CapClave 2016 schedule

Sep. 27th, 2016 09:03 am
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I think my CapClave 2016 schedule is pretty well set.

The Portal Story
Martin Berman-Gorvine [moderator], Elektra Hammond, Victoria Janssen, Sarah Pinsker
Saturday 11:00 am, Frederick
The portal story, where the protagonist travels to another place, world, or universe, has a long history and is a mainstay in genre literature. Panelists will discuss the best and the worst tales, as well as portal stories that defy the trope yet still stays true to the sub-genre.

World Creation and Maintenance
Ann Chatham, Sarah Beth Durst, Victoria Janssen [moderator], Lawrence M. Schoen
Saturday 3:00 pm, Salon A
Authors are gods when it comes to world creation. The panelists will discuss not only how they create a world, but also how it can grow, especially if the story is part of a series.

How did I do?

Sep. 26th, 2016 09:15 am
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Weekend To Do List:
1. Do laundry. Always and forever. I did one load, and it turned out the machine in the basement is not, in fact, fixed. Luckily, it was all lightweight clothes I could wring out after Spin!Fail. They're currently hung on racks to dry. The wet clothes were really heavy to carry upstairs. I also changed my bedclothes, so I still have two loads to go, and both will need to go to the Laundromat.

2. Pick up hemmed jeans and mended shirt, if they are in fact done; the lady said it might be Tuesday, since everybody gets things altered in the fall. Done! But the shirt wasn't ready yet, so I will have to pick that up later.

3. Write book review. I've already finished the book. Done! Next up, read review book that's due the end of October.

4. Start writing story for October 15th deadline. !!! I say it here so I will at least sit down in front of the computer and start typing. I did not do this, sigh.

5. Start packing for CapClave. I didn't manage this, either, but I have a little time yet.

Things to Do This Weekend

Sep. 23rd, 2016 10:09 am
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1. Do laundry. Always and forever.

2. Pick up hemmed jeans and mended shirt, if they are in fact done; the lady said it might be Tuesday, since everybody gets things altered in the fall.

3. Write book review. I've already finished the book.

4. Start writing story for October 15th deadline. !!! I say it here so I will at least sit down in front of the computer and start typing.

5. Start packing for CapClave.


Sep. 22nd, 2016 08:43 am
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Today is the Dayjob Day of All Meetings, but last night I benched 130 pounds, 5 sets of 5. The last rep of the last couple of sets were hard enough I'll be sticking there for a week or so.

My top bench press from pre-broken elbow was 135.

Will I reach 150 pounds? Stay tuned.

Also, owwwwww, sore.

Wednesday Reading

Sep. 21st, 2016 09:00 am
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When You See Them, You'll Know by impertinence is a lovely long story of Rey figuring out how she feels about human society in general as well as Finn and Poe. I liked it a lot.

I also read an Inception AU, I Seem to Be a Verb by Aja, ostensibly a slash romance between Arthur (bookseller) and Eames (actor with dodgy past), but to me seemed more of a delightful fantasy of owning an independent bookstore, and then having that bookstore start making a profit and having celebrities show up and getting to do things you love.

I finished volume one of Monstress, which just got better and better, but the rest of my reading was pushed aside so I could finish a book for anonymous review. I hope to write the review this weekend.

Weekend Accomplishments

Sep. 19th, 2016 11:47 am
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1. Completed and put away two loads of laundry.

2. Finished reading my next review book.

3. Did a decent amount of walking to and from brunches, around the annual art festival in Rittenhouse Square, and to the train station.

4. Stocked up a shampoo I like, that was on sale. And I had a coupon. Also stocked up on bus tokens.

5. Had brunch out twice, and dinner out once; attended a concert; and went to a street fair, where a nice lady (for a fee) hennaed an octopus on my upper arm.

Cooking with my koko 2

Sep. 17th, 2016 11:09 pm
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I tried cooking rice this time!

Coconut rice the Nigerian way )

Hmmm. Writing?

Sep. 16th, 2016 08:43 am
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I haven't written anything much in ages and ages, though I'm back to monthly PW reviews. There's an interesting call for submissions with a deadline of October 15.

I should set aside time now to write, or I won't do it. Maybe the end of September/beginning of October? I could do my PW review first, then buckle down to fiction.

I think I still remember how to write fiction.


Sep. 15th, 2016 09:34 am
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I count a lifting goal as achieved if I can do five sets of five.

I'm at 125 for bench press and 70 for military (overhead) press. My top lifts for both, back before the broken elbow, were 135 and 90, respectively. My goal is 150 for bench press, and currently 75 for military press, though should I be more ambitious? Military press is always my slowest progress.

I couldn't get a rack last night, so replaced squats with the Seated Leg Press machine, five sets of ten, at 300 pounds. My right foot/ankle is still sometimes sore after workouts but I think stretching has been helping, and I have the brace if needed. I've been hovering around 160/165 for squats. My top squats ever were 200, but then I dropped back down the very next workout because of foot issues. I'm not sure if I'll make it up to 200 again, so current goal is 175.

Alas, deadlifts and rows have fallen to the wayside because of hand issues. I managed 105 on row last night, but had to apply topical anti-inflammatory when I got home. It's annoying because those exercises are really useful ones, and substituting machines for free weights, and at lower amounts, isn't as satisfying to me.

Still, progress is very viscerally satisfying.

I skipped elliptical last night due to terminal boredom and did fifteen minutes of slow jogging on the treadmill instead; only fifteen because I'd done weights with my legs. It was a nice (literal) change of pace.

Happy Mid-Autumn Festival!

Sep. 15th, 2016 08:57 pm
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The full moon is a bright pearl in the sky,
little children while
they carry
lanterns that
light the way.

Wednesday Reading

Sep. 14th, 2016 08:52 am
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I read a nifty historical BBC Sherlock AU this week: The Bone Fiddle by htebazytook and Vulgarweed. It's set in the West Virginia mountains in the early 1970s, and the mystery revolves around murder ballads. Also, for once, the writers did not feel it necessary to entirely reproduce chunks of the dialogue from "A Study in Pink."

Still in progress:
Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee.
Monstress Volume 1: Awakening by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda.
The American Slave Coast: A History of the Slave-Breeding Industry by Ned and Constance Sublette.
Mediterranean Vegetables by Clifford Wright.

I've added another book to the bathroom reading as well: The Origins of the First World War by James Joll and Gordon Martel. I'm barely into chapter one so far, but it has a distinct textbook tone, though without being a textbook with questions at the end of the chapter and such.

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Sep. 13th, 2016 11:08 am
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I had a good birthday day! I intend to stretch the birthdayness out the whole week. It was nice and cloudy in the morning so I put on makeup even! And dressed nice. I had popcorn chicken for lunch, and hung with some of the new internationals a bit. Then I chilled in my office doing emails, and at 3 met with a couple of people to check out the new library exhibit on utopian fiction. It didn't take long and so I went to the Botanic Gardens with one of the new students, and we then went to a 4pm reception of the exhibit. Then Maurisa, Javi, Eric and I went to dinner at Tio's, and Javi suggested we go get some cake and he bought me a huge tres leche cake. Maurisa had baked me some brownies so we went to get it, and Javi's dog, and back to my complex where the dog could run around and we could eat at one of the picnic tables.

People apparently dig my voice when it is broken by a severe cough which is weird.

Also while I like dressing up and all, turns out I am so much more comfortable in t-shirt and shorts and sneakers. I started with a nice blouse and beautiful long skirt, and finished with my Azn Trek shirt, shorts, my new running shoes (which I have described as my "young, scrappy and hungry Pokemon trainers") and my Blak Trek sweater.

My dad got me a little vacuum robot thing! It's an iRova K6L and while it's not as clever as a Roomba, it does the job. It keeps coming into the small corridor of the bedroom doorways and sometimes wants to get onto the carpet of my bedroom because I have my door open, and sometimes I have to pick it up and move it elsewhere like an intractable turtle. It's great, it is doing better than I expected. It's supposed to come with its own wiping cloth but there are only 3 of them, now 2, because I've used it to death, and I'm testing it out with one of the Swiffer dry cloths to see if that works as well.

My sick is still abiding, so I'm going to have a lot of fruit smoothie and rice porridge (I figure I should get all the Vitamin C) until it goes away.

Hopefully I get to LA tonight to see Nisi read from EVERFAIR!

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