Today

Jun. 24th, 2017 12:11 am[personal profile] elanya
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Today was a mixed bag. The strawberries I bought were crappy (sour, watery, and/or overripe), but they had cheap brownie bites at loblaws.

I managed to Do Things at work and not just waste time terribly, but I didn't get all the things I wanted to done, and I am still having trouble making myself work.

The weather was shitty - rainy and humid followed by warm and humid.

After dinner was just an awful stress pile and I'm still grumpy despite leaving the house for a bit.

I went to the mall and didn't buy too much ridiculous crap. I did get a birthday present for Nugsy, which was the goal.

I am trying to think of an idea for a pirate and ghost story anthology (submission deadline is July 7), which you might think would be second nature, but I'm getting bogged down in historical acts and I haven't even thought of a good idea yet :p

Probably at least part of my grumpyness is impending bees. also my tiredness. Time for bed I guess.

I'd rather sleep

Jun. 23rd, 2017 08:06 am[personal profile] elanya
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Yesterday when I realized at almost midnight that I hadn't made a daily Post, my reaction was as above. It still is this morning, if I'm being honest, but is no longer an option. So instead, I'm bundled up in my rain gear on the bus towards work. I don't have any cash, so before I go buy strawberries I need to go to Loblaws and buy something to get some cash back. At least a chocolate croissant, probably a fruit smoothie, and maybe some tea, since I haven't had and today and my work stash is empty of caffeinated kinds. Then market strawberries, the other bus to work. I need to do better there, and be more self driven. I have plans and ideas, I just need to follow through

Definitely caffeine first, though.

Chill

Jun. 22nd, 2017 12:01 am[personal profile] elanya
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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 :)

Reading Wednesday

Jun. 21st, 2017 09:33 pm[personal profile] chomiji
chomiji: Doa from Blade of the Immortal can read! Who knew? (Doa - books)

I finished All the Birds in the Sky. It wasn't bad, but it just sort of ended: too much build up, not enough resolution. And now I'm annoyed by the title, because although it sounds really nifty, it doesn't have all that much to do with the story. This is not going to be my top vote for best novel, I'm afraid.

Also in Hugo reading, I read through Ursula Le Guin's Words Are My Matter, a collection of recent short non-fiction pieces. I love Le Guin as an essayist, and the first part of the book contains some good examples. But the back half-and-a-bit is introductions to books and book reviews, and I found those less interesting. A number of them were for non-genre literary or magical realism works that didn't sound as though they'd appeal to me. She did mention a couple of Western (as in, Western U.S.) novels that I might want to look up, which I will mention here partially for my own reference: Crazy Weather by Charles McNichols and The Jump-Off Creek and The Hearts of Horses by Molly Gloss. Also, although Perdido Street Station pretty much put me off China Mielville for life, her review of Embassytown is making me reconsider.

Overall, unless the rest of the Related Works are very mediocre, I don't think this will be my top pick in that category.

I have just started Too Like the Lightning by Ada Palmer, which is short-listed for Best Novel. A number of the readers on File 770 had trouble with this book, but I'm not finding it problematic thus far. Possibly the fact that I actually like Anthony Burgess' A Dead Man in Deptford (link goes to Kirkus review), which was also purposefully written in the style of an earlier era, has something to do with this. I'll have to see where the book goes, of course.

Finally, I'll be re-reading some of Fruits Basket, Because Reasons. Does anyone recall the number of the exact volume in which Machi shows up? It's when she wrecks the student council room, if the Wikia is to be believed.

Just a Tuesday

Jun. 20th, 2017 11:28 pm[personal profile] elanya
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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.

What a wonderful world

Jun. 20th, 2017 10:22 pm[personal profile] playswithworms
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Raks Geek - bellydancing Wookiee! And the rest of their playlist is fun, too - dancing Tardis, Klingon vs. Federation belly dance off, fire-twirling Rey, hee!

Busy busy!

Jun. 20th, 2017 12:04 am[personal profile] elanya
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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.

Music Monday

Jun. 19th, 2017 09:06 pm[personal profile] chomiji
chomiji: Sai, the courtly, go-playing Heian ghost, playing a flute - from Hikaru no Go (Sai - music)

Yes, it's stereotypical marital sex roles all the way down, but it still sounds like summer to me:

neotoma: Loki from Thistil Mistil Kistil being a dingbat (Loki-Dingbat)
I made Strawberry Vanilla Jam tonight, with limes instead of lemons... because the store didn't have organic lemons. If I'm going to put zest into a food, I prefer that there's no chance of pesticides going into the food.

Anyway, the yield was 2 pint jars, 2 half-pint jars, and 2 quarter-pint jars of strawberry vanilla jam... one of those pint jars will go to the Ag Fair, but the rest..? Will get distributed at whim, probably. I have promised [personal profile] texasgrandma that I will label anything else I send her, instead of sending mystery ketchup, but that's all.

Catte Drugs --> Catte Nap

Jun. 18th, 2017 10:13 pm[personal profile] elanya
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Took an allegra and a rectine. No hives or faceleaking but I am dumb and sleepy af.

But I got many kitty toes trimmed and had some nice cuddles.

I had 13 today and it was a really good session, I think! I'm so lucky to have so many good engaging games, and such awesome people to RP with in all of them. Also got some knitting done.

Yesterday I brought in the yarn in the cherry bark bath.... and there was nothing, no change at all. I'm super disappointed. It just smells gross now :/ I'm not sure if I should rescour it and go through the whole mordanting process again, or what. Maybe I can try again with some queen anne's lace/wild carrot tops, which are supposed to be green. Maybe bark dyes just don't work with solar dyeing. I dunno, but I am disappointed, boo :(

I need to pick a writing project. I finished all my exchange fics and have freedom to do what I want if I only could decide what that is ;p
neotoma: "Squee!" goes the bunny (SqueeBunny)
BeauSoleil will be performing at the Millennium Stage on Tuesday, June 27. I'd love to meet up with other fans for the show and have dinner afterward, probably at BeefSteak (vegetarian friendly). They are performing at Millenium Stage as a collaboration between the Kennedy Center and the Smithsonian Folklife Festival.

Speaking of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival -- June 29-July4 and July 6-9 -- this year is the 50th anniversary and they're focusing on Circus Arts! Also 'On the Move' and '50 Years, 50 objects'. But I'm definitely going for the circus!

Let me know if you're interested in either event (or both!) and we can arrange to meet up.
neotoma: Loki from Thistil Mistil Kistil being a dingbat (Loki-Dingbat)
Batard of sourdough, chicken empanada, tamale del elote, 2 quarts sour cherries, 1 quart yellow sweet cherries, 1 quart strawberries, 1 pint apricots, 1 pint blueberries, 1 pint snap peas, and a pork tenderloin (aka pork fish).

Yesterday, there were peaches (!!!) at the market, and today there were apricots. I think everything is going to be weeks early this summer.

Currently, I'm macerating strawberries to make jam tomorrow -- I'll need to go shopping for organic lemons as I'm going to zest them, and pick up ginger for the cherry ketchup. I'll marinate and cook the pork later; I might make a sweet potato to go with it, especially if I'm going to eat if for lunch at work tomorrow.

R.I.P. Stephen Furst

Jun. 18th, 2017 12:19 am[personal profile] stardreamer
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Stephen Furst, better known to most of us as Vir Cotto on Babylon 5, has died at age 63. According to his son, the cause was complications from diabetes.

Furst was one of the guests at the infamous Space City Con in Galveston a few years ago. I was able to chat with him for a few minutes, and to tell him that Vir was my favorite B5 character.

"I'd like to live just long enough to be there when they cut off your head and stick it on a pike as a warning to the next ten generations that some favors come with too high a price. I would look up at your lifeless eyes and wave like this. [gives a mockingly cheerful finger waggle] Can you and your associates arrange this for me, Mr. Morden?"

Fly with the sparks, Vir. You will be missed.
sideways: [o] flowers on a window sill (►other upper echelon)
Title: Put On A Show
Rating: PG
Wordcount: 100
Genre: Ambiguous fantasy
Remarks: 100words prompt - decadent

flattery will get you everywhere )

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Title: Matchmaker, Matchmaker
Rating: G
Wordcount: 100
Genre: Modern
Remarks: 100words prompt - family of choice

swipe. swipe. swipe. )

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Title: Futile Response
Rating: G
Wordcount: 100
Genre: Sci-fi
Remarks: 100words prompt - fever

you're focussing on the symptom )
neotoma: Loki from Thistil Mistil Kistil being a dingbat (Loki-Dingbat)
Quart of mocha moo, pint of cheese curds, 3 dry quarts of red sweet cherries. They had some of the yellow sweet cherries, but no pie cherries -- either they're not in yet or they sold out before I got in.

I'm planning on making sweet cherry ketchup and some other sauces and entering them in the county fair this year -- I've already got jam that I could enter, so it'll be fun. I could do a 'selection of five pickles, relishes, or sauces' or 'selection of five jams/jellies' for the Home Arts -- Department 41, Food Preservation division.

I also might enter the Kraken Knuckles I am making for [personal profile] fabrisse in the Adult Gloves, Colorwork division, and either the orange gloves I made for myself, or the purple gloves I made for [personal profile] greenygal for Adult Gloves, One Color or Yarn, if I can find the buttons that were supposed to go with them and actually sew them on...

And in the very unlikely event I get my Fox Paws done, I am damn well entering it into competition because that pattern is ridiculous... gorgeous, but ridiculous.

Author bios are the wooooorst

Jun. 17th, 2017 08:46 pm[personal profile] elanya
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How does this read? its 119 words, which is fine - they asked for 100-150.

Heather is a doctor with several degrees in pirates, all of which are going to waste. She works at an archaeological repository in Ontario, Canada. This may sound cool but is actually regulated at a consistent temperature because it is better for the collections. She is a gamer (the pen-and-paper kind, but often over the internet because it is 2017), a writer, and a knitter. She has previously published fiction in the anthology "High Seas Cthulhu," in addition to a number of academic journal articles about piracy.

As a queer woman, Heather is very excited to see the Cthulhu Mythos continue to evolve by embracing a broader diversity and distancing itself from the racism and misogyny of Lovecraft's original work.
elanya: Pensive pony (Default)
On a Friday night. My life is so thrilling.

Went to the market this morning and bought too many snacks, and also strawberries for making ice cream, at HD's request. They bled through the cloth bag they were in and tried to stain my light beige skirt. Fortunately my boss had a shout stick.

Work today was s-l-o-w, but partly that is my faut for not actually doing anything I *could* be doing. There was a nesting snapping turtle, which was the highlight of my day. And I got to see the improvements in the vive recreation. And also I had to make a bunch of phone calls right at 4:30, pleh. But it was fine.

I had to pick up a prescription after work, and after dinner and dog walks helped the kids put together the custard for the ice cream. I'll either finish it tomorrow, or they can finish it when they get back from BiL's comany picnic (immediate family only, alas). I told them to bring me back some delicious food.

Other than that, I bleached my sister's roots and re-watched an episode of Voltron with Nary (and did a teensy bit of knitting).

I need to do a bio and look over my contract for RTSW. I should do some more wrangling. I should sort out my dyes and decide if that cherry bark worked at all or if I just need to wash the cotton and overdye it with something else.

We'll see what the weekend actually holds, I guess!

Mixed Bag

Jun. 15th, 2017 11:46 pm[personal profile] elanya
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My day started out pretty shitty, with an overflowing toilet and missing the bus. Then there was some stuff at work that I needed to sort out that I'm not 100% happy with the resolution, but it will serve. I didn't actually get my tea until about 3 in the afternoon.

But there waere some pretty great things too! I had my pathfinder game, which we are calling Fucksquad. My character in the bought a lunch box that is full of food that doesn;t fill hyour up and basically spend all day eating mac and cheese. OOG we made rum smoothies which were amazing - rum, banana, fresh local strawberries, passionfruit pulp, a frozen mix of strawberries, mango, peaches and melon, and juice. Plus our GM usually bakes for us, and there are chips and sometimes other snacks, It is good times.

And then when I got home, my friend Amaena helped me sort out the wiki! *sobs with relief* I really felt like ti was hanging over my head. But hey it turns out that if you follow the software's proper install instructions it works better, and also if you look at a file in a proper editor you can see the lines of code instead of a bunch of undifferentiated words + code with no internal coherency! Yaaay! Anyway, she is made of magic and I am going to knit her an awesome skull shawl. I need 1500 yards of black fingering weight, stat!

So I guess I kow what I'm working on after Pulled by the Sunset and Skara Brae.... or maybe between them. We'll see.

Anyway, Lookit this beautiful wiki!

Reading Wednesday

Jun. 14th, 2017 09:30 pm[personal profile] chomiji
chomiji: Doa from Blade of the Immortal can read! Who knew? (Doa - books)

Drive-by post: reading All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders. I had been arguing with myself back and forth about getting it, but then it became a Hugo finalist, and so I got it in the voting packet.

I'm interested in it, but I feel a little uneasy about where it's going, and also it's somehow not super-enjoyable on the emotional level. I think there are too many misunderstandings and seeming betrayals. On the other hand, the depiction of the slow-motion slide into dystopia, with bits and pieces of technology and societal systems failing and people seeming to just shrug their shoulders and adapt, is kind of interesting.

a quiet night

Jun. 14th, 2017 11:24 pm[personal profile] elanya
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Tonight I did bedtime for the kids so that Longpig and Wererogue could go out to dinner. And then I did not much else? I poked at the wiki and admitted defeat, once again running back to a hypercompetent friend for help (I managed to get the *last* step to work for me now, but after she'd already done it for me). And I updated my character for tomorrow's D&D game.

Today was a kind of useless, wasted day all around. I didn't get much done at work either. I'm starting to plan a full equipment inventory... Whee. Oh and I went outside to find things to take pictures of and saw *two* snakes :D
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