Reading Block

Massive reading block here. Haven’t read anything all month.

Any recommendations? I’m in the mood for fluff, so let that be your guide.

Tell me what to read!

2013 in Review

It’s been a heck of a year, hasn’t it?

This year at the Radish, I wrote 122 posts–half of these were linkspam, the other half opinion or book reviews.

The most popular posts of the year were:

Goals for next year include writing more substantive essays that, perhaps, do not involve me yelling at anyone.  I’d also like to write better reviews; I feel like my reviews are often carried more by enthusiasm than craft and I’d like to balance those things out.  I have a couple of story ideas that I’d like to work on as well.  And an idea for a new web project, too.

In a lot of ways, 2013 was not a good year.  I had upheaval at my day job with a contract change that required me to change employers so I could keep my job.  A friendship of many years which was very important to me ended, not with a bang but with a whimper.

2013 wasn’t entirely bad. There were good things, too. All the books that Masque put out this year.  I met new people and made new friends. I feel like I am part of a community and less isolated.  I started to learn to draw and make other kinds of visual art. All those are wonderful and I am hoping for more of the good in 2014 and less of the bad.

Most of all, I’m hoping for focus.

Best Christmas Song Ever

If you celebrate Christmas, I hope you have a wonderful holiday and that no one breaks your kneecaps.  If it’s not your thing, I hope you’re having a great Wednesday (and that your kneecaps are intact).  

No linkspam this week, I’ll see you all next year.

The Radish Turns One!


Your intrepid blogger on the occasion of her first birthday. So intent!

Today marks the first anniversary of the Radish! I honestly wasn’t sure I had enough to say about books and other issues to keep going for an entire year, but apparently I do!

Anyhow, to mark the occasion, I thought I’d list all my favorite posts from the last year.

And then, of course, there were all the posts I made that were, in one way or another yelling at people for all sorts of nonsense around sexism, racism, and people behaving badly in public. So I made a category just for them–behold, the Ranty Radish!

And since I was curious and stuck at work installing a ginormous piece of software, I decided to count how many total links there have been in linkspam.

That number would be 1,401. The least was 8 and the most–not counting weeks where there were two linkspam posts–was last week at 54. If we count the two double-linkspam weeks, then the number is 88. The average number of links per linkspam is 26.

Total number of posts is 226 and we’re holding steady at around 1,231 comments. Akismet has prevented 32,178 spam comments from going through.

But more important than all of those numbers are the wonderful people I’ve met over the last year.  I really enjoy belonging to part of a wider community of readers and writers and fans and I’m beyond grateful that you’ve all been so welcoming. Thank you.

And now, it’s time for cake!

Computer Cake!

This is a cake version of the very first computer we ever had (made out of computer parts, not cake–but cake-powered computer would be awesome, someone get on that). The occasion was my dad’s retirement from the US Navy, hence the message on the screen.