Not that I was ever away, though I mean to be away soon, for a week. for my first vacation/me thing in ... five years? In honor of that shifting of the planetary axis I have done something. And by something, I mean I feel obligated to warn you all that the End of Days is at least one broken Seal closer.
For the first time in twenty years I have had my hair cut. Yes, and in addition, my first ever perm.
I may not be a new woman, but I am a happy one.
Sadly, this did not result in me looking like Scarlett Johansson. Though that would have been a surprise since I didn't ask to look like her. (Also I could make two of her and have left overs.) But it looks pretty damn good and is as close to what I wanted as I could have ever hoped considering my inarticulateness about hair. My preferences were: Cut it off and make it bouncy. I want my hair to lie; I am not a bouncy person.
I have been reliably informed by the wifey that I look fabulous. Also, new glasses, not sure if they're a pro or a con. They slide down my nose. .
But I do feel a little bad about bringing the end of the world one step nearer.
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It's nearly four in the morning and I have a thirteen page longhand outline for a giant gen fic set post CACW the wifey are and I are going to write together.
You know, at the same time I finish the original novel and wifey finishes her giant Cap One threesome fic.
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Vaguely pointless post is pointless, but I'm trying to get back in the habit.
When people knock first person narration I want to point them to Roger Zelazny's Amber Chronicles and everything written by Dick Francis (not Felix or with Felix). First person is wonderful done right and these guys did it so.
Thinking on the Amber series, I have very clear head pictures of the characters, including the narrator, Corwin (less so Merlin in the second series), and of course I realized why just now. At some point in my childhood, while trailing up and down the science fiction and fantasy aisles of Tower Books in Sacramento while Dad was three aisles away in the technical section, I picked up a little paperback called The Illustrated Roger Zelazny with art by Gray Morrow, including color versions of all nine princes. Those illustration have always and will always be the way I picture the characters.
Sometimes I do the fantasy casting exercise to stave off boredom or go to sleep (I know, you'd think those would be antithetical to each other) and it is difficult when you have a very, very clear picture of characters in your head. It's why so many movies made from favorite books make me cringe.
But it occurred to me just now that actor Tyler Hoechlin (Derek Hale on Teen Wolf) would make a fantastic Corwin of Amber.
If you've read the books, google a picture of him. You won't be sorry even if you don't agree.
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Got my reservations made and I'm all fixed to go. Maybe I'll even manage to write some fan fic before July.
Looking forward to it. Even the drive.
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|wash paint mail
You know what really, really will slow down your DIY renovation of the kitchen? (Well, after having to replace the water heater.) Leaks in the roof. In the kitchen, in the other rooms, just lots and lots of leaks. Thanks El Nino. Really thanks, because I'd rather find out before I painted.
Anyway, it seems like the leaks have been conquered and I have progressed to painting in the kitchen.
Today was wall washing in the bedroom, though, while kitchen bits achieved complete dryness. One hour my lily white ass. Like one hour to tacky enough to fuck up.
But I came home to a really neat card in my mail. Yes, a blond skull, just what I like, and a great message from dine. I will never get used to getting pleasant things in the mail, my default with mail and phone calls is 'what fresh hell/disaster is this?'
And, yeah, that's about it, another day in which I did not write. Instead I played with the dog for a while after getting home. She's great for my emotional health, not so good for my shoes or my word output.
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Merry Christmas and/or a Heartfelt Non-Denominational End of Year Holiday Best Wishes.
Whoever or whatever you do or don't worship, I wish you all the best. *
*Except Donald Trump. Trump gets bupkis.
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Up front, I'm biased. She's my wifey and I beta-ed this. It's like I'm its godmother.
eretria has finished and posted a complete version of her Captain America: The Winter Soldier fic.
But it's good, okay, objectively, it's a damn good story about Steve Rogers going from the naive kid who thought going to war was something anyone sane would want to do to a deeply decent leader of men, along with being a painful period love story, and a tale of war and life in the military. If you don't want to cry for Bucky Barnes and Steve Rogers by the end of reading it, you've had your tear ducts removed. I don't want to give away too much, but I have to warn for the fact, she wrote it for me and delved into all the painful aspects a lot of fic glosses over (because that stuff pleases my sadistic soul), but none of it is gratuitous.
If you read or mean to read, do heed the warnings and tags. If you read it, hold onto this, at the end, there is hope, like the first visible star of the evening.
Seasons of War on AO3.
Fandom: Captain America (Movies), The Avengers, CA:TWS
Archive Warnings: Creator Chose Not to Use Archive
Warnings: Graphic Depictions of Violence
Relationships: James "Bucky" Barnes/Steve Rogers, James "Bucky" Barnes & Steve Rogers, Howling Commandos & Steve Rogers. James "Bucky" Barnes & Howling Commandos. Peggy Carter & Steve Rogers
Characters: Steve Rogers, James "Bucky" Barnes, Chester Phillips, Peggy Carter, James Montgomery Falsworth, Jim Morita, Timothy "Dum Dum" Dugan, Jacques Dernier, Gabe Jones, Howard Stark, Howling Commandos, Original Male Character(s), Original Female Character(s), Sam Wilson (Marvel)
Additional Tags: Angst, Depression, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder – PTSD, Friends to Lovers, Friendship, First Kiss, graphic descriptions of war wounds, World War II, 1940s, Original Character Death(s), Drama, Psychological Drama, Action, Period-Typical Homophobia, Period-Typical Racism, Period-Typical Sexism, war horrors, Dark, Internalized Homophobia, Europe
She's been posting a chapter every other day and the whole thing is now up.
Oh, wow, and I almost forgot to say: there are some seriously steamy scenes between Bucky and Steve. eretria
does not cheat, though she doesn't include anything the story doesn't need.
And for those wondering about Peggy the Wonder Pup, she's got the terrible teenager twos going on, and a vet appointment tomorrow. Her wrestling nom de plume
would definitely be The Wrecker, and she's hilarious. It's impossible to stay mad at a dog, who every time she's told 'bad dog' in anything approaching seriousness, immediately spins and bites her tail. She clearly thinks she can convince me it was all the tail's fault, the tail's idea, and only the tail did it.
I might even fall for it, if she didn't do it around my leg. And the tail isn't the one pulling the desk drawer open to steal dog treats or the one who snagged the leftover Thanksgiving turkey off the counter and stole a mouse from my cat. I honestly wouldn't be surprised if she starts opening the refrigerator next.
She's a great dog.
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I don't think I've ever had it together enough to post a wishlist before Christmas. Or I was embarrassed to some years, when money was super tight and I was running in the negative spoons when it came to doing things like art or fic.This year I was reminded and I'm doing it.
So, I'm going paraphrase (and even copy word for word) from settiai since her post explained so well.
How It Works:
Post to your blog with a list of ten things you want to receive for the holidays. They can be anything, from a personalized DW/LJ icon or drabble to a Maine Coon kitten - as long as all the items on the list are things that you genuinely want.
If there's anything on your list that needs to come to you through the mail, make your shipping address available, but please be safe about it and don't post that part publicly - just specify how people should go about getting it. (ETA: I'm going to stick mine under the cut, because I'll be moving after the new year so I'm not too worried about sharing it here.)
Look around your circle/dashboard/friends list for others who have posted the meme. (The more who do, the better this works, so encourage them!) If you see a wish you can grant, GO FOR IT. You might find a little thing you can do for free that will make someone happy, or you might just discover that a stranger is longing for the exact boxed set of DVDs that you no longer want.
Don't spend money unless you want to, and don't commit to more than you can handle without stressing yourself. There are no rules to this project, no guarantees, and no strings attached. If someone surprises you with a gift certificate to the restaurant you never thought you'd get to go to, don't feel guilty or obliged to return the favor. The point is to spread around a lot of opportunities to grant wishes - use them as you see fit, and remember that your list gives those opportunities to others!
Dream big, but stay practical. If you really want the Mercedes, put the Mercedes on the list, but don't forget that you also really want some feedback on the story you wrote - so put that on the list too. It's fun to imagine something huge happening through this meme, but we all recognize the unlikelihood of it so make sure our friends still have a chance to do something thoughtful that's within their means.
Put limits on yourself for what, but not who: if you've decided that you can spend a few hours drawing a picture, but none of your friends are asking for one, keep looking for wishlists - you might even make a new friend or two! Ask people to link their lists for you, and don't be afraid to post your own in a few places.
Let's make some wishes come true this year!
And now, the list, under the cut:
( Wishlist under the cut )
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Whatever afterlife there is, my dad is laughing his ass off tonight. I realized this after I stomped into the house, dusty and tired, clomping along in my steel-toed work boots, hands nicked up, and grabbed a brush to knock off the worst of the dirt clinging to me before I spread it to the furniture. I could easily have been my dad, after a long day at work, at any time during my childhood. The only thing lacking was some saw dust.
I'll get to that next week.
Thank god for leftovers, I say.
Dear self, remember to take something that can play music without a streaming connection tomorrow before heading into the deadzone.
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|Another way it sucks to be raised to act like a nice girl/woman
Ugh. People selling stuff are the worst. Why can't I just be rude? Why do I automatically apologize and try to explain I can't do what someone wants me to do? I don't care if it's a good cause, I should be able to just tell someone no, without having to justify myself.
Today, this woman kept pushing and pushing with the sales spiel and came so very, very close to me blowing up. I mean, I was coated in plaster dust from sanding, my hands hurt, and I was in the middle of the job. One more 'what if I add blah blah would you spend five hundred bucks for some no name product?' and I was going to lose it. No, I still have to paint and redo the sub floor before putting in tile, replace the water heater, fix the hole someone punched in the ceiling (the nine foot high ceiling) and either find the money to redo the kitchen countertops or live with the hideous laminate. Do you really think I have room in my budget for your crap? But I was polite. I held firm, but I was exquisitely polite about it. Or as exquisite as you can be with yellow tinted plaster dust in your eyebrows and dust mask hanging around your neck.
If I'd just been rude in the first place, I'd probably feel guilty about that too, but also sort of satisfied. It's annoying that I'm so programmed to be a 'nice woman' that it just doesn't occur to me to be curt and uncompromising until I've wasted a half hour being polite. So I've carried my irritation through the rest of the day. And now Peggy is just being a proper pimple. It's just a damn good thing she's so adorable.
Is tonight the episode where we find out who shot Annalise in How to Get Away With Murder? I expect to be surprised. And if I forget to watch, I know I'll be even more annoyed.
Upfront, I'm telling everyone that wall texture in the hands of amateurs is the creation of the devil. (I don't like it done right and this was done wrong, so very wrong.) Pfft. I'm tired. I'm going to have to skim coat the entire kitchen. Except for the ceiling. I can only theorize that they ran out texture material before they could spray it on the ceiling too.
No Peggy report tonight (beyond the being a real pill thing), but she's just about doubled her weight since I got her. Can you imagine in kids did that? It's horrifying to contemplate.
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Over a thousand words today and I finished the scene and merged into what was already written. That's more than I've managed in weeks.
That's it, I'm calling it a good day, with Peggy asleep at my feet and the cat asleep in the bedroom under the bedcovers.
'Tis the true measure of the change in seasons, when Sooty pats my face in the night and demands to get under a blanket.
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All Peggy, all the time, pics under the cut. I have some manners.
( The state of Peggy, with pics )
Meanwhile, I've finished sorting books from storage. Except that one bookcase, but it's nothing compared to the rest. 25 more boxes of books to donate. And ten boxes of magazines that date back to the seventies, possibly the late sixties.
And innumerable empty coffee cans that Mom hoarded. No wonder I don't like coffee.
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( The Peggy Report )
Look, I know, posting about the dog is getting boring for all of you. But it's getting me back into the groove of posting regularly. I'll try to stick it all under a cut.
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( So I changed Peggy's puppy food. )
And I donated twenty some boxes of books to the library, only to realize I have a whole other stack of boxes to sort through -- not counting the hardcovers. I started this to go through Mom's books. But I have so many of my own in the same storage, it became obvious I needed to cull my own too. Plus I have Dad's books, which I have absolutely no use for and are mostly out of date at this point. No one wants them. It's just...it goes against my every instinct to send a sound book to the big library in the sky.
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|The Peggy Report
|Kyra La Grange|
( Peggy )
And speaking of coyotes, I've heard of coywolves. Interesting article in The Economist on them. They're not unknown in the west of the US, but it's fascinating to read that they're becoming a differentiated species. I love that kind of thing. And it isn't that surprising. Given an empty niche in nature, something will evolve to fill it and canids have proven to be successful design. I can say pretty surely too that coyotes here are larger and bolder than they used to be within my lifetime of observation. (Thus the scat in the yard; they're looking for cats or anything else that might be outside and edible. They're opportunists.)
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Peggy( Read more... )
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|Teeth like razors, I swear
She's not trying to draw blood, but I look like I reached into a tangle of barbed wire. Puppy teeth. And I don't want to punish her for playing, but owwww.
Fifty bucks worth of puppy chew toys and she still wants to tear up the rugs or her bed, so I gave up and tied a knot in a hand towel and gave her that.
Peggy loves it.
Well, shit. Can you spelled spoiled. I sure can.
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Just in case anyone here hasn't heard, BAEN Books has the eARC for Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen available at their site. It'll be out in edited form in February, but if you're like me you'll click this link:
BAEN Books Advanced Readers Copies
There just aren't that many writers I still get this excited about seeing a new book. The fifteen bucks is well worth it to me and I'll still be picking up the hardcover later.
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|It was a good day
|dog, pets, puppy|
One of the things I can do now is have a dog again. That's a lot nicer than the other thing I got to do that I couldn't while taking care of Mom: get the flu. That sucked. No, it slimed, it was really miserable, though I'm done with it now except for lingering exhaustion.
And now I have a puppy, who should keep me exhausted.
It was kismet or karma or something. She's napping on my feet right now.
I'm calling her Peggy.
I suspect my cat is calling her something less flattering, along with me. The glare I got when I introduced them... It was epic. I think she's still hiding from Peggy, me, and the rest of the world in the bedroom. Luckily, Peggy likes her crate in the living room, so Sooty can continue her reign in the bedroom.
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|Dear anonymous giver of mugs, hello and thank you!
|gifts, thank yous|
It's an absolutely fantastic mug! I adore it (and it is so true, so true, my browser history is an alarming collection). But, listen here, you! Who are you? This gift in the mail came at a time my spirits are low and I want to know who gave me a smile today!
Come on, that mug was like a hug in a, well not a box, it was in a really good styrofoam container. But yes, like getting a hug in the mail.
Whoever you are, I hope you see this, because thank you, thank you, thank you.
I hope you didn't think I was going to drink coffee from it, though. Nope. Cocoa, peppermint tea, and possible Pepsi.
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|punctuation, we use it for a reason, a short-ish rant
Okay, I resisted leaving a comment, because I couldn't comment on the story, I was too baffled and then annoyed by the fact that the writer never used a single period. Over three thousand words, no periods. It distracted me so much I stopped reading it and just scrolled, looking for one damn period. I thought, surely there will be one. There will be a paragraph with more than one sentence. There was not as far as I could tell.
I saw a comma and dialogue double apostrophes, but then there was no attribution. Now, there were only two people in the story so you could figure out who was saying what anyway, but then... why not use a period?
Did their keyboard's period key not work?
What the hell?
Was this some experimental prose style? Please tell me in an author's note at the beginning, thank you, so I can nope out of there and not waste my time on something that irritates me.
Periods. Really. They're like closing the lid tightly on something so it doesn't slosh and splash all over when someone picks it up.
It peeved me.
I didn't comment. Either it was deliberate, in which case any comment will just piss off the writer and not achieve anything or it wasn't and... then a comment would embarrass and annoy them, because they obviously never heard of a beta or punctuation. I'm not a teacher, never wanted to be one, and wouldn't manage a comment that didn't rub them raw.
Though I'd kind of like to insult the living hell out of whoever was their teacher(s), because punctuation is one of those things they're supposed to engrain in kids.
All of you ignorant, punctuationless kids quit crapping on my lawn!
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Appealing to the hive mind.
Anyone out there know if there is any effect on a cell phone you have in a pocket if you're tasered?
My first thought was fried, but then I reconsidered.
None of the taser information sites I've poked at have offered up any useful information. They're either 'this will save you from attackers, yay!' or 'we swear tasers don't kill people, really, really, we paid for studies to say so'.
So if someone knows something useful on this subject, I'd be grateful to hear about it.
Or I could just have the character go use a landline.
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[Me] >And I was right, that kind of webbing would easily hang someone
[The Wifey] OH MY GOD DID YOU TRY IT TO KNOW THAT??????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I think she thinks I killed someone.
Or tried to hang myself.
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Via monanotlisa , because why the hell not?
I currently have 67 works archived at AO3, (all but some really old Alias crack fic). Pick a number from 1 (the most recent) to 67 (the first thing I
posted there wrote), and I'll tell you three things I currently like about it.
Meanwhile, the abominable original thing is clocking around 97,000 words and I'm telling myself it's two-thirds done. I'm lying. What the hell was I thinking? The goal remains getting the first draft done by the end of the year. I think it's doable. The last third doesn't involve character building, just looking at everything from an outsider pov and throwing the whole narrative into doubt. Yeah, the crazy was especially strong when I came up with that idea. If I make it work, I will deserve all the cookies. If not... well, it kept me off the streets.
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