Poem: "Curse of the Karma Critters"

Fri, Oct. 9th, 2015 08:08 pm
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This poem came out of the October 6, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from Anthony Barrette. It also fills the "creepy" square in my 10-1-15 card for the Halloween / Samhain Bingo Fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette.

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How exciting! [archiveofourown.org profile] lisabart translated my Smallville story Curator of the Life & Death Museum into Chinese: 生与死博物馆馆长!

In the past when I received requests to translate my work, I didn't like the idea that I'd have no way of seeing what the translator did to my story or if they even gave me credit as the original author, so I took the easy way out and didn't respond.

Years later, when I was considering giving blanket permission to transform my fannish works, I decided to get over it. I realized I don't want individual control over what people do with my stuff. Now I no longer have to judge each request based on how paranoid I feel that day, and instead I get to be pleasantly surprised when someone liked my work enough to transform it and is kind enough to let me know. Fandom. ♥

Happy Post Time - three nice things

Sat, Oct. 10th, 2015 06:55 am
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Borrowing that meme, of three nice things for today.

1. \o/ I broke the 100+ kudos mark on a story last night! Eclispe my Hinata Shouyou/Tsukishima Kei fluff piece for not prime time.

I realise that's old hat for a bunch of my flisties, but it makes me really happy!!! (It's not that I want to be a BNF - the opposite in fact. But it's nice that a story I was stressing out over came across well.)

2. My dogs are adorable and I caught them playing tug-a-war on camera.

3. Big dog's pink love heart name tag, looks adorable on him. :)

New Verses in "These Tiny Little Steps"

Fri, Oct. 9th, 2015 06:20 pm
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Thanks to a donation from [personal profile] lynnoconnacht, there are 6 new verses in "These Tiny Little Steps." Kálmán insists that Adam owes Victor an apology for disappearing.

Done with PT

Fri, Oct. 9th, 2015 04:03 pm
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I had (I hope) my last PT session this afternoon. I will keep doing stretches for the left hand and right shoulder, and even some icing and massage, along with my strengthening exercises, but the therapist and I don't think I will need to go back to see him. He encouraged me to call or email if something bothers me or I want advice; if I don't, they will call me to check in in four to eight weeks.

I've been seeing the therapist for longer than I originally expected, because while I started going for shoulder stuff, I then had some wrist pain, and hurt my ankle. My session two weeks ago was mostly about ankle and balance stuff; this time it was shoulder strengthening, wrist examination, and Ian asking how my balance was doing, and me showing that it's pretty good. (I don't think the intern I'd been working with entirely understood that I have been doing some balance stuff for literally years.)

A Way to Reduce Violence

Fri, Oct. 9th, 2015 05:18 pm
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Talk to the lonely people.  

Not like it?  Dude, this has been my primary mode  of socialization since I could walk.  The first thing I do in any group event is look for the people on the fringes.  They're usually my best matches and more interesting than the ones in the middle.  It even worked in Mexico and Russia when we didn't necessarily have more than a partial language overlap.

Anyhow, connection helps keep people alive.  It reduces many types of violence.  It also reduces deaths from suicide and loneliness.  Loneliness is about as deadly as smoking.  Also worth mentioning is that it's not purely physical: people can be surrounded by others, and still feel lonely for lack of intimacy.  

A cool thing here is that intimate relationships don't have to be physical.  Sure it's nice if you have plenty of local-to-you friends who can cuddle with you or help if your car won't start.  But if your area doesn't have many people like you, then you can find friends online instead, which meets the need for connection.  Outside of my family, I don't have more than friendly acquaintainces nearby -- but online I have some very fine 'ohana indeed.

The world is a violent mess right now.  Somebody should do something about that.

Be Somebody.

Passport Photo

Fri, Oct. 9th, 2015 02:13 pm
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I bought UK-sized passport photos.

I can't believe I'm finally getting my passport this year.

I'm still deciding if I'm trying to move out of the country in a few years (preferably after obtaining an MSW) or just visit Europe when I get the passport.

It'd be nice to no longer deal with family drama.

Poem: " 'Curses!' Said the Cursor"

Fri, Oct. 9th, 2015 03:59 pm
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This poem came out of the October 6, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] ellenmillion and [personal profile] the_vulture. It also fills the "I Got the Instructions Off Ehow" square in my 10-1-15 card for the Halloween / Samhain Bingo Fest.  It has been sponsored by Anthony &  Shirley Barrette

'Curses!' Said the Cursor

My computer is cursed.
Maybe it's the cursor.

I changed it last week from
an arrow to a magic wand.

I got the instructions off Ehow
and the graphic looks great.

Now it rains sparks when I click
and sometimes my programs vanish.

Most of the sparks disappear, but
some are starting to accrue in corners.

I've tried uninstalling it, but
so far with no effect.

'Curses!' said the cursor
and went about its business.

There's more space on my hard drive
than since just after I bought it.

But then I remember the university and
the teacher who wouldn't help during office hours.

Carefully I load the new cursor onto a thumbdrive
and sweep all the curslings in there after it.

Then I label the drive "Private Game: Do Not Play"
and leave it on a desk near the teacher's office.

It won't be long now, and meanwhile,
my computer is back to normal.

Game of the Week: Munchkin

Fri, Oct. 9th, 2015 01:06 pm
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Munchkin on Board Game Geek

Munchkin is a card game for 3-6 players. It's a parody of role playing games with the object of getting your character up from level 1 to level 10. There are two decks of cards: Door cards and Treasure cards. Door cards hide monsters, and treasures are the loot the monsters drop.

At the start of your turn, you may play as many cards as you'd like, trade items with other players, or sell items (worth a total of 1000 gold pieces) for levels. The player then draws a card from the Door deck. If it's a monster, you must fight it. If it's a curse card, it takes effect immediately. Any other card can be put in your hand or played immediately.

When fighting a monster, your combat strength (your level plus any modifiers from cards) must be greater than the monster's strength in order to beat it. If you cannot beat it, you can ask for help from other players. If you succeed in beating the monster, you get Treasure cards and go up a level. There's also the option to run away from a monster if it's too tough. To do so, you roll a die: if the result is a 5 or 6, you successfully run away but do not get any treasure or go up a level.

If a player did not pull a monster from the Door deck, she can go Looking For Trouble and play a monster from her hand and fight it. Or she can Loot the Room and draw a second card from the Door deck and place it in her hand.

Players can hinder each other by making monsters tougher, or by playing other cards such as level-stealing cards. Throughout the game, you never know if someone will help you or backstab you.

Munchkin was featured on Tabletop. You can watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V6oMBSiL7Zs

Now Available: Tiny Futures!

Fri, Oct. 9th, 2015 10:38 am
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POD Tiny Futures Ebook Cover 04
The solution to Leisl's construction problem came wrapped in an opportunity.

When Cassidy came over to help Leisl install a tub in her new tiny house on wheels, Leisl expected nothing other than a functioning tub.

But Cassidy was huge, strong and adorable, all the things that Leisl most liked. The temptation to ask for more than construction help led Leisl to take a chance on the future.

Find This Story:

On Kobo $2.99 ebook
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This is story 6 of the Seven Short Stories In Seven Days and I have to say it was a fun one. I took a break from the Unification verse and combined several of my loves into one story. Those are lesbians falling in love, home construction and tiny houses on wheels. Also, Japanese soaking tubs that I dearly wish I had in my own house.


Hope you like this story if you choose to read!

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Fri, Oct. 9th, 2015 11:56 am
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I managed one of the calls I needed to make today. I've still got the afternoon for the other, so hopefully, I'll manage it. I called the radiation oncology nurses and asked several questions. The most pressing was whether or not it mattered that I'm taking antibiotics. It doesn't, so that's all good.

The other call I need to make is to the American Cancer Society number for arranging transportation. I've got a few people who are going to be able to help out sometimes, but there will be days when none of those folks can. During the first two or three weeks of treatment, I'm pretty sure I could manage the bus. Maybe. The fact that I haven't ridden the bus since March makes the prospect pretty thoroughly terrifying, and I'm not sure that I'll be up to doing it once I get far enough into treatment to be tired.

Scott's planning to ask for two hours off on Tuesday so that he can come with me to the first appointment. I definitely prefer that to the bus since, when the appointment finishes, it'll be a time when the bus through there is packed.

Cordelia expressed some worry last night about me being tired when I do radiation. She thinks I need to sleep more now in order to help deal with that. I pointed out that I'm at home alone a lot and can just sleep when I need to. I think she's worried about more than that but that this is how she expresses it.

I'm over the cold I caught from Cordelia, but she's still fairly sick. She coughs pretty much all night. I've suggested she sleep propped up, but she says she can't. She's taking cough syrup at night, and that seems to help a little. We don't have a working humidifier, and she's said she doesn't want one anyway.

I just ordered her a new backpack. The zipper on the old one is staring to come apart. This will be the third backpack of her school career. The first one died some time during fourth grade, I think, so the current one is 2-3 years old. Of course, the last year and a half, she's been carrying a lot more stuff back and forth, so that's likely harder on the backpack.

Last week, our broom broke while our cleaning lady was using it. I asked Scott to pick up a new one, but he couldn't that day, and we both forgot about it. When she came yesterday, she was at a loss as to what to do. I think she managed to find a largish hand brush/broom. I felt terrible about that. Scott bought a new broom on his way home from work yesterday, but she'd been gone for half an hour by the time he got home.

We absolutely have to cook tonight as we finished off the leftovers last night. I think that will be on me. I should probably brine the chicken now so that it has a few hours to soak.

Scott is scheduled to work Sunday this weekend. I'm really looking forward to the end of October when he'll be more likely to get a two day weekend.

I need to follow up on the UM Credit Union application. They sent me an email Monday, and I've been too distracted to deal with it. I think all I need to do is to log in and to put some money in the accounts. I'm glad I remembered that now. I can do that as soon as I post here.

Columns on AO3?

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Welcome to Night Vale Live Show

Fri, Oct. 9th, 2015 09:40 am
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I went with some friends to WtNV last night at the Barrymore. Perhaps unsurprisingly, I recognized a lot of people there. I was really stoked to see Dessa as the musical guest.

I've seen Dessa in concert, and some nice things about seeing her as part of a WtNV show are: it's not quite as loud as a music concert. One can sit rather than having to stand. (Although I enjoy dancing, my body is not quite up for it these days.) You don't have to deal with opening bands if those aren't your thing. And it's a shorter set, she did maybe 6-7 songs all together. The disadvantage is there isn't a full band-- it was her and one other musician who did percussion and background vocals.

For the Night Vale show, we got to see and hear Carlos, Kevin, Tamika Flynn, and Meg, in addition of course to Cecil. It's always striking to me how much better and different it is to see the actors live rather than just listening to the podcast. Cecil can hold the attention of a huge auditorium full of people. Carlos (Dylan Marron) is just the cutest person who ever lived; he seems like he is made from sparkles and sunshine.

The venue's main problem is that there is one small bathroom in the basement, so for people using the women's room the line goes all the way up this set of stairs (I don't know if there is an elevator or not).

Tons of queer people at this event! Two adorable, fat gay guys sat behind us. They were probably in their 40s, friendly and fun. A kid over to my left held her book in the air when Tamika talked about the power of reading. The show involved a bit of audience participation and the crowd felt really into it.

This show is recommended, even if you are not caught up with the podcast (which I'm not).

Hamilton PSA

Fri, Oct. 9th, 2015 09:19 am
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Since so many people seem to be falling:

[community profile] hamiltunes, for all your DW Hamilton needs

[tumblr.com profile] lemonyandbeatrice: an “all of my social media is talking about Hamilton and I’m lost” masterpost

Concise summary courtesy of [personal profile] vass, QWP:

For those who don't already know: musical about the life and death of one of the US founding fathers, Alexander Hamilton, here characterised as a brilliant, scrappy, orphaned immigrant with a near-deathwish and a desperate drive to succeed. The composer/lyricist is also the star, and he and the cast are all people of colour except King George III of England, who is white (and hilarious.) The musical style is mostly hiphop, but not all, with many, many references to other musicals and other hiphop/rap works. The lyrics are strong and smart and interconnected, and develop over the course of the show in an incredibly satisfying way. The female characters do not talk to each other about something other than a man, but they do discuss their wishes and options are in life, and their legacy, and clearly have relationships with each other extending beyond their relationships with men -- Eliza and Angelica's relationship as sisters is really strong and wonderful.

("We hold these truths to be self-evident/that all men are created equal/ And when I meet Thomas Jefferson/ I'ma compel him to include women in the sequel" is technically a Bechdel fail. NONETHELESS.)

Complete cast recording on Spotify

The Toast is all over this

Basically, this is a delight. And Lin-Manuel Miranda ([tumblr.com profile] linmanuel, [twitter.com profile] Lin_Manuel, THERE IS NO FOURTH WALL HE CAN SEE US) seems to be a beautiful cinnamon roll, etc. etc., not to mention the kind of gigantic nerd who picks up an 800-page biography as light beach reading.

Spike Lee said of Hamilton that "Game recognize game"; I would like to suggest the complementary "Fannish recognize fannish".

This is a deeply, deeply fannish show, earnestly impassioned about intricate details of 18th-century American politics and about hip-hop and about musicals (you can hear in the soundtrack the moments when the score dictates *jazz hands* or dancers throwing themselves across the stage on their knees). It is intensely meta and referential, frequently funny but never "ironically" distanced. It is built on love.

Recommended even to those of us who start from a position of "... is he one of those dudes with his face on a mountain or something? I DON'T KNOW, WHY DO YOU EXPECT ME TO KNOW ALL THE DETAILS OF YOUR 18TH-CENTURY POLITICIANS WE'RE NOT ALL IN THE USA YOU KNOW." This is good stuff.

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