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Writing stuff:

1. I grabbed a Ladystuck Remix pinch hit. This was possibly a bad idea, but I very much want to play with some of the writer in question's stories, so. We shall see how it goes. :)

2. I just received my Narnia Fic Exchange assignment, whereupon I cracked up and startled the dog, because my recipient reflected several of my own prompts right back at me with slightly different emphases. Obviously these are stories I am interested in! The question now is whether they are stories I can write as well as stories I want to read...

3. I am continuing to edit pieces of "The Transient and the Eternal" and post them to AO3. Most of the edits so far have been very minor -- punctuation tweaks, a rephrased clause here and there -- but the tenth fic got some actual substantive changes. I wanted to mitigate some glaring sexism that snuck in while I wasn't examining my default cultural assumptions, and I wanted to play up Sara and Kira's friendship a bit more by clarifying that she cares about him, she knows he's dangerous, and she doesn't find him personally intimidating in the slightest. Also the beta draft final paragraphs were missing some connective logic, so I needed to let them breathe a touch more.

4. I hate my WIP Big Bang. Hate it, hate it, hate it. ...On the brighter side, my artist sent me a progress shot of the illustration and it looks really cool. So there's that!
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I'm going to keep posting these for a while, though probably not on any actual schedule. Anyway, parts 7 and 8 are now up on AO3. Part 9 has minor edits from its beta draft version. Part 10 has more significant changes, particularly to the concluding paragraphs.

The Transient and the Eternal: Kisses - Kira and Setsuna discuss a theoretical extra-credit science project. (1,275 words)

The Transient and the Eternal: Irritating People - Setsuna has a girlfriend. Sara and Kira hate her. (1,400 words)

General warnings for Angel Sanctuary apply: namely, that the canon is built of WTF and incest (and very pretty art), so please proceed with caution. :)

wherein Liz dogsits

Jul. 26th, 2016 10:12 pm
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I have a dog until August 10th, while my parents are in Europe. They are starting in Prague, taking a river cruise on the Elbe, and ending at the Meteoritical Society's annual conference, which is in Berlin this year. (In late September, they will go back to Prague because Dad is presenting a paper at a completely different conference. They had already made the cruise reservations when he learned about that conference and decided to submit an abstract, which is why the logistics make no sense.)

Dottie is going to turn 14 this fall, and her age has definitely started to catch up with her. When I had her this spring, she was already on some anti-arthritis medication, and now she's also been switched to a new diet because she's showing early signs of kidney problems. (Drinking a lot of water, basically, which is extra weird because she's never drunk much; we used to slip her water by turning her meals into soup.) She's walking very slowly and often doesn't want to go outside at all... which is, of course, a problem because of all the water she's now drinking. :(

I did some online research and talked to some people at my church about which local vets they use, and Mom and I jointly decided which one to use in case of emergencies. Hopefully it will not come to that, but it's good to have a plan in place.

This afternoon, Dottie and I sat out on my back porch for a while because when I tried to walk her, she just flopped down on a sunny patch of grass a block from my apartment and refused to move. I had to carry her back home, after which I figured if she wanted to lie in the sun, we could at least do it where I could read a book. *wry* I also brushed her because she's been shedding like crazy, and I could probably do so again tomorrow and remove just as much hair. Hopefully that's a side-effect of the heat and not a sign of a more serious health issue.

This time Dad remembered to add a squishy pillow as part of her paraphernalia, so she has a comfortable resting place near my computer desk. On previous visits, Dottie made do with my one and only couch cushion, which is stiff and overstuffed and also just a little too small for her to easily curl up on. She is snoozing on her pillow beside me now, and I have to say, my apartment feels about ten times friendlier with her in it than when I'm on my own. :)
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Daredevil Bingo card

Jul. 26th, 2016 01:48 pm
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I signed up for this! Hopefully it will become a source of inspiration rather than a source of guilt. :)

ETA: Aha! I tweaked the html to stop the card from getting shoved twenty-five lines down the page. (I also rephrased/repunctuated three prompts to make them stop stretching the card cells, because sometimes I want things to be orderly, dammit.) Anyway, yay prompts!

my Daredevil Bingo card )

And now to go walk a dog. :)

pepper update, Monday 7/25/16

Jul. 25th, 2016 07:20 pm
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twelve rain-drenched pepper seedlings in terracotta pots and plastic windowboxes
twelve peppers, Monday, 25 July 2016


one pepper with missing leaves in a green plastic pot
the one that got mauled by squirrels, YET AGAIN, which I subsequently repotted


one tiny and somewhat unhappy pepper seedling in a terracotta pot
the pepper with fusarium wilt


one tiny and somewhat unhappy pepper seedling in a terracotta pot
Cascadilla Creek, Monday, 25 July 2016, 4:30pm


On Friday, I repotted the pepper that had been in the leftmost windowbox. I think the expanse of open soil where its poor chomped-in-half neighbor used to be looked too much like a tempting food-burial site to squirrels. (I caught one red-pawed trying to bury a plastic ant trap there on Thursday. It had knocked another three leaves off the plant in the process. That was the last straw.)

I sprayed animal repellent again on Friday, and all the plants made it safely through my weekend absence. Even the tiny zombie plant continues to zombie along.

Lastly, as you may notice by the water on the pepper leaves, Ithaca got rain today! This is wonderful! If we're very lucky, we may get rain again next weekend, which we need very badly. By way of illustration, I offer a picture of Cascadilla Creek in proper muddy flood... at a water level that only just barely reaches what should be the normal, calm, clear water level for this time of year. *headdesk*

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I got my dates mixed up somehow and thought the Ladystuck Remix posting deadline was the 24th instead of the 25th. Oh well, that just means I have an extra day of editing time, and that never hurt anyone.

The posted version is kind of, um. Well, dire is too strong a word. It's serviceable. But it's awfully clunky and I think about half my point gets lost in that clunkiness, besides which I didn't have time to apply the formatting thing I want to do. I suppose that's a project for Tuesday.

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In other news, Susan and I did succeed in seeing Star Trek Beyond, though the only tickets left were for the very front row so all the characters' faces and shoulders looked weird and some of the action scenes became visually unintelligible because of perspective issues. That aside, I liked it! It was a lot more hope-peace-exploration-wonder than the previous reboot films, and there were no women randomly posing in their underwear, both of which I take as victories. :D

Correction: Several hours later I remembered that there is one very brief shot of an underdressed woman, as part of the montage accompanying Kirk's opening Captain's Log. He's talking about morale and relationships among the crew, and after we see a shot of a happy (and fully clothed) couple ducking into a doorway while kissing, we see a shot of a (barely clothed) woman throwing a (fully clothed) man out of her room into the corridor. So it's gratuitous underwear, which is annoying, but it's also over in about two seconds and it's not set up in a way where a male character is watching a female character undress without her knowing he can see. Everybody else remains fully clothed through the entire movie, despite a gag reference to Kirk's shirt getting torn.

Linkspam Looks Again

Jul. 24th, 2016 03:21 pm
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Carl Zimmer @ NYT: Updated Brain Map Identifies Nearly 100 New Regions
On Wednesday, in what many experts are calling a milestone in neuroscience, researchers published a spectacular new map of the brain, detailing nearly 100 previously unknown regions — an unprecedented glimpse into the machinery of the human mind.

Ed Yong @ the Atlantic: How a Guy From a Montana Trailer Park Overturned 150 Years of Biology & Emily Chung @ CBC News: Lichens aren't quite what we thought, shocked scientists discover
New yeasts found to be secret partners with known fungi and algae

John Timmer @ Ars Technica: Bird brains are dense—with neurons
birds pack neurons into their brains at densities well above densities in mammals' brains, putting some relatively compact bird brains into the same realm as those of primates when it comes to total cell counts.

Ira Glass @ This American Life: 584: For Your Reconsideration > Prologue & Benedict Carey @ NYT: Doorstep Canvassing Can Shift Views on Transgender Rights, Study Finds
The study, published by the journal Science, is a follow-up of a widely covered 2014 report that had a similar conclusion but was subsequently retracted.

Benoit Denizet-Lewis @ NYT: How Do You Change Voters’ Minds? Have a Conversation
At the Leadership Lab’s two-hour pre-canvass training that morning, volunteers were warned about “fake 10s,” people who think of themselves as against discrimination — many of them Democrats — but who can nonetheless be swayed by emotion-based appeals that provoke prejudice and fear.

greetings from New Jersey!

Jul. 23rd, 2016 11:55 pm
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Brief note!

I am in NJ this weekend to pick up Dottie for another round of dogsitting. Tonight my parents and I invited Susan over for dinner (Chinese takeout, because why not), and tomorrow afternoon Susan and I plan to see a movie: Star Trek Beyond at 4:10 for preference, but if that's sold out we will go to a showing of Ghostbusters at 4:30.

And now to bed. :)
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I'm going to keep posting these for a while, though probably not on any actual schedule. Anyway, parts 7 and 8 are now up on AO3. They both have some edits from the beta drafts on my journal -- part 7 more so than part 8.

The Transient and the Eternal: Time - Jibril in heaven, watching Alexiel's executions. Off-screen murder, torture, and rape. (1,275 words)

The Transient and the Eternal: Hugs - Setsuna introduces Kira to Sara. (625 words)

General warnings for Angel Sanctuary apply: namely, that the canon is built of WTF and incest (and very pretty art), so please proceed with caution. :)

some thoughts on secrets and Skolians

Jul. 20th, 2016 11:08 pm
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Apropos of nothing in particular:

One narrative trope I particularly like is The Reveal (TM). This works best if it's not deployed lightly -- a character with a big secret is obviously not going going to spill it to someone they've just met, and anyway the trope works best with some time to build up dramatic tension. But I really like the moment when the truth comes out.

This can be either voluntary or involuntary. It can be public or private. It can lead to a positive or negative reaction. I like all variations. The main point is that somebody now knows, the tension is at least partially released, and the story can move on to dealing with fallout, which is also a narrative trope I particularly like.

I mention this because one series I like has a doozy of an interconnected web of secrets at its heart, and absolutely no one has all the pieces: namely, Catherine Asaro's Saga of the Skolian Empire, and the truth about Sauscony, Jaibriol II, and their children.

cut for length )

I don't expect Asaro to go there, but that is what I want. In fact, I want it to the point that I am considering nominating the fandom for Yuletide. Obviously I would not phrase the request in such detailed terms as the preceding paragraphs, but I think the general outline of "Rocalisa Qox Skolia leaves Prism as a young adult, learns what's happened to her relatives since the Radiance War, and has adventures while trying to keep her identity secret in order to protect the various branches of her family. A romance of some sort -- lesbian or poly would be especially welcome, though het is also fine -- would be a lovely addition though not strictly necessary" could be quite workable.

...

Hopefully I will remember that when nominations roll around this fall. :)

How Are You? (in Haiku)

Jul. 19th, 2016 09:01 am
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Pick a thing or two that sums up how you're doing today, this week, in general, and tell me about it in the 5-7-5 syllables of a haiku. I will leave anonymous comments screened unless otherwise asked; feel free to use this to leave private comments if that's what you're most comfortable with.

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