It's -- Been A Day

Sep. 23rd, 2017 11:33 pm
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Despite the weather improving back to summer levels, I can't say this was a particularly nice Saturday. Mainly because of three things:

-->This weird "I guess it's NOT a cold?" slight sore throat thing I've got going on (I woke up a bit stuffy, but then that went away, so...)

-->My period making me generally tired and blah (as it does, grrr)

-->Oh yeah, the brakes went out on the car while I was driving it to get shoes.

Okay, before anyone panics about that last one, NOTHING HAPPENED. Nobody's hurt, and it happened less than a mile from the house, so we were able to get it back home safely. This is what happened: I needed new more wintery shoes, so Mom and I had a plan to go to TJ Maxx over in Smithfield. We left the house, I went around the corner and up the hill, heading toward the main road --

And as I went to stop for the stop sign, the brake suddenly went down farther than it should, basically hitting the floor.

I'm more than a little startled, but manage to stop in time by hitting the brake hard. Mom, who didn't understand why it took me so long to stop, asks what happened, and I blurt out something about the brake going, then going again. It takes a minute, but she finally realizes what happened and has me switch places with her. She tries the pedal and confirms that the brakes have gone. Fortunately, we're still on a side street -- UNFORTUNATELY, we're facing the wrong way, and there's a car coming. Mom's able to carefully reverse us into the nearby parking lot of the local grocery, then steer us back home. Dad took a look and confirmed that the brake line is shot and leaking by the right front tire. So now the car's out of commission until they can get it to a garage and get it fixed. Freaking scary moment, but like I said, we're all okay. Thank GOD it went before I hit the main drag! We now live near one of the busiest streets in the state, and losing your brakes on it -- not a good thing.

On the plus side, I still managed to get my shoes -- Mom took me up in Dad's truck instead. Nothing at TJ Maxx, but we found a Famous Footwear nearby and got a pair that'll work. Nice and cushy, and they should go with most of my winter outfits. *nods* So that's something, I suppose.

Other things of a less-terrifying nature:

-->Cleared out my watch later queue, including the last episode of The Sim Supply's Parenthood LP! Which proved that Sims 4 Sims are incredibly resistant to fire, as it took FOREVER for him to kill off Max's family, in particular his two siblings. (In case you were wondering, it was his way of "clearing the slate" so it would look like this Max was the one in his Super Sim LP.) They all died in the end, though, and he got all the negative traits he wanted, so mission accomplished! Looking forward to whatever he pulls out for the next pack -- which should be Cats & Dogs! Looking forward to that one -- my Sims need some fuzzy friends.

-->Speaking of which, played Sims 4 myself. Dr. Wheatley had an okay day at work, though his Sim self demonstrated some annoying (but probably appropriate) stupidity by trying to put new patients in ALREADY OCCUPIED beds. Made it darn impossible to do some of his work goals in a timely manner. I ended up curing a bunch of people just to free up space. Ah well, he's gotta get his promotion eventually. And he and Chell are still being cute, so that's something.

-->Did another Valice Multiverse queue because, after the three main points above, RP mood was definitely not happening (at least, not with active threads), and I saw one of my partners was going to the movies anyway, sooo...

-->Didn't mention I fit in some BioShock yesterday! Sander Cohen remains a creepy bastard. He's got me taking pictures for a creepy art installation piece, as you do. Part of me is tempted to fire my grenade launcher at it just to see what happens. (Probably you can't because plot, but still.) I will give a more detailed report tomorrow!

Okay -- time to upload another chapter of Secundus and get my queue settled for a couple of days, then maybe I'll spent the rest of the night watching Helloween's latest Link To The Past set (hour and a half! And I've got three Darkwood sets to watch too! Seems like while Dad's watching the Pats game tomorrow, I'll be binging Helloween). Night all, sleep tight! Join me in hoping tomorrow's better!

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Sep. 23rd, 2017 11:00 am
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Enjoying cider and the fall colors.

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Sep. 23rd, 2017 03:27 am
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Not too good at cooking. Yet.
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We have a window in our bathroom! (A skylight, technically, since the exterior bathroom wall slopes outward and is shingled.) Except I have yet to see the window, because it's on the front of the house and I came in through the back door when coming home tonight, and there's still a bathroom wall between the room and the window/exterior wall. Getting the actual window in was the only time-/weather-sensitive part, and [dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose and the contractor agreed that the drywall would stay intact for now. (I wasn't here for the discussion, so I don't actually know if that's because [dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose and I haven't finalized what we're doing with that part of the room (the extra floor space we could gain by removing the existing interior wall and just having the sloped wall), or because of time constraints, or because that's just not being part of what that contracting company does...? *shrugs* But we have a window.

K.B. Spangler has a new book out this week--one that's not connected to A Girl and Her Fed. (Digital only right now, but a print version is coming.) [twitter.com profile] seananmcguire wrote a short Twitter thread in response when Spangler announced the new book's availability; the key takeaway about the actual writing is "If you want some of the most elegantly written, internally consistent, funny, touching, TRUE science fiction coming out today, you should take a look at @KBSpangler. She's the real deal, y'all. She's writing shit that breaks every rule, and still works."

In related news, I just spent a vile amount on US-to-Canada shipping* to get a print copy of Rise Up Swearing (so far the only compiled volume of AGAHF) and a little pin of Bubbles, the Fed's digital clownfish...avatar? (I'm blanking on the correct word. "Avatar" is applied to something else in that 'verse, though, IIRC. Hmm.)

I was spared having to decide, in this time of "yes, I swear, I'm trying to cut back on spending", whether I was going to get a "Literalists do it with their genitals!" shirt; the shirt is currently unavailable (as in, no longer showing up on the site at all, not just out of stock). My wallet is grateful.

*Ordered directly from the AGAHF store, and she was as appalled as I was at the shipping cost. It wasn't surprising, though.

The first week at Casual Job is over--all two days of it! (Four hours yesterday and eight today.) I'm having some tech frustration at the office that would take ages to type up and is not terribly interesting, but I'll say that I really, really hope the person who sometimes does on-site IT support for us is around on Monday, because WOW, calling the help desk was useless. -_-

So far at Hal-Con I've seen several people wearing geeky shirts from stories I know, and things like a Sailor Saturn costume down in the mall food court. (A moment of respectful silence for the food court workers this weekend, who'll be slammed.) But the best was when Ginny and I were running down from work to get lunch and ran into someone in Tohru cosplay! The cosplayer mentioned that she was off to get her Yuki and Kyo, but Ginny and I were then unsure if she'd meant plushies of the boys in their cursed forms or fellow cosplayers.

Keeping It Short Because Blahs

Sep. 22nd, 2017 10:49 pm
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Specifically, I still have the sore throat (which definitely feels like it's at least partly in my sinuses, meaning it's almost definitely a cold pre-constant-nose-blowing period) AND I just got my period this evening. Couple that with a pretty boring day at work, and I really don't have much to say.

I do want it noted that I got all my inbox messages cleared out, I wrote another short for "The Technicolor Phase" (Alice is a lucky girl who got two colors early thanks to her sister and her cat being important people/creatures in her life), I got my Valice Multiverse queue done (granted, it was a short one tonight), and I'm just about to finish up my Saturday queue on VictorLuvsAlice before chatting with a friend I haven't seen in a while. And I even found time to fit in two "OutsideXBox plays Hitman" videos. So I may not be at my absolute best, but at least I am active. *thumbs up*

Okay, time to get this post up, and then do the chat thing. Night all!

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Sep. 22nd, 2017 10:42 pm
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[Looking at motorbike she's just fixed.]

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Sep. 22nd, 2017 01:53 pm
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Fox sniffing around the rubbish bins...

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Sep. 22nd, 2017 11:45 am
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[ Just tried coffee. Looks pretty disgusted. ]

Finished TAZ: Balance

Sep. 22nd, 2017 12:05 am
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So I kind of blew through the rest of TAZ, including all the freely available live shows except the one that posted today (but not the two Flophouse episodes). I am probably not sucked in enough to shell out the five bucks a month to get at the bonus content -- paying for one D&D show seems to be my limit -- but who knows. From Crystal Kingdom right through the end, the story and characters grabbed me in their teeth and refused to let me go, and I found it one of my more satisfying listening experiences in awhile.

I have a lot to say, but most all of it is spoilers. I am VERY glad that I was not at all spoiled for the main story arc, because watching it all unfold for the players as well as myself was a huge aspect of my enjoyment. So putting a spoiler cut here.

Spoilers through the finale. )

It'll be interesting to see how things change when they start playing their new games next month. I expect that I'll enjoy whatever the Critical Role gang gets up to next, in large part because I've already seen them do other things with their various one-shots, so I feel confident that my attachment is as much to the players (and especially the DM) as to the specific team of Vox Machina. I haven't gotten the opportunity to know the McElroys quite as well yet, so I'm not sure whether the changes will take with me, especially if someone else is GMing. But I'll certainly stick with it, at least for now. I look forward to discovering what direction the boys go.

Still Freaking Windy Thursday

Sep. 21st, 2017 11:20 pm
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What's REALLY annoying is that it looked like it was getting nicer for a short while in the afternoon. . .and then it promptly clouded right back up again. *grumps* The regular mega-gusts knocking open the office windows (my coworkers like to keep them cracked in warmer weather for fresh air) didn't help. But then again, better this than anything like Maria. Cripes, poor Puerto Rico... Very glad she's apparently moving out to sea instead of threatening the US mainland. Florida and Texas were hit hard enough -- the rest of the country needs to be in one piece to help everywhere else. (Don't even get me started on the Mexico quake...)

Some other notes on today:

-->Had a couple instances of things falling on the bookshelves -- my Hallmark Victor ornament took a dive from the very top of the structure (and SURVIVED -- he's now firmly stuck up there with that poster putty Locktite stuff), and my big BTTF Illustrated Visual Guide book tipped over at one point (fortunately NOT destroying the LEGO DeLorean near it -- Mom lent me a bookend and now all is well).

-->Kinda did everything EXCEPT the roster maintenance which is supposed to be our main project at work -- this is what happens when you're a Development Assistant with a lot of little projects. Still, got all of them done and got back on the maintenance before the end of day, so yay me.

-->Paid off my credit card bill, organized my financial papers (mainly paystubs), and booked my road test this afternoon! I've been meaning to do the latter all week, but kept forgetting I needed my permit from the glove compartment (needed the # on it). Test is on 10/23 at 10:45 AM. So I still have a month to practice my skills. I feel decently confident on the road these days, at least. Just hope that holds up during the test itself...

-->All that took up a good chunk of time, so I went with writing on "The Technicolor Phase" instead of "Fixing You." Did the bit where Lizzie gets her first color (yellow) from her newborn sister. Had a number of false starts, but I eventually got the words done how they should go. I actually quite like this little verse now -- I'm looking forward to finishing all the shorts I have in mind and posting them. Hopefully other people will like it too.

-->On that note, finally posted the "Nightmare" Mallow Hallow Snippet to AO3! It is creepy and if you don't like forced undressing by Ruin tentacles and implied past rape, I'd skip it and wait until I do the much nicer wrap-up chapter next week. (Reasons I didn't want to end this thing on THAT chapter...)

-->Having some trouble concentrating and my throat is kind of sore. This could either be PMS woes or the start of a cold, and neither is welcome. -.-

Okay, I really need to get to bed now -- sleep tight all!

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Sep. 21st, 2017 08:07 pm
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He doesn't bite, just all hiss.

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Sep. 21st, 2017 07:27 pm
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We do this over and over.

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Sep. 21st, 2017 06:51 pm
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[Heading into the local library alone.]

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Sep. 20th, 2017 11:53 pm
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[She's found somewhere newer. Nicer. Kinder.]

Mishmash post

Sep. 21st, 2017 01:04 am
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--I want to say it feels weird to think that I'm going back to the office tomorrow, but it doesn't seem real enough yet to feel weird. (Having had only something like a week of work in the spring is not really helping. I'd barely sat down at my desk and then we were finished!) What does feel weird is thinking--hoping!--that when I get home tomorrow there'll be a window where there is now a solid wall.


--The first few days back are usually pretty reasonable. (I could conceivably even be home for supper tomorrow evening!) Thankfully, today I was able to finish and submit the half-volume that's due tomorrow, so that's not hanging over me...but I'll need to go pick up my and [dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose's con passes, and then on Friday, no matter what time we wrap up at the office, I'll be going straight from there to the convention. I even made it as far as looking over the schedule and making notes this evening, although in practice I rarely make it to more than a small percentage of the panels and talks that catch my eyes. So many people. O_O (The "rarely" applies to cons and similar things in general, as this is only my second Hal-Con.)


--When I was poking around in my tags the other day to see if I could figure out when I stopped bouldering, I came across this 2013 post about Claudia from when she and Jinksy were about five months old. Oh, my kitten. *^^* (*finds baby!Claudia!kitten icon*)


--I have this half-formed theory that Casual Job is the appropriate excuse to actually start figuring out lipstick, since I really haven't, despite buying a bunch in Toronto. The defense I have to offer is that I'm usually at home living in pajamas when Casual Job isn't on (I'm very glad I'm not one of the many people who needs to Get Dressed to successfully work at home--although if it'd help my focus, you bet I'd do it), and when I go out it's usually either quick errands (hard to convince myself to bother) or to have dinner out with someone (and I know people eat and drink with lipstick on all the time, but it turns out I find it intimidating to consider needing to immediately touch it up while out if it smears/wears off).

Somewhat Less Frustrating Wednesday

Sep. 20th, 2017 11:22 pm
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There's still all sorts of "fun" problems with the rosters, and other work piling up too (though at least I managed to stay on top of direct debits and credit cards), but not quite as stressful as yesterday. Some of the nicer things that happened today:

-->Traffic in and out wasn't quite as bad -- still heavy in spots, but not the complete clusterfuck it was yesterday afternoon

-->I got a lot done in catching up with a PM waiting in my inbox, and all my other comments drafted over lunch too, yay~

-->Got a little more done on my VictorLuvsAlice queue, and some more drafted posts waiting in the wings besides

-->Somebody I haven't talked to in a while has reappeared in my life, so that's nice~

-->Wrote some more on "Fixing You" -- went over Nell wanting Victor and Alice to have an "event" wedding, and some of Victor's complicated feels on the whole thing (because he WANTS to marry Alice, he really does, he just -- remembers how badly it all went the last two times he tried wedding someone, and his feeling that, as long as he's "lusting" after Alice, he doesn't deserve to marry her...). Good addition to the chapter, I think.

-->Got some fanfic too! My friend Nebby posted Part 1 of her multiverse Valice "Beauty And The Beast" AU! It's a very fun little beginning, and inspired something for my Song Saturday, which is always nice. :) And it's just nice to see other Valice stuff besides mine. I hunger for content~

So yeah, even with my job still being kind of a pain at the moment, week is taking a bit of an upswing. Now we just have to see what the weather holds. . . Right this moment, though, I have one last thing to post, and then a bed to get to. Night all!

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Sep. 20th, 2017 10:07 pm
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It's way too early for this..

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Sep. 20th, 2017 02:12 pm
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Don't want to spend tonight alone.
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Fannish/Geeky/SFF Things

"Seanan McGuire on What She Learned From October, Plus a Sweeps!" The interview is about what writing Toby's series (AKA her first novel and series) taught her, and the contest, which is open until September 30, is for all eleven books to date.

"Transcript for OTW 10th Anniversary Chat with Seanan McGuire & Martha Wells".

"Exclusive Interview and ARC Giveaway: In Other Lands author, Sarah Rees Brennan". This contest has closed, alas, but I really liked the interview (and its entirely appropriate attention to mermaids): "My protagonist Elliot is a huge nerd, so when he arrives in a magical world he immediately asks ‘Show me the mermaids!’ rather than ‘Explain to me this strange word… magic…’ and mermaids are for him a shorthand for him wanting to behold the many wonders on offer in a magic land–in other words, harpies, unicorns and mermaids, oh my. He then keeps asking about the mermaids, having lessons about them, researching them, getting different answers about mermaids from different people, until he finally does meet one–with consequences I will not spoil for those who do not yet know!"

"Sci-fi author Martha Wells on writing a series about a robot that calls itself Murderbot".

"‘SHEroes’: Wonder Woman meets Bionic Woman". "Lindsay Wagner, aka Jamie Sommers or “The Bionic Woman,” posted her photo with Lynda Carter, aka Diana Prince or “Wonder Woman,” on her Facebook page recently and, as expected, fans went wild with nostalgia."

"Superheroes for the Jewish New Year". [Book Riot]

Over at [dreamwidth.org profile] ladybusiness, [dreamwidth.org profile] renay posted a great interview with Kate Elliott.

"Present-Day Devices as Props". "Every Star Trek production requires a large number of props to act as technical devices of Starfleet or of aliens. There are custom prop designs for standard phasers, tricorders or communicators. But in most cases there is a need for additional props that either serve a specific purpose in the story or are used as generic futuristic decoration. Several of the props that could be seen are actually slightly modified devices of the 20th/21st century. In particular, game consoles have been used repeatedly for handheld scanners."

Sarah Gailey (author of the hippo-wrangling AUs River of Teeth and Taste of Marrow) currently has an unrelated serial, The Fisher of Bones, running in Fireside Magazine, who've just announced that the whole story is now available for preorder (and...get the ending before folks who're reading it/choose to keep reading it in serialization, which seems a bit odd to me, but sure).


TV/movie news

"Linda Hamilton Set to Return to 'Terminator' Franchise".

"MISS. FISHER’S MURDER MYSTERIES Movie Is a Go, Thanks to Kickstarter".

"“Madam Secretary” Showrunner Barbara Hall Developing CIA Drama for CBS" about "a multigenerational family of spies."

"The real hero of Netflix's "The Defenders" is the way Jessica Jones throws very heavy things".

"REPORT: Marvel Studios Developing a Power Pack Feature Film".


Miscellaneous

"Dictionary of the Oldest Written Language–It Took 90 Years to Complete, and It’s Now Free Online". [Open Culture]

"A 68 Hour Playlist of Shakespeare’s Plays Being Performed by Great Actors: Gielgud, McKellen & More". [Open Culture, 2015]

"Street Artist Paints Fantastic Fake Shadows Under Objects Perplexing Sidewalk Pedestrians Walking By".

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