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22 Nov 2014 04:13 pm
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Heat has brought the swelling down entirely; the hard lump is gone. The entire area is still tender to the touch, but my ear feels better, and it no longer hurts to swallow or to chew. We're going to be out and about for the next few hours, but I'll apply heat again before bed. I wish I knew what brought this on so that I could prevent it happening again. I suppose I'll just have to label it as one of those weird things bodies do from time to time.

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22 Nov 2014 03:29 pm
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I've now tried alcohol for the knot on my jaw. It's helped a bit. I'm not sure if it's relaxing the muscles or simply numbing the pain. There's still a biggish lump there, and it's tender to the touch. When I chew, I get shooting pains. They're strong, but they have this edge that's almost tickling, just not so good. It reminds me a little of the sensations I get when I eat something strongly sour but more painful. Now swallowing hurts a little. I think the swelling has extended to start to go down my neck, so maybe I have some sort of lymph node infection, but I wouldn't think that would start at the hinge of my jaw.

At [personal profile] silverr's suggestion, I'm going to try applying heat. I've had my rice pack in the microwave and overheated it a bit. When it cools enough not to hurt me, I'll hold it against my jaw.

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22 Nov 2014 01:35 pm
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This is frustrating-- The muscles around the right hinge of my jaw going all the way back to my ear are spasming. I've tried massaging them, but it doesn't help. I can open my mouth but chewing is difficult. It's making my ear ache. I'm trying to decide if this originates actually in my ear or if it's purely external to that. If it's just muscles, a relaxant might help. I do have some alcohol in the house. I just hate to drink any if I'm not sure it will help. If it's my ear, I might try sudafed. I'm just not sure.

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22 Nov 2014 10:23 am
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Cordelia had a great time bowling last night. There were apparently a lot more kids there than had RSVP'd by the reservation deadline. They had three lanes with six or seven kids a lane. When we came back to get her, they had the lights down low with colored lights highlighting the pins. Cordelia tells us that they put the bumpers up.

Scott had been late getting home from work, so he and I hadn't had dinner. We ended up going to Applebee's after we dropped Cordelia off. It turned out not to be such a great idea for me-- I ordered a burger, and it turned out to have spicy sauce on it (which wasn't in the menu description). I ended up with reflux that went late into the night. The burger was also kind of overcooked for my taste (bits were crunchy).

After dinner, we went to REI and bought a 1.75 inch sleeping pad for Cordelia. Scott got a membership there a while back, so we had a 20% off coupon that helped a bit. There wasn't anything else in the store that we were interested in, so we didn't stay. Instead, we went next door to Whole Foods. We bought apples and ginger candy (Scott uses ginger candy to help keep himself alert at work). We looked at tea and kitchen gadgets.

Work didn't keep Scott for the full four hours. He was home and in bed around 7:00. He was only that late because he wanted to pick up bagels and had arrived at Bagel Fragel before they opened their door. He has to work tomorrow. Work is saying that, if everybody works really hard, they might give people a four day weekend. We'll believe that when it happens. In twenty one years, I think it's happened once. Scott always works the Friday after Thanksgiving. He usually has the Saturday and Sunday off, at least.
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Summary: Four days after Shadowfall's parents were executed, her aunt Greenleaf cut her finger while chopping onions. Her blood was silver. (350 words)

Note: And yet more noodling. This is actually a stab at the opening of the story proper, though I'm sure it has many flaws I'm not seeing at the moment. I think Shadowfall is about nine years old at this point.

The Scent of Onions )


As I'm sure you've noticed, given the excerpts I'm posting, I have a much better handle on Shadowfall than on Sunbright. I should work on that.


22 Nov 2014 01:26 pm
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5515 / 7500 words. 74% done!

T-day geeking

21 Nov 2014 08:00 pm
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Food geeking ahead; feel free to skip. )


22 Nov 2014 11:12 am
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I had an angry post typed up over some recent fandom stuff but then I decided it wasn't worth it.

SO! Instead!

Two things:

Topics meme!

If there's anything you'd like to see me ramble on about, could be about fandom, sports, life, non-fannish stuff, whatever! It can be specific or general. It can be something I already talk about a fair amount or something you wish I'd talk about more. It can even be something you've never seen me express an opinion on but you're curious about my thoughts! Just comment here and I will post about it sometime during the month. There's no time limit to leaving comments, so if you see this post a few days or even a few weeks late, you can still ask! And multiple topics are ok!

Prompts meme

Leave me a prompt for any fandom I know, and I'll see if my drabble muse strikes. :) You can leave more than one prompt (in fact I encourage it...) but no promises on the uh, results.

(If you're stuck on a fandom to prompt, for uh, totes legit reasons, despite having the last three months of the manga on my to acquire and read list, I'm trying to write Naruto fic so prompts for that would be appreciated! But any fandom I know, I'm willing to have a go at. :) )

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21 Nov 2014 08:33 am
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Scott went in to work early this morning and will do so again tomorrow. Somebody on third shift got fired or quit (Scott's not sure which), so they 'asked' for three people to come in early this morning. Scott will also work on Sunday. He chose that over Saturday so that he could attend Cordelia's volleyball game and be sure of getting her to the birthday party she's been invited to in the evening.

Tonight, a bunch of kids from Cordelia's class are going bowling. Cordelia wasn't sure she wanted to go because, at first, it was all boys. Now there are thirteen kids, ten boys and three girls, and she wants to go because one of her good friends is going.

I'm not sure what Scott and I will do while Cordelia is bowling. The place where it will happen is on the other side of town, and coming home won't really make sense. Maybe we'll do some early Christmas shopping. Goodness knows when we'll have time for that later. We'll have two hours tonight, and there's both a Target and a Meijer's relatively nearby. We can also go to REI and see if we can find Cordelia a sleeping pad. She really liked the one [livejournal.com profile] evalerie loaned us last summer. She'd still be sleeping on it if she could. There's also some stuff at Sears that she saw and coveted and won't stop talking about.

We'll also be at loose ends tomorrow night while Cordelia's at the birthday party. That's happening in Howell, about half an hour away (it's our niece's friends party. The family party will be next weekend). We'll probably get dinner somewhere up there and do... something. More shopping would be easy enough, but I don't think we'll really need to do more shopping. Most of what we need to buy for Christmas will be bought online. There are a whole bunch of CDs Cordelia wants that I don't think we could find anywhere locally, and our gifts to family (apart from the kids) is photo calendars that Scott puts together and orders online.

I am thinking to go to Value World for one of our nieces. She's three and loves playing dress up. I remember when Cordelia was that age I found a lot of dressy dresses at Value world for a couple of dollars each and bought those for her to play with. This is probably the wrong season for that (after the holidays would be a lot better), but we might be able to find something. We need to look soon, though, because we'll have to ship whatever we buy.

I'm responsible for finding a gift for our nephew on my side (Scott does most of the gifts for the kids on his side). I have no idea what to get him. He doesn't need toys (he's an only grandchild on the other side of his family). He's not a reader; I think he really struggles with reading. Maybe I could ask the school librarian for suggestions for easy chapter books for a kid who loves Captain Underpants. She might have a better idea that I do. The only thing coming to mind right now is Peirce's Nate books, and I'm not actually sure those are the same sort of thing. I just know they're popular. I wonder if he'd like the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books? I hate those, but they're really popular, and they have a lot of pictures. Or I could just do what I did last year-- He collects, of all things, shot glasses. Last year, I sent him some University of Michigan shot glasses. Maybe I could find some Michigan State shot glasses or something (my sister, his mother, went to State, so she'd be pleased). And his birthday is in January, so I have to come up with something for that, too.

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21 Nov 2014 02:51 pm
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[personal profile] pendency
Far too many of my goodreads book ratings are driven by nostalgia.

[Fic] "Penance" -- original

21 Nov 2014 12:42 am
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[personal profile] edenfalling
Summary: The sleeping city is empty now, but Shadowfall cannot take that final step beyond the thorns. (350 words)

Note: Some more exploratory noodling for "Sunbright and Shadowfall." Details are, of course, subject to change as I hammer out more concrete world-building.

Penance )


Yay, I wrote a thing! (I've been feeling kind of blah and uncreative this week -- which I think is situational, due to November weather and screwed up sleep schedule -- so it's nice to get some words down on paper, as it were.) Anyway, this vignette would fall either late in chapter 5 or early in chapter 7 of my current outline, as Shadowfall slowly drifts away from any hope of breaking the curse. (Chapter 6 is where Sunbright accidentally learns how to dreamwalk.)
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According to the folks who keep track of this sort of thing and report on it on Twitter, this stint at Casual Job was the longest (autumn) session since 2009, which happened to be my first real time working there (and in 2009 the length of the stint--which was only one day longer than this year's--was due to extenuating circumstances that were not present this time). No wonder everyone in the office is so exhausted. O_o

But it's over until the spring session now, other than going back for the office Christmas party, whenever that is. (Five years in, I'm still impressed that I enjoy my co-worders enough to willingly go back and socialize when there's zero pressure to do so. ^_^)

I'd been thinking that finishing in November this year might leave me with the energy to do some sort of holiday party thing at our place for the first time in several years, but I used to do it around St. Nicholas Day (December 6), and even though it's a couple weeks away, I doubt I'll be recharged enough by then to have a mass of people in the house; when I burn out, pulling myself back together is a slow, slow process. :/ But I am at least optimistic about doing more Christmas baking than I have in the past few years, so that's something!

Introvert icon notwithstanding, I'm putting together some very low-key social plans to interweave with my freelance stuff over the next few days. Arpeggio of Blue Steel vol. 4 is due Monday, but right now it's looking like [personal profile] wildpear will be over for at least a little while tomorrow evening (she can flail delightedly at me about The 100, which she fell headlong into this week after reading Sarah Rees Brennan's posts about it; I guess it's getting bumped way up in priority on my list so I can talk to her about it ^_^), and her Sunday evening class is over for the year now, so we can get back to Sunday night hangout-and-TV. Good timing, that! And Monday evening Kas, [personal profile] scruloose, [twitter.com profile] CrissyBlanchett, and I are probably going to see Mockingjay Part 1--not exactly opening night, but hopefully having read the books will mostly inoculate me when I inevitably stumble over spoilers here and there.

But other than those few things, I expect/hope to spend the next several days sleeping, rewriting Arpeggio, and trying to dust off the many lines of communication that got neglected while Casual Job was on. And writing. Wow, do I ever need to do some writing. I hope that part of my brain comes back online soon.

This isn't quite the Wednesday reading meme, but last night I finished reading The Raven Boys. I really enjoyed it, but rather than carry on to the next book immediately, I'm going to reread Parasite in preparation for Symbiont coming out on Tuesday. After I'm done with those, I can backtrack and pick up The Dream Thieves.

(What this really means is that I failed utterly at strategizing when I was choosing what to read a few days ago; if I'd been thinking, I would've opted for a standalone novel instead of the first of a series [of which I have three books on the shelf]. Oh, well.)

And as I already mentioned sadly on Twitter, today I had a copy of Symbiont in my hand and didn't buy it. >.< The bookstore in the mall by the office had it out on the shelf already, but the release date isn't until Tuesday, and I absolutely want my purchase to count towards Seanan's first-week sales numbers. (I took the lone copy up to the register and told them why I wasn't buying it, but I suspect there's a 50-50 chance it got reshelved after I left.) The stupidity of early sales not counting towards first-week sales still blows my mind.

story swap #1

20 Nov 2014 09:13 pm
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I went to story swap! I had a story! I put my name in the pitcher! My name did not come out of the pitcher.

Which is okay, because my story was kind of a mess. I like telling stories that look like they're going to be a mess, like I'm handing you a codfish and a bicycle wheel and Euclid's fifth postulate, but at the end you see how they all fit together!

This story had a theme, which was that telling the story of a traumatic event is healing, but the fish and the postulate did not come together to support that theme. They went to the place of Things People Actually Say to a woman who has just lost a baby and stayed there, because I can make Things People Actually Say funny, and I love making people laugh. It is the best.

Next time I will be less scared!


21 Nov 2014 11:01 am
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5255 / 7500 words. 70% done!
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Things not to talk about at knitting bee: Immigration. Some unexpected people have nuanced and complex views on subject, some people have straight-forward and sensible views and other people are unexpectedly massively ignorant bigots. (Everyone else is sitting around in awkward horrified silence) Awesome. :(

I am therefore feeling less than awesome about knitting this evening, thus in an attempt to cheer myself up I'm going to talk about the craft projects that I'm excited about at the moment.

Things I am currently making and excited about: Mittens! Back in January I bought a pattern booklet of Nordic inspired patterns and some wool as a wee treat. I bought the wool for the mittens because they looked a good balance between challenging and attainable, and therefore something I'd actually do. I'm not normally a floral person, but there was just something about this pattern that made me long to knit them. So with Winter approaching and wanting a small knitting project to work on (my current cross-stich is quite large) I figured gloves/mittens that matched my new winter coat was both a practical and fun plan. I've managed the thumb of one mitten so far, but I'm a bit stuck until I can figure out how to pick up the stitches after that. It's also the first fair-isle project I've tackled since I took a class to learn how to do it last year, and I'm really please with now its turning out.

My current cross-stitch project, as noted, is rather large. Last year I made a couple of Scandanavian style chickens (there's a theme here I hadn't noticed before) for my mum's kitchen, that she picked out of a magazine for me to make her. There was also a duck pattern in the same spread, which she initially wanted me to make, but changed her mind as she though it was 'too big' for me to make. The patterns are really nice both aesthetically and to stitch as the designs are built in lovely sweeps of bold colurs that really let you see the developing shape of the pattern, keeping me nicely motivated through the project. I'm a little bit stalled on it at the moment, as I've run out of one shade of blue and I've now done all the stitching in the other colours and can't do anything else until I get a chance to track more of it done.

Projects I'm looking forward to starting to make: Another patchwork cushion. For newer readers, I made a patchwork cushion a couple of years ago now as a 'knit up my stash' project. I still have a tonne of odd balls of wool in my stash in need of knitting up, so the other day as a 'well done you fond some gainful employment present' I bought a cushion pad to make it. Partially because while I was living up in the frozen north earlier this year I got quite a few compliments on my cushion so I'm feeling all proud of it and keen to make it a friend.

Also I have a cross-stich pattern to make a clock. I bought the pretty coloured aida, found a pretty matching hoop to frame it, all I need now is to stitch it! That'll be my New Year's craft project, I can't wait to be able to hang it on my wall. It'll also be my first big cross-stitch project that is for me, rather than a present for someone else which is exciting in its own way too.

Dunno about you, but I feel better for that, I can go to bed now. :)

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20 Nov 2014 04:28 pm
[personal profile] dsgood
November 16-19 2014.

Sunday 11/16/14. World and Future Building MinnSpec meetup at Black: Coffee and Waffles. It worked well, despite my poor planning. (I thought Black would be uncrowded on Sunday. Figured about 5 people would attend, and there were about 13. Acoustics rather less favorable than I realized.)

It devolved into several conversation groups.

Note: Black has black coffee, but doesn't seem to have black waffles.

**(Monday 11/17/14. At the Wedge Coop, a toddler and I pretended to menace each other.

Wednesday 11/19/14. -"Cold Weather Hits All of US,"- Star Tribune story listing, front page.

So, how well did Honolulu do at snow removal?

***Decision: Use much more description in writing. Synesthetic, straight sensory, emotional. Starting in January; in fiction, nonfiction, this journal.

Why not start right away? I'm scared.

***At Walker Library, I took out: Richard Kadry, The Getaway God. -"My name is Death. And it appears that I have been murdered."- That's the most interesting passage; unfortunately, it's a teaser for the next in the series.

The nasty old gods who God stole the universe from want to take it back. Which means everyone on Earth, in Heaven, and in Hell will die. Their supporters and opponents include humans, angels, demons, vampires, and four of the five persons God has split into. (The fifth is dead.)

Moderately good story. There's too much background detail explained rather than shown, and too many wisecracks, for my taste. Theological accuracy not guaranteed.

Charles Stross, The Rhesus Chart. Haven't read it yet.
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The trailer for Pitch Perfect 2 dropped and it looks fine. I know I'll watch it because I did enjoy the first; but it seems like it just expanded the scope on the most shallow level and is redoing jokes from the first. I would like to be surprised, but I feel like I've caught the sum of it. Catching the surprise of the first is impossible--the past is a land one can't return to blah blah blah--but I do wish the trailer conveyed the same scale of the first. Crossing fingers that they expand some of the supporting characters and focus on the terror of moving on into the unknown.

Steve McQueen has been one of my favorites director since Hunger so I very much excited for his upcoming projects; but I think out of all of them the Widows movie sounds most interesting.

TV Stuff

Sleepy Hollow: I like none of what they have done with Katrina. I just want to stop the magical forced pregnancy trope being dropped on female characters who are already trapped in passive purgatory thanks to writers' choices. Then they add the ~power of maternal love that makes Katrina not want to stop the demon baby forced into her body by her evil son. Enough. The Mills sisters were great: I love how they responded so differently to the same trauma and are still reaching across to strengthen each other. I would prefer if instead of the mother being dead that she was in prison for a false crime. I am watching the midseason finale but I am hoping the show gets better in its second half.

The Flash: I have not seen last week's so I don't know the reason for the Iris and Barry split, but I do love how it affected both of them. I do not agree with the notion of Iris being worthless in the narrative; there is value in seeing the shaping of the perception of a superhero. The show has gotten better with the character. I'm still unsure about Eddie; if I didn't know about canon events I could like him completely, but if certain things are true. I am still so suspicious of Wells.


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to remember

"When you make the finding yourself— even if you're the last person on Earth to see the light— you'll never forget it." —Carl Sagan

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