Happy Birthday!

Jul. 26th, 2017 10:14 pm
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Happy birthday to [personal profile] ayinhara! I hope you have a wonderful day and wish you an even better year to come!

Happy Birthday!

Jul. 26th, 2017 07:25 pm
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Happy birthday to [personal profile] sunnyd_lite! I hope you have a wonderful day and wish you an even better year to come!

Quick pimp!

Jul. 26th, 2017 10:29 pm
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Hereby recommended:

Chance Encounters (AO3 link) by [profile] luckweaver.

Summary: The first step in the plan was to lie low for a little, and stay out of sight. Of course, trouble had a way of finding Roda...

Notes: This is a series of short stories, probably 3 chapters for each, with minor details about what Roda gets up to immediately following the events of 'The Death and Life of Rodageitmososa'. These take place during Roda's 8th regeneration.

6 chapters posted. Some great guest stars. Go. Enjoy. :)

What I'm Reading Wednesday

Jul. 26th, 2017 04:42 pm
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It's been ages since I've done this. Again.

Still slowly but surely making my way through The Watchmaker of Filigree Street. I've taken to listening while ironing instead of watching Netflix, so I can get a chapter or two in that way. About 75% of the way through now.

Also still reading The Scarab Path, but I'm quite close to the end. After that, this series will no longer be re-read, because this is as far as I ever got. I do remember the stuff that's going on in the book right now, but I'm quite pleased to not being able to remember what the big mystery was or even if an answer was given yet. I've got a suspicion, but on the other hand rather doubt it can be that simple. Also, more than ever I want to firmly whack a specific character over the head with a shovel. I remember growing to disliking that character over the course of this book the first time around, and it has happened all over again. Very much hope they will get over it. Soon. Soon would be good.

Finally, I've found myself suddenly picking up the first book of the Belgariad series by David Eddings and proceeding to chew through three more and half of a fourth. So actually nearly finished with the series. Again x many. Intend to power straight through the Mallorean series as well afterwards. Familarity = good de-stressor.

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Jul. 26th, 2017 08:35 am
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Something Scott ate yesterday has given him an allergic reaction. He and I had lentil soup for dinner last night. I used chicken broth, water, and lemon juice which should all have been fine, so I suspect that the culprit is the sauce packet I added-- That looked safe when I read the ingredients, but either 'flavoring' or 'spice' must include something that's a problem as all of the known ingredients were things Scott eats normally. The thing was explicitly to go with chicken and mostly contained chicken derived stuff.

Maybe he ate something while he was out at his doctor appointments yesterday? We only talked for about two minutes this morning between me and Cordelia getting up and him going to bed. He said he didn't know what was causing the problem, and I didn't want to keep him just to ask more questions.

Cordelia decided to stay home today in order to see her grandparents and uncle who will be arriving around 11:30 to take us to lunch. The main complication of this is that I now don't have anywhere to put the junk that I need to move out of the living room so that people can sit down. Scott's asleep in our room, and Cordelia's asleep in her room. That pretty much leaves the basement.

Scott won't join us for lunch. We decided that it made more sense for him to keep sleeping. We have our biweekly game session tonight, and he's supposed to GM. I kind of think it might be better for us to play board games, but I guess it will depend on he's doing at 7 tonight. We'll also need to stop a bit early because he needs to leave shortly after 10 in order to get to work by 10:45.

I got a lot of chores done yesterday-- Five loads of laundry; filling, running, and emptying the dishwasher; making dinner; cooking two packages of breakfast sausages; breaking down some boxes for recycling; getting the recycling and trash to the curb for pick up; changing the sheets on our bed; rearranging and dusting my bedroom bookshelves; and moving two shopping bags of books from our bedroom down to the basement plus shelving about a third of them.

Oh, and I sprayed a set of clothing for Cordelia to wear at camp. We bought some prometherin (sp?) which is a spray on tick repellent that's specifically for clothing. She's only wearing a t-shirt and long shorts plus underwear and footie socks, so it only helps a very little bit, but a little bit is better than nothing. We're not spraying her underwear or socks (footie socks don't come up past the top of the shoe). The spray bottle doesn't work very well. The only way to get anything out is to hold it sideways, and the stuff is very bad to breathe, so the spraying has to be done outside and then the clothes left hanging outside to dry for a few hours (how long depends on the humidity).

Needless to say, I was ready to sleep pretty early. I didn't end up doing so, but I should have, could have. Part of not going to bed early was that I had trouble making myself stand up to deal with getting ready to sleep.

Scott sleeping during the day really disrupts my routine because I can't really listen to music or watch anything due to noise. I dug up some earbuds, but they turned out not to work well because one gave no sound at all. We'd had them for years without ever opening the package, so either they were defective when we bought them or they deteriorated in storage. I can watch things with the sound off if there's captioning, but I like to be able to hear the dialogue, too.

I also have to be sure that I have all of the things I need out of the bedroom before Scott goes to bed. If I go in there for something, it will wake him. Tomorrow, when the cleaning lady comes, will be interesting.

I'm thinking that I might move the bags of stuff we want to get rid of to the garage. If that stuff gets stolen, well, at that point, we wouldn't have to haul it anywhere to donate it. But I kind of think that someone looking for quick cash isn't going to dig through garbage bags full of old clothing, not when there are things like the snowblower and Cordelia's bike. I'll shut the door, but Scott tends to forget, and he's the one who mostly opens the door (lawn mowing, grilling, etc.).

Fic announcement

Jul. 26th, 2017 08:34 am
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I have posted updates to At the Edge of Centuries (chapter 6 is new), an Amber AU story in my House of Sulfur and Mercury series, and to Auguries of Innocence (chapter 7 is new), a Harry Potter AU.

Both links go to the first chapter of the story in question. Neither story is anywhere near complete.

And I've gotten a comment on Auguries of Innocence that labels is as (good) crackfic. Are long, plotty darkfic AUs generally considered crackfic? I've always found the term a bit slippery in that I know when I read something that I would call crackfic but couldn't define the term apart from pointing at examples. I usually expect short and humorous, though.

Long time no see

Jul. 25th, 2017 10:59 pm
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So um, it's, um, been, um, awhile. Oops. Life, ya know?

Anyways, I thought I would start out slow back into the journal world and just update this journal about what I am planning to watch this fall. Can you believe it is nearly time for fall tv?!?!?! Where has the year gone?!?!

What I plan to watch:
Young Sheldon - I already watch Big Bang and I watched the "first look" for this on TVline.com. I think it looks cute. Plus it will be fun to see how they develop the other members of Sheldon's family. I am most interested in his mother since she will be played by Laurie Metcalf's daughter.

Will & Grace - Not really a new show and I watched it off and on back in the day. But I have a lot of memories attached to this show and I am interested to see what they do with it.

The Gospel of Kevin or Kevin (Probably) Saves the World [whatever they are calling it now] - I have a soft spot for Jason Ritter. J. August Richards & Joanna Garcia Swisher are also awesome so I gotta give this one a try.

Law & Order : True Crime - The cast is rad especially Sam Jaeger & Anthony Edwards.

The Orville - Well part of me is watching it because it is the same street name as mine (though spelled differently) haha. Also, I do enjoy Seth Macfarlane & Scott Grimes and wacky funny things so I will watch at least the pilot.

Marvel's Inhumans - I am not sure about this one yet. I do watch S.H.I.E.L.D but I mainly watch for Ming-Na and I am pretty behind. Thoughts?


I also have plans for another post about the shows I already watch and how long I have been watching them. I'll have to do just shows that will also be on this fall or it'll be wayyyy too long. Hehe.

What about you all? What are you watching anything new this fall?
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1) The Road Home by Michael Thomas Ford stopped soon after it got interesting. Read more... )

2) The Line of Beauty by Alan Hollinghurst is literary fiction rather than a romance, even though the story revolves around a gay man's relationships. For various reasons it seemed to me like a cross between Gatsby and Brideshead Revisited. Read more... )

3) Speaking of books, I found this discussion about a recent trend in thrillers marketed to women something I was ambivalent about. Read more... )

4) HT to Petzi for this news: Chevrolet is discontinuing the Chevy Impala. Looks like it will be departing at the same time as Supernatural is.

5) HT to Paula for this article about the 100 greatest movie props. Although it's a reminder to me that I'm not a big movie watcher, I liked the idea of reviewing symbols. Also, Star Wars fans may be interested to read about the creation of light sabers.Read more... )

Book Post: Ruby by Cynthia Bond

Jul. 25th, 2017 09:59 am
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Ruby, the title character of the book, is a black woman who fled to New York City when she was young but ultimately comes home to a black township in East Texas. Adjusting to life in the South after the freedoms of the North is harder than Ruby realizes it will be, and the pressure of her barely suppressed childhood traumas quickly results in severe mental illness (or, to be more accurate, something modern readers will quickly recognize as mental illness, while the townsfolk mostly blame her for "not keeping herself under control"). Ruby herself believes that she is haunted. As a child, she witnessed terrible things happening to other children, and now the souls of those children flock to her for protection. Readers get the choice of how to interpret these "haints" -- as a symbolic representation of being trapped in a moment of trauma, or as literal ghosts that cling to Ruby's skirts. The situation comes to a head when Ephram, who loved her from afar as a child, sets himself as Ruby's protector amid fierce opposition from his ultra-religious sister.

This book contains serious triggers for rape and child abuse, both of which are referenced below the cut.

I need to discuss this book with somebody (spoilers) )

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Jul. 25th, 2017 09:08 am
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My sleep was only middling last night. I was stressed out at bedtime and didn't end up turning out the light until much later than usual because I wanted to unwind a bit. I used the c-PAP for part of the night. It had been my intention to use it all night, but I took it off in the middle of the night. I don't know why. I remember doing it and that it seemed important to do so, but I can't remember why.

I decided to make use of being up early to do a chore that I've been putting off for months. I pulled all of the books I've already read off the shelves in bedroom (two shopping bags filled to the top) and consolidated the other books as much as I could. I've dusted some of the shelves. I don't know that the dust quite made it to the dust bunny stage, but I at least had dust mice.

I want to clear enough space that I can have one shelf for library books. Having them in six different places isn't conducive to remembering to read them. I also want space for my thumb splints and some place level to land my laptop over night when I've been using it in there before bed.

I need to figure out what to do with the jigsaw puzzles. I like puzzles, but we don't really have a place for me to do them. Setting up a card table isn't really feasible for space reasons, not unless I'm going to finish the puzzle in a single afternoon while I'm home alone.

Scott scheduled today as a vacation day so that he could deal with two medical appointments. The way work schedules things, that means he has tonight off. Their book keeping considers third shift to be on the day that it starts rather than on the day it ends. This is partly so they can say that third shift works M-F instead of Tu-Sa. At any rate, his first appointment is at 11 and the second at either 2 or 3. Right now, the plan is for him to shower and then try to nap for an hour before the first appointment.

We need to wash Scott's work clothes today, and I'd like to change the sheets and run a load of laundry for us and maybe for Cordelia. I need to shower, too, and I'd like to nap if I can. Oh, and it's trash day. Great fun.

Tomorrow, my parents will be in town briefly because my step-father has an appointment about that growth in his eye. They suggested that we go to lunch. I'm pretty sure that they were hoping to see Cordelia, but they never did much to build a relationship with her, so she's got zero interest. She'd go along if she had nothing else going on, but she's not going to skip part of her volunteering in order to see them.

Scott gave me a ride to and from my appointment yesterday. I wouldn't have asked, but I was feeling really miserable due to cramping. He took the opportunity to pick up an interlibrary loan book that had come in for Cordelia.

My psychiatrist suggested that I try to find some sort of online, at home work to earn money to help while we're financially strapped. I'm looking at that as a huge can of worms. There's not a lot I'm able to do because of not being able to commit to regular hours or even to a set number in a week. Also, most of the online work options aren't things I'd be good at or aren't things that my anxiety would permit.

I'm also concerned about the possibility that earning money, even sporadically, might affect my disability status with either Social Security or my long term disability insurance through my former employer. The LTD insurer is always looking for any hint that I might not be disabled. I might be able to work for a while before I wrecked myself, and that might well be long enough to lose the LTD insurance payments and the medical insurance that goes along with the money.

My writing might be marketable, but I think that would wreck me, too, because there'd need to be a lot of it, and I'd need to figure out how to sell it and work at making sure that people saw it and... I'd stay awake all night worrying that I had or hadn't done something that would just wreck everything. Also, the sort of writing that might bring in money within any sort of helpful time frame would likely be some sort of ebook porn short stories. I can write porn. Sometimes. I can even write it quickly. Sometimes. I just... I write dark and complicated, and sometimes, I can't write at all for days or even weeks.

My psychiatrist also said that, if I'm still exhausted the next time I see her, we can talk about stimulants because insurers will cover them for people with sleep apnea who have been using a c-PAP for at least two months. I'm not entirely optimistic. Provigil (modafinil) didn't help me at all, and I suspect that caffeine has more of a psychological effect for me than a physiological one. Well, if I've recently had caffeine, sleeping is harder because I have to get up to pee every twenty minutes, but I'm not sure that counts.

It's frustrating that she's the only medical professional I'm dealing with who understands that the things that the other doctors are worried about all derive at least in part from fatigue/exhaustion and from anxiety and pain making sleep difficult. And each of those things makes all of the others worse.

I did some edits on my second Pod Together fic yesterday, all things that my partner requested. I'm hoping that the changed text will be easier to read. I still need to do one check on the pronunciation of the name of a minor character. I think I remember how it was pronounced, but I don't want to rely on that.

I also wrote about four hundred words on chapter 7 of Auguries of Innocence. I need to go back to the early part of the chapter to lay some groundwork for the things that just occurred to me as necessary. It's all about a character who hasn't been in any of the previous chapters, so I don't need to tweak anything earlier in the story. (This is an advantage of using point of view characters who don't think the way that most people do, Draco because he's unmoored in time, and Luna because she never did.)

Game of Thrones Season 7 Episode 2

Jul. 25th, 2017 12:23 am
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Ho boy... Where to start? All the spoilers ever behind the spoiler-cut! Obviously... I keep telling Peting this series is really doing me in... *collapses*

More spoilers than you can shake a stick at! You have been warned! )

As you can see I'm all over the place. It keeps happening after seeing an episode of this series. Thank heavens for the swedish podcast Tronspelet! They keep making sure I keep my head on moderatly straight. I love the crazy people in said podcast!

This entry is crossposted between LJ and DW. Comment where you are comfortable.

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Jul. 24th, 2017 09:01 am
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I slept last night, but it wasn't great. A big part of that was cramps. Scott's still in bed. I don't know if I woke him when my alarm went off. I got it off in about two seconds, but who knows? That would wake me, but he often doesn't wake for my weekend medication alarms which have a similar duration. Scott came to bed about 4:30. I woke up about then because I really needed the bathroom and was just getting up when he went in there. Which, well, isn't that how it always works?

I managed to use the c-pap all night, though.

I'm a little cranky that, although he stayed up past when it was done drying, he didn't bring up the laundry. I really don't want to face the stairs right now, but that is my only source of clean clothing unless I'm willing to wake Scott.

My month to date word count is 21752. That's the highest for any month so far this year, even if I write nothing else whatsoever. Yesterday, I added about 1300 words to my Captive Audience fic and then realized I may need to make a major alteration in the setting. I'm hoping not, though. Today's writing will mostly be tweaks to the second of my Pod Together stories to try to make the rhythm of certain passages work better for the person doing the podfic.

We were surprised when we went downtown to the library yesterday afternoon-- Apparently Art Fair now includes Sunday. For as long as I can remember, Sunday was tear down and clean up, but one of the employees at the library told me that Sunday's been part of actual Art Fair for a couple of years now.

We stopped by the science and nature center to do some Ingress, and we took back the portals that someone from the other side had captured. We had planned to go into the woods to reinforce the two portals there, but we decided against it because of the risk of ticks. The other portals are all accessible from places that should be much lower risk for ticks (close cropped grass or asphalt). We'll hope no one knocks out those two portals for a while. It can be done from the street because high level bursters have a pretty extensive reach. The portals just can't be captured from there because one has to be much closer in order to place resonators and mods.

I told Scott that we should hope for the other side coming by frequently. He's close to leveling up, and recapturing a portal is worth a fair number of points.

Happy Birthday!

Jul. 23rd, 2017 10:05 pm
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Happy birthday to three of my oldest friends: [personal profile] caliente_uk, [profile] frenchani, and [personal profile] zanthinegirl! I hope you all have a wonderful day and wish you an even better year to come!

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Jul. 23rd, 2017 10:45 pm
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Counting as yet unrevealed fics, I now have a bit more than 660k words of fic on AO3. I boggle at the number. How on Earth is that possible?

I haven't heard from either of the people I'm working with for Pod Together. I'd mainly like to know if what I wrote works for them and if there are things I could do to make it work better.

I really ought to be asleep, but I can't seem to relax. The fact that Scott has to stay up to try to shift his sleep schedule isn't helping.

Weird patrons at the library...

Jul. 24th, 2017 12:16 am
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OMG! This week! *giggle snort* *shakes head* At least the weekend was great? :-D

I’m of the philosophy that you can either laugh or cry about things that happen. I usually try to laugh at weird stuff happening. So that’s what I’ve been doing this week at work. Suitable, because I had my 40th birthday this week to!

Monday one of my colleagues told us that one of our regulars is going to lose his apartment and felt horrible for him.

This man btw is a refugee and claims he's a doctor, always wants to come discuss politics from his home country, always dress very nice, always carry a briefcase, well dressed (but with a lot of clothes even in summer)... Claims though that everyone he has to deal with is SOOO rude and OBVIOUSLY racist! Not us librarians though. Strange that.

Anyway, he’ll end up homeless. A shame, and we do feel sorry for him, but what can we do? More than give him advice on where to turn to?

We find out that the apartment he’s been living in for 17 years is… a student residence… only for students. 17 years… *shakes head* Did I mention that this man is probably in his late 60’s?

Right, so onwards.

Apparently the guy that owns this apartment is a friend of his, so he gave him 11 months before he had to leave, but he hasn’t found anything. (Lack of trying???) And he is unemployed, because of course. And he claims the social services doesn’t give him any help because they’re SO RUDE! (Implying they’re racists as well.)

And so he asked us if he could keep a briefcase in our storage with his laptop and his important papers in it? Acting desperate and so my colleague, who was afraid he’d collapse right then and there, said sure, sure… A briefcase is fine. We have room. Collect your papers and come on Monday.

Monday arrive. I work my first day together with another colleague as well, so there’s three of us.

He arrives and asks to use our small baggage wheels. Then he returned… with two big moving boxes! And instead of returning the baggage wheels, he apologized and said he’d return with some more… And did so, the briefcase, a plastic bag… and ANOTHER moving box!

Me and colleague go: WTH????

And it’s continued like that. My other colleague, older and from the same country originally, went above and beyond to help him.

We’ve all given him suggestions on what to do, who to call. But we mostly just get the response that everyone are so RUDE and hard to talk to. (Again, implying everyone’s racist.)

Finally my older colleague got her husband (!) to take the car and drive all his things to a storage unit and helped him pay up the frist rent.

The other colleague has TRIED to help him sign up for different sites to find a new apartment, but he just can’t do it not even after we’ve shown him how to several times on very simple sites, he just doesn’t get how to do it.

We’ve all agreed on that it seems as if there’s something wrong with him. He can’t do ANYTHING on his own! He needs someone to stand RIGHT next to him pretty much holding his hand and telling him in detail what to do.

Also, he revealed his not a doctor but has studied at a medical university, just not as a doctor. Well, hello there. Why am I not surprised.

All he seems to want to do is discuss politics. Especially the politics of his home country. Online and in RL. And he never stops.

Anything else and he doesn’t know how to do it. Or how to deal. Also, it’s everyone else's fault and everyone’s a racist and/or rude. Except librarians, apparently. We’re good and nice. (Even me, purple hair, black clothes and all. I’m surprised I haven’t been called a racist…)

I did mention this man is in his late 60’s?

How even??? He’s been our favorite topic of discussion, because seriously??? *shakes head*

At least this first week hasn’t been boring? X-D Because we have more of these strange characters coming to this here library… X-D

Also, I had a lovely visit from my mom, her gentleman caller and my MIL on my birthday. :-D We had a really lovely time with nice food and all. And I got some NICE flowers as well! The HUGE birthday bash is going to go off start of August! :-D

The weekend has been lazy and nize. The biggest event was shopping groceries, pretty much. Good thing that, next week I’m going to the yearly post apocalyptic LARP. It’s going to be AWESOME!!!

This entry is crossposted between LJ and DW. Comment where you are comfortable.

Fic Announcements

Jul. 23rd, 2017 02:50 pm
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Authors have been revealed for the Nonconathon, so I can claim the five stories I wrote. I'm putting the list and information about the stories behind a cut because of the subject matter. If you click through, please mind the tags. I wrote one Weiss Kreuz, one Star Trek Original Series (Mirror Universe), and three original fics. I think the Weiss Kreuz story is the only one for which I didn't fall down the world building rabbit hole.

All of these are explicit.

The fic descriptions and links )

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Jul. 23rd, 2017 12:21 pm
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I'm 1700 words into my Captive Audience story. It's not due until 2 September, but I can already tell that it's likely to be long, so I guess having that time is good. I think this one will flow better during the writing than the second Pod Together story did. I might still hit a snag, but I'm hoping not.

My period finally started today after almost a month of off and on spotting. On the plus side, this makes having one on the 7th of August when I go in for the uterine ultrasound a lot less likely.

Scott's going to be working third shift this week and, probably, next. He originally thought that next week was his vacation, but I pointed out that that's actually another week further on. The only reason they didn't tell him to work third shift next week was that he told them he'd be on vacation. He emailed his boss to tell him of the error as soon as I told him (Scott didn't have access to his calendar right then). Third shift is down to four out of seven employees, and two of those left are supervisors who aren't supposed to run machines apart from covering for lunches and breaks. At other times, they move from machine to machine, making sure that everything's going okay and helping with whatever problem they judge most urgent.

Neither our nephew nor our niece were at the family gathering yesterday, so it was Cordelia and six adults. She retreated to the basement after dinner to read her book in isolation. I think she felt that four hours of being polite to adults was plenty.

I ended up sitting in the living room with Scott's father while Cordelia was in the basement and everyone else was out on the sun porch playing Ticket to Ride Europe. I didn't think it would be a good thing for us to sit in silence, so I initiated conversation, and we talked until the folks playing the game came back in. At that point, it was 9:00, and we were all ready to go home.

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