Now, Bliz, GIVE ME MY ACHIEVEMENT PONY!
"You are not prepared!"
"Not prepared? I've been playing this whole quest line..."
--Paraquote from memory as my Mage deck goes up against Illypants in the tutorial.
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The top 5 points are generally applicable. The later ones deal more in cultural differences between men and women, and/or Ask-Hint communication styles. In particular, an Ask couple (or moresome) will run high to explicit communication, a Hint couple will be mutually fluent in unspoken agreement, and a mixed couple will have the cited disagreements about "talk to me, I can't read your mind."
This meme began on tumblr, and involves "answer the questions, here or in your own space, then make up more questions for other people." I'll do those in another post.
1) What do you have in your pockets? / What stuff do you carry with you?
Right now, nothing; I'm wearing a grey fuzzy bathrobe and I tend to keep the pockets empty. Normally, I wear a belt-thing with pockets, something like this one (a google for [renfaire pocket belt] turns up similar images but no official sales site), only with more purple. I carry a *lot* of things in it--my Blackberry, my ereader, ID cards, money, BART ticket, keys, etc. (It's a pretty big etc; I carry a lot of tiny things.) I like having a purse that can't be yanked off my shoulder and doesn't unbalance me when I walk.
Because I wear that, I keep pretty much nothing in my normal clothes pockets anymore.
( 10 more, because Glitchen like doing things in elevens. )
Most people think of dragons
as gold or silver, metallic visions
of magic and mystery.
Some think of chromatic dragons,
red and blue and green, black and white.
It is the plush dragons
who go everywhere,
hiding in plain sight,
riding on shoulders.
They are alive without life,
speaking without breath,
able to flit from one body to another.
They are always traveling,
clinging to a self-mobile perch,
peeking out from under someone's hair
at a bardic circle or a joust.
They are familiars, muses,
slipping between the cracks
of assumption and myth --
invulnerable and ubiquitous
in ways the great wyrms
could never be.
I am mulling blurb comments, and have sent off epubs to 2 beta-readers. Am still holding a slot for one! (JH?) Could take 1-2 more.
In other news, picked up kid today, who complained there was Not Enough Snack Food, and thus we went and ate elsewhere, and she wanted to do fluff RP, and this was probably a tactical error since she didn't finish her food all that quickly despite me poking. (Plus it took a little while to show up, I think.)
Must Finish Other Thing tomorrow, and the Other Other Thing on Wednesday and then I should consider moving Copper Leaf Bargains to the laptop to work on.
I really need to figure out how to make the d key work better. It flakes out about half the time unless I am specifically griping about it being a flakey d key. Then it's fine. But I cannot write a book complaining about flakey d keys!
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Are there any children here tonight? ... Yes? ... OUT!
[aside, to off-stage] We do have some children in the audience, so I won't be able to do the second half in the nude. I will wear the tie. ... The long one. ... The *very* long one.
--...I'm honestly not sure what this was from. Will probably edit if someone tells me in comments.
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The main event this last week was, of course, Consonance . Fun! I signed Lookingglass Folk up for a 2x10 on Sunday, along with international guest Rika Koerte, who is one of N's dearest friends. We sang "Lord Of the Buffalo" -- we'd been planning to sing The Fox as well, but the sound crew had an incredible amount of trouble setting us up. No idea why.
I also got a surprise 2x10 slot on Saturday, because they were short on sign-ups. Did a quick solo of "Bigger On the Inside" (with an extra Rainbow's End verse scribbled down during the previous two songs) and "Wheelin'".
Both sets were well-received. I also had a long conversation/song-swap with a guy named Ashton (no relation to the UXBF), a Mills College grad student working on a paper on filk as an oral tradition. Many songs, including QV, Ship of Stone, World Inside the Crystal, and Keep the Dream Alive. Others.
I re-packed for the trip, going from the JanSport backpack/shoulder bag (itself a re-pack from the old REI shoulder bag) to the new rolling backpack that I picked up a few weeks ago. Both modes proved extremely useful. A couple of things didn't get packed, though, including a small power strip, which would have been handy in the airport.
The con was back in the Milpitas Crowne Plaza (which calls itself the San Jose/Silicon Valley CP, because who's heard of Milpitas); recently remodeled. The changes are mostly a win -- there are more power outlets in the lobby, and our (accessible) room had a door that opens outward, which is a major win. The toilet, not so much, and the bed was as usual way too high for Colleen. Wait staff spread seriously thin.
Anyway, good con.
We also met with our realtor -- the Starport should officially go on the market sometime around the end of May.
I also got my WiFi extension hooked up, via a dumb travel router; it has a bridge mode, but won't connect to a secured network in that mode. I promptly ordered a set of high-speed power-line Ethernet interfaces, but haven't set them up yet because they don't work through surge suppressors. Which we have on both ends, because electronics.
Looking back, the most charitable interpretation I can put on the whole experience is that maybe when large bureaucracies start moving in one direction, they reach a point when they can no longer resist their own momentum."My mom's family often used the idiom "for crying in a bucket," which I've never heard anyone else use. Did your family have idiosyncratic phrases?
Anyway, this one is about long-standing idioms/cliches in the English language. What I'd really like is to know when each of these entered the language. I expect that "tougher than a nickel steak" is older than "just saying," e.g. (The comments are also good on this one.)
Louis Armstrong was often called an Uncle Tom, but his politics were more complicated than that.
Armstrong was arrested by the Memphis Police Department in 1931. His crime? He sat next to his manager’s wife, a white woman, on a bus. Armstrong and his band were thrown in jail as policemen shouted that they needed cotton pickers in the area. Armstrong’s manager got him out in time to play his show the next evening. When he did play, Armstrong dedicated a song to the local constabulary, several of whom were in the room, then cued the band to play “I’ll Be Glad When You’re Dead, You Old Rascal You.” The band stiffened, expecting another night in jail, or worse. Instead, he scatted so artfully that, afterward, the cops on duty actually thanked him. Armstrong most likely never quit smiling that night. His subversive joke was not understood by anyone except the African-Americans in his band.The text adventure game of The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy has been updated with graphics and sound, which could be horrible, but isn't. You can play it online here:
Edit: Now have someone who isn't familiar with the world. Yay!
As I've said:
I have the VERY ROUGH AND HUGE FIRST DRAFT (It is 168K; I am letting it sit before I pick up the chainsaw and wade back in personally) in epub format (already with one continuity glitch identified -- which is fixed in my mastercopy), and can make it mobi if needed. Word doc also possible. (Word docx is impossible and evil.) Pages also possible. RTF possible. The two slots spoken for can drop me an email at this username, at the address wherein Com follows Me (...that should be obscure enough for spam-spiders to miss, but tell me in comments (or PM on Dreamwidth, where I may actually notice) if it's too obscure for humans, too... ^_^ ), and tell me the format you need.
Other people comment first, please, rather than emailing first, so everyone knows how many people are volunteering, so I don't have to email the sad "If I send it to everyone who wants it then no one will buy it SOB SOB SOB" reply to 15 people, which makes me feel so much more guilty. Do not make the author feel guilty or she will come guilt and angst all over this journal and THEN where will we all be? Up to our necks in tears, no doubt! AAAAANGST!
Things I especially need to know:
1: does it suck? (Conversely, does it not-suck? Are there any bits that you would absolutely rend your garments if they get chainsawed or changed?) ...if it sucks, be gentle, please. Honest and gentle.
2: where does it drag, if anywhere? Repeated information to different characters is still hitting the reader, for instance, so anything I can chainsaw...
3: any suggestions for the blurb that are not already made. O:>
4: ...typos I missed. Especially if it's because my D-key flaked on me. (I have, in the mastercopy, standardized on -ward (not -wards) and hopefully caught them all. Have standardized on Wind-priest and search-and-replaced on mastercopy. Rough-draft epub will still contain erratic usage of both of those.)
5: Pronouns I screwed up. (As opposed to pronouns a character screwed up.) Very. Important. Must. Not. Screw. Up. Pronouns. As. Author.
6: If you have not read any of the other books in the series, does this one make enough sense that someone could jump in, right here?
And, as said in the blurb: I am serious about that trigger-warning. I hope I have handled things... non-gratuitiously... but a couple early chapters. Well. Trigger-warning.
Fiction: The World Walkers: Quiar: The Case of the Counterfeit Enchantments (part 9, 75th continuation) has Athare talking with Quiar and Raenarin about the fae and the Web.
The World Walkers: Quiar: The Case of the Counterfeit Enchantments (part 9, 76th continuation) involves Athare and Quiar talking about the Moonjumpers and the shyders, and their role in the Web.
The Deities’ World: Hephaestus: Returning Home (part 3) features Hephaestus and Ares talking about family dynamics and their followers' beliefs.
The Deities World: Lucifer: Halloween (part 3) shows Lucifer thinking about whether to get a three-headed puppy.
The Deities’ World: Papa Legba: Choosing to Connect explores the difference between deities and loas, and the connection between people and divine, or people and worlds.
The Deities’ World: Persephone: Talking to Callidora has Persephone and Callie talking about their family, complete with three-headed puppies.
The Deities’ World: Persephone: Talking to Callidora (part 2) continues the conversation.
We’ve about wrapped up our Victoria adventures for this trip and will be heading up island later today; the town had been great as always, and south island will make anyone into a geologist.
I mean look at this insanity.
The Le Vent du Nord symphany show was pretty good, but way too respectable for me. The crowd pre-show particularly seemed a bit dismayed. It’s a fairly conservative programme here, with a… somewhat elderly audience, and I kept hearing things beforehand like, “well, it’ll be different,” with a bit of a “what exactly have I signed up for here?” air. That the boys managed to win that crowd over was a bit of an achievement.
Then last night I went up to Norway Hall and got my first stage time since GeekGirlCon and round one of emergency eye surgery; they’re big into singalong at the Victoria Folk Music Society, so I loaded up heavy with singalong-able choruses. They are the most sing-alongy audience i’ve ever seen, which is saying something.
(photo courtesy Anna ^_^)
Nice hall, too. Loads of fun. Thanks, VFMS!
Next: further north!
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The full series of charts, going back to 2008, can be viewed at https://flowcharts.llnl.gov/
They also have International Energy Flow charts, Carbon flow charts, and Water flow charts there.
What I find interesting in the 2012 chart is that overall energy consumption in the US was down to just a bit more than 2009 levels. We're still relying far too much on petroleum, but our overall energy use is at least dropping. The "low hanging fruit" is still to be found over on the right side of the chart, where "Rejected Energy" accounts for over 58% of all energy produced. That rejected energy is thermal losses in transmission lines, and internal combustion engines idling at stop lights.
Fandom: The Avengers
Characters: Phil Coulson, JARVIS, Clint Barton, Tony Stark, Steve Rogers, Natasha Romanova, Bruce Banner.
Warnings: This story is mostly fluff, but it has some intense scenes in the middle. Highlight for details. These include dubious consent as Phil and JARVIS discuss what really happened when Agent Coulson hacked his way into Stark Tower, over which Phil has something between a flashback and a panic attack. They also discuss some of the bad things that have happened to Avengers in the past, including various flavors of abuse. If these are sensitive topics for you, please think carefully before deciding whether to read onward.
Summary: Uncle Phil needs to pick out pajamas for game night. He gets help from an unexpected direction.
Notes: Service. Shopping. Gifts. Artificial intelligence. Computers. Teamwork. Team as family. Friendship. Communication. Hope. Apologies. Forgiveness. Nonsexual ageplay. Nonsexual intimacy. Love. Tony Stark needs a hug. Bruce Banner needs a hug. #coulsonlives.
Begin with Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8.
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9 March 2014
- University of Bristol press release
- PDF of the paper in English (the link in the press release is a bit dodgy)
- in “Elvish”
- in “Dwarfish”
(Not surprisingly, these last two seem to be merely nicely formatted font-transfers.)A sample:
It can be seen that there are strong westerly … winds in the coastal southern regions of Middle Earth [sic], in particular in the Bay of Belfalas. Conversely, there are easterly winds in the north. … This may explain why ships sailing to the Undying lands to the West tended to set sail from the Gray Havens, situated in the region of these easterly winds.¹
Indeed. And why the Númenóreans arrived in the south. R. Brown: “Climate of Middle Earth”, The Cabot Institute, University of Bristol 2013, p. 6.
In all of Cymelia, only two small families possess the alchemist's immunity that protects from poisoning and mind-control. The second son of the Lord Alchemist, Dareus Kymus, took ship to the old empire to find an immune bride for his brother. Unfortunately, the pirates who captured him have other plans.
On the run with a foreign priestess from the south and an Imperial Wind-priest, Dar must find a way back home through an unknown land -- despite pursuit, would-be slavers, and distracting ancient alchemies.
Contains mature situations and violence. (Also contains potentially disturbing situations, including feigned/coerced consent and recounting of non-consensual behavior.)
(Yeah, I put in a trigger-warning. I wish there were more elegant ways to do it, but.)
Note: Even though they're English, it's "row" as in "Row, row, row your boat", not as in "’Ere now, wot's all this row?"
Bristol student celebrates inspirational women through Pacific row
Press release issued: 6 March 2014
Elsa Hammond is using her epic three month row from California to Hawaii to celebrate the contributions of inspirational women across the world.
The public are encouraged to nominate an inspirational woman in their life by dedicating a specific mile in their name.
Supporters will see their woman of choice’s name printed on the custom-built boat, ensuring they become a personal and integral part of Elsa’s mission.
The women will receive a message of support or memorial once their mile is reached via Elsa’s twitter and facebook pages. Elsa will use their stories as motivation as the race goes on.
The journey will be part of the inaugural Great Pacific Race and Elsa will be raising money for environmental charity, The Plastic Oceans Foundation, and gender equality charity, The GREAT Initiative.
The world-record breaking attempt will see Elsa row up to 16 hours a day in a bid to become the fastest and youngest woman in history to achieve the feat.
Using up to 8,000 calories a day, it will be an incredible test of Elsa’s physical and mental strength, and she will need all her spirit and determination to cope with the three months of extreme isolation, challenging environment and grueling conditions.
She is aiming to join a select list of women who have rowed an ocean alone, a group smaller than the number of people who have walked on the moon.
For more information on Elsa or to take part, please visit her website. Elsa will also be sharing her journey on Facebook, [on Twitter] @ElsaAHammond and YouTube.
A list of 1000 MOOCs (many offer a certificate of completion), sorted by start date
A list of free language lessons, sorted by language
A bit more editing; sun started coming in from the side, though, and getting in my eyes (bouncing off my glasses, argh) and giving me a slight headache. Blah.
Wrote a sort of afterword which may or may not be useful for Crucible. (Author Talking!) Starting to wonder if I should start trying to compose the glossary-and-character-list; was really wanting to earlier today, and now am sort of going noooooooooooo about it.
I need to contact the artist. (Or should I wait for spouse to read it and tell me if I have to completely rewrite it because it's trash horrible wretched no, wait, it's golden, perfect, stunning, AUGH WRITER WHIPLASH.)
I need to come up with a book-description-thing.
My grandparents have been practicing "blending in with the neighbors" for a long time. Maybe someday they'll actually be good at it.
--Half-Off Ragnarok, by Seanan McGuire
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Portraits of Boston published a very thoughtful interview with a woman who works with homeless people.
It’s absurd to say that someone chooses homelessness because given the choice for housing that’s affordable and realistic, no one would.
The same is true of saying, ‘Oh well, they choose homelessness because they are mentally ill.’ First, being mentally ill is not a choice. An individual who is mentally ill has trouble navigating everyday normal social situations, particularly if they have Axis I mental health diagnosis or even Axis II mental health diagnosis. These diagnoses make it difficult to navigate everyday life. To say that they’ve chosen homelessness would be simply to say that they’ve chosen it over trying to navigate normal society. That’s just not an answer. So, do I think people choose homelessness? Never.
On the other hoof, the potential for sentience follows the infrastructure. If we start building machines with the physical complexity akin to a human brain, then we're creating an environment that could host a complex mind. At that point it becomes possible, however distantly, whether we intend it or not -- just because life is mightily creative stuff. We could wind up with an infant AI where nobody expected one. I suspect the results would be bad, because humans still haven't figured out how to treat each other decently on a consistent basis, let alone the first of a new species with no legal protections.
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Following is a list of privileges granted to people in the U.S. (and many western nations) for being Christian. If you identify as Christian, there’s a good chance you’ve never thought about these things. In response to the ever-increasing “War on Christianity” headlines, I thought it prudent to create this list. Try and be more cognizant of these items and you’ll start to realize how much work we have to do to make the United States a place that is truly safe and accessible for folks of all belief systems.
Please comment below if you have any additions or revisions to make!
1. You can expect to have time off work to celebrate religious holidays.
2. Music and television programs pertaining to your religion’s holidays are readily accessible.
As you probably won't be surprised to hear, the comments are a minefield.
Staples Inc., the big office supply retailer trying to reinvent itself in the face of intense Internet competition, plans to close up to 225 stores and slash $500 million in annual costs by the end of next year.
The Framingham [Mass.] company has closed about 40 locations and shrunk the size of another 40 superstores in the past year. The more aggressive plans detailed Thursday follow disappointing sales results for the Christmas period and forecasts for more business declines.
A bit over 168,000 words. Something like 168,300 and something. Which probably needs the weed-whacker, because that's huge. (On the other hand, HW1+HW2 = 125K+136K = 261K. Um?)
But it's rough-draft finished, so there's nothing but editing (after a day or two to sit) and getting art. Hope artist has a slot sometime in the next month or two.
And it's not 3am like it was when I finished the prior chapter.
(Today I did 1 chapter and 4 epilogues. Yeah, four. I needed a kinda final one.)
Hoping I stuck the landing.
Next project: editing Project Almost Done (*waves and promises tomorrow; had Final Push today!*), then IL2 beta/edit pass. Then maybe poke at those dragons a bit if I can't face the editing of Crucible. (Need the kid to read it, anyway, for a first pass to see if there's anything that drags that she notices. After that, I can take a few volunteers for beta-reading, probably. Yes, Ravenpenny, I see you there. };> ) Next project will be finishing Copper Leaf Bargains, which BLOODY WELL BETTER BE SHORTER. *sob* Only 2 viewpoint characters! No world tours! SHORTER!
I may read a few books in there, too.
C___ eyes 'penitus'. "... You do not look like an adverb. But my dictionary assures me that you are."
arcangel [to C___]: Penetant?
arcangel says, "Penitant?"
C___ [to arcangel]: 'deeply'.
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penitus (1) adv. [internally , inwardly, inside; deeply, through and through; widely].
P___ [to C___]: So many dirty jokes and terrible puns. So little time.
--From the MUSH today
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Bakewell, home of the Bakewell tart!
(Proper Bakewell tarts were weird, but not bad).
Actually, three different places claim they are the original home
of the Bakewell tart,
just like two different place claim to be Shakespeare's official place of birth, so huzzah for cashing in on tourism!
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And everywhere down the centuries came people, laughing, pointing,
Asking what manner of fools think to make a string longer
By cutting off one end and tying it to the other?
But still, they are our children, so let us keep the faith.
Sing carols, tell old stories, and drive the dark away.
Recall that in our time we had our odd beliefs,
Strange customs too ingrained to stop, though time had
Passed them by.
So even as our children take an hour out of their day,
We nod and know the verities must hold.
Give thanks for time they have, and dearly love their friends,
And hope for peace, and an extra hour of rest.
(This day is only 23 hours long. Thus it is the shortest day of the year.)
* Coordinates: 44°35′58″N 5°14′53″E
* Country France
* Region Rhône-Alpes
* Department Drôme
* Arrondissement Die
* Canton La Motte-Chalancon
** Mayor (2008–2014) Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Martigny
** Land 12.74 km2 (4.92 sq mi)
* Population (2008)
** Population 1
** Population density 0.078/km2 (0.20/sq mi)
* INSEE/Postal code 26274 / 26340
* Elevation 600–1,513 m (1,969–4,964 ft)
(avg. 963 m or 3,159 ft)
1. French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.
2. Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.
Rochefourchat is a commune in the Drôme department in the Rhône-Alpes region in southeastern France. In the commune there is a single house, a converted barn, and the ruins of an old castle. The nearest communes to Rochefourchat are Saint-Nazaire-le-Désert, Les Tonils, Pradelle, and Brette.
In 1178, the castle of Rocha Forcha was built by the bishops of the arrondissement of Die as a stronghold against the Holy Roman Emperors. It belonged to French lords until the year 1766 when the last one, Lord Rey de Noinville, died. In 1796, a French trader, Pierre Jossaud bought the land surrounding the castle and renamed it Rochefourchat. The commune has been passed down through Jossaud's family.
Year Pop. ±% 1806 221 — 1911 64 −71.0% 1950 31 −51.6% 1962 14 −54.8% 1968 6 −57.1% 1975 2 −66.7% 1982 3 +50.0% 1990 2 −33.3% 1999 1 −50.0% 2008 1 +0.0%
There is only one permanent inhabitant, making it the least populous French commune.
I had no idea where we were going, but we were in Stockton, and Kiri was insisting that we needed to go north and take I-90. What was weird was that she was practically pleading with me to take that route.
That's all I remember of the dream, but those were some damn fine rides we had!
I finished sheet music for my FAWM songs, but now need to re-record demos for two of them because the tunes, or the way I fit the lyrics to the tunes, have changed. One of them I will actually have to re-learn before I can do that.
I have learned Devil's Dream from one of the Barbershop boys--it is the kind of tune that would come out if you'd heard Devil Among The Tailors, didn't quite remember how it went, and tried to re-create it. I am presently experimenting to see if it can be combined with Devil Among The Tailors.
The study has its roots in something that scientists discovered in the 1990s: A small percentage of people are resistant to H.I.V. thanks to a lucky mutation that causes their immune cells to lack CCR5, a protein that gives the virus a foothold. In people with one copy of the mutated gene, the infection progresses more slowly than in those who have normal CCR5. People who have inherited two copies of the mutated gene, one from each parent, are highly resistant to H.I.V. and may never become infected despite repeated exposure.Why a woman who was an award-winning organic chemist left science, and what we can do to support women in science. Lots of good links to follow.
One man, known as “the Berlin patient,” was apparently cured of AIDS after he developed leukemia and had bone-marrow transplants in 2007 and 2008. As luck would have it, his bone-marrow donor had two copies of the mutated gene for CCR5. His immune system rebounded, the virus disappeared and he was able to stop taking antiviral drugs. But bone-marrow transplants are too arduous, risky and expensive to be used as a treatment for H.I.V.
Textbooks don't tell you everything. They don't tell you that organic synthesis has been a cutthroat boys’ club for a century. They don't tell you about the suicides in Nobel Laureate E. J. Corey's group. They don't tell you about flat NSF and declining NIH funding. They don't tell you that you'll never get far as an organic chemist without a PhD -- and certainly not that you'll need more stubbornness than brilliance to get one.In other convalescent news, there has been binge-watching of a TV series called Arrow. I was amused to recognize John Barrowman as a recurring character.
They don't tell you about the grind of the tenure track or the two-body problem. They don't tell you how your boss/academic adviser (your lab group’s principal investigator, or PI) can take advantage of the fact that your visa status depends on your employment to work you harder and pay you less -- that they might delay filing your paperwork as they drop hints that you’re not working hard enough, or just fire you and send you and your family back to your country of origin. They don't tell you about the common perception that a scientist should be 100% devoted to “his” work (or her work, if she is single or has a "supportive spouse," as it's usually put).
I am far more shattered than I should be for what I did today...
400 words on my own writing, then scribus interruptus to go get kid. Then time to go get the latest McGuire book, which resulted in finding several other books which I desired, plus the kid found some, so, um, we spent a lot. -_-
Then we got her a sandwich at a place near the bookstore, which I had to put on the card and filch a buck from her for the tip jar, because I had not replenished my cash from the other day where I got all the POM. *sigh*
Then home, through OMG FRIDAY RUSH HOUR AUGH traffic. Which was not as harrowing as it might be (though I was awful and crossed the double-white lines just before the merge, because there was a space there and not if I didn't take it. I was then good and let people merge in cleanly...), but definitely consumed a lot of attention.
And on the way down and back, the kid was doing a bit of In Nomine free-form roleplay, which was fun, but also draining.
So around the time I was working on some edit stuff, when kid and spouse were interacting... in ways that impinged on me, my concentration and nerves just shattered all to pieces and I sort of finished up what I was doing and then sat and was useless and shattered for a while. O:p
WoW helped, after a bit. Killing pixels is soothing. Perhaps not as soothing as wearing the bodies of one's enemies (at least, honey badgers claim this, right?), but soothing. Killed Moonfang. Moon Moon pet dropped. Gave it to guildie I was with, who is also pet crazed and only gets to play once a week for about 2 hours.
Edit: 3 in the morning nearly, but I have finished another chapter. One more plot point to go, and I can do epilogues, oh dear gods, let me be able to handle this next plot point in one chapter please please please. Also let this first draft of this chapter be impactful and not overwrought. And. Stuff.
Edit as well: Kid fell asleep earlier when she had not expected to, and only just now woke up. Good thing I was up, I guess.
Sometimes when you’re staring at an infinite hallway of doors, the only thing you can do is give yourself a pep talk.
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Experience and the ingredient list suggest that if I try to wear it I will
A) react violently
B) make at least one spouse react violently
C) smell like a brothel on payday. (That's a comment on me+Dior X Poison, not on the stuff itself)
Also D) I have more perfumes I love than I have chances to wear it.
I will mail it anywhere on the planet (it's light) ideally but not necessarily in exchange for any similar small light amusing thing that cost little or no money: makeup/skincare sample, unloved single skein of yarn, silly fannish toy from a cereal box ... I dunno. Make me an offer.
ETA: it's an atomiser, and if that's the "eau du toilette" the parfum must have a kick like a missouri mule.