the purple plains of burma

Sun, Apr. 23rd, 2017 12:26 am
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Tonight I watched this really awful Gregory Peck movie with my dad—or, really, he was watching it and I was playing a game where you have to kill slugs and was just too lazy to get up off the couch. In the movie, Gregory Peck and two other officers are flying over Burma during WWII and their plane crashes in enemy territory. One guy suffers from Dramatic Wounds which make it necessary to carry him on a stretcher, and the other guy's in complete panic mode, waving down any plane that goes by and also complaining so hard he falls off a cliff. Gregory Peck is the only one keeping it together. As usual.

So they're all taking naps in the dirt during the heat of the day, and the soundtrack is heavy with drama, and flies, and Gregory Peck opens his eyes, and I'm like, "I really want a lizard to be staring at him right now. Or a monkey." But it doesn't happen. There's just some more arguing about how dumb everybody's plan is. Later, after another nap, Gregory Peck opens his eyes again, and I'm like, "There'd better be a lizard staring at him." But no, the panicky guy is missing, so Gregory Peck has to go hunt him down. That doesn't end well. We're down to two guys now, trekking through the Burmese desert, Gregory Peck carrying Dramatically Wounded Guy—who has now been dropped twice—on his back.

Finally we agree that Gregory Peck has to head towards the river and leave Dramatically Wounded Guy on his own for a while. So Gregory Peck does. More stumbling through the Burmese desert (as far as I can tell, in the real world, Myanmar does not contain any deserts?). The soundtrack rolls and wails because nothing has ever been so dramatic, and the camera spins, and god knows what else is going down because I'm honestly not paying much attention, but after about an hour and a half of this, I look up and Gregory Peck is lying face down in the sand, hot and sweaty, shirt ripped, clearly out of his mind, and he opens his eyes, and there, staring at him, is an iguana.

I have never been so satisfied with a movie.

Lately, I've been thinking about kennings

Sun, Apr. 23rd, 2017 02:17 am
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A kenning, to put this very simply, is a poetic substitution for a common word. They're quite popular in Norse poetry - instead of saying "gold" you might say "Sif's hair" (which was replaced with a magical wig of gold), instead of saying "sun" you might say "sky's jewel".

If you look at it right, kennings exist in Modern English as well - we refer to Superman as "the Man of Steel", and small children as "rugrats", and there's a whole host of highly offensive slurs that fit the bill as well. (If you don't look at it right, they don't exist in Modern English really, because we don't do much with them. But I like to think they do, so... yeah.)

I have spent a considerable amount of time amusing myself by writing out lists of kennings in Modern English (four eyes, skyscraper, Caped Crusader, pencil pusher...), but I will refrain from inflicting the entire list on you all. These lists are much more interesting to compose than to read anyway. Also, I'm hoping that if I don't pretend to be comprehensive, somebody will suggest a term that I've completely overlooked.

Super quick post

Sat, Apr. 22nd, 2017 08:51 pm
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My mom is here visiting for a few days. I expect that my word count's going to be low because of that. Disappointing but hey, it's my mom! :D

I got 1400 words written today along with doing two loads of laundry, cooking BBQ ribs, going on a grocery run and replacing both of the shower heads in our bathrooms. The new shower heads work way better. I'm very happy with them.

Door in the Wind is now available on Kobo, Smashwords, CreateSpace and Amazon as both ebook and print.

Ebook is $2.99. Print is $5.99.

Do please check it out. This is my new epic fantasy short story series I'm having so much fun writing.

Goals for tomorrow include going to the mall with my mom (I need Lush!), taking care of the hubby who's still sick, getting the current short story done, and getting more things fixed on Kobo. Probably won't get that last one but I'll try.

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

Poem: "You Who Have Fed the Hungry"

Sat, Apr. 22nd, 2017 09:45 pm
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This poem came out of the April 18, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] alatefeline and [personal profile] technoshaman. It also fills the "habits and routines" square in my 4-3-17 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest. This poem belongs to the Clay of Life series.

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Sat, Apr. 22nd, 2017 10:53 pm
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I finished Discount Armageddon. The worldbuilding / lore / etc. is honestly fascinating, and I thought the final climactic scene was pretty well-done, but overall it wasn't really my cup of tea.

Stuff I should think about re: why I didn't like this book:

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Poem: "Her Wilderness Like Eden"

Sat, Apr. 22nd, 2017 08:46 pm
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This poem is from the April 18, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] redsixwing. It also fills the "memories" square in my 4-3-17 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. It belongs to the series Clay of Life.

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Well, all this with LJ has got me thinking.

Sat, Apr. 22nd, 2017 08:59 pm
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1. I really ought to update my interests.

2. I hope nobody minds that I randomly subscribed to them. If they do mind, I'm sure they'll tell me, at least.

3. I miss my formative internet homes. Not just LJ, but also Neopets in the good ol' days. *sniff* I hope the nieces have something as good, but somehow, I don't think the current big options are the same at all. (Then again, that's probably the nostalgia talking.)

3a. Specifically from LJ, I miss the communities, and not just fannish ones, thanks, but... mainstream ones? Or ones that had to do with fandom and not a specific media? But even if we could bring them back, it was the commenters that made those places, and we've all grown up and changed a lot. It wouldn't be the same. It's true, you can't ever go back to a time when you were happy.

3b. (Not that we particularly were happy, or are unhappy now, but again, that's the nostalgia talking.)

Poem: "Define Your Own Reality"

Sat, Apr. 22nd, 2017 05:35 pm
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This poem was written outside the regular prompt calls, inspired by the "abuse" square in my 4-3-17 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest. It has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Officer Pink thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem contains some intense topics. Highlight to read the detailed warnings, some of which are spoilers. While trying to process past abuse, Turq has a graphic meltdown. Ansel does his best to comfort him. There is angst, overwhelm, flashback and intrusive thoughts, stabbing a worksheet with a pencil, trivial damage to an already beat-up rug, vigorous crying, guilt, difficult conversation, and other challenges. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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Sat, Apr. 22nd, 2017 05:48 pm
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So, I ordered a new collar for Finn. He'd had a new collar, but after his original family reclaimed him the first time we lost it. I mean, Eva went to their house and got it back, but she gave it to a friend. But now he's back in our care, legally*, and we need a collar. For some reason, you can get leashes and combs and nail clippers for pets at the supermarket, but collars always require you to visit a pet store, and who has the time? So I ordered one. Technically the shelter gave us one, but the buckle is impossible and we can't get it open.

The collar came yesterday, except somebody opened the Amazon box and took out his regular collar and lost it. Both girls are denying that this was them, but it pretty much has to be. All that's in there is the martingale collar that stays attached to the leash. I don't want to put his tags on that! (And on the subject of tags, why do microchip companies give you tags? Isn't that a bit superfluous? The cats and dogs have tags with their name and phone number on them. If they lose those tags, wouldn't they lose the microchip tag as well? Isn't the whole point of a microchip to be back-up in case the tags get lost?)

This is all very annoying. I may end up at the pet store tomorrow, buying another new collar.

* Not that it was illegal before, because we didn't know who the heck he lived with then. Honestly, I thought he'd been alone on the streets a month or more!


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Politics )

Saturday night's alright

Sat, Apr. 22nd, 2017 03:28 pm
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Well, it's not Saturday night yet--thank goodness, I have a lot of grading to do--but I did finish Six of Crows and it's another CLIFFHANGER! ARGH!

I just need to stop buying books by new authors. This is getting expensive.

Also there are a bunch of preview chapters for other books in here. I'm a good chunk of the way into Shadow and Bone and still haven't hit the end of the file. Grumble mutter. I usually avoid reading preview chapters in ebooks but my kobo won't mark something read unless I skip to the end of the file and there are like two hundred pages in here.

I know, complaining about more book? Seriously? But I'd like to move my brain to something else now, please.

*adds more books to basket*

The design on the covers for Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom are awesome, I must say.

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Sat, Apr. 22nd, 2017 04:34 pm
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I'm still on the fence about signing up for Not Prime Time. Looking at the sign up summary, there's only one fandom requested that I'm absolutely sure I could write, and I can't write everything that was nominated for it, so I might not match those requests anyway. There are six things requested that I maybe could write but that have very, very long canons that I would have to review. There are two movies that we own and that I might be able to write, but I would have to rewatch several times in order to learn the characters' names because, for some reason, people aren't nominating by 'oh, that one who swore a lot' or ' that one who was there to look pretty' (not real examples from either movie. I think). Then there are two anime/manga series where I have fanon knowledge but don't have access to the complete canon and never have had.

I need to check the community and see how long sign ups are open for. Many people are likely to sign up over the weekend, right? Maybe the list of potential matches will expand.

In happier news, I'm writing again and have another nine hundred words on my Fandom5K story. That puts me over four thousand words which is very close to the minimum word count. It's not nearly done in terms of the plot, but I think I will be able to get close to done this weekend.

Reading Discount Armageddon

Sat, Apr. 22nd, 2017 04:17 pm
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I normally have zero problems with sex scenes in books but I might actually skip this one.

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Copied from [personal profile] lunadelcorvo

Sat, Apr. 22nd, 2017 03:54 pm
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In case anyone is getting distracted by the Russian spy drama, North Korea, Bill O'Reilly being fired from Fox News, etc. the following bills have been introduced to Congress:

1. HR 861 Terminate the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
2. HR 610 Vouchers for Public Education
3. HR 899 Terminate the U.S. Department of Education
4. HJR 69 Repeal Rule Protecting Wildlife
5. HR 370 Repeal Affordable Care Act
6. HR 354 Defund Planned Parenthood
7. HR 785 National Right To Work (this one ends unions)
8. HR 83 Mobilizing Against Sanctuary Cities Bill
9. HR 147 Criminalizing Abortion (“Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act”)
10. HR 808 Sanctions against Iran

Please copy/paste and share widely. Call your House Representative and ask them to not only vote "NO"...but to speak up for our rights, health & safety, and our beautiful country.

If your senators and reps aren't saved in your phone yet, text your zip code to 520-200-2223. You'll get a text back with everyone's contact info. It gives you Federal and State.

Copied and pasted directly from here.

Saturday Yardening

Sat, Apr. 22nd, 2017 01:16 pm
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Today we went to the Earth Day event at the Douglas-Hart Nature Center.  I took two flats of plants for the plant swap, and picked up a big pot of lamb's ear and another of bachelor's button.  I also bought a bunch of native plants from the plant sale.

It's cloudy and cold outside.  

Some of the grass and clover seed is beginning to sprout. \o/

EDIT 4/22/17: Round 2, I planted the lamb's ear in the septic garden and the bachelor's button in the wildflower garden.

EDIT 4/22/17: Round 3, I took the ice plant outside, and I planted a six-pack each of marigolds and zinnias in the barrel garden.

EDIT 4/22/17: Round 4, I planted purslane in one of the hanging baskets by the barrel garden and rosemary in the strip garden by the patio.  I distributed four Italian parsley plants in the strip garden, cistern garden, and a pot.

EDIT 4/22/17: Round 5, I planted several pots of petunias, verbena, alyssum, and Dusty Miller artemesia.  That's most of the stuff from the grocery stores.  I still have several items from the shipment to plant, plus the flat of things I just bought in the plant sale this morning.

EDIT 4/22/17: Round 6, I mulched around four of the trees and shrubs I planted earlier.  It is dusk now, and too dark to see outside, so I'm done for today.  *goflopnow*

Poem: "What You're Living For"

Sat, Apr. 22nd, 2017 12:39 pm
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This poem came out of the April 18, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] siliconshaman. It also fills the "magical / mythological creatures" square in my 4-3-17 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Clay of Life series.

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Sat, Apr. 22nd, 2017 01:06 pm
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I’m feeling really really terrible right now. I don’t know if it’s some sort of post-stress thing or if the fact that I won’t have results from yesterday’s test until Monday at the earliest is smacking me hard. I woke with a headache that started heading very definitely migraine-ward with nausea and a desire for complete silence.

I took a cab to PT, and that meant that I really didn’t have much pain until I was walking back out of the hospital. I guess that from the entrance of the hospital back to the PT office is the distance I can walk without setting things off. The therapist taped things again, but that only held until evening before friction between my leg and the couch rolled the tape beyond remedy.

Scott’s sister picked me up about twenty minutes after my appointment, and we went to the Syrian place for lunch. They didn’t have the cauliflower salad that I love. The woman behind the counter said that it’s because cauliflower is too expensive just now, about $5 a head. She said she tries to buy local, from the Farmer’s Market. She said that a head of cauliflower makes about 1/2 pound of salad, so that she’d have to charge about $20 a pound.

I drank forty ounces of water between when Scott’s sister dropped me back at the hospital and when they called me back for my scan. I met [personal profile] evalerie upstairs about twenty minutes before the appointment, and we headed downstairs into the maze of corridors. The signage was adequate, so we didn't quite get lost, but my heel was hurting a lot by the time we made it to the right clinic.

I didn't feel like my bladder was full when they called me back, but apparently it was full enough because the technician said everything was good. The entire procedure took an hour because there were three different scans. The second and third would only work if my bladder was empty which, well, forty ounces of water. The third bit was a two person job with a physician doing part of it. That was painful, not beyond bearing but unpleasant.

They didn't tell me anything about what the scans showed, just said they'd send the results to my doctor and that they should be there by my appointment on Wednesday. I'm not happy about this because the doctor saw the scans. Technicians aren't allowed to say anything at all about what they see even if they know what they're seeing, but doctors are. I really don't want to wait until Wednesday.

In the evening, I got a message from the patient portal that test results were in. I was pretty cranky when I discovered that it was the completely unsurprising negative result on the mandatory pregnancy test they had me pee in a cup for before the third scan.

The appointment running so long meant that [personal profile] evalerie would be cutting things uncomfortably close if she tried to take me home before going to pick up her youngest. I ended up waiting about half an hour for Scott instead. That wasn't a big deal except that my phone was nearly out of charge. I was really angry when I realized that the dratted thing was downloading app updates when it had a 20% charge. It wouldn't let me stop the updates, either. By the time Scott arrived, I was at 10% and the phone was complaining about everything I did with it (just texts to Scott to tell him where I was, texts from Scott to let me know when he'd arrive, and an occasional check of the time). I had turned off the wifi connection to prevent it from starting any other downloads or from using charge maintaining the connection.

Scott wanted to go to the local March for Science, but what with things that have to be done and me feeling really, really terrible, there was no way to make it work. The Ann Arbor march started almost an hour ago. There's a march in Ypsilanti at 3:00, but I kind of suspect he won't make it to that, either.

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