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If you've looked at the news recently, you probably saw something about federal agents grabbing protestors off the street without due process in Portland, Oregon. If this is the first you're hearing of such things, I'm sorry to be the bearer of bad news, and no, that is NOT an exaggeration. We are literally seeing fascist secret police abducting civilians here. REGISTER TO VOTE. DO IT NOW.

And just to be clear: the protests have all happened downtown, inside a small area of a few city blocks. Most of Portland remains undisturbed. And it has always been the police and federal law enforcement initiating and escalating violence. Your mom ain't start nothing, bunk.

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Next Week: Worldcon

Everything's online this year, so I'll have a much better chance of getting to all my panels and other programming on time. See my full CoNZealand schedule.

Last Week: CW+CW

I taught two different writing workshops for two different groups, Clarion West and Cascade Writers, which just happen to have the same initials and are also both based in the Pacific Northwest. If you're a writer, you might be interested in what I had to say about writing dialogue and novel query letters (links to PDF downloads).

This month was the 10th anniversary event for Puzzled Pint, which I helped start with four friends here in Portland back in 2010. The organization is now a 501(c)(3) public charity, I'm the President of the Board, and we have 200+ local volunteers in 70+ cities around the world, sharing our love of puzzles with 3,000+ players every month. Most of us couldn't gather in person this time around, but we continued puzzling. And that's something. Download the July 2020 puzzles and solve them for yourself.

Related: our friend Jonathan recently introduced us to The Search for Planet X, a tabletop game that's basically a competitive logic puzzle--kind of like Clue, but with more complexity and randomized replayability using a mobile app. Read the GeekMom review.
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