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Oct. 30th, 2014 11:58 pm
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- Spot quiz today

- Practically ran off afterwards to Dr. Vint's class where Sabrina Vourvoulias and Fabio Fernandes were skyping in, which was quite exciting. I live-tweeted the thing and Storified it.

- PK and I went to lunch afterwards and worked on ICFA abstracts. We then went to Coffee Bean to continue.

- AP called at some point wondering if I had time to go shopping with her for Halloween stuff. But alas, she called when PK and I were working on abstracts.

I have a draft abstract which I think is okay. Tomorrow I'll put together a bib because bibs are mandatory for ICFA proposals which is kinda weird to me.

- I also accomplished a couple more paragraphs in my newest short story. Still haven't quite figured out how to segue into the main conflict.

- I feel really tired still, and heartache-y. It's getting annoying.

- I got my shipment of STEAMPUNK WORLD books!! I'm pretty sure the MOTHERSHIP books are in too. Gotta get them tomorrow.

- I also get to dogsit for HH tomorrow. so there's something.

Happy Halloween and Samhain!

Oct. 31st, 2014 10:35 am
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Light your candles.
Fill your bowls with candy.

And remember those
who have gone before you,
who are in your heart.

First Cashmere Sweater of the Season

Oct. 30th, 2014 09:57 am
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It was almost chilly enough this morning for wool, so I dug out my olive cashmere pullover and now I am ultra-cozy.

I need to replace my black cardigan this year; after many faithful years of service, somehow moths got to it last year, despite my relentless washing and lavender and cedar, and the hole in the back is well beyond tiny.

Gym last night was an hour on the elliptical and some bench presses, overheads, and tricep exercises with dumbbells. I used the 10 pounds for the overheads and triceps because the 12.5s were in use, but that was probably for the best. I might step up the bench presses to the 30s next time; my right arm is still a little weaker than the left, but it's doing all right.

I need to make a packing list, and actually pack, for World Fantasy next week. I am still ultra-bummed that I have to do a dayjob thing before I can leave on Thursday, but am sucking it up. If I didn't have a job, I couldn't afford to go at all.

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Oct. 29th, 2014 08:38 pm
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- Went to the first SF reading group meeting of the year last night. It went well, but I forgot that the hosts house cats... two of them now. It surprised me to get the allergic reaction I did because the floor wasn't carpeted, but they had no windows open, and I guess they don't bathe the cats regularly.

- PK and I were supposed to get together sometime today to write abstracts for ICFA. This never happened for various reasons.

- There was a food truck festival on campus today!! It was very exciting. I went by myself to scope the place, and came away with sliders and CROQUETTES!!!! ([profile] corinneduyvis introduced them to me when I last visited Amsterdam and I fell in love.) Later, Nalo was free so I went BACK and I found her in the lobster line. And I got myself some lobster bisque. Food is love.

- PK, Nalo and I hung out for a while, and then I went to Nalo's office to get some fabric she's throwing out.

She had this big skirt she was working on, with crochet lace at the edge that's only half-stitched on. I've got it now, and I might finish it, and bring it to WisCon and invite people to embroider stuff on it!

- I went back to my office and did some more editing. And reading.

- I also popped by Dr. BZ's office to ask about de Certeau and talk about airships and trains and how they're interesting imagined spaces. Not sure she got what I was trying to say though. I kinda want her to be on my committee but I don't really know how to even explain my project to her.

- Reading Matt Hill's book "Fan Cultures" right now and came across the concept of the autoethnography. I've never heard of this one before! Apparently it is like an ethnography except the ethnographer makes their position even more transparent? IDK!

- Feeling unaccountably tired tonight. Also unaccountably sad and heartache-y.

Wednesday Reading

Oct. 29th, 2014 08:21 am
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I finished Tolkien and the Great War: The Threshold of Middle-earth by John Garth, and recommend it highly for those interested in the period, in Tolkien, or in the early stages of his work.

My new insomnia book, taken from my immense TBR pile, is The Regency Underworld by Donald Low. I'm still on the introduction.

Forty Miles a Day on Beans and Hay: The Enlisted Soldier Fighting the Indian Wars by Don Rickey Jr. in still in progress in the bathroom.

I read a bunch of fanfiction, but none of it was really notable.

I might try starting a romance novel while I'm on the elliptical tonight. It's been a while since I've read one, and there are several on my e-reader that have good recommendations.

Free Fiction!

Oct. 29th, 2014 12:01 pm
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Free fiction on Fox Spirit.

Plus, Heart Of Fire will be free on the 31st October until 1st November. Keep your eyes for the passwords!

Plus, readers of the Jan Xu series can get to read (for free) the novella that sparked off the writing of Wolf At The Door.

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Oct. 28th, 2014 07:39 pm
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Two small assignments from my derby coach, as part of Operation Get More Confident On The Track, are "take up space" and "don't say 'sorry' unless it's for something serious." (Two assignments of many, I admit. But we're getting there!) To make it easier on myself -- because those are good principles anyway, and it means less switching from RL-brain to derby-brain when practice rolls around -- I'm trying to incorporate them into day-to-day stuff, too.

Lately, that's meant when a douchebag public transit sit-and-spreader grabs the seat next to me, then splays his legs open to try and take half of my seat, too, I just quietly plant my rock-solid derby thigh against his and don't give a goddamn inch.

No, I will not apologize for claiming what's mine, and no, I will not apologize for making you uncomfortable (whether physically or mentally) because we just spent fifteen minutes with our legs smashed against each other.

Baby steps. Baby steps. But oh, it's a good feeling, finally learning not to apologize for my existence.

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Oct. 27th, 2014 10:01 pm
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- Today I got to campus around 9.30 and wrote about two more pages of stuff for my prospectus! I feel very proud of this. Then I made it out to sit on the balcony of the grad student lounge, which I think is an optimal spot for listening to the noontime Monday recitals of the UCR Bell tower. I wrote a couple more pages there and ate lunch.

When I went back to my office, I got stuck trying to figure out what next? I've already identified the problem and given a brief rundown of steampunk community history, now how to articulate what I want to do next in a way that makes sense, is rigorous and doesn't sound like I'm spreading myself too wide? How to account for marketability factors, consumer culture, utopian enterprise and lack of political rigor all at once?

- At some point I gave up and wrote about 600 words of a story for [personal profile] qian's anthology instead. I'm very surprised that I'm thinking of an actual plot.

- I ran into a friend while walking home and we chatted a bit which was cool. She was excited to hear about the Clockwork Couture signing, and offered to drive me! Road trip yay! (Burbank is like two hours away, ahaha ugh.)

- I messed around at home for a bit, then went to do a spot of shopping. I bought myself a plant mister, some wine glasses, and some more hummingbird drink. The mister I just put together... it's a 2 gallon thing like my watering can and it works okay, I guess? I can see how it is a huge benefit over the watering can because the water is definitely not compacting the soil at all now. On the other hand, it takes foreverrrrrrr. Like, I think I could practically sit in a lawn chair, read in one hand and just spray with the other. I might even finish a couple of short stories before I even get to a quarter of a gallon. The nozzle part is also vaguely phallic so while I was spraying that one spot, it felt like a lot of dick waving. It's ridiculous. I shall do this lawn chair thing this weekend, just to see how long it takes for me to finish spraying a gallon.

- I also checked on the worm bin... I guess the worms really don't like lemongrass! They're also taking their own sweet time eating their bedding. The peat moss they came in is kind of mixing up the whole mess--not a bad thing, but it makes them hard to find. I do hope they're surviving (the few I saw were definitely alive) and eating well. What worries me is that most of them seem to be at the bottom of the bin, and worms are supposed to be surface feeders. It's all good; that's more time for me to collect more material for feeding them.

I did use the mister on the bin though, just to dampen the bedding on top. Hee hee.


Oct. 28th, 2014 11:01 am
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It is benign. I will probably write something about Granulomatous mastitis eventually, but that is a future post. The surgeon started me on treatment immediately. I will see him again in three weeks' time.

Garden Adventures with Spiders

Oct. 26th, 2014 06:58 pm
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Woke up SORE this morning! My arms, thighs and calves! From all that digging yesterday! (Have a little rant I made yesterday with pictures on the digging adventures.) I went to the plant sale again and bought two things of chives, another mini-rose (I've decided to perform a terrarium experiment with one mini-rose), more wildflower seeds, some bulbs, and a pot of what I think is a kind of penstemon. It's supposed to bloom throughout summer which will be good for the hummingbirds since I'm so freaking inconsistent with the feeder. I also got two more air plants for my own apartment; one's hanging right by my door and the other is on the fence, jammed between two branches of a root I found. I planted the penstemon by the currant and the bulbs by the aloe veras.

I repotted the mini-roses and the chives then began to clear my patio of all the junk that's prevented me from keeping it clear, namely the pieces of tape from boxes I've tried mulching. I also threw away some of the little pots. The basil has gone woody and I'm really impressed by how long it's lasted; the parsley is gone, and the oregano for covered by leaves before it could establish itself so it's gone now. I just took off one of its main three stems, just to see how it would react. The sprig is currently hanging from my kitchen light switch right now, drying.

My soil is still hydrophobic as fuck and I don't really know how to fix that. Apparently soapy water helps so I tried some, but I don't think it's helping. Apparently misting the ground, rather than watering with a watering can, is also good, because that means the water goes down gently. Water that just kind of unceremoniously pours on compacts the earth, preventing it from trickling down. Mixing in organic material is supposed to help but I think the composting process makes the whole thing clump together and it doesn't help. We shall see. I do think I'm done working the soil of this one particular patch and I'm ready to just give it a shot growing something on there. As soon as it gets cold enough, I think at the end of December, I'll strew the wildflower seeds across the patch and let them fight it out. It'll also rain around that time too so that will help.

Out of curiousity I decided to clear a little spot next to my standing lamp on the ground. There's a woven bottle holder there too.

I found... er, at least three live spiders, and around six or eight balls of spider silk, which I'm pretty sure held spider eggs. SIGH. This would account for the number of baby spiders I've been finding around my apartment since getting back in September. I also moved a thing that's been there since I first moved in and woo-ee I really do need to get my carpet floor shampoo'd at some point. I took the bottle holder out for washing and the spiders scuttled out and i had to flick them off me. Then I decided to wash off my patio and like two of three bugs, decided to scuttle out of the leaves TOWARDS MY DOOR and I was like UHM NOPE and flushed them back down again.

(There is, inexplicably, a rain spout next to my door and I kept thinking of the Eensy Weensy Spider Climbing Up The Spout song very unhappily.

But I have a clear patio now!

it's that time again

Oct. 26th, 2014 10:20 am
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I never use my dreamwidth, anymore, but it seems weird to post a dear yuletide letter to tumblr, so here we are:

Dear Yuletide Writer )

Most of all, and most importantly: HAVE FUN!


Dear Author

Oct. 25th, 2014 11:02 pm
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So this is my second Yuletide (I know, what a newbie!) and I'm excited to be playing again.

Generally, I like things that are character-driven, and I'm not so much in it for the erotica, though if you go with one of my requested ships, you can feel free to run with it. I tend more towards gen, het and femslash. Overall, I have a particular interest in female characters.

The Hour. I love this show, I miss this show, I adore all of the main characters and I prefer the canon 'ships. Lix/Randall would delight me especially, almost any way you imagine them (past, present, future, happy, desperately unhappy, working their way towards a commitment, too messed up to commit, whatever). But really anything with these characters, including plotty gen, Bel/Freddy, and Lix/anyone (male or female). Please no dead Freddy; I console myself for the final episode with the knowledge that Ben Whishaw had intended to appear in the third season, had there been one.

The Bletchley Circle. Another show that needed to get more seasons! Anything about the main quartet, in any combination. Another investigation. A story set during the war. A romance between two of the women. The relationship between any of the women and their canonical husbands/romances. I'm especially interested in the disconnect between who they became during the war and the way society (and the Official Secrets Act) tried to contain them afterwards.

The Tempest. Due to changing jobs, this spring will be the first one in a decade that I'm not teaching the play. It would be amazing to console myself with some fic. I'm especially interested in Miranda growing up on the island, anything from Caliban's perspective ("this island's mine by Sycorax my mother" after all, and I tend towards the postcolonial reading), or the relationship between Ariel and Prospero. That can be entirely psychological, one of oppression or genuine esteem, however you see it. And it can be sexual -- Derek Jarman's film version always suggests that to me . . . Plus, while nowadays both Prospero and Ariel are usually played by men, I've seen versions with (and there was a long tradition of) a female Ariel, and there's also the occasional a female Prospero/a, so however you personally cast them is fine by me.

Sewing party at WisCon

Oct. 25th, 2014 04:46 pm
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Anybody down?

I'm already thinking of getting John to do a hair-braiding workshop because HEL-LO he is practically the most popular person at the Gathering every fucking year I've gone.

But I think it might be fun to have a sewing party where we can bring some knitting, embroidery, crocheting projects, with extra needles and thread/yarn to teach each other how to do it. Like just a party room dedicated to that. Like [personal profile] sparkymonster's Makeup Makeup party a few years ago.

Plant Sale, Day 1!

Oct. 25th, 2014 01:59 pm
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I took out some money just for this day. I'm going back tomorrow for some more, I've got my eye on herbs, but this time, I really wanted some stuff for my patio garden which always looks so sadly barren. This year, I purposefully chose plants that are drought-tolerant. The corner of my garden which I've planted hibiscus in before is dug up for some trench composting, but I also would like a flowering plant there.

I selected a red currant plant. I don't really know it very well, but if it is what I think it is, it should be pretty great in spring! If it flowers, that is. It's also good for butterflies, and hopefully bees and hummingbirds. (I was very tempted by a flowering rosemary that had a bee on it.)

I also bought a very large aloe vera... I think there're three of them in the one pot! And it was going for just three dollars! The last time I bought one it was five dollars, for a very small plant, at Home Depot. I'm still deciding where to put this one.

I also got another air plant, which I hope I will not overwater this time. I'll bring it to my office tomorrow morning and mount it on my cork board again. This time, I'll hang it upside down to prevent the base from rotting like my ionantha last year! Among all of them, apparently this is the one that does best indoors.

For another office plant, because I seem to be spending so much time there, I bought myself a mini-rose! It's a Redwood Empire and I'm hoping it will be okay as an indoor plant. Probably not since roses need a lot of direct sun but we'll see what happens.

- Painted Daisy
- Tidy Tips
- Bird's eye gilia
- globe gilia
- Dwarf California poppy
- Baby blue eyes
- Blazing Star
- Mountain phlox
- Golden lupine
- desert marigold

All of them are supposed to be Californian native plants and they all need to be sown at the same time. The plan is to wait an appropriately cold time of the year. The spot I've got planned for them has been dug up a couple of times already for trench composting of dry leaves, so I'll gently rake it out and toss them and leave them to it. They're wildflowers, they can't be that hard. The last time I tried this the seedlings didn't take because .... I don't know whether it was snails or the soil was weird and they couldn't get rooted enough. Anyway, we'll see!

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.

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