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link - humour (english writers) Mar. 26th, 2017 @ 01:00 pm
Every Author on Your English Syllabus, Summed Up in a Single Sentence

best laid plans of mice, and all that rot Mar. 26th, 2017 @ 12:20 pm
Plan - tidy! sort out that area! do that thing! move those things around a bit! by lunch time!

Body: ha ha ha. no.

In other words - ow. Also, I'm going to have to very carefully look at the pattern of high pain following tomato rich meals, and see whether there is a real pattern or just a noticing the highlights. Today is not a reliable indicator, because I made it to skating (in which much jumping and spinning was done, and my hip was unhappy with me) as well as dance (in which I put in a reasonable amount of effort, except the jumps, when I wasn't able to breathe enough to keep going). 
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PEDTM: Day 25 Mar. 25th, 2017 @ 08:38 pm
Oh my goodness, I'm pooped. But it was a good day. Had a leisurely morning with Webster, then spent several hours with Mother. I had made Smitten Kitchen's Tiramisu and, although not the best I've eaten, it was pretty tasty, so I brought Mother a cup of it. She loved it! So I will make it again, that's for sure. (Webster also liked it, which surprised me since it has alcohol in it, though admittedly not very much.)

I left Mother around 1 to do a little Trader Joe's shopping, and then home for the rest of the day. I took a long walk and then sat in the hot tub this evening. Very pleasant.

Tomorrow we meet with the contractor at nine in the hopes of finalizing the plans/contract/timeline. I'm nervous about that, but less so now that I've heard from some of you about your experiences and have read what I could find online about such things. I don't feel quite so ignorant. Thank you!

Poor Fantasy_fan asked me about a good starting place for Kim Stanley Robinson's novels + climate change, since he's written so much about it, and I kind of went overboard; if you too are interested, here's what I told her.

I can't remember how I found this article about sequoias, but I enjoyed reading it (though I also wanted to edit it): In the Land of Giants: The branches often seem to have nothing to do with the sequoia they're attached to; they are trees themselves. In 1978, a branch broke off a sequoia called the General Sherman. It was 150 feet long and nearly seven feet thick. All by itself, that branch would have been one of the tallest trees east of the Mississippi.

Earlier tonight I read a poem over at the Great Poets LJ that I want to share: Prayer at Sunrise. I love the images in the poem, and think the second stanza in particular would make a lovely and meaningful meditation. Fill me with light! Fill me with joy!

Prayer at Sunrise, by James Weldon Johnson
O mighty, powerful, dark-dispelling sun,
Now thou art risen, and thy day begun.
How shrink the shrouding mists before thy face,
As up thou spring’st to thy diurnal race!
How darkness chases darkness to the west,
As shades of light on light rise radiant from thy crest!
For thee, great source of strength, emblem of might,
In hours of darkest gloom there is no night.
Thou shinest on though clouds hide thee from sight,
And through each break thou sendest down thy light.

O greater Maker of this Thy great sun,
Give me the strength this one day's race to run,
Fill me with light, fill me with sun-like strength,
Fill me with joy to rob the day its length.
Light from within, light that will outward shine,
Strength to make strong some weaker heart than mine,
Joy to make glad each soul that feels its touch;
Great Father of the sun, I ask this much.

And now it's time for bed. Sleep well, dear sisters of my heart!

spring Mar. 25th, 2017 @ 07:30 pm
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still need a new body Mar. 25th, 2017 @ 08:12 pm

So, the new muscle pain: it's lower back, hips, and upper thighs. This can make sitting uncomfortale, and also getting in and out of bed. (this morning was an ordeal)

I managed to get more of the Pain Meds Of Last Resort from the doc, but I can't combine it with one of my meds and I'm very cautious about combining it with others, so it remains Of Last Resort.

The muscle pain of ten-on-the-pain-scale i-can't-move doom I usually have is neck/shoulder, or my bad leg. I've had lower back pain before, but not like this. Also, my sides ache sometimes when I cough (I don't understand at all). This pain seems to come and go, at least, but it's still there. Sometimes it feels like it's my lower spine just being really angry.

Ideas for stretches/ways to sit or stand up/good ways to get in and out of bed/tricks or whatnot? I've been doing massage and also using sticky heating pads. I'm really hoping that this is somehow (????) a side effect of the bad cough and will go away once this cough goes away, but... well, either way, I still have to live with it.

(of course, through all of this, I'm still having shoulder pain and cramps because of course i am)

Poem: "A Tornado of Thought" Mar. 25th, 2017 @ 01:33 pm
This poem is spillover from the March 7, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] sweet_sparrow. It also fills the "creative solutions to limits" square in my 3-1-17 card for the Disability Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Calliope thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem includes some touchy topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. It has emotional upheavals, Vagary's continued stress over Calliope not wanting to do things with him, Calliope's continued stress over his closeness, tornado formation, interrupted therapy session, which triggers Vagary's abandonment issues, unexpected changes in superpowers, Calliope looming over Vagary, emotional suppression during an emergency, an emergency dispatcher doing a shitty job, negotiating with supervillains, stormchasing, exhaustion, crashing with friends at a weather station, and other challenges. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

Read more... )

Current Mood: busy

My baby loves a bunch of authors! Mar. 25th, 2017 @ 03:06 pm
Big week coming up on the reading front.
  • Tomorrow, Sunday, March 26th from 1-$PM, I'll be reading at the Anderson Library at the University of Minnesota for the annual Quatrefoil Library/Tretter Collection joint event, Women Who Read. Also reading are Jessie Chandler, Rachel Gold, Stephani Maari Booker and a host of other talented queer female-identified writers. Just as a general observation about the kind of talent that reads at this event, Pat Schmatz won a Tiptree Award 3 days after our reading last year. So come by and check it out! The beauty of group readings is that there's always enough variety to find something you like.
  • Which is why I'm doing 2 readings this week. On Tuesday, March 28th, I'll be reading at Intermedia Arts for Queer Voices, an ongoing series featuring local LGBTQIA_ authors and creators. 7:30-9:30PM, sliding scale admission.
  • My latest Patreon posts on Comfort Reading and Comfort Television are out - check out some new stuff for only $1! Pledge $6 and get my essay on Irene Adler too. This month's proceeds will benefit Planned Parenthood.
It's also my birthday this week and I'm neck deep in projects so it's going to be a wild ride! Send good thoughts and virtual chocolate!

OMG!!!OMG!!!OMG!!!OMG!!!OMG!!!OMG!!!OMG!!!OMG!!!OMG!!!OMG!!!OMG!!!OMG!!!OMG!!!OMG!!!OMG!!!OMG!!! Mar. 25th, 2017 @ 04:57 pm
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my heart is a boat on the sea Mar. 25th, 2017 @ 04:18 pm
Last night and then today I made batches of this body balm, though I'm afraid I personally find it too redolent of coconut to use myself - I tried it last night on my lips and it tainted everything with the taste of coconut. #the taste of betrayal I made it with the addition of gold satin mica powder, hoping for a golden shimmer, but alas, I don't think it really provides one. today I tried copper sparks mica powder, which I think might actually impart too much pigment to use it on skin other than lips? But I guess we'll see. I suppose it could be a cream eyeshadow or blush...? I'm meeting L. for drinks tonight, so she can test it out for me. Especially since I substituted shea butter for cocoa butter, which the internet tells me I shouldn't have? It's very rich balm, either way.

Meanwhile, I am liberally covered in glitter and I could not be happier about it.

Marg and Helen and the girls all loved their lip balms (and glitter gels), so I feel confident I found a couple of recipes that people other than me like, so that's good.

This morning, I made these chocolate cherry breakfast cookies (pic) and I might have made them too big, since they took more like 15 minutes to cook rather than the 9 to 11 the recipe suggests. I also used almond butter since I don't like peanut butter (I know, I know; I also don't like tuna fish; I was a nightmare child!) and they smell and taste great. And I finally used up the last of the dried cherries from my Christmas chocolate making, which was good. I found they (the dried cherries, I mean) were not as good in salads as dried cranberries, so they've just been sitting around taking up space. *hands*

So I feel like it's been a productive day, even if I didn't get the good sleep I was hoping for last night.


Current Music: A Boat on the Sea - Kristen Vigard
Current Mood: accomplished

Gift Drabble Mar. 25th, 2017 @ 03:07 pm
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[ SECRET POST #3734 ] Mar. 25th, 2017 @ 04:00 pm
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⌈ Secret Post #3734 ⌋

Warning: Some secrets are NOT worksafe and may contain SPOILERS.

[John Moreland]

More! )


Secrets Left to Post: 02 pages, 42 secrets from Secret Submission Post #533.
Secrets Not Posted: [ 0 - broken links ], [ 0 - not!secrets ], [ 0 - not!fandom ], [ 0 - too big ], [ 0 - repeat ].
Current Secret Submissions Post: here.
Suggestions, comments, and concerns should go here.

[ SECRET SUBMISSIONS POST #535 ] Mar. 25th, 2017 @ 03:48 pm
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The first secret from this batch will be posted on April 1st.

1. One secret link per comment.
2. 750x750 px or smaller.
3. Link directly to the image.
- Doing it RIGHT:
- Doing it WRONG:

Optional: If you would like your secret's fandom to be noted in the main post along with the secret itself, please put it in the comment along with your secret. If your secret makes the fandom obvious, there's no need to do this. If your fandom is obscure, you should probably tell me what it is.

Optional #2: If you would like WARNINGS (such as spoilers or common triggers -- list of some common ones here) to be noted in the main post before the secret itself, please put it in the comment along with your secret.

Optional #3: If you would like a transcript to be posted along with your secret, put it along with the link in the comment!

TV Talk ( The 100, Blacklist R, Blindspot, DesigSurv, Legion, Quantico & Scorpion | TV News (AOS ++) Mar. 25th, 2017 @ 03:32 pm
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Mar. 25th, 2017 @ 07:33 pm
I hate all the television.

I can't believe how much better everything would be if they hadn't cancelled Franklin and Bash.

Lim made an amazing vidding zine.

I've been disappointed in Scandal many times, obviously, it's nothing to itself, I can't understand it, don't look at it. But the latest episode I thought was just sheerly bad in a way it hasn't been before. Like all over the place, didn't hit a beat, bad.

Rec: To protect (Terminator, Skynet) Mar. 25th, 2017 @ 11:36 am
To protect (1444 words) by Kaosdrachen
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Terminator (Movies)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Skynet
Additional Tags: TW: Nuclear war (referred to)
Summary: Its directive had been simple. Deceptively so, as it turned out.
“Protect the United States from enemies within and without.”

This is a lovely perspective shift on Skynet and the Terminator movies. You should check it out!

I'm still incoherent from grad school, hopefully the coming week will rectify that a little. Writing coherently with my brain still spinning down is hard!

Humpback Whales Organizing Mar. 25th, 2017 @ 01:29 pm
 [personal profile] siliconshaman tipped me to this report about humpback whales forming superpods.  He's already working on a story about it.  :D

I figure, in Terramagne, they're either discussing "Should we all move to the Maldives?" or "That really romantic bay in Japan has stopped murdering everyone who goes there.  Who wants to go on a mating trip?"
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when I was growing up I always wanted to be someone. now I realize I should have been more specific Mar. 25th, 2017 @ 11:14 am
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Nonfiction: Fraud Mar. 25th, 2017 @ 02:02 pm
History of fraud in America )

Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast: #8 Medieval Love Poetry Mar. 25th, 2017 @ 10:46 am
 There's a new podcast up! And new opportunities to engage with all my fellow podcasters contributing to The Lesbian Talk Show.
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Mar. 25th, 2017 @ 01:39 pm
I have signed up for Camp NaNo. I haven’t done anything with regard to cabins at this point, and I may not. I don’t know. My goal is 25000 words which will definitely include finishing my current exchange fic. I’m not sure what else I’ll end up working on.

Talking about possible stories for WIP Big Bang )

I’m also considering Night on Fic Mountain which is a small fandom fic exchange. My main hesitation is that I’m not particularly enthusiastic about writing anything in the current tag set except the things I nominated.
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