Life in general

Jul. 22nd, 2017 01:11 pm
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Or what I'm doing on my summer vacation...

Long time, no rl update. The reason is that my life is rather quiet, for the most part.

It's hot here... very hot, mid-90s and so humid that the air drips.

I spend my days playing games on Facebook, which I would leave but for my game addiction.

I also do quite a few things in the Babylon 5 fandom - an update every two weeks of fandom things like fics, art and newsishness, I mod and post at a rewatch group as well. we are over halfway through Season 4. If you're a fan, join us at either Lj or Dw. Our name is B5_revisited. Once a year, I mod a B5 fan celebration called Babylon 5 Love and we post B5 fics, art , metas... anything every day for a month, usually Feb because well, you know, love!

I am doing Sins this year (Or is it still Ardor in August?). I have the story in my head but not typed yet. Starting this week.

Signups for the Oeam Big bang close at the end of the month as well. We have several. I wish we'd get a big bunch but OEAM apparently doesn't reach far and I'm just not a Tumblr person... NO clue what one does there.

OEAM is still up and running - the self upload site that EVERYONE swore they wanted so they could post to... um, I post there and maybe one more person now and again. It's a lovely archive and I monitor it nearly every day. It doesn't show up right on Google and I can't fix it. After Tallulah, Elfscribe and Marius (and others as well) worked and worked and worked, my webhost sent me a note telling us that we were using too much band width and if we didn't cut it down, they were going to shut us down. We - well Tallulah - worked tirelessly to do all the things they suggested to no avail. SOOOO I got us a new webhost and we were never able to get the site uploaded there. We realized that we were not using what they said anyway. They were doing this in an attempt to get me to change to a $40+ a month site, which I refused to do. So as one of the fixes, we sort of got off the search engines. We are at www.ofelvesandmen.com - nothing more. That is us.

I'm still old and still mobility impaired. I work on gaming, fanning and I've taken up reading cozy mysteries and belong to a group at FB that discusses one a month. It's fun. I am trying to spend more time reading than I have in past years. I also have a new overlock sewing machine... brand new - not even out of the box yet. I have to learn how to use it now. There are lots of nice videos at Youtube (you can learn to do almost anything there). I ma making some little craftish sewing projects and hope to make a few clothes as well when I get the hang of this thing.

Larry works at home and is working lots of long hours so I'm on my own most of the time. Sometimes I think it would be nice if he had an office off the premises... but then again, he is here all the time and I kinda like that, too.

That's all I can think of... gotta grab a shower and then it'll be time for Chinese takeout and British mysteries on PBS - our Saturday night excitement. I do love my Midsomer Murders!

So what are all y'all up to this summer? (Really! I want to know!)
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I've been watching the 2011 sageuk Tree With Deep Roots, which is a political thriller about the creation of Hangul, which Six Flying Dragons is a prequel to. Tree should be watched before 6FD though. My first “I wish I’d watched this while it was airing” moment with it was the fight at the end of episode 7/beginning of episode 8. Because while I recognize that the flying/mid-air clashing effects were fairly advanced and cutting edge for 2011, they are…very dated, especially since I watched and rewatched the more advanced versions of that technology in Gil Dong and Mori’s fights in Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People earlier this year.



Speaking of Rebel, as I’ve been discussing with @dingax, who I’m watching Tree with, Tree is almost an inversion of Rebel. Or more accurately, Rebel is an inversion of Tree.



spoilers for both series )

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Jul. 22nd, 2017 12:36 pm
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Today I told my yoga instructor about my ankles and calves, and what we were doing in PT. It's always good to let her know what's going on, and we had a long conversation about how hamstrings and calf muscles can pull on ankles and plantar fascia and so on.

And then she proceeded to make the entire class about stretching out hamstrings, calves, and plantar fascia. Oh my god.

It was great for me. My PT exercises don't last a whole hour, and aren't as dedicated to holistic work, so I felt great when I was done. But mid-class I was silently cursing :D At one point she had us get into downward dog, then lower our knees almost to the floor, hold it, and then come slowly back up. She then had us shorten the distance between our hands and feet and do it again. And again. And I wanted to vocalize my feelings as "AHHHHHHHHHHHHH!" I did not, however, and it was all for the good.

Yesterday at 3pm it was 94F, felt like 110F. Holy moley. Today is better so far, tomorrow will be a little better again, and Monday we've been promised a balmy 80F. The main result of all of this is that all my everyday bras are in the wash right now, as they were treated very badly by the heat, leaving me with only demi-cup lacy bras to wear today. My girls have not been this perky or fancy on a weekend in a very long time. I keep expecting to be going somewhere, but nope, I'm just the perkiest and fanciest in my house.

because it's Saturday

Jul. 22nd, 2017 12:21 pm
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Absurd vid prompt: for Arrow, clips from any suitable season, to the tune of 'Suite Judy Blue Eyes' by Crosby, Stills and Nash.

"It's getting to the point where I'm no fun anymore... I am sorry..."
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Being a fool, I have signed up to write
A tale in Stage of Fools, perhaps as practice
For the Yuletide gifting, perhaps to try
To write more now and write more easily.
I am out of practice; all that I wrote
For long months was the acts of foolish men
Enamoured of power, ignoring all else
But their wealth, their women, their greedy lust
For more, and more, and more. I hope this change
Will give me pause to think and dream again
Of a kinder life with gentler rulers
Than well-fattened boors despoiling the land,
Discouraging the people -- there, see? I need
To write something joyous or funny now,
Polish up my pentameter, employ
Wit, and play with sweet William's stories.
Where's my pen? where's the prompt? Lead me onward!
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Convention Exclusive (5545 words) by Sineala
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Marvel (Comics), Marvel 616, Avengers (Comics)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Steve Rogers/Tony Stark
Characters: Steve Rogers, Tony Stark
Additional Tags: Artist Steve Rogers, Secret Identity, Conventions, Fluff, Avengers Vol. 3 (1998), Community: cap_ironman, Cap-Ironman Bingo
Summary: "I'm interested in commissioning a sketch," Iron Man said. He leaned forward, edging into Steve's personal space, splaying his gauntleted hands on the table. "I'd like you to draw me wearing only a tiny thong, with Captain America staring at my nearly-naked body in horror." (Or: Steve Rogers, former artist for the Captain America comics, is signing autographs at a comics convention when he meets his biggest fan. Not an AU.)

IT IS SUPER FLUFFY.

Yay! Last square ("occupational hazards") for a line in Cap-IM Bingo! Hooray! I can now write like the wind and try to finish my Steve/Tony Anniversary Zine story as fast as I can! (And then Cap-IM Big Bang and Magic's FTH story and my STH story, yes yes.)

Fic: Child Killer (3/4)

Jul. 22nd, 2017 09:18 pm
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Title: Child Killer (3/4)
Fandom: Torchwood
Rated: T (dark)
Words: ~16k total
Ships: Jack/Ianto, one sided Ianto/OFC
Summary: In 1965, Jack was out of the country. When the 456 return, Torchwood is there to do their job. AU. Fix-it for Children of Earth. Dark
 

quick crossover rec

Jul. 22nd, 2017 11:12 am
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Yer a Wizard, Parser! by takumiismypatronus. Slash, Kent Parson/OMC (8586 words)
Check Please!/Harry Potter
This was such a fun crossover, and somewhat unusually for Harry Potter crossovers it is not AU for either canon.

Recs

Jul. 22nd, 2017 08:20 am
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Fic and fanvid recs in the following fandoms: Alice (SyFy); Anthropomorfic; CSI/Lord of the Rings crossover; Fairy Tales; How to Steal a Million; Marvel Cinematic Universe; Multifandom; NCIS: LA; Once Upon a Time; Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides; Pitch Perfect; Push; Pushing Daisies; Tam Lin (book).

Read more... )

If you enjoy any of these fanworks, please let their creators know in the hope that they're encouraged to produce more.

Er... second nostalgia post

Jul. 21st, 2017 07:16 pm
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For Deathly Hallows. And I can't really think of anything to say. :/

I guess I can ask a few questions! 

1. If you've been re-reading (or have re-read recently enough to remember), what are your impressions now versus then? 

2. Did you have any fan theories that came true, OR that were the exact opposite of what happened?

3. Did you write or read any fics that were eerily close to DH?

4. Anything else?

I am eventually going to do a Buffy/HP caption crossover. Or another one, I should say. Maybe over the weekend. :) And I will get to those drabbles eventually.

good news, so far

Jul. 21st, 2017 04:23 pm
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Maybe it's a good thing that I put off driving to Quebec to look at the historical archives of the Revolutionary era -- because I found some of what I would have gone looking for online, in historical society volumes from Michigan.

Why Michigan? I have no idea. But they are there.

Five volumes. More than 700 pages in most.

I'm downloading them and plan to read them all. What I'm looking at is the correspondence of Gen. Frederick Haldimand, a Swiss-born British soldier who became the military commander in the Americas. He was Ebenezer's boss, during the time of the events I'm dealing with, and a lot of the other characters involved with Ebenezer are likely to be in them as well. So far I've run into Brigadier MacLean, who was in command at Fort Niagara, and whom I've met in other letters before -- he wrote a friend about how badly Haldimand was dealing with the Sullivan expedition and how disappointed the Indians who were British allies were about it: "The king has a fool for a general" (direct quote from the letter, which is in the Archives of Ontario, filed under Scottish Immigrant Papers.) In the current letter, he's talking about running out of trade goods, asking to be sure the proper things are sent to Niagara and to Erie (which fort he had to borrow supplies from, and promised to make it up to them) and it is clear from his clipped-off sentences that he is really pissed about it all but can't say that to his boss.

It's something like 1800 pages overall. I'm downloading it in PDF and in MOBI, so I can read it on Kindle and cross-reference with the PDF for documenting pages and such for bibliographic info, if necessary.

I'm looking for two specific things (but I'll take others as they come): Ebenezer's promotion to lieutenant and move to the Indian Dept. from Butler's Rangers, and Ebenezer's own letter(s) to Haldimand demanding a reason why he was being detained without being charged and describing how he was being treated in various places of imprisonment (the Ranger camp at Niagara on the Lake, Hamilton (which was called something else then) and Quebec. I would have checked for these in Ottawa on principle, but apparently Ottawa was not that big a deal back then.

So, I'll spend the time I might have spent on the road (and more) in reading this pile of British military correspondence and getting to know the guys better. I can think of worse things to do in August.

Back from Readercon

Jul. 21st, 2017 02:21 pm
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I got to meet and talk with Rosemary Kirstein at Readercon! I love her Steerswoman series. She read from a YA novel she’s working on that’s set in the Steerswoman universe, and I very much want to read that novel now (after books 5 and 6 in the main series, of course). If all goes well, book 5 may be completed in the next 12 months! Unless the writing turns out to be on the wrong track, she said, in which case who knows? But when book 5 is done, she thinks book 6 will be completed the year after that (she thought at first it was going to be book 5, so a good chunk of it is written already). She talked a bit about her process: she knows the first and last line of a book, and then she writes from one to the other. I’m always fascinated to hear about different writing methods. She also brought the hand-drawn and color-coded map of her world, which we all excitedly photographed.

Naomi Novik read from the novel she’s working on now, Spinning Silver, which grew from a short story published in the anthology The Starlit Wood. I very much want to read this novel now, too! She said she’s trying to move more to stand-alone novels rather than long series like Temeraire. I attended some of the panels she was on (she was on a lot of panels, wow), and she’s great at articulating complex ideas. I admire people who are both good writers and good public speakers—not every writer does well in front of crowds.

Nnedi Okorafor was an awesome guest of honor, too, and also great at speaking in front of crowds (she’s a university professor as well as a writer). I’ve read both her Binti novellas, and read Akata Witch right before the convention, and now I want to read everything she’s ever written. Though Who Fears Death sounds like heavy going, so I should probably brace myself for that one.

During one of the panels, someone commented on how cold and ruthless they felt the teachers/adults were towards the children/students in Akata Witch. I don’t think it was any more cold or ruthless than how Dumbledore used Harry Potter, though. And the adults in Akata Witch respect the children enough to tell them what’s going on, not just lead them around blindly. Anyway, I am so happy that Akata Warrior is coming out soon.

I don’t think I’ll attend Readercon every year—my friend and I are talking about going to Wiscon next time we get together—but I’m very glad I had the experience this year.

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Jul. 21st, 2017 01:30 pm
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I'm thinking a lot about being left and leaving today. I've felt so low since my brother went home - lowness that is grief, Jan suggested, because whenever someone leaves for an extended period of time we grieve their absence. That I only get to see him once a year, and that those circumstances are not entirely of my creating compounds that. She reminded me that we do not expect a lot of people who are grieving when we clearly see the cause, and so I should not expect too much of myself while I'm working through all these feelings.

Having the feelings in the first place is a wondrous and hard-fought thing, and I'm keeping my eye on that as I process.

There's been a lot of left and leaving recently. Three people left their jobs at my place of work and left a vacuum that has still not been filled. Their leaving increased the amount of work on my plate to such a degree that when it's time for the creative part of my job I'm already depleted from the administrivia I'm doing, and my creativity feels forced and lacking. The hard conversations I had with colleagues last week happened while two of my closest local friends were away on vacation, so I felt their absence keenly, too. Then my brother. This all twists up with the bigger narratives of my life about leaving - especially about leaving England - in ways I haven't quite fully pinned down. But at least I see the patterns, or the patterns that my brain finds important, at least.

Leaving things has been my path to freedom. I wonder if, because that leaving was so big and important, I used up my share of goodwill where leaving is concerned, and now I just fear it. Lots to think about.
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Today is the last day to sign up for the 2017 Narnia Fic Exchange!

Come play! The NFE is a very low-pressure exchange that produces a bunch of really awesome fic in response to fun and intriguing prompts.

Even if you can't sign up, do keep an eye out for the Madness round, where you can sort through all the prompts and write ficlets that don't need to meet the minimum length requirement. :)
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Just what the subject said. The road crew is digging up the place they dug up and then paved over last week. The kitchen sink has been clogged for two days; the plumber says the snake is pushing the clog but not going through it. He's trying to get at it in the basement now, with the SU's help. He's the one turning water on and off up here.

I am back in the bedroom with Beautiful, who informed me in no uncertain terms that the new paving stones are too hot for her to walk on. Either that or she doesn't like stone dust between her toes because it tastes gritty. Anyway, she's lying on my t-shirt, a sock and a carry bag on the bed near my feet.

And so you get the links I have found...

The Oakland police dept. has severed its ties with ICE. And I love body cameras on cops, especially when the camera footage shows the cops planting drugs and faking evidence.

A good airplane story: A flight attendant saw 'help me' written in the aircraft toilet, informed the pilot and there were police there to catch the kidnapper and free the girl who wrote it when the plane landed. And there's information about a group of flight attendants that fights human trafficking.

Federal Judge James Boasberg found that the federal permits justifying the Dakota Access Pipeline were not filled out legally -- they lacked vital information on the effect of the pipeline on Native water, among other things -- and the court seeks an additional briefing to consider whether to shut down the pipeline altogether. This is a huge step and victory for the Standing Rock Sioux and the waterkeepers, even if it is not yet the final victory.

Elon Musk says he has verbal approval for an underground 'pipeline' that would take people from DC to NY very fast.

Info on preventing dementia long before it starts.

They thought it was just a rock. It's a million-year-old dinosaur fossil, a rare one.

Confessions of a NYTimes copyeditor. You may or may not have heard that the Times is laying off something like 30 -- or was it 60? -- copyeditors, a move that I look at with horror since those are the people who catch the inadvertant errors before they get in print. When I worked at a daily paper, the news path was: reporter, region/city editor, copyeditor, back shop for compositing and layout. Whoever was copyeditor edited all the stories on the first page of the local news section and designed its layout, and changed it at half-hour intervals for the four editions. But this was a one-printing newspaper -- one paper a day, different editions for different sales regions, such as city, local county, neighboring NY county, neighboring PA county. The NYTimes, on the other hand, has an international edition, a national edition, and several local editions each day, at different times and deadlines. That's an all-day job. And the copyeditors have to be sure that every story is factually correct and matches the style of the paper. (One of these days I'll write about stylebooks.) Anyway, the mere thought of losing copyeditors makes my skin crawl.

Apparently, NY City does not allow pet-sitting without a kennel license, and kennels aren't allowed in the city. This does not make things easy for pet owners, though
the Bloggess's letter to the pet sitter that wasn't sent would scare me off.

Speaking of pets and runaways, Trump's personal lawyer has left, quit, run off, and so has the legal team's media spokesman. Now the head of the team is ... and no, baseball fans, I am not joking ... Ty Cobb. (The baseball player Ty Cobb scored very well and was a bloody sunovabitch to deal with; he wore spiked shoes and if he didn't like you and you were guarding a base, he'd slide into the base and aim the spikes at your legs. He aimed at black players in particular.) Hmm. He'd be right at home with Trump, wouldn't he?

A trying time on a grand jury.

***

A break: Women win the Internet in tweets. And #10 illustrates why women should be on *every* design committee.

Decolonial theory at work in Australia.

Agatha Christie's coming to your screens, along with a lot of other interesting stuff.

9 classic country songs and the books they pair up with.

Fancy cotton candy art in China.

Jeramiah Moss was here.

Are the 1930s returning in the Left?

Giant metal chicken. Need I say more?

What a president with nothing to hide would say to the NYTimes.

Abandoned spaces.

Seven provisions in the Senate health care bill that may not survive committee review. Read this, despite the eyeblinding art at the top.

But you do need to know that a bill funding arts and humanities has made it out of committee. Yay NEA and NEH!

Where does time go? I don't know. I do know that this last link is posted for reference and not for your reading pleasure -- in case you have to look something up: a chronological list of Trump's lies.

The plumber is done, so I'm going to finally get my morn-, no, afternoon coffee.
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Since DW butchered my earlier post, I'm trying to re-post. (Take three. Sigh. I'm so sorry, guys.)

Not 100% sure why I'm being nostalgic - I've grown up, after all. I'm not the slightly naive 22 year old girl I was ten years ago. But I also think part of growing up is realizing some things will always stay with you. Besides, adulthood sucks sometimes, and one needs a retreat to simpler times.

So even if I feel I should be talking about properly adult things instead of squeeing over a book series I used to really love, screw it, my LJ/DW's going to be nostalgic today. :P

Read more... )

Apparently I have the day to myself, so I may concoct a few drabbles or... something later.

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