Better(-ish)

Sunday, October 22nd, 2017 11:33 pm
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I seem to be back to sleeping during the day and being awake at night, which is a pain, and tiring, and I need to fix it, something which usually leaves me even more tired.

OTOH, after very little writing since summer, this week has produced:

First draft of a 5,500 word short story - 'Wheeler', which is deliberately structured to spin a novel out of, and is looking at the idea of whether a wheelchair user can be a space fighter pilot (which I've been noodling over for a while). I'm using Ehlers-Danlos as the disability, so it's very much write what you know. The short story is the Pearl Harbour equivalent, the novel would add the training montage and probably Battle of Britain and/or Doolittle Raid equivalents.

Plans for redrafting 'Titanium Witch', an existing 6000 word short story that targets people's behaviour towards disabled people and how wheelchairs can shape perceptions. The protagonist is a vent-dependent quad, with the SFnal element being exoskeletons as a way to move beyond that. The original plot was a fraud by her deputy, which she stumbles on while having exoskeletal problems, but I've realised I can make the story much stronger if the exoskeletal problems are actually a murder attempt (plus allowing me to deploy an EMP weapon as a plot maguffin). It will become longer as a result, I'll need several extra scenes, but I'll want to keep growth controlled. I want this rewrite done before the end of the year, but may work on it much sooner.

And finally, after a year of sitting on them with writer-brain running in panicked don't-wanna circles, I've figured out how to address Yoon''s beta notes on 'Graveyard Shif't (my Pitch Wars novel). The motivational weaknesses on the bad guy necromancer can be addressed by making him Russian, not Haitian, and tying him into the family backstory of Aleks, the Russian-American protagonist. At the same time that solves my ever increasing discomfort that the bad guy is a stereotypical bad voodoo witchdoctor, even if I do counter that with a very empowered Voudoun Mambo consulting for the good guys. And I can address Yoon's suggestion I drop the third PoV character to concentrate on the interplay between the two leads by rewriting his scenes from Aleks' viewpoint, even the one she definitely isn't there for - teleconferences are a thing, and she's sitting in a business jet while things are happening (idiot! how did you not notice that?). And all of this means committing myself to a complete rewrite in between a month and six weeks, because I want to throw the completed re-draft at  the Angry Robot open submission window.

That's a lot of writing to do between now and Christmas, so I figure talking about it here is a way to keep me on track and logging process, which is something I've stopped doing over the last year or so.

78F - 66F : Sunny

Sunday, October 22nd, 2017 07:07 pm
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[personal profile] zhelana
I couldn't sleep last night, so I didn't wake up until 2 this afternoon. Then I spent most of the day lying in bed in that depressive state between lying in bed doing nothing and being active that involves lying in bed on the phone. At 5:45 I got up to go for walkies with Donna. I caught quite a few Gen 3 and new to me pokemon, and hatched several eggs. So I guess that was a win. That's it for the day.

Seen at the supermarket

Sunday, October 29th, 2017 06:22 pm
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[personal profile] conuly
"Cock soup"

*gigglesnort*

This supermarket also sells rosewater lassi (mmm) and century eggs, which I thought you had to go to Chinatown or wherever to get!

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African Artist and Japanese Designer Create Stunning Kimonos By Mixing Cultures

Pretending to be Batman helps kids stay on task (The way it's written I think they mean "pretending to be a popular fictional character", and not "Batman only, those other characters tested didn't work".)

Vikings Razed the Forests. Can Iceland Regrow Them?

Here are the Meanings Behind 19 Classic Sailor Tattoos (I have no way to verify this information, but I was interested in the picture of the 1930s German sailors meeting King Neptune. It's funny to think that during the upcoming war, sailors on both sides were still doing the same silly ritual that sailors do.)

Every Apple You Eat Took Years and Years to Make

The Shocking World of Electric Fishes

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This Mississippi hospital should be in crisis. How it beat the odds.

Cities Take Both Sides in the 'War on Sitting'

The U.S. Is Retreating from Religion

In gritty city outside Caracas, the story of a socialist win

In Mexican slum, a decades-long wait for quake relief

$50,000 payments help grieving Gaza families end blood feuds

How Long Can The Courts Keep Donald Trump’s Muslim Ban At Bay?

The U.S. could have avoided Puerto Rico’s water crisis

The Boomtown That Shouldn’t Exist

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The Politics Of Tax Reform: 101

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Does Trump Believe His Own Hype?
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Do I bid on a pair of hand-knitted socks and take a chance that the knitter will be able to do royal blue with a pattern of silver stars, or do I not? On the one hand, squee! On the other hand, I'm worried I'll accidentally ruin them when trying to wash them, and then there's the accidental hole in the heel problem, and the 'oops, crap, I tugged a loose piece of yarn and now things are all unraveling' problem, and...

Decisions, decisions. :)

It *does* look like one pair of wrist warmers will happen, which is an absolute delight, socks or no socks. Royal blue cabled secondarily in silver, or if not true silver, then as close a silvery grey as the knitter can manage. And they will be my own commission, in my own color pair, and no one else will have had a hand in besides myself and the crafter. Assertion of my own identity, separate from family expectations and ideas, feels a little like joy and a little like righteous defiance. And it's for a beyond worthy cause, so triple score.

Fitbit goal check

Sunday, October 22nd, 2017 10:56 pm
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[personal profile] conuly
But that's something else.

You're just a humble AI, and all you want to do is be the best paperclip manufacturer ever. (And you will be!)

Tips )

It's going to take a few hours, but you don't need to be there the whole time. You can just wander off and do other things most of it.

Oh! And there's some music. Mute that window entirely if you don't like it, I can't find a way to turn it off.

Happy Gary day!

Sunday, October 22nd, 2017 10:21 pm
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[personal profile] hollymath
Facebook tells me it was two years ago Gary came to live with us for good. (He'd been with us a few days or weeks at a time on a couple of occasions earlier in the year, before it was clear he was going to need a new home full-time, but this is when we knew he wasn't going away again.)

It's also the first day I'd seen him since Friday! I do miss him when I'm away. I tend to dream about him when I'm somewhere else overnight, not so much when I'm at home. Tonight we collected him from [personal profile] mother_bones and as we walked home I noticed he was doing that weird thing again, sniffing not just at the ground or bins or where other dogs have peed but sniffing the air in what seems like a weird new way that doesn't have an obvious explanation.

I mentioned this to Andrew last week when I first noticed it, when I'd taken him on one of his evening walks. "Yeah," Andrew said, "he's been doing that lately."

"I hadn't noticed it in the mornings," I'd said (I usually walk him in the mornings, and Andrew in the evenings." That it's time-of-day specific made it seem even more remarkable.

"He's so earnest about everything all the time," I said. (He does. It's one of his most endearing traits.) "So he looks like he's a little CSI or something."

I thought for a second and then, thinking of it as a parallel to "checking his wee-mail" (a phrase I think I picked up from [personal profile] miss_s_b), I added "a WeeSI!"

And I've been thinking of it that way ever since.

Not much cooking

Sunday, October 22nd, 2017 08:18 pm
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[personal profile] oursin

I made a Psomi loaf during the week, and brown grated apple rolls with molasses and mixed spice for Saturday breakfast.

And then last night my innards were in upheaval, a situation that continued for a substantial part of today, and I was not feeling like food or cooking it.

Crime & Detectives Comm

Sunday, October 22nd, 2017 08:07 pm
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[community profile] mystery_mansion: a comm for all fictional mystery, crime and detective-related fandoms (in whatever medium). News, reviews, discussion, links, promotions, fests, fanworks of all kinds etc. etc.

Lunar Tunnels

Sunday, October 22nd, 2017 01:12 pm
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[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
 Tunnels have been confirmed on the Moon.  While these make a promising site for settlement, I would prefer to make sure there are plenty of them before wrecking the first one we've found.

Avatar: Legend of Korra, s2

Sunday, October 22nd, 2017 09:00 pm
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[personal profile] extrapenguin
I binged season 2 as well! (Seasons 3 and 4 will probably be one-ep-an-evening rewards for actually doing something useful.)

The plot was more standard stereotypical good vs evil. I liked the worldbuilding of the whole Avatar's origins thing and also the spirit realm. The whole business acquisitions and Ferric (sp?) B-plot was annoying, but I recognize that it sort of had to be there. Mako's noir cop subplot was not enjoyable. Again, I did not like Bolin or his subplot, and I did not at all like the romance. Mako came across as a two-timing asshole, as love triangle centerpoints are wont to.

The theme of family was a better fit to the writers' strengths than love subplots. I liked Tenzin and Bumi and Kaya sort of ... connecting with each other (though wow was Aang a bad parent). Iroh makes an appearance! (In fact, both Irohs made appearances! I am pleased with both.) Not enough Lin Bei Fong bending displays of awesome competence.

spoilers )

Half-Price Sale in Polychrome Heroics

Sunday, October 22nd, 2017 12:23 pm
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[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
Today is the last day of the half-price sale in Polychrome Heroics, so if you're still planning to buy anything, now's the time. 

So far I have sold four poems.  Three of those have been posted.  "A Moment of Atonement" hasn't been posted yet.  There are also two poems in a pool, the Iron Horses entries "Come Out of the Darkness" and "Sheltered and True."  Contact [personal profile] ng_moonmoth if you are interested in contributing toward those.

a family's choice

Sunday, October 22nd, 2017 06:24 pm
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[personal profile] ayebydan posting in [community profile] harrypotter
Title: a family's choice ao3 dw
Rating: pg-13
Pairing(s)/Characters: barty crouch, mrs crouch, barty crouch junior
Word Count/ Art Medium: 806
Warnings (if any): n/a
Disclaimer: i own nothing.
Summary: His wife is dying and pleads with Barty to allow her to save their son. He is adamant that Junior did wrong and he has a duty to keep his son in prison.

a family's choice

Sunday, October 22nd, 2017 06:23 pm
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[personal profile] ayebydan posting in [community profile] hp_fanworks
Title: a family's choice ao3 dw
Rating: pg-13
Pairing(s)/Characters: barty crouch, mrs crouch, barty crouch junior
Word Count/ Art Medium: 806
Warnings (if any): n/a
Disclaimer: i own nothing.
Summary: His wife is dying and pleads with Barty to allow her to save their son. He is adamant that Junior did wrong and he has a duty to keep his son in prison.

Fic - Thy Eternal Summer - 1/1

Sunday, October 22nd, 2017 05:18 pm
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[personal profile] evandar
Title: Thy Eternal Summer
Author: Evandar
Fandom: The Silmarillion
Rating: T
Genre: Hurt/Comfort, Romance
Pairing: Maglor/Elrond
Warnings: AU - no kinslayings, age disparity
Disclaimer: I do not own The Hobbit and I am making no profit from this story.
Summary: When he is sent to support his brother in negotiating with King Thingol of Doriath, Makalaure sets eyes on Elrond Peredhel and is utterly lost.
AN: This was written for [personal profile] amyfortuna as a treat for [community profile] innumerable_stars 2017 as a thank you for running such a wonderful fest.

Some notes on the AU: this takes place in a world where the kinslayings never happened and Feanor rules over the city-states of the Noldor as their High King. Maglor is unmarried and did not leave a wife behind in Valinor.

I'm not a poet at heart, so all quotations herein come from the Sonnets of William Shakespeare.

Here on AO3.

The youthful face of Elrond Peredhel is fixed in his mind and no matter how hard he tries to think on other things, he finds himself unable to do it... )

Insta-Rec

Sunday, October 22nd, 2017 09:49 am
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Movement and Stillness (1761 words) by lilacsigilFandom: Imperial Radch Series - Ann Leckie
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Relationships: Justice of Toren One Esk Nineteen | Breq/Seivarden Vendaai
Characters: Justice of Toren One Esk Nineteen | Breq, Seivarden Vendaai
Additional Tags: Unrequited Love, Drug Use
Summary:

Seivarden feels like she is still in stasis while Breq rushes onward, but there are two sides to every coin.



[personal profile] lilacsigil gives utterly great Imperial Radch.

Fic - The Road from the South -1/1

Sunday, October 22nd, 2017 05:18 pm
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[personal profile] evandar
Title: The Road from the South
Author: Evandar
Fandom: The Lord of the Rings
Rating: G
Genre: Gen
Disclaimer: I do not own The Lord of the Rings and I am making no profit from this story.
Summary: Boromir hasn't truly rested since he left Gondor, and he knows that it should rightfully be Faramir on this quest, but that doesn't stop him from following the road north to Imladris.
AN: This was written for [personal profile] zdenka for [community profile] innumerable_stars 2017. Zdenka requested a first meeting between Elrond and Boromir, but the more I wrote, the more Faramir and Elros demanded to be involved too.

Here on AO3

Some sources, ones that Faramir had discarded with a look of contempt on his fair face, had claimed the city did not exist at all... )

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