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Busy day

Nov. 29th, 2015 12:22 am
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Went to a crafts fair this afternoon (and spent too much money on jewelry, as usual, although less than I could have this time), then spent the night editing, baking, and playing Diablo 3, so I almost forgot to post. So here I am, coming under the wire, phew! I still have a couple of posts to go on the request list, and I'll get back on those tomorrow now that I'm not under the gun with the DARBB deadline (sent the fic in about four hours ago, yay!).

While playing Diablo tonight, T upgraded the pants his character was wearing to increase his intelligence stat. Does that make him a smarty pants?
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we've come a long way baby. we got more to go. i wanna be part of the journey.

books i just purchased: along way to a small angry planet

Dept. of Saturday Night

Nov. 28th, 2015 10:50 pm
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A Day in Which I Got Gin

That's really all I can title my day, or my post (why is it that I insist on titling my posts, I wonder?) For I did little more today than a) make my holiday card list, b) rewatch the Zygon Invasion and Inversion, and Face the Raven with my First Born, who'd specifically asked me to help him catch up with the season - and go out to get some meds, and some gin. 

Note that I have, quite manfully, resisted making some sort of bad joke about meds and gin being sought on the same trip. 

More about my day under here, to save bandwidth. )

Well, 2:45am is not so bad as 3:30...

Nov. 28th, 2015 11:30 pm
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Let's see if I can manage earlier tonight! ...despite the cat sleeping on my leg. >_>

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Dragons under fold )

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Back in Time for Dinner, which is a series of hour-long episodes featuring an English family eating their way to the present from the 1950s, one year a day.

It's worth watching.

Things I noticed:

1. The 1950s kitchen appears to have a measuring cup! From all the talk talk talk about how annoying it is to convert American recipes I assumed measuring cups had fallen out of favor in England a lot earlier than 1950.

2. This is how you use that style can opener. I looked at it and went "Nope", but - unlike my counterparts in the 1950s - I can google that sort of thing.

3. The mom in this family really got a raw deal. The kids and dad could leave the house every day to go to school and work, and her 1950s counterpart would have had other housewives to talk to, but she was really stuck.

4. Loving the clothes, though, especially that purple apron. Also, I noticed around when the girls switched from pigtails to ponytails, the kids' clothing seemed to modernize a lot faster than the grown-up clothing. Which of course makes sense - your kids can't wear what they wore 10 years ago, but you can, and even if you make careful use of hand-me-downs the clothes children wear doesn't actually last forever.

5. Is it okay in England to use the flag as a tablecloth? Was it okay in the 50s? In the US it's definitely a violation of the Flag Code, and even I think it's a little tacky (and I definitely don't revere the flag or anything like that!)

6. What's with the shelf between the burners and the oven on her stove?

7. For all her talk about how if she'd married a GI and been a war bride she'd at least have an electric mixer, she may be wrong. I grew up with a rotary eggbeater as our only way to beat anything - actually, we have one now. Both our electric beaters broke, and we were tired of using a spoon or a whisk.

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Nov. 29th, 2015 03:21 pm
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Pain and depression - yes, I think they do interact.

When I'm in pain it takes a lot of CBT type techniques to keep depression under control. And even then it's more like first aid than something that resolves the situation. Chemical pain relief is still what makes the difference.

I'm having a couple of bad pain days, and although I was chipper enough at first (because I'd been having a good time) it only took a day for things to go downhill.

I have the knowledge to see my depressive thoughts in an objective light, but it's not knowledge that I feel, it's something I know intellectually(or am simply taking on faith) and I have to keep reminding myself, as the physical signs keep telling me otherwise, and telling me my depressive thoughts are reality.

I'm still learning (and I suspect it's a lifelong thing) which strategies assist in helping me feel less depressed. The depressive beliefs might be false, but I have learnt that I still have to acknowledge and pander to them.

When I first learnt CBT techniques, they seemed to suggest I should do exactly what I would do if I was not having those thoughts. But that doesn't work for me - it just leads to a weird dichotomy between actions and feelings that feels false and leads me to feel very cut off from myself. It became habit to discount how I felt about things - even when my feelings proved to be right.


I am feeling a great deal of emotional pain regarding my sense of low self worth, which has been triggered off by my drama with intimate relationships. I am finding it hard to accept the idea of not looking for love because I find it hard to make this decision without looking down on myself for it.

And without feeling bitter about the world. It's hard to balance kindness and acceptance that I am somewhat naive, without either beating myself up for that, or beating the world up for the fact that I need to be less naive(because people should not take advantage - it's mean and unfair). I want to be able to trust, I want to prove that I can trust and that the world is not cruel.


In the meanwhile, I am harvesting broad beans. Normally I blanch them before freezing, but I've decided the difference in taste isn't great enough to bother. Sometime this week I'll be cutting them down and using the space for cantelopes.

Not for a few minutes though, as I am stiff and sore and waiting for the codeine to kick in a bit.

After that I will be doing paperwork.


And while change and movement is scary, I think I need to find something nice to do in January. It appears to be a tricky time of year these days, I'd like to turn that around.

Hamilton and Historicity

Nov. 28th, 2015 10:18 pm
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I love Hamilton the musical, yo.  It's great.  The music is good, the words are incredible, I absolutely adore it.

But the thing is, I know enough about history to be able to see what they're doing.  And the way they tell the story, Hamilton absolutely comes off like he is what we would today call a progressive or a liberal.  They don't actually say that, but with the multiracial cast and an emphasis on him coming up from the bottom of the heap (except not quite the bottom, because he was still an educated able-bodied white guy, you know) it's implied.  And they make a big deal about Hamilton being opposed to slavery and Jefferson the slaveowner and all of that.

It's a very pretty story.  But the thing is, none of the founding fathers were anything close to what we today would consider a liberal or a progressive.  They weren't much like today's conservatives, either.  Things were very different.  But even outright abolitionists weren't out to free slaves because they believed in racial equality; nobody was advocating for anything like gender or sexual equality; and very few were arguing for economic equality.

Vox explains Cabinet Battle #1 and gives all the background to show you just how misleading the show is.  Because if nobody was arguing about racial, gender, disability, or sexual equality, there were a few people trying to make things at least a little more equal for poor white men.  Trying to reign in the power of speculators, bankers, and other rich people from profiting on the backs of the working class.  And in the debate that Cabinet Battle #1 depicts, the guy trying to protect poor whites from rapacious rich guys?  That was Jefferson.  Hamilton's plan got American business off to a good start and set the stage for the economic expansion of the 19th Century.  It also royally screwed a lot of poor people.

Hamilton was not the community activist working for his peeps and keeping it real.  He was the brilliant guy from the wrong side of the tracks who got a scholarship, got out, never looked back, and was happy to join the system with no qualms about enforcing and strengthening it. Because anybody who was smart like him could make it out the way he did, and if you weren't smart and dedicated enough, you deserved your lot in life.

I love the musical.  But it's a perfect example of how the way you tell the story--even if technically all the major details are accurate--can drastically change the meaning.

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Will dich im Traum nicht stören,
Wär schad’ um deine Ruh’,
Sollst meinen Tritt nicht hören –
Sacht, sacht die Türe zu!
Ich schreibe nur im Gehen
An’s Tor noch gute Nacht,
Damit du mögest sehen,
An dich hab’ ich gedacht.
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Northeast Valley News’s Tamara Juarez argued that Authors [are] wrong to take offense at fanfiction.

The Week shared that Almost everything about Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a closely held secret, so on Monday's Jimmy Kimmel Live, Kimmel engaged in what might be called fan fiction. For Montreal Gazette, Hayley Juhl wrote that, of one theory, with Indiana Jones doing double duty as Han Solo there’s all sorts of fodder for strange fan fiction here. And, in The Washington Post, Patrick Thaddeus Jackson and Daniel Nexon got meta: We can still argue about the meaning, message, and theories of politics operating in, say, a speculative-fiction franchise. But such arguments should take text, image, and other aspects of the relevant medium seriously. Otherwise what we produce amounts to bad fan fiction — bad because it rests on misleading and partial readings of the source material.

In “We’re all geeks now” for The Christian Century, Kathryn Reklis wrote that, at New York Comic Con, As I listened to fans compare references to comic books in recent films and dissect favorite characters on fan fiction websites, I wondered if anything I teach would ever inspire such passion, commitment, and communal connectivity.

From a piece in The Columbia Chronicle on being a fan: Some of those people who are considered most fanatic—the word from which fan is derived—are known as “shippers.” They want the character, actor or artist to be in a relationship with someone of their choosing, often another character, actor or artist. These shippers are known for creating fan art or fanfiction depicting the people they “ship” in a relationship together.

This was pretty well done: from Karen Hines in Calgary Herald: Fan fiction centred around Prime Minister Justin Trudeau takes a disturbing and impassioned turn.

Creed, James Bond, Gilmore Girls, Game of Thrones, Fargo, NaNoWriMo, Hey Arnold!, Hunger Games )

Victor Frankenstein, Hannibal, Doctor Who, Blur )

In a piece about (same) sex ed for The Telegraph, Kaite Welsh wrote Trial, error and some Buffy the Vampire Slayer lesbian fanfiction helped me establish the basics, but sexual health - and sexual enjoyment - shouldn't be left to experimentation and badly written porn.

A New York Times piece on the hunt for, and eventual capture of, a serial swatter, described one of the victims: She had played games since she was 6, when her father introduced her to Doom; after her parents went through a difficult divorce, she sought refuge in a ‘‘Harry Potter’’ fan site called MuggleNet, where she wrote and shared fan fiction.

Describing comedian Philip Schallberger for Willamette Week, John Locanthi wrote He's crafted erotic Matlock fan fiction.

The DUFF author Kody Keplinger told MTV’s Jocelyn Rish that, for initial beta readers, I had a couple of friends who wrote fan fiction along with me – I wrote a lot of fan fiction when I was in middle school and high school – and we were used to sharing our stories for fan fic. So when I started writing original stuff, I knew I could go through a couple of them.

Finally, from Alex Shephard in New Republic: Call it Islamophobic fan fiction: Trump is dramatizing chain letters now.

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Nov. 28th, 2015 10:12 pm
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I have less than two weeks before I graduate and still so much to do. I have to write a six page research paper by the 9th and finish up my online portfolio. I'm trying not to freak out about it, but I tend to do that anyway (thanks, Anxiety). Then I have other problems to deal with, like my insurance premiums going up drastically and only having limited funds. I probably wont even be able to get a job for six months after I graduate and in the interim, I'll be dead ass broke. I'll probably have to look into a part time job in the meantime, which has never been an easy task. I'm trying not to feel discouraged right now, because I want to focus on the positives, at least until after graduation. It majorly sucks, being below the poverty line. I just want to have a job where I can have a comfortable existence and not have to wonder where my next meal is coming from, or being unable to pay my bills and where I don't feel like I'm just existing.

Sorry for the complaining. I get these moods where I just feel sorry for myself and can't shake it. I think it's part of my Depression. I haven't even been on my Flist for weeks because I just can't put in the effort anymore. I keep it though, because the rare few of you who do actually post anything anymore, I want to stick around. Plus, I can say things on here that I can't anywhere else, and I think it helps a little bit, even if no one ever reads it.

I did manage to have my hair re-hennaed yesterday. It looks nice. It'll most likely settle into it's more 'permanent' color in a few weeks, in time for me to graduate. I also have to practice my very rust makeup skills for 'the big day'. I feel like I'm getting married. I have announcements, a gown, photographs, a rehearsal, etc... No honeymoon, though. But, I'm excited and will be looking forward to it and for it to be over with. I just hope I'm able to find a job at a good school as well as be able to move (if I need to) once the time comes. Adulthood really sucks...

book giveaway

Nov. 28th, 2015 09:02 pm
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Please get these books out of my house! (Extra contributors' copies.)

Free giveaway: leave a comment and I will pick someone for each book by random number generator. Shipping's on me anywhere reasonable on the planet (Finland is fine, Antarctica maybe not so much).

- Warrior Women, ed. Paula Guran. This includes my short story The Knight of Chains, the Deuce of Stars," as well as Jane Yolen, Nalo Hopkinson, Aliette de Bodard, and others. (NOTE: This is not strictly a sword & sorcery anthology; "warrior women" is defined very liberally, and the anthology appears to be broken into thematic sections.)

- Meeting Infinity, ed. Jonathan Strahan. This includes my short story "The Cold Inequalities" (new), as well as works by Nancy Kress, Gwyneth Jones, Ramez Naam, and others.

I will pick winners at some point during the coming week and let y'all know.

This is being posted on both Patreon and DW; you can post either place (but please just pick one or the other :p).


Nov. 28th, 2015 08:20 pm
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Eva doesn't like me listening in on her chorus rehearsals, so I usually only catch the last 10 minutes or so.

Those minutes are spent on Sleigh Ride. I'd like to slay Leroy Anderson by now. I have three lines from the song running through my head on permanent loop. Not the whole song, naturally, which would be bearable. No, just from "pass around the coffee and the pumpkin pie" to "these wonderful things are the things we remember all through our lives".

The performance is on Tuesday. It's gonna be great, actually - the kids really are on tune, and they're doing their songs in parts and all that. But I want that song out of my head!


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Future of human gene editing to be decided at landmark summit

Drug driving suit mimics taking the wheel stoned

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Chatty December is almost upon us

Nov. 28th, 2015 09:00 pm
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This year I want to do this thing - I say from the comfort of my sister's recliner, which means I have time to do things on the internet, as oppose to when I'm home.

When other people do this, I always try to give folks a topic, but I find myself poking at profiles to refresh myself on all the details and fandoms to come up with an interesting topic. So, here's the current Chatty December profile of things I'm into and I'm about under cut in case you don't want to be influenced or bored, whichever )

If you really want a day, let me know, otherwise I tackle stuff as I have the time, which may also mean that it will creep into January. Also, I may skip days due to Yuletide.

I suspect that even the Thameses

Nov. 28th, 2015 09:21 pm
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Would find meeting the locus genii of the Fraser river ... unnerving.


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