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2019-01-27 11:03 am

[sticky entry] Sticky: A few useful notes

Comments on this post are screened so you can ask me questions if needed.

Access to my journal
Most of my posts are access-locked, but I am generally glad to add anyone who subscribes to me. If I missed you somehow, let me know.

There's another post stuck to the top of my journal with a lot more background, once you have access.

Linking to public posts
You are welcome to link to any public post I've made (including the salon posts, where the more the merrier, please do share!) I consider that part of the function of the public internet.

If you're going to link something somewhere that might produce significantly more traffic, I'd appreciate a head's up, but it's not required.

Links of interest
I do an email newsletter every fortnight that has links to stuff I've written elsewhere (blog posts, mostly) and a round up of links I found interesting on varied topics (there's usually some library stuff, some Pagan stuff, and I put in or link to something I found beautiful - images, videos, music.

More info and a link to the archive here.
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2019-04-19 08:13 am
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Salon post: April 19

Welcome to this week's salon post!

Topic of the week
What's your favourite holiday? (Been thinking about this because of a thing I'll put in a comment.)

What I've been up to
A short work week, and a quiet one, and trying to line up ducks for various other projects (including a "Wow, my June is busy.")

Reminders and tips for making this post flow better )
House rules )
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2019-04-12 08:02 am
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Salon post: April 12

Welcome to this week's salon post! (After a couple of weeks hiatus. My life, it sometimes gets busy.)

Welcome to this week's salon post.

Topic of the week
I'm betting you've learned or discovered something recently - feel free to share the useful, interesting, or just plain fun things.

(My example in a comment.)

What I've been up to
Last week was a symposium for work (interesting, but sort of exhausting couple of days) and this week has been the week of a bunch of routine medical visits. (Allergist on Wednesday, nutritionist on Thursday, primary care for my seasonal visit + annual physical today. I like all three of them, but it's a lot of appointments.)

Reminders and tips for making this post flow better )
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2019-03-30 10:42 am
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WorldbuildingEx 2019: Author's commentary edition

So, [community profile] worldbuildingex is a fanfic (and original fic) exchanged focused on worldbuilding - people can make nominations and requests that include characters, but the prompts are generally about the world behind that. (And "Any or no Characters" is a thing, as are things like in-universe meta, etc.)

My past works for this exchange include an email discussion list about the Leverage folks Pseudonyms are Expected, and a collection of notes and documents found behind a desk in the Rivers of London universe, Ephemera, Librarian. (And I've gotten some great gifts and have lots of recs you can find from this tag.)

Someone nominated the concept of "Goose that chases you toward your soulmate" for this year's round, and both I and my recipient apparently saw that in the nominations list and went "Oh, huh, fascinating."

Local Customs is the result. Imogen, hapless geology professor from Great Britain, goes to the Isle of Birds (imagine it roughly near Gotland, a series of linked islands with a lot of birds, a strong Scandinavian influence, and a lot of geese references.) Imogen is on sabbatical, she's busy, and mostly she cares about rocks. Geese are not rocks.

Read on if you're curious about how the story got like it did, and some of my thoughts on worldbuilding details that didn't make it into her POV. (It got several comments with questions and responses to bits of the worldbuilding, so this is also my post for explaining this in hopefully coherent order for the people who like that sort of thing.)

Details )
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2019-03-22 08:12 am
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Salon post: March 22

Welcome to this week's salon post.

Topic of the week
A friend is taking me out tonight to a nice restaurant as a thank you for cat sitting.

For this week, what's a fun extra-nice outing for you? (Something a little out of your usual routine, for a special occasion.)

What I've been up to
A fun thing I'll talk about when it's public (probably end of April), ritual stuff, prepping for more ritual stuff, and... yeah, that's pretty much my week.

Reminders and tips for making this post flow better )
House rules )
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2019-03-15 09:30 am
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Salon post:March 15

Welcome to this week's salon post.

Topic of the week
I am starting to think about container gardening for the coming summer - it's the first time in four years I've had a patio space!

I think my goal is to do some tomatoes and some herbs, but if you do anything like that, what do you do, and what do you like?

(If you are not a gardening person, as always, any other topic welcome! Start a thread.)

What I've been up to
Writing my story for [community profile] worldbuildingex (a fanfic exchange focused on worldbuilding, which has produced some really amazing works in the past.)

And next week is, for a variety of reasons, a complex ritual week for me, so this weekend is "clean the things", "prep the things", and "prep the things some more"

Reminders and tips for making this post flow better )
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2019-03-12 12:01 pm

A useful tool: Chilipad

A post via Lifehacker reminded me I've been meaning to write this up for a bit.

My body does not do thermoregulation well - specifically I tend to overheat easily, with occasional periods of "Why am I shivering?" And I am a person who expects this may get more so in the next few years, because menopause is on the horizon.

Last summer, I found a really good sale on something I'd been eyeing for a while (they run 20-25% sales fairly regularly if you sign up for their list, and you can sometimes get 30%), namely a Chilipad.

There are lots of things out there you can use if you want to make your bed warmer. (More blankets. Different blankets. Electric blankets and heating pads...) There are not so many you can use to make it cooler - basically, make the room cooler (windows, AC), there's a fan that blows air under the blankets (I tuck my feet into a fold of the blankets at the end, so that doesn't work), and... well, the Chilipad.

Which will cool down to about 55F and heat up to about 110F. I am very glad I have mine, and figure some of you might also be interested, so...

(Note: This is a public post, so people can share it, since there's a number of video reviews up, but not a lot of text-from-individuals. That said, my medical stuff is complicated, and unless you know me and my stuff pretty well, I'm not interested in advice/suggestions (and even if you do know me well, not on this post, please.)

More within )
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2019-03-08 08:39 am

Salon post:March 8

Apologies for lack of post last week: the travel beat me up.

Topic of the week
Places you've enjoyed going (near where you live, longer travel, everything in between.)

What I've been up to
Work travel, which threw my schedule off in all sorts of ways. Opening for a project at work. Many visiting researchers (3 days in two weeks, two different people which is a lot on top of the travel and the snow day we had on Monday...) Basically, playing catchup.

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2019-02-22 10:09 am
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Salon post: February 22

Good morning!

Topic of the week
Things you look forward to in the coming next season where you are (we are in what may be the tail end of the last significant storm here in New England.)

What I've been up to
I am running around getting ready for a quick and weirdly timed work trip (flying very early Saturday morning, getting back very late Monday night, the actual work stuff is Saturday evening through noonish Monday).

So I'm posting this and then going to the laundromat, as one does.

Reminders and tips for making this post flow better )
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2019-02-15 11:16 am
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Salon post: February 15

Good morning!

Topic of the week
Stuff you're enjoying right now, whatever that is.

What I've been up to
Doing all sorts of catchup stuff at home, whee! (And a few enjoyable social outings.)

Reminders and tips for making this post flow better )
House rules )
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2019-02-08 08:38 am
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Salon post:February 8

Good morning!

Topic of the week
The cat woke me up at 3am (she locked herself in the bathroom, and spent some period of time jiggling the door until I realised that it was not just her having a fixation on the closet door like she does sometimes...) And then she stepped on the power strip for most of the things in the bedroom and turned it off.

So. How do you get through the day when you have that kind of disruption? Or do you have stories of epic "Wait, what happened here?" in the middle of the night you want to share?

What I've been up to
Lots of trying to get things done for a project at work, and getting ready to be on vacation next week. (I'm staying home and doing all the things I was going to do in December before December turned into moving.)

Reminders and tips for making this post flow better )
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2019-02-01 07:28 am
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Salon post: February 1

Good morning!

Topic of the week
It is currently ferociously cold across a lot of the United States. What do you like to do when the weather's awful outside? What makes a place feel cozy to you? Do you have particular food you make, or hobbies you make extra time for?

What I've been up to
Very busy week at work, mostly, and the last round of moving tasks. (Yay! Finally!)

Reminders and tips for making this post flow better )
House rules )
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2019-01-27 05:44 pm
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Dear Worldbuilder

Hello! I have so much fun with this exchange, both reading and writing, and I hope you do too. Other than my do not wants, I really am very flexible - feel free to go in a direction that amuses you.

If you'd like more ideas of general things I like in worldbuilding, my past letters, recs, and comments on what I wrote are in this tag.

General notes )
Fandoms: Harry Potter, The Middleman, Rivers of London )
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2019-01-25 08:16 am
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Salon post: January 25

Good morning!

Topic of the week
I am going to what should be a really fascinating curator tour at a museum tomorrow, and I'm looking at another visit to another museum in February.

Do you go to museums? Do you like going to museums? (Or exhibits, or art galleries, or anything else vaguely in that category?) What do you love about it? What is harder for you, or you wish museums did differently.

(And of course, any other topic you're interested in, also fair game.)

What I've been up to
It has been such a week at work, and with weather (I'm near Boston, and our weather on Sunday was snow, freezing rain, and sleet. Give me good honest snow over the latter two any day.) And then it was 55 yesterday, so basically it's all melted off.

Anyway, I'm exhausted, which is not so great because I have a bunch of things that need doing.

Reminders and tips for making this post flow better )
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2019-01-18 08:07 am
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Salon post: January 18

Good morning!

Topic of the week
What thing have you learned or done recently that's brought you joy? (Or at least a certain amount of pleasure. Doesn't have to be a peak joy experience.)

Alternately, related to what I'm up to, do you read Tarot? (Or use them in other ways?) Do you have a favourite deck? What's your approach? (Other oracle methods also welcome. We are an inclusive discussion here!)

Not interested in either of those? As always, whatever other topics people want to talk about very welcome. Start a thread, see who joins in.

A useful tool
[personal profile] melannen put together a bookmarklet (based on one by [profile] astrolat) that allows you to quickly share links on Dreamwidth and that will check to see if you're linking to a locked DW post. Instructions on the bookmarklet over here It'll create a new DW post, autofill the subject line, and then you can edit or add other commentary.

What I've been up to
Unpacking. I got all my books on bookshelves last Sunday, labelled them a couple of days ago (and now I need to go through and update my locations in LibraryThing. That's a longer project).

Tonight is for finishing tidying up the living room and cleaning before I have witchy students over tomorrow. (For a class on Tarot.)

Reminders and tips for making this post flow better )
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2019-01-11 11:04 am
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Salon post: January 11

Yikes! I had a sufficiently complex morning that I completely forgot about posting. Sorry!

Topic of the week
I've been seeing a number of discussions around Dreamwidth about different ways people use social media, different customs (and how sometimes those are formed as ways to deal with a particular site's features or bugs.)

How do you use your Dreamwidth account? Has that changed over time? What's important to you? What do you not care so much about? And while we're at it, do you have a favourite feature you don't think enough people know about?

Not interested in that? As always, whatever other topics people want to talk about very welcome. Start a thread, see who joins in.

What I've been up to
Moving is exhausting! I got most of my kitchen unpacked last weekend, then fell over in a pit of exhaustion other than more or less keeping my head above water at work.

Reminders and tips for making this post flow better )
House rules )
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2019-01-04 05:11 am
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Salon post: January 4

Welcome to a new calendar year!

I know I said I wasn't likely to manage a salon post today, because moving apartments, but then I woke up extra early, so here! Have a post. I'll be packing up my computer mid-morning, and then, y'know, busily pointing movers in the right directions. So I won't be around much today, but I'm sure we can all manage.

Topic of the week
Do you have traditions or superstitions about moving into a new place, or starting a new project, or basically anything new that happens sometimes?

(As always, whatever other topics people want to talk about very welcome. Start a thread, see who joins in.)

What I've been up to
Packing things. Also moving things and cleaning things. And training a new assistant at work. I am very much looking forward to being in my new place, as unpacking is much more satisfying for me.

Reminders and tips for making this post flow better )
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2019-01-01 07:39 am

Yuletide writing

I wrote The Stars Have Never Fallen, for the movie Agora which has had a small but very appreciative audience, which pleases me a lot.

(It bridges the time between the first half of the movie and the second half, for a prompt of 'how did Hypatia and Orestes get from the first half of the movie to the second half')

I was really hoping to do treats this year, but between the health issues from November, the "Okay, guess I'm moving now", and NaNoWriMo, I did not manage to do that. There's always next year!

(The writing part would have been fine, weirdly, or at least possibly, it was the canon review for the things I was eyeing that was more of a challenge.)
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2018-12-28 07:39 am
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Salon post: December 28

Hello!

First, a (rather literal) housekeeping note: there will not be a salon post next Friday (January 4th), because I am moving apartments, and I will be doing all the things that need to happen last minute before the movers arrive in the morning. (And may in fact move my computer the night before...)

If all goes well on the moving front, I will try and get one up Friday evening or Saturday morning, but I may just skip a week.

Topic of the week
What's your preferred approach to a big project like moving. Lists? Categories of things you do? Breaking it down into small pieces? Running around with chaos?

What I've been up to
Packing things! I've also been in at work for three days (well, it'll be three days by the end of the day) this week, when basically no one else is, and I love this week because it's quiet, I get a lot done, and I get to go into the new calendar year feeling fairly caught up.

(I was out on vacation last week, and I cleaned my desk off before I left, so things even look organised. I am usually a 'organise by pile' person who tries to keep things looking neat with varying degrees of success.)

Reminders and tips for making this post flow better )
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