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1. I got a flu shot today! Thus far, I have not encountered any of the weird side effects I've had in some previous years -- I mean, my shoulder aches like somebody smashed it with a hammer, but that's normal and expected, so eh -- but one year my body didn't glitch out on my until about twelve hours after the shot, so... we shall see.

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2. In other news, there's a frost advisory for Tompkins County from 3am to 9am Friday morning. This is more relevant for areas up on the hilltops than areas down in the lake valley, but even so, I think I may bring my peppers in overnight. It would be a shame to lose them because of one bad night when the following week is forecast to be much warmer.

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3. My parents, having arrived home on Monday, took two days to do laundry and readjust to American time, whereupon they packed their car (...okay, minivan, whatever) and headed back out west to Minnesota. They will arrive in Bemidji on Saturday the 20th, pick Vicky up from the airport, and all reach Star Island that afternoon. Vicky will stay with them for about a week, as I did back in August.

I will be heading down to NJ one last time on the 26th and 27th, to collect my parents' mail and send any relevant bills to them, care of the local marina. They intend to close the cabin around the 8th or 9th of October and pick up the Camry on their way home (at which point we will do lunch and I will make them help me take my AC out of the window for the winter), but if the weather turns nasty and/or very cold, they may leave up to a week sooner.

Hello.

18 Sep 2014 01:53 pm
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I had a dream last night that every major book publisher had joined under one house. The new building this enormous conglomerate operated from could have been ripped straight from Mirror's Edge; bold colors and glass doorways. I forget the name of the company but it definitely had the word "Abstergo" in it.

Several streams crossing in that one.

I'm doing okay. I don't write or journal as much as I used to, or would like, but a lot of the work I'm doing right now is... private. I'm in a better place that I was in March, that I was last month, but I still have work to do. I don't think I'll ever be free from my depression, but I want to at least be stronger than it. Most of the time, anyway.

I turn 30 today, which is meant to be a big milestone but I don't feel much like celebrating, honestly. At least not in a big way: I might go out to dinner. I haven't decided yet. I know, so excite. But quiet is best for me right now.

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18 Sep 2014 03:18 pm
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That hidden object game I was playing, Hidden Expedition: The Crown of Solomon, turns out to be buggy as hell. I hit a scene where the screen was almost completely white, just the hint button and map button and my possessions visible. I went to the game forum and discovered that this is a common problem with no easy fix and that there are at least two scenes later in the game that have the same problem. I've put in a support request. We'll see if it gives me any useful response. At the very least, I want my money back.

I've found a ride to soccer practice for Cordelia. She'll arrive half an hour late, but she will get there. The family who lives sort of near here will give her a ride home (but couldn't get her there). I was thinking I'd have to call a cab, put her in it and pay the driver up front. They do a fee based on how far one's going rather than charging based on how long the trip takes, so that would have been feasible. Of course, I have no idea if the cab company would have gone for it. They might not want to transport an eleven year old when it wasn't clear who was meeting her on the other end.

The roof work continues. They're pounding away up there. Cordelia complains that it's too noisy for her to work and that she doesn't feel safe going in and out of the house while they're working. She wants to have friends over, but she's not sure she can go get them safely. I don't think it will hurt her to have one day without visitors, but she may feel differently.

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18 Sep 2014 11:51 am
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Scott slept all yesterday morning, so I'm glad the roofers didn't come. There's no way he could have slept through them working. He got up about one, and we both played games on our laptops until Cordelia came home.

I'm working my way through a hidden object game called Hidden Expedition: The Crown of Solomon. It's not awful, but I'm finding it kind of clunky. There are long periods of dark screen between scenes, and I haven't had that with other game I've tried. I'm also a bit frustrated with the plot which has me collecting pieces of an artifact and being repeatedly robbed of them right after I find them. I think the plot must require that the villain assemble the artifact and do something with it that I then have to deal with. I just wish I had the option to do something else. The game is also very episodic, with clusters of two to four locations that feel kind of claustrophobic.

I recently finished Dreampath: The Two Kingdoms. I didn't like the animation for that one. It also suffered from coming right after I'd finished a Dark Parables game (Ballad of Rapunzel). Those are complicated and very pretty. Dreampath: The Two Kingdoms was interesting in that it specified a gender for the point of view character (female. It kept addressing me as 'Princess'). Most of the games I've played are very careful not to do to that. It even ended with an implied (heterosexual) romance. It also had clusters of locations, but I could travel between clusters as needed.

The roofers arrived right around eight this morning. I waited to leave for the school until after they arrived. They told me to warn them when I'm coming in or out so that they don't accidentally drop anything on me. I mentioned the cleaning lady, and they said, by the time she comes, they shouldn't be dropping anything any longer. As of now, they've got all the old shingles on the front off, and they're working on the back of the house. I don't think they've started pulling out the bad wood yet (if they have, they've already replaced it in front, but I really don't think they have). The work is currently quieter than I expected. I'm sure that will change.

Scott called as I was leaving the school. There's about a 95% chance he'll have to work late tonight. There's an extra person off on second shift, so they need another person to cover. Since Scott was out yesterday, he's at the top of the list for overtime. I've e-mailed the parents on Cordelia's soccer team to see if I can find someone to take her to and bring her home from practice. I really hope we can find somebody. I don't want to deal with taking her by cab. I might even just keep her home if we can't find a ride. There is one girl on the team who I know lives on this side of town, but in years past, she's been sporadic about attending practices and games because her family also has transportation issues. I have my fingers crossed that that family can help us out tonight.

My time at the library wasn't much. I shelved books for about forty-five minutes. Then I shelf read and straightened shelves. Then the librarian asked me to try to make some shelf labels. I don't think I produced quite what she wanted, but at least, I gave her a base document she could edit.

I was surprised-- The librarian asked me to fill out a background check form. I don't mind, but this is the first time I've needed one for volunteering in the library. Normally, they don't require one if the volunteer is going to be in the presence of a teacher the whole time (which I will be). Background checks are required for anything where the volunteer will be with students without supervision. That's why Scott had to do one for Science Olympiad last year. When I do a background check, I always worry that something will turn up because my name is really, really common. When I first arrived at college, I had trouble because someone with my name but a different middle initial wrote bad checks. All they ask for on the form is name, maiden name, aliases, and date of birth, not even an address.

Nine days

18 Sep 2014 06:46 am
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A week from Saturday, we'll hitch up the rental trailer, fill it with what's left of our belongings (not much, I'll tell you), and drive almost exactly 500 miles to our next home. I'm not exactly excited, but I'm looking forward to it. Not counting work-related stuff, I'm not very stressed at all, so that's good. I tend to like change, and I'll be moving nearer my mom and living in an apartment I like with a person I adore, so mostly, this is happy stuff.

James is a little stressed, but mainly because he spends all day home with no moving work to do. We (mostly he) started doing the work of moving months ago, and it's basically all done. Now we just wait. My last day of work is the 26th. We leave the next day.

Work will go on without me, but regardless of my expendability, I am trying to leave my stuff in as neat and take-over-able a condition as I can for the next guy, who is doing just fine in his training.

I don't have a job in San Diego yet. I'm a little stressed about that, but money will be fine for a few months, and by then I'll know if I can make enough from home to tide me over until I start a master's program in the fall. *If* I start a master's program in the fall.

So yeah. Lots of change, but a relatively small amount of stress. I'm fine with that.

I probably...

18 Sep 2014 02:52 am
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...should not be up at nearly 3am trying to pick fights on Tumblr, but there you go

Tumblr is full of stupid, but I have to say that claiming a post that calls out fandom's obsession with two white dudes fucking is "blaming fandom's lack of diversity on gays" has reached a special level of stupid.

(It's wrong that I really want the stupid to try accusing me of homophobia, isn't it?)

Edit: And a bite in less than 5 minutes. Oh Tumblr, you are predictable and sad.

Edit 2: And from the use of "bro", "homophobia" and "misogyny" I think one of them believes I'm a straight guy. [personal profile] darthneko will be deeply shocked by this discovery.

Edit 3: "okay if you can’t grasp that gay fiction in and of itself is diverse then we don’t really have anywhere else to go." I GUESS THEY TOLD ME. REST OF YOU QUEERS GO HOME NOW; THE CIS WHITE DUDES GOT THIS COVERED.
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Wednesday is generally when you get the cheapest and emptiest flights (relatively speaking) and it's become my go-to travel day for that reason. But for once I am in California again, so it's time to talk about books.

Books Read
Kate Elliott, Shadow Gate (2008) and Traitor's Gate (2009) - Further comments forthcoming, but suffice it to say, I loved the whole Crossroads trilogy, and I highly recommend them to everyone looking to read more epic fantasy that pays due attention to female characters and to women's experiences. Also: GIANT JUSTICE EAGLES IJS

Helen Oyeyemi, Mr. Fox (2011) - I really enjoyed the other Oyeyemi book I read, White Is for Witching; I liked this one too, though (perhaps unsurprisingly since it's riffing on "Bluebeard") the themes of violence against women, against female characters, etc, felt a bit too close to reality. But in the end I really enjoyed the interplay between Daphne Fox, the titular Mr. Fox's wife, and Mary Foxe, his fourth wall-breaking muse; he doesn't deserve either of them, but that's how it goes. Oyeyemi is a wizard of prose, and I can't recommend her books enough.

Holly Black, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown (2013) - I was talking to a friend of mine who bought and started reading this book the same time I did but stopped a bit of the way in because of vampire fatigue. Well, I finished it on the BART this evening and I am here to tell you, there's no question of vampire fatigue when someone reinvents the form as well as Black does here--I'd forgotten how a well-written feeding scene can be better than any sex scene outside of top-shelf fanfic, and more interesting besides. The main character's tenacity and general clear-headedness are refreshing, and the worldbuilding is very interesting. I really enjoyed it.

Currently Reading
Brit Mandelo, We Wuz Pushed - This is an Aqueduct Conversations piece about Joanna Russ. I'm quite liking it so far. It was Mandelo's master's thesis and it's really good.

Wendy Walker, Knots (2006) - Another Aqueduct Conversations book. I love Walker's prose. I need to try to get this book for my own; I'm borrowing it from a friend.

The rakugo manga - yes, I know

Book-Shaped Acquisitions Space
Andrea K. Höst's book Stray is free on amazon.com. Höst was recommended to me quite enthusiastically by a fellow Michelle West fan at Worldcon, and I'd been planning to buy some of her books in paper when I go to Australia next month. I expect interesting things!

Reading Next
These things are very difficult to predict. We'll see!
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So my NFE assignment contained two prompts, one of which... um... well, to be blunt, one of which I have already written. Like three times over. This is not to say that I have by any means exhausted the variations on the topic! It's fairly broad, both in temporal and character terms.

The other prompt, I had no real idea how to deal with. It involves a character and a part of canon I am not particularly interested in.

And yet, I was wiki-walking a few weeks ago for unrelated reasons, stumbled across a random article, and thought to myself, "Hey, what if Character X was at Event Y for some reason, and then PLOT?"

I told myself that was silly and would require too much research, and I should just go write a fourth variant on something I knew how to do. It would be easy!

...

Yeah, I stalled out on the "easy" prompt and cannot unstick myself for love or money or deadline panic, but as of tonight I'm a couple hundred words into "Oh god, what the fuck am I doing???" territory, with something like a baker's dozen tabs open in another browser window as I attempt to string together various accounts of Event Y and make them into a coherent Narnia-relevant narrative that doesn't take too many liberties with recorded history. And the story feels alive in a way the other never managed.

Oops?
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It might be good for the world, though temporarily stressful for one's marriage, to edit an anthology together, as Leonard and I discovered when we created and published our speculative fiction anthology Thoughtcrime Experiments together in 2009.* Despite the risks, maybe you should become an editor. "Reader" and "writer" and "editor" are tags, not categories. If you love a subject, and you have some money and some time, you can haul under-appreciated work into wider discourse, curate it, and help it sing.

Thoughtcrime Experiments cover You can do this with lots of subjects,** of course, but doesn't it especially suit science fiction and fantasy? We love thought experiments. We love imagining how things could be different, with different constraints. I love enlarging the scope of the possible, and both the content and the production of Thoughtcrime Experiments did that. Neither of us had professionally edited science fiction before, we released it under a Creative Commons license,*** and we wrote a "How to Do This and Why" appendix encouraging more people to follow in our footsteps.


Every story needs an editor to champion it. One thing we conclude from this experiment is that there aren't enough editors. We were able to temporarily become editors and scoop a lot of great stories out of the slush pile....


It's well known that there's an oversupply of stories relative to readers. That's why rates are so low. Our experiment shows that there's an oversupply of stories relative to editors. By picking up this anthology you've done what you can to change the balance of readers to stories. I wrote this appendix to show that you've also got the power to change the balance of editors to stories.



Another way to enlarge the scope of the possible is to seek out, publish, and publicize the work of diverse authors.***** But if you don't explicitly say you're looking for diverse content and diverse authors, and make the effort to seek them out, you will fall into the defaults. I ran into this; I did not try hard enough to solicit demographically diverse submissions, and as a result, got far more submissions from whites and men than from nonwhites and nonmen. However our final table of contents was gender-balanced, and at least two of the nine authors were people of color.

And if you do not explicitly mark characters as being in marginalized demographics, the reader will read them as the unmarked state. Here I think we did a bit better. And our selections caused at least one conversation about colonialism, and really what more can you ask?


Mary Anne Mohanraj and Sumana Harihareswara at WisCon in 2009(To the right: E. J. Fischer's photo of me with Mary Anne Mohanraj at WisCon in 2009.) It turns out that Thoughtcrime Experiments made a lot more things possible. For example, we published "Jump Space" by Mary Anne Mohanraj, a story that stars a South Asian diaspora woman. I remember sitting in my brown overstuffed chair in my apartment, reading Mohanraj's submission, completely immersed in the story. As I emerged at the end, I had two simultaneous thoughts and feelings:


  1. This is the first time in a whole life of reading scifi that the protagonist has looked like me. This feels like a first breath after a lifetime in vacuum.
  2. Why is this the first time?

Mohanraj, encouraged by the response to "Jump Space", wrote a book in that universe, and may write more. The summary starts: "On a South Asian-settled university planet" and already my heart is expanding.


And then there's Ken Liu.

It turns out Thoughtcrime Experiments restarted Ken Liu's career. Yes, Ken Liu, the prolific author and translator whose "The Paper Menagerie" was the first piece of fiction to win the Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Award, and who's been doing incredible work bridging the Anglophone and Chinese-speaking scifi worlds. You have us to thank for him. As he told Strange Horizons last year:



I wrote this one story that I really loved, but no one would buy it. Instead of writing more stories and subbing them, as those wiser than I was would have told me, I obsessively revised it and sent it back out, over and over, until I eventually gave up, concluding that I was never going to be published again.


And then, in 2009, Sumana Harihareswara and Leonard Richardson bought that story, "Single-Bit Error," for their anthology, Thoughtcrime Experiments (http://thoughtcrime.crummy.com/2009/). The premise of the anthology was, in the editors' words, "to find mind-breakingly good science fiction/fantasy stories that other editors had rejected, and release them into the commons for readers to enjoy."


I can't tell you how much that sale meant to me. The fact that someone liked that story after years of rejections made me realize that I just had to find the one editor, the one reader who got my story, and it was enough. Instead of trying to divine what some mythical ur-editor or "the market" wanted, I felt free, after that experience, to just try to tell stories that I wanted to see told and not worry so much about selling or not selling. I got back into writing -- and amazingly, my stories began to sell.



There is no ur-editor. It's us.

And there is no ur-geek, no ur-fan. No one gets to tell you you're not a fan, or to stop writing fanwork because it's not to their taste, or that you need to disregard that a work is insulting you when you judge its merits.*****

The Ada Initiative's work in creating and publicizing codes of conduct for conventions, in creating and running Ally Skills and Impostor Syndrome workshops, and in generally fighting -isms in open culture, helps more people participate in speculative fiction. TAI's work is even more openly licensed than Thoughtcrime Experiments was, so you can easily translate it, record it, and reuse it to make our world more like the world we want. For everyone. Please donate now, joining me, N.K. Jemisin, Mary Robinette Kowal, Annalee Flower Horne, Leonard Richardson, and many more. You can help us change the constraints -- help us edit the world.

I'm gonna close out with one of my favorite fanvids, an ode to fandom. This is a different kind of love song / dedicated to everyone.



Donate now





* Some couples can basically collaborate on anything together. Leonard and I, it turns out, can get grumpy with each other when our tastes conflict. Just last night he pointed out that the multi-square-feet poster I presented at PyCon (mentorship lessons I learned from Hacker School) barely fits on the wall in our flat, anywhere, and will be the largest single item of decor we have. My "it would fit on the ceiling" well-actually gained me no ground. I pointed out that it would easily fit over the head of our bed, and mentioned that after all, some couples do put religious iconography there. I backpedaled off this in the face of his utter unconvincedness, and suggested that we *try* it above the TV. It now watches over us, slightly overwhelming. He might be right.


** Maybe you heard about The Aims Vid Album, encouraging and gathering fanvids to the tune of Vienna Teng's Aims? Which is FANTASTIC AND AMAZING and omg have you seen raven's "Landsailor" vid?? I have all the feels about that vid.


*** Although not as free a license as we sort of wished. In retrospect I wish we'd gone for an opendefinition.org license so we didn't have niggling questions about whether our sales counted as commerce, etc.


**** Strange Horizons is seeking out submissions from new reviewers, and a Media Reviews Editor. Why not you?


***** I particularly like Patrick Nielsen Hayden's formulation:

I think it's fine to ignore and not read something because the author has called for harm to you or to people you care about. Art and politics can't ever be completely separated. As a general rule of thumb, when we think our approach to something is politics-free, that generally means the politics are so normative as to be invisible.



Cross-posted to Cogito, Ergo Sumana.

A daily-life update

17 Sep 2014 12:27 pm
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--A week and a day before Casual Job starts back up. I'm still taken aback by how early it is this fall, and still have no idea if that means it'll also end earlier than usual or run longer. Mystery!

--Alas, I still don't have a schedule nailed down from one of my freelance editors, and it's a bit distressing that the unusual lapse between assignments from that publisher has coincided with a stretch of time when Casual Job isn't on. Oh, well. I'm sure it'll be fine. It just would've been more convenient to have that break when I'm swamped with other things anyway.

--The BPAL Weenies update still hasn't happened, and someone on the forums was saying that at this point it's going to be the second-latest Hallowe'en update...ever, I think? *checks* Apparently it happened on September 22 in 2004. Late August/very early September is much more typical.

--Tonight we're taking the kittens to the vet for their one-year checkup and a booster shot (and we'll take them back briefly next week for a Feline Leukemia booster; when they got both vaccines at once last year, Claudia had a bit of a reaction, so we're now firmly in the "get vaccines separately" camp). Kas is giving us a drive, for lo, he is awesome.

--Afterwards (assuming all goes smoothly) we'll drop the kittens off at home and then go try out this relatively new Chinese restaurant. (It doesn't even seem to have a page on Yelp yet.) The menu looks very promising. I haven't had Chinese since getting back from Toronto nearly a month ago; we have some reasonably tasty places in Halifax, but I've yet to have anything exceptional here, so it takes a while to work up enough enthusiasm after Toronto to venture out for it here. So here's hoping!

--And finally, rumor has it that tomorrow morning the cracked window in my office will finally (!) be getting fixed. This means getting up at a much more typical time (and not letting Jinksy lull me into staying in bed via the "wouldn't you rather snuggle a kitten than face the world?!" routine), which means trying to get to bed at a reasonable time, but so it goes. I'm just glad it's managing to happen before I head back to Casual Job and my schedule goes back to being completely unpredictable.

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17 Sep 2014 10:05 am
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Today, I tried Adagio's spiced apple chai. I bought the sample of that individually; it wasn't one of the four included in the chai sampler. I picked it up because it was the one straight up chai not in the sampler (the other two not included were a white chai and a green chai. I thought I could wait to try those).

The spiced apple chai has a longer steeping time than the chocolate chai did-- five minutes instead of three. I may experiment with a shorter steeping time because it came out a more bitter than I like. It smells wonderful, but I can't taste most of what I smell. I tried it unsweetened before adding stevia. I think this may be another one that would be better unsweetened if I can do something about the bitterness. The spicing is kind of subtle, at least compared to the boxed chais I've tried.

I'm not sure I like this enough to ever buy more. It will depend on how a shorter steeping time works out, I think. I'm not sure the cinnamon will come out as well with a shorter steeping time, but it would be nice to have less bitterness.

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17 Sep 2014 08:21 am
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Last night was curriculum night at Cordelia's school. It started at six, and her teachers had displays in one of the rooms talking about the specifics of the curriculum for the year. I winced at the one for language arts because they used 'affect' where they meant 'effect.' (Studying the affects of water might be an interesting sort of metaphysical undertaking, but I really think they meant they'd study the effects of water.)

Scott and Cordelia showed up about the time the teachers started talking. I hadn't expected them to come. Scott had still been in the shower when I left, and curriculum night is pretty tedious for kids. As it turned out, Cordelia was expecting a bunch of her friends to be there on the playground. Most of the kids she was expecting weren't there and didn't come later, but there were some kids, so she went out to play.

Scott and I had to stand through the teachers' presentation. There were only about twenty chairs, and there were at least twice that many adults squeezed into the room. The main thing I took away from the session, apart from noting that the teachers seemed to have a clearer idea of how the year was supposed to go than they did when they were first hired, was how to use PowerSchool. Middle school is the first time that they start tracking grades and such online. During the elementary years, we pretty much ignored PowerSchool because there wasn't anything really useful about it. Now, it's going to be useful. Teachers track assignments in PowerSchool and attendance and cumulative grades.

After the teachers talked, we went to the multi-purpose room for the school wide talk. Again, there weren't nearly enough chairs, but Scott and I managed to snag a couple. The principal went over, again, what is STEAM, talked about the renovations (with pictures), and introduced the staff. Several different people spoke, and, while it all sounded interesting, very little of it stuck with me. They are implementing a new take on project based learning, I forget the name of it, that's being tried out in a few schools around the country right now. They have one faculty member whose entire job is to take point on that.

After that, Cordelia rejoined us, and we went back upstairs to the classroom for a talk about sixth grade sports. There weren't anywhere near as many people for that. There were actually empty chairs. One of the kindergarten teachers is in charge of the sports program, and they're modeling it on the program in place at Ann Arbor Open, the other K-8 school in the district. For every sport except coed wrestling (for which Cordelia's school doesn't have the equipment), the school will attempt to form a team. If they can't, the kids who want to do that sport will have to go to Clague, the nearest middle school, to play on that team.

The assistant principal is currently working on getting a bus to take kids from the school to Clague for practices. Parents would still have to pick their kids up after practices. We asked about whether or not kids returning to Northside could take the bus that brings kids who attend Clague home after practices. That bus does stop at Northside, so it seems reasonable that kids could do that. Unfortunately, the assistant principal was really confused by the question, so we didn't get an answer or an assurance that he'll be looking into it.

Scott and Cordelia hadn't eaten before going to curriculum night, so they made up salads when we got home. Unfortunately, the lettuce appears to have been bad. It didn't taste good, and Scott's now sick from it. Cordelia doesn't seem to have suffered any ill effects from it, but Scott's digestion is easily upset. Scott actually called in sick today.

Neighborhood Roofing called ten minutes ago to say they're not coming today after all. The shingles will still arrive today, but the people to put them on won't come until tomorrow. I wish they'd make up their minds. Scott went out at six this morning to move the car out of the driveway so that they could work.

the cut

17 Sep 2014 02:35 am
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Just sent mail to my daughter:
Cut almost 100 words. Mostly adverbs. Sorry, adverbs.

Young women use a lot of adverbs.

Context is that Nixie is applying for a grant for next year. Her project proposal and personal statement must be no more than 500 words each. They are 700-800 words each. She is too stressed by writing them to be able to see where to cut.

I used to have an image from the endnotes of a scanlation of the first volume of Kaoru Mori's Emma: Kaoru Mori's editor keeps pointing out things that could be cut, and she keeps exclaiming, "But that's the most important part!" I loved that! In the translation that got published in English, she says instead, "But that's very important!" Maybe that is a more accurate translation but it isn't as good.

Adventure!

16 Sep 2014 10:32 pm
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First, there was the adventure of leaving my trainee/successor guy to his own devices today. He rocked it, so yay!

Next adventure: rescue [personal profile] stonebender from a speeding (okay, mostly stopped) train.

Adventure #3: dinner and Opinions! with [personal profile] wild_irises, [personal profile] wordweaverlynn, and [personal profile] pokershaman, followed by melon and Opinions! with the same folks, plus bonus [personal profile] starlady.

Adventuring is tiring!
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I don't think I have a literal list of "things [read: household objects] that I used to think sounded like gimmicks and later started to think might be useful and then eventually acquired and immediately fell in love with", but if I did, my strawberry huller would be WAY up there. I finally caved and bought one while I was in Toronto last month, long past regular strawberry season, but today [personal profile] scruloose brought a quart of strawberries home from the market (they're lovely), and I got to use the huller for the first time.

And it's basically magic. So very, very worth the $3 or whatever I paid for it, no matter how much it may sound like a ridiculous kitchen unitasker.

I've worn four more Hallowe'en scents since the last time I noted them here. brief notes on Candied Pumpkin, Chant D'Automne, Creepy, and Day of the Skulls )
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Got into the Beta and it is the bomb. I can test this blog's responsive design against every major brand and model of mobile phone and tablet out there and even use advanced emulation and both landscape and portrait modes which is helping me to catch and fix a lot of errors both big and small that might otherwise semi-permanently escape my attention. Using Firefox's Web Developer add-on accomplishes many of the same goals just by checking the "View Responsive Layouts" option but because you have to do the window resizing yourself to find and make sure you fix different errors stuff can get by you - not so with this website.

Greetings from Ithaca, New York

16 Sep 2014 09:11 pm
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I left Madison at 3:30pm and arrived in Ithaca at 7:30pm. The drive went very smoothly; even the stretches of road with heavy traffic were moving, which one cannot take for granted. I have put away all my stuff and checked on my peppers which are still doing fine... and now I am kind of mopey because my apartment feels empty without Dottie, even though she was only here for two weeks. *sigh*

Tomorrow morning I have another reemployment services workshop -- this one is about interviews, and how to come off looking like a person anyone would be stupid NOT to hire. Then on Friday I'm attending another workshop on civil service jobs. I have no particular feelings about civil service departments one way or another, but it's good to know what the options are and apparently there's a lot of hiring rigmarole involved. Tests and stuff, I think. So I am going to become Informed On The Topic. :-)

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