April 26th, 2019
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posted by [personal profile] dhampyresa at 01:50am on 26/04/2019 under
I saw Avengers:Endgame. Short reaction post under a cut because that was 3 hours of occasionally very bright and very loud movie so I have a headache, it's 2am so I'm tired and there were bad-for-my-issues fat jokes so I feel like throwing up.

It is literally three hours )
April 25th, 2019
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posted by [personal profile] ruric at 06:12pm on 25/04/2019 under
No spoilers or reactions outside the cut except to say that there are no post credits or post post credits scenes.

I dragged myself to see this at lunchtime at the end of a 14 hour migraine which lasted from yesterday lunchtime until 4am this morning so not too sure how lucid this will be.

Avengers Endgame )
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posted by [personal profile] nanslice at 09:17am on 25/04/2019
I bought a new car! A 2018 Ford Fiesta. The jeep was just too expensive for commuting an hour to work (I spent $400 in gas in one month). So anyway, it was a pretty huge adjustment going from a 1996 vehicle to a 2018 one but ofc I love it. ♥ I named her Cindy.

Work has been going well, although there have been little missteps on my part that have caused me great anxiety haha. I know that I have not made any major mistakes, just small, annoying ones, but it's nerve wracking! Being an adult is very difficult and I do not like it at all. XD

I adopted a kitten! A little 8 week old calico! Her name is Waffle and she is a little tyrant. ♥ ♥ Things were a little dicey the first couple of days but now the older cats seem to adore playing with her (although I have to sometimes play referee because they play a little too rough for a little rolly polly.

I'm all caught up in the Magnus Archives! I am having some feelings about this podcast and I'm also having some shipper feelings as well, of course. XD Spoilers ) The problem with being caught up is now I don't have anything to listen to that has the exact kind of atmosphere that I want. So. I just started over with this instead hahahaha. One thing I've noticed since starting over is how much of an asshole Jon was in the beginning! Gosh! And so mean towards Martin!

The shakeup in worlds in FFXIV has me now living on Balmung! I'm an rper so this works out perfectly, except now I have to come up with much more interesting backstory for Yesun and O'mega. I do have a quick little thing written up for Mega, something appropriately tragic and terrible haha.

Let's see, let's see. I got an industrial piercing in my left ear! I should have gotten in my right since my left is my dominant side, I like to sleep on my left side, everything. But it's okay. |D I love it a lot, it looks so cool. It hurt a lot tbh and to go from just having basic lobe piercings to an industrial was a huge jump but I did it! \o/

I might be going kayaking this weekend. It would be a great time since we've had so much rain lately but idk. We'll see! I don't really know how much I want to hang out with the people I'd be going with haha.

....gosh. I didn't realize it as it was happening but there's been a lot going! I love it tho. I love being busy. It...feels like for a long time I was just kind of suspended, you know? For a lil while I was just here while waiting to move to Seattle and then I was dealing with complete heartbreak after the breakup and now, it's like. I'm here. I'm here. There's no just about it. My life is here and I'm gonna live it.

Edit: ALSO The Goblin Market was soooo much fun. It was clearly the first time this event was hosted but it was still really great. I enjoyed it a lot, there were a lot of genderqueer goblin hanging around, and I spent way too much money, ofc. XD
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we're all somewhere in the middle. cougar town. gen, with references to: andy/bobby, bobby/grayson, ellie/laurie, jules/ellie, jules/laurie. g. 321. ao3.
"i think we're all a little gay."

read more... )
April 24th, 2019
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Characters: Brandili, her town and family
Type: Origfic, full of dragons, tough gay ladies, tough moms, and big gay feels
Wordcount: 3,540
Warnings: Juicy with angst and revenge, as all Brandili stories are. She's got a certain cadence that tends to read as campy, but it's very intentional.
Story: [community profile] everwood, set about 4-9 years ahead of just about every other story and comic in that community so far. (Major spoilers ahead! But maybe the rest of the story is better for them.)
Note: This will be cross-posted on [community profile] rainbowfic and [community profile] everwood once I'm done packing and moving; no time for the admin that goes with that right now!

Urdasvale was still sullenly smoking... )
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The Umbrella Academy, Vol. 1: The Apocalypse Suite, written by Gerard Way, art by Gabriel Bá, and colors by Dave Stewart.

Cheerfully nuts, but controlled—mostly. Seven extraordinary infants are adopted by an eccentric scientist and trained to fight...crime? Robots? Threats from outer space? Super villains? Alien super villains? Robots? It's not super clear, but you get the gist. This world also has hyper-intelligent chimpanzees and a moon base, so it's got some science fiction elements to it while still having a retro feel, and I like the resultant mood, a kind of nostalgic futurism. The art does a lot of fun stuff with this in the background.

I love the character design, especially that of 1 and 5. The proportions of Spaceboy's Martian ape body are very pleasing to me. That huge chest and the tiny legs and head. I can't get enough of it. The art has an old school feel, reminiscent of Dave Gibbons's work in Watchmen—again with the background details—though Stewart's colors are much more rich and layered. The storytelling reminds me of Alan Moore, too, though with more of an early Promethea feel.

I'm interested in what this is doing (especially Séance—more of him please) and where it's going, except, under all the flash and primates, it's just another comic book filled with white dudes. The Indian manservant (very Wes Anderson and not in a good way) isn't even named in the text and if he speaks at all, it's to provide directions. And then there are the women. All three of them. Because women only make up 30% of the population, right? This is why you have to manufacture your own out of dress forms and wheels. Then Vanya, who isn't given near enough motivation to destroy the world, by the way, spends most of the book naked. She's introduced to us naked (as a baby) then again (as an adult) while wearing a thong and sitting with her legs spread. We see so much of her ass. Especially later when she's redesigned to be naked all the time. If you're going to be like that, where's the male nudity? Also there's a bigger question about the kind of violence done against the female characters in this book and how it compares to the injuries sustained by the men.

Still I did enjoy this and want to know more. I'll be reading the next volume.

Contains: blood, dead bodies, exploding heads, violence, dub-con body mod, dub-con kiss, mind control.
posted by [personal profile] dhampyresa at 11:37pm on 24/04/2019 under ,
Both [personal profile] yhlee and [personal profile] lj_writes (no relation, afaik) recently posted the fact that Korean (한글) doesn't define colour the same way English does. Specifically, both pointed out the lack of a blue/green distinction.

This reminded me of a similar thing in Breton, but rather than derail either post with the following explanation of why Breton both does and does not have that distinction, I thought I'd post about that here instead.

Breton is a Celtic language spoken in Brittany, the westernmost part of France. It's closest extant relative is Welsh.

Much like Korean and Welsh, Breton uses one word for both blue and green -- glaz/glas -- except in the one very specific case of artificial green.

Turns out the blue/green distinction is a nifty thing to have, to the point that if you really need to, you can use it in Breton, by saying sea-bluegreen or grass-bluegreen. Which is kind of cumbersome, because sure glasmor/sea-bluegreen, but the sea isn't always blue?

Unlike Breton, French has a blue/green distinction. The French word for green is "vert". It is an homonym of, among other words, "verre" ("glass").

The Breton word for glass is "gwer". I'm sure you can see where this is going.

Breton just fucking wholesale grabbed an unrelated noun to become a colour adjective because it sounds the same in another language. A purely, if you will, artificial word.

A word so artificial it is only used to describe artificial colours. A green light? Gwer. Green algae? Glas.

Why? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ At what point does a colour become artificial/shift from glas to gwer? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Why do some people use glaswer and where does it find in the glas-gwer spectrum? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
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posted by [personal profile] kyarorain at 05:36pm on 24/04/2019 under
Damn, I'm wallowing in so much nostalgia and saudade right now. It's funny. In all the five years since my parents sold the villa in Barbados, I haven't even thought much about the place and suddenly I'm missing it so much and remembering it in painstaking detail. Haven't even been to Barbados since they sold the place. It's all gone now, the furniture and everything... so sad... for some reason, I'm just really missing it lately. Guess I'm just depressed. As usual. Same old story.

I think even playing Final Fantasy X would be painful right now. I'm still at the beginning, just reached Besaid... the new faces, man. Wakka's face is hideous. HE DOESN'T BLINK. IT'S HORRIFYING. Though I guess FFX isn't going to be terribly nostalgic anyway with new faces, Japanese voices, and the rearranged soundtrack. But it will still remind me of Barbados. I used to play it on the Playstation 2 at our villa there... man, I loved FFX. It's such a great game.

I should get on with it already, but Final Fantasy 12 takes priority at the moment. Just kinda stalled at the moment... because, hunts. Hunts as far as the eye can see. So many hunts. Sob. I just want to get back to the plot. I know hunts are optional, but the completionist in me just won't allow me to ignore them! Curses... it's a good game, yes. I'm enjoying it. Totally shipping Penelo x Larsa. Larsa is a good boy and I hope nothing terrible happens to him.

Final Fantasy 9 was also very good, yes, I played that recently.

It's a shame a lot of the Final Fantasy ports on Steam are mediocre mobile ports. I would happily own Final Fantasy 6 if it wasn't a shitty mobile port... and I have yet to ever play Final Fantasy 5 but that's also a shitty port, isn't it. Bleh. I played Final Fantasy 4 on the DS, never touched 1-3 and of course I've played 7. Remake is going to suck all the soul out of FFVII, I can feel it in my bones. Haven't played Final Fantasy 8, and don't intend to buy it. I've read an LP of it anyway.

I'd be tempted to dive into Final Fantasy 13 if some of the ports of the series didn't have issues on Steam. Sigh.

Anyway... man. I miss Barbados. Or do I just want warm and sunny weather? Wouldn't it be nice to live in a villa in a sunny and warm country. Like Spain. Parents sure seem keen on it, but if they want to do it, they better do it before Brexit happens... '.'

Ahh, depression, you really can be a pain in the ass.
Mood:: 'nostalgic' nostalgic
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April 22nd, 2019
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posted by [personal profile] edenfalling at 10:13pm on 22/04/2019 under , ,
According to Aunt Boss, New Hire called in last Tuesday with a somewhat flimsy excuse. She was also 15 minutes late on Saturday, and also didn't finish a very simple task I gave her (namely, taking handwritten data from a clipboard and entering it into a spreadsheet). These are not great signs. On the other hand, she was suffering from bad hayfever and then a bit woozy from the Benadryl I gave her, so maybe it was just a bad day. *hands* Anyway, I am strongly hoping she works out despite this slightly rocky beginning, both because she's nice and I like people to do well, and because I really want to have someone else around so I have the option of occasionally taking a Saturday off to go do personal stuff.

The immediate issue is that I need to take Saturday, May 4 off because that's the weekend Susan is visiting and we have plans to do Things -- specifically, the Cayuga Wine Trail's wine & herb fest event -- so I really cannot be at the office. And I want New Hire to be there so we're not randomly closed for a whole day!


I dunno, I don't think my job is especially difficult, but it does involve a whole bunch of separate aspects/tasks that all need to be mastered, and which don't always have any intuitive connection to each other. And Mom Boss has been away on vacation this past week, so Aunt Boss hasn't had the time to show New Hire as much stuff as she otherwise might have done (to say nothing of the missing day). But I feel like... I am pretty sure I asked Miss Cactus more questions about what we do and how we do it in my first weeks on the job, and also read the job manual several times, poked the Gmail account to figure out the canned messages, and messed around with a bunch of folders and spreadsheets to see what information we stored and how it was organized. I'm quite sure Miss Goldberry was also more interested and persistent about learning how stuff worked. Even the previous New Hire (who didn't work out) was more proactive.


I suppose we'll see what happens.
location: ithaca, ny
Mood:: 'discontent' discontent
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posted by [personal profile] dhampyresa at 12:42am on 23/04/2019 under
"C'est pas parce que Notre-Dame a brûlé qu'il faut arrêter de cuire les baguettes!" ("Notre-Dame burning is not a reason to stop cooking the baguettes!")

Given the context -- as the entry title says, I overheard this at the bakery -- it was less a deep, philosophical statement about carrying on come what may and more a pragmatic statement about bread, but then again this is Paris, so who knows.

The truth is... I haven't been doing great and I'll take what I can get. It's not the Notre-Dame thing (not just, at least). Last week I nearly fucking decked a coworker for creeping up behind me in my blindspot. I seem to be unable to say anything uncritical about anything and even with things I overall really like I can only seem to formulate reasons to not like them. I painted something recently and everyone says it's really good and yet all I can think is that "why the fuck you always lying" meme. I keep vaguely meaning to do stuff, even stuff long overdue and then... not doing anything. So yeah. Not doing super great.
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posted by [personal profile] runpunkrun at 03:10pm on 22/04/2019 under

Things That Go Bump In The Night (9278 words) by mochroimanam
Chapters: 3/3
Fandom: Raven Cycle - Maggie Stiefvater
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Noah Czerny & Richard Gansey III & Ronan Lynch & Adam Parrish & Blue Sargent, Ambiguous or Implied Relationship(s), Ronan Lynch/Adam Parrish
Characters: Noah Czerny, Blue Sargent, Richard Gansey III, Adam Parrish, Ronan Lynch
Additional Tags: Elements of Horror, Halloween, Haunted Houses, Implied/Referenced Suicide, Ghosts, Campy, Buffy-esque, Past Violence, Scooby-esque
Summary: Subtitle: The real ghosts are the friends we made along the way! The gang goes to a Halloween haunted house attraction, only to find that things are a bit more....realistic...than expected.

Bookmarker's Notes: Spooky Halloween fun, filled with love and friendship. Everybody gets a chance to do their thing and the OT5 are out in full force.

Heavenly Wine and Roses (4484 words) by orphan_account
Fandom: Raven Cycle - Maggie Stiefvater
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Richard Gansey III/Blue Sargent, Ronan Lynch/Adam Parrish
Characters: Richard Gansey III, Blue Sargent, Ronan Lynch, Adam Parrish, Noah Czerny
Additional Tags: absolutely not kissing, Coming In Pants, gratuitous use of ganseyface, gansey does not have anything under control even slightly
Summary: Gansey has everything under control.

Bookmarker's Notes: Burningly hot. The sequel to Roses on Parade.

Terroir (3644 words) by jouissant
Fandom: Raven Cycle - Maggie Stiefvater
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Richard Gansey III/Ronan Lynch
Characters: Richard Gansey III, Ronan Lynch, Noah Czerny
Additional Tags: Frottage, Drinking, First Time
Summary: "He dreamed up some booze," Noah said. "I don't know, maybe you should go up there."

Bookmarker's Notes: Yeah, you could just slip this right into the third book, and then keep on going. The writing is as quick and clever as Stiefvater's, and then there's Gansey, trying to take care of everybody, as usual. Funny, sexy, and just the right amount of creepy.

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posted by [personal profile] dreamwriters at 02:06pm on 22/04/2019 under ,
1. Ebooks. Anything on our Amazon wish list (http://a.co/ik6IRif (sidebar is sorted by category)) that can be gotten in eBook format for us is awesome but things we really want are below. Our email for everywhere is ehryniewi@gmail.com.

a. United Front eBook bundle by Rev Criss Ittermann $17.99 https://leanpub.com/b/unitedfront
b. Healing the Fragmented Selves of Trauma Survivors by Janina Fisher $35.99 https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B06X9YWZMM/
c. Surrender to Passion by Criss Ittermann $6.99 https://www.amazon.com/SURRENDERTM-Passion-Worried-Wonderful-Days-ebook/dp/B01F5LND2A
d. How to Get Your Content DONE by Criss Ittermann $2.99 https://www.amazon.com/How-Get-Your-Content-DONE-ebook/dp/B0192OP3XI/
e. When to stop refuse or refer a client by Alice Langholt $2.99 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07NDPPGB2/
f. Healing Virtues by Kathleen Prasad $9.99 https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B07918CRN6/
g. Anatomy for Energy Healers by Connie Dohan $7.99 https://www.amazon.com/Anatomy-Energy-Healers-Connie-Dohan-ebook/dp/B00DSR0ZHU/
h. Energy Healing Practical Tips and Techniques by  Connie Dohan $9.99 https://www.amazon.com/Energy-Healing-Practical-Tips-Techniques-ebook/dp/B00EHWRQ22/
i. Alter Boys in Love by LB Lee $10.00 https://lb-lee.itch.io/alter-boys-in-love
j. Ebook mmmMEGAPACK!: 2007-2017 by LB Lee $50.00 https://lb-lee.itch.io/mmmmegapack01
k. New Tax Guide for Writers, Artists, Performers and Other Creative People 5th Edition by Peter Jackson Riley $13.47 https://www.amazon.com/Writers-Artists-Performers-Creative-People-ebook/dp/B01MS8ZETS/
l. The Legal Guide for Writers, Artists, and Other Creative People by Kenneth P Norwick $9.99 https://www.amazon.com/Legal-Writers-Artists-Creative-People-ebook/dp/B01MUSF42T/
m. The Money Book for Freelancers, Part-Timers and the Self-Employed by Joseph D'Agnese and Denise Kiernan $11.99 https://www.amazon.com/Money-Book-Freelancers-Part-Timers-Self-Employed-ebook/dp/B0036S4D7O/
n. Arts & Numbers by Elaine Grogan Luttrull $9.99 https://www.amazon.com/Arts-Numbers-Financial-Performers-Creative-ebook/dp/B00B6U09K4/
o. Bookkeeping for Authors by Linda Anthony Hill $1.99 https://www.amazon.com/Bookkeeping-Authors-Linda-Anthony-Hill-ebook/dp/B07MB6S9Y9/
p. Beancounting for Authors by Christina Mercer $4.61 https://www.amazon.com/Bean-Counting-Authors-Creative-Accounting-ebook/dp/B01BX2M1QE/
q. Starting an Online Business All-in-One for Dummies by Shannon Belew $18.39 https://www.amazon.com/Starting-Online-Business-All-Dummies-ebook/dp/B00M551I0O/
r. The Artist's Guide to Grant Writing by Gigi Rosenberg $9.99 https://www.amazon.com/Artists-Guide-Grant-Writing-Performance-ebook/dp/B003WUYOV6/
s. Pep Talks for Writers by Grant Faulkner $9.99
2. Dreamwidth Paid Account for dreamwriters OR dreamwriteremmy $35/acct or $50/acct http://www.dreamwidth.org/shop/account?for=gift
3. Amazon, EBay, or Etsy gift cards
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Today is the Feathering the Nest prompt call over on [personal profile] dialecticdreamer’s blog! Drop by, offer a prompt, and get a short story focused on nonsexual intimacy. Fluff and joy for EVERYONE!

April 21st, 2019
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Thank you for writing for me! I'm sure whatever you write me will be wonderful.

Feel free to poke around this journal or my Ao3 account (username: [archiveofourown.org profile] sevenofspade ) if you want to. My letters tag is here.

I have the following Do Not Wants: allegory/metaphor of real world politics, character death, child abuse, dysphoria, incest, people losing things important to them, porn, rape, unrequested setting-change AUs (unrequested canon-divergent AUs are fine and very welcome), the Arthurian mythos and toxic living arrangements, be that family or roomates. When these are canon, please don't focus on them. Thank you.

On the other hand, there are a lot of things I do want. Here’s a partial list. (I obviously don’t expect you to stick all of these in one story, that would be impossible.)

General likes )

Feel free to take prompts in whichever direction you like! And if none of my prompts work for you, then write whatever you want -- I'll be happy with anything.

Ancient History RPF
Relationship: Hannibal Barca & Scipio Africanus

Captain Marvel (2019)
Minn-Erva (Marvel)

Powerless (TV 2017)
Relationship: Emily Locke/Green Fury

The Umbrella Academy (TV)
Number Five | The Boy (Umbrella Academy)
Vanya Hargreeves

Yoko Tsuno (Comics)
Relationship: Yoko Tsuno/Khany

Thank you so much for writing for me!

(Questions about DNWs and/or prompts must go through the mods. Other comments welcome.)
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posted by [personal profile] dray at 09:10am on 21/04/2019 under , ,
I keep thinking about a community I was part of, the Nexus, when I was a young adult. I miss it, I want to see folks writing stories for pictures of dragons again. I'm going to set something up for that space again on dreamwidth and see if I can promote it around the larger community. It's a very different concept from the normal DWRP we have, and it's got some older era ideas. There's no money being exchanged, real or fake, no tiers to climb, other than "write a story, get a dragon." Anyone in the community who has artistic skills can create a clutch, and the rules for what kind of story needs to happen to get in on that clutch vary by who is running it... but... write a story, get a dragon. Share glee at having worked hard for a cool thing. Build up a world, characters, stories, concepts, community based on that simple premise.

Thoughts for things to occupy my time on the other side of our move.
Mood:: 'hopeful' hopeful
April 20th, 2019
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I read the Homestuck epilogue(s) today and... that sure was a thing that happened.

I don't think any of it's impossible as an extrapolation from the main story, but neither thread strikes me as an especially plausible end-path for the characters, and while I do enjoy meta-narrative technobabble, I frankly prefer a less... uh... reductive and negative set of options, shall we say. Like, if your story is thematically about escape from the tyranny of narrative inevitability, why pick THOSE particular possibilities as the ones to narrow in on and explore?

Fortunately it's all fundamentally irrelevant, so whatever. I am officially ignoring the whole thing, just like I've already been ignoring the Snapchats and a bunch of the credits. :)
Mood:: 'apathetic' apathetic
location: ithaca, ny
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posted by [personal profile] runpunkrun at 10:47am on 20/04/2019 under

I'm having a mood theme yard sale, in case you have a paid account and want a mood theme I downloaded sometime during the early 2000s.

While messing around with my own mood theme, I rediscovered the page where you can check out the overall mood of the entire site.


Over on [community profile] fancake, I recced Once Upon a (Prescription) Mattress, by that_which, a fairytale-inspired Stargate Atlantis fic with a great voice.

And this week's AO3 bookmark recs are in Captive Prince, Macdonald Hall, and His Dark Materials—all book fandoms!


Over on [community profile] gluten_free, I talked up parchment paper—specifically the parchment paper muffin cups I won't bake without—and now we're on an egg-free kick.
April 19th, 2019
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posted by [personal profile] dray at 04:09pm on 19/04/2019 under
In the process of moving this month, so things are very sparse online!

Also, if you're a fan of interactive fiction (Zork--"You are eaten by a grue" and choose your own adventure style games) or in making them, Twine has got your back if you're a coding newbie. I'm taking a peek to see if it's viable to produce some work I'd like to make less linear.

Hope you're all well and that your spring is going okay.

More once we're out the other side of the rapids, I hope.
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Things I have done so far today:

1. Taken far too many people on apartment showings. (Due to a handful of early move-outs, we now have four sample apartments we can show people with no prior notice. In theory this is a good thing. In practice, it means I have been doing significantly more walking-and-talking than I consider ideal. *wry*)

2. Addressed, wrote, and mailed a batch of thank-you notes for my church stewardship committee.

3. Rented two parking spaces.

4. Stayed on top of office paperwork and now finally have some time to get non-paperwork tasks done, like updating apartment photos on our website and refreshing our ads on rental listing sites. \o/

So I'm going to get on that photo stuff.
Mood:: 'busy' busy
location: rental company office
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posted by [personal profile] runpunkrun at 01:58pm on 19/04/2019 under

One of the fun things about a paid account is being able to upload customized mood themes like it's 1999 (literally—that's when LJ started up), and I just happen to have a MILLION zip files of other people's mood themes saved to my computer.

So, if you're interested, leave a comment and pick a couple; I'll upload the zip files to Mediafire and add the links to this post. Warning: They're all LJ era fandoms, and accordingly some have better resolution than others. Also the pictures vary from tiny to big.

Here's a list: look it's the aughts again )

I haven't used moods in such a long time I forgot how...weird the options are. No "helpful" or "useful," no "industrious." Guess I'll go with busy.

Mood:: 'busy' busy
April 18th, 2019
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posted by [personal profile] kalloway at 09:44pm on 18/04/2019 under
Well, here's a three day weekend and [community profile] fic_rush. I guess it's time to set a few goals.

DW Inbox: 371 start, 300 goal (300 current, though that's just 'unread', but oh well)
Email Inbox: 234 start, 200 goal (217 current)
Tabs: 60+ start, 20 goal (some of these are just reading things, 29 current, mostly bookmarked stuff)
AO3 Archiving: 773 start, 800 goal (787 current)
Camp NaNo: 12309 start, 18000 goal (13996 current)

This seems doable? Maybe?
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So I've been asked to run for my church's Board of Trustees -- a 1-year term to fill out the end of another person's 3-year term, since they're stepping down for health reasons.

I have to provide a one-paragraph bio.

Does this sound reasonable?

"Elizabeth Culmer has been attending FUSIT since shortly after she moved to Ithaca in 2000, initially via a short-lived UU student group at Cornell. She taught RE for over a decade, from Pre-K to the high school youth group, and has been a member of the Stewardship Team since 2017. She is an enthusiastic member of her hospitality team, and has frequently worked at the recycling sale and service auction. Liz grew up in New Jersey, where she was a born-and-raised member of the Summit UU congregation. She currently works for a real estate company renting apartments to Cornell students in Collegetown, and does some seasonal tax prep work for [Not the IRS] on the side."


ETA 9:10pm Okay, I've sent a slightly revised version to the nominating committee, along with a photo of me. We'll see how it goes. :)
location: ithaca, ny
Mood:: 'confused' confused
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our future history. hannah montana. miley/lilly. pg-13. 550. ao3.
lilly was an affectionate drunk.

for [community profile] femslashficlets prompt 205: embrace.

Read more... )
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the theme for this month's round at [community profile] fandom10in30 was alphabet, meaning all of the icons had to follow a pattern of the alphabet but you could start at any letter. this month's theme was really interesting (although kind of difficult lol) and inspired me to try some new techniques and styles i don't usually do! i hope you like them!

10 icons + 13 alts )
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posted by [personal profile] delight at 09:53am on 18/04/2019

Coughing blood today, hooray!

I'll be leaving work early then.

I owe so many people PMs and replies, and I'm sorry. RPG folks, you're on the top of my list -- I only JUST saw a PM from [personal profile] ursula so I'm sorry to you too! -- and that one should actually happen, you know, today. People who need more info about shipping books, I will likely get that tomorrow AM, sorry for being the worst.

This has not happened since I started plaquenil, so it is probably time for a dose increase, oh boy. Er, that or it's an actual exterior infection, but I'm so used to "respiratory = autoimmune" that I wouldn't ever bet on it.

April 17th, 2019
runpunkrun: dana scully reading jose chung's 'from outer space,' text: read (reading)

Takes place immediately after the third installment, and starts up right in the middle of the action, so unlike the last two novellas there's no lag at the beginning; instead I was hurrying to catch up. It's exciting, face-paced, and full of the usual notes:

  • unwanted feelings
  • unwanted humans
  • unwanted protective feelings towards clumsy and vulnerable humans
  • multitasking
  • gun fights
  • pretending to be human to fit in
  • what does it mean to be human
  • serialized drama

With just the right amount of resolution that wraps us back around to the end of the first book and shows us how much Murderbot has grown.

Now to wait for the Murderbot novel coming out in May 2020.

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posted by [personal profile] lightbird at 09:31pm on 17/04/2019 under , ,
Pointless fluff, for the prompt: dinner. One more prompt to go and I will have a line. :)

Title/Link: Fifty
Fandom: Quantum Leap
Prompt: Dinner
Characters: Donna Elesee, Al Calavicci, Katie Beckett, Sam Beckett, Beth Calavicci, Tom Beckett
Summary: Donna plans a surprise for Sam for his fiftieth birthday.
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1. I have been recruited to run for a 1-year term on my congregation's board of trustees. This is kind of... like, on the one hand, I am an adult and I've been involved in church stuff (religious education, hospitality teams, stewardship committee, recycling sale, setup/cleanup for various events, showing up to meetings whenever possible, etc.) for over 15 years now; this is not really surprising. And on the other hand, I'm just sitting here going "...help?" because what the hell do I know about being in charge of anything???

Impostor Syndrome is insidious and annoying.

Also, I need to write a little one-paragraph bio for the annual meeting voting slate summary. Ugh. That's going to be as awkward as writing resumes and cover letters.


2. In gardening news, I planted my carrot seeds last night, so hopefully they'll be sprouted and ready to transplant in a couple weeks. I need to buy more potting soil, though, since I've decided that they're going in the big plastic tubs I used for my squash two years ago. They're deep enough that this should work out, particularly if I harvest the carrots before they get long and tough/woody.

I'm going to plant the tomato and Brussels sprout seeds this weekend, I think.

I also planted new pepper seeds in the six little peat cylinders whose first round of seeds either failed to sprout or failed to shed their seed coats. (I rescued one such trapped sprout, but didn't get to the other two in time on account of illness and general fatigue. So it goes.)

I probably ought to go do some ground prep and start organizing the raspberries this afternoon, but I am still extremely tired and I may just take a nap instead. *sigh*


3. I had a dentist appointment this morning wherein I got three new fillings. My bank account is not terribly happy with me. And I have another appointment in July for the fourth (and hopefully final!) round of cavity repairs. I probably could have scheduled it for June, but I figured I'd just shove the whole thing off to after my vacation so I didn't have to dredge up dates while standing at the front desk without my calendar.


And now, yeah, I am going to take a nap.
Mood:: 'calm' calm
location: ithaca, ny
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April 16th, 2019
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posted by [personal profile] ruric at 04:58pm on 16/04/2019 under
My Twitter timeline yesterday almost induced whiplash.

There were many folks mourning the burning of Natre Dame and posting up to the minute pics as well as recollections of visits and the impact of the building.

Meanwhile there was a vocal cadre of the "it's only a building" crowd as well as the usual posts about climatic doom and gloom bearing down on us. For a while it felt like both the future and the past were on fire...

This morning comes the news that much of the structure of the cathedral has survived, including by sheer good fortune the much admired rose windows. The 18thC organ has survived and much of the artwork was rescued thanks to a human chain of fire fighters. Even more astounding (according to the Standard) is that a large crane was deployed to pluck some statues from the roof and keep them out of harms way.

Two French billionaires have already chucked a tonne of Euro's into the pot for restoration and appeals are already out there for expert help and guidance from around the world.

Meanwhile back at home the Extinction Rebellion crowd have closed down Waterloo Bridge and are camped out at Oxford Circus, Marble Arch and other locations stopping traffic and getting the message out about climate change.

Add in the Stop Brexit March, the Climate Change march and the popularity of the Greta Thunberg inspired school strikes and for the first time in a long time I'm seeing a glimmer of light and starting to feel a little bit optimistic.
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posted by [personal profile] samskeyti at 11:38am on 16/04/2019 under
Found on Samuel West's twitter this morning.

Cathedral Builders by John Ormond )
April 15th, 2019
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I hoped today would be a day of "Liz gets non-work stuff done during slow periods at work," but instead it turned into a day of "Well, you sent out ~150 reminders for people to turn in this form; why are you surprised that over a third of them did what you asked?"

So I spent most of my day processing forms. *sigh* I mean, it's necessary work, but man, it is so tedious.

There was also the usual round of package deliveries and pickups, we rented one studio, I gave a very confused prospective tenant a tour of our sample apartment (which exists because a tenant moved out early so we dressed up the vacant room to look pretty), I generated and sent out a couple parking leases, and so on and so forth. But mostly it was a never-ending flow of forms, which I had to print, scan, send emails acknowledging their receipt, mark them off on my clipboard tally sheet, mark them off on my Excel spreadsheet (the tally sheet is for quick visual reference; the spreadsheet is finer-grained and also includes useful info like tenant emails), upload to Rent Manager, attach to the relevant tenant accounts in Rent Manager, file a second electronic copy in our shared office drive, and file the paper copy.

(Paperless offices, my left foot.)

So that has been my day.
Mood:: 'tired' tired
location: ithaca, ny
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posted by [personal profile] dhampyresa at 08:19pm on 15/04/2019 under
Notre-Dame is burning

I'm crying
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Unmasked (19100 words) by xyai
Fandom: Captive Prince - C. S. Pacat
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Damen/Laurent (Captive Prince)
Characters: Damen (Captive Prince), Laurent (Captive Prince)
Summary: "You proved to be invaluable at Nesson-Eloy," Laurent said. "I expect your singular assets will be similarly useful tomorrow." A detour is taken. It ends in the truth.

Bookmarker's Notes: This is fantastic, and with Damen's side quest and Laurent being cunning and mysterious and about fifteen steps ahead of Damen, it feels like it could fit right into the books. Damen's desire for Laurent is heady, and I love everything about his confession and their slow coming together.

Operation Luxembourg (4846 words) by kormantic
Fandom: Macdonald Hall - Gordon Korman
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Boots O'Neal/Bruno Walton
Characters: Boots O'Neal, Bruno Walton, Cathy Burton, Diane Grant
Additional Tags: Fake/Pretend Relationship, ridiculous plans, Futurefic, Scheming, needless disparagement of Luxembourg, maybe there are FEELINGS
Summary: Bruno inadvertently insults the dukes of the Luxembourg music scene, Cathy is a menace, and Boots blames Beyoncé.

Bookmarker's Notes: The feelings! The ridiculous plans! The pretending to be boyfriends! It's so on point it's like it came straight from Gordon Korman himself. This is the Bruno & Boots futurefic you need in your life.

The Exquisite Barometer (9580 words) by Vehemently
Fandom: His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Will Parry, Kirjava
Additional Tags: Baseball
Summary: It's just a different way of looking. Like your grid, for looking at baseball.

Bookmarker's Notes: This is beautiful. And so filled with summer atmosphere, and baseball, and being in school.

April 14th, 2019
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posted by [personal profile] delacourtings at 04:07pm on 14/04/2019 under


[personal profile] gracerene and [personal profile] firethesound's weekly and monthly word count wrap ups always make me want to write more. those two write so much! it's incredible! so, i'm going to start posting monthly wrap up + goals posts in an attempt to hold myself accountable.


  • march word count goal: 4,594 / 8,042
  • YTD word count goal: 4,594 / 18,493
  • 2019 total word count goal: 6,266 / 75,000
as you can see i am quite a bit behind but i'm going to try my hardest to catch up. i got really into writing again right at the end of the month. i actually wrote most of that 4.5k over the last 3 days of the month. if you're curious about the breakdown:

march 1-9: 0 words
march 10-16: 243 words, all on the 15th
march 17-23: 389 words, on the 17th
march 24-30: 3,962 total words, 22 words on the 25th, 1702 words on the 29th, 616 words on the 30th, 1622 words on the 31st

if you want to see some of those words, here are the fics i posted in march. well, wrote in march. technically posted in april but shh.

afternoon delight. harry potter. harry/ron/hermione. 359. pg.
"i refuse to be defeated by cookies!"

distractions. harry potter. cho/luna. 301. pg.
later, when it was two A.M. and she was still trying to figure out the answer to number forty-two, she might regret this but now, with luna in her arms, feeling like warmth and safety, she didn’t regret a thing.
i like me better when i'm with you. harry potter. ginny/luna. 177. pg.
“you’re right. sorry, luna. i'm being silly.”

“no. you’re being you. i like it when you’re you.”
your body on my mind. harry potter. harry/charlie. 698. pg-13.
"is that how you think of me? as family?"

and i also posted a fest fic!
the sweetest little part of destiny. harry potter. bill/fleur. fleur & harry, fleur & molly. 1704. pg-13.
two years may seem like a lifetime to someone who wasn’t there, someone who didn’t witness the chaos of the war, who doesn’t feel the death and destruction that still lingers over everyone. but two years is nothing. not to someone like andromeda, who lost both a husband and a daughter and a son-in-law. it is nothing to harry, poor, sweet harry, who has always carried the world on his shoulders and who will never step feeling like the lives lost in the war are sitting on his conscience. or, molly, who has lost a son but is trying her damnedest to mother yet another orphaned young boy. the three of them are all trying their hardest to make the broken pieces of themselves into one whole parent for teddy.

how can she bring a child into this world and take their attention away from that?

now, onto next month!


word count goal: 18,493

that is a lot of words but i'm going to try my hardest to write as much as i can. projects i want to work on:
  • when we were young (temporary title) drarry fic. this is a fic about harry/draco reconnecting in their 40s after having been together and split up in their twenties. i love the idea of this fic and second chance romance is a fave of mine so i think this will be a lot of fun to write.
  • secret identity drarry fic. i have a very basic outline for this. but i like the idea and i know the general gist of what happens so all i really need to do is just sit down and write it.
  • wizarding uber drarry fic. i have about 58 words/5 sentences of this one but i have a very vague outline.
  • the good place au drarry fic. i've had this idea in my head since the first season of tgp was airing and i have some notes but i need to go read those notes and turn them into actual words. i have about 621 words of it already.
  • weird dead people can talk through harry drarry fic. i have 644 words of this one.
  • the office au drarry fic. i only have two sentences of this one. lol.
  • ginny/luna tattoo artist canon divergence gift fic. this one is almost done! all i need to do is write the last scene which is the sex scene but it's giving me trouble because i usually don't go so explicit and i start doubting myself.
  • ginny/luna bookstore au fic. i have 1547 words on this one but it's an old one and while i remember a bit of the ending i wanted, i'm not sure what to do with the middle.
  • ginny/luna the west wing au fic. i have 179 words of this and no idea where it's going.
  • ginny/luna, harry/draco band au fic. i have about 75 words of this and kind of an idea of where it's going but not really.
  • ginny/luna library au fic. i've got 470 words of this and not a clue where to go with it.
  • ginny/luna domestic drabble gift fic. i've got about 197 words of this and know where i'm going with it, i think, i just need to actually sit down and write it.
  • auror bodyguard ron/pansy fic. i have about 449 words of this and a very vague idea of the story but i have the feeling that is gonna be a long one and i want to write some of the shorter ones first.
  • dean/seamus fake relationship gift fic. i have 344 words of this one but it's set around christmas and i'm one of those people who cannot read/write something set in a different season than the one it is. i can only read historical fiction in the winter because it ~feels winter-y to me. i'm gonna try to work on some of the parts that aren't obviously christmas related, though there aren't many of those.
  • kinky ron/pansy fic. i have 0 actual words on this but i do have basically the entire thing in my head. it's just straight up porn. maybe a little angst. i need to just stop doubting myself when it comes to smut and just write the damn thing.

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posted by [personal profile] ruric at 09:29pm on 14/04/2019 under
Despite the week getting off to a rough start knee-wise (and yes, still problematic) the rest of the week was OK. On the plus side we didn't crash out of the EU on Friday so a healtfelt Bollocks to Brexit there. And we have an extension to that clusterfuck until Hallowe'en.

I have a lot get get through at work tomorrow and Tuesday - including my quarterly review which should have happened in early Feb, as we're about to come up on the half year review LOL - so I can head off to Wales with a clear conscience. However things have been achieved around the flat:

1. Giant batch of Jack Monroe's Spinach, lentil and lemon soup made on Friday.
2. Giant batch of veggie chilli made yesterday
3. Freezer defrosted yesterday afternoon in anticipation of...
4. Top up shop arrived, unpacked, repacked and frozen.
5. Freezer full of food and don't need to worry about cooking Monday/Tuesday
6. Laundry taken to/collect from launderette
7. Bedroom plants all given a good soak in the bath
8. Kitchen mostly tidy and all washing up done
9. Bathroom plants given a good soak
10. Trip to tip with several bags of rubbish/recycling
11. Food order for 5 days in Wales placed

Still to do tonight and next few nights )

My living room looks like a hurricane has gone through it but I have a few days after Easter to sort that out before I'm off again for a long weekend. The week after that I'm only in the office for one day and then have a day off for a conference before another long weekend - when I hope I can get some work done in the garden and on the allotment.

But for now I'm going to bail the plants out of the bath, have a hot shower and what Into the Spiderverse while trying to sort out the last bit of chaos in my bedroom.
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posted by [personal profile] kalloway at 03:21am on 14/04/2019 under ,
About twenty years ago, possibly longer, I saved up and bought a really decent HTML reference book. I used it quite a bit with making some of my early websites, along with just reading the sources on a lot of sites I liked to see how they did things.

At one point around... 2001, the ex asked to borrow the book and I figured I could lend it out for a bit. Long story short, it somehow vanished and could never be found and I never found another copy of that exact book or one I liked enough to buy.

Every now and then, to this day, I keep thinking I should get another one even though 1) a gazillion online resources, 2) library, and 3) I don't do anything beyond the most basic raw HTML anyway because I pretty much just post to DW and AO3 and whatnot.

And yet I still sort of want the book anyway.

(Hilariously, I just peeked at the library! Most of their HTML books have been lost/missing since around 2001. Back when people were, y'know, actually still learning HTML to build their early websites. LOL)
April 13th, 2019
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Today's work achievements:

1. I finished emailing all the people who still owe us a parental lease guarantee form (which is what we do instead of credit checks or past housing checks, because those are kind of useless for undergrad college students) and we've already received forms from over a dozen people. So that's good.

2. I continued showing New Hire some basics of document scanning and electronic file management. I also took her out to see two of our smaller properties. We would've done the other minor properties as well, but they're in the opposite direction and both she and I were feeling under the weather, so we left that for another day.

3. Stayed on top of email and phone inquiries LIKE A BOSS, despite still feeling under the weather.


In other news, I took my meds around noon today, on the theory that it was better to sort of ease back into my regular schedule. Tomorrow I will resume taking them with breakfast, and hopefully this will be a one-time lapse.
location: rental company office
Mood:: 'tired' tired
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posted by [personal profile] runpunkrun at 12:50pm on 13/04/2019 under

The Long Live Feedback Comment Project is something I occasionally run across on AO3, where a creator explicitly lists what kind of feedback they welcome and how or if they plan on responding to it. It's meant to take some of the uncertainty out of commenting (and publishing) and also includes a way for users to leave a comment and indicate they don't want a reply.


Over on [community profile] fancake, I recced Bonus Bulge, by Janice_Lester, a Pinto fic where Chris suddenly develops tentacles and the idea he might be bisexual.

And this week's AO3 bookmark recs are in Captive Prince, Raven Cycle, and Hamilton RPF.


Over on [community profile] gluten_free, I shared a recipe for dry roasted almonds for snack week, and now we're talking about our favorite GF products.
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posted by [personal profile] samskeyti at 09:19pm on 13/04/2019 under
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chasing versions of our past. captain marvel. carol/maria. pg-13. 697. ao3.
"that's new." she nodded her head towards the scar.
"oh," carol said. "is it?"

can carol get new scars? dunno, probably not, who cares. can she get the tag out of her own bra? probably but we don't care for logic in this house as it would ruin this idea that has been stuck in my head for ages.
title inspired by/kind of taken from daughter's youth. inspired by [community profile] femslashficlets scar prompt from weeks ago but i missed that deadline so it doesn't count. for the promise prompt on my [community profile] 100fandoms table.

Read more... )
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posted by [personal profile] dray at 10:26pm on 12/04/2019 under ,
Back in my teens we had a community called the Nexus, which was run originally out of yahoo groups, then moved through various forums. It was a hybrid between a place to exchange cyberpet adoptables and a forum to share intense fanfic/origfic writing, based at first around Pernese dragonriders and then spinning wildly off into different worlds, genres, and concepts. We had a couple dozen members and folks got quite familiar with one another. Heck, I more or less met my wife through the place.

I'm hurting pretty bad for that kind of community, but I think it has more to do with the fact that I don't have time to be on the computer to the same extent as I used to be. Or perhaps my peers have also grown up on the internet and are a little more closed off and busy as well so there are a lot of missed connections?

Either way, I'm struggling on DW to find a place I can throw my hat in, like all in. I tried with [community profile] rainbowfic but it's slow enough (and some IRL stuff has popped up in an unfortunate series of events) that it's not gripping me in the same way it used to. The balance of origfic/fanfic across my reading page is not ideal, either--I'm unfamiliar with most of the things folks are really into and I'm not all that into anime as a whole.

None of the big social media sites hold me; I don't want make small-talk and throw short blips of comments out so much as I want to find a central playbox to share creations with others. The cyberpets side of the internet has become this massive for-pay dumpster fire and I don't even know where to begin with that. Even creating original characters has become this bizarre trading-card thing where you have to... pay... people... to use their characters... for... reasons???


I'm so out of the loop.

A friend in Victoria recently mentioned Scribophile, which may be interesting once life settles down and I can start chatting with people. It's more to do with critiquing other writing than putting up your own... but it would be a good skill to cultivate, to give constructive thoughts. I find half the time when I drop a comment it's not really wanted in other mediums, so I don't even know anymore.

Being an anxious bean makes me try too hard. One day I'll find a good nook, but for now I'll daydream about writing for hours and reading a whole community's worth of story-nuggets and getting delightful dragons for the effort.
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posted by [personal profile] kalloway at 12:23am on 13/04/2019 under ,
[personal profile] kalloway: Meanwhile, I post Ryoma and Takumi brotherly genfic. Summary still sounds like they want to bone. *not sure if sigh or shrug*
[personal profile] kalloway: I mean, if a pair of them over there want to bone, sure why not, but that's Not What I Was Going For
April 12th, 2019
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posted by [personal profile] kalloway at 08:43am on 12/04/2019 under
Weekend. *__* I so just want to kind of chill and not do much of anything, but also do a lot of things? Sort of clean up the living room and see what projects are lurking, maybe? I keep feeling the push of 'do things'-- read/watch/play/do what I bring home, or find a spot for it.

I've been reading bits of manga here and there, including the first volume of Captain Harlock: Dimensional Voyage, which is really interesting so far! I'll pick up more when I can. Other than that, nothing new or even just new to me. Little familiar things here and there, mostly.

I have a bunch of library holds to pick up tomorrow, too. Combination of research material and fun reading. (including a volume of Nozaki-kun!)

This month, I've had Rush's 'Time Stand Still' stalking me. Last month it was Hotel California. I'm not sure how I feel about this. (also a lot of Van Halen and Motley Crue, though I can guess on the latter and the former is likely from having umpty rock stations in my presets)

Tuesday and Wednesday were pretty stress-filled. I've been posting longer 'reports' over on [community profile] unclutter though I'll probably mirror them all here in chunks eventually. (Posts are comm-locked, but it's open membership.)
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posted by [personal profile] edenfalling at 08:10pm on 12/04/2019 under , ,
So I've been feeling kind of weird and vaguely off all day, more so than the lingering dregs of my cold should account for, and I couldn't for the life of me figure out why.


I just got home and found my antidepressant pills that I forgot to take with breakfast this morning.


Twelve hours late is better than never, right?
location: ithaca, ny
Mood:: 'embarrassed' embarrassed


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