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([personal profile] edenfalling Oct. 21st, 2016 04:25 pm)
Obviously I fed and walked Dottie every day; take that as read. :) Beyond that, though...

1. Confirmed the two days I am swapping with my coworker. (Hmm. Miss Cactus, maybe? Not for any personality reasons; she just grows a lot of succulents as a hobby.) Also wrote down my vacation day schedule for November and December, and passed it on to Mom for use in family holiday planning.

more items under the cut )

I also got through several chapters of rereading for my Yuletide assignment, and am noticing all kinds of layers to the work in question that I missed on my first two times through. (The first time, it's because the cover art and back cover text gave me slightly misaimed expectations of what type of story I was in for, and I was hurrying ahead to reach elements that never really appeared the way I thought they were going to. The second time I think it's just that I was relatively young and therefore lacking in a certain sense of perspective, and also that I wasn't reading with a specific eye out for details because I was not intending to use it as source material for fanfic.)
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([personal profile] baranduin Oct. 21st, 2016 12:13 pm)
I haven't done a simple pleasures post in a while. Lazy I think :-)

  1. Froday, blessed Froday.
  2. You know how sometimes you just get yourself the perfect cup of coffee? The right strength and warmth, the intoxicating smell, just the right mix of creamers. Simple bliss.
  3. I was running late this morning so I actually missed the cut-off time for getting breakfast at our work cafe. I improvised with a small bag of chocolate-covered pretzels dipped in peanut butter. Simple bliss again.
  4. Looking at a New Yorker cartoon last night. I don't usually have much sympathy with their cartoons (they are funny in a privileged white snotty New York way that is decidedly rarely actually funny). But! They've taken the famous picture of Muhammed Ali standing over a defeated Sonny Liston and replaced it with Hillary standing over Trump. Can a visceral pleasure be simple? I think so.
  5. Access to a new room reservation system that means I don't have to go back and forth on email to get a room. Simple business pleasure.

Harry sure complains a lot these days. I mean, he seems fine except that he yammers kind of angrily at me a lot. He goes on and on for a long time every damn day. I guess he's still adjusting to being only kitty, part of me thinks he's lonely. I mean I offer him the top of my head to attack whenever he likes and he can lie on my lap any time he wants, but I fear it's not enough for him. Awww, Harry. Then again, it could still be the seasonal shift to the patio door being kept closed more often, which represses his ability to go in and out freely. He doesn't like it at all. And he's letting me know about it ad infinitum. He is a ruffian.

ETA: Thanks to those of you who responded about Sunday metta time. Sounds like people who are interested are fine with the 12:00-12:30 PM Pacific Time. So I'll look forward to that this coming Sunday. Same deal, I'll just make a post at noon to ring the bell and then edit it to ring the closing bell at 12:30. All are welcome to spend the half hour in what way seems best to them to send out our love and support to our LJ friends.
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([personal profile] elisi Oct. 21st, 2016 06:48 pm)


Nasty women have much work to do

“Nasty woman" becomes the feminist rallying cry Hillary Clinton was waiting for

A Hillary Clinton Supporter Purchases This "Nasty Women" Web Domain In The Most Glorious Response To Donald Trump's Insults
So apparently Joss has said in an interview that he's a Spike/Buffy shipper, though he does later take it back a bit and calls himself a Spike/Angel shipper instead.

It's been ages since I've been to Whedonesque (it does still exist, right?) but the old schadenfreude-loving Buffy fan in me wants to make some popcorn and go see if anyone's posted the interview there yet... ;)

And just yesterday I was feeling all nostalgic for the good old times of wanking in the Buffy fandom!

eta After I posted this, I though: "Damn, it's been ages since I watched Buffy, I should really rewatch it" and then I remembered that I just rewatched it last year...
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([personal profile] musesfool Oct. 21st, 2016 10:22 am)
"We Lost Magic" by Empires came on earlier, and every time I hear that song I think, "Someone should write a story titled 'It Ain't My Heart That's in Your Hands' and it should be context-free handjobs in the backseat of a taxi" as per the lyrics! But I can never figure out who it should be about!

Which makes me think of that meme that was recently resurrected on tumblr, where you give me a potential title and I tell you about the story I would write for it. We can try, anyway. It's a rainy Friday morning and the office is like a sauna. What else have we got to do?

Well, we can also do the wip roundup. Here's what's top of mind right now:

- Thing 1 and Thing 2, which proceed in fits and starts, though I think I finally figured out how to write Thing 1 and that solution also allowed me to figure out how to write around the problem I was having with Thing 2, so they'll be done? Eventually? I hope? I am excited about the potential number of tropes stuffed into Thing 2 at this point. There's already huddling for warmth, drunkenly crawling into the other person's bed, being mistaken for a couple, and pining. SO MUCH PINING. It's good for me, is what I'm saying. Which it has to be, since I think there's like two other people who will read it when it's done.

- Celestial Navigation, aka, Rey and Finn's epic space road trip! There was a slight snag in terms of canon doing something that made things difficult down the line, but I think I figured out an alternative. Mostly I am just amusing myself and soon there will be cuddling.

- I started a Star Wars/Firefly crossover which I thought was going to be about one thing but which so far seems to be about traumatized baby Jedi River instead. which. should not have been as surprising as it was considering, but. it's been a while since I wrote Firefly and I forgot. At least Mal hasn't tried to take everything over yet? Otoh, Firefly has always been like the easiest fandom for me to write in, voice and style-wise, so that's been kind of nice. And I think I even know how to bring it back around to a slightly revised version of the original idea.

- Yuletide! I have an idea? There will have to be source review, but something is percolating in the back of my mind. I probably won't seriously start thinking about it until mid-November though.

Wow. I rewatched the first episode and had totally not remembered exactly HOW hard I ship Chloe and June.

Like, Buffy/Faith levels of shipping here.
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([personal profile] aris_tgd Oct. 21st, 2016 01:08 am)
Overworked, overwhelmed, I should already be asleep and I'm not.

I have my "intro" presentation at group meeting tomorrow, and a midterm, cumulative exam, and another midterm next week. Everyone was trying to shuffle their midterms around the weirdly late cume this term, and then they went and pushed it back again. So everything's coming due at once. And I spent an hour today rendering models from my computational class in POV-Ray. (Which looked great, once it was done! And... isn't even part of the assignment. But I know how to do it, now!

Ugh. I am hoping I can catch up on more sleep this weekend. Sleep and studying.
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([personal profile] settiai Oct. 20th, 2016 05:40 pm)
Artists are amazing. ♥

Remember the first piece of lovely artwork that I linked to featuring my halfling cleric Ali? And the second piece of art as well?

Well, there's now a third. ♥
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([personal profile] shinyjenni posting in [community profile] vidding Oct. 20th, 2016 10:34 pm)
Title: Welcome to New York
Fandom: MCU
Character/Pairing: Peggy Carter
Music: Taylor Swift
Content notes: Some bright gunfire flashes
Summary: "It's been waiting for you."

Dreamwidth | Livejournal
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([personal profile] elisi Oct. 20th, 2016 09:07 pm)

Read more... )
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([personal profile] muccamukk Oct. 20th, 2016 09:22 am)
We continue to look for someone for #13.

Due 27 October.
Claim by replying to the linked page, or by e-mailing the mods. Please include your AO3 name.

Pinch Hit #17: Harry Potter - J. K. Rowling, Soul Eater, Quantico (TV), Crossover (Star Trek: AOS/Star Wars: TFA)
I put on Arrow last night and didn't recognize a majority of the characters in the Arrow cave, and then it was confirmed that i'm only cutting grudgingly for this spoiler ), so I just ended up watching the Rangers game instead. Fucking Jimmy Howard standing on his head (note: I actually generally root for the Red Wings when they aren't playing the Rangers but come on).

I guess missing the last...five or so episodes really does matter. *hands* Otoh, spoiler ) gives me hope that I'll want to catch up at some point.

In other news, I can usually tell when a story of mine has been linked or recced somewhere, because there's a sudden flurry of kudos, but I can almost never find out where it's happened. Tumblr search is useless. It will show me one current result and then things from 2014 when I put "musesfool" in the search box, even with "recent" appended to the URL, and even trying to find out when someone's atted me (i.e., @cacchieressa) is stupidly hit or miss; again, the recent results disappear after a while and I'm left with things from two or three years ago. And since I only go on tumblr in the evenings after work, I feel like I might miss the occasional time someone is actually trying to talk to me over there? It doesn't happen much (I don't know why; I don't intend to be off-putting! It's just that I literally almost never go on tumblr at work and so won't see it for hours) but it feels rude not to respond the times it does happen, and yet Tumblr thwarts me.

Anyway! Ignoring how terrible Tumblr is for so many reasons for the moment, why is my ability to find out where I've been recced so lousy? Or am I misinterpreting and it's not a rec, just a weird confluence of events? Or is it happening in private/somewhere I don't have access to and therefore not visible to search engins? Inquiring minds want to know!

(This is like the opposite of the very true and cogent advice to not google yourself too often but in these cases I often do want to know if someone is talking about me - I mean, since it appears to have resulted in kudos rather than condemnation I'm going to hope it's saying something mostly positive; I don't need to read about it if people don't like me or my stories.)

Okay work has interrupted me about a million times so I don't even know anymore what I was saying or if it makes sense so I'm just going to hit post.

FFT: Chapter 19--Little White Riding Hood

In which wolves are fluffy and harmless, men have hair-trigger tempers and are, if developmentally disabled, violent pedophiles, and blood and gore solve everything. Also, there are many pictures of adorable animals. Other than that...at least it’s short?
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([personal profile] kaffyr Oct. 19th, 2016 09:58 pm)
Third Debate

More astute political analysis )

We have 20 more days to go. Jesus wept.


Yeah. Jesus is still weeping.  
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([personal profile] lookingforoctober Oct. 20th, 2016 01:50 am)
The idea of the outline was always to move past the outline at some point, and I've finally gotten to that point and now it turns out that although I started with characters, I have at this point become weirdly attached to the detached god-level view of this story, so much that I'm actually reluctant to move down into an actual character pov.

(I've mostly decided on writing in third limited, but there's an outside chance that I'll reconsider in favor of first at some later point, and have to switch.)

Symptoms include having to write everything that seems important down from an impartial perspective so that I know, off in notes somewhere, even if I'm also putting the exact same information into the actual text of the story from a character pov, because the characters aren't seeing the whole picture. Which is sort of the whole point of characters, isn't it?

Also, tendency toward infodumps, which is a bit unfortunate, I suppose, but surely everyone will be interested in endless worldbuilding details?

Ah well, this is not the pass that's supposed to be readable anyway, that's the next one. (My process contains many passes through the whole story.)
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([personal profile] baranduin Oct. 19th, 2016 06:59 pm)
I cannot wait for Saturday Night Live this weekend ...
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([personal profile] hannah Oct. 19th, 2016 08:50 pm)
I'd love to see a fic where Lorne visits or mentions having gone to a natural history museum, which I imagine would be a particularly fascinating experience for him. For an immigrant, as he'd describe himself. A zoo would also be pretty great.

Also, something where during the Potentials arc in season seven of Buffy, the Scooby Gang takes over Rack's hidden traveling house from season six as a Potentials dormitory. As far as I can tell, it was abandoned when he died and then forgotten by the writers, which is disappointing since they usually get a lot of good mileage out of the stuff they have in their toy box. Though it's unlikely anyone but Giles would get the deep cut that would be the joke of "Buffy's moving castle."

I've also looked, and there's exactly one fic of Dawn dating the horned demon boy she was chatting with during "Hell's Bells" - a real moment of truthfulness to the universal experience of being at a big event and bonding with the one other person the same age age and escaping outside with them for a little peace, quiet, and mutual understanding. Don't get me wrong, I'm happy this exists. I'd just like a couple more.

Similarly, I'd like some more Cordelia/Phantom Dennis fics, particularly ones with consensual possession. It'd be a way for Dennis to get out of the apartment for a while, and for Cordelia - or at least her body - to get in some heavy exercise, for the joy of having a body to move around in. Maybe throw in some bits about Los Angeles' staircases, too, and how LA has changed as a city since Dennis lived in it. And some mutually enjoyed orgasms, to be sure.

What I also would love is a Wesley/Gunn fic where they skipped dating to go right into living together - or, as Wesley would describe it, "forgoing the courtship phase to move directly into monogamous cohabitation." (Gunn: "We U-Hauled it.") Because they both know how short life is, and how important it is to focus and work hard on what really matters, and not to waste any time.

(It'd be at least a month before Angel would notice anything. "I just thought you'd just switched to the same brand of soap or something." "Well, yes...")
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([personal profile] petra Oct. 19th, 2016 08:20 pm)
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([personal profile] raincitygirl Oct. 19th, 2016 04:58 pm)
I have had an earworm all day. A constant loop of “Dear Mr. Hamilton, your fellow Federalists would like to know how you’ll be voting.”

It’s not that it’s a BAD line from the musical, but it’s not one of my favourite songs, and not one of my favourite lines either. I was desperately trying to create a new earworm by singing very softly under my breath, “I’m taking my time watching the afterbirth of a nation, watching the tension grow.” Because that IS one of my favourite lines from “Hamilton”. But my efforts to hack my own brain were unsuccessful.

I think I’m going to have to either stop taking the Seroquel or drastically reduce the dosage. Quite apart from the fact that it’s making my blood sugar go nuts (a well-known side effect), it’s also giving me a terribly dry mouth (another well-known side effect). Not too bad during the day, but a nightmare at night. I can't breathe through my mouth without ending up with a ravenous thirst and needing to get out of bed for water. And I can't breathe through my nose well right now, because I'm still stuffed up. I have to steam a couple of times a night just so I can try and go to sleep. Whine, whine. Complain, complain. I don’t like pouring boiling water into a container and covering my head with a towel as I inhale and exhale hot moist air through my nostrils. It does the trick, but I don’t like it. It makes me claustrophobic.

However, finding a substitute for the Seroquel could be tricky. My doctor and I discussed it after I first went on it and the side effects first hit. It’s one of the few reliable anti-anxiety/sleep meds that is totally non-habit-forming. He doesn’t want to give me too much Ativan or Zopiclone, both of which are habit-forming, and which are the only other drugs I’ve tried thus far which really knock me out. When we last talked about it, he mused with an entirely straight face, “Well, I’ve been hearing a lot in the media lately about fentanyl. Maybe that’s an option.” And then he paused for a moment to take in my look of astonishment, before adding, “Just checking you were listening.” He’s a funny guy.

Anyway, I suspect I may just need to go back to living in a heightened state of anxiety like I was before I started taking Seroquel. That should be fun. But if I literally can’t breathe on it, it may be doing more harm than good. So, how is everybody else doing on this dreary Wednesday evening?
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([personal profile] settiai Oct. 19th, 2016 07:48 pm)
My Tuesday night D&D game started last night, and I think that it went fairly well. We're still getting a feel for each other's characters (and, in the case of those of us who also play together on Friday nights, trying to remember that we're playing different characters - although the horrible accents helped on that front), but overall it was a lot of fun.

I think my favorite part was our tiny gnome wizard announcing in a pretty spot-on Yoda voice: "Fuck that guy up, you did."

Considering said voice came out of nowhere? When everything else he'd said during the game had been in a really bad Irish accent? It cracked everyone up for a bit.

That said, I'm definitely going to have to poke the others a bit when it comes to remembering what pronouns to use for my character. I've been feeling a bit more androgynous than usual lately, so I thought it would be a good idea to make a gender-neutral character. The others keep forgetting not to use "she" (or occasionally "he"), though, so... yeah. If nothing else, Tor might end up knocking a couple of them over the head if they keep it up.


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