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Can't Talk | March 25, 2017

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About Ness, Editor



I’m a newspaper editor too stubborn to leave the newsroom. I enjoy how weird this has made my Google searches. I read lots of books — though the Pancake Sex Book Club has completely trashed my Amazon recommendations. I love good beer, better bourbon, video games, podcasts, cosplaying obscure characters, and the Oxford comma. Bell is my rivalmance. Trolling is my love language. I live on Twitter: @paperbytheton.

Posts By Ness

The Crafting System Ep. 29: I Hope I Can Bang Her

February 28, 2017 |

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Eris and Ness talk about what they’re excited about this year (though Ness did forget to mention the new John Scalzi novel, “The Collapsing Empire,” which she preordered and promptly forgot about).

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The Crafting System Episode 28: Non-Evil Dolores Umbridge

February 7, 2017 |

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After a somewhat unexpected hiatus, Ness and Eris are joined by Amelia to talk about their goals for 2017. They also discuss:

Diablo 3


Dragon Age Inquisition


BioShock the Collection

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My Brand Is Despair Books

December 24, 2016 |

Hello darkness, my old friend.

Anyone who follows me on Twitter or Goodreads knows my real book brand is despair and gross sobbing.

So here are the top books I read this year that made it really difficult to get … Read More

Sometimes I Read Happy Books, OK

December 20, 2016 |

I read a lot of books this year (116 and counting).

There was a good mix of literary and genre fiction—though much of it ranged from sad to outright snot-busters.

Still, some of it was sweet or even hopeful. So … Read More

The Crafting System 27: The Gift of Fannish Stuff

December 13, 2016 |

Download this episode (right click and save) This week, Eris and Ness tackle gift giving! Eris really likes “Pokemon Sun/Moon.” Ness finished her magic ladies loving ladies “Dragon Age: Inquisition” playthrough and is back on her incredibly OP completionist … Read More

The Crafting System 25: A Mako T-Shirt For Your Heart

November 8, 2016 |

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Ness and Eris talk pens and N7 Day!

Eris has serious opinions about pens and paper

  • The Pilot Metropolitan that Ness likes so much is a good example … Read More

Pancake Sex Book Club: “The Handmaid’s Tale”

October 25, 2016 |

Pancake Sex Book Club tackled Amelia’s spooky (it’s not supposed to be spooky, but it’s too real) pick for October: “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood. We had a lot of feelings about this book that we actually all loved.

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The Crafting System Episode 24: 100 Percent a Little Shit

October 25, 2016 |

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(Alternate but ultimately too long title: Look Around At How Lucky We Are To Be Alive Right Now [In Space].)

Ness and Eris talk to fan fic writer and all around … Read More

The Crafting System Episode 23: Give Me Elves, or Give Me Death

October 11, 2016 |

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Trigger warning: We briefly discuss a fictional character’s suicide from 42:08 to 43:22. Please skip that as needed, and take care of yourself.

  • “Mass Effect.”
  • “Dragon Age: Origins.”
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Invisible Illness Week

October 7, 2016 | | One Comment

Dealing with a chronic illness isn’t new for me. I’ve been dealing with autoimmune arthritis for a third of my life.

What is new (and terrible in ways I did not expect) was how it interacts with mental illness, in … Read More