Trope Meme

Apr. 27th, 2017 07:20 am
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Comment with a fanfic trope and, if you'd like, a character/pairing, and I will tell you:
• how likely I am to write it
• Maybe a few lines of theoretical fic


As the song said, don't fence me in.

Apr. 27th, 2017 07:30 am
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All the Disney movies to come through 2020. You're welcome. :)

10 wild true tales from Studio 54.

Managing editor at a clickbait factory -- how your internet gets filled with those stories.

And Ajit Pai on why he's trying to change the way the FCC regulates the net.

The significance of what's really going on when Ivanka fakes Adrienne Vittadini labels on her clothes -- Vittadini was a Cold War Hungarian refugee, among other things. Just the kind of person Trump wants not to come here.

A museum for failures -- to encourage people to try things and fail more. And why not? That's how we learn stuff.

Fox News should learn to fail less. Now they're facing a racial discrimination lawsuit, along with their sexual lawsuit troubles. Old journalism truism: the news organization should not be in the news.

This is what it is to live in third-world Flint, Michigan, now. Post-industrial doesn't even start to describe it.

Advice to young women from women who are entrepreneurs. Not fond of the original title of this --'female entrepreneurs' sounds like someone trying to do drag for money.

Scientists have found a worm that eats plastic.

Trump family values.

At Yale, psychiatritist cite their duty to warn about an unfit president -- discarding the long-held precept of not analyzing people they haven't met in person because he's there, all the time, in the news, lying his head off.

Social media trying to prevent suicide.

"I was tired of conversations about race being framed in black and white, so I started my own conversation."

If you stop thinking you have the answers already, your questions are more powerful.

Dispatches from suburbia -- the important thing is that you're not white. This is where I live. And while not arguing with this viewpoint, I need to mention that being caucasian in this county is being a minority. The small cities here -- Wheaton and Silver Spring near me, for instance -- are vibrantly and wildly diverse, in terms of people from many nations and cultures. Yes, this needs to be represented more in local organizations -- but that's up to the people themselves, to support or create new ones that include Hispanic/Central American/South American, Asian, Jewish (largest Conservative community outside NYC), African, black and European-ancestry people. We all live here, on the same streets. This is the world in my neighborhood.

YAY YAY YAY

Apr. 27th, 2017 05:06 am
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We have found a possible home for Thea and, although it's not definite, it's pretty likely and it looks like it will work out WONDERFULLY for everyone involved. \o/

Daily Happiness

Apr. 27th, 2017 01:38 am
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1. Day off tomorrow! We're doing stuff (probably) but not until the afternoon, so I can still sleep in and relax in the morning.

2. I played a little Zelda tonight and found three shrines, two stables, and Hebra tower. That leaves only the two Gerudo areas that I don't have the towers for yet. I'm actually kind of sad to have so much of the map filled in. I remember when I first got off the great plateau and realized how huge the world is, it was so exciting, and now it's like, aww, I only have a little bit left to explore. ;_;

3. Somehow I don't have any new pics of kitties, but luckily I have plenty of backstock to choose from. Here's an explorer Jasper from a week or so ago.

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So, How Not to Fall in Love with Your Partner. At some point I'll have to either continue this story or not. But the best thing about 750 words is, it's both! And neither!

how not to (admit that you're in) love with your partner )

What I'm Doing Wednesday

Apr. 26th, 2017 09:51 pm
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Hill Country visit a list )

books More Commissario Brunetti )

dirt
I harvested some arugula and green beans to take with me. Nom!
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Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/2oy3ZZM on April 26, 2017 at 06:17PM

Tags:not a reblog, activism, health insurance, disability, PDWCrosspost2, affordable care act, mental health care

Tumblr post (this is likely a reblog, and may have more pictures over there)

Writing and depression

Apr. 26th, 2017 07:26 pm
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I don't think I have anything new to say about writing and depression, but I'm struggling with it right now and trying to reboot myself out of it, so I thought I'd talk about that.

For anyone who's new here: I have bipolar I, which means that I spend significant periods of time depressed. I also cycle very quickly sometimes, so I can go from elated to suicidal within a single day or the course of hours. Needless to say, besides sucking in its own right, it makes writing, which I think of as a somewhat neurosis-inducing career [1], an additional challenge.

[1] I am pretty sure there are non-neurotic writers out there! But I am literally, professionally diagnosed crazy, and I have spent time in the psych ward for suicide attempts, so...

When writing gets hard, it comes down to routines. Writing is easy when it's a fire in the mind and the words blaze to be let down on paper (or typed into the computer, or whatever--I write both longhand and on a computer depending on my mood or the particular project). But inspiration is completely unreliable, especially when depression comes calling.

My routine goes something like this. Note that I don't claim that this works for everyone! Just this is what I do, and it more or less works for me. Sometimes better than others.

1. Get out of bed. Sometimes this is the hardest step.

2. Get food into myself. I have this rule that no writing happens until I have eaten something, even an oatmeal packet. Bodies are weird (or anyway, mine is! maybe yours is perfectly fine :p). If my blood sugar drops, I turn into a depressed suicidal wreck. I find this completely maddening considering that I'm overweight so you'd think that I could survive for a couple extra hours off fat reserves, but nope! Not so lucky. So I try to remember to eat at intervals. Even so, there's this period in the late afternoon/early evening where I usually have to take a break from writing no matter when I started because my blood sugar is too low for me to concentrate. (This is usually because I'm trying to time dinner to be convenient for my husband and daughter. If it were just me, I would eat smaller meals every four hours and that might work better.)

3. Get exercise. Sometimes I skip this, but I read somewhere that you should try to do the most important things first in your daily routine. I figure exercise is more essential than writing, or anyway, it should be higher priority. Also, I sort of cheat in that right now I'm mostly doing the world's wimpiest exercise biking, on a bike that has a built-in desk, and I use that time either to do reading (right now I'm beta reading for someone, for instance), or write fanfic. I could even use that time to do work-writing rather than fanfic-writing. It all depends.

4. Get shower. Because I am so wimpy, even wimpy exercise-biking leaves me drenched in sweat.

5. Make tea. I allow myself one cup of caffeinated tea a day. Right now that's a Republic of Tea black tea flavored with almond, which honestly I don't like all that much--I tried it out of curiosity and discovered the almond flavor didn't agree with me. So when the tin runs out I'll switch it for some other black tea. After that runs out, I start making herbal teas instead. Too much caffeine can trigger mania or hypomania, or just generally screw with my sleep (and screwing with sleep can mess with bipolar cycling--it's a whole Thing), so I try to not to overdo it.

6. Settle in to write. I turn on iTunes, set the whole thing to Shuffle, and attempt to write at least one sentence/song. Most songs are pop/rock songs of 3-4 minutes. This is not a recipe for blazing fast writing. What it is, is conditioning. My brain gets the idea that every time we switch to a new song, I should get back in gear and get writing. My philosophy is that slow and steady wins the race. I don't produce words particularly fast--I know there are fast writers out there, but I'm never going to be one of them. But I do believe that accumulating words a little at a time consistently will also work.

One of my problems is low morale, and a related problem is being intimidated by high goals. So I set low goals. One sentence during a song of that length is eminently doable. In fact, spurred by one thought, I usually end up writing more than one sentence. And that's good! Likewise, when I am at my most depressed--when I can barely string two thoughts together, or when I feel like everything I have ever written is completely worthless, I set my goals very low. As in 250 words/day low. These days I have novels to write so I can't do that forever, but even 250 words/day is better, in terms of sustaining momentum, than 0 words/day. It's simple mathematics. If you write 250 words/day, you can eventually write a novel, even if it takes you a while. Whereas with 0 words/day? You'll never get there.

This is not to say that you should never take a break! I have 0-word days. Weekends are usually dead time because I have family obligations. Sometimes the depression is just too much to deal with. But there is a difference between occasionally taking a break, and never writing. The latter is what I seek to avoid.

In the meantime: what helps you when you're dealing with doubt or depression? Tell me one thing you like about your own writing, if you like. :)
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Posted by brainwane

This weekend, April 28-30, people coming to Penguicon in Southfield, Michigan can catch a number of sessions of interest to Geek Feminism readers.

Coraline Ada Ehmke is one of the Guests of Honor (her Penguicon schedule). Ehmke “is a speaker, writer, open source advocate and technologist with over 20 years of experience in developing apps for the web. She works diligently to promote diversity and inclusivity in open source and the tech industry.” She and others are participating in a Women in Tech panel and Q&A on Saturday.

Perhaps I’ll see you at the con! Feel free to comment if you’re going to be there and mention any parties or sessions you’re particularly looking forward to.

Wednesday Home Repair Progress

Apr. 26th, 2017 04:31 pm
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This week we're patching up things around the house with help from some friends.  (Actually, one of them is doing most of the work.)  So far today ...

* One bookshelf has had its broken shelf repaired and others upgraded to metal brackets.  Another has been declared nonrepairable.

* Two chandeliers have been fixed so all the bulbs light up.  We'll need to get new candle sleeves for a couple of the sockets though. 

* Two wooden chairs have been glued and strapped to stabilize loose parts.

* An outdoor porch light has been fixed so it lights up now.

I may have forgotten stuff too.  Yay, progress!

EDIT 4/26/17: We went out to look at fixtures.  Bought a new showerhead for the back bathroom, which is dual-function stationary ring with removable handheld head.  Discussed possibilities for lighting but haven't bought anything yet.  After seeing the available options, I successfully lobbied for upgrading rather than just repairing the old fluorescents in the new part of the house.

Wednesday Yardening

Apr. 26th, 2017 04:02 pm
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Today is gray and mild with a brisk breeze.  I planted four things in the wildflower garden before it started trying to rain.  Also Doug and I moved the big fallen log from the ritual meadow to the east side of the wildflower garden.

The first of the grass seed that I sowed in the forest yard is starting to sprout.  Yay.  Yay. 

Get thee to an independent bookstore.

Apr. 26th, 2017 08:26 pm
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Posted by thebloggess

Y’all, this Saturday is Independent Bookstore Day and to celebrate, participating indie bookstores have a bunch of cool stuff, and some are offering a thick, lovely poster of an exclusive drawing of mine.  It isn’t in YOU ARE HERE and the numbers are … Continue reading

DRAFT

Apr. 26th, 2017 01:47 pm
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[personal profile] zulu
It is a good day, because I had pie, and also finished a 36,000 word draft of my exegesis. It's like, now I have the marble and I can start sculpting. After I type up seven or eight pages of works cited, I guess...

WHEE

Wednesday Reading Meme

Apr. 26th, 2017 03:39 pm
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What I Just Finished Reading

Arkady & Boris Strugatsky, Roadside Picnic (tr. Olena Bormashenko): The Strugatsky brothers have been on my to-read list for a long time, and this seems to be the only book of theirs in print in English; I think I would have preferred Monday Begins on Saturday. Anyway, if you want bleak Soviet SF about a world where the aliens came but didn't care about us and left their trash behind, I've got a book for you right here. It's about a group of "stalkers" who go into the Zone to pilfer said alien trash, an avocation which is occasionally deadly. And also, you know, what is intelligence, what is humanity, etc etc. And a lot of drinking. Really a lot of drinking. It was good, and the translation read very fluently, but I think maybe next time I'd like a book with more people and fewer faceless lonely murderous voids of existence.

What I'm Reading Now

Black Panther #13, Infamous Iron Man #7, Mighty Captain Marvel #4, Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #18, Ultimates 2 #6, X-Men Blue #2, X-Men Gold #2 )

What I'm Reading Next

Dunno.

Successful Interspecies Communication

Apr. 26th, 2017 01:31 pm
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A male cardinal was engaged in trying to peck my window open, for reasons best known to him.  Not wishing to have my window pecked open, I gave him a territorial whistle in his own language.  He looked up and cocked his head in a listening way.  I whistled again.  He flew off.  This is quite different than a bird's feather-ruffling startle flight.  I have successfully communicated "You should not be doing that in my territory" to a bird.  \o/ 

Llewellyn Season Is Open!

Apr. 26th, 2017 01:13 pm
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I just got the first message from one of my editors at Llewellyn Publications, and another one will be making assignments in May.  So far I'm talking about the Witchy Tips for the Witches' Datebook, September in the Witches' Calendar, and ideas for the Magickal Almanac. The Herbal Almanac isn't scheduling yet as there will be some changes to it.

UK general election stuff

Apr. 26th, 2017 06:15 pm
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If you're not registered to vote, or know people who aren't, or simply wish to spam your social media with this handy link to register:

https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

You have to be registered by the 22nd May to vote in the election on the 8th June.

A lot of people, especially young people, seem to be registering. This is a good thing.

Good News

Apr. 26th, 2017 12:13 pm
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Good news includes all the things which make us happy or otherwise feel good. It can be personal or public. We never know when something wonderful will happen, and when it does, most people want to share it with someone. It's disappointing when nobody is there to appreciate it. Happily, blogging allows us to share our joys and pat each other on the back.

What good news have you had recently? Are you anticipating any more?
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On Saturday April 22, 2017, Expedition 51 Flight Engineer Thomas Pesquet of the European Space Agency photographed Orbital ATK's Cygnus spacecraft as it approached the International Space Station. Using the station's robotic Canadarm2, Cygnus was successfully captured by Pesquet and Commander Peggy Whitson at 6:05 a.m. EDT Saturday morning.

Reading Wednesday

Apr. 26th, 2017 08:47 am
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Missed this last week because I was too embarrassed to admit that I was still plodding through the 1812 book.

What I Just Finished Reading
Penric’s Mission by Lois McMaster Bujold, narrated by Grover Gardner
Another enjoyable outing, though the plot of this one didn't grab me as much as the first two. I enjoyed the new PoV character and liked meeting her and her family, and watching their relationship with Penric and Des grow. Penric is frankly getting a little over powered at this point. There doesn't really seem to be much he can't do, as long as he can figure it out. Still, I love Des, and the stories continue to be light and funny.


Terror in the Starboard Seat by Dave McIntosh
(Memoirs of an RCAF Mosquito navigator in WWII, who very much wanted to survive the war and go home, while his Jewish-American pilot wanted to kill as many Nazis as he possibly could.)

Highly entertaining, which makes the tragic parts even more of a punch. Both the author and his pilot never seem to miss a chance to tell a joke at each other's (and their own) expense. For all that McIntosh played up the battle to stay out of the line of fire while his pilot put them in it, they seemed to work pretty well together. The accounts of base life and interactions with the other pilots and the English were probably the funniest parts.


Tinseltown: Murder, Morphine, and Madness at the Dawn of Hollywood by William J. Mann, narrated by Christopher Lane
This ended up being something of a guilty pleasure. The style is way over the top and pulpy that I expected it to have been written in the early '50s, but that in itself circled back around to being charming despite itself. I don't know enough about the period to claim authorial bias one way or another, but all the characters were well introduced and easy to follow. Likewise I have no idea if the mystery solution is plausible, but the case was well made. I need to read more silent-era Hollywood books.


Tecumseh and Brock: The War of 1812 by James Laxer
It certainly a decent outline of the war, and I appreciated that it had more focus on the native American storyline than a lot of books do. However since both the title characters died very early in the war, it somewhat floundered for a theme in the latter third. (It eventually settled on minimizing American accomplishments, in a charmingly chippy way.)


The One (The Selection #3) by Kiera Cass
Still 100% soapy nonsense, still pretty fun, still needs more lesbians. Got pretty melodramatic at the end there. I don't see why love triangles never seem to end in threesomes.


What I'm Reading Now
Library: A Two-Spirit Journey: The Autobiography of a Lesbian Ojibwa-Cree Elder by Ma-Nee Chacaby with Mary Louisa Plummer. Um. Yeah. HOLY FUCK THIS WOMAN'S CHILDHOOD.
Audio: The Children of Húrin by J.R.R. Tolkien. It's read by Chris Lee, which is pretty much all you need to know.

What I'm Reading Next
Probably a book about North Korea from the library. Not sure on audiobook.

The Weirdest Jack And The Beanstalk

Apr. 26th, 2017 10:23 am
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From The Nostalgia Critic: The Weirdest Jack And The Beanstalk. It’s just a bit over 15 minutes, without all the usual skits that he's done lately with his reviews.

I watched that movie when I was 2 or 3 in the 1980’s; I'm just surprised someone else knows about it, since very few people I have encountered ever have. Right around that same time, I discovered both Unico movies. And around that same time was The Little Mermaid (also anime; this one, not another from the same time frame) and The Last Unicorn (which wasn’t as surreal as the others). Is it any wonder I am the way I am, and go for the darker (and possibly on the weirder side) fairy tale stuff?

(It explains a lot. Granted, back then I sort of liked the evil Hecuba from that version of Jack And The Beanstalk, and found Jack to be the weird one.)

Meanwhile, checking on the poll in the previous locked (only on Dreamwidth) post: So far, it’s at a tie between people just wanting to vote, and people in favor of a Gothic Horror/Romance community; second place is do both. I forgot to mention that the poll will continue through Saturday evening.
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The sunscreen in the jar has separated a little -- but not into layers. It's clustered the oils around the zinc. This is acceptable.

And, as promised, a list of SPF values for oils, from 'How to Make Natural Sunscreen Lotions' by Miriam Kinai.

I am assuming the range of numbers for any one oil/substance has to do with differences in processing. for length, behind cut )
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Posted by Lisa Wade, PhD

This month sociologist Matthew Desmond won the Pulitzer Prize for his book, Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City. Desmond’s book documents, in rich and depressing detail, what it’s like to try to pay rent as a low income earner and how easy it is to end up on the street. Eviction is not caused by personal “irresponsibility,” Desmond insists, it’s essentially “inevitable.”

Eviction is psychologically scarring, but it also throws families further into poverty, destabilizing their work and family lives, often stripping them of their few possessions, and costing money — all while enriching landlords.

Here’s 7 minutes from Desmond about his experience living among low income families and the lessons he learned:

Lisa Wade, PhD is a professor at Occidental College. She is the author of American Hookup, a book about college sexual culture, and a textbook about gender. You can follow her on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

(View original at https://thesocietypages.org/socimages)

will it *ever* stop raining?

Apr. 26th, 2017 11:06 am
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Robert Reich: The first 100 days: Trump and the degradation of the American presidency.

The urgency of ethnic nationalism.

Fairytale princess by choice: Melania's photography says more about her than she might expect. An analysis of her shared photos in the past few years. Has this woman ever sat under a tree, or taken a photo that wasn't through a window? And what's with the masterpiece professionally built sand castle for Barron -- when he was 6, why didn't anyone let him build his own sand castle?

That shirt's not from Adrienne Vitttadini Studio: it's one of Ivanka's, sold under another name to a larger retail store where a customer spat on one that was in her own name.

The EPA wants to know: what do you think about scrapping air quality and radiation rules? Tell them. There are links.

Trump wants to withhold federal money from sanctuary cities -- judge says no way. Note that there are few to no Democratic judges any more -- these are Republican-appointed Republican judges standing up to him.

Is this the end of foreign aid as we know it? I don't think so. Bear in mind, the Trump budget is a piece of PR, nothing more. It's what he wants. Congress decides what he gets.

The media bubble -- what it is, where it is, why it is, and more.

How do you find a prospective spouse if you're Muslim? Halal dating.

It's not everywhere -- it's not in enough places yet -- but here's a start to changing building codes to suit tiny houses.

The Axis and the Sycamore. I cannot tell you how much I love this article that connects the earth, ecology and the Axial Age when ideas sprang up and spread -- because we are in a second Axial Age now.

And howevermuch I might complain about rain, the desert is blooming.

Bates Motel: Season and show finale

Apr. 26th, 2017 04:45 pm
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"I lingered round them, under that benign sky; watched the moths fluttering among the heath, and hare-bells; listened to the soft wind breathing through the grass; and wondered how any one could ever imagine unquiet slumbers for the sleepers in that quiet earth."

Read more... )

Wonderful Wednesday

Apr. 26th, 2017 10:14 am
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Back in the day at Emory we had classes Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and a few on Saturday but mostly labs. We had Wednesday to catch up on homework and the like. Some of us did that and others used it as a get out of college free card. On the last one we broke a world record for largest non-alcoholic toast, which we still hold apparently. I think I still have the cup somewhere at my parents’ house.

So I am re-instituting Wonderful Wednesday in my life and on this web log. Call it a midweek catch up if you will. So currently I have, in the order where I created them, Crafty Tuesday, Motivation Monday, and now Wonderful Wednesday so that gives me something clever for Thursday and Friday to think up although Peter does have Freaked Out Friday on his weblog.

Thus I am creating structure out of chaos. Not that I am going to stick to it but it will give me a starting point.

I don’t plan on retiring Random Thoughts Before the Coffee Kicks In (RTBTCKI).

This week so far I managed to get the living room in order after our last couple of trips, got two weeks worth of laundry done, and cleaned up the kitchen. This along with my gym routine back in place along with some writing.

Not my best nor my worst week. I want to get back to the puppets, which may happen today. We will see.

The fog that has been filtering through my brain seems to be lifting and I am wanted to do things rather than having to do something. All this is positive movement.

I am grateful for things that make me happy.

without a dream in my heart

Apr. 26th, 2017 08:54 pm
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Of all the strange things in the world right now, watching Madam Secretary change from bog standard but in this case entertaining US exceptionalism to a radical little piece calling out the current White House as a bunch of Nazi idiots is one of the strangest.

Same with Agents of SHIELD. At the same time the white supremacist owner of Marvel comics is making Cap a Nazi (by the way, fuck you), the TV show is also calling out the current White House as a bunch of Nazis. And they are literally saying Nazi, bless their cotton socks. Because Hydra are fucking Nazis, even in Ada/Ophelia's dream world look at what the fuck they are wearing.

In fact many of my US shows are doing this. May you win your current fight, writers, comrades.

And now a music meme I picked up by way of [personal profile] st_aurafina

1.A song you like with a colour in the title: Blue Moon Revisited - Cowboy Junkies )
music meme topics )
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I am so behind on my tv shows that I just...continue to fall behind because I didn't watch anything last night either. *hands* I also put aside various books and comics I was reading in order to start a Raven Cycle reread, since it's the right time of year, but I've also often been too tired to focus on reading on the commute. I'm sure once we see the sun again for more than a couple hours once a week, this will start to go away, but right now all I want to do is curl up in bed under the covers. So no Wednesday reading meme either.

What I did do last night was make some more lip balm, this time a variation on this recipe, substituting mango butter for coconut oil, and a tablespoon each of castor oil and apricot kernel oil for the sweet almond oil, and two drops each of the essential oils, plus 1/2 tsp of vitamin E oil, 1/2 tsp of zinc oxide for sunscreen purposes, and 1 tsp of rose gold mica powder to make it a lovely pink. Which makes for a nice, rich lip balm. As in that recipe post, I also used slidey lip tins though they are super tiny - the amount of lip balm this recipe made filled all ten tins I bought plus four chapstick tubes. I guess because I originally bought 1 oz tins, I'm used to only getting like four or five tins worth of stuff each time, but it goes a lot farther when your tins are smaller.

I also bought a bunch of these adorable daisy pots but I haven't filled them yet. I'm excited to try, though.

In other news, writing continues to happen in fits and starts - work is too busy, evenings I'm too tired, etc. but I poke around here and there and hope to finish something every once in a while. And since I mentioned my wip list the other day, here it is:

- after he took from you everything he could steal, the utterly self-indulgent id-fic, featuring suitless Vader and lady!Obi-Wan having copious amounts of deeply unhealthy sex. With [personal profile] snacky's help, I've figured out an ending that doesn't include murder/suicide, so now I feel like I can keep writing it. *snerk*

- nobody move, nobody get hurt and the movement and the spin, aka, Thing One and Thing Two, which I might as well admit at this point are also AUs where Obi-Wan is a lady, but much kinder to both her and Anakin. Probably too kind. Ah well, we all write our own kinds of fix-its, and mine involve genderswap (cisswap?) and a lot of hilariously awkward teenage pining while Obi-Wan mostly pretends to be oblivious because she's not the socially awkward one. *hands* And then one day, when he's no longer her padawan, nor a teenager, maybe, she thinks to herself. Maybe. So, you know, two stories, two POVs, but the stories go together.

- Drive It Like You Stole It, the Han/Leia PWP that needs attention.

- Half-Truths and Hyperbole, the Obi-Wan/Satine Regency AU.

- Well Did You Ever?, the Obi-Wan/Satine Thin Man AU (with a special guest appearance by Anakin as Asta).

- Talking Points, Luke and Rey and trying not to make the same mistakes past generations did.

- how strangely my life is curved, aka, Ahsoka unfrozen in the future and Steve Rogersing her way through the Resistance.

- Night Five, Anakin/Ahsoka trope fic ("there's only one bed at the space hotel!") for [personal profile] silveronthetree.

- Someone else to catch this drift, the single dad Anakin AU which features both Anakin/Ahsoka and Anakin/Obi-Wan

- the Obi-Wan/Ventress frenemies-with-benefits one, fittingly titled Frenemies with Benefits

- the untitled story where Force ghost!Obi-Wan haunts Darth Vader and Darth Vader is just like, "I already have an Obi-Wan in my head criticizing everything I do! What fresh hell is this?" also for [personal profile] silveronthetree.

*blinks*

Okay, that is a lot more than I expected. I like having a list though. It makes me feel accountable. And also accomplished when I can take something off of it. And maybe I'll actually have something to post next week on May 4. Who knows? Anything could happen!

***

Today's poem:

Fire on the Cuyahoga
by Cheryl Snell

The river burned only a few times,
but nobody here forgets it.
You'd think they'd keep the place up a little better—
look at the candy wrappers, empty bottles, rubbers.
Who knows what else is dumped after dark?

Beauty is as beauty does, I suppose, and of course
all rivers should be beautiful, not necessarily
the untouched beauty of a head cheerleader
at her beginning of things—
but more like the worn kind of beauty she'll grow into,
after she runs off with her married man,
bringing back the three kids, one of them always sick,
and her working minimum wage at the KMart,
the new boyfriend with raw hands and grimy fingernails
out back building a barbeque pit, trying to start
the fire that will stun her into loving him.

***

My father-in-law

Apr. 26th, 2017 08:39 am
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My father-in-law passed away on Monday morning.

He was a kind man. Brilliant, playful, curious, funny, generous, loving — and kind. He loved to laugh and he loved to share, and his love for Amy shone out of him. He was so open to and enthusiastic about anything that made her happy — even if I hadn’t loved him for himself (and I did), I would have loved him for that.

I know he wanted to be remembered for who he was before the last few months of his life. The lively, silly, driven man who raced his small daughter down corridors (feinting the wrong way and giggling as she followed his misdirection), who trekked the world for charity, who took beautiful photographs, loved music, cooked and ate with gusto, and took great pleasure in so many things. But I’ll also remember how, at the end, he kept his kindness and kept his warmth. Every time we visited, I was struck again by how clearly he wanted Amy to feel welcome, to feel loved.

I was so lucky to have him in my life for the last few years. I'm far from the only one who'll be carrying him in my heart from now on.

There's Always a Wrinkle

Apr. 26th, 2017 03:06 am
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It appears that I'll have to look for an older version of Firefox to install and hope it doesn't do the same laptop crashing as what I currently have since it turns out that deviantART.com won't let me upload any of my photos to it in the version of Chrome I'm using, saying I need to upgrade, which I can't do since more recent versions of Chrome don't support my Windows XP. Argh. I'll have to surf around looking at a time when I can bring my laptop somewhere with a faster connection than I have at home.

While I'm doing that I need to do a factory reset of my iPhone, since Other and Documents & Data now somehow take up about 7 GB of the 12 GB of memory it has. I resent Apple so much for this being the only option for fixing it. When I did it in May 2016 it took over two hours (and 10 years off my life from anxiety) to do the reset and reload my backup.

+++

I have nothing in my mind to write at the moment, and the white noise feel of that is uncomfortable.

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I still really dislike the look of Dreamwidth. I also need to change the layout of my presence here because I can't stand how the comments look in it.

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I am dying to meet up with some fen in real life, something I haven't done in years, not out of my not wanting to but possibly because I don't know if anyone local is fannish about any of the things I recently write! Is there anybody out there?

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Damn, this was a mostly negative post. I really like the flowering trees--despite my massive allergies--I'm seeing locally these days.

Daily Happiness

Apr. 26th, 2017 12:13 am
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[personal profile] torachan
1. Since my one meeting was yesterday instead of today, I didn't have to get going until a little after noon, and was able to sleep in and just relax this morning, which was nice.

2. Today's meeting was long and pretty boring but we all went to dinner afterwards (paid for by the company) at a fancy restaurant and the food was good and I had a good time. And we were finished around nine, which meant that there was no traffic coming home, whereas if I'd come back right after the meeting, it would have been right smack in the middle of rush hour.

3. Look at this cutie Molly cat!

VividCon 2017 Vid Deadlines

Apr. 26th, 2017 04:41 am
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Posted by elipie_vvc

It's the post you've been waiting for -- vid due dates! We appreciate your patience.

Club Vivid: May 12th (more time available if needed - contact vvctech@gmail.com)
Challenge and Nearly New: May 26th
Themed Shows: June 9th
Premieres, Non-Attending Premieres and Auction: June 23rd

Please note the submission form does not have current vidshows listed yet. We will make a separate announcement when we are ready to accept submissions (which will be very soon).

Thank you!

VividCon 2017 Vid Deadlines

Apr. 25th, 2017 09:17 pm
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It's the post you've been waiting for -- vid due dates! We appreciate your patience.

Club Vivid: May 12th (more time available if needed - contact vvctech@gmail.com)
Challenge and Nearly New: May 26th
Themed Shows: June 9th
Premieres, Non-Attending Premieres and Auction: June 23rd

Please note the submission form does not have current vidshows listed yet. We will make a separate announcement when we are ready to accept submissions (which will be very soon).

Thank you!

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