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Not gonna file you under latest nostalgia or happily ever after

Sep. 15th, 2014 | 08:32 pm

I've had Spence on the brain for a few reasons lately, and then I stumbled across a writing project I began in his voice. I forgot how entertaining he is to write.

Some snippets (warnings for curse words and really awful grammar and spelling):
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Mostly I'm writing up his backstory and some of his time at Temple from his perspective, but if any Endgame folks have stories they'd like to share (I'm missing big chunks of even the ones I was there for), I'd be interested in hearing them and then in writing them up Spence folktale style. (Or just hearing them if you can't stand to see the little engineer librarian butcher them. :) )
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Legen- wait for it-

Apr. 10th, 2014 | 09:50 am

How I met your Mother in a town of crazy people and eventually we made little engineer babies probably through Divinim tech, thank you Blackburns.Collapse )

Edit: I left out reference to any actual members of 8th Street because in too many cases he'd then have to explain why they aren't around anymore, and that would too closely mirror the Mother, and it would have gotten angsty and...yeah. Though I totally could have used Raver in the beginning rather than Nicole, but I wanted to mention Nicole. Hm. This may actually get edited. No. It shouldn't. Too much to do. But...maybe...

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It is precious to me, though I buy it with a great pain.

Mar. 23rd, 2014 | 02:17 pm

Various crafty friends:

1. I am considering going fabric shopping (somewhere...) on one of the below-listed evenings. Would anyone be interested in accompanying?
3/25, 3/28, 4/1, 4/3, 4/4, 4/5, 4/6

2. Relatedly, could I steal into a house some evening in early April and borrow use of an iron and sewing machine? (As a bonus, I haven't used a sewing machine in at least ten years, and..actually, thinking on that further I think I talked someone else into doing that project for me.... So hilarity may ensue. But not property damage, I promise. I will admit defeat before I allow others to be harmed.)

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Do you believe in magic, bigwig?

Jan. 31st, 2014 | 02:37 pm

I've enjoyed keeping track of my reading list here, and it encourages me to read more, which is vital for brain maintenance. The theme of the past several weeks has been YA novels, which have the benefit of being quick easy pulp that I can read in an evening after work without sacrificing too much of my productive time, as well as being an easy way to find more strong female protagonists. Unfortunately I've found that I don't empathize with or relate to teenagers, (maybe because I didn't go through any of the related issues at that age?), and so I tend to read these for the adventure, world-building, and fantasy aspects and don't get any of the emotional trauma they're meant to evoke. Which is pretty much the opposite of my usual character-oriented reading style. Still, they're definitely entertaining! And it's been interesting to explore a genre I mostly skipped over.

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* If you feel similarly, I recommend checking out the Cal Leandros novels. They're more adult pulp. Dark urban fantasy. I kept flashing back to them as I read this trilogy, and I'd really love crossover fic, because the two pairs of brothers are similar in a number of ways.**
** And what with the repeated tropes in these two series as well as the TV show Supernatural, I'm beginning to think that my Garou character should have at least flirted with the Spiral to give his brother a more snarky monster of a younger sibling. He's definitely dropping his end of the warrior brothers bargain.
*** He'd get along AMAZINGLY well with Jacob, who's a complete dork. And, if you're in my DnD campaign, a scrupulously honest individual. (If you're not in my DnD campaign, he's totally a fraud. Shh.)
**** Thank you, lisefrac! (She has a far more in-depth and useful review of this book than I do.)
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Nov. 29th, 2013 | 12:58 am

I've been the primary caretaker of a pet for only a little over six months and I already feel like I have to choose between being dumb and being cruel. I know this probably isn't true, but I've spent so much money on the little guy and to no actual result. I'll maybe write a longer post tomorrow, but I'm too tired to be either descriptive or self-deprecating. Suffice to say he's at the hospital, getting some nursing and investigation, they almost certainly won't find anything, and he probably would have been fine if I'd just let him stay home. But I can't stand that probably. In addition, if there's a social skill for saying no to doctors, it's not one I have. And this is part of why I avoid hospitals for myself.

Going to sleep now. Will actually get to use my pillow tonight. Will not enjoy it.

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Verily, thou hast felt it.

Nov. 15th, 2013 | 12:26 pm

Running a campaign with two different and unconnected parties is interesting. I have a full and complete view of the world,* but the two parties form a lopsided Venn diagram of experience.

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On a sillier note, the last two sessions introduced two new NPCs, one to each party. These NPCs may never meet, are even less likely to meet on camera, as it were, and it could be that neither party ever meets both, but I totally ship them and this is ridiculous.

* More than my players, at any rate. The fact that I make up most sessions on the fly notwithstanding.

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Not much to do but smile and try to stay alive.

Sep. 22nd, 2013 | 10:14 pm

I've gotten tired of the old "Man I have so much stuff to do!" -> "Oh god I'm too overwhelmed to do anything!" -> "Man I have even more stuff to do!" cycle, and my last productivity post was cheering, so unfortunately you may see a few more of them before I'm back to normal patterns.

Things I did today:
- Catch up on my e-mail
- Hopefully reasonably reply to a reasonable reply to a thing that greatly angered me
- Did a legendary amount of dishes, truly awful
- Medicated my cat twice
- Took out the garbage and recycling
- Did a long overdue grocery run
- Laundered and folded two loads of clothes
- Planned dinner tomorrow and baking for Shadows
- Baked 3 dozen snickerdoodles (not for Shadows)
- Burned myself
- Remembered to run cool water over the burn immediately rather than after baking concluded

If I'm feeling super ambitious, I might even tidy my bedroom before sleeping. We'll see.

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You did just slaughter an entire village.

Sep. 19th, 2013 | 09:35 pm

This evening I:
- Split my CSA veggies
- Tidied my house
- Sorted through my mail
- Paid all my bills, including the one that involved making a phone call
- Caught up on my Tumblr backlog
- Bought new boots
- Sent a catch up e-mail, an I-could-use-some-help-but-please-don't-go-to-too-much-trouble* e-mail, and a customer service e-mail
- Gave my cat medication twice
- Realized how much better I feel about life when I don't have a miserable, draining day at work
- Blinded myself by turning off f.lux
- Created a preliminary Shadows of Amun icon
- Ate dinner

This evening I did not:
- Eat dinner**
- Dwell too much on the other tasks I didn't do, because look at what I did accomplish! Further chores can wait for tomorrow.

* The day I learned people expressed that sentiment passive aggressively was the day the dishonesty of the human race skyrocketed my social anxiety.
** I'll fix this before sleeping.
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Let's have a party; there's a full moon in the sky.

Sep. 6th, 2013 | 04:53 pm

Is anyone interested in a repeat of last year's Hobgoblin Soiree? Fire, cider, and stories remain my preferred way to celebrate the holiday.

Unfortunately Camelot is booked for Friday, November 1st, so it would either need to be a different day or, more likely, a different venue. Thoughts? This is where I'm currently stumped, and as happy as I am to offer up my yard, it may eat people, and doesn't allow for fire.

Alternately I can take people on tours of the Spider Zone* as a cheap alternative for a haunted house.

* a.k.a. my basement

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We be light. We be life. We be fire.

Aug. 1st, 2013 | 01:56 pm

Apologies for the recent downer posts and lack of replies to most things. I suspect that, given my first real break in months, all my stress and exhaustion finally caught up with me. But I've been chugging books and tea and will be back at full whenever my cat recovers from whatever illness he's picked up.

Until then! I've been meaning to post about books.
Late June 2012, nomadmwe recommended people read "Feed," the first book in Mira Grant's Newsflesh trilogy. Assured that I would enjoy the main character's competence, I purchased the book for my tablet and consumed it in one tense, fraught, emotional sitting.  That pretty much defined my reading for the year: A few mostly excellent books, spurred by recommendations, purchased electronically, and leading immediately to the consumption of an entire series. I haven't had the time and wherewithal to wander through bookstores and check out new authors, but I'm enjoying this communal media-recommending culture, so I figured I'd walk through my (sadly limited) past year's reading list to spread some recommendations of my own:
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tl;dr - Friends and the internet are making media shopping easier these days, and if you're looking for a new book to read, make it the Newsflesh trilogy or the Abhorsen trilogy or The Bone Book or The Rook. And then come talk to me about them.

Note: Copy-editing and formatting to come when I am again on a computer.
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