, the Seanan McGuire/Mira Grant fan community that I own/moderate, has been mostly dormant for quite a while, but lately I've been feeling like getting back to posting a bit over there and seeing if anyone else feels inclined to chat (or post, or run/host any kind of ongoing thing, or whatever). So tonight I braced myself (whee, anxiety!) and posted a "Hey, what's up? And here are a few links!"
sort of post.
If you're a fan of Seanan's work under either name and aren't already a member, feel free to wander over if you like.
On a directly-relevant note, since I've met some new folks here in the last few months and I mention this every once in a while: if by some chance you're a) unaware that Mira Grant's Newsflesh
series (mainly the original trilogy) is my primary fandom, b) unfamiliar with the series, and c) willing to let me try to entice you to read them, I have a post devoted to the main reason(s) I adore it so much
(and also an older rec post
that's more factual than "this is me getting my FEELINGS all over the place").
(Things about which I am willing/able to be shameless, a possibly-complete list: Newsflesh
+ spreading the word of hypoallergenic Siberian cats.)
In other geeky news, after the hassle of getting semi-last minute Hal-Con passes last year when we discovered fairly late that there were guests I/we really wanted to see, scruloose
and I and Clan wildpear
took the simpler route this year of just buying the damn things when they went on sale this week. (Last year worked out because a couple of very generous people on the Facebook group helped match people who still needed/wanted passes with people who needed to sell theirs, which was much appreciated, but still to be avoided if possible.)
This year's guests
include Tanya Huff, Tamora Pierce, James Marsters, and Mitch Pileggi. I don't know that any of them would have made me attend on their own, but I'm looking forward to seeing all of them at their panels etc. ^_^ (In the meantime, I should read some of Huff's more recent work--it's been a very long time--and, uh, actually read something of Pierce's.)
I'd been meaning/needing to get my wedding ring off for a while (it felt perfectly comfortable, but some weight gain meant I wasn't able to work the ring off, and it was making me nervous), and then Ginny sent us a couple of YouTube links illustrating the same technique...and it worked! This version
demonstrates with both ribbon and dental floss on a tight-but-not-that
-tight ring (and mentions using dish soap as an option), and this version
uses a lot
more floss to remove a much tighter ring (somewhat tighter than mine, we think, and his finger's skin takes some minor damage in the process [no visible blood, IIRC]). We couldn't locate any ribbon, so scruloose
used a fair bit of floss and some lube, and voila! My ring is off. There's a small nick on my knuckle, but it's really nothing to speak of.
It feels strange not having the ring on, since it's been there for almost thirteen years, but I'll probably just go get it resized...at some point. (scruloose
wears his on a chain around his neck due to his work, so we already don't quite match.)
I'm not sure if I'm more weirded out by next month being our thirteenth wedding anniversary or by it being the cats' fourth birthday.