Ugh, weekends

Oct. 22nd, 2017 10:43 pm
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So I didn't manage to get everything on my list done this weekend, which is a shame. Also a shame: I woke up this morning, decided to nap for a little while longer, and lost most of the day. Operation wrench sleep schedule back on track is not really continuing apace.

On the other hand, at least I'm watching some new things--I went out with housemates to a friend's place and we watched Hocus Pocus--I think I'd seen it before but it was the first time in a very long while. And I am almost caught up on Star Trek: Discovery, which continues to be good and not necessarily what I consider Star-Trek-y.

I mean, it's really hard to feel like writing or creating optimistic universes right now, but I feel like this one is particularly dark, y'know?

I am also not making progress on writing, which is particularly galling.

In good news, I ordered some new bras online which included a strapless bra, and they arrived and all totally fit! The least comfortable one is the most conventional, bizarrely; both the super fancy lingere bra and the convertable strapless fit like a charm.

So tomorrow: attempting to wake up earlier. We'll see how well this plan actually works.

Treatless Spreadsheet

Oct. 23rd, 2017 12:20 am
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A participant has created a spreadsheet of participants that don't have two gifts yet. You can check it out here.

D&D

Oct. 22nd, 2017 08:02 pm
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Wow. This weekend has been an absolute roller coaster when it comes to D&D. Rambling under the cut. )

=^.^=

Oct. 22nd, 2017 07:34 pm
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So... as those of you who follow me on Twitter know, I accidentally adopted a new cat last weekend. Oops?

Long story short: one of my coworkers has a teenage son who's in college. Said son adopted a cat back in the spring, decided over summer vacation that she was too much work, and left her with his parents when he went back to school. His mom is severely allergic to cats. They tried keeping her for a few weeks, but my coworker's wife ended up in the emergency room unable to breathe because of it, so the cat ended up with me somewhat unexpectedly.

(I'd volunteered to take her, on the condition that WWIII didn't break out in my apartment when I tried introducing a third cat to the mix, but it was something that was tentative and wasn't planned for at least several more weeks. Then I got a phone call last Saturday night asking if my coworker could come by the next morning.)

Anyway...

Everyone, meet Keyleth (also known as Kiki.)











Garrus and Percy have been fine with her from the beginning. They've definitely been more curious than anything else. She, on the other hand, has been a little more wary. At this point, she's just starting to get used to being in a new environment with two much-larger-than-her cats around. (Kiki's approximately two years old, but she's tiny. Even smaller than Tali was, which is saying something.)

So far, so good. I left them alone without shutting anyone up in the bedroom for the first time earlier today, while I played D&D over at the game store near my place, and the apartment was still standing when I got home. Kiki's still somewhat wary of Garrus and Percy, but the worst she's done is hiss and go pout under the bed for a little while before coming back out. And neither of them seems to be taking offense to it, so they're just leaving her be for a bit when she gets to that point.

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Oct. 22nd, 2017 03:06 pm
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Murdered Gods

Oct. 22nd, 2017 01:50 pm
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Murdered Gods by Marina Finlayson

Book #2. Spoilers ahead for Stolen Magic

Read more... )

Insta-Rec

Oct. 22nd, 2017 09:49 am
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Movement and Stillness (1761 words) by lilacsigil

Fandom: Imperial Radch Series - Ann Leckie
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Relationships: Justice of Toren One Esk Nineteen | Breq/Seivarden Vendaai
Characters: Justice of Toren One Esk Nineteen | Breq, Seivarden Vendaai
Additional Tags: Unrequited Love, Drug Use
Summary:

Seivarden feels like she is still in stasis while Breq rushes onward, but there are two sides to every coin.



[personal profile] lilacsigil gives utterly great Imperial Radch.

Time Management for Writers

Oct. 22nd, 2017 11:50 am
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I've been contemplating time management lately. Or rather, I've been thinking that I need to contemplate time management, but I don't have time to do it.

Finding time to write is always a challenge for writers. The only way I've ever found to get significant writing done is to make writing the top priority, and let everything else go. All right, except feeding the cats. But everything else. This works. It works really well, as far as the writing goes. Then one day you wake up and you can't get out of bed because of the mountain of laundry, and you're in serious danger of having to bulldoze the house due to all the minor repairs that have been left to turn into major problems, and everything around you is chaos sheathed in dust. And you have to start digging yourself out, and it takes far longer than just keeping up on it all would have in the first place.

So I've compromised by taking some days and declaring them Writing Days, where nothing else is allowed to claim priority. (Except, of course, the cats.) And other days are House Project Days, or Day Job days, or whatever. This works... less well, though it staggers along. I've never met a house project that didn't extend far beyond the time allotted. The nascent organization I've ended up in charge of doesn't demand much time, except when it suddenly does, and then it can eat days without even a burp. And so on. And suddenly it's been a week since I've had a Writing Day, and that's no way to get writing done.

And it's not just that. If I take a day for writing, is it for actual writing? Or is it for querying, or submitting short stories? The actual writing is inarguably vital to this whole being-a-writer thing. But querying's important too; it doesn't matter how finished the novel is if nobody ever sees it. The same goes for short stories. Researching markets is a huge time-sink, and researching agents can demolish hours in what feels like seconds; it's like web-surfing with justification to keep going.

So I've been trying to time-share days. I can only write for so long; when I've wrung the word-reservoir dry, I can work on that house project, or mow the lawn, or maybe even clean something. (Or maybe not.) But some house projects need an all-day commitment. Or I'll try to tuck the other thing in first, for the sense of accomplishment or to get it out of the way so it doesn't loom distractingly, and suddenly the day's gone and I haven't even turned on the laptop yet. The Day Job has its merits, but it's physically exhausting; not a lot's going to happen after I get home from work. (I try to squeeze exercising in before work, and it sort of works, but it's not the greatest combination with a demanding shift and I'm perpetually running late.) Querying and writing require very different mind-sets, and I find it extremely difficult to switch from one to the other in the same day. And splitting days up like that courts the constant feeling that whatever I'm doing, I should be doing something else.

And that's just the current load. There are things I'd really like to do, but the idea of taking on another obligation has about as much appeal as grabbing a hot stove element. I keep plotting ideas for starting a writers group. I'd really like to get back to regular martial arts training. But I Don't. Have. Time.

So I'm looking for time management suggestions, though I know going in that nothing's going to give me the ten days I week I feel like I need. And it's 2:30 in the morning as I type this, so I'm going to save it to post later and FFS get some sleep.

Frankfurt Book Fair 2017

Oct. 22nd, 2017 05:38 pm
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Two thoroughly exhausting (but mostly in a good way) weeks are behind me; first the Frankfurt Book Fair, then a workshop (in a splendid environment, but still, it was work from morning till night). Hence no posts; I could only get online very briefly.

Macron, Merkel, Rushdie, Atwood et all under the cut )

open up your loving arms

Oct. 22nd, 2017 11:44 am
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Friday night, I took the train to Huntington - the only train they hadn't cancelled, apparently, so it was packed - and met up with my sister, my niece, and my niece's boyfriend's mom, to go see a "Back to the 80s" show with a band called Jessie's Girl at the Paramount.

It was a lot of fun, though there were some things we'd probably do differently if we were to do it again: 1. miss the terrible opening act - it was a DJ who was just really bad at being a DJ despite playing lots of great 80s music. He was just. So. Bad. And I definitely would have gotten at least a bottle of water, since we were upstairs in the seating area and there were so many stairs none of us wanted to go back down to the bar, so I was SO THIRSTY by the time we got back to my sister's, and I woke up with a dehydration headache even though I hadn't had any alcohol. I mean, I hadn't had anything to drink from when I left work at 5 pm to when we got back to Marg's at midnight. That just ain't right.

Anyway, the band was really entertaining, though some of their song choices were puzzling to me (why "Hot for Teacher" of all the Van Halen songs you could have picked?) and there were a few glaring omisions, imo: no Duran Duran! No Pet Shop Boys! No New Order! No "Relax!" No "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go!" No "What I Like About You!" And since they did do "A Little Respect," which I think is more obscure than any of the others (I mean, not to me - it was one of the songs of my senior year of high school - but Marg and Alyssa didn't know it, and Alyssa knew almost every song despite not even being alive in the 80s), and "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)" while dressed up like the dude from Dead or Alive, I don't think the other songs are too much to ask for. Certainly they could have replaced "Sunglasses at Night" and "Somebody's Watching Me" and "Physical" with better songs! but Alyssa says they do a lot of shows so they probably rotate things in and out of the set list.

While the upstairs where we were never filled in, the dance floor was pretty packed with drunk middle aged white ladies, which is pretty entertaining in and of itself.

So we did a lot of dancing, which my knees were not happy about, especially after all the stairs, so yesterday was kind of a painful day.

But because we cover a wide range of enjoyable activities, we went to tea in Port Jeff at brunchtime, and it was lovely, as it always is. The tea shop was all decked out for fall and our reservation was for when it opened, so we had the place to ourselves for most of our time there, which was nice.

In keeping with the 80s theme (not really but it sounds good), I had the Pretty in Pink tea ("a blend of green tea, pomegranate, flowers, nuts, acai and yumberry make up this fruity pale pink tea") iced, and it was both pretty and pink and also delicious. And the scones of the day were apple raisin walnut, and all of the little sandwiches and tea cakes were delicious (except for the grilled goat cheese rounds, which we felt were a mistake, but if you like goat cheese on toasted wheat bread, you'd probably like them).

By then I was exhausted but all the Port Jeff and Ronkonkoma line trains were screwy because of track work (estimated travel time: 2 hours and 39 minutes one way!!!) so Alyssa dropped me at the Islip station on her way home and I took the Babylon branch instead.

I got home and took a two hour nap, and then went to bed after the Yankees lost, so I feel less exhausted now, but I woke up with a cold. My nose won't stop running and my sinuses ache. Bah. I just really want some soup.

But it was a great weekend. A++ would dance and drink tea again.

***

Fandom Meme

Oct. 22nd, 2017 08:10 am
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Thank you all for the lovely birthday wishes yesterday. I'm a little behind on replying to comments, but I'll get there.

Found on my network:

Choose five series fandoms (no peeking before you choose them), list them, and then answer the questions behind the cut.

1. Star Trek: Discovery
2. Legends of Tomorrow
3. Sherlock
4. Sense8
5. Leverage

The Questions )

Dark femslash week : récapitulatif

Oct. 22nd, 2017 10:46 am
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Tout d'abord, j'ai reçu une bannière pour la comm ! Merci beaucoup ! Et merci à tous les participants ! Dites-moi si j'ai oublié un post en récapitulant !


Jour 1 : Non-con/Dubcon

Fics
[français, drabble] Cette femme en noir par malurette (Fullmetal Alchemist, Lust/Riza, M)
[français] Une fleur pour un amour perdu par Nelja (Namesake, Renge/Anlise, M)
[english] Picking Order by anysin (Star Wars Legends: Thrawn Trilogy, Mara Jade/Leia, E)
[français] La petite robe noire par Kandai (Supernatural, Jo/Meg, E)
[english] Turn A Blind Eye by Perlumi (Tokyo Ghoul, Kanae/Eto, M)
[english] It crept up on her by TreeFrogSoup (Zero no Tsukaima, Louise/Kirche, E)

Recs
[english] Fic recs (Torchwood, Greek Mythology, Heroes)


Jour 2 : Inceste

Fics
[français, drabble] Les attentes et la réalité par malurette (Fullmetal Alchemist, Olivia/Catherine, T)
[français] Pas de la bonne façon par Nelja (Souvenirs de Marnie, Anna/Marnie, PG-13)
[english] For Future Reference by anysin (Tekken, Anna/Nina, E)

Recs
[english] Fic recs (Naruto, Oniisama e, Harry Potter)
[english] Manga/anime rec: Oniisama e


Jour 3 : Relations abusives et différence de pouvoir

Fics
[français, drabble] Meilleure qu'elle n'était par malurette (Fullmetal Alchemist, Dante/Layla, T)
[français] Le soin de ses propriétés par Nelja (Fullmetal Alchemist, Dante/Roze, M)
[english] Feel Anything at All by Val_Creative (Harry Potter, Narcissa/Lily, T)
[english] Sweet Pretense by anysin (The Odyssey, Penelope/Servant girls, E)
[français] Les souvenirs derrière le voile par Nelja (Read or Die, Yomiko/Nancy, T)
[english] Untitled ficlet by Skyriazeth (Steven Universe, Jasper/Lapis)
[english] Moon Shines Red by Alexandria (Xena: Warrior Princess, Cyane/Xena, E)

Art
Untitled fanart by Perlumi (Steven Universe, Jasper/Lapis, PG)

Recs
[english] Fic recs (Doctor Who, Serial Experiments Lain, Shoujo Kakumei Utena)
[english] Webcomic rec: Lady of the Shard


Jour 4 : Personnages très jeunes ou grande différence d'âge

Fics
[français] Affolements nocturnes par Nelja (Card Captor Sakura, Tomoyo/Sakura, M)
[français, drabble] Ces enfants qui se prennent pour des adultes par malurette (Fullmetal Alchemist, Paninya/Izumi, T)
[english] Question of Standards by anysin (Kill Bill, O-ren Ishii/Gogo Yubari, M)
[français] La confusion des sentiments par Nelja (Steven Universe, Pearl/Connie, PG)

Recs
[français] Fic recs (Buffy contre les vampires, Contes)
[english] Book rec: Claudine à l'école (Colette)
[english] Anime/manga rec: Alien Nine


Jour 5 : Mort de personnage

Fics
[english] Dead Girl's Memory by anysin (Final Fantasy 7, Tifa/Aerith, T)
[français, drabble] Un sort injuste par malurette (Fullmetal Alchemist, Winry/Rose, K+)
[français] Le monde des vivants par Nelja (Mythologie hawaiienne, Hi'iaka/Hopoe, T)

Recs
[english] Fic recs (Noir, Greek mythology, Fullmetal Alchemist)
[english] Manga rec: Rg Veda


Jour 6 : Amour/haine

Fics
[français, drabble] Déceptions par malurette (Fullmetal Alchemist, Mei/Lan Fan, K+)
[français] Expiations par Nelja (Kushiel's Legacy, Phèdre/Mélisande, M)
[english] Dreams and fantasies by anysin (Smallville, Tess/Lois, M)

Recs
[english] Fic recs (Silmarillion, Penny Dreadful)
[english] Anime rec: Michiko e Hatchin
[english] Book rec: Kushiel's Legacy (Jacqueline Carey)


Jour 7 : Au choix

Fics
[français, drabble] Le malheur des uns par malurette (Fullmetal Alchemist, Maria/Gracia, K+)
[english] Like a Queen by Alexandria (Marco Polo, Chabi/Mei Lin, M)
[français] D'en bas on croit que c'est une aube qui point par Nelja (Oniisama e, Rei/Nanako, T)
[english] Welcoming Committee by anysin (Original fic, M)
[english] The Closest/Thing by Val_Creative (Tomie, Tomie/Ann, M)

Art
Untitled fanart by Skyriazeth (Steven Universe, Jasper/Lapis, PG)

Recs
[english] Fic recs (Naru Taru, Silmarillion, Lain)
[english] Anime rec: Noir
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Title: Movement and Stillness

Characters/Pairing: Breq/Seivarden unrequited

Fandom/Universe: Imperial Radch

Rating and Content Notes: Teen

Word count: 1760

Notes: Thanks to [personal profile] st_aurafina 2017.

Summary: Seivarden feels like she is still in stasis while Breq rushes onward, but there are two sides to every coin.

Movement and Stillness )

Also at AO3

A Dragon of a Different Color

Oct. 21st, 2017 09:04 pm
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A Dragon of a Different Color by Rachel Aaron

Book 4, picking up speed so that the volumes are more like divisions in a single story. Serious spoilers ahead.
Read more... )

Things I will do today:

Oct. 21st, 2017 01:55 pm
aris_tgd: Whitestar crashing, "And when you fall as Lucifer fell, you fall in flame" (Whitestar Lucifer Fall)
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Well, things I'm planning on doing today, anyway:

- Eat lunch. Self-explanatory.

- (Hand)wash my summerweight wool dresses and put them away. The putting them away part might actually happen tomorrow, since it takes a while to dry them.

- Run a load of laundry that includes my jeans so that I have the option of wearing jeans next week.

- Finish my Yuletide letter squeeing for goodness' sake

- Play a few hours of Stellaris (this isn't really a goal, just an acknowledgment that it's going to happen)

- Pick up some more things around my room

- Go to Home Depot and buy a hangar rack/crates for shoes? Maybe? Install those things? Put up shelves? Now we're getting into blue sky dreaming territory. Ha ha ha. (I have shelving units from Ikea I've been meaning to put on my walls since I moved in. That would be a good project too.)

Let's see how much actually gets done...

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Oct. 21st, 2017 03:23 pm
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Oct. 21st, 2017 03:01 pm
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