“The Bear with the Quantum Heart” in Strange Horizons

They say humans form their first memories at about three years old. I don’t remember when Kayla’s parents first activated me, but I do remember Christmas Eve. My skin was a honey-colored bear cub, all brown eyes and big paws. I was programmed to sing and recite the alphabet, the pad-screens on my paws loaded with scripts to flash colors, letters, and numbers. They tucked me carefully into a big green box with a red bow.

Mom patted me between the ears. “Go to sleep.” The words triggered hibernation mode, and I felt my eyes close.

They hadn’t named me yet. They wanted Kayla to do that herself…

My story “The Bear with the Quantum Heart” is now online in this week’s issue of Strange Horizons. (Squee!) *ahem* You can read it (and comment) here:

http://www.strangehorizons.org/2012/20120820/bear-f.shtml

Another PBS remix

I’m now officially one video behind, since they just posted one of Julia Child today, but if you missed the Bob Ross remix when it was first posted, here it is:

Not quite as good as the Mister Rogers one, but still fun. I admit the artist in me has always cringed at The Joy of Painting as far as artistic style/quality goes (I keep wanting to yell things like “Complementary colors! Gray it down! Atmospheric perspective!”), but as a creative personality, he had some things right, anyway.