New verses in "A Hope and a Promise"

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017 02:55 pm
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Thanks to a donation from [personal profile] dialecticdreamer, there are 15 new verses in "A Hope and a Promise."   Mrs. Ozenne and Aidan talk about school and play options.  Saraphina talks about her terrible past.  (Toddler phrasing, but graphic description of witnessed violence.)

bingo card meme

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017 02:11 pm
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Personal bingo meme that people are playing on Twitter and elsewhere!

You can google "bingo card generator" and fill one out with your interests. Then you can use a photo editor to check off interests that you have too.

My card is also at Flickr:

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[R]ed tape also means regulations that protect citizens, at a certain cost to companies that otherwise have little incentive to sacrifice some profit to mitigate risk. It is because of red tape that you cannot buy a flammable sofa, and that you are very unlikely to die in an air crash.

Much red tape, indeed, is the frozen memory of past disaster. Modern regulatory regimes as a whole came into being in the late 19th and early 20th centuries because of public outrage at the dangerous practices of unrestrained industry.

This is perhaps partly similar to the phenomenon that having effective infrastructure and ongoing regular maintenance of same is not as dramatic a story as horrendous accidents.

It's possibly also analogous to people becoming anti-vaxxers, because vaccination programmes have been so successful that there is no notion of the risks there used to be from common diseases of childhood.

For the first few years of 'there were no new cases of polio in the last twelve months' this is news. And then that becomes the default setting.

For those who decry 'Elf and Safety, I recommend a salutary reading of the London Medical Officer of Health reports from the C19th, freely available digitised and searchable online.

There are some Victorian values one can get behind, and the rise of public health is one of them.

On other Victorian values, however, and those who ignore history are condemned to repeat it, this person seems unaware that providing tied housing contingent upon working for a particular employer is nothing like a 'welfare state':

it was recently reported that Google’s parent company, Alphabet, is spending is around $30m to provide short-term, prefab housing for 300 of its employees because Silicon Valley housing is in such short supply. Tech giants helped cause a housing crisis in Silicon Valley, now it seems they are becoming landlords. It’s feudalism 2.0.
Not so much feudalism as C19th model towns, e.g. Saltaire, founded by businessmen to keep their workers contented and (I hypothesise) spurning the trades union movement (having had to do with a late C19th enterprise with some of the same elements of benevolent paternalism towards the workforce).

And, looking at that article, was New Lanark really quite the same thing? Enlightened capitalism not quite the same as utopian socialism.

Also had the thought that people who are 'regulation BAD' seem to reverse this opinion when it comes to panic measures against terrorism that are often symbolic rather than proven efficacious.

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Thursday, June 22nd, 2017 09:40 am
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Happy birthday, [personal profile] woldy!

[personal profile] sabotabby is focused

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017 09:01 am
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Possums and communism are basically my whole life.

Context is locked; QWP.

Poem: "One Familiar with Self-Defense"

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017 02:14 am
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This poem was commissioned by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It also fills the "Farce" square in my 4-19-16 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. It belongs to the Damask thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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More bullcrap

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017 02:34 am
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I feel so out of place trying to talk to, and interact with people. It makes me want to just go back to testing. Why would I want to go back to testing?

- Clell

Just One Thing (22 June 2017)

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017 07:36 am
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It's challenge time!

Comment with Just One Thing you've accomplished in the last 24 hours or so. It doesn't have to be a hard thing, or even a thing that you think is particularly awesome. Just a thing that you did.

Feel free to share more than one thing if you're feeling particularly accomplished!

Extra credit: find someone in the comments and give them props for what they achieved!

Nothing is too big, too small, too strange or too cryptic. And in case you'd rather do this in private, anonymous comments are screened. I will only unscreen if you ask me to.


Fiction: Detours and Obstacles (part 1 of 2)

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017 11:15 pm
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Detours and Obstacles
by Dialecticdreamer/Sarah Williams
part 1 of 2
word count (story only):1272

:: This story follows immediately on the heels of Speed Bump!” and continues the theme of unexpected events and unexpected reactions.

:: Pay Special Attention: Very mild incidence of blasphemy. ::

On the way to drop the girl off, Mariset surprised everyone when she asked Cash for his phone number, but Joshua only grinned, when he wanted to punch the air in victory. She stayed close to Jules, poised with two careful inches of space between them on the blocky camper sofa. When they arrived at her house, her foster mother stepped onto their porch as Mariset activated the lift, quickly texting Cash to ask him to walk her to the front steps.

While they were busy, Joshua glanced at Jules' bare arms and shoulders, looking for signs of the daily artwork, or signs that someone had ordered him to scrub it off. He found a tiny bracelet of dots along one wrist, easily hidden by the band of the teen's vidwatch. “What's it say on your wrist?” Joshua asked, wincing as his worry leaked into his voice.

“Drew's name, and Glyn's name, over and over, because I miss them a lot,” Jules admitted. “Are you moving away?” the teen asked bluntly.
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Paprika 13, Kingfisher Blue 12, Moonlight 9

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017 12:56 am
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Name: shadowsong26
Story: light
'Verse: Lux
Colors: Paprika #13. You ain't fooling nobody but yourself., Kingfisher Blue #12. 不做虧心事, 半夜不怕鬼敲門: he who never wrongs others is not afraid of ghosts knocking in the night (a quiet conscience sleeps in thunder), Moonlight #9. Ember
Supplies and Materials: graffiti (Red Carpet, Day 4; shoujo-ai), pointillism, photography, miniature collection, charcoal (at this point in the story), glitter, glue ("Emotionally connecting with your friends enables you to stay in touch with your own feelings, too. But don't expect any lingering confusion about your relationships to disappear overnight. In fact, your uncertainty about the future may actually deepen now. ")
Word Count: 382
Rating: PG-13
Characters: Lux, Mariko
Warnings: References to the fire, angelic POV
Notes: Constructive criticism welcome, as always.

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Thursday, June 22nd, 2017 12:01 am
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So much time on my hands that I almost forgot an entry!

I had a super chill evening. I submitted the wiki entry after talking over more stuff with a co-contributor, and having a related LARP geekout about my favourite underworld deity. I got to cheer-read other people's fic. Life is good!

Tomorrow is going to be kind of hectic at work, because there is a lot of stuff going on, but also kind of not, because almost none of it is actually 'stuff I need to do'.

And then knitting! But maybe dinner with a friend I haven't seen in ages first? We shall see :)

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Wednesday, June 21st, 2017 09:36 pm
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In the trees looking up, it's sometimes hard to tell the fireflies from the stars.

handling serious health issues

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017 05:12 pm
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If you or a loved one have any direct experience with either hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis, could you please comment here? None of the literature searches I've done provide much detail on how the two types affect the people getting dialysis on a day-to-day basis, especially when the patients are over 65 (my mom is 75, and has been told she needs to choose, soon, between dialysis and palliative care). All comments will be screened so that absolute confidentiality is preserved.

Hard Things

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017 05:32 pm
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Life is full of things which are hard or tedious or otherwise unpleasant that need doing anyhow. They help make the world go 'round, they improve skills, and they boost your sense of self-respect. But doing them still kinda sucks. It's all the more difficult to do those things when nobody appreciates it. Happily, blogging allows us to share our accomplishments and pat each other on the back.

What are some of the hard things you've done recently? What are some hard things you haven't gotten to yet, but need to do?
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If I act ridiculous all the time when there's a chance I'd end up thinking about messy emotional shit then I don't have to think about the messy emotional shit.

It worked before. But that's exhausting. And I'm tired. It worked before but hell if I guessed exactly how much time I'd Have to think here. I never had this much time just to mull before. I never really wanted it. But if I stop acting ridiculous I have to confront it all and I don't want to, and people are going to ask what's wrong.

Marry already knows something's up though. Keleshekt and Owl too. Fuck it this is just pointless by now but I don't know who I am if I'm not acting that out so. Bullshit.

Just Bullshit.

Give me a break.
- Clell

Ceci N'est Pas Un Eclipse

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017 05:16 pm
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It's the summer solstice 'round here and that means pony cake and swag! I gave the rice paper another go, this time using food dye dissolved in water to colour in the edible-ink marker line-art. That worked! Next, I'll have to find a way to make the rice paper taste good. It's really chewy and tasteless.

My camera is in a death spiral. Every few pictures it gives me a "lens control error" and stops functioning. Almost all the pictures I took of the cake were blurry on the right half of the image. Fortunately, I take a lot of pictures.

The cake was too sweet. I bought it because it cost less than the strawberry shortcake, it was chocolate and it had a lot of whitespace on which I could drop my drawing. People ate it anyway. My coworkers seemed impressed with the artwork, but no one seemed to realize that it was humorous. I had thirteen items to give away plus several blind bags. Twenty-seven people had their names in the draw for those 13 items which included two "Fan Series" Guardians of Harmony figures and nine plush ponies.

The next cake is for Rarity's Element of Harmony day. What to draw?


Wednesday, June 21st, 2017 10:37 pm
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It's been so hot and my hair's so thick that I shaved most of it off this evening.
A selfie where I try to show off that the sides of my head are shaved. My dark hair is longer on the top and combed off to one side.
Feels much better now. But no doubt this means the heatwave is over. You're welcome.

It's the longest day of the year in this hemisphere, a bittersweet occasion for me because I'm sad to think the days are getting shorter now already. It feels like I haven't had a chance to get used to or appreciate them yet. It's been a real catastrophe curve of a year, so time passes without me noticing it.

Humpday with stuff

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017 09:34 pm
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I didn't go to bed early yesterday, but 10 PM is a decent time. Close to midnight isn't, when there's work the next day. I actually slept through the night until my alarm rang!

After work I got a bit of shopping done, mostly to get the bulky packet of toilet paper out of the way.
good deed of the day? I need to record this for myself, because I did something right )

uh, so yeah. Grocery shopping got done. I doodled a little, but less than I had planned, but I still have daily sketches for today and tomorrow, so I'll be able to juggle that.

have a treehopper! )

Then I remembered I hadn't touched writing all week yet, when I wanted to have something ready to post by Friday. I was not paralysed by nerves, and looked at the drafts I have, and found a complete or nearly complete one for the next chapter. Edited and added a little, So that will just need another once-over for typos and such, formatting and then can be posted.

I also unfollowed a few people on tumblr because I spend too much time there and not enough making stuff. And got an add-on that hides the bottom of long posts under a cut, and I added a few more terms to my blacklist - not because of phobias or other triggers, just because people I follow and don't want to unfollow sometimes make floods of posts about series or games I'm not interested in and yeah.

Oh, and I did the dishes.

ohgosh I'm tied. Tired. bedwards. G'night

Reading, Listening, Watching

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017 08:34 pm
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Reading: Still Crime and Punishment which should be no surprise. However I had anticipated being further in than Chapter 5 by this point.

Listening: Stuff you Missed in History Class on William Moulton Marston, the creator of Wonder Woman. So far he's invented a lie detector and is investigating women's emotional responses to bondage - suddenly Wonder Woman's lasso takes on a whole new dimension. He appears to have been both a feminist of sorts* and a polygamist. The former of which is, I gather, very evident in the early Wonder Woman comics (particularly his belief that the world would be a better place if run by women) the latter somewhat less so.

Watching: We have discovered Stanger Things. Very reminiscent of E.T. (it opens with a D&D game, is set in the 1980s and much of it is short from a child height viewpoint (a characteristic of E.T. according to B.))

*neither of his partners got suitable credit for their, in some cases considerable, input into his work.
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Mon Dec 19th: What is one experience you want to have in 2017? (Gwynne Michele's FB post)

Teaching, which I'm already doing?

I think second to that I'd really like to network with some of the out-of-state plural folks this year, but I'm not sure yet on if that's gonna happen. There's a possibility, but I uh haven't even messaged them about it yet because I'm waiting to see if Teacher got us compensation for service at a summer mental health conference or not.

December Blogging Meme Masterpost (LJ)

Just One Thing (21 June 2017)

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017 10:18 am
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It's challenge time!

Comment with Just One Thing you've accomplished in the last 24 hours or so. It doesn't have to be a hard thing, or even a thing that you think is particularly awesome. Just a thing that you did.

Feel free to share more than one thing if you're feeling particularly accomplished!

Extra credit: find someone in the comments and give them props for what they achieved!

Nothing is too big, too small, too strange or too cryptic. And in case you'd rather do this in private, anonymous comments are screened. I will only unscreen if you ask me to.


Lacy Chennille Shrug

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017 05:33 pm
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This is more of the Coldspring yarn that was originally intended for machine knitting - and if the machine wasn't in store (and I had space to put it) I would probably have frogged this and started again by machine.

The test square knitted up well and this is a rare variegated yarn (like the one used for Mia's coat) that doesn't come out in stripes; a feature of 1980s yarn that appears to have been lost. These particular colours are evocative of a Scottish moorland blue sky, purple heather, brown earth the tawny coat of a deer and despite this being intended as a summer shrug the colours and fabric work better as an autumn evening shoulder-warmer.

I ended up frogging the first attempt at a very lacy pattern as it is difficult to keep track with this yarn. The simple pattern of the blue shrug seemed easier to keep track of.

The back knitted up well - I shortened it by 10cm as the original seems a bit long for a shrug. It took 86 rows to the 30cm point where I started the shoulder inset and another 20cm to the top. All in simple stocking stitch.

For the Left Front I decided to curve the edge more than shown in the pattern - this meant charting the first 20 rows. The pattern asks you to make stitches on both knit and purl rows at the start. I tried this but the yarn does not lend itself to lifting new stitches into place, especially on consecutive rows. I eventually frogged back to the hem and did the extra stitch by YO on knit rows only. And because placing a marker on YO stitches is almost impossible by the 10th row I had decided to count the pattern stitches (20) every time and do the YO just before the pattern. This seems to be working thus far. The lace pattern is rather overwhelmed by the yarn fuzz but it does have a nice shape and texture. I continue in the hope that it will all come right in the end...

New icon challenge community [community profile] 10variations!

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017 12:55 pm
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I created [community profile] 10variations for Dreamwidth because it was an old concept from Livejournal that I used to love and many people felt inspired by, and I thought it would be nice to recreate it for a better, safer and cleaner platform like Dreamwidth :3

It's a community where you post a batch of 10 icons each time, made out of the same image but all different (according to a set of themes). It's best if you look at the profile to understand the concept! I hope you will like it and participate, I will participate also :3

Wednesday is having a heatwave, a tropical heatwave...

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017 10:58 am
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What I read

Finished Binti. Reminded me a bit of other things I have read over my sff reading life, but well-done, may well go for the next one.

Sarah Gailey, River of Teeth (2017). Okay, everybody mentions the hippos, but isn't it, underneath that, a combination western/caper tale where an unlikely team is brought together and has its own tensions besides the issues with what it has to do? (not that that isn't a good armature). Enjoyable, but ended abruptly and cliffhangingly, and is the new thing (see Binti above) of issuing novellas which are only the beginning of a longer story arc the new allotrope of serialised fiction? (but hey, it worked for Middlemarch, though at least Ms Evans indicated that it was an ongoing story.)

Dana Stabenow, Bad Blood (2013). Not quite as good as the last one I read, I think, but ended with A Thing that makes me want to go on to the next quite shortly to see how that pans out for Kate Shugak.

Two short pieces of Barbara Hambly's 'Further Adventures': Hazard (2017) (Sunwolf and Starhawk) and Elsewhere (2017) (Darwath).

Picked up in booksale, Arthur Ransome, Missee Lee (1941). I remembered very little about this, even though I later discovered I already had a copy on my shelves. I don't think it was ever among my favourites of the Swallows and Amazons books; but I've found, on re-reads of these books, that somehow they do not do for me what they did in youth - something about the style? I don't know. Also, early C20th rendering of Chinglish, sigh.

On the go

Elizabeth George, A Banquet of Consequences (2015). I was considerably off these when they were turning Lynley's Epic Manpain up to 11, but this one was very cheap in a charity shop and promised mostly Havers. And really, do we not want more of the scruffy maverick with constant disciplinary issues who is also a woman? - the 'top brass not pleased' is massive at the beginning of this one. Okay, it's got a standard E George riff on 'all unhappy families are different in baroquely complicated ways, and there are no happy families' (the misery handed on is not so much a coastal shelf as the Mariana Trench), but I have stuck with it, though have just been irked that over 500 pages into the narrative they are only just looking into how anyone might have got hold of the somewhat unusual toxic substance involved.

Also, on the ereader, because I don't want to tote around a damn great fat paperback, from the romance bundle, Ivory Lei, How to Wed an Earl (2013) - not got very far, but seems as, 'be betrothed in infancy by respective parents' is how...

Up next

Well, in another charity shop found the preceding volume by Elizabeth George, Just One Evil Act (2013), which, I daresay, will reveal what got Havers into the deepest of disgrace and quite possibly the depths of depression, but I'm not sure I really want to commit to going straight on to another of these. Or maybe the next Stabenow in the series.

Or I could look through my tbr piles, actual and virtual.

Advertising Equality

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017 04:57 am

Poem: "The Health of the People"

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017 11:26 pm
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This poem is spillover from the June 6, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] janetmiles. It also fills the "Webs and Networks (Power / Influence / Control)" square in my 4-19-16 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Calliope thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem contains some controversial topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. Calliope and Vagary are still kind of a mess, but getting better. This includes questions about gift-giving, detailed discussions of health coverage, transgender health and other issues, acceptance and rejection, awkward comparisons between supervillains and other people, Vagary is actually rather good with people under limited circumstances for which he has received training, and he's getting better in general due to level-grinding social skills, not exactly hacking but looks like it, vague financial discussions, boundary issues, complications of identity, frog handling, fertility challenges, Vagary is making his own friends in Stillwater, and is a huggy monkey when not trying to avoid upsetting Calliope, and other angst. But mostly it's positive. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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Wednesday, June 21st, 2017 10:09 am
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Happy birthday, [personal profile] adrian_turtle!

Fiction: Speed Bump! (part 1 of 1, complete)

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017 11:07 pm
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Speed Bump!
by Dialecticdreamer/Sarah Williams
part 1 of 1, complete
Word count (story only): 1603

:: This story takes place seconds after the end of “More Than a Road Trip.” Part of the Mercedes story arc in Polychrome Heroics, this is meant to be a bit unexpected, but always, I write happy endings! ::

As soon as Cash rolled out the front door, intending to spare half a second to lock the door behind the two men, a wave of heat pressed down on him with relentless sunshine. “This place is crazy! I thought California had perfect weather!”

Joshua shook his head as he pointed toward a white and gray van camper with a long, sleek nose and no sleeping bunk above the driver's seat. “That's just what we tell the tourists to get them here. Just wait until it's above a hundred and ten for more than a week.”

Cash shuddered. “That's bonkers! I had better weather on bivouac in the desert!” he insisted.

Officer Tull laughed, in a tone inexpressibly caught between sympathy and sadism. “Welcome to California,” he teased. “You thought you only had to worry about crazy off duty cops, didn't you? California's competing with Australia to kill or drive off the most humans.” He opened the side door behind the cab, revealing a wheelchair lift, and expertly operated the controls.
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Paprika 16, Moonlight 14

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017 11:57 pm
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Name: shadowsong26
Story: The Style of the Time
'Verse: Feredar
Colors: Paprika #16. Never give up on the good times., Moonlight #14. Antediluvian
Supplies and Materials: graffiti (Red Carpet, Day 3), frame, seed beads, novelty beads (no capes)
Word Count: 195
Rating: G
Characters: Nava, Sola
Warnings: Nope
Notes: Constructive criticism welcome, as always.

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So far macOS Sierra and I are getting along pretty well. Safari works on my computer again, which is exciting. My computer acknowledges that my iPod exists, which is also exciting.

...That's pretty much the extent of what I've asked it to do, at this point.

(I guess that's why getting a new computer holds little appeal. I do everything on my iPod anyway, except for two key things: 1) backing up my iPod, and 2) typing on a full size keyboard.)
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*Andrea: At least the weather answers my question of whether or not I should do a 10 mile trail run this weekend: no.
Aaron: The answer to that should always be no.

Just a Tuesday

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017 11:28 pm
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I had the billing this afternoon - I had to leave super early to get there on time because buses (and I also I wanted to get lunch first), and then my class was out an an awkward time - 3:30, and it is a 40 min-ish trip back to work... And then I leave at 4:50 anyway. So I just went downtown and ran a few errands, then went home and had a nap (or at least a lie down).

It was super nice all day, and pissed rain as I was starting to take the dogs out, of course. It didn't thunder, though, so they were okay with it.

I have a different training tomorrow, though it is basically in the same place, so I will probably just do the same thing.

I did some wrangling this evening,so that I wouldn't just get sucked into the hole that is tumblr, and then watched the last episode of American Gods and worked on some knitting. I still don't have the mental energy, or inspiration, for writing. It isn't that I don't have ideas, I just don't have any that are really grabbing me right now. Maybe it is bees? Probably at least some of it is bees.

Ahh well - the Raksura exchange reveals tomorrow and I am excited to read things! I'm a little disappointed that I didn't manage any treats, but I think I just need a break.

News and such...

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017 09:42 pm
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Silver Moon: A Wolves of Wolf's Point Novel, is back in print! As noted previously, there are some changes from the original edition: new cover, new subtitle, character name change, the new version is longer and so forth. The story has not been changed nor have the main characters. It's available in all ebook formats. In print, it's available from
Indie bookstores and libraries can order it through Ingram. I'm working toward selling it directly via the Queen of Swords Press website, but we're not there yet.

Speaking of Queen of Swords Press, I just got an acceptance from the Twin Cities Book Festival for October so be sure and look for us there. I'll also have print copies of Silver Moon and Out of This World next week (6/27) at the Queer Voice Pride Month Reading and Book Fair at the Minneapolis Central Library.

Our Pride Month StoryBundle is still chugging along and we've raised nearly $1000 for Rainbow Railroad so far! 9 more days to go.

Other than this, life is a bit of mixed bag. Mystery Foot Pain turns out to be arthritis, which is very annoying. I'm nursing things along but will have to skip going to Pride because I need to get everything settled down before Helsinki, etc. The current round of house projects have wrapped up so now we're on to planning the next ones. I have some fabulous friends, and there we have it. Off to bed now in hopes of getting a decent night's sleep/

Weird societal unrealted necessity shit

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017 06:09 pm
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Magazines/Advetisements/etc: Cargo shorts, t-shirts, bro tanks, fuckin motorcycles on fIRE we're fuckin mEN and this is how ya be a mAN.
Me, an nb boy, wearin soft colored lacy outfits an collectin cute shit: Say what.

It's kinda the same tho with like the urbex and parkour communities like fuckin hell I can explore abandoned buildings an be a boy and do parkour and shit while still likin soft an cute things what's with this unrelated necessity thing society's got goin. Like hat exactly makes motorcycles on fire related to this shit an neccesary to like an cute shit contradictin?

Nothin that's what. Nothin at fuckin all let me be cool as shit an drink gallons of coffee an still like frilly outfits an cute things holy fuck.

Note: We found this outfit in the trash and tbh I'm amazed it fits us (like... most shit we find we'd expect to be either hella big on us or not fit our shoulders and it aint like that). Love it tho.

- Jack

Diana of Themyscira

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017 12:55 am
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I saw Wonder Woman yesterday, and I enjoyed it a lot. One of my favorite superhero movies so far, though I can't say how much of that is because of how wonderful it felt to watch a movie about a female superhero. Spoilers )

Usually I would go back and read many reaction posts/reviews of the movie by other people now, but I work full-time now and there are fewer hours in the day and it's very annoying. Still no time machine. (Though to be fair if I had a time machine there would be more important things to do than go back a few hours every day just so I have more free time.)

well, the weekend was amazing?

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017 04:07 pm
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L and I went off to see Delta Rae play, and we got upgraded to the room with the double-sized jacuzzi, and had the miracle of close parking via someone pulling out of a spot as we were looking, and got to talk to a couple of the singers for awhile afterward and totally nerd out and even NOW I'm pretty confident that I didn't make a total idiot out of myself. Which is impressive considering the anxiety. (Or if I did it's the type of dorky idiot who really loves their music that the band is USED to handling and to some extent enjoys.) (So there's really a limit to how much I can freak out about it because I AM a dorky idiot who really loves their music.)

Yesterday and today have been migraine central because PMS + storm systems = the unhappiest of Annas. I've still got most of my shit done, but the laundry has been suffering... and I went to dump it in just now and discovered that someone STILL DOESN'T KNOW how to do fucking laundry like they're SHARING SPACE. Last time it was detergent powder everywhere. The time before that, gigantic bits of lint in the washer. THIS time, bits of paper or tissue or something. In the washer. Let me tell you how fucking tired I am of spending my quarters and my time getting the washer clean enough to use: so tired I actually called the office and then had to bite back half a dozen swears because it's not THEIR fault someone's an asshole.

Oh and I still haven't gotten fucking PAID for my transcription work last month (about 6-7 weeks ago now) because why the fuck WOULD I. Argh so pissed and haven't figured out what to do with this. And I have like half a dozen logistical nightmares to deal with between now and the end of vacation which NOBODY ELSE HAS TOUCHED and I am very tired and fed up, you guys.

Upsides: we had salmon medallions and turnip puree for dinner last night and it was full of nom, and I talked the boy into getting lemonade and ice cream because fuck everything it's summer, and despite the rain being misery-inducing it's not so hot that I can never brain again. And I have strawberries courtesy of one of L's coworkers who... picked too many? (This is a thing that does not compute at all.) Fresh strawberries that are so sweet they're sunshine exploding in my mouth.

I dunno. I'm sort of dragging my upsides along with me kicking and screaming these days, good weekend or not. And feeling perpetually guilty about not doing more for the resistance despite the endless HI YOU ARE MENTALLY ILL AND ACTIVISM OF THE SORT THAT WORKS ACTUALLY MAKES YOU WORSE on loop in my head.

yeah, i poemed

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017 02:05 pm
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in reponse to this lovely bit on Terri Windling's blog; here is a bit of what I was replying to:

"Art slips through, and us with it -- slips past the border police and the currency controls, to talk as we've always wanted to, about matters of the spirit and the heart, to imagine a world not dominated by numbers, to find in colors and poetry and sand an equivalence to our deepest feelings, a language for who we are." -- Jeanette Winterson, published in The World Split Open

Art Slips Through

there are always cracks
no matter how high the wall,
how strong the barricades,
no matter how carefully written
the unjust laws, how many
faceless soldiers they find
to enforce their brutish rule
(the soldiers are not faceless,
the blockades always leak;
we always find a way)

art slips through.
graffiti'd words on an underpass,
spoken word in a underground cafe,
scrap paper woodblock printed
or run off on an old ditto machine
(remember the smell?
those things last forever
it's a good thing;
we use what we have)

art slips through
secrets coded in woven fabric
a call to resist in the words of a song
a new way of looking at the world
in stories told by the old
(never think that revolution
is only the province of the young
we come in all sizes, all ages)

art slips through,
through the gaps in the canon stories,
the only ones that are authorized,
that only the authorized may tell;
through the quiet between the songs,
the only ones allowed to be played
on the only radio station
that's allowed to broadcast
(good thing we had
that pirate radio station
back then,
it was good practice)

art slips through.
there are always gaps,
always cracks.
there's always an underpass
nobody's watching,
always a soldier
(not faceless at all)
who'll let that whistled tune
slip by,
always a place
you can leave your stack
of scrap paper,
hand printed zines,
where they will be found
by those who need to read
the things we are writing.
there is always a way.

Texas Capitol Building

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017 08:09 pm
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While I was in Texas an old friend and his wife took me out for the day including a trip around Texas' Capitol

Piccies Under the Cut )


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