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2020-06-24 01:34 am
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yuuago: (SSSS - Vesa - Guelder-rose)
2017-09-18 06:57 pm
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Holy shit, you know you're a lightweight when all it takes to get you flushy is a single can of cider.

OR MAYBE it's just that the fic I'm writing is Really That Hot. Yeah, let's pretend it's that.

(Hey, [personal profile] laufeyknits, I think you'll love this thing. I mean, we figured that, but... seems it'll be up your alley. Probably.)

Apparently writing This Sort Of Thing is easier after a drink or two. I've slapped down five... almost six pages in two days. Who'd have thought. (NOT ME)

Except if everything goes according to plan it'll be Really Fucking Long and oh man, I don't want to think about how much of a pain in the ass it'll be to proof this, ugh....

Oh well. LATER. I will worry about that later. Yes.
yuuago: (A Redtail's Dream - ?!)
2017-09-17 09:15 pm
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Oh gods, please remind me to never go into a yarn store again. Yarn stores are dangerous. Very.

(But... so many lovely things....)

I'm going to go to a piano performance tomorrow! And then a string quartet performance on Wednesday! Ahhh I haven't done anything of the sort in ages, this will be so nice... It's a good thing that I packed some vaguely-presentable clothes just in case.

Also: managed to write something today. It was kind of drizzly and cold and nasty, so I spent some time slapping down words in a cafe, and turned out about 1.2k ish. Feels good! Except, I started something new, when really, I should be finishing older wips. Oops. (It's that one with Tapiotar/Vesa, and if it turns out the way I expect, it'll sure be... something. And also one of the most niche things I've ever written, but oh well. xD)
yuuago: (A Redtail's Dream - Hannu)
2017-09-16 09:54 pm


(Apologies if this posts twice; DW has been giving me tons of errors this evening.)

* Oh gods. My feet hurt. So. Bad. Not because of ill-fitting shoes; I've just done... so much walking... Damn, it's too bad I didn't take the phone with PokeGo on it; I'd have hatched a million eggs today. Upside: I did some wandering, discovered some new coffee shops away from the busiest part of downtown (and therefore more likely to be reasonably quiet), and also came across a grocery store, which certainly does mean some good things for my wallet. Mmm, fruit and granola for breakfast....

* I went to One Wave Gathering* at the legislature lawn today, and there were dance performances by various indigenous groups from the island, as well as some from the South Pacific, and it was awesome.

* Picked up a tiny cheapass sketchbook and spent some time scribbling (including while I was watching the dancers). Not actual, y'know, drawing; just some scribbly figures. It's nice. I find that if I go into things with the intent of disposing of it/recycling it after I'm finished, I enjoy it more....

* Going to go see Nomadic Tempest tomorrow evening. It's... a rock opera? Performed on a boat? Something like that. Hopefully it'll turn out to be as cool as it sounds. ;p

* I was going to write tonight, but I'm far too tired for it. ...Ordinarily I'd feel a bit bad, but I regret nothing. ;V (Well, okay, MAYBE I feel a TINY bit like a slackass for not writing anything for Synchronised Screaming two weeks in a row, but....) Hopefully I'll be able to do some scribbling tomorrow, though. The Trick or Treat signup list looks so good already, and I want to get started with writing....

* YiH: Karo showed a preview from an extra chapter* and eeeee~ <3 Ahhh Veeti's hair is doing that, you know, fwoosh, wavy thing. Loving the reminder that YiH Veeti actually is very attractive when he doesn't have that "half-dead, or maybe he just got pulled out of a swamp" sort of look goin' on... It's something that I forgot about, to the point where I even told Folie that while I love him to bits, he ain't smoochable, not so much. I CONCEDE, I take it all back, A++ would kiss.

* Imagine what a spider wearing flip flops would sound like. Just think about that for a second.
yuuago: (A Redtail's Dream - Kantele)
2017-09-15 09:17 pm
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Ahhh, such lovely weather~

WELL, here I am in Victoria. It's nice to be off the plane, let me tell you. :V

Popped into Munro's after supper... oh gods, I need to avoid going in there. The amount of books - well, not just books, but books I would actually want to read - is overwhelming. They have an entire set of bookshelves filled with poetry! Like, not just one shelf, but the whole damn rack! So much of it! Huge! Every time I go in there, my brain can't process the amount of it. Far different from back home's "half of one shelf, and half of that selection is made up of Leonard Cohen".

Discovered that Gregory Scofield has a new collection out - Witness, I Am. Had to get it, of course. AND ALSO I discovered that he'll be holding workshops at the Festival of Authors... which I am going to miss by only a handful of days, arrrrgh goddamn. If only I could extend my stay!

See, his writing means a lot to me - when I read Singing Home the Bones, it was the first time I'd come across a 21st-century poet whose work I actually liked. Before that, it was all... [/vague handwave] Epics and medieval stuff. The Harley lyrics, Homer's works, the Kalevala, Beowulf, that sort of thing. But there was something about Scofield's work, I can't put a finger on what.

So, that's a disappointment. But oh, well. Maybe some time another opportunity will present itself.

Regardless, I'm looking forward to doing glorious nothing for an entire week. It'll be nice to just do whatever I please and not have to think about... anything at all.

Also: my room has a proper teakettle. I'm delighted. No sad mediocre microwaved tea this time. Brilliant. <3
yuuago: (BlackJack - Snap)
2017-09-14 11:54 pm
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Ugh, no matter what, every time I'm about to go someplace, I tend to be filled with these feelings of... "This is so inconvenient, I really don't feel like going, I'd rather just stay here".

Which is stupid.

I just really, really hate packing... and airports... and so on. Then again, I don't know many people who do enjoy all that.

(And it's always so hard not to overpack, too. Self, you're only going for a week, keep that in mind.)
yuuago: (Germany - Reading)
2017-09-13 09:15 pm

Reading Wednesday

Oof... there was some sort of enormous construction delay, and traffic was backed up, and the tl;dr of it is that I didn't get home until nearly 8PM. Geeze.

Upside: I was able to finish reading Patrick Gale's A Place Called Winter.

Quick take: This was a breezy read. I liked it. Would read it again, even. It'd make a good film, actually. Because of the premise, I was worried that it would have a tragic end, but that is not so; the ending is hopeful.

Now, a fairly realistic M/M novel set in Edwardian-era England and Saskatchewan is bound to have its parts that are painful to get through... and that can be said for this one. But there are also a lot of happy moments too. And, like I mentioned, the ending isn't a downer (or at least, not entirely).

Would I recommend it? Sure, especially if the time period/setting is appealing. While there is romance in it, it's as much historical fiction as it is a romance (if not more), and for me, the Saskatchewan bits were definitely part of the appeal.

The author isn't Canadian, but I think he must have travelled to Canada at some point, because the way he paints a portrait of it is just so very perfect.

A couple of short excerpts that I liked )


The character I fell in love with most was (as usual) not the central character, Harry Cane; rather it was Ursula, a two-spirit woman who shows up in certain parts and forms a friendship with Harry over time. We see just enough of her for me to latch on to, and man, I'm kind of tempted to write fic about her....

More about that (also, spoilers) )
yuuago: (DDADDS - Damien - Glam)
2017-09-11 09:37 pm
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Blah blah blah eyeshadow

I picked up a MUFE palette a while back, and it's only recently that I've been experimenting with it a bit.

More about that )
yuuago: (DenNor - Be with you)
2017-09-10 10:07 pm

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You know it's time for bed when you accidentally put the relationships in the characters field... Maybe it's best to just, like, not let me near Ao3 ever. (Or maybe I could get some proper sleep for a change -- nah.)

Today was utterly nasty. Windy and cold and rainy all at once. I took one look outside, and decided to not even bother going out or anything, because it looked seriously unpleasant. (And now I feel like a lump, but, well. That's how it goes.)

Finished my letter* for [community profile] trickortreatex. You guys should all consider doing this one~ I love this exchange so much! Mmm, that bite-sized minimum wordcount. Delicious. :D

Leaving for vacation this Friday... Aahh! It'll be nice to go somewhere, even if it's somewhere I've been before - well, Victoria is always nice. Haven't decided what to do when I'll get there, but I'm sure I'll figure it out. Though, considering so much of the Pacific coast is on fire, I'm a little worried about smoke. Not physically, but well - ugh, I'll just deal with it somehow if I see/smell it, I guess.

On an unrelated note, I made a crustless quiche thing yesterday, and it turned out really good. ...I had supervision for it, but eh. At least it turned out. ~Learning experience~ and all that. We were going to do another one of my recipes from that book of Fruilian cooking, but we took one look at the time/temperature suggested for baking the frittata, and were like "... this seems off". Sooo... we used one of mom's recipes instead. I might dump it here later - going to have to look for the card first.

Dziady etc; pagan stuff )
yuuago: (Tistow - Veeti - Magic)
2017-09-10 04:32 pm

Trick or Treat Exchange Letter :。・:*:・゚'☆

Dear Trick or Treat creator:
Hi! I'm really looking forward to what you're working on for me. I bet it'll be awesome. :D I've tried to provide a lot of possibilities in order to give you an idea of what I'd enjoy - but I'd be pretty happy with almost anything. There is no need to adhere strictly to my prompts; run with them in whichever direction you would like. As long as you don't hit anything on the Do Not Want list, we're good!

Requested medium: Fic or Art (all fandoms). Requested genre: Treat or Trick (all fandoms). Ao3 username: yuuago.

Questions/comments/requests for clarification are welcome. *Letter subject to change - I might add more prompts or another fandom later.

Likes and Dislikes )
A Redtail's Dream )
Hetalia )
The Seventh Bride – T. Kingfisher )
Slavic Mythology )
Small Trolls )
The Snow Queen (1957) )
Stand Still Stay Silent )
Valiant Hearts: The Great War )
Year in Hereafter )
yuuago: (Small Trolls - Veeti - Skygazing)
2017-09-06 07:12 pm

Reading Wednesday

Finished reading: Forge by Jan Zwicky. Already mentioned in a previous entry that I liked it, so I'll just say - this poetry collection is great from beginning to end; if you have a chance to read it, please do so. There's something about her work that feels very fresh and musical; I can see myself returning to re-read this one frequently.

Currently reading: Nights of the Living Dead: An Anthology, edited by Jonathan Maberry and George A. Romero. This is, basically, a short story collection of fanfiction for the film Night of the Living Dead. Well, okay, not all of it is fanfiction - considering George Romero has a story in it, as well as John Russo. ;) But, anyway. If you like short stories, and you like zombie fiction, and you like Night of the Living Dead in particular, then you'll enjoy this - though you don't need to have seen the film in order to appreciate it.

Also Currently Reading: What the Bear Said: Skald Tales of New Iceland by W. D. Valgardson. More short stories. Some of them are folk tales that came over from Iceland mostly-unaltered; others are Icelandic-Canadian stories firmly grounded in the Canadian setting. Storms over Lake Winnipeg, instead of whales there are enormous sturgeons, talking bears.... One story in particular that I loved involved elves in Canada.

Short retelling of it under here, because I liked it so much )

Now, there's one tiny detail that made me laugh - there's a scene where everyone is trying to find a "normal" explanation for who the elves were, based on what the clothing looks like; the answer they came up with was "Oh, the embroidery is so beautiful; they must have been Galicians" - okay, yes, thank you; if Galicians = elves, then I'm going to pretend that my ancestors were elves now. \:D/ Clearly my grandmother was an elf-lady, haha. <3 Anyway....

Reading next: Awfully Devoted Women: Lesbian Lives in Canada, 1900-65 by Cameron Duder. Title pretty much says it all; I have no idea if this book is any good, but we shall see. The selection of stuff in the local library that deals with specifically-Canadian LGBT2QA stuff is... small.

Also reading next: A Place Called Winter by Patrick Gale. This one is a M/M novel set in Saskatchewan near the end of the Edwardian era. Hopefully the ending won't be tragic (but I'll steel myself for it anyway). It wasn't written by a Canadian; Gale is British. I find that interesting - it isn't often that I find stuff in Canadian settings that isn't by a Canadian author. Well, we'll see how this one goes.
yuuago: (DenNor - Be with you)
2017-09-05 07:54 pm
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It's driving me nuts how I need to wear a coat when I leave the house in the morning, and then when I'm heading home from work, it's so hot that as soon as I get home I need to change into shorts immediately. Make up your mind, weather... Cold or hot, not both, please.

(Yes, I know, I'll regret saying this in a couple of weeks. Shh.)

Ah, suddenly realizing that I'll be leaving for vacation in under two weeks... I haven't quite figured out what I'll do in Victoria, aside from the usual, but. We'll see. ("The usual" includes appreciating the good weather, spending way too much time in bookstores, eating copious amounts of pastries, a bit of shopping, and wandering around the pretty surroundings. ...And lots of writing, of course.)

Aaand in other news, I've been Making An Attempt at getting the dogs to actually follow commands. See, they listen to my brother, but not to anyone else. It's... going slowly, but they're starting to get the idea. xD But getting them to sit without treats, now, that's going to be a whole lot harder.....
yuuago: (Norway - Tea)
2017-09-04 08:24 am
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Kitchen adventures + Apple cake recipe

That spinach & pancetta soup didn't turn out as hoped, but ahhhh well. Live and learn.

Mom came home yesterday, so I showed her the recipe I'd been using (it's from a really lovely book of recipes from Fruili, the region of Italy my grandfather immigrated from). She took one look at it and was like "Well, there's your problem - you're following the instructions exactly". Ahaha... apparently the techniques for incorporating the corn meal, as described, are "hard mode" and there were other things I should have done, and so on, but obviously one wouldn't know about any of it if they're just doing what the book says. Oh, well.

So, I don't think I'll try making this particular version of Paparòt again. But I'd like to try some of the other things some time... there are some frittata variations in here that sound really good, and I mean, how hard can it be, it's just a crustless quiche (says the person who has never made quiche). And ahhh there's a recipe for Fave dei morti, I want to try that when we get closer to the end of October....

Upside: I made a cake from the same book! And it turned out pretty decently! So, there's that. (Though once again, "I can bake, but I can't cook at all" rears its head, fffff.) And since it turned out well, I'll share the recipe here. USA measurements, sorry; you'll have to convert it yourself.

Carnian Torta di Mele )
yuuago: (Tistow - JackAnna - Joy)
2017-09-01 08:54 pm

Bits and bobs and such

☆ Today was very relaxing. Aside from cleaning and running a couple of errands, I did nothing but loaf around, read a little, and watch art streams. It was nice! This past week has been so stressful, and I think I really needed to... decompress a bit, I guess you could say. But hooo boy, I'd best not repeat this tomorrow. One day of loafing is quite enough, thank you.

☆ Noms have opened for [community profile] trickortreatex! Whoo! I'm really looking forward to this exchange. The 300-word minimum is just perfect for my tastes right now, really. Now, to get that letter written. I'm not sure how I'll even be able to decide what to request... Narrowing it down is going to be so hard. Especially since this is character-based matching, rather than pairings. Hmmm....

☆ My parents are on vacation, which means that I'm alone in the house, which means I'm able to practice cooking without imposing on anyone or annoying anybody with the mess or using up ingredients that are reserved for something else or subjecting anybody to my failures. Huzzah. It's so ridiculous - I can make desserts just fine; I can't think of a single time I've ever messed up when making something sweet. But cooking actual, you know, food? Well, I'm essentially not allowed to do it unless everyone else is absent or incapacitated, because it usually turns out wrong (not inedible, just... not good). It's not like I'm magically going to get better at it in the span of these few days, of course, but every attempt is one step toward sucking less! Yeah!

☆ Reading: Finished Trans/Portraits*. I was expecting it to be interesting - and it was - but it was also really good. This book is made up of snips of interviews with trans people commenting on various subjects related to being transgender in the USA, and it provides a wide variety of trans perspectives; there was a lot of effort toward showing how broad and varied the experience is, and how there's no singular way to exist. Worth a read if that subject interests you. This book has been on my radar for a while, since the local library has it, but I didn't get around to reading it until now because... well, this book, like most of the other nonfiction LGBT books at our library, is focused on the USA. And while I'm glad that they have these, I'm really more interested in the subject as it applies to Canada, for obvious reasons. So I've been kind of poking around these books and getting frustrated because, argh, this is almost what I want, but not quite.... (Clearly this means I need to research around for titles that are relevant to Canada, and inter-library them or something, but ugh, effort.)

☆ It's starting to get a little bit cooler now. I'm glad for it; for a while there, summer was a little too much for me to handle. Have a lovely weekend, everyone.
yuuago: (SSSS - Lalli - Rest)
2017-08-30 09:17 pm
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Ugh. I spend all day thinking about writing, and then when I get home, I hardly have the energy to make lunch for the next day, let alone write.

Mind you - I get up at 5 AM, and lately I've been getting home at 7 PM, so I guess it's no wonder I'm tired. It's a miracle I manage to write anything at all when I'm on these longer shifts.

...Whine, whine, whine, jesus christ I feel as if all I do these days is complain! And that, my friends, is why Dreamwidth is a blessing. I could kiss whoever coded the "Don't show on Reading Pages" function. None of my followers will be exposed to my trivial kvetching; only the handful of weirdos who go directly to my journal to read it will see this. (I say this with fondness, of course. You people are lovely, even if you are weirdos.)

This really is a bummer though. I wanted to write... TST and YiH poetry... ugh I think I will have to try to go to bed early instead. -_-

(...After I make lunch. Self, do not forget to make lunch. You WILL regret it if you forget to make lunch. Arrrrgh why does this meatsack need food to function, why can't I just plug myself in at an electrical socket somewhere, whine, whine, whine...)
yuuago: (Åland - Plotting)
2017-08-29 10:17 pm

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Note to self: posting for [community profile] fandomgiftbox is open through September, and there are Certain Individuals requesting fandoms you can write... why not make an attempt?

Yes, that does sound like a good idea. Now, we just have to see... ehhh might need to dig around for inspiration a bit.

Well. That shouldn't be hard. Minimum wordcount is ~100, and I do like writing drabbles and poetry....

(Let's just ignore that there are a million other things that I should be doing right now.)
yuuago: (SSSS - Purrito - Twirl)
2017-08-28 07:19 pm

SSSS - (Toward the) End of Ch16 Braindump


More about that )
yuuago: (Norway - Tea)
2017-08-26 08:18 pm
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Pride YMM~

Today was... busy.

The Pride YMM event was on today! And I went! And I dressed up, of course, and it was really warm with that wig on, of course. But my makeup was awesome and my blue hair looked great.

AND, I talked to three complete strangers, and had brief but friendly conversations, and did not die from anxiety! In fact, I hardly felt anxious at all during those brief talks, which was... unexpected and very atypical.

Also, I introduced myself with the name I plan to publish under (if I do come up with anything submit-worthy for that magazine), and it felt natural to use it, so that's great.

The event itself was... underwhelming, which is what I expected. Typical of any Fort McMurray public gathering, honestly. xD At least there was live music? (They tried!) And lots of rainbow everything everywhere, of course. :D It was supposed to go 4 hours, but I left halfway through, after the speeches, because I'd had more than enough crowds for one day. It was enough to show up, anyway.

The important part is that there was a lot of people! Of all ages! Way more people than I was expecting to see. And, at least during the time I was there, there were no... well, homophobic assholes protesting the event, or anything like that. It was just a nice, low-key, family-friendly thing, and I'm really happy that we were able to have something like this, because I was so worried that it would go badly.

I feel very... well, I've never felt supported here, in this regard, by the city overall. But it feels good to know that people like me are willing to try to carve out some sort of niche here, and if we get together, maybe we can actually do something.

Maybe, if Pride YMM decides to hold something similar next year, I'll volunteer for it. I was actually considering volunteering to help with setup this time around, but decided not to because it felt like biting off more than I could chew. (Plus, I'm dog-sitting, and I can't leave them home unattended for that many hours.) But... next year, maybe.