Almost done with the book

Sat, Jun. 25th, 2016 09:18 pm
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I got 3333 words written today (the exact number amused me when I saw it) and I'm pretty darn close to figuring out what the plot was, having Nthanda declare himself and then, once Ru wakes up, having them together forever. Just not sure which family they'll live with yet. So maybe 3-5 chapters left of the book. Yay!

Most certainly did not get my steps today. I woke up to lovely cramps and wow, just not up for that. I ended up taking a nap around 1:30 to 4:30 which helped but I'm still not very happy. Thankfully, they're not world-beating cramps but wow, not fun.

Did not get groceries. Did not do laundry. Did get this week's collection up everywhere--It's active on Smashwords already.

Tomorrow there's a big ceremony at the shrine which means getting up earlish, doing the shrine thing and then doing groceries afterwards while the hubby does laundry. He'd like to do something 'fun' tomorrow but has no ideas of what. We'll see what happens. I still want to get another chapter or two written tomorrow so I'm almost hoping he'll have decision paralysis so I can get at that.

Either way, it's cold in here so I'm off to bath and bed. Goodnight everyone!

Poem: "A Safe Refuge from the World"

Sat, Jun. 25th, 2016 08:45 pm
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This poem came out of the May 2016 [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam. It was inspired by the "refuge" square in my 5-1-16 card for the Solo Celebration Bingo fest. It has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. This poem belongs to the Officer Pink thread of the Polychrome Heroics series, immediately following "Through Weakness and Vulnerability."

Warning: This poem deals with the morning after an intense upheaval, so there is some angst. It's mostly comfort, though.

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Saturday Yardening

Sat, Jun. 25th, 2016 08:43 pm
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Today I watered the container plants, the prairie garden, and the grass. 

Giraffe Call

Sat, Jun. 25th, 2016 08:27 pm
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[personal profile] aldersprig has announced an upcoming Giraffe Call from 9 p.m. Eastern time Sunday 6/26 to 9 p.m. Monday the 27th. . Voting is currently open for the theme.

Poem: "We Underestimate the Power"

Sat, Jun. 25th, 2016 03:42 pm
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This poem is spillover from the February 2, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] librarygeek, [personal profile] alexseanchai, LJ users Eseme and Rhodielady_47. It also fills the "denial" square in my 11-3-15 card for the Disaster Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] librarygeek. It belongs to the Astin thread of the series An Army of One.

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Half-Price Sale in An Army of One

Sat, Jun. 25th, 2016 03:41 pm
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The half-price sale in An Army of One is running through the end of Sunday.  If you haven't made your selections yet and still intended to, now is a good time.
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A petition demanding a 60% supermajority* on a Brexit vote with a turnout of under 75% is already at 2.29m** signatures. I've signed, and I hope Parliament has the guts to grab it and run with it, but it will be horrendously divisive if they do.

*How could Cameron be so mind-numbingly stupid!

** And in the time it took me to write this it jumped to 2.31m

Clearly I am a thunder god

Sat, Jun. 25th, 2016 07:43 pm
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I went out on my normal Saturday afternoon coffee date earlier. Though since it's the summer I'm not drinking coffee and I was on my own as both the friends who normally join me have serious health stuff going on with family members, so not much of a 'date' either.

Anyway, I drove over to Rochester and as I got closer I noticed the skies darkening. As I parked up the rain started falling, as I got the chair out of the car the thunder started, and by the time I'd stuck the wheels on it was raining pretty heavily. And there was me in just shirtsleeves. So I zipped down onto the high street as fast as I could, and on the bright side the rebuilding I've done on the eBay chair this week makes it handle a lot better, and it's still massively better than the clown chair in terms of ride across Rochester's fetish for bricked roads, cobbles and heritage paving.

I slowly dried out once I was at the George, and what do you know, the thunder stopped and the rain died away. On the bright side my meal was pretty damned good, I went for the special, which was a chunk of salmon the size of my paired fists on a bed of pappardelle pasta with baby tomatoes roasted on the vine and olives. Yummy. Having looked it up, technically, the pasta probably wasn't wide enough to be pappardelle, more of a fettucine, really, but it was liberally herbed and pretty damned tasty. On the negative side they did have the TV screens behind the bar tuned to Brexit news, but they have the sound off and subtitles on, so mostly I could ignore that.

So I paid up and headed out. I'd no sooner set the chair down on the pavement (drawback to the George is both its entrances are up steps), than the rain started again, and as I got to the car the thunder was rolling in again. Soaked for a second time. And of course the clouds followed me home. In fact it was raining so heavily I sat in the car on the drive for 20 minutes in the hope it might ease off before making a dash to the door.

Four hours later and it's still peeing down! You've got to love the British summer.


Poem: "To See the Air"

Sat, Jun. 25th, 2016 01:14 pm
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This poem is spillover from the April 19, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] kyleri and Anonymous on Dreamwidth. It also fills the "anticipation" square in my 4-19-16 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the series An Army of One.

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Sat, Jun. 25th, 2016 10:31 am
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Cordelia is coming home today. She texted last night, demanding to know when we were coming to get her. Scott was too exhausted to manage it last night, and he’s working today. We offered this evening or Sunday afternoon. Cordelia asked Scott’s parents to bring her home (I don’t know if she asked directly or hinted until they offered) after the sale ends today. Cordelia thinks that will be noonish which seems silly to me given that I’d expect more people coming to the sale today than yesterday or Thursday, but whatever. It will be a big help for us not to spend three hours or more on retrieving her.

I ended up doing some writing last night, on my phone and after we’d turned out the lights so that Scott could sleep. It was, of course, not on the story that I need to and want to finish. Still, I wrote for a solid hour.

I’m trying to figure out how to turn off smart quotes permanently in Google docs. I’ve been trying to figure that out for a couple of years now because preferences option for unchecking the use smart quotes box doesn’t actually do that. Basically, I can make all of the changes I want to in the preferences list, and they vanish as soon as I close the preferences window and don’t get applied to my document. Highlighting text and changing things doesn’t make it work, either, nor does making the changes before I put anything into the document. I have the problem in both Chrome and Firefox. I haven’t tried it in Safari.

This was a huge, huge problem when I was doing Meta News because it screwed up every single link I added. We could address it with a find and replace, still in Gdocs, but it was a PITA to try to remember to do that each time we were preparing to post. It beat hand correcting every single quotation mark and apostrophe, but…

Right now, I’m experimenting with using Gdocs for tracking what I read and watch so that I can add comments during free moments when I’m not at my laptop. Unfortunately, because of the smart quotes problem, I can’t format things the way I want them to be in Gdocs— all of the cut tags and links end up broken. It’s very frustrating.

I already knew that something about Gdocs on my phone means I can’t insert the html tagging I’m used to as I compose because it changes '< /i >' to '< I >' without telling me that it’s doing that. It’s happened very consistently, and it’s frustrating. I use tagging for italics a lot when I’m writing fiction.

Our dentist is transitioning from selling Colgate’s fluoride gel, Gel-Kam, to selling a similar product called Fluoridex from Sonicare. The price and the amount of gel are the same, so I didn’t see much difference. Sadly the Fluoridex tastes a little bit nasty, not enough that I can’t use it but enough that I spend the time wishing I weren’t. Fluoridex has two variants. The first is just fluoride, and the second is fluoride and potassium nitrate. The latter is a key thing for treating sensitive teeth which I have huge problems with, to the point that stopping using Gel-Kam for three days (as I did when we went to Florida five years ago) results in about three months of pain.

We can buy Gel-Kam without a prescription, either online or at Kroger (special ordered by the pharmacy). It costs $3-$10 more a tube if we go that way, so buying from the dentist is preferable from that side if not from convenience. Fluoridex requires a prescription (at least, the box says "Rx only"), so we’d have to get that from the dentist if we want to buy it somewhere other than her office. The hygienist said they’d be willing to order Gel-Kam for us if the Fluoridex doesn’t work for whatever reason. I think, though, that, if we go back to Gel-Kam, we’ll just get it from Amazon.

Tomorrow is our 23rd anniversary. We have a lot of things that we have to do that have nothing to do with that and that we will probably both be annoyed by, but groceries are kind of necessary, anniversary or not. I will probably still post tomorrow, but I may not. We don’t currently have any solid plans.

So you don't think Vote Leave was about Hate?

Sat, Jun. 25th, 2016 02:25 pm
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   This needs to be fought. 

   This needs to be stopped. 

   We cannot stand by and let the Hitlers of this country win. 

   We have just passed the Seventy-Second anniversary of D-Day; should we let the fascists of UKIP and the Tory right, and yes sadly the fake liberals who have crossed the line by revealing that their liberal values do not include you if your skin is brown, or you aren't British (of which there will be a lot fewer if we don;t stop this). 

   Don't stand by, be vocal; make those in power realise that this is wrong. 

   Bigotry cannot be allowed to claim victory. 

   Share this, and support those like my dear friend elisi and her wonderful kids who will lose so much of what they love; or those who are seeking freedom from the bombs and hatred in their own lands; people just like you and me; and those kids who risk their lives to escape to something better. 

   Don't let Cameron's stupidity put Johnson or Farage; or their like into Downing Street. This is our country too; let's win it back. Let's give those coming after us a future of hope not hate.


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Seen it a couple places around:

What’s your first and second most common work ratings? Explicit [56] and Teen and Up [38]. Probably due to the fact that if I'm going to write sex, I tend to just go ahead and make it porny, but I also enjoy writing a lot of gen. I kick things into the "teen and up" rating if I'm unsure about the maturity of any themes I'm writing about. I have two that aren't rated... hm. One of which is on the mature/explicit border and one of which is on the gen/teen border. I guess I could go back and put ratings on them. (It's "A Tiger at its Mother's Breast" and "All the World's A Stage for Death" if anyone's counting)

How many fics have you written in each relationship category? Is this more accidental, or do you have preferences?

M/M (47), Gen (42), F/M (34), Multi (22), F/F (6), Other (2)

I tend to write... more complicated stuff, but yeah, I write a lot of straight-up dudeslash. I don't feel like I have much of a preference but I don't tend to gravitate toward femslash. I'd like to write more but it's the compounding problem of "not enough awesome femslash relationships in canon" compounded with "if I don't feel it I'm not going to make it happen," which leaves... fewer femslash ships happening in my writing. Then again, one of my first explicit stories was that Na'Toth/Neeoma Connally hookup...

The two "other" are "Mystery Workings" (which has m/m stuff and also some gender-queering happening) and "Delay" which is a solo story about Marcus Cole eroticizing his own virginity.

What are your top four fandoms by numbers? Are you still active in any of them, and do you tend to migrate a lot?

Babylon 5 (32), Pirates of the Caribbean (Movies) (21), House M.D. (20), Doctor Who (13).

I'd say I migrate a LOT, but I do tend to keep coming back to fandoms I've loved in the past. I'll probably never pick up House again, though. I stopped watching in Season 3 and the thought of going back and reviewing canon is just exhausting. I'll probably never stop writing for Babylon 5, and I do have a few more ideas in PotC I'd like to finish. And as for Doctor Who, well, there's so much to explore! (That's Classic Who, not New, in case you're wondering. Though I did finally hear something that made me more interested in picking up the new stuff again. We'll see!)

I'm a very multifannish person, but I'm also much more likely to write one or two stories in a fandom and then either run out of projects or get distracted by the next shiny thing.

What are your top four character tags? Does this match how you feel about the characters, or are you puzzled?

Robert Chase (10), Greg House (10), Eric Foreman (9), Allison Cameron (8). I was puzzled until I realized that this does NOT include characters who are tagged in a relationship. Also, I tend to write about a lot of different characters, so the fact that House has a limited cast means I keep bringing in the same people over and over again. My B5 stories wander all over the character map, and there are a LOT of B5 characters, so I don't have the same concentration of tags.

What are your top two most used additional tags, and your bottom two? What would happen if you combined all of these into a fic?

Community: kink_bingo (30), Alternate Universe (30), Safe Sane and Consensual (6), Yuletide 2011 (4) (At least, those two are the bottom two on the list, which means they're used at least often enough to show up on the filter.) If I take out the community tags I get BDSM (19) and Directedverse (10), which along with Safe Sane and Consensual sounds like a nice evening in my most-returned-to AU.

(I know for a fact that there's at least one Additional Tag that is canonical that I've only used once--Dubious Consentacles. I'm not sure where that gets me--Alternate Universe, BDSM, Directedverse, Dubious Consentacles... hmm. Some kind of drunk tentacle monster Ghastly comic, I suppose.)

How many WIPs do you have currently running on AO3? Any you don’t plan on finishing?

As far as I know, it's just the one, "Aspects and Avatars." I want to finish it, but GAH, so much to do and so little time to do it in. I tend not to post WIPs before they're finished, but I reassured myself that since it's just a linked set of ficlets rather than a proper story it would be okay. Ha ha ha.

There is never enough weekend

Fri, Jun. 24th, 2016 11:51 pm
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So tomorrow it's back to work. Every day until Thursday. Though tomorrow, I may very well take off early because I've worked so much OT this week. I really only need to be there to take care of a couple things that can't be rescheduled, so it wouldn't be that bad.

I'm planning on taking it easy this week. I hope that works out. At least, I'm planning on taking it easier.

Have I mentioned that I'm downloading a bunch of episodes of Nickelodeon Guts, that weird 90s kids sports competition game show? Miles or Jay mentioned the Aggro Crag a few episodes back in their podcast and I've been thinking about it ever since. Wow, is it ever 90s. Like, really, REALLY early 90s. Everything is "radical" and "extreme"! TO THE MAX! Of course, now that I'm an adult I'm more interested in their production. Did they set up a set of challenges and then film a few episodes in a row? Did they give the kids training time to familiarize themselves with the course?

Also, I don't think I ever saw the Global Guts spinoff before! It's oddly charming, like a baby Xtreme Olympics.

Maybe I'll invite some friends over for this and Legends of the Hidden Temple, as some kind of "The 90s Tries to Kill Children" party. Glowing and/or tiki drinks to be on theme.

Passed 40K!

Fri, Jun. 24th, 2016 09:26 pm
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I've hit a good solid black moment and I'm very happy with it. Now for the desperate effort to save Ru before he dies and the challenge to stop Nthanda's enemies before they destroy him and Ru both. :D

I'm not, sadly, ready to publish this week's collection. I've got the ebook put together but there's formatting things to fix before I can upload it. So tomorrow morning I'll do that. *sigh* We have plans for Sunday that mean that tomorrow will be a very busy day. Probably no sleeping in for me.

Didn't get my steps though I did get my arm exercises. My period started and with that I wanted to eat All The Things. So I did. *shrug* It tasted good and I don't give a damn. I'll do better tomorrow as long as the cramps don't get me.

So tomorrow's goals are maybe go for a walk with the hubby, write, get the collection finished and uploaded, clean the bathroom and, possibly, go grocery shopping and do laundry. Very busy day. Ugh!

Off to bath and bed for me--goodnight everyone!

Friday Yardening

Fri, Jun. 24th, 2016 08:57 pm
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Today I watered the container plants, the wildflower garden, and the patch of grass by the patio.

The first of my echinacea flowers are blooming.  \o/


Fri, Jun. 24th, 2016 07:28 pm
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This is why I don't post Things Toby Says While Playing Overwatch:

you have been warned )

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Fri, Jun. 24th, 2016 04:26 pm
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(spoilers up to ep. 33 of Ghost)

I think I figured out a way to fix a lot of Ghost's problems: Dump the Fukamis.

"Wait," you say. "What?"

Bear with me. )

On a happier note

Fri, Jun. 24th, 2016 03:40 pm
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Yes, I did just splurge on a paid account so I could create a poll. (Dear icons: I missed you! Never leave again!)

Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 13

What type of Pride T-Shirt should I get/make for my straight husband?

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I <3 my bi wife. (commercially available)
4 (30.8%)

My bisexual wife supports me being straight. (commercially available, if ugly)
2 (15.4%)

I'm not bisexual but my wife is. (make, based on those "I'm not gay but my boyfriend is" shirts.)
6 (46.2%)

I'm straight but my wife isn't. (make, based slightly less on previously mentioned shirts)
0 (0.0%)

Straight ally shirt of some kind, not related to our relationship. (commercially available)
1 (7.7%)

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