yuuago: (A Redtail's Dream - Kantele)
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: (Germany - Reading)
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 )

Anyway.

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: (Small Trolls - Veeti - Skygazing)
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: (Tistow - JackAnna - Joy)
☆ 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: (Small Trolls - Veeti - Skygazing)
Last Finished: My Brother's Husband by Gengoroh Tagame. Absolutely lovely manga. The library only has the first volume right now, but hopefully they'll get the rest as it becomes available - I really want to read more of it.

Currently Reading: Forge by Jan Zwicky. Poetry collection, Canadian author. Lots of inspiration taken from classical music here. Also little sprinklings of winter imagery here and there, which is nice. Definitely one that I'll keep and read again.

Also currently reading: Still picking my way through With Fire and Sword by Henryk Sienkiewicz. I wish this came divided into two books; I'd probably be finished it by now if it were more portable.

Reading Next: I took Trans/Portraits by Jackson Wright Shultz out from the library, but... it seems a bit heavy for bus-reading. Might pick up something else first, depending on when I'm done with the poetry.

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Aug. 18th, 2017 05:22 pm
yuuago: (YiH - Mika - Joy)
Today was kind of stressful for a whole bunch of reasons. Plus, we had a ton of smoke blowing in from BC, so it was dark and smokey on top of that. Lovely. But! There are also lots of nice little things, so I'm going to concentrate on that instead.

✿ I found out that there is a lovely little walkway down by the Snye! Normally, I don't go to that area - when I was growing up, that part of the city was kind of sketchy. But it's really clean and nice now. Hopefully it won't be so smokey tomorrow; it would be so nice to go down there in the morning for a good, long walk.

✿ I asked directions from a stranger, and Did Not Die. (...I unfortunately didn't find the thing that I was looking for, either, but that's not the point.)

✿ To reward myself for Not Dying, I had cake. And it was delicious. Chocolate and raspberry with white chocolate shavings, mmm... It was quite a cake, though. I kind of wish I could have shared with someone (but only kind of). It was a lot of cake for one man to handle. (But I defeated it! So. ;V )

✿ Did a little bit of driving practice today! Result: I Did Not Die, I did not damage the vehicle, my mother did not have a heart attack, and I did not have to go out into the smokey air for a second time! Groceries were obtained! Practical left-turn practice happened! Driving during construction also happened! ... xD It was a short but fruitful session.

✿ There was a LGBT display at the library (yay!) and one of the books they had available was the manga My Brother's Husband by Gengoroh Tagame. Started reading it this afternoon; holy shit, is this manga ever adorable. And it isn't all that often that I get to read about a Canadian character in works by authors from outside Canada, so that is really nice. (Though I must admit that I find it funny that the first thing out of Mike's mouth is... profuse apologies. xD It makes sense with the situation but ffffff. Very Canadian.)

✿ It's always so nice to be able to watch artists streaming while they work. <3 Caught some of Elli's stream yesterday and today, and it's just very relaxing to watch. Plus, getting previews of what people are working on is always cool. I am SO happy to hear about the Tistow bookmark set (even though it will be a while before this comes out xD ) Prints are lovely, but kind of a pain because I have so little room in my living space. But bookmarks, now, THAT's something that I have room for, AND something I can use. Most excellent.

✿ I'm going to try a new brownie recipe tomorrow! This one, which is gluten-free and uses black beans in place of flour. I don't have GF requirements, but the idea of using beans as a flour replacement just seemed really interesting to me, so I'm looking forward to trying it. Plus, my pal Tesla recommended this one, soooo hopefully it'll turn out as nice for me as it did for her. Have any of you tried something similar?

So. Yes. Lots of nice little things. I feel pretty good. Have a nice weekend, everyone. <3
yuuago: (SSSS - Emil - Reading)
Finished reading: Circling North by Charles Lillard. Some Canadian poetry has a certain... aesthetic, and I can't quite figure out exactly how to describe that aesthetic. But I figure, the Canadians on my flist probably know what I mean. Reading Lillard's stuff, there's definitely a sense of "Boy howdy, this sure is some Canadian poetry, all right". It's not just the sense of place; it's something else, too. ...But unlike some of the Painfully Canadian stuff I have read, it didn't put me to sleep.

Currently reading: Arctis, selected poems of William Heinesen, translated by Anne Born. This guy sure has a way with words, and I bet his stuff is even more beautiful in the original Heinesen was a Faeroese poet who wrote mainly in Danish. Lots of beautiful nature-based imagery here, and a definite sense of arctic-as-place, which I appreciate. "Winter Dream" is probably my favourite of what's in this collection so far.

Also Currently Reading: With Fire and Sword by Henryk Sienkiewicz. I haven't managed to get very far with this one because it's a huuuuge hardcover, and taking it on the bus to work with me would be ridiculously impractical. So. Anyway, it's an epic novel set in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth during the 17th century. Only one chapter in, but it's great so far! I just... wish this book weren't so huge.

Reading next:
I'm trying to read through all of the books I bought in Victoria last time I went there. Not sure what the next will be, but probably another volume of poetry.
yuuago: (Small Trolls - Veeti - Reading)
Yesterday sucked. But today was better, and I'm glad.

Nice little things:

☆ My copy of Ursula Vernon/T Kingfisher's Halcyon Fairy Book arrived today. <3 I've read some of the stories in it, but not all, so this will be some nice chill-out reading. I'm really, really looking forward to it.

☆ Speaking of Ursula Vernon, her novelette The Tomato Thief won this year's Hugo in its category, yay! (Go read it, it's great.) It's just, I've been a fan of her work for years, and always nice to see her getting such recognition. Her stuff's great.

☆ I received notice that my frame order is complete~ Which means I'll get to pick up Karo's lovely art tomorrow. <3 I still am not 100% sure where I will put it in my room... I think I might need to move some things. Well, it'll be easier to figure it out once I have the actual picture on hand.

☆ Farmer's market tomorrow. <3 It's usually on a weekday, which of course means that I can't go, so the few occasions when it's on a weekend are always nice. I like going down and looking around, even if I don't end up buying anything. Sometimes it's nice to be around people - as long as I don't have to interact with them to any large degree.
yuuago: (Frozen - Reindeers are better)
Well, I've set aside my time off to go to Victoria in September. That'll be nice. It'll be great to just be somewhere else for a while. I'm looking forward to doing absolutely nothing. Relatives keep pressuring me to go somewhere that I haven't been before instead, but... honestly, I can't think of anything that would be more stressful right now than to go somewhere new.

I have Friday off, and I'm really looking forward to getting my Rare Slash exchange fic finished. Man, exchanges are fun, but I'm feeling a little bit burnt out. So, I'll just noodle around with my own stuff for a while after this.

Though, now that I think of it, it might be nice to do a fic trade or two. (Or trade fic for art, perhaps.) I like the way me 'n Grey did it once or twice - decide on a fandom + pairing, and then throw each other three short prompts or so, and pick one. Can't remember what our minimums were - 500 words + 2 weeks to write? Not sure. Anyway, it was fun and stress-free, though I wouldn't want to do it very often.

Lately, I've been listening to an audiobook of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince... This is one of those HP novels that I read only once (unlike the first three), so I'd entirely forgotten the plot. It's kind of fun to experience it for almost-the-first-time. From what little bit I do remember, I recall finding the interaction between Harry and Dumbledore kind of dull, but this time around I'm really appreciating the scenes they have together, sifting through old memories in the pensive. There's just something about those bits, hard to put my finger on precisely what I like about them... It might be, I think, that they both obviously need something from each other, and it's nice to see them actively working together on something.
yuuago: (A Redtail's Dream - Together)
Finished reading: Medicine River by Thomas King. Now that I'm finished it, I think it might end up on my list of comfort novels. It's just such a cozy read throughout - even though there are parts that handle some very serious topics, there's something about the narrative voice that gives the entire book a feeling of warmth. And I like that the structure allows for picking it up and reading at any point you wish; while there's a bit of a continuous narrative in the background, it's a very slice-of-life novel, and every chapter is pretty much self-contained.

Currently reading: Leaf Storm and Other Stories by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Picked this one up at random; loving it so far. The title-story, "Leaf Storm", is more of a novella - and that isn't a bad thing, because I'm really enjoying it (at this point). It has a nice twisty structure.

Reading next: Whereas by Layli Long Soldier. This poetry collection was on my to-read list for a while; I suppose somebody must have rec'd it. Flipping through now, it looks really interesting - this poet plays a lot with structure and form. A lot of it is the kind of work that doesn't translate to digital very well, unless you make an image of it, perhaps. Anyway, I'm glad that it turns out the library had this one; I'm looking forward to it.

Also reading next: Songs to Kill a Wîhtikow by Neal McLeod. I picked this one up because I found the title so striking. This collection takes inspiration from the monsters known as Wîhtikow*, but the poet also writes about the Wîhtikow in the form of a metaphor for the greed and selfishness inside all people ("the attempt to swallow the light from the sky of the world", as he puts it). Anyway, I haven't looked too deeply into the actual poetry yet, but from what I've seen on a quick flip-through, I think I will love this.

On to-read list: Tecumseh and Brock: The War of 1812 by James Laxer. This was my birthday present. :D I'm really looking forward to this - the War of 1812 is one of those things that I have an interest in, but never really learned as much as I would like on the subject. Haven't flipped through it or anything yet, but hopefully it'll be a good read.
yuuago: (Small Trolls - Veeti - Reading)
☆ I received notice that my glasses came in! Unfortunately, I can't pick them up until Saturday because of work, arrrgh. I want them now...! Just so sick of being all squinty. Not to mention that it's embarrassing to go into a cafe (or, well, anyplace like that) and not be able to read the behind-the-counter menu without help. Eesh. Just... a few... more days... x_x

☆ Did some measuring and realized that the watercolours I received are on sheets with Euro sizing (or, well, international sizing), which makes plenty of sense considering where they came from. Problem is, all of the easily-available frames are US sizing. HMMM. Might need to look for an alternate solution here. Was hoping for something where I could easily switch 'em out of the frame at will, considering I only have space to display one at a time, but... eh. Now that I think of it, maybe I should take 'em to the local frame joint to see what my options are. I've been meaning to go anyway, since it's attached to the art gallery, which apparently exists (I was not aware we had one until recently; it's kind of in a weird part of town).

☆ My birthday is on Monday. I really wish my parents would stop bugging me about it. "But what do you want?! Don't you want to celebrate, don't you want gifts, don't you want to dooo anythiiiing...." Look, not to get all "I have no need for material possessions" here, but - I have no need for more material possessions. I already have everything I could possibly desire. And the last thing that I want to do after work is, well, anything. Just let me have some cake and then leave me in peace!

☆ Quick book rec (can't be bothered to do a proper Reading Wednesday): Medicine River by Thomas King is excellent. It's a slice-of-life story about a photographer living in a small city near a Blackfoot reserve in southern Alberta. It's full of vivid characters, and stylistically, it's really easy to get into. I'm not finished it yet, but I expect I will be soon, because I'm having a lot of difficulty putting it down. Compared to King's other books (at least, of the ones I've read), I think I might place it closest to Green Grass, Running Water, though this one doesn't have any supernatural elements to it. (GGRW is also excellent, please read it if you haven't already, it's REALLY good.)
yuuago: (Germany - Reading)
Last finished: Land of Love and Ruins by Oddný Eir. ...I didn't like it. I'm having a difficult time figuring out WHY I didn't like it. What drew me to it was the format - I flipped through it in the library and found that it was just atypical enough to pique my interest; it's written somewhat as a diary, or internal musings, perhaps. But I found myself struggling to stay interested in it. A lack of interest in the narrator and her story, I suppose, maybe.

Currrently reading: Embers: One Ojibway's Meditations by Richard Wagamese. This is one that I saw in the bookstore, considered buying because I love the author's other works, and then decided to try the library's copy instead. It's very what-it-says-on-the-tin, a series of brief personal meditations on the subject of - well, everything. Existence in general. Wagamese has quite a way with words, and it shows here just as well as it does in his poetry. It's taking me a while to get through this one because I prefer to avoid reading big chunks of it all at once. It's better when taken one page at a time. (Ideally, perhaps, one page per day, though there aren't 365 of them.)

Also reading: Loon: Memory, Meaning, and Reality in a Northern Dene Community by Henry S. Sharp. This one is... I'm finding it interesting, but rather difficult to follow at times. The writer draws on a lot of metaphors from quantum mechanics in order to describe things like the Dene perception of time, reality, events, and existence, and it's... a little outside my field. But I do find it interesting, even if I don't expect the quantum bits will contribute much to my understanding of knowledge/power/inkoze as a concept, heh.

Reading next: I have no clue. According to the reading goals I've set, I need to read... uh... more books that I own, rather than library stuff. Fair enough. All things considered, I should read all of the books that I bought last time I went on vacation, because I have zero doubts that the next time I go to Victoria, I'll come back with more. So... it'll probably be one of these:
-Arctis, William Heinesen. Faeroese poet; this one looks like a very landscape-focused volume.
-Circling North, Charles Lillard. Canadian poet. I don't know anything about his work.
-Forge, Jan Zwicky. Canadian poet. Several of the works in this volume are music-influenced. ...I confess, part of the reason I bought this is because I love the way the book was designed; Gaspereau Press puts out such pretty volumes, especially for poetry. (And now I suddenly miss Nova Scotia again, oh dear.)
-What the Bear Said: Skald Tales of New Iceland, W. D. Valgardson. Canadian writer of Icelandic descent. Short stories influenced by Icelandic tradition (or reconstruction of handed-down stories? Not sure).
-Scars, W. P. Kinsella. Short stories set in Hobbema (near Edmonton).
yuuago: (DenNor - Be with you)
31C?

Well, looks like summer is here.

Seriously, wasn't it just a couple of months ago that it was -20C or something... I swear it was.

This time of year, all you can do is flop down and try not to expire from the heat. Bleh. I want to go for a run later, but I might need to make it more brief than usual. It's soooo dry... eugh.

Anyway! A brief Reading Wednesday, since I'm here.

Recently Finished: Bridge of Birds by Barry Hughart. Like I've mentioned in previous entries, it's a very good novel; one of the best I've read in a while. If you haven't read this one, I do suggest giving it a try. It's set in a fantasy version of ancient China, with a delightful cast of characters, a wonderfully light narrative style, and the sort of twisty narrative that takes a million strings and pulls them all together in a really satisfying way. As an aside, there are so many scenes in this book that would make for absolutely beautiful illustrations, oh man....

Currently Reading: Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood. Or rather, re-"reading" via audiobook. It's been a while since I read this one, and I'd forgotten most of it, even though I read the rest of the MaddAddam trilogy more recently. It's very... I find the world in this novel interesting, but there is a lot that I could do without. The Crakers are just a little too weird for me. And everything just seems like it's covered in grit, though I can't remember if the other novels were like that too, or if it's mainly due to Snowman's POV. Maybe I should re-read the others in order to see about it.

Reading Next: Nnnot entirely sure at this time. When it's so fucking hot out, I want to read something cold. Maybe I'll finally read Luminous Spaces, that recent translation of Olav H. Hauge's poetry and journals. I've been meaning to, and anyway, he writes the most beautiful winter landscapes.

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May. 28th, 2017 06:53 pm
yuuago: (A Redtail's Dream - Together)
✿ This weekend, I had the house to myself. At least, for most of it. It was so nice to get up super early, do a few chores, and just relax. Drink some coffee while listening to classical music on the radio and letting the sunlight and birdsong come in through the open garden door. It's so nice to have a bit of peace and quiet. I had no idea that CKUA plays a classical program early on weekend mornings; I might have to try to catch it more often. Unfortunately, my family usually objects when I play this station, but... I can work around that.

✿ About halfway through reading Hughart's Bridge of Birds now. Melusine really knew what she was doing when she sent me this novel; I find it absolutely delightful. Looks like I'm going to have to track down the others in the series.

✿ I went into the forest again this weekend. This morning, I got up early specifically so I could go out before the day got too hot. It's amazing how so much can change in the course of a week. The leaves are actually full and open now, and there are little harebells blooming everywhere. No rose blossoms yet, though, and the fireweed won't bloom until June. Didn't see any deer today, either. ...There were plenty of mosquitoes, unfortunately. I didn't get bitten, but I'll have to remember to bring some repellent next time.

✿ I've found a good place for rituals. It's in one of the places in the Birchwood where there has been some controlled clearing, which means that it's a little more accessible than the place I was using before. It also doesn't have the super-steep, super-slippery decline toward the stream that the other place does, and I don't have to go through a fuckton of rosebushes to get there. Best of all, there's this one tree that was sawed off very cleanly, and the stump is completely flat. It makes for a great altar; I just need to cover it with a cloth first. Most of the logs from the trees they cut down have been cleared, but I found a small section that was left behind, so I can actually sit down to do my work now. My only complaint is that the visuals aren't as good as the other place; before, the stream was only a few feet away from me, and it was a really pleasant experience to be able to watch the water while I cleared my head. Now, I can't see the stream at all; I can only hear it. But that's all right. The location makes up for it in other ways.
yuuago: (OzNZ - Friends)
Because I'm too tired for a proper entry -

✿ I went mucking around in the woods yesterday! I saw three deer! And found a trail that goes deep down to the stream! And did some bushwhacking, and scouted out the general location of a geocache, but since I had neither a pen nor swag on me, I decided not to prod for the exact spot. (Note to self, go back there this weekend. ...And wear gloves. And possibly thicker trousers. ROSEBUSHES EVERYWHERE, I WILL NEVER BE RID OF THEM.)

✿ Apparently when given the choice between nervewracking highway driving practice or parking practice on small roads, I'll choose the highways. Blurgh. WHY do people let their kids play on the road?! And WHY does nobody drive the speed limit here?!

✿ I'm working stacked shift all through this week, and all through the next (with the exception of Victoria Day). I'm gonna die. (When will this fic get written? WHO KNOWS)

✿ Pokemon Go victory: I FINALLY HAVE A BLISSEY. And I earned the 1000KM badge! It's too bad that the badges don't stack; I'd like to earn another one, for another 1000KM. ;) But at least it tracks how much you've walked even after you get gold. And ALSO I finally found an opportunity to stick a pokemon into the gym near my workplace, the one with low turnover - which means that I get 10 coins every day without having to do anything at all. It's glorious.

✿ I have discovered that our library has some of Sapkowski's Witcher novels, so I might have to pick some up this weekend, see how I like them. My mate Tik says she found them kind of blah, but I can't not give them a try, because holy shit, medieval fantasy Poland. I need more of that in my life. :V And apparently Netflix is going to be doing a Witcher tv series? Which is surprising - and I admit that I raised eyebrows a little - but maybe it will be good? Or at least better than the Polish TV series, which I am informed is terrible (of the "let's pretend this never happened" sort, not the "so bad it's good" sort).
yuuago: (YiH - Sakari - Fresh air)
Went out yesterday for some ritual stuff and mucking around in nature... discovered that slippery forest paths are even more interesting when there are rosebushes every-freaking-where and you, by coincidence, forgot to bring the thick gloves that you acquired specifically to deal with this problem. ...But it was all right. The sound of the rain on the stream was very nice. Though the way the wind made the spruce trees creak was a little unnerving. It sounded like they were going to come down on top of me.

I cleaned my room today and (re)discovered that I have way too many books. And most of them, well, I haven't read them. Aaand this leads me to think that I really should stop checking things out of the library, at least for a while, so I can make my way through this backlog. Once I've read something, I'm comfortable ditching it, but in the meantime I have all these piles of books and... yes. I really should take care of this. A lot of it is nonfiction (mainly history), but a good part of it is poetry, and that shouldn't be difficult to get through.

It has been raining all day and I'm in a horrible funk about it. I think, as soon as I have my after-supper coffee, I'll go take a walk outside anyway, just because I'm craving fresh air.

I've been working slowly but steadily on my NoFM exchange fic. Really, I want to start another one - my recip has great taste and I would love to give them two gifts - but I don't know if I would have time to complete two. I know there's roughly a month left, but with work and everything, I'm finding it very difficult to find time to work uninterrupted.

Speaking of exchanges, nom period for [community profile] raremaleslashex starts tomorrow. I'd like to do this one, but it might not be possible with my schedule... we'll have to see.

On an unrelated note, I find it kind of funny how my viewership doubles when I write G-rated fluff of the SSSS juggernaut. It's not that I'm surprised of course; but man, people sure do like Emil/Lalli. Though the fact that the numbers for the fluff were double than the response to the kinky fic of the same length with the same pairing does surprise me - but only a tiny bit (it was a little bit atypical). Normally I don't pay attention to reader response, but since these two things were posted so close together, the differences were more obvious than they otherwise might have been.
yuuago: (Small Trolls - Veeti - Reading)
T. Kingfisher/Ursula Vernon has released a new short story compilation, Jackalope Wives. Yay!

Most of it is previously-published stuff, but since I have a hard time keeping track of her short stories, I haven't read most of them (I have read "Pocosin", which is included here, and I enjoyed it very much). It's nice to have them together in one volume. And there are two new ones that haven't been published before.

Looks like I have something exciting to read this weekend.

While it's on my mind - I've been thinking of doing a giveaway draw for one of T. Kingfisher's ebooks at some point. Would anybody be interested in that? And I can't decide if I'd rather do it for a specific book or not. She's written so many good ones.

There was going to be more to this entry, but I am ex-haust-ed. Today will be an early bed, I think.
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: (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: (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.
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