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Poem: "The Stories We Tell"

Jan. 26th, 2015 05:29 pm
ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
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This poem was written outside the regular prompt calls, inspired by the "small vices" square in my 9-1-14 card for the [community profile] ladiesbingo fest. It has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Danso & Family thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This story mentions censorship in the context of several children's books which can be interpreted in different ways, some of which are distasteful to certain readers.  If these are touchy topics for you, please consider your headspace before reading onward.

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Bone Walker news for Monday!

Jan. 26th, 2015 12:06 pm
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Those of you who backed my Kickstarter will have already received this news, but for everybody else:

BONE WALKER HAS GONE TO PRINT! \0/

I am now working with Third Place Press to get the first print run done and dealt with. If all goes well we will hopefully have at least some initial copies to sell at Conflikt this weekend. I’m doing a print run of 100 copies, 44 of which will be going to Kickstarter backers. Of the rest, most will be used for selling at conventions, as well as for contributors’ copies to give to everybody who performed on the soundtrack, or who will be performing at the release concert this weekend.

If you don’t fall into either the “backer” or “contributor” categories and you want a copy of the book, talk to me about getting one. As with Faerie Blood, I have no mechanism in place for placing orders for this book. So if you want one, your options are in order of my preference:

  1. Paypal me to my annathepiper address on gmail.
  2. Credit equivalent to the price of the book on any online store where I can get ebooks. In order of preference that’ll be Barnes and Noble, Kobo, iTunes (US or CA, I have accounts on both), and Amazon.
  3. If you’re local to me, I’ll take cash.
  4. If you’re NOT local to me and can’t Paypal me, you may mail me a check. I do NOT recommend you send cash.

I ask $15 USD as the base price of the book. If I can hand-deliver it to you (i.e., if you’re local to me, if I’ll be seeing you on my next trip to Canada, or if I’m likely to see you at a convention), I’ll waive shipping costs so it’ll be a straight up $15 USD.

If you are NOT local to me and I need to mail you the book, I also ask $3 USD for the cost of shipping within the States (where I can send a book by media mail rates), $6 for the cost of shipping to Canada, or $8 for the cost of shipping outside North America. (Sorry about that, non-North-Americans, but American postal rates are quite stupid right now. *^_^*;;)

If you want to reserve a copy out of the initial print run, then do please make arrangements to pay for a copy if you haven’t already. I will confirm your reserved copy when payment is received. Since my initial print run will have only about 45 copies available and some of those are hopefully going to get sold at Conflikt, I will have only a limited number to sell to folks. So priority will need to be given to people who can reserve a copy via payment.

If you can’t claim one of the initial print run copies, fear not, another print run is likely in the latter half of the year when I prep to go to Worldcon!

MEANWHILE, DON’T FORGET:

The ebook edition of Bone Walker is now up for preorder practically all over the place, including Amazon, Kobo, iTunes, Smashwords, and Google Play! Nook users, it’ll be going up on B&N a week from today, so stand by on that. All the places you can preorder the book are on its official page!

AND, the soundtrack is available in digital form here, where you can also preorder the print CD! We have those CDs in our hands RIGHT NOW, so get ‘em while the getting’s good! As with the print run of the books, these are available only in limited quantities, so we’ll be giving priority to people who can reserve copies via payment. Follow the instructions on the Bandcamp page to preorder a CD, or contact me and Dara to set that up!

Any questions? Let me know!

Mirrored from angelahighland.com.

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Jan. 26th, 2015 12:24 pm
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 I'm dancing at an event in a couple of weeks. I've chosen to dance something more technically difficult and physically challenging than anything I've danced before. It's going to be an interesting two weeks. Knees don't fail me now. :) Also, the song is in French, which I understand only indifferently. I think I'm going to have to learn to sing the song to make learning easier all round. 

really, really, really last call

Jan. 26th, 2015 08:30 am
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Anna posted photos of her contributor’s copy of the CD today. The first contributor copies are going out and this really is your last chance to get a pre-order of Bone Walker, the CD – at this point it’s really closer to just an “order” – and have a chance at owning the test disc, too. :D

Long show rehearsal today. Very productive. We have a mini-rehearsal on Thursday and then one at the event and then it’s showtime on Sunday at 2pm! Come see us on Sunday! It doesn’t conflict with the Superbowl, you can do both!

Mirrored from Crime and the Blog of Evil. Come check out our music at:
Bandcamp (full album streaming) | Videos | iTunes | Amazon | CD Baby

"Foursquare" is now complete!

Jan. 26th, 2015 12:16 am
ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
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 Thanks to a donation from LJ user Ng_moonmoth, "Foursquare" is now complete.  See how the game is played with superpowers.

Not snowed in.

Jan. 26th, 2015 12:50 am
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Held down the booth for the humane society, at a cat show. SO MANY KITTENS. WAAAAANT KITTENS! Ragamuffin kittens! Angora kittens! Abyssinian kittens! *sob*

Bought Dickens a new lounging bed narrow enough to fit behind the door as he prefers, in his bathroom part of the mud room. (Now I can wash the towel that was there, that he yarped on.) Bought some cat toys. Did not buy a kitten.

Not looking forward to the blizzard headed our way.

I tweaked the cover of Herb-Witch, fixed typos, added some backmatter, and re-uploaded it places. I also have it on sale in the UK Amazon store only (because it's a pain in the backside and/or impossible to mess with it other places; I don't like giving the Zon Empire the advantage, but unfortunately, only they have the tools I need for this experiment...), and will leave it at that price until sometime in February. Unless it gets really good sales, in which case I might lower the price everywhere.

Note that it may take up to 48 hours for the new (cheaper) version to get to Amazon.UK. And 12 to get fixed on Amazon.US? ...you'll be able to tell when the cover changes to have my name bigger. >_>

Havva Quote
Long-time readers will remember that...holy crap, it's been seven years...ago I went into this store to get my Birks repaired. I walked in with the shoes in hand and a man came up to me, seized the shoes, and said in tones of abject Southern horror: "Did you get these off'n a daid person?!"
--http://ursulav.livejournal.com/1608904.html , "Still Life With Birkenstocks"


INwatch+Bookwatch )

Dragons under fold )
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Questions and Possibilities
by Dialecticdreamer/Sarah Williams
Part 1 of 1
Word count: 816

A/N: Gender is confusing, but in general the adult Heliodrax uses both the gender and the name of their human form when in that form. This takes place roughly two years after the last story.




Alomm finished drying his body, grateful for the warmth of the bath after a long, dusty journey. Winter was upon them, and he'd walked the last hour in full dark, his senses even in human form alert for robbers and wild dogs. It had tired him more than the journey. When he was ready, he shifted. Running newly-reshaped hands over his face, he repeated his name in human form. “Tai.”

A soft knock on the door followed. “Tai? Did you call me?”
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 [personal profile] helgatwb made an icon for [personal profile] chanter_greenie based on the mentally stressed medieval beasts I posted recently.  So [personal profile] chanter_greenie wrote this piece about spring, which I would class as creative nonfiction.  It is primarily about smells, so my vision-impaired readers should definitely check it out.

fic for Helgatwb: Spring Is Honest

Jan. 25th, 2015 06:21 pm
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This fic is written in trade for an icon made, unprompted, by [personal profile] helgatwb. Thank you very much!

She (? correct me if that pronoun is wrong) asked for a piece dealing with early spring and early morning. Hopefully this fits the bill.

Spring Is Honest )

That's the second time I've done the Wisconsin author thing in response to a prompt. For the record, many of the underlying images in that piece are drawn straight from yours truly's childhood.

Happy Burns' Night

Jan. 25th, 2015 06:15 pm
spaceoperadiva: little jellical cat in a sink (Default)
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To All Who Celebrate. I'm making fake haggis and caramel shortbread, as usual.

Burns' Night for the curious.



ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
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This poem was written outside the regular prompt calls, inspired by this video. It also fills "The Heart of the Jungle/Forest" square in my 12-17-14 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. It has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. This poem belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

WARNING: This poem contains more violence than typical for this setting. The warnings are spoilers; highlight to read. Some Kraken supervillains on an illegal mission are taken completely by surprise. Out of a five-person team, three are killed, one has unknown injuries, and one escapes with emotional rather than physical injuries. This is what can happen when a critter has superpowers and doesn't realize how much damage it's doing. Support from surrounding characters varies. The PTSD on Hoon's character sheet below the poem is from this incident. Consider your headspace and tolerance for violence before reading onward.

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Great essay about design of female warrior characters in video games. Because "Not all women have breasts as big as our heads."
https://medium.com/@Ruby_Magatama/on-designing-better-women-in-games-ebe785d8689
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Via [personal profile] silveradept, managing your life when you have impaired executive function (but also could apply to managing when you have other kinds of disabilities).
1. Probably the most important part in my experience: especially if you’re having bad executive function problems, you get a star for every success. Metaphorically speaking. Put the dishes in the dishwasher? Star (even if you didn’t wipe the counters or empty containers out of the fridge or whatever). Put laundry through? Star (even if you didn’t fold it and put it away and you end up using it out of the pile of clean clothes before it gets there). The biggest problem with executive function malfunctions (and this is science!) is that we get caught in horrible self-reinforcing loops: we expect too much, we don’t achieve all of it, we feel awful for not achieving all of it, we get more depressed/upset/stressed/anxious, our exective function goes down. You want to do the opposite: set small, achievable goals and the celebrate your successes.
http://last-snowfall.tumblr.com/post/103741300275/hi-folks-im-asking-for-some-help
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"The Debt: When terrible, abusive parents come crawling back, what do their grown children owe them?" (Spoiler: Nothing, but it's hard for some people to make that choice.)
http://www.slate.com/articles/life/family/2013/02/abusive_parents_what_do_grown_children_owe_the_mothers_and_fathers_who_made.html?wpsrc=sh_all_dt_tw_top
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Cab Calloway's Hepster dictionary ("the first dictionary authored by an African-American" according to Barrelhouse words: a blues dialect dictionary.)
http://www.openculture.com/2015/01/cab-calloways-hepster-dictionary.html
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Coyotes are the third most common carnivore found in The The Tar Pits Tar Pits (sorry, I mean La Brea) and we can study their evolution relative to that of the gray wolf.
...climate change couldn’t account for the shrinking coyotes. Instead, Ice Age coyotes may have been larger because size was an advantage during a time when there was a broader guild of big predators stalking the land. Once the dire wolves, sabercats, and American lions went extinct, competition for prey ceased to be so intense and coyotes became smaller. Also, many of the large prey animals of the Ice Age – such as horses and camels – went extinct, too, meaning less food on the hoof for coyote packs.
http://phenomena.nationalgeographic.com/2015/01/14/how-extinction-changed-the-coyote/
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In praise of non-photogenic food
http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2015/jan/14/my-cooking-is-a-mess-and-tastes-better-for-it

Many interesting excerpts from Coming Out Under Fire: The History of Gay Men and Women in WWII by Allan Berubé
http://thingswithwings.dreamwidth.org/219082.html
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Sherlock Holmes (TOS) fans take note.
...literary scholar Clare Clarke has uncovered some long-forgotten texts...as she sets out to examine the detective as criminal, the bad guy as the hero and societies where crimes may well go unsolved – as well as London, the books take in Australia and India. She introduces us to a master of disguise (yes, another one), a dodgy private enquiry agent, all manner of indolent young men about town and a bent copper. There is a moral complexity to a number of these novels, she contends, that has previously been overlooked.

Along the way, Clarke places the burgeoning crime fiction genre in the context of the growth of the police force and the modern bureaucratic state.
http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/books/late-victorian-crime-fiction-in-the-shadows-of-sherlock-by-clare-clarke/2017766.article
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Interviews with various people in the SF publishing world about SF featuring people with disabilities. Thoughtful but misses some stuff I'm surprised it missed. [And now I wish I had written down what those were, because I had something in mind when I first recorded this in my linkspam collection, but now I can't remember what.]
http://www.sfsignal.com/archives/2014/09/mind-meld-disabilities-in-speculative-fiction/
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It’s that time, everyone! Nebula Awards nominations are open until February 15, for those of you in the SFWA. The 2015 World Fantasy Awards judges are in their reading period until June 1. If you are attending this year’s World Fantasy Convention or attended one in the last two years – you can nominate!

ifmagic-coverThen there are the Hugo Awards: the nominations period opened just over a week ago. Step up, step up, one and all of you who are Worldcon members – do your genre duty and have your say in the best stories, films, and related works of 2014!

Remember, anyone who attended Worldcon last year or is registered for this year’s Worldcon (or next year’s!) by the end of this month can nominate.

CMV’s eligible for the Best Related Works category this year, with her collection of essays, Indistinguishable from Magic.

Nominate early, vote often, and read always.

Mirrored from cmv.com. Also appearing on @LJ and @DW. Read anywhere, comment anywhere.

Done this week (20150118 Su - 24 Sa)

Jan. 25th, 2015 09:01 am
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Unlike many previous weeks, this one appears to have gone from bad to good (see mood). This is almost entirely because of yesterday -- I got the pot rack up (finally), found a replacement post for the broken one on the cat tree, had a pleasant conversation with a stranger, and noticed that I was cheerful on the way back from getting dinner.

That's the big one -- I wasn't depressed, and I noticed that I wasn't depressed. At the time. And even had a fairly accurate name for it. I fully expect to go back to dysthymia and alexithymia tomorrow, but for now, I'll take it.

We had two technician visits -- one for the phone (which had become unreliable due to the rat's nest of wires in the garage), and one for Colleen's medical equipment. It looks like Spinlife will make good on the bungled orders and repairs, but it's still taking altogether too long.

I've been fairly productive, even apart from the pot rack, with garage-clearing.

Notable quote from a week ago: "Villain's cat. Because if I can't feel good about myself, I can at least feel *evil* about myself." Which probably sums things up pretty well for the week.

Links in the notes.

raw notes, with links )

Three Random Lines

Jan. 25th, 2015 01:23 am
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From [personal profile] kate and parts yonder:

When you see this, share 3 random lines from 3 WIPs.


Nearly a year had passed
since Timmy got snuffed by
the Thief of Tomorrowmorrow.
-- "Nightmares at Noon"

"Look at this," Fiddlesticks said,
using his lightpen to circle
a window between two BASH agents.
That window showed a matching one
in the neighboring house, inside which
a toddler could clearly be seen.
-- "Critical Analysis"

At the side office they were supposed to enter, however, everything was a shambles. Mewing and rustling paper and muffled curses echoed through the door. Bai peeked in carefully, Alikara hugging his elbow. Inside the small office devoted to pets and other hobbies, a litter of skykittens scrambled and glided and pounced over every surface. They knocked over ink and got their little paws in the licenses. A harried License Assistant pursued them, his fine shirt coming unbuttoned in the fray. A carton tipped over and spilled pages to flutter through the air.
-- "Little Paws in the Licenses"

Snowed In

Jan. 24th, 2015 11:26 pm
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We'll be fine, but we didn't go anywhere today. Because snow. Lots of it. Tomorrow, we volunteer to man a table at the cat show.

I blame Maya for this:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?x-yt-cl=84503534&x-yt-ts=1421914688&v=3x2SvqhfevE&feature=player_embedded

This is just plain O_o : http://news.sciencemag.org/1996/12/bacterial-junkies-new-threat

I have re-done the cover for Herb-Witch -- not really noticeable, save that it will be bigger (as Apple now requires), and the title may stand out more. Also, my name may stand out more. I think I had to trim at the bottom for the prior requirements.

Havva Quote
arcangel says, "Going after an entire Borg fleet alone is bad, yeah"
--this comment needs no context


INwatch+Bookwatch )

Dragons under fold )
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hat-tip to Mark Liberman on Language Log

A biblical- and ancient-Near-Eastern-studies–themed parody of "I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major General" from The Pirates of Penzance. Lyrics, musical arrangement, and vocals by Joshua Tyra, ⓒ 2011. Music by Sir Arthur Sullivan, original lyrics by William S. Gilbert.
YouTube 3:44

Arriversary

Jan. 24th, 2015 07:11 pm
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Eight years ago Ista (pic) disgraced us with her arrival.

Ista
© thnidu 2007

I sat one winter afternoon
reading in my living room
when from outdoors I heard a sound
that made me quickly look around.

“’Tis a cat,” I loudly cried,
“standing in the snow outside!
To let it freeze would be a sin;
daughter, go and fetch it in.”

As it proved, the cat was tame
though skeletal and slightly lame;
begrimed from life upon the street;
swift death to mice, to humans sweet.

Is, at a glance, there any doubt
she’s run away or been cast out?”
my cousin solemnly opined
from knowledge deep of felinekind.

Sita” – that’s my cousin’s pet –
“to take this beastie to the vet
will lend a box, for her too tight
but for your visitor just right.”

It’s a fact that allergies
have made us shy of pets like these.
Still, a voice within keeps arguin’:
“Cat in, mice out: that’s a bargain!”

Sit a moment and she’ll land
upon your lap, there to demand
the petting and attention due
to Queen from subject (that means you).

Ista sits and loudly purrs.
In just six days she’s made us hers.
I look at her and Bastward pray
she’ll reign with us for many a day.

 07.01.29

To Meat or Not To Meat

Jan. 24th, 2015 02:40 pm
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 So I'm thinking about going back to eating meat.
 
A bit of backstory: 
 
I stopped eating meat about fifteen years ago. It's easiest to say it was for religious reasons, although not from any organized religion, just from the patchwork of Protestant-turned-new-age beliefs that my mother and aunt raised me with. A hodgepodge of books and seminars and Biblical reinterpretations and things "remembered" in meditations that was the core of my life from my single-digits to... well that's another story, never mind. Anyway.
 
Around fifteen years ago, my mother decided to stop eating meat, because at the time we believed that death was unnatural-- any death, human or animal.  Death had been brought to this world by... well let's not go into how it got here, but we believed that all life was originally intended to transform (something to do with emotion and vibrations), taking the body with us rather than leaving it behind. Death was a trauma, and one day my mother decided she didn't want to ingest anything that had <i>experienced</i> that trauma, taking in its negative emotion and energy. (My aunt didn't go fully vegetarian at that time, but did drastically reduce the amount of meat she ate.) She told my sister and me about it, but she said she didn't expect us to do the same.  My sister decided not to.  But I idolized my mother and aunt. I believed everything they taught me. I decided to do it too.
 
After nine or ten years, and various life events, I no longer subscribed to the beliefs I'd grown up with. But I kept being vegetarian, because by that point, if I accidentally ate anything made with meat-- even broth-- I'd suffer nasty gastrointestinal reactions. (I'll never forget thinking I was safe ordering macaroni & cheese at a fancy downtown restaurant, only to wake up in pain at 2am and spend the next few hours in the bathroom. I called the restaurant the next day. "Soooo... any chance your mac n cheese contains meat?"  "Oh, yeah, it's made with chicken broth, why?" "MAYBE YOU COULD PUT THAT ON YOUR MENU NEXT TIME." (I paraphrase.)) 
 
Up to now, going back to meat hasn't seemed worth the bother. It's not actually that inconvenient to be a vegetarian; I eat eggs and cheese, I get enough protein (you don't actually need a ton anyway), and even the most meatful of restaurants is happy to make their pasta dish for you and leave the meat off (especially once you tell them you don't expect them to discount the price for you). Very occasionally someone gives me crap about it, but those times have been few and far between.
 
So why now? Well, a few reasons:
 
For the most part I haven't really missed meat, but every once in a while there's something I miss, or wish I could try. For example, Torrey recently made this AMAZING meatloaf that even to my vegetarian nose smelled like <i>absolute heaven.</i> Seriously I would almost have gone back to meat right on the spot if it weren't that beef is probably the worst place to start for this. 
 
Also, I've been assuming all these years that I'd have to go through a really long period of GI distress, weeks even, before I reacclimated my body to digesting meat. I recently realized that I have no reason to assume it'd take that long. It could-- I have no idea-- but there's nothing to indicate either way. I'm not even sure why I leapt to that conclusion; for all I know it might just take a meal or two and be done.
 
And even though being vegetarian isn't *that* big an inconvenience, it would still make things *somewhat* easier, in terms of restaurants and visiting other people's houses. 
 
And then there's something that I had never quite realized until I was explaining it to Seanan the other day. I'm not sure I even knew what I was going to say before the words came out of my mouth.  The original decision to become a vegetarian... <i>I didn't make that decision for myself.</i>
 
I mean, I was an adult, I did <i>make</i> the decision. But I didn't do it for me. I didn't do it for my own reasons.  I did it for my mother, and my aunt, to follow the things they taught me. I did it to be closer to what they wanted me to be. I did it to be <i>good.</i>  Why should I continue a practice that was never really mine in the first place?
 
The more I think about it, the more I want to try going back. I'm still considering how to go about it. I'd probably want to start with something broth rather than solid, and probably chicken rather than beef (don't they always say red meat is harder to digest?)  And maybe, like, on a Friday, so I'd have the weekend for staying up late if I have to. Maybe one meal with meat and then a few meals without, or every other meal. I was considering making a boxed instant rice thing we have in the pantry, although I don't know how much difference there is between the "chicken flavor" ingredients in those things vs. something made with broth that came from an actual chicken you cooked yourself.
 
There are some meat dishes that still gross me out at the thought of eating, so I wouldn't be going back to eating ALL meat. Then again, nobody eats EVERYTHING. Except maybe my husband. 

Edit:  I realized I left out something big!

I do eat some fish.  A few years ago I started missing tuna fish sandwiches, so I cautiously started eating them again and had no problems whatsoever. I read somewhere it's a different protein, or something?  Anyway it was never a problem.

Of course, I had always hated pretty much all seafood besides tuna fish before that, so that didn't change much. Shortly after I had my gallbladder out, Torrey happened to make salmon and I tried some and liked it. So sometimes I eat salmon, if it's cooked well. I still haven't liked any other seafood I've tasted, including sushi. So that's pretty much a dead end, there.

Story: "Brewing Beauty"

Jan. 24th, 2015 03:02 pm
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[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
This story is from the January 2015 Torn World Muse Fusion. It was inspired by LJ user Sassy_bovine. It also fills the "flirting" square in my 9-1-14 card for the [community profile] ladiesbingo fest. This story belongs to the Torn World project, although it has not yet been approved by the Canon Board.

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Hey, it’s a Bone Walker review!

Jan. 24th, 2015 12:45 pm
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Hey, it’s a Bone Walker review! Spoiler: they like it. :D

The Dark Side of the Glass: Bone Walker CD Review

Mirrored from Crime and the Blog of Evil. Come check out our music at:
Bandcamp (full album streaming) | Videos | iTunes | Amazon | CD Baby

Adult Fingerpainting

Jan. 24th, 2015 01:52 pm
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[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
I am rather a fan of exotic art techniques, including adult fingerpainting.  Check out this spectactular example, which like pointillism uses small dots but also adds lines and squiggles.  The sense of motion is tremendous and the colors are vivid.

Another Ereader Problem

Jan. 24th, 2015 01:34 pm
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[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
They spy on you.  The potential for abuse is enormous.

Remember that paper books do not track which parts of them you read.  If you read books in a library without checking them out, or buy with cash, there is no way to tell which ones you have read.  This protects sensitive information.

It does not matter if what you are doing is legal.  The police are not obligated to know or follow laws; they can arrest you if they THINK you're breaking a law when you're not.  People have been arrested for reading or even just having books or other learning materials that somebody thought they shouldn't have.

New Clothes

Jan. 24th, 2015 01:36 pm
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I have been a bit hesitant to buy clothes these past few months. My old pants are way to big for me (consequence of being hyperthyroid for six months or so.) But I have *no* idea what my new metabolic set-point is going to be, so I don't want to buy clothes that might not fit in six months.

However I have needed something that works like a hoodie but looks a bit more formal for a couple of years now. A cardigan was my best guess at what would fill that need. And I noticed that Land's End was having a 20% off sale, so I went onsite, sorted for tall women's cardigans, made my best guess and took the plunge.

Today it arrived and I tried it on, and it fits. In the meantime I am wearing some of my old pants that I couldn't fit in last winter, and they fit fine (though they are old enough that they may fall apart in the washer sometime soon, at least they work for now.)

New cardigan

It feels a little odd in the arms--it's not *tight* exactly, but hoodie arms tend to be quite wide, and this cardigan's arms are more fitted.

Here it is buttoned up--it can button all the way up the neck, as high as a cardigan. I am hoping this will give it a fairly wide range of temperatures to be used in

New cardigan

Fiction: Salvaging (8 of 26)

Jan. 24th, 2015 10:31 am
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Salvaging
by Dialecticdreamer/Sarah Williams
Part 8 of 26
Word count:1511

: : Another fic in the Polychrome Heroics universe, with [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith's permission, and any ideas developed here are hers to play with as she sees fit. This began as a Creative Jam fill, but spiraled into a lovely crossover with Schrodinger's Heroes (who need LOTS more love, people!) : :

Contents Under Pressure: Sensitive topics, implied child abuse/neglect/exploitation. Some swearing. The main character is a hit man for hire; you have been warned! Discussion of “death is better than X” mistreatments, but all abstract. Historical mention of medical experimentation, war crimes, and Dr. Mengele.


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“It's a different kind of technology, but it comes from a development path we've seen before, in isolation rather than incursions,” Alex announced triumphantly as she strode into the common room. “That means we've got a fix on your eigenvector, and we're closing on the specific dimension.” She turned to Juan. “You should be home in another two days, at the latest, faster if you answer some questions about your world's history and science.”

“What are you going to do with the kid once you get back?” Chris asked Juan. “Or are you just going to dump him in an orphanage?”
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Superhero Advertising

Jan. 24th, 2015 02:41 am
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This article argues that the target market of superhero flix is actually women.  How many times have we seen Ollie climb that salmon ladder now?  Yeah that shoulder pr0n never gets old.  I am amused that this show caters to the assumed female gaze as well as the assumed male gaze.  :D  So maybe the producers of superhero entertainment altogether should consider catering more to women's interests.

TGIF.

Jan. 24th, 2015 12:33 am
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So much TGIF.

Kid was working on finishing up some make-up work and tests today, and was having a freakout; we came over from lunch and brought her some chips, and I stayed while she finished the computer programming stuff she was working on. Kid said the teacher was Much Nicer when I was in the room. Gosh, wonder why. O:p

Maybe I'll come in and just Be Moral Support on Monday make-up day, too. >_>

I blame... I think Cythraul for showing me http://ell.stackexchange.com ...

Tomorrow's project: finding all the typos in Herb-Witch, adjusting some backmatter, fixing the cover so Apple will take it again (it was grandfathered, but if I change anything, I have to make the cover conform to their larger pixel-size requirements), and hopefully re-uploading it to Smashwords and Amazon. Whereupon I definitely am thinking that making it on-sale in the UK is a probable thing. Dunno how much of a sale yet, or for how long, but we'll see.

Havva Quote
"I am in many nows at once," said the man who claimed he was a time-traveller. "I am spoken to you in this past, and been speak to you tomorrow, I am been speaking to you at all times. You are remembering it as only one conversation, during your tomorrow, but there is no now. There is all whens."
--me demonstrating just about the only kind of usage of "am been" that could be remotely "correct," that I can think of.


INwatch+Bookwatch )

Dragons under fold )

Accomplishments and Goals - 23 JAN 15

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Minor Faults

Jan. 23rd, 2015 09:05 pm
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Minor Faults



It's hard to describe a person in words, because there are so many layers to who and what they are. But “hard” is not impossible. Writers and storytellers and bards have done it since the beginning of the human race, and one of the first thing an infant responds to is human voices. Languages. Storytelling at its simplest.
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Story: "Broken Hopes"

Jan. 23rd, 2015 04:58 pm
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This is the freebie for the January 2015 Torn World Muse Fusion. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] ellenmillion. It also fills the "tragedy" square in my 9-1-14 card for the [community profile] ladiesbingo fest. This story belongs to the Torn World project, but has not yet been approved by the Canon Board so there may be changes before it reposts on the official site.

WARNING: Although this story has some lighter notes, for the most part it is very sad, and it deals with topics which many people would find upsetting. Think about whether you want to read further. The warnings contain spoilers and potentially squicky terms; highlight to read them. This story contains references to stillbirth, infant deformity, some messy medical details, a lesbian having sex with men due to a sense of procreative duty, emotional tension over job related issues, relationship stress, and other difficulties. The woman's friends are mostly supportive, and the ending offers opportunities for restoring some hope. Choose mindfully.

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Four notes

Jan. 23rd, 2015 05:56 pm
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* It may be my Philly-area roots coming out, but nothing quite hits the spot when you're driving home and hungry than a soft pretzel, still soft and salty but not too salty, preferably warm but still OK if not. Yum. Mustard optional. I also reflect on the parallelism of going to a WaWa for random sundries growing up, and now living in an area where I do the same thing going home from work.
* I need to be a more aware re: monitoring how my joints react to bad weather coming in. My body was noticeably achy and uncomfortable all day, perhaps in anticipation of the storm system we're supposed to get smacked around by later tonight. Would be helpful to know if there's actually a correlation, rather than it just being "one of those days" at random.
* I think adding an electric blanket at night has been a big quality-of-life boost for me. Granted, it makes getting *out* of bed more grumpily difficult in the morning, but I don't miss waking up in the middle of the night with cold joints in pain, not one bit. (the cats like the auto-warmed blanket perhaps even more than I do, to be fair).
* A thing I take its absence for granted now, but also don't miss one bit? Cockroaches. My family lived in an apartment that had them until I was about 6, then I experienced them again in the summer apartment I had in Bowling Green while finishing my MA, and *all* the apartments I had while at Ohio State had them, also (to various degrees of crawlingness). You do learn to stop thinking about things creeping around at all times while living with it, in my experience, but really, its too easy to take a pest-less house for granted. Sidebar: also don't miss sleeping in places where one wakes up to a series of spider bites inflicted overnight, either.

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Jan. 23rd, 2015 10:42 pm
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GOOD NEWS EVERYONE: Bone Walker is now available for preorder on iTunes and Smashwords, as well as Kobo and Amazon and Google Play!

Pretty much everywhere I intend to sell it, except for Barnes & Noble, which has not gotten with the program and enabled pre-orders for indie authors. (BAH.) So if you’re a Nook owner and you want to buy Bone Walker from that store, stand by–I will be deploying there to try to sync up with the official 2/3 release date!

For everybody else, though, you can preorder the book all over the place now! All of the available links are on the official Bone Walker page. But for those of you who are in the places I most often get sales from, here’s a quick roundup of links. And if you’d like to make an indie author REAL happy on her birthday, consider using one of them! OR, sharing it with your social networks! (I cannot emphasize the latter enough. I’m a teeny tiny fish in a big pond, people, so I need all the signal boosting I can get!)

IF YOU ARE IN THE US: Amazon | iBooks

IF YOU ARE IN CANADA: Amazon | iBooks

IF YOU ARE IN THE UK: Amazon | iBooks

IF YOU ARE IN AUSTRALIA: Amazon | iBooks

IF YOU ARE IN NORWAY (hi Yngvar! ;D ): iBooks

Links that I’m PRETTY SURE will redirect you to the appropriate geographic location no matter where you are: Kobo | Google Play

ALSO VALID WORLDWIDE: Smashwords

NOTE: If you’re a Google Play user and you find that you are NOT redirected to a workable link for your location, talk to me and I’ll doublecheck that the book’s actually active for your locale!

IF YOU WANT THE PRINT VERSION and you are not already getting a copy because of backing the Kickstarter: I do not have a mechanism in place for taking print preorders. But if you want one and haven’t already told me, PLEASE LET ME KNOW, because I can then give a better estimate to Third Place for how many I should have them print when the print edition is ready to go!

Thanks in advance to all who preorder and/or spread the word!

Mirrored from angelahighland.com.

txt spm

Jan. 23rd, 2015 04:36 pm
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I just got the following message on my cell phone from [xxxxxxx]@fantasyvoyages.biz:

You are today's con test victor! Dial xxxxxx.xxxx

I pass the test: I'm adding this number and email to my phone's blacklist.

Torn World Muse Fusion

Jan. 23rd, 2015 01:19 pm
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The Torn World Muse Fusion is running January 23-25.  Drop by and give us prompts, or claim prompts to write about!  You don't have to be familiar with the world to write, draw, or create other stuff for it -- although of course that helps, and there are oodles of articles, stories, etc. to get you started.  Fiction, art, poetry, crafts, demifiction, it's all good.


What I Have Written

"Broken Hopes" is a story about unexpected loss, the freebie for this session.  Northern relationship stuff.

"Brewing Beauty" is a story about Mirulani courting a beautiful young scientist.  F/F fluff romance with flirting and kissing.

A skykitten prompt inspired the story "Little Paws in the Licenses" and is a sequel to "Raining Kittens." Bai and Alikara go to the Licensing Office and find chaos.
1504 words, Buy It Now = $45.12
Now with an adorable illustration by [personal profile] ellenmillion!


From My Prompts

From [personal profile] ellenmillion: "I used The Lost Bead in conjunction with the Thimbleful Thursday writing prompt to get a flashfiction of 200 words: Icing on the cake. It will be publicly available once I give it a polish!"

Thankful Friday

Jan. 23rd, 2015 08:47 am
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Closer... Today I'm thankful for

  • Friends who come over and cook.
  • Left over rice == fried rice for breakfast!
  • X11, gnome-panel, and the ability to work remotely.
  • More generally, good tools.
  • Being able to answer "50 years" when asked how long I've been in the (software) industry.
  • ETA: Being able to answer "over 50 years" when asked how long I've been playing guitar.

Liv's Shuffle Meme

Jan. 23rd, 2015 10:22 am
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 Go here to read how Liv's Shuffle Meme works. Usually I'd write and or cut and paste something explanatory, but *low on spoons*, sorry.

LIv's Original List
Nessie Ladle
Twitter
Gender Essentialism

WIth My additions
My Public Library has ebook lending
Nessie Ladle
Coco Berlin's Belly Dance Drills
Twitter
Ever-present trolling in every news article comment section ever
Gender Essentialism

I cheated a little as I don't have the energy to think about things worse than gender essentialism today. There are worse things, but then I'd need a double dose of Kitten! Flower! Puppy! Kittens&PuppiesinFlowers! and yeah, no. Another day, maybe. :)

P.S. Nessie Ladle. I am full of the want, and I can even justify it based on the amount of soup we make. :) Come back in stock, Nessie Ladle!

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