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In Which A Secret Mutantblood Unknowingly Picks Up A Member Of The Nobility In A Bar Of Ill-Repute, After Which They Proceed To Have Sex, Fall Asleep, Then Have Sex Again While The Mutant Desperately Tries To Hide His Blood Color And Not Laugh At The Blueblood's Deplorable Jokes. Contains References To Ashen Pornography, A Somewhat Pitiable Inability To Handle The Gloriousness Of War, And Mentions Of Conciliatory Perversions Unsuitable For Trolls Aged Eight Or Under.

((btw I’m going with indigo-Equius, purple-Gamzee, violet-Eridan.))


"Dude," someone mutters against his neck. "Dude, your communicator is beeping."

Karkat blinks away the afterimage of his dreams -- some boring cliché horsebeastshit about wading through a mess of alien larvae during a mission. It's dark in the recuperacoon, but a faint greenish glow comes from outside.

The slime isn't great, but better than they get in the barracks; it would be easy to sink back into its embrace...

He doesn't care about the dream (terrified pupae, gore squelching under the tread of his combat boots) and he does vaguely want to find out if the other troll pressed against his side would let him sink into his arms again (maybe his nook, even, shit, that part of yesterday was good.) Hey, the guy didn't steal Karkat's wallet or cull him during the day, Karkat likes his odds.

"Dude," the man mumbles, eyes entirely closed, and disappears under the surface with a quiet glop. His horns emerge from the orange up, two windswept, rolling curves that Karkat is almost (vaguely, entirely) sure he had his hands on at some point...

Karkat grabs the edge with both hands and fits his feet in the holds and executes a smooth-as-hell roll through the round opening.

(He lands on his heels and stumbles back, but the wall of the recuperacoon breaks his fall before he can get very far.)

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Festivids are live!

2 Feb 2015 12:00 am
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Festivids is live! I got an amazing and superbly edited vid for The Emperor's New Groove, Shake It Off, and I love it to pieces.

I've watched somewhere around a third of the vids, I think? I've been skipping around a lot and not been watching comprehensively, but I'm yawning, so the following is a short list of some of the ones I really enjoyed:

Gravity, Nothing But Time
Moonrise Kingdom, Hazy Shade of Winter
Nicki Minaj RPF, The Bullpen
Nicki Minaj RPF, The Girl You Like
Only Lovers Left Alive, Feather Moon
Only Lovers Left Alive, You & I Sail
Practical Magic, Black Widow
Snowpiercer, Goodnight, Travel Well
St. Trinian's, Trouble
The Man from U.N.C.L.E., S&M
The Man from U.N.C.L.E., The Other Man
Twister, Storm Song
What's Your Number, What's Your Naked

I made three Festivids this year, a fact of which I am very proud. Anyone who guesses any or all of them will win eternal glory for sure. :P

january word count

1 Feb 2015 04:57 pm
askerian: Serious Karkat in a red long-sleeved shirt (Default)
[personal profile] askerian
TOTAL: 26 159

-John/Karkat trollstuck: If You Like My Name, You Should Hear My Number (10 300 words)

-demon patrol chaper 26 (847 words)
-miles vorkosigan wolf verse fic for lupercalia (654 words)
-Girl Genius: jaegertroth chapter 3 (2 417 words)
-Crash Standing chapter ... idk latest (8 532 words)
-Latula/Mituna/Kankri beach fic (3 408 words)

the machine seems to be slooooowly starting again, esp. on longass WIP, but my writing block/inspiration flop is still lurking. this is annoying. >:/

on the upside: totally unexpected, complete, 10k long porn fic. it's been so long. ;^;

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1 Feb 2015 10:42 am
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I'm not entirely sure whether or not my headache is gone. I still don't feel quite right, but I don't actually hurt. I just feel like maybe I will hurt again soon. If that happens, this will be day three of the headache. Scott suggested that I take a decongestant last night, and that helped a little bit, but nothing I've tried has cleared it entirely. It's in the front of my head, right above my eyes, so I don't think it's a tension headache.

The weather here is supposed to be bad heading into tomorrow. We might get as much as seven inches between now and tomorrow morning, and the temperature, with wind chill, might get as low as -20. All of that means that there may be no school. I'm hoping there is school because I've got a doctor's appointment at 9:30 that I'd rather not miss (I'm not willing to drag three kids along with me to this one). If there is school but it's quite cold, I will probably take a cab instead of the bus. I don't think standing at the bus stop would be good for me.

I wrote about 2200 words yesterday. It is, unfortunately, an unpostable fragment of a much, much larger work. It's not even from the beginning of the story because I've been writing pieces of this particular work wildly out of order. It's something that garnered no votes at all in my what should I write poll as well.

Scott made an extra trip out to Kroger yesterday because he'd forgotten lunchmeat and distilled water and because I'd forgotten to tell him to buy coffee for me.

We baked a bunch of potatoes for dinner. I forgot to set the timer, so they baked a lot longer than they should have. The skins ended up really hard and crunchy. They were still edible, but they were kind of difficult to deal with. Scott also stir fried some chicken and bok choy for us. Cordelia complained about it, as she always does, but she ate it.

There's a Girl Scout meeting today, and I really don't want to go. I'm just feeling so generally rotten that it feels like too much. Just about anything feels like too much. I don't want to go out to the library, either. I'm not sure how much is the headache since Friday morning, how much is anxiety, and how much is simply wanting to write instead.

Media - January 2015

1 Feb 2015 08:13 am
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Books )

Books: 6
  non-fiction: 2
  literary: 1
  ya: 2
  sff: 1
Manga/Comics: 18
[community profile] 50books_poc: 1

Television )

Pic Dump (with working links!)

1 Feb 2015 02:02 am
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Long overdue picture dump because I'm tired of a) you folks not knowing what I look like, b) nor knowing that I can take pictures and c) just to catch up. There are probably some other dumps (non-photographic, more in the screenshot area) that I need to upload, but I haven't even looked through those folders recently.

Let the right-click to embiggening begin...

Me, with raised brow, 2010 or 2011

This was taken fresh out of the shower at my mom's place 3 or 4 years ago. I've always liked the dramatic raised eyebrow thing I did there. [personal profile] revolutemind has copies of this and a few others taken that night. You have to ignore the date - the camera's date mechanism sort of died toward the end (though I only threw the camera out maybe a month ago because it had to charge 24/7, would die within a minute of use and 1MGP doesn't really cut it anymore).

Me, relaxing, spring 2013

This was taken on a day off from CVS less than two years ago at my roommate's former apartment and sent by request to someone I was seeing at the time who wanted to know what I was up to at that exact moment. It was not his favorite pic of me but it was one of mine because it's very relaxed and real.

Stuie and the dog, November 2014

This is the last time Stuie and my ex's dog were photographed together. The shot was taken by me. The dog died just two weeks later. You could never tell by looking at this or other pictures I took that night that she was sick. But she was very sick (with a golf ball size bladder tumor - I got to see the x-ray, eventually).

Stuie belly up not too far from a table, Christmas 2013

This, if I recall correctly, was a shot of Stuie taken during or right after Christmas of 2013. That is one huge table sitting behind him, isn't it? Guess how much it weighs?

River by my former place, spring 2014
River by my former place, spring 2014

This is just me showing off all my mad photos-taking skillz. These are pictures of the river nearby my former place that I snapped in early spring of last year.

Shoe bag spice holder, Jan. 2015

Yes, this is a shoe bag, which was my solution last month to me and the roomie sharing a thousand spices but having no proper rack to put them up in. Seeing it in action for the first time (never tried that before!) about tickled me to death.

Going crazy with the stickers on my laptop, Jan. 2015
More stickers on my laptop, Jan. 2015

I make pretty-pretty. You like?

Stuie relaxing on a couch, Jan. 2015

Last, but not least; a picture of Stuie taken about a month ago while he sat on the back of one of our couches.

January books and theatre

1 Feb 2015 04:38 pm
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So who's excited about the Australian Open men's final tonight? ME ME ME. I have such a surfeit of tennis emotions, it's embarrassing. But anyway so books:

The Edge - Dick Francis
Memory - Margaret Mahy
The Mark of the Horse Lord - Rosemary Sutcliff
Hostage - Rachel Manija Brown and Sherwood Smith
The Raven Boys - Maggie Stiefvater
The Dream Thieves - Maggie Stiefvater
Blue Lily, Lily Blue - Maggie Stiefvater
Black Butler (Kuroshitsuji) 19 - Yana Toboso
There Will Be Phlogiston - Alexis Hall

books )

La Boheme (Opera Australia)
The Kitchen (Sydney Festival)

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The return of linkspam!

31 Jan 2015 11:17 pm
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Over on (and via) Tumblr, a series of posts on mythology in the Queen's Thief books.

At the OTW, author Cecilia Tan has a guest post on "Why Fanfic and Fan Rights Should Matter to Pros".


[ profile] mrissa posted about cliffhangers: "Further in my watching of ten gajillion cop shows with my workouts, I have noticed an alarming tendency to try to add suspense in all the wrong places. Not every season has to end with a cliffhanger. If people like your show, they will keep watching your show. [...] But if you do choose to end your season (chapter, whatever piece of your narrative arc) with a cliffhanger, for the love of Pete can you make it one that actually…cliffhangs? Competently?" There's also interesting discussion in the comments.

Via Jim Hines, author Myke Cole posted "Military Fantasy: What is 'Military'?"


Buzzfeed claims to have compiled "The 100 Most Important Cat Pictures of All Time". With commentary!

Social Justice

At Panels last month, Caroline Pruett wrote "How To Talk to our Daughters about Women in Refrigerators".

Via Twitter: "We Hate Our Bodies, and It's Not Our Fault."

At the Toast, "Friendship and Race and Knowing Your Place".


Via Tumblr, "What One Man Learned From Wearing Makeup For A Week".

Via [ profile] lnhammer, a list of all the volcano webcams in the world--as of May 2011, so no guarantees of all links working, mind you. Specifically, when I checked the Kilauea links as given, they all seem to be down, but this page has current Kilauea links.

[ profile] siderea posted "Something to be Done: On Breaking the Cycle of Child Abuse". (Content notes as specified there: "child abuse, discussed generally; discussion of victim-perpetrators.")

Via [personal profile] silveradept:

--"The Web concepts you need to understand in 2015".

--"Why the modern world is bad for your brain".

--"10 Things Everyone Gets Wrong About Intellectual Property Law".

--"Creative Commons Confusion Continues to Confound Content Creators" talks about what it actually means to license your work through something like Creative Commons.

Via Facebook:

--Steam Garden is a steampunk festival in Tokyo.

--"Air Plant Jellyfish", which are sold here on Etsy.

ha, internet!

31 Jan 2015 06:07 pm
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Yay, I can get online again!

I'm not sure exactly what was going on there. It's true that for several hours, my router had no signal going in or out, but I think there was also something glitching in my actual laptop, since both before and after the router failure, it kept telling me that various Microsoft programs I hadn't opened weren't responding, and opening other programs at glacial speed such that no webpages would load even when the router was fine. Anyway, I restarted twice and that seems to have fixed whatever was eating all the processing power.

Computers are freaking weird sometimes, you know?

data point

31 Jan 2015 05:12 pm
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I have 1671 followers on Twitter and 105 followers on (the microblogging service that runs on free and open source software). I post nearly the same content to both (I don't copy @-replies from one to the other). I get about the same number of tiresome, missing-the-point pedantic, or otherwise sigh-worthy (but not spam) replies/notes on both services. Does that mean that users are 16 times more likely to say sigh-worthy things to me?

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31 Jan 2015 03:46 pm
[personal profile] dsgood
Tuesday January 27, 2015 At Midwest Mountaineering, bought a more comfortable small backpack. (Thanks to Ken Konkol, I have a good large pack: military issue, comes with a user's manual.)

***"Based on the latest evidence and theories our galaxy could be a huge wormhole and, if that were true, it could be 'stable and navigable.' Astrophysicists combined the equations of general relativity with an extremely detailed map of the distribution of dark matter in the Milky Way when proposing this possibility."

***From "Jimmy McMillan, former gubernatorial candidate of the fringe The Rent Is Too Damn High party, 'has been slapped with an eviction notice ordering him out of his $872-a-month rent stabilized East Village apartment,' the New York Daily News reports.

***comments: al_zorra 1/25 (replying to Don Fitch): "O gads YAH! Windows 8, Windows 8.1 whatever -- it's hideous rubbish."

[I find Linux considerably easier. I think partly because the free distributions are designed by hobbyists rather than professionals. The professionals are overseen by companies which think the trouble with the US Government is, it's insufficiently bureaucratic.]

"I used to be fairly good with computers, even troubleshooting. By now I've devolved with all their making it easier into incompetency.

"O well, I can't even recognize food, or how to get in or out of cars either any longer.

"Everything is geared to a smart phone, which doesn't work in either the real world or on a computer that is used for W-O-R-K because one is a working person, even if working from home."
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Today was going to be a day of looking through the course catalog to choose options for next term, and then emailing my advisor to discuss those options and also how to put together a degree program... but my internet connection has been down since midnight last night. *headdesk*

There is only so much a person can do from a phone and one hour on a public library computer, you know?

Oh well, at least I have been putting the time to other productive uses, such as getting through my reading for module 4 of my current class. We have hardly any economic theory this time around -- just a bit of Keynes, not even any Friedman (which I think is a strange choice, but whatever) -- so it's going much faster. History is a delight to me, even when it gets into "let's speculate about the future from our vantage point of 1987!!!" territory and is thus unintentionally hilarious. :-)

(To be fair, the author admits up front that if he's right about any of his predictions, it will be because he's lucky, not because he's good -- the only certainty is that events have a way of disrupting trends and certainties -- but 1987 was a particularly bad time for prophecies, considering just how dramatically events were going to change over the next five years.)


In other news, I got a haircut. Yay no more hair in my eyes or doing that annoying flippy thing on the back of my neck!
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We've been showing Kas Revolutionary Girl Utena, and last night we saw eps. 32-33. Episode 33 is the last recap episode and the only one I always watch; it's both a really good clips episode, in that it's at least half new material, and annoying in that a Very Significant Thing happens in it, so you have to watch it. And that brings us up to the six-episode Apocalypse arc proper, which is everything the show's been leading up to and hinting at, and why this is still my favorite anime.

This is my second time watching with the gorgeous remastered DVDs, which is a lovely experience. far as I can tell, they didn't tweak the original sub script, and there's a constant problem in the script that goes way beyond my professional itch to go over it and do it myself* (which I'm sure isn't just me, and I imagine other people do the same thing to my work). This is well past "personally, I would have..." and into "I don't know who's responsible, but that person should be ashamed, as should every single person who let it get through" territory.

Here's the problem: Utena addresses/refers to Juri (I loathe the "Jury" spelling) as "Arisugawa-sempai"/"Sempai". The domestic release opted to ditch honorifics and westernize the forms of address--fine. (Not what I would do personally, but fine. Whatever.) So when Utena says "Arisugawa-sempai", the script says "Miss Arisugawa".

And then when she says "Sempai", the script says..."Jury".

It'd be one thing if it were a one-off mistake. But no. The entire show does this. (It may not be literally every time, but it's certainly the case most of the time.) In what possible world could this be seen as a good idea? WHO APPROVED THIS? I rewatch Utena every few years--see also, favorite anime!--and every time, I'm forced to remember that someone thought this was a good idea and no one else said "FUCK NO", which IMO is the only appropriate reaction.

footnotes under the cut )

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31 Jan 2015 10:49 am
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I'm on day two of this headache. Naproxen knocked it back yesterday, but only just, and that only lasted about eight hours instead of the advertised twelve. I did try Amerge, too, on the theory that this is probably a menstrual migraine, but it did nothing at all. Right now, I'm waiting the requisite half an hour after taking omemprozale before eating and taking more naproxen.

Scott's alarm didn't go off, so he woke up forty minutes after he should have been at work. I don't know how much trouble he's in for that. (His alarm did go off at 5:00, when he normally gets up for work. He must have misset it.) He called to let them know he was coming and got himself out the door as fast as he could. He's not clear on why they didn't call when he didn't show up.

Scott did the grocery shopping this morning, but I'm going to have to send him back to the store this afternoon because I forgot to put coffee on the list-- I've got one spoonful of my mix left, and I need five spoonfuls to fill my mug tomorrow morning. I'd substitute Coca-Cola, but Scott didn't buy any this week because he wants to try switching to caffeinated tea with honey (his father gave him a diet book that he insisted Scott read that claims that eating honey makes one burn more fat. Right). We do have a few different caffeinated teas that I could try tomorrow morning, but I'd really rather have my coffee.

Cordelia is reading more. She's been coming up with new books to put holds on at the library; I'm not sure from where (maybe GoodReads? I don't know). She just finished Cinder by Marissa Meyer last night and has put a hold on the next book in the series. She's probably started reading Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier. I didn't tell her that both books have been on my list of things to try for a couple of years now. She did say that she didn't think I'd like Cinder, but I don't know why she thinks that except that she doesn't want me to like the same books she likes.

I was awakened this morning by a robocall from a local carpet cleaning business. It was a little after 10:00, so not horrifically early, but still-- What do they expect to gain from calling people on a Saturday morning?

That cut on my little finger that I got several days ago still needs a bandaid. I was going to try the night without one last night, but when I took off the old one, the cut started bleeding a bit. I see bandaids in my future for a while yet. It'll make tomorrow's shower interesting.

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30 Jan 2015 10:53 am
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Last night, Cordelia's school had a concert. They were originally going to combine concerts for the third through sixth graders, but they realized that they didn't have room for that many people in the multi-purpose room all at once, so they split off the sixth grade part of the evening. That meant that we didn't have to be there until 7:00 (as opposed to needing to arrive by 6:00).

Scott's parents came. The four of us sat in the second row. We couldn't see Cordelia at all because she was directly on the other side of the orchestra teacher from where we were sitting. The orchestra went first and played two songs. Then there was a soloist, a drummer. Then there was singing. I think that was the lunch time choir that Cordelia declined to join. Then the band did four songs. After that, we were done.

I did take an Ativan before the concert. I probably could have gotten through without, but I didn't see any reason to do that to myself.

Scott is going to have more evening overtime for a while. He was hoping that there'd be less overtime because they actually hired someone on third shift, but they just fired someone on second shift. That means they need three people to stay late from first shift every single day until they fill some positions.

I have a bit of a headache. I'm trying to decide if it's enough to merit medication or if I should first try hitting it with some caffeine (I already had my morning coffee)

There's something weird going on with our internet-- I can get DW and the local public library website, but I can't get LJ, AO3 or Google. It seems unlikely that all three of those would go out simultaneously, but I can't figure out what would be wrong with our internet to block those three sites while still letting me reach other things. I'm only getting email from two of my five accounts. I can't tell whether or not chat is still there. The program I use doesn't tell me when it drops the connection. It just sits there, looking like no one's saying anything.

At any rate, if you're expecting to hear from me online today, I may or may not be able to get through. I may or may not get comments or other messages.

I hate when this happens. It makes me feel so very, very isolated.


30 Jan 2015 02:18 am
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[personal profile] umadoshi
Well, my brain tried to hare off and do everything else it could think of rather than focus on writing the timeline that I really need for my psychic wolves fic, but via the judicious application of tea too late at night (around 12:30 AM) and [personal profile] wildpear letting me cry at her on Twitter while I worked on it, I finally have a timeline written out (and emailed to her).

And gloriously, the time frame leading up to where the story actually starts overlapping with Feed is less of a probable clusterfuck than I thought, in terms of Georgia and Shaun's age and wolf lifespans and reproductive cycles and whatnot. (I've been looking up numbers for gray wolves and will blithely adjust them as needed for trellwolves--it's not as if the circumstances in the Bear/Monette books make for an ideal lifespan for the wolves or anything.)

Alas, things get fuzzy as soon as it reaches the overlap point, which is kind of funny since about half of the current 23,000 words are after that point.

It's a good thing I'd thoroughly let go of the idea of finishing the fic for the fest next month, since the act of assembling the timeline added a whole potential subplot that will likely take quite a lot of words to deal with. I'll see what [personal profile] wildpear thinks. Mostly I'm pleased by the Potential Subplot, but I do want to get this done so I can get back to my mermaid AU.

...remember when I wrote fic that actually fit into canon? Me too. I also really want to get back to that. (But I love my mermaids. And I love Georgia's wolf in this one.)


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"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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