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Thursday, June 22nd, 2017 09:54 pm
Technically this book is the end of the Lois Lane trilogy, but I hope so hard that there are more, because Lois is amazing and Gwenda is amazing and...I am getting ahead of myself.

Okay, so the really important thing about this book is that LOIS AND "SmallvilleGuy" FINALLY MEET AND IT IS INCREDIBLE. They are so dorky and cute, and I love them. We also get to meet Martha and Jonathan, and basically there is REALLY GOOD FAMILY in this book, which I love.

There is also REALLY GOOD FRIEND in this book, with Lois relying on her Scoop team. And another inclusion/reveal that's so cool I don't want to scuttle it for you, but is, uh, definitely something a new series of books could cover, that's for sure.

ANYWAY, this book also has a perfect ending. JUST. PERFECT. My heart.

Highly, highly recommended.
Thursday, June 22nd, 2017 12:57 pm
 

Dear Rare Pair Writer,

 

Links to my fandom pages:

 

Maeve of Winter on AO3

 

Maeve of Winter on Tumblr

 

Maeve of Winter on Dreamwidth

 

WhimsicalNixie on LiveJournal

 

Maeve of Winter on Fanfiction.net

 

 

Wishing you well! This my first time participating, and I'm very excited!

 

I should say right off the bat that my prompts are only here for guidance, not as anything you are obligated to right for me. If you have your own idea for the pairing that fits with my likes, it’s more than okay with me if you want to write that.

 

Also, feel free to mix and match my prompts with different pairings and fandoms. If it’s somewhere in my letter, it’s something I’m okay with receiving for any canon or character.


Thursday, June 22nd, 2017 09:02 am
The Guardian: Millions of mysterious 'sea pickles' swamp US west coast

“One of the things we are figuring out is have these guys been off the coast and we haven’t seen them? Are they moving inshore for a different reason?” said Sorensen.

YES AND I THINK WE KNOW WHAT THAT IS. Let me know when they reach Washington.

They're known as the "unicorn of the sea", apparently, so should clearly be claimed as a symbolic animal by you (glowing) asexual people out there.

yes I know it's not the same kind of asexual okay

ETA: Wikipedia just provided me with this beautiful quote:

"I have just watched the moon set in all her glory, and looked at those lesser moons, the beautiful Pyrosoma, shining like white-hot cylinders in the water" (T.H. Huxley, 1849).
Thursday, June 22nd, 2017 01:44 am
Usual sad note that not only have I never gotten a bingo on one of these, but I often don't manage even one fill--but I can't resist them. ^^; I keep hoping some inspiration will be jarred loose, and occasionally that even happens!

My [dreamwidth.org profile] hc_bingo card is under this cut )

At first glance I didn't see a whole lot of prompts there that work well with my usual-these-years fandom/ship, but on looking again, there are a few that I could theoretically do interesting things with, or that at least can be made to match WsIP that I expect to be on the shorter side if/when I can finish them. And my monofannishness aside, I do always hope that these challenges will twig something in my brain and let me write something new.

(Is this my first time getting an [dreamwidth.org profile] hc_bingo card that doesn't have one of the soulbond prompts? I haven't gone and checked to see if it's literally the first time, but the card generator has traditionally been very keen on giving me "unintended soulbond" and/or "unintended side effects of planned soulbond" [or whatever the exact phrasings are]. I always kinda meant to write the former for Warehouse 13; it could even happen someday. It's pretty perfect.)

And my [dreamwidth.org profile] seasonofkink card and Newsflesh-specific (inherently NSFW) notes are under THIS cut )
Thursday, June 22nd, 2017 12:01 am
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 :)
Thursday, June 22nd, 2017 01:51 am

If you could go back in time and change one thing, what would it be? Say it in verse.




Poems do not have to match the prompt exactly. Prompts are only meant to inspire and be a jumping off point for your own creativity.


Poems can be posted directly in the comments or as a link to your own journal.


Wednesday, June 21st, 2017 05:54 pm
1. My mirpesset. I love, love, love having this little balcony.

2. The wind chime hanging there.

3. The herb garden in a window box there.

4. The pretty string of solar-powered LED lights I just festooned there, to bring sparkle to the long evenings.

5. Sunshine, blue sky, sweet breeze, greenery all around.
Wednesday, June 21st, 2017 04:15 pm
I am starting class again tonight, yay! In an interesting turn of events, class will finish two days before my appointment with the orthopedic surgeon, so that works out well. Apparently we're doing something Spanish with a circle skirt and character shoes and a fan, which is going to be very cool, but is an awful lot of crap to haul around....

We really need to find a home for big gorgeous smart hyper boy Kimchi. He was in a Mood last night, and was not about to let me pick him up off the top of the cat tree (usually he's quite easy to handle, but this time, teeth were threatened), so I had to resort to putting treats on the bench and ignoring him for a while. After about 10 minutes, he got bored with being stubborn and trying to annoy me, came over to eat the treats, and allowed himself to be carried back to his cage like a perfect little angel. The stinker. We had Caline the Crazy out, too, speaking of hyper cats who need homes... Oh, and my huge sweet buddy Chaz, who is perfect except for having FIV, and why has no one adopted him yet?!?

In the bunny business, we have six at the moment, who are all darlings except for Sawyer the Sex-Obsessed, with whom I cannot deal. (Who is nice and all, but has expanded my Bunny Weirdness Scale by an inordinate amount. It used to be like 1 to 10, but he's way out at about 35. Holly the Demon Bunny looks almost normal by comparison.) Really, I just want to find nice homes for Paul Bunyan and Timmy Bananas, who is going to go bananas if he has to listen to Sawyer frenetically humping his stuffed toy right overhead for much longer.

The Transformers 5 world premiere was in the Loop last night, which was weird. Something about having a giant banner of a giant robot hanging next to the Civic Opera House stone-engraved signage is just... wrong. But Haagen-Daaz was taking advantage of the foot traffic to give out free samples, so I had mint chocolate chip ice cream for dinner. Sometimes, I just fail really hard at adulting.
Wednesday, June 21st, 2017 08:18 pm
The Guardian: Grenfell Tower families to be rehoused in flats at luxury complex

This doesn't cover all the displaced families. And the flats are part of the "affordable" quota developers are frequently required to build along with the luxury flats, with the usual segregation (not being allowed access to the swimming pool etc. -- in quite a few instances, developers have created buildings where the people in the "affordable" flats have a separate entrance to the building ...), so it's a lot less "luxury" than the headline implies.

And they're being bought by the Corporation of London (as opposed to paid for out of RBKC's £274 million reserves?).

Still, it's a start.
Wednesday, June 21st, 2017 10:34 am
I started watching Wynonna Earp during breaks at work and I love it. I didn't realize the show was basically Jessica Jones in a supernatural Western with sister and I am on board. I'm telling myself to not watch episodes when I'm at home, only when I'm out and about on breaks so I have something to watch, but it's hard. I think I'm episode 4 now? Yay for downloading from Netflix.

Not Prime Time has two more pinch hits for claiming.

I think I'm finished with my Wonder Woman femslash fic. I'm setting it aside to see if that's where I want to end or if I want to keep going with another scene. Now I'm looking at treats to write for Not Prime Time because I should be able to have time.
Wednesday, June 21st, 2017 01:58 pm
--With less than a month until Hugo voting closes, it's well past time to admit that there's no way in hell I'm getting even most of the reading done. ;_; (We've moved past "unfeasible" into "the idea is so ludicrous that collapsing into faintly-hysterical laughter is the only real option if I think 'but maybe if I--'" No. It is not happening.)

--To further illustrate how my reading is (not) going lately, [twitter.com profile] seananmcguire's new novella came out a week ago and I haven't read it yet. ;_; I've at least been keeping up with some graphic novels from the library, but that's about it.

--The adorable annual we're planting that I couldn't remember for the life of me is Hawaii Blue ageratum, AKA "floss flower". *charmed* Look how cute it is!

--A happy twofold discovery: while rummaging for something else, I found a small stash of Toronto transit tokens that we'd clearly forgotten about, and I was briefly sad because I'd had the impression that the Presto system rollout in Toronto was far enough along that tokens might not be usable anymore. (Horrifying thought, since the Presto rollout sounds like a clusterfuck in all kinds of ways--which strikes me as extra embarrassing when, as far as I can tell, Presto works fairly well in Ottawa, and unless I'm wrong about that, clearly it can be fine.) But I checked the TTC site, and the header on the "fares and passes" section says "Last year’s tickets and tokens are still valid. Customers paying with tickets and tokens do not need to deposit ten cents." [Emphasis theirs.] So we'll see about using our stash up.

--Related: one of the infinite things I love about having Claudia and Jinksy is that it's much less heartbreaking to come home from Toronto now that we have sweet, soft kitties waiting for us, but the flip side is that I preemptively miss them. I'd cling to them, but they don't like that. ^^;

(That said, Jinksy's currently purring on my lap. *^^*)
Wednesday, June 21st, 2017 10:27 pm
For any of you lovelies who might be going through some challenging, if not outright difficult, moments, keep going. :)

Because:



"But what if we prevail?"

- Davos I, A Dance With Dragons


For context, this was supposed to have been said by the 19-year-old Eddard "Ned" Stark as he smuggled himself back to the North to call his banners 15 years before the canon era.

Why was this boy doing this?

His younger sister disappeared with the crown prince so Ned's older brother, in a fit of ill-advised hot-headedness, rode to the capital and demanded for the crown prince to come out and die for apparently kidnapping a betrothed highborn lady. (The crown prince was already married to a Dornish princess who deserved better.) The ruling king was beyond loopy, so he jailed Ned's older brother, summoned Ned's father, and killed father and son without proper trial. Then the king commanded the deaths of Ned and his friend, Robert Baratheon. Who was betrothed to Ned's younger sister. Their foster father was like, "No way. After decades of madness, this is the LAST STRAW. WE REBEL THE F OUT OF THIS MOFO."

Ned finds himself losing 3 family members in one swoop, and takes his older brother's place not only as the next Lord of Winterfell but also as the husband to Catelyn Tully. Ned's banners called, the rebellion was now in full swing. It seemed almost impossible, but eventually they toppled the 300 year old Targaryen dynasty.

Let me now go back to revising for my exam on Friday. Summer classes are hell. Daunting, taxing. But what if we prevail. :)
Tuesday, June 20th, 2017 11:28 pm
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.
Wednesday, June 21st, 2017 12:55 am
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.)
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Tuesday, June 20th, 2017 05:19 pm
This is Katie's third book, and every time I read her work I'm reminded how much I love her. She just has such an easy cadence to follow, and her complicated characters are messy and real and compelling, and I love them.

Anyway, FIREWORKS is about a girl who is "the best friend", only she gets thrust into the spotlight...literally. It's 1997 and for every boy band there must be a girl group, and our MC auditions accidentally and gets in, and everything goes off the rails. It's poverty and worrying about the future and friends who don't quite get it and friends who do...and a cute guy, because, you know, we're not made of stone.

I really enjoyed reading it. Katie has another book out this fall (TOP TEN), and I'm super glad because ALL OF KATIE'S WORDS IN MY BRAIN, YES.

or something.
Tuesday, June 20th, 2017 01:50 pm
Last night in my browsing for Poirot videos, I ended up finding and watching David Suchet's documentary on Being Poirot instead. :D It's actually quite warm-and-fuzzies inducing, if a bit spoilery on various plot points for various stories. David Suchet talks about figuring out Poirot's character, method acting, sets, his other film references, Agatha Christie herself, international audiences, etc. If you're an Agatha Christie fan and haven't already seen it, I think it's quite worth it!
Tuesday, June 20th, 2017 05:28 pm
Hundreds of Londoners showed up yesterday evening to hand roses to worshippers at the Finsbury Park mosque as they went in to pray:

https://www.facebook.com/jocoxmoreincommon/videos/408448636222639/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-40343485
Monday, June 19th, 2017 09:45 pm
So I don't know if I mentioned it here at all, but I've been getting Reiki treatments for the past six months or so. Reiki, at least as far as I understand it, which isn't very far, involves energy manipulation, and s sort of like a massage only with gentle touch and rubbing your energy rather than your muscles.

(No, rubbing energy is not intended as a euphemism, shush.)

There is a part of me that thinks, stubbornly, cynically, that it's Woo. Kind of like the book my maternal grandmother sent me, when I was first diagnosed with FOP, about using visualization to do everything from curing cancer to getting your dream job/home/whatever, as long as you visualize hard enough and so it every day. Or like the "pray to Jesus and He will cure everything" thing that Christians do, based on the "if you have enough faith you can move mountains" scripture. Both of which are extremely victim-blaming: if you don't get magically better, you just didn't try hard enough.

But. Reiki ... well, it's not a magic cure-all, but it also wasn't presented to me as one; there are local people who use it for cancer patients but less in a "this will magically disappear your tumor" and more in a "this will help you get through the effects of chemo/radiation" way; and I fully believe there are things that science doesn't really know about yet, and "science can't explain this" is not a *validation* of alternative techniques but it isn't a contradiction either -- but regardless.

Even if it is pure woo, which I don't think it is? The touch aspect is huge for me. Most of the touch I get is functional, like my aides wiping my butt after I poop, but it's not really the level of touch that I crave; a lot of the remainder is my mom touching me, which is as awkward and fraught with complications as it is helpful. I can't cuddle. I can't hold hands. I can't lean against someone. I am massively touch-deprived, massively isolated because of both the wheelchair and the position I'm fixed in, and *even if Reiki is entirely woo it is a way I get meaningful touch*, and that is hugely significant.

It's also really interesting ... I know that priopreception is a thing and that we are aware of our own bodies, but usually my perception of my body is very dissociated and very blobby, kind of this:

Read more... )

Somehow, especially with the person I've done most of my sessions with, reiki gives me back a sense of my body. It's related to the touch thing, I'm sure, but -- a few months back she was doing stuff with my lower legs and feet, and I was connected with them as leg- and feet-shaped objects; even though my feet are blobs, IRL as well as in my self perception, for that while they felt like normal feet-shaped feet.

And mostly I don't want a sense of my body, because all my body brings me is pain and/or immobility, but it's nice just feeling like I get plugged back in. Like I'm actually a person and not a blob.

And that's a significant thing too.
Tuesday, June 20th, 2017 12:04 am
Billing training tomorrow, finally!

Maybe getting an answer about my farm from the last LARP game is imminent! I think I am nearly done with the wiki article!

Wednesday I am going pokehunting (probably) and Thursday I have knitting!I don't remember if I have anything going on on this weekend, at least. How did I get so busy? Man. Oh I guess I might have Diablotin if we can figure out when a good alternate time would be!

I feel like I had another thing, bu I can't remember what now :p Ahh well, I should be home early tomorrow, anyway, because of the training.
Tuesday, June 20th, 2017 10:00 am
I don't want to throw away my modded PS or PS2. Yes, the original versions. I still have games and controllers and memory cards. If they work, screw it, I'll pay to ship them back. Nostalgia is an (expensive) bitch. At least I'm able to turn my CDs into data, although this ripping process is tedious AF.


BUT I am wondering if anybody wants my FFVII Ultimania or Crisis Core Ultimania? I can ship book rate, so they'll be cheap to send. PM me if you are interested- I can probably unload them at Book Off but just in case anybody I know wants them. (They're in Japanese.)




Also, somebody finally reviewed the second chapter of Discretion and yay, a rave! I know Reeve/Rufus is a rarepair and I know the fandom is pretty much in hibernation, but still. YAY. VALIDATION I HAS IT. :DDDD

Monday, June 19th, 2017 10:34 pm
Place Holder for now.
Monday, June 19th, 2017 02:19 pm
Big fun on Saturday -- hit my favorite art fair up in Evanston (new necklace, beautiful little thrown pot, you'd love it [profile] dietccokeisevil, and also hit my favorite consignment shop, which is right in the middle of said art fair and takes shameless advantage by running a 50% off sale those two days. And I took shameless advantage of that sale -- two skirts, a pretty top, and a really beautiful framed Asian-style landscape done in silk needlework (in the style of that artist we saw at Cottonwood, Dad and Mom, except not that skill level, but still gorgeous). From $58 (which I couldn't justify) down to $29 (which I could).

Sunday was the Great Trade-Out (part 1 -- getting summer clothes out of the trunk) and laundry. I am pleased that I managed to summon the discipline to seriously winnow out the stuff that Just Doesn't Fit and Isn't Going to Ever Again. Next weekend, Part 2 (closets), probably more laundry, and I am finally going to see Wonder Woman, in conjunction with going to another art festival, also in Evanston, with my buddy D from three (?) jobs ago.

This morning, I summoned more self-discipline and Made the Phone Calls (well, most of them). Doctor's office to see why the hell they billed me as uninsured (group number was screwed up in the system this time); vet's office to check the dose on Bud's allergy meds (poor baby is having a terrible allergy season, but confirmed I can give him two doses a day; happily, between allergy meds and tummy meds, he's eating like a champ); contractor's office to (finally!) schedule my walls and ceilings to be fixed now that the roof work is done (and has been for 8 months! I had to yell at our management company to get the info out of them -- can't tell if my unit slipped through the cracks, or if they were hoping I wouldn't notice and have it done myself); and I finally sucked it up and scheduled an appointment with an orthopedic surgeon because my shoulder is not healing and surgery is looking like the only option. That's five weeks out, because he only sees patients in the city one or two days a week, and I can't get out to the 'burbs. But my ortho recommended him and he gets good ratings, so I'm going to stick with him. And honestly, it's not like I'm going to get in much sooner with any other specialist, and this guy does appointments at 7:30a!
Monday, June 19th, 2017 08:59 am
It's too hot here. ;_; My heat resistant tomato plant is melting, so I brought it indoors, and the master bedroom (though the vent is working and is blowing cool air) is too hot, so I'm seriously rethinking moving my computer desk in there. Last night I had two fans on me and I could still tell it was hot.

There are still two more pinch hits left for claiming at Not Prime Time: pinch hit #3 and pinch hit #5.

And now back to writing. I want to write as much as I can before I have work later this afternoon.
Monday, June 19th, 2017 09:49 am
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