Insomnia Post

Aug. 16th, 2017 03:18 am
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I really wish i were better at typing on my phone because i can't sleep but i don't want to get a laptop while I'm in bed.

poem at Strange Horizons

Aug. 14th, 2017 11:56 am
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My poem "ode to Dwight Frye," inspired by one of my favorite actors, is up at Strange Horizons.

On Friday I finished the final chapter of Out of Uniform. I'm going to take a break from the book for a month or so, then read it and make whatever changes it needs. Meanwhile, I have stories and poems to work on!

These are happy things, amid the Nazi horribleness of the past several days.
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It's our twenty-fourth anniversary today. We celebrated by walking down to the Delta tonight and having foofy drinks and fried food. (Oysters, yum!) We're both complete lightweights, so after [personal profile] grrlpup got table-pounding emotional about how Haymitch screwed over Katniss (I did not know she had such strong opinions about Haymitch and Katniss!) we got very silly singing along to Billy Idol and the Eurythmics and other '80s greats that they were piping overhead. Our very pretty, very glam waitress did not laugh behind her hand at us, not one bit.

Then we walked on to Cloud City and cut the line to buy moderately expensive ice-cream to eat in front of the TV, which we will do Real Soon Now.

Sometime during all this we also encountered a very nice old dog who wanted to play, and that was delightful, even though the dog's human eventually put a kibosh on the random-cheerful-greeting-of-strangers-on-the-sidewalk, boo.

Back in '93, we picked mid-August for our ceremony because 1) we couldn't afford any place that charged money, and 2) mid-August is during our nearly-contractual Six Weeks It Doesn't Rain in Portland, so it ought to have been safe to hold the affair in a public park. Unfortunately for our most excellent planning, 1993 was The Year that Summer Never Came: it rained on us that day, as it had rained nearly every day that summer.

This morning we woke up to rain, too.

After coffee, we walked over to give the chickens some fresh strawberry tops, but the chickens were still shut up safe from the terrible, awful drizzle and thus were forced to watch yearningly while we dumped our strawberry tops through the fence for them to have later. (Such sad chickens!) We thought it'd be nice to go for a walk in Kenilworth Park at some point today (Kenilworth was where we had our reception), but between one kind of shilly-shallying and another, we never quite got around to it.

Which is fine. It was a lovely languid day with my Sweetie, and that's just about as perfect as a day can be.

Hippo, Birdie, Two Ewes

Aug. 13th, 2017 09:00 am
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 to [personal profile] n6tqs  and [personal profile] daydream !  Happy day!

Hippo, Birdie, Two Ewes

Aug. 12th, 2017 11:38 am
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 to [personal profile] cynthia1960 !  A day of delight!

Meta

Aug. 11th, 2017 10:21 am
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 This is why I have the McSweeney's feed.

Birthday greetings and felicitations

Aug. 11th, 2017 10:15 am
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 to [personal profile] pantryslut !  Marvelous day!

somebody should write that

Aug. 10th, 2017 11:24 pm
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My SF book group today came up with three ideas for things that we agreed we would read the heck out of (and our ratings for The Fifth Season were 8-10 out of 10, so clearly we collectively have very good taste):

1. Donna mentioned Soldier of the Mist and I said I longed to read a fanfic from the point of view of the AI in Person of Interest, in the period when she is figuring out how to circumvent the protocol that wipes her memory every day.

2. I mentioned Station Eleven and Jacqie said she had an aversion to post-apocalyptic traveling theater troupes doing Shakespeare, so we talked about what we'd like to see a post-apocalyptic traveling theater troupe do: they have an orchestra, why not Gilbert and Sullivan? But the most approval went to the suggestion of post-apocalyptic Rocky Horror Picture Show. There was some discussion of how the audience participation could work when you would not throw any rice or toilet paper you happened to have.

3. Someone said they were reading a book about Helen of Sparta, that is, Helen of Troy before she ran away with Paris. Stephen said he thought it was going to be a book about Helen of Troy as a Spartan warrior. Stephen says that Spartans let women train like warriors.

Some kind of good news for once!

Aug. 11th, 2017 03:00 am
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 I've actually booked myself a vacation. Yay! I'm going to Oxford for the Barbara Pym Society's AGM, and have managed to get a week off from August 30th until September 7th. I went last year as well, and it's such a wonderfully Pymian experience that I simply can't miss it. Feels like a way to celebrate mum's memory as well, since she was the one that got me to read Barbara Pym in the first place, and we have talked so much about her books. I even started reading Some Tame Gazelle aloud for her at the hospital during her first stay there in January, and the day before she had her last attack in February we read a couple of chapters and just wondered at the greatness of Pym's style. I haven't been able to finish the book since mum died, but I have read No Fond Return of Love twice this summer.  She is one of my comfort authors, that I return to again and again. So Oxford and Pym, and some time on my own sounds like a blessing after this horrible year.

Hopefully I'll be able to take the bus up to London for a day or two as well.  Read [personal profile] grondfic 's review of Hamlet at the Harold Pinter theatre and it sounds like something I should try to catch. Is there anything else I should look out for? 

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Aug. 10th, 2017 08:12 am
sanguinity: woodcut by M.C. Escher, "Snakes" (Default)
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It's supposed to start cooling off tomorrow, and maybe MAYBE I'll start sleeping again. (We have AC and a basement, so too-hot-to-sleep is technically a solvable problem, but [personal profile] grrlpup hates sleeping in AC and I hate sleeping hot and we both hate sleeping separately. So it's been a whole bunch of non-optimal compromises, and I'm usually not managing more than three-or-so hours sleep at a time. Last night was particularly bad: I got up at 2:30 and I'm still awake, and will be awake at least until I finish teaching tonight at 10pm, woo-hoo.)

But that's not what I wanted to post about.

[community profile] femslashex nominations close today, and they already have many lovely Holmesian options in the tagset: in addition to Sherlock and Elementary, there are Adventures of Shirley Holmes, My Dearly Beloved Detective, eight ACD ships, and crossovers in various directions between MBDB, ACD, and Bert Coules' Further Adventures. [personal profile] phoenixfalls and I nominated a handful of those, but there is at least one more MoreHolmes nominator in the exchange and we don't know who it is. (Hi, hello, do I know you, can we be friends?)

Also, [community profile] acdholmesfest sign-ups close real soon now. Truth be told, I still find that exchange a little intimidating (ACD fandom is just so good at what they do), but nowadays I'm a lot more confident of my ability to write ACD. I know quite a few of the participants now, too, at least enough to say hello to. And it would be a nice way to celebrate having read all of the canon.

But the problem here is that I'm already committed to Remix, [community profile] holmestice happens hard on the heels of both exchanges, and [community profile] festivids overlaps [community profile] holmestice. Altogether, that is a lot, even for my manic "I don't exist unless I'm making something" self. And last fall/winter around about Februrary, I was ready to gnaw my arm off I was so exhausted.

(Although in hindsight, the election probably contributed to my overwhelming fatigue. And we're not due for another of those for another few years.)

UGH, DECISIONS.

reading wednesday

Aug. 9th, 2017 10:25 pm
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• What are you reading?

The Fifth Season, by N.K. Jemisin, for SF book group. I had been putting this one off, because I heard it began with the murder of a very young child, in a world that is so terrible that this seems like reasonable behavior. The book is grim, but gripping.

• What did you recently finish reading?

Nothing! I'm in the middle of six different things. I didn't finish Out Stealing Horses because a moose crashed through the fence of the woman who was hosting book group in July, and now her steers are roaming free on thousands of acres of forest, with the rains washing away their traces. She'll reschedule in August and I'll read it then. There is a moose at my husband's house, too:moose )
I have to keep a careful eye on the dogs when we visit.

I did watch the first season of American Gods, which was beautiful. I read American Gods too long ago to judge how good an adaptation this is, but it is a very good TV show.

• What do you think you’ll read next?

My Favorite Thing is Monsters, by Emil Ferris, because my library hold just came through.

Birthday greetings and felicitations

Aug. 8th, 2017 09:08 am
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[personal profile] onyxlynx
 to [personal profile] chickenfeet !  Enjoy your day!

Hippo, Birdie, Two Ewes

Aug. 7th, 2017 03:31 pm
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to [personal profile] black_pearl! Have a truly tremendous day!  Woooo-hoooooooo!

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Aug. 6th, 2017 11:29 pm
sanguinity: woodcut by M.C. Escher, "Snakes" (Default)
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Assorted fandom things, because otherwise I'll be reduced to posting about our 107-degree heat wave, and even though temps have dropped a bit (high nineties, what we usually call a heat wave), there's really not much you can say about it other than Fuck it's hot and My poor little laptop; this is why I don't vid during the summer.

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Speaking of vids, [personal profile] seekingferret has finally premiered "Warning: Might Lead to Mixed Dancing"! I'm so happy to see it out in the world -- I've loved it since the very first draft, ages and ages ago, and now you all get to see it, too! It's four minutes and change of joy, and who doesn't need that?

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[livejournal.com profile] sherlock60 has just finished up its fifth round this weekend. I joined last spring at the beginning of this round, after spending a year or so looking at [personal profile] gardnerhill's ficlets and thinking it all looked very cool. But also, not having read all the canon stories was starting to wear on me, and I couldn't seem to find the motivation to do it on my own? I seem to be the kind of person who enjoys the stories far more as a jumping off place than I enjoy them for themselves.

As it turned out, I wrote only a double-handful of sixties, as I had the worst time swapping out between those ficlets and my other projects; after a couple of months of that, I finally chose to let the sixties go. But I very much enjoyed getting to know everyone, and the historical linkspams were just my kind of catnip. Brava to [personal profile] scfrankles and [personal profile] smallhobbit for all the work they've put into the comm.

And of course, [community profile] sherlock60/[livejournal.com profile] sherlock60 will be starting a new round next week! Just in case anyone feels like joining in. (One can always join in anytime, but for people who like clean jumping-in places...)

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And on a recommendation from [personal profile] jadelennox, we've been watching the Fast and the Furious movies. At first they were enjoyable but no big? But now the story has gotten big and messy and complicated and I have FEELINGS. (For anyone who wants to discuss in comments, we just finished number six tonight.)

henna day post / novel revisions

Aug. 6th, 2017 01:59 pm
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[personal profile] gwynnega
I am hennaing my hair on yet another hot summer Los Angeles day. I yearn for autumn, but it won't show up here for a long time.

At long last, I'm nearly done with my novel revisions. The final chapter is coming along nicely, though endings are tricky. After I finish the draft, I figure I'll let it sit for a month or so and work on short stories and poems, then read the book through and make whatever changes (hopefully not too extensive) it needs.
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