Mar. 26th, 2017

  • 11:22 AM
We didn’t end up going to the mall yesterday. Instead, we went to Barnes & Noble. Cordelia used Scott’s phone (I think she forgot hers) to take pictures of Funko Pop figures she wanted to add to her wishlist, and we bought her a Firestorm figure.

We stopped at Plum Market on the way home because Cordelia was thirsty. Scott had been wanting to go to Orange Leaf for frozen yogurt, but Cordelia said she didn’t want that, just something to drink. I was hoping we could find something lemonade-ish, but we didn’t find anything of the sort being sold in an individual serving size.

I’ve written less than half as many words in March as I did in either February or January. I’m a bit disappointed about that, but I’m not going to wreck myself trying to crank out thousands more words. I wrote a bit over 1000 words yesterday, so it’s still possible that I’ll manage a good bit more by the end of the week, but who knows? There were a lot of days this month when I wrote nothing at all.

I’ve put my Small Fandom Bang fic in a saved draft on AO3. That means I’ll be able to post it very rapidly when it’s time. April doesn’t look like it will have a lot of things happening that would make posting difficult for me, but I had time yesterday to work on it, so I thought getting it done then was wise. Life happens. I don’t know what posting dates I’ll ask for. I’m waiting to hear from my artist because, at the artist check in, they were just starting on the art for the story. I figure that the posting date should be up to them.

I have several open tabs of things I want to read or watch. I just keep feeling that I don’t have the mental wherewithal to deal with those things. I also want to donate to the local food bank while they have a matching donor. That only runs through the end of the month, so I really need to get moving.

I have one graphic novel that I want to either finish or to read enough of to know I don’t want to finish it. That’s due back at the library today, so I’m going to work on that after I post this. It’s a 3-in-1 manga volume, so it will take me more time than I’m used to allocating for such things. I would like to read and return more books than just that, but I’m not sure I’ll have time. I’ve got two relatively short graphic novels due next Saturday that can’t be renewed, so I suppose they’re next in line.

Dear Familial!

  • Mar. 26th, 2017 at 3:08 AM
(this is a work in progress and is expected to be expanded --)


Hi there! I'm happy to have matched with you, thank you for being here! :3

Herein are some ideas for prompts, and some general nattering that I hope will be helpful --


Some general nattering )


If we matched on Final Fantasy Brave Exvius )


If we matched on Gundam SEED / Cosmic Era Gundam )


If we matched on Saint Seiya )


If we matched on Fire Emblem Heroes )


If we matched on Fire Emblem Awakening )

Wild Writing Meme

  • Mar. 25th, 2017 at 7:23 PM
Gakked from [personal profile] lost_spook

Send me two characters or more (pairing or otherwise) and a prompt number and I’ll write a ficlet:

1. “Are you drunk?”
2. “You’re too young to hate the world.”
3. “I don’t want your pity, I want your absence.”
4. “We’re designed to be disposable.”
5. “There’s blood on my/your hands.”
6. “Could you be any louder?”
7. “I’ve never killed anyone before.”
8. “Your smile is not as bright as it used to be.”
9. “Don’t call me that!”
10. “Please don’t make me socialize.”
11. “Same time tomorrow?”
12. “I’ve been buying the wrong underwear.”
13. “How can anyone not be afraid of love?”
14. “You’re supposed to talk me out of this.”
15. “That was a perfect example of how not to do things.”
16. “If you want, we could go together?”
17. “I have contemplated becoming a hermit.”
18. “I’m alive… I can tell because of the pain.”
19. “Maybe you’re not thinking hard enough.”
20. “It’s 8:30, I have a hangover and you’re annoying me.”
21. “No one has a heart of stone.”
22. “Can I open my eyes yet?”
23. “So much for not getting involved.”
24. “I will if you will.”
25. “My nightmares are usually about losing you.”
26. “I didn’t intend to kiss you.”
28. “I didn’t lose it, I just misplaced it.”
29. “Prepare to be amazed.”
30. “I’m fine.”
32. “I’d ask you to stay but I don’t like you.”
33. “Something about you makes me want to commit extreme violence.”
34. “It’s not like I missed you or anything.”
36. “Everything was fine, until you showed up.”
37. “Can you just shut up for five minutes?”
38. “Never mind, the moment’s gone.”
40. “I believe you dropped this.”
41. “What are you doing in my house?”
43. “Why are you/we whispering?”
44. “If you really loved me there wouldn’t be a choice.“
45. “I think I made a mistake.”
46. “Shut up, I am a delight!”
47. “I can think of a million places I’d rather be right now.”
48. “Now, just hold on a minute...”
49. “It sounds like you’re trying to convince yourself.“
50. "Why does anyone have to be naked?”

I haven't done anything like this in years, so let's keep to fandoms I have written in; Doctor Who (Classic and New), Peter Pan, Harry Potter, Penny Dreadful, Sleepy Hollow (The Movie, not the TV show, The Historian/Dracula, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, Versailles, Victoria, The Mummy, Agent Carter, Labyrinth, Angel/Buffy, Emily of New Moon, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland and The Man in the High Castle

Mar. 25th, 2017

  • 1:39 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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A Wild Writing Meme Appears...

  • Mar. 25th, 2017 at 5:29 PM
My parents came and went (and sooner than expected! They told me they were going home Saturday and then I learned on Thursday evening they were going home in the morning! They forgot to tell me the bit where they changed their mind; honestly, what are parents coming to these days?) And now I am a little tired and probably have a bunch of other things to do (two fake shows, one mostly done, one started among various things), but hey, writing meme, plucked from the wilds of tumblr, because the other one like this worked well:

Send me two characters or more (pairing or otherwise) and a prompt number and I’ll write a ficlet:

Prompts under here )

As usual, no guarantees, but anything I know or have mentioned watching/reading/liking is fair game - I'll just say if I can't do it. (My interests and tags should be a guide.)

Mar. 25th, 2017

  • 12:33 PM
Scott and I picked up food at the Syrian place yesterday. We spent a lot on it, but I’ve gotten three meals out of it, and Cordelia has gotten two. Scott has had one or two. We still have a little food left, and I’ll probably eat that for lunch before we go out.

I want to make soup today or tomorrow. We have a lot of turkey that could work there, but I need Scott to pick up some broth and some frozen veggies that will work. I don’t know if I can make something Cordelia will eat, though.

Scott promised Cordelia a visit to the mall today with me along to make it a full family outing. I’m iffy about it because of my difficulties with walking. It’s not just the tendinitis; I’m having ankle problems right at the moment with my left ankle feeling like something’s wrong in how it compresses when I put weight on it.

Scott and I spent some time last night trying to narrow down options for a character for me to play in the new game he’s thinking to start. I’ve got a pretty clear concept. It’s mainly that the system he wants to use is difficult. He adores it, but it’s kind of rigid in ways that make me long to break it. There’s also a minor problem in terms of me wanting to play an older character who has a long history of being really good at what she does. She’s not really a starting character, and I have to figure out how to approximate what I want with a starting character.

Language meme

  • Mar. 25th, 2017 at 3:56 PM
Gakked from all over my f-list.

LANGUAGE MEME

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Request-a-poem & blood oranges

  • Mar. 25th, 2017 at 12:32 PM
Blood oranges are delightful. They've got the citrusy tang of regular oranges, but are juicier and have a more multi-note flavor profile. They're also currently in season and cheapish. (If given the chance, I eat like 2/3 kg per day, lol. At least I'm getting enough vitamin C?)

I'm also on a poetry kick currently. Here's one I wrote some time ago. So, any of y'all want me to write a poem? I can do freeform, sestinas, and villanelles and mayybe a sonnet, and promise to try anything more exotic you want to throw at me. Fandom topic poems are hard, but something about stuff like "rain" or "your opinion on global warming" or w/e should work!

You are no summer’s days.

You, you erupt onto my tongue with sweet bitterness
Come apart in my fingers
Taste of ecstasy

And you, you envelope me into your intoxicating embrace
Give me sweet comfort
It is dawn when you are done.

What need have I for anything more?
I have a blood orange and darkness.

"It's been a long month this week"

  • Mar. 25th, 2017 at 3:51 AM
That cold virus has gone through our house like wildfire. Kit was slightly warm for a day and then fine, but it knocked the rest of us out for a week or two each. Apparently this is just going to be our new normal, according to other parents of daycare-age kids. It hit me first and hardest; I managed to keep my bout of it from turning into a sinus infection, but only barely, and my voice was impressively low for a while. J got over it fairly quickly, and X is mostly past the worst but still pretty soggy.

The February-like weather has helped nothing. We've had to keep the heat on pretty high, and that dries the air out, and that plus mouth-breathing because of stuffy noses has been just dreadful. We're cranking all our humidifiers and drinking gallons of water. I even got a bout of February-like depression, which totally missed me (and I did not miss) in actual February. But this weekend looks to be the start of a warmer, wetter stretch, so hopefully that will make everything better. I am putting considerable effort into planning a Brooklyn Botanic Gardens trip in mid-April with [twitter.com profile] saraeileen and maybe [livejournal.com profile] vschanoes and their babies, because all I want right now is to be sprawled on the grass under the cherry trees and if I can't have it right at this moment then I will make very sure I get it as soon as possible. Spriiiiiiing, I neeeeeeed it.

I went up to Hunter today to do live-action Story Hospital with a group of teens I hadn't met before. It was amazing and great and emotionally exhausting. I came home so wiped out that after dinner I took a 90-minute nap on the couch—from 10:30 to midnight, not exactly prime napping time—because I was genuinely too tired to get up and go to bed. That is absurd. Of course then the nap wired me up, so I took the trash out and started laundry and did the dishes and took a shower and now it's 4 a.m. and I ought to go to bed for real. I hope writing this entry will help wind me down.

My day job workload is going to be decreasing after next week (YAY), and I plan to put all those hours toward sleep. That will help.

Kit's body continues to think it's older than it is. In addition to being the height and weight of a two-year-old, they've got the teeth of a two-year-old. All eight incisors and three of the four first molars are in, and their lower canines just cut through, which apparently hurts a whole lot. Poor sad bean. :( But ideally this accelerated teething schedule will mean they get all their teeth in quickly and then they can just enjoy having them.

I got new glasses and they keep feeling like they don't sit on my face quite right, even though I've had them adjusted several times at different shops. Maybe I just need to get used to them. They've got plastic frames and I think the last time I wore glasses with plastic frames was close to 20 years ago. I do really like the way they look. The neighborhood eyeglass shop where I got them completely messed up my beloved prescription sunglasses, so sometime this weekend or next week I need to go shake them down for not only a refund of the lenses (which make my eyes physically hurt, and made me dizzy when I switched back to my regular glasses) but the cost of replacing the frames, which they managed to warp while trying to fit the lenses in. So much for patronizing my little local business.

When I was sick I missed my regular manicure appointment and went a full 2.5 weeks without a manicure, but I didn't bite or break my nails; I was very proud. This week I had them done up in H&M's Wildwood polish, which is my perfect green, and have been wearing green clothes that match them exactly and feeling excessively stylish. Alas, the polish has already been discontinued, so I will cherish this bottle of it and try to find the right balance between not using it all up right away and not letting it sit so long that it becomes unusable.

I think I have wound down, finally. Time to refill the humidifier and get a great deal of sleep.

Stained fingers and luster dust

  • Mar. 25th, 2017 at 12:15 AM
Today was a day of preparation and organization.

I Dealt With the basement, taking things out of boxes and putting them in bins, and reorganized some other stuff to make more space.

Then I got together all my LARP things for the event tomorrow. I am still taking all my cold-weather gear, as it is supposed to be rainy and windy and I expect it will feel colder than it is when we are outside in it all day and into the early evening.

This evening, I helped prep the birthday cake for Bubby's birthday - a really awesome Ninja Turtles cake. I mostly just mixed the fondant colours and then hung around for encouragement/moral support and to be cake-nurse and get things for the artist(s -Wererogue made Master Splinter as Longpig was finishing the last turtle) as required. It looks really really awesome! I'm sure there will be pics tomorrow, but I'm glad I got to see it. It is covered all over in dark green fondant with the turtles and Splinter in relief around the side, and a manhole cover and the 'Happy birthday' on the top in yellow. It is two cakes hight but I'm not sure if they are split or if it is just two layers. One layer is chocolate, and the other is vanilla with mini chocolate chips. I also saw a giant Optimus Prime piniata being filled with candy... I hope they have fun!

I'm going to go take a shower and try to go to bed. I have to be up fairly early tomorow - I'm being picked up at 8, but we are doing breakfast first, so I won't have to worry about that, just walking the dogs and getting dressed!

Mar. 24th, 2017

  • 5:31 PM
I have been exhausted and headachy all day. I lay down from about 9:30 until about 11:30, but I didn’t manage to sleep. Right now, I’m drinking a cherry coke and sitting in bed with the lights very dim and a shoulder throw electric blanket (borrowed from Cordelia) on the back of my neck and across my shoulders. The prolonged, very focused heat is helping a lot. I think that I might actually be able to sleep now, but I would like to manage to stay awake and get things done.

Scott is currently out, taking Cordelia and her best friend off for their weekly gathering of friends. The movie of the week is Ponyo.

I think Scott’s disappointed that I wasn’t awake and doing things with him all day while Cordelia was at school and probably won’t be this evening while she’s out. We almost never get time alone in the house. Of course, from my point of view, Friday is the absolute worst day for anything requiring being able to think or being able to deal with noise or bright lights or… yeah.

I’m kind of terrified that this may be a long term thing and get worse next year due to Cordelia needing to get up before Scott leaves for work. Getting up with Cordelia wouldn’t be such a big deal if it was even occasionally feasible to nap later in the day or to go to bed at 8:00 or 9:00.

Mar. 24th, 2017

  • 1:01 PM
Ever since I got my new (to me) laptop, Firefox has been really buggy.  Crashing regularly freezing up SO OFTEN, really slow.  It was the only program experiencing problems, so it had to be Firefox and not the laptop.  So I refreshed Firefox last night (that thing you can do where it keeps your bookmarks, passwords, add-ons, and history, but sets everything else back to factory settings.  So far, it seems to be good.  Here's hoping it fixed the problem.

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