Suggestion Saturday: January 4, 2014

Here is this week’s list of blog posts, humorous articles, short stories, and other tidbits from my favourite corners of the web.

From Morgan: A Lyric:

We talked a number of times about his decision over the next several weeks, though we both knew he had no real choice. I repeated what so many had observed: given the rigor and discipline of his therapy, given his unusual muscular strength and the excellent condition of his heart, of all his organs other than the lungs, there could be no more ideal candidate for transplant. He simply needed time to contend with the fear, and to accept the enormity of the challenges—and risks—he faced.

 A Report on Alien Life via Skelemika.  How would you describe an alien species unlike anything you’ve ever seen before?

Neon Flames. I found two different online art programs recently. This is the first one I came across, and I’ll share the other one next week. What I like about this site is its use of colour. The site I’ll be sharing next week is much more responsive to small movements in your mouse or keypad, but this one allows you to blend different colours in some very creative and beautiful ways.

I Tried Cosmo’s Weirdest Sex Tips So You Don’t Have To. This is the funniest damn thing I’ve read in 2013. Not a work-safe link.

Dear Lips. The whole blog is entertaining, but this is a great place to start.

Can We Talk about Susan’s Fabulous Adventures after Narnia? For anyone who doesn’t understand the reference, Susan is a main character early on in the Narnia series who is later written out of the narrative with the explanation that she now likes wearing lipstick and nylons. Because of this terrible “betrayal” she’s no longer considered to be a Friend of Narnia. I loved The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe as well as most of its  sequels as a kid, but I always hated how C.S. Lewis abandoned one of his most interesting characters. This post describes what Susan’s life might have actually been like after she grew up.

How I Met Batman. The less you know about this beforehand the better. No, it’s not fiction, I just think my readers will enjoy it more if they start reading with as few preconceptions as possible.

The Rebellion of Miss Lucy Ann Lobdell is the perfect book with which to begin 2014.

Imagine growing up in a society whose social restrictions on you are so tight they feel like a strand of fishing wire wrapped around your throat. You can’t breath, you can’t speak, and if you move an inch they will slice your skin open. Because you were born female the list of things that you are allowed to do is miniscule. You can get married and have a house full of children, you can live at home with your parents or another relative, or you can become a teacher for a short time before settling into what preferably would be the first option.

Miss Lucy Ann chose a different path entirely. This fascinating tale is written from the point of view of a woman who chose to start living as a man in a time when doing so was extremely dangerous.

Not to mention the fact that Miss Lucy Ann had to abandon her own child in order to earn enough money to take care of her.

What have you been reading?

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