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2017-Jun-18, Sunday 20:25
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permit me to rant about the thing where—and I don't know if this is a "my brain" thing or a "societal expectations" thing—for a piece of writing to be a Serious Essay it must be Academic and being an Academic Essay precludes it being Personal

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2017-Jun-18, Sunday 10:11
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I figured out what Thea's problem is

why she keeps biting me, and why she keeps startling at nothing

the 5.5oz cans that I've been giving her half a can a day? say approximately one such can for every 6–8 lbs the cat weighs

she's a nine-pound cat

she's hangry

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2017-Jun-17, Saturday 12:13
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...cat have you been bleeding again

(it looks like there's a spot just above her left eye that has scabs)

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2017-Jun-14, Wednesday 11:57
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Seeking SPAG beta Found two SPAG betas for 1400 words of memoir for submission to an anthology. Ideally beta will be willing to work with an emailed docx file, but Google Drive will work too. Deadline is months away but I'd like to submit this within the next couple of days if possible.

Thanks!

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2017-Jun-11, Sunday 14:16
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*loves on errabody [personal profile] kaberett lovememe way* dunno when they'll get around to unscreening all that love but y'know if you have a thread don't forget to keep checking it till the thing has well and truly petered out :)

*pokes blood bank site* 'cause when I was journal-stalking a familiar handle at the lovememe I observed that individual is pushing towards a four-gallon pin which is seriously impressive y'all and I have no idea where I am in my pursuit of the two-gallon thingy. (probably a certificate, the one-gallon thingy was.) I mean I might be over two gallons lifetime? because I donated more than once in Pennsylvania and that wouldn't be on Delmarva's records? but come on site, spit out how close I am to two gallons per Delmarva...I've donated eighteen times in Delmarva? That's definitely over two gallons! Wat.

Anyway I'm eligible to donate again (kind of have been for three weeks), and next time the closest blood bank has Saturday hours is this coming Saturday (they've gone to every other week for Saturday, and if I donate during the week then there goes a work day), so I had better call to schedule that tomorrow. (I can't schedule online because it won't let me unless I lie about having asthma, which is not bright because they know I have asthma. Heart and lung problems mean gotta make a phone call to schedule. I have no idea what the logic is here.)

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2017-Jun-10, Saturday 23:14
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a beautiful Little Mermaid AU

hey this is actually the third "fic rec: disney" post I've got and also it's the third by [tumblr.com profile] shanastoryteller I do not think this is coincidence

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2017-Jun-08, Thursday 11:28
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Camera handle cord dangling off edge of coffee table is not toy, cat. Feathers on end of cord on end of stick are toy, cat.

I think Mighty Huntress here is offended I was laughing so hard. She kept catching the feathers without actually moving off of on top of my Hans Christian Andersen, and now she is sitting over there watching...something or other. There are no squirrels I can see at present...

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2017-Jun-08, Thursday 11:22
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*waves at UK folks who haven't voted yet* voooote

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2017-Jun-07, Wednesday 15:21
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Well that didn't go according to plan.

*resumes glaring at the academic works on Homeric-era looms*

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2017-Jun-07, Wednesday 12:27
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[personal profile] umadoshi is wondering: "why the difference [between DW and LJ comms' activity levels]?" and "what (if anything) can maybe be done to change that?"

So I have a challenge for you:

Choose three Dreamwidth communities you subscribe to that you want to see more active. Post to each of your chosen comms this week.

Repeat challenge as you feel necessary :)

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2017-Jun-07, Wednesday 10:56
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I know a lot of organizations do the "be a pen pal with a prisoner" thing. (Offhand I know of Black and Pink, the Church of the Larger Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, and various smaller religious organizations. None of which, of course, are mine.)

Does anyone do, or has anyone done, this thing personally?

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2017-Jun-06, Tuesday 16:39
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Is Slack all crash for anyone else, or just me?
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CAT, a drama in three acts.

ACT I: THEA sings the song of the empty food bowl.

ACT II: ALEX puts food in the bowl.

ACT III: THEA sings the song of the empty food bowl.

fin.
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Lovely, Dark, and Deep (2325 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Out of the Woods - Taylor Swift (Music Video)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Original Female Character(s)
Additional Tags: Forests, Magic, Feminine Power, Quests, Ordeals, Mother-Daughter Relationship, Symbolism, Wolves, Gift Fic, Inspired by Music
Summary:

The woods waited for her, she had only to arrive.



Somehow That Was Everything (1218 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Out of the Woods - Taylor Swift (Music Video)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: She (Out of the Woods), Wolves (Out of the Woods), Vines (Out of the Woods)
Additional Tags: Mythic Fantasy, Gaslighting, Unreliable Narrator
Summary:

I knew these things to be true, because he had told me so. Then he gave me the necklace and went away across the sea. That's my first memory.

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2017-Jun-02, Friday 13:22
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Somebody give me six words. I'm gonna try to write me an Athena sestina.

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2017-Jun-02, Friday 12:25
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*eyes [personal profile] seekingferret's spoilertastic review of Wonder Woman*

I was looking forward to this movie quite a bit until I found out the antagonist is one of my Gods.

Thanks for the heads-up, I guess? :(

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2017-Jun-01, Thursday 16:40
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...so I'm kind of flinching at the prospect of knitting even a couple square inches with toothpicks and crochet thread. What do I want to do instead, though, to illustrate Athena as fiber crafter in proportionate size to this 15" doll? A lap loom made of toothpicks and crochet thread?

I'm also thinking a scroll (tea-dyed paper and toothpicks) and a bronze felt helmet. (And brown felt sandals.)

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2017-Jun-01, Thursday 00:25
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aw fuck me. so I stuck Thea in the velcro cone collar that arrived today, right? well the velcro collar has not got as far between the edges as the latch collar. she is once again scratching her damn chin. D:

dammit cat

2017-May-30, Tuesday 20:29
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Houdini here escaped her cone collar.

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2017-May-29, Monday 23:54
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Thea seems particularly distressed by the cone collar tonight. I suspect it's because I had it latched on the first set of holes when the washcloth first went on, and then earlier tonight she got the collar off entirely so I put it back on on the second set of holes and now she can't get it off again.

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2017-May-29, Monday 19:16
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The thing where taskeng.exe pops up a black window every so often for no apparent reason is really getting on my nerves.

I had Norton run a full scan of this machine, and it came up empty, so presumably it's the Microsoft executable malfunctioning, not a malicious mimicry being itself?

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2017-May-29, Monday 18:08
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Things I hate, an incomplete list:

* when my disabilities take turns such that there are no moments when nothing is bugging me too badly for me to accomplish things
* when I am bored for the sole reason that the things I want to do are not currently within my capabilities

Things I am glad of, an incomplete list:

* Natasha Bedingfield
* Spiral Dance
* Florence + the Machine
* Sara Bareilles
* LeAnn Rimes
* Seanan McGuire
* Kellianna
* SJ Tucker
* Ashagal
* Sharon Knight & T. Thorn Coyle

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2017-May-29, Monday 16:37
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The Finch on the Apple Bough (3132 words) by AlexSeanchai
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Aschenputtel | Cinderella (Fairy Tale)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Aschenputtel | Cinderella, Stiefschwester(n) | Stepsister(s) (Aschenputtel | Cinderella), Königssohn | Prince (Aschenputtel | Cinderella), Stiefmutter | Stepmother (Aschenputtel | Cinderella)
Additional Tags: Asexual Character, Aromantic Character, Acearo Character
Summary:

Ella just wants to be free of her stepmother. Charlotte and Angelica—well, they'd rather like the same.

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2017-May-28, Sunday 17:29
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I don't suppose anyone has any idea why one particular Scrivener project of mine—not other projects, and not other programs—has got it in its head that it will be maximized or minimized, nothing in between. Or why my attempting to return the project to occupying about 2/5 my screen will result in it refusing to be maximized until I close and reopen the whole program.

ETA: solved!

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2017-May-27, Saturday 11:23
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Kitty is pets me!

I think I might have to take the cone collar off, sanitize it, and put it back on with a washcloth taped to the inside. I haven't yet because that seems potentially uncomfortable for Thea, but there keeps being blood on the inside of the damn thing, which I think means the bandaids over the latches aren't enough padding.

Say, when do I need to worry about taking the red plastic claws off to clip the real ones?

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2017-May-23, Tuesday 13:20
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Noting for my own reference, on the tag where I'll think to look for it, that the next episode up of Sailor Moon Classic is 71. (I think. Mercury vs...um. Koan's sister of the blue braid.

I should do other things too...
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Does anyone know of decent, free storyboarding software? Celtx is only free for scriptwriting; the storyboarding part is a spendy extra. StoryboardThat costs money monthly if I want to do the storyboards with more than six frames per storyboard or without the whole internet being able to see what I'm doing. This costs money and that costs money and I will cobble together a template in Microsoft Office if I have to, but I don't want to if I don't have to.

([personal profile] lonespark this is your fault. I mean. Not entirely. But enough.)

aaaugh

2017-May-21, Sunday 23:02
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...aha. Caught you, cat!

...now what the fuck do I do.

Thea is presently engaged in licking at the inside of her cone collar. It rotates, you see. And a moment ago, and presumably whenever she's been doing this that the collar is in the right position relative to her face, she was scratching her chin with the collar latch things.

Seriously, what the fuck do I do now? Call the vet in the morning? I cannot physically stop her from scratching her chin open with the collar latch, not without removing the collar altogether (I'm pretty sure it's not reversible), and the flat collar is not effective at keeping her from scratching her chin with her paws!

...you know if I'd gone to Petsmart instead of Concord Pets, I bet I could have found a velcro cone collar there. (Concord Pets only had the one style.) I might try going to Petsmart in the morning, and call the vet only if I cannot find a velcro cone collar for cat-sized necks.

ETA: fixt? thank you, #yuletide!

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2017-May-21, Sunday 21:13
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Earlier today I emptied the recycle box and removed the rest of the recycle pile. Thea just now went to investigate the empty box. It tipped sideways and she fell in.

...She meant to do that.

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2017-May-21, Sunday 13:02
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All signed up for [community profile] pod_together! \o/

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2017-May-20, Saturday 19:27
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I have the unpleasant suspicion that Thea has figured out how to scratch her chin despite this collar. Or possibly through its latch-holes.

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2017-May-19, Friday 12:55
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this cat. "you have removed me from your lap, hooman, so I will make a point of ignoring you, in your presence. oh, you are going to the kitchen? I will go to the kitchen and I will ignore you by eating!"

good kitty.
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OMG OMG OMG. *point point* *flail flail*

What Can and Cannot Be Done (1048 words) by LadyBrooke
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Metamorphoses - Ovid
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Major Character Death, Rape/Non-Con
Relationships: Medusa/Minerva
Characters: Medusa (Medusa - Metamorphoses), Minerva (Medusa - Metamorphoses)
Summary:

Minerva and Medusa, before, until, while, and after the story of Medusa as one of the gorgons.



...

In terms of stories not gifted to me...

lots! not counting the 7.6K and the 13K stories open in tabs, 'cause I have other things to do today XD but I'll get to them! )

...

And since the anon period didn't happen anyway, in terms of stories I wrote:

again several )

#dreamwidth

2017-May-19, Friday 01:31
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(1:10:37 AM) ***AlexSeanalaptop is trying to come up with a "tour all the cods" funny that works in context of "this cat is either very interested in the fact that I'm eating or personally wants my chicken-bouillon-and-orange-infused rice and sweet-potato-encrusted cod"
(1:10:43 AM) ***AlexSeanalaptop is failing, because one am. >_>
(1:13:33 AM) AlexSeanalaptop: this is kaberett's fault, anyway. because it is in their journal that somebody mentioned jambalaya.
(1:13:41 AM) AlexSeanalaptop: I went to the store for *milk* <_<

dammit cat

2017-May-18, Thursday 10:27
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Thea has now proven to her own satisfaction that if she goes far enough under the bed, I cannot reach her, and if she goes somewhat less far, I might be able to reach her but cannot extract her.

She is going to reappear with her chin scratched bloody, because I took the collar off so she could eat and groom and she escaped when I tried to replace the collar once she started scratching her chin. And then instead of maybe two more days of cone collar, it will be maybe a week. /o\

...and right on cue, there's the pitiful little yelps from under the bed /o\ /o\ /o\

ETA: At #yuletide's suggestion, I chased her out from under the bed with the mop. (Well, they said broom, but my broom is dustpan-sized.) Having caught her, I trapped her in the bathroom and reapplied cone collar and bacitracin. I am a hideous tormentor.

Poor kitty :(

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2017-May-18, Thursday 08:31
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Thea has ownership of my pillow by right of conquest.

If this phone is in another fucking bootloop... *waits, watches* *phew*

I am too awake to sleep more and too tired to get out of bed.

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2017-May-17, Wednesday 18:36
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In Soviet Russia, cat pet YOU!

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2017-May-16, Tuesday 21:26
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Very pleased with Monstrous Regiment. Not clear on whether Jackrum is trans...

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2017-May-16, Tuesday 19:11
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Thea heard my stomach growling and went really still to listen. This amuses me.

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2017-May-15, Monday 14:31
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Thea cannot find a comfy spot on my lap. She keeps getting up, walking around without getting off, and settling again.

Okay, kitty, time for more washcloth and bacitracin, and then I have to go to work.

...yes, Thea, the bathroom with the door closed is a place of hideous torment. (I managed to take off a couple scabs, which was probably more hurtful than helpful...)

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2017-May-15, Monday 11:39
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Either my recording of Thea purring really is just thirty seconds of static or I'm installing FFmpeg wrong on both desktop and laptop and thus Audacity isn,'t going to make any attempt to process the audio for conversion to mp3. Or both!

VLC admits only to the static—and I couldn't even hear that until I turned both VLC's and laptop's volume up as far as they'd go. :(

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