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Usually, in the shower, I get writing ideas. Today it clicked that in one week we transfer a LOT of money and sign the deeds of settlement on OUR HOUSE. It, huh, does not feel real. It has, ironically, a 'life for rent' sense, in that if someone told me tomorrow, "oh, there was a problem, you haven't actually bought a house," my first reaction would be closer to, "Oh, okay," than !!!!!??.

I want to send the vendors, a mother and daughter, a densely-written card. We haven't spoken to them; have only communicated very little through agents. I'm stuck on I hope you don't miss this place too much and We will love it so much, I love it already and I wish you well wherever you're going. All very... high level. Gushy. I want to find my way towards something specific enough to be believably personal.

Other things: Work is fine. One of the most knowledgeable members of my team is leaving, moving countries. I really like him and will miss him. As a consequence, my boss sent around the job ad she's about to put up. It was weird to see a very similar ad to the one I answered from the opposite side. Hard to put into words how much I'd had to guess at interpreting it then.

Yuletide is EVERYTHING ELSE. There's a pop-psych text/saying - I forget how it goes - about the large scheduled events in your life, like work hours or picking your kids up from school or doing this thing every week - being like large rocks you put in a jar, and it looks full but - then there's large gravel-ish bits of things that are more or less scheduled and more or less necessary, and you shake them in around the rocks - then there are smaller pebbly things you fit in around all these necessary things - and then you fill your life up with the tinier things, sand - and - you keep filling it up with smaller particles, even though on paper/in your head it's already full. Right now for me Yuletide is water. In and around everything thing else in my life, in and around every other thought.

I'm the kind of person who hits the snooze button a lot when their alarm goes off. When I go to sleep thinking about Yuletide, I don't wake up and hit the snooze button. I just roll over and catch up on my phone on Yuletide things.

Yuletide, water, is also like a strong current. I dip into it and I'm pulled far away from a conversation, to a different place in a day. I love it. I love being swept up in it.

After I post this, I'm going to
-wash some mushrooms and then braise them, as the first step in making marinated mushrooms, as a contribution to a lunch at a friend's home tomorrow
-work on a Yuletide task (making up fake other-fandom questions to send to someone whose author has a question that's specific to the fandom they matched on)
-try to re-book transferring our internet connection from the current house to the next
-work on a fic for a different fanwork exchange, Trick or Treat.

Other things I want to post about: recent exchange gifts & works; mnf-ness.
ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem is spillover from the October 4, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] redsixwing. It also fills the "Character-building: past trauma" square in my 8-1-16 card for the Group Dynamics and Character-building Bingo Cards. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Officer Pink thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This is mostly positive, but Turq is still emotionally fragile and gets overloaded on family stuff. Ansel takes care of him.

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Quick Cash?
By Dialecticdreamer/Sarah Williams
part 1 of 2 (complete)
word count: 1498

Cash rolled through the doors of the large grocery store at a quarter after three in the morning, only to be greeted by a skinny teenager with chin-length blond hair and four-color inked sleeves on his skin that began just above the wrist bones and stopped less than an inch from the edges of the plain blue tank top he wore underneath a steel gray apron. “Hi, Mister Cash! Bethan texted me to say she forgot to put ice cream on the shopping list.” He loped over, his gangly stride quiet despite the good quality military surplus boots he wore.

“She forgot...” Cash checked the folded piece of paper, each panel full of tightly-cramped lettering. “There are four kinds of ice cream on the list!”

The kid grinned at him even as he waved his arms in denial.”Oh, probably. She forgot to add your ice cream to the list.”
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art experiment, process post

Oct. 27th, 2016 10:20 pm[personal profile] yhlee
yhlee: hexarchate Andan blue rose (hxx Andan)
More like Andan wannabe at this point, but this is what I do tonight to relax after getting in the day's writing. "Relax."

I'm trying that Photoshop digital painting technique where you first do it in values (grayscale), then use color mode to "paint" color onto the grayscale. Unfortunately, my virtual pencil technique is pretty terrible at smooth transitions. I spent a few hours just doing that.

Today was taking the slapdash first-pass color version and then smoothing it out. The blue box is what I worked on tonight. It still needs a lot of work but that's something I'll take on another night. For example, there need to be real highlights in the hair and the damn nose is STILL crooked. *weeps*

The original intent was to do a simple head-and-shoulders to practice the technique so I don't know why I also added two colored light sources to add that on top of everything else. Probably because I'm an idiot.

And why a blonde? I have been drawing so many brunettes lately that I thought a fair complexion would be an interesting challenge. :]
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Types of Voices
There are the Narrators, the voices that give a running commentary of every thought and action and it seems that second and third person are more likely to unsettle a person and get them believing in a conspiracy against them. Narrators say things like ‘He is typing,’ or ‘John is looking at the computer screen,’ or ‘Did he say that out loud?’.

There are the Commanders, the voices that tell a person what to do and if the the command does not seem like it’s harmful a person might do it as a test to verify what the voices are telling them. Commanders may gain more influence over a person the more they are listened to. It can be tricky sometimes because commanders may use things you usually do, such as washing or going shopping, as a command. It is important that you stick to your normal pattern of doing things, otherwise it could cause you doubt yourself and commanders might take advantage of your indecisiveness.

There are the Interrogators, the voices that question a person tirelessly while draining a person of their self-confidence and will-power. They may dig up a person’s history and accuse them of things ranging from somewhat truthful to outright lies. The challenge here is getting enough rest because the onslaught may continue while you sleep or when you wake up.

These are just three of the many kinds of voices that appear to feature in voice hearer’s experiences. In advanced cases some voice hearers may also see, feel, taste and smell things that others cannot. This can be a very difficult experience for a person and often friends and family may not understand how the voices may be affecting their loved one. There is hope and it can come from the voices themselves.

I have been dealing with all of the above for over a year now, although it has gotten worse lately. I do not do anything anymore except tell them to please leave before I loose it again.

There was white flashes of light when I was having a high degree of stress after being attacked by them while calling in a prescription for the anti psycho meds.


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I promise, one day soon there will be real content on here again. Maybe after I finish grad school. Speaking of, I am looking for housing in NYC for two upcoming date ranges: Nov 3-8 and Nov 28-Dec 6. If you can host me for one of those or part of one of those, please let me know!
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Look, look, it's an actual update!

  • Our air is finally fixed! Now if we can just get maintenance to come take a look at the leak in the other side of the apartment we'd be set.

  • I think I am starting to very slowly claw my way out of the absolute rock bottom I felt like I kept landing at for a bit. I'm still not doing great, and every time real life stuff creeps up I still panic, but I feel a little less constantly horrible, so that's something. Things are still kind of awkward and stilted and strange, especially with people, though, so if I sound kind of off, that's why. Ther's con this weekend, followed by Samhain; I'm hoping this helps boost things, but there's also a chance it will screw it up, so we'll see.

  • I cannot shake the voice that says I should try to NaNo, and NaNo properly, this year. It would be really stupid, considering how I still have to do all the stuff I failed to do this month in November, and how I haven't written more than like 5k in a year in years, and how I haven't even tried to do it properly the last few times I did NaNo and I still didn't get anything written past week one, and I have no idea what I would write. (That's kind of a lie, I have a couple of ideas I keep staring at; but the science + magic verse isn't plotted enough, neither is the ghost detective, I feel like I don't have the information or skill for Strangers yet, Sentient Magic shorts don't count as "doing it properly", and while I could steal my plot from a few NaNos back and give Cin and Regan's story a stab, I don't know if that's going to turn out any better than last time.) But I can't stop thinking about it either, which is annoying.

    I don't know, maybe I can turn this into actual productivity with work. Or into rainbowfic shorts. Either way, I'll take it.

  • Book editing is creeping towards done pretty steadily. It might not be out before mom leaves for her retreat first weekend in November, but it should be out before Thanksgiving, so we're on schedule. Then my primary work to-do-list for November, not counting the daily stuff I already do, is: figure out tarot pricing and delivery; set up tarot pages; set up tarot blog and commit to updating it weekly; figure out how to promote that; sign up for elance and a couple other places and start looking for editing/formatting/etc; start figuring out if there's anything else I can do editing-wise.

  • I continue to spend way too much time staring at Youtube, though I've been doing that while doing repetitive copy-past-format stuff, so. I may end up marathon watching Halloween cartoon shorts while I work today, because I'm really in the mood for them. Also been playing games; between Overwatch and Avengers Academy and getting Pokemon Go downloaded again, I've been spending way more time on games than I should be. But the Pokemon Go Halloween event is amazing and I have no regrets and we've actually been out walking around this week and it's actually a decent temperature outside. It's nice.
yhlee: Flight Rising Spiral dragon, black-red-gold (Flight Rising Jedao baby Spiral)
Because I am procrastinating on taking a break from Revenant Gun revisions lalalalala.

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Oct. 27th, 2016 03:54 pm[personal profile] melannen
melannen: Commander Valentine of Alpha Squad Seven, a red-haired female Nick Fury in space, smoking contemplatively (Default)
So, anyone want to beta Rivers of Ankh-Morpork at ~6500 words?

Mostly looking for a) canon beta for either canon, b) copyedit, c) somebody to tell me if I actually wrote the whole thing.

Also I read the Squirrel Girl And The GLA trade, and - well, if anybody else was wondering, it's not realated to the new ongoing, it's just reprints of all her pre-Ryan North appearances. Most of them are pretty good! Most of the trade is the GLA miniseries, though, and it was just. Super disappointing?

First if you're parodying something, you have to actually be *funny* rather than just *depressing*.

But also - the GLA actually has a pretty great powerset? And the book made absolutely no argument for why it wasn't a pretty great powerset? Like, they aren't really set up to take down Thanos or Galactus or even Fin Fang Foom, but they don't need to be, they have Squirrel Girl. What they do have is, like, a REALLY GOOD covert ops/infiltration team. A character who can shapeshift to play any role as long as it's a white woman (and also serve as a tank in a crisis); a character who can teleport anywhere as long as it's the next room; a character who can change size and shape and be invisible and fit through the tiniest cracks. And one who can talk to squirrels. (....Okay admittedly Mr. Immortal is pretty useless for anything other than distracting the guards.)

They could get into anywhere and retrieve any information! They would be the world's most efficient and terrifying spy team. But all the writers seem too committed to the idea that they are humorously useless powers to actually do anything interesting.

I am headcanoning that they are in fact the Marvel Universe's most terrifying and efficient spy team and all of that "sitting around playing cards" stuff is just a really good cover story.
musesfool: Kaylee as Delight (delight)
the dream of flight persists
Star Wars/Firefly; Anakin/Kaylee, ensemble; AU; pg; 16,740 words
Anakin's never found much serenity himself, despite all the meditation he's been subjected to over the years; maybe working on this ship will do it.

Title from "This Heavy Craft" by PK Page. Thanks to [ profile] silveronthetree for hashing it out with me. More of a fusion than a crossover, I guess, with the Firefly 'verse folded into the GFFA.

Or read it on AO3.

The wax has melted / but the dream of flight / persists )


Feedback is adored.



Oct. 27th, 2016 10:26 am[personal profile] james_davis_nicoll
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Livejournal's "recent comments" is not working.
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"Since the New Avengers were formed from the heroes we love but the Marvel Universe forgets in favor of the Caps, Thors and Iron Men, these villains are the strange, the forgotten, the out-and-out weird, come together to prove just how dangerous they can be. Hopefully this will be a new beginning for at least a couple of these bizarre maniacs. There's evil gold in them thar hills, and I plan to make it shine." -- Al Ewing

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Our theme this month was "monsters." I worked from 12:30 PM to 4 AM, so about 13 hours 30 minutes accounting for lunch and supper breaks. I wrote 7 poems on Tuesday and 11 later on.

Participation was quite enthusiastic, with 34 comments on LiveJournal and another 69 on Dreamwidth. A total of 23 people sent prompts. Please welcome new prompters [personal profile] callibr8 and LJ user John_palmer; you have them to thank for the extra freebie.

Read Some Poetry!
The following poems from the October 4, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl have been posted:
"Batan Kyuu"
"Carry Them With You in Your Heart" (sponsored, pending post)
"Certain Anthropological Researches"
"Creatures of Chaos"
"Defining Humankind"
"God Help the Outcasts"
"A Monster So Hideous"
"The Real Monsters"
"Taking the Night Watch"
"Two to Twenty"

"È Meglio Star Solo" (Fiorenza the Wisewoman, 8/5/14 fishbowl)
"Thorns and Claws" (Beneath the Family Tree, 11/4/14 fishbowl)

Buy some poetry!
If you plan to sponsor some poetry but haven't made up your mind yet, watch for the unsold poetry list for October 4, 2016. That includes the title, length, price, and the original thumbnail description for the poems still available.

Currently sponsored poems from this session have all been posted. There were 9 donors this time: [personal profile] capriuni, [personal profile] alatefeline, [personal profile] rix_scaedu, [personal profile] janetmiles, [personal profile] technoshaman, [ profile] redsixwing, [ profile] ng_moonmoth, Anthony & Shirley Barrette.

The Poetry Fishbowl made its $200 goal, so "Thorns and Claws" is the free epic. That's the first tally for the $250 goal.

The Poetry Fishbowl project also has a permanent landing page.

New Verses

Oct. 27th, 2016 02:14 am[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
The general fund poll split the donation across both open epics.  "Holding Hope and Love" has 4 new verses.  Dr. Roderstein and Cheersquad discuss fears and soups.  "A Hope and a Promise" has 7 new verses.  Aidan is enchanted by the Montessori toys.

Poem: "Two to Twenty"

Oct. 26th, 2016 11:43 pm[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
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This poem is spillover from the October 4, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] rix_scaedu. It also fills the "roleplaying game" square in my 10-4-16 card for the Games and Sports Bingo fest. This poem is posted as the second freebie due to new prompters.

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Escaping Media

Oct. 26th, 2016 09:49 pm[personal profile] dialecticdreamer
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I could begin this post with a list of the current problems in American society as I see them. I could, but I wont, because I have already spent too much time today worrying about everything from our local city council elections and the price of gas up to the social shifts which are likely to happen in the next two decades. When I'm trying not to worry, one of the easiest, least mentally taxing options is to put in a movie.
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Handling Power Levels

Oct. 26th, 2016 11:23 pm[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
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Here's a thoughtful article about how to handle characters with different power levels.

A couple of my observations:

1) There is no such thing as overpowered characters, only underpowered opposition.  Superman is ludicrously powerful, but well placed in handling planetary-scale threats.  Spiderman is modestly powerful, well placed in neighborhood watch, can pinch-hit usefully at city level, and has no business in much larger conflicts.

2) It can be loads of fun to watch two mismatched characters who can't get rid of each other.  Dvorak is considerably more powerful than Qwerty in almost every way ... but Qwerty is like the annoying little sister who tattles every time her older sister sneaks out the window and won't stop following her.  That's never going to stop being funny.
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Totally unscientific survey about crowdfunding artists. The OP's husband is exploring the Patreon model as a potential income stream.
rosefox: Origami boxes. (you're welcome)
I'm doing a Patreon patron drive on Story Hospital, my advice column for writers! If I get to 50 patrons by the end of the month, I'll do four EXTRA posts in November, one per week, with advice specifically aimed at people who are doing NaNoWriMo. Writing 50,000 words in 30 days is a big challenge and I want to give those writers some support.

I'm totally fine with people signing up as patrons just for one month (though of course I hope you'll stick around!) and the minimum pledge is just $1 for the entire month. And if we make the goal, all the NaNoWriMo advice posts will be made public on the main Story Hospital site, though my patrons will get to see them early. So even if you can't chip in, feel free to subscribe to the site, ask a question or three, and share your favorite posts with your friends who write.

If you like the site and are interested in supporting it, please become a patron and/or spread the word about the patron drive. We've already gone from 39 to 45 patrons in just a few days, and I think we can make this happen!

Misc. linkspam

Oct. 27th, 2016 12:15 am[personal profile] umadoshi
umadoshi: (autumn leaves 2 (dhamphir))
"I Waited 96 Years! Born Before the 19th Amendment, We’re Electing a Woman President".

On YouTube: "THE AMAZING TRIPLE SPIRAL (15,000 DOMINOES)". (~2 min. 30 seconds) "I spent 25 hours spread over 8 days building this massive triple spiral structure with 15,000 dominoes."

"Russian Artist Creates Fantasy Animal Sculptures From Velvet Clay".

"I Baked Every Technical Challenge From “The Great British Bake Off” And It Was A Fucking Disaster: TL;DR: Just go to the shops and buy a cake instead". [Buzzfeed]

"EMiO Releasing NES Advantage-Style Joystick For The NES Classic Edition".

"Tom Hanks Is Totally Up for Wooing Channing Tatum in the Splash Remake". [io9]

"How Sondheim and Lapine Made a Masterpiece with Sunday in the Park with George". [Playbill]

"Return of incandescent light bulbs as MIT makes them more efficient than LEDs". [January 2016]

"If Women Wrote Men the Way Men Write Women". [McSweeney's]

"Two Women On ‘The Bachelor’ Started Dating and I Am Finally Vindicated". [Autostraddle] "Also, you know what? I deserve this. With the hours I’ve logged into this show, my reward shouldn’t just be a feeling of gratitude that I’m not straight. I watched Bachelor in Paradise: After Paradise – I deserve to know that two women on The Bachelor probably shot a confessional being upset about something Kyle/Ben/Jamie/Geoff said and then went where the cameras couldn’t see them while stifling laughter and then made out."

On Atlas Obscura:

--"Y’all, You’uns, Yinz, Youse: How Regional Dialects Are Fixing Standard English".

--"Sex, Drugs, and Broomsticks: The Origins of the Iconic Witch". [October 2014]

--"The Lesbian Vampire Story That Came Before Dracula". (Spoiler: it's Carmilla.)

On Mental Floss:

--"11 Authors Who Hated the Movie Versions of Their Books".

--"Restaurant Serves Food Prepared by Grandmothers From Different Cultures".
umadoshi: (Goku grumpy (psychodragon82))
I caved and updated Firefox the other day (going from something like 44.something to 49.0), mostly in hopes that YouTube would start working properly for me again. Alas, YouTube continues to behave oddly (and I'm too tired to try describing it), and on top of that, the browser is now all laggy. I even have only about half as many tabs open, since Tab Groups has been turfed and the tabs not in my main group were automatically tucked into a Bookmarks folder during the update. (I've installed the equivalent add-on, but haven't actually started making use of it yet.)

Aaargh. >.<

In other grumpy news, I was exhausted and badly zonked most of the day at work. I slept badly and inadequately last night, but not enough so to justify the degree of sleepiness while I was at work, IMO. At least it was only an 11.5 hour day. (I say "only" out of habit, but so far the days at Casual Job have mostly been quite reasonable; whether/how much that'll change remains to be seen and likely depends on how long this round lasts.)

In better tech news, Tweetcaster updated for the first time in ages and I finally got the update a few days after Ginny did, so I finally (finally, finally) have the quote-tweets option on my phone. Tweetcaster had an interim update that had the feature, but my old phone's Android version was too outdated to support that update, and the current phone was (we think) too new to be supported until now. Or something.

[ profile] scruloose texted while I was at work and said, "Claud would like everyone to know she is not pleased about the ceiling in my den being patched", and when I asked if she was yelling at him again, he said, "Not yelling, quite, but she's Very Disappointed and not hesitating to tell me about it. (With pointed demonstrations--trying to push the patch open while perched on the bookcase...)"

Note that the hole in question (the one she climbed through on the weekend) isn't even directly above the bookcase--which is one thing when she was launching into it and catching hold of something inside with her front claws, but the mental picture of her reaching up and pushing on the patch while on the bookcase seems a bit...precarious.
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Very apt.  However, these things are a lot more fun when you can celebrate each other's skill instead of envying it.

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Bloodshot U.S.A. #1

Oct. 26th, 2016 10:39 pm[personal profile] history79 posting in [community profile] scans_daily

"America is a scary place — and I say that as one of your neighbors from the north who is equal parts terrified, appalled and saddened on a daily basis by something new going on, not the least of which is the rise of Trump. So, yes there is social commentary here.

I became compelled by the idea of these heroes being forced to face this mass violence, but not being able to use violence themselves to stop it. Trying to find some other way to help and stop the madness without resorting to more violence themselves."

- Jeff Lemire

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Good News

Oct. 26th, 2016 02:16 pm[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
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Good news includes all the things which make us happy or otherwise feel good. It can be personal or public. We never know when something wonderful will happen, and when it does, most people want to share it with someone. It's disappointing when nobody is there to appreciate it. Happily, blogging allows us to share our joys and pat each other on the back.

What good news have you had recently?
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I already posted #1 of the excellent and compelling Lake of Fire from Matt Smith and Nathan Fairbanks. as #3 came out today, I re-read '2 this morning, and it's still really good.

One thing that struck me was Fairbairn's way with speech
Observe )

IT's a series that I have a lot of affection for and is a fascinating read. The cliffhanger at the end of #3 means that #4 can't come out soon enough.

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