Today's lunch

Wed, Aug. 27th, 2014 01:21 pm
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Fake sushi!

Tortillas spread with cream cheese to glue them together after rolling, with ham, shredded carrots, slivered green onion, and baby spinach. Verdict: Good but bland: next time I'll put some dijon mustard in there to give it a kick.

Not pictured: the leftover mac n cheese that accompanied it. :)

femslashex 2014

Wed, Aug. 27th, 2014 09:50 am
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Sign-ups are open!

I have maaaaybe signed up to write Katrina/Abbie for Sleepy Hollow, should that be requested, as well as some of my perennial favorites.

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Wed, Aug. 27th, 2014 10:47 am
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Since we watched the last episode of season three of Legend of Korra, Cordelia has watched seasons one and two again and then gone on to season two of Avatar: the Last Airbender (season one is on loan to a friend). I've mostly been listening to music while she watches. I can follow a lot without the sound (though the lack of captioning really annoys me) because I'm so familiar with what's going on.

I'm wearing my new sandals for the first time today. I'm not sure how it's going to work out. There are a couple of spots that I think might chafe. I suppose I'll see. It's not like I'm going to do a lot of walking. Most of that will happen this evening when there's a gathering at the school.

The thing at the school was originally intended as a ribbon cutting for the renovations, but they're putting off that part of it until the Friday after school starts. As it is, this will be a picnic of sorts with informational packets. We pretty much have to go in order to get this information, but Cordelia's going to be the only one of us who can eat the food (hotdogs and veggie dogs).

Cordelia's trying to use the picnic as an excuse to get out of soccer practice. We haven't decided yet whether or not that will work, and we have to decide soon so that we can let the person who'd give her a ride home know whether or not she'll be there. We want her to go, but it may depend on how long the picnic runs. The picnic starts at 5:30. Practice runs 6:00 to 7:30 and is about half an hour away. We have people coming over at 7:00 for Scott's FATE game. I just don't know.

Block your knitting

Wed, Aug. 27th, 2014 07:39 am
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Sometimes I'm browsing Ravelry and I see a really cute looking piece, but all I can think is "Block your damn knitting!" Some things don't need it as much, but I have yet to see anything that doesn't look so much better after blocking, and it's not all that hard to do.

This has been another opinionated Havoc moment. Feel free to disagree with me; it's not like I'm the font of all wisdom when it comes to knitting.

Post every day!

Wed, Aug. 27th, 2014 03:32 am
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Even when you don't have anything to post about!

I've been reading an early C.J. Cherryh novel this week--honestly I don't even remember which one, it's an e-book--and it's interesting to see a lot of the themes she'd revisit later, only done badly.

No, that's slightly unfair. But I think it is fair to say that she revisits the themes later in much better written books. In this one, I just think that the main POV character is an idiot and kind of an asshole, mediated only by the bigger assholes surrounding him.

I just checked--it's Brothers of Earth. Kurt, you're an asshole.

Character Generators

Wed, Aug. 27th, 2014 04:52 am
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This post has a couple of character generators, fursona and monster versions, which give you a few interesting phrases to work with.
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Mirrored from Shenanigans - Curiously Lydean.

Wanted a drink, yet again.


1 oz of Absolut Citron Vodka (or citrus-infused vodka)
1 oz of Cointreaux (or orange liqueur)
3 squeeze of Lime Juice (how much is a squeeze?!!)
Cranberry Juice (I hate it when they don’t give amounts)
Blend ingredients and serve on the rocks.
Other sources gave it as
1 oz of Absolut Citron Vodka (or citrus-infused vodka)
1/2 oz of Cointreaux
3 squeeze of Lime Juice
Splash of Cranberry Juice
Stir with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
So I went with the second one, substituting orangecello with Cointreau. I think I put in to much lime because it was seriously tart (really, how much is a squeeze?) So I added more orangecello. Would definitely try this one again.

Story: "Up the Water Spout" Part 1

Wed, Aug. 27th, 2014 12:07 am
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This story belongs to the series Love Is For Children which includes "Love Is for Children," "Hairpins," "Blended," "Am I Not," "Eggshells," "Dolls and Guys,""Saudades," "Querencia," "Turnabout Is Fair Play," "Touching Moments," "Splash," "Coming Around," "Birthday Girl," "No Winter Lasts Forever," "Hide and Seek," "Kernel Error," "Happy Hour," "Green Eggs and Hulk," "kintsukuroi," and "Little and Broken, but Still Good."

Fandom: The Avengers
Characters: Natasha Romanova, Phil Coulson, Clint Barton, Betty Ross, Bucky Barnes.
Medium: Fiction
Warnings: Mention of human trafficking and nonconsensual drug use. Slightly offstage sexual violence. Dubcon/Noncon.
Summary: Sometimes the Black Widow needs to hunt, and sometimes she needs help settling her personality afterwards. Uncle Phil arranges an extra ageplay session.
Notes: Hurt/comfort. Family. Fluff and angst. BAMF!Black Widow. Black Widow is creepy. Coping skills. Asking for help and getting it. Hope. Nonsexual ageplay. Caregiving. Competence. Girl stuff. Toys and games. Gentleness. Trust. #coulsonlives

This story returns to the main storyline of "Love Is for Children." The first few chapters show Black Widow considering and carrying out a mission, then after that it's pure ageplay. It fills a square in the Plot Challenges Bingo Card 7-4-14:
Situation: Crime pursued by vengeance
Setting: Red Light District
Complication: Everything Is Spiders

I also have a list of photogenic scenes from the whole series for fanartists to consider, a series landing page, and anarchive of images. The perk story "Brotherlove, Brotherlust" Part 3 is still open for participation.

A note on feedback: While it's not necessary to comment on every post I make, remember that I don't know who reads/likes things if nobody says anything. Particularly on long stories, I've discovered that I get antsy if there's nothing but crickets chirping for several posts. So it helps to give me feedback at least once, even if it's just "I like this" or "This one doesn't grab me." First and last episodes are ideal if you rarely feel inspired to comment in the middle.

Anonymous commenters: You don't have to specify exactly who you are, but it helps to have a first name or a username from some other service, so I have some idea of who's saying which and how many different "Anonymous" folks there are. You can just type some kind of identifier at the end of your comment.

Read more... )

Culture Consumed Wednesday

Wed, Aug. 27th, 2014 03:41 pm
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Started reading How To Be An Adult, by David Richo, because Emily Nagoski of The Dirty Normal described it (in her attachment styles primer) as a book which "simply, frankly, and gently lays out the steps to sorting out your shit so that you can have relationships with people." So I'm giving it a go.

"The center of our entire psyche (both conscious and unconscious) is the Self. It is our inner archetypal wholeness that creates a constant balance between the opposing forces of ego. For instance, it is the Self that finally reconciles effort and effortlessness, injury and forgiveness, control and surrender, conflict with others and acceptance of them, awareness of defects and unconditional love. The Self does this because it is pure unconditionality, which is all-inclusive love." (page 2)

Jung had a LOT to answer for. >:(

Comics and Manga

Read Fullmetal Alchemist vol 7. 20 volumes to go. It would help if I had any idea what was going on. If I could follow the action scenes or understand the cultural context, including the humour, or keep the plot straight in my head. Any one of those three would make a big difference. Maybe I'm not cut out for manga.


Dira's There's My Territory, Steve/Bucky/Sam, about the healing power of silk panties and spiced cookies. Made me hungry.


Finished replaying Secret of Mana. It only took me 26 and a half hours or so, total.

I had forgotten quite how upsetting I find the end. I remembered hating it, but not all of the reasons. Spoilers after the cut.

spoilers, animal harm )


Listened to one of the early Tori Amos albums I hadn't listened to before, Boys for Pele. Note to self: the first line of the second song does not go "Got me samosas to ride on, to ride on," whatever your brain might tell you.

The bare voice and piano songs, the dreamy ones, make very good listening when you're sleep-deprived.


Started listening to Rachel and Miles X-Plain The X-Men. Approve. Professor Xavier is a dick! Magneto has great fashion sense! The Brotherhood of Evil Mutants name themselves the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. And there are 17 more episodes for me to catch up on!


My new STC order arrived, but I haven't played with it yet except to apply a bit of Caron's Pour Un Homme before bed.


Perler Captain America shield, just big enough to fit a can of soft drink. It worked out better than the Batsignal in one respect: the Batsignal turned out slightly convex, which makes it unsuitable for drink containers (but still okay for bowls or plates, provided they have a broad base and are heavy.) I improvised the pattern.

picture )


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 [personal profile] dialecticdreamer has written the story "Buttons, Beads, and Books" for Frankenstein's Family.  It fleshes out the character of Bogdana, the old woman who sells used clothes.  It's a quiet, bittersweet story.

High school dreams

Tue, Aug. 26th, 2014 05:34 pm
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Night before last, I had another of those annoying recurring dreams, where I'm still at high school, like I got held back or, in some cases, told that I shouldn't have been graduated to begin with and having to retake high school all over again. (Practically a nightmare, for me.) In these dreams, I'm usually failing all over again, I often can't find my classes, or I've skipped several days of school and am way behind.

This time, though, I was doing my very best and still failing. Toward the end of the dream, I did something I'd never done before: I declared I was dropping out and getting my GED instead, because the whole education system sucks and, I quote myself, "I always ace tests but suck at homework."

I think I have these dreams because 1. I never did well in school despite my intelligence because I never saw the point of homework. (Still don't. Hardly any jobs exist where you do work when you're off the clock, so why does homework exist at all?) 2. I'm still struggling to understand this world and still fighting a crappy system/society.

Oh and last night? I think I had such a dream again, because I had the "trouble getting meals at the cafeteria" version of the dream. Usually it's having to go do something else during lunch time, or there being nothing I can eat, but this time it was the line being held up plus confusion behind the counter.

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Tue, Aug. 26th, 2014 05:32 pm
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I'm not ready for Cordelia to go back to school. It seems like no time at all has passed since the end of the last school year. Next Tuesday, we'll be back to getting up at seven (and counting ourselves lucky to get to sleep that late). I hope we can get the hang of the new school schedule-- Cordelia will need to be at school about forty-five minutes earlier than she needed to be last year. We have sufficient cushion built into our day to be able to manage it, but it will be tighter than we're accustomed to. Also, if there's cross country this year, we'll have to get up earlier than we're used to if Cordelia wants to participate. The earlier start time for school may mean that cross country won't happen-- Getting kids to school at seven is harder than getting them to school at seven forty-five.

I'll also have to get used to Cordelia coming home right as I finish my exercise programs. I'll have to get in the habit of unlocking the front door before I start in on Body Electric. Setting an alarm on my cell phone to remind me to do it won't make as much sense as it did in years past.

We don't know yet what Cordelia's schedule will be. Class assignments should be coming any day now, but it won't be as clear cut as we're used to. She will have both of the sixth grade teachers at different times during the day as one will teach language arts and social studies while the other teaches math and science. I have the impression that each teacher will have a room and that the kids will move back and forth between them. I just don't know on what schedule or how things like art and music and foreign languages fit in.

I think I'm worrying about all of this more than Cordelia is. I'm not sure she understands how different things will be. I suppose she might just be figuring that it will all work out somehow.

I should probably e-mail the new librarian again to figure out when I'm to volunteer in the library. I'm offering one morning a week, two or three hours, depending on what's needed. I don't want to do Tuesdays because of my commitment to [community profile] metanews, but pretty much any other day could work. Last year, it was Thursdays which worked pretty well by putting all of my socially stressful stuff on the same day so that I didn't have an anxiety spike twice in a week. The librarian said, when I e-mailed her before, that I could set my own schedule. Maybe I should offer Thursdays again.

We also need to find out how much lunches are going to cost this year. Middle school lunches normally cost more but offer more food and more variety of food. It's not clear that Cordelia's school will be offering the middle school students a middle school lunch, however. The school's not really equipped to feed different things to different groups of students, but middle school students realistically need more food than, say, kindergartners. Another parent I know has been trying to get this information from the school district, and he keeps getting passed from person to person because nobody knows the answer. I'm surprised nobody knows because the district has another K-8 school, so following the pattern set there ought to be a no-brainer.


Tue, Aug. 26th, 2014 08:44 pm
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kaberett: ... chris
kaberett: chris I have broken everything enough
kaberett: that alt+ctrl+f2
kaberett: doesn't give me a terminal
kaberett: please tell me you're impressed
Chris: ...
Chris: *how.*
Chris: this is the machine you just reinstalled, right?
kaberett: no this is the desktop
Chris: oh ok
kaberett: chris
Chris: so I mean it's possible that xorg.conf contains DontVTSwitch I guess?
kaberett: how did I do this
kaberett: it didn't ought to
kaberett: how do I fix the thing
kaberett: sorry the clarifying point
kaberett: is that it's failing to load the graphical desktop either
kaberett: which is why I'm even trying
kaberett: :-p
Chris: ah
Chris: ..
Chris: but I mean, is it showing you some empty/faulty graphical screen which you then can't switch away from, or..?
kaberett: black featureless screen of d00m
Chris: (or something text based I mean)
kaberett: it briefly shows me a text-based login prompt
kaberett: which gets REPLACED
kaberett: never to be seen again
Chris: ...
kaberett: ... there's the additional special
kaberett: (yes there's more)
Chris: those sure are some impressive sharks you've got there.
kaberett: (do you actually want to hear it)
Chris: yes
kaberett: okay so
kaberett: I was fucking around with installing some more xserver-xorg packages
kaberett: on the grounds that the internet suggested that was a reasonable fix for the issue I'm having -- ... was having? -- with saving xorg.conf
kaberett: and nothing obviously broke
kaberett: ... until I went away to the kitchen
kaberett: ... and came back after the screens had gone to sleep
kaberett: ... whereupon um
kaberett: ... they wouldn't wake up again?
kaberett: I got a brief flash of background+mousecursor every time I hit space or moved the mouse enough to trigger
kaberett: ... you're proud
Chris: wtf.
Chris: *applause*

Poetry Fishbowl on Tuesday, September 2

Tue, Aug. 26th, 2014 02:39 pm
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This is an advance announcement for the Tuesday, September 2, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. This time the theme will be "healing & growth." I'll be soliciting ideas for herbalists, healers, counselors, clients, teachers, students, farmers, fields, offices, helping people, actions leading to personal growth, stages of recovery, growth phases, hitting rock bottom, plot twists, safety equipment, self-help materials, herbs, and poetic forms in particular.

I have a linkback poem, "The Face of a Hero" (Polychrome Heroics).

If you're interested, mark the date on your calendar, and please hold actual prompts until the "Poetry Fishbowl Open" post next week. (If you're not available that day, or you live in a time zone that makes it hard to reach me, you can leave advance prompts.) Meanwhile, if you want to help with promotion, please feel free to link back here or repost this on your blog.

Read more... )


Tue, Aug. 26th, 2014 03:26 pm
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 I have a question: when writing historical fic (or fantasy historical, I'm mostly thinking of Silmarillion here), how careful are you all about word choice?  Except in crack fic, I think we all steer clear of obvious anachronisms, but where do you draw the line?  Do words like "carafe," "blueprints," or "ponytail" throw you out of a fic, or not?

Somewhat relatedly, I recently read 
this cool article about the history of the match, before deciding that it didn't actually matter for the fic I was writing.

Finally, below the cut are my fills for the ten-word fic meme that's been going around!

Ten 10-word Silmarillion fics! )

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Tue, Aug. 26th, 2014 01:35 pm
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Yesterday, Scott's sister had a medical appointment in Ann Arbor. She brought her daughter and picked up me and Cordelia. The three of us went to Barnes & Noble while Scott's sister went to her appointment. I bought a book for Scott and a DVD for Cordelia, and Cordelia bought a book (Rick Riordan's Greek mythology book) with money her great-grandmother gave her. I got all three of us drinks in the in-store Starbucks. The girls were a little disappointed that the advertised smoothie flavors weren't available due to a lack of bananas, but they found something they wanted anyway.

Scott's sister finished up her appointment around noon, and all four of us went to Panera for lunch. Cordelia and her cousin had tortellini with chicken. Scott's sister had a salad. I had an asiago steak sandwich.

Nobody had strong feelings about what to do next. We were all four prepared to go swimming, but the girls were so tepid about doing it that we adults didn't feel strongly motivated.

I suggested going to DSW to see if I could find a pair of sandals. I haven't had sandals for years, and I've kind of missed them this summer. We were late in the year for finding sandals, but there were still quite a few pairs on the sale shelves in the very back. I was torn between two pairs of sandals, one that looked nice and had good support but was a little tight and one that fit better but had less support and didn't look as nice. The second was about $20 cheaper than the first, so that and the better fit carried the day. I also bought Cordelia a pair of slippers.

From there, we went to Marshall's. The selection of clothes for girls was pretty poor. Cordelia tried on two shirts, one of which we bought and the other of which she rejected for not being sufficiently opaque. Scott's sister suggested that women's extra small shirts might be worth trying, and Cordelia tried on some of those, but none of them fit quite right, and they tended to be quite low cut.

After that, we came back here, and everybody but me played Mario Kart 8.

Our niece left her purse here. We're hoping to be able to attend a family gathering on Saturday at which we can give it back to her, but that depends entirely on Scott's job not scheduling him to work on Saturday which, well, he's had so many Saturdays off that it's pretty likely he'll be working.

Cordelia had her first soccer practice last night. She wasn't pleased with it because it was pretty hot and because she hates sports practices in general. She asked me why we make her go to practices. I should have pointed out that Rec & Ed's rules say that only kids who go to practices are guaranteed playing time. Instead, I mentioned how much money we spend on a sports season (about $100). Cordelia was appalled and vowed that she'd never play sports again. I hope she gets over that. Sports are good for her, and she does enjoy the games a lot. We've already paid for volleyball, so the real test will be spring soccer. Red & Ed sports are a pretty good deal, actually.

Monday--meme answers

Tue, Aug. 26th, 2014 12:55 am
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So [personal profile] dorinda asked me L and G, and [personal profile] graycardinal gave me H, O, AB, and AC, so let's take those for a spin. (I do not guarantee all of those will be answered under the cut, but I'm sure some of them will be!)

Meme answers! )

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