE IS ALSO A KRAKEN (which may or may not be queer). And an aethership. But the narrative is the real star of this show. Look at this blurb. Look at it.

A breathtaking tale of passion and adventure in the untamed skies!

Prosperity, 1863: a lawless skytown where varlets, chancers, and ne’er-do-wells risk everything to chase a fortune in the clouds, and where a Gaslight guttersnipe named Piccadilly is about to cheat the wrong man. This mistake will endanger his life … and his heart.

Thrill! As our hero battles dreadful kraken above Prosperity. Gasp! As the miracles of clockwork engineering allow a dead man to wreak his vengeance upon the living. Marvel! At the aerial escapades of the aethership, Shadowless.

Beware! The licentious and unchristian example set by the opium-addled navigatress, Miss Grey. Disapprove Strongly! Of the utter moral iniquity of the dastardly crime prince, Milord. Swoon! At the dashing skycaptain, Byron Kae. Swoon Again! At the tormented clergyman, Ruben Crowe.

This volume (available in print, and for the first time on mechanical book-reading devices) contains the complete original text of Piccadilly’s memoirs as first serialised in All the Year Round. Some passages may prove unsettling to unmarried gentlemen of a sensitive disposition.

Plus it’s only the first in a series! (Early next year there’ll be a whole collection of novelettes set in this world.) And it was written by the hilarious, brilliant, Lambda Literary Award nominated Alexis Hall (of Glitterland and Kate Kane: Paranormal Investigator fame)! And it’s on pre-sale for only $4.99 (or $13.59 if you prefer a paper copy with that gorgeous full jacket, or $16.79 if you want both)! Whaaaaaaat is not to love? :D

Story time. This was actually the very first manuscript Alexis ever subbed us. He sent it in for a steampunk call, and originally it was full of footnotes, Good Omens style. They were hilarious, but presented something of an enormous problem for an e-first publisher two years ago, so despite me being more excited about this manuscript than I had been about just about any other slush in the history of space and time, I regretfully had to reject. Alexis was actually the first author I have ever scheduled a call with to reject over the phone because I felt the story was so stunningly brilliant that I wanted to gush at him while I let him down gently. I also wanted to beg him for anything else he’d ever written or was considering writing. We got Glitterland, Iron & Velvet, and Shadows & Dreams out of that exchange :D

So, fast forward a couple years, and imagine my unrestrained delight (okay, he probably heard me squeeing across the pond in England) when he re-subbed the manuscript with no footnotes. Suddenly we had a book we could format for easy consumption on an e-reader. Boy did we sign that contract fast :D

So, yeah. If you feel even the teeniest, tiniest bit inclined to trust my taste, you’re gonna want to check this one out <3

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Animals Using Other Animals as Pillows [boredpanda]

Previously: Animals Wearing Dinosaur Costumes

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"There is now no distinction, neither male or female…"
-Galatians 3:28

This is a bathroom in a Lutheran center that shares a building with a coffee shop across the street from campus.


"There is now no distinction, neither male or female…"
-Galatians 3:28

This is a bathroom in a Lutheran center that shares a building with a coffee shop across the street from campus.

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feminist-y country? Here for it.

Not my thing at all, musically, (I’m an old fuddy-duddy when it comes to country music. Me and Nashville don’t often see eye-to-eye) but damn if this ain’t fun, and something that NEEDS to be played on country radio.

On missionaries, Christianity, and the gospel


So…not too long ago I saw a missionary say something about there being this many people groups who’ve had little contact with Christianity, and therefore, look at all the work we have to do. And I just…couldn’t even. It’s one of those moments where you don’t really know where to start.

But I’m going to attempt to articulate why this is just so wrong. At its core, it assumes that the gospel has been preached just because the institution of Christianity is present.

I know so many people right here in the United States who have been burned deeply and badly by their experiences with Christianity. Their recovery from the damage it has done them takes years, or even longer. And when I talk to these people about Jesus and whatnot, almost always they say, “Ooooh, well if that’s what my church taught, maybe it wouldn’t have screwed me up so bad.”

This is not a trivial point. Christianity has a really unfortunate tradition of teaching really abusive theologies. Theological ideas about purity, sin, redemption, and many other topics have been stretched and twisted beyond recognition to hurt people, intentionally or otherwise. This is amplified in non-Western spaces, as the institution of Christianity has been irreversibly changed by its role in supporting colonialism.

The Christian gospel is centered around non-violent defiance against, and resurrection in spite of, the patterns of power and domination that exist in the world. Jesus went to the cross refusing to bow to the Romans, the most powerful people that there were, and exposed their empire as the corrupt, violent, self-serving, man-made institution it was. God then raised Jesus from the dead, calling into question the ultimate authority of that system. Jesus preached about an upside-down kingdom, where the last are first and the first are last, as opposed to how those the rest of the world does things. In the kingdom of God, people live in a way that defies the basic ordering of how the world functions, and in doing so the community receives life.

The empire we live in today looks different, and does not have the same form as the Romans’ empire, but it has the same function - to maintain the status quo for the benefit of those who have power and wealth. Our empire is global capitalism, and its tools are colonialism, racism, ableism, and misogyny. It shapes every aspect of our lives, as we teach each other that contributing “usefully” to the system determines our value, and that the farther away we are from the ideal of serving the system, the less worth we have.

Just as in the days of Constantine, our Christianity has been co-opted by the empire. But the voice of Jesus calls out still, giving us life in the face of a system that is slowly killing us inside and out, and calling us to stop letting the empire tell us who we are, and start letting God tell us who we are: God’s children, beloved, redeemed.

When we think the problem is how many people-groups haven’t been exposed to Christianity, we miss that the real problem in the world is not the powerless, but the powerful. The message that the early church taught is one that the world desperately needs to hear, but institutional Christianity has moved far enough away from it that I think when we hear that a whole community has been left alone by colonial Christianity, we should rejoice. We should go forth, and make disciples of Jesus’s way, where the last are first, and the first last. And we should start living the gospel, which means not being owned by empire and its tools, including Christianity as the world has taught it.

I always hear “It’s okay not to be okay” and for a while I needed to hear that, but there was something else I needed to hear but didn’t realize until today. I was struggling with guilt about moving on and leaving the past behind and healing myself.
My therapist said this:
“It’s okay to be okay. It is okay to move on. It is okay to heal. It is okay to be happy. It is okay to be alright. You are not deserting anyone. You are not abandoning the people still in the dark place. You are taking care of yourself and there is NOTHING wrong with that.”

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Man oh man did I need this tonight.

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