This week

Oct. 23rd, 2017 10:13 am
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This'll be a strange week for me. On Friday afternoon my Arabic teacher had some news bad enough that she's canceled her classes for this week. Sad to hear as she's lovely.

Then last night my lecturer for the Monday lecture said UCU voted for a strike today.

While I have no problem supporting the strike, I'm really sad to miss a lecture for this class (Language Mind and Brain; the one I've enthused about (sometimes drunkenly...) whenever anyone's asked me how my course is going)!

And I'm sad for whatever has happened to my lovely Arabic teacher, but I'm relieved because three hours of language-learning all in a row is brutal, makes Wednesdays by far my longest day in uni, and this week I'd have had a meeting partway through so I'd have worried about what I was missing after I had to leave.

But with no Arabic and no lecture, I'm left with only one lecture and two seminars all week! And next week is Reading Week (a concept my American brain is still struggling to understand). I feel kind of grateful for this chance to catch my metaphorical breath: I've been doing okay (if not perfectly) at keeping on top of uni things, but I'm way behind on housework, spending any quality time with my partners, etc.

I do have an essay due this Friday and one next Friday, and Arabic teacher has said she might try to make up this week's lessons during Reading Week too, so it's not as if I have nothing to do. But it does feel like a very light week for me, and solemn though the reasons for that are, I'd be lying if I didn't say I'm kind of glad.

Poem: "Wanton Kittens"

Oct. 23rd, 2017 02:33 am
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This poem is spillover from the August 15, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl and the August [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] mama_kestrel, [personal profile] we_are_spc (Fallon and Jay), and [personal profile] curiosity. It also fill the "comfort" square in my 7-31-17 card for the Cottoncandy Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] mama_kestrel.

Read more... )

short stories read

Oct. 23rd, 2017 04:13 pm
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Not quite time to go home, and I've read the six short stories. Three I really liked, two I kinda liked but there was something missing, and one I didn't see the point of. So, not a bad way to spend a bit over an hour and a half.

I'm partway through the first of the three novella/novellettes, doubt I'll get that done by the time I have to leave.

Goals - daily, weekly

Oct. 23rd, 2017 02:51 pm
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Given that I've some focus back, I'm starting to look at what needs to be done, and what I've let slide. In order to try and focus on one set of things (those that can be done on the computer), I've decided that I'm going to spend three days a week in at the local uni library (M, W, Th), which is where I'm writing this from. The hope for this week is to get a feeling of control back with All! the computer things, including getting some sentences (or better yet paragraphs) written for the probably overdue report.

Initially, I thought I'd just get straight on to writing my project report, but that seems a bit too daunting given how much else there is that is chaos, so for today I've picked three tasks to progress, with the goal to finish at least one of them. The goals are 1) short story judging, 2) close all the tabs, and 3) get email under control. The first one is quite reasonable to get under control today -- there are 9 stories (6 short stories and 3 novella/novellettes) remaining, so I should be able to get most of that done before I head home in a bit under two hours. The second I've been working through -- at this point there is no longer a scrolling list of open windows, but I've added a few things to the reading list (goal is to get everything I open closed each day, with things added to the reading list if appropriate). I've also followed up some emails that required going online, and then closed those tabs as well. Not sure how many tabs I have open in each of those, although I try and keep it to five or fewer as a standard. Email isn't really going to happen - there are 108 and 134 messages in my primary inboxes, plus many in my filtered inboxes, plus some put aside for 'later'. Getting that first one under 100 seems a reasonable goal, and the first part of that was getting all those with stories out of the inbox and into my reading folder! (which, yes, increased the number of stories to read)

so, to reading!

My other other hobby

Oct. 22nd, 2017 11:02 pm
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So the other thing I'm doing, I'm not sure I've mentioned, is calligraphy?

This is dangerous because calligraphy is a hobby with consumables (ink, paper, nibs) and with higher-and-higher cost-and-quality accessories (ink, paper, nibs, nib holders).

Some examples, more noodling. )

So, uh, yeah, it's possible I would spend more time writing if I spent less time... hand writing? Not entirely sure how that works.

Breeding Apples

Oct. 23rd, 2017 01:06 am
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 Here's an interesting article about creating new apple varieties.  This was a lot easier when people bred primarily for taste and resistance to pests or bad weather.  Now they're breeding more for appearance, and that costs in flavor.

Ugh, weekends

Oct. 22nd, 2017 10:43 pm
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So I didn't manage to get everything on my list done this weekend, which is a shame. Also a shame: I woke up this morning, decided to nap for a little while longer, and lost most of the day. Operation wrench sleep schedule back on track is not really continuing apace.

On the other hand, at least I'm watching some new things--I went out with housemates to a friend's place and we watched Hocus Pocus--I think I'd seen it before but it was the first time in a very long while. And I am almost caught up on Star Trek: Discovery, which continues to be good and not necessarily what I consider Star-Trek-y.

I mean, it's really hard to feel like writing or creating optimistic universes right now, but I feel like this one is particularly dark, y'know?

I am also not making progress on writing, which is particularly galling.

In good news, I ordered some new bras online which included a strapless bra, and they arrived and all totally fit! The least comfortable one is the most conventional, bizarrely; both the super fancy lingere bra and the convertable strapless fit like a charm.

So tomorrow: attempting to wake up earlier. We'll see how well this plan actually works.

Poem: "Feel the Might of Creation"

Oct. 22nd, 2017 11:47 pm
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This poem is spillover from the September 5, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] technoshaman and [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It also fills the "learning how to be loved" square in my 7-31-17 card for the Cottoncandy Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] mama_kestrel. It belongs to the Damask thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem is all about childbirth, in rather graphic detail. If that's a touchy topic for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward. Also, hankie warning for anyone prone to crying over happy scenes.

Read more... )

Treatless Spreadsheet

Oct. 23rd, 2017 12:20 am
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A participant has created a spreadsheet of participants that don't have two gifts yet. You can check it out here.

So. Home.

Oct. 22nd, 2017 11:12 pm
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Much banging on the ceiling, of course. And we're finished now, right?

Right?

NOPE.

They will be back tomorrow to work really fast and hard because there will be terrible winds Tuesday and rain Wednesday, and they ARE NOT FINISHED WITH THE ROOF DESPITE THE GIANT BEEPING MECH. (Illustration of mech: https://twitter.com/emccoy_writer/status/922141497054711808 . SO MUCH BEEPING.)

The angry yellowjackets in the ground did not sting anyone so far as I know.

Anyway, we will be woken up at first light, probably, by banging and beeping and I just cannot EVEN. (This is why I'm letting social interactions drop on the floor right now. Because. I cannot even.)

I need to get to sleep.

Plus side: last night I managed 733 words on... Dragonsmut, not CLB. *mutter* But at least I am that much closer to getting something there done.

Havva Quote
---------------------Quoted by w•••••••---------------------
Imagine that there are bandits in your house, your kid is bleeding out, the house is on fire, seven big-ass trumpets are playing in the sky, and your cat is demanding food.

The priority should be obvious.
------------------------------------------------------------
E____ says, “Yeah, you gotta feed the cat.”
E____ says, “Put the cat and the food outside, otherwise you'll trip over him as you try to do other stuff. Get the kid out of the house. Then wrap the kid's wounds.”
E____ says, “The bandits will die in the fire and if the final trumpet is playing there's not a whole lot I can do about that.”
w••••••• says, “Sounds like a decent job of prioritization.”


(It is a very good job of prioritization. Especially from the cat's point of view.)

Havva Star Trek Opera
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I2i1vcPtsJk
(C******* found it.)



INwatch+Bookwatch )
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Dragons under fold )
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So while I had known for some time about Dolly Wilde, Oscar's niece, I had somehow never heard of the fellow ambulance driver with whom she had an affair in WWI Paris, Joe Carstairs. I am going to be neutral about their pronouns because I don't want to get them wrong—all the sources I'm finding treat Carstairs as female, and it's pretty narrow to think that short hair, tattoos, tailored suits, and speedboats automatically make a man, or at least not a woman, but when a person renames themselves "Joe" from "Marion" and says of themselves, "I was never a little girl. I came out of the womb queer," I feel I should try to take them at their word. It's easy to see why they attract biographers and Tumblr posts. The part where they ran an all-female driving service in London—"X Garage"—is pretty great. The part where they were the only one of Marlene Dietrich's lovers to call her "babe" and live is amazing. The part where they bought an island in the Bahamas and effectively ruled it for forty years is like something out of Conrad, which is a little harder to enthuse about, but it definitely is different.

Everybody else thought so, so I thought so, too. I would have liked me. )

And twenty minutes ago I'd had no idea. I love the people that history contains.

medication update

Oct. 23rd, 2017 11:01 am
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medication - day 7

I'm still getting some amount of nausea following taking the tablets, but as I'm also experiencing significant pre- and post-eating nausea, related more to food intake than anything else, I'm not convinced that that is much of a medication related symptom. I'm still getting the odd patch of dizzy, including while skating on Saturday morning, so I needed to take a break from class and put my head between my knees for a couple of minutes, and then piked on the backwards spirals.

And weirdly, my skin doesn't hurt. I've become so used to a low level discomfort at anything touching me that I mostly just screen it out, but it kind of isn't there any more. Skin is still uncomfortable, but rubbing across the skin feels really weird, because part of the feedback just isn't there any more.

I'm still noticing ramping up of anxiety randomly through the day (particularly when I change tasks), but it doesn't appear to be hitting the highs that it sometimes does. Not sure how much of that is situational though. What I did notice last night was that lying down to try and sleep when I wasn't horrendously tired already wasn't quite as stressful as it sometimes is, and I didn't need to do the really rapid pattern counting thing that I have taken to doing, but was able to just lie there and focus on my breathing.
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Funny, I had assumed no one would be interested in this one. Should have known better.

contains talk of negative body image, weight and fitness )

Is this weird to post about? It feels weird to post about in a mainly fannish/media space. And this is only the summary version of things.

I'd better do it before I think twice. Or ten times, heh.

Better(-ish)

Oct. 22nd, 2017 11:33 pm
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I seem to be back to sleeping during the day and being awake at night, which is a pain, and tiring, and I need to fix it, something which usually leaves me even more tired.

OTOH, after very little writing since summer, this week has produced:

First draft of a 5,500 word short story - 'Wheeler', which is deliberately structured to spin a novel out of, and is looking at the idea of whether a wheelchair user can be a space fighter pilot (which I've been noodling over for a while). I'm using Ehlers-Danlos as the disability, so it's very much write what you know. The short story is the Pearl Harbour equivalent, the novel would add the training montage and probably Battle of Britain and/or Doolittle Raid equivalents.

Plans for redrafting 'Titanium Witch', an existing 6000 word short story that targets people's behaviour towards disabled people and how wheelchairs can shape perceptions. The protagonist is a vent-dependent quad, with the SFnal element being exoskeletons as a way to move beyond that. The original plot was a fraud by her deputy, which she stumbles on while having exoskeletal problems, but I've realised I can make the story much stronger if the exoskeletal problems are actually a murder attempt (plus allowing me to deploy an EMP weapon as a plot maguffin). It will become longer as a result, I'll need several extra scenes, but I'll want to keep growth controlled. I want this rewrite done before the end of the year, but may work on it much sooner.

And finally, after a year of sitting on them with writer-brain running in panicked don't-wanna circles, I've figured out how to address Yoon''s beta notes on 'Graveyard Shif't (my Pitch Wars novel). The motivational weaknesses on the bad guy necromancer can be addressed by making him Russian, not Haitian, and tying him into the family backstory of Aleks, the Russian-American protagonist. At the same time that solves my ever increasing discomfort that the bad guy is a stereotypical bad voodoo witchdoctor, even if I do counter that with a very empowered Voudoun Mambo consulting for the good guys. And I can address Yoon's suggestion I drop the third PoV character to concentrate on the interplay between the two leads by rewriting his scenes from Aleks' viewpoint, even the one she definitely isn't there for - teleconferences are a thing, and she's sitting in a business jet while things are happening (idiot! how did you not notice that?). And all of this means committing myself to a complete rewrite in between a month and six weeks, because I want to throw the completed re-draft at  the Angry Robot open submission window.

That's a lot of writing to do between now and Christmas, so I figure talking about it here is a way to keep me on track and logging process, which is something I've stopped doing over the last year or so.

Seen at the supermarket

Oct. 29th, 2017 06:22 pm
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"Cock soup"

*gigglesnort*

This supermarket also sells rosewater lassi (mmm) and century eggs, which I thought you had to go to Chinatown or wherever to get!

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Fitbit goal check

Oct. 22nd, 2017 10:56 pm

Challenge #9: Inktober - Week 3

Oct. 22nd, 2017 05:24 pm
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Title: Inktober - Week 3
Artist: [personal profile] goss
Rating: G
Fandom: Avatar: Legend of Korra, Firefly, Aquaman (DCU), Mad Max: Fury Road
Characters/Pairings: Korra, Serenity, Aquaman, Imperator Furiosa
Content Notes: For the third week, I decided to try India ink and brush. I checked out a whole bunch of really helpful tutorials on YouTube, and managed to produce 4 pieces this week. In the final piece, I overlaid acrylic paint with the India ink.

I found that unlike watercolour, India Ink has a certain density about it, that gives a gorgeous matte finish when applied heavily, but also makes it far more difficult to lift off the page once it's been applied. I have had the best time looking at vids and trying out the ink drop technique. What a cool effect! :)

Preview:

Day 17 - Graceful
Legend of Korra
Day 19 - Cloud
Firefly/Serenity
Day 20 - Deep
Aquaman (DCU)
Day 21 - Furious
Mad Max: Fury Road

(Click images for larger artwork at my journal)
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But that's something else.

You're just a humble AI, and all you want to do is be the best paperclip manufacturer ever. (And you will be!)

Tips )

It's going to take a few hours, but you don't need to be there the whole time. You can just wander off and do other things most of it.

Oh! And there's some music. Mute that window entirely if you don't like it, I can't find a way to turn it off.

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