yuuago: (Birds)
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yuuago: (Small Trolls - Veeti - Skygazing)
I stumbled over a very interesting find in the bookstore today. Passage, a collection of poetry by Gwen Benaway. Now, the poetry collection at our local Chapters is tiny (about half a shelf). And the store doesn't generally carry a lot of work by indigenous writers, nor writers who fall under the LGBT2QA umbrella. So to find that they had something by Benaway, who is Two-Spirit and Anishinaabe/Metis, was a really pleasant surprise. ...Well, I really shouldn't be buying any more books, since I really don't have the shelf space, but fortunately poetry collections don't typically take up very much room. From the glances I've given, this one's pretty good; I'm happy to have it. "Cold River"* in particular is one I found especially beautiful. ("Sing the winter water / I've been promised / Be the killing cold / I was born in".... yes <3 )

...Anyway. So, that was nice.

Unfortunately, I've spent most of the day out, which means writing Did Not Happen (especially not on this very fun but also very challenging NoFM assignment) but maybe I'll make up for that tomorrow.

I picked up a stylus for my tablet, which means I can finally draw on it. And this... is interesting. It feels SO WEIRD to actually be able to... draw... on an electronic thing. Anyway, I like the ephemeral nature of it, so it's possible that I might end up sketching more often - after all, digital stuff can just be erased when you're done with it. It isn't as much fun as working with coloured pencils, but it probably won't press that feeling of "oh my god, you're wasting paper, stop wasting paper and supplies on garbage".

On a completely unrelated note, I love today's Small Trolls page update*. Veeti makes the most adorable grumpy-sulky expressions. <3 That kid has completely stolen my heart. (I MEAN, I love Jáhko too, a lot, but... ffff. Somehow, in "red + blue" duos, I always gravitate toward the "blue" one.)
yuuago: (Pokemon - Blanche - Sparkle)
I finally hatched a Chansey! Hooray!

Took me long enough, eesh. But today was a good day for it. Niiiiice long walk, bright evening sky, and I only quit because it was starting to get too dark. Still needed the autumn coat, but that wasn't so bad. Ahhh, I could've walked for ten kilometres if it hadn't started to get too dark to see. (As it was, it was 6km at least.)


There are a lot of pokemon that I'm waiting on that I'll only be able to get by hatching or walking for candy. What a pain. Oh well, at least it's warm enough to start doing that now. (Yeah, I totally assigned that Chansey as a buddy right away. That sucker is going to become a Blissey ASAP.)

Almost have the gold walking badge for 1000km, though. Well, okay, I'm 93km away from it, but that isn't too bad. I'm kind of curious to see if I can get it by the end of May - it would take slightly over 2.5km per day to do that, which is entirely doable.

There are SO many blank spaces in my pokedex... but the same stuff keeps appearing over and over. Which means that I'm probably going to have to wait until the next event to catch anything interesting. On the one hand, frustrating. On the other... I've almost reached my pokemon storage limit, and I've been having difficulty deciding what to weed out, so it's to my advantage - for the time being.

(Hmmm, I wonder when the next event will be....)
yuuago: (Small Trolls - Jáhko - Doze)
Verrrrry tired today (work was exhausting) so here is a quick and dirty Reading Wednesday. Pardon if I'm incoherent.

Just Finished: Things We Lost in the Fire by Mariana Enriquez. This is a collection of short stories by an Argentine author - as far as I know this is the only collection that has been translated into English so far, but she's written many other stories, or so I've heard. Anyway, if you enjoy horror and the macabre, this is definitely a collection that I recommend reading. I was hooked from start to finish. Some of the stories are more supernatural-leaning, while others are more just... threaded with the whole feeling that something is just wrong. Overall, it's a collection that'll leave you feeling oogy in the best way.

Currently Reading: Off the Map by Alastair Bonnett. Basically a look at unusual, forgotten, and liminal spaces around the world, and what places like these mean. And it talks more broadly about the human sense of place and how this is important. And so on. The general concept for the book is very relevant to my interests (this was a gift from Gray, who knows exactly what I like). The actual discussion of individual locations tends to be very brief - basically just a glimpse, giving a taste of it so that one can look 'em up later (it does cover a lot of them). It's by no means a difficult read, which is good because I've been too tired to handle anything challenging.

Reading Next: This is what they say, by Francois Mandeville. This is a collection of stories that were told by Mandeville at Fort Chipewyan in 1928, recorded in Chipewyan/Denesuline, and much later translated into English. Some of them are stories from Mandeville's life, and others are traditional, ones that were handed down. The other collections of Dene stories that I've read were from more northern parts of Denendeh - up around Fort Wrigley, or Yellowknife, that kind of area. Fort Chipewyan is much closer to home, and I'm really glad that I stumbled across this book. And I'm glad that our local library has such things like it.
yuuago: (YiH - Mika - Comfortably share silence)
Just a bit of linkdumping on this lovely morning~

✿ I recently stumbled over [community profile] 100words, a weekly prompt comm for drabbles (the strictly 100-word kind). Haven't written any yet, but I probably will soon - this week's theme is impending doom, which is perfect for some of my fandoms. :D Perhaps some of you might join me?

[community profile] poetry is a comm for sharing published poetry. (Not your own work - there are other comms for that). I didn't know this one existed until a couple of days ago. Maybe some of you have some things you'd like to throw on my reading feed? I'll try to think of some to do the same. ;)

✿ Nom stage is continuing for [community profile] rareshipsonice (AKA the Yuri on Ice rarepair exchange). Tagset is over here. It's a pretty huge tagset so far, but if you've been thinking about this exchange, might want to check to see if your favourite pairs are in there, and add them if they aren't. (I'm probably going to sign up... or maybe just do treats... hmm.)

✿ Kickstarter promo: Odie is a comic book inspired by Homer's Odyssey, told from the point of view of a corgi trying to get home. :D I'm not familiar with Aaron Sullivan's writing, but the art is by Elli Puukangas and Karoliina Hankonen, who I've recently become a fan of because of their webcomics (Tistow/Small Trolls/Year in Hereafter), so I'm excited about it. There are only a few days left on this one, but it's already fully-funded, so the project is guaranteed to happen.

Aaaand that's it! (And now to stop procrastinating and... get ready for work. Sigh.)
yuuago: (YiH - Mika - Joy)
Aaaaah, so! Nice things that happened today:

✿ Laufey received the package I sent! And the Icelandic post didn't do anything questionable to it. Hooray! (We've had some difficulty with mail going between Canada and Iceland, so - it has made me a little cautious about sending things other than cards/letters.)

✿ I came home to a parcel full of handmade marshmallows, courtesy of my mate Tesla. What a delight. Some day I'll learn to make them on my own (maybe) but until then... it's always nice when you can trade weird Canadian potato chip flavours in exchange for somebody else making candy for you.

✿ My lavender plant is Not Dead Yet. More specifically, lavender plants. There are four (4!!!) seedlings, and they seem to be growing well! Though, I... think one of them might not be lavender, actually. It looks quite different from the other three. I have no idea what it is. Hopefully it'll survive and grow long enough for me to transfer it to its own container, and then (maybe) find out its identity.

✿ Today's SSSS update is awesome. We finally get to see Ensi Hotakainen get some page time, aaaahh! With dialogue and everything! She seems exactly the way I'd imagined she would be. What a wonderful stern old witch. <3

So. Yes. Today was good, even if I'm utterly exhausted because of the pressure at work due to shutdown season.

I was going to write this evening. Something to go with the Vesa/Suvi ficlet I wrote last night*. I got to thinking about Suvi's reference to those poor sods stuck on night duty when it's so horribly cold, and it seems like a perfect opportunity to do something from Niko's point of view. Yessss, time to make him uncomfortable, excellent. I need to become more accustomed to writing him, anyway; his voice is still tricky for me, and I really want to nail it down before I write anything serious or difficult (and I do have some ideas of that sort).

...Buuuut, that will have to wait for tomorrow, because writing Did Not Happen tonight, as I went for a walk instead. It was a bit cold out, and threatening to rain, but still tolerable. And that's fine. I think I needed it. So, tomorrow. I've already met my Camp NaNo goal, so tomorrow I'll smash it! (Maybe.)
yuuago: (YiH - Jaako - Thinking)
Man, today is off to a crap start. Hardly got any sleep, woke up all stiff, and NOW my brain is going haywire with anxiety because... ??? Well, I'm not even sure why. Probably because I have a lot of things that I need to do.

ARRRGH Okay, okay, I'll figure this out. I just need to do a few things, and I'll be fine.

Note to self: The sooner you get it over with, the sooner you can go run around outside. \:D/ Sounds good, eh? It's so sunny out... ahhh it really does look tempting.

I think this is the kind of day that calls for an egg and cheese sandwich for breakfast. Yes, that'll cheer me right up, I think.
yuuago: (Yuri on Ice - GuangHong - :D)
Uhhh so, I watched Red Cliff, and came away with the following thoughts:

Just dumping my brain, never mind me )

OVERALL: It was pretty, the battle scenes were cool, Xiao Qiao and Sun Shangxiang are badass in different ways, and apparently I ship Zhuge Liang/Zhou Yu now. OKAY THEN....
yuuago: (Norway - Map)
Petty venting )

Rainy, drizzly, miserable day today. Upside: The snow is gone, and my hair looks awesome. Okay, good enough.

Been listening to an audiobook of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban lately. It's reminding me that I used to vaguely ship Lupin/Snape (I just found their interaction very interesting...) I think I tried to write some fic of that, which was terrible, and was never posted anywhere because I never finished it. The files are all long gone by now. Ahh, memories.

You know, it's so frustrating to look at your schedule, and then look at the time available to you, and find that there's no possible way you can stuff everything in. I need a time-turner, man. If nothing else, I'd be able to take a good long nap.

For the past couple of days I've been trying to write poetry in a very restricted format, and I'm finding it very challenging. Three stanzas, four lines per stanza, four words per line, one syllable per word. More-or-less inspired by some of the stuff in the Book of Songs. But while this form is suited to Chinese poetry, it's maddeningly difficult and almost impossible in English (to the surprise of absolutely no one) especially if the person writing it doesn't usually play with such restrictions... I'm afraid the result is pretty mediocre so far. xD But the point is more in the exercise than the result, I guess. It's kind of fun in its own way.

Nnnnot much else to say right now. I'm only a few days into this altered shift, and I'm already exhausted.
yuuago: (DenNor - Be with you)
☆ Oil plant maintenance season is upon us, and that means overtime. Please expect an exhausted Yuu in your future. Drives me nuts that this will cut into my writing time, but on the upside, more cash is always nice. And keeping on top of the workload. That too. orz Today there was talk of putting some of us on night shift, which... hahaha, NO.

☆ I received my NoFM assignment. I'm delighted with it. Hopefully I'll be able to start writing tomorrow, or at least look over the letter again + do some canon review. I already have some ideas, sort of. And maybe consider treats... (though I suppose I should leave that until I have a draft of something, hm.) This exchange had some initial pinch hits, so if you like small fandoms and have some time to do writing/art, I might suggest checking over at [community profile] nightonficmountain to see if there's anything you can pick up.

☆ There is going to be a YOI rarepair exchange starting up toward the end of the month. Check over at [community profile] rareshipsonice for the preliminary info (IIRC the mod has mostly decided re: schedule etc, but some things might be subject to change). I think this might interest some of you. I haven't decided whether I want to take part myself, but it has a 500-word minimum, which is very doable, so maybe....

☆ Kiraly drew two of my characters and they are adorable* and I am delighted. <3 I should write more things with them. Yes. When I have the time.

☆ It snowed this morning. AGAIN. Insert giant frowny face here. >:( I am not pleased with this development.
yuuago: (YiH - Sakari - Fresh air)
I hope everybody had a pleasant weekend.

Mine was... not ideal, which goes without saying considering it was a holiday weekend, but it wasn't that bad, so that's fine. Our only guests this time around were my brother and his new girlfriend, who seems nice enough - hopefully she'll stick around. And luckily for me, the next formal dinner isn't until October. (Thank fuck. I hate formal dinners.)

Maybe next year, if I'm in my own place by then, or the year after that if not, I could teach myself to write pysanky. That would be nice, I think. It'd be difficult, but it sounds like fun, even if it would be time-consuming. There are a lot of places in Alberta to order the proper supplies (though not in my city, unfortunately) so it wouldn't even be that hard to get hold of the dyes and such... I've just always enjoyed the way pysanky look, so it would be nice to try to write some, even just once. I'd also like to try to do lystovky - you know, the kind where you dye the egg with leaves pressed to it in order to make the design (like so) but I have no idea where I would even get leaves at springtime... Maybe I'd have to use fresh herbs from the grocery store, haaa.

Anyway. I went for a walk this afternoon, and it was really pleasant. Very sunny. Hopefully that will continue - I don't mind having to wear my autumn coat as long as there's sun.
yuuago: (Norway - Not impressed)
[/pinches the bridge of his nose]

If I don't get out today, I'm gonna SCREAM....

Okay. Right. There's, hm, several hours left before supper time. I should be able to manage that. I don't technically have to be at home until then (though others might argue otherwise).

I could go down by the pond. And just walk around a little. That will be very nice.

I just don't want to talk to anybody. Or do anything. I don't even want to answer my PMs.

I utterly detest holidays.
yuuago: (Tistow - Veeti - Glance)
You'd think I'd have learned not to take naps after supper, but apparently not. Yesterday I woke up at 11:30 PM and proceeded to flip my shit because I thought I'd slept in... fortunately, we still have proper nights right now; we aren't into "still bright past 11" season yet. So one look out the window fixed that. But I sure do feel like a bag of fail, pffff.

I have no idea what I'm going to do tomorrow. Library's closed, transit is reduced... what a bummer. Maybe I'll go for a walk in the woods, if it isn't too soggy in there, as long as I remember to bring the bear whistle. There are some geocaches that look like they would be easily accessible, and I want to check to see if they survived the controlled burning over the winter. The one that I found a few weeks ago, just on the edge of the Birchwood Trails, was not in very good shape - somebody else had come by and hastily repaired it, but it could have been better. ...Maybe I should take some duct tape. And an extra container or two. And add some more Euro cent coins to my messenger bag pocket - they make for pretty good swag, nice and compact and ~exotic~.

There are rumours that it's going to snow. Please, no. Or, well - I shouldn't say that. We need precipitation. So I suppose it should be "if it's going to snow, please let it melt soon after". I guess.

Aaand since I forgot to do Reading Wednesday yesterday, here's a brief one:

Currently Reading: Race to the South Pole: The Expedition Diaries of Scott and Amundsen, edited by Roland Huntford. I haven't reached the part where things start to get really horrible for Scott, not yet. But his diary entries kind of make me want to claw my face off. Even from the very beginning, his expedition seems like an absolute clusterfuck. Whhyyyyy ponies, of all animals! Why fabric anoraks instead of fur?! Why take experimental motorized sledges, ones that haven't been thoroughly tested in extreme conditions?! ...And then there are Amundsen and Bjaaland's entries, which are brief but cheerful, and keep going on about how excellent the skiing is, pfff. One would think they were on vacation.

Also Reading (And also a rec): My copy of the Building Fires in the Snow anthology arrived last week. At this point, I've only read some of the poetry in it, not any of the short stories, but so far I can definitely say that the poetry is lovely. Aside from that, one thing that I found really touching was the introduction. It made me feel like this anthology is coming from a place that I can identify with. A lot of the time, when I read non-fantasy LGBT2QA works, I feel very... detached from it, because I feel that it has nothing to do with me. The kind of community and experiences that have appeared in other anthologies that I've read speak to something that does not exist here. If I try to find any sense of community at home, it's like... what community? The only public LGBT2QA event that I can remember was followed up by someone stealing and burning the pride flags* (but thankfully, no physical violence). But this book, with its emphasis on nature, and remoteness, and the difficulties of building up relationships as a result of that remoteness, and the necessity of the closet... Its mention of the fact that many people who were approached declined to contribute because of the fear of being outed and the very real danger that could come from that... The northern experience is not a big city experience. This isn't Vancouver, this isn't San Francisco, this isn't Toronto. This is something that I can identify with. Anchorage is a much bigger city than Fort McMurray, and of course it's much farther north, but the poetry I have read in this book so far feels like home. And the way so many of the works are firmly situated in nature, an existence utterly surrounded by it -- yes. That's it. That's my experience. It makes me feel like I'm not so alone. (I'll confess, I cried.) ...So. If you do get a chance to read this anthology, please do. Whether you're looking for LGBT2QA lit, or if you want to read something about life in the more northern parts of North America, I really do recommend it. I might have to see if I can get my local library to add it to their collection.

Reading Next: The library had In Calabria by Peter S. Beagle, so that needs to go before anything else. I loved The Last Unicorn, but haven't read any of his other works, so we'll see how this one is. Aside from that, I've felt a vague desire to read Lord of the Rings. And I've also felt like re-reading T Kingfisher's The Raven and the Reindeer for a while now. Ehhh, who knows. :V
yuuago: (NorIce - Rest)
I keep losing time. Again.

However: I've been able to do all of the things that I absolutely have to do. So, nothing essential is being neglected.

But all of this staring into space has Got To Stop.

I think I'm going to need to start being diligent with the timer. That's the only thing that worked last time.
yuuago: (Iceland - Hmph)

And left turns.

And highway driving.

And intersections.

And left turns at intersections.

And driving in general.

But today I hate parallel parking the most, because it's ALL I DID for the entirety of this practice session and I am thoroughly sick of it.

It doesn't help that I'm practising in a vehicle spectacularly unsuited to learning in. Fun.

Grumble grumble grumble, oh well, sigh I'll get the hang of it eventually....

That was my evening. I hope you all had a less frustrating one. >8|
yuuago: (Small Trolls - Jáhko - Doze)
Writing poetry is fun, but it sure doesn't do much to help the CampNaNo wordcount. Heh. Oh, well. I finished a bunch of things this weekend, and worked on some other things, and I'm feeling pretty good about it, even if at the same time I feel like I hardly wrote anything.

I discovered that there's a small space inside the town's community centre that's perfect for just chilling. It's farther back than I usually go, and it has pretty big tables, and really good lighting, and it's kind of quiet because it isn't close to the library entrance. I think I might take to going there to sit and sketch, maybe. Write. Or whatever. Did that for a bit yesterday, and it was nice. I took my sketchpad down with me, the one that was really cheap, so I don't feel uncomfortable about using it, and I scribbled for a little while there. Mostly messy crap, but it felt good. I did manage to do one scannable sketch of Vesa*, which is great because now I can get Kiraly to draw him for me.

Maybe next time, I'll take my coloured pencils and some random objects, and draw those. Drawing things is more fun than drawing people, and it's even better when it's in weird colours, like I did with these. I have a lot of packages of Prismas where I wore down all of the colours that I actually use, and was left with lots of weird-ass shit like light orange and magenta and neon green, so it's nice to find a use for those colours. No idea what I'll take with me for drawing when I do this, though. ...Hah, maybe I'll just draw my lunch before I eat it, that'd do.

I'm thinking about adding fic prompts to my Night on Fic Mountain signup/letter. I'm in a weird space where I like fic, but I don't feel like prompting for it. I'll have to think of something. Maybe just a general likes list would be enough? (General likes, then canon/pairing-specific general likes...) Ehhh I'll figure something out.
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