[personal profile] umadoshi
I rewrote SO MUCH MANGA this weekend (counting yesterday as part of "the weekend"). Other than a) the amount of time I spent waiting for my GP appointment yesterday morning and b) going out for ramen and having some social time afterwards on Sunday evening, I feel like rewriting is all I did over the past three days.

I also think that can't be as true as it feels, because I also finally finished reading K.B. Spangler's Stoneskin (which was wonderful, and I'm really excited for the [as-yet-unwritten, AFAIK] trilogy it's a prequel to), and [dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose and I finally saw the first two episodes of Star Trek: Disco last night.

OTOH, I read most of what I had left of Stoneskin yesterday morning while doing the aforementioned waiting for an appointment, most of which was my own fault. Last month's appointment used up the last of the injectable B12, so I got a new prescription from Dr. Awesome and dropped it off at the pharmacy to be put on file, but then I forgot about it until I was on my way out the door to yesterday's appointment. Fortunately the pharmacy is right next door to Dr. Awesome's office, and I called in to get the new B12 as I started walking, and they got it ready as fast as they could, but it still meant I was late to my appointment (although at least I was able to pop in and say "I'm here! Sort of...").

--I've got a small heap of ST:D reaction posts from all of you tucked away in Memories and was finally able to start sifting through the early ones late last night. I doubt I'm going to do much (if any) commenting on weeks-old posts, but reading them is fun. ^_^


--I'm blanking on another detail about Yuletide logistics. I feel like in previous year's there's been a page (on AO3?) showing all the names of who requested what fandoms (but I think not connected at all to people's optional Dear Yulegoat letters?). Is that right? Am I simply missing it?


--My third year of "only read books (novels, anyway) from my bookcase of purchased TBR or things I've purchased in ebook" is almost up, and the status of the physical bookcase is...dire. I'm not literally out of room to put any more books on it (especially since the bottom shelf has binders of CDs and stuff on it, so the TBR only ["only"] takes up four shelves), but it's not good.

Between that and my wallet, I truly need to buy fewer books. (And relearn the habit of making purchase suggestions for novels with the library, not just anthologies and graphic novels, without getting back into putting tons of things on hold there. No going back to the days of juggling a 300 or 400-item holds list, self. *stern*) Emphasis on the "and my wallet" part, which means not simply switching to buying a higher percentage of things in ebook. (Even if ebooks are usually enough cheaper that doing that also technically means spending less money.)

As is usually the way, I feel like there were other things I meant to mention, but I now have about an hour before I have to throw on proper clothes and head off to Casual Job, and I need to use that hour to proofread some prose. Yes.

And now I've finished this

17 Oct 2017 06:39 am
[personal profile] missizzy
Title: Hold Me Forever
Fandom: Agents of SHIELD
Characters: Fitzsimmons
Disclaimer: Now Disney owns them.
Warning: References to nasty events possibly happening on MCU Earth (see below)
Note: Fourth and likely final part of Just Give Me Your Hand and Hold On. Inspired what's shown as happening on Earth by Inhumans, though all you need to know is Inhumans are disappearing, and also, the show opens with one being chased and killed by soldiers.

But Fitz had to go back now. Daisy and Elena too, of course; they’d already been in that category, but he’d joined them there. )
[personal profile] umadoshi
[dreamwidth.org profile] mini_wrimo is open for signups until October 30!


Fannish/Geeky Things/SFF

"Hero-Princess-General Carrie Fisher Once Delivered a Cow Tongue to a Predatory Hollywood Exec". [The Mary Sue]

"Carrie Fisher Insisted That Leia’s Last Jedi Arc Honor All The “Girls Who Grew up Watching Star Wars”". [The Mary Sue]

"Who are Tessa Thompson’s LADY LIBERATORS?" "The Marvel Cinematic Universe has realigned how Hollywood thinks of blockbusters, franchises, and comic book movies. Though the films have been groundbreaking at the box office, it’s been nine years since Marvel Studios began the MCU and they’re still two years away from having a solo female led movie on our screens.

But if Thor: Ragnarok’s Tessa Thompson has anything to do with it, that’s not going to stand. During a recent press conference for Taika Waititi’s much anticipated Thor film, Thompson regaled us with a rad story about confronting Kevin Feige with the possibility of an all-female Marvel movie."


A discussion on N.K. Jemisin's Facebook about the "magic system" (scare quotes hers) in the Broken Earth books. Spoilers!

Abigail Nussbaum on N.K. Jemisin's The Stone Sky.


Cute Stuff

"If You Ever Feel Sad, These 10+ Highland Cattle Calves Will Make You Smile".

September LaPerm pics from [dreamwidth.org profile] naye. These posts are always great, but I think this one is even better than usual.


Miscellaneous

"We Don't Do That Here". "I have a handful of “magic” phrases that have made my professional career easier. Things like “you are not your code” and my preferred way to say no: “that doesn’t work for me.” These are tools in my interpersonal skills toolbox. I find myself uttering phrases like, “right or effective, choose one” at least once a week. This week I realized I had another magic phrase, “we don’t do that here.”"

Brian Fies' "A Fire Story" is a short comic about him and his wife being burned out of their home in the wildfires.

"Art Inspired by Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities". (I haven't read the book, but the art is really neat.)

"Photographer Gets Bitten By A Deadly Black Mamba, Still Manages To Finish The Photoshoot". (Many beautiful snake photos!)

"Native-Land.ca: Our home on native land". Searchable map of North America's First Nations territories and pre-colonial histories. "There are over 630 different First Nations in Canada (and many more in the USA) and I am not sure of the right process to map territories, languages, and treaties respectfully - and I'm not even sure if it is possible to do respectfully. I am not at all sure about the right way to go about this project, so I would very much appreciate your input."

"Creating Gender Liberatory Singing Spaces: A Transgender Voice Teacher’s Recommendations for Working with Transgender Singers".

Via [dreamwidth.org profile] dine, "Pumpkin Spice and Needles: Bookish Autumn Cross Stitch Patterns".

"Video game developers confess their hidden tricks at last".

Via [dreamwidth.org profile] alisanne, "Why Do We Cook So Many Foods at 350 Degrees?" [Mental Floss]

Meme from stolen from [profile] ami_ven

15 Oct 2017 07:42 pm
[personal profile] badfalcon
Tattoos: *counts* 7 so far and I know I want at least 3 or 4 more.
I have a: bloody pentacle on my upper left arm; 'hope' on my inner upper left arm (just above the elbow) in the style of Raintown's Hope In Trouble Times album; a little red heart on my outer left wrist; blue stars on both inner wrists; the home glyph from Stargate on my outer right wrist; 'love' on my inner upper right arm - mirrors the hope one and is in Emma Steven' handwriting
Surgeries: I had a something on my knee when I was younger to deepen the groove my kneecap runs in. It didnt work and I have a scar that looks like a noughts and crosses game!
Broken bones: fractured and dislocated right knee, disrupted right collar bone, broken left wrist, broken left little finger way too many times
Shot a gun: Yup.
Quit a job: A couple, yes.
Flown on a plane: Yup, about five or six times
100+miles in car: Well. Yeah. I mean, hi, I regularly drive like 280 miles to Glasgow to see Raintown
Gone zip lining: Nope, I don't want to
Watched someone give birth: Nope, and I really hope not to
Watched someone dying: Sadly, so. Both my parents :(
Ridden in an ambulance: Three times, I believe
Been to…
Canada: yup, went to Vancouver
Europe: Hi, I live here. I've also been to Ireland, Spain, France, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Austria, Denmark and Cyprus
Washington D.C: No, but I'd like to
Florida: Yup, I went to Orlando in 2002
Colorado: Nope
Mexico: Nope
Las Vegas: Yup. About 5 times..
Sang karaoke: Yeah, a couple times
Had a pet: I've nearly always had one until I moved into this place
Been downhill skiing: Nope
Gone snowboarding: Nope
Ability to read music: I used to be able to but I've not done so in about 20 years so I doubt I can
Rode a motorcycle: Only on the back
Rode a horse: nope
Stayed in a hospital: A couple times, yes. I was in hospital for months after I was born, for a couple days after the operation on my knee when I was 16, and then a couple days the other year for an upper intestinal infection
Driven a stick shift: Yup
Ride in Police Car: Yup - but I used to WORK for them so...
Driven a Boat: Nope
Eaten Escargot: Nope
Seen a UFO: Nope
Been on a Cruise: Nope
Run out of Gas: Just the once - and it was in a rental car so I didn't know how far I could push it.
Eat Sushi: Are you not aware of my love for Yo! Sushi?
Seen a Ghost: A few times, yes.
[personal profile] missizzy
Finished this instead. And I think I might finally be ready to build up for the climax

Title: All Five
Part: 13: Run From To
(Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, Part 10, Part 11, Part 12)
Fandom: Star Wars
Characters: Padmé, Mace
Disclaimer: Now Disney owns them.
Warning: Attempted sexual assault
Note: Sequel to "Growing Up in the Jedi Temple."

She knew she had to stay focused on the mission and attract as little attention to herself as possible. But it was impossible for her to just walk past every house emitting distress. )

A small mishmash update

15 Oct 2017 12:47 am
[personal profile] umadoshi
I took a stab at catching up on replying to comments, but I suspect I'm not gonna get completely caught up. *stares grimly at browser* I did at least manage to get back under 100 open tabs. That's something, I guess.
Oh-so-mercifully, I don't have Casual Job work on Monday, which means I'm merely very stressed about my freelance deadlines for the coming week, where before yesterday (when we found out about Monday) I was closer to "I'm only managing to not panic because I know it won't help".

Our odds of getting bulbs in or getting any other garden work done this weekend (basically everything else falls under "fall cleanup", I guess?) still seem low, though. Dear ground: please, please do not freeze solid this month.

I keep finding myself trying to think of how long it's been since I wrote any words at all. It may be just as well I haven't figured it out yet. Even trying to piece it together is disheartening.

In "Kas is tremendously awesome" news, a week or so ago Ginny brought a piece of a recent Kas-made lemon loaf to the office for me, and it was wonderful, and in my happiness I mentioned that it'd been a while since I'd had his lemon loaf and so it was delightful to have a piece. (He used to make it quite a bit, but has been tending to bake other [also excellent!] things for the last while.) Ginny relayed that to him, and next thing I knew, Kas had made me a lemon loaf. *melts*

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12 Oct 2017 10:00 pm
[personal profile] missizzy
Finally got my huge load of books cataloged and shelved. Now I just need to get all the electronic government documents done, preferably tomorrow, since I'm going to be attended the annual Depository Conference in the hotel across the way for half of next week. After which there are more books coming in, but who knows if we'll be able to do those, because we're nearly out of protective sheeting and "new" labels! Hopefully we'll be able to purchase new supplies sooner rather than later, but you never know, this early in the fiscal year. That's kind of aggravating when you consider the reason we're getting all these books now was because by the time the contracts and money came through, there was only a month left with which to spend it, so we had to order a year's worth of books in September. In other words, the same rule left us with too many books and may not prevent us from dealing with them all.
Tomorrow our Nuremberg volumes get picked up to be taken to the bindery. Hopefully this first pickup from the Government Publishing Office will go smoother than the first one from HFGroup did. I'm not sure any of us are up to walking out there and leading their truck to the right entrance anymore.
Seriously considering leaving Twitter after what they did to Rose McGowan. Have also been very strongly urged to join Facebook, which I still don't want to do emotionally, especially after the latest dramas involving them. Starting to think we the decent people of the world need to start our own social media site.
[personal profile] umadoshi
Fannish/Geeky Things

Old but still fun: Sarah Rees Brennan's Pacific Rim recap.

"Avatar: The Last Airbender comic gets new creators, new designs: EW has an exclusive look at Faith Erin Hicks and Peter Wartman’s take on the fantasy world".

"#LeiaIsWithUs – Let’s Honor Carrie Fisher Opening Night of Star Wars: The Last Jedi".

"10 Years Later, Bryan Fuller Would Drop Everything to Make More Pushing Daisies".

"'Pushing Daisies' Writers Reunite to Talk TV's Darker Turn, Increasingly Lax Standards".


Miscellaneous

The replies to this tweet about people's random mishaps are amazing and hilarious.

A Twitter Moment: "Fómhar: Irish words about autumn and all things autumnal".

"Giant Straw Animals Invade Japanese Fields After Rice Harvest And They Are Absolutely Badass".

"We just found nineteen new species of gecko in one tiny area".

"10 Underseen Indies From the Past Year on Netflix".

"You deserve better than emotional abuse: We hear this in the abstract, but we don’t always know how abuse looks".

"I’m Done Debating Racism With the Devil: White people playing devil’s advocate in conversations about race are completely counterproductive to actual progress".

"The Rock Test: A Hack for Men Who Don’t Want To Be Accused of Sexual Harassment".


On Atlas Obscura:

--"Canada’s ‘Great Trail’ Is Finally Connected".

--"The Women Who Rode Miles on Horseback to Deliver Library Books".

--"The Banned 1910s Magazine That Started a Feminist Movement in Japan".

--"The Gruesome History of Making Human Skeletons".

--"Get to Know Your Japanese Bathroom Ghosts".

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11 Oct 2017 10:00 pm
[personal profile] missizzy
Recent days have not been good to anybody, but I do have a couple of things to be happy about right now. Such as that this evening the amount of storage space being used by my "Other" data went down. Then went up again, but this problem might actually be a manageable one, at least for the time being. The other is apparently it was confirmed during a Q&A that Tanith Belbin & Charlie White are having a baby! Said kid will be hopelessly adorable at the very least, and if he or she inherits his or her parents' ice dancing talents, well.
That is, if the human race survives that long. Meanwhile, the books I have to catalog this week include both one laying out all the impeachable offenses Trump's committed (at the time it went to press, anyway..) and then another one claiming the Russian thing's a fabrication. Also Mitch McConnell's memoir. Yes, he wrote one. Or claims to, though of course there's a co-author. There was actually a whole new load of books that came in today, but I probably won't be the one doing those.

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10 Oct 2017 10:00 pm
[personal profile] missizzy
Made the mistake of upgrading to iOS 11 yesterday morning. By evening, I was on the phone with Apple Tech Support, trying to get them to take seriously the fact that I had mysterious "Other" data ballooned up and taking up a full quarter of my phone storage. It became clear I'd have to erase and restore everything, and too bad for me if that didn't work. I did this this evening. I'm pretty sure already it didn't work, and I'll probably have it confirmed enough to tell them tomorrow morning. The question is now, will they figure out how to fix the problem, or will mom and I be obliged to upgrade to iPhone 8, when I'm already giving in and upgrading my iPad, and the phone will cost a lot more?
First day back at work today was stressful too. A lot of books arrived last week and went uncatalogued, and now I'm trying to catch them up. And when I went through two books today that no library had ever cataloged, meaning I truly had to create the records from scratched, and when the second one was one that, shall we say, did not lend itself to cataloging at all. I'll probably spend most of tomorrow working on them too.