One last meme before I go

NSFW 31 Oct 2014 03:10 pm
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31 Oct 2014 08:39 am
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I've found the canon for my Yuletide fic. I wasn't sure exactly where I'd put it, but it turned up pretty much immediately. I haven't started the review yet. I wanted to finish watching a library DVD that's due Sunday and can't be renewed. I only have one episode of that left. I've also got a four CD set due on Sunday that I'd rather not renew (I've renewed it once already). I don't know if I'm going to get to that.

I'm tempted by the prospect of a nap, but that would mean delaying the canon review, and I also want to get started writing as soon as possible. I don't have any good starting points yet. My recipient didn't offer much guidance as to what they'd like, so that doesn't help. Oh, well. I'll review canon and see what I come up with.

Scott's at the car dealership, waiting for them to finish working on the car. He took a couple of books and some ones for the vending machine. They said it would take four hours, so I'm hoping he'll be back by lunch time (he had to be there at 7:00). I don't know that we'll go out. It would be nice if we did, but right after spending $600, we may not want to spend more. And apparently the dealership has wifi-- Scott's on AIM right now. Maybe I'll chat with him.

Cordelia has a short field trip today. I expect it to be miserable because it's raining and cold and the whole thing will be out of doors. They'll be hiking around Leslie Science and Nature Center to look at nature for art (Though Cordelia says they had their last art class yesterday, so I'm not sure why today). I'm glad that they're still doing field trips in sixth grade. I know they wouldn't if Cordelia were at the big middle school, so this is another advantage to staying at her current school.
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Yuletide assignments went out this morning, and I matched on... a source that is going to take a little work to get my hands on. Because it's out of print, there are no copies in the entire Tompkins County library system, and the only copy I personally know of is in my old hometown library down in New Jersey, which is not exactly helpful.

Therefore, to the internet and used book market sites! *rubs hands, cackles evilly*

I definitely need to acquire the book, because I haven't read it in going on fifteen years and you could drive a whole convoy of trucks through the holes in my memory of the plot and characters. (Though I do remember one particular passage word-perfect, which I know because I recited it to my mom over the telephone this evening, just to prove I could. It's funny the things that stick with you.) But my giftee's request is totally up my alley both in general terms and with respect to what I remember liking about the book, so hey. Yuletide here we come!

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In completely unrelated news, I gave blood yesterday, I am filling in as a substitute teacher at church this Sunday, and I am totally going to vote in the midterm elections on Tuesday. I feel all socially productive and stuff. :-)

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And now back to my final mini-ficlet request. (Which, hey, I'm willing to keep playing if anyone else wants to give me a prompt!)

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30 Oct 2014 09:59 pm
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Happy Birthday, Box of Delights!

Reading Thursday

30 Oct 2014 02:53 pm
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What I just got done reading: I have an assignment in my writing class to read ten short stories in publications and/or the genre I want to write in. I will probably post story reviews after I turn in the assignment, but publications/online venues I've been looking at include Analog Science Fiction & Fact, Apex Magazine, Clarkesworld Magazine, Strange Horizons, Tor.com, 365tomorrows, Daily Science Fiction, Encounters Magazine, Escape Pod, Fantastic Stories of the Imagination, International Speculative Fiction, Jupiter, Lightspeed, Luna Station Quarterly, Nature, Pantheon Magazine, Perihelion Science Fiction, Quantum Muse, and Robot and Raygun.


What I'm reading now: Fluency, by Jennifer Foehner Wells. Still. I am crawling through this book, mostly via five-minutes-a-night-right-before-sleep. At this point, I am reading it because I bought it and so I'm going to finish it (GoshDurnIt). Apparently, it is part of a series, but I'm getting the impression from where the story seems headed at 85% finished that I won't read the other books.


What I'll likely be reading next: Who knows? I'm developing a list. Some of the sci-fi has aliens, but as best as I can tell, the aliens are the end result of human exploration, rather than "they suddenly appeared, hovering over Earth menacingly," or "In the future, Earth is part of a galactic Federation...," both premises which, at the moment, make me hit the back button.

Exploration science fiction:

Titan, by Stephen Baxter
Proxima, by Stephen Baxter
Endeavour, by Ralph Kern, J Scott-Marryat
Blue Remembered Earth, by Alastair Reynolds
Crater, by Homer Hickam
2312, Kim Stanley Robinson

Edge of Infinity (anthology), by various authors
Paradox: Stories Inspired by the Fermi Paradox, by various authors


Other sci-fi:

Influx, by Daniel Suarez



Science:

Mars Up Close: Inside the Curiosity Mission, by Marc Kaufman


Other:

As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride, by Cary Elwes, Joe Layden, Rob Reiner
To Rise Again at a Decent Hour: A Novel, by Joshua Ferris
Reconstructing Amelia: A Novel, by Kimberly McCreight
Deception Point, by Dan Brown
Digital Fortress, by Dan Brown

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30 Oct 2014 12:02 pm
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Scott finally got the lock on the driver's side door fixed yesterday, but he had noticed a noise whenever he turned left, and he asked them to take a look. There's some sort of bearing in the wheel that's going and has to be replaced so that the wheel doesn't seize up. That'll cost us $600 and all of tomorrow morning. I'm not sure when the point of diminishing returns on this car will be, the point where it makes more sense to take on a car payment than to put more money into the old car.

Cordelia had volleyball practice last night. Once again, the school was locked when we arrived. It was still locked when I got there to pick Cordelia up. Another parent said he thought this was part of an effort to increase security at the schools, but really, how are kids with sports practices supposed to get into the building? We only got in to begin with because some of the staff from aftercare were still in the building. If they'd already gone, we'd have been standing outside for a very, very long time.

I did my volunteer time at the school library this morning. The librarian had me go through her bookshelf of donations to check each title against the library's current holdings. About half of the books were duplicates. After I'd searched everything, another mother and I pulled the library's copies of the duplicates off the shelf for comparison to the donated copies. I think we found about 75% of those books on the shelf. Some books, like a couple of Harry Potter hardcovers, will be added to the collection regardless of the condition of the library's current copies, but for most other titles, which one gets kept will depend on the condition of each of the two copies.

Scott scheduled tomorrow off because that's the one sure way to avoid unexpected Halloween overtime. He was hoping to sleep in until 7:00 when Cordelia and I get up, but the car dealership wants him there at 7:00, so he'll be getting up pretty much when he normally would on a work day.

I got my Yuletide assignment. It's a fandom I was very interested in writing, so that's good. The hard part is that I have no plot bunnies for it right now, and my recipient says they're open to just about anything in the fandom. There is another request for something I know but didn't offer (it was on my list of things I could offer but wasn't incredibly eager to write). I have to consider whether I'd rather write that instead. I will start a canon review tomorrow morning and see what that brings up for me. I just need a starting point of some sort.

Blatant consumerism

30 Oct 2014 03:30 pm
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In a fit of madness I hit upon the idea of wanting to buy more hair sticks and stumbled (not so accidentally - I heard the prices were low) upon wooden ones. It's at Taobao. Not sure if the links will work, but if they do the pictures... I assure you I'm boggled and tempted. I also did not know that there were such things as porcelain hair sticks but they are pretty, and then I saw these ones made of wooden shavings which are also very, very pretty, and I want to buy a bunch and stick them in vases.

Speaking of flowers: Passion fruit, pomegranate and honeysuckle flavoured tea. I don't often go in for flavoured teas, but it was on sale. And it's sweet. I mean, it's sweet-smelling, but I drink it without sugar and I'm thinking, "Ooh, tastes sweet". When it's only the flavourings giving me that impression. Interesting effect.

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Sorry Doesn't Always Make Things Right, Laura/Sorry, The Changeover, by Aishuu.

There is just not enough Changeover fic in the world. Maybe it's because Margaret Mahy portrayed Laura and Sorry's story so well that people feel reluctant to intrude? I feel a bit of that. But I still want fic. ^_^

ETA: Keep the Car Running, up to chapter 7, WIP, Inception/Sherlock crossover by [livejournal.com profile] earlgreytea68.

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Current most hated word: susurration (and my god! I spelt it right on the first try! Go me! Too bad I have no use for this word myself.) I've seen it twice now (at least) in Nukume Dori, a Tokyo Babylon/X/1999, Subaru/Seishirou fic. I enjoy the fic, but this word just doesn't feel right to me in the instances when it has been used. Maybe it's too abstract? I've seen it to describe the rustling sound of bedclothes, but the word always jerks me out of the narrative.
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I am bored and attempting to stay awake. I am also, alas, out of inspiration for all my WIPs. So am I asking for prompts!

Give me a character or ship PLUS a scenario | setting | mood | line of dialogue, and I will try to write you a three sentence ficlet.

ETA: Prompts are closed! Thank you to everyone who contributed. :-)

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1 ) lost in translation: 50 words, Dave/Jade, lost in translation. For [tumblr.com profile] missgvc (Tumblr link; AO3 version)

2 ) picnic at 20,000 feet: 125 words, Rose/Sollux, on a plane. For [tumblr.com profile] bramblemouth (Tumblr link; AO3 version)

3 ) Poor Communication: 250 words, Miles Vorkosigan & the Faceless Old Woman Who Lives in Your House, "He would have told her if she'd asked." For [livejournal.com profile] sablin27 (Tumblr link; AO3 version)

4 ) A Likely Story: 275 words, Ayakawa Yukiko being amused at the antics of Naruto and Sasuke (who are temporarily allied because they're conspiring together about something). For [livejournal.com profile] wistfulmemory (Tumblr link)

5 ) High Wire: 425 words, Natasha Romanova (Avengers) & Parker (Leverage) - "That is not happening." For [livejournal.com profile] sablin27 (Tumblr link; AO3 version)

6 ) Inconvenient Truths: 200 words, Arthur Pendragon & Susan Pevensie, diplomatic immunity. For [personal profile] rthstewart (Tumblr link; AO3 version)

7 ) The Taste of Madeleines: 350 words, Luna Lovegood, Wrackspurts and brain farts. For [personal profile] rthstewart (Tumblr link; AO3 version)

8 ) Perchance To Dream: 350 words, Ariadne & Arthur, favorite books. For [livejournal.com profile] hungrytiger11 (Tumblr link; AO3 version)

9 ) Going Native: 150 words, Giles, no eating or drinking in the library. For [personal profile] rthstewart (Tumblr link; AO3 version)

10 ) The Test of Good Manners: 425 words, Amanda and Sarek, a moment of perfect understanding. For [livejournal.com profile] rosaxx50 (Tumblr link; AO3 version)

11 ) This Is Not an After-Action Review: 375 words, Natasha Romanova & Parker, Stark's reaction to their awesomeness. Tiny sequel to High Wire. For [livejournal.com profile] wistfulmemory (Tumblr link; AO3 version)

12 ) Rattle the Cage: 800 words, Gaila/Natasha Romanoff (Trek/MCU), undercover. For [tumblr.com profile] geiszlerandgaila (Tumblr link; AO3 version)

13 ) Small Favors: 450 words, Ayakawa Yukiko, Kakashi, and fireworks that aren't the typical festival fireworks. For [livejournal.com profile] wistfulmemory (Tumblr link)

14 ) Hnaflbaflwhiflsnifltafl: 275 words, Edmund Pevensie & Lord Vetinari, comparing the intricacies of governing/spying in Narnia and Ankh Morpork. For [livejournal.com profile] priscipixie (Tumblr link; AO3 version)
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Summary: The Dea al Mon are known as peerless knife-fighters. But all skills must be trained. Rose and her mother, in a Homestuck/Black Jewels fusion AU. (775 words)

Notes: This fic is set in the same AU as When First We Practice To Deceive, but a bit earlier in the timeline. I'd guess Rose is not quite eleven.

[ETA: The AO3 crosspost is now up!]

Tooth and Claw )

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I did write the first draft of this in fifteen minutes, but it was very late at night and I wasn't happy with the results. So I came back the next day and spent another forty-five minutes on revisions. Oh well, so it goes.

Internalized self-pub-o-phobia

29 Oct 2014 11:01 am
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I have noticed an unsettling trend with myself lately. I have been doing a lot of eBook searches, looking for reading material. What I've noticed is, if I get the impression from the price/book description that a book is self-published, I have a tendency to think, "The writing is probably crap," and pass it by.

And I myself have a self-published novel.

I think we're past the point where one can assume that books that have not been accepted by a publisher are a sign of a weak writer. And yet, that lingering assumption remains in my head.

You'd think, for $2.99, or 0.99, I could take a chance on a book. I'd want a reader to do the same for me.

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29 Oct 2014 09:15 am
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Something weird is going on with my laptop's connection to the internet. When I close the lid and then come back, none of my programs are logging back in automatically. I can still browse the web, and my e-mail does okay (I suspect because it normally tries to connect at frequent intervals), but Gmail, iChat, and Colloquy are all having trouble. For iChat and Colloquy, I have to actually quit the program and restart it completely. Gmail just sits there and doesn't even try to connect until I specifically tell it to. I haven't updated any software, so I don't think it's that, but I haven't the vaguest idea of how to trouble shoot this one.

Last night, Cordelia's school had a social event. Kids and parents came in, many of the kids in costume. There were a couple of games, and kids could get Halloween themed temporary tattoos. There were small cups of cider, and everybody got half a donut. There were also apples available. They showed a DVD in the gym-- A Halloween episode of The Cat In The Hat Knows A Lot About That. Fifteen minutes before the event ended, there was a costume parade.

Cordelia didn't wear a costume. She thought that was silly. Most of the other sixth graders I recognized also weren't wearing costumes (I no longer know most of Cordelia's classmates by name. It's kind of weird). I guess they feel too old for that. Cordelia wandered the school with a couple of her friends and spent some time out on the playground.

Scott came for about fifteen minutes, but he had to go in to work early this morning, so he wanted to get home and get ready for bed. He mainly showed up because he wanted a donut.

I was largely bored. I don't know very many other parents, and most of those I do know were busy talking to other people. At the end of the evening, I ended up talking to a couple of sixth grade mothers I know from Cordelia's volleyball team. One of them had a five month old baby girl who was darling (and fussy. She was tired but too stimulated to sleep). I meant to volunteer at the event, but I lost track of it and never signed up. They didn't seem to be short on volunteers, however. I didn't recognize most of the volunteers, and I'm used to the same dozen people doing most of the work for all events. I guess the bigger school means more volunteers.

I do think that the PTO won't be able to do most of the activities they used to do. Floor hockey nights only works up to a certain density of players, and the bigger student population would mean more crowding in the gym. I don't know if they'll try bowling night or mini golf night for the same reason. The international dinner is a potluck that, again, might not work with a lot more people. I also suspect that the talent show would be very different-- Last year, it ran more than two hours, but everyone who wanted to participate did. More kids means either a much longer show or real auditions with only some kids getting to participate.

Wednesday Books in Bali

29 Oct 2014 09:23 pm
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What I've Read
One Salt Sea by Seanan McGuire--so, I actually quite like the Toby Daye books, which is funny because they're the sort of thing I'd have thought, four years ago, were not my cup of tea at all. But I've attended the parties for about half of the Toby Daye books, including this one, and liked them better and better…though I somehow failed to acquire this one in paper, which led to me acquiring it from (vomit) Amazon because I have a gift card there, and because the eighth book out and Everything Changes (again) and I didn't want to fall even further behind. I really liked it; I think in the Toby books in particular it's possible to see McGuire growing by leaps and bounds as a writer, and the climax takes place in one of my favorite parts of San Francisco. The books take place in a city but aren't typical "urban fantasy" by any means, and I do like Toby and her sarcasm and her need for coffee. I figured out the [spoiler] ages ago, and never really cared about that character anyway, but I liked them in this book more than I ever had before. I'm excited for the next three, when I get to them.

I also finished Silver Spoon volume 1. It's adorable and also very interesting. I find it really cool how Arakawa manages to make even the most mundane activities seem--not overly dramatic, but momentous in their own quotidian way. The horseback riding sequence is a good example of this. I also think it's interesting that this is the story she chose to do after FMA--she could have done whatever she wanted after FMA, and she started writing a manga about cows (and other things) set in Hokkaidou. Nice. Anyway, I love it, and it's great.

What I'm Reading Now
Yoon Ha Lee, Kate Elliott, and Rae Carson are the guests of honor at Sirens next year, and since I've loved some of Lee's short stories individually for a while, and had the collected volume of them, Conservation of Shadows, in my "to read" pile for a while, I started that on the plane this afternoon. It is also great; I love the math and science elements and Asian influences of Lee's space opera futures, and fantastic pasts.

Also, Silver Spoon vol. 2.

What I'm Reading Next
Well, more Silver Spoon when I get back to Japan. I'm also planning on buying Clariel by Garth Nix in paper when I get to Australia (bizarrely, the Australian cover is clearly the best of the lot), and possibly also Justine Larbalestier's Razorhurst (the Australian cover of that is better, too). Reading Yoon Ha Lee also makes me really want to read Ancillary Sword, so probably that soon too.

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28 Oct 2014 08:59 pm
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So today, I wrote 850 words about what Terry Mcginnis' friends think he does all the time, played the violin for ~1 hour, and liveblogged an episode of The Flash from my phone. My hands hurt but it was totally worth it.

(so if you wanted to know why i don't talk about the flash here, it is because i keep liveblogging the whole thing on tumblr.)

werewolves and coops

28 Oct 2014 03:46 pm
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Wednesday October 22, 2014. Christian werewolf romances. Hmm; a how-to article on writing a non-existent fiction genre might be fun to do. But just in case, I googled.

And there are actual Christian werewolf romances.

Later, I tried vegetarian werewolf romances. They exist. (Presumably the werewolves are lacto-ovo-vegetarian; that is, they eat eggs and milk products.)

***Wedge Coop Annual Meeting, in the event center at St. Mary's Greek Orthodox Church. Fortieth anniversary.

Not enough attendees for a quorum, as usual. Minutes for last year's meeting couldn't be approved. But voting was mostly by mail, paper ballot at the grocery, or online.

The food, catered by the Wedge's catering service, was good.

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28 Oct 2014 08:35 am
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My brother surprised me by calling me back yesterday. Naturally, he called just as I was about to start doing Body Electric. Oh, well, one more missed day won't hurt me much. He sounds like he's doing well. Work on his new house is keeping him pretty busy. We need to figure out a time to get him to come our way for dinner soon. I'd like to see him when we have time to talk.

Cordelia enjoyed her field trip; she actually was sad that it will be back to ordinary school time today. I'm not sure where all they went, but the field trip was focused on hydrology, and Cordelia talked about recycled plastic as something they encountered. The two sixth grade classes went to each place at different times, so Cordelia only saw her own class. They didn't even have lunch at the same time/place.

Scott didn't get the supervisor position on third shift. He's very disappointed. They gave the position to a supervisor from second shift, so there's now an opening for a supervisor there. That shift runs 3 p.m. to 11 p.m., so if Scott applies and gets it, he would only see Cordelia on weekends (it would also make a lot of things like Cordelia's sports much more inconvenient as I'd have to find transportation for her). I get the impression that he's seriously thinking about doing it because he doesn't see any better way forward.

We went out to dinner last night to Saica, a nearby Japanese restaurant that also serves Korean food. I always forget how little there is there that I can eat. Everything is spicy or has egg. I should probably stick to udon, but I keep trying the tempura and ending up with bad reflux. I slept poorly last night because of that, and I'm still coughing because my throat is irritated (it's not because I'm getting Cordelia's cold. It's not).

I called Mom after we got home from dinner. She didn't find a house to buy in Lawton, so she and my step-father are thinking to rent a place next summer (I'm not sure for how long). There have been a few houses they've wanted to buy, but the sellers are in debt for more than the houses are worth and can't afford to sell at market value.

Like everybody else, I'm waiting eagerly for my Yuletide assignment. Sixteen of the fandoms I offered have requests, so I should be relatively easy to match. Of course, most of them had more offers than requests, so who knows? I am sad that the Alcatraz series didn't get any offers from anybody but me. I would like fic for that, but I guess it's not at all well known. Maybe I need to work at getting people to read it-- Who can resist a book called Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians?
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the beautiful sex flush on her chest last night.

The Good Wife really gets female desire. I mean, I don't feel any attraction to any of the men on that show, but I believe that the women do.

TV stuff

27 Oct 2014 10:03 am
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The X-Files Season 6 still remains the best-written season of the show. I am thinking especially of the stand-alones. One brilliant episode after another. So not the kind of thing you can play with the sound off while you're trying to concentrate on writing.


In the meantime, OUAT continues to have homework. I suppose the more seasons it gets, the more true that will be.

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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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