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December 8th, 2016 10:52 am
Hi!

I am on the tail end of what was apparently an extremely extended case of salmonella poisoning. Fun. I had just enough cope to make it through work every day and then go home and get slept on by a cat, so I basically missed the entire month of November.

The timing of it has also given me a conditioned nausea response to mention of certain current events (altho tbf that might not be entirely the salmonella's fault) so I went mostly internet cold turkey and will probably be less around on social media for awhile yet, at least until my digestive tract and I trust each other enough to start taking risks. Right now I am just aspiring to be able to make the yuletide deadline.

I have been catching up on my fiction reading, though, so if you want proof that I'm alive I am updating Goodreads.

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November 7th, 2016 09:36 am
1. The worst that can happen is global thermonuclear war, and global thermonuclear war is the fastest way I know of to reverse global warming, so it's a win-win situation really. repeat as necessary.

(also I will be dead and not have to worry about it anyway, and that map is a fascinating toy.)

2. I am apparently doing NaNo (w/ the asteroid story and various wips), or rather NONONONO as I have named the scrivener file, because some part of me *does* know better. Anyway I have set a private goal of 1000 words a day and am already well behind, but if someone wants to add me as a buddy, I'm on the website.

3. I have read all of the One-Punch Man manga in the last week. I had been reading Dragon Ball for mindless escapism but that gets so high-energy it is tiring, One-Punch Man is the same "punch the bad guys" payoff while being the opposite of high-energy. (If you don't know OPM, it's a currently running manga/anime/previously webcomic set in a shounen-rules world where superheroes kill giant monsters. You know how in superhero fanfic, you get the bad guys that are totally just NPCs nobody is expected to care about, there to give the heroes something to do in between working out their personal issues and intra-hero politics? That's One Punch Man canon.

The MC is a guy named Saitama whose superpower is basically the middle of the Hyperbole and a Half depression comic, he is so out of fucks to give that he is literally invincible. Only this world runs on shonen rules, so he is LITERALLY invincible and the Strongest Hero In The World. (Also even stripped down to his basic Trying to Cope mode, he is a really good person, so there's that too.)

(I kind of want to write a fanfic where somebody gets him on antidepressants finally and he gets to the end of that comic and eventually realizes that maybe everything isn't completely bullshit, but I am probably not the right person to write it.)

Anyway, yeah, A++ low energy escapism, just wish there was longfic that wasn't shippy now that I'm done with manga canon. (debating attempting to find the anime.)

4. So speaking of, I am looking for something that will do with my comic collection what LibraryThing does with my books. To wit: an easy way to get a searchable/sortable list on my smartphone of what I have and what I am actively looking for.

I looked at apps in the Play store, but the two that looked useful enough to try required adding comics by looking them up in a database, with no way to manually enter stuff the database couldn't find, and if I can't enter my collection of Tandy Computer promotional comics from the early eighties, it is useless to me. (Not to mention the fancomics from the Con.txt swap table and the ones I got for being a paid Keenspot charter member.) The ones I tried couldn't even find Axe Cop.

What I would really like is: I put in a title, it lets me go through a list of comics with that title and click the ones I have and the ones I don't have and am looking for, and lets me manually enter if they aren't in the database, and then lets me look at those lists even if I am not connected to the internet. Preferably it would also let me enter my trades and compare what's in the trade to what's in floppies.

I can do it with a spreadsheet and spreadsheet app if I have to, but it seems like this is a problem somebody should have solved already. Anybody have recs?

5. So jealous of the people who have read The Hanging Tree already. (I will get that fic out to beta! Someday! Eventually!)

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October 27th, 2016 03:54 pm
So, anyone want to beta Rivers of Ankh-Morpork at ~6500 words?

Mostly looking for a) canon beta for either canon, b) copyedit, c) somebody to tell me if I actually wrote the whole thing.


Also I read the Squirrel Girl And The GLA trade, and - well, if anybody else was wondering, it's not realated to the new ongoing, it's just reprints of all her pre-Ryan North appearances. Most of them are pretty good! Most of the trade is the GLA miniseries, though, and it was just. Super disappointing?

First if you're parodying something, you have to actually be *funny* rather than just *depressing*.

But also - the GLA actually has a pretty great powerset? And the book made absolutely no argument for why it wasn't a pretty great powerset? Like, they aren't really set up to take down Thanos or Galactus or even Fin Fang Foom, but they don't need to be, they have Squirrel Girl. What they do have is, like, a REALLY GOOD covert ops/infiltration team. A character who can shapeshift to play any role as long as it's a white woman (and also serve as a tank in a crisis); a character who can teleport anywhere as long as it's the next room; a character who can change size and shape and be invisible and fit through the tiniest cracks. And one who can talk to squirrels. (....Okay admittedly Mr. Immortal is pretty useless for anything other than distracting the guards.)

They could get into anywhere and retrieve any information! They would be the world's most efficient and terrifying spy team. But all the writers seem too committed to the idea that they are humorously useless powers to actually do anything interesting.

I am headcanoning that they are in fact the Marvel Universe's most terrifying and efficient spy team and all of that "sitting around playing cards" stuff is just a really good cover story.

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October 20th, 2016 04:06 pm
1. \o/ I wrote 1700 words today after about a week of not much! On yuletide, even! Unfortunately not my assigned yuletide, but we try. Now, can I do that for all of November?

2. I am really excited for my actual assignment but I have a pile of background reading about a foot high to do as much of as I can first, and I keep adding to the pile. Raise your hand if you're surprised.

3. I.. may or may not actually get around to writing a letter...? YT writer, you're fine with what's in the assignment email and in the old letters, right? Nothing has changed I promise.

4. I am not doing super-well with, like, keeping up with life. But then this is the time of year when my body thinks I should be preparing to hibernate. And I think work is getting more back into a routine? Maybe? If they manage to fix the roof before it falls in?

5. I finished rewatch of S1 of Leverage! I forgot that my tragedy in that fandom is that all I actually want out of it is a long, meaty, hilarious pre-canon fic about Nate and Sophie chasing each other all over Europe. But I cannot write it because the bits of backstory are spread out over many, many canon episodes and I am not a person who can consume AV fandoms in a way that will let me collate all that. And all the current fandom gives me is The Best OT3 Ever, and don't get me wrong, I love them all and I love their canon OT3, but. The Golden Trio basically already have figured out who they are and have decided they like who they are and the only problem they need solved is finding other people who agree with them about liking who they are, and they've pretty much got that solved by halfway though S1, the rest is all details. Sophie, on the other hand. Sophie has layers. (I really really love the fact that the S1 ender that you expected to be all about Nate and his manpain ended up actually being about Sophie's issues and Sophie's past. Sooophie. Every time I tried to write OT3 it ended up being about Sophie and figuring out Sophie is HARD so I never finished anything.)

(now I remember, I stopped watching in the first place because Sophie left. At least now I know she definitely comes back after.)

Other things I would like that the fandom is not giving me: Sophie/Eliot. Maggie/Parker. Five-way found family telepathic soulbond (which is basically canon already, the way they use the earbuds thematically is SO GREAT, now I just need the post-canon fic where Nate and Sophie are off on a cruise somewhere and start hearing the other three on a job even though they don't have earbuds in.)

6. *cough* anyway

So [personal profile] jjhunter and I have been talking about Ancillary London (or maybe Rivers of the Radch?) You should come join us.

Also somebody needs to convince me I don't actually need to read The Science of Discworld in order to write Rivers of Ankh-Morpork. Even if Peter Grant probably has read it already.

I have the first comics trade but haven't read it yet because I have been reading Peter as looking vaguely like, oh, Rainbow Sun Franck c. SGA, and Thomas looking vaguely like Tim Gunn or sth, and at least judging by the cover, that is really not where the comic went with character designs, so I am scared.

7. Also I keep switching between Fivethirtyeight to obsess and Leverage to watch evil corrupt billionaires cry, which was a mistake, because now I want a story about the *other* Nate being the mastermind of a team of the world's greatest criminals. And they were a YT nom. And they could pull off a great caper plot, I am convinced. Whiz Kid Harry drinking his endless bottles of diet root beer that he somehow finds even in the middle of Antarctica. I just can't think of anything I want to see them steal.

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October 10th, 2016 09:00 pm
hi yuletide writer! I did not expect assignments to go out That Fast.

I am at a convention and will probably not be able to get my letter up until Wednesday evening at the earliest.

This is the good thing about linking to a tag instead of a placeholder, right, you can keep coming to the tag and finding my increasingly desperate excuses for not having the letter done yet. It also means when you accidentally link the wrong tag in the sign-up you can just edit the tag instead of the sign-up.

Anyway for generalities you can scroll down the fandom:yuletide tag to previous years' letters, pretty much everything still applies. And feel free to just go by what's in the actual requests, as always, they were complete and accurate.

If you matched on Ashers or Paleontologists, there are requests in previous letters down-tag. If you matched on Saxons vs. Vikings (+ Emma is her own faction by herself), I am pretty sure you are [personal profile] monksandbones and were actually the first person ever to write for me in an exchange so you know what's up. (If you are somebody else and matched on that I LOVE YOU and don't worry I don't know much about the period so you can get away with anything.) If you matched on Imperial Radch or Rivers of London, check recent posts in the fandom:sf lit tag for my various ramblings on those at the time I read them. I don't think anybody offered Barnaby, but if you did, you know what you're doing, and if you didn't, it's not really an easy-access fandom alas, so don't worry about it.

I will still try for an actual letter once I'm home but this should hold you in the meantime.

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October 4th, 2016 05:44 pm
1. Dammit I am apparently writing Rivers of Ankh-Morpork now whyyyy

2. I am probably going to fail do NaNoWriMo with the asteroid belt story but haven't actually gotten moving on setting that up yet, whooo (election year is always bad for nano because I work a 18 hour day election day, an 12 hour day the day before, and then collapse the day after, so I start the first week three days in the hole)

(that's going to be my excuse)

3. I also haven't done anything regarding YT signup but presumably I will get around to that eventually.

4. Have you ever had a thing you put off doing for ages even though you knew it would be totally simple if you would just get off your butt and DO IT and then you finally do and it turns out, actually, no, that was actually a SUPER HARD AND TIME-CONSUMING task, and then you feel weirdly vindicated in putting it off after all? That was basically my weekend.

5. MEANWHILE I am going to be spending an extended weekend this weekend at UW-Madison - they paid for me to go for a work thing, so I decided to take the train down because I could and then spend an extra couple days exploring. So, DW, what are the must-see places in Madison, Wisconsin?

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September 28th, 2016 01:29 pm
I finished reading Rivers of London this morning! (Just the five novels, I'm saving the ancillary stories so there's something to look forward to.) My summary was fairly accurate! I'm amused that at the end of Foxglove Summer, even Peter was surprised vague spoilers )

I'm mostly surprised that... there wasn't too much that I missed? Okay, I missed most of the main plot in Foxglove Summer, but I think a lot of the fic I was reading pre-dated it, so I was expecting that. It also had probably the strongest plot of the set - the first four really didn't have plot as their strongest point. Which is not, I will note, necessarily a criticism - I like books that don't narrow-focus on plot, as long as the stuff they're doing in the meantime is fun, and it is - I so, so appreciate that Rivers of London has all of the really, really strong sense of place that is completely missing from, say, the Dresden Files. They feel like - like, they've got the voice and trappings of a police procedural, and the setting and characters of an urban fantasy, but the structure and mood of a cozy, and that was apparently what I needed.

And the criticism of police culture that was coming through strongly in the fic is there in canon; not as a central point, but Peter, while being 100% a copper, is never uncritical of what the police are doing. So I could read it without the sour taste in my mouth that pretty much all other police-focused fiction has been giving me lately. (Just Peter Grant and Sam Vimes are exempt, basically.)

(I dare somebody to write Rivers of Ankh-Morpork.)

Unfortunately all the fanfic-y feelings I got involve characters that very clearly have major canon revelations coming up, and I have been reminded by Check Please! how very, very bad I am at being invested that way in characters in an open canon, so probably I will not be writing anything.

(Well, maybe bits of Rivers of Ankh-Morpork.)


...anyway beyond that I've been deep in avoidance mode lately. I am watching the third season of the Great British Bake-Off because sometime you just need Sue Perkins making terrible puns in a tent, and started hopefully a full watch-through of Leverage in order because sometimes you just need to watch asshole billionaires being made to weep bitter tears, and nearly caught up on the Rex Factor podcast because there is nothing like learning about 10th century Scotsmen murdering each other to help one stop catastrophizing about modern politics (#RememberAed). Also found, and watched, "Under the Emerald Sea", a Nature special that aired when I was five that is the first TV show I ever remember bugging my parents to let me stay up late to watch.

So if anyone wants to talk to me about any of those I'm up for it.

Also I went to the beach on what I accurately predicted to be the last day of the year that sea-bathing would be doable, played some Pokemon Go (level 22! Still haven't found any good way to hatch eggs without using a data plan!), and started what is hopefully going to be a full reshelve and clear out of my books, because it was just becoming unsustainable. Step 1: all 1600+ nonfiction books in dewey decimal order. ish.

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September 16th, 2016 10:10 pm - yt noms
OK I yt nommed:

?! Solar System (Fandom)
Characters
?! Rosetta (ESA Spacecraft)
?! Philae (ESA Spacecraft)
?! Juno (NASA Spacecraft)
?! New Horizons (NASA Spacecraft)

?! Second Viking Invasion of England (1013-1016) RPF
Characters
?! Cnut the Great
?! Eadric Streona
?! Edmund II Ironside
?! Emma of Normandy

?! Barnaby - Crockett Johnson (Comic)
Characters
?! Barnaby Baxter
?! Jackeen J. O'Malley
?! Barnaby's Father
?! Jane Shultz


(I also may have gotten inappropriately passionate in the evidence post about why space robot fandom cannot be neatly categorized as Anthropomorphism or RPF because that is an inappropriate place to make a judgement call about the edges of personhood.)

(I was going to nom Cope/Marsh again but somebody else got there first.)

(Edmund Ironside and Emma of Normandy are SO EPIC tho why are there not, like, ten classic movies a Marvel superhero and at least two cable series about them already)

(I have no idea what I am requesting I'll have to look at the tagset first.)

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September 14th, 2016 06:49 pm - Rivers of London
So in other news, I have been reading all of the Rivers of London fic lately. (I am somewhere between step five and step eight, given the vagaries of fandom.)

(It started with giving in and reading Wizardry by Consent because I am so there for any pairing that is "effectively immortal, super competent person who is starting to lose their footing in the world / middle-aged vanilla mortal with a rock-solid certainty of who they are but still ready for a little wonder in their life." Unfortunately this is not quite the dynamic in canon but I guess it was close enough. Also I have already read all the Three/Brig and Joe/Methos in the world so it wasn't like I could go elsewhere.

Also! A story about police that is fundamentally critical of policing-as-practiced and is all about community policing and oversight and restorative justice sort of stuff! I have been unable to read in most of the classic buddy-cop fandoms lately because of discomfort with narrative glorification of the system that doesn't address its glaring problems, but this story worked.)

But, anyway, I moved on from that one and am now busy reading all the rest of the fanfic, but I ran out of novel-length ones already so I just got the first volume of canon out from the library. Before I started reading it, I thought I would try to summarize what I have learned via osmosis. For science.

Possibly spoilers for all of Rivers of London? IDK I haven't read it. )

I think the part where Peter and Thomas get married and have apprentices of their own is fanon but honestly at this point I am not sure. Peter likes architecture and Harry Potter. Thomas likes rugby and botany. They love each other very much. That part is canon. The end, except that there is a new book coming out soon.

And now I get to find out how wrong that all was! \o/

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September 13th, 2016 06:25 pm
I think nearly everyone involved (including me) misunderstood the point of timestamp meme, but one of them did result in me writing an actual fic (??) so here is more Kent Parson:

Healthy & Straightforward Communication Skills (2915 words) by melannen
Fandom: Check Please! (Webcomic)
Rating: General Audiences
Relationships: Past Kent/Jack - Relationship, Eric Bittle/Jack Zimmermann
Characters: Kent "Parse" Parson, Eric Bittle, Jack Zimmermann
Additional Tags: Meet the Ex, Pie, bitty's baking magic, very minor suicide references, Timestamp
Series: Part 2 of Of Pies and Kent
Summary: From a DW request: The first time Bitty and Kent are in the same room after Jack and Kent start talking again. (This is in continuity with "Bless Your Heart, Kent Parson" but you don't need to read that first.)

**

Also it is apparently Yuletide Time already. I am not super-excited about noms this year because all the small fandoms I've been excited about lately are ones I am 100% sure will get other noms. (Well. Maybe Barnaby? But I couldn't write it and I think my chances of offers are v. v. low.) If anybody has something they really want but can't nom, lmk.

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September 6th, 2016 05:25 pm
I watched my first episode of The Great British Bake-Off this weekend, and, um.

does there exist a Check Please story where Bitty does super-high-stakes high-stress competitive baking and Jack just sort of slouches around skating for stress relief at 3 AM and being a supportive boyfriend? Because I want to read that story.

So anyway.

I need a kick in the pants to write again after being derailed by chiggers et al. Anybody feel like doing the timestamp thing? Give me a time before or after any of the stories on my AO3 and I will write a ficlet about what was happening then.

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August 30th, 2016 08:28 pm - PERSONAL CHIGGERS TIMELINE
For future reference, since this is apparently a thing now, thanks, climate change.

do not click on cut if you dislike bugs and/or itches. actually don't click at all )

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August 23rd, 2016 06:57 pm - also, wips meme
which is also going around and I needed motivation to get back on writing treadmill:

(This is only things that are new stories since the last time I did the meme, which is...more than it should be, less than I'd like.)


Nina on the Rocks )

Maybe Next Year )


A Chain We'll Never Break )

this one doesn't deserve a title yet )

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August 22nd, 2016 09:54 am - Dreamwidth Meme
..because all the Imzy invites are making me feel disloyal and I really do love it here!
borrowed from several different people on my list )

Tags:

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August 17th, 2016 01:43 pm
1. Thanks to an invite from [personal profile] sineala, I am now namesquatting on Imzy! I dislike that it's a closed community - that without an account, nobody can see your content, which makes it not too worky as anybody's main social media presence (and not a great place to build an archive) - but other than that, it seems to be doing a lot of the things that fandom has been searching for, so I wouldn't be at all surprised if it's the next place we colonize en masse. I have five invites now apparently, if I can figure out how to distribute them.

ETA: FIFTY-FIVE. If you want one, go here: my imzy request link

If your email doesn't match your DW, or if you want me to confirm that I sent the invite, leave a comment to let me know. (If I can't determine that you are someone I've interacted with and you don't comment I might or might not send the invite.)

/end ETA

When you sign up it asks you for your interests and then recommends communities for you to join and I was a little bit creeped out that it was listing mostly fandom communities for fandoms I'm in, had it somehow found my other social media accounts when I wasn't looking, but then I realized it's probably just an artifact of the way the closed beta is diffusing through fandom.

2. OK I did not expect the post about orbital mechanics to be the one that got more than 30 comments. You go, DW! Can't fandom just stay here where it's nice forever? ):

Anyway, I thought to myself that I need a book on orbital dynamics that I know will be reasonably clearly written but not too oversimplified, so I'm now reading my sister's master's thesis, and have already discovered that the Interplanetary Superhighway is a thing! Well, theoretically a thing. Very theoretically. It uses gravity assists and Lagrange boosters and stuff, but anyway that's the search term I should have been starting with, probably.

Next step: figure out how to eat soup in centi- to milli-gravity. (Microgravity is the ISS, that's easy; decigravity is the moon, been there done that. In between, I'm afraid I might have to be looking at, like, fractional crystallization in the early solar system to find anyone looking at fluid in milligravity. *sigh* I just want them to feed each other soup and cuddle in hammocks okay.

3. It has been "make a dragon wanna retire" hot here. When I was at con.txt Best Roommate [personal profile] hannah brought me a bottle of fancy raspberry switchel (I did not bring anyone presents because I am not Best Roommate), which I have been drinking in a cocktail of ~2 tbsp switchel + water over Sprite ice cubes in a highball glass, and it makes a good before-bed cordial, even if the Sprite ice cubes are probably not good enough to be allowed near the switchel. I have a bottle of blueberry switchel I got at Big Lots awhile back, I am looking forward to trying that with the Sprite ice and muddled blueberries.

(Previously I had had homemade molasses switchel with a 17th century recipe, which was a somewhat different thing from these, but was a great way to keep drinking water drinkable in the sun at Pennsic. And also had brandy in it, unlike this milktoast modern stuff. I kinda want to try that recipe with raspberry pulp in it now, though.)

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August 11th, 2016 03:09 pm - Question for the Internet
So, if you had a story set in an inhabited Solar System - where there were human settlements all the way from the Vulcanoids to Sedna - and there was a steady cargo and passenger traffic between Mercury and Venus and Earth and Mars and Ganymede and Titan and Titania and the Kuiper belt - and you were using, say, some kind of sublight reactionless drive so you were working with Age of Sail-level travel times and minimal weird shit in the physics - would there be, for lack of a better term, "trade routes"?

That is, assuming each ship is taking the quickest ballistic course from one planet to the next nearest, would a steady stream of takeoffs produce a continuous-ish curve of ships moving through space, or would it be sensitive enough to initial conditions that you'd get ships scattered all through the areas around the ecliptic? Or would it make no sense to have a steady stream of takeoffs in the first place, even with fast reactionless drives, rather than riding the planets until they're closer?

I feel like this is something SF should have answered for me already but I'm not actually remembering anything that deals with it in hard-SF detail. Probably because orbits are hard.

Instinct says you would get a "trade route" - one that was wildly curvy and swung around a lot relative to the ecliptic, and where the planets weren't always visited in the same order, and maybe discontinuous around oppositions and conjunctions, but where you could trace long lines of ships if you were looking down on the system from above.

Instinct also tells me my instinct is usually wrong when it comes to thinking about orbits.

Instinct also tells me that trying to working it out from the basic physics would take me down a long rabbit-hole. As would downloading Kerbal Space Program or some other launch simulator.

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August 9th, 2016 05:06 pm - Rolling Remix!
So, rolling remix! I am super-late getting my guesses out but I SWEAR I didn't cheat and look at the answers first. (It got a lot harder once the deadline was passed because I couldn't go back and reference the actual stories themselves for fear of seeing answers, so I had to do the final couple passes working just from my notes:

Anyway, my final best-fit tree, in PHYLIP tree format, is:
(BETWEENTHE,(((((((SEVENTEENM,HEARTSKIPP),IREMEMBERS),LETSLIPTHE),ONREFLECTI),MIRROR),DEFCON3),((((((ASTORYALLA,SKININTHEG),OLDDOGSAND),THISISHOWI),NOTTHEONET),SIDEWINDER),FOURQUIETL),((((((REDHOTANDB,FAMILYTHEH),IFONEOFTHE),CANYOUKEEP),RAISONSDET),THEREISNOI),TENUOUSCON)));

...Which comes out as

Initial Story: Between the Wars

Stream 1, codename: CHURROS
Defcon3
Mirror
On Reflection
Let Slip the Dogs of War
I Remember Standing By The Wall
Heart Skipped a Beat
Seventeen Minutes

Stream 2, codename: AVATAR
Four Quiet Lives
Sidewinder, Microcosm
Not The One To Praise
This Is How It Goes
Old Dogs And New Tricks
Skin In The Game
A Story All About

Stream 3, codename: CONDIMENT
Tenuous Connection
There Is No In-Between
Raison d'Etre
Can You Keep A Secret
If One Of Them Is Dead
Family
Red, Hot & Blue

I am still super-unsure about some of those, though. Especially which one was the initial story. It's interesting, though, that even though many of the stories are drastically different in content, they do all still feel like they're part of the same conversation? Like, I could buy that they were all written for the same exchange prompt (It would be a prompt for gen, family, secrets, and female characters' origin stories.)

Now I finally get to go see just how wrong I was!

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August 3rd, 2016 10:17 pm
So I am back from con.txt! It was fun. If you would like to hear about con.txt, give me a letter A-Z and I will talk about stuff. (Hey, it worked for Iceland last summer...)

Since then I have been busily teaching myself how to use the phylip suite of cladistics programs. Why, you ask? Because MCU Rolling Remix went live, and I have two more days to attempt to reconstruct the phylogeny from scratch. (Well, okay, I know which one I remixed and which one is mine, and that's it.)

(Rolling Remix is a new kind of fest where one person writes a story and then it gets remixed and then that gets remixed so on down the chain. There were three chains starting from the first story resulting in 22 total stories - the original and three chains of seven.)

Phylip using just characters as charactesr got me a good starting place; now I am actually reading the stories, in the order suggested by the cladograms, to extract other characters that might improve the analysis (so far: churros).

(You might ask: did you really need to relearn cladistics just to make guess for a fic fest? To which I answer: did I *not* need to relearn cladistics?)

anyway I will not be trying to guess authors because that would require me to, like, be able to tell people apart, which is unlikely at the best of time (hello undifferentiated mass of con.txt people who were all amazing!) If you want to try to guess mine, I did not try particularly hard to disguise it, and also I hinted at my very favorite vanishingly-rare ship in the background.

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July 28th, 2016 12:34 pm - we're not cousins anymore
Speaking of Con.txt panels I am running, I am also running the Imperial Radch panel.

Current plan is to sing the song about the thousand eggs until someone in the audience volunteers to mod instead. (Alternatively, we just cast some omens and discuss whichever lines of the text Amaat wills.)

But now I am curious, what tune do you get the egg song stuck in your head to? I get stuck with "Make new friends, but keep the old", the old Brownie Girl Scout round:

Make new friends/ but keep the o-old
A thousand eggs/ all nice and wa-arm
One is silver/ and the other gold
Peep-peep peep peep a-/ nother chick is born.

It scans better with three peeps than four, and you have to sing nine-nine-nine eggs instead of nine-hundred-ninety-nine (etc.) but other than that it works pretty well. It's even a round so it would work really well for ancillary units and/or cars full of small children to sing ad infinitum!

("The Station Goes Around The Sun" is always Farmer in the Dell in my head, by the way, even though I know there are other tunes for it out there. The circle game would even work!)

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July 26th, 2016 06:44 pm
So. Busy. Have had so much to do it seems like there is no time left for anything-- we lost four of our most experienced people at work this month, and several of them were the sort of people who hoard responsibilities, so that's been fun. And then the friends I do comics with decided we were running a kickstarter NEXT MONTH so there's all my non-work free time. And then con.txt is in TWO DAYS and I totally over-extended myself there so we'll see if I get any of the 17 things on my "pre-con panic" checklist done. And then there's what's happening with church...

*shoves the 5,000+ words of new kent parson fanfic under the couch* that's not mine I haven't had time to write haha funny story actually it just blew off this dumpster, I think it caught an updraft from the fire

Plus it was Heat Wave Time so as soon as I get home from work I just want to melt into a 2-dimensional puddle with maximum heat-shedding surface area. Will I get four cosplays finished in the next two days? Stay tuned!

Anyway one of the panels I'm doing at con.txt is for AO3 tips & tricks, so, circle mine, what useful thing about the AO3 do you think I should share (ways to use the archive, docs or help resources, external tools, etc.)

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