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YouTube is full of videos where young white men, often times armed, stand up to police and force the officers to back down. With African-Americans, however, the rules are often different and knowing your rights will get you Tasered or worse. One African-American man recorded an encounter with police where he avoided getting arrested or shοt while preserving his rights.

When cops knocked on his door looking for a fugitive, Avel Amarel was determined to record the incident and not allow officers to illegally enter his home, according to a video posted on

Police told Amarel that they wanted to search his home because of an incident that occurred in the parking lot, but Amarel told the officers that the person they were looking for was not inside his home and he wasn’t allowing police to enter without a warrant.

Officer, I can’t let you inside without a search warrant,” he says.

Early in the encounter, an officer attempts to get Amarel to stop recording cell phone video, using the excuse that he didn’t know what the object was. Amarel informed the officer that the object in question was a cell phone and continued recording.

Throughout the video, Amarel refuses to let up, asking officers for three forms of identification. The officers never present any ID, but ask Amarel for ID, but he refuses. Amarel asks the officers whether he’s suspected of a crime and when the officers explain again about the fugitive, Amarel tells them that only he and his family are at the home.

When one officer asks for permission to search the home, Amarel tells him to come back with a warrant. Eventually the officers leave in frustration.


New Visitors to Theradane?

Not too long ago, the question was asked: Will “A Year and a Day in Old Theradane” be reprinted in any other venue or made available online for those who haven’t bought or cannot afford to buy the ROGUES anthology?

I played coy because the contract had not yet been signed, but as it happened, not twelve hours earlier I had been approached for online reprint rights to that very story. 

So, the good news is: “A Year and a Day in Old Theradane” will be appearing in UNCANNY MAGAZINE #5, July 2015. As per usual, the full issue can be purchased in eBook format (PDF, EPUB, MOBI) first, and selected contents will also be available free online at various times. In this case, that’s August.

SO: If you want it early, along with lots of other great stuff from a magazine worth supporting, buy the issue in July. If you want it for free to read online, you need only wait until August, and those fabulous ladies and their friendly automaton will give you all the magical heist goodness your heart could desire.

You can check out everything Uncanny has to offer at:
Man refuses to let cops search house without warrant, films police despite protests

A video recently uploaded to Facebook shows a man demanding a search warrant of police officers at his door who claimed the man could be harboring a criminal. Police in the US are generally required to have a search warrant to enter a home.

Avel Amarel, according to, recorded every moment of his interaction with two officers of the local sheriff’s department. The officers said they were seeking a “wanted felon” who allegedly beat a woman in the apartment complex where Amarel lives.

Police immediately asked Amarel multiple times to turn off his camera. Each time, Amarel refused, as his right.

Amarel then asked for identification of the two officers, to which one amused officer asked, “Do you want to play games?” Amarel responded, “I’m not playing games.”

The officer then says, “I’m going to drag you out, if you….” before stopping, to which Amarel quickly replied, “That’s why I’m recording this. Straight to YouTube.”

Amarel said only he and his family were in the house, and that he saw the alleged criminal “walk off.” Police repeatedly asked for Amarel’s proof of identification, which he refused each time and, in turn, asked police for their own identification. Some US states do not require proof of identification unless one is driving a vehicle and the officer has reasonable suspicion of a crime or traffic violation.

Amarel continued to insist that he was not “harboring a fugitive,” and that police did not have probable cause. Police finally relented after Amarel repeated that they must get a search warrant before entering.

ROGUES lands TODAY! June 17th! This anthology, edited by two obscure up-and-comers named Gardner Dozois and George R.R. Martin, contains a bevy of 100% fresh and original stories by GRRM, Cherie Priest, Pat Rothfuss, Connie Willis, Neil Gaiman, Gillian Flynn, Joe Abercrombie, and many more, including yours truly! My (long) short story “A Year and a Day in Old Theradane,” though it falls outside the Gentleman Bastard milieu, is nonetheless a spiritual cousin, following the late-career adventures of Amarelle Parathis, AKA the Duchess Unseen, a reluctantly retired thief with a legendary crew.

“It was raining when Amarelle Parathis went out just after sunset to find a drink, and there was strange magic in the rain. It came down in pale lavenders and coppers and reds, soft lines like liquid dusk that turned to luminescent mist on the warm pavement. The air itself felt like champagne bubbles breaking against the skin. Over the dark shapes of distant rooftops, blue-white lightning blazed, and stuttering thunder chased it. Amarelle would have sworn she heard screams mixed in with the thunder.

The gods-damned wizards were at it again.”

You can grab it from Barnes & Noble:

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Or from your local specialty retailer, who will undeniably love you for the purchase.



Mendiga voz, por Alejandra Pizarnik.

Y aún me atrevo a amar

el sonido de la luz en una hora muerta,
                                                                                                                            el color del tiempo en un muro abandonado.

En mi mirada lo he perdido todo.
                                                                                                                            Es tan lejos pedir. Tan cerca saber que no hay.

Begging voice, by Alejandra Pizarnik.

And yet I dare to love

the sound of the light in the dead hour, 

the colour of the time in a derelicted wall.

In my gaze I have lost everything.

It is so far away to ask. So nearby to know that there is nothing.


This image was taken in Cabo Polonio, Uruguay in February 2012 by Vanesa Amarelle, around 3pm in very hot weather. Circumzenithal arcs form when downcoming sunrays enter the uppermost horizontal face of oriented plate crystals and then leave through a vertical side face. The result is the refraction of rays that produce very pure and well-separated prismatic colours; they look like upside-down rainbows.

Cabo Polonio is a caserío (hamlet), found on the tip of a moon-sliver shaped peninsula in the eastern coast of Uruguay in the Rocha Department.


See a previous post on circumzenithal arcs here:
More on Cabo Polonio here:
Image: Vanesa Amarelle

angelcandices : Só agradece a esse dia que foi dado
Agradece à natureza e o cuidado
Agradece, novo dia, outra chance de recomeçar
Graças te damos pela vida
Pela oportunidade de cantar e ser ouvida
Graças te damos pelo amor
Esperança que inspira, luta contra o opressor
Amarelou fui, janela abriu e o sol entrou
Trazendo vida, inspiração, luz que foi jah jah que mandou. - Marina Peralta +Planta e RAiz.

Amarele você também!

Existem momentos na sua vida que te fazem refletir onde suas escolhas te levam,como uma simples escolha pode mudar um rumo de uma história?
Talvez você pegou um atalho e se deparou com um beco sem saída,ali diante de tanta escuridão e solidão você parou pra refletir, quem realmente esteve com você,que escolhas você fez e o que suas escolhas fez de você.
quem éramos? O que nos tornamos?
Você se reconhece?talvez essas perguntas te levaram a uma nostalgia,ou várias, sejam boas ou más.
Com certeza elas estão  relacionada às escolhas, sim, escolhas que você fez ao longo da vida. Nos temos que escolher coisas, pessoas, caminhos, temos que fazer isso todos os dias e o dia todo,da simples as mais difíceis, todas elas influenciarão no nosso futuro.
Correr ou ficar?
Xingar ou acalmar?
Magoar ou perdoar?
Sorrir ou chorar?
E tantas outras perguntas, as vezes parecem tão simples né(tipo sorrir ou chorar? É obvio que escolheremos sorrir!)será mesmo?Você  conseguiria sufocar todas as suas dores por traz de sorrisos? Ninguém consegue isso, não por muito tempo,nós somos fracos,somos falhos, somos humanos, temos todo direito de colocar pra fora quando estamos sobrecarregados e ai então vem mais uma pergunta,como você colocaria esta dor pra fora? Essa escolha tem influenciado a vida de bilhões de pessoas,um momento de fúria pode acabar com milhares de vidas,foi descarregando sua fúria que um atirador invadiu uma escola e matou milhares de crianças,foi num momentos de fúria que cada suicida tirou sua vida na tentativa de calar uma dor,mas hoje eu convido a você a descarregar de forma certa a sua fúria,se você está vivo a sua esperança também tem que permanecer,se as escolhas más que você fez tornou você uma pessoa triste,transtornada,você  precisa lembrar que ainda há tempo, ainda há tempo de fazer novas escolhas, novas escolhas que te levarão  pra novos caminhos,tirar sua vida não vai calar sua dor,mas você irá espalhar essa dor pra todas as pessoas que te amam,imagina só se sua mãe não  escuta mais sua voz,ou seus amigos não  te vêem mais, você  pode pensar que não  faz diferença  Ou achar que não é amada, mas todos esses pensamentos negativos é a sua dor que te sufoca e não te permite que enxergue ao redor e perceba que o dia é  mais feliz com você,eu tenho certeza que Deus teve muito amor ao te criar, te criou pra ser a menina dele,a menina com quem ele tem todo amor do mundo pra cuidar,você não é um peso, você não é um problema,você é uma solução, a resposta para todos os seus problemas esta dentro de você mesmo o único  trabalho que você  terá é que se descobrir, descobrir seu próprio enigma, achar a chave que abre o porão onde você sacudiu todos os seus sonhos e motivos pra sorrir.
Menina sufoca teus medos, teus pesadelos e tudo aquilo que te faz mal,jamais em hipótese alguma deixe que algo te sufoque,você é forte, muito forte,só precisa refletir de onde vem sua força,só precisa aprender a escolher bem,eu escolhi desabar nos braços de um pai amoroso e deixar que ele cuide de todos os meus problemas eu sei e confio que ele sabe, pode e resolverá todos eles, o meu coração tem andado tão aliviado desde que eu resolvi não ser peso.
Claro que ainda existem momentos difíceis, porque a bíblia já nos adverte que na vida teremos aflições, mas o nosso pai nos manda ter bom ânimo porquê ele já venceu todas elas! Não há nada no mundo que ele não possa resolver,nada,então do que você teme tanto?
-Myllena Ellen
#setembroamarelo #euamarelei
"A Year and a Day in Old Theradane," coming in ROGUES on June 17th

From the editorial super-team of Gardner Dozois and George R.R. Martin comes ROGUES, a huge anthology of 21 new and original stories from a fairly epic cast of writers whose coattails I get to ride. My piece is a novella titled “A Year and a Day in Old Theradane,” featuring another iteration of the classic thiefy ensemble, up to their necks in wizardly trouble in a dangerous city they can’t leave.

Amarelle Parathis, the Duchess Unseen, globe-trotting criminal mastermind, has been living an uneasy retirement in the city of Theradane for several years. Pursued by authorities in every corner of the world, she and her crew have traded most of their purloined treasures for the life of honest citizens in a sovereign sanctuary that thumbs its nose at extradition treaties.

“Better to say nothing and be thought a fool,” says a sober Amarelle, “than to interfere in the business of wizards and remove all doubt.” Unfortunately, she’s not always sober, and the business of wizards is about to reach out and seriously provoke her…

Amarelle’s crew includes the sorceress-mixologist Sophara Miris, artificer extreme (and Sophara’s wife) Brandwin Miris, the sentient automaton Shraplin Self-Made, and the master forger Jadetongue Squirn, a goblin grappling with a certain crisis of confidence. Five crooked souls, two warring wizards, one completely insane scheme, and a year and a day to bring it all together or die trying…

If you think you can stand my voice, click the link above to hear me read the first five sections of the story (recorded live in Seattle last year).

June 17th! I’m not suggesting you should pre-order fifteen copies for you, your pets, and your relatives, I’m just suggesting you should pre-order fifteen copies for you, your pets, and your relatives.

things i am thinking of nominating for yuletide

unless someone else is going to take care of it for me, since i only get three noms:

The Middleman
1. Wendy Watson
2. Noser
3. The Middleman
4. Ida

1. Tenar
2. Ged
3. Penthe

A Year and a Day in Old Theradane
1. Amarelle Parathis
2. Shraplin Self–Made
3. Sophara Miris
4. Brandwin Miris

Roman Holiday
1. Joe Bradley
2. Princess Ann

The Philadelphia Story
1. Tracy Lord
2. CK Dexter Haven
3. Macauley Connor
4. Elizabeth Imbrie

Blue Beetle
1. Jaime Reyes
2. Paco Tejas
3. Brenda Del Vecchio
4. Milagro Reyes

Ocean’s Movies
1. Danny Ocean
2. Rusty Ryan

Gotham Academy
1. Olive Silverlock
2. Mia “Maps” Mizoguchi
3. Pomeline Fritch

Someone else will do O11, right? And Middleman? I feel like I rely on other people to nominate the things I think I can write and then I’m always surprised when many of those things don’t end up in the mix and sometimes I struggle to find enough things I feel I can offer. (I don’t generally seem to have that problem with requests! *g*) Of course, there have been occasions when I got the fandom I really wanted to write in and then had a miserable time, and times when I got an assignment where I was like “I offered THAT?!” and it turned out great, so who can say?