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Wed, May. 24th, 2017, 10:02 pm

[i]rahirah: My camera has gone missing

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Wed, May. 24th, 2017, 07:08 pm

[i]kjata: bombs away, here goes nothing

24/5/2017 wordcount: 259

...eh. I've done worse. Done better, too, but deffo done a lot worse.


[community profile] treatyoselfcomm exchange is now open for sign-ups. It's designed so that you're writing for yourself, but with a deadline and an assigned cheerleader to get you to finish it. No penalty for dropping out apparently, but I like the concept so I signed up.

This is turning into another Summer of Kylux for me. There will be some Steve/Tony mixed in, but all my deadlines outside of the STH auction are Kylux-related now.

(except for the Not Prime Time fic, but shhhh, not allowed to talk about that one.)

Wed, May. 24th, 2017, 05:11 pm

[i]isis: wednesday, you know the drill

What I've recently finished reading: David Blaize, by E.F. Benson, which I learned about via ffa and snagged from Gutenberg (it was first published in 1916). This is an odd little novel by modern standards, a schoolboy Bildungsroman in which the adventures of the title character are mostly internal and emotional. There's really no overarching plot or structure, it's just the growing pains of the title character. (Growing pains plus way too much cricket for any non-Commonwealth reader to understand.) But these growing pains are genuinely affecting, sometimes funny, sometimes sweet, sometimes skirting the edges of a dimly-sensed abyss.

And that abyss, of course, would be homoeroticism. ) I found the book surprisingly readable and enjoyable, though I admit I skimmed the cricket scenes; so alas I will never be quite sure what, exactly, made David a bowler of the googliest type.

I also officially abandoned Deathless by Catherynne Valente, because I do not have time nor patience to wade through the hip-deep prose.

What I'm reading now: Still listening to Dan Carlin's Hardcore History podcast "Destroyer of Worlds" (about 85% done) and enjoying it, for values of 'enjoying' relating to listening to just how close we came to global thermonuclear war in the fifties and sixties.

I'm also about halfway through Vernor Vinge's A Fire Upon the Deep which was a free e-book from one of Tor's monthly promotions. The beginning was irritating, but I'm enjoying it now, mostly because it's one of the few SF books I've read where the aliens are really alien.

What I'm reading next: Still waiting for one of my library reserves to come through. In audio, I have In Our Backyard: Human Trafficking in America and What We Can Do to Stop It by Nita Belles from the Sync promotion, and you can download it for free through today only.

In other news I have just returned (well, Monday night) from a mini-vacation in the Paso Robles area of California, where we stayed with a friend - actually one of B's business partners - and drank way too much wine. And ate way too much food. It was really good! But not sustainable.

I am also about 2000 words into my Night on Fic Mountain assignment, which may be twice the minimum but is still only prologue to the actual story I want to tell, oog.

Speaking of fic, [archiveofourown.org profile] Hagar has podficced my Yuletide story The Greatest City in the World! (This is the story I wrote for The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker.) I have downloaded it already, and I guess that's what I'll listen to even before the next book!

Wed, May. 24th, 2017, 11:24 pm

[i]lurkingcat: Social Stuff

This whole working in the city centre thing is still going well for me. It was a stressful work day but it was sunny outside and I did the social thing at lunch time and went out with the sales team for Y's leaving lunch. And then I did the social thing after work and went to a friend's birthday get together.

So I got to leave work a little later than usual, stroll through town, and then sit by the fountains near the Hippodrome and read until it was time for the pub meetup. No worrying about buses and long commutes and being too tired from the travel :)

Of course I'm completely knackered now. It was good to catch up with people but socialising is hard work. I'm very glad I did it though.

Wed, May. 24th, 2017, 04:24 pm

[i]sineala: Wednesday Reading Meme

What I Just Finished Reading

Nothing!

What I'm Reading Now

Black Panther #14, Captain America: Steve Rogers #17, Infamous Iron Man #8, Mighty Captain Marvel #5, Secret Warriors #2, X-Men Blue #4 )

What I'm Reading Next

Still nothing! It would be nice to read something! Maybe I will!

Wed, May. 24th, 2017, 03:14 pm

[i]ysabetwordsmith: Courting Cardinals

I heard rustling and scratching outside my office window.  There in the bushes were a pair of cardinals, fluttering around and courting.  The male had a mouthful of something which he passed to the female.  Aww!  <3

EDIT 5/24/17:  Also today I spotted an indigo bunting perched on the pot hanger above the barrel garden.

Wed, May. 24th, 2017, 03:12 pm

[i]ysabetwordsmith: Good News

Good news includes all the things which make us happy or otherwise feel good. It can be personal or public. We never know when something wonderful will happen, and when it does, most people want to share it with someone. It's disappointing when nobody is there to appreciate it. Happily, blogging allows us to share our joys and pat each other on the back.

What good news have you had recently? Are you anticipating any more?

Wed, May. 24th, 2017, 03:11 pm

[i]ysabetwordsmith: Wednesday Yardening

Today is cool and drizzly.

Round 1, I straightened the pole for the hanging baskets by the barrel garden, and wrapped cord around the shaft to fasten it to the barrel for more support. 

EDIT 5/24/17: After lunch, it was just spitting a bit, so I went out to sow some grass seed in bare patches around the old raspberry patch.  Of course, then it started really  raining.  :/

EDIT 5/24/17: When it stopped raining, I went back out to sow more grass seed.  It started raining again.

EDIT 5/24/17: Round 4, I sowed more grass seed in bare patches in the streetside yard.  This time I did not get rained out, and therefore got considerably more done.  \o/

As it is now dusk, I am done for the night.

Wed, May. 24th, 2017, 02:29 pm

[i]ysabetwordsmith: Julie d’Aubigny

 ... a person of many names, fluid gender, and great escapades.  :D

Wed, May. 24th, 2017, 11:50 am

[i]ariestess: Today's DailyOM Offerings...

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Wed, May. 24th, 2017, 10:44 am

[i]dine: if you can’t be a good example, then at least be a terrible warning

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Wed, May. 24th, 2017, 04:06 am

[i]ysabetwordsmith: Room for Wolves

 ... is essential if you don't want to get overrun by coyotes.

Wed, May. 24th, 2017, 02:13 am

[i]fairestcat: Quick life updates

Now that I'm back on lamotrigine as a mood stabilizer I am much more present in the world, and able to think and write and read and interact with people way more than I have been for the last several years. This makes me very happy. And other people are noticing too. The psych and my shrink, both of whom first met me while I was on the olanzapine have commented that I seem like a completely different person from the one they first met.

I went to see my psych last week for a followup on the new/old meds and said, "I feel like I have my brain back, but I don't much like the brain I got back." In particular I'm having trouble with executive dysfunction and a lot of hyperfocusing.

I told the psych this and she looked at me, fidgeting in her office chair, and said, "have you ever considered that you might have ADHD?"

As it happens I have been pondering that very thing of late. But it's notable that I am 37 years old and she is the FIRST medical professional ever to suggest this diagnosis to me. See also: ADHD presenting very differently in women than in men.

Since I'm still having trouble sleeping without taking low-dose seroquel, we're going to focus on trying to sort that out first, but when I see her again in August we're going to discuss the possibility of going on something for ADHD.

This, by the way, would make all three of us upstairs both bipolar and ADHD. We're all medicated for at least one of those diagnosis but still, there's a reason our household is sometimes, um, volatile. Add in our various physical ailments and Rayne's PTSD and it's a wonder we're functioning at all.

To a certain extent this is part of why I'm poly. I need to have and be part of a support structure not just an individual partner. I think in pairs none of our relationships would be workable, but together we balance each other out quite nicely.

The really awful thing I can't talk about is possibly less awful than it was when I made my last post. Still awful, but no longer horrifyingly impressively awful. This has taken a lot of weight off our household.

I had a shrink appointment today and she said, "have you ever considered grad school?" The answer to which is a somewhat complicated yes. When I was in undergrad I always assumed I would go on to get my masters, probably in Intercultural Communications, but then I fucked up my last semester of university and that kind of crashed and burned. Currently, we're not in a financial/family place where me going to grad school would make sense, but yes, the possibility has entered my mind again.

We leave for Wiscon in the morning, and I am not actually packed, because reasons, so I should probably stop talking about stuff and sort through my clothes and figure out what I'm taking.

Tue, May. 23rd, 2017, 07:44 pm

[i]ariestess: DAMIEN FIC :: "30 Fanncy Sentence Ficlets" [Ann Rutledge/Fancy Rae Baker, R]

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Tue, May. 23rd, 2017, 07:06 pm

[i]ariestess: OUaT FIC :: "30 Dragon Queen Sentence Ficlets" [Regina/Maleficent, R]

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Tue, May. 23rd, 2017, 05:22 pm

[i]ariestess: Today's DailyOM Offerings...

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Tue, May. 23rd, 2017, 04:23 pm

[i]ysabetwordsmith: Tuesday Yardening

Today is mild and cloudy. 

Round 1, we picked up sticks along the sidewalk by the house.

Washington hawthorn and red-twig dogwood are blooming.

Round 2, I cut weeds from the septic garden and trimmed grass from around the goddess garden.

Tue, May. 23rd, 2017, 03:30 pm

[i]ysabetwordsmith: Trumping Math

I'm lucky if I can get the same answer three times running on a calculator.  But on college entrance exams, I scored 66% nationally.  That means 2/3 of people are worse at math than I am.  Somehow.

I'm often appalled at how many of those people seem to work in economics and government.  I mean really.  I could do better than this.  >_<

Tue, May. 23rd, 2017, 01:22 pm

[i]havocthecat: A few facts. Because I probably ought to.

1. These days, I have bad days, and I have worse days. (I also have some good days. Somewhat less for now. This is not my norm, but there you go.) No, I don't really want to talk about it. Right now, anyway. I'm sure I will eventually. Personal problems abound, and I love all of you for being here for me in spite of those.

1A. Thanks to all of you who are patient with my off days when I get a little snappish. Those are less under my control than I would like. Serenity is hard to come by. (Please make all the Firefly tv series jokes you can. :)

2. I have a Tumblr. I have auto-crossposting of public posts set up for the people who have taken off to Tumblr and don't check Dreamwidth anymore, but who want to keep up on my life. I do not log onto Tumblr. Ever. This is not going to change. I don't have the time to be on multiple sites, the mental energy to deal with Tumblr, or the emotional energy to put up with Tumblr's toxic folks.

2A. Yes, I am aware you can curate your Tumblr experience with xkit or Tumblr Savior or whatever the latest trendy scripting extension is, but I don't have time.

3. I do the same with auto-crossposting public posts to Facebook, but I do log onto Facebook occasionally because my LARP runs on Facebook.

4. If you're reading on another site and you want the access-locked posts, you will have to make a Dreamwidth account. That's more personal content and less fandom and nerd content. Well. A little more nerd venting too, I guess.

5. I have many other social networking logins, but mostly don't participate, because I am a lazy social networking slacker.

6. Work is busy and only getting busier. Same with offline obligations. I do my best to reply to comments, but you can also get in touch with me via email to havocthecat@gmail or a Dreamwidth private message.

Tue, May. 23rd, 2017, 12:29 pm

[i]calliopes_pen: The Last Line Meme

Because I think we all need some mindless stuff at the moment, have a meme that I took from [personal profile] musesfool.

Cite the final line of five of your fics – your favorites, or the most recent ones.

1. There was still happiness yet to come...for both the living, as well as for the undead. Wrap The Cloak Of Night Around His Shoulders. Dracula (1968), following the wedding between Seward and Mina.

2. With this bittersweet chapter concluded, they would see to the rest of their lives. Let The Shadows Become Your Shroud. Crimson Peak (2015). That’s basically Alan and Edith limping off to see to their wounds, mourn Thomas, and just live, in the aftermath of a massive exorcism of a ghost from reality itself.

3. There was solace in the shadows, for both young and old vampires alike. Give Your Soul To The Night. Fright Night (1985). Jerry is revelling in winning as quietly as he can, while settling down for a nap, surrounded by turned teenagers, in his coffin in the basement.

4. Only the dead remained. Blood Begets A Curse Anew. Legend (1985). It probably is as grim as it sounds, as Darkness basically teleported a changed Lili (help me; I keep writing Lucy) out of the dining hall, after teleporting the goblins away to somewhere presumably unpleasant. Oh, and should anyone be curious about this story, do beware of a bit of animal sacrifice at the beginning, and references to torture in the middle.

5. And we gladly feast on those that would subdue us. Because We’re Addamses. Wednesday Addams is thinking, and thereby reiterating a statement made in the first Addams Family film.