Grab bag

Jul. 23rd, 2017 01:01 pm
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I've been lurking around the edges of the stuff out of SDCC and D23. The pirated Infinity War trailer was interesting? And utterly unsurprising.

A household that I'm friends with got news that their landlord is kicking them out with 60 days notice. Most of them have lived in the house for 19ish years? There is some flailing going on there. I took them out to dinner and it was nice to see them in the midst of their now imminent move and mine on Tuesday.

Did a walk around in my neighborhood. I am going to miss this place. I was finally able to articulate to a friend that while I'm sick of this area and how precious (and expensive) it's gotten, I've been squeezed out of the job market here and it sucks. And my destination wasn't on my radar as a spot to move to. Maybe after I get a cat again it won't suck?

Two sleeps left. I pack the truck tomorrow afternoon.

4 days left!

Jul. 23rd, 2017 03:06 pm
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Hey, guys! Signups close in a little under 4 days @ 11:55 PM PDT on Thursday, July 27. Here's a countdown.

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    Jul. 23rd, 2017 12:56 pm
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    We're leaving this afternoon for Fontana, no one's favorite vacation destination. Kyle's surgery is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. tomorrow and he has to be at the surgery center an hour ahead. Rather than getting up at the crack of dawn, we're spending the night at the Hilton Garden Inn Fontana. He should be released before noon so we'll be back home by afternoon.

    There is absolutely nothing to do in Fontana. There is not a decent sit-down restaurant in the entire city. Their highly rated Mexican hole-in-the-wall doesn't hold a candle to the one in my neighborhood. There is a pool at the hotel. There's a movie theater right down the street so we might go see the latest Spiderman reboot. (Good grief. How many more times will they reboot that movie franchise?) Or maybe we should see Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets instead. Basic cable is basic. I'll bring my computer but WiFi is spotty.

    I didn't get a chance to finish, let alone post this before it turned into old news.

    My husband just aspirated again. The hotel is cancelled. The surgery center doesn't open until 7:00 a.m. tomorrow so informing them will have to wait.

    I see a trip to Urgent Care in the near future, as soon as I can talk him into it. He's really scared. This could be bad, like our last December vacation in Hawaii kind of bad. At least this time we're at home.

    Escape Plan

    Jul. 23rd, 2017 02:45 pm
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    Title: Escape Plan
    Author: [personal profile] alisanne
    Pairing/Characters: Severus Snape, Kingsley Shacklebolt, Lucius and Narcissa Malfoy, Albus Dumbledore.
    Word Count: 100 x 7
    Rating: PG
    Challenge: Written for [community profile] snape100's prompt # 700: The Snapely Alphabet of Places - Upper Flagely.
    This is part Twelve of my Snape: Horcrux Hunter series (LJ/IJ/DW).
    Warning(s): AU.
    Beta(s): [personal profile] sevfan and [personal profile] emynn.
    Disclaimer: The characters contained herein are not mine. No money is being made from this fiction, which is presented for entertainment purposes only.

    Read Escape Plan on LJ/IJ/DW.


    Jul. 23rd, 2017 11:46 am
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    via [personal profile] laurashapiro -- the third vid is by [personal profile] kuwdora:

    "The Power (Sense8)"

    Bonus (the original vocal sampled on the song ((at 3:00 in)) before Laurie Penny rerecorded it):

    Dear Equinox

    Jul. 23rd, 2017 11:53 am
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    I hate doing this, but this is a placeholder! I promise to post details as soon as I can. <3 

    Just One Thing (23 July 2017

    Jul. 23rd, 2017 07:34 pm
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    It's challenge time!

    Comment with Just One Thing you've accomplished in the last 24 hours or so. It doesn't have to be a hard thing, or even a thing that you think is particularly awesome. Just a thing that you did.

    Feel free to share more than one thing if you're feeling particularly accomplished!

    Extra credit: find someone in the comments and give them props for what they achieved!

    Nothing is too big, too small, too strange or too cryptic. And in case you'd rather do this in private, anonymous comments are screened. I will only unscreen if you ask me to.

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    Title: First vacation together
    Fandom: The Faculty (AU)
    Characters: Casey Connor, Zeke Tyler
    Words: 200
    Rating: R
    also written for [community profile] drabble_zone Challenge: # 47 = Vacation / Holidays
    Disclaimer: Of course, I don't own The Faculty nor the characters

    Sweet and fruity. You will love it )

    Poem: "Boston Pride"

    Jul. 23rd, 2017 12:06 pm
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    This poem is spillover from the July 4, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by [personal profile] technoshaman. It also fills the "lesbian" square in my 5-29-17 card for the Pride Bingo fest. This poem belongs to the series Walking the Beat.

    Read more... )

    new Penric impending

    Jul. 23rd, 2017 10:00 am
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    I am pleased to report that I have finished the first draft of a new Penric & Desdemona novella. (For that peculiar value of "finished" that means, "still dinking till it's pulled from the writer's twitchy hands.")

    Title will be "Penric's Fox"

    Length, at this moment, is around 37,400 words. It is more-or-less a sequel to "Penric and the Shaman", taking place about eight or nine months after that story.

    Final editing and formatting, arranging for cover art to send it out into the world nicely dressed, etc., will take some unknown amount of time and eyeball-endurance, but e-pub will likely happen in August.

    My computer file tells me I started typing the opening on March 3rd, but of course there was lead-up to that. It is, in general, hard to tell or remember when a project segues over from "notion" to "planning", although the notion had been with me for some time. Story notions are like a collection of vaguely related objects rattling around in a box; planning starts when some key object that connects them all drops in, and things suddenly get interesting.

    Ta, L.

    posted by Lois McMaster Bujold on July, 23

    (53) Diana Prince in Justice League

    Jul. 23rd, 2017 08:34 pm
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    (53) Justice League trailer & Comic Con sneak peek
    → Diana Prince


    OVER HERE at [community profile] megascopes
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    Currently Reading: Arundhati Roy, 'The Ministry of Utmost Happiness'; Science of the Discworld II, and a few other bits and pieces.

    Recently Finished: Backdated reviews from the UK trip, as follows

    The Lawrence Browne Affair (The Turner Series, #2)The Lawrence Browne Affair by Cat Sebastian

    My rating: 4 of 5 stars

    Apparently I was on a roll with 'accidentally reading book two before book one of a series'. I liked this one! Although without the context of book 1 I had some trouble figuring out WHY a slum-born swindler was a competent secretary, I liked it a lot. I liked that the give-and-take came from both directions (Georgie's decision to read up on electricity was a nice touch), and I'm a fan of the cast of supporting characters - Lawrence's female inventions buddy especially.

    The Soldier's Scoundrel (The Turner Series, #1)The Soldier's Scoundrel by Cat Sebastian

    My rating: 2 of 5 stars

    I liked this one a lot less than The Lawrence Browne Affair. It just seemed... meh. Meh in world-building, and in character-building. I think there's only so many 'scoundrel goes straight for love' romances one can read in a row, and I was coming to Cat Sebastian off the back of KJ Charles' An Unnatural Vice.

    Mother of Souls (Alpennia, #3)Mother of Souls by Heather Rose Jones

    My rating: 4 of 5 stars

    This was *interesting*. This book is definitely marking a genre-stamp for the series, moving it more firmly into historical-fantasy and away from romance. Which, given I was getting sick of neatly parcelled romance novels, is a good thing to me. I enjoyed both of the new lead women characters, and the returning ensemble cast. It was particularly rewarding to see Anna the apprentice develop more as a character. The test to Margerit's worldview & philosophy of the mysteries via Serafina was great, as was the increase in ensemble cast diversity.

    I'm just a bit surprised - I thought this was 3 in a trilogy, but it's clearly not a final-in-the-series book. This is, overall, a GOOD surprise. I have high hopes! Especially for Margerit's niece - I devoutly hope she's our next heroine.

    Frenchman's Creek (VMC Book 2160)Frenchman's Creek by Daphne du Maurier

    My rating: 4 of 5 stars

    I've never read any Du Maurier, and I'm told this is atypical - the only one of her works she claimed as a romance at all. It was a bit weird to read, like, say, if you'd read LOTR *after* reading Raymond E Feist. Suddenly I could see all these influences on the queer histrom I've been reading - not only faithfully adapted elements but *deliberately departed from* ones. Like. If this was written by one of the m/m histrom crowd now, there would be a *lot* deeper interrogation of the class issues in the novel. (Class here is used primarily as a _uniting_ factor, something to bring its heroine together with her Manic Pixie Pirate Baron, and not really interrogated at all.) Fisherman's Creek is definitely better literature, but less self-aware.

    Good things: it's not in the slightest HEA. Which I liked - I was surfeited on HEA by the time I got to this one, and I can't see how a HEA would have *worked* here (unless you rewrote it as m/m. In which case they run away to sea together).

    Also, Our Hero is a Manic Pixie Pirate Baron. That part seemed fairly self-aware: burned out woman gets to meet an inspiring rebel who Changes Her Life and recharges her to go back to her real world, much as has happened to dudes in literature forever.

    To review later: Georgette Heyer, Tanya Huff, a book about beds, the latest Archer magazine issue, and LM Montgomery's autobiography.

    Up Next: I need to attack Carolyne Larrington's 'Brothers and Sisters in Medieval Literature'

    Music notes: well I saw Midnight Oil, asyouknowBob. And I bought Alan Doyle's first solo album, Boy on Bridge. Today I noticed that the song 'Testify', which sounds like country-gospel, is actually a song about a dude escaping prison by staging a river immersion baptism. This pleases me.

    Prompt for 2017-07-23

    Jul. 23rd, 2017 01:24 pm
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    Today's prompt is "bearing witness".

    (no subject)

    Jul. 23rd, 2017 05:52 pm
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    I'm a 33 year old Scottish woman, trying to get my journal groove back. I'm a mum of three boys from teen to newborn, and work in healthcare but (thankfully) I'm on maternity leave just now. I mainly write about daily life, the struggles and highlights of attempting to adult and parent and be healthy as a highly strung, stressed over-thinker who doesn't like herself most of the time.  

    Wow, I sound fun.  Should I mention that there will be wine, gin and chocolate?

    I was obsessed with my Livejournal back in the day - I started it back in 2003 and even though I've only dipped in and out of it in recent years, writing is still very much how I make sense of my life and my mind. That's why I'm trying to reignite that obsession I once had...though it's difficult with increasing grown up responsibilities and shrinking time of my own to put pen to paper fingers to keyboard.  But I know I need the chance to record snatches of life as it flies past, and an outlet for when my mental health takes a dive. 

    I swear and I like to write no-holds-barred.  I'm very liberal and support choice - be that choice of who you love, choice over your reproductive options, or just the freedom to chose what you're going to watch on telly tonight. I'm doing my Masters in weight management so I try to live healthily through fitness (like dancing and weight training, albeit on a very beginner level) and healthy eating, but more often than not find myself alone amongst the crumbs at the bottom of a packet of biscuits. I'm book obsessed (mainly literary fiction and never fantasy, chick-lit, or much sci-fi), love a good tv series (Mr Robot, Stranger Things, The Handmaid's Tale, OITNB, Top of the Lake and Homeland have been recent highlights), and sometimes I even get out to see friends.  Some or none of this may come out in my writing.

    Along with a lack of time, I guess part of why I've lost touch with my journal has been my shrinking friends list.  It's hard to make time to update when it feels increasingly like you're just shouting into a void. So I'd love it if anyone out there who is in a similar place in life or who is into similar things would like to take a punt on my journal.  I wont promise a very active journal but I am going to try, and I'm also going to try and be a good friend in return.

    It's a good job I've been with my husband for ten years, because I'd suck at filling out a dating profile.  Feel free to swipe left (or is it right...? I'm not on Tinder).

    Moment of Silence: Maryam Mirzakhani

    Jul. 23rd, 2017 11:28 am
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    Famous mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani has passed away.  She came from Iran and won her first medal in a
    mathematics competition in 1994.

    Challenge # 6

    Jul. 23rd, 2017 04:13 pm
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    Special #1 is closed now. We have eleven fills written by four authors for this round. Thanks to everyone for participating.

    Challenge # 6

    Writing period: 23.07.2017 - 30.07.2017

    Pictures 11 & 12

    klick on the preview to see a bigger version

    You have three options to work with the pictures.

    - choose one picture to write one story
    - choose both pictures to write two different stories
    - choose both pictures and try to bring them together in one story

    Interpret the pictures in which way ever you like. As long as you can explain the connection between the picture and your work everything is fine.

    Please visit the FAQ for more information.

    We also have an AO3 Collection. Feel free to add your work there, but please post it in this community, too.

    Good luck and have fun!
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