Yes! In the latest Hawaii Fiction Writers group anthology, a fundraiser for the Friends of the Library chapters at Aina Haina Library and Kapolei Public Library:

Kissing Frogs and Other Quirky Fairy Tales

Thank you, editors extraordinaire Michael, Gail and Carol Catanzaritti (in memoriam).

While mine (“The Disrespectful Prince and The Frog”) is (as always) AWESOME, there are 25 other beautiful, funny, clever and nearly-awesome retellings of fairy tales along the lines of the old Fractured Fairy Tales cartoons.

So buy yourself a copy, buy your friends copies, buy your exes copies, buy your enemies copies, buy copies and donate them to your local school and prison libraries. And rejoice in great stories and in being an Official Goodness on the Face of the Earth™ for supporting our libraries!

The one that said, “These are not the droids we’re looking for.”

His failure ended his career and he was thrown out of the Imperial service there on Tattoine. He became a regular at the Mos Eisley Cantina, drowning himself in the bitter clutches of drink until he finally died homeless, alone and scorned by Imperials and rebels alike as “weak minded.”

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/jan/05/if-the-aliens-lay-eggs-how-does-that-affect-architecture-sci-fi-writers-on-how-they-build-their-worlds

Interesting discussions about world-building, from a diverse collection of writers – Alastair Reynolds, Nnedi Okorafor, M. John Harrison, etc.

Big difference between the islands and much of the mainland: We don’t have an economy outside of tourism.

The military is the next big chunk here, but it’s not rushing to fill the gap. Much of the military economy here is skilled labor (technicians, specialists), with very few opportunities for out-of-work restaurant servers and hotel staff.

Our politicians are too much in the pockets of the tourist industry, in my opinion. That’s why we get a smattering of affordable housing with a larding of luxury high rises aimed at rich corporations and non-residents.

I think this would have been a good opportunity to balance things better. Tourism is an addictive drug; for decades it has been easy money, crowding out investment in anything else. Why risk investing in healthcare, green infrastructure, manufacturing, IT or even high-end farming (gourmet coffee or chocolate), when you could build or renovate a Waikiki hotel and start making millions right off the bat?