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Woke up feeling creeped out.
Plans for today:
1. Close the fan_flashworks Amnesty and start the next challenge.
4. Don't stay up till 1am again (doofus!).
umadoshi posted a link the other day to (stealing her link text) "a list of songs sung by women that use female pronouns to talk about a love interest/other person or that forego pronouns". Here are some more with Antipodean connections, mostly kinda messed up or angsty because that's how we roll Down Under:
1. Evelyn by Boh Runga
2. Fall at Your Feet by Clare Bowditch (Crowded House cover)
3. Where I Stood by Missy Higgins
4. Secret by Missy Higgins
Things about being in my 40s:
1. It's not as old as it sounds, but
2. Life starts to feel finite, and
3. I'm conscious of the many times I've been wrong.
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I have 132 works archived at AO3. Pick a number from 1 (the most recent) to 132 (the first thing I posted there), and I'll tell you three things I currently like about it.
*it's the finding something happy-making that I love. I tend to be down on my own work and yet I can usually/often/mostly find a flash of silver among the dross when I narrow my eyes and search for it.
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Books mentioned in previous posts are shipping today, including Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho and Updraft by Fran Wilde
* Not So Invisible Ninjas by Fran Wilde
Or: Recent and Upcoming Debuts in Fantasy and Science Fiction... that just happen to be written by women.
* Tor.com: Do Not Touch by Prudence Shen
This is a free short story, absolutely awesome.
* Twelve Kings in Sharakhai: The Song of Shattered Sands: Book One
by Bradley P. Beaulieu
Sharakhai, the great city of the desert, center of commerce and culture, has been ruled from time immemorial by twelve kings -- cruel, ruthless, powerful, and immortal. With their army of Silver Spears, their elite ompany of Blade Maidens and their holy defenders, the terrifying asirim, the Kings uphold their positions as undisputed, invincible lords of the desert. There is no hope of freedom for any under their rule.
* Deep Water by Nicola Cameron
Poseidon, God of the Sea, has spent millennia alone due to a single terrible act. His consort, Amphitrite, has sworn never to forgive him, and he’s forced to live with the knowledge that he drove an innocent girl to her doom.
* Chapelwood by Cherie Priest
Birmingham, Alabama is infested with malevolence. Prejudice and hatred have consumed the minds and hearts of its populace. A murderer, unimaginatively named “Harry the Hacker” by the press, has been carving up citizens with a hatchet. And from the church known as Chapelwood, an unholy gospel is being spread by a sect that worships dark gods from beyond the heavens.
* Sorcerer of the Wildeeps by Kai Ashante Wilson
Since leaving his homeland, the earthbound demigod Demane has been labeled a sorcerer. With his ancestors' artifacts in hand, the Sorcerer follows the Captain, a beautiful man with song for a voice and hair that drinks the sunlight.
* Avatars Dance by Laura J. Mixon
This is the omnibus edition of the complete trilogy: GLASS HOUSES, PROXIES, and BURNING THE ICE.
* Uncanny Magazine, Issue 6
Featuring all–new short fiction by Paul Cornell, Isabel Yap, Liz Argall, Kenneth Schneyer, and Keffy R. M. Kehrli, classic fiction by N.K. Jemisin, nonfiction by Diana M. Pho, Steven H Silver, Michi Trota, and David J. Schwartz, poems by Rose Lemberg, Dominik Parisien, Amal El–Mohtar, and Jennifer Crow, interviews with Isabel Yap, and Liz Argall and Kenneth Schneyer, and Matthew Dow Smith’s The Future Matters on the cover.
I know I said I was winding up my Publishing Journey posts for now, but I had another thought: about love and resource, and the debts we owe. It’s quite a big thought, so bear with me.
A few years ago I got a daruma and was told how you draw in one eye when there’s something you want, and you draw in the other eye when you have got it. I drew in one eye and then I waited. The thing I wanted was the same wish I always made, when visiting temples and blowing out birthday candles.
Like many writers, I have wanted to be a published novelist since I was very small. Of course when you are small you don’t really know what that means. You don’t think about the New York Big Five or global distribution or advances or royalties or awards or reviews. What you want is very simple: to be on the shelf next to the books you love. It’s to be as important, as interesting, as true, as a story.
Publication does not give you that. But it comes to stand for that. I grew up devouring Penguin books and now I am a Penguin author. It might not last, but it happened. Imagine that.
Even though publication is no longer what it was — even though I know that’s not what it means — it still feels enormously satisfying. It still feels like a gift I have given six-year-old me.
But that’s not true, is it? It’s been a very busy, though happy, few months for me, and I have been thinking about resource. What an enormous amount of love and time and resource has been poured into me.
Though I do work hard, I’m always conscious at the back of my mind of how little I have to do with anything I achieve. A while ago I realised with embarrassment that I did not mention in my post about revisions how much work my agent Caitlin Blasdell and editor Diana Gill did on the book. Hannah Bowman, who is not even my agent, read the manuscript twice before it went on submission. The post makes it sound like I was the only one working, but of course that is not true. And we have not even got to the people who typeset the book, who proofread it (and had to put up with my nerdy responses: “I think you’ll find the OED says that word has been in use since the 16th century … “), who have been sorting out publicity and marketing and sending advance copies all over the place, etc. etc. etc.
But much as I appreciate all that work, these are, after all, people for whom it is their job. They hope to see some concrete benefit from their work — and I certainly hope they do. Who I really think about when I think about love and resource is my maternal grandmother, my Ah Ma, who passed away earlier this year.( Read the rest of this entry » )
Mirrored from Zen Cho.
It's at times like these that I really miss my mother. I mean, I miss her every day, but I still sometimes pick up my phone to call her after the Mets do something exciting (either good or bad) and then I remember and I'm sad. I still text my brother and sometimes my dad, but my mother was the rabid baseball fan in the family, and it was always fun to hear her talk about the Mets. Sigh.
Here's the August writing roundup:
Parenting: A Guide By Bruce Wayne (on DW)
DCU; Bruce, Alfred, Damian, Cass, Jason; g; 1,600 words
Three times Bruce was a Batdad to his Batkids.
Hide Yourself for Me (at AO3)
Star Wars; Ahsoka Tano, Bail Organa, Leia Organa; g; 2,200 words
Ahsoka won't teach Leia to use the Force, but she can teach her to hide herself within it. (Contains spoilers for the Rebels s2 premiere.)
you live like that, you live with ghosts (at AO3)
Batwoman; Kate/Renee; adult; 855 words
Sometimes, Kate just can't help herself.
Three small unexpected stories, not anything I was planning on writing before I sat down to write. I'm especially surprised by the Ahsoka & Leia one, because for all my years of being a Star Wars fan, and for all my years of writing fanfic (15 as of this month - the first time I ever posted a story was on 9/4/2000), I never wrote anything for the canon except a couple of kiss ficlets on request. But I really needed this story, because Leia is my all-time favorite and Ahsoka is my new favorite, and given that Ahsoka is working with Bail Organa to form the Rebel Alliance, they must have met, right? And all the parallels that relationship creates would be amazing. I'm just saying.
As I posted on tumblr last night, I think I'm close to the end of the VMars/MCU crossover, and I texted angelgazing and said, "I don't think I can fit Dick in!" and then I was like, "...that's what she said."
So then I was chatting with snacky and I was like, "I'm trying to figure out how to shoehorn Dick into this story," and she was like, "There's always room for Dick!" and I was like, "...that's what she said."
There's always room for a dick joke, is what I'm saying. I still haven't figured out if I can get him in, but Cliff did appear and actually helped move the plot - such as it is - along, so that's good.
Got a new moving date, yay! Sunday, rather than Tuesday. Doesn't make *that* much difference in packing time. Just means I gotta be organized this Thursday and Friday getting stuff done. Saturday after class is lease signing at the apartment. I think I'll take Arthur and Eames and let them guard the place until I move in. :)
What's up with you?
The child who sits next to M in class is one of the kids whose father soaked him in petrol in a domestic last week. His younger sister was set on fire (survived).
To start with, Jesus fuck. He set his kids on fire. Jesus. *I* feel shaken.
So M is a very naive and kindly child who would find this unimaginable. She has clearly not taken it in (it was discussed in very vague terms at school) and I'm not telling her.
If she does find out, what advice?
Because, Jesus Christ, he set his own children on fire.
2. It's really quite a bit cooler today, and especially tonight, than it has been. I haven't had the fan on much at all today, and it was even feeling cool enough that I used the oven for dinner!
3. Dinner was delicious! I got some ginger pork from work the other day and was trying to think what to do with it when I got the idea to use it as a french fry topping. There were some sweet potato fries in the freezer, so I just cooked those, then topped them with the pork, some kimchi, and some mozzarella, and it was sooooooo good. I will definitely be making that again. (I still have more of all the ingredients!)
4. I hadn't done any lyrics translations all month because of being busy, but I managed to get a few done today so that I didn't break my streak of posting every month this year.
Also, any suggestions on how I could legally watch these, given that they are not in my local library and Selfie is not at JB?
Everyone Is Losing Their Minds Over This Canberra Cafe’s Insane Milkshakes
THis cafe is Sugar Biscuit’s hero.
DEATH BY SUGAR
DON’T FUCKING GO HERE. THIS HELLHOLE IS CALLED PATISSEZ. THOSE MONSTOSITIES IN THE PICTURE ARE CALLED FREAKSHAKES AND THEY ARE LIQUIDISED DIABETES. FIRST THING THEY ASK AT THE COUNTER IS YOUR PHONE NUMBER BECAUSE THESE MOTHERFUCKERS TAKE A FULL HOUR TO MAKE BECAUSE THEY DO NOT FUCK AROUND AT PATISSEZ. THEN AFTER THEY TAKE YOUR NUMBER AND YOU FUCK AROUND FOR AN HOUR YOU GET YOUR SHAKE AND LET ME TELL YOU, THESE SHAKES WILL FUCK YOU UP. YOU SEE THAT WEIRD HUGE CUBE THING ON THE FAR RIGHT THAT’S A FUCKING MARSHMELLOW. I GOT THE SECOND ONE AND SWEET BABY JESUS I DID NOT REALISE WHAT A MISTAKE I HAD MADE UNTIL I WAS HALF A MILKSHAKE DOWN WITH FOUR NUTELLA SMOTHERED SALTY AS PEREZ HILTON PRETZELS IN MY MOUTH. MY FRIENDS AND I LEFT THIS CAFE CLUTCHING OUR STOMACHS HOLDING ON FOR DEAR LIFE BECAUSE GOOD GOD THESE THINGS WILL DESTROY YOU. I SPENT THE NEXT THREE HOURS GROANING IN PAIN ON SOMEONES APARTMENT FLOOR WHILE TWO PEOPLE VOMITED IN THE OWNERS BATHTUB. PATISSEZ IS THE MOST HARDCORE MILSHAKE EXPERIENCE YOU WILL EVER HAVE. DO NOT FUCKING GO TO PATISSEZ.
So I need to go to Patissez
I don’t think I’ve ever read a more convincing as for anything in my life
But can you get them with alcohol is the question.
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Welcome back to Tuesday’s recipe series, where each week I share a new recipe which you can download for free. When there is a collection on the blog, I will be showing you how to use them to create weekly, fortnightly and monthly meal plans.
I have always loved a good risotto, but could never be bothered standing over the stove stirring it for 40 minutes. Ain’t no-one got time for that, especially when you’ve got a hungry toddler at your toes in the kitchen! So now I only do risottos 2 ways - in the oven or in the microwave. Both methods do not require constant stirring, so it becomes one of those quick ‘leave-and-forget' meals that I totally love! The recipe I’ve written today is an oven-baked version, but getting yourself a great microwave dish too is a really worthwhile investment.
The other great thing about risotto is that once you know how to make a delicious flavour base, you can mix and match different vegetable combinations to create unique dishes. So you can easily have a different risotto feature every week in your meal planning. If you were doing a monthly meal plan like I do (I can’t wait to show you exactly how I do mine!), and wanted to include a different weekly risotto, it might look like this:
Week 1 : Chicken, mushroom and spinach
Week 2: Oven-baked vegetable
Week 3: Bacon, leek and goat’s cheese
Week 4: Asparagus, pea and mint
And bam! You’ve got 4 meals of the month sorted, all with pretty much the same method but different flavours. Meal planning and cooking shouldn’t be over-complicated. It’s all about finding a good recipe and tweaking it to suit your personal tastes. I hope you enjoy this risotto recipe as much as we do.
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No. No it is not.
On the plus side, I a: figured out what I needed to do with that character who was driving me 'round the bend the other day; and b: realized I could write in some subconscious girl flirting in a much earlier chapter for fun AND foreshadowing.
Instead, I will be riffing on a possible workflow to cross-post from tumblr to DW/LJ. The goal is to encourage more....discussion like discussions
Workflow Method 1 - Dreamwidth To Tumblr Manual
1. When you want to make a meta/discussion post, start with DW/ LJ. Write up your meta post.
2. Copy a brief section into tumblr. You can do this as a text post or if you have a snazzy gifset, you can include it as a link inside an image post. Make the tumblr post as appealing/sexy/snazzy as you can. The goal is to overcome the normal inertia of leaving a platform.
3. Click on the Add Link button and link back to your DW entry.
4, Add a note about anonymous commenting (if turned on) and OpenID. Make certain your DW/LJ post is unlocked.
5. (Optional) Add a link back to tumblr to allow DW/LJ readers to follow and peek at the tumblr reblogs.
Note: this is a workflow mainly for text based meta. Giftset meta you might need to reverse.
Any thoughts? Suggestions? Things I missed?
Workflow Method 2 - Dreamwidth To Tumblr Automatic - Detailed instructions
Instructions Short version
1. Create IFTT Account
2. Use Pre-existing IFFT recipe (IFTT recipe here)
3. Verify DW settings and make DW post
4. DW post appears on tumblr
Workflow Method 3 - Dreamwidth To Tumblr Automatic
Instructions Short Version
1. Install Mobile "Share On Tumblr" Bookmarklet into your browser
2. Navigate to the DW/LJ post you want to Share on Tumblr
3. Click on the bookmarklet - when the window pops up you can add text and tags and post to tumblr. Note: only a bare bones link will show up. Not the full text or photos unless you manually add them
Workflow Method 4 - Tumblr to Dreamwidth Automatic - more details/instructions pending
(IFTT recipe here)
Instructions Short Version
1. Create IFTT Account
2. Use Pre-existing IFFT recipe
3. Make tumblr post
4. Tumblr post appears on DW
OTOH thanks to the import of 852 Prospect to AO3, I didn't just come across many moved URLs, but also rediscovered some authors whom I really liked in TS in the late 90s, then lost track of, only to see that they are actually still writing fanfic and posting new stuff to AO3.
It's his way of helping.
Anyway, I'm also falling behind on emails, comment replies, tab-wrangling and so on; falling out of touch. In theory, my unscheduled time is writing time (and, in an attempt to both chill out and not let my brain turn to pudding, crossword time), and I've been super-quiet here on LJ/DW lately as I struggled my way through an epically challenging fic, so now I have a nefarious and quite likely misguided plan to post every day in September. Let's see how that goes.2
To start me off, here's a slightly amended meme (via browngirl): ( Six things, in no particular order )
1 Otoh, it's 9.45am and I'm still in my PJs, so really I'm just a big whiner.
2 I'm giving myself permission to resort to memes, quotes, links or youtube videos from time to time. I mean, let's not expect miracles.
Remember to breathe.
Anyway, as long as that's going on, I might as well tell you about a show I've mainlined and greatly enjoyed recently: Killjoys.
( thoughts )
Anyway, I've already written a short ficlet for this show, about the first time Dutch decides to accept kindness from Johnny: Midnight Tea. I'm still taking prompts! Give me a pairing/character and a scenario/kink. (Best results if you give me backstory-related prompts, since that's the stuff that comes easiest.)
And there's also a Dutch fanvid by lithiumdoll (*____*) that you should watch if you're wondering whether to watch the show: Been Better.
This tiny silver plated charm is actually an uppercase Greek letter lambda, but what Beadaholique doesn't know is that it also looks like the symbol of origin for Earth, and that's why I bought it. Because I'm a huge nerd and needed to put that on a necklace, pronto.
The charm comes with its own jump ring already attached, so even if you don't know anything about jewelry making, you can just slide the whole thing onto a finished chain and—shazam—you've got yourself a necklace with your home address.
I thought it might be useful to have a summary post with links to all my Publishing Journey posts, as I wound them up last Friday. Here they are!
Mission statement: Ten things I believe about writing
Breaking through writer’s block, or, how I started writing and publishing short stories
How I published a short story collection
Writing with a day job, part 1: Why I don’t write full-time
Writing with a day job, part 2: Work/work balance
Networking, part 1: Social media and connection
Networking, part 2: Thoughts on conventions
How I wrote three novels and binned two of them
Signing with a literary agent
My query letter for Sorcerer to the Crown
Revising the novel (again and again and again)
Going on submission
Selling the novel
Thanks to everyone who read, commented, tweeted, shared on Facebook, etc. I did these posts for
three two reasons:
1) Because people were asking me about publishing and I wanted to have something to link them to, instead of repeating the same answers to different people.
2) I really enjoy writing about writing, but in kind of an embarrassed way. Some people writhe in delicious guilt over having a chocolate. I eat chocolates by the dozens without shame, but feel luxuriously decadent about blogging about my ~writing process~.
3) Procrastinating on book 2 no what are you talking about I never procrastinate on writing fiction (she said as she procrastinated by doing a blog post)
Anyway, because of reason #2, I’ve really appreciated everyone who’s taken the trouble to tell me that they enjoyed these posts or found them useful or enlightening. Thank you!
I may take a break from doing these on a weekly basis as I really have to focus on book 2, but as I said in the last post, I do mean to keep doing them and am taking requests. So let me know if you have any writing or publishing-related questions or topics you’d like me to talk about, via email, Twitter, Facebook, or in the comments below.
P. S. Selamat Hari Merdeka! Hope you ols enjoyed the public holiday.
Mirrored from Zen Cho.
Serena Williams's Moment, Forever, which is not only paean to her greatness that quotes Christopher Logue's All Day Permanent Red, but also includes links to this Times Magazine piece and this New York magazine profile. Greatest of all time, indeed.
And for a little eye candy, Rafael Nadal's amazing Tommy Hilfiger commercial. Oh my. (potentially NSFW)
In baseball news, I don't care about the Blue Jays, but the opening paragraphs of this article are pretty amazing:
For an entertainment venture, baseball really isn't all that escapist. Baseball is an ordeal. The players spend most of a given game needing to pay strict attention on every single pitch, but only have to react a couple of times per game. The sport requires constant mental focus, the overwhelming majority of which is wasted. And even when a player gets involved, he has relatively little control over what results from his actions. Bloopers turn into triples, while scalded line drives can turn into double plays.There's a reason (well, many reasons) my Mets tag on tumblr is #the existential futility of being a mets fan. (sadly, it's too long to be a DW tag.)
Consider the two great axioms about hitting, both of which are true: "Even the best hitters fail two-thirds of the time" and "The difference between an average hitter and a great hitter is two hits a month." This is a game for nihilists, and it's played six days a week.
It's an endeavor that requires unceasing effort every day, but in which most of that effort goes to waste, and the bit that doesn't is set adrift in a sea of uncontrollable and often inexplicable factors, ending in failure most of the time. That sounds like real life to me, and this inexorable, beautiful conveyor belt of failure appeals to me the way the novels of Richard Ford and Graham Greene do. Baseball is like having your soul crushed slowly by a steamroller made of platinum and diamonds. (The sunshine and the smell of fresh-cut grass are nice, too.)
You'd think that something so relentlessly awful wouldn't be worth such a great investment of time and emotional capital. But it's precisely because baseball is so torturous when it's bad that it can be so intoxicating when it's good.
And here's one non-sports link that I keep forgetting to mention: Born to Run and the Decline of the American Dream: Bruce Springsteen's breakout album embodied the lost '70s—the tense, political, working-class rejection of an increasingly unequal society.
Oedipus with vegetables: a short (8'33 minutes) movie. Amazing production values. Worth watching the credits to the end. (Content notes: knives, trypophobia, dubious relationship to mythology.)
How Long To Read This UNDERSTANDS MY SOUL.
How To Write A Musical: an interview with Lisa Kron, the lyricist of Fun Home the musical. I just want to hug this quote to myself: "When you’re making a work of art, it feels like it will kill you. It won’t kill you. But you feel like it will."
The Loud Hands Project video. (tw: child abuse, ableism. But that's what what it's about. It's about pride.)
Clippy the Microsoft Office Assistant is the Patriarchy's Fault
In Iraq I Raided Insurgents. In Virginia, the Police Raided Me. (Obviously this is a white guy. You can tell this because he survived to tell the story. Meanwhile here in Australia we have just as much of a black deaths in custody problem as the US, and recently police have been using very strong pepper spray on anti-racist protesters while high-fiving white supremacists at a rally... and then last Friday the Australian Border Force announced they were going to go around Melbourne randomly checking people's visa status. What I'm saying is, current police stuff and its racist and nationalist elements scares me a lot.)
An interview with Miss Major on the Stonewall movie
Words To Live By
Page 64 of Shades After, because I can't stop thinking about what Anwar tells JD here, after they come out to him as genderqueer.
AO3 tag generator. If you're on Tumblr you've probably already seen this, but not everyone's on Tumblr. It randomly generates things people tagged their stories with on Archive Of Our Own.
Corduroy, age 26, is the oldest living cat in the world.