The March

Jan. 21st, 2017 08:30 pm
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The Women's March on Washington was incredible. While I was in it, I mostly felt stressed and overwhelmed, because crowds and I do not get along. But I'm glad I pushed through that and went.

Seeing all the women (and men, and people of other genders, and dogs), all the signs, all the images and news headlines, all the marches around the world, makes me feel really proud and inspired to have been involved. To have helped make history.

Sigh

Jan. 20th, 2017 09:00 pm
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So tired.

...Part of this is hormones.

Anyway, I'll be marching tomorrow, in solidarity with women and people of other genders in DC, in the country, and in the world.

Books!

Jan. 19th, 2017 08:44 pm
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First off, I'm feeling just fine today. My teammates were both back at work, but they both went home early. I'm hoping my immune system continues to rally!

I read a blog post yesterday on keeping a reading journal (I can't find it again because I read the darn thing at work). I thought it was a great idea and immediately started one in my bullet journal. The author of the blog post keeps her reading journal separate from her bullet journal, but I didn't like the idea of lugging around a second journal, and I don't think I'll write as much as she does.

Of course, today I forgot to bring it to work, so I didn't write anything during my lunchtime reading. I'm not sure I would have anyway. One comment (on one of the three-plus books I'm reading) plus whatever I put on Litsy is probably enough...

Reading Wednesday: 18 January 2017

Jan. 18th, 2017 10:12 pm
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What are you currently reading?

I'm in the middle of The Nix by Nathan Hill which is part of the Morning News Tournament of Books. It's sort of a white dude literary novel that gets debut authors compared to Jonathan Franzen, but since I don't have any knowledge of the author saying stupid things about women writers or the Internet, I can read it on a less conflicted level. I've been listening to it on audio at 1.2 times the normal speed which feels about right.

Still chugging along with Louise Penny's A Great Reckoning and the plot is doing several of the things I hate when long-running mystery series try to do them but I commented when I picked this up that I hope it has enough 'banter and small town hijinks and obscure Canadiana and Inspector Beauvoir being grouchy' to keep me going and indeed it has all of those things, plus the Gamaches have a new puppy.

What did you recently finish reading?

I did in fact use my long weekend to sit in with Fingersmith and WELL THAT TOOK A TURN. I don't want to say anything else about it because spoilers. I just got back from the book club discussion where we talked about it and fortunately one of the other regulars loved it and most other people were interested in it so I don't have to change my name and move to another book club for suggesting it. Though I have forgotten that January is the month a lot of new people show up (the club is based out of a meetup group that anyone can join so while we have a core of regulars people cycle in and out and read a delightfully random selection of titles and genres) and Fingersmith is a heck of an introduction, I don't know what kind of expectations it creates.

What do you think you’ll read next

I got Michael Chabon's Moonglow from the library before Christmas and read a couple chapters but was too busy and had to send it back. I just got it again and so as soon as i post this I'm gonna crawl in bed with it, I am excited. And my nonfiction/social justice book club is reading The New Jim Crow.

Health

Jan. 18th, 2017 08:28 pm
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One of my teammates at work was out sick on Tuesday, and the other was out sick today. I hope I'm not next. I think my mild sore throat and dry mouth today can both be attributed to snoring last night...

It's like hyper-Monday

Jan. 17th, 2017 08:30 pm
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The day after a long weekend is the worst. My brain is in anxiety mode after three days of getting to sleep in as long as I felt like, so I slept like crap last night because I kept being afraid I would miss my alarm. I even had a dream within a dream of my alarm going off at the wrong time!

Ack

Jan. 14th, 2017 09:16 pm
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I can't think of anything to write! I'm so bad at this!

My friends are (hopefully, if the weather doesn't turn on us) coming over tomorrow to play board games, so maybe I'll have something to write about tomorrow XD

Ugh

Jan. 13th, 2017 07:58 pm
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I'm pretty horrified by the leadership in my country.

Weather

Jan. 12th, 2017 09:18 pm
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Today's weather is quite warm and wet. My sinuses approve, but my logical mind does not. It's January and should be cold.

Also, it's predicted to be followed up by ice on Saturday, which a) is probably going to be too much for my poor sinuses to handle and b) will seriously mess with my plans with friends from two hours away, who are planning to come over and play board games all day.

Fandom Trumps Hate auction

Jan. 12th, 2017 09:08 am
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Hey, all, I am participating in the Fandom Trumps Hate auction to raise money for a variety of causes. You can find my contributor page here, and the main page of the auction, searchable by name and fandom here

The text of my offer is here, though if you know me you have an idea of what I write/ have written, and I'm flexible... throw in any fandom I've written in the past + Westworld + Twilight in my willing-to-write; doesn't have to be female-character centric, I just threw that on there to have something. If you're not sure, you can ask (here is better, I don't really know how to use tumblr STILL after all this time)

Likeadeuce Auction #1
Type of fanwork: fic
Fandom(s): Marvel Cinematic Universe, Rogue one, XMen comics, Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood, Buffy & Angelverse, Shakespeare
Rating(s): G, Teen, Mature, Explicit
Length/size: up to 5k words
Especially interested in: Femslash or female friendship
Will not: Roy/Ed in FMA
Auctions run from 12 January 2017 (Midnight, EST) to 19 January 2017 (Midnight, EST). Bids before or after this period are invalid and will not be counted. If you would like to bid on this auction:

Choose Your Own

Jan. 11th, 2017 09:21 pm
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A friend on another forum put the idea into my head of making a Choose Your Own Adventure fitness program (for myself, using only workouts selected by me).

This is taking up way too much space in my brain and I wish I knew how to do it exactly the way I want...

Reading Wednesday: 11 January 2017

Jan. 11th, 2017 12:47 pm
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What are you currently reading?

Fingersmith by Sarah Waters. When I last posted I was a couple chapters in and was like "Victorian intrigue and I assume eventually lesbians" and I've gotten a few chapters further and can't add to that. I have a long weekend coming up and would like to curl up with this one.

A Great Reckoning by Louise Penny, chugging along nicely with the audiobook, I wasn't sure about the premise but so far a good installment in this series.

What did you recently finish reading?

Kill 'Em and Leave by James McBride, an interesting if highly opinionated take on James Brown's life, particularly through a lens of the South Carolina and Georgia communities he came from and went home to for most of his life.

Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right by Arlie Russell Hochschild. So this book was infuriating for reasons that were likely intended (if you want a graphic idea of just how badly the oil industry has fucked over Louisiana's environment, with the gleeful collusion of its state government) and apparently NOT intended (the Berkeley educated left-leaning author keeps hammering her own need to feel empathy with her Tea Party subjects on their "deep story" but never meaningfully engages with how that deep story is she uncovers from her subjects is FUNDAMENTALLY BASED AROUND THEIR REFUSAL TO FEEL COMPASSION FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT LIKE THEM. This is absolutely explicit in the book -- there's some disconnect re: what compassion/sympathy/empathy might mean to different people -- but her subjects literally keep saying things like 'Liberals expect me to feel sorry for immigrants and black people but I don't want to.') Hochschild may feel like her job as a social scientist is not to judge her subjects, but focusing on her own empathy struggle while completely failing to apply anything but a shrug to their explicit rejection of empathy in the other direction makes the book feel unbalanced. I feel like what could have been a powerful book gets tangled up in the whole 'coastal liberals need to care about rural white people more' conversation, some of which is external to the book but which its promoters have certainly tried to coast on. Gonna have some WORDS for this one at book group.

What do you think you’ll read next?

The shortlist for The Morning News Tournament of Books comes out tomorrow, and I'm hoping something on that list will coincide with a book I bought in 2016 and haven't read yet. . .alternatively I finally got Marissa Meyer's Winter back from the library so if I can remember how far I got last time I might pick that back up. It does feel sort of like watching the last season of a TV series I lost enthusiasm for a while ago but it's the last season so I guess I'll finish??

Tuesday

Jan. 10th, 2017 09:29 pm
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Tuesdays are too busy to write a real post! At least, they are while doing 31 Days of Yoga Revolution. Day job, craft group, yoga, fiction writing... and now it's pretty much time for bed.

Submit programming ideas by Jan 20th

Jan. 10th, 2017 08:40 pm
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WisCon has reminded us that you can submit programming ideas for WisCon 41 by Jan. 20 (11:59pm Central Time), and encourages you to do so.

Reminder that you can do this even if you haven't registered for WisCon and if you wouldn't yourself want to be one of the participants on the program item.

Pens

Jan. 9th, 2017 09:09 pm
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The main pen I use in my bullet journal, a black Sharpie pen, is dying. I'm a little sad that I will soon have to change up my bujo routine (I'll probably just switch to the green Sharpie pen), but also kind of proud that I've journaled enough to use up a good pen.

...I may have messed it up a bit when first using it, because the nib (can you call it a nib when it's a marker pen?) is a bit squished, but still.
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Some alterations to your clothes and your brain (531 words) by lotesse
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Metropolis: The Chase Suite - Janelle Monae
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Anthony Greendown/Cindi Mayweather
Characters: Cindi Mayweather, Anthony Greendown
Additional Tags: Philosophy, Euclid
Summary:

“Yeah, but,” Cindi said, and her eyes were big and depthless, “you could take it in one of two ways.”

Cindi had come back to him from the abyss, and she'd come back with a message.

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