Rescheduling my life

Feb. 18th, 2019 12:10 am
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I finally have taken to heart the admonition to get up and move around frequently. It is working well, and so now I must remember to keep doing it.

Instead of exercising for 20 minutes or more, but not often finding the time to fit that in, I started setting a timer, telling me that I need to stand up. Usually, I am sitting in my rocking chair, the puppies around me. And so I set another timer and exercise on the elliptical machine for 5 minutes (or, if it's feeling good, resetting for another 5). My blood sugar level dropped dramatically and evened out quite a bit.

This would not work at all, except that I can read my ebooks while exercising.

I am also sleepy, earlier in the night.

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Feb. 17th, 2019 10:00 pm
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Under hazy moon
Tales unwanted, unfinished.
Not worth the effort . . .

Everything

Feb. 17th, 2019 06:57 pm
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Everything that needs to be said has already been said. But since no one was listening, everything must be said again.

― André Gide

Ghost in the Throne

Feb. 17th, 2019 06:49 pm
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Ghost in the Throne by Jonathan Moeller

Ghost Exile book 7. Spoilers ahead for the earlier works.

Read more... )

Fixed some bugs

Feb. 17th, 2019 06:48 pm
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And re-shipped the Thing that Needed To Be Provided.

Kid still kinda sick, though eating Real Food again.

I am sleepy.

Havva Quote
"I simply don't shine in company. Mostly I prefer to retreat with a book."
-- Barbara Hambly (Bride of the Rat God)
Via Goodreads


INwatch+Bookwatch )

Relevant to some of you, I'm sure

Feb. 17th, 2019 01:30 pm
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New exchange: [community profile] hurtcomfortex, a multifandom h/c exchange, now taking tag nominations. You nominate character relationships and specify which character you want to be hurt, and then freeform tags for scenarios like "Concussion", "Enduring Pain to Protect Another", "Mistakenly Believes the Other is Dead", "Gunshot Wounds", etc.

I wasn't going to sign up for anything else before SSR Confidential but ... yeah, I'm all over this.

Weekend Update Returns...Sort Of

Feb. 17th, 2019 09:06 am
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Yes, folks! I'm still here among the living. I've been spending all this time focusing on finishing off In My Blue World (which I'm FINALLY going to drop in March! Wooohoo!) and preparing myself for the revision work for Diwa & Kaffi (yes, I've decided that's going to be the title until further notice). I've also been enjoying the extended semi-hiatus from the internets, focusing more on offline projects and personal things. It's been long delayed and much needed.

I've been tempted more than a few times to return to the blogging schedule that I've held over the last couple of years, but I'm holding off. As much as I truly enjoyed it, it would often drain me. I ended up repeating myself on more than a few occasions, often without realizing. Some days I'd have all kinds of things to talk about, but other days (especially near the end there) I was really straining to come up with semi-original content.

But I also wanted to move on. I've been blogging about writing and music for years now, some years more consistently than others, and after a great personal banner year of music collecting and novel writing, I felt it was time for me to shift my focus. It's like when I talk about the YC years: I absolutely loved the schedule that afforded me the time to relax and improve my writing, but that could only last for so long. I may be a creature of habit and want to stick with that sort of thing for years at a time, I'm also a creature of wanting to shake things up. I also love the idea of starting a completely new lifestyle, whatever it may be. I get to a point where I realize I've gone as far as I can with what I'm doing, and I need to move on. There's varying reasons for that -- I've exhausted my interest, I've moved on, my tastes have changed/shifted, and so on. Sometimes it's a deeply personal thing, sometimes it's just an ephemeral thing.

(Speaking of which, I could go on about how hard it is to shift to that new lifestyle while attempting to shed old habits, ideas and so on, but I'll save that for another entry.)

I'm still a music-collecting geek and a writer, and I highly doubt those two things will be changing any time soon. But what I've realized over the past month and a half is that I still have a long way to go if I want to make the changes I do want to make. Sliding back into old habits and schedules will not help me, as again -- I can be quite the creature of habit.  I'm going out of my way NOT to return to things like that, as it's the only way I'll be able to get to where I DO need to be.

That said, I've decided I can probably get away with returning to the personal blogging here. This particular corner of my internet world has always been the easiest to shift around. There's no set schedule (I'm planning on dropping the 'Weekend Update' part of it soon enough) and there's no fixed subject to focus on. So I'll say that from here on in, I'll allow myself to slip back out into the world again after a month and a half.


On that note, hope everyone's enjoying the long weekend!  :)

BSFA Awards

Feb. 17th, 2019 10:06 am
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One piece of good news:

The Murderbot Diaries: Exit Strategy is up for a British Science Fiction Association Award for short fiction!


Congrats to all the other nominees!

https://bsfa.co.uk/awards-shortlist/



Best Novel

Dave Hutchinson – Europe at Dawn (Solaris)

Yoon Ha Lee – Revenant Gun (Solaris)

Emma Newman – Before Mars (Ace Books)

Gareth L Powell – Embers of War (Titan Books)

Tade Thompson – Rosewater (Orbit)



Best Shorter Fiction

Nina Allan – The Gift of Angels: an Introduction (Clarkesworld)

Malcolm Devlin – The Purpose of the Dodo is to be Extinct (Interzone #275)

Hal Duncan – The Land of Somewhere Safe (NewCon Press)

Ian McDonald – Time Was (Tor.com)

Martha Wells – Exit Strategy (Tor.com)

Liz Williams – Phosphorus (NewCon Press)

Marian Womack – Kingfisher (Lost Objects, Luna Press)



Best Non-Fiction

Nina Allan – Time Pieces column 2018 articles (Interzone)

Ruth EJ Booth – Noise and Sparks column 2018 articles (Shoreline of Infinity)

Liz Bourke – Sleeps With Monsters column 2018 articles (Tor.com)

Aliette de Bodard – On motherhood and erasure: people-shaped holes, hollow characters and the illusion of impossible adventures (Intellectus Speculativus blog)

Adam Roberts – Publishing the Science Fiction Canon: The Case of Scientific Romance (Cambridge University Press)



Best Artwork

Ben Baldwin – wraparound cover for ‘Strange Tales’ slipcase set (NewCon Press)

Joey Hi-Fi – cover for ‘Paris Adrift’ by EJ Swift (Solaris)

Sarah Anne Langton – cover for ‘Unholy Land’ by Lavie Tidhar (Tachyon Publications)

Sing Yun Lee and Morris Wild – artwork for ‘Sublime Cognition’ conference (London Science Fiction Research Community)

Likhain – In the Vanishers’ Palace: Dragon I and II (Inprnt)

Bede Rogerson – cover for ‘Concrete Faery’ by Elizabeth Priest (Luna Press)

Del Samatar – artwork for ‘Monster Portraits’ by Sofia and Del Samatar (Rose Metal Press)

Charlotte Stroomer – cover for ‘Rosewater’ by Tade Thompson (Orbit)

Still invisible

Feb. 17th, 2019 07:22 am
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Air temperature 14 F, clear sky, wind WSW about 5 mph, windchill 8. Have not sighted our neighborhood eagle in several days, mainly significant because I can't enter him/her into the Great Backyard Bird Count. Unless I cheat . . .

Nintendo Direct Blathering

Feb. 16th, 2019 09:30 pm
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 (What, me remember to hit post after I write something? ha. Well that was a fantastic Nintendo Direct - worth the wait in my opinion, though please Nintendo don't make us wait that long again!)

Video Link

 *screams in Mario* I'm so so so excited for Mario Maker 2!! So excited I missed the bulk of the announcement and had to watch it over again because omg there's so much to be excited about here - slopes! switches! the themes! Luigi! It's coming out in June!!! I love the original Mario Maker, though I admit I didn't play all that much of it. I'm... not that good at old school Mario. I get through the games, somehow, but I'm definitely below the average skill level. Or at least I feel like that. It doesn't take away that I love the games though, and more then playing Mario Maker I love watching truly skilled players play it and the sound of it is sort of comforting? So I've fallen asleep to Mario Maker more times then I can count, and I'm looking forward to doing the same with Mario Maker 2. Fingers crossed for thwimps!

That Marvel game is mildly interesting, in that they spent so much time highlight Captain Marvel - it seems like a gesture of confidence in that movie, and that's promising. It's something similar with Joker in Smash - they aren't showing much of him, which is interesting because there's a big Persona 5 announcement planned for March. If Joker being in Smash is part of Persona 5 getting a switch release then it sort of makes sense to hold back. Yeah I'm pulling for a switch release of Persona 5, and I'm more hopeful for it after seeing the push for hardcore games. I hate that term, hardcore. The games it describes aren't necessarily harder than other games, and the easy games aren't any less core to a system's library. But what else do you call those games? Anyway, after seeing that sort of games, the Final Fantasy, the Dragon Quests, the Assassin's Creeds, the Hellblades, and even strong rumors of the Kingdom Hearts games? I feel confident in having some hope for Persona 5.

 I love that Captain Toad Treasure Tracker is getting some love, because I'd really like to see a sequel to that one - there's so much more they could do with that concept and I'd like to see it. I have that one on the Wii U, but if I had the cash to burn on buying a game I already own? I would. 

Bloodstained looks amazing. The Castlevania games are one of the gaps in my gaming experience, as I've only loved them from a distance, but I'd love to dig into Bloodstained. It looks like all the best parts of the SoTN style games, but polished and with a female protagonist.

I'm not really a fan of the series, but I've heard such good things about Dragon Quest 11 I can't help but be excited for it. I'm always down for a solid jrpg experience. Because of it's release window I imagine it's going to be my birthday game. I suppose it shows my age as a gamer that I can't quite escape the console wars mentality, and oh does it feel like a coup to have the definitive version of the game be on a Nintendo console. That's one of those good signs about the Switch and big games.

Oninaki looks beautiful. Again, I'm a sucker for pretty jrpgs. 'Deep, single player campaign' is my ultimate catnip, and I am Setsuna has been on my radar for forever. *sobs over empty wallet*

I of course downloaded and played through the Yoshi's Crafted World demo immediately. It's a delightful game, and I don't know why I'm surprised about that because of course it's a delightful game! Epic Yarn and Woolly World were delightful games so how could Crafted World be anything else? I love games that just give me a mode like Mellow Mode, so I can chill out and play a game, and it's not like it strips the challenge out of the game like some people might think. The end of March is awfully close, I need to start saving...

Fire Emblem isn't my game at all, but I have to admit on second viewing of the direct Three Houses is kind of sucking me in.

Like everyone else I downloaded Tetris 99. I'm... not great at tetris, but it's more fun to lose then I thought it would be. A nice little distraction game.

Final Fantasy VII on the switch is just.... *vibrates with excitement* FF7! Portable!! Final Fantasy IX too! I still wonder what the deal is with Final Fantasy VIII being missing in action. I'll have to look into that when I've got a spare moment.

Astral Chain is a game that at first game I wouldn't be in to - actiony, not much there to hook into. But made by Platinum Games? *hearteyes* *hearteyes* Bayonetta 3 still happily in development? *HEARTEYES INTENSIFIES* thank goodness they said something, I imagine if they didn't there'd be an uproar because of the uncertainty after Metroid Prime 4 getting restarted out of the blue. I buy the theory MP4 got handed back to Retro because Retro is finished with whatever they were working on and I'm dying to know what that was. A rerelease of the Metroid Prime Trilogy? Donkey Kong? Something new??

With a lineup like this it's hard to say they saved the best for last, but they certainly saved some strong hype for last. Link's Awakening!! I knew it was that the moment I saw the waves, just.... *screams in Zelda* That artstyle(I typo'd 'heartstyle' there, and honestly? yes!!!), that music! *buries face in hands and happy cries* Every time, it's like coming home. I don't even like that high bloom, out of focus edges graphical style, but it looks good here and I will follow Link any where.

Not part of the direct, but I the news about the Hollow Knight sequel is intriguing. Again, aren't played Hollow Knight - too poor - but the style is beautiful and I don't need to play to know the gameplay is excellent. Silksong looks like more of the same, but better and with a female protagonist. Makes me wish I'd backed the kickstarter to get in on both of these games.  

Less vertigo

Feb. 16th, 2019 09:55 pm
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It faded out again a bit later that evening, and I'm only just now today having a tad. (Also really really tired for some reason. I guess all my caffeine wore off.)

I bundled up the stuff that I needed Sigil for and sent it the places it needed to go and hopefully it works.

I am about to be carted away for food.

The place that allegedly has "white pizza" keeps putting tomato sauce on it, which kind of defeats the purpose, but it's still reasonably tasty.

maybe I will remember to put in a quote after we get back.

Through the wardrobe

Feb. 16th, 2019 10:38 am
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Sherwood and I at my parents' place in Mariposa (near Yosemite) for an impromptu writing retreat prompted by Dad sending me snow photos. Snow has been incredibly rare in my life, so I grabbed Sherwood and rushed up in the hope that we'd get more. And sure enough, it snowed again! Snow is falling outside my window even as I write!

Sherwood is staying at the main house with my folks. I'm at the cabin with my cats, which is a 5-minute walk down a hill and heated by a woodturning stove. So to get to the main house, I must hike uphill and in the snow! (You can't drive up the driveway when it's snowy, as it's icy and treacherous.)

It looks like Narnia outside all windows, and is wonderfully silent when I'm in the cabin or can convince Dad to turn off the TV.

I have been busy making winter treats, such as hot cider and apple turnovers, and non-winter-specific ones, such as frozen Thin Mints dipped in whipped cream and lavender-blueberry cocktails. (Lemonade infused with blueberries, lavender vodka.) We are just eating what we have in the house, as we can't drive anywhere due to ice, but as you can see this is not exactly a hardship.





Before it snowed, the koi pond overflowed and went over the dock and the lawn chairs. Then, snow. Those are floating snow-covered lounge chairs!

The views outside the cabin window:







Alex materializes on my shoulder via dimensional portal:



Alex was very excited by the snow, which he's seeing for the first time. He darted through my legs when I opened the door to fetch wood and began leaping and prancing about in the snow, leaving a trail of little kitty paw prints. I retrieved him with some difficulty. Guess me and my cat are two of a kind.

Also I got four wonderful stories for Chocolate Box! I will do a rec post later today, hopefully. Meanwhile, go enjoy the archive.

Fimbulwinter on

Feb. 16th, 2019 11:35 am
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Drove over to Home Despot and bought a bag of sand for our back steps and walk, where we can't use ice-melter, and a tub of ice-melter for the driveway and sidewalk.  This has been a winter of iced surfaces.

Linear skating

Feb. 16th, 2019 08:41 am
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Air temperature 30 F, wind WNW about 5 mph, windchill 25. Managed a zero-falls walk for the newspaper. Sunny with scattered clouds, which may melt some of the ice from yesterday's rain. So it can refreeze tonight . . .

Painting

Feb. 16th, 2019 07:12 am
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So yesterday I had a doctor's appointment and then spent the rest of the day painting our guestroom. It had been a soft yellow for quite a few years, and that was okay, but the walls had been really scraped up and it was just looking really bad. It's a very bright room so I tried something different and painted it a fairly dark blue. It took me from about 11:30 or so to 4:00, but it looks really good, even without the furniture and everything in place. I have a ton of touch-up to do and I need to re-paint the white trim, but I should be able to get that done this weekend.

Joe in WMC

Feb. 16th, 2019 03:00 am
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I was so disappoint at no Flanman today that I finally got around to clipping down the WMC eps he appeared in. This is one of the shows in which they tried to tame his floofs! Perhaps they should have invested in some industrial strength polymer. :D

So here is the complete "Kiss Me Not Killer" storyline (oh dear. warning for your usual procedural violence and gore) with your guest starring FBI Elf, Agent John Ash:



God, those ties.
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