On the worthiness of partners (this would be my primary partner, who I started seeing *formally and officially* in September)
They are worthy of dating Azz
They are not worthy of dating Azz, sorry
I don't know one or both of these parties well enough to answer this
My response to this cannot be summed up in a radio button, and I should comment
They make Azz happy
Azz makes them happy
Their ex is a screaming toolbag
I'm just glad nobody's in serious denial anymore
I'm just glad nobody's cheating on anybody anymore
What about Darkside, though?
What about Purple, though?
What about sithjawa, though?
What about [attractive denizen of a certain continent], though?
Let's hear it for polyamory
At last, someone with a strong enough Weirdness Field to date Azz!
At last, someone with a strong enough Weirdness Field to date this person!
It's disconcerting the way Azz is around much less on the public internet
Fuck cancer forever
Nobody is allowed to marry anybody (until at least 2020)
Why does Azz have to move to the Pacific Northwest, though?
I just finished Penric and the Shaman, so Penric’s Mission is up next! I am also “in the middle” of several things in that I have not yet accepted that I am never going to finish them so they are still in the “currently reading” category on Goodreads, but I am thinking that the New Year will probably be a good time to make a clean sweep of those.
I am slowly coming to terms with the fact that I am not going to finish the Read Harder Challenge. Maybe next year? 2017 is bound to be… not 2016, right? *knocks wood*
Penric and the Shaman (http://ift.tt/2h8fXVF) by Lois McMaster Bujold
This is the second in the series, after Penric’s Demon, and, oh man. <3 <3 <3 There are THE BEST DOGS and also I burst into tears at the climax and also an excellent line about the Son of Autumn and who belongs to him. <3 <3 <3
Ice Planet Barbarians (http://ift.tt/2d3me07) &
Barbarian Alien (http://ift.tt/2h8hr1P) by Ruby Dixon
I KNOW I KNOW BUT THEY’RE ACTUALLY KINDA… GOOD? AWESOME??
These are the first two of 11 or so books, following the fate of a dozen young women abducted by aliens from all over the US (and one from Canada) and whisked off to space to be… sold, probably. Six of them are put in cryostasis by the aliens, but several more are packed into a cage in a cargo hold, aware of their fate and abused by their guards. In Book 1, Ice Planet Barbarians, our heroine is Georgie, who takes the lead on a plan to fight back, which… kind of succeeds, in that Georgie bludgeons an alien guard to death. Unfortunately, they can’t go on to take over the ship because they’ve been jettisoned from it, abandoned on a harsh ice planet in the jammies they were wearing when the aliens abducted them from their beds.
And that, obviously, is when Georgie strikes out to scout for food/shelter/help and meets a seven-foot tall blue alien dude who realizes instantly that she is his perfect match for making babies with! :D :D :D
(No seriously though they’re ACTUALLY GOOD? AND KINDA ADDICTIVE?? TW for rape & multiple deaths in the first book though.)
I have ten fic tabs open, including “The True Repairman Will Repair Man” (http://ift.tt/2bx2oJI) which is on part 16/? and needs a reread, as the Plot Is Thickening. :D
(A sampling of stuff I’ve bookmarked recently–you can see all my bookmarks at http://ift.tt/2bFC4A9)
Something Like This by @emmagrant01 (http://ift.tt/1oHy0BG) Check, Please! Jack/Bitty, Parse/OMC. Complete, as of today, at 280k. <3________<3 If you need a huge long immersive Jack-and-Bitty-getting-together story, complete with Parse also finding true love along the way, HERE IT IS. AU before Jack and Bitty got together in canon, and featuring a demisexual Jack, which was catnip to me. Gorgeous.
Weary World Rejoicing by @annakovsky (http://ift.tt/2gd0a3f) Buffy the Vampire Slayer, post-”The Gift” apocalypse AU. This fic is just about 13 years old, but I think of it every time I hear “O Holy Night” and this year I actually went and reread it. Oh, everyone. (Then I read the sequel for, I think, the very first time, and OH EVERYONE ;______; and also I spent many confused minutes afterward pawing through the Wikipedia article on the Fisher King, hoping to make things make sense. Which, ha ha, why would a grail legend make sense of anything ever.)
from Tumblr http://ift.tt/2h8qyzB
I wrote a Supergirl fic of necessary hugs: Lights Will Guide You Home (Kara Danvers/Daisy Johnson, General) and guess what, monanotlisa wrote a beautiful and adorable coda for it: Hide Away in Daylight (Kara Danvers/Daisy Johnson, General) Everything is squishy hugs and nothing hurts.
The State of Me
Oh, man, I don't know if it's the prednisolone taper, but I'm so woozy and full of fogs. It might be that my GI tract got so inflamed that I couldn't absord oral meds, so now I'm basically re-establishing my Pristiq and other meds all at once? I'm foggy and I have a concentration window of about two minutes, and my balance is kind of fucked. Not very me at all. To be fair, my suffering is not great. But I feel like a balloon animal. Maybe a dachshund. Maybe a giraffe?
Oh, but lilacsigil has just come back from the street to tell me that the cafe that makes the great salt and pepper squid has it on their specials board today, so I am getting squiddy with my lunch. I have such fish cravings since I've been sick. Fish and nuts. All the oils. Get in my body, oils. And squids.
I'm picking through the scattered debris of my NaNo adventure to see what actually happened in that weird month.
- Finished the POI Five Things fic, though one of the parts is decidedly odd with only some good bits. The good bits might sprout something better, though, so I shall see. Total word count: 31,767.
- Finished the POI Sentinel/Guide fic, though I think it needs some fleshing out in parts. I quite like this one, actually? It's iddy as all get out and has lots of hugging and touching and bonding. I think, once I've got my Yuletide sorted, I'll work on this one. Total word count: 16,229
- Wrote one chapter of the Bucky fic. It was a weird but necessary chapter. 7266 words, taking that fic to a total of 62,044, holy shit.
- The Supergirl fic of necessary hugs, which I've already posted. (2032 words)
- The POI fixit fic is where it got weird and throw-words-at-the-wall-ish. I'm a little scared to look. I had a fever. 13,828 words, some of which may not be consecutive or legible.
- Last minute desperation words, Harold Finch competence porn. 2602 words. I want to finish this, because it's fun, and because I like exploring Harold's hidden skillsets.
Here’s What I’m Telling My Brown Son About Trump’s America
A sad but also hopeful essay, and this got me:
But listen, love, because I need to remind you of something and I need you to remember it extra well over the next four years: This is our street. It is our street. So when you feel that rumbling pushing up through your palms, I want you to press them flat against it, and do not be afraid to hear everything.
Boycott These Companies: boycotting companies that support Trump
Speak Up & Stay Safe(r): A Guide to Protecting Yourself From Online Harassment
Self-care and soothing
- This twitter thread about a comicbook store helper and a tiny new Supergirl baby gay made me cry with happiness and wish there'd been this kind of visibility for me in the eighties. It's so important. (Please don't kill Maggie, please don't kill Alex, please.)
- From Buzzfeed, Ocean's Eight is looking like the best movie thing that's ever happened omg: Based On Set Photos It Looks Like “Ocean’s Eight” Will Be The Greatest Movie In The History Of Movies
- Journaling Practice - Peony and Parakeet is a art-journalling blog I'm fond of, and she posted about being an introvert and an artist, which is something that I clicked with. Her blog is a good, thoughtful, mindful kind of place for art stuff.
- From umadoshi, (Almost) Every SFF Adaptation Coming to Television and Movie Theaters!
This is a weird and amazing list of things. And oh, wow that Camelot procedural series. It will surely be terrible and I will watch the crap out of it.
- Chocolate Box is running again this year! Schedule at chocolateboxcomm.
- fandom_stocking too, has sign-ups going: Sign-up Post
Squid ETA: It was delicious but a Pharmacy Board inspector showed up, which seems like an odd coincidence. Will investigate further tomorrow.
Anyway, I went on vacation last week: had some great meals, saw some friends & family, and saw the Chicago production of Hamilton! Which was awesome. Just, really full of energy and its own slightly-varying interpretations of the characters.
I came down with a bad cold over Thanksgiving, fought it back while on vacation, and today it appears to have revived and has taken up residence in my sinuses. So I left work early to go home and sleep in my cold house (it was 50 degrees!), and the Mucinex does not appear to be working. Argh.
Anyway. Life continues on; my Nemesis continues her bullshit, my boss is pessimistically supportive, and the new hire we made an offer to in frigging August is finally starting on Monday. My coworkers and I have a running group-text in which we mourn the election results and mock Voldemort, but it doesn't really help deal with the despair.
Between the election and the Ghost Ship fire, there's not much to be happy about in the real world right now.
Fannishly, I did see Moana last week, which was lovely if not earth-shaking.
I'm a few episodes behind on Pitch and Brooklyn 9-9. Really need to binge on Underground soon. Oh, and I watched Stranger Things when I was cocooning after Thanksgiving. That was very fun, although I suspect I would have found it more powerful if they'd showed much less about what was actually going on in the DOE facility.
So, on to the Reading Wednesday report.
Just Finished: Cloudsplitter by Russell Banks, for book club. An interesting look at John Brown and his family over the 20 years prior to Harper's Ferry. Seemed oddly relevant, where the main question is how civil resistance to oppression slowly turns to violence -- even when the violence is not directly against the oppressor. I'm not sure Banks answered the question, because he gives the narrator (Brown's son Owen) such a tortured emotional history that the violence seems more to derive from that than from his understanding of the national moral stain of slavery. Unless, I guess, that is the point? Anyway, it was interesting, but hella long, and the women were all barely 1-dimensional, much less 2.
Also just finished Spinster by Kate Bolick, which was more specific about her personal history than I was looking for. But still interesting, and it made me want to read more Millay.
Currently reading: Le Guin's Gifts; I needed a palate cleanser with some hope in it.
Up next: probably Cloudbound by Fran Wilde.
OK, I have to finish with this, because it will make you happy. Alan Tudyk records his lines for Moana.
This is surprisingly difficult! I find I'm full of affection for all the ones you listed, not to mention RayK's glasses, and Snape's hat with a vulture on it, and even Blair Sandburg's Schrodinger's nipple ring.
I did from time to time get tired of authors dressing BBC Sherlock in the purple shirt, but why should they be expected to have any more restraint than canon?
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Bitter greens : a novel / Kate Forsyth. I read this a while back and accidentally took it out again; it reminds me of Jeanette Winterson, in its mostly-successful attempt to fuse fairy tales and historical moments.
Luke on the loose : a Toon book / by Harry Bliss. Got this for my tutee; it's super cute. I suspect a child who love the Pigeon books would ADORE this one.
Breath of Earth / Beth Cato. There is a hell of a lot of infodump in the first chapter and if it doesn't ease off ASAP I am going to have to ragequit.
The Mask of Apollo / Mary Renault. I am charmed by Nikos. I am very very amused by how Renault manages to get him to Every Important Moment in this narrative By Total Happenstance, and yet there are still a lot of events-reported rather than witnessed.
Lord of the changing winds / Rachel Neumeier. I am both side-eying this one and very hopeful, because the heroine seems super Aspie to me, so if Neumeier pulls this off, I will be thrilled. (Also I hope she follows through on how queer the hero is for the king. Because he is SUPER QUEER.)
I'm liking the slightly lower weight of the new Air I got, but the narrower sides make it annoying to hold when I'm reading in bed. Though that's definitely made up for by the fact that this one allows me to set it to a warm orange screen at night--I know I was seriously affecting my already incredibly terrible sleep issues with that blue screen at night, but that's the one time I had to read fic, so…it's not quite as nice as fLux, which I wish was available for Apple devices, but I do appreciate this feature probably more than almost anything else about it.
.... anyone want a card? I'd love to do cards this year! I'm all about the festive, if for no other reason than 2016 cannot be allowed to win. Let me card you! (and if you would prefer one that's less Christmas, more seasonal, let me know, because I can totally do that)
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I don't seem to have a seasonal icon, so... sorry?
Talk to me! Especially about ( just in case of spoilers )
Anyway, should you be interested in reading 23K words of Rey and Finn being adorable and also lectured about Force stuff by the ghost of Anakin Skywalker, here it is on Dreamwidth:
Star Wars; Finn/Rey, Anakin; pg; 23,315 words
Finn and Rey's epic space road trip adventure, featuring pirates, kittens, and the Force ghost of Anakin Skywalker.
Or you can read it on AO3 when the site starts working properly again; here is the link: Celestial Navigation.
And okay, I admit I think a lot more about Anakin Skywalker than most people do, but I don't think it was just that particular alarming trait that made me laugh at last night's Flash. I think there really were, yet again, startling parallels with Barry that...are not what you want from your otherwise charming and good superhero. IJS.
The Flash: The Present
( spoilers )
There was also Brooklyn Nine Nine, which had some funny moments was but was not at its best last night.
What I've just finished
Aftermath: Life Debt by Chuck Wendig, which I liked but didn't love, because I'm not really emotionally invested in any of Wendig's new characters (except maybe Rae Sloane and only because she's a worthy adversary who I'd like to see come to the realization that fascism is bad, though I don't expect that to ever happen), except for the Leia stuff. ♥LEIA♥ She is not fucking around. "I would burn down the whole galaxy if I thought it was right." Her father's daughter indeed, and I don't mean Bail.
( spoilers )
Star Wars Annual 2 by Kelly Thompson, which also featured some great Leia content - I really like that they are giving her strong stuff in all the ancillary materials, but it still doesn't make up for the lack in the films. I am just saying. Anyway, this shows why she's so good at what she does - not just leading troops but swaying the hearts and minds of people, even those who start out wanting nothing to do with her. And it also shows how self-aware she is about what she does and the cost of doing it. Not to be a broken record or anything but ♥LEIA♥. She's only been my very favorite since I was 7, so *hands*
Rivers of London: Night Witches by Ben Aaronovitch, the second comics volume featuring Peter and Nightingale, and I wanted to like it more than I did, since it was ostensibly about Varvara, and I'm not sure if it was me or the book, but while I liked it okay, I didn't love it.
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. Hold the phone, folks, I think this might be the actual best book I've read this year. At least just from a writing standpoint. I've been more emotionally invested in others (TRK, CK) but this was just brilliantly written and compelling and delightful from start to finish. It's about Alexander Ilyich Rostov, who is sentenced to live the rest of his life in the Metropol Hotel in Moscow, and how he handles house arrest for decades. It's ridiculously good, with an excellent use of an omniscient narrator. Highly recommended.
Star Wars: Aphra #1
A good start to this new comic spinoff of Darth Vader. Some interesting backstory, and even more direct parallels of Aphra with Han (and Indiana Jones). We'll see how it goes.
What I'm reading now
I started Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon on the commute this morning, since I forgot to download my yuletide source material for review to my new iPad. Oops.
What I'm reading next
Redacted for Yuletide. I have a Board meeting tonight, but if I can't review canon and get something workable sketched out by Saturday morning, I might have to default. Arrgh.
Here's the local news on it:
2. Last night Beatrice was lolling on her side, and Dorian approached her and put his mouth up near the back of her head. I thought "aww, he's going to wash her ears like she washes his!" Then Dorian bit down on the scruff of Beatrice's neck and started humping her. They grow up so fast. :/ (Beatrice was not having any of it, and explained this with much volume, force, and velocity.) (The last time Beatrice lived for an extended period with another cat, it was nomnivore's cat Jerry, and he was so much more of a gentleman. I would ask Dorian who brought him up to behave like that, but this would reflect badly on a) me, and b) the Inquisitor.)
3. I am having difficulty with Twitter. Not just the constant stream of bad news, but also the constant stream of "you must inform yourself about [issue]" each one a different issue, each an urgent imperative that I read something if I care about other people/the planet/being a good person. I know I'm allowed to take a breath for my own mental health, to draw boundaries, but I find that hard to do without working myself into a state of callous uncaring, which obviously I don't want to do. The more vulnerable I'm feeling, the harder it is.
4. I made the very bad mistake of buying and downloading Civ III. Why? I don't know. It sounded like a good distraction? In the same way that heroin is a good analgesic? Tonight I had a communiqué from Montezuma, in which he politely (the game stipulated that his tone was polite, and indeed I do see worse on both Twitter and Tumblr all the time) told me "Xerxes, the Aztec Swordsmen thirst for your blood. Give us what we want or perish!" What he wanted was all the money in my treasury. I told him lol no, and he politely backed off again.
2. I got a decent amount of translating done tonight after work. I'm really excited about how much manga I'm going to be posting this month. :D
3. I stopped at McDonald's for dinner and the fries were hot and fresh! (That's really what I was jonesing for, so it would have been disappointing if they weren't, but I was also braced for disappointment because I feel like about nine times out of ten, whenever I get fries from any fast food place, they're always the last dregs of the old batch.)
4. Chloe face!
Star Wars; Finn/Rey, Anakin; pg; 23,315 words
Finn and Rey's epic space road trip adventure, featuring pirates, kittens, and the Force ghost of Anakin Skywalker.
Written for the West Wing title project. Thanks so much to silveronthetree for all the cheerleading and helping she did while I wrote.
Read it at AO3! Or, while the AO3 is down, read it here.
Feedback is adored.
1. Glasses. Pretty much anyone who's attractive to me without glasses is about four times as attractive with them.
2. Singing. I'm constantly getting choir crushes because people become more attractive when they're singing harmony with me.
3. Moving toward the center of the gender spectrum. To make a woman more attractive to me, give her a butch haircut or a wardrobe low in ornaments. To make a man more attractive to me, give him jewelry.
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So, in short, if your self-defense level of desired investment is "I want to take a class once and then be done", go to a Rory Miller weekend seminar the next time he's in your area. If you are able-bodied and willing to go train regularly, consider Krav. If you are not able-bodied, talk to me about your body and your intentions -- I can recommend other things. If you are considering a firearm, talk to me/see previous post on that topic to figure out if that's going to match your lifestyle and threat model.
Your martial arts questions can go here, if you have them! There are many experienced martial artists reading, so you can get lots of perspectives, too, not just mine.
So if that's a direction your thoughts are currently trending in, for whatever reason -- go, ask. Trained martial artists are standing by to take your calls. *g*
(Note: I'm purposely omitting internet activism, not because it doesn't have value but because it's something that we've got pretty much covered, and that's -- relatively -- a comfort zone for many of us. We are going to have to try to find ways to do more, to the limits of our various abilities.)
I was thinking about how hugely helpful it's been to many people just to have posts saying "I phoned my representative about this, and this is what it was like". A lot of us are thinking we need to learn how to find ways of being more activist even though it's challenging and scary for us.
And we also have a lot of people who have been or are involved in various ways, whether it's being part of ACT-UP actions or stuffing envelopes for a political party.
So -- please, share. If you've done something -- what did you do? how did you get into it? what happened? what was it like?
We need to share any skills and stories we have (and not just the stuff that sounds dramatic and cool and involves chaining yourself to things -- envelope-stuffing matters too).
Please comment with a link to anything you write, or post directly in the comments. Thanks!
( Here it is! )
Also, yesterday I made this steel cut oats recipe -- I omitted the sugar, added a handful of raisins and a handful of currants and some dried apricots and a diced apple, and used coconut milk in place of whole milk. Cooked it for about six hours on low. It is divine and I will be eating it all week long huzzah.
I have some complicates thinks about Americans' views on consequences,sin, magical thinking, and privilege.
Thanks for the nudge, @brainwane.
One of the things I think is true about Americans as a whole is that we are really wedded to the narrative of people getting what they deserve. I suspect this is partially because of our Puritan/Protestant formative influences. If bad things happen to you, you must have sinned and brought them on yourself, or if not that, they are happening because God loves you so much He is testing you, ala Job. But in any case, you are responsible for the bad things that have happened to you.
The more we believe this, the safer we feel, because if bad things happen for a reason, all we have to do is avoid the reason and then bad things won't happen. The example for this is if you are a woman who behaves virtuously, (for whatever definition) you won't be sexually assaulted or raped. If you are raped, you must have deserved it by your actions.
We find this immensely comforting, as long as we are not the victim in a situation, because it gives us a belief in our own power to affect our lives and outcomes. As long as I am a Virtuous Woman, I am safe, and as soon as someone is not safe, it's on them, it couldn't possibly touch us, that's over there and my continued right action will keep me safe.
That's magical thinking. It is no more rational than the thousand other instances of magical thinking, like calling your beautiful child ugly so bad things won't notice them, or skipping cracks in the sidewalk (you ever wonder about the incidence of low back pain in primary childcarers, kids who walk on sidewalks, and the expressions of guilt?).
But because we've taken this magical thinking to such extraordinary lengths and embedded it so deeply in our culture, we don't see it anymore. We just assume that The Other has done something to deserve their misfortune, because if we look it in the face and see that they didn't, that means we are also at risk, and we just can't cope with that. Do you mean we live in an arbitrary and capricious world, and nothing I can do will keep me safe? Unacceptable!
I also think that the longer we go in life without something really bad happening to us, the more we invest in this theory, because we assume that bad things not happening to us means that our actions are obviously virtuous, and as long as we keep it up, we'll be fine, and why don't other people do this self-obvious thing? They should be more like me!
So if children need to get school district help to eat, obviously they or their parents should behave differently, so that the world treats them as well as a privileged white guy.
Privileged people fight really hard against the idea that misfortune is caused by something other than behavior, because it's terrifying to acknowledge anything else. And when something pops that bubble and misfortune happens, they cast about for SOME behavior that caused it, preferably behavior by someone else, because again, this behavior worked so well for so long, it must not be problematic.
Consequences are a malleable concept. We give children different consequences for the same behavior, based on their age, maturity, and caloric level. But everyone treats consequences as if they are handed out by a neutral force of nature. I lied and cheated and nothing bad happened? Lying and cheating must not be so bad, because there's almost no consequence. You got pregnant despite reasonable prevention? You deserve that consequence because your behavior was bad.
It's hard to understand how people can be so unbelievably heartless and devoted to it, but when you realize they are locked into this worldview by fear, you begin to understand their level of attachment to the lie of sin and consequences. It's not right, but it makes more sense.
snickfic: Why You Should Join Your Local Democrats
brendanmleonard: Just going to leave this here (Korematsu)
annleckie: You can still send letters
quantum-displacement: Anti-Trump Masterpost
Tweets from Jared Yates Sexton: When people start talking about Trump's "revolution", tell them he lost the popular vote
Tweets from Moshe Kasher: There's a fundamental misunderstanding of what these protests are about. No one believes they will effectively stop a Trump inauguration.
Tweets from Dan Olson: Here's the boring, pragmatic, bureaucratic nightmare instead
rockscanfly: The elections we refer to as Midterm Elections are held every four years, at the half-way point between presidential elections.
egregiousderp and others: To all of my friends out there and ESPECIALLY my trans friends, if you hadn’t done so now, PLEASE GET A PASSPORT.
Relevant link for the above: https://travel.state.gov/content/passpo
Tweets from Tehlor Kay Mejia: It’s important to stay vigilant about the other transgressions going on with Trump, but examining this Hamilton thing isn’t frivolous.
leupagus: So you want to get #involved but are totally fuckin’ baffled: POLITICAL HOMEWORK FOR THE POLITICALLY DUMSQUIZZLED
Tweets from Elliott Lusztig: Hannah Arendt in her book The Origin of Totalitarianism provides a helpful guide for interpreting the language of fascists.
There was a problem with the hardcover preorder link at Barnes & Noble for The Harbors of the Sun, but it's fixed now http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-har
* Here's info about Liberation Library Liberation Library provides books to youth in prison to encourage imagination, self-determination and connection to the outside worlds of their choosing. We believe access to books is a right, not a privilege. We believe books and relationships empower young people to change the criminal justice system.
You can donate books directly from their Amazon wishlist, send money, etc.
* And here's a helpful post from Captain Awkward: #917: "How to set boundaries with people who think boundaries and hurt are manipulative? AKA Help implementing boundary advice?"
2. I was really not feeling like making dinner, and was considering actually going out to get food, but I neither wanted to get dressed nor spend money (and none of the ordering-in options sounded appealing, either), so I ended up making dinner after all and it was delicious! I made fried rice, so now I have a bunch left for more dinners, too.
3. The kitties were so cute today. Just so incredibly cute. They were curled up together on the sofa all afternoon, and every time I went out there, they were still curled up together, but in a slightly different pose, so I got so many pics of them being sweetie cuddlers. :D
Then I went off to dinner with Purple, who gently observed that I seemed to be about half-speed, then held my hand while we complained about politics. He had a touching level of faith in the unwillingness of Indiana parents to not ask for their children to be tortured in the name of Getting Straight. And I provided some thoughts on the torture facilities euphemistically known as "wilderness survival camps" and their ilk.
And I got back home, and found that my sweetie's dating site profiles very cheerfully mention a primary partner. Me. I am touched beyond belief.
So a mixed bag, but getting better.
Also I am trying to switch to LastPass from Keychain on OSX without having to re-type every password I have ever owned, but there's no import function and besides Keychain still thinks it is the default for my system and keeps autofilling things.
...I'm just done with trying to figure all this shit out with YouTube videos, online documentation, and FAQs. I'm willing to pay a reasonably tech-savvy person to walk me through it. Do we (the collective internets) know someone who does this kind of thing?
I feel like it shouldn't be this hard, but maybe I am only getting Old and failing to understand These Newfangled Technologies. My father fell for a phishing scheme over Thanksgiving and I had to rescue him before he paid a scammer hundreds of dollars. Perhaps despite my singular penchant for actually RTFM, I am slowly becoming That Guy myself.
When I'm looking for a comfort meal, I get breakfasty.
- When I was a kid, my mother used to make "fried" apples (actually sort of braised), and I'll still make them as part of breakfast-for-dinner -- unpeeled, cored and sliced, softened in butter and then cooked with brown sugar and a bit of water or cider until they're nice and soft.
- Another childhood favorite is the thing where you butter a slice of bread on both sides, cut a hole in the middle, and break an egg into it. We called it "egg in a nest."
- If I want the kind of meal where I'm going to cook all afternoon, I love the Cook's Illustrated chicken potpie, which is basically a thick chicken stew cooked in a pie shell. As I type this, I'm wondering what would happen if you used some other kind of stew for a potpie? I have a cauliflower-and-cheese soup recipe that I'm very fond of; if I left some of the vegetables chunky, instead of pureeing the whole thing, would that make a decent potpie? Or is meat required?
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boomIt's somewhat anticlimactic.
- Hey, It's Cold in Here!
- Why Are We Stopped at a Green Light?
- Let's Be Friends Asshole
- Please Don't Make That Noise, Car (I'm in No Mood to Be Stuck on the Side of the Road)
- Everybody Follow Me Through the Yellow Light!
- I'm Going to Die, Here, in Line to Buy Gas
Now obviously, readers bring their own experiences and lenses to stories and thus, everybody watches/reads a different text, sometimes the difference is slight and sometimes the difference is great, and even a single person can have differing responses depending on where they are in their own lives at the time the come to and revisit a story. But even acknowledging that, for the most part, if I'm writing the protagonist to be a hero, I hope that it works and readers believe they're reading about hero, not a jerk who gets everything handed to them because of authorial fiat.
( eventually there are vague Gilmore Girls: Year in the Life spoilers )
I don't really have any conclusions, but I definitely think it's a thing writers should pay close attention to when writing their characters - it's one thing for the character to think they're hot shit, but another for the narrative to confirm that, even when their actions don't warrant it, and it can cause a huge disconnect with the audience if that's not the intention. (Again, for whatever authorial intent is worth.)
"The Dark Gates" The Gods of H.P. Lovecraft, Journalstone Press.
Reja and her companions Fletcher and Tamith solve a mysterious disappearance.
"The Potter's Daughter" audio reprint at Episode 86 of the podcast Far-Fetched Fables, read by Diane Sieverson.
Kade Carrion before the events of The Element of Fire
"Night at the Opera" audio reprint at Podcastle.
A noble Rienish family asks Reynard Morane to thwart a sorcerous blackmailer, and he recruits a reluctant Nicholas Valiarde to help.
The Edge of Worlds Night Shade Books, ISBN 9781597808439. Hardcover, ebook, audiobook
Reviewed by the New York Times:
"The venerated pulp spirit in science fiction and fantasy has dwindled since the golden age of the 1920s to '50s. Yet an atavistic craving for adventure remains, and it is this need that Wells's books in general and the Raksura books in particular satisfy. The stories are straightforward adventure, but what makes Wells's "new pulp" feel fresh is its refusal to take the easier storytelling routes of its forebears. Rather than thinly veil an existing human society as alien others, for example, Wells - a master world builder - creates a multicultural world of humanized monsters...The result is breathtakingly surprising and fun. So for readers who missed earlier entry points to this delightful series, now is the time to get on board."
- New York Times
Forthcoming in 2017
"Birthright" Mech: Age of Steel, Ragnarok Publications, ISBN 978-1941987858.
The Edge of Worlds Night Shade Books, Paperback edition.
The Harbors of the Sun Night Shade Books, ISBN 978-1597808910.
The last book in the Books of the Raksura series.
Also forthcoming: The Murderbot Diaries: All Systems Red, a novella from Tor.com in ebook and paperback and the sequel.
Words written in 2016: about 163832
Some of My Favorite Books:
Dreaming Death by J. Kathleen Cheney
The Salt Roads by Nalo Hopkinson
A Useful Woman by Darcie Wilde
Court of Fives and The Poisoned Blade by Kate Elliott
The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin
Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee
Unquiet Land by Sharon Shinn
A Taste of Honey by Kai Ashante Wilson
Who Killed Sherlock Holmes? by Paul Cornell
The Hanging Tree by Ben Aaronovitch
Sacrifice by Cindy Pon
And today I have some work to do, after which I'll catch a bus into the city and see Loving with a friend. Everything I've heard about it has been fantastic, and it also seems like a good movie for the historical moment, you know? (In talking about the, um, current historical moment in service yesterday, Diane said that rather than sagging in despair, we can consider that Trump's election highlights for us where our work is needed. I appreciated that way of looking at it; it was encouraging.)
After that I'll hopefully have time to grab some dinner somewhere, and then I'll go to an informational meeting on the status of my CSA. The guy who runs it abruptly folded up shop six months ago; the person he rented his farmland from was throwing him off with almost no notice, he was losing all his capital investment in greenhouses, plumbing, etc., and of course he was completely unable either to provide the vegetables the members had paid for or to refund our money, since it was all invested in the farm and the harvest wasn't in yet. He's been trying to keep from having to declare bankruptcy and trying to find a way to start up farming again; now he has found land to rent and is hoping to get up and running next year, and find some way to make good on his default. Some members are willing to wait, some are understandably angry and want satisfaction, and I'm curious to see what this meeting will be like -- and I definitely hope he can manage to get back in business!
With luck, Geoff will be having dinner in town with a friend, and we can meet up afterward and come home together. Otherwise I'll be on my own, but on the other hand I'll have the car instead of taking public transit, so I'll be able to get in and out a lot faster.
Yesterday was the first lovely sunny day in almost a week, and today it's snowing gently. I think today will be a good day too.
Here’s what you don’t want to do late on a Sunday night. You do not want to type seven letters into Google. That’s all I did. I typed: “a-r-e”. And then “j-e-w-s”. Since 2008, Google has attempted to predict what question you might be asking and offers you a choice. And this is what it did. It offered me a choice of potential questions it thought I might want to ask: “are jews a race?”, “are jews white?”, “are jews christians?”, and finally, “are jews evil?”
Are Jews evil? It’s not a question I’ve ever thought of asking. I hadn’t gone looking for it. But there it was. I press enter. A page of results appears. This was Google’s question. And this was Google’s answer: Jews are evil. Because there, on my screen, was the proof: an entire page of results, nine out of 10 of which “confirm” this....
Every time someone likes one of these posts on Facebook or visits one of these websites, the scripts are then following you around the web. And this enables data-mining and influencing companies like Cambridge Analytica to precisely target individuals, to follow them around the web, and to send them highly personalised political messages. This is a propaganda machine. It’s targeting people individually to recruit them to an idea. It’s a level of social engineering that I’ve never seen before. They’re capturing people and then keeping them on an emotional leash and never letting them go.”
Cambridge Analytica, an American-owned company based in London, was employed by both the Vote Leave campaign and the Trump campaign....
Steve Bannon, founder of Breitbart News and the newly appointed chief strategist to Trump, is on Cambridge Analytica’s board and it has emerged that the company is in talks to undertake political messaging work for the Trump administration. It claims to have built psychological profiles using 5,000 separate pieces of data on 220 million American voters.
Reading Letters to Tiptree. Almost halfway through. I already have the Philips biograhy of her on my to do list. It's gonna suck, isn't it? I mean, not the biography itself, but my reactions while reading it. (Please don't tell me "so don't read it." I want to read it.) I could go into why, but I'd have to put it behind a cut with trigger warnings, and the trigger warnings alone would cover why it's gonna be tough reading for me when I get around to it (tw: suicide, spousal murder, ableism, eliminationism, dysphoria, mother issues.)
Les Mis: still not there! Needed to recharge my batteries. But there is still time for me to finish this book this year, and I believe in me.
TV and Movies
Watched Steven Universe episodes 19-32 over the course of two days. Overarching plot ramping up much more with Lapis Lazuli's appearance. Three more episodes til I meet Peridot. I have heard things, and am looking forward to her. I loved Sugilite. And I am starting to get more of a handle on just why the Gems are so manifestly terrible at parenting. I knew they were polymorphic rock aliens, but I hadn't realised to what extent their emotions do not work the same way as humans'. I love them.
Listened to Jay Z's Vol. 2... Hard Knock Life, which norabombay gave me years and years ago. I liked the bouncing.
Status message from a Pixel Dungeon game: "You are charmed. You become furious." Is this what's called 'tsundere'? In other Pixel Dungeon news, killing three giant piranhas with a teleport wand was one of the most satisfying things I've ever done in this game.
In Pixel Dungeon if you're playing a Beserker, you "become furious" if your HP is low enough. This can happen from being too hungry: "You are starving. You become furious." They should make it "you are now hangry."
Had my best game of Pixel Dungeon ever, in which I got past the Dwarf King.
Bought a million billion games for USD$20 in the Good Bundle, which is Good in that it's a fundraiser for the ACLU and Planned Parenthood, not necessarily in that the games are good.
Played Your Gay Monster Family by CuteBobs, a short interactive fiction game about a human woman, her lamia girlfriend, and their harpy daughter. I'm never completely easy with the IF tradition of second person narratives, and it's worst for me when (as in this game) your character is being an asshole and there are no good choices, and you are also being told how you feel/how to feel about what happens. No choices at all, actually: it's more the IF equivalent of a visual novel (not actually visual in that it's text-only. An interactive novel?) so I feel I'm being railroaded into being behaving badly and then facing the consequences.
The protagonist is not uniformly awful, but she is very depressed and self-hating, and that and the way she treats others and her viewpoint of herself feed into each other, and that's... well, I will put it this way: Depression Quest was also in this bundle, but I have played Depression Quest before and made the deliberate decision not to replay it, because I already know how depression feels like?
My other problem, apart from the railroading and the depression, has to do with some stuff about the way the characters and their relationships are described, which I found less than convincing for reasons I can't articulate well, but will sum up with the fact that you-the-narrator repeatedly refer to your-the-narrator's daughter as "your little darling", and I cannot buy that as someone's internal narrative. I'm sure there are people who do think that way, it's a big world, but it adds to the impression I keep getting that I am not playing a game/reading an interactive novel about a human/monster lesbian family, I am observing someone's fantasy of having a human/monster lesbian family. And (I can't point to where I am getting this, particularly since there is no explicit sex in this game at all) that the someone in question consumes a lot of porn.
I'm sad I don't like this game better, since it is a game about a trans protagonist written by a trans woman.
Played The Raccoon Who Lost Their Shape, by Fathom and Scuffy. A short visual novel with minimal interaction and branching. The raccoon protagonist is non-binary, as were all the other characters. The graphics were simple and old-school but effective. The story was surrealist and depressing, but it was a form of surrealism I enjoy, and I found the characterisation a lot more convincing than Your Gay Monster Family.
Finished a colouring sheet, am most of the way through another one. The first one was a paisley nightmare with a colour palette I shall name "garish". The second one is this intricate lacy floral thing, and the palette is just pale blue and white. Blue background and uncoloured flowery-lacy stuff. It's really effective, and also really fast to colour.
Parsley lives! I need to remember to fertilise everything, the rosemary and basil in particular are looking kinda pale. The warm weather is helping. I've been keeping up the watering, with the help of a new large watering can I bought. Kale still going strong.
The confluence of two circumstances -- the plumber's visit and how the toilet door has stopped latching properly unless I push it a bit harder than usual -- led to a new interest in the toilet for Beatrice and Dorian. I heard splashing, got up, and as I approached, both cats ran out of there and I found water on the seat. Clearly I will need to be more careful about closing the door.
2. There was a bunch of packing paper in the boxes that came yeterday, that kind that's all one long roll of crumpled brown paper. I left a huge pile of it out in the living room for the kitties and they have been having so much fun playing in it.
3. I have this small electric blanket that my mom got me for Christmas several years ago and at first I was like, man, I don't think I'm really going to use an electric blanket, but it turned out it was perfect for using at my desk. I've been getting a lot of use out of it the past few days.
4. I managed to snap a shot of Molly just as she was opening her mouth to take a bite of the recycling bag.
Fandom: Supergirl/Agents of SHIELD
Characters/Pairings: Daisy Johnson/Kara Danvers
Warnings/Content: Canon injuries, sadness and despair, hurt/comfort, cuddling, soft sweaters, fluff
Notes: A loose sequel to No Fear of Falling.
I wrote this the night of the election, when I just wanted someone to tell someone else it was all going to be okay. I think we all needed a bit of that. Thank you to lilacsigil for the beta.
Summary: Kara's already seen the end of one world, and she knows the worst you can do is nothing.
Also at the Archive
( For a person with super hearing, Kara could be pretty oblivious. )
... yeah, I wish I had kept a journal, because my memories of that time are so sparse. And the photos are all prints, so they don't just come up when I'm scrolling through my phone.
I remember that the second Christmas, my brother-in-law sent the kidlet some electronic toy, and the kidlet touched it, and it sprang to life with a musical chord and a cartoonish voice saying, "Hi, there!", and the kidlet very firmly pushed it away and said, "Too noising."
I remember being up until the middle of the night putting the damned kitchen set together -- it was a gift from my parents, and I had assumed that it arrived all assembled (poor innocent that I was), so it hadn't occurred to me to open it up in advance. But I remember that kitchen set so fondly, and all the imaginary meals cooked on it, and all the conversations with "Mrs. Moldiwarp" had on the attached phone.
Mom remembers the kidlet climbing up to the back of the big chair (the one I'm sitting in now) with the Little Golden Book of Christmas Carols, singing some random words, climbing down, and saying, "Sing Si' Night book self!"
An older friend of mine used to tell me, "The hours are long but the years are short," and that is so true.
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And you know, it turns out London is a beautiful, ancient city. I went through three of the royal parks - allodial land; held without tenure, without mark, for eight centuries - and along past Hatchards, where a hundred people were queueing up to get their books signed by Tim Peake; and through Piccadilly Circus, which is currently hosting an exhibition in praise of Frank Pick, a shy, unassuming lawyer who lived a shy unassuming life at the start of the last century; who believed that as the London Underground belonged to the city, and all the millions of people who used it, every aspect of it should be a work of public art. I bought a book and a cup of coffee and I did some work in a cafe like the ghastly cliché of a writer I am, and I saw the sun begin to set over Hampstead Heath with the skyline glittering behind.
And though tha sinn anns an dùbhlachd, and it is so very dark - not forever. Nothing lasts forever, except this place that we live in.
Luckily the spreadsheet knows these things for me, so…
WIPs currently active: 7
Words written this week: 4,740
WIPs that got no words this week: 0
WIPs that did get words this week:
Codename: Aluminum Bastard (aka broken dick epic): 661, and I’ve… nearly figured out how the next bit goes. Nearly.
Born in the Blood: 342
How the Winter Soldier Met the Hulk: 476, and I stopped at the point where I have to decide how much longer this story is going to be. SUSPENSE FOR EVERYONE.
Saddest Steve/Bucky I Could Think Of (for @notwithoutyoufanbook): 1,950, and I actually made myself cry writing the last bit I worked on, so… that bodes well, right?
Pillow Box #4 (Sam): 202, but I realized at 2AM last night that the story is in the wrong POV, so. Two steps forward, six steps back. :D
[More Different Secret Exchange Story]: 701
Slavefic #5 (THE DRAMATIC REUNION): 408
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