A New World (continuation): Touring

Jul. 24th, 2017 01:58 pm
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First: A New World

Kael did not sit for long. It was not in her nature to just sit - or she probably would have had far less trouble with heroes and the like. Instead she stood again and brewed several potions in quick succession.
Her ingredient stores were a bit low. She was going to have to venture out into - into that - and see what she could do about it. But first, first she needed a few things.
A potion of Cloak of the Road coated her in clothing appropriate to her station in this place. She looked down at the sleek, snug clothing and approved. This world, whatever it was, had nice clothes. Better than robes, she thought, or the things that people had worn when she’d first reached adulthood.

Her stairs were covered with dust, too. The whole tower looked as if nobody had touched it in - no. No, there in the dust were footprints. They were covered with their own layer of dust - not new, but not all that old, either.

Interesting. Perhaps the spell had been weakening. Perhaps someone had wanted a potion.
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Jul. 24th, 2017 04:24 pm
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It is an understatement to say that I don't like Theresa May in the least, and think she is doing the country a lot of harm - and yet, I still find Tim Lott more annoying.
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Part I
Part II
Part III
Part IV
Part V
Part VI
Part VII
Part VIII
Part IX

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It turned out that plastic versions of their high school crushes did not run all that fast. That was quite a relief, because the real Greg was on the track team and the real Kevin was on swim team.

The problem, however, was that there were other people in the mall - other plastic people, smiling and fake and too-well-dressed - and they didn’t seem to like the idea of a disturbance.

Say, the sort of disturbance caused by two mussed-up, not-plastic girls running through the mall.

Soon they were being chased by fifteen of the things - Abigail refused to think of them as people - their feet moving almost-silently and none of them making a sound. Nobody grunted or panted or, well, anything.
“Did we land in the Stepford Mall?” she couldn’t help but ask.

“Less talking more running - here!” Liv dragged Abigail towards the escalators.

“This is no time for being lazy, Liv!”
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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.

24-E /// HEAT...

Jul. 24th, 2017 12:33 pm
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Во всех смыслах...



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In which there is the June Book, 1976

Jul. 24th, 2017 09:49 am
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60. June Book, 1976, annual, comic, girls own. (3/5)

• 2-8 & 25-31 Mam'selle X and Operation Danger comic: sabotage and steam engines in occupied France.

• 9-11 Strangest Stories Ever Told (aka The Storyteller &c.) comic: our heroine befriends a tree that is subsequently involved in a fatal accident, made into a sledge, before the sentient and now also mobile tree saves the girl's life, "It's made from Philippa, darling, that's why! Daddy was very clever and sawed strips of wood off her to make it." Randomly set in Canada. SO EXOTIC!

• 12-15 Lucky's Living Doll comic: there are two episodes of this long-running comedy in this annual. Tina, the "living doll", looks after a mum and her baby after they miss the last bus and decide to stay the night in the mysterious invisible stranger's house instead of walking and/or hitching which would be much safer in the real world!

• 16 Just Joking comic: a page of single panel cartoons. I'm planning to post this image whenever anyone mentions "white feminism" from now on. :-D

Is this an uninhabited island? From the June Book annual 1976

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Jul. 24th, 2017 12:12 am
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I had such dreams today! That I would go to campus early in the morning, spin Pokestops and replenish my Pokeballs, and catch pokemon and take a long enough walk to hatch more eggs!

Except, I went to bed at like 3am, so this was not a thing that could happen. By the time I got to campus, it was 11am, and dissertating was derailed in favour of writing an application for an internship that I think will be fascinating as an opportunity. At some point a friend of mine came to campus to help me take down an Articuno. We found three other people to join us, but even then, we couldn't take it down. And my battery was dying, so I couldn't play the rest of the day. Fickle phone!

I left campus late, had a late lunch, and then slept for like three hours. Couldn't even bring myself to take my evening walk. It's a little past midnight now and I am going to restore proper sleeping habits and good sleep hygiene so I can function tomorrow.

I will swim tomorrow. I will also try to see the doctor, or at least make an appointment. And I will pay my rent and request a lease renewal.
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Defending Their Own
by Dialecticdreamer/Sarah Williams
part 2 of 6
word count (story only): 1449


:: Part of the Polychrome Heroics universe, and the Mercedes subset, while taking the “Road Trip” in an entirely new direction. ::


Pay Special Attention: People who have been profiting from human trafficking have parts of their reality (and sometimes their bodies) folded into several sharp points which may not match any previously known 'safe' configuration. ::




Joshua had just turned toward the nearest stairwell when G called, “Dad?”

“There was an injury,” he responded immediately. “Did you leave your earthquake preparedness bag in your backpack?” When G nodded, Joshua asked, “Can you fetch it for us? I think we might need some of the tools.” The teen dashed off.

“Why do you want an earthquake bag?” Willem asked. Joshua faced him, shading his eyes with one hand. Behind them both, Orris led the teleporter to a table one row over, holding her elbow as she eased, shivering, into a chair. Despite the movement, she barely slowed the spoon delivering bite after bite of lemon gelato.
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Poll: Poetry Themes for Late 2017

Jul. 24th, 2017 01:35 am
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This poll invites audience feedback about themes proposed for the Poetry Fishbowl dates in late 2017. Everyone is eligible to vote in this poll. I will keep it open until at least Monday night, and then I need to close it so I can post the advance announcement on Tuesday.

The structure uses checkboxes. There are 38 themes after condensing similar ones and dropping things we've already covered. You may vote for as many themes as you would enjoy prompting/sponsoring in a fishbowl. I recommend that you don't vote for ALL of them, so as to help narrow down to favorites.

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I feel like I'm almost caught up with where I need to be for sleep, except that I'm about to start back to work tomorrow, which means a distinct lack of sleep again.

That isn't to say that I haven't spent the day drifting off at the odd moment, including at Panera Bread, but at least I haven't felt as drained as I usually do. I do, however, have the distinct impression that the weekend went by without me.

And I know that's because I spent the whole weekend drifting by in a sort of haze. Honestly, I'm a little bit still there. I keep looking for Roo on the end of the couch or Jimi snuggled up next to me. I feel like I'm constantly having to be the brave one and not let myself break down in tears... aside from the panic attack I had on the phone with Mom when I first got home on Friday and found Roo.

I hate having to feel like I need to be the strong one. I would love the opportunity to break down. I'm tired of being strong. But I can't seem to get past that block in my brain that says I have to be. I can't stop hearing Oyaji's voice in my head every time I start crying, calling them "crocodile tears" or telling me to grow up or something like that. It's not healthy, but that's where my brain is at.

Anyway, I need to go crawl into my bed. 5:30 gets here awfully early, after all.

Beaverton Night Market

Jul. 23rd, 2017 08:25 pm
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Beaverton Night Market
The Round • Beaverton, Oregon
Saturday, July 22, 2017

Last night (Saturday) was the first of two Beaverton Night Markets for this summer. I’ve been planning to attend only one, and the second one is on the same day as the Oregon Handmade Bicycle Show. So… the first one or nothing. I went.

I did review my Blog Post from Last Year and my Photos from last Year to figure out a strategy. Again, I didn’t want to make a big thing out of this. The Night Market is fun, but it’s not one of my major photo events of the year.

I used the GoldenHour.one app on my iPhone to calculate the difference in golden hours between this year (July 22) and last year (August 13). And I wanted to spend more time in the dark. I figured arriving about 30 minutes later than last year would be fine. I used the PDX Bus app to check realtime arrivals/departures at Millican Way MAX station, and timed my departure from home about 15 minutes ahead of the next train. On arrival I had about 4 minutes to spare, so my wait was short. The train arrived at 8:15 pm. Beaverton Central is only one stop away, so I was there by 8:18.

The market was really, really crowded. I thought it was bad last year, but it was even worse this year, even though more physical space had been allocated. (I think there were more booths, also.) The crowds were all along the booths, and there were also long lines for many of the food booths. There were fewer people in the chalk area for kids, so that’s where I started out.




I did try to visit booths and take pictures, but it was tough with so many people. I simply did the best I could, reminding myself that this was just a minor photo op, and I didn’t have to be super photographer.

As the dusk settled in, I started playing follow the light – and that’s pretty much what I did for the rest of the evening. As the sun went down, the air started to cool a little (it had been a 90°F day) – but more importantly a refreshing breeze started to ripple through the market. That was really nice – especially after 9:00 pm when the crowd started to thin a little. The market remained very busy, but movement was easier, and there were some small open spaces around some of the booths.




When the night started to take over, and the number of people continued to fall, the market felt closer to what a natsu matsuri should be like. I really enjoyed the end time of the market. Walking was comfortable, and I followed the light to various booths, where the activities were illuminated by random, artificial lamps.




I stayed until 9:50 pm, and the market was scheduled to end at 10:00 pm. There were still a lot of people at the stage performance, and I wanted to catch a MAX train before the masses clogged up the station. From the time I caught MAX at 9:50 pm to the time I got home was only 10 minutes! Home-to-home total elapsed time was two hours.

The photos have been posted to the Beaverton Night Market 2017 Photo Gallery.

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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.

For the Library

Jul. 23rd, 2017 07:18 pm
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Monogatari Series Heroine Books
Monogatari Series Heroine Books

This weekend Kinokuniya had another 20% off everything sale for members, and I couldn’t resist stopping by on Saturday. I was surprised to find some of the Monogatari Series Heroine Books in stock. The store even had some wrapped so that the contents were viewable – a big improvement over the fully shrink-wrapped packaging used normally.

I bought a Hitagi, Tsubasa, and the Fire Sisters – but passed on the Yotsugi. The Hitagi one starts off in a fun way – the cover has Hitagi with her usual serious look, but the first page inside the cover has the same view – but with her smiling. I love it! The Fire Sisters book has two “sides.” The first side – the front of the book – features Karen. The second side starts from the back of the book, where the pages are inverted. I wonder why Tsukihi’s side doesn’t have an inverted cover illustration on the back of the book.

Each ¥900 book was marked up to $13.99, but the discount brought each one down to $11.19. I also had to renew my annual membership ($25).

Today (Sunday) I drove into Portland for a couple of missions. The second mission was a stop at Powell’s to buy the newly released Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun Volume 8. I was terribly disappointed when I saw in the manga section all the manga in the series from volume 1 through volume 7 – but no volume 8. Shoot. I assumed they sold the two copies since my check the day before. I wondered why they didn’t stock more.

I looked around for a couple of other titles but found nothing to my liking. Before I left, I had a thought… what if they (again) mis-shelved the new volumes? Volumes 1-7 were shelved in the “M”s. I checked the “N”s – for Nozaki-kun. And there were the two volumes. I took one for myself and reshelved the remaining copy with all the other volumes. Yay!

Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun Volume 8
Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun Volume 8

where is all my energy?

Jul. 23rd, 2017 09:59 pm
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Diablotin day! Game was pretty great, though I think the characters are sort of floundering a but in terms of figuring out what we can effectively do at the moment.

I also did a lot of knitting! Really all I want to do rn is knit, tbh. I'm super close to finishing a ball of yarn. And then I 'only' have 3 1/2 more charts on this project!

I need to finish my prelog for game next weekend, and I should work more on my galra exchange fic.

And tomorrow is work road trip, wooh! That will be....interesting. OTOH, I can sleep in.

Gonna move up to my room, I guess, where I can at least put away my knitting and look over my larp supplies... I usually come downstairs on Diablotin days to make it a bit more social.

[Rec] Slavonica

Jul. 23rd, 2017 07:01 pm
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I've stumbled across a webcomic very relevant to my interests: Slavonica. Short fantasy stories inspired by Slavic mythology and culture, oh yesss! Specifically, drawing on/setting in Poland - the artist/author is herself Polish.

Some of you might have seen the short comic "Deal" on tumblr, in which a witch tricks the god Veles (!!!). Well, "Deal" is the first story in Slavonica. In the next (much longer) story, "The Warlock's Apprentice", it jumps to another character - dear Sambor (I adore him). And then the third story, "The Snake King", currently in-progress, centres around yet another character. I expect that when "Snake King" is finished, we'll come back to either Sambor or Mojmira the Witch again, if the author's comments are anything to judge by.

The setting + source folklore are obviously a huge draw for me, but the art is pretty cool too, if that style is to your taste. It certainly suits my taste, anyway. And I like what we've seen of the central characters so far. (I want to give Sambor a million hugs and feed him all kinds of delicious food and braid his hair, pffff... Help, I think I've fallen in love with this poor kid.)

A neat thing: while this is a minor detail that has only come up in the author's notes, and is unlikely to appear in the comic itself - the author has stated that Sambor is nonbinary*. I just kind of appreciate that they have decided to make it clear that they see their character that way, regardless of whether the subject will come up in any of the stories Sambor appears in.

So! I'm glad I took the time to read this - I've been meaning to ever since it came onto my radar a couple of weeks ago, but wasn't able to set aside time until this weekend. The comic (or comic series, perhaps one could say) isn't actually very lengthy, so if you do decide to check it out, it won't take long to get through it. The above Tumblr post for "Deal" contains that story in its entirety, and "The Warlock's Apprentice" is only 38 pages. I have no idea how long "The Snake King" will be when it's finished.

A few caveats:
-Slavonica is hosted on Tapas rather than its own website. I am not a fan of Tapas' site layout; maybe it looks better on mobile (I have no idea) but on desktop it feels kind of cluttered and scroll-y and I just... don't like that.
-Some portions of this comic are marked as Mature due to situational nudity/violence (nothing graphic, though). So, you need a Tapas account in order to read those pages, which is kind of annoying.
-The updates are erratic. Following this would necessitate subscribing, I think, since it doesn't adhere to a regular update schedule.

But, those are all fussy details, really, and don't have to do with the content of the comic itself. So, if you liked "Deal", I do suggest reading "The Warlock's Apprentice" at least, since that one is complete.

Time With Friends

Jul. 23rd, 2017 06:24 pm
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I’m taking a moment to count my blessings… among which are a number of friends – who I don’t see often enough. I did OK in the last week and a half, though.

*****

Friday a week ago I drove to east Vancouver to meet Mike for dinner. I should know better than to check Google Maps, because the time estimate is always short for traversing Portland. Google Maps said 1:10. I planned 1:20. It took 1:35. And this was leaving Beaverton a little after 2 pm. I need to allow at least 90 minutes next year. I shudder at the thought that had I not changed jobs 3 1/2 years ago, this drive across the breadth of the metro area would be my daily commute.

Mike and I had an overdue catchup dinner at Five Guys; I hadn’t been before and wanted to give it a try. The burgers and fries matched what I’d been told – average burger and weak fries. I doubt I’ll ever go back. The important thing was catching up on news. Although we keep in touch by phone, dinner is important face-to-face time. Our fun dinner chat went from 4 pm to 7 pm. The good thing was that after rush hour, the drive east to west was only 45 minutes to my house. Huge difference.

*****

Friday two days ago I had lunch with an ex-co-worker who recently left Mike’s current (my former) company and started work at my current company. Small world. (Actually, there are quite a few people from my former company who moved within the last four years to my current company. Not surprisingly, it’s never – well, one exception – the other way around.) I haven’t seen Angie since 2014, and we had a lot to catch up on, although we had a scant hour to exchange news. I enjoy talking with Angie; she’s smart and filled with positive energy. We’ll definitely have lunch again in the near future.

*****

Saturday I made an impulsive decision to have lunch at Reedville Cafe… and I gave Debbie a scant 1-hour heads up, inviting her if she was available. She was. We met at 11:30 am and had a lively chat until 1 pm. She had a stack of things to do (including stops at the Portland Saturday Market and the Canterbury Renaissance Fair) prior to her departure on another adventure next week. So we kept a time cap on lunch. In some respects I was surprised at how much we had to talk about considering we spent two whole days together earlier this month.

(Various) Stuff and nonsense etc

Jul. 23rd, 2017 06:26 pm
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☆ So, I took Karo's drawings down to the framing place! And I did not die! Amazing. :D The woman who runs the gallery/frame joint was very helpful, and it wasn't any trouble to find a suitable matting/frame for those. (Also, she kept gushing about how adorable the Small Trolls painting was, heeeee.) And now that I have this, I'll be able to switch into this frame any future drawings I acquire that happen to be in A5 size. (Siiigh, I really wish I had more display space....) And now that I've done this, I think the next framing project will be to get a proper frame for that one I commissioned years ago from my pal Nunuut (this one); I still love it so much, and the cheapass frame it's in really does not do it justice.

☆ ALSO I discovered that the gallery/frame shop... is also a yarn store. ?!! I didn't even know we HAD a yarn store here. And they have all kinds of LOVELY things, including some Alberta-sourced alpaca yarn that I've been interested in trying for a while, and -- well. This is wonderful and terrible. xD Easy access to expensive yarn? Awful! (Awful for my wallet, that is.) But it's nice to know that I won't need to place an internet order if I want to buy some new needles, at the very least. ...And this reminds me that I reaaaallly should finish the project I have on the go. And block the one I previously finished. Oh dear.

☆ I've had to raise my Camp NaNo goal several times this month. Currently at 10k, and I'm only about 400 off from hitting that... I'm so pleased, even though I feel like I don't have a lot to show for it. :D I have so many drafts that need editing, oh dear....

A list of those, for the record )
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