To Do List Agh

Oct. 6th, 2015 10:27 am
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1. Email PW editor that I'm taking November/December off

2. Finish packing for CapClave.

3. Make panel notes for CapClave.

4. Watch the three new episodes of Dr. Who before Friday.

5. Submit panel choices for Arisia.

6. Decide about writer "happy hour" thing later this month.

7. Schedule two October dinners.

8. Schedule November NYC daytrip with L&B.

9. Figure out details of Thanksgiving plans.

10. Email to get back rights on the small press novel that tanked. Worry about what to do next (if anything).


--purchase bday present for December
--plane ticket for Xmas
--plane ticket for WisCon
--mail softball glove to get relaced (confirm check amount)

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Oct. 6th, 2015 12:13 am
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Man, that was a super busy weekend:

Friday, had class from 1 to 2, then Eric, YL and I hit the road. We got to [personal profile] yeloson's place around 9pm, had pizza, chilled out, went to bed around midnight. It was good to catch up with yeloson--I suppose we could have shelled out more money for a less stressful drive out to Burlingame but at yeloson's we get physiotherapy advice, so it all works out.

Saturday, we had breakfast together, then yeloson bounced, and then the three remaining of us headed out to Burlingame, where I was on a panel with Bryan Worra, Nor Sanavongsay, Emily Jiang and zm quynh about SEAsian SFF. We had very few people in attendance (it was a 10am panel!) but it was still a good conversation. Balogun Ojetade was in attendance! So good to see him. Then it was off to the Non-European Steampunk panel with Bryan and Nor, where I met Heidi, a co-panelist, and Pat, a Native American writer. Heidi turned out to be mixed-Malaysian-Iban! So cool!

YL, Emily, Pat, Heidi and I went upstairs to my room to chill out for a bit... then I had ANOTHER panel, on Diversity in SF, with Balogun, Bradford, Gregg, and Thaddeus Howze! I got Thaddeus to sign my copy of MOTHERSHIP, which we're both in (his story is "Bludgeon," which is essentially an alien encounter story involving baseball, I highly recommend it). And Erica Mulkey, aka Unwoman, was in the audience!

Emily, YL and I had tea with Erica, and it was SO GOOD! I haven't sat down with Erica in YEARS and it was just so nice. We talked about the steampunk community, then about the SFF community. Erica is one of those WW who's very good at being a moderate AND being honest about the compromises she makes in order to make a living. We hung for two hours in the little grill diner, where Erica got progressively hungry because the place didn't serve gluten-free food.

YL had to nap, because she was so overwhelmed by the activity of the day, so Emily, Eric and I went to dinner with [personal profile] oyceter & partner!!!!

Aaaaahhh the weather was so nice and cool and such a relief after a scorching summer. We ate at a Chinese restaurant, went to get some dessert, and when Eric and I got back to the hotel room, we chilled.

Sunday, we got up, had breakfast at that grill, then I went to see Emily and zm be on a panel on dystopias, which was fun. Then Emily and I were on a panel with Bradford, where we proceeded to babble a lot XD Then I finished my con with a reading. After which there was a quick trip to the vendor hall, then protracted goodbyes. By the time we were on the road, it was 3pm, and we listened to Christopher Moore's Blood Sucking Fiends the whole trip. I slept some.

Like, damn. I'm STILL feeling tired from the trip. But I feel good overall and back to believing my dissertation is worth the pain, so back to work it is for me. Dr. ML wants me to work on the description of whiteness more, so I'm back to trying to figure out exactly what I mean there, and how to talk about it.

Cortisone Shot Update

Oct. 5th, 2015 09:03 am
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I haven't seen any improvement yet in my finger, but the doctor told me it might take one or two weeks. If there's no improvement, I could have another shot in 6 weeks...if three shots don't work, they recommend surgery, about which I am, naturally, not excited.

The bruise is still painful, so I'm being careful how I use my hand. I'm supposed to sleep in the splint, but it presses on the bruise right now, so no. I do not have to wear the splint during the day unless I feel I need to.

Using my middle finger to type today. It could be worse. I had hoped it would be a lot better. This might be my new "normal."

I need to watch three episodes of Dr. Who (the new ones) before I leave for CapClave on Friday, since I'm on the Dr. Who panel.
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Hey, I didn't get furloughed after all! And we aren't going to get hit by a hurricane, either! I mean, I'll probably get furloughed two weeks before Christmas instead, and the weather's so gross that it took me an hour to get out of bed this morning because my building hasn't turned on the heat yet (fortunately, after some gentle complaining last year, they'll be turning it on in five days rather than the usual late October date), but I'll take what I can get.

Last night, while a little drunk on an extremely alcoholic Arnold Palmer -- mmm, sweet tea vodka, I'd forgotten how excellent you are for that sort of thing -- I threw some Yuletide nominations into the ring despite having zero plans to sign up this year. I really liked my 2014 strategy: comb through people's Dear Yulegoat letters, find a prompt I liked, and write a treat for a stranger. So why nominate stuff if I'm not going to do a traditional sign-up?

...well, because I was a little drunk. Er.

BUT ALSO BECAUSE: I want to write fic for Elements: Experiments in Character Design. Like, a lot.

Friends, if this fandom clears the tagset and you request it, I will do everything in my power to at least write you a little something for Yuletide. I'm pretty sure I was the only person who nominated it, so I picked four characters at more or less random -- Magnesium, Iron, Nickel, and Palladium -- but if any fandom could make good use of the "Any" option, it's this one. Just look at those amazing superpowered faces! Tell me you don't want fic about some kind of crazy elemental team-up.

My only fear is that the mods might try to lump this into general anthropomorphic fic, which...I don't know how hard I want to fight if I really am the only one interested in writing it. (TBH, I do not trust the mods as far as I can throw them with fifty-pound weights strapped to their backs, which is also part of why I don't want to do a traditional sign-up anymore. *wry* But we'll see!) If I'm not alone in being totally starry-eyed over those character designs, though? Hell yes.
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Brianna isn’t sure yet about the kitchen in House #3. “I am like a small creature swallowed whole by a monster,” she thinks, “and the monster feels my tiny little movements inside. Also, there’s wall-to-wall carpeting in the bathroom, which we would definitely have to change.”

From: Shirley Jackson's House Hunters on The Toast.

I love this. I would watch the hell out of this show.
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OK, Californian scriptwriters -- "Westchester National Park"??? Seriously? Have you ever *been* to the Hudson Valley? Or the NY metro region *at all*?

Here be spoilers: Read more... )

In conclusion: Maybe. The renewed focus on Ichabod and Abbie adventures, and the retention of Jenny in the core cast are pluses. The absence of Irving is a huge minus, and I am somewhat dubious about the new characters, until proven otherwise. But . . . ichabod and Abbie adventures, enough to keep me watching for the moment.

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Oct. 1st, 2015 08:08 pm
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SMEGBALLS these things don't end.

Went to campus to do office hours, during which AA came to visit, which was very nice! Then lecture at 1pm. In between, I went to the grill, and they now have a breakfast menu!! Breakfast grilled cheese sammich with bacon, yay!

I went home, had a good nap, then went back to campus for my first council meeting. Seems like most people are about as clueless as I am, so I'm not going to look more incompetent than everybody else.

But the meeting dragged on even though I asked YL to wait for me so we could walk home together /o\ I felt so bad!

Today I went to print flyers for the IndieGoGo, and the guy at the FedEx center did a miracle and centered them perfectly for me, even said he'd saved the file in case I needed more. I might! We'll see.

I had my meeting with Student Life and then worked on my prospectus, re-reading a LOT of things I shouldn't have to re-read.

The IGG is at 79% now! Someone dumped a fuckton of money all of a sudden, which made me quite verklempt.

These 5 Things Also Make a Post

Oct. 1st, 2015 10:14 am
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1. Remember how I couldn't decide what I wanted to read next? It turned out I wanted to read the next Peter Grant book, and nothing else, so I gave in and bought Foxglove Summer before I went to them gym last night. I'm about two-thirds done already. I'm hoping I can dig back into the TBR after this.

2. My workout with the weight machines on Monday had me still a bit sore on Wednesday, so I just did an hour on the elliptical for my workout. I listened to music exclusively for the first half hour, spacing out a bit, then started reading Foxglove Summer to distract myself from thinking I wanted to stop. An hour for me usually amounts to a bit over 4 miles, total, which leaves me pleasantly tired and willing to stretch for quite a while.

3. Tomorrow (Friday) I'm having a cortisone shot in my dominant hand, so I took the whole day as a sick day. I am told that there is pain from the shot and its aftermath, but the pain goes away, and hopefully after that I will no longer have the swelling in my middle finger, and will be able to bend it properly. It's been almost 3 months since the injury, so I am ready for improvement, believe me.

4. A college friend who emigrated to New Zealand is in town this week, with her fiance, whom I've never met. But I will meet him Friday night, and also get to see her, and also get to eat Szechuan food. If my hand is working by then, I might be able to use chopsticks for the first time all summer. That's one task I haven't managed to learn with my left hand.

5. We're supposed to get lots of rain in the next few days. I have been looking for a good pair of water-resistant/waterproof shoes to wear in the rain, in brown or oxblood, that would also look okay for dayjob. I am trying to avoid just getting a second pair of Docs (I have black ones) in another color, for the sake of variety. I am willing to pay money for good shoes that will last; I do a lot of walking on hard surfaces. Any recommendations for brands?

Wednesday Reading

Sep. 30th, 2015 08:33 am
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I had a three-day weekend, so I enjoyed some pleasure reading!

Broken Homes by Ben Aaronovitch is fourth in an urban fantasy series I've been reading since the beginning. I'd put this one off for a while because I'd heard it had a twist I wasn't sure I would like. But as it turned out, I was okay with the twist, and am interested to find out what happens next. I love this series for the characters and worldbuilding - for example, the way Peter Grant's deep interest in architecture is woven throughout his first-person narration which also contains police jargon, wry humor, and anecdotes about his family. I recommend this series highly.

I also finished Step Aside, Pops: A Hark! A Vagrant Collection by Kate Beaton. I'd read most of the comics before, online, but it was lovely to find a few things I'd missed scattered throughout. And this volume has my absolute fave of all her comics, Chopin and Liszt. My only complaint is that I wish the print had been a bit larger, particularly when there was a line of commentary, in the author's handwriting, at the bottom of a page. I had to squint a few times, even while wearing my glasses.

In nonfiction, I'm making good progress is And If I Perish: Frontline U.S. Army Nurses in World War II by Evelyn Monahan - shit is getting real! A hospital ship got bombed! I'm at the part where the Americans are taking part in an invasion of the mainland of Italy.

More gorgeous bookery!

Sep. 30th, 2015 06:11 pm
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Got my copy of Letters To Tiptree

And new chapter up: Chapter 29. We are fast approaching the end of the webserial.

Five Things Make a Post

Sep. 29th, 2015 08:47 am
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1. None of my TBR fiction books are shouting out to be read. Maybe I should just pick one at random. Or go ahead and read the new review book first. I'm hopefully saving the undemanding, suitable-for-brainfog J.D. Robb book for my train trip to CapClave, coming up next week.

2. My dentist appointment today is in their new space, which is a longer walk from my office. I don't want to go to a new space, she says petulantly. Even though the old space had a weird chemical smell in the elevators. This is the appointment where the healing surrounding my implant gets checked, in preparation for the actual fake tooth.

3. I woke up abruptly sometime after 4 this morning and couldn't get back to sleep until maybe 6. On the good side, rehearsal tonight is only 7-9 - I am liking the shorter rehearsals this season (dress rehearsal remains 3 hours, but singers are not always needed the entire time). I'm already drinking two cups of coffee a morning, plus often tea in the afternoon. Yet I have little trouble napping in the afternoon when the opportunity affords itself.

4. I bought my membership to WisCon and made a hotel reservation. Anybody else planning on going?

5. Dayjob continues shorthanded and stressful. Nothing new, really. But I have Friday off entirely as a sick day to get the cortisone shot in my hand.

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Sep. 29th, 2015 11:23 am
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Stupid DW doesn't take paypal.


Sep. 28th, 2015 08:27 am
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I had a three-day weekend thanks to the Papal Visit, and though I didn't do as much as I'd hoped, I did accomplish some things.

1. Made lentil soup with barley; roasted sweet potatoes.

2. Completed two loads of laundry and put them away. That included (at last!) my down jacket, which I will likely be needing in a few weeks.

3. Took out trash.

4. Got recycling ready to go out.

5. Cleaned some bits of floor. As in, got the worst of the dust rhinos from around the edges of my living space, without doing any major shifting of furniture or boxes.

I also finished some reading in preparation for a new review book, and enjoyed the weird, helicopter-laced quiet of my neighborhood when there is barely any car traffic. I didn't try the security perimeter on the Parkway, instead watching some of the events on livestream, while wearing pajamas. My main goal was to spot a friend in the papal choir, which turned out to be easier than I'd thought because she has red hair.

Two things.

Sep. 28th, 2015 06:03 pm
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First, starred PW review! of THE SEA IS OURS: !!!!!!.

Second, I am on this SWF panel.

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Sep. 27th, 2015 10:30 pm
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- So, WorldCon is in Helsinki for 2017 which means bids for NASFiC 2017 is going to happen, and there's a bid for a San Juan NASFiC. I'm on the Bid Committee for volunteers, so if a NASFiC in San Juan sounds like your bag of munchies, and you'd like to help out, let me know!

- Got an email from one of my quals committee profs (didn't keep him for my diss committee because I have better folks for my project, but he was one of my favourite people to work with) saying he'd backed the IGG (ee!!) and also there's a SEA Studies conference coming up at UC Berkeley, and he wanted to know if I'd be interested in giving a talk about literary culture in Malaysia. I don't feel I'm qualified to talk much about the literary culture in Malaysia, being part of it only tangentially, but I might be able to write a thing I've been thinking about re: re-telling folktales, the act of modernizing mythologies, how globalization factors into the act, as well as the pressure to Westernize.

That said, there is this article which has been generating a lot of conversation on the FB group I'm part of, so, hm.

- YL and I went to the Heritage House to check out the Chinese Moon Festival, and also to watch the blood moon. I'd never been to the Heritage House (which is just a Victorian-era house converted into a museum display piece to show how Riverside settlers would have lived and built their houses in the late 1800s).

There were a few dudes setting up telescopes, and we chatted with a Japanese-American who had a telescope from the Riverside Astronomical Society, a simpler, larger thing, that's only ten years younger than me.

We wandered, and met one of the Philosophy profs who's also involved in the Science Fiction program, and I knew YL was really excited about possibly meeting him, so I made introductions. She was pretty over the moon about it. We got to check out the eclipse! Then I realized I didn't want to wait for the bus home, and went to look for the prof again, and serendipitously ran into him, his wife, and adopted daughter. Then I asked for a ride home. As a group we went to check out a telescope and the red moon together (I still think it looks like a persimmon) and walked to his family's van, where we got an even better view.

So, that was pretty cool.

- The Publishers Weekly review is now up, and it's really starting to sink in.

super moon lunar eclipse team go

Sep. 28th, 2015 12:13 am
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...Because it really does sound like an anime show.

But what it actually was is me, stressed and pacing in circles saying screw it, and screw everything, I wanna go watch the moon. It's been a hard month. Really hard for everyone in the household. So I took an incense burner outside, dumped some bay sand and a charcoal on it (watching the charcoal glow and pulse and turn deep red like the moon would be soon), and dropped in a bit of this and that when the coal was ready (frankincense, dragon's blood, a bit of copal, some dried mugwort from the garden when it was still new). I was thinking, y'know, maybe one come up with a bit of a spur-of-the-moment rite for the occasion.

And then something did happen. W wandered out... )

Rapping Cats. Sort of.

Sep. 27th, 2015 09:19 am
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Bow to the Cat-Rap Brilliance of Meow the Jewels.

It's a good album with the yowling, but now it is perfect. Listen to the sample track all the way through.
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Gang, I know everyone and their dad is singing the praises of Hamilton, but oh my god if you haven't listened to the cast recording yet, GO DO IT. It is so good. So good. The kind of good where, even though I'm likely to be furloughed in a week and think it's ridiculous to pay this kind of cash anyway, I spent part of my morning scrolling through StubHub, eyeing up the $300 Broadway tickets. There are rap battles between Hamilton and Jefferson. King George III sings a whiny solo about America spurning his love. The last six songs ripped my heart out of my chest; I cried through all of them and I'm not even a little ashamed.

...also, uh, yeah. I'm not optimistic that Congress will get their shit together in the next six days. I'm much better off financially than I was in 2013 -- thanks, refinanced mortgage and no more student loans! -- and they've already introduced a bill to give us back pay whenever an inevitable shutdown wraps up, but I heave a weary sigh anyway. I can't believe I have to go through this shit again, for the second time in three goddamn years. I've already had to cancel plans to go up to Boston in October, since I have to hoard all my savings like a jealous dragon until this mess blows over; I'm making a list of luxuries I can pare down as we speak. So long, delicious high-quality coffee subscription service. Adios, parking pass that lets me avoid the crappy local buses. I'll see you again when our elected officials can get their heads out of their asses.


OH WELL. My apartment will be the cleanest apartment in all the land! And I can catch up on my reading! And listen to the Hamilton soundtrack another eleventy billion times, I mean what.

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