fiber monday

Jan. 22nd, 2017 19:31
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* Reason's too-large slippers are really too large this winter, though she insists they're fine. Since I got one pair from 50 g of yarn (actually 46), I tried bending the second skein into a pattern adaptation, but it became too small. :P Never mind---"fine" will do. What she would like, she insists, is what she's requested off and on for nine months: a replacement of the orange cardigan that she lost last spring. (Age six really can understand time. Though she doesn't remember when she lost it, she remembers having asked multiple times "all year," which is no worse than your average adult.) Officially I'm considering it; secretly I've bought the yarn and will target the fall, her birthday. And I've been meaning to make better slippers for my mother---a pair has been knitted, it's being reknitted because the pattern sizing lied and I didn't catch it in time, and then I'll reinforce the soles before handing it over.

* Getting the hang of things, snail-like: Read more... )

* Whatever else, patterns cost less than reasonably durable yarn. Wish I had an average-proportion knitter or skilled adapter to share my misfire-pattern library with---things I will never figure out how to rewrite for Reason or myself, things I've bought to read once for learning, etc. (My mother has average proportions and knits, but the problem-solving aspect doesn't appeal to her: I "reminded" her how to turn a sock heel, and she . . . made herself six pairs of boring socks one after another and resumed sewing). Any interest?

WIPs in review

Jan. 22nd, 2017 08:26
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I was trying to operate a 'one in, one out' principle, and I thought for a while that it was almost working. It's really not working. So let's survey the task at hand.

the bells of hell - Hilary pursues her medical career during WWII - 13k posted, another 2k written, 75% done. This is my longest-standing WIP and I do very much intend to finish it! Just... not yet. I do know exactly what's going to happen.

marginal gains - In which Victor is doping, and Yuuri is about to start - 1.5k posted, another 3k written, 50% done. This one got derailed a bit by the number of people who considered it totally OOC, but I have a fair amount of writing sunk into it already, so I think I need to get it done once I recover my enthusiasm. There's also a bit of a struggle with tone, since I want to take it seriously, but there's also part of me that finds the whole concept of doping a little funny.

the rider - The cycling AU about Ralph and his Sublieutenant - 1.5k written, 75% done. I can polish this off really quickly once the mood strikes me, I just need to be willing to write the tragic bit. It's Brisk young sailor all over again, why do I get myself into these situations?

the triumph of the continental style - E.F. Benson finds himself at a skating competition in 2018 - 600 words written, 50% done. Just need a solid hour or so to press onwards!

three kings - Yuri goes to Victor and Yuuri in Hasetsu, ten years later - 2k written, 50% done? Need to remind myself here that I'm writing something happy (ish) for a change and that the proposed scope is not epic. This will probably be my next posted work, unless Benson intervenes.

the Master and Margarita (working title) - The one about Yakov and Lilia - 600 words of notes and scattered dialogue. Not likely to be the next thing I work on, but it's on the horizon somewhere.

shivers down my spine (working title) - The epic tale of the epic Nikiforov/Plisetsky rivalry in the run-up to the 2018 Games - 700 words of mainly notes and timeline. I will need to psych myself up for this, as well as decide exactly how irredeemably messed up I want to allow the relationship between Victor and Yuri to become, but honestly the story (ripped in full from the headlines) is too good not to use. If I could but write it.

some things

Jan. 21st, 2017 21:33
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* I've come around to wanting a bit to play the Phoenix Wright title most recently released in the US, Spirit of Justice, which partner played several months ago. Charged the 3DS's battery and everything. Now I'm under deadline, and reading syndicated feeds for three minutes at a time is what my brain can handle amidst officework and housework. *shrugs* The battery has discharged itself from inactivity.

* Only two queued book posts remain, also, because I've finished only one book a month for several months---just nibbles and nibbles. I persist with what I'm reading, but it's sooooo sloooooow. FTR: Drowned Amnet, Ninefox Gambit, Died in the Wool.

...There, I've banged out a third book post. There's a draft of a fourth, for Cart and Cwidder, and there are two "random books I forgot to blog earlier" posts; then I may fall off the Wednesday-reading habit. We'll see.

* Current deadline pressure: not as vexing or personally crushing as a non-deadline, randomly bad day at the old job. The "I'm not actually entry-level" habits have emerged in the form of gauged project-management efforts; someone else is supposed to be driving a certain complex project, and since the person hasn't really been, I've been maneuvering somewhat while stopping short of what'd look like trying to manage that person from a distance. Interesting puzzle in its own right.

Hard several ways, this deadline, yet invigorating, not attenuating. Some of it is the relief of finding that I haven't been pretending: I really can learn things, sometimes very quickly, and be of some use in new-to-me contexts. There's still much to learn! That too is a relief; I won't become bored within a year. Hope I may continue being of use.

* I have a bunch of other thoughts but have stopped posting in any 'net context about political issues. Call it being a child of the Cold War.

[politics]

Jan. 21st, 2017 14:47
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I'm going to be posting anti-Trump stuff under the tag "potatoes of defiance" (thank you Terry Pratchett!) for anyone who wants to filter it out.

Anyway, I finally managed to set up a few recurring donations yesterday and am deciding what to do with the rest of the money I've budgeted for donations. And I made my first call to my Congressperson. It went to voicemail, and I stuttered a bit, and I don't even know if it was helpful, but at least that was a start!

Also waving a fist in solidarity to everyone going out to march today. CB is out there, but my cold has triggered my asthma so I'm not =(. The pictures of people around the world protesting are great though.

And as an FYI, I've stopped crossposting to LJ and am still debating over deleting all my posts there and/or my account.

More Joy Day

Jan. 20th, 2017 18:30
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Today is More Joy Day and it sounds like it's sorely needed for many of us. Certainly for me.

So what I am offering is this: let me know what I can do, within the confines of a comment box, to bring you more joy. This could include flashfic, meta, recs (fics, vids, books, travel...), reminiscences, compliments, witty banter... the sky's the limit. I'll do my best to deliver (or let you know if I can't).

I'll be here all evening watching the Tour Down Under...

In the mean time I'll share some skating videos that bring me joy )
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AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
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AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

ZOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGZOMG

Um. Okay.

Maybe tomorrow I will be able to write a post on this, but for today this is a placeholder so I can yell about spoilers with people in the comments. But basically: this show is amazing; I can't remember the last time I was so happy to have watched a show unspoiled; along with Yuri!!! on Ice it has been my major comfort food since the election; and it just stuck the landing like WHOA.

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA I NEED THEM TO RENEW THIS SHOW

There's some good stuff in The AV Club episode recaps (which I'm not linking to because I bet there will be something spoilery up by tomorrow); [personal profile] sabra_n's been doing great episode commentaries; and [personal profile] kate_nepveu has a good brief nonspoilery recommendation post. So those are places to go if you are looking for someone to be coherent.

The thirteen-episode first season is up on the NBC website.

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

SPOILERS IN THE COMMENTS. DON'T READ THEM. I'M NOT KIDDING.
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I am late, but this is on a deadline, so I will do it out of order.

[personal profile] skygiants: I am going to be traveling a ridiculous amount this month and therefore if you felt like posting about good/fluffy plane/travel reads sometime in between January 14 and 19 I would be much obliged.

--which conveniently turns out to cross over with:

[personal profile] rachelmanija: The most fun books you read in the last year or so. Not the ones of the highest literary value or the deepest explorations of a serious issue. The ones that were the most entertaining, made you the most happy, and/or weren't even good at all but were highly amusingly cracktastic. That sort of thing.

I have read all sorts of things traveling, of course, depending on mood or what I was reading when I started, but usually for plane flights or long train trips, I like mysteries or romances, things that are fun and fast-paced and gripping and whose prose has a rhythm that doesn't clash with the rhythms of transportation. (No, but seriously, trying to read Bleak House on a cross-continental train for real gave me a headache. And when I'm sitting still, I even like Bleak House!)

The Cafe La Femme mysteries by Livia Day (aka Tansy Rayner Roberts) work perfectly for me for this purpose. A Trifle Dead, Drowned Vanilla, and novella The Blackmail Blend are set in Hobart, Tasmania, and are confections as delightful as their names. Tabitha Darling owns a cafe and loves pastries, pretty frocks, and gossip. She does not love the cops who frequent her cafe and complain about how she's eased out traditional greasy spoon fare for really very delicious-sounding fusion fare -- not because they complain, but because they are keeping a close eye on her for the sake of her father, who used to be chief of police, and her mother, who used to make the police commissary a place where the food was actually good. (Dad ran off with a younger woman, and Mom quit and went off to meditate in the country. Tabitha is not happy with Dad.)

The mysteries can be predictable, but the real pleasure of the books is the world-building: the lively sense of the local Hobart arts and foodie scenes, the soul-calming love of the mountains in the distance, and the small-town intimacy which means Tabitha seems to have dated half the people involved in the case during college. It is also very thoroughly seen through the female gaze, so much so that I sometimes got impatient with Tabitha evaluating the hotness of every guy who walked through the door. Tabitha is clearly attracted to many more people in daily life than I am.

That's making it sound like these are books very focused on men, whereas they're books with lots of relationships between women where the protagonist happens to be very straight. There are indeed queer and non-gender-normative characters. My favorite is probably the granny whose art consistents of obscene pastry, but I am also fond of Tabitha's gorgeous frenemy and her extremely grumpy cafe assistant who makes excellent cappuccino.

Also, I want to eat every dish Tabitha makes in the entire book. She includes recipes.

The most fun book I read in 2016 was also by Rayner Roberts: Musketeer Space, a gender-swapped, race-bent, everybody's pansexual, space opera retelling of The Three Musketeers. It was originally published as a serial on Rayner Roberts' blog, where you can still read it for free. I am not sure what more to say to people who aren't sold by "The Three Musketeers IN SPACE!!!", honestly, but Dana D'Artagnan and her friends are a delight and the background worldbuilding is a delight and there's also a companion novella "Joyeux", which is, oddly enough, probably best read between parts one and two of the novel. Rayner Roberts has a way of writing brave rash women and cynical self-destructive men that feels hooked straight into the fannish id in the very best way.

10 Albums From My Teen Years

Jan. 19th, 2017 12:03
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I think I've mostly seen this meme on Facebook, but others have posted it to Dreamwidth and so will I.

Matchbox 20, Yourself or Someone Like You
Third Eye Blind, Third Eye Blind [although Blue is now my fave of theirs]
Vertical Horizon, Everything You Want
Blink-182, Enema of the State
Linkin Park, Hybrid Theory
Green Day, Dookie
The Starting Line, Say It Like You Mean It
Fall Out Boy, Take This to Your Grave
Alanis Morissette, Jagged Little Pill
New Found Glory, Sticks and Stones


ALSO, I might be showing my youth here, but there are a lot of singles I got a hold of through of through a friend or etc. that were super meaningful to me even if I didn't have the full album. Example, Swing Swing by the All-American Rejects, as well as songs by Dashboard Confessional, Switchfoot, Lifehouse, Good Charlotte, Simple Plan, The Ataris, etc.

Soundtracks were also a massive influence on me, probably moreso than half the albums on this list. These would include Les Miz, Everworld, Spider-Man 2, A Walk to Remember, MOULIN ROUGE, etc.

*happy dance*

Jan. 19th, 2017 10:17
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So, U2 are playing in Chicago the weekend after Wiscon. [profile] izzybeth and I got completely shut out of the first concert :(, but they added a second night and we had SUCCESS and have GA tickets. I'm looking forward to standing/sitting in line all day with actual company this time. The last time I went to U2 (Montreal, 2 tours ago) I went by myself, which made the waiting in line for a good spot on the floor remarkably boring.

Unrelatedly, I posted another recs post at [personal profile] recsforalloccasions and forgot to post about it here: Lord Peter Wimsey: 15 Recs including 3 Crossovers.

Dinner and work

Jan. 18th, 2017 19:49
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Present!Cesy is very grateful to Past!Cesy for getting the pigs-in-blankets out of the freezer yesterday.

Dinner so far consists of mocktails, pigs-in-blankets, chocolate brownies, and a few carrot sticks as a nod to health. I might need to add something. It's been one of those days at work and I have more to do. But I'm still smiling, even if at times it verges on a grimace. It's satisfying work in between bouts of frustration.

[meme]

Jan. 18th, 2017 14:02
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In lieu of actual content, I offer you a meme by way of [personal profile] thebonesofferalletters:
Comment with a fanfic trope and, if you'd like, a character/pairing, and I will tell you:
• how likely I am to write it
• A few lines of theoretical fic

flavor and what?

Jan. 17th, 2017 22:01
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Jeon Kyu-tae, The Flavor and Wisdom of Korean (2012): I DON'T EVEN KNOW, you guys. I pulled it off the shelf while picking up Choe 1983, and Reason, who had come because sitting on the back of the cargo bike still counts as a treat, asked soberly, "Should it be 'Korea', mama, or is it language?" Wellllll, so, Jeon is a poet and comp lit scholar b. 1933 (says the book's foreword by Gil-won Lee) who had pancreatic cancer, lost his cancer after withdrawing from the literary world for a decade, and decided to reflect upon Korean culture in a bunch of essays, which are gathered here for our convenience and benefit. Thank you, Jeon seonsaengnim. Right?

... )

raindrops fall like lists

Jan. 17th, 2017 11:38
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1. The convention was a lot of fun. Great panels, good food, and I came home with a sword. As you do. ;D

2. I checked my mailbox to discover that I'd received a package from [personal profile] yhlee containing BPAL. Including Spooky, my most beloved scent of scents! For those of you who don't know, Spooky is a LE BPAL blend and I'd been carefully rationing out the three bottles I'd been hoarding. But ALAS! I finally ran out early last year. It was pretty sad. But no more! I can enjoy Spooky once again. Thanks again, [personal profile] yhlee!

3. I started a self-defense class last Tuesday. The second class is tonight and I'm really looking forward to it. My 30-day trial at the yoga studio down the street ended, so I've been doing some home practice for now. On the bright side, another local yoga studio is offering a free class on Friday. I have the day off, so I'm taking advantage of it! Trying to maintain some physical activity throughout this winter has been good for my brain. Normally, I'm a wreck during January, but my energy levels have been nicely high. :)

Hope y'all are good. Did I miss anything exciting while I was gone?

fiber monday postscript (1)

Jan. 16th, 2017 19:04
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I'm tired of lining up images by hand, so I'm using WordPress's ability--but they're still locked, just differently. Access-locked post to follow.

Perfume musing

Jan. 16th, 2017 20:09
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I have recently started wearing perfume occasionally, for the first time in years. I very rarely buy perfume, because it is always not quite right, and I don't like paying that much money for something that's wrong as well as being an unnecessary luxury. But actually, I have a few perfumes at home, from presents and things, and it makes much more sense to use them than leave them around until they evaporate. And it turns out that wearing nice scents does make me happier, even if they don't match the perfect scent I can never find.

Maybe I should look into BPAL or some other non-mainstream perfume again.

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