Leaving Day

Oct. 19th, 2017 09:38 pm
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Tomorrow is my very last day at work in Cambridge. I started in August 2013, which makes this the longest I've ever been at the same job.

It's very strange.

I won't miss most of what I do, because - meh, it's just not very interesting, even though I do it well?

I will miss the people, though. Even though I'm not super close to anyone, there's so many people there I like.

And it will be extremely odd to not be doing this job anymore. To look ahead and realize it won't be until January 2022 I will have been at my Swedish library job as long as I was at my random UK admin job.

Time is weird. Change is hard. Stress is happening, but also anticipation - and to be fair, immense relief to be rid of a lot of aspects of the role that had been grating on me.

Makes it hard to know what I'm feeling, exactly.

So I watch Yuri on Ice with [personal profile] doctorskuld and tear up at all of Yuri's Free Skates and also when sweet things are said and done and it feels so close to my heart and also like I first watched it an eternity ago...
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The past few nights, I've been in bed by 10:15, so last night when I stayed up until 11 (which is my usual bedtime), I was like, "it's so late!"

It's getting darker earlier, which always makes it feel later than it is, but last night 11 pm felt like 2 am for some reason.

For some reason my DVR didn't pick up the season premiere of Star Wars Rebels on Monday (at any of the times it aired) but it did have the first half hour set to record last night, so I pressed record for the second episode as well (why does it do that? I do not understand!), even though I watched both live.

spoilers of Mandalore )

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Silks class #4 is the day after tomorrow, so I guess if I'm gonna muster up any semblance of a post about weeks 2 and 3 I'd better do that.

Week 2 )


Week 3 )

Three classes done, five to go. My feeling at this point is that this was probably unrealistically ambitious for someone who hasn't taken any physical classes in a long, long time or really done any focused exercise since I stopped climbing several years ago, but despite almost none of it coming naturally, I'm mostly enjoying it. I'm kinda hoping it'll give me a push to taking some kind of class after this (like barre!) that's more suited to where I currently am physically.

It's also probably just as well, in one sense, that (so far) I'm not in love with silks, much as I think they're incredibly cool. The sad reality is that evening classes are rarely feasible around Casual Job, so finding a level 2 (or beyond) timeslot for something as specific as silks that'd actually work for me logistically seems...unlikely. But we'll see. And meanwhile, "enjoying it well enough" is not a bad place to be.
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This week of farewells (and teaching my replacement as much as I can cram in without making her head explode) is... exhausting. Good, because I feel appreciated and missed, but also it's weird to have what have been my everyday interactions tinged with so many emotions now.

Phew.

Books have been a blessed distraction from all the things these past couple of weeks, and since my last post I've finished...

Maelstrom (Whyborne & Griffin, #7) by Jordan L Hawk
Fallow (Whyborne & Griffin, #8) by Jordan L Hawk
Undertow (Whyborne & Griffin, #8.5) by Jordan L Hawk
Draakenwood (Whyborne & Griffin, #9) by Jordan L Hawk

These are all so perfect I can't even. They hit right in the feels, every single time, and I'm such a sucker for the ongoing themes of found family (which grows as the series goes along!), adorable husbands, and copious amounts of h/c and assorted peril. I have so many favorite things about this whole series, but one of them was the incredibly sweet and different f/f romance that develops in Undertow.

Whispers Under Ground (Peter Grant, #3) by Ben Aaronovitch
Broken Homes (Peter Grant, #4) by Ben Aaronovitch

My re-read by way of listening to Kobna Holdbrook-Smith narrate the Peter Grant books continue, and continues to be hugely enjoyable. After five years here I understand that dialects are a thing and I can make a rough sort of distinction between North and South; between posh and working class; between England and Scotland and Wales - but I can never "hear" them properly when I read the books myself. With Holdbrook-Smith's narration it's all right there and it really enriches the experience of the story. Plus I do love the forays into tube tunnels, sewers and brutalist architecture we get in these two books. (Also the plot does the thing which I can never brace for and always hits really hard.)

The Secret Casebook of Simon Feximal by KJ Charles
Remnant: A Caldwell & Feximal/Whyborne & Griffin Mystery
by KJ Charles and Jordan L Hawke

Yes so I got to the Simon Feximal book because I wanted to read the crossover with Whyborne & Griffin (of course I did) and then I was rather happily swept up in the characters and their paranormal Victorian adventures and romance - so different from the sweet Whyborne & Griffin one, but nevertheless hugely charming and absorbing. And the crossover did NOT disappoint! I may in fact have made a few dolphin noises reading it...

An Unseen Attraction (Sins of the Cities, #1) by KJ Charles
An Unnatural Vice (Sins of the Cities, #2) by KJ Charles
An Unsuitable Heir (Sins of the Cities, #3) by KJ Charles

And having been so enthralled by KJ Charles' writing I had to go seek out some more, and I was so pleased to find this series! It's one plot told over three books featuring an overlapping set of characters in Victorian London. Each has two main POVs - the characters who (spoiler?) - get together in the course of the book - so these are different in each. It's a really neat device that works a treat here.

I was incredibly charmed by the POV characters, many of whom are struggling with how the world sees them; how what makes them who they are is something that their society or family just won't (or don't want to) accept. It was quite wonderful to see aspects of my own relationship in all of these - but particularly #1 and #3 has things (such as a non-binary character with a pansexual eventual partner) that really, really resonates with me. And that I don't think I'd come across in fiction before!

I'm currently reading...
A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge
Foxglove Summer (Peter Grant, #5) by Ben Aaronovitch

As for what I'm reading next - honestly, probably a lot more KJ Charles and similar, because they are sweet and comforting and I need all the sweetness and comfort I can get as I spend over a month separated from the love of my own life.

wednesday reads 'n things

Oct. 18th, 2017 11:35 am
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What I've recently finished reading:

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo, which is the sequel to Six of Crows, but really it's the second half of the brick it would have been if published together. I loved the additional character revelations and development, but I think that unlike nearly everyone else, I liked the first book a bit more. This book felt as though there was too much shoved into it, particularly in the last third; I found myself getting bored and wanting it to just be over, already, which is not how you want to feel while reading something you otherwise enjoy a lot! Also, it seemed to me that the narrative depended, even more than the first, on holding back information from the reader (as opposed to from the characters), which is fine once or twice but gets tiresome when repeated constantly, especially when there's an air of "look how clever the characters are! Look how clever the author is!" and I got a bit annoyed with this device.

There are some interesting and appealing relationships, both m/f and m/m, but as I mentioned last week, I also ship the noncanonical but subtextual Nina/Inej. But in general I really liked all the main characters, and I liked all the canonical relationships to some degree. Also I am in need of a crossover with Gentleman Bastards or Old Theradane.

What I'm reading now:

The Ship of the Dead (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, #3) by Rick Riordan, YAY! And it's delightful. Though a little odd to be reading with my eyeballs, since I listened to the others as audiobook, especially with Norse terms that are spelled a bit differently than they are pronounced. I was pleased to see my favorite crackship finally making an appearance (skip) Riptide's a babe, apparently! And Jack, true to form, is smitten! Pen/Pendant is best sword ship!! Also, having a Norse name misheard as "Bigly" made me choke laughing.

I read another couple of chapters of Fly By Night but it's mostly on hold until I finish the Magnus Chase.

I'm still listening to Airborn by Kenneth Oppel while pool-running, and I think I might be getting close to the Thrilling Climax, though the waterproof mp3 player I have makes it impossible to tell how far I am into the book. It's very much Boys' Own Adventure (with plucky heroine friend) in Alternate Steampunkish World, a little silly, but entertaining.

What I'm reading next:

Might try to get hold of Provenance by Ann Leckie. I just looked at my to-read list and, gah. So much to read! I still haven't read the currently-last Expanse book.

What I'm watching now:

We have two episodes left of Westworld, which for Reasons we will likely watch tonight and tomorrow night. It's a weird and unsettling show, and I hope that the threads will start tying themselves together next season, because there are so many fascinating ideas and I will be disappointed if they don't GO somewhere.

What I'm watching next:

I am going to be on my own for up to 10 days beginning Friday afternoon, so maybe I should watch something that B wouldn't care for. If you've got a rec for something on Amazon Prime or Crunchyroll (or other free method) that I might get fannish about, I'm open to suggestions. Though...

What I'm playing now:

Still Dragon Age: Origins. I'm a bit put out because I apparently started my romance too late to trigger a necessary conversation in order to make it work right. Also I'm always too full up with inventory. I got bored for a while and only picked at the game. On the other hand, I really enjoyed the quest involving escaping prison, so I'm more excited now, and since as I said I'm going to have a lot of free time next week, I will probably play a lot.

What I'm playing next:

If I lose interest in DA and all the DLC quests I have available, I might fire up Witcher 2 and see how that goes. At least I'll finally be able to understand the half of the fandom that's based on characters from it!

why always so blue?

Oct. 18th, 2017 11:33 am
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There was a most adorable pug in a bag on the subway this morning. It reminded me of Gizmo from Gremlins. It looked a little skeptical about the whole bag situation but was really well-behaved. And so cute!

Work continues to be ridiculously busy because in addition to my own job, they keep adding things to my to do list from jobs that aren't currently filled, so I'm doing three people's jobs. It's bullshit, and I would rant but I'm not locking the post so. Whatever. I don't get paid nearly enough for this.

Yesterday, I got an email from the realtor, who'd gotten an email from the management agent who was like, "There's no estimated monthly mortgage payment in this loan commitment letter" and I said to myself, says I, "I wondered about the exact same thing!" So the loan officer forwarded the loan estimate letter that I'd gotten back in September with the estimated monthly payment. They also wanted proof of my "bonus" since it wasn't listed in my salary verification letter so I had to send them the pay stub and the letter explaining it as a "one time extra wage payment" since that is what they call it in order to not have to tax it like a bonus, but it was a deposit that shows up on my bank statement and then in my taxable income and therefore needs an explanation. Luckily, after all that was forwarded, the agent said she was sending the application to the board for their review, so hopefully I get called for an interview soon.

In other news, I got a clean bill of health from the dentist, so I'm free from that for another six months. Of course, I totally ruined the minty fresh feel of my mouth by having cheesy garlic bread for dinner, but eh, sometimes a woman needs cheesy garlic bread, bad breath be damned.

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Wednesday reading meme:

What I've just finished
The Ship of the Dead (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, #3) by Rick Riordan, which I enjoyed a lot, especially the spoilers )

What I'm reading now
The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman, the Practical Magic prequel focusing on the aunts. I love the aunts! I love seeing them as young women! I love everything to do with them and their relationship with their aunt who fills the role for them that they do for Sally and Gillian in PM.

I do not love their super special most handsomest and most powerfulest baby brother who spoilers )

What I'm reading next
Too many books to pick one out of the pack just yet!

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more fest recs

Oct. 17th, 2017 03:38 pm
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I haven't read everything in Crossovering and Femslashex, but I think I've read everything in fandoms I know and the original works with tropes that appeal to me.

In Crossovering, I want to mention that [personal profile] sovay said that my gift fic Frank & the Phoenix is perfectly readable without knowing David Blaize (it's a crossover with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Frank Maddox/Newt Scamander) and actually, I think that as long as you are familiar with the Harry Potter-verse, it should be fine. Other Crossovering stories I particularly liked:

And Bide the Danger (6764 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Harry Potter - J. K. Rowling, Chronicles of Narnia - C. S. Lewis
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Amelia Bones/Susan Pevensie, Amelia Bones & Edgar Bones, Aslan & Susan Pevensie, Amelia Bones & Alastor Moody, Edgar Bones/Original Female Character(s)
Additional Tags: Crossovers & Fandom Fusions, The Problem of Susan, Temporal Paradox, Department of Mysteries, Dark Character, Deus Ex Machina, Investigations
Summary: Susan Pevensie: former Unspeakable, legendary beauty, possible Dark witch. A young Amelia Bones, eager to make her mark on MLE, has just been assigned to track her down. But the further Amelia proceeds with her investigation, the more questions she uncovers - especially once she meets Susan herself.

The Start of a Long Summer (1676 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Avatar: The Last Airbender, Chronicles of Narnia - C. S. Lewis
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Azula (Avatar), Tumnus
Additional Tags: Crossover, Attempted Kidnapping
Summary: Azula steps through a wardrobe to find a kidnapping faun and a wintry kingdom ripe for regime change.

There are also two lovely artworks for due South/Lost Girl, and although I'm not familiar with Lost Girl I certainly can recognize the dS characters in Bob Pays a Visit to the Travelers and Kenzi Meets Diefenbaker. ETA Lost Girl, not Lost! Shows how much I know about either canon...

In the Femslashex collection, I particularly liked these:

The Part of Her Hair (10596 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Mary Bennet/Original Female Character
Characters: Mary Bennet, Original Female Character, Lydia Bennet, Kitty Bennet
Additional Tags: Falling In Love, Family Bonding
Summary: Miss Gibson said, “In the spirit of truthful admission, Miss Bennet, I intend to spend some time devising the right question for you. If I may see you again?”

Why did that sound strange? But she always sounded strange to people herself. And it was a familiar kind of strangeness, as if it were something she had heard before, only not like this.

Mary, constrained by the principles of truth, could only admit that she would enjoy that very much.

A Golden Thread Between Hearts (1633 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Seasons of Glass and Iron - Amal El-Mohtar
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Tabitha/Amira
Characters: Tabitha (Seasons of Glass and Iron), Amira (Seasons of Glass and Iron)
Additional Tags: Post-Canon, First Kiss
Summary: Tabitha and Amira travel, and grow, and love.

(The canon for the second is a freely-available short story I recced before: Seasons of Glass and Iron by Amal El-Mohtar, which is f/f fairytale fantasy with an edge of grimdark.)

There are actually many other excellent stories in both collections, and I encourage you to browse!

does anybody else know you like i do?

Oct. 17th, 2017 01:38 pm
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Yesterday, I checked to make sure my application package had been delivered and FedEx said there was a delivery exception!!! the business was closed!!! and I was like, "!!!" but luckily it was reattempted and delivered by noon instead of 10:30 am. Still, though. Can nothing just go smoothly?

In other news, I just wrote and deleted a writing rant, but suffice it to say, "start as close to the end as possible" remains one of the best and most useful bits of writing advice I ever heard.

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Back-to-the-office mishmash post

Oct. 17th, 2017 11:01 am
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I rewrote SO MUCH MANGA this weekend (counting yesterday as part of "the weekend"). Other than a) the amount of time I spent waiting for my GP appointment yesterday morning and b) going out for ramen and having some social time afterwards on Sunday evening, I feel like rewriting is all I did over the past three days.

I also think that can't be as true as it feels, because I also finally finished reading K.B. Spangler's Stoneskin (which was wonderful, and I'm really excited for the [as-yet-unwritten, AFAIK] trilogy it's a prequel to), and [dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose and I finally saw the first two episodes of Star Trek: Disco last night.

OTOH, I read most of what I had left of Stoneskin yesterday morning while doing the aforementioned waiting for an appointment, most of which was my own fault. Last month's appointment used up the last of the injectable B12, so I got a new prescription from Dr. Awesome and dropped it off at the pharmacy to be put on file, but then I forgot about it until I was on my way out the door to yesterday's appointment. Fortunately the pharmacy is right next door to Dr. Awesome's office, and I called in to get the new B12 as I started walking, and they got it ready as fast as they could, but it still meant I was late to my appointment (although at least I was able to pop in and say "I'm here! Sort of...").

--I've got a small heap of ST:D reaction posts from all of you tucked away in Memories and was finally able to start sifting through the early ones late last night. I doubt I'm going to do much (if any) commenting on weeks-old posts, but reading them is fun. ^_^


--I'm blanking on another detail about Yuletide logistics. I feel like in previous year's there's been a page (on AO3?) showing all the names of who requested what fandoms (but I think not connected at all to people's optional Dear Yulegoat letters?). Is that right? Am I simply missing it?


--My third year of "only read books (novels, anyway) from my bookcase of purchased TBR or things I've purchased in ebook" is almost up, and the status of the physical bookcase is...dire. I'm not literally out of room to put any more books on it (especially since the bottom shelf has binders of CDs and stuff on it, so the TBR only ["only"] takes up four shelves), but it's not good.

Between that and my wallet, I truly need to buy fewer books. (And relearn the habit of making purchase suggestions for novels with the library, not just anthologies and graphic novels, without getting back into putting tons of things on hold there. No going back to the days of juggling a 300 or 400-item holds list, self. *stern*) Emphasis on the "and my wallet" part, which means not simply switching to buying a higher percentage of things in ebook. (Even if ebooks are usually enough cheaper that doing that also technically means spending less money.)

As is usually the way, I feel like there were other things I meant to mention, but I now have about an hour before I have to throw on proper clothes and head off to Casual Job, and I need to use that hour to proofread some prose. Yes.
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[dreamwidth.org profile] mini_wrimo is open for signups until October 30!


Fannish/Geeky Things/SFF

"Hero-Princess-General Carrie Fisher Once Delivered a Cow Tongue to a Predatory Hollywood Exec". [The Mary Sue]

"Carrie Fisher Insisted That Leia’s Last Jedi Arc Honor All The “Girls Who Grew up Watching Star Wars”". [The Mary Sue]

"Who are Tessa Thompson’s LADY LIBERATORS?" "The Marvel Cinematic Universe has realigned how Hollywood thinks of blockbusters, franchises, and comic book movies. Though the films have been groundbreaking at the box office, it’s been nine years since Marvel Studios began the MCU and they’re still two years away from having a solo female led movie on our screens.

But if Thor: Ragnarok’s Tessa Thompson has anything to do with it, that’s not going to stand. During a recent press conference for Taika Waititi’s much anticipated Thor film, Thompson regaled us with a rad story about confronting Kevin Feige with the possibility of an all-female Marvel movie."


A discussion on N.K. Jemisin's Facebook about the "magic system" (scare quotes hers) in the Broken Earth books. Spoilers!

Abigail Nussbaum on N.K. Jemisin's The Stone Sky.


Cute Stuff

"If You Ever Feel Sad, These 10+ Highland Cattle Calves Will Make You Smile".

September LaPerm pics from [dreamwidth.org profile] naye. These posts are always great, but I think this one is even better than usual.


Miscellaneous

"We Don't Do That Here". "I have a handful of “magic” phrases that have made my professional career easier. Things like “you are not your code” and my preferred way to say no: “that doesn’t work for me.” These are tools in my interpersonal skills toolbox. I find myself uttering phrases like, “right or effective, choose one” at least once a week. This week I realized I had another magic phrase, “we don’t do that here.”"

Brian Fies' "A Fire Story" is a short comic about him and his wife being burned out of their home in the wildfires.

"Art Inspired by Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities". (I haven't read the book, but the art is really neat.)

"Photographer Gets Bitten By A Deadly Black Mamba, Still Manages To Finish The Photoshoot". (Many beautiful snake photos!)

"Native-Land.ca: Our home on native land". Searchable map of North America's First Nations territories and pre-colonial histories. "There are over 630 different First Nations in Canada (and many more in the USA) and I am not sure of the right process to map territories, languages, and treaties respectfully - and I'm not even sure if it is possible to do respectfully. I am not at all sure about the right way to go about this project, so I would very much appreciate your input."

"Creating Gender Liberatory Singing Spaces: A Transgender Voice Teacher’s Recommendations for Working with Transgender Singers".

Via [dreamwidth.org profile] dine, "Pumpkin Spice and Needles: Bookish Autumn Cross Stitch Patterns".

"Video game developers confess their hidden tricks at last".

Via [dreamwidth.org profile] alisanne, "Why Do We Cook So Many Foods at 350 Degrees?" [Mental Floss]

A strange and dangerous sky

Oct. 16th, 2017 10:44 pm
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We didn't feel very much of Storm Ophelia over here - it's so often gusty it was like any other cranky October day, wind-wise. But we did get the strange clouds; the light breaking as if through panes of amber.

I can't recall seeing anything like it before - not even when in literal Gobi dust clouds in Japan. My phone camera tried to "fix" the white balance, but I argued with it, and we came to a compromise that captures some of that strange jaundiced atmosphere:

2017-10-16_10-43-58

If it wasn't bedtime, I think I would do some research to find out what this phenomena is called and why it happens...

this is not my beautiful wife

Oct. 16th, 2017 10:50 am
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Yesterday, I scheduled my grocery delivery for the 8 am - 10 am slot, since I had plans for the afternoon, and so I set my alarm for 7:30 so I could at least have brushed my teeth and put on pants, but I hit snooze instead of getting up, and then the doorbell rang at 7:45. Needless to say, teeth were not brushed and pants were not acquired - I did pull on a pair of boxer shorts before I answered the door, but I was still half-asleep while the guy handed me my groceries.

I guess being early like that almost makes up for two weeks ago, when they didn't show up at all? Even though they said they delivered it to someone in the household? And I spent half an hour on the phone with Amazon assuring them that as the only person who lives in my household, I had not received any groceries. They refunded my money, of course, but it meant I had to actually go do grocery shopping. And then my baby spring greens froze (I think it was the packaging? because the bagged salad doesn't do that) and I had to buy lunch all week anyway, because ugh, salad that has frozen and then defrosted is all limp and slimy and I couldn't bear a week of lunches of it.

In better news, my plans yesterday were meeting up with [personal profile] tenaciousmetoo, her husband, and [personal profile] innie_darling to go see the 30th anniversary screening of The Princess Bride, which was, of course, fantastic. It opened with Ben Mankiewicz interviewing Rob Reiner, and Rob Reiner telling cute stories about the filming of the movie (and then there was a second brief interview segment bookending the movie).

The movie still holds up. It's still sweet and funny and romantic and funny, eminently quotable with iconic performances, sword fights, pirates, evil princes, and true love conquering all. Do I wish Buttercup were a little more active in the fire swamp? I do. But I am heartened by having seen Robin Wright as General Antiope in Wonder Woman, and the progression of yet another princess from my youth (I was 17 when TPB came out, so I can't say childhood) becoming a general. Anyway! It was great to see it on the big screen again, and I definitely recommend it.

Then we had dinner at the Grey Dog - the food was good but the music was loud - and talked for a couple of hours. All in all, a great way to spend a grey October afternoon.

And then the Giants actually won last night! A game where they were supposed to be annihilated! So that was fun. *g* But now I am very sleepy and wish I was home in bed instead of at my desk at work. Sigh.

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I'm back from my first week at my new job in Sweden. Tomorrow I'm going to start my last week at my old job inducing my successor. And technically I came back Friday night but yesterday I was so exhausted I did very little except cuddle my wife, cuddle my cats, eat food and rewatch sweet, comforting Yuri on Ice.

In short - it was overwhelming, but good? Stressful, but not more than I could handle. A random mix of happy fizzy feelings and vague dread that I wouldn't be good enough. Mostly the happy fizz, but also spikes of anxiety with highlights such as OH NO I BROKE MY AIRBNB HOST'S SHELF and OH NO I SET OFF THE ALARM AND I'M THE ONLY ONE IN THE BUILDING.

And more low-level anxiety such as having 1-on-1 introduction meetings scheduled for an hour with each and every one of my 20 or so colleagues. I'm still not done with those, obviously, but it's a lot to take in. Fun, in many cases, but also intensely social and I am good at that sort of thing (at least in these circumstances with clear parameters - find out more about what everyone does; engage in small talk if it arises naturally) but also easily exhausted by too much extroversion.

I can't even do a "week in brief" thing because there was nothing brief about my week. But I can write some of it up with pictures, because - pictures!

That's what's below the cut )

But those are just the mishaps and fun after-work adventures I've been having. There was an enormous amount of work-related things happening, which were fun and exciting and informative but would take far too much explaining to be interesting to anyone not already familiar with the particulars of Swedish academic libraries.

In brief, it was really weird to be back in Sweden, but in a wonderful way. I've never missed Sweden much, but the longer I've been away from things I used to take for granted, the more magical they seem. Like: all education in Sweden - including at university - is free for all citizens. FREE EDUCATION. Totally free. Wow. So universities aren't paid for by students or alumni - though they do accept donations! - but by the government. Which makes them government ministries, just like the Migration Agency or the military. (Which, by the way, receives less government funding than universities do in Sweden!)

Also: Unions are a thing! And they're useful and people take them seriously!

And people speak Swedish! Which is something I've done very little of this past decade, but being back in a Swedish-speaking environment listening to all of the dialects I hadn't heard for so long was like hearing a familiar but forgotten melody, all nostalgic and sweet. So strange, this thing with languages and nations and what makes a place a home...

Anyway! There was a lot more to the week, but instead of going on and on about it I'll post some more of those pictures I promised:

Street art and office comparisons )

FIC: A Sunset Romance

Oct. 15th, 2017 12:20 pm
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Took me much longer than I expected to whip this fic into a final shape, but it feels good to post it now. So have a story wherein even my fake dating reads like gen-fic, and I can't stop myself from finishing with an A. E. Housman quote because I am predictable like that.


Title: A Sunset Romance
Fandom: The Dark Is Rising Sequence
Rating: G
Relationship: Merriman Lyon & Miss Greythorne (or perhaps Merriman Lyon/Miss Greythorne)
Summary: At the end of the summer season in Trewissick, the Professor has returned to stay at the Grey House. This time, however, he has brought a lady with him...and from the look of things, their relationship goes beyond anything that might be interpreted as mere friendship.
Notes: An expanded version of a trope prompt ficlet, courtesy of the ever-delightful [personal profile] rymenhild, who requested fake dating, Merriman Lyon. Once I stopped giggling at the prompt, I started to see how it might actually work! So continuing my original response, here is a few thousand words of Merriman and Miss Greythorne fake dating, set in the autumn between the events of Over Sea, Under Stone and The Dark Is Rising. (Also on AO3.)

A Sunset Romance )

A small mishmash update

Oct. 15th, 2017 12:47 am
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I took a stab at catching up on replying to comments, but I suspect I'm not gonna get completely caught up. *stares grimly at browser* I did at least manage to get back under 100 open tabs. That's something, I guess.
Oh-so-mercifully, I don't have Casual Job work on Monday, which means I'm merely very stressed about my freelance deadlines for the coming week, where before yesterday (when we found out about Monday) I was closer to "I'm only managing to not panic because I know it won't help".

Our odds of getting bulbs in or getting any other garden work done this weekend (basically everything else falls under "fall cleanup", I guess?) still seem low, though. Dear ground: please, please do not freeze solid this month.

I keep finding myself trying to think of how long it's been since I wrote any words at all. It may be just as well I haven't figured it out yet. Even trying to piece it together is disheartening.

In "Kas is tremendously awesome" news, a week or so ago Ginny brought a piece of a recent Kas-made lemon loaf to the office for me, and it was wonderful, and in my happiness I mentioned that it'd been a while since I'd had his lemon loaf and so it was delightful to have a piece. (He used to make it quite a bit, but has been tending to bake other [also excellent!] things for the last while.) Ginny relayed that to him, and next thing I knew, Kas had made me a lemon loaf. *melts*

two fests, two fics!

Oct. 14th, 2017 05:13 pm
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[personal profile] isis
On Friday, two of the exchanges I'm participating in - Crossovering and Femslashex - went live! I got two lovely stories, one for each, though I was only able to read one before heading out of town sans laptop for a nonprofit retreat. But now I'm home with a real keyboard and can point to my delightful gifts.

Frank & the Phoenix (6874 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: David Blaize - E. F. Benson, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Movies)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Frank Maddox/Newt Scamander
Characters: Frank Maddox, Newt Scamander
Additional Tags: Greek Mythology - Freeform, Crossover Pairings
Summary: Frank stumbles across a dangerous--and impossible--beast during one of his trips to Greece.

This story is everything I never knew I wanted from this crossover! The author does an amazing job of fitting the two canons together in a logical way, and pulling in all sorts of delicious details from both to build the story. It's from Frank's POV, which I loved because I'm a real sucker for the wizarding world seen through a muggle's eyes.

Illustrious the Return (1562 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Alpennia Series - Heather Rose Jones
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Barbara Lumbiert/Margerit Sovitre
Summary: Their second arrival to Saveze was very different from their first. Instead of arriving riding double on a horse, fleeing with no more than they could carry; now they arrived in a carriage emblazoned with the Saveze crest with servants and carts loaded with trunks full of books and clothes.

The very first Alpennia story on AO3, and it was written for me, hooray! It really feels in tune with their canonical relationship, with great characterization. It's also very grounded in the wonderful details of canon, the mysteries that connect the land and its people.

I also wrote one fic for each of these fests, which I'm sure you can identify as my work FROM SPAAAACE. But I need to go read more in both of them!

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Oct. 14th, 2017 01:53 pm
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My life is out of balance right now, what with the various fire complexes just over the hill and an old friend of mine dying today. I've spent most of this week keeping the radio station's FB page updated with every smidgen of "real" news I can find, until I'm done. You know that feeling, the one where you realize you've nothing else to add? Well, I'm there. Then came all the hints that our friend had passed away this morning. I understand shock, but if you can't just type out the words that he died, then go back to your shock, call your friends, and take care of yourself. The vaguebooking causes way more anxiety than you've any clue. I had to PM one of the vaguebookers to find out what was going on, which caused him more stress that flopped onto me. Yes, this is me stressing. #fuckcancer

Fires to the east and south of me, death to the east, and relentless blue skies above. Okay, I get the hint. Life goes on.
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I answered the first ten questions of this meme here, and now I'm doing the second set of 10:

Ship Questions for your Current Fandom

11. Who is your current OTP?
I guess if my "current" fandom is technically Star Wars, then Han/Leia is my current OTP. *hands* And also Rey/Finn and Obi-Wan/Satine and Kanan/Hera.

12. Who is your current OT3?
Rey/Finn/Poe. Anakin/Padme/Obi-Wan (which is more...how could these relationships be better/more healthy than fervent shipping; but they do work better as a trio. IJS).

13. Any NoTPs?
Didn't I already answer this last time? Reylo for Star Wars, definitely.

14. Go on, who are your BroTPs?
Han and Luke, I guess? Though I'm okay with Luke being there as part of the OT3 with Han and Leia. *hands*

15. Is there an obscure ship which you love?
Obi-Wan/Satine. Obi-Wan/Ventress. Also, Anakin/Ahsoka. I would also love some Ahsoka/Steela if people would write it.

16. Are there any popular ships in your fandom which you dislike?
Hux/Ren. Ugh. DO NOT WANT.

17. Who was your first OTP and are they still your favourite?
HAN/LEIA. OTP OF OTPS.

18. What ship have you written the most about?
I haven't really written much ship fic in Star Wars.

19. Is there a ship which you wished you could get behind, but you just don’t feel them?
Qui-Gon/Obi-Wan. I guess I can see why people ship them but I find them a huge yawn and have mostly been unable to sustain interest in reading fic about them where the romantic relationship is the focus. See also Finn/Poe, which doesn't interest me unless Rey is also present. I also just don't get any of the Obi-Wan/clones fic. I mean, knock yourselves out, but I don't get it.

20. Any ships which you surprised yourself by liking?
Obi-Wan/Anakin. Which - I don't read most of the fic for it, because I don't see it a regular romance? But I have a hard time with them being separated (before Anakin turns evil, I mean) even if they are technically involved with other people.

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Oct. 14th, 2017 07:37 pm
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• I have now watched until episode four of Babylon 5. My continuing deep thoughts are thus: I like Delenn's whole aesthetic because the colours of her clothes and lipstick are pretty; at the moment I possibly want Delenn and Sinclair to make out, but maybe I just want Sinclair to pash almost everybody, because he's dreamy; I find Garibaldi kind of annoying.

• Trying to research something for a story, and it's surprisingly hard to find information on what people in different military ranks actually do. It would probably be easier if I were looking for information on the US military branches, but I've been looking up stuff about the ADF. It seems easier to find info about the army and joint combat operations than the RAN or RAAF, so far. Probably the problem is that I just don't know where to look to find this. Maybe I need to find a children's book about this? I couldn't find anything I wanted in my local library because it didn't seem to be under military history, and thus far my google searches haven't thrown up much. It's one thing to talk about military ranks like we all know what they mean, but what does an Air Marshall actually do? I don't even want to find interesting stuff, just stuff like, how much paperwork does each rank land you with each week, & etc.

• The City Library seems to have moved everything around in non-fiction so things are still under Dewey Decimal Numbers, but the 300s are mysteriously right next to the 900s, and they're not in numerical order in general, and, sigh, hard for me to navigate. I feel like 'Don't make me think' should be the rule of information navigation design in general, mostly because I don't like change!!!

plug it in, change the world

Oct. 13th, 2017 02:50 pm
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[personal profile] musesfool
Well, the coop board application package is all spiffed up and waiting to be picked up by FedEx. keep your fingers crossed!

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Brooklyn Nine Nine: Kicks
Huh. I'd have definitely named this episode after the flan, but that's just me. spoilers )

The Good Place: Existential Crisis
spoilers )

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Oct. 13th, 2017 08:24 pm
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Speaking of TV as time capsule (which I was a few days ago), I bought the box set of Starsky and Hutch DVDs, because every time I caught a repeat here and there it was an entertaining show, and I feel like the pilot episode tells me everything I need to know about the mid 1970s. The procedural plot and snarky dialogue haven't really dated but the whole aesthetic is like a California version of the kind of 70s neo noir Taxi Driver would be doing a year later, but also (like in the sauna scene) somewhat reminiscent of those old BBC productions, which is kind of hilarious. And the homoeroticism starts off strong hahaha.

And the first DVD of Babylon 5 also showed up! I watched the first episode. I wonder how I'd feel about this show if I'd actually seen it in the 90s. Watching it for the first time now, twenty years later, a lot about it seems stiff and stage-y and it takes a while to warm up. The SFX have not aged well, as expected from a show from 1994. I expect it to feel somewhat Shakespearean in its drama as it goes on. I saw someone somewhere recently say that contrary to what they expected, Babylon 5 has dated, and Deep Space Nine seems kind of visionary, which is interesting to contemplate, but also a good place for me to confess that I've never seen any of the mytharc episodes of DS9 other than one episode about Odo and one about Kira so most of what I watched of that show was traditional Star Trek cheese.

Anyway, the bits I really liked were the three scenes at the end - especially the one between Ivanova and the hot blonde psychic about the Psi Corps. I already really like the psychic (even though she mentioned her name in her first scene I've already forgotten it because I've a brain like a tea strainer), which is largely down to the relaxed energy of the actress.

I've also re-watched something like ten episodes of the Lilo and Stitch TV cartoon, which is a cheesy, watered-down version of the good bits of the original film, obviously, but it does pick up as it goes along. The Halloween episode brings up Nani's adult fear of losing access to Lilo but also goes for tired sexist jokes like 'Pleakley's worst fear is his overbearing mother' and 'Jumba's worst fear is his overbearing ex-wife' which, please, this is a kid's show, spare me. Yin Yang, where the two new experiments find their place together as friends, balancing each other out, and Yapper where the experiment is a dog Mertle adopts, and Jumba and Pleakley act like a regular tourist couple in that human-clothes-theme-dressing way they do, are better than I remembered.
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Another board meeting successfully concluded! Now maybe I can start answering comments again, and maybe do some more writing!

In the meantime, have a househunting update:

Tuesday, I received an updated loan commitment letter - almost final!, they assured me - and asked me to send them two pieces of documentation, one of which I'd sent previously (twice, backup for a deposit which was the payout of the inherited IRA from my dad back in May) and one which was a letter explaining why I was okay paying more than the apartment was appraised for (i.e., the comparables used were six months out of date, and I love the area and the building!), and they were like, okay, you should have a final letter soon!

So I didn't get it yesterday and today was frantic work-wise, but after everything was over, I emailed them and was like, "When do I get the final letter? I need to send this application in!" and they were like, "...that was the version for your application? Have your lawyer look it over and then send it in."

I wish they were more explicit about these things! Because this letter is not executed, nor does it actually specify what my monthly payments will likely be, both of which were done with the letter the last time around. So I was like, "Okay then!" and sent it on to my attorney, who just emailed back like, "Good to go, V!"

Since S. the realtor's assistant has already approved the rest of the package ("You're so organized! You're like my long lost twin!"), I made the required copies (on three-hole-punched paper) and I went and got all the necessary checks; it's costing me $1225 in various application fees this time around(!!!), and luckily I don't have to pay $10 a check for each certified check because I have "priority" status at Big Evol MegaCorp (i.e., my bank and also former employer), because that would have been $50 on top of that. And that's not even getting into the $450 the appraisal cost, or what the closing costs will be (and then the moving costs and cleaning costs and ripping up the carpet and refinishing the floors costs and painting an accent wall costs etc.). Oy.

So tomorrow I'll slip the numbered divider tabs into the pile of papers, put them in the binders, and send the whole thing off via FedEx and hope they call me for an interview soon. Keep your fingers crossed!

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Fannish/Geeky Things

Old but still fun: Sarah Rees Brennan's Pacific Rim recap.

"Avatar: The Last Airbender comic gets new creators, new designs: EW has an exclusive look at Faith Erin Hicks and Peter Wartman’s take on the fantasy world".

"#LeiaIsWithUs – Let’s Honor Carrie Fisher Opening Night of Star Wars: The Last Jedi".

"10 Years Later, Bryan Fuller Would Drop Everything to Make More Pushing Daisies".

"'Pushing Daisies' Writers Reunite to Talk TV's Darker Turn, Increasingly Lax Standards".


Miscellaneous

The replies to this tweet about people's random mishaps are amazing and hilarious.

A Twitter Moment: "Fómhar: Irish words about autumn and all things autumnal".

"Giant Straw Animals Invade Japanese Fields After Rice Harvest And They Are Absolutely Badass".

"We just found nineteen new species of gecko in one tiny area".

"10 Underseen Indies From the Past Year on Netflix".

"You deserve better than emotional abuse: We hear this in the abstract, but we don’t always know how abuse looks".

"I’m Done Debating Racism With the Devil: White people playing devil’s advocate in conversations about race are completely counterproductive to actual progress".

"The Rock Test: A Hack for Men Who Don’t Want To Be Accused of Sexual Harassment".


On Atlas Obscura:

--"Canada’s ‘Great Trail’ Is Finally Connected".

--"The Women Who Rode Miles on Horseback to Deliver Library Books".

--"The Banned 1910s Magazine That Started a Feminist Movement in Japan".

--"The Gruesome History of Making Human Skeletons".

--"Get to Know Your Japanese Bathroom Ghosts".
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[personal profile] aome
Gacked from [personal profile] irreparable and [personal profile] hamsterwoman.


Things you may have done, had, traveled to, etc etc )

I had today off - no subbing, no volunteering - which I desperately needed. A three-day weekend is NOT a break for moms :-P and I was desperate for a little downtime. I caught up on a little stuff online, took a 2.5 hour nap, got groceries, low-key things like that.

I also finished reading The Raven King. Thoughts under here )

As a whole I really REALLY loved this series, despite my quibbles. Thank you to [personal profile] hamsterwoman for introducing me to it. And I need me some good Adam/Ronan fic now, and possibly some good Blue/Gansey fic. (Is she allowed to kiss him without killing him now? And, incidentally, did Cabeswater remake Gansey so he's no longer allergic to wasps?)

wednesday reads

Oct. 11th, 2017 03:29 pm
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[personal profile] isis
What I've recently finished reading:

All Systems Red, book 1 of The Murderbot Diaries, and thoroughly delightful due to Murderbot's entertaining narrative voice. And why are fictional AIs all into soap operas these days? There are several more books in the series lined up, none of which are published yet, but lots of people requested it in Yuletide, so maybe there will soon be more fic to add to the one [personal profile] cathexys pointed me to in my previous books post.

What I'm currently reading:

I started reading Fly by Night by Frances Hardinge, but it's oddly hard going considering it's middle-grade. Not that I don't like it, just that it's kind of densely written. So when a book I had on hold came in at the library, I temporarily abandoned it and started reading...

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo, the sequel to Six of Crows. There were a few awkward bits early on, but I'm getting into it. (I'm also sort of shipping Inej/Nina, which...I don't think I'm supposed to do. Definitely shipping Jesper/Wylan.)

Still listening to Airborn by Kenneth Oppel. I kind of want it as a graphic novel or anime, tbh.

What I'm reading next:

Ship of the Dead by Rick Riordan, the third Magus Chase book I HOPE.

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Oct. 11th, 2017 10:44 am
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[personal profile] musesfool
Last night, on the spur of the moment, L and I met up for dinner at the bar around the corner, and it turned out it was Bingo Night. I didn't even know bar bingo was a thing, but apparently it is, and so we played, and in addition to getting two free shots when the 'booze ball' came out (a different ball for each round), I won two bingos! Well, the first one I was playing L's card, so technically she won, and she got an adorable pink unicorn bubble gun as a prize. I won the last round, scoring a blackout! And $25 off the tab! It was stupidly fun, though two beers and two shots on a weeknight is not the brightest idea I've ever had.

And now it's time for What I'm Reading Wednesday:

What I've just finished
Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View, which is a short story anthology that retells the story of the original Star Wars (A New Hope, if you must) from the POV of background/secondary characters. Some stories work much better than others, and it spends much too much time with the denizens of the cantina in Mos Eisley (though one of my favorite stories is the one about the lost clarinet or whatever it is called, and the variety of shenangians around it). I also really enjoyed the memo from the admiral that Vader chokes in the conference room, and the report from the stormtrooper with the dewback obsession, both of which are hilarious. There are a few clinkers - the mousedroid one was unreadable for me, and while I liked getting Beru's POV, her story didn't seem to fit at all, and I thought the writing for Biggs's story was way too overwrought.

Otoh, the Yoda section! Oh my heart. spoilers )

What I'm reading now
The Ship of the Dead (Magnus Chase #3). I admit, the way to my heart is definitely to have a Percy cameo at the start of every book. I do like that kid a lot. But this jumps right into the action and so far I'm enjoying it a lot.

What I'm reading next
I've got both The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman and All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater on the iPad, so probably those, but anything could happen!

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The Week(e)nd

Oct. 10th, 2017 10:53 pm
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[personal profile] aome
I hope all of you in CA will remain safe. <3

Let's see: destructive fires, massive earthquakes, devastating hurricanes, mass shootings, trash talking with nuclear-weapon-wielding despots ... did I miss anything? >_<

Fairly nondescript weekend, although I did kick my legs out from under myself on Saturday at tkd class, trying to do a kick that my PA tkd school didn't like so I'd never done it until 2 weeks ago. Landed flat on my back, essentially unhurt, but I had minor whiplash pain in my neck Sun-Mon. MiniPlu volunteered at a color run (where they throw colored chalk at you as you pass by) - she did this last year and had a great time, but this year they stuck her and her friend on bounce-house-minding duty, instead of chalk duty. The region where the race was has a reputation for rich brats and, sure enough, MiniPlu came home in a towering rage at the horrible children she'd had to deal with for several hours, while their moms stood around, noses in phones, and did nothing. Our church had their first-ever doggie-themed picnic/bbq thing - low-key and casual, but it was nice to take Jade on a field trip, so to speak, and the animals were all blessed by our priest. (We told Jade this means we expect her to be positively angelic from now on.)

Also on Saturday, I was pulled over by a cop and politely informed that my car was out of registration )

Otherwise, yes, weekend was fine. Ran a bunch of errands, kids and I got our flu shots, slogged through exhaustion yesterday (Mon) morning - I was awake from 7:40a-9a, went back to bed in lieu of running, got up again at 10:30a, dragged my feet until finally going to the kitchen to make caramel for the apple pie I'd baked the night before, and pumpkin chocolate-chip bread to take to school today. And only around 12:15p did I finally get around to the treadmill.

Will and I seem to be taking turns being mopey and depressed. I suppose it's better than both struggling at the same time, but it means not a lot of joy going around, you know?

So here, have a smile: how to put peanut butter on bread in five easy steps, none of which involve just using a knife. :P

Yuletide assignments are out! I am cautiously optimistic about my assignment. It definitely bears a lot of further thought, but I really hope I can have fun with it. Anyone else on my flist participating in Yuletide this year?

Speaking of fandoms, here's the rest of the 'shipping meme, gacked from [profile] thesmallhobbit: Would you ship them in a box? Would you ship them with a fox? )

And, as usual, I need to go fall on my face now.

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Oct. 10th, 2017 02:59 pm
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We are not threatened by the many, many NorCal fires raging at this very minute. Some of our friends are, and this being a major firestorm, they are not reachable. Cell repeaters melted, phone lines down, I spent a fair chunk of yesterday trying to get through to three people with no luck at all. This morning, via the wonders of FB, a mutual friend reported that they and their seven or so cats are all fine. Can't talk smack about FB, when it's the only way you can find out if someone's still alive.

Our air quality is awful. Yesterday, the sun was blood red, the sky was yellow and gray, and my sinuses packed full of ash. I didn't realize what was going on, when I and my beloved first enormous cup of coffee meandered into my office, only to discover that everything was coated with a thin layer of ash. You can tell the places considered essential, as they've been brushed or wiped clean, unlike my guest chair, the floor, and the elliptical.

However, we are fine. We have power, which means we have water. I've been following the fires in my county and next two over obsessively. The images from our nearest large city, Santa Rosa, look like a war zone. Whole neighborhoods burned to twisted metal and crumbled concrete, next to untouched lines of conifers. The county east of us had the oddest shots of charred-to-barren ground leading to burnt-to-pilings wharves. It's been impressive to watch our neighbors organize aid. The animal welfare groups were the fastest, reaching out via social networking and direct emails (and probably phone calls, too) to get animal shelters emptied and moved to safer places, while the horse people screamed for trailers and hay. People are trickier, as many ignore logic and reason to rush back to try to save whatever they can from their engulfed homes.

My priorities have changed since we went through something similar in '08 as well as when we lived in the SF Bay Area during the Oakland Fires. During the Oakland Fires, we could see the glow and flicker. Our area had been alerted that maybe we might possibly have to evacuate, so we had plenty of time to think about what we'd take. The dogs, of course, and their essentials, clothes and meds for us, and since we'd take two cars.... With a full-sized truck and a large van, we could have theoretically taken a ton of stuff. In '08, with a major fire just over the ridge, the list had shrunk down to dogs, our CPUs, and absolute essentials. Now, since my computer has Carbonite backing it up, my personal list is Trouble, her food, clothes, id, camera, passport, and contact lens gorp. I suspect that everything would fit in a grab-and-go bag. I hope to never have to test that theory.
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I didn't mention this, but I left work early on Friday because there was a power outage and a smoke condition, so they sent us home at about 4 pm. This happened the week prior as well (the day I was out sick) and is due to the work going on in the street in front of the building, which has basically been going on since the crane collapse in February 2016. Between this and the years of construction near my apartment on the Second Avenue Subway, I feel like I am always in a construction zone. I gotta tell you, I don't love it.

Anyway, since the building was evacuated and then closed yesterday for the holiday, the HVAC took forever to get online, so I sat in a 90 minute meeting this morning in a small conference room with 10 other people, a projector that shed heat like a small star, and no AC. The windows had to be closed because of the construction - we're on a low floor so all street noises sound like they are happening in the room with you. As a way to start the day, I can't say I recommend it.

I guess because of the evacuation, the cleaning staff didn't take out the garbage on Friday, so it's still sitting here in the bin under my desk. Sigh.

Ugh. Tuesday.

In better news, [community profile] yuletide assignments are out! And mine is a good one! It's not even the fandom that I forgot to go into my signup on Sunday and delete because I was having doubts, which I was sure it would be (it typically is). My person only listed one prompt and their letter is only about a fandom we didn't match on, but luckily, the prompt they gave for the one we did match on is right up my alley, so this should be fun! Remind me of this in December when I'm tearing my hair out. *g*

In even better news, The Last Jedi trailer dropped last night! (My tumblr tag is, obviously, star wars: the last jedi, so you can see all the beautiful gif sets people made in the immediate aftermath, or so you can blacklist it so you don't have to see any of it. Whatever works for you, you know?)

I did a Rogue One/New Hope rewatch yesterday, and I have to say I still love Bodhi, Baze and Chirrut best. Sigh. Also, the way it recontextualizes that first scene between Leia and Vader is so great.

Anyway. I suppose this is spoilery? Idek, but here's a cut, just in case: The Last Jedi trailer spoilers: quibbles and concerns )

I did like some stuff though! I'm not a total negative Nelly.

The good things:

stuff I liked! )

In conclusion: I have concerns but I AM EXCITE. GIVE IT TO ME. PLEASE DON'T SUCK!

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[personal profile] umadoshi
Guys. The Yuletide signup summary indicates that seven people wound up requesting Newsflesh (and seven people offered it), which delights me, but as of yet either none of them have written (optional, I know!) Dear Yulegoat letters, or if they have, they haven't linked them on the (even more optional) post for people to link their letters.

I'm not even participating, flist, but I'm still keenly hoping at least a couple of those people post letters. (While quite aware that manymanymany people are still working on their letters, and fair enough!) For lo, I am nosy about these things, and not always the best at patience. ^^;

[EDIT at 12:47 AM; revised wording]

Current status (various):

--While Casual Job is in I try hard to tame my sea of open tabs on weekends, because when else? But that so did not happen this weekend. o_o I've already closed so many posts that I'd vaguely meant to comment on because they were over four days old and I didn't have something really specific in mind. >.<

--I didn't get nearly enough work done this weekend, and it's stressing me out. (Also didn't even get The Good Place watched. Meep.)

--In theory, I still want to finish writing a post about Hal-Con, but I think it's been a week and a half since I touched my half-finished draft. Hmm.

--And oh, I should post about my second silks class...

I was looking back through the "kittens kittens kittens" tag (and failed to find the entry I was looking for), and was reminded that back in 2014 Claudia weighed 9.7 lbs. These days, as she and Jinksy near "full-grown Siberian" status, the thought of her hitting even 8 lbs seems like a dream. She is a tiny, tiny Siberian. (Back at that same point Jinksy was closer to 11 lbs than 10, and it's been a long time since he went at all noticeably above 10; it seems possible/probable that that's because they're on a wet food-only diet now [due to Claudia's calcium levels]. Ten pounds isn't an unreasonably small size for a male Siberian, maybe, but he's definitely on the smaller side for the breed, although he's good and sturdy.)

Current cat health update: Jinksy's still on the two meds Dr. Julia originally prescribed and seems to be doing fine, so tonight we stopped keeping him and Claudia separated. a tiny bit more detail )
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Very little of this weekend has gone according to plan, mainly because we had a health scare with Jinksy starting Friday morning. (He's doing basically okay now and we expect he'll be fine; actual details below.)

In practice, this has meant getting less work done than I'd hoped, even given that I'm now planning to work tomorrow. (I'd been planning to do freelance work yesterday and today and then take tomorrow actually off, but that's not feasible since all I got done yesterday was reading the translation for the next volume of The Ancient Magus' Bride.) It also means we're not getting any bulbs planted (although [dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose did some quick research and thinks that, really, planting them any time this month should be fine), and that despite my ambitions of catching up on some TV, we'll be lucky if we squeeze in the most recent episode of The Good Place.

But we did make it to Thanksgiving dinner with [dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose's parents tonight, and tomorrow night should still be able to go to the "orphans' Thanksgiving" many of our local friends do. It's possible I'll discover I'm too frazzled and in need of introverting to actually make it, but at [dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose should be fine to go.

And now I'm gonna write out the situation with Jinksy in as much detail as I can, for our records. cat health woes, although again, he's doing okay and we have no reason to think he won't be fine )

or should i say, she once had me

Oct. 8th, 2017 10:30 am
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So I finished s3 of Killjoys last night and gosh that was both supremely satisfying and also makes me desperately want season 4 right now.

spoilers )

Speaking of BSG, and because I'm me, I've been thinking of crossovers I'd like to see, and of course, D'avin & Starbuck would be fun, and not just because the actor reminds me a little of Michael Trucco. And then moving beyond BSG, D'avin and Rex, of course, because good soldiers follow orders and then deal with the psychological trauma after. And Dutch and Ventress and not just for character reasons - it would be an interesting fusion, given the differences in how bounty hunting is handled in each 'verse. And Johnny and Kaylee, of course, and the friendly rivalry between Lucy and Serenity.

I should get an icon. Now that I've said that about both Killjoys and The Good Place, I should probably actually go try to find some now.

Last night, I also dreamt that I went on some kind of reconnaissance mission with Thor and we body-swapped, and then when we swapped back we had fun makeouts. Mmm...Thor. #ride the lightning

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Dear Yuletide author

Oct. 8th, 2017 09:24 am
mayhap: animated gif of yule log burning (yule log)
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Dear Yuletide author,

I am so pleased that we share an interest in one of these fandoms and I can’t wait to read whatever you write this Yuletide!

I enjoy a wide variety of stories, all year round but especially at Yuletide. I like short, punchy stories and longer, plottier stories, explicitly porny and/or kinky stories and coy stories that are all about the teasing and the implications, stories with some kind of meta angle to them and stories that engage with the source material 100% on its own level, stories with unusual pairings and stories that stick to canon pairings or real life relationships, if applicable.

I am [archiveofourown.org profile] mayhap on AO3, [personal profile] mayhap on DW and [livejournal.com profile] mayhap on LJ.

The Dreyfus Affair - Peter Lefcourt
Randy Dreyfus
D.J. Pickett


I just adore Randy and D.J. and I’d love a story about them doing absolutely anything and being delighted with each other. I’d love to read the more explicit version of their first time in the weight room, or a more explicit version of them having sex at any time. Normally I would say that epithets in sex scenes are to be used with extreme reticence, if at all, but here it’s canon, so I absolutely want to read about the blond shortstop and his second baseman getting it on.

I also really love stories that incorporate media or are pastiches of pieces of media and this fandom is perfect for one! I’d love to read a Sports Illustrated retrospective piece on Randy and D.J., or an interview in the Advocate about how middle infielders making out in Neiman Marcus changed everything, or a transcript of the episode of Pretty Good by Jon Bois where he breaks down exactly what went down in the Reds-Valley Vikings World Series for a new generation, or anything along those lines, if you’re into that sort of thing.

I’m fine with canon-typical homophobia, racism, etc. playing a role in a story where it would come up. I love baseball and any amount of baseball stuff in a story would thrill me--no such thing as too much or too little.

National Football League RPF
Alex Smith
Travis Kelce


I actually got sucked into watching football because of Yuletide and Alex Smith. He’s such a fascinating, thoughtful, smart guy who’s easy to root for and fun to watch, especially this year when (at least through four games at the time I’m writing this) he’s been playing like an MVP candidate and people are being forced to take notice and I love it.

Travis Kelce is pretty much the exact opposite of Alex in so many ways but somehow managed to charm me in spite of myself. He’ll do things that are SO childish yet SO satisfying, like the time he threw his towel at a referee. I love how he plays up the dumb jock thing because he’ll also talk about how cool it is that Alex knows so much stuff and how he can ask him anything because Alex always has an interesting response. I can’t even hate him for being a Cleveland sports fan.

I’d love get-together fic or established relationship fic, but I’d be just as delighted by gen about football stuff--if you can even call it gen, the way they’re always talking about ‘chemistry,’ and ‘hooking up’ and other such innuendo—or gen about downtime stuff, especially turning mundane activities into a competition, or talking about TV shows that various team members are watching (often because Alex has recommended them). I’d also really love Alex Smith gangbang fic, the kind where his teammates get together to show him how much they appreciate him. Or gen fic about how his teammates get together to show him how much they appreciate him is great too!

The Professor - Charlotte Brontë
William Crimsworth
Hunsden Yorke Hunsden
Frances Evans Henri


I am fascinated the role that Hunsden Yorke Hunsden plays in this story, which is one of the things that makes it different from Vilette, which is essentially Brontë’s later draft. From the beginning he alternates between needling William and performing these extremely thoughtful favors for him, although it's not always easy for him to get under William's skin since William perversely enjoys some of his bluntness. He brings out such an interesting side of Frances when he meets her, too -- I love that promptly she gets into three arguments with him in a row, and the third time she doesn't even believe in the argument she's making; she just wants to fight with him!

I'm particularly interested in a story set when William and Frances are living in England and Hunsden is their neighbor. I love how he has apparently latched onto their family in lieu of starting their own, especially the way he seems to practically be a coparent to Victor when he’s at home. I would love more about their daily life as it's sketched all too briefly in that last chapter, or a story about something that happens as Victor gets older and goes to school, which William worries about.

I would also love threesome fic! William would be almost hopelessly scandalized by the prospect, I think, and surely Frances too, but then with the dynamic both she and Hunsden have with William where they love to tease him I can imagine it working out somehow. I do love stories where characters fumble their way into unusual relationships or sexual practices without quite knowing what they're doing or having the usual vocabulary to talk about it, which is sort of what I would picture. But I would be just as happy with a story that explores the dynamic among them some other way.

Departing for new beginnings

Oct. 8th, 2017 02:10 pm
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Spent yesterday huddling inside nursing a mild cold while rain lashed the windows. Skuld, amazing partner that she is, cooked one of my favorite dishes for dinner (chaliapin steak don from Food Wars), gave me lots of snuggles, and watched many episodes of The Good Place with me.

I tried putting off packing, as if that would somehow change the inevitable departure today, but in the end Skuld not only cheerleaded me into that, but also applied her amazing YouTube-trained skills in space-saving packing. (Which is basically magic! I had an overflowing pile in my suitcase, and she folded it into a bundle that left plenty of space over around it for other items...)

But yes today is Inevitable Departure Day. My cold is even milder than yesterday, and the sun has been shining enough that I turned the jaunt to the station to pick up train tickets in advance into a short run... which left me more exhausted than usual. So maybe it was wise to stay inside yesterday even before the rain bore down.

I'm starting my new job tomorrow. Tomorrow. At 8.30am I am meeting my new boss for the first time in person. NEW BOSS. NEW JOB. NEW COLLEAGUES. NEW TOWN. Not quite new flat yet because I have to stay in two consecutive AirBnBs before I can start moving in to our flat, but there's a LOT of new stuff happening and I am excited and terrified (so many new people) and also really sad because I hate being separated from my wife. Even if it's just for five days now, it's going to be forty days next time. And that's just too long. I know because we were long distance for a couple of years, and I remember how much I missed her every single day. And now I'll have the cats to miss, too.

But hey. Library job! And Skuld has a new job lined up, and her immigration paperwork is all approved, and once November is over everything will be great. Stressful and dark, but we will be together, and we will have a new flat, and the cats will come with us to start this new life.

So all I have to do is hang in there and not get overwhelmed by a week full of one-on-one induction meetings, recharge during my ten days back in Cambridge, and then grit my teeth and power through the end of October and November.

It's going to be okay.

It's going to be fantastic.

I might cry a lot first, but I think it will be worth it.

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Oct. 8th, 2017 05:10 pm
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Interesting film-related YouTube videos I watched lately:

The Revisionist World of Disney: Mary Poppins, Walt Disney, and Saving Mr. Banks by Lindsay Ellis, a video I was linked to by a friend and which says some really interesting things.

SCANLINE | The Power of VHS by hbomberguy, which has a lot to say about the fortunes of film horror from the 1970s to the 1990s, and also early CGI.

September Kitty Pic Post <3

Oct. 7th, 2017 12:07 pm
naye: two cats looking happy (our kitties)
[personal profile] naye
It's 2017, so of course it's been A Week. Again.

It's also been more than a month since my last kitty pic roundup! So here to insert some fluff and silliness on your dash are Meenie and Nora.

Preview:
20170930_151204 IMG_20170928_225311_353 IMG_20170925_205617_686 IMG_20170923_220854_643

All cats, all the time )

I love these little cats so much. ♥ They are bringers of joy and silliness; they improve my mood; they make me feel less lonely when I'm home alone. And they are absolute miracles: after I developed cat allergies I was devastated that I had to give up my dream of adopting a cat... But then I found LaPerms, and while we did get them from a breeder rather than a shelter I can hold them in my arms without as much as a sneeze. I can rest my head against their warm bodies and kiss their little furry heads without choking up, or my eyes swelling shut, or rashes all over my skin.

Expanding our family by two furry critters is the second best decision we've ever made. (The best was to get married. ♥)

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Oct. 7th, 2017 02:02 pm
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• I went to the Hokusai exhibit at the NGV today! Beautiful prints. I was worried I was going to run out of time to see it but it turns out I needn't have worried - it's been extended a week. If you can I'd suggest not going on a weekend because it was extremely crowded and the area it's in is all narrow corridors so it's extremely slow going to get through. That was bad for me because I get claustrophobic in slow moving crowds. It was also annoying because people would stand right up close to the prints so literally nobody else could look at them because their heads were in the way, and some prints I could only see through someone's phone camera, because the rest of their body was in the way. I didn't read the placards, just looked at the prints, because I figured I could buy the exhibit book to read all that stuff (and I did buy it and like most gallery exhibit art books it will probably sit on my shelf never actually getting read). They had two lovely prints of the Great Wave off Kanagawa, which is what most people were there for, but the flower prints and the bridges were also really beautiful.

Now that my office has moved and I'm not really crossing the city any more, I haven't been going in so much, so walking through the Bourke Street Mall at 11am actually felt like I was being a tourist in my own city. I went into the City Library to pick up a bunch of books that looked interesting at a local book store but that I can't afford to buy (lol, sorry local store) and I went into Dymocks that was full of awesome books I can't afford to buy. Seriously, the hardcover of Aaronovitch's RoL novella was more than I pay for a prestige paperback of a full size novel; there is seriously no way I'm paying that much for a novella. I'm deeply behind on my book stack, anyway,.

• The first DVD of SG-1 arrived before any of the other DVDs I was waiting for (I blame AusPost, not Quickflix, tbh), so I watched the first episode last night after finishing my celebrity studies essay.

Here's what little exposure to Stargate I had before this:
  1. I'd randomly caught five minutes here and there of SG-1 on TV over the years, not enough to have any idea what was really happening, but enough to know that (A) I wanted Sam and Janet to make out, (B) a vague idea of what happened to Daniel's wife, and (C) MacGyver is in it. (I guess I have to say the original MacGyver now that there's a new MacGyver TV show.)
  2. A girl I met the first time I went to uni back in 2002 told me she wrote Jack/Daniel fic and I was shocked that she shipped Not James Spader with The MacGyver Guy because, like, omg, Richard Dean Anderson is so old!
  3. I saw the original movie at the cinema, and remember passingly little of it, other than the main plot points. In fact, if I had not read a Tor.com post about it recently, I'm pretty sure all I'd remember is Space Egypt, James Spader strangely attractive in bandanna, hot space wife.
So, here are my thoughts on the first episode:

- It's probably a good thing I didn't watch this in 1997 but it's a fascinating time capsule of clothing and set design. Jack's gigantic baggy leather jacket! Remember when that was the cool design for what leather jackets could be like? A lot of the visuals remind me of Xena, actually, because I guess that was what sf/f looked like in that time period when it wasn't gothic horror.
- Michael Shanks with floppy hair is so cute. So so cute. Possibly it should be illegal to be that cute.
- Christopher Judge is also really beautiful at this point.
- Sam Carter showing up and geeking out about everything is great. I've already decided she's the best one. The bit where she and Daniel meet and say nerdy things at each other while all those military people around them stand there looking confused is great. I loved that.
- I love the unsubtle use of re-purposed footage from the movie for desert planet, the name of which I do not remember.
- And then they visit Vancouver Planet, which I suspect is the kind of planet they'll visit a lot.
- Wow, I was not at all prepared for how genuinely awful the stuff with Daniel's wife is. The extremely gross rape and murder subtext, combined with the way the naked blond lady was filmed from behind or hidden by conveniently placed objects, but non-white brunette lady gets full frontal nudity for the scene where she's rendered unable to fight and then brutalised. That is extremely gross.
- The nonsense planet hopping is cool, though.
- After that surprisingly emotionally intimate scene between Jack and Daniel at Jack's house I am not at all surprised that became a monster slash pairing in its time.

rec: Snow White fic

Oct. 6th, 2017 03:30 pm
isis: (winter)
[personal profile] isis
The Darkest Night exchange is live. I wandered over to check it out (I'm not a participant), and found an excellent story:

Half a Worm (928 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] rosefox
Fandom: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Snow White (Disney), Prince (Disney: Snow White)
Additional Tags: Mind Control, Possession, No Sex, Non-Consensual Kissing, Non-Consensual Touching
Summary: The only thing worse than finding a worm in your apple is finding half a worm in your apple.

This is an amazing body-horror take on this classic. I love the reinterpretation of the film's ending, Snow White's horrified realization that she is infected/possessed by the vestiges of dark magic from the poisoned apple and has become an unwilling Typhoid Mary. The writing is lovely, the story is super-creepy. Recommended.

(ETA author name post-reveals)

i got the night on my side

Oct. 6th, 2017 11:22 am
musesfool: Ahsoka Tano (my power's turned on)
[personal profile] musesfool
Things! And also, stuff:

= I had to put the AC on last night to sleep. That is just so wrong when it's October. SO WRONG.

= The Rangers lost (to the Avs, but Varlamov stood on his head so...), but even after updating the OS, my iPhone still autocorrects to all caps for ZIBANEJAD. As it should. Also, Shattenkirk apparently had, like, 120 friends and family at the game. When I heard that, I was like, "I don't even know 120 people!"

= Has anyone else had a lot of trouble with the AO3 in the past couple of days? I know they were going to https or whatever, but suddenly I constantly have a lost login cookie and when I try to login it tells me I've been logged out because of a lost cookie (and also that a bookmark can't be saved - except I wasn't trying to bookmark anything so idek). But if I already have a story open in a tab, I'm still logged in when I refresh it. And when I try to open links from other sites, it tells me the redirect doesn't work and sends me to a No Redirect page. I turned off https everywhere for the site and it was still happening, and it's just super annoying. This is all in Firefox btw. I still get the redirect issue sometimes in Chrome but not the lost login cookie. It's more intermittent and not always replicable, so I didn't put in a ticket, but wtf is going on?

= Brooklyn Nine Nine: The Big House, Part 2
spoilers )

= The Good Place: Team Cockroach
spoilers )

I really need an icon.

= These Wings Are Made to Fly by [tumblr.com profile] pixiedane is a great tribute to the awesome animated ladies of Star Wars (both TCW and Rebels). ♥♥♥

= It's finally Friday! This week has been about 8 years long. Ugh.

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