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April 27th, 2017 05:06 am - YAY YAY YAY
We have found a possible home for Thea and, although it's not definite, it's pretty likely and it looks like it will work out WONDERFULLY for everyone involved. \o/

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April 27th, 2017 04:32 am - Happy Poem in Your Pocket Day!
Celebrate poetry.  Feel free to share one of mine.

Current Mood:: [mood icon] busy

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April 27th, 2017 01:38 am - Daily Happiness
1. Day off tomorrow! We're doing stuff (probably) but not until the afternoon, so I can still sleep in and relax in the morning.

2. I played a little Zelda tonight and found three shrines, two stables, and Hebra tower. That leaves only the two Gerudo areas that I don't have the towers for yet. I'm actually kind of sad to have so much of the map filled in. I remember when I first got off the great plateau and realized how huge the world is, it was so exciting, and now it's like, aww, I only have a little bit left to explore. ;_;

3. Somehow I don't have any new pics of kitties, but luckily I have plenty of backstock to choose from. Here's an explorer Jasper from a week or so ago.


April 26th, 2017 10:37 pm - very short entry
Grateful for:

moments of courage

planning for effective help & mutual support with partner

sunshine and rain making things grow

completely ridiculous flowers

got my meds

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April 26th, 2017 09:44 pm - wednesday reading
• What are you reading?

The Summer Without Men, by Siri Hustvedt.

• What did you recently finish reading?

Descender, Vol. 1: Tin Stars, by Jeff Lemire. A robot who is also an adorable little boy survives terrible and mysterious catastrophes. He may hold the key to understanding and preventing their return. The other characters and the settings are interesting. The art is beautiful. I would have loved this if I had read it when I was young. Now, I have read enough stories to notice when the plot is steered by the Rule of Cool, when the answer to "Why didn't the characters do the smart thing?" is "Because the author wanted a torture scene/a robot gladiator scene/a woman dying, gasping a slogan." Also, I have read enough stories that treat women as people to find the Weasley ratio really annoyingly noticeable. There's one female main character, one female supporting character, a few more who get a line but not a name. And only one of these female characters is human: the robot boy's dead mom.

• What do you think you’ll read next?

I've got suggestions to read or reread for my SF economics panel:

The Dispossessed, by Ursula K. Le Guin
Red Mars, Green Mars, and Blue Mars, by Kim Stanley Robinson
The Diamond Age, by Neal Stephenson
Walkaway, by Cory Doctorow
The Peripheral, by William Gibson
The Marq'ssan Cycle books by L. Timmel Duchamp

More suggestions still welcome!



April 26th, 2017 10:27 pm - [Fic] Of Bears and Cages [Dragon Age: Origins]
Continuing the adventures of my city elf Ian Tabris. Totally self-indulgent. This one has been three quarters done for about six months now, so it's nice to finally get it done.

Of Bears and Cages (2712 words) by Tassos
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Dragon Age: Origins
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Male Tabris, Alistair, Leliana, Sten (Dragon Age), Male Elf Warden (Dragon Age)
Additional Tags: Lothering, Developing Friendships
Series: Part 6 of A City Elf Walks Into a Blight - Ian Tabris Stories

Lothering is full of unexpected surprises. Bears are bigger than Ian imagined they'd be, and men in cages bring up unexpected feelings.


April 26th, 2017 10:00 pm
Since the beginning of the year, our house has seen:

The beginning of turning the front porch into new room.
Said turning having to be done over to pass inspection. That was a crazy saga actually proved a good thing, since it means the new room will last longer.
The installation and then replacement of an overhead lamp in the living room.
The new front room being floored, painted, carpeted, etc.
Two doorknobs being fixed so we can close the doors again.
The outside being painted. It's supposed to be cream, but looks more yellow. I've had Coldplay stuck in my head multiple times.
The floor in the entryway being removed, an attempt made to remove all the asbestos, and finally the new floor just being glued on thick over it, and painted. They assure us it's safe so long as the new floor remains in place.
Various other fixes being made to the walls around the entryway, including dealing with termite damage and repainting.

We still need a new cover for the stoop, which is an ugly sight without it, and the mailbox put back in.
There may be other things we've had done I've forgotten about. At least the drama with the porch didn't affect our day to day lives much. Having two days where they were trying to remove asbestos from our only route between the two halves of the house, on the other hand, made last weekend rather painful, especially since we had to keep the cats confined to the back half for their safety. They weren't happy.
Mom swears we're almost done. We might be.


April 26th, 2017 09:22 pm
I got home to discover that some jerk on FFnet had left a series of comments on one of my fics that all pointed out what the commenter considered to be canonical errors. I was relatively cranky about it at first because it's not a story that tends to get many comments, so I was disappointed to get things that didn't even say the reader liked it.

But seriously? The complaints were all about details of Doctor Who canon which is like complaining about such things in, say, fic for Marvel comics (or DC comics). If you look far enough, you can find supporting canon for pretty much any sort of bizarre thing you want to throw in. One of the comments tried to tell me that regeneration only ever happens when a Time Lord is near death. But Romana canonically does it just because she feels like it when she goes from Romana I to Romana II. Another said that the Tardis doesn't ever get rid of rooms or move them.

So I'm now at the point of laughing. I have no idea what this person expected. Are they trying to prove that I'm not a trufan? Are they trying to humiliate me into never writing again? Do they actually think that this sort of thing is helpful and that I'll thank them and worship their wondrous grasp of canon? (I doubt it because they commented as a guest.)

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April 26th, 2017 09:06 pm - Uhh, whoops again!
Probably work is going to make me worse at this, but I'll keep trying.

Not a whole lot to report, really.

I picked up a Space Swap Pinch Hit and wrote that last night, go me! All the stories are in and now it is just waiting until stories go live and I see how it goes :3 I'm really not sure if what I wrote is really going to be what my recips were looking for, but I will see!

I also posted a Thirteen story on.... Monday? Sunday? The days all blur together...

Reconcilliation (2170 words) by Measured_Words
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Thirteen (game), Pathfinder (Roleplaying Game), Cthulhu Mythos - Fandom
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Kahonstionekha/Kawisenhawe
Characters: Kahonstoinekha, Kawisenhawe
Additional Tags: Sanity Loss, Family, Mental Instability, Exes, Hope, Intimacy, Weddings, Recovery

Kawisenhawe decides to talk to her ex-husband on the occasion of his sister's wedding.


I'm never sure how much interest these things have for other people, but I enjoyed writing it and it was helpful to think through.

In other news, I officially retired from Wrangling Staff. Now I need to catch up on regular wrangling duties.

Current Mood:: [mood icon] lazy


April 26th, 2017 08:20 pm
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April 26th, 2017 08:02 pm - The Song of the Lioness quartet, by Tamora Pierce
(Consisting of: Alanna: The First Adventure, In the Hand of the Goddess,
The Woman Who Rides Like a Man, Lioness Rampant)

Hmmm not quite sure what to say about these books! It's been quite a while since I've reread them since this was never the Tamora Pierce series that I was most captivated by.

They're obviously her first books, and have a variety of flaws (some plot points/character choices that don't quite make sense, the well-meaning racism that's racism nonetheless, the uncomfortable dynamics in how some of Alanna's romantic relationships are portrayed, and so forth) but the books are nonetheless a charming quick read, if you can look past those factors.

Also its brand of feminism is...of its era (Alanna is Not Like Other Girls! And so forth.) but it's well-meaning and was hugely important for its time.

And I still have huge quantities of childhood nostalgia for these books. I care about these characters so much!

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April 26th, 2017 03:38 pm - 4/26/2017 Black Diamond Mines Regional Park
U and I went out with DW and two others for a day at Black Diamond Mines that was surprising both in its sightings and its omissions. The canyon wren was singing more than on any previous trip, and U and other brave folk got to see it, nesting inside an old mine protected by an iron gate. I did not go; even with my stick my balance is not good enough for that side trail. When we got to the Chaparral Trail junction we discovered it was closed, or partially closed, or something else (the notice was unclear) and since I was not going down the steep sandstone I'd just come up except on my butt, we took the eastern loop back. I would have happily done the loop alone had the group preferred something else, but alone I would not have had the perseverance to experience the amazing "migrant/warbler tree" up on Ridge Trail. I mean, I had a six warbler day, and the three least common were in that tree: Townsend's, black-throated gray, and hermit warblers, the third being the most striking and least seen by me. Oak woodland without acorn woodpeckers is kind of weird: )

Omissions were phainopepla, black-headed grosbeak, and lazuli bunting, all of which we should have had, unlike Lawrence's goldfinch, which is so peripatetic one never knows.

Have a tree poppy: )

So "the warbler tree". It was a huge oak growing thirty or forty feet below the trail. There was a lot of warbler song coming from it, clearly several individuals of several species, but warbler songs can be very hard to identify, both for the subtlety of the difference species to species and for how infrequently most of us have the opportunity to hear warblers in migration sing. Despite DW's pishing nothing was popping into view. We were getting frustrated and were about to move on when U decided to walk down the slope so she could look up from inside the circumference of the tree's branches, and I determined that I could manage the slope and went along. So there we were, under this immense tree, looking for movement amongst the leaves and branches, and following that movement until the bird, black and white (black-throated gray warbler), or yellow and black (Townsend's or hermit warbler), or sometimes just gray-green if it was a vireo instead, happened to pause in a clear space where we could see it identifiably. Which one would do from time to time; I'd never before seen a hermit warbler so well.


April 26th, 2017 04:36 pm - family visit and other stuff

A bunch of little stuff

The family visit went well, and I think everyone enjoyed it. The 5yo only broke one thing in our non-child-proofed house, which seems reasonable. (A three-dimensional cat puzzle carved out of a single piece of wood. He’d been told to be careful with it; problem was, after the first time I let him play with it under supervision, he kept grabbing it to take apart and put back together, and wasn’t too good about not forcing pieces in when they didn’t fit quite right. I was able to fix the piece he broke to where it doesn’t show.) He also knocked a bunch of pieces I’d completed in a jigsaw puzzle off the table; I responded to that one with (intentionally) very loud shock, so that he definitely realized he’d done an upsetting thing. Overall, less damage and brattiness than I’d expected, and he kept seeking us out so even when he clearly felt in disgrace for doing a Bad Thing, he knew he wasn’t being outcast and that we weren’t being mean to him. (In fact, at one point I took him aside for a private, quiet, and Very Serious talk about how hurtful it was when he ignored his bubbe, my mom, for the shiny fun new people around. Not sure that one made an impression, but maybe. He got a little caught up in explaining how it “hurts his heart” if people are mean to him or ignore him – it wasn’t clear if that translated to how other people feel when he ignores them. But hey, five years old. I always figure something that didn’t make sense at the time might recur to him later on.)

I still have scars on my hand and knee from when I tripped on uneven sidewalk, ‘racing’ with him. He wanted to race everywhere – I did more running that week than I normally do in a year. I did think it spoke well for his compassion that he was willing to go home and not do the fun things we’d planned to do in the park, when I was all bloody – lucky the park bathroom was open and I had a bandaid, so we didn’t have to abort our plans.

The sad part of the visit was seeing how old Mom has gotten, not in looks but behavior and abilities. She fell twice in airports on the way home. In many ways, her independent living center has been wonderful for her. But she’s on the young side for the place, and she’s a bit of a sponge, picking up ideas from people around her; I think being around people a decade or two older all the time has aged her perceptions of her own capabilities, and that’s definitely an area where perception is reality.

Random other thoughts and happenings:

Yesterday my company had Holocaust survivor Alter Wiener speak. It was a good and moving talk – I’d called in, instead of driving to the site he spoke at, and bought his book on Amazon before the speech was even over. My favorite part of the speech was a quote from Voltaire: “Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities.” Pretty perceptive for a guy who died a few years before the French Revolution. (However, I can’t help thinking that a name like Alter Wiener is just begging for a bilingual Yiddish-English pun. (I had a vague memeory and looked it up – Alter, meaning ‘old’, was a Yiddish name given to sickly babies in the hopes of confusing the Angel of Death. As my husband pointed out, given that more old people die, the logic there is not entirely clear.))


Gap seems to be delving into their archives for designs lately – just recently I’ve bought new versions of my favorite dress from the 90s (though the fabric has changed a bit) and my favorite henley shirt from the 80s. So anyone who still misses a beloved item of clothing that you outgrew or outwore, that happened to be from the Gap, might want to go take a look.


Still enjoying the new job. For a while there things were going too slowly as I waited for my projects to really get started, but as of yesterday that doesn’t seem to be a problem any more. Rather the opposite – which is good. Still, if I ever get as busy as Ted is, for more than a short while – someone please shoot me. (He works 6:30 AM to 6 or 7 most nights, plus additional work on weekends. Bloody ridiculous.)


Having a gym at the job is definitely upping my exercise intensity, not to mention lots more walking and stair climbing. However, so far I’ve been working here going on two months and the only change I’ve seen is that maybe my calves are a little more defined. (We’ll see how well I can continue with the gym classes I’ve been taking as my job heats up – but having the gym right here means that even if I miss a specific class, I can go any time I’m free.

Mirrored from Dichroic Reflections.


April 26th, 2017 06:47 pm
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April 26th, 2017 11:50 pm - Write Every Day 2017 - April Day 26
What happens when I steep in Sherlockiana for months: inevitably, of course I'll come up with a pastiche idea of my very own. What also apparently happens when I'm obsessed with Holmesian slash: I come up with a het idea. *headdesk* Really, brain? Why?

(It's a really nice idea, though. I may actually write it one day.)

Btw, we've found our host for May - many thanks to [ profile] miss_morland! We'll be continuing over at hers next month. :)

Today's writing:

Notes for the above, and about 150 words of dialogue. (And then I fell down the hyperlink abyss. I didn't even mean to do research, I was just quickly looking something up! But that's how it always goes, isn't it ...)


Days 1 - 20 )

Day 21 (LJ | DW): [ profile] afrozenflowerr, [ profile] auroracloud, [ profile] doctor_jehane, [ profile] esteliel, [ profile] miss_morland, [ profile] navaan, [ profile] sylvanwitch, [ profile] trobadora, [ profile] ysilme, [ profile] zippitgood (10 out of 14)
Day 22 (LJ | DW): [ profile] auroracloud, [ profile] doctor_jehane, [ profile] esteliel, [ profile] miss_morland, [ profile] navaan, [ profile] sylvanwitch, [ profile] trobadora, [ profile] ysilme, [ profile] zippitgood (9 out of 14)
Day 23 (LJ | DW): [ profile] auroracloud, [ profile] doctor_jehane, [ profile] esteliel, [ profile] miss_morland, [ profile] navaan, [ profile] sylvanwitch, [ profile] trobadora, [ profile] ysilme, [ profile] zippitgood (9 out of 14)
Day 24 (LJ | DW): [ profile] auroracloud, [ profile] doctor_jehane, [ profile] esteliel, [ profile] miss_morland, [ profile] navaan, [personal profile] ofmonstrouswords, [ profile] sylvanwitch, [ profile] trobadora, [ profile] ysilme, [ profile] zippitgood (10 out of 14)
Day 25 (LJ | DW): [ profile] auroracloud, [ profile] dreamflower02, [ profile] esteliel, [ profile] miss_morland, [ profile] navaan, [ profile] sylvanwitch, [ profile] trobadora, [ profile] ysilme (8 out of 14 so far)

Let me know if I missed anyone! And remember you can join in or drop in/out at any time. :)


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April 26th, 2017 04:31 pm - Wednesday Home Repair Progress
This week we're patching up things around the house with help from some friends.  (Actually, one of them is doing most of the work.)  So far today ...

* One bookshelf has had its broken shelf repaired and others upgraded to metal brackets.  Another has been declared nonrepairable.

* Two chandeliers have been fixed so all the bulbs light up.  We'll need to get new candle sleeves for a couple of the sockets though. 

* Two wooden chairs have been glued and strapped to stabilize loose parts.

* An outdoor porch light has been fixed so it lights up now.

I may have forgotten stuff too.  Yay, progress!

EDIT 4/26/17: We went out to look at fixtures.  Bought a new showerhead for the back bathroom, which is dual-function stationary ring with removable handheld head.  Discussed possibilities for lighting but haven't bought anything yet.  After seeing the available options, I successfully lobbied for upgrading rather than just repairing the old fluorescents in the new part of the house.

Current Mood:: [mood icon] accomplished

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April 26th, 2017 05:11 pm - Seen in email
Interesting if true: A 130,000-year-old archaeological site in southern California, USA


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April 26th, 2017 04:02 pm - Wednesday Yardening
Today is gray and mild with a brisk breeze.  I planted four things in the wildflower garden before it started trying to rain.  Also Doug and I moved the big fallen log from the ritual meadow to the east side of the wildflower garden.

The first of the grass seed that I sowed in the forest yard is starting to sprout.  Yay.  Yay. 

Current Mood:: [mood icon] tired


April 26th, 2017 09:49 pm - yaay meditate
I went to meditate and it was in the middle floor with the interesting big Buddha painting and I did sitting still pretty well and better than usual.

But now I've hurt my hip. Sort of my hip, like over it? And it's fine until I want to move a particular way. And it's annoying because I was plenty comfortable and now I'm emphatically not, if I try and move sideways.

Also we did mindfulness of breathing and what I was mostly aware of was how tight my sports bra is. Probably I need a less bitey bra to meditate in.

so there were a few distractions.

But I like meditation and I'm in a better mind than when I started so is win.



April 26th, 2017 03:51 pm - Perseids Watch 2017

Come watch the Perseid Meteor shower in rural darkness near New Dundee. This year, the often spectacular Perseids peak from late Saturday, August 12 to early Sunday, August 13, which is to say “conveniently on the weekend instead of the middle of a work-week.”
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