Agh insomnia

Jul. 24th, 2014 08:47 am
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I went to the gym, I worked out, I went home and relaxed, I got sleepy, I went to sleep. Then I woke up in the wee hours. The rest of the night, I think I slept some, but there was a lot of dozing, I think. I have no idea why. Little noises? Minute shifts in parallel dimensions?

I had a large iced coffee this morning but am not very thrilled with life at the moment. Also, I want another large iced coffee, which would probably give me a stomachache.

On the bright side, am having excellent Indian food tonight with friends.

Wednesday Reading

Jul. 23rd, 2014 08:36 am
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This week I finished a book for anonymous review, and read a bunch of fanfic while riding buses and such. Like, a lot of fanfic. Most of it was reasonably good, and I subscribed to a couple of unfinished things, which I will probably rec when they're done. I also downloaded a bunch of historical AU fic from various fandoms.

My nonfiction reading is mostly focused on finishing Bogs, Baths, and Basins: The Story of Domestic Sanitation by David Eveleigh - yesterday, I got to the part of ceramic pedestal toilets! Very exciting! One day this book will be really useful for some project. One day.

I still have three other nonfiction books progressing very slowly.

For the sake of accountability, I here state my intention to finally read Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke. I bought it when it came out, in hardcover, and because the hardcover is so ginormous it remains unread. I'm going to make it a bedtime book, once I'm done with reading about toilet evolution.

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Jul. 23rd, 2014 12:23 am
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I have finished reading all the stories sitting in the #SEAsteampunk inbox!!!! Yay!! I think we're still waiting on a couple more people but Joyce and I have agreed on a hard deadline of next week. Next Friday we'll send out rejections and let people know if we're still haggling over their stories. There're a few we disagree on, and a few which one likes but the other is not sure on, that sort of thing.

Tomorrow I shall dally to the bank, get some cash to spend at SDCC (and try to remain within that budget the whole weekend), then dally downtown, grab some lunch, and then go to the Greyhound station. I have a small bag of clothes and a backpack of promo material and book to take notes in. I'm going to wear ballet flats all weekend. Hope my feet don't hurt. San Diego weather is not non-sensical, right? Should I bring a sweater and socks? I shall bring a sweater and find some space for socks, that seems best. *rambles on*

Push-ups!

Jul. 22nd, 2014 08:43 am
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I did a total of 32 pushups last night, 4 sets of 8, and though I was pretty sore by the time I was going to sleep, this morning it's not too bad. They were not perfect pushups by any means; I am still favoring my right arm, and it doesn't bend as much as it used to, so my descents were slightly lopsided (I am hoping this will improve somewhat). But I did them! I feel like there is hope I can regain some muscle!

I have read very little of the ongoing WisCon debacle, nor have I made any decision about future attendance. Next year was in doubt anyway, because of my 25th college reunion. I hope they can get their act together, but it looks like a lot of damage has already been done.

I want to be writing today, not stuck at dayjob. But I also want to pay rent and eat and such, so here I am.

I did things.

Jul. 21st, 2014 08:58 am
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I managed to accomplish some things on the weekend.

1. Did laundry!

2. Finished reading review book.

3. Wrote just over 2000 words on a story for a charity anthology.

4. Put away a few more things from my suitcase, from my Readercon trip. Also put away the previous load of laundry.

5. Sixteen pushups!!! In two sets of eight. This was Friday evening, and yes I was sore, but I could do it, and my arm didn't tremble, and there was no freaky pain. I cannot fully express my relief that I was able to do that.

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Jul. 20th, 2014 10:07 am
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- My friend Jess from Seattle, who I've known since my days on ShinraOnline.com (that's 2001, wow, so much for online friendships not being real amirite) came to visit because apparently her last visit to California was filled with microaggressive people who did not understand social justice at all so she needed to visit me to clean her palate. We went out to eat a lot because she is a food blogger and thus that is what foodies do.

- While she was here, I decided to take advantage of the fact that she lives in Seattle to finish Nisi's new bra and have her deliver it. I'd been fiddling with the pattern on and off for a while now so this gave me a chance to really work it. The first one I made was 1) a bit too big (apparently this is a possible thing); 2) that terrible ordinary straps that fed into her shoulder grooves; 3) had the most worthless band for supporting large boobs possible as it is a standard band. THIS TIME, I adapted the band into the shape of a strapless bra, which included boning, and put boning in the lower cup, and finished it with padding in the shoulder strap. My bra teacher (or as she is affectionately known, the Fairy Bra Mother) told me that the pads used for push-up bras are really good fod re-distributing weight on the shoulders. So. The bra will be delivered on Wednesday and I have to wait for feedback now. If this works, I can re-do it into something much better (the boning was kind of sewn on quite simply and it could stand to be reinforced. With nicer top-stitching).

- In preparation for San Diego Comic Con, I find myself without a carry-on bag that I can carry on my shoulders. I usually have a little white roller-bag but I think I'm going to do a far bit of walking so I would rather not subject wheels to that. I was gonna make a new one, but I think I'll pass this time and just focus on packing *very very* light. I don't plan on attending any steampunk gatherings so I'll leave the magistrate costume at home (and it never gets recognized anyway but by people who've already seen it). I found the Greyhound station and it seems really cheap to get there and back, too. Still trying to decide if I want to return on Sunday (only one bus, at the same time as a panel on multicultural heroes =/) or Monday morning (which necessitates finding a place to stay and then getting a ride into town to the station).

Does anybody want anything from Comic Con?

- Also! on Friday evening! At Pokez Restaurant! We're trying to get together POC creators, and fans, for you know, socializing. It'll be fun!

- Five things make a post, so. Uhm. Would anybody like to buy a skirt from me? 35" waist, 18" long, green/blue paisley, four in-seam POCKETS and a lot of flare! I think it's my best work so far but my waist is only 32" as it turns out so this sits on my hips uncomfortable, and I didn't add belt loops because it would fold weirdly under a belt.

Queen!

Jul. 18th, 2014 09:21 am
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There's some video of the Philadelphia Queen concert with Adam Lambert here.

I got to sing along with Brian May on "Love of My Life." And Roger Taylor sang lead on the poignant "These Are The Days of Our Lives." And I heard "God Save the Queen" on (recorded) electric guitar at the end, just like I always saw in all the videos. *long, happy sigh*

I really enjoyed that. And by "enjoyed" I mean that the experience profoundly moved me, leaving me joyous. I had a Queen mental soundtrack all the next day.

Wednesday Reading

Jul. 16th, 2014 12:12 pm
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I forgot it was Wednesday!

Not much has changed since last week on the nonfiction front. On the fanfiction front, I am finishing a massive Avengers AU in which they all work at an elementary school and have romantic relationships. No, I am not ashamed to admit I am both reading and enjoying this: 180 Days and Counting by SaraNoH and the_wordbutler.

Concert!

Jul. 16th, 2014 08:40 am
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I am going to see the remnants of Queen tonight (Brian May and Roger Taylor), and then I have tomorrow off to recover, which will mainly mean sleeping in as long as possible.

I haven't been to a big stadium concert in a while. The last two were recent, both Rammstein, in successive years, and before that...maybe it was Aerosmith? In the 1990s?

I'm not so big on huge loud concerts, but for some bands, it's worth it.

falling on my head like a new emotion

Jul. 16th, 2014 08:26 am
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me: *watching the storm out the side window while w drives* So...remember that movie The Mist?

w: Yeah?

me: Remember that creature with the really, really long legs in the mist?

w: Yeah?

me: It's made of lightning and it's following us home.

w: ....Wonderful.

me: Drive faster.

*********

Mouse is 16 now. She wouldn't let me take her picture. I would love to imbed the pic of her cake, and apparently flickr is whitelisted now to be imbeded, but now Nu!flickr sez we can no longer embed our photos in anything with frames 'for security reasons'. And the 3rd party thingy I tried didn't seem to work either. So...short of just having to move all of my pics to imgur, because yeah, that ain't happening, how is everyone else making this work?

You have to click the html link AND click the html radio button. Thank you, Nagasvoice!

Happy Birthday, Citizen!

She might be a fan. =)



*******

I have a ton of garden pictures. Uploading will happen eventually (assuming the flickr issue gets sorted). Also stay tuned for: Adventures in House Hunting.

Fifteenth!

Jul. 16th, 2014 06:00 pm
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Chapter Fifteen: a dragon princess argues with dragon king dad.

Readercon 25

Jul. 15th, 2014 08:38 am
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I had my usual good time at Readercon, and got to see many friends old and new. The hard parts for me are that I don't usually get to spend enough time with any one person, and then I have to say goodbye.

Moderating four panels in one day is difficult, especially in the middle, when I had two back-to-back, with complex topics. If I had to summarize either of them, I'm not sure I could do it. At the Meet the Prose party, I was chatting with Greer Gilman, who said she'd enjoyed the one she'd attended. I expressed my feeling that we hadn't really gotten into the topic like I'd hoped, and she said, firmly, "A conversation was had." And that, I think, is now my go-to expression for the sort of panel in which many interesting things are said, but afterwards, you aren't really sure what they were or what point was arrived at, if any. But since I got compliments on both panels afterwards, and no-one threw fruit, snored, or stomped out in a huff, I guess they went okay.

Panel number one, in the morning, was effortless, as it was all about moderating panels, and all the panelists had many excellent things to say. Panel number four was equally so, and I barely had to say anything beyond a little introduction and occasionally prompting people to spell an author's name for the audience, which was good because I could barely make sentences by that point.

Having all my program items on Friday meant I had Saturday free! I was interested in five or six panels, and actually made it to two, which for me is impressive. One of them was of the "a conversation was had" sort, and since I was engaged the whole time, I can now recognize the value of that sort of panel. The other was on the works of Mary Shelley, at which I learned things, among them that next year's memorial GoH is Joanna Russ! I would love to be on some of the Russ panels. Re-reading ahoy.

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Jul. 15th, 2014 12:59 am
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Dear self,

We are going to refrain from spending obnoxious amounts of money at JoAnn's from here on out. We haven't been to the superstore in a while, it's true, and we did have 50% off coupons, but still, a budget would be nice to adhere to.

*yawn*

Jul. 14th, 2014 08:39 am
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I'm back from Readercon and straight back to dayjob, which was probably a bad idea, but the work would just pile up more, so here I am.

Maybe a second cup of coffee will help.

I had fun!

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