some books I'm looking forward to

Apr. 23rd, 2019 10:36 pm
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Cat Sebastian's A Little Light Mischief and Olivia Waite's The Lady's Guide to Celestial Mechanics look lovely! I also can't wait for KJ Charles' Proper English! *pokes internet in search of a way to preorder it*

(and I love that I keep finding out about new historical f/f romances)

will in overplus

Apr. 23rd, 2019 10:40 pm
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Today is Shakespeare Day! The tradition in recent years, on Shakespeare Day, has been to post one sonnet and one poem that is not by Shakespeare, but relates in some way to Shakespeare. This year, a pun-filled sonnet (sometimes the sonnets are really ludicrous), and an incredible poem that I was introduced to by a friend, which has some things to say about Hamlet.

Whoever hath her wish, though hast they Will )

you knew no human thing you did not know even how to breathe )

THANKS, I HATE IT

Apr. 23rd, 2019 07:40 pm
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MASSIVE ENDGAME SPOILERS )


After this and the Magicians finale it's going to be a cold day in hell before I throw my heart into another canon run mainly by white males, I can tell you that.

Today.

Apr. 23rd, 2019 10:54 pm
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Drove my brother to a medical appointment. Gathered laundry. Ran the dishwasher. Changed the sheets on the bed. Made dinner.

My word, but my life is a never-ending whirl of gaiety and delight.

(On the other hand, dinner came out well. And fresh sheets are always a good thing. So there is that.)
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I made this video essay for our local fan mini-con last year, as a discussion starter about fannish feels, and then I couldn't bring myself to post it. But! Now I have some distance, having fannishly moved on, plus I'm on steroids, wheeeeee!, so... here we are! :-D


FanCrush (2018) from china shop on Vimeo.

Password: glow

ETA: The cartoon illustrations are by my partner.

Important: Linking back here is fine, but please don't re-post this!

. . .

Apr. 23rd, 2019 10:35 pm
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Well, fuck. Both Garrus and Percy are due to have their licenses renewed, which means I have to get their rabies shots updated. As in, it's required by law, so it has to happen. Which isn't cheap but isn't... too expensive either.

Except the vet refuses to give them the rabies shots without giving them a full check-up first, due to them both having health issues. Which is significantly more expensive than I was planning for, budget-wise.

If, uh, anyone wants to pass along the link to my GoFundMe, I would greatly appreciate it?
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This one went much better. We took three boxes of DVDs to sell to them tonight. They ended up taking them for $111.00 so there was much yay!

I held back two boxes of discs that I hope to sell separately. Things like a full set of all seasons of Babylon 5, Crusade, plus the movies, seasons one through three plus six, seven and eight of Supernatural, the last three never even opened. Season seven of Smallville, all the special edition copies of the Lord of the Ring movies, Spider-Man One, Two and Three, the Avengers Emma Peel collected edition, Starsky and Hutch season one and more. I’ll make a list of everything as soon as I can.

We’ll have more to take in to sell as soon as we can go through our CD collection, which we’re also going to pretty much sell off. Plus I’ll have all my boxes of comics to sell as I can get to them. Though, I think I’ll take additional boxes to one of our other local comics stores. They still haven’t gotten through my box of Hulk comics I dropped off last Thursday at the Great Escape. It’s the store closest to me but that’s sure a long time to go through one short box of comics and make an offer.

Things have gotten so behind because of how buried in medical debt we are. Each new bill has caused a domino effect of missed payments that I’m determined to conquer somehow. We’ve been a month behind on our house payments for a while now. Unfortunately Wells Fargo won’t let you pay extra each month to catch up, they want it in one fell swoop. It’ll just have to stay as it is until we can get in better shape and I can put some back each month to pay it.

There are so many things we need to tackle, the house needs painting, our gutters need work. If I have to sell anything that’s not locked down in our house to get there, I will. I’ll miss our movies, my comics, our music CDs but they are all just stuff. If I can somehow make things better for us it will be so much more than worth it.

Thanks, guys, as always, for listening. 😊💕

*hugs*
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As the title suggests: the Little Cat had a vet appointment today!

At her last vet visit, she was a very sad Little Cat indeed...she had just had her leg removed by the shelter, she had stitches and her fur had not completely grown in yet.

They weighed her at that point, and she was a whopping 6 pounds.

At this vet visit, she got shot in the butt (rabies update), and was weighed and measured and generally poked and prodded...

She weighs 11 pounds! ELEVEN!

She has almost DOUBLED IN WEIGHT.

"Uh," I said. "I guess she wasn't finished growing?"

"Apparently not!" said Maximus.

"We're going to have to start calling her Medium Cat."

"Normal Cat," said Max. "Average Cat."

She's got a clean bill of health from the vet, and won't be back again for another year. So that's good. :D

Huzzah for our little (or not so little) tripod!

Reader fic! Heard of it?

Apr. 23rd, 2019 10:18 pm
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I wrote a short reader fic/precious moments gothic house on Twitter today -- please read.

Supplementary pillow poll

Apr. 24th, 2019 01:59 pm
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The questions on my bed poll were insufficiently clear, and it's undermining the integrity of the data, so here, have a more specific pillow poll.

(Note: I automatically answered "1" to the original poll, because that's the number of pillows I have under my head at any given time while I'm sleeping. HOWEVER:

a. I sometimes switch pillows in the middle of the night (from my wheat pillow, which is like a giant wheatpack, to a softer, more standard but still mouldable pillow).

b. More relevantly, I actually sleep with four pillows: one under my head; two folded in half and tied up with string, stuffed into the foot of the bed to make a kind of pillowfort for my feet; and one lying flat under the covers, about halfway down my side, for my knee to rest on if I want to bend my leg.

c. I keep about seven pillows on my bed, in total.

The foot pillowfort is dorky but incredibly comfortable. I started doing it ages ago when the weight of the blankets on my feet was aggravating my sore knees, and now I can't go back. I heat the space with a hot water bottle before I get into bed.)

Cut so you don't have to scroll past the answers. )

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Apr. 23rd, 2019 09:00 pm
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BTW, [personal profile] alexseanchai, once we're done not!writing The one where Ladybug doesn't turn Gabriel in to the police (which turns out to be a Big Mistake), any interest in posting it on AO3 as a collaborative Not!Fic?

[#012 | BAD DAY] VOTING POST

Apr. 23rd, 2019 09:51 pm
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The Daily Snitch: Tuesday 23 April

Apr. 23rd, 2019 09:46 pm
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Follow the Daily Snitch on LJ, DW, IJ, and on tumblr.

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...or at least it was when I got home after supper tonight. I've managed to shift it around at least somewhat, so it's not all on the floor ("all" meaning "all the manga that actually lives in my office", since there's another bookcase in the spare room).

After our first scheduled appointment to have heat pumps installed was canceled due to rain, it was rescheduled to today, and for some reason it actually happened even though it rained like hell today. ([personal profile] scruloose theorizes that it's because the first day's rain included a lot of wind and some thunder and lightning, and today's didn't, and ladders were involved.)

I wasn't home for the work being done (thankfully), and the good news is that a) AFAIK it's all looking good (one small component is still on order), b) the overall upheaval was relatively minimal given how much this is going to theoretically change the place (overhaul of the heating system, plus the addition of A/C and dehumidifying), and c) the cats seem to have made it through their day confined to the spare room with minimal upset, although they're clearly not pleased.

But what we had not really expected--because [personal profile] scruloose tried to find out in advance, and it sounded like it ~probably~ wouldn't be a problem--was that my office bookcases would need to be completely unloaded, unbolted from the wall, and moved. (The theory had been that there was enough room above the bookcases for the installers to work.) And thus the manga wound up covering an alarming amount of the floor (under dropcloths).

It...it looks like less manga when it's all semi-tidily shelved. On the floor, it appears infinite. And now it's pretty badly out of order (not as badly as it could've been! [personal profile] scruloose took a decent stab at keeping series together despite having several contractors waiting on the shelves being emptied), and there was no good way to preserve the "system" I had going where the volumes lying flat in stacks were the ones I hadn't read. And I've been slowly pruning the collection back further, which I would've sped up had I known I would have to reorganize it all.

I guess now is really the time to decide whether I'm going to shake up my system and separate out all the series I've worked on into their own section of the shelves, rather than keeping them interspersed with everything else.

The day also involved the aforementioned (kinda chilly) rain, my work computer taking an hour to update before I could do anything at the office, and going with [personal profile] scruloose to get our taxes done. (We really like our accountant. We really like the things that result from paying taxes, like roads and education and basically everything. But the actual moment of "we owe HOW much???" [because of how I manage my freelance stuff] is still very, very painful.)

BUT after all that, we went out for ramen and things with Ginny, Kas, and Sea, and getting to hang out and have tasty food was lovely, and it was excellent weather for having ramen in.
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For this year’s round of Be the First, I elected to write a fic about The Initiation of Sarah, the one from 2006. I have put some information about this movie in the AO3 notes from this fic, but I’ll summarize it here as well. First off, this version of The Initiation of Sarah is a remake of sorts. Both movies deal with warring sororities and, plot-wise, are similar. The main difference is that the 1978 movie gives Sarah telekinetic powers, and the 2006 version makes her a witch. (Well, actually, the 2006 version makes every sorority girl a witch.)

The 2006 movie was a made-for-TV movie commissioned for ABC Family (now Freeform). The movie was big among Summer Glau fans in the past, and horror fans probably noticed Jennifer Tilly in the movie as well. The movie might be better known now for also featuring Tessa Thompson well before a lot of people knew her (mostly) from MCU movies.

Speaking of, that’s where my story starts. This is a spoiler. ) My fic has an idea of what could’ve happened to Esme at the end.

As for availability, apparently you can rent (but not buy) this from iTunes, and the movie is on YouTube. Even then, the movie is hard to watch. There’s a full length video that mutes the very end of the movie (because of T. Rex’s “Children of the Revolution”), and there’s one in parts—with the end not muted, but also without the third part. C'est la vie, I guess.

With that said, here is the fic:

Another One (1951 words) by merryghoul
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Initiation of Sarah (2006)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Esme (The Initiation of Sarah)
Additional Tags: Post-Canon, Fraternities & Sororities, Revenge, Witches, Witchcraft, Fire Powers, Shapeshifting, Louisiana, Staged Crime Scene, On the Run
Summary: At first, the plan was to avenge Alpha Nu Gamma. Then Esme discovered she had new powers.

Yes, nearly 2000 words on a terrible TV movie. I had feelings about it, okay?

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