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October 17th, 2019

Name change again

Okay, so I finally called the bank with a question that's been causing me to continue to drag my feet about the name change. Because I bought new checks about a month before finding out I could get a name change for free without going through a bunch of hoops, and the new forms to do it are super easy. The forms have been done but not dated or signed since midsummer at least. Anyway, the question I had was if I would have to buy all new checks with my new name. But according to the US bank rep I spoke with, I just have to call them and explain, and they can replace the checks with no charge. Though I'm probably going to take them into the bank itself just in case I need to show them anything.

So now I need to actually go into the courthouse next week to do the thing.

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Bone Witch

Reading a cool book called "The Bone Witch" by Rin Chupeco. Really good so far. Protag is a young woman of color. Takes place in a multi-cultural world (with influences from a wide range of Earth cultures) with magic. And I think the protag's cultural influence is Arabia, but I could be wrong. There are certainly Arab influences in the story, though. The main ones being one culture where women wear head scarves or burqas, the the fact that the evil monsters in the story are called "daeva." (From Zoroastrianism, that religion's versions of demons.)

Here's the premise:

"When Tea accidentally resurrects her brother from the dead, she learns she is different from the other witches in her family. Her gift for necromancy means that she's a bone witch, a title that makes her feared and ostracized by her community. But Tea finds solace and guidance with an older, wiser bone witch, who takes Tea and her brother to another land for training.

"In her new home, Tea puts all her energy into becoming an asha - one who can wield elemental magic. But dark forces are approaching quickly, and in the face of danger, Tea will have to overcome her obstacles...and make a powerful choice."

It's a lovely book so far. Cool world building; nifty system of magic; neat story style; characters diverse in culture, appearance, and personality alike; and it's a page turner! (Well, I'm listening to the audiobook version, but still a page turner, so to speak.)

Oh yeah, and the author is a woman of color.

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