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Cathy seems to be suggesting that being non-bisexual is sexist... but she doesn't seem to be bisexual herself, so, yay, Cathy hypocrisy, what else is new.


Is it racist if you want to date only one race? Is it sexist if you want to date only one sex? And if the answers aren’t the same, why not? Cathy managed to confuse me here.

Personally, I just think some people are more capable than others of letting go of the physical. I can find beauty in any physical body, of any sex, race or appearance, if it contains a mind I care about. I occasionally feel strong physical attraction, and it does seem to follow a “type,” but it doesn’t really affect who I want to spend my life with, or even have sex with. I wouldn’t enjoy doing either with someone I didn’t emotionally and mentally relate to.

But I recognize that there are other people who can’t have a fulfilling relationship without that strong physical attraction, and there’s no way to force that attraction to be there if someone’s not your “type.” And type can include sex, race, and many other physical features. It can be painful for the people who are rejected for not fitting the type, but it does happen.

Speaking of attractive things, here are some very gorgeous presents for your friends and family, AND your lovers of any persuasion! You can’t buy love, but you can buy handy tools for expressing your love at quite reasonable prices! Books and Abby and Norma merchandise are still orderable for the holidays!

(Want an extra-special present? Email me at humanalien at gmail dot com. For a small extra fee for the additional shipping, and a few days of extra transit time, I’ll personally SIGN your book or t-shirt.)

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 the more complex the system you use to murder someone, the less it can be considered murder

Companies should really try employees in courts before firing them. They can SAY the purpose of employees is to keep making profits, and so it’s okay to fire anyone who is even slightly unprofitable. They can SAY a place of employment isn’t a charity. But come on, it really is.

Companies could replace virtually all human employees with robots if they really tried, and the only reason they don’t is because they know it would collapse the whole economy. So they go on giving people jobs just so people can have jobs, just so they can keep spending money, just so the world doesn’t fall apart.

And speaking of keeping the economy going, remember to buy your holiday gifts while they’re still available! Books and Abby and Norma merchandise are great things to buy, because I promise I’ll use the money, so it’ll be extra good for the economy.

Here are a few of the cool things you could get your friends, to show them you have buying power! All in the $20 range, or less, so you don’t have to have a LOT of buying power.

(Want an extra-special present? Email me at humanalien at gmail dot com. For a small extra fee for the additional shipping, and a few days of extra transit time, I’ll personally SIGN your book or t-shirt.)

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Fall Extravaganza: More Info

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Here’s the latest info on the Fall Extravaganza. To enter to win copies of my books, sign in with Facebook at the bottom (or your email address), and follow the Facebook page for Kea’s Flight, my @earthtoerika Twitter account, or my Abby and Norma blog.

(I’m not yet quite sure if which page you follow affects which book you’ll be entered to win. I’ll look into that.)

Welcome to the 

Fall Book Extravaganza Giveaway!


  We are excited to announce that this is our first year hosting the Fall Book Extravaganza Giveaway and we had 25 awesome authors and book bloggers sponsor over 55 prizes, including a Kindle Fire! Below you will find a Rafflecopter where you can enter to win one of these FABULOUS PRIZES! 
GRAND PRIZE: Kindle Fire HD
Plus, 55+ other great prizes!

ENTER TO WIN!!!

a Rafflecopter giveaway


You can find more information about the great 
authors & bloggers who made this giveaway possible at: 
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Happy winter.

That’s not Abby in the picture, that’s me. Not that you can tell.

(Except for the mention of Minnesota Nice. That’s kind of a dead giveaway. I’ve got that; Abby definitely hasn’t. I envy her so.)

It’s getting cold here now. Almost November. Which is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) apparently just because it starts with the same letters as “Novel”? Anyway, I don’t have time to write an entire novel this November, but I will be doing some work on “Kea’s Landing,” the promised sequel to “Kea’s Flight.” I wrote a lot of this sequel already, but then got drawn away to other stuff and left it alone for a while. My free time this November will be largely devoted to polishing and adding to those old writings.

The Grammarly grammar checking service is taking a somewhat different angle to NaNoWriMo. Sounds like a fun project. Check it out if you’re curious.

Hey, speaking of Minnesota and winter… those things go together like lefse and lingonberries! What better way to honor the winter holidays than with a gift designed in the Twin Cities, where winter is truly the winteriest!

Here are some books and Abby and Norma merchandise you could get your friends, to celebrate the cool, cool season! All in the $20 range, or less.

(Want an extra-special present? Email me at humanalien at gmail dot com. For a small extra fee for the additional shipping, and a few days of extra transit time, I’ll personally SIGN your book or t-shirt.)

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Abby cares more about the energy crisis than personal privacy.

Even if they can’t create an unlimited power source, they’ll have to make phones a lot more energy-efficient than the fossil fuel companies would want. Now if only we can give them a reason to make cars more efficient…

Oh, and speaking of efficiency, did you know that print-on-demand self-publishing is the most eco-friendly way of publishing print material EVER? Professional publishers print way more than they need, and throw away the extras. But self-publishing services like Lulu, Createspace, and Redbubble only create a thing once someone has ordered it, so they’re saving resources like crazy!

Books and Abby and Norma merchandise are still orderable for the holidays! Here are a few things you could get your friends, to show them your appreciation of cool weirdness AND smart resource management! All in the $20 range, or less.

(Want an extra-special present? Email me at humanalien at gmail dot com. For a small extra fee for the additional shipping, and a few days of extra transit time, I’ll personally SIGN your book or t-shirt.)

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Fall Extravaganza!

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Update: Here’s the latest info I got from the organizer of the Fall Extravaganza, where you could win lots of cool prizes including copies of my books. I’ll keep you updated with all further news on this subject.

Good Evening Bloggers & Authors!

I wanted to take a few minutes to update you all on the Fall Book Extravaganza being coordinated by Beyond Words Book Tours. I was originally hoping to start it on {tentatively} October 10th, but due to trying to get more bloggers in I have left it open a few more days. After all, we still have PLENTY of time for FALL! :)

I mainly wanted to update you all on the number of participants, Kindle Fund, contributors and prizes. 

So far, we have 51 different prizes, plus 12 contributors to the Kindle Fund. At that point it put’s those participating in the Kindle Fund at $14, which is a little steep considering we have 25 participants. I have just sent out a few social media links and will continue to do so tomorrow. PLEASE share it on your social media if you don’t mind. The more contributors, the more prizes, the more added to the Kindle Fund and most importantly, the wider the audience. With the 25 participants we currently have, that puts us at a total of just over 94,000 viewers from followers on each of the blogs. That’s pretty exciting! 

Of the 51 prizes sponsored, some of those include complete series (multiple books listed as one prize), signed copies, ebooks and book swag! This should be very interesting! 

Since it will be officially closing out on Friday, I will get everything put together over the weekend and we will start Monday, October 21st! 

I will send out an email by Friday with the total numbers and we will get it rocking and rolling!  Paypal will need to be sent No later than October 20th to participate. 

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Here’s a little extra post in between comics, to tell you about my participation in the Beyond Words Fall Extravaganza Giveaway! Between October 21st and November 9th, you can enter to win any of several free copies of my books, as well as other cool prizes.

Prizes I’m contributing:

2 signed print copies of the science fiction novel Kea’s Flight (the special exclusive edition that you can only get directly from me, containing a lexicon of the made-up language described in the book)

2 signed print copies of the story collection If the World Ended, Would I Notice?

2 digital copies of Kea’s Flight in mobi, epub or pdf form

2 digital copies of If the World Ended, Would I Notice? in mobi, epub or pdf form

Recently added:

2 signed print copies of the Abby and Norma comic collection, “Everything Happens for a Reason (but nothing happens for a GOOD reason)”

Go on over and check it out!

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I think they already have

If I take a photo of me and then scan the photo, does the scanner have my soul now, or do the camera and the scanner both have copies of it?

Speaking of digital images that contain parts of my soul, the holidays are coming up! Books and t-shirts and stickers are always popular! Books and Abby and Norma merchandise are good gifts!

Here are a few things you could get your friends, to show them your appreciation of the finer and stranger things in life. None of these things cost over $25, and most of them cost under $20, so it’s a financially wise decision too!

(Want an extra-special present? Email me at humanalien at gmail dot com. For a small extra fee for the additional shipping, and a few days of extra transit time, I’ll personally SIGN your book or t-shirt.)

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 actually it might be real in some alternate universe

The reasons Doctor Who isn’t plausible go far beyond it being a TV series. Norma picked the wrong target there.

Speaking of Christmas specials, have you thought about gift shopping yet? Books make cool presents! So do sassy t-shirts and stickers! Books and Abby and Norma merchandise are orderable for the holidays!

Here are a few things you could get your friends, to show them that you understand how awesomely weird they are:

(Want an extra-special present? Email me at humanalien at gmail dot com. For a small extra fee for the additional shipping, and a few days of extra transit time, I’ll personally SIGN your book or t-shirt.)

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 Huey is a human name, Duey is a duck name

I bought an abacus from an awesome seller on Etsy who 3D-prints them. Apparently a 3D printer can make the beads right on the bars.

Lovely thing… though I’m not sure if 3D-printed items are actually allowed on Etsy. It’s supposed to be just handmade stuff. And I admit it’s hard to define “handmade,” since we make things with a lot of tools that go beyond just our hands, but I can’t see how objects made with a 3D printer could fit within any definition of that word. So, I’m not going to say the name of the Etsy shop, for fear someone might report it and have it taken down.

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Perhaps this was the show Abby was worried about in strip 1228, and she finally managed to conquer her hispter self.

I wonder if Hans would admire a strong and unusually talented female character who was old enough to have plausibly gained so many skills. We may never know. Strong female characters are rare enough, and older ones are virtually unheard of.

I also wonder if Wesley Crusher would have been more popular if he’d had a mean streak or a bit of bad-boy attitude in addition to being a genius. Somehow I think people’s hatred for him is less about his talents, and more about being a goody-two-shoes. (As a teacher’s-pet prodigy that everyone hated, I would probably have identified with Wesley if I’d been watching The Next Generation as a teenager. Sad, huh?)

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