Grown-up Dilemmas

Oct. 24th, 2014 11:30 pm
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I decided to curb the cookie-eating in favour of learning how to appreciate wine, but now I'm stuck.

Do I just get a plain tumbler set?

Or these etched stemmed glasses?

Or hang it all, just get some plain glasses and some cool wine charms?

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Oct. 24th, 2014 09:24 pm
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Found it, the curtain call for Takarazuka Revue's "Romeo and Juliet" complete with feathers and Yuzuki Reon (aka Chie) as Romeo.

I have this conundrum in my soul where I want to bone and be Yuzuki Reon; I'm not confused, I just want to occupy both spaces at once because she is so fucking perfect.

- I graded most of today. Big whoop.

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Oct. 23rd, 2014 10:37 pm
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- First unit test today! Apparently many students did not know the word "vindication" which my professor thinks should be a university-level word. We also discussed grading parameters for the short answer questions. I still don't have a grading key for the rest of it.

- Skedaddled to a talk by a prospective spousal hire and I am excited by her potentially joining our department!! She's an Africanist, researching Igbo storytelling narratives surrounding the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade. As far as I can tell this department has never had an Africanist, which is frustrating and ridiculous, and practically no Black people in faculty ranks, which is even more ridiculous. As a result we don't have any Black grads either. I'm hoping this will change.

- Started reading Matt Hill's FAN CULTURES and it begins with a critique of a moralistic dualist approach to studying fan cultures, namely, the "productive" fan versus the "consumer" fan, also "fan-community" vs. "fan-commodity". Hill is trying to trouble this, and also the idea of the "fan vs academic" and the terrible positions academic fans like to take in being a fan but trying to hang onto institutional authority. It has no discussion on how basic gender and race analysis might affect this (although there is a single mention that most of current theories are out there written by white dudes). IDK if I should continue reading this or if I should read the Consumer Culture Reader first.

- I also set out a buncha cue cards listing some things I'd like to talk about in my dissertation. I feel I'm missing out one more thing that I want to talk about, but I don't have a name for it. In order: Gears, Goggles, Corset/Vest, Tea, Mad Science, Adventure, Promenade. None of them touch very deeply on the Maker aspect which is the last thing I want to talk about but I don't have the right word to talk about it.

- I finished stitching my rank braids! Wow, that was really fun and I really want to get back into hand-stitching stuff now. I bought an embroidery hoop a while back so I'm thinking of getting into that. I doodle some stuff while listening to Night Vale:
* Feminist Killjoy (got some dark navy blue fabric and lime green threads for a pinafore, and was planning on stitching this on the front or back)
* some phoenixes
* random pretty flowers (which thus far is my favourite doodle; I haven't decided what colours yet, but I'm going to try some satin stitches)

Gym This Week

Oct. 23rd, 2014 10:23 am
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Monday, I jogged a half-hour on the treadmill. I'm still having nasty plantar fasciitis in my left foot, which seems okay while actually working out, but stiffens up really badly a little while afterwards, to the point where I can barely touch my heel to the ground unless I'm wearing my foam flipflops. I have a doctor appointment in December, so I can ask her advice. This is a recurring issue, though it used to be both feet. However, the other parts of the jogging weren't too bad. I didn't feel like I was going to fall over at the end. I might try jogging slightly longer, I'm not sure. Or maybe trying to speed up would be better.

Wednesday, I did an hour on the elliptical, then some overheads, tricep exercises, and bench presses with dumbbells. I went up to 12.5 pounds on the exercises that work my tricep/elbow, which is still weaker than it was, but ended up doing fewer reps, and stopping the tricep kickbacks after 3 reps. There were snap/crackle/pop noises, and I'm sore today. Maybe it's back to 10 pounds next time.

I'm not sure what I want to do for Friday; I might try jogging again, or might do the hour on the elliptical. Weights will depend on how my arm feels.

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Oct. 22nd, 2014 11:09 pm
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- I got my worms! They actually arrived on Thursday but no one had left me a notice. Good thing USPS Tracking was pretty easy, and I went to the office this morning to ask about any packages. They've gone into the new indoor bin I've prepped. I can't tell if the mold is good or bad because the Internet is evenly split; on one hand, it says mold is bad, but on the other, it also says that fungus growth is good and helps break down the stuff for the worms to eat more easily and they don't necessarily eat the scraps directly, or something.

I'm trying very hard to resist opening the bin to have a look see... it's covered with a hand towel so it can breathe and there's minimal evaporation. I'll give them a week and then check!! In the meantime, I better start eating more plant material so I have something to feed the babies.

- I've found that handsewing is pretty great to do when listening to a podcast! I've finally been intently listening to Night Vale while stitching on my rank braids for my Star Trek blouse. There's something about having something visual to deal with that's kind of mindless while listening to something else. I've tried to listen to Night Vale while laying in bed (can't do it at the computer because then I'd just end up reading other things and lose focus on it) but that just made me fall asleep. I also can't machine sew while listening to stuff either; that takes up too much concentration. Thus I am finally up to #17! Which is ten more episodes that I have been able to muster.

So... I might try to take up more embroidery, maybe?

- I blew through editing today! Also sent out and received contracts.

- I made pork and potatoes tonight. I'm using the tiny potatoes. I am trying to be good and eating a new kind of starch to give my diet some variety.

- I shall turn in early tonight.

Here is a random Takarazuka Revue video:

Wednesday Reading

Oct. 22nd, 2014 08:54 am
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I have made considerable progress on Tolkien and the Great War: The Threshold of Middle-earth by John Garth. It's going to be really useful for a panel I'm scheduled for.

I read an HP Harry/Draco story and I liked it a lot! Black Coffee on a Lonely Night by Femme (femmequixotic) is a non-magical romance AU in which Harry is a rising politician and Draco has quit cricket because he was widowed and is raising his small son. So of course he opens a coffee shop. I loved the voice in this - it's Draco's first person narration - and the way events and characters of the books were handled in this version with a light touch, but still there, and feeling real. I plan to read many more stories by this author.

I also enjoyed Circling Back by chaya, an angsty Bucky recovery story. It's first in an ongoing series; the second story is still a WIP.

Finally, also in MCU, I liked The Way We Really Are by Snapjack - it's Hawkeye/Coulson, with a heavy dose of Black Widow, and I mostly liked it for the character study of Coulson and for the truly excellent portrayl of Maria Hill. The setup in AU, by the way: Clint gets recruited by SHIELD while he's still a teenager, but is an adult fairly soon in the story.

And I have a pile of books for preview.

A weekend!

Oct. 20th, 2014 09:09 am
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I accomplished my goals on the weekend, hooray.

1. I cleaned out my knapsack from last weekend's trip.

2. I wrote approximately 1500 words, less than I really wanted, but a lot more than nothing, and I'm trying not to beat myself up about it.

3. A very large load of laundry is hanging to dry. I have almost another full load waiting, but it's not quite full yet, so I am officially not behind. Until I change my sheets.

4. I got together with C. and we had a nice dinner and walked the new Schuykill River Boardwalk, which goes over the river for a distance, and had lovely twilight views of the clouds and the lights of the city skyline and bridges. It was very satisfying. She suggested we should go to the zoo sometime soon, and I haven't done that in absolutely ages.

5. And I watched Captain America with Younger Tot (aged 6), which she proclaimed was the best movie ever, except it had Too Much Romance and Not Enough Fighting. I ended up talking over most of the dialogue, explaining things and answering questions. I didn't explain WWII all that much, just explained there was a war in Europe and who were the good guys and who were the bad guys, and that Steve wanted to fight in the army so he could protect other people, and he thinks of other people before he thinks of his own safety. We didn't get into the discussing how that isn't the best choice for everyone in every circumstance, or more complex philophical issues. And we discussed how this wasn't real science, and they didn't really have that sort of thing before her grandparents were born and when they were babies. And why Dr. Erskine had to die for Plot Reasons, and that Bucky was going to come back in the next movie but he would think he was someone else and have trouble remembering Steve, which she found very affecting.

Weekend Goals

Oct. 17th, 2014 08:53 am
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1. Write something.

2. Do something fun.

3. Play with the Adorable Tots.

4. Laundry.

5. Finish unpacking knapsack from last weekend.

SFF online stuff

Oct. 16th, 2014 04:39 pm
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So here's a list I compiled of SFF venues that publish their content for free online! I made it for my students. Maybe they will be bored and will click around in the Discussions section of Blackboard that I have created for them.

I've arranged them alphabetically, with some notes at the end, and if you want to help me flesh out the notes, you are welcome to do so!

AE Scifi: (CANADIA!)

Apex Magazine: (this is the magazine that published "50 Fatwas")

Beneath Ceaseless Skies: (specializing in high fantasy)

Betwixt Magazine:

Bourbon Penn: (slipstream, surreal, magical realism)

Cabinet De Fees - Scheherazade's Bequest: (they have now gone print-only, but online archives still remain)

Clarkesworld Magazine: (yes, founded by the Arthur Clarke we read in class)

Crossed Genres:

Daily Science Fiction:

Delinquent's Spice:

Electric Velocipede: (it has sadly ceased publication but most of the work is still available for free reading)

Every Day Fiction: (flash fiction)

Expanded Horizons:

Fantasy Magazine:

The Future Fire:

GigaNotoSaurus: (for longish fiction)

Goblin Fruit: (fantastical poetry)


Interfictions: (journal of "interstitial" art; generally very unclassifiable SF)

Lackington's Magazine:

Lightspeed Magazine:

Luna Station Quarterly:

Mythic Delirium: (formerly just poetry, now also prose)

Nightmare Magazine: (speculative poetry)

Podcastle (audio stories):

Pseudopod (audio stories): (horror)

Scigentasy: (dedicated to issues of gender in speculative fiction)


Stone Telling: (speculative poetry)

Strange Horizons:

Tor Online:

Unlikely Story:

If there are more I don't have (and I feel there's one more I saw but I just don't remember what /o\) drop it in comments, too.

Gym Report

Oct. 16th, 2014 08:15 am
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After a week off, on Monday I did a half-hour treadmill jog and ten pushups. Last night, I was still a bit sore from the jog, which I had expected - I think it's probably a combination of my weight and my olditude. So I did an hour on the elliptical while reading fanfic, then some dumbbells.

I went up to the 25-pound dumbbells for my bench presses, then shifted to the 10-pounders for tricep kickbacks (going up from 7.5), and added in overheads, because they're good for me and also as a break for my elbow. I'm already a little stiff this morning, but it's not too bad. I might try going back to the 5-sets-of-5 thing, but that would entail going back to the weight room for squats and enduring the endless frustration of not being able to get a rack. It's making me tense just to think about that.

I really want to get back into weights, as I've put on belly weight in the last few months, the worst place for it so far as health goes. Adding more muscle might not lose that weight, but it will make me feel better! At least it always has before. I like being strong, and I like feeling strong.

Maybe I'll read up on dumbbells and things one does with them.

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Oct. 15th, 2014 11:43 pm
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- I let my temper and my depression get the better of me today. I ranted from 10am until 6pm and forgot to eat lunch.

There was a break sometime wherein I started playing grad adviser for one of the 2nd year grads who really wants to get her shit together and she knows what to do and I guess it's just hard for her to keep things together.

There was also a fire drill!

During which time I ran into the department chair and asked if I could use travel money from the department to attend SD Comics Fest this weekend. I think he said yes.

Tomorrow there will be an earthquake drill.

- I finished being angry and just ended up sad so I called up EA to ask him if I could have dinner with someone not from the Internet. He busted his knee falling off his bike, but said sure I could come over, so I went by Busy Cafe, went to his place and hung out for a few hours. We talked about comic books, teaching (he's teaching a class on Af-Am art).

- I've booked my tix for SD Comics Fest. PK has a birthday to attend on Saturday so she might not come with me after all. If I don't hear from her by tomorrow afternoon I'll book Travelodge for the night. Lisa has said she can come pick me up from the bus station and get me to the hotel, altho she can't stay the night. There's only the 8pm bus left. I should be okay. I think.

- My friend Skye just made a comparison between #GamerGate and #MooreAndMe. I hadn't thought of the latter in years. Damn.

- I hope my worms will be okay in the mail a few more days =(

Wednesday Reading

Oct. 15th, 2014 08:53 am
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Still no progress on Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, but I finished The Comanche Empire by Pekka Hamalainen! I highly recommend it.

My new before-sleeping book is Tolkien and the Great War: The Threshold of Middle-earth by John Garth. I chose this one from the pile because it is likely applicable to a panel I might be doing in the near future. It reads quickly, possibly because the author is a journalist. So far, I've been learning a lot about Tolkien's three closest school friends, two of whom are going to be killed in 1916. I don't know much about Tolkien as a person; though I read J.R.R. Tolkien, Architect of Middle Earth by Daniel Grotta some years ago, but I don't remember much of it. The Garth features some of Tolkien's pre-war poetry; also it made me happy that in his first year at Oxford, he totally blew off classics to learn Finnish. Luckily, after that he realized it was best to switch concentrations to English, and he ended up getting First Class Honours.

In fanfiction, for Hawkeye, Black Widow, and Coulson fans I rec The Honor System by snapjack, which has some great turns of phrase and thoughtful characterizations. Note the third story in the series is in progress.

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Oct. 15th, 2014 12:56 am
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This weekend I really want to go to SD Comics Fest.

I'd like to head out on Thursday, so I can be there for the whole weekend. Which also means I ought to buy tickets.

Anyway. I don't have a place to stay and I really don't want to do the commute thing but I don't really want to stay at the hotel either which is $117 a night. I'm currently looking at the nearby Travelodge, which is $59 on Thurs and then $129 on Friday and Saturday (rounding it up to $99 a night).

Nobody's getting back to me about this though =/

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Oct. 15th, 2014 12:45 am
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- made spot quizzes on the spot (haha)
- spoke to student who's also a creative writer, introduced her to several SFF authors, gave her brief rundown on publishing, convinced her to do NaNo
- graded spot quizzes
- hemmed my new trousers with a blind stitch hem
- bought lieutenant rank braids because i have a red shirt that looks just like a ST shirt and I don't want to get shit for being a Redshirt

- drink more water
- cook some actual food
- eat more fruit, them apples aren't gonna eat themselves
- get back to editing
- get back to reading research articles
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Oct. 14th, 2014 09:07 am
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I am excited to report that I finished a book! And started reading a new book! More tomorrow on the actual day to report reading, but I couldn't wait to share this exciting news.

Also, I went to the gym last night for the first time in a week. I did 30 minutes of jogging on the treadmill and ten pushups. I can feel it this morning, though movement took care of most of my stiffness. Jogging seems to involve my lower back. I wore the Nikes with the bendy soles and didn't notice any numbness in my feet or lower legs at all, as sometimes happens. I was reading most of the time, so I might not have noticed. I checked my heart rate a couple of times, and it had edged up between 150 and 160, at least according to the handgrips, which I'm warned aren't that accurate. I don't think I hit 160 that much.

Rehearsal was cancelled for this week so I am playing with the Adorable Tots tonight instead.

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