Uh huh

Sat, Dec. 3rd, 2016 11:50 pm
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Today my roommate had a party for her birthday. It was lovely; it involved reading books and passages from books out loud to the group. Some were children's books. Someone read from Alice in Wonderland; we passed around a book of tongue twisters by Dr. Suess.

Someone brought a joke book, Plato and Platypus walk into a bar: understanding philosophy through jokes. At first I thought, what a good idea, a joke book! But in a mixed group that don't know each other well, in the afternoon-- maybe not.

One of the jokes made me very clearly feel like the only queer person in the room.

An old cowboy goes into a bar and orders a drink. As he sits
there sipping his whiskey, a young lady sits down next to him. She
turns to the cowboy and asks him, “Are you a real cowboy?”

He replies, “Well, I’ve spent my whole life on the ranch, herding
horses, mending fences, and branding cattle, so I guess I am.”
She says, “I’m a lesbian. I spend my whole day thinking about
women. As soon as I get up in the morning, I think about
women. When I shower or watch TV, everything seems to make
me think of women.”

A little while later, a couple sits down next to the old cowboy
and asks him, “Are you a real cowboy?”
He replies, “I always thought I was, but I just found out I’m a
(this is directly quoted from the PDF of the book

Interesting, the woman who brought this book also told a joke involving engineers, and said before she told that one she surveyed the room for who is an engineer to see who the joke would affect. Uh huh.

p.s. I don't feel well today; not sure what it is but dang
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The half-price sale in Shiv made its $1000 goal, so there is a free short epic to choose.  If you're not on LiveJournal, you may vote in a comment.

Man, what a day

Sat, Dec. 3rd, 2016 07:40 pm
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I slept late and feel much better for it. Unfortunately, I slept late so when I headed out on errands (had to go to the mall) it too way too long to accomplish what I wanted.

What I wanted: Get a Lego set for the hubby, buy grapefruit gummy bears, find RFID blocking wallets of a small size (or at least sleeves to block the chips), and stop by Lush to get bath goodies and get some samples of stuff I wanted to try.

What happened: The drive to the area of the mall was fine but it took almost 45 minutes just to get from the freeway to the parking spot. Absolutely insane traffic. Then, once inside, NO ONE had RFID blocking wallets that were small. Huge, oh yes. Lots of those. Small? LOL, nope!

So I ran around the mall, got lunch (which was mobbed, too, so I ended up with Gyros instead of Chinese which was fine--tasty!), got Legos, got emergency spices the hubby remembered last minute, got gummy bears (TONS!), and then spent about half an hour in Lush talking to one of the gals and getting my samples. Should be interesting to try the conditioners I bought out.

Then, on a whim, I decided to check REI because they have some travel things and huzzah! They had the sleeves I wanted. Score! Except that the line was so long that it took another 20 minutes and then I could finally leave. Which meant driving another 30 minutes or so to get groceries and by the time I got home it was already dark.

*dies a little*

Dinner was not the planned chicken-noodle casserole. Not enough time to make it. Dinner was steak I'd planned on for tomorrow. Simple swap. Tomorrow will be casserole.

Then the hubby wanted to watch Captain Harlock on Netflix (SO RECOMMENDED, OMG!) so we did that and I finally got 15 minutes of writing.


I do not like super-busy days. Either way, tomorrow should be better.

Goals for tomorrow include lots of writing, getting the next two books ready for publishing, casserole for dinner, and not going out even a little bit. Possibly also hot oil treatments for my hair because I got one at Lush and want to try it. :D

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

Because It Heals My Heart

Sat, Dec. 3rd, 2016 06:46 pm
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Springsteen looks like such a kid in this, although I think he was actually close to 30 at the time. The in-concert energy is palpable even over the Intarwebs, both among the band members and out in the audience.

Looking at this and listening to it just makes me feel so much better. Because even today, the Boss still loves us and stands up for what's right.

ETA: The video embed service on DW seems to be messing up—it doesn't load, and at one point I got an error that the server (on DW) wasn't responding. You can view it over at LJ or use the YouTube link. It's a live performance of "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)" from 1988.

WOW. *wibbles*

Sat, Dec. 3rd, 2016 04:54 pm
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Geoff and I finished Orange is the New Black last night.

Holy moley. That show just gets better and better.

Now we have to wait six months for the next season, but at least it drops all at once! I was talking with a friend yesterday about the way dropping a whole season at once like that might be taking pressure off the creators, because they don't have to justify themselves to TPTB every time their ratings wobble; we've all seen so many shows canceled abruptly in midseason that would have been (even more) amazing if they'd just been given a chance to hit their stride. (Firefly. Nothing Sacred. EZ Streets, oh god I weep for that show.) And OitNB has been renewed for three more seasons, which I don't know how ironclad that commitment is, but with any luck it gives the creators the freedom to pull out the stops in the next two seasons however they want, without fear of having the rug yanked out from under them. I can't wait.

But I'll have to, so in the meantime I'll start getting excited for the Sense8 Christmas special...

podcast update

Sat, Dec. 3rd, 2016 01:44 pm
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I never thought I'd be able to listen to podcasts because I get distracted so easily, but it turns out if I'm coloring, or playing mindless match three games, or 2048, it keeps me busy enough that I don't mentally wander off. I'll have to try this trick with audiobooks. People keep saying how good The Martian is.

Anyway, I caught up on all the My Favorite Murders in existence, but when I went looking for more true crime podcasts, I discovered my interest in true crime isn't as strong as my love for Karen and Georgia. So none of the other true crime podcasts I tried were at all satisfying because no Karen and Georgia. Turns out comedy and murder isn't an easy combination to pull off. (I know! What a surprise!)

I found The Dollop because Dave Anthony was on a live episode of MFM, so I gave him and Gareth Reynolds a shot. Gareth Reynolds does this voice that sounds exactly like The Monarch from The Venture Bros. and I was instantly hooked because The Monarch is my favorite, but also because those guys are funny and only occasionally make me cringe. They do American history, and I like the podcast a lot, but—and I can't believe I'm going to say this—not enough murder.

The Last Podcast on the Left is full of murder, but it's also full of dudes, like so many dudes I'm not even sure how many are in the room, and let's just say I did not like their style. Thinking Sideways does mysteries, some of which are murder mysteries, but it was kind of boring and the production value made them sound like maybe they were recording in a pillow fort? The sound was really flat. There's a woman on that one, but, like I said—boring. Not enough jokes about murder.

I know.

Q: What is Wrong With Me?

A: No One Knows.

Having tested the limits of the comedy/murder podcast genre, I swung around to more serious things and tried Serial, which is one story told over a course of twelve episodes, hosted by Sarah Koenig, who has a voice made for NPR. I liked her right away. She uses a script, but sounds casual and human. The first season is about Adnan Syed, convicted of killing his high school ex-girlfriend and sentenced to life in prison, but his friends say no way he could have done it. It's amateur sleuth time, and entertaining in its way, but it leaves crucial information out, and I didn't feel drawn into the story. I listened to the entire season, but gave a pass on the second.

Similarly, I listened to not even three episodes of Someone Knows Something (also produced by public radio: the CBC), but instead of sounding human, David Ridgen sounds like he's writing bad poetry. His dramatic, pretentious, and overly flowery language is a total turn off. There were a lot of interviews in that one and he asks a lot of stupid fucking questions like, "How did it feel when your little brother went missing?" Thanks for asking, David, it felt great. No. I couldn't take any more, though listening to the Canadian accents was soothing.

So I went back to The Dollop because they've got more than two hundred episodes and I've only listened to a fraction. You can't always tell what the episodes are about from the summaries, but I was just trying ones I'd already downloaded and found this: Mashers and Hatpins. It's about turn-of-the-century women stabbing street harassers with hat pins, and, for the most part, getting away with it, and I found it immensely satisfying. I mean, no one should stab anyone with a hat pin, but also men should mind their own fucking business.

This has been your podcast update.

Bits and pieces

Sat, Dec. 3rd, 2016 08:13 pm
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*Signal-boosting with permission, this brilliant offer from [personal profile] rosefox:

I'm offering free training over Skype for anyone who wants to learn how to effectively call their elected representatives and ask them to support bills or otherwise take useful action. If you're interested, PM me. Feel free to let others know about this offer; it's available indefinitely.

*More fashion for the apocalypse: ThinkProgress's "Resist" t-shirt raises money for their "Trump investigative fund".

*[personal profile] swan_tower is starting a tikkun olam-inspired thread on the 1st of each month,on DW and on LJ at [livejournal.com profile] swan_tower, where people can talk about what they're doing to help repair the world (and yes, I think it can be helpful and inspiring to see what others are doing).

*Via [personal profile] sovay: Kellogg's have pulled their advertising from Breitbart, and Breitbart are outraged, evidently because they HATE CAPITALISM AND FREEDOM and don't want large companies to be free to spend their ad budgets how they want in order to maximize their sales. Why do you HATE FREEDOM, Breitbart?

The current editor-in-chief is quoted as follows:

“Boycotting Breitbart News for presenting mainstream American ideas is an act of discrimination and intense prejudice,” he added. “If you serve Kellogg’s products to your family, you are serving up bigotry at your breakfast table.”

This is evidence that they either have no sense of irony at all, or too much of it, in that vacuous way: "we'll say they're being prejudiced and bigoted towards our prejudice and bigotry, tee hee, and then their little liberal brains will have to explode!"

Yes, I discriminate against white supremacists. Deal with it, fuckers.

(Worth dropping Kelloggs some messages of support, maybe, as they're getting the full Gamergate masses unleashed against them.)

*The Hamilton Mixtape has dropped. This is not irrelevant. We need art and we need fight music and Hamilton is and remains an inspired and tactically-brilliant claiming of the myth of America as belonging profoundly to immigrants, black and brown people.

As well as the aforementioned "Immigrants (We Get The Job Done)", notables for me at the moment include Dessa covering "Congratulations" (a song Angelica had when the show was first staged, cut when it went to Broadway -- and I can see the dramatic reasons for cutting it, but it's great and a great cover), "Wrote My Way Out" with Nas, Dave East, Aloe Blacc and one Lin-Manuel Miranda, and the demo of "Valley Forge" (part of which turned into part of "Stay Alive"), which feels spookily apposite. Congress, I beg of you, justify your existence.

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Sat, Dec. 3rd, 2016 01:48 pm
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I really want more sleep, but there are so many things I need to get done that it seems like a bad idea. Also, I need to take my medications at certain intervals, and some of them need food with them. I think that I may have to start taking Ativan considerably sooner than I was hoping because I’m pretty sure that anxiety over the recount and over the Social Security review appointment is the big culprit in me not sleeping.

Before tomorrow afternoon, I need to make fudge, and we need to rearrange the living room so that we can put up the tree tomorrow. Some time this weekend, I need to change the sheets, run laundry, and make bread. I need to shower, too, but that’s a bit easier to fit in (apart from the time needed for my hair to dry).

I did more writing last night. It was spread across three or four different stories. One of them is, I think, done, but I need to canon check a couple of details and tweak some things based on what I find.

Cordelia did her usual movie night with friends last night, so Scott and I watched a bunch of things she wouldn’t have been interested in watching with us, some White Collar, last week’s The Librarians, and an episode of Agents of SHIELD.

Lexember 1 & 2

Sat, Dec. 3rd, 2016 10:02 am
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I decided to do Lexember this year. For those of you who aren’t conlangers, that means I add a lexeme (basically a word) to my conlang everyday and share it. So, yay! Lexeme: sai Gloss: a common tree with smooth speckled bark and large lobed leaves Irregularity: Static Noun Combination Form: sai Stress: IPA: Nyjichɯn … Continue reading “”

Excerpt from Silver Does Stuff. (Why not post it all here? -Because I always forget to put in a cut and then long posts flood people's friends pages). See it all

Genprompt Bingo

Sat, Dec. 3rd, 2016 07:21 am
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I got an opt-in card from [community profile] genprompt_bingo. I picked the prompt lists Science Fiction and Fantasy, Crack, Extending Canon and Meta, and AU & Crossovers. (If I'm going to be completely fair, I suppose that the Wild Card should come from one of those lists, which is why I'm mentioning it.)

Anyway, here is the card:

Crack: Elves, Pixies, and other Magical Helpers or Irritations Supernatural Elements Shapeshifting When I'm 64: Future Hey, it's that guy: Minor characters
Detective AU Mutation / Transformation Fusion with another fandom Crack Sentient Weaponry
Virtual Reality Film Noir Wild Card The way we were: Pre-canon Horribly Misunderstood Villain
Crack Treated Seriously That Moment (incident / chapter / episode) in detail You're only young twice: Age Regression Character transformed into an animal Contemporary AU
Sufficiently Advanced Technology Original characters Alternative Professions Crossover: TV shows and movies World Ends in First Paragraph

I hope I get a lot of this done. I'd really love to have a blackout.

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Sat, Dec. 3rd, 2016 06:39 am
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We went to see Eric Idle and John Cleese over in Dallas tonight. The show
was them basically reminiscing about their careers and doing some sketch
comedy and singing Monty Python songs, encouraging us to sing along.

The audience was full of people who'd grown up with Monty Python, or who
had discovered it as adults when PBS started airing it over here in the
late 70s and early 80s, which means that it was a sold-out show full of
people from their 30s to their 70s, all happily singing "Sit On My Face."

Poem: "Best Teach It to Dance"

Fri, Dec. 2nd, 2016 08:45 pm
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This poem is spillover from the February 2, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] technoshaman and [personal profile] stardreamer. It also fills the "aggressive" square in my 12-1-16 card for the Defining Character fest, and the "nurture self-worth" square in my 1-23-16 card for the Valentine's Day Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] clockworklady and EdorFaus. It belongs to the Shiv thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem is mostly fluff, but contains some intense emotions. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. The Finns take Shiv to Pennsic War for a day. It includes anxiety over expectations, being in a totally unfamiliar place, feeling overwhelmed by people and social activities, touch aversion, (wildly inappropriate) accusations of racism, other people ignoring rules, which drives Shiv up a wall, so he starts stealing contraband off people, scavenging for supplies, performance anxiety, panic over social connections, physical exhaustion and overheating, discussion of supervillain philosophy, educational comparisons, and other challenges. If these are touchy topics for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before moving onward.

Read more... )

Still jetlagged...

Fri, Dec. 2nd, 2016 08:43 pm
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...but I managed to get 2200 words written today plus I published a short story that you can find right now on Smashwords for $2.99. Another Drath verse story, this time with a poly 4-some of assassins. :D

The new romance novel based on my experiences in Japan is moving right along. I've finally gotten everyone together, the pining started, and they're in Japan heading towards Tokyo on the Narita Express. Which is an awesome super-fast bullet train. Always great to ride even when you're just off a 9 hour plane flight.

Next up is delicately sounding out each other's sexuality, me reassessing the names I've assigned everyone and maybe doing a search and replace for some of them, and potentially an earthquake. Because there was one while I was in Japan and it was quite the surreal event. XD

Today I didn't even get close to my step goals. Also didn't do my arm exercises because I was moving so slow this morning that I didn't have time. I'm going to start doing them again tomorrow no matter what. But I'm definitely going to sleep in like crazy tomorrow. I really need to get caught up on my sleep.

Goals for tomorrow include getting Now Available posts up, going to the mall to get grapefruit gummy bears and Lush bath bombs, getting my steps and getting the next two stories to publish ready so that I can put them on preorder. Kobo does this thing where they shut down for the last half of December so you can't upload anything. I'm determined to get two more stories out so yeah, preorder and they'll go live automatically.

Now, though, it's time for hot bath and bed. Goodnight everyone!

Spiritual Prepping

Fri, Dec. 2nd, 2016 04:29 pm
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I ran across this today: We’re heading into dark times. This is how to be your own light in the Age of Trump with advice like
  • Write down what you value; what standards you hold for yourself and for others. Write about your dreams for the future and your hopes for your children. Write about the struggle of your ancestors and how the hardship they overcame shaped the person you are today.
  • Write your biography, write down your memories. Because if you do not do it now, you may forget.
  • Write a list of things you would never do. Because it is possible that in the next year, you will do them.
  • Write a list of things you would never believe. Because it is possible that in the next year, you will either believe them or be forced to say you believe them.
And I remembered that we have a song for that. Nearly 20 years ago, Leigh Ann Hussey released her album Homebrew, with The Burning Times.

I wish there were a remastered version )
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Sue Smith, Independent Scholar, writes

I am proposing a disability and science fiction panel for the
Centre of Culture and Disability Studies
Liverpool Hope University (UK)
Disability and Disciplines: The International Conference on
Educational, Cultural, and Disability Studies
5-6 July 2017.

The conference is looking for work that is interdisciplinary in nature. For example, I am putting forward a paper proposal that draws upon a range of disciplines that intersect Disability with Cosplay, Feminism, Psychoanalysis and Film Studies in order to examine a particular fan’s response to the female character, Imperator Furiosa, from the recent film, Mad Max: Fury Road (2015).

Similarly, I would be interested in papers that intersect with other disciplines in their examination of disability and science fiction.

Please feel free to get in touch informally in order to discuss suggestions

More on the conference as a whole

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Fri, Dec. 2nd, 2016 02:49 pm
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This disdainful giraffe calf's ear game is ON POINT. Is yours? I didn't think so.

this isn't normal

Fri, Dec. 2nd, 2016 12:08 pm
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So, Breitbart News. Steve Bannon, chairman of Breitbart Media and Trump's pick for chief White House strategist, has described it as "the platform for the alt-right." You don't need the list of who they hate. I'm sure you can guess.

Yesterday, December 1st, the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology tweeted this:

House Committee on Science retweets Breitbart: '.@BreitbartNews: Global Temperatures Plunge. Icy Silence from Climate Alarmists' December 1, 2016 from twitter

Like, my blood is boiling. This from the committee that worked with the Apollo Program to put a man on the moon. It has the word SCIENCE right in its name. And it's retweeting Breitbart News and denying climate change. So I called them and complained, politely.

You, too, can call the House Committee on Science at (202) 225-6371 and tell them this is unacceptable. This one requires talking to a person, and the person I talked to did not sound pleased with me, but that's fine, I had my say.

It went like this:

"Hi, my name's [YOUR NAME HERE], and I'm a registered voter. I'm calling because the House Committee on Science tweeted a link to a Breitbart article yesterday, and I found that concerning. Breitbart is not a reputable news source, and the Committee shouldn't be promoting junk science from a biased website. Thank you."

The person on the other end said she would pass my concerns along to the chairman, but, like I said, she didn't sound happy about it. Again, that's FINE. I mean, I'm grouchy now and want to go hide under a blanket, but our government is fucking retweeting Breitbart! That is not good!

Ah, righteous anger. Much better than social anxiety.

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