Wednesday, August 16th, 2017 04:05 pm
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Continuing to improve steadily. Went to the Farmer's Market today and got tasty green things as well as lunch with Guppy and a friend. It had rained, so the picnic tables were wet, and it drizzled on my truck on the way home, but it held off while we were there. And mmmm... green things. We're having beans with dinner tonight. (Grilled chicken adobo)

Kindergarten starts tomorrow, and I (like Guppy) am a mix of excited and scared. This is a big step, and it confuses me that she could be this old already. Wasn't she just learning to talk and sitting in a high chair developing all these strong opinions?

She's looking forward to making friends, and has already made artwork for her new teacher. She won't have any difficulty making her desires clear, and will never be railroaded by peer pressure, at least.

I'm looking forward to having a few hours to work every day. I haven't decided yet how I'm going to arrange my schedule. Maybe three days of not-a-book writing and two days that are 'other projects.' I'd love to go back to my Upheaval novel and finish that. I've got spicy stories to write for Patreon. I'm just a page or two from a new coloring book, and have several half-sketched. I need to do some birds for the next Coloring Alaska book, and I desperately need to give that website some attention. I see a list in my future.

My not-a-book is formatted and my revisions have been cleared. It will get a comb for typos, and is on the calendar for release in two weekends. Yay!

Toast and a Series of Unfortunate Events before bed. (The TV show, no actual events, I hope...)

Look out, kindergarten.

Medical, Shmedical.

Thursday, August 17th, 2017 02:33 pm
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Details )

I've been contemplating the fact of next week's timetable: I have a sleep study overnight on Wednesday and this nerve block on the Friday. And two more medical appointments the week after that....and on it goes with more appointments.

I feel stretched by the simple fact of all these excursions, even without the unexpected back problem, and I am not sure how I'll react if/when something else pops up.

And every so often the implications of All This tend to weigh me down. A bunch of physical problems which rather ironically appear to be unconnected to each other, and unconnected to the thing that disables me for which there is no treatment and no obvious visual signs. My body is breaking down.

I'm shifting my attention away from this stuff as much as I can, but it is a hell of a juggling act.

Face Off through 1.5

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017 11:47 pm
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Note: I've been spoiled for the winner of S1 because I started with 2.1-2.2, both of which I rewatched tonight because the Dragon wanted to watch the show with me, and she wanted to skip S1 because she couldn't stand the backbiting. The Dragon loves art (she's in Talented Art in school) and I think it's really good for her to be exposed to this show since she's enjoying it, and I hope she finds the discussion of aesthetics inspiring. But mostly we're watching it for fun. =)

Read more... )

Meanwhile, in happier news, guess which household's preordered hardcopy of Starfinder RPG arrived today?! =D =D =D I'm not convinced by most of the class/character artwork (some of the gun designs are atrocious--why the fuck would you make a scope design that undulates?!) but the environment/matte painting is gorgeous. I oohed and ahhed over the illustrations for the different homeworlds in particular.

ah, I forgot

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017 09:46 pm
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There is a kind of shot - a trick shot, really - called a domino shot. It's where you hit two targets with a single bullet.

I'd noticed in Annabots that I seemed to be getting some double-kills with single shots, and poking around, I'm under the impression that domino shots are actually a thing in-game.

I think I got one yesterday. Temple of Anubus, on offence, second point, I'm hanging out on my favourite perch, shooting onto the point, really kind of waiting for my team to get back out there as we'd captured part of the point but then got stomped.

I see some movement on the point, and I fire one shot in - Double kill.

I think maybe I got my first domino shot in quickplay.
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PHOENIX (AP) -- The federal government announced Wednesday it will eliminate a policy that allowed national parks like the Grand Canyon to ban the sale of bottled water in an effort to curb litter....

i have missed weightlifting

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017 09:19 pm
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I haven't realised how much I've been missing weightlifting. I mean, sure, it's nice enough while you're doing it, but for just hours after you just feel like unf. Or at least I do. Love it.

A couple of days ago, I was talking offline about how I'm improving as a Widowmaker, but I'm not able to shift a game the way I can by showing up as Tracer or Today I did it.

Dorado, on attack, started as Tracer. They weren't ready for a Tracer at my grade, and we charged pretty well for the first 95% of the first leg, 'till they figured out I was the problem, then we still managed to nudge it to the first objective before we totally got shut down.

So I switched to, and they weren't expecting a of that grade either, but once again, figured out who to focus on, and we charged for 95% and then had to struggle for the last bit, and I brought it home nudge and boop at a time.

But that was it, right? They brought out a Bastion, and's not a good counter to Bastion, and I think they must've swapped another hero, because they were seriously pushing us back to the third spawn point, and I'm thinking, "...I... I really feel like I need to bring out Widowmaker here. I really do."

And so I said fukkit, I did. And started knocking out the Bastion over and over and an eight-person kill-streak later, we're 95% of the way to the third and final point.

Which is, again, when they figure out where I went and started hardcore targeting me and we lost. Plus, indoors on the third stage of Dorado is a terrible, terrible place for Widowmaker, so what did you expect, really? But while we were outside, I was an unstoppable killing machine as Widowmaker, and for the third time, shifted a match from "hopeless" to "edge of victory."

I have no illusions about being able to do it regularly - yet - with Widowmaker. My aim is still super-spotty (tho' the time I'm putting in on Annabots is clearly helping across all heroes) and I don't know all the places to be and not be. But I have now done it, once.

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Animal Brides in SFF Short Fiction post with links to several short stories by [personal profile] forestofglory.

All these stories are well-written and thought-provoking. I particularly liked the one by Ursula Vernon, which reminded me about her story Pocosin which I loved, and led me to find her whole book online Summer in Orcas. Highly recommended all around!

Just noticed there is a live Kickstarter for Summer in Orcas in case you love the online book and want one of your very own. I now have a paperback coming to me sometime, yay!

I also recently backed Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction / Uncanny Magazine and the bonus for backing this is I get emailed a bunch of great essays by people with disabilities about what SF means to them.

Reading Wednesday

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017 11:33 pm
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Hello to everyone that I met at [community profile] tv_talk.

What are you currently reading?

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

Well, I can add this to my mental list of classics that are more famous for their concepts then the actual writing. I like it well enough when the uneven tone doesn't make me want to pull my hair out? However, this is a dystopia that I could do without given current events. Good thing it's only 300 pages.

The Prince of Medicine: Galen in the Roman Empire by Susan P. Mattern

Interesting, for a biography of an antiquity era privileged white man. (Actually, I take the white part back. There were plenty of non-white people in high ranking positions in the Roman world. We just know that Galen was born in Greece.) Galen had an ego the size of the solar system. Also contains descriptions of the sanitary conditions in Rome that are as disturbing as they are fascinating.

What did you just finish reading?

A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin

This book further proves my point that the series hit its peak with A Storm of Swords. I mean, it was good, but could have been so much better if GRRM had used an editor. And what is it with his obsession with missing fingers? More to come if I ever make that giant post about ASOIAF.

What do you think you'll read next?

Definitely Anansi Boys. I also plan to continue Kushiel's Legacy. I regret giving away my copy of Kushiel's Dart, as I could use it for worldbuilding reference.

I've been itching to read a good urban fantasy novel...or epic fantasy...or sci-fi that isn't depressing. My kindle is full of such material. I've decided that I will quit buying books after my birthday in October, until I've read at least half of the content on my Kindle. Things have gotten ridiculous.

There's a job interview tomorrow morning that I'm trying and failing not to be pessimistic about.

I miss Persephone. Should probably stop saying that.

Journey Into Mystery 632: A boy and his dog

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017 10:19 pm
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I recently went down a rabbit hole about the fabulous, foul-mouthed Thori. and since my dog can also be a yelling arsehole...
i give you the heartwarming story of seven Yule puppies. )

Argent #20, Heart Gold #11, Silver Screen #6

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017 11:26 pm
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Name: [personal profile] kay_brooke
Story: Unusual Florida
Colors: Argent #20 (long look in the mirror), Heart Gold #11 (There is no remedy for love but to love more. - Thoreau), Silver Screen #6 (I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.)
Styles/Supplies: Frame, Graffiti (Lilith Faire Day Two Main Stage)
Word Count: 1,132
Rating/Warnings: PG-13; no standard warnings apply.
Summary: Jenna and her mom have a talk.
Note: Constructive criticism is welcome, either through comments or PM.

The next time )
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Title: Narcissa Tournamental
Disclaimer: J. K. Rowling and associates own these characters. I am writing this story for fun and not profit.
Pairing: Harry/Draco, Narcissa/Lucius, background pairings from canon GoF
Content Notes: Angst, violence, crack, AU where Narcissa is an assassin
Rating: PG-13
Summary: Narcissa never thought Harry would be chosen for the Triwizard Tournament. Of course, she never thought Hogwarts would hold such a dangerous tournament, either. But it’s up to her to make her boys safe, and that she will do.
Author’s Notes: This is the AU of Goblet of Fire and will probably be four parts long.

Part Three of Chapter Three.

Read more... )

Book Book

Thursday, August 17th, 2017 02:57 am
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Posted by Mary Anne Mohanraj

Talked to Steve at Lethe Press, and if all goes well, we should have pre-order links live soon for Perennial (garden / cancer / romance) and A Taste of Serendib, 2nd edition (the cookbook), with the books scheduled to be out before Christmas. Mark your holiday gift lists and wish lists.

The cookbook is going to be on the expensive side for the print edition, since it’s twice as big as last time, and POD printing means we don’t get the economies of scale that regular printing would. But on the plus side, Lethe is planning to send everyone who buys the print edition a copy of the e-book as well (the e-book will have all the photos, which are too expensive for us to print; I’m also planning to have the photos available on my website, in case that’s helpful).

So a print book that’s nice and cozy to curl up and read, and an e-book that’s handy for pulling up recipes on your tablet in the kitchen, if that’s how you roll. Best of both worlds, hopefully.

Reading Wednesday

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017 09:51 pm
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What I've Read:

1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus: Second Edition – Charles C Mann.

Reread of a book I haven't read since high school. This is not so much a comprehensive history of precontact America – as Mann points out, that would be an impossible task to put in one volume – as an overview of a couple of the major subjects of dispute and some of what the author arbitrarily chose as the most interesting areas a lot of research is available for, constructed in the form of an argument that American history is just as important and interesting as Old World/European history.

In general, I think this book is good as a lay person's introduction to the subject of precontact American history, particularly if that lay person is not themselves indigenous. I was rereading it to get some major points of reference as a starting point for more research reading, and it was good for that. I think the section about early contact in New England is particularly good as an antidote to the mythological history taught in the American public school system; an introduction to the politics of what was going on immediately precontact among the Wampanoag really helps flesh out that encounter and why people involved made the decisions they did. Mann does a good job of making the subject of history interesting – he's a writer, rather than an academic, being a journalist, and it shows in ways that are mostly positive – and of highlighting culture while still remembering the subjects are human.

That said, there are some things about his approach and tone that really rubbed me the wrong way. I think he's sometimes too credulous about taking research conclusions that are basically speculation at their word (We have no idea what the Mississippian cultures believed; stratification of wealth is a reasonable conclusion from mass retainer sacrifice, but theocratic kings that claimed the ability to control the weather really isn't), but I can't blame a journalist who set out to familiarize the public with current scholarly consensus too hard for the flaws of archaeology.

What really bothers me is his approach to talking about disease, and when it comes up in that context, morality. [content warning: the rest of this review will talk about genocide in America with examples, with a brief mention of the Nazis.]


Read more... )


Debating Democracy: Native American Legacy of Freedom – Bruce E. Johansen, Donald A. Grinde, Jr, Barbara Mann.

I picked this up under the impression it was about the case that the US Constitution was based off of or significantly influenced by the Haudenosaunee/Iroquois government. What it actually is is a history of academic backlash in response to that idea. It's okay at that, but somewhat circular – I have the impression the chapters were written separately from each other as essays, and as a result the same point is sometimes referenced more than once in essentially the same context, and there's no particularly coherent structure. I sometimes got the feeling I was reading the same essay over and over again with different wording each time.

Also, the epilogue (written, I note, by someone other than the authors of the rest of the book) includes a surprise endorsement of the Burning Times myth in the context of claiming that white Americans aren't psychics because everyone with genetic psychic ability in Europe was burnt at the stake, so, uh, yeah.

The Seventh Bride – T. Kingfisher

Reread of a book I've reviewed here before.

Creative Color: A dynamic approach for artists and designers – Faber Birren.

Pretty much exactly what it sounds like – a book about the use of color in art, which starts with basic color theory and types of color schemes, then moves on into techniques for creating various effects like luster, and finishes with some theoretical discussion about using color in 3d space. Biased heavily towards painters, though – most of the exercises include instructions for mixing your own paint and the theory is phrased in those terms. I did generally understand the points that were being made, but some of it may be a little difficult to apply as a graphic artist.

That said I thought it was helpful and actually interesting in terms of theory as well as what I can do with it, which is somewhat unusual for a technique book. I got excited about some of his illustrative experiments, not just wanting to try applying them. His tone is hilariously biased (he calls one particular color scale the most beautiful about a million times), and he also has that infuriating habit of many older male writers of using “he” and “man” constantly, which made me think the book was a lot older than it was until I checked the front and saw the edition was from the late eighties. This may annoy you, too.

I liked his ideas about how skyscrapers should be decorated to make use of being able to put color in three dimensions, though. I wish someone had taken him up on that idea so I could see it in person instead of just trying to imagine it.

What I'm Reading Now

Archaeology of the Iroquois: Selected Readings and Research Sources – edited by Jordan Kerber.

Meant to familiarize the reader with the general state of the field, a long series of republished articles. Very, very mixed bag, as any textbook like that kind of has to be. Why can't archaeologists get it through their heads that glottochronology is disproven? Why do archaeologists insist on using historical linguists' work and then claiming they don't know what they're talking about anyway?

oh, photobucket.

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017 06:26 pm
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This is probably old news to y'all but up until a few days ago, I wasn't aware of the crap PB had pulled in regards to charging folks to embed images, even though I saw *everywhere* the unsightly PLEASE UPGRADE YOUR ACCOUNT FOR 3RD PARTY HOSTING. I was confused at first but eventually figured it out. I mean, it just happened with me. But the other day I was looking for icons and noticed so many icon communities posts were bombarded with that error message. Which sucks because some of the great ones, despite no longer being updated, were still around as a sort of archive for people. So much for that now. :(

Anyway - I settled with imageshack, which so far is working out okay. If you have better suggestions, throw them at me please! At some point I'll save my personal photos and art that I have stored on pb and move them elsewhere just to get rid of my accounts altogether. 

How is everyone's day going?? Today I took my pop to his last doc appt for a long time (he's happy about that) and it went well. His vitals are great and he's getting plenty of air in his lungs and to his heart. \ o /

Me, personally, I will be okay once I'm no longer sweating absolutely everywhere (aka) bring on the cold weather!!!!

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