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Jul. 20th, 2017 03:39 pm
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I'm feeling so very, very overheated right now. I know that part of the problem is that the only way I can get caffeine right this moment is by making and drinking hot tea (cold brewed will take about twenty hours, so it's not an immediate option). Well, I could spend a couple of hours going to the store to buy something. Decidedly not worth it to.

I'm at home alone right this moment. Cordelia had a volunteer shift at the downtown library this morning and plans to meet up with friends at the Traverwood library in the afternoon. She'll go home with them, and we'll pick her up at 9:30, after movie night with her friends. Their current plan is to watch Grease.

A couple of nights ago, I cooked the remaining ground turkey in the instant pot with some great northern beans and turkey bacon. I added chicken broth and some herbs/spices. I think I misjudged that because it almost gives me reflux. It doesn't actually; I can just tell that I'm near the tipping point.

I've managed the two most urgent phone calls, but neither matter is resolved yet. The second call is almost certainly going to end up with me having to call a different doctor's office about parameters/limitations for Cordelia's knee in high school gym. I was hoping not to have to because that's the doctor that wanted us to do surgery. The first call went to voicemail, so nothing's resolved until I actually manage to talk to the person.

The other call I should make is to Shar Instruments to ask about buying a viola and whether or not we can do it on installments. Of course, buying a viola kind of requires us to be fairly sure Cordelia's done growing. She's only grown half an inch in the last year and a half, and she's in the height range where all the women in my family tend to fall (5'1 to 5'3"). It's just that everyone in Scott's family is tall, so Cordelia's still hoping she'll get taller.

I'm trying to decide whether filling out insurance forms is more important than starting to write right this moment. My procrastination levels are set to 11 at the moment. The forms are important, very much so, but would there be any harm in having Scott fill the dratted things out this evening?

I have given our old crock pot to our cleaning lady. She'll actually use it, and we haven't touched it in years. The stoneware inserts are really too heavy for me at this point. I don't think this is the sort of thing that's worth holding onto for the years until Cordelia moves out and might want it. Plus, I'm pretty sure she'd rather have an Instant Pot instead.

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Jul. 20th, 2017 11:24 am
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Belatedly, Maple Syrup Rebellion is up!

Still selling fiction! Don't forget you can get bonus stories from [personal profile] dialecticdreamer if you buy stories from me!

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Jul. 19th, 2017 10:12 am
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I wasn't able to use the c-PAP at all last night because every time I put it on, I'd start sneezing in under a minute. The air blowing through made a particular bit of my sinuses itch like crazy. After I post this, I'm going to wash all of the gear and let it air dry. (I've got ten minutes left on the CD I'm listening to, and with Cordelia still in bed, I don't want to turn up the volume enough to be able to hear it in the kitchen).

I've been sneezing a bit, off and on, since I got up this morning. It hasn't been enough to make me worry, but it also hasn't quite gone away. I'm also now feeling sore from the walking I did on Monday. Walking is difficult because my calf muscles are trying to refuse to stretch at all.

I wrote 87 words last night. I'm hoping that this is the breakthrough I need in order to be able to get moving with the story as it's due Saturday. I also spent about ten minutes finding names for the OCs I know I'm going to need for my Captive Audience assignment.

I'd like to go out and do some Ingress this morning because some players from the other side came through and knocked over almost all of the portals in the neighborhood. I managed to reinforce three that are difficult to attack without tramping over uneven ground (these folks were out well after dark and tend not to want to get out of their car(s) at the nature center), but there's one unclaimed portal now that is easy to knock down from the parking lot but can't be captured from there. One only has to venture about two yards onto the grass to reach it, but... Most people don't bother.

I probably won't end up going because I've only got an hour before a friend comes over and because I need to do several household chores first. If Cordelia wakes in time, I want to see if she has dishes lurking in her room. I'm hoping to run the dishwasher soon. There's not a lot of space left. I could fill it with a couple of mugs. I'd just like to give priority to bowls and/or plates if she's got them.

I need to put in a support request at AO3 because there's a comment on one of my fics that never got emailed to me. I've gotten emails for more than a dozen comments left after it was and for one left seven hours before on the same fic. It's been three days, so I don't think it's just delayed. It's not in my junk mail, and I checked Gmail just in case it was getting hung up there (occasionally, that account just won't download for a few hours at a time), but it's definitely not there. It's not utterly lost because it's in my AO3 inbox and on the fic, but... I like to archive comments locally.

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Jul. 18th, 2017 08:57 pm
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Has anyone here ever had issues with coins not surviving going through the laundry? I assumed, at first, that I was seeing some sort of play money* what with the dimes ending up looking the way they do-- They're smaller in circumference and have the outermost edge about twice as thick as the center in a slightly irregular way that looks like they've been smushed. Quarters come out looking right except that the ridging on the edges is completely gone. I think pennies are going the same way as dimes, and I haven't seen a nickel going through yet.

I'm trying to figure out how this can happen without whatever's doing it completely destroying our clothes or, you know, affecting them somehow. All the clothing seems to be fine.

Our washer and dryer are about twenty years old. We bought them new when we bought the house. The dryer uses natural gas.

*Cordelia says the weird coins are nothing to do with her.

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Jul. 18th, 2017 12:54 pm
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I keep losing track of what day of the week it is, and, probably because of the story that needs to get done, I have the constant feeling that I'm forgetting something important that I need to get done right this second. I actually don't have anything at all scheduled for the rest of the week, so I'm not actually forgetting an appointment or anything.

We discovered last night at about 9 that we have no bread type stuff usable for Scott's sandwiches. The rye bread was moldy. The burger buns were moldy. The two remaining bagels weren't, but for some reason, Scott didn't want cheese and turkey and chocolate. I suggested cashew butter and jam, but he decided to take meatloaf instead.

The meatloaf isn't exactly right this time. It's edible, but I put in too much teriyaki sauce because I lost control while pouring it in. I had to add a lot of extra oatmeal to balance the wetness, but there wasn't much I could do about the flavor. For some reason that I can't recall now, I also added dill. The combination of dill and teriyaki isn't bad, but it is completely unexpected and so a little disconcerting.

We still have half of the package of ground turkey left, and I should cook that today. I'm just not sure what I want to do with it. Maybe I can scrounge the ingredients to make some sort of soup either in the pressure cooker or in the crock pot? I know how to do it in the crock pot but that would require getting the dratted thing out and finding a place for it to sit and all of that. I think I'll see if there are any decent soup recipes for the pressure cooker.

There's going to be a local to us anomaly for Ingress in late August. I'm in the process of signing up for it, but I'm not sure how much I'll be able to do, given how variable my energy levels and such tend to be.

On the bright side, I'm no longer sore from yesterday's excursion. I had trouble walking for most of the evening, but I'm doing about as usual now. Which means I still hurt. I just don't hurt extra from having been stupid.

I currently only have two library books that can't be renewed. One is due this weekend. The other is newly checked out, so I have a couple of days shy of four weeks to finish it.

Today's To Do List )

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Jul. 18th, 2017 01:01 pm
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I'm sitting in a coffee shop in beautiful downtown Mandurah, drinking a cup of coffee, and waiting for it to be 1:30pm. Which means that briefly, I have free wifi access, to go with the coffee nearly as big as my head (I was offered options of small, medium, and large, and as I'm not sure whether there is more coffee in my future today, and there hasn't been any in my past today, large it was).

While there are any number of things I *could* be doing, what I'm choosing to do is work my way through tabs that I have open. So:

Your car has just been crushed by hagfish: Frequently Asked Questions

...and apparently everything else I have open in this window is fic. So, off to read fic for the next half hour instead :}

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Jul. 17th, 2017 09:16 pm
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Kind of lost track of today as far as posting here. I had a dental appointment this morning. The buses were already detouring a bit for Art Fair preparation even though it doesn't start for a couple of days, but the bus I caught did stop where I needed it to, so that was okay.

They were about twenty minutes late starting my appointment, and then they had technical difficulties while trying to develop my x-rays. I got out of the office an hour and a half after my appointment started.

Then I went the opposite direction from the one I should have because there was an Ingress portal down there that I'd never hacked. It was a bit farther away than I remembered (some friends lived there during college). Then there was one just a block farther on, and I could get to a couple more on my way back by going one block over. I over walked by quite a bit.

I went to Totoro for lunch, getting there about an hour after I left the dentist. I had a teriyaki beef bento and got Cordelia something called a 'yummy roll' which she loves. Then I headed toward the transit center to get the bus home. I should have tried to get an inbound bus instead of walking. I ended up getting to the end of the block where the transit center is as the buses were pulling out, so I had to wait half an hour for the next bus. I should have gone to the library (a block away) or the transit center building. Both would have been cooler. I was just so tired that I couldn't face unnecessary walking.

I got home about 3:30, and Scott called just after I pulled out my key to open the door. I told him I'd call him back in a couple of minutes because there was no way I could unlock the door while talking on the phone and juggling three bags.

Today was a lesson in how having a big water bottle doesn't help if I don't take it out to drink from it. Of course, I had a lot of water while I was having lunch and then a lot more after I got home. I was very glad we had some gatorade because that's what staved off the headache that was trying to get itself going.

drabblemania! And other festathons!

Jul. 17th, 2017 11:50 am
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The second annual Multifandom Drabble Exchange ([community profile] multifandomdrabble) went live yesterday, and I received a gift and a treat:

Summer turns towards Autumn by [archiveofourown.org profile] weakinteraction - The Man in the High Castle (TV), Tagomi and Juliana post-S2. I do wonder what is going to happen in S3 when they eventually meet again, and this is a lovely teaser!

The Visitor by [archiveofourown.org profile] Alona - The Divine Cities series by Robert Jackson Bennett, Mulaghesh gen. I prompted "accidental kitten acquisition" and this made me smile because it's so in character.

I was assigned to write for [archiveofourown.org profile] st_aurafina:

A New Hobby - Lord John series by Diana Gabaldon, Lord John/Stephan von Namtzen (okay, it's really gen, but) in a stealth fusion with an undisclosed fandom. Lord John Grey visits Waldesruh again, and learns about Stephan von Namtzen's latest obsession.

I also wrote a bunch of treats (all G-rated):

Saucy Wench - Hot Sauces (Anthropomorphic), Cholula/ Tapatío - There's a new girl on the shelf.

My Sin - due South (TV), Frannie Vecchio/Maggie McKenzie - Licking the evidence runs in the family.

Fire - Frontier Wolf by Rosemary Sutcliff, Teleri(/Connla) - Everyone in the village said they should wed, with their matching crowns of fiery hair.

The Bicycle Rule - The Giver by Lois Lowry, The Receiver gen - It was one of the few rules that was not taken very seriously and was almost always broken. (The Giver, chapter 2.)

One More Earthly Pleasure - The Witcher 3 videogame (actually for the DLC Hearts of Stone), Shani and Vlodimir - In which Gaunter O'Dimm doesn't banish Vlodimir at midnight.

Aboard the Psi-Ship Foxway - The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater, gen - 300 Fox Way IN SPAAACE.

Here are links to the main collection and the treats - a lot of tasty bite-sized fandom bits to sample. My favorite so far unfortunately points up the problem with drabbles - that they are so tiny and can only tell a very limited story - because it's a drabble sequence and therefore encompasses a lot more story than a single 100-word chunk can tell. But it's really amazing:

Forward/Back (500 words) by lalalalalawhy
Fandom: Original Work
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Time Traveler/Time Traveler
Characters: Time traveling OCs, Original Female Character(s)
Additional Tags: Time Travel, Drabble, Drabble Sequence
Summary:
I skip through time like a flat stone on a still lake, spending days here, a few hours there, always moving forward. My love is the same, but reverse. Her lake is a mirror of mine. She only ever goes back.
A love story in five drabbles.

In other festathon news, I'm planning on signing up for both [community profile] crossovering and [community profile] remixrevival, which are both open for sign-ups now! Check 'em out!

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Jul. 16th, 2017 09:11 pm
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I am doing divination the next two days over [personal profile] alexeigynaix way. First card-equivalent is free, money-wise, though I do ask every querent to say something kind or encouraging to someone else by way of payment.

Other than that, don't expect to see much of me online until Tuesday.

...

[personal profile] balsamandash is doing a one-card draw, too.

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Jul. 16th, 2017 03:13 pm
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I have my assignment for Captive Audience. I will let it stew in the back of my mind for the next week while I work on my second [community profile] pod_together story. Right now, I'm thinking I want to do something with ghosts visiting Sydney for the Pod Together story. I've got several reasonable candidates, but I think I may have to rewatch a couple of episodes if I want to use Kyle because, every time I try to remember who he is, I get Michael Weston from Burn Notice instead.

Right now, I'm leaning heavily toward Sydney being a much less nice person than canon seems to have wanted us to believe. I just can't buy into the idea that he spent that long at The Centre without having a much clearer idea of what was going on than he ever admits.

I am still looking for someone to brainstorm with me and to bounce ideas off of.

The Nonconathon fics have been revealed but are still anonymous. I wrote for it but didn't sign up, so I didn't receive a fic. Three of the fics I wrote are treats while the fourth is a pinch hit. I've gotten nice comments from the recipients of the three treats, and the archive's only been open about two and a half hours. I'm not expecting all that much in the way of comments or kudos because, in my experience, noncon porn doesn't get that so much.

Scott has taken Cordelia and two of her friends to see Spider-man. Only one of the four of them hasn't seen it once already. I'm not clear on whether or not Scott intends to watch it again, too, or just find something else to occupy his time while it's running. Our GPS tracking app shows him still at the theater, and the movie was scheduled to start ten minutes ago, so maybe?

I ended up feeling pretty rotten most of yesterday after I posted here. I ended up spending a lot of time on Facebook because I couldn't focus enough to do anything else. I had gas and was burping a lot. I asked Scott to pick up some carbonated water on his way home last night, and he did. That helped a little by forcing the burps out. Scott and I ended up turning off the light a little after 10, and we both slept until about 8 this morning. I used the c-PAP until about 4:30.

Fic rec (WIP) -- Check Please fandom

Jul. 16th, 2017 05:07 pm
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I don't normally read WIP fics, let alone rec them, but on days when I'm looking for something new to read, I frequently have a look at just about anything that turns up in the Check Please! fandom, and this one is just too fabulous to wait and see if it ever gets finished.

The story is self reflection by sinspiration, and it is currently at 12 chapters/25K words.

slightly spoilery description

This is an AU where Bitty isn't on the hockey team, because he hadn't had to give up figure skating. At least, not until he started transitioning -- he's a women's champion at the point the story starts (although the details about the figure skating takes a little while to show up, details that indicate his transition turn up in the first scene, almost the first paragraph). He's already friends with most of the hockey team at the point the story opens, but not with Jack. This is the meet-cute of the story, one seat left in the coffee shop, Bitty practicing for his French class, Jack horrified at his pronunciation and offering to help. Eventually they work out who their friends in common are, and the story mooches on from there.

Story says 'no archive warnings apply', but there are canon-compliant references to past abuse, and either past or current transphobia. Bitty's parents aren't great, but his figure skating coach is a delight (and absolutely the kind of old bat that one finds in well established coaches in many many places/sports).

Looking for brainstorming help

Jul. 15th, 2017 10:29 pm
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I'm going to bed soon, but I'm going to be looking, tomorrow, for someone familiar with The Pretender who is willing to a sounding board for a couple of story ideas as I try to figure out what to do with them. I'm focusing on Sydney, mostly, unless I find a compelling reason not to. I'm also trying to pull together ideas about some relatively minor but recurring characters interacting with him.

I'm in the US and on Eastern time. I'll probably be getting up around 10 a.m.

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Jul. 15th, 2017 10:09 pm
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oooof.

well, at least my [community profile] pod_together—the one I didn't drop—has finally come together all the way? GOOD THING TOO as today is fic deadline :P

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Jul. 15th, 2017 12:52 pm
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Brain

Do you want to explain

Why you are handing me

ANOTHER BIG IDEA

(Script for stageplay)

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Jul. 15th, 2017 12:11 pm
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Some amount of being in a small space with a lot of strangers ahead of me today. Our nephew's graduation party is this afternoon from noon for 4 p.m. at his home. It's nice outside, so I expect some part of the party will be in the yard. Scott and Cordelia have just left. I'm not currently able to manage the drive up there (about 25 minutes) without frequent bathroom breaks, so Scott's going to come back for me later on. I think he'd have put off going until later, but we promised to pick up the breadsticks his sister ordered for the party. Those actually need to be there when the guests start arriving.

I know our nephew won't really care that much if I don't show up at all, but his parents will, and I will. Scott's of the opinion that this is a bad combination of the anticipatory stress of the event with the other things that have hit me this week. He's probably right. It's just... I rarely used to have this sort of problem around events like this.

But, as soon as Scott and Cordelia left, I started feeling a little better. That argues very, very strongly for anxiety. I think I might lie down for a while after I post this.

Scott bought a card this morning because trying to design and print a photo card was going to be too time consuming and difficult. The printer hasn't been doing well with anything like that. He was nodding off through most of the morning because he worked 3 a.m. to 7 a.m. and then did the grocery shopping. Yesterday's shift was nasty, too. One of the water lines broke, and (of course) it was the one furthest back so that getting at it required shutting down and moving three other water lines.

I mostly cat waxed yesterday. I got a fair way toward cleaning out the last of duplicate emails. I think I've got one folder of about two hundred messages to weed and sort. Discovering that putting a copy of a message into a folder that already held a copy would not produce duplicates made the whole process much, much simpler because I just consolidated things without trying to determine if they were duplicates or not.

I need to find a first sentence for the fic I'm starting. It may not be a sentence I keep, but that first sentence is what breaks the dam. I'm thinking that I may just do stream of consciousness in the character's POV to see what I discover about him. That's worked in the past to shake things loose when I wasn't quite certain of the voice.

There's a multi-fandom remix running with signups now. They're not restricting fandoms, though, which I can see as a potential problem in knowing what to offer to write. For past remixes, I've had some overlap in what I offer for remixing and what I offer to remix, but mostly I've gone through the list of possibilities and written down fandoms I think I could do. Then I weed that list down to the maximum I'm allowed to offer to write.

I'm remixable in Weiss Kreuz, Chronicles of Narnia, and Chronicles of Amber. The other fandoms that look potentially workable all contain crossovers or have one of the three stories not quite hit the minimum word count. If the [community profile] pod_together fics were revealed, I'd qualify for Labyrinth and (if that's what I end up writing for my second story) The Pretender.

Ah, well. It's not as if I didn't already have half a dozen other things that I want to do during that window. I think I should pass on this one.

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