These Saturday Waffling posts are ostensibly sponsored by my >$5 a week patrons at Patreon, but only like five of them ever gave me links to what they'd like me to plug for them, so now I'm just unabashedly trying to shame the rest into giving me them so I don't just have to link Eric Rosenfield's site week after week after week. First off, I'm pleased to announce that not only did we hit the $290 threshold for "High Sparrow," we've reached $300, which means I'll be reviewing all ten episodes of Game of Thrones Season Five. I'm intrigued by this "small milestones leading directly to extra content" idea, so if the Patreon makes it to $310, I'll bang up one of the essays that would otherwise wait for the Capaldi book (which in turn will wait for there to be an end in sight to Capaldi's tenure), namely "Outside the Government: Marcelo Camargo," a look at the leaked workprints and their implications for Doctor Who, television, and anything else that comes to mind.
Second off, thanks to everyone for the very generous response to my Hugos piece. I am especially flattered by the people who said they'd be nominating it in next year's Hugos. My current thinking, very much subject to change, is that I'll knock together a small book containing it, Recursive Occlusion, and some other short pieces and aim to get that out this year along with Eruditorum Volume 6. (I'll probably do this in lieu of a wide release of Recursive Occlusion's standalone "art book" version, which you can still buy here.)
And third off, since it seemed a popular aspect of "Guided By the Beauty of Their Weapons," I'm curious: who had heard of Janelle Monáe before that piece? Who has gone and looked at more than just one song? What songs of hers do people like? Why is she so awesome? And have you seen her latest video?