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1 May 2016 09:03 pm
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We didn’t move very fast this morning. I don’t think any of us wanted to be up and about.

Scott’s sister expected us at the church at 9:30. That was when I had set my alarm for, so her text woke me. I explained that I still wasn’t feeling very well but that we’d come to the brunch later. We ended up late for that by about an hour. I think Scott’s sister held the meal, waiting for us. She cooked four different types of egg casserole and then made chicken nuggets for me (eggs are a migraine trigger for me). I was torn— I was hungry but not exactly, and a lot of the food was stuff I worried would give me trouble.

I was kind of headachy by the time we left to come home. I really very much wanted to lie down, but we still needed to do the weekly trip to the library. Scott and I left Cordelia at home and went and did that. I have four DVDs to watch this week which is more than I really want. More things came in all at once than I expected. I’ll go first with the one that can’t be renewed; that’s a two DVD set that’ll take me about five hours.

I need to go out three times this week. Tomorrow evening, there’s a meeting at the school for the parents of middle school students. It will involve us getting some necessary paperwork, and they’re holding that hostage to make people show up. Of course, if they really wanted people to show up, they wouldn’t have scheduled the meeting for 5:30. I see a gynecologist on Wednesday, and Cordelia has PT on Thursday.

Scott looked at our expenses for March and April and concluded that we can— just barely— manage the insulation payments. Of course, that was expenses without the bills from Cordelia’s injury which haven’t hit yet. We’ll probably turn to Cordelia’s Social Security money to deal with that. There’s only $5000 left of that (the high point of that account was about $25000, so we’ve hit it pretty hard over the last three years), but that will definitely cover the medical stuff. I will regret that we won’t have that money when it comes time to send Cordelia to college, but I guess we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it.

May has four birthdays, however, so it will be a bit more expensive than March or April. I asked Scott about the budget for buying gifts for Cordelia, but we got interrupted before he could answer. We’ve got two weeks to buy whatever we’re going to give her. If we want to get books from Book Bound, we need to order them this week. Amazon needs less time and is cheaper, but Book Bound is a local business, and they’re never really busy when we go in there. I worry that they won’t last.

I’m still not feeling 100%. I’m hungry, but pretty much everything I look at is repulsive. Scott made crab legs for dinner, and I usually love those, but the smell made me feel sick. I didn’t do too badly when I made myself start eating, but I had to make myself. I’m still kind of hungry. I should probably figure out where Scott stashed the crackers.
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[personal profile] syrena_of_the_lake said: I'd like to claim the Names/Naming spot on your bingo card for a Narnia ficlet (Magician's Nephew): when Helen was just a girl, it had been so easy to dream up endless names for some future child; now, she had no idea where to start with a veritable zoo of creatures all awaiting names of their own.

Note: So this got rather more philosophical than I'd planned. What can I say: these are the hazards of attempting to write canon-compliant Narnia fanfic while simultaneously expressing ethical and theological disagreement with C. S. Lewis. In other words, I brought it upon myself. *wry* (1,075 words)

Have Dominion )

Hmm. Not a part of canon I'd ever written before! Now I just need to take a stab at something in the era between VDT and TLB, for the sake of completeness...
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This is what I've got checked out from the library:

A paradise built in hell : the extraordinary communities that arise in disaster / Rebecca Solnit.
Dog tricks / by Deb M. Eldredge, DVM, and Kate Eldredge ; photography by Beth Adams.
MacBook for dummies / by Mark L. Chambers.
Waterwise landscaping with trees, shrubs & vines : a xeriscape guide for the Rocky Mountain region, California & the desert Southwest / by Jim Knopf.
Better living through criticism : how to think about art, pleasure, beauty, and truth / A. O. Scott.

Watership Down / Richard Adams.
Ex Machina. Book One / Brian K. Vaughan, Tony Harris.
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell / Susanna Clarke ; illustrations by Portia Rosenberg.
Deathless / Catherynne M. Valente.
Go set a watchman / Harper Lee.
People of the book : a novel / Geraldine Brooks.
After Alice : a novel / Gregory Maguire.
Riding freedom / written by Pam Muñoz Ryan ; drawings by Brian Selznick.
Lagoon / Nnedi Okorafor.
We are pirates : a novel / Daniel Handler.
The good, the bad and the smug / Tom Holt.
Carol / Patricia Highsmith.
The horizontal man.
East of Eden / John Steinbeck

Deadwood. The complete third season [videorecording] / Home Box Office ; Roscoe Productions.
My old lady [videorecording] / Cohen Media Group and BBC Films ; produced by Rachael Horovitz ... [et al.] ; written and directed by Israel Horovitz.
Arrested development. Season four / Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.
Labyrinth [videorecording] / Henson Associates, inc. and LucasFilm Ltd. ; producer, Eric Rattray ; story by Dennis Lee and Jim Henson ; screenplay, Terry Jones ; director, Jim Henson.
Masters of sex. The complete second / Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.
The man from U.N.C.L.E. [videorecording] / writers, Guy Ritchie, Lionel Wigram ; producers, John Davis, Steve Clark-Hall, Lionel Wigram, Guy Ritchie ; director, Guy Ritchie.
Orphan black. Season three / produced by Alex Levin, Claire Welland, Aubrey Nealon, Tatiana Maslany ; written by Chris Roberts, Alex Levin, Hannah Cheesman, Lynn Coady, Aubrey Nealon, Russ Cochrane ; directed by John Fawcett, David Frazee, Helen Shaver, Chris Grismer.

What should I read instead, given that it is less than four weeks till Wiscon?

monthly word count - april

1 May 2016 05:49 pm
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TOTAL: 9 621

... seriously?

jesus fucking dick.

-Battlefield Terra chapter 9: three dreamwidth comments' worth (yeah so it was actually written months ago and is not part of the word count. arghghfmkbbj fg n.)

-Landlord ofic: dating 4 (5 352 words) (complete but unpostable as long as mafia fic has not been completed! plus i might edit it some more idk.)
-Landlord ofic: dating 3 (1 611 words) (also complete GASP!)
-battlefield terra chapter 9 (304 words) (=___=)
-GW: lone wolf and pilot chapter idk 9 i think (118 words)
-landlord ofic: the mafia fic (2 070 words)
-landlord ofic: daemon AU silliness that went nowhere (149 words)
-covalent verse, outside POV on post-ascension Feferi (17 words) (seventeen fucking words) (sevenfuckingteen fuckwords) (aaaaaaaa. i had time to take ALL THE NOTES for this one and. time to write it down? flop.)

in conclusion: aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.

Media - April 2016

1 May 2016 11:25 am
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Books )

Books: 16
  sff: 3
  romance: 10
  ya: 2
  mg: 1
Manga/Comics: 14
[community profile] 50books_poc: 10

Movies )

Television )

I have an active nightlife

1 May 2016 10:24 am
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OK, A Plastic Cupcake, A Picture Of A Candle, And I Promise We Won't Have Any Fun At All.*

-:- -:- -:- -:-

So, I dreamed I was in a cave in Sardinia (which is especially impressive when you consider I don't actually know where Sardinia is). I was there to help a recently former friend excavate the cave in search of historical artifacts from her family. I have no idea if she actually has any family from Sardinia.

Only there weren't any historical artifacts. Instead what there was was a lot of papers strewn about. So I spent a lot of time picking up and collating papers in a cave. Except for the cave part, that sounds a lot like home publishing. (The strewn-about papers come from WKRP, an episode where Johnny tears up some paper to make on-the-spot confetti.)

Next I was in the old West, in a universe that was like some kind of cross between Petticoat Junction and Best of the West. (If you don't know Best of the West, you should check it out. It's an early-eighties Western spoof, and the late, great Leonard Frey was in it.) I don't know what the point of this was; the only thing I remember is there was a stair lift thing only in stead of being inside the building (it wasn't a house), it was on the outside. We were using it to move a piano to the second floor. I think we were going to put it on the roof. (I also have no idea who "we" were, though I think Betty Jo Bradley might have been there.)

That was earlier in the week. Last night, in my first dream I had a black and white cat roaming around my house and I was at a total loss what to do about it. I found him coming out of the kitchen and asked him what he was doing there. He told me he'd been watching Meg for a while and had snuck in when I had the door open, and that he was looking for food.

It's weird about animals in my dreams. Any other animal I dream about is usually really some other animal; if I see a goat in a movie, I might dream about a giraffe that night. But cats are different. Cats are always themselves, and they very often talk to me. Sometimes they come to my house to question me.

And this cat was the yellow cat the other day. He's a young one, fully grown and homeless. (I know he's homeless because he's got a tipped ear, so he's a Trap-Neuter-Release.) He seemed like maybe I could coax him to me if I tried, but Meg would not approve.

Later I dreamed about this movie. A movie theatre was closing, and the owner was doing this odd thing: he was running some kind of marathon. It was several movies from evening 'til dawn, then no movies until the next afternoon. And there were these four (sometimes five) guys in their forties who had been friends in high school. They came in the evening to see the movies and intended to stay all the next day until the next movie started. I'm not sure if this was to avoid paying again or what, but the theatre owner didn't have a problem with it. Their friends and families kept stopping by to visit with them while they waited for the afternoon movie to start. I'm pretty sure it was supposed to be a comedy. (You know, that plot is ridiculous enough, it probably could get made into a movie, if somebody in the movie business came up with it.)

*Natalie Teeger

April books

1 May 2016 11:26 pm
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1) Kpop: I added a bunch of links to the k-pop post.

2) I saw Captain America: Civil War and I liked it fine. But it didn't give me the same rush of fannish feeling that I felt after The Winter Soldier (which prob says more about me than the movie, I'm sure there will be plenty of fic!).

3) April reading:

The Contemporary Foxwife - YH Lee
Proof - Dick Francis
The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe - Charles Yu
1872 #1 - Gerry Duggan, Nik Virella, Lee Loughridge
Nexus - Ramez Naam
Contrapposto - Cat Delaroche
His Animal Instinct - Various
Nice Dragons Finish Last - Rachel Aaron

book thoughts )
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*starts writing cute and fluffy ficlet about Queen Helen naming Beasts in the early days of Narnia*

*ficlet turns into polite argument about free will and authority as Helen attempts to get out of this responsibility without making Aslan seem like a dick for arbitrarily changing Strawberry's name to Fledge*


Why does this always happen to me???

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30 Apr 2016 08:43 pm
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Best-selling authors Laurell K. Hamilton and Larry Niven have teamed up to bring you the ultimate in boring xeno orgies with: Vampire Fuckmoon Planetworld.
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[tumblr.com profile] longroadstonowhere said: prompt: jane and dirk, the little things, one of them helps the other recover from a bad mood? (sorry, less good at the scenario part of things)

Note: Oh look, it's more Alpha Timeline Fluff! And this one is genuinely and incontrovertibly fluffy! (...Pay no attention to Dirk's champion lying-by-implication near the end.) [~1000 words]

[ETA: The slightly revised final version is now up on AO3!]

A Problem That You'll Understand )

Wow, it's been a while since I wrote a pesterlog! I think the character voices are slightly off, but eh. I'll do another editing pass before I stick this up on AO3.

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30 Apr 2016 05:30 pm
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Cordelia and two of her friends did a movie night last night at one of the friends’ houses. I was not clear on whether or not there would be dinner. Given that the thing was scheduled for 5:30 to 9:00, them ordering pizza or something seemed like a reasonable assumption, but I found out at the last minute that there would only be munchies, so I had to scramble to get dinner for Cordelia and her best friend who was over at the time— chicken patties and green beans. They apparently tried several movies, including about ten minutes of Sharknado 3 which they found too ridiculous to go on with.

Scott did the grocery shopping while the girls were out because we weren’t sure there’d be time today. He picked Cordelia and her best friend up around 9:00 and drove the best friend home before coming home and heading pretty much straight for bed. He was scheduled to work 3:00 to 7:00 this morning, and he fully expected to have to, but they called around 10:30 to say that they wouldn’t need him after all.

Mom didn’t arrive until nearly noon. She’d had a check tire pressure light come on just as she was setting out, and it took a lot longer to deal with than she expected. She was pretty unhappy about traffic on 94 because the slow lane was going along at 80 mph with cars in the fast lane still passing them.

We talked for a while then went to Saica for lunch. I’m still not 100% digestively speaking, so eating was a gamble. So far, I’m okay, but who knows? Cordelia tried a tempura California roll and concluded that she much prefers regular California rolls. Mom had some sort of soup that she enjoyed. It was both spicy hot and temperature hot. The latter gave her a good bit of trouble.

From there, we went to Book Bound. Mom bought Cordelia some books as an early birthday present. I think that might be the first birthday present my mother has ever given Cordelia which is kind of sad.

When we got back here, Mom almost fell asleep, and she decided that, given that, she’d better start back to Lawton two hours earlier than she’d planned. She wanted to get some coffee for the road, so we all went to the Espresso Royale near the Kroger. She took her own car because that was on her way out of town. Scott and I both got ginger tea, and Cordelia got a frozen mocha thing.

I’m trying to decide now if I can manage some writing of fic or reading of library books. I’m not altogether sure I can, but I would like to. I’m just more tired than I expected. I think maybe I should have gotten something caffeinated at Espresso Royale. But who knows? Maybe what I really need is to lie down for a while. I’m not certain that I’m not sick, after all, and we have to be up earlyish tomorrow.

We’ve decided not to try to get to the church for our niece’s confirmation, but we do need to go to the brunch after at Scott’s sister’s house. It’s the closest Scott’s family is going to get to a Mother’s Day thing this year given the timing of my colonoscopy. I’m a little worried that my body’s reaction to lunch today may mean that I can’t go. That would be the sort of thing that’s happened with those family gatherings consistently for many months.

Okay. Tylenol and then lying down for a little bit. I’ll see what happens.

Captain America: Civil War

1 May 2016 01:13 am
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Blame Guardians of the Galaxy and Captain America: The Winter Soldier for dragging me into what I mostly find a rather ordinary franchise.

Civil War is very good. The Russo brothers have done amazingly at handling Steve's character arc over time, because the Captain America narrative in MCU is really that of a kid who was willing to give up everything for his country and his ideals, only to find that there are no limits to what they can take from you.

There's a progressive series of betrayals over the course of the films: he's experimented on, paraded as a symbol, and then wakes up to find that he's alive, except that he's really dead, everything and everyone who was part of Steve Rogers's life is dead or disappeared, and he has to keep on being Captain America, because, well, what else would he be. And he's still Captain America even after the events of the Winter Soldier, even after he's betrayed again.

(It's an interesting progression that is never directly lampshaded, because Steve Rogers is far too much Steve Rogers to express his sense of betrayal in explicit dialogue. But narratively the unfolding story is pretty clear.)

Even with all that, though, it's hard to see why Steve holds out against signing a treaty that mostly seems sensible. (Even if Tony Stark, maudlin and guilt-stricken from the events of Ultron and Pepper's departure, thinks it's a good idea and Stark's ideas of good ideas do not have a good track record). Natasha's on board. Vision's on board. And Steve just hasn't shown too much evidence of having political opinions so far.

So the film reminds Steve Rogers exactly why he shouldn't trust governments: the film lets Peggy Carter die peacefully. Then it drags Bucky into the picture, and Bucky is at threat from the new treaty, from the government that Captain America is supposed to serve.

With Peggy gone, Bucky's the last remnant, the last piece that Steve Rogers has left for being Steve Rogers. And without Steve Rogers -- that idealistic, weak, young kid who just wanted to serve his country -- what reason does Captain America have to be Captain America?

The last two Captain America films have been startlingly good at weaving narrative event and character progression; Civil War is particularly striking for its ability to pull together the personal and the political -- and how, in so many ways, the latter is always about the former -- for at least four of its major characters (Steve, Tony*, the antagonist Zemo, and T'Challa/Black Panther -- might talk about those when they're a bit less spoilery). Really impressive for a film that also manages to pack in plenty of Steve/Tony snark, a super fanservicey all-out Avengers brawl, and really a lot of plot turns.

Agreed with the reviews that are saying it's the best Avengers film so far (GotG is as good or better, but GotG isn't exactly in the main timeline.)

*Might talk more on Tony later, but every solo scene he gets is bang on and incredibly succinct and salient; the scene where he recruits high schooler Peter Parker and the aftermath is perfect in Tony's clever thoughtlessness, in his unconsciousness callousness, and his later mild and shallow regret. Even when Tony Stark is mired deep in angst and a desire to Do The Right Thing he is still Tony Stark.


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