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I got two gifts, both for the Medieval Manuscript Illustrations fandom such as it is (look, Yuletide periodically brings out delightful things.) where the nominated characters involved barnacle geese, battle snails, and penis trees.

rosy as a flushed red apple skin (never been as sweet)
is an article for a class reading of the course The Medieval World. Part of an academic article on why penis trees disappeared from the European landscape, a selection of items from an exhibit catalog, and three stories from the Venerable Bede. (The names of the authors referenced in the work delight me, too.)

The Marvels of Whitby
is a brief correspondence between Brother John of Whitby and Brother Matthew of Abbotsbury, talking about what they have seen. Brother John wants to talk about, as the summary says, “the absolutely true and wonderous things he finds” and Brother Matthew wants to talk about bees. Multiple places in this one made me crack up laughing. Also, bees! Bees are not battle snails, but bees are pretty awesome!

I'll be sharing more recs down the road (I try to do it before authors are revealed), but y'know much reading to do first.

(This is the one day of the year where "Read" goes on my actual todo list as a task.)
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Hello! I am delighted this Friday, because I just launched a major project. (More in locked posts, I am glad to add basically anyone.)

Topic of the week
What do you enjoy about this time of year? (That could be religious celebrations, or the weather, or particular food, or whatever else it might be.)

Alternately, are you the sort of person to do new year's resolutions? Or make other changes in your life?

What I've been up to
I'm looking forward to my winter solstice celebrations (tonight, when I do the Up All Night vigil with The Cauldron (open to anyone with a free account on the forum)

Reminders and tips for making this post flow better )
House rules )
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This was my first year doing GYWO, and it's been a huge help to me. I committed to the 240 habit pledge, and found myself writing every day except the day I was too sick to sit up for more than 10 minutes.

For 2019, I'm pledging wordcount (350K which is less than I've done this year, but where I want my baseline average to be for words.)

The GYWO community (locked posts) are active, there's a variety of different things posted, and they do a great mix of information, resources, roundups of posts other places, and more. If you're looking to spend some time focusing on writing (and many kinds of writing count), I recommend it!


[img: notebook and pen on wooden desktop with "GYWO 2019"
printed in large white letters with a black shadow. under that,
"writing decathlon" in handwritten white letters with a black shadow.]
GetYourWordsOut: Year Eleven!
Pledges & Requirements | GYWO.net
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Yay, it's Friday. It's my last day of work for a bit (I'm taking next week off for the solstice, then have a three day work week, then another three day work week. Whee!)

Topic of the week
What do you do when things are up in the air and unsettled? What helps? What doesn't help? (And what do you find yourself doing anyway, and going "Oh, self....")

As always, any other topic welcome.

What I've been up to
I am not in fact moving apartments in my building. I am looking at other options. (This saga, such a saga.) Meanwhile, my life is in boxes, and the lack of information and lack of knowing what my life is going to look like in a month or two are getting to me. This is suboptimal.

Reminders and tips for making this post flow better )
House rules )
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Happy Friday! Welcome to this week's salon post.

I've picked up a few new people on my access lists (and Dreamwidth has seen a lot of people return or check the place out), so here's a quick intro to the salon post idea. (Want to do the same thing in your journal? That'd be awesome, and feel free to drop a note here.)

I started these as a way to get some cross-pollination going in conversations that was more "Hey, I know neat people" rather than a topic-focused community. I put up a post on Friday morning (East Coast time), and people hang out in comments.

There are some tips and house rules under the cut tags below, but basically, it's fine to talk about any topic you'd like (though keeping them Safe For Work is appreciated on my end.)

You don't have to talk about my prompt for the week, and it's definitely encouraged to ask people for ideas or recs or whatever on whatever topic you're poking at.

Topic of the week
Clearly, the topic for the week should be "What brought you to Dreamwidth" and/or "What's a feature or tip you think is nifty" or "What's a thing you're wondering about on the site?" (Support requests are great, but many people among my subscribers have been using the site a long time, and may have useful tips.)

I will also start a quick intros thread - there are a lot of fannish friending memes going around, but if you're looking for people interested in other topics, feel free to add your interests, and maybe find other folks.

What I've been up to
I am moving apartments within my building on short notice (in under two weeks) due to some ongoing heating and other issues. I will be spending my weekend with boxes. Whee?

Reminders and tips for making this post flow better )
House rules )
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Happy Friday!

Reminders and tips for making this post flow better )

Topic of the week
There is a comment by Janet's father, in [personal profile] pameladean's Tam Lin that one can be entirely ignorant of three periods in one's field, and still be a perfectly reasonable sort of professor.

I am, in fact, generally a lot more lousy about the period between 1780 and about 1910 than other points in Western history or literature.

Which leads me to a question...

For reasons tangentially related to my work (seriously, my job), I have been invited to a tea party celebrating Jane Austen's birth in mid-December. It has been a long time since I've read any Austen. (I'm pretty sure I went through Pride and Prejudice, Persuasion, and Emma at various points around high school.)

Clearly, I should read or reread at least one book before this party, so as to make appropriate conversation. Tell me, oh, inestimable commenters, if you have a recommendation, or how you'd approach this question if you don't have a rec.

Or, y'know, talk about periods of history you have mostly ignored in favour of others, what you're up to, the amusements of your pets, and/or whatever else intrigues you at the moment.

What I've been up to
I won Nano! Go me. (Go everyone else who's made the attempt!) I still have too-much-heat issues in my apartment (boo).

House rules )
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Hello! For the US folks who do Thanksgiving, I hope you had a good one. For everyone, I hope it's a fabulous Friday.

Reminders and tips for making this post flow better )

Topic of the week
I asked about this under lock about listening to music in research spaces (we had a researcher at work this week who loaded a YouTube playlist on the desktop we have for researchers.)

But now I'm curious about how you listen to stuff. Do you set up specific playlists (that you control?)

Do you listen to material selected by an algorithm (like a Pandora playlist that starts with a particular artist and spreads out from there?) Or something like Spotify's daily lists, that pick things like music you've listened to recently?

Do you listen to other sounds? (Someone on the poll mentioned MyNoise, which I also use periodically, which has a wide range of sounds running from environmental and white noise to some auto generated things with melodies that I find very refreshing when I want background noise but music is too unpredictable for my concentration.)

What I've been up to
Hired an assistant at work (she's not starting until January), had a short week due to Thanksgiving, spent a pleasant time having food with friends.

(My parents are British and raised in the UK respectively, so Thanksgiving is a holiday I do not have particular traditions for, and basically I go where people invite me to have nice food if they do, and stay home and enjoy a day off if they don't.)

House rules )
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Hello!

Reminders and tips for making this post flow better )

Topic of the week
People who live in the United States: US Thanksgiving is coming up. Do you have plans? Traditions you like? Things that are traditional you wish would stop? Need a place to vent about complicated family expectations?

People not in the US and people for whom US Thanksgiving is not a thing: I'd love to know about your favourite food-centered traditions. What's tasty? What's worth the effort? What isn't?

What I've been up to
Writing words for NaNo, and dealing with heating issues (too much heat, not too little) in my apartment, that mean I am severely underslept this week.

House rules )
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Hello!

Reminders and tips for making this post flow better )

Topic of the week
It's been a week! (besides the US politics, it has been a week of mildly tedious not at all dire medical appointments.)

What's going well for you? What are you looking forward to in the near future?

What I've been up to
Since last week, I had a great Samhain ritual with my witchy students, two medical appointments, the first conversation with other staff on a project I'm now sub-contracted to, and we're starting to interview for a part-time position we've been able to create because of that sub-contract. (All of which is very busy, but also good.)

I am continuing to NaNo, and while I'm not as far ahead on wordcount as I want to be (but not, y'know, behind!)

I'm planning on going to my first writein tomorrow, so that's exciting! And will, I hope, improve my wordcount.

House rules )
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Hello!

Reminders and tips for making this post flow better )

Topic of the week
Many many people are currently hard at work in the first days of Nanowrimo. Are you doing Nano? How's it going? Do you have any particular goals for this time around, other than "make more words happen"?

If you don't do Nano, do you do other projects like it - fanfic exchanges, Inktober, etc? What do you enjoy about them?

What I've been up to
This week is always wonky for me it - it's Samhain, it's the anniversary of my father's death just after midnight tonight, I'm doing Samhain ritual with my students tomorrow, I have prep to do for that and a (very routine) doctor's appointment this afternoon.

(Pause to return a call from my doctor's office. No, not doctor, she's out sick. Ok, that simplifies the afternoon, yay.)

I did words on Nano yesterday, I am pleased with where it's going, so that's good. (More in a comment.)

House rules )
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Here is a post. Feel free to make comments.

(I am low on spoons today, and not up for the set-up along with other stuff that needs doing.)
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Hello!

Reminders and tips for making this post flow better )

Topic of the week
It has started to be "everyone talking about planners" season, so - how do you keep track of stuff you need to do? Or plan ahead? Do you have a planner or app you really like? Tell us about it!

(As always, any topic welcome, if this is not one that you're into.)

What I've been up to
October is a week of presentations for me - brief one yesterday at a work meeting, one on Saturday in the Pagan community, one on the 23rd on campus history at a local library...

(I both like doing them and don't find them too tricky to prepare for, but they do take time. And three in a month is high for me.)

House rules )
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Yay! Hello, dear Yuletide author (and whoever else might be reading this.)

I love Yuletide, it’s one of the highlights of the year for me, seeing all the amazing stories and snippets and scenes and explorations people come up with. I’ve loved all my gifts so far, and I bet I’ll love yours, too.

Background and general notes )
Agatha Christie's Marple )
Rivers of London )
Sparrow Hill Road )
Society of Gentlemen - K.J. Charles )
Medieval manuscript illustrations )
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Happy October!

Reminders and tips for making this post flow better )

Topic of the week
Books! Do you have more than one going at a time? If so, how does that work for you? (Open to all formats: if it's a book, it counts for this question: print, audio, ebook, novel-length fanfic...)

What I've been up to
I got a CPAP machine this week, so there's been adjustment! (I'm actually doing pretty well with it after three nights, but "There is this thing on my face" is non-trivial to get used to.)

So on one hand, my sleep is probably better because more breathing, and on the other hand not as good because I'm still learning to deal with rolling over and the mask moving a little in the night, and my body is just sort of at "Um, not sure how I feel yet, try again later."

House rules )
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Hello!

Reminders and tips for making this post flow better )

Topic of the week
Things are gearing up for the annual Yuletide small fandom fanfic exchange (they're processing nominations now, and requests will open the 10th of October).

Do you read fanfic? Write fanfic? Do Yuletide or other exchanges? (You can see past recs I've liked in this tag of mine.)

What I've been up to
This week has been a bit of a trudge - I had migraine issues until Wednesday night, my coworkers have been out sick (and I might be coming down with The Dire Plague, I can't tell yet.) So.

House rules )
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Welcome to this week's salon post! It's my birthday tomorrow, so welcome to the birthday edition.

Reminders and tips for making this post flow better )

Topic of the week
Pick one of these, or talk about something else:
1) Do you have particular birthday traditions? Any you'd like to share?

2) Music you'd recommend I check out? (My tastes are mostly folk, modern folk, filk, but I am open to listening to other intriguing things.)

What I've been up to
Moving websites to a new host (which is only partly done, but I'm getting there.)

My excitement for the week is that I'm going to see Hamilton tonight, because the touring company just arrived in Boston. I am very excited.

House rules )
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Welcome to this week's salon post!

Reminders and tips for making this post flow better )

Topic of the week
What are your favourite coping mechanisms when you're dealing with a situation that is not horrible, but is definitely cranky-making.

(We have a researcher visiting at work this week, and I am definitely on the cranky side with him. Today is his last day, fortunately.)

What I've been up to
I am currently rather distracted by the news reports on the gas explosions in northern Massachusetts. (I have good friends in one of the affected towns: they're fine and there were no gas lines in their neighborhood, but no idea yet when they'll have power again.)

Tomorrow, I am going to wander our Town Day with a friend, which will both be amusing and exercise.

(Um, for people where this might not be a thing, basically it's a town-focused street festival. Some vendors, some information booths, library book sale, etc. My town library has beehives on the third floor balcony, and if you buy books at the sale, you also get an entry in the raffle for honey. Performances. You get the idea.)

House rules )
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Welcome to this week's salon post!

Reminders and tips for making this post flow better )

Topic of the week
Brought to you by a conversation last night about the fact I am able to take short baths, what do you prefer for bathing? Shower? Bath?

Are you (like me) fond of interesting bath things? What's your routine, and if you're willing to share, why?

What I've been up to
Many work. We had students back on Tuesday, which utterly changes the rhythm of the place (in a good way.)

Last night, [personal profile] longstrider told me about the existence of The Good Place: The Podcast which if you have watched the show, and can do podcasts, I highly recommend, and I'm only an episode in. It's hosted by Marc Evan Jackson (Shawn) and there's a lovely rotation of people involved with different parts of the the production to talk about how it goes together.

It is hugely full of spoilers, and The Good Place is worth watching without being spoiled if you can manage it, but if you like the show, then, podcast. List of episodes here.

House rules )
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It's almost September! Welcome to this week's salon post!

Reminders and tips for making this post flow better )

Topic of the week
September is one of the possible 'new year' start points for a lot of people (like those of us tied to the northern hemisphere academic year!)

It's the start of a personal series of them: my birthday is September 22nd (another one), my ritual new year is October 31st, and then there's January. (which means by January, I usually have a pretty good grasp of 'things I want to do differently next time around the sun')

What marks the new year for you? Do you have any traditions or things you think about?

(As always, feel free to talk about anything else in the comments!)

What I've been up to
I have continued to be very busy with our new catalog, plus teaching staff coming back, plus a bunch of stuff that got pushed off

It has also been absurdly hot in Boston, so while I have AC in my bedroom (aka where I spend almost all my time at home), there has been a good couple of hours of "argh I had to go out in the ugh" once I get home

House rules )
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Welcome to this week's salon post!

Reminders and tips for making this post flow better )

Topic of the week
What stuff do you listen to?

Someone at work asked me about podcasts this week, which lead to the 'what podcasts am I willing to talk about at work' (since a bunch of my listening is witchy/magical/related stuff, which is both not necessarily of general interest, and not a thing I go into at work.) A partial list of mine in the comments.

What I've been up to
We are pushing our new catalog live today! It's very exciting, but has also involved a bunch of editing of documentation and making sure things work.

This is also the first week since the beginning of May in which I have not had a medical appointment (most of which were allergy shots, but still!) Unfortunately, I spent 2 hours getting a tire repaired last night, so I still feel like there has been way too much out in my life.

(And I have a medical appointment next week, two the week after, and one the week after that. Yes, this is sort of ridiculous but is about fixing a cluster of sort of related things.)

House rules )
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