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happy (late >.< ) birthday [livejournal.com profile] nomercles! here's to cake. and glitter. and more cake. the glitter's edible. :D

dancing boys: *bunny hop*

my curling team finally lost. sigh. it was a close game, tho, and speaking only for myself, i made some crap shots. but it was fun, and at least i got some exercise.

yesterday i helped [livejournal.com profile] tamalinn run errands (and i got to be moral support and a second opinion at a frame store) and then went into boston proper to see kali wallace - aka @kaliphyte, aka [personal profile] ignipes - and adriana mather, who i don't know, promote their new books. said books are kinda spooky, so it was even seasonally appropriate. :D (there was supposed to be a third author, sm parker, but she was sick.) they talked about writing and research and their books and afterwards i just stayed there and hung out with them, plus adriana's mom plus another author who lives in greater boston plus someone else whose relationship to anyone else i don't know. writers are fun people to hang out with, and even tho i know kali from spn fandom, there was almost no fannish discussion. kali's book is the memory trees, and since i really liked her first one - shallow graves, which is nicely creepy and disturbing but not keep-me-awake scary - i expect to like this one too.

i got home late, tho.

since i mentioned richard spencer speaking at the u of florida, it's only fair i share video of the audience yelling "fuck you". heh. apparently someone asked him what it was like to be punched in the face on camera.

all the world will be your enemy, prince with a thousand enemies.

in the news of the weird, someone's abandoning cucumbers in a town in the uk. please tell me this is a true thing, because how silly and bizarre.

i am grout. because don't we all need a random pun in our lives?

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Oct. 22nd, 2017 03:27 pm
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Killing time on a sunday afternoon.

I seem to have an aversion to the south. :-)

Create Your Own Visited States Map


I obviously need to visit more of Canada.

Create Your Own Visited Provinces and Territories Map

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Oct. 22nd, 2017 02:41 pm
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I slept really, really badly last night. We went to bed a little after 11, and at 3, I was still awake. I think I slept through Scott getting up to go to work. At least, I don't remember him going. During the not sleeping part of things, I was in that state where my body was almost relaxed and my mind was too unfocused for getting up to do something else (I couldn't have kept my eyes open), but I couldn't get either mind or body to let go and actually sleep. If sleeping were falling, this would be the equivalent of getting snagged on something three quarters of the way down. I couldn't go back up, and I couldn't make it to the bottom either. (I know-- The analogy's not great since falling is painful and undesirable and sleep is beneficial. Just go with me. I can't think of anything better.)

This getting stuck at the almost asleep stage is really pretty common for me. It's why I always boggle at the folks who say that, if I can't sleep, I should get up and do something else and go back to bed when I can sleep. I have no idea how getting up to do something else would be possible when the only part of my brain that's functioning is the tense, anxious bit that says that letting go is dangerous and/or wasteful.

I end up spinning a lot of stories when I'm in that state. I can't tell, though, if the stories prolong the difficulty or just fill the time. Or, maybe, even are a beneficial side effect since my plausibility editors tend to be offline just then which can lead to me having ideas that I actually can turn into stories later.

Scott and I mostly just relaxed at home last night. We took a walk out around 7 p.m. because someone from the other side in Ingress hit the science and nature center. I was confused by the rhythm of how the attacks went and by what was attacked when, but all was explained when we got there and found the place full of people. There was a Halloween event for families, and pretty much all of the timing weirdness makes sense if the other player had a kid or kids and was following them and only playing when they stopped for long enough to be safe.

Scott made level 10 as a result, so it was all good. He sent a thank you to the other player over the game comms which we hope was taken as sincerely as it was meant. He doesn't get much chance to play, especially this time of year, unless something happens at the science and nature center.

I need to go back through my journal and check against the other records I've been keeping, but last night gave me a strong indication that the breakthrough menstrual bleeding I've been having for months might actually correlate with when I take long walks. I think that will be a project for tomorrow while Cordelia's at school. I'll be seeing the gynecologist on the 9th, and I don't think I need to have that checking done any sooner than that.

Avatar: Legend of Korra, s2

Oct. 22nd, 2017 09:00 pm
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I binged season 2 as well! (Seasons 3 and 4 will probably be one-ep-an-evening rewards for actually doing something useful.)

The plot was more standard stereotypical good vs evil. I liked the worldbuilding of the whole Avatar's origins thing and also the spirit realm. The whole business acquisitions and Ferric (sp?) B-plot was annoying, but I recognize that it sort of had to be there. Mako's noir cop subplot was not enjoyable. Again, I did not like Bolin or his subplot, and I did not at all like the romance. Mako came across as a two-timing asshole, as love triangle centerpoints are wont to.

The theme of family was a better fit to the writers' strengths than love subplots. I liked Tenzin and Bumi and Kaya sort of ... connecting with each other (though wow was Aang a bad parent). Iroh makes an appearance! (In fact, both Irohs made appearances! I am pleased with both.) Not enough Lin Bei Fong bending displays of awesome competence.

spoilers )

due south series 1

Oct. 22nd, 2017 01:32 pm
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a while ago i wrote some very quick thoughts about every episode of star trek TNG. this is that... but with dS. interestingly, despite star trek being the classic, and being super awesome (obviously), due south is more consistent. there haven't really been any episodes that out right suck. at all. most episodes rock.

so why isn't this show a super classic that we are currently talking about rebooting? it's got everything! heroism, friendship, moral dilemmas, mounties, magical realism - EVERYTHING.

series 1 - in which our hero arrives in the windy city )

costumes, due south, near and far

Oct. 22nd, 2017 12:43 pm
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having one of the low writing moments of the year. currently trying to put together some words for the new edition of 'the way forward', but even as i'm writing stuff like 'this is so exciting - it's not too late for me to part of a literal apa that comes through the literal post', i'm also thinking - it is too late but because of me, rather than because of the zine. if this was a year ago, or two years ago, i'd be writing you LOADS of stuff about what roj blake thinks about his life, etc. what i have written about instead is fandom, but it's been hard going.

writing this post because i thought there should be some posts on my livejournal. maybe i will write some more thoughts about due south, but in a separate post. we're about mid series 2. it's still good, though paul haggis has stopped writing. a thing that i did not expect at all has happened - but there's less fall out than i would have expected from this show as well.

about a month ago we went to the RSC costume jumble sale in stratford upon avon. if you like the thrill of the chase, shakespeare, and accumulating useless tat, and you get the opportunity to go, you should DEFINITELY go. it was very exciting. three massive rooms of period and modern costumes, all incredibly cheap. we bought three bin bags of stuff (i love accumulating useless tat) and had to lug it around stratford for the rest of the day until the cloak room for the midday matinee blessedly opened. our swag included a doublet, several pairs of shoes (period, and modern), a dress worn by guenievere in a production of the morte d'arthur (although alas, only an under dress - but i was like: i love arthur! i must have), a silk tudor-style dress, some silly hats, and some jumpers. i started to write about this right now, because i am currently wearing one of the jumpers while i sit here, still in my pyjamas, typing this post to you from sunday morning. it's this one from arden of faversham. very sexy, obviously. cleaning lady chic. it's quite nice though.

i only know where it's from, btw, as all the costumes have tags inside them, which is another nice feature. i haven't seen this play.

i've been playing lots of board games, obviously. in the maths trade we received: kingdom builder, brass, lords of xidit, and mottanai. unfortunately brass and xidit need LOTS of people, so not only have i not played them, i dont think we're likely to play them soon.

also - if you are interested in spending money to acquire semi-useful tat (by which i mean board games) you might like to take a look at the near and far: amber mines kickstarter - which closes on the 4th november. i LOVE 'near and far' (my favourite game of the moment) AND 'above and below' and quickly pledged to get all the extras, which includes new stories and cool stuff for both games. tonnes of stretch goals have been unlocked already, including co-op mode, which we've been sent as a print and play to play now! you can also buy the original game through the kickstarter, but then you'd have to WAIT.

anyway - i recommend it.

On Trigger Warnings

Oct. 22nd, 2017 12:52 pm
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I see the Grauniad have seen fit to publish yet another wilful misunderstanding of the purpose of trigger warnings today, this time from David Mitchell.

Trigger Warnings are there to give people extra information about the media they are consuming. It's like when the continuity announcer says before the showing of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre that "this film contains strong language and scenes that some viewers might find upsetting". It's not censorship to allow people to make a free and informed choice about their media consumption.

The purpose of a trigger warning is to be courteous to people who have PTSD. It's not saying "do not read this". It's saying "if you read this, be mentally prepared to see something that might trigger PTSD flashbacks".

If you really think that allowing people to make an informed choice about something that could cause them a panic attack is a bad thing, then I think you are an inconsiderate, thoughtless arsehole. Sorry.
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... However, as it is for publication in Liberator, you'll have to wait to read it :þ

Once Liberator has landed on doormats I'll put the review up on Goodreads and link to it here. But if you want a little spoiler, although I had some criticisms I genuinely quite enjoyed it, and will definitely buy his next (if he ever writes another).

Avatar: Legend of Korra, s1

Oct. 22nd, 2017 10:26 am
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...I marathoned it yesterday. Oops?

In any case, well, I did not go in completely unspoiled (I knew how the love triangle would end, frex), and ended up skipping some bits because embarrassment squick, but I like Korra as a protagonist more than Aang, so. (Also she's not 12 and looks post-pubescent so I can buy her in romantic plotlines without going DO NOT WANT.)

Korra's brash and powerful and determined and hot-headed and very, very relateable. She also has some visible muscles and is in general an A+ character design. I went all starry-eyed from the moment I saw her in the firebending test being all competent-like. Also, nice hairdo.

Bolin, eh, I really wish he'd grow up beyond the comic relief guy. Mako's a bit better and I in general like the competence – and in fact, I like him as a character – but the whole love triangle bits were eye-roll worthy. Also, Zuko was hotter. (I don't mind the current ship configuration, I just ... don't necessarily ship it.) I like Asami, she's cool and competent and I love the "use their own tech against them" thing she's got going!

My most favoritest character, however, is Lin Bei Fong. She was just there at the start, but s1e6 (And the Winner Is...) featured a metalbending tour de force with the cables and Korra and ... drool. Everything after that has been so, so delightful and delicious. Metalbending on her uniform! Genuinely cares about her underlings! Willing to sacrifice herself!

Worldbuildingwise, I like that progress has happened. 1890s-to-WWI -analogous periods are much more interesting than the tech level of the original A:tLA. Steampunk!

The villain did have good points, which is what I want from a villain, ending spoilers )

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Oct. 21st, 2017 06:02 pm
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Cordelia came home from school, did her homework, and then crashed in our room until we roused her at about 9:45 to get her into her own bed (Scott and I both using c-PAPs makes relocating for the night more difficult). She got up about 9:00 this morning after sleeping straight through.

Scott commented that he hadn't realized that getting less that four hours of sleep would hit her that heavily and that he wouldn't have insisted that she go to school if he'd known. I gave him a look of utter disbelief because I find it weird that he'd think that she wouldn't feel it. Also, he leaves an hour before Cordelia does, and I was prepared to overrule him on that if I thought she couldn't do it. If it hadn't been Friday, I probably wouldn't have sent her. Knowing that she didn't have to be anywhere before 5 p.m. today was a major factor in my decision.

I took down and washed the shower curtain because it had gotten to the point of being really nasty. I think we need to replace the bath mat, too. I've wanted to do that for a very long time, but Scott paid a lot of money for-- of all things-- a memory foam bath mat. I have no idea why he wanted that. It's not as if anyone stands there for long enough that it matters. Mainly, what the memory foam means is that it sucks in water and takes forever to dry. At this point, it's starting to smell, so I think I can get away with pitching it. It's really not washable unless I want to do it by hand somehow. Given that I hate the dratted thing... Well, it's not happening.

I'm kind of surprised that it didn't get to this point sooner. I think we've had it about three years. I just loathe it because the area in front of the tub is also the area in front of the sink. I despise having the wet squish under my feet when I go to wash my hands or brush my teeth or do anything that requires the sink. I've asked Scott to dry off in the tub so that the mat doesn't get that soaked, but it's apparently not something he can remember to do.

I posted another story in the House of Sulfur and Mercury sequence yesterday. It's short, just something I kind of dashed off that's set about thirty years after the end of We Are Where We Began. It will make zero sense without reading the earlier stories in the arc.

I haven't been doing formal announcement posts for most stories in this arc because I figure there's not a lot of overlap between between people reading here and people following that story. Am I wrong? Then again, I'm not sure how big an overlap there is between people reading here and people interested in any of the fic that I do formally announce.

I wrote between 800 and 900 words yesterday, some of it was the Amber story I mentioned above and some of it was a Weiss Kreuz story that I'm really hoping is near done. It's a one shot smut thing that's been in progress for years. I just wasn't sufficiently motivated before to really look at it and get it done. I think that right now I'm going to focus as much as I can on finishing some of the shorter WIP that are sitting on my hard drive. Of course, some of them are sitting because I have a suspicion that they want to grow into novels or even more than that in length. Others are sitting because I know there's something broken in what I've written so far but can't quite tell what.

The three stories I still might finish for [community profile] weissvsaiyuki all have their own difficulties. One needs massive amounts of description. One needs at least another 5000 words and has characterization problems in the parts already written. The third is the one I'm working on right now, and that... I'm concerned that the characterization is too far from canon. Then I remind myself that, working just from the anime, Schwarz doesn't actually have that much canon. There's a good bit pulled from other sources, but I can't always tell that from fanon, and, well, I tend toward divergent AUs anyway, so I probably shouldn't fuss about it. People don't read my WK fanfic for accuracy of canon voice and/or details. At least, I'd be very surprised if anyone does.

I try to be canon accurate when writing for exchanges but often play with backstory and characterization and such while writing for other purposes.
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i am literally having a conversation with tumblrbot rn. wtf.

i changed my chaos tumblr's name to lullabyforahelix, btw. i am now a tswift fanblog. i think.

i think i've already talked about ...ready for it?. but it is still a spectacular song. the "burton to this taylor" line still slays me.

4. how do you take your coffee/tea?

with a fUCKTON of sugar. about four times the about of sugar my mom takes. tea without milk, coffee with milk. i like black tea, sulaimani chai (lemon + honey + mint), ginger honey lemon tea, and orange+spice tisanes. i like citrusy flavours. green tea is gonna take me a while to get used to.

okay goodnight.
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On a first listen, Gorgeous doesn't seem to have any of the lyrical sharpness promised in reputation, but listen again and goOD GODDAMN THIS SONG IS A FKN PARODY AND IT IS HILARIOUS AND BRILLIANT I AM SUNK AND DROWNED AND DEAD SEND HELP. oh and THAT DING. SLAYED AND GONE. THAT FKN DING.

On a lighter, more cool-headed note:

3. what random objects do you use to bookmark your books?

bills, all the freaking time. when i buy a book, i always hold on to the bill, because knowing me, i'm gonna start reading the second i have my hands on it and knowing me, there are zero bookmarks in my backpack.

i also have this really cool handcrafted metal bookmark, which is not paper, so it counts.

i remember using a book to bookmark another book at one point. my pencil box in school, always. my phone, if nothing else is handy. laptop charger wire once, i think.

if nothing's handy, i leave the book facedown. the literal LAST resort is dog-earing a page. i hate dog-earing books.
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(banner by [personal profile] nywcgirl)

We just need any interested people to fill one last poll. Any White Collar fannish people interested?

(this is my first time modding a thing i am so scared and also SO FKN EXCITED.)

The Blood is the Life for 21-10-2017

Oct. 21st, 2017 11:00 am
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Title: hush hush (we both can't fight it)
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] citadelofswords
Reader: [personal profile] kalakirya
Fandom: the Penumbra Podcast
Pairings: Juno Steel/Peter Nureyev
Rating: teen and up
Summary: “You’re not telling me something, Juno,” Nureyev said. “And I don’t like it when people keep secrets from me.” “Pot,” Juno said, gesturing to Nureyev. “Kettle,” he said, gesturing to himself. “You don’t get to say anything to me about keeping secrets.” (or, five kisses Peter gave Juno in the wrong spots, and one time Juno corrected him.)
content notes: none
Length: 0:27:33
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Title: A stillness full of lights
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] raven
Reader: [personal profile] kalakirya
Fandom: Imperial Radch
Pairings: Awn Elming/Justice of Toren One Esk Nineteen but also gen
Rating: general audiences
Summary: A gift from Mercy of Kalr; or, a brief history of becoming.
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Length: 0:13:30
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