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FRIDAY, JANUARY 13, 2017

As promised for a few weeks now, here's our big fiction project. 

It's the ERRATICA FICTION series. 

Each short, enthralling book has different characters and settings, but similar themes: the meaning and weirdness of humanity in these United States, told with wry humor and precision prose.

Our already-published story THE MYRTLE OF VENUS is retroactively designated as the first volume.

The second is out now: WHO AM I? WHY AM I HERE?

It's the mysterious tale of an ordinary, clean-cut teenage boy, who learns he has the power to bring about the end of the world. 

He ends up on the run from one group that wants his powers and then another. 

His only ally is a world-weary girl/woman who seems to know more about him and his destiny than he does.

You can get it in tangible paperback form or the popular "ebook" format.

There will be at least three more ERRATICA FICTION volumes over the next year—two more short novels and a story collection.

WEATHER

Sunny and slightly less cold through the weekend.

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SCIENCE!

Experts explain that beautiful and eerie "spinning ice circle" in the Snoqualmie River. No, it's not a publicity tie-in to the "Twin Peaks" revival. (SeaTimes) (image: KCPQ) 

Green Lake's icy top layer sure looks pretty, but don't walk out on it. It's too shallow. (KIRO-TV) 

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ROLIE POLIE OLY

A local economist and business consultant says "it is mathematically impossible" for Washington state to fiscally survive without finally enacting a state income tax. (GeekWire) 

YOU KNOW, FOR KIDS

Seattle's not the only school district facing massive deficits as the "levy cliff" approaches (the time when districts expected the state to have taken over basic education funding). In all, 35 school districts around the Sound face over $225 million in budget shortfalls. (SeaTimes)

IN THE RESISTANCE

Same-sex couples are "rushing to adopt their own kids." (KUOW)

Out-of-state neo-Nazis postponed their anti-Jewish march in Whitefish, MT; partly due to weather but mostly due to not having their permits in order. (Slog) 

TO YOUR HEALTH

There's no good way to dismantle health-care reform without the whole thing collapsing and lives getting endangered. That's the lesson of Wash. state's former "Basic Health" plan. (SeaTimes)

Gov. Inslee and Rep. Pramila Jayapal have the grim stats about how ending the Affordable Care Act, with no replacement in sight, would cost many Washingtonians their lives. (KCPQ) (PubliCola)

The state Dept. of Health filed charges against a Tacoma rehab clinic, claiming it faked treatment reports and falsified test results. (KING) 

DRUGS

A Seattle Police sergeant explains why "arresting people is not helping solve the heroin crisis." (KIRO-FM)

KCPQ's Brandi Kruse: "I watched a young heroin user brought back from the brink of death today."

OIL'S NOT WELL

The State Supreme Court ruled that the huge oil-export terminal plan for the Washington coast has to be reviewed under a state law dating from the Exxon Valdez spill. The decision will delay, and might permanently scuttle, the scheme.(Joel Connelly) (AP)  

THE RACE IS ON

A preschool director says "'colorblind' is not good enough," that parents should have serious talks with their kids about race and privilege. (KUOW)

CRITTERS

You can adopt most any kind of animal at a local shelter. Even a tarantula. (Seattlish) 

SIC TRANSIT

The head of Sound Transit warns that Seattle's at risk of becoming "the poster child for traffic congestion." (PS Biz Journal)

THE BIG A

Amazon says it'll hire another 100,000 full-timers in the next year and a half, across the U.S. and in every department from programming to shipping. That's a 55 percent growth in its domestic workforce. (GeekWire)

UPDATES

Seattle Globalist, the multicultural-news site that recently lost its UW funding, met its recent crowdfunding goals. (Crosscut) 

The Mukilteo shooter was sentenced to life in prison. At his sentencing, he blamed his crime in part on "the ease of getting a gun." (KOMO)

LABOR PANES

An $8.2 million settlement was approved in the case of Sea-Tac airport workers who'd sued Alaska Airlines and other employers under the City of SeaTac's minimum-wage law. (KCPQ) 

R.I.P.

Akio Takamori, 66, was a sculptor, ceramicist, and photographer who dealt with topics of human frailty and the wide gaps between different people's experiences. His last series, "Apology," shows next month at the James Harris Gallery. (Slog)

John "Peter" Sherwin, 70, was the son of refugees from Nazi Germany. A longtime follower of the local political scene, he became a center-stage figure in 2000 when he launched the second Seattle Monorail initiative. It kept alive (albeit briefly) Dick Falkenbury's dream of a "Rise Above It All" transportation network throughout the city, something Sound Transit's only getting around to now. Sherwin died early Thursday after a brief illness.

SPORTS

The Seahawks play a second-round playoff game in Atlanta Saturday.

UW women's basketball at Arizona tonight and Arizona State Sunday.

UW men's basketball lost to Cal 69-59. At Stanford Saturday.

The nationally fifth-ranked Gonzaga men's basketball team whupped Loyola Marymount 93-55. Home vs. St. Mary's Saturday.

An official from Phillip Anschutz's AEG says KeyArena can be rebuilt with private funds, even without an NBA or NHL team to put into it. (PI.com) 

SOMEWHERE OVER THE WEEKEND

RustyCon 34. (Airport Marriott, Fri-Sun)

"14/48: The World's Quickest Theater Festival." (ACT, Fri thru Jan 14) 

"Nomads," dance/martial arts performance. (Velocity Dance, Fri-Sat) 

"The (Curious Case of the) Watson Intelligence," play by Madeleine George. (Ballard Underground, Fri thru Feb. 4)

"Every Five Minutes," play by Linda McLean. (12th Ave. Arts, Fri thru Jan. 30) 

"Each Other," percormance by Tia Kramer and Tamin Totzke. (MadArt, Fri-Sat)

"Forgetting of Being," sound/visual installation by Rachel Green and Daniel Salo. (Jack Straw Gallery, Fri thru March 3) 

 

Eugene Robinson. (UW School of Law, 10 a.m. Fri)

"The Fierce Urgency of Now," MLK Day program. (Mt. Zion Baptist, noon Fri)

Smokey Robinson. (Emerald Queen Casino, Fri) 

Dwight Yoakum, Meghan Patrick. (Moore, Fri)

Crack Sabbath. (Royal Room, Fri) 

Greenriver Thrillers, the Valley, Ancient Warlocks. (Rendezvous, Fri)

Ravenna Woods, Seattle Kokon Taiko, Smokey Brights. (Crocodile, Fri) 

Bootie Seattle: NYE Do-Over Party. (Chop Suey, Fri)

Breeze, Zen Mother, Nail Polish. (Timbre Room, Fri) 

Friday the 13th Fest with Bad Future, Dame, Marriage + Cancer. (Black Lodge, Fri)

"The Seattle Process with Brett Hamil." (NW Film Forum, Fri) 

"School of Rock Performs 21st Century R&B." (Hale's Brewery, Fri)

Author/historian Coll Thrush. (Elliott Bay Book Co., Fri) 

 

Model Railroad Weekend. (Pacific Science Center, Sat-Mon)

David Sidaris manuscript workshop. (Broadway Performance Hall, Sat thru Jan. 20) 

 

Georgetown Art Attack Sat, including "The Life and Legend of Wallace Wood" book release (Fantagraphics Bookstore); P.A. Mathison, Michael Wohl, Tobias the Owl (El Sirenito); NKO and Fogland Studio book release and pop-up market (CoCA Lab) 

 

Town hall meeting to plan inauguration protests, with Councilmember Kshama Sawant. (City Hall, Sat)

Annual MLK Day March. (Martin Luther King Jr. Park, Sat) 

"We Have a Dream," forum on juvenile-justice reform. (Youngstown Center, Sat)

Anti-Oppression/Mass Incarceration Workshop. (Hillman City Collaboratory, Sat)

Civic Saturday. (Washington Hall, Sat)

"State of Africatown 2017" conference. (Langston Hughes Center, Sat)

Seattle Clinic Defense sign-making party. (Victrola Coffee, Sat)

Queer and trans clothing exchange. (Washington Hall, Sat) 

 

"Bring on 2017!," group poetry reading. (Open Books, Sat)

Comedian Kathy Griffin. (Moore, Sat) 

Comedian Amy Miller. (Royal Room, Sat)

El Steiner, Sleepy Pilot, Shagnasty. (Slim's Last Chance, Sat) 

Retromancers. (Goofy's, Sat)

Comedy of Terrors, The Fuzz, Ball Bag, Dustin Hayes. (Darrell's, Sat)

PissWand, The Great Goddamn. (Georgetown Trailer Park Mall, Sat) 

Author panel on trans children. (Elliott Bay Book Co., Sat)

Tyler Nordgren on the history of eclipses. (Town Hall, Sat) 

Novelist Geoff Ryman ("Was"). (U Book Store, Sat) 

"Seattle Made Pop-Up." (Sound & Fog Coffee, Sat)

Robert Millis, Le Sang Song, RobZTV. (Rendezvous, Sat) 

 

"Writers Resist," group reading "to re-inaugurate democracy." (Town Hall, Sun)

KEXP "Expansions" MLK Day Unity Party, with Kid Hops, DJ Riz, Masa, Alex, Sharlese. (NW African American Museum, Sun)

The Road to Nickelsville," documentary about Seattle homeless camps. (NW Film Forum, Sun)

Art estate sale of Arthur S. Aubry. (The Grocery, Sun)

"A Celebration of the Life of Drummer Dave Drewery." (High Dive, Sun)

"Cine-City," local short-film screenings. (Naked City Brewery, Sun) 

"Féstal Turns 20 Fete." (Seattle Center, Sun)

Name and Gender Marker change clinic. (Cloud Room, Sun) 

"Save Health Care" rally with Pramila Jayapal. (Westlake Park, Sun)

"Nerd Grinder" swap meet/market. (Push/Pull, Sun)

Dar Williams, Sherman Alexie. (Triple Door, Sun) 

SIQFUX, DoNormaal, Mic Capes, more. (Chop Suey, Sun) 

INSIDE

Having taken the last two Monday holidays off, we'll be here this next Monday.

QUOTE-O-THE-DAY

(Claudia Rankine, "Citizen"):

"White people wanted to be white just as much as we did. They worked just as hard at it. They failed just as often. They failed more often. But they could pass, so no one objected."

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