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Apr. 23rd, 2019 09:29 pm
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I have two [community profile] fluffbingo squares left to fill, but I'm blocked on both of them. I want to work on something with a little more bite, but I'm not feeling anything I've currently got going. Time to start another ambitious, plotty story that I will almost certainly never finish, y/y?

I got one of the Star Trek: Titan novels from the library. Meh. I don't know if I'll finish it or not. I grabbed it on a whim even though don't love the direction that the novels spun off once they were allowed to develop their own internal continuity. Too dark overall, with too much politics and war, with not enough goofy adventures and negative space wedgies and ethics and diplomacy to balance it all out. Mostly I just wanted something plotty and Riker-centric, but I don't think it's the thing to scratch that itch. I need to go to the used book store and see if I can find some older novels that are decent.

I want to see Endgame, but I also kind of want Endgame to be over. I'm tired of hearing about it, tired of reading about it (not even on purpose, it just appears everywhere). I'm pretty well divorced emotionally from the characters at this point, at least in a fannish way. I care about them for the space of the movie, and then I stop caring about them, which is probably where I'm going to need to be to actually enjoy this movie. I did love Carol, so I'm excited to get more of her.

Either way, I'll be avoiding the movie theaters this weekend (way too crowded for my taste), but I might try to go sometime next week. It's a long movie to see on a work night, but once it hits, avoiding spoilers is going to be tough. I already know more than I'd like to.

Windy

Apr. 23rd, 2019 09:19 pm
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It is quite windy this evening. Well. I suppose it's really just a stiff breeze, especially compared to some of the wind we've had lately. Still, it's tossing the bushes against the house; the holly is making scraping noises against the windows, and it is generally unpleasant. Wild nights used to be my glory. Not so much, anymore.

Another day of nothing to do at work. And I didn't get any mail at all, though whether that's because I actually didn't get any mail or because my new incompetent clerk didn't get my mail logged and to me before the end of the day. I know she's incompetent because I've had to suffer through her incompetence before, and not getting the mail out until the day after it arrives is one of her specialties. Previously, when she was my clerk, I didn't wait for her; I'd grab it as soon as it was sorted even though we're not supposed to touch it until it has been logged. Looks like I'll be doing that again. In any case, as there was no mail, there will be nothing to do again tomorrow. I finished the Very Long Fic this morning (for the fourth time) and moved on to the unfinished sequel which will keep me occupied for another hour or so tomorrow. I read some more articles for my paper. It was a long, dull day.

I had to take the Gecko home again this evening because my parents had the audacity to go out of town in their own vehicle. Apparently, my brother has no intention of getting his own vehicle back on the road again any time soon.

Apparently, I have nothing else to say.
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Strange Intercession
By Dialecticdreamer/Sarah WIlliams
Part 1 of 1, complete
Word count (story only): 1217


:: Part of the Polychrome Heroics universe, and the Strange Family series, this is what happens when Will tries to make peace with Talapus. This story is convenient to post as a freebie because readers do not need any more precise timing than “while the family is with Will and Justin… somewhere.” Written for the April 2019 Feathering the Nest prompt call, from an idea suggested by Siliconshaman. Many thanks! :;

:: Small note: there is a kitchen accident, quickly resolved. ::


Will groaned as the door to the stairs closed behind Justin, blocking out the sound of Shaun and Matthew hopping their way up, riser by riser, to the concealed door which opened into the house above them. He needed to study. He felt awful.

Worse, he owed Talapus an apology for the way he’d been hustled to the Can and then limited to an even smaller part of it.
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purr generator

Apr. 23rd, 2019 09:02 pm
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Just sent this to Aaron, but it's a worthy reminder for anyone who needs a little more cat in their life:

The Internet has a Cat!

Purrli will both purr and meow at you unless you drag the bottom slider ("how nagging do you want Purrli to be") all the way to the left ("pure purring").

A Very Important Poll

Apr. 23rd, 2019 08:48 pm
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A question that came up as a result of both my going through my local history books and an argument Mom and I had on our mini-road-trip out to South Jersey:

Poll #21872 Important Poll
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 21


Which is more correct:

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We drove to the Chesapeake Bay
6 (31.6%)

We drove to Chesapeake Bay
13 (68.4%)

Which is more correct:

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We drove to the San Francisco Bay
7 (36.8%)

We drove to San Francisco Bay
12 (63.2%)

Which is more correct:

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We drove to the Hudson Bay
2 (10.5%)

We drove to Hudson Bay
17 (89.5%)

Which is more correct:

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We drove to the Delaware Bay
6 (33.3%)

We drove to Delaware Bay
12 (66.7%)

Which is more correct:

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We drove to the Monterey Bay
1 (5.3%)

We drove to Monterey Bay
18 (94.7%)

Which is more correct:

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We drove to the bay
12 (60.0%)

We drove to the Bay
8 (40.0%)

Which is more correct

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We drove down to the bay
17 (100.0%)

We drove up to the bay
0 (0.0%)

Which is more correct

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We drove toward the bay on the 80
5 (25.0%)

We drove toward the bay on 80
15 (75.0%)

You are from:

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the Bay Area or nearby
4 (20.0%)

the Tidewater or nearby
4 (20.0%)

Canadia
2 (10.0%)

Somewhere else on the West Coast
3 (15.0%)

Somewhere else on the East Coast
5 (25.0%)

Somewhere else in North America
7 (35.0%)

Somewhere primarily English-speaking other than North America
1 (5.0%)

I don't speak English as my primary language and y'all need to sort your stuff out
0 (0.0%)

Markobutono
4 (20.0%)

Ivory Vikings

Apr. 23rd, 2019 07:28 pm
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Ivory Vikings: The Mystery of the Most Famous Chessmen in the World and the Woman Who Made Them by Nancy Marie Brown

A discussion on topics suggested by the famous Lewis chessmen: medieval chess figures carved from walrus ivory.

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Not Prime Time sign ups are open

Apr. 23rd, 2019 03:31 pm
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Not Prime Time (AO3 collection)
npt_admin on DW | Not Prime Time tumblr
Frequently Asked Questions

Not Prime Time, is a gen, het, femslash, and slash multifandom secret fiction exchange for medium sized fandoms, including any RPF fandoms with under 20,000 fics. If you usually have fandoms that are eligible for Yuletide, your fandoms may also be potentially eligible for Not Prime Time.

2019 schedule
April 19 to 30 - Sign ups
May 3 - Assignments go out by the latest
May 5 - Madness collection and prompts open
July 3 - Stories due
July 13 - Main collection goes live
July 21 - Author reveals

Sign ups for Not Prime Time are currently open from now until April 30th. Here are the instructions on how to sign up, with nominated fandoms and characters/relationships for the exchange using this tag set. There are plenty of fandoms with characters/relationships of color nominated that I'd love to see requested.

Hope to see you there!

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Apr. 23rd, 2019 05:10 pm
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So, one of the things I realized after last week was that I was isolating pretty badly. I have not been talking to people, venting, or doing any real communication beyond surface level stuff for a long time now. I'm trying to get better but I'm likely going to need to work at it since I've kinda shut down a lot of my ability to talk at people in a meaningful way.

Which is to say I'm going to try and use this journal for more than occasional random updates and Friday posts. I don't know how good I'll be with it but I really want to try and be more communicative.

As I do that, I'm also going to try and make myself more available. So, if you want my Discord is linked below. Feel free to add m and I do the adding thing back. I don't mind being spoken to or poked at, I just am bad at starting conversations sometimes.

tastetheabyss#1274

And yeah, this is also a note to say that yes, I am still alive and trying to be okay. I had a psych appointment today that went well and therapy yesterday that went...okay, I guess. We'll see how that goes.

I'm trying though, guys. I really am.

Ugh

Apr. 23rd, 2019 09:30 pm
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Raising a toddler and posting here don't seem to really work well - this surprises no one, I believe.

Anyhow. I used to have my open tabs under control, now I have 43 of them, the horror! Most of it is thanks to the Guardian fandom which ensures my reading list is full of delightful fannish content every day. Seriously, if one isn't in the fandom already, just subscribing to [community profile] sid_guardian and seeing all the posts popping up can get you in the mood to join in. I mean, there's everything - the tiniest details of canon discussed, vids, fanart, fic, fans subbing and translating, icon battles, various episode reviews, ... Over 100 members, nearly 400 (!) entries to the comm already. Meanwhile, I haven't re-watched the show, yet, and am also still waiting to get in the mood to read all the excellent fanfic out there.

Instead I'm reading 杀破浪 Sha Po Lang by priest in Chinese (translation), and it's so hard! I re-read the first chapters in translation, though, and I do seem to get the gist, usually. What still impresses me most is the dark humour. The story's very engaging so far, I'm at the beginning of chapter 43 (of well over one hundred).

I was somewhere in the middle of SCI Mystery case 4 (about 1000+ pages in in my ebook version) when I abandonded it thanks to foxghost's enthusiastic rec of Sha Po Lang... I've watched the drama's first few eps, too, but stopped so as to avoid spoiling myself too much, that'd just discourage me from actually reading on. I have to say, SCI Mystery totally is the easiest Chinese text I've read, not including any textbook texts, of course. It also gives off extreme yaoi-tropey vibes. Reminded me of actual yaoi/shounen ai manga I read about 15+ years ago.

Via tumblr, I stumbled over Original Sin (subbed eps) and started watching. Good production value and it's very intriguing, but pretty dark and I was distracted by other things, which is my new theme. It's a wonder I ever finish anything these days.

Thanks to a primer, I also got into The Magicians at the worst possible time and watched up to season 2 ep 10. Now I'm not sure if I'll ever return to it (though it's more a matter of being able to bear it than one of protest), although it was the first show in forever to actually give me story ideas. It just seemed so promising for writing all the poly constellations, plus AUs are practically canon.

It's already been ages since I finished 魔道祖师 Modao Zushi (The Grandmaster of Demonic Cultivation). I enjoyed it a lot - Wei Wuxian is one of the most engaging protagonists I've read in forever, so I already got hold of other books by the same author. Will get to them eventually - only about 800 pages left of Sha Po Lang. (I'm not crying, you're mistaken...) It should be great to read them if just to relax after getting through priest's style. I mean, the language is beautiful, I'm just in way over my head.

There are quite a few things I still want to post about but I'm tired, so this is it for now. Hi there to anyone who actually subscribed to me in the last few months! I hope I'll be able to engage more sometime soon. My toddler will go to daycare starting in May, so who knows - I might actually feel able to rub two brain cells together and write something more often then.

Gratitudes

Apr. 23rd, 2019 03:54 pm
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1. It finally feels like spring. The trees are popping with leaves. Bits of stunning chartreuse and early red.

2. Tonight I'm going to try making karaage (Japanese fried chicken), which is marinated in soy and ginger and sake and then coated with cornstarch and shichimi togarashi, so it's naturally glutenfree and KFP (by my lights; those who don't eat cornstarch during Pesach would obviously disagree; to each their own.)

3. I'm not yet tired of matzah snacking. This morning I had matzah with labneh and zata'ar for breakfast, which does not suck. :-) It will still be nice to return to bread next weekend, but I am not minding the matzah.

4. I did a bunch of work at my walking desk this morning, and now I'm on my mirpesset with a laptop -- still getting work done, but in the fresh air, hooray.

5. Did I mention that it's spring at last?

MCD

Apr. 23rd, 2019 08:42 pm
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I decided to create a series for all of my death fics on AO3. There’s only three in there so far but I know I’ll write more because sometimes I need to read or write it. Like, NEED to.

A Million Ways To Die In The Pegasus Galaxy

I’m never gonna reach a million fics but there will definitely be more. Maybe even my next one...

MCD fics are far and away the ones that get the least reads in my experience but sometimes nothing else will do. What about you guys? Do you ever read MCD or do you avoid it like the plague?

A strange plant

Apr. 23rd, 2019 09:30 pm
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A brushy-looking plant growing in a tuft of clover

I love how the local woods contain all these plants that show up for a week or two and then seem to completely vanish.

Book meme- Day 21

Apr. 23rd, 2019 08:31 pm
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21. Summer read.

For some reason, I tend to reread Lovecraft and M. R. James during the summer. Possibly because summer nights in Sweden aren’t dark at all, and it’s much easier to not being frightened by scary stories when it isn’t dark outside. However, I spend much of my summers in our summer house, which is on an island in the archipelago outside Stockholm. It isn’t really a good idea to read Lovecraft by the sea, especially if I’m alone in the house. Even worse if I follow up rereading Anders Fager* who mix Lovecraft mythos with very Swedish folklore. The island our summer house is on is specifically named by Fager in one of his short stories which feature the Deep Ones…

And if I reread Laurie R King’s Kate Martinelli books, I do it during the summer too. Not because they feel especially summery, but because those books live in the summer house. I don’t care for King’s books about Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes, but I really like her standalones as well as the ones about Kate Martinelli. Especially the first one; A Grave Talent. I love the description of art and artist, and I also think it’s a fairly clever murder mystery.

[113/365] shagging

Apr. 23rd, 2019 07:08 pm
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Catching up on baseball, half-listening while I do other stuff. But I couldn't help but snap to attention when I hear one of the commentators say "Pitchers are out there shagging..."

Yeah. It doesn't mean the same thing in baseball as I'm used to hearing it mean now that I live in the UK.

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