Wednesday, July 19th, 2017 08:14 pm
Well, I've set aside my time off to go to Victoria in September. That'll be nice. It'll be great to just be somewhere else for a while. I'm looking forward to doing absolutely nothing. Relatives keep pressuring me to go somewhere that I haven't been before instead, but... honestly, I can't think of anything that would be more stressful right now than to go somewhere new.

I have Friday off, and I'm really looking forward to getting my Rare Slash exchange fic finished. Man, exchanges are fun, but I'm feeling a little bit burnt out. So, I'll just noodle around with my own stuff for a while after this.

Though, now that I think of it, it might be nice to do a fic trade or two. (Or trade fic for art, perhaps.) I like the way me 'n Grey did it once or twice - decide on a fandom + pairing, and then throw each other three short prompts or so, and pick one. Can't remember what our minimums were - 500 words + 2 weeks to write? Not sure. Anyway, it was fun and stress-free, though I wouldn't want to do it very often.

Lately, I've been listening to an audiobook of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince... This is one of those HP novels that I read only once (unlike the first three), so I'd entirely forgotten the plot. It's kind of fun to experience it for almost-the-first-time. From what little bit I do remember, I recall finding the interaction between Harry and Dumbledore kind of dull, but this time around I'm really appreciating the scenes they have together, sifting through old memories in the pensive. There's just something about those bits, hard to put my finger on precisely what I like about them... It might be, I think, that they both obviously need something from each other, and it's nice to see them actively working together on something.
Wednesday, July 19th, 2017 08:37 pm

I finished my last-minute reading of Hugo short fiction items and did my voting on Saturday morning. I think that there were a LOT of very good "shorts" this year.

I am re-reading The Story of the Stone by Barry Hughart, which is the second of the Master Li and Number Ten Ox books. I also tried (really, I did) to read two Very Serious books, which turned out to be nearly unreadable and almost useless for their intended purpose. *looks shifty*

Tuesday, July 18th, 2017 01:00 am
My YOI Ship* Bingo card. There are ships I love and have written, there are ships I love and haven’t written, and there are ships that will be a challenge. Nice mix. :D

* Both platonic and romantic relationships count for this - eee.

Yuuri K/Minami Phichit/Leo Otabek/Yuri P Yuuri K/Victor Michele/Emil
Chris/Yuuri K Yuuri K/Yuri P Phichit/Yuuri K Mila/Victor Otabek/Victor
SLASH Hiroko/Toshiya YOUR CHOICE Mila/Sara/Isabella Victor/Chris
Victor/Yuri P Otabek/JJ/Leo Otabek/JJ JJ/Isabella Anya/Mila
Leo/Guang-Hong Minami/Yuri P Emil/Sara Seung Gil/JJ Leo/JJ
Monday, July 17th, 2017 08:38 pm
I swear, you look at some photos of pysanky once, and Pinterest becomes convinced that you have some kind of egg fetish. IT'S NOT EASTER, LEAVE ME ALONE.

Finished the draft for my Rare Slash exchange fic. Now I can breathe a little, yay. Though I won't really be able to breathe until it's finished and uploaded. I think this will be the last exchange for a while - I can't think of anything that I really want to do in the near future, except for Trick or Treat, which is still a while away. There are lots of personal things that I want to work on right now (and treats for others, possibly...)

I went driving for the first time in a while - and wore my new glasses, of course. Oh man, what a difference! My prescription is very slight (can't remember what it is, but - very borderline) and if I were an experienced driver, I might not need them. But, never mind. It's such a relief to be able to see everything clearly. Hopefully I'll be a little more confident now. I still hate driving - especially pointless driving for No Reason. It makes me want to finish my library books as soon as possible, just so I'll have an excuse to drive somewhere with a purpose... xD Actually, that's not a bad idea.

Oooh also, my mate Scout did some lovely art of Marzanna for me! Voila. (Unsure if they still have slots open, but they might, worth giving a poke if curious.) ...I think that Slavic mythology stuff might become that thing that I request when I want to commission somebody but can't think of anything specific. xD It's pretty cool to see the differences in interpretations.
Sunday, July 16th, 2017 09:09 pm
So, fics for Multifandom Drabble Exchange were revealed today. I really, really enjoyed this exchange - there's just something about bite-sized fic that I find really fun.

I suggest checking out the main collection and treat collection if you haven't already. So many fandoms listed! *_* A little bit of something for everyone, I think.

I'm not finished reading everything I'm familiar with, so for now I'm only going to rec my gifts.

7 recs under the cut - SSSS & YiH )

Aaand anyway, here's the 5 fics I wrote, for completeness's sake. (All crossposted to [personal profile] roesslyng, of course.)
aRTD + YiH )
Sunday, July 16th, 2017 11:41 pm
Few film directors can claim immortality; George A Romero redefined the very idea of what life and death mean. And he did it with humour, heart, and plenty of gore. There are few movies I've watched as often as the original Dead trilogy, and every single filmmaker or tv producer who ever did anything involving zombies owe him their allegiance.

Thank you, George, for everything.

Sunday, July 16th, 2017 02:31 pm

We've been playing our second Numenera campaign for about a year now. Numenera is a rather open-ended system that encourages the GM to reward creative play: anyone can try to do anything, and there is essentially one scale and one mechanism for doing just about any sort of task. If you're trained (or the higher-level version, Specialized), you just have an asset (or assets) toward making the roll. The scenario is an ancient world situation (think Vance's Dying Earth, but with more Steampunk-ish elements), and the current campaign is ocean-oriented. We have a ship (and more recently have also acquired a small submarine), and most of the characters have seafaring or other aquatic backgrounds.

cut for long )
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Saturday, July 15th, 2017 09:21 am

Music and lyrics by Bill Staines; performance by Priscilla Herdman

"You can trust the moon to move the mighty ocean
You can trust the sun to shine upon the land
You take the little that you know
And you do the best you can
And see the rest with the quiet faith of man."

Dedicated today to myself, because I need to calm down and move forward.

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Friday, July 14th, 2017 03:18 pm
So before I go offline for a bit, I thought I'd post this fic. It's an expansion of an old drabble that I always thought could use a "But then what?" to get a bit more into their characters.

Title: Nice Girls Don't Stay For Breakfast
Author: Beer Good ([personal profile] beer_good_foamy)
Fandom: Buffy, s3
Pairing: Buffy/Faith
Rating: PG13
Word count: ~900
Summary: After the mess that was Homecoming and Slayerfest '98, Faith invites Buffy back to her motel for drinks. Fast forward a few hours and Buffy's emphatically NOT freaking out, just trying to figure out the best way to sneak out of a motel bed without waking Faith up.

It felt weird, being the sneak-outer in this situation and not the sneak-outee. Not that she'd had a lot of these situations, obviously. Should she leave a note, or... OK, in her experience, correct protocol involved losing your soul and killing people, so pretty much anything she did would be better than that. Besides, Faith probably didn't want Buffy to be here when she woke up anyway. )
 
 
Thursday, July 13th, 2017 08:49 pm

Over the winter, we got a "lamb share" CSA from one of the vendors (Cabin Creek Heritage Farm) at the Takoma Park Farmers Market. We liked it, but they don't have lamb over the summer. The Mr. is particular about his beef and doesn't want it to have been frozen, so we went for "mini pork share" this time.

Cut for CSA details and cooking description/rough recipe )
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Thursday, July 13th, 2017 03:44 pm
Apropos of absolutely nothing, here's a modern AU of the end of "Choices", after Willow is freed from the evil clutches of the Mayor. (Or is that the clutches of the evil Mayor? Can clutches be evil in and of themselves? Is there such a thing as being in the clutches of something good? Oh, honestly. I don't know where my mind goes these days.)

A Little Bird Told Me

"...And then I told her ‘You made your choice, Buffy was your friend...’"

Giles interrupted Willow's tale of heroics. "This is fascinating, but let's get back to the point. You actually had your hands on the Books of Ascension?"

"Volumes 1-5."

"Is there anything you can remember that could be of use to us? Anything at all?"

Willow shrugged. "Well, I was in a hurry, and what I did read was kind of over-involved. If you ask me, way overwritten." She held up her phone. "But Faith just tweeted out the best bits, see what you can make of that?"
 
 
 
Wednesday, July 12th, 2017 05:06 pm
Finished reading: Medicine River by Thomas King. Now that I'm finished it, I think it might end up on my list of comfort novels. It's just such a cozy read throughout - even though there are parts that handle some very serious topics, there's something about the narrative voice that gives the entire book a feeling of warmth. And I like that the structure allows for picking it up and reading at any point you wish; while there's a bit of a continuous narrative in the background, it's a very slice-of-life novel, and every chapter is pretty much self-contained.

Currently reading: Leaf Storm and Other Stories by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Picked this one up at random; loving it so far. The title-story, "Leaf Storm", is more of a novella - and that isn't a bad thing, because I'm really enjoying it (at this point). It has a nice twisty structure.

Reading next: Whereas by Layli Long Soldier. This poetry collection was on my to-read list for a while; I suppose somebody must have rec'd it. Flipping through now, it looks really interesting - this poet plays a lot with structure and form. A lot of it is the kind of work that doesn't translate to digital very well, unless you make an image of it, perhaps. Anyway, I'm glad that it turns out the library had this one; I'm looking forward to it.

Also reading next: Songs to Kill a Wîhtikow by Neal McLeod. I picked this one up because I found the title so striking. This collection takes inspiration from the monsters known as Wîhtikow*, but the poet also writes about the Wîhtikow in the form of a metaphor for the greed and selfishness inside all people ("the attempt to swallow the light from the sky of the world", as he puts it). Anyway, I haven't looked too deeply into the actual poetry yet, but from what I've seen on a quick flip-through, I think I will love this.

On to-read list: Tecumseh and Brock: The War of 1812 by James Laxer. This was my birthday present. :D I'm really looking forward to this - the War of 1812 is one of those things that I have an interest in, but never really learned as much as I would like on the subject. Haven't flipped through it or anything yet, but hopefully it'll be a good read.