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Apr. 25th, 2017 05:10 pm
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Rick Riordan Imprint Acquires First Three Titles:
Lee’s book, Dragon Pearl, a standalone middle grade novel, stars Min, a teenage fox spirit whose brother is missing and thought to have deserted the Thousand Worlds Space Forces in order to find the pearl of the title, an artifact that may have the power to save their struggling space colony. Lee says the toughest part of writing for a new audience was working with shorter chapters and a different vocabulary; the idea for the story itself came to him quickly. “I was pretty sure nobody else would come up with a space opera based on Korean mythology,” he said.


The other two, which I am super looking forward to reading, are Roshani Chokshi's Aru Shah and the End of Time, first of a projected quartet about "a 12-year-old Indian-American girl who unwittingly frees a demon intent on awakening the God of Destruction," and Jennifer Cervantes's Storm Runner, "about a 13-year-old boy who must save the world by unraveling an ancient Mayan prophecy." I may have to fight my daughter over who gets to read them first. =D =D =D

Anyway, that's what I'm working on right now!

Bout of Books 19 sign-up

Apr. 26th, 2017 08:00 am
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Bout of Books 19, reading challenge, Queen of Geeks, Jen Wilde, The Rebirth of Rapunzel, Kate Forsyth, Temeraire, Naomi Novik, Earl Grey Editing, tea and books, books and tea

Dewey’s 24-hour read-a-thon takes place this weekend and, as I’ve mentioned before, I’m hoping it will help me put a dint in Mt TBR and my reading for the Hugo Awards. But I know I need all the help I can get. Therefore I’m planning to follow it up by participating in round 19 of Bout of Books.

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 8th and runs through Sunday, May 14th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 19 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog.– From the Bout of Books team

Being a low-pressure challenge, Bout of Books lets me set my own goals. As with last few times, I’m aiming to get through a minimum of three books. I’m not entirely sure yet what I’ll end up going with, but there’s plenty to pick from. At the moment, I’m leaning towards Jen Wilde’s Queens of Geek and S.C. Flynn’s Children of the Different. And there’s still reading to be done for the Hugos and the Ditmars.

If you’d like to join in, there’s still time to sign up!

What’s on your TBR pile this week?

Mirrored from Earl Grey Editing.

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Apr. 25th, 2017 04:50 pm
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An update:

The secretary wrote me back yesterday, and apologized profusely. I wrote back and said that misunderstandings happen and that I was glad we had cleared things up.

I secretly delighted in her apology, proving I am not actually the bigger person.

Vaguely sinister garbage bins...

Apr. 25th, 2017 05:48 pm
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.... are proliferating on my back deck like some kind of improbable alien menace from a Dr. Who Christmas special.
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In Japan there’s an art of repairing broken objects, called kintsukori.  My friend Emily McDowell explains it beautifully here: So last night Hailey dropped one of the china plates from our wedding and there aren’t many left so I thought … Continue reading

Goals - 250 days remaining

Apr. 25th, 2017 08:46 pm
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This time last year I had just started taking lunchtime walks. With spring in the air and a big work deadline passed, I had time to take the path into the fields behind our campus for a 20-minute jaunt while listening to podcasts.

Somehow that slowly germinated into the idea to see if I could attempt a Couch to 5k - surely it wouldn't be entirely impossible to do Week 1 at least, which only calls for 90 seconds of running in intervals. (The scientists got to me! That's what it was. I work with them, and they keep publishing things about how much good it does your health to add any measure of physical activity to your day - even just a brisk 20-minute walk, but of course more is better...)

It took months for me to dare try it, and even then I was pretty much convinced I'd never be able to get past the 5 minutes running called for in C25k Week 4.

But I did. By sticking to it. By being determined and lucky enough to stay healthy all those long summer days, allowing me to choose to run before or after work. And I set myself the goal to run 500k in 2017 - it seemed like a lot! For fun, I added the out-there goal of 500 miles. And now?

Somehow I'm halfway to my original goal, and also on track for the 500 miles?!

To me, that's... amazing. Running with asthma and a knee that's been dodgy since I was 16, it's far too easy to compare myself with others and write my own efforts off as useless. But they're not, and I shouldn't. Because - come on. Today I got up at 6am and ran 5k before work in 1C weather and that's fantastic, no matter how slowly I jog along or how many times I need to stop for a breather. (... I needed my inhaler twice this morning.)

Now looking at what I can do next )

Requests are revealed

Apr. 25th, 2017 01:16 pm

Two pieces, finished

Apr. 25th, 2017 03:15 pm
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I'm so glad to see this comm is still up and about!

I was originally going to have this update be quite a bit more image-heavy because I was going to post the last six bookmarks from the 12 month bookmark kit all at once, but I lost October, November, December, June, and May. Or, to paraphrase my mother, I put them in a place where they would be safe and not get damaged and now I don't remember where that is. Probably somewhere weird.

But I still have a few pictures )

I can’t forget the glamour

Apr. 25th, 2017 06:49 pm
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Posted by Fred Clark

Today is the centennial of the birth of Ella Fitzgerald, and thus a day worth celebrating. Also: The Temple of Knowledge; the trash-can-as-trash problem; literal navel-gazing with creationists; and Orrin Hatch refers to Native Americans as "far-left special interests."
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The final boss of Final Fantasy VI was a nightmare. He kept killing people in one hit! He kept muting my entire party, and I was quickly running out of items to cure it! (It's possible I didn't prepare very well.) I was convinced for a while that I was going to lose, and I'd have to fight through that entire sequence of pre-final-boss bosses again. But I made it! If the fight had gone on for a couple more minutes, I'd have been doomed.

So, yes, I finished Final Fantasy VI! I'm fairly certain I snapped this game up when it first became available in the UK, back in early 2002, so it took me, er, fifteen years and two copies. But I got there! And I wrote a fic, so revisiting this game was a highly successful endeavour. Even if it landed me with a new rarepair.

(At the ending, on the airship, there's a bit where Edgar tries to flirt with Celes, and she walks off to stand next to Sabin instead. I'M JUST SAYING.)

I'm starting to spot a pattern in some of my pairings: two people are part of the same group of friends. They're not close friends - they don't necessarily spend time alone together - but they move in the same circles. The group goes through some major, traumatic experiences. These two find themselves isolated, with only each other, having lost contact with the rest of their friends. I start 'shipping it immediately. It happened with Celes/Sabin, and with Mike/Sam in Until Dawn. I think my fondness for Hope/Serah in Final Fantasy XIII-2 comes from the same place; they're not alone, but they've lost touch with everyone who really knows what they've been through.

Even if Celes/Sabin is what really caught my attention on this playthrough, I also have a slight fondness for Celes/Locke, and Celes/Terra, and Leo/Terra, and everyone just cuddling in a big pile, including the yeti.

I've criticised some aspects of this game, but it has a huge amount of charm. The cast is delightful, and the tiny sprites are surprisingly expressive, and the battle system is one of the best from the ATB era; all the different battle abilities do mean that characters have wildly varying levels of usefulness, but they also make things varied and fun!

My preferred team was Celes, Locke, Edgar and Sabin, although I'd have swapped Edgar out for Terra if I wanted it to be a team of my four favourite characters. The Tools function was too useful to give up! Plus I liked the idea of the brothers fighting side by side.

Celes is the best. I wouldn't have stood a chance without her in the final battle.

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Apr. 25th, 2017 03:40 pm
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The letter's been sitting on Kieren's desk for the last week, stamped from the university. He hasn't opened it up because the truth is that if there's bad news in it, he's not entirely sure how he's going to process it. This is the first time he's really ever sought something out here (apart from Sirius) that he's really, really wanted, and there's a good chance they've looked at his portfolio and decided that won't have him. He's been avoiding this way too long, though.

Instead of letting it sit on the bedroom dresser (not to mention, he's worried Sirius will just open it), he takes it into town with one of his sketch-pads and a pencil, ending up at one of his favourite cafes where he can set the letter propped up on a coffee cup, staring at it and trying not to let all the wild thoughts in his head get control.

Thoughts like, is it too small an envelope to say yes? and what happens if I did get in and I've waited too long to respond and now they won't want me? and about a dozen more.

His sketching grows a bit firmer, the pencil pressed hard against the paper, and he tries to put all those worries and anxieties out of his mind, even if this is his future he's staring at. What's the worst thing that could happen, though? If he gets rejected, then he'll just apply again. He'll have to figure out how to get better and do it all over. Sinking down into his seat, he realises he's only making this worse. He sets his book aside and reaches out to grab the letter, but his nerves get the best of him and a shake of his fingers sends his tea swimming over the letter, soaking at least a third of it.

"Fuck," he swears in a panic, reaching for it to save it from the growing puddle of tea, trying to dry it off while also trying not to stare at what it might say, knowing that he's just gone and made this so much worse. He curses, internally, and then thinks about doing it externally too, because he could solve all of this is he'd just grow a spine, already.


Apr. 25th, 2017 08:50 pm
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I made the classic mistake with Passover this year, of getting worked up and stressed about the practicalities of it instead of preparing spiritually. Actually it all went completely fine, but it wasn't until the last day of the festival, when all the organization was over, that I actually remembered to feel joy and celebration for being free.

contains religion )

Monday was just wonderful, though. That was when it really started to sink in that not only was I actually happy at being redeemed from slavery, but I am incredibly joyful and grateful to have such an excellent family. Both the ones I grew up with who are so great to celebrate Pesach with, and my family of choice who are incredibly supportive about joining in with my festivals and including me in theirs in a really respectful and non-pressurey way. We played D&D with [personal profile] jack GMing, something we've been meaning to do for ages and just not had time for, and it was really fun and relaxing.


Apr. 25th, 2017 12:37 pm
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I made two non-spoilery icons for Doctor Who 10x02. Feel free to take and alter as you like.

Best Place to Donate Clothes

Apr. 25th, 2017 07:15 pm
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Posted by /u/TheBaconThief

Moving in the end of the month and I need to cull some of the wardrobe. (Some kitchen items that will be duplicates that I would donate as well)

The only place I know of is goodwill. Clothes will be of good condition and some of them will be business casual/professional attire that I would think would be interview acceptable for an number of positions. Is goodwill my best bet, or are there other organizations that can put them to go use?

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