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Concrete things done today: I slept until I woke up without an alarm (in practice, I slept badly and not all that late), took an accidental three-hour nap in the afternoon (with weird dreams and some discomfort), watched two episodes of The Good Place (three left), and watched the two episodes it took me to catch up on The 100. Technically those things were all on last night's modest to-do list for the weekend, plus while it's too soon to know if I'll catch what [dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose has, at least today it seems clear that he's got another cold, not flu or something. Now if it'll just be (MUCH) easier on him than the one he had recently. >.> And I still hope to not come down with it, but at least I'm not mildly freaked out by the prospect like I am by the thought of flu.

Additional small accomplishments: we cut both cats' claws (hey, I said "small accomplishments") and I put a good dent in my email inbox.

Things I did not do at all: Work. Write. Read fiction. I would've liked to read, but I suspect I would've just fallen asleep again. It's the failure to get any work done that stings, though; I probably needed the day off, but ugh.

I feel like some of the day is unaccounted for, but really I think that's just the amount of time that vanished into clearing out a bunch of links I'd favorited on Twitter, which is in keeping with the sense that my brain never quite engaged today. :/

We have a rainfall warning for tonight, and sometime in the last hour the rain started in earnest; I can hear it on the window, which is pleasant but not as lovely as hearing it on a rooftop (which our place doesn't allow for).

Hopefully it'll wash a ton of snow away. We live on a loop, and the stretch of road linking the loop to the main street beyond is still over a third full of snow, although the drain and fire hydrant are plowed out (and the path carved to them through the snow encroaching on the street is somehow more imposing to me than the snow itself). So walking to and from the bus stop involves basically walking down the middle of the road and hoping no drivers turn off the main street too fast to look and see if anyone's walking there. -_-
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[personal profile] loligo
I've tried different brands and different flavors, and it is just. not. right.

I try to tell myself not to compare it directly to pork sausage, and just consider it as its own food. Like turkey bacon -- you'd never confuse it for pork bacon, but it has its own charms, and I enjoy eating it.

But chicken sausage always seems to have this weird spongey texture that I just can't deal with. Chicken and turkey sausage both seem to work best when they're made in small links so that you get the maximum amount of crispy brown outside and the minimum of weird spongey inside.

I've had turkey sausage in restaurants before that was really quite good, but once I discovered that they're often made with beef casings or other beef additives, I had to give up on that. So I only buy it in grocery stores where I can inspect the ingredient list, and the beef-free ones just are not as nice.

In the year before my allergy was diagnosed, I discovered two local pork producers at our farmer's market who make *amazing* sausage, and now I just grumble every time I walk past. At my last allergist check-up in October, my antibodies were down to 1.39, so things are still trending in the right direction -- but at a party this fall, I met another alpha-gal sufferer who is having painful, dramatic reactions at 0.8. So I'm really trying not to get my hopes up for pork (or beef, or cheese, or any fucking thing with milk in it) being back on the menu anytime soon.

This grumbling brought to you by the disappointing chicken andouille in my gumbo tonight...
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Early in the year, I vowed (or heavily implied) that I would read only books that, at the end of the year, I'd be glad to have read. Then I got sick, and I guess inasmuch as I'm now glad I've read anything at all that vow is still in force.

Plans of the best-laid varietals.

Here are the top 11 book recommendations I received )

Audiobooks

I’ve been listening to the recent Shirley Jackson biography, A Rather Haunted Life by Ruth Franklin, using my local library’s Hoopla subscription. It's grand to have effortless access to such a recent audiobook. This doesn't quite count as reading the book since I use it to fall asleep and so have dreamed through many months of Jackson's life. I know the skeleton of her story well enough to be able to pick up wherever I start in again, at least so far. I'm having a little trouble with the voice of the reader; she seems skilled, but a bit mechanical. That could be my brain fog, though.

Books of the paper variety

After Loving, I finished another of the three Henry Green novels in the collection, Party Going. (They are very short novels.) The Howards End re-read is finished in time for book group, but I may not actually go, depending on my health by Sunday. Last time my most insightful contribution was a sporadic hacking cough.

Next, I went on a bit of an Alan Garner bender, reading Red Shift, The Owl Service, and Thursbitch, all of which I liked – probably Red Shift most. It was the most difficult, and had I not already listened to the Backlisted conversation about the book, I would have had quite a lot more work to untangle the threads.

The three books are all roughly the same kind of spell of deep time and sentient landscape (a term I've just learnt by reading reviews), but each through a different myth.

Some spoilers for Red Shift and Owl Service )

I did have a go at puzzling out the message at the end of Red Shift, and by rights should have got it, since I could see what the first sentence had to be and I had the cipher block, but somehow I became hopelessly muddled. I love puzzles, and books that are puzzles, but I am not that perfect reader who actually works the whole business out. I do, though, enjoy a Mystery as much as a Puzzle, so that’s all right.

{rf}

Notes

I don't think I get to use "equivalenced" as a transitive verb, but I wish I could.

Here's a link to some discussions of / with Garner. I have not listened to them yet.


Unlinked References

Butler, Catherine (as Charles). “Alan Garner's Red Shift and the Shifting Ballad of ‘Tam Lin’”. Children's Literature Association Quarterly. Volume 26, Number 2, Summer 2001. Web.

(I am delighted to discover Catherine Butler whilst down this rabbit hole.)

Linkspam: fannish/geeky, misc.

Feb. 25th, 2017 11:39 am

Modest, unexciting weekend goals

Feb. 25th, 2017 01:17 am
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[personal profile] umadoshi
Goals for the weekend:

--Sleep.

--DO NOT catch whatever illness hit [dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose like a ton of bricks today. (Pleasepleaseplease let it just be a[nother] cold; we got flu shots, but you never know. >.<)

--Adapt as much of the final Maid-sama! volume as possible. The last ten pages or so of the first half are due this Monday [see also: kind and understanding editor!], and while the second half of the volume isn't due until the week after, a) I have a whole 'nother rewrite due that week too and b) we're still catching up at Casual Job, so AFAIK I'm working there Monday and Tuesday (at least).

(Imagine lots of sparkles and hearts around that "FINAL VOLUME", because holy crap is this series wordy. So wordy. I will not miss the horrifying amount of work it entails.)

--Catch up on The 100 (two episodes) and put as big a dent as possible into the second half of The Good Place season 1 (finishing it, ideally, but it depends somewhat on [dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose since we're watching it together).

--Start reading A Conjuring of Light. (I finished both Final Girls and Wishful Drinking tonight.)

--Words?????? Make some???? This is a thing I can do???

Internet, answer me a thing

Feb. 24th, 2017 10:36 am
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[personal profile] sholio
What does "soft" mean, in the slangy sense that it's used on Tumblr? Sometimes capitalized, sometimes not. I've picked up a sense that it's used to indicate the opposite of edgy, basically, with a sort of vaguely fetishy connotation? a little like "sweet" in Lolita subculture? but ... idk, so tell me, internets.

Friday Story

Feb. 24th, 2017 11:41 am
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[personal profile] radiantfracture
You can hear everything that crosses the roof of the Beautiful Shed, including squirrels, cats, rain, raccoons, and hail. My sleep was thin last night; I think I heard each in turn and in combination. I definitely heard the hail sometime in the small hours. Therefore, here is another bit of a story about the cold, since it is on my mind.

_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

No particular title )

_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

Mostly I was wishing for the lyricism of a recent post of [personal profile] aldersprig's.

{rf}

Reading Wednesday on Friday

Feb. 24th, 2017 09:48 am
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[personal profile] oracne
I'm not unsick yet, but at least I am upright. I wasn't able to read much while home sick for two days, except a little on my Paperwhite.

Your Wicked Heart by Meredith Duran is shorter than a novel but still had her usual excellent characterization.

Ms. Marvel Vol. 5: Super Famous jumps a bit forward from Volume 4, which means I have to find out what happened in between, probably a single issue of yet another comic. Urgh. It remains a great comic, and I love Kamala's family and friends. Also the characterization of Tony Stark.

Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet Book 2 continues to be complex and wonderful.

Finally, I started Colonialism and the Emergence of Science Fiction by John Rieder (in print), mainly as a result of having read a terrific essay on Leslie Marmon Silko's Ceremony in Black and Brown Planets: The Politics of Race in Science Fiction, which I'm carrying around on my e-reader.

Project Runway Junior

Feb. 24th, 2017 08:49 am
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[personal profile] havocthecat
Still my favorite Project Runway ever, because I love seeing teenagers learning about fashion design, and I love, love, love seeing Tim Gunn acting as a mentor to people who still need to learn from him. That's when you can tell he came into this from being a teacher, and I bet he was such a good one too. He's so good with these kids. They've been blossoming on the show, which is just delightful to watch.

I'm watching the finale and he's meeting the families of the teenagers who are in the finale. It's like a parent/teacher conference, and it's adorable.

It's so much nicer to watch Project Runway Junior than it is to watch the regular Project Runway or the All-Stars show. Even the one episode of Junior that had drama, it was over within an episode, and they had Tim Gunn mediating with both of them. How is it that teenagers have less drama than the adults?

Tomorrow, Estrella

Feb. 23rd, 2017 10:47 pm
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[personal profile] lferion
Another early-early day tomorrow, but it means I should get up to the War with a tiny bit of light still left.

I am so looking forward to it!

Still Sick

Feb. 23rd, 2017 02:04 pm
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[personal profile] oracne
I can't find my thermometer but I definitely have been running a fever. I just took another hot shower and popped some meds. I feel like crap. The end.
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[personal profile] radiantfracture
I tend not to follow trans-related news, arts, and media as much as might be expected – not out of any disaffection with the identities or ideas, but more as a sort of not very useful self-defense practice against a number of painful and complex emotions. Anyone talking about trans issues, even talking about them really well, hurts at least a little, for the earth is made of knives. Still, a different habit would serve me better.

The (re-)restriction of trans people in American public space is frightening, yet it's almost background noise to me because of everything else that's happening.

And also of course, as a passing transmasculine person, I am least affected by this violence. It's the trans, agender, and cisgender people who don't fit into expectations of gender presentation that are most at risk, and especially transfeminine people. So a powerful if unstable privilege and the frail membrane between Canadian and US politics create a little space of denial in which I lately crouch. It's easier to worry about other people's problems, and the scale is so much greater.

It is maybe not strange, in some larger analysis of the rise and fall of empires, that this institutional violence intensifies as there is a surge of great thinking and creativity in and around gender and sexual identities -- but it feels strange, like boarding a rollercoaster and then finding yourself thrown through empty air.1

Yet I'm inspirited the recent agender, ace, aro, and fluid writing I've encountered. While my default habit is to worry about the way categories put hard borders on the mutable forms of experience, I feel like a lot of air has been let into the rooms of sex and gender lately via these identifications and discussions, and I'm grateful for that. In particular, it's made me reflect on what my own terms of intimacy might actually be.

So I hope -- I even believe -- there is enough power in these movements, these people, these ideas, to keep it all going until -- I guess until the rollercoaster can be rebuilt -- but right now I am ill in body and in spirit.

Um, so, I don't know -- any good fic recs?

{rf}

1. And look, in the final analysis, I refuse to believe in some absolute or causal connection between increase in personal freedom and incipient societal collapse. (I don't buy that goofy story about the granaries either.)
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[personal profile] havocthecat
Please help me to entertain myself at work today. I'm already making lists, but they're boring.

Small post about Stephen King

Feb. 23rd, 2017 04:23 pm
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[personal profile] rattfan
 I haven't read a lot of recent Stephen King; have rather lost track of the recent ones, but one of the latest I did like was the title that's a date I can never remember without looking: 11.22.63.  I guess somebody into the history of the Kennedy assassination would know it better.  I loved that book;  have my own actual paper copy, and just the other day realised that a television version had been made, produced by J.J. Abrams, no less.

I've begun to watch it and it seems really good, and even better, it's from the local library, which I'm continuing to use to keep my entertainment costs down.  Most of the Stephen King works seem to translate well to the screen and I have hopes for this one.  I'm wondering if he'll do his usual cameo role somewhere along the line!

I've managed to keep my Kindle purchases down since the start of the year; only one, which is Ready Player One by Ernest Cline.  I got that because it looked interesting and was on a list of genre works supposed to cheer one up, which I rather need at the moment.  Really enjoyed it and got a lot of the '80s references in it, which is a nice change from trying to figure out the decade we're currently in.

Reading Wednesday, 02/22/17

Feb. 22nd, 2017 11:26 pm
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[personal profile] umadoshi
What did you recently finish reading?

Brenna Yovanoff's Places No One Knows (for values of "recently" that mean "sometime...last week?"), which is light on plot but beautifully written, with characters I really enjoyed spending time with. [dreamwidth.org profile] wildpear told me to bump it up my list, so I did, and I'm glad. ^_^

What are you currently reading?

Tonight I started Carrie Fisher's first memoir, Wishful Drinking (having accidentally first read her Shockaholic sometime last year). Very funny so far, although having between Shockaholic and the many articles I've read about her in the past while, not a lot of the broad strokes are surprising.

I needed to start something in the non-fiction vein, because I prefer not to read more than one novel/novella at a time, and...

What do you think you'll read next?

I'm itching to read Mira Grant's standalone novella Final Girls, having gotten it in a current Humble Bundle (the hard copy, which I've preordered from Subterranean and expect to take a while to get here even after the release date, doesn't drop until April, so I'm surprised and delighted that the ebook's in the bundle).

But when I went to start reading tonight, I had technical difficulties. >.< For some reason it's not showing up on Elliot (my Kobo), but also, I apparently never synced my Humble Bundle account properly on the no-longer-new phone, so it wasn't showing up there until I took care of that, and when I simply emailed the .epub to myself to try to shortcut that, I had to figure out what to do about a "screen overlay detected" error. And both of the latter were simple fixes (the "screen overlay" thing is from running the Twilight app, and pausing that takes care of the problem), but since I didn't deal with them until I'd stopped reading for the evening and came upstairs to my office, I guess I'm starting the novella tomorrow.


Other media

I haven't seen last week's episode of The 100 yet, so I guess I'll be watching two tomorrow evening. And I think I only narrowly dodged being spoiled for The Good Place on Twitter, so that was a powerful nudge in the direction of finishing season 1 with [dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose sooner rather than later.

I'm also hoping to see The Girl With All the Gifts on Friday, but unless Cineplex has additional showtimes that they're planning to add tomorrow, the options are really limited--right now they seem to be offering one whole showing (in the whole city) per evening, and Friday is the only one that starts around 7 rather than 9 or 9:30. >.< With it being so (apparently) limited so far, I have no confidence that it'll be around for long, and besides, Logan opens in just over a week, and I want to see that ASAP.

At least TGWATG looks like it's showing in 2D, so I don't have to weigh my dislike of 3D movies against more convenient showtimes? (Yay, mixed blessings?)

Fan Flashworks: Gossamer

Feb. 22nd, 2017 08:02 pm
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[personal profile] lferion
Title: Gossamer
Fandom: Highlander
Rating: G
Length: 200
Content notes: N/A
Author notes: Thanks go to Zana, Morgynleri & Icka for encouragement & sanity-checking.
Photo is from this post by dhaami on wordpress.
Originally posted here on Fan Flashworks for the prompt 'Together.'
On AO3: Gossamer

Summary: Gossamer and granite, gold and mist

Gossamer )

Weather + work

Feb. 22nd, 2017 10:59 pm
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[personal profile] umadoshi
Enough people have mentioned in my hearing that the winter of 2014-15 didn't get really bad until February that I suppose it's probably true. (I remember the heavy snowfalls/storms starting noticeably earlier, although nothing more specific than that.) I reeeeally hope this season isn't a repeat, despite the recent "three significant snowfalls/blizzard within a week" shattering our previously-mild winter.

That said, our weather this week is pretty consistently hitting highs above freezing, which is nice, although it's not enough to clear the heaps of snow. (Which I suppose is just as well; I hate being cold, but also am in favor of at least remotely seasonal weather. Fucking climate change.)

Question: does there seem to be any sort of standard for which year to name to identify a winter (or summer, in the southern hemisphere!)? As in, when referring back to this season, will you say "winter 2016" or "winter 2017"?

It's looking like I'll probably be at the office for the whole week (tomorrow for sure), but as of today it's just normal-workday hours (9-4 in my case) while we finish up the seventeen-or-so hours (!) of audio from Tuesday. (I think we have about twelve hours left.) I've talked to my VIZ and Seven Seas editors about deadlines/current projects, and the half-volume that's due tomorrow is now getting mostly turned on time, and I'll adapt the remaining ten pages or so over the weekend. Infinite blessings on understanding editors.

I didn't sleep nearly enough Monday night, and then yesterday was a twelve-hour day followed by technically just about enough time in bed but horrible sleep, so yesterday and today were both pretty rough. (As mentioned elsewhere, in the hall outside Casual Job I ran into a woman I went to university with but have never known well, and she said, "Hey, how are y-- Oh, wow, your eyes look tired.")

Narnia fanfic

Feb. 22nd, 2017 12:26 pm
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[personal profile] rachelmanija
For the Chocolate Box exchange, which focuses on romantic or friendship pairings, I wrote The Gift for [personal profile] aurilly's request for Emeth/Tirian from The Last Battle. If you don't remember him, Emeth was the honorable young Calormene officer, who made a disproportionate impression in a very brief appearance, at least on those of us who like noble warriors.
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