The WordPress-generated annual reports for our blogs arrived last night. I am planning to make the ones for my blogs public later today.

Right this second, though, I have to give Hannah Givens and Taylor Grace some shoutouts.

photo by Gene'O, 2014

photo by Gene’O, 2014

Hannah is the top commenter for 2014 at both Sourcerer and Part Time Monster, and Taylor has been the most active commenter here and at my original personal blog. Thanks, both of you, for helping to make this such an awesome year of blogging for me.

Coffee At Part Time Monster!


My weekend coffee post is at the Monster this week. Diana’s busy offline until mid-week, so I’m filling in over there for the next few days.

Here are a few other posts from around the blogosphere that you might like.

Therefore I Geek and Hannah Givens collaborated this week on an editorial, Does Geek Culture hold the Answers to National Security? The technology discussed in the post is fascinating, and we had a nice discussion about the future of international relations on the comment thread.

Drifting Through My Open Mind has a dynamite post on Time magazine’s suggestion that Feminism should be stricken from the English language, and check out the amazing thread this post generated.

Taylor Grace has an excellent Posts I Liked This Week today. I’ve been a fan of Taylor’s blog for most of a year, and this is the best feature on WordPress I’ve found so far for discovering good blogs. I’ve lost count of the number of bloggers I’ve met by checking out the links in these posts and commenting on the ones I liked. If you are looking to use your blogging as a social activity, you’ll find these posts invaluable.

If you’re interested in our Feminist Friday discussion project, I published the first planning post for next year yesterday, and you are welcome to stop by and give us any feedback you think might be helpful.

Unless something comes up, I’ll see you for #SundayBlogShare on Twitter tomorrow.

Sleep-deprivation and characters

Funny that I just found this today, on a weekend when I’ve been recharging my batteries by spending lots of time in the sun and getting massive amounts of rescue sleep. I left my take on sleep deprivation on the thread. As an insomniac who runs on 2-4 hours of sleep per night for weeks at a time, this is a post I can appreciate.

Taylor Grace

I’ve done it. Notably, I’ve just done it with my current hero, Klias. He’s sleep-deprived in a big way. And still, he handles stressful situations without a hitch. Not a single consequence from his lack of sleep.


I’ve noticed it before in books I’ve read. Characters who haven’t slept in days and they still manage to function better than I do with my eight hours. When I don’t get enough sleep, I get crabby and cranky and grumpy…I’m pretty much miserable to be around. A couple of times, when I’ve had insomnia and I haven’t slept at all for a couple of days, I felt like the walking dead. Barely awake, barely able to function. Surprisingly, I was able to get through the day without killing myself or someone else but it was close.

I thought the less sleep I got, the worse I’d be able to function until, eventually…

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