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Aug. 19th, 2014 09:06 am
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1. I did a half-hour on the rowing machine last night. Go me!

2. Then this morning I was convinced this week was next week, when I was supposed to be going out to dinner. Even though I was the one who scheduled the dinner. Okay!

3. I need to write more fiction, for the indie-publishing thing to work. This means I need to work out a new writing schedule; weekends-only isn't working as well as it needs to for this type of thing.

4. After this month's PW review, I'm going on hiatus with that until the end of the year. Hopefully, this will help with the writing of more fiction.

5. Choir starts up again soon. That's going to take away from my available time to write, but it is not something I will ever give up unless I can no longer physically do it.

World Fantasy 2014

Aug. 18th, 2014 11:29 am
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Anybody else going to World Fantasy? I am looking for a roommate.
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Wood Frog

Spotted this little visitor in the garden this morning.
Wood frog (wiki)

Chapter 12 of Starfang

Aug. 16th, 2014 08:58 pm
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is up and running!.

Thank you so much for reading!
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Last night I'd intended to do the elliptical, but at the last minute I went for the treadmill instead. It's been a while since I did that. I walked for five minutes as a warm-up before restarting the timer, then jogged for five minutes, walked a minute, jogged for five minutes, walked a minute, jogged for ten minutes, walked a minute, jogged a minute, and then walked for the rest of the half-hour (six minutes, if you're counting). My heart rate went up and I sweated, so I am going to assume it did me some good.

I haven't been wearing the compression bras I bought for jogging at all, since now they hurt my elbow going on and off, but the one I had was fine; I went ahead with the treadmill because yesterday's bag of gym clothes happened to have the compression tights rather than my usual exercise shorts, and they made me think of jogging. I didn't have my favorite jogging shoes (Brooks), but the Nikes with the bendy soles worked fine.

I don't have any shin pain today (I stretched a bit during the walking parts of the workout and afterwards), though oddly my thighs are a bit sore, which I don't remember from before. Maybe because the treadmill was on top of rowing earlier this week?

I think I should return to regular stretching of my arm. It's annoying that I have trouble getting my right hand up close to my mouth and chin, and reaching the back of my neck, and of course there's the pain as well. I'm not sure if more stretching will help, but not-stretching as much clearly hasn't.

Gym and Other Updates

Aug. 14th, 2014 08:22 am
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The gym is closed tomorrow, but so far this week I've already gone three times, and I plan to go once more tonight. Monday, I did a half-hour of high-resistance rowing. Tuesday, I did a half-hour on the elliptical without additional resistance (2 miles, if you count the minute or so of cooldown). Wednesday, I did a very short workout: 10 minutes on the rowing machine at high resistance, including minute fast/minute slow intervals with a minute of warmup/cooldown at either end.

Tonight, I plan to be on the elliptical again, but am not sure if it will be a high-resistance workout or not. Probably.

I've been sleeping well this week, but am not sure if that's related to one additional day of gym. I think it's other factors. I'm trying to stay away from the incessant terrible news (Gaza, Ferguson MO, etc.) as much as possible during the day, though I have a brief check-in with breakfast.

I've put away all of my clean laundry except for the sheets, which need folding. I'll have another load shortly, but I'm always pleased to stay on schedule with that.

This week, I also managed to write and submit a "Top 5" post to Heroes and Heartbreakers, which I think turned out very well! I'm not sure when it will go live.

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Aug. 13th, 2014 07:11 pm
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I am in San Francisco! Until tomorrow, that is.

I got to L.A. quite safely, and took the one hour ride out to Westfield Mall to meet Shing. It's a very nice mall! It's definitely built for hanging out, lots of chairs and cushiony seating areas... which kind of weirds me out because it's mostly outdoor? LA is also much cooler than Riverside, which is probably a factor.

In retrospect, I should have asked if I could have left my luggage bag in the train station because that fucker was hard to lug around.

Lunch with Shing was pretty nice! (She is preparing for Burning Man.) We chatted about how we moved to North America and our work and travelling back and forth, and what SEAsian SFF might move towards.

I got back to Union Station in good time, and [profile] tempestedbird was already there! So we found each other (or she found me, really), and we had a really wonderful ride up to San Francisco. Between her, me, and her friend Laura, we kept up a really steady stream of chatter that was pretty great.

[personal profile] yeloson has let me stay on his couch for my whole visit. (Part of why this works out for me is that he has no cats.) We've spent a lot of time eating, walking, and watching stuff. (I have finally made someone sit through the pilot episodes of Captain Simian and the Space Monkeys with me! We have also watched the Captain Harlock movie and the pilot episodes of Transformers Prime.) Today we went to San Francisco and walked around Chinatown, had chocolate and tea.

I have the problem of not being able to connect to Twitter so that is one social network cut off from me for now but I will worry about that later.

So I guess I will write in again when I get to Korea!

Wednesday Reading

Aug. 13th, 2014 08:53 am
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This week, I'm reading a book for anonymous review as well as continuing with Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell. I'm on the second hundred pages of the latter, but am not reading it every night. And I'm about to start a Holmesian anthology, due out in October, for which I'm doing a preview. And I have the new Eileen Wilks! It's not due out for months, but I'm doing a preview for that, too, and I don't think I'll be able to resist it for long.

I finished White Women, Black Men: Illicit Sex in the Nineteenth-Century South. The last chapters, on Reconstruction and the ensuing torture and murder, are pretty tough going as you might imagine, but the thing that struck me most is how easily I could transfer the events and the arguments to today's news reports. That made me sad and angry, even though it wasn't really news to me, because it's still happening and why are we all so stupid.

In nonfiction, I re-started The Comanche Empire by Pekka Hämäläinen; back when I first started reading it years ago, I only got a bit into the first chapter, but I seem to be more in the mood for it now, perhaps since the cancellation of my Western steampunk novel is well behind me. This is a pretty awesome book (it won a history prize) that is about how the Comanches became allies of the Utes and got lots of horses and became very powerful through trading and raiding and beating up on Apache villages so they could take their people and territory and taking advantage of the Spanish colonizers. I am simplifying, as you might imagine. I think when I stopped reading last night, I might have reached 1720 or so.

And I read some various fanfic while on the bus or running on the elliptical; I'd downloaded a bunch of Leverage crossovers and AUs. I need to finish watching that series one of these days. I stopped somewhere in season two.

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Aug. 12th, 2014 12:20 pm
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Some people are reporting having trouble reaching the site, especially from the UK/EU. Unfortunately, after looking into it, it seems to be an internet routing problem and not something we can fix on our end. Hang tight; our hosting service is pretty good at working around those sorts of problems pretty quickly.


Aug. 12th, 2014 08:46 am
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The gym is closed on Friday, which throws off my schedule again. I wanted to do row Monday, intervals Wednesday, row Friday, to allow sufficient rest between. I did the rowing machine yesterday; I brought my gym bag today, but I don't think I'll have the energy for intervals; I might do just a half-hour of straight cardio instead, then see how I feel on Wednesday.

scribble scribble!

Aug. 11th, 2014 04:28 pm
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Last weekend's excursions with [personal profile] newredshoes were delightful on so many counts, and now, I'ma steal a meme from her.

(Caveat: as with most writing-related things, I am a slowpoke. If I don't get to your prompt, or don't finish it for like a month, I promise it's nothing personal. <3)

Pick a fandom/pairing, then pick a trope, and I’ll tell you a little bit about the fic I’d write for that combo.

1. genderswap
2. bodyswap
3. drunk!fic
4. huddling for warmth
5. fake dating
6. secretly a virgin!
7. fancy dress
8. cross-dressing
9. forced to share a bed
10. truth or dare
11. historical AU
12. accidental baby-acquisition
13. apocalypse fic
14. telepathy
15. high School AU

Thanks to a back-to-back viewing of both Captain America movies, I am all fired up to write things there (and could also swing general MCU stuff), but I'm also good for BSG shenanigans, if that's the way your mind goes. :D

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Aug. 10th, 2014 08:31 pm
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i spent the last two days doing very little. Now I'm in a fluffy to clean the apartment, do laundry and pack before I head out.

Today I went to Hunter Park with DV; we met up with EA there and we waited in line about half an hour to sit on the little trains! But it was worth it, because the park is some 40 acres and the train ride lasted last least ten minutes. It was really satisfying!

I had dinner with GG and TX; TX is defending on Tuesday and moving on Friday to her new teaching position. We went to a nice Japanese place, had ice-cream and then went home.

Tomorrow I am attempting the following:

- Catch a bus to the metrolink station tomorrow at 7am
- find my way to a particular bus station that'll take me to Century City Mall
- Have lunch with Shing!
- Get the bus back to Union Station to meet up with [profile] tempestedbird

I'm giving myself WIDE margins for time here so even if I fuck up, I should be okay. Maybe? Fingers crossed anyway!

Now trying to decide what to wear for my long haul flight and what to pack into my carry on. Do I bring the small but really heavy laptop? (I really must look into getting a tablet or some sort.) Do I want to bring books onto the plane or just catch up on movies? Bring a notebook and write some porn in air? Decisions, decisions.

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Aug. 10th, 2014 11:53 pm
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We'll be starting the code push relatively soon; there may be a few blips here and there as we work. I'll update this post when it's all finished!

EDIT: Code has been pushed. Let us know if you encounter any problems! A list of the (many) bugfixes included in this push will be forthcoming.
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I was really physically tired yesterday, and though I'm not really sore today except for my elbow, I feel heavy and sluggish. So I think I might once again have overworked myself. (I know, I know, but it's hard to tell until after you've done it.) So today's workout will likely be just cardio. I haven't done intervals in quite a while, and that can tire me out in fifteen minutes, so that's probably what I'll go with.

I edited a story draft on paper last night, and will enter the changes Saturday morning, before I head to South Philly for a brunch date. Sunday morning, I plan to work on my attempt at a 20K word paranormal romance.


Aug. 7th, 2014 10:32 am
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I did the same workout last night as I did on Monday, half an hour on the rowing machine at maximum resistance. Except Tuesday I was pretty much okay, and today I feel owwww. The tops of my thighs are sore this time, and my right elbow hurts a lot more. Cumulative effect?

Will decide later what to do for Friday's exercise.

Code push this weekend

Aug. 6th, 2014 02:21 pm
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We will be doing a code push this weekend: 9PM PDT Sunday 10 Aug/midnight EDT/5AM GMT Monday 11 Aug/noon PHT. (See in your time zone.)

This push will almost entirely consist of a (very large!) number of fixes for the mobile-friendly styles project, and should fix most of the remaining outstanding issues people have reported.

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