How Are You? (in Haiku)

Sep. 19th, 2014 12:15 pm
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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.


Signal-boosting much appreciated!

[Fic] "Paved with Love" -- original

Sep. 18th, 2014 10:46 pm
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Some more noodling around for "Sunbright and Shadowfall," that Sleeping-Beauty-with-lesbians-and-world-conquest story I mentioned a while back. This is a moment from Shadowfall's childhood, before things go terribly wrong for her family. (600 words)

Paved with Love )


The princess that Shadowfall's father mentions is Sunbright, by the way. Yes, she has a Sleeping Beauty curse. No, that is not the main point of her story. I did mention the whole "conquering the world" part, right? :-)

[poem] Survival

Sep. 19th, 2014 02:29 am
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The clouds that scud across the the heavens of my moods
are only water, for all they cast me into intermittent
shade. The tears that scour my face are only water, too;
so too my thunderstorms, so too the streams
through which I tread, on which I float, reminded
I can move. My heartbeat echoes through the spaces
between atoms. I am two-thirds water: I'm
composed of opposing forces; it's
the water with which I quench my thirst that snows
bitter-cold upon the seedlings in the garden of my soul.
I am two-thirds water. I am whole.

Thinky thoughts about writing

Sep. 19th, 2014 01:21 am
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Clearly I am not terrible at writing in general; clearly, in general, I enjoy writing, hence the fic and the poetry and the blog essays. I'm even pretty comfortable sitting down and bashing out an explanation of my work for lay folk.

I think my key issue is probably audience: not knowing what knowledge it is reasonable to expect, and so on. I think this is something that will get easier with (1) practice and (2) better-defined writing exercises - the kind of detail required for a transfer report is apparently huge amounts of extraneous background that you would never include in a paper, and that's some of the stuff that trips me up.

Currently I am working on trying to practice doing at least a tiny amount of technical writing for a known target audience every day. It is hard and maybe my supervisor will hate it, but then again maybe she won't and I'll have a draft paper I can rework then submit?

I also seriously need to work on the fact that I genuinely have trauma around this (partly arising from the winter of my discontent; partly from various other things where I have Done It Wrong and been hideously stressed, as cumulative thingy) (wow I really need that formal PTSD diagnosis) - I go into panic reaction when I start trying to write, I have to come at it sideways - open the file up, do something else, remind myself what else I needed, do something else, open up the necessary adjuncts, do something else, etc - and this is a problem. And. I kept shying away from writing this post because I don't believe I really have trauma; I'm putting it up half-baked as it is because it hurts to look at straight on.

This is a step.
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1. I got a flu shot today! Thus far, I have not encountered any of the weird side effects I've had in some previous years -- I mean, my shoulder aches like somebody smashed it with a hammer, but that's normal and expected, so eh -- but one year my body didn't glitch out on my until about twelve hours after the shot, so... we shall see.


2. In other news, there's a frost advisory for Tompkins County from 3am to 9am Friday morning. This is more relevant for areas up on the hilltops than areas down in the lake valley, but even so, I think I may bring my peppers in overnight. It would be a shame to lose them because of one bad night when the following week is forecast to be much warmer.

ETA: My peppers, back indoors:

peppers, temporarily indoors

They take up a lot more room these days!


3. My parents, having arrived home on Monday, took two days to do laundry and readjust to American time, whereupon they packed their car (...okay, minivan, whatever) and headed back out west to Minnesota. They will arrive in Bemidji on Saturday the 20th, pick Vicky up from the airport, and all reach Star Island that afternoon. Vicky will stay with them for about a week, as I did back in August.

I will be heading down to NJ one last time on the 26th and 27th, to collect my parents' mail and send any relevant bills to them, care of the local marina. They intend to close the cabin around the 8th or 9th of October and pick up the Camry on their way home (at which point we will do lunch and I will make them help me take my AC out of the window for the winter), but if the weather turns nasty and/or very cold, they may leave up to a week sooner.

writing is a fool's game, you know

Sep. 17th, 2014 08:30 pm
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So my NFE assignment contained two prompts, one of which... um... well, to be blunt, one of which I have already written. Like three times over. This is not to say that I have by any means exhausted the variations on the topic! It's fairly broad, both in temporal and character terms.

The other prompt, I had no real idea how to deal with. It involves a character and a part of canon I am not particularly interested in.

And yet, I was wiki-walking a few weeks ago for unrelated reasons, stumbled across a random article, and thought to myself, "Hey, what if Character X was at Event Y for some reason, and then PLOT?"

I told myself that was silly and would require too much research, and I should just go write a fourth variant on something I knew how to do. It would be easy!


Yeah, I stalled out on the "easy" prompt and cannot unstick myself for love or money or deadline panic, but as of tonight I'm a couple hundred words into "Oh god, what the fuck am I doing???" territory, with something like a baker's dozen tabs open in another browser window as I attempt to string together various accounts of Event Y and make them into a coherent Narnia-relevant narrative that doesn't take too many liberties with recorded history. And the story feels alive in a way the other never managed.


no. go away.

Sep. 17th, 2014 11:30 am
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"Stemettes" is an absolutely terrible term to use for female undergraduates in STEM fields. No. Wow. Inarticulate fury.

Greetings from Ithaca, New York

Sep. 16th, 2014 09:11 pm
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I left Madison at 3:30pm and arrived in Ithaca at 7:30pm. The drive went very smoothly; even the stretches of road with heavy traffic were moving, which one cannot take for granted. I have put away all my stuff and checked on my peppers which are still doing fine... and now I am kind of mopey because my apartment feels empty without Dottie, even though she was only here for two weeks. *sigh*

Tomorrow morning I have another reemployment services workshop -- this one is about interviews, and how to come off looking like a person anyone would be stupid NOT to hire. Then on Friday I'm attending another workshop on civil service jobs. I have no particular feelings about civil service departments one way or another, but it's good to know what the options are and apparently there's a lot of hiring rigmarole involved. Tests and stuff, I think. So I am going to become Informed On The Topic. :-)


Sep. 16th, 2014 03:59 pm
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nts: Rhodri Davies on LLSVPs as purely thermal; statistical analysis --> plumes actually initiate prompted by downgoing slabs

pattern of downgone slabs? ages? association with age of AOC? globally widespread? modern-day plumes shouldn't care about 2.5Ga subducted slabs - but enough subducted crap lying around to explain it? Rather than LLSVPs, entrain mix of wossnames from lower mantle ("slab graveyard") allowing for more interesting complexity than LLSVP?


Sep. 16th, 2014 12:47 am
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UP TO DATE ON THE INTRODUCTIONS MEME. Please go see if you'd like to get to know any of my awesome friends better, and if YOU, TOO would like an introduction but have thus far been too shy/busy/forgetful/whatever to request one, by all means go ahead and ask (though be aware that it may well take another fortnight for me to get around to catching up again...).

It may surprise those of you who have heard me complain to know that I do actually genuinely enjoy saying nice things about people, and it is currently very good for me to do so! So. (I am thinking I might run a more traditional love meme in November, also, because November is always hard and it's been a while since we've had one around here.) Thank you all for being wonderful.
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(Not sure what's going on here? The answer is Ancillary Justice.)

We're told that Radchaai does not bother with gendered pronouns. It seems to me that the default pronoun used means gender-irrelevant (rather than gender-unknown or gender-specific, which seem to me to be a useful way of considering pronouns of gendered beings). We're told that Strigan's society uses gender-known pronouns even though it professes to consider gender irrelevant.

And yet: the Radchaai frequently refer to ships as "it" (I note that the standard English pronoun used to refer to vessels is the same as the way in which the Radchaai default pronoun is rendered). It's clearly not as simple as in/animate - ships have emotions, ships have personality and identity, ships are sentient, ships have ancillaries. Except that this is done in a literally dehumanising way - ships are explicitly not Radchaai, not citizens, and therefore not considered human; characters who are uninterested in or unsympathetic toward ships are far more likely to refer to them as "it", whereas characters who like ships seem to mostly not pronoun them; non-Radchaai humans are generally called the standard pronoun for Radchaai, despite being considered by at least some in the society to have sub-human status - and so I am left picking away at what distinction it is the Radch is making here...

Thoughts very much appreciated!


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