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Nov. 27th, 2014 10:58 am
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Today I resolve to stop fretting over coming back to the same themes in my work, over and over again. Because:

1) They didn't call that guy's stretch of art "The Blue Period" because he was experimenting wildly with different colors, and yet no one seems to hold it against him;

2) Repeating the same themes from several angles certainly hasn't stopped other people from getting published repeatedly;

2a) (And we're not even going into people who repeat the exact same plot each time, yes, David Eddings, I'm looking at you, but hey I read all your books when I was young so it's not like I held it against you then, right?)

3) If I keep working on the same themes and tricks and tropes and favorite ideas and images long enough, eventually I'll get them right.

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Nov. 27th, 2014 10:39 pm
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So [livejournal.com profile] vegawriters said really really lovely things about me (in the context of the writing community I was introduced to via her, which one day I will get back to because Anne) and I thought....I am going to post A Thing I Wrote (I can't believe I wrote it! And not my Yuletide! (Actually I can believe it because my Yuletide is just Not Happening). So have a fic. It's a Modern Day Tudors thing.

MTAU. Katherine and Anne. TW for miscarriage, abusive relationships, gaslighting and cancer )

Two very quick things

Nov. 27th, 2014 01:31 am
umadoshi: (kittens - Jinksy - looking up)
[personal profile] umadoshi
There are a few new photos of Claudia and Jinksy (taken by Kas) on their Tumblr, [tumblr.com profile] jinksyandthebrain.

And [community profile] fandom_stocking is open for business. (I don't currently have a stocking, and probably won't? But you never know, I suppose.)

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Nov. 26th, 2014 10:12 am
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[personal profile] fadeaccompli
While I walked the dog this morning, tiny brown leaves fell from the trees across the two of us, like cherry blossoms in anime. The sun was that perfect shade of bright that would've been painful if the air had been any warmer, and the grass along the railroad track fence had been mowed recently enough that Adverb could go bouncing along that strip without disappearing. He's an adorable dog in the sunlight. It's a good thing he's adorable, I keep telling people, because he's not so good at anything else. But he does make me happy.

An awful lot of things I own don't have any purpose except to make me happy.

It's a pretty quiet neighborhood, despite the proximity to train tracks, freeway, heavy traffic. It's a pretty neighborhood. I get offline to walk the dog and it's faintly surreal. Here I am in the lovely autumn weather having a leisurely stroll with my dog. Not that far away, people are being shot. (I suppose people are always being shot. It's America.) I can't help but think of Omelas.

(You've all read Those Who Walk Away From Omelas, haven't you? It's hard to avoid the message by osmosis, in fannish circles, even if you haven't read it yourself. Like picking up on the gist of Weber and Heinlein and Asimov.)

I saw that story brought up on a forum, once, as an example, and a few people there read it for the first time. This is ridiculous, some of them said. If I lived in Omelas, I wouldn't walk away. I would get that kid out of the closet, and damn the consequences. That's the right thing to do.

I almost wish people hadn't responded. That's such a nice moment, when you still think you can solve things in a simple way. Even in fiction. The point of the story isn't that everyone is avoiding the obvious solution, and taking a morally suspect answer. The point of the story (as I read it) is that we're all in Omelas. My happy lifestyle and quiet neighborhood are utterly dependent on the exploitation of workers I've never met in countries I've never visited, and in some cases probably couldn't name or find on a map. If only it were as simple as one child in a closet.

Some people pointed out quite smugly that the shirts reading "This is what a feminist looks like" are made by exploited women in sweatshops. They are, I suppose. So are most of the shirts with Doctor Who jokes and political support for any major political party and family reunion slogans and quite pretty hand-printed designs done by local artists who need my support.

How does that saying go? There is no ethical consumerism in late-stage capitalism. Something like that.

Salidan Ahmed said, on Twitter: "I'll bet cops will start wearing body cams if we just retweet the demand enough times." And then, "Sorry, being unhelpfully sarcastic. Just frustrating seeing how many people still think the police state gives a shit about your "opinion."" I responded poorly, and eventually apologized.

I want to believe there's a simple answer. (Of course there's not.) I want to believe I would lead that child out of the closet. (Of course I wouldn't.) I want to not be living in Omelas. (Of course I am. Of course I would stay. Of course I would be kind and generous to those around me, and not want to destroy all that happiness for the sake of one child, who might be just as unhappy once we destroyed our metaphorical utopia.)

Of course there's not a simple answer. Of course I'm living in a police state. Of course I benefit from structural inequality. Of course I don't want to tear it down, when I'm afraid the next iteration would just be another version of the same thing, and no better, and maybe this time it would be my child in the closet instead of someone else's.

I have some sympathy for those who walk away from Omelas, even if I'm not about to leave with them. Maybe it's the safest thing to do. It's certainly a lot simpler than pulling the city down block by block, and trying to build something better out of the pieces.

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Nov. 25th, 2014 09:52 am
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Well, of all possible ways to learn that there isn't a battery in the smoke detector (??) (...!?!?!?!?!!), I suppose that's one of the better ones.

("That," in this case, being my messing around with the oven before I had my caffeine. It really was an impressive amount of smoke.)

Note to self: get a battery in there when I come home from work. There is WAY too much smoke in the house to put a battery in that thing now.

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Nov. 25th, 2014 10:31 am
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I just woke up from a dream in which I'd bought a live turkey to have for dinner, but then lots of other stuff happened and I had to take the turkey with me wherever I went, and we bonded, and in the end I couldn't bring myself to eat him so I kept him as a pet. Woke up wondering what turkeys eat. wtf.

Quick link-drop!

Nov. 24th, 2014 12:58 pm
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[personal profile] umadoshi
Today is so very not a day for dealing with comments or tabs or anything other than this manga rewrite and then seeing Mockingjay Part 1 tonight, but!

Mira Grant is doing an AMA on Reddit today. As usual, I'm scrambling to remember the various Newsflesh world-building questions that've been piling up in my head. ^^;

Go! Ask awesome questions!

ETA: I haven't gotten any further in my Parasite reread yet, and my copy of Symbiont won't be here for a few days anyway, so if any [community profile] aftertheendtimes members feel like starting a discussion post there when you've finished Symbiont, please do! ^_^

give me something to write in the car

Nov. 24th, 2014 09:16 am
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[personal profile] bessemerprocess
It's time for that Thanksgiving road trip aka I'm going to be in a car all day tomorrow. Thus:

Give me a character or a pairing and a prompt and I will write you at least three sentences, possibly more, of the most angstastic version of your prompt I can think of.

(I'm currently writing in Haven, Lost Girl, Gotham, Leverage, Hunger Games, ETA: Dragon Age Origins, Awakening, and II --I'm half way into Inquisition) and will always write in Criminal Minds and Pundit RPF, or feel free to lay down a challenge in a fandom I haven't written in recently. I'm saving these for the car, so you have until 8 am EST tomorrow to leave a prompt or three. Have fun!)

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Nov. 24th, 2014 01:38 am
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[personal profile] shila
Strange thing I didn't expect: being ambivalent about NaNo ending.

The facts are I'm at 43k and November is almost over, right. My words per day to finish on time is less than 900, and this is after things resetting at midnight. Theoretically, I can hit 50k on Wednesday if I push it, or possibly even Tuesday--I've had 3k days before, and two days of a little more than that will get me there.

On one hand, I'm just Over This. I need a break from spending so much of the day writing, because I'm not that fast of a typist. I want to do other things already: I want to play lots and lots of Minecraft, I want to watch videos on YouTube, I just want to get back to doing what I was doing before November started.

On the other hand, I don't want to end the story. (It's probably more a padded short story than a novel but w/e, it's fiction with a beginning and a middle, and it will have an end.) I get to the part where I need to wrap things up in the next, say, 7k to 10k words and I just. Freeze. I think it's that I don't want to leave the characters, but I'm still going to have them around, hell I'm going to flesh them out more than I have them in the story--because this is 100% seat-of-my-pants-I-literally-remembered-NaNo-on-November-1st writing.

I don't know. This is confusing and I mostly have to ignore it if I want to get that 50k+ and the discount on Scrivener. (I totally have to buy it but I really would prefer to do it at half price. Sigh.)
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[A smidgen of info for new folks: my husband ([personal profile] scruloose) and I have two Siberian kittens--which is to say, hypoallergenic kittens--who're coming up on a year and a half old. Claudia is our brown tabby girl and Jinksy is our black-with-chocolate-highlights boy, and after having had them for over a year, we're still both completely besotted.

This icon shows them in the bag they acquired ages ago when [personal profile] seolh used it to carry some things she brought us from Japan. They love that bag with all their hearts and all their claws. It's the one we use to weigh them.]

These days, Claudia and Jinksy's toys disappear completely off the face of the earth much less frequently than they once did. Possible reasons include:

a) The kittens have gotten better at retrieving the toys from wherever they've all wound up.

b) The pocket dimension is too full of toys to hold more.

c) The kittens themselves are now too big to get at the disappearance point easily or at all.

d) MORTAL MINDS NEED NEVER KNOW.

We're 99% sure there's a sizable cache of small toys someplace in the house, but we've long since (mostly) run out of ideas as to where. I think the only concrete theory that's been tossed around and not yet explored is [personal profile] seolh's suggestion that the kittens might be losing them behind the tall bookcases in the living room, which would be a huge pain to move and look behind. That said, they'd have to drop the toys from above, I think, and I feel like toys began vanishing before they were big enough to be up there much (and they only carry the crinklepuffs in their mouths, usually). Mystery!

Tonight I was saying to [personal profile] scruloose and Kas that the kittens don't look all that big anymore. They're not small, but until they were a year or so old they were distinctly on the large side for kittens. Now that they're about a year and a half old and haven't been growing much for months*, they register as perfectly normal-sized cats (although they're still clearly kittens in a lot of ways).

The cats I had growing up were all in the medium-large range, I think--IIRC, of the two I really remember, Jenny was about 15 lbs, and while Macavity was usually on the skinny side (no idea what his actual weight was), his frame was medium or higher. So my mental benchmarks aren't really configured for cats who stay on the small side into adulthood, and thus Claud and Jinksy!bear seem quite normal to me.

*It's been several weeks since we weighed them, I think, but Jinksy's probably around 11 lbs and Claudia's probably a bit under 10.5 lbs?

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Nov. 23rd, 2014 10:13 am
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[personal profile] ilanarama
I haven't been posting lately (geez, in over a month!) because I haven't been doing much. After the 1-2 punch (or 2-1, actually!) of the Double and the 50K, my right hamstring and ITB let me know in no uncertain terms that they needed a breather. So I have been taking a break from running in the hopes that I'll be able to start training for the Boston Marathon on schedule at the beginning of December.

In the meantime I've been getting massages and doing strengthening and stretching exercises, and biking a lot, or at least, a lot for me. When the weather is crappy I spin on the recumbent exercise bike in the basement, which is seriously boring, so I can't manage it for very long at a time. When the weather is good, though, I go mountain biking. I am not very good at mountain biking, and there are only two local loops I can do without carrying my bike over large portions of the trail. Fortunately, the more I do it, the less I suck at it - but I still suck!

Here is someone who does not suck. I don't think I could make some of these jumps on foot that he does on a bike! But wow, what amazing scenery porn this is. I would love to hike this mountain ridge (without a bike)!

Mishmash post

Nov. 23rd, 2014 01:27 am
umadoshi: (Pusheen Tumblr (roxicons))
[personal profile] umadoshi
--I keep feeling like it can't possibly be as late in the year as it is (you'd think I'd find that easier than usual, since Casual Job almost always winds up in early to mid-December), but somehow US Thanksgiving is in less than a week, and a week from tomorrow is the first Sunday of Advent. O_o US Thanksgiving is my benchmark for the start of the winter holiday season even though I live in Canada; so much of my online intake comes out of the US that it's when Christmas talk really revs up, and it's generally close enough to Advent that it's not unreasonable...except I still feel like we ought to be having warm days at least sometimes, but instead it's (I think?) a particularly chilly November for Nova Scotia. At least we've been spared any real snowfall so far. *knocks wood*

--Tonight I fell into Tumblr for a while for the first time in well over a week. I really am glad I kicked the habit of catching up on it completely every day (I even used to do it when Casual Job was on, which is slightly terrifying), but I keep forgetting how relaxing I find it, for the most part. I've got a lot of social justice stuff coming across my dash, but other than that, the fannish glee and cute animals pics are delightful but low-engagement in a way that's just what my brain wants sometimes. Tumblr'll never, ever be my preferred place to be online because of that low ratio of actual communication (Dreamwidth all the way for me!), but sometimes it's just the thing.

--Actual media intake for the evening: I started my Parasite reread and got maybe four chapters in before realizing that I was staying fully engaged as long as I was actively reading but starting to fall asleep on the couch within seconds every time I looked away from the screen for even a few seconds (which I do often, what with the kittens), so I fled the couch's vortex and watched the first episode of The 100. I can't say it immediately grabbed me by the heart or anything, but there were several familiar faces among the adult cast, all of them actors I really like, so that's exciting. *^^* (Especially Paige Turco, who's my favorite recurring guest star on Person of Interest.)

--Another benefit of Casual Job wrapping up is that we can get back to some of our group viewings. We've been showing Utena to Kas gradually (we're around Ruka's introduction), and before I went back to work and [personal profile] wildpear had a Sunday evening class for a few months, we'd been in the habit of watching things with her and her husband and Kas on Sundays after Pumpkin goes to bed--which never leaves time for much watching, so shows take a while, but that's okay. ^_^

Anyway, we'd nominally started a Firefly rewatch (for once, something we'd all seen already!) ages ago, but never got past the pilot, and in the intervening time I've started really, really wanting to show them Leverage, which none of us have seen all the way through. (I've seen all but the back half of season 4 and some episodes of season 5 [I have seen the series finale]; [personal profile] scruloose has seen an unknown and scattered number of episodes, Kas has seen the pilot, and [personal profile] wildpear and her husband haven't seen it at all.)

So [personal profile] wildpear and I talked about it a bit last night, and as much as anything, GamerGate made the decision for us, because right now neither of want to see Adam Baldwin's face. (I'd been somewhat aware for a while that Baldwin's a sorry excuse for a human being, but WOW, SO AWFUL.) Leverage it is.
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Courtesy of [personal profile] gingerschnapps, it's the [mental health] Downswing Party!

Bring your mood disorder, anxiety or other mental health issue! Commiserate! Hang out!

Important note: if you're worrying that you're not doing badly enough to qualify, you are welcome too!

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