quotidian, w/ brief Hugo note

Jul. 31st, 2015 05:16 pm
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Yesterday wound up being, quite literally, a long day. I was awakened early by the noise of trucks outside. I got up briefly, lay back down, and tried to get back to sleep, but Molly had other ideas; she jumped up and quietly explained "you're conscious, time to pet the cat." So I did that—and then my cell phone rang.

That was my PT office returning my voicemail of the day before, saying that yes I could come in at 9:30 instead of 2:30, so I said "see you then" and made tea. I wanted to reschedule because it's hot here again, and I wanted to get back without standing out in the heat waiting for the bus.

The physical therapy went quite well, except for the glitch where I angrily explained that I need not to be given contradictory instructions: one of the interns was having me do an exercise, and another interrupted while I was doing it to tell me to do it differently. But the ankle and wrist are both continuing to heal, and the shoulder-strengthening program continues on course. (I did have to ice the shoulder yesterday evening, though.)

We microwaved frozen Indian food for supper, because it was too hot to do anything resembling cooking. Fortunately, [personal profile] cattitude has found a brand that is, if not impressive, actually food, and sells at least two dishes that are flavorful but not pepper-hot, so I can eat them.

We went to bed slightly late, but were thoroughly asleep when the building fire alarm went off at about 12:40 a.m. We pulled on clothes and shoes, grabbed our cell phones, and walked downstairs and out. My ankle didn't like that, but was okay once I found a place to sit down. (It's a little tender today, but I'm not sure of causality.) This time the firefighters went into the Safeway; the downside of living in the same building as the 24-hour supermarket is that it increases the number of fire alarms. It's not as bad as living in a dorm where all the rooms have fire alarms and almost nobody knows how to use them, but the alarms freshman year were less likely to go off when I was sound asleep.

When we got the all-clear we came back up, calmed the cats, made herb tea, and played Scrabble. It was a quarter to two when I went back to bed. I got up six hours later; between that and the heat, I made a point of doing my proofreading in the morning. I did find time this afternoon to look at the Hugo nominees for semiprozine and come up with a plausible 1, 2, 3 ranking among Lightspeed, Strange Horizons, and Beneath Ceaseless Skies. ("Plausible" in this case meaning that I didn't read any of them all the way through; I've sent the Hugo packet samples, and the sample for Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, to my kindle for later, but "later" will be after the ballot deadline, which is now 6.5 hours away.)
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Jul. 31st, 2015 07:34 pm
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Victory is mine, victory is mine! Great day in the morning, people, victory is mine.

I have just finished a 100k novel draft, an actual full novel with a few deleted scenes (and some porn because why not and I shipped them) from beginning to end, in 31 days. And my wrists don't actually hurt as much as I'd expected!

All of this around a full time job and capoeira. And I think, I think that I actually did a better job on this first draft than I've done in a while on other first drafts.

Great day in the morning! Bring me the finest muffins and bagels in all the land!

Oh, Chickaree...

Jul. 31st, 2015 07:22 pm
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For those of you who aren't aware of the fact, my car is a 1996 Chevy Lumina that I bought in August 2004. (The 18th, if you want to be specific. And the only reason I know this is because I posted on LiveJournal about it, and I tag very well. :-P)

Anyway, thanks to the fact that my car is old as balls, I've had all sorts of interesting experiences with it over the years. Most of them closer to "now" than "2004". For the record. In case anyone somehow didn't see that coming. Still, I'd thought that it had done everything that I could possibly imagine, save of completely blowing up and/or dying. I was wrong.

So here's the thing. My poor smartphone isn't the best (and will be replaced later this year, as soon as I'm up for a free upgrade), and its battery sucks. Really sucks. No, seriously, I unplug it in the mornings and it drops to 90% in less than five minutes without me actually doing anything on it. So, you know, I keep a phone charger in my car for any drives longer than 5-10 minutes, which obviously plugs into my cigarette lighter.

A couple of nights ago, I kind of lost my cigarette lighter. And my charger. By which I mean the entire thing somehow fell into the dash and disappeared.

... yeah.

Last night, I spent about an hour on the phone with my dad (which is happening more and more often as my car keeps doing ridiculous things like this) as I sprawled in the floorboard of my car, removed multiple parts of the dash, and tried to fix the damn thing.

On the positive side, I found all of the pieces of my cigarette lighter, put them back together, fixed the blown fuse, and got everything working again! For someone who's very much not a car person (i.e., I know how to check my oil, I know how to replace the bulbs in my tail lights, I know how to change a flat tire if I absolutely have no other choice but to do it myself, and that's about it), I feel very proud about that fact. \o/

On the negative side, I still haven't found my damn phone charger. /o\

Don't get me wrong, I know it's in the car somewhere. I just don't have a clue where. It might still be rolling around loose somewhere in the dash, which means I'll probably never find it. It might have rolled down and gotten caught behind a part of the floor, which means I might find it eventually if I get lucky. Or it might have rolled loose and is under a seat somewhere, along with the fucking radio button that I haven't been able to find in a year-in-a-half even though I know it's there somewhere. Who knows?

Which basically means tomorrow I really need to put on pants (or, at least, a dress/skirt that's not short enough to give the entire apartment complex a show) and try to find it. Because I really don't want to replace it if it's somewhere in the car that I can actually reach.

Six short stories

Aug. 1st, 2015 12:12 am
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Almost like a reward for getting through the Hugo voting, Kameron Hurley posted her second story funded by Patreon, which handily completed another set of six stories for me:

The Judgement of Gods and Monsters is a thoughtful story about how a society creates the balance between being fully peaceful in peacetime, and being able to defend itself in wartime; how it deals after the war with those who committed violence within it.

I like the main plot of the story, but I also like how some of the background details (family structures, command structures, current technology) are not like the current white Western default, which builds the sense of this being a different place very effectively.

Archana and Chandni by Iona Sharma
Indian wedding … in space! I loved it, from the convincing portrayal of enduring culture into the future, to the spaceship sibling, to the wedding couple and the feeling of family. Just lovely. I have to thank [twitter.com profile] karaspita who linked to it. (and now I have Yet Another source of short fiction to fail to keep up with, yay!)

Alnwick by Iona Sharma
Also brought to my attention by [twitter.com profile] karaspita; this time about a bureaucrat in a British space program getting called out of a tedious party to respond to an accident affecting one of the key staff. I really like how the characters and the background culture feel completely real and believable, and the overall feeling is optimistic.

(and at this point I looked up the author’s website, realised that Nine Thousand Hours which I wrote about last time is also by Iona Sharma and think maybe I rather like this author?)

Noise Pollution by Alison Wingus
I really like the worldbuilding this story, where music is magic and there’s evil/chaotic noise that has to be fended off with singing, or at least a walkman playing some good music. Lots of fun. (and oh hey the author also writes comics)

The Totally Secret Origin of Foxman: Excerpts from an EPIC Autobiography by Kelly McCullough
It’s pretty much what it says on the tin: another variant on the superhero origin story, complete with former friend/nemesis and unexplained arrival of powers, but done well and interesting me enough to stick the imminent novel-in-the-same-universe on my wishlist.

Kin, Painted by Penny Stirling
I read this because the accompanying artwork was by Mia, whose work I adore. I’m often find highly stylised writing puts me off, if I’m noticing the style more than the story, but I think here the style and the story work together well and I enjoyed reading this, and admiring how Mia’s painting fits it so well.

(And Lackingtons looks interesting, if by its focus on stylistic writing, somewhat outside my comfort zone. I didn’t have enough short story publishers to keep up with, clearly!)

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Jul. 31st, 2015 11:00 pm
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href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_VI_of_France">wikipedia). Grandfather of Margaret who married King Stephen. Louis spent most of his reign fighting various other people who wanted to be in charge of France, including of course the English (who were Normans). He was reasonably successful at this. He died of dysentery because in the 12th century even being King couldn't buy you a cure.

Born on this day in 1713 to Ferdinand II, Duke of Brunswick-Wolfenbuttel and Princess Antoinette of Brunswick-Wolfenbuttel, Charles Guelph I, Duke of Brunswick-Wolfenbuttel (my toy,wikipedia). Grandfather of Caroline who married George IV. Charles tried (unsuccessfully) to improve the finances of the Duchy and when he failed his son took over. He founded what is now the Technical University of Brunswick.

Navy #2, White Cross #11

Jul. 31st, 2015 06:53 pm
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Name: [personal profile] kay_brooke
Story: The Myrrosta
Colors: Navy #2 (water polo), White Cross #11 (Rhodesia)
Styles/Supplies: Graffiti (Duck Gallery)
Word Count: 716
Rating/Warnings: PG-13; no standard warnings apply
Summary: Merrus and the ocean.
Notes: Constructive criticism is welcome, either through comments or PM. Last Navy.

Naol stood next to him )

[ SECRET POST #3131 ]

Jul. 31st, 2015 06:48 pm
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⌈ Secret Post #3131 ⌋

Warning: Some secrets are NOT worksafe and may contain SPOILERS.

[Vic Fontaine/the EMH, Star Trek DS9/Voyager]

More! )


Secrets Left to Post: 00 pages, 000 secrets from Secret Submission Post #447.
Secrets Not Posted: [ 1 - broken links ], [ 0 - not!secrets ], [ 0 - not!fandom ], [ 0 - too big ], [ 0 - repeat ].
Current Secret Submissions Post: here.
Suggestions, comments, and concerns should go here.

July 31

Jul. 31st, 2015 10:45 pm
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I wrote today!
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Name: shadowsong26
Story: Achstelvry
'Verse: Feredar
Colors: French Grey #29. What one man can invent another can discover., Octarine #23. We've got a lot of experience of not having any experience., Dragon Scale Green #5. "Always speak politely to an enraged dragon." ― Steven Brust
Supplies and Materials: graffiti (duck gallery), eraser (Confessions AU), stain, glue ("Negotiations can be tricky business today.")
Word Count: 450
Rating: PG
Characters: Mel
Warnings: Don't think so.
Notes: Constructive criticism welcome, as always. This takes place immediately after this.

Read more... )

Winter in July Bingo

Jul. 31st, 2015 06:08 pm
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Creator Name: [personal profile] cornerofmadness
Bingo Community: [community profile] allbingo
Fandoms: original fiction & Fullmetal Alchemist
List of Prompts: Midnight kiss, winter solstice, champagne, ice, Baking/Cooking

Link to Card: my card

my prompts )
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Book cover of Gone Crazy in Alabama by Rita Williams-Garcia

Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern are off to Alabama to visit their grandmother, Big Ma, and her mother, Ma Charles. Across the way lives Ma Charles's half sister, Miss Trotter. The two half sisters haven't spoken in years. As Delphine hears about her family history, she uncovers the surprising truth that's been keeping the sisters apart. But when tragedy strikes, Delphine discovers that the bonds of family run deeper than she ever knew possible. (Source)

Both Ana and I reviewed One Crazy Summer, the first of Rita Williams-Garcia's books about the three Gaither sisters, their Pa, Grandma (Big Ma) and their activist mother. Join us as we (sadly) see the trilogy finish up and co-review the final book, Gone Crazy in Alabama.

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There is no more White Collar that oddly mated Valentine to NYC, the elegant caper con man and -- the FBI.

I shed tears.  You were special, and now, where o where are thou?

You had the loveliest friends, because of whom you were not alone. 

The final, 6th season, was a truncated one, 6 episodes in all.  All involved knew the series had run its course, so the emphasis was on the caper of capers, concluding its run as elegantly as it began.

Neal -- you lived up to everyone's expectations. 

Neal Cafferty though.  You were charm coupled with elegance and intelligence the way only a caper crook can be.

At least there's that very different NYC crime show, Elementary, which covers so much more ground than plutocratic Manhattan, though there's no dearth of plutocrats, yet is as dependably entertaining and clever as White Collar ever was. The wit is different; it includes a social commentary which manages to speak truth to power, such as banks and other foolishnesses with which we fool ourselves as to who we are.


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Author: Kat
Title: Murders
Story: In the Heart
Colors: Spring green 16 (we stand for the living and we stand for the dead), lapis lazuli 19 (qualm) with paint-by-numbers (Zack could not stop thinking about this.)
Supplies and Materials: Miniature, frame, graffiti (Duck Gallery), glitter (<http://www.poets.org/print/node/413421>Summer, by Robin Coste Lewis).
Word Count: 100
Rating: PG
Summary: You're supposed to want homicide.
Warnings: mentions of murder.
Notes: Zack has read too much Edgar Allen Poe. Personally I like crows and welcome our new corvid overlords.

Murders )
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Canon Universe Fic Recs

Nobody's Father by Ymwelwr
2447 words. Rated Teen. Abby/Marcus.
A nice vignette between Abby and Marcus in light of the Arkers baby boom post-landing.

I don't wanna be lonely (I wanna be loved) by griffenly
4681 words. Rated G. Clarke with Clarke&Bellamy
Author's summary: The four ways Clarke begins to mend, and the one way she becomes whole again.
A 4+1 fic that is a nice look at Clarke after she returns to Camp Jaha, and her relationships with her friends.

AU Fic Rec

I saw the devil in the mirror last night by adolescentwolf
Zombie-Apocalypse AU
21,524 words. Rated M. Bellamy/Clarke
Warnings: violence and major character death (though as I recall not of the delinquents) as befits as zombie!AU
Pretty much what it says. Bellamy's driving in a beat up truck after the zombie apocalypse and picks Clarke up on the side of the road. Nothing says bonding like blowing heads off of the undead.

VIVIDCON: Schedule

Jul. 31st, 2015 04:35 pm
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So I have my schedule for the con - meals accounted for (save breakfasts), volunteer schedule set, decided on my panels and vidshows (the ones in bold - though the Saturday 10 am conflict is a rough one) and have my outfit for Club Vivid. I am going to have to pack on Wednesday this year, as I am going to Wisconsin for work that Thursday and can't hack the idea of going home for two hours and then coming back to the hotel, but having the distraction of a huge meeting right before the con is great for displacing my usual con anxiety. 

If you think you have a meal or hang-out scheduled with me, check and make sure I've got it right! 

VVC 2015 schedule for norah )
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First off, happy birthday, Harry! (And best wishes to you, too, Neville and Dudley.) Hard to believe you're 35 today. For some reason this morning I remembered that a few years ago I had written a tiny fic about July 31, 1980--both baby Harry!fic and a little celebration of the birth of my first nephew--and it shocked me to realize the nephew is now eight and the oldest of three (the oldest of five, if you count nieces and nephews on both sides of the family).

That was fast.

I've been feeling a little adrift fannishly lately, flist. I haven't written a word of fic yet in 2015, which may not come as too much of a surprise, given how little I write in any case, but writing is what makes me feel like a fan, and I miss it. Even worse, though, I'm not reading much, just keeping up with journals on LJ/DW. A few of my seasonal activities have fallen by the wayside--no [insanejournal.com profile] hp_beholder this April, and I didn't run [livejournal.com profile] lgbtq_recs this June--and I haven't been good about trying cool new(ish) things, like [livejournal.com profile] hp_silencio or [livejournal.com profile] reading221b. How do I get my fannish enthusiasm back? How do you do it, flist?

That said...

I was lucky enough this past weekend to have lunch with [livejournal.com profile] kellychambliss, who updated me on her whirlwind trip to Florida earlier this month, and I shared a spectacular diner breakfast (berries! waffles! french toast!) with [livejournal.com profile] onehundredmoons, who listened to me prattle on about my little nephews yet again. Last week, closer to home, I met up for the first time with [personal profile] king_touchy, who gave me the most lovely orange-flavored decaf coffee and reassured me that fannishness ebbs and flows over the years. (And who might be able to keep me company at Gridlock in Bethesda, MD, in August, so that's something to look forward to.)

On vacation in June, I met up with [livejournal.com profile] whymzycal, enjoyed some Ben and Jerry's and gorgeous weather, and revisited the book store where I used to work more than fifteen years ago (now a trendy bar-and-games locale). And earlier in June, I crashed a Snarry meet-up and *finally* got to meet flisters [livejournal.com profile] torino10154 and [livejournal.com profile] alisanne as well as new fannish comrades [personal profile] lilyseyes and [livejournal.com profile] emynn. And even earlier this summer, I spent a weekend with [livejournal.com profile] rose71 and talked until I felt slightly light-headed. (Thanks, Best Listener Ever.)

In short, it's been a lovely summer, filled with fans, if not with fic or my favorite fictional characters. I can't feel too bereft looking at this list--I may not be reading and writing the way I used to, but you folks are still there, and even more brilliant than ever.
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You totally wanted 2000 words of my voting choices and reasoning, written as I went along, yes? In case you didn't, I cut it.

I do rather resent that the racist misogynistic political campaigns calling themselves Sad/Rabid Puppies drained a lot of my pleasure and enthusiasm for Hugo-voting this year, so I fell back on bad habits of being deadline-driven. However I think I’ve managed to look at and form opinions in more categories this year than I ever have before.
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The story of the women's history museum which mysteriously transformed (via the process, often contentious in British life, of getting planning permission) into a sensationalist-looking Jack the Ripper museum is making its way around the world. Here's a few interesting links:

- The Guardian: Jack the Ripper's victims deserve to be commemorated. But like this?
- [personal profile] londonkds: Fisking the Jack the Ripper Museum
- 38 Degrees petition to Tower Hamlets Council: Celebrate Suffragettes Not Serial Killers
- Protest at the museum opening on Tuesday 4th August! Women's history is not Jack the Ripper!

Other things:

- Jacqueline Wilson has written a new take on What Katy Did.
- Twitter, unable to grasp that endless growth might not be possible or desirable, considers being more like Facebook.
- [livejournal.com profile] arcadiaego informs me of the existence of a longstanding fan project at [profile] read_lotr_aloud, where a small group of fans have spent most of the last decade building up a chapter-by-chapter audiobook. Sean Astin even reads the first section! Is anyone aware of other projects like this?
- [livejournal.com profile] ladysisyphus has an epic post on The Blair Witch Project and the movies that tried to emulate its impact without really understanding it. So delicious to see a good chunk of horror meta on LJ!
- In other news, shoestring film production company Mansfield Dark have come up with a beautiful 12-minute shadow puppet version of Count Magnus by M.R. James. You can see the trailer here and also find a link to buy the DVD, which comes with a lovely piece of art on the slipcase. Mine arrived this morning, to my considerable delight. The Mansfield Dark guys are both talented and ingenious, making everything from this gorgeousness to comedy to LGBT thrillers, so go check them out.
- A friend recommended browser extension FB Purity as a solution to the man ways in which Facebook is annoying. I haven't installed it yet, but perhaps some of you feel like trying it too.


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