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Name:
Sherin
Location:
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Square Feet:
700
Division:
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What I Love About My Small Home:
I love the layout of my apartment. We have windows on three sides of out apartment which is very uncommon in rentals in San Francisco. It allows lots and lots of light to stream in during the day.

This is my first real home after college and I have tried my best to keep it simple. The lovely light and the minimal furnishing combined lends a calming quality to my place.

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May. 27th, 2015 04:31 pm
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Juvenile mourning dove.



I saw that this looked a bi different than our usual doves, went searching, and discovered that the scaling--the white tips on the feathers that produce that scale pattern--are typical of juvenile mourning doves. So they're raising families, not that we couldn't have figured that out already.
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I love giving and receiving fic reviews, but for a long time the whole process of writing a review used to be very fraught because I wanted to show my appreciation but I didn’t want to leave a generic “Loved this, please write more!” like every other comment the author had already gotten and was probably sick of. (Note - as an author, we do not get sick of these comments. We do not get sick of any comments.) But I figured something out a while ago and I figured I’d share it. How to leave a good comment on a fic: PICK A LINE.

Literally any line. Pick it as you’re reading. If a phrase or a sentence or a paragraph jumps out at you, highlight it and hit Ctrl+C. Then save that puppy until the comment section, paste it in, and let the author know why you liked it.

“___” My favorite line, it was hilarious!

“___” I’m gonna cry! Poor Character B!

“___” That is totally something Character A would say.

“___” omg this totally sums up their whole relationship, doesn’t it?

I’m a writer who is friends with a lot of writers. I have never met a writer who didn’t fucking love this. Worried that you’re not leaving a comprehensive review? It’s okay. Tell the author about the five-word sentence that you loved in their 10K word fic, and they will glow. I’m telling you this is foolproof. Take the stress out of commenting. Pick a line. Make a writer’s day.

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May. 27th, 2015 05:05 pm
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Would anyone be able to look over a (possibly final) draft of a VividCon premiere? I'm not looking for an intensive beta, just someone to tell me there weren't any glaring flaws I overlooked, or "BTW, you left out the audio, and was the file really meant to be 59 seconds long?" The fandom is DS9, if that makes a difference to you.
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- recent reading
Donald Maass. Writing the Breakout Novel. Reread, mostly out of writer neurosis. [personal profile] daidoji_gisei, you may or may not find this of interest; it's definitely aimed at, well, commercial intentions, but the analysis of novel elements is very good. Then again, who wouldn't like extra money? Now if only I had a sincere desire to write about vampires--I believe the reader can tell when you're faking it.

John Wick. Play Dirty. Right now this is one of my absolute favorite books. It's a collection of roleplaying game/gamemastering advice articles that ran in a magazine some years back, and is available in either PDF or Print + PDF form from John Wick Presents. I have some disagreements with Wick's handling of female characters elsewhere, but he is an incredibly good storyteller, and I have learned so much from studying this book even though I haven't run a game for a long time. Right now I am excited to have discovered that there is a sequel, which I have ordered in hardcopy (as well as a hardcopy of the 15th anniversary edition of Play Dirty, which I currently only own in PDF in the old edition). And Wick has a Patreon magazine of gaming articles, which I have just pledged to, because hell yes I want in.

In fact, if I weren't currently reading Katharine Addison's The Goblin Emperor right now (mostly for Hugo reasons, hence timing matters, although if the deadline is July something even I might finish it in time), I'd reread Wick's novel No Loyal Knight. Unfortunately I don't believe the book is available any longer (to my knowledge it was only ever published in PDF format) and you are prying my file copies and backups away from my cold dead fingers. The other thing I'm reading right now is the RPG Monsterhearts, in preparation for participating in a short-shot that a friend is running.

Stacia Kane. Be a Sex-Writing Strumpet. Available from Amazon.com; I read the Kindle version. Be warned that the Kindle version, at least, has atrocious formatting--the paragraphs all run together with no indents. I'm not fussy about ebooks--either no idents and line breaks to separate paragraphs, or no line breaks with indents to indicate paragraphs, but do at least one?

This is a collection of blog posts dumped into an ebook, and it is specifically aimed toward authors writing sex scenes meant to be sexy, especially in the (heterosexual) romance and erotica genres, as opposed to (say) sex scenes that are meant to be comic or depressing or have other purposes in other genres. Kane is a disorganized writer, but this probably is an artifact of the blog post origins of the essays; I do wish she had gone lighter on the parenthetical statements, of which there are many. That being said, there are plenty of examples and a lot of useful-looking exercises. For me this book is more of theoretical than practical interest since romance/erotica are not my genres. It was fascinating getting a glimpse into romance/erotica conventions, which are pretty alien to me. For example, there was one example of a sex scene written without emotion and then one written with emotion and I honestly couldn't tell the difference (which one was "better") until she up and told me. But then, I tend to find tab-A slot-B perfectly acceptable, so I'm not the target audience anyway.

She mentions several topics that she wanted to get into but ran out of time (?) for on her blog, including ménages and BDSM, that I would have liked to see essays on; pity.

- recent viewing
More Food Wars because Joe and I dared each other. There...continue to be food orgasms involving tentacles. Among other extremely disturbing food orgasm imagery. Well, I can't say that the first three minutes of the first episode weren't truth in advertising.

Shirogane No Ishi Argevollen, first four episodes. We are determined to find some mecha anime that satisfies us. (Does anyone have recs for which of the Gundam anime are good? We only watched Gundam Wing.) This started out promisingly, with interesting elements that are sinking into a morass of stupidity.

The premise is that two earthbound realms, Arandas and Ingelmia, have been at war for years. A Great Wall separates the two until early in the show. Our Hero is Tokimune Susumu, a new mecha pilot. To my great frustration, when a civilian prototype mecha winds up near the front lines as his squadron retreats, Susumu becomes the prototype's dedicated pilot by diving in to save the at-the-time unidentified civilian vehicle against direct orders, endangering the rest of his unit as well. Later on his commanding officer gives him a decidedly ambiguous speech that seems to encourage further such behavior, which is the point at which I went NO and decided this show was not for me. The researcher accompanying the mecha, Jamie, winds up being the dedicated activation key. Apparently there is no easy way to reset who's the dedicated pilot or activation key, which makes no sense; at least, I would expect mecha pilots to die off at some rate in a war and people to want to be able to salvage mecha wherever possible.

Interestingly, while we have mecha on both sides--some more advanced than others, even though jet-powered rollerblades do not look practical for some of that terrain--neither side appears to have thought of aircraft, because the only way across the Great Wall is through. (Or under, I suppose, but there's no mention of sapping operations.) A chokepoint is collapsed at one point using explosives, and after that Arandas is badly demoralized as there is no counterstrike against the Ingelmians. What happens after that I will have to find out through TV Tropes because I am not patient enough to suffer through more of this.

More interesting points: the technicians/mechanis seem to be mostly female. The top brass are all male on both sides in the first four episodes, although in Arandas they also seem to be portrayed as idiots. In fact, in Arandas the highest rank you can be and not be an idiot is colonel. Susumu's commander's XO is a woman, and one of the three mecha pilots in the squadron is a woman. One thing I did like was that despite the unit being based around mecha and support vehicles, they had a human scout/spotter. Because, you know, much easier to hide and much quieter than even a light mech would be. :)

It's so frustrating! Bits and pieces of this appeal to me--I know what my favorite tropes are, and the grittier, more contemplative pace was a refreshing change of pace--and yet the stupid decision-making and people approving of idiot behavior on the raw recruit's part just kill this for me. To be clear, I totally believe the rookie would rush out and try to save someone like a complete idiot. What I don't believe is that his commanding officer would put up with this behavior! And I rolled my eyes at Jamie every time she complained about the military being "mean" to Susumu for dressing him down.

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May. 27th, 2015 03:50 pm
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Just got called by someone working on this rally at the national level, saying we aren't hitting our numbers. She said "it's not your fault!" but subtext: it is my fault because I'm in charge of recruitment.

She also forgot that I was only hired on to this rally part time. 20 hours a week? NOTHING when you're trying to get 3,000 people to RSVP to a rally.

(Who RSVPs to a rally anyway? NO ONE. That's why this is so hard.)

Everything feels fruitless right now. I had been feeling so good about it, but now I just feel panicked and little and frustrated.
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Well, WisCon this year was excellent. I intend to write about specific aspects of it more fully in the near future, but this post is more about how I’m doing right now. As my Facebook friends and a couple of people I saw at the Madison airport already know, my homeward travels were anything but smooth.

I was actually pretty pleased with our itinerary. We were taking off at 6, which meant we didn’t have to go barreling out of the hotel and had a direct flight that would get us on the ground by nine, meaning that even with the commute back home to Hagestown we’d be there before midnight with very little in the way of either fuss or muss.

The long version’s not really worth recounting in full here. The short version is that our flight was delayed repeatedly and then canceled, and our choices were to stay overnight somewhere and try again tomorrow, or accept a non-direct flight with a tight connection through another airline that would have us on the ground close to 1 in the morning. Neither choice was ideal, but the first one wasn’t even workable.

We got in the door around 3:30 in the morning, after what had ended up being a longer, more stressful, and more physically demanding day than any of us had banked on.

Based on previous experience, I had planned on today mostly being recovery and reflection, but it’s wound up being more recovery than reflection. There may be more blog posts coming up today, and there may not be. Anything more “worky” is going to have to wait until tomorrow.

 

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May. 27th, 2015 09:20 pm
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What Are You Reading (Actually On A!) Wednesday:

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson.
So, I bought this aaaaaages ago and then my aging computer and ereader stopped playing nicely together, so I had it sitting on my computer and was unable to actually read it. Which was immensely frustrating. New shiny tablet, however, let me download it and I am now reading it and I am loving it. There is assumed bisexuality and polyamory and it is about the power and role of art and how technology and life interact.

What did you recently finish reading?

Nineteen Seventy Four (Red Riding Quartet, #1), by David Pearce.
I was enjoying this when I wrote my last Reading Wednesday post and then I carried on reading it and got sort of progressively less thrilled. The problem is that it was very true to its particular setting and time, and that is just miserable. So so so much sexual violence - which, I know, hasn't gone away, but written perfectly for the 70s in the North and it was just grim. Maybe not the sort of book to finish reading when your mother has just died and your emotions are raw? I might read the others in the quartet at some point in the future but right now I'm not actively seeking them out.

Funeral Games, by Mary Renault.
I did enjoy this, even though it broke my heart a few times. What was fascinating was seeing how fractured the book was, and its characters were once the centralising, organising, charismatic force of Alexander was gone. The memory of him and his style of leadership only carries people so far and then it all disintegrates.

Merivel: A Man of His Time by Rose Tremain.
I can't make up my mind about this. There were parts of it that I felt did work and worked very well, and then parts that seemed incredibly indulgent and a bit ploddy or just unnecessary - there's a strange sexual encounter in a cart that served very little purpose. But, for fluffy historical fiction it was fine.

What do you think you’ll read next?

I was hoping that the answer to this would be Kate Atkinson's latest, A God in Ruins which is a semi-sequel to Life After Life, which I loved. But! I just checked the library reserve list and I am number 21. Which might be a good thing, because I suspect I need to re-read Life After Life before A God in Ruins or I'm going to be really confused.

two merlin/arthur collabs

May. 27th, 2015 02:37 pm
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Title: Past Imperfect
Author: [personal profile] thehoyden | [archiveofourown.org profile] thehoyden
Reader: [personal profile] kalakirya and [personal profile] jelazakazone
Fandom: Merlin
Pairings: Merlin/Arthur
Rating: explcit/nc-17
Summary: "You're being annoying, so no, I'd have to say this seems perfectly normal."
Warnings: none
Length: 14 minutes 26 seconds
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Title: I Would Find a Way
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] marguerite_26
Reader: [personal profile] jelazakazone and [personal profile] kalakirya
Fandom: Merlin
Pairings: Merlin/Arthur, Merlin/Merlin
Rating: explicit/nc-17
Summary: The first time Merlin woke to see himself standing in the doorway of his chambers, he was startled so badly he tumbled out of bed.
Warnings: self-cest, bondage, begging, sex magic, tentacles, sounding, mentions of bestiality, knotting
Length: 35 minutes 38 seconds
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Title: Past Imperfect
Author: [personal profile] thehoyden | [archiveofourown.org profile] thehoyden
Reader: [personal profile] kalakirya and [personal profile] jelazakazone
Fandom: Merlin
Pairings: Merlin/Arthur
Rating: explcit/nc-17
Summary: "You're being annoying, so no, I'd have to say this seems perfectly normal."
Warnings: none
Length: 14 minutes 26 seconds
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Title: I Would Find a Way
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] marguerite_26
Reader: [personal profile] jelazakazone and [personal profile] kalakirya
Fandom: Merlin
Pairings: Merlin/Arthur, Merlin/Merlin
Rating: explicit/no-17
Summary: The first time Merlin woke to see himself standing in the doorway of his chambers, he was startled so badly he tumbled out of bed.
content notes: self-cest, bondage, begging, sex magic, tentacles, sounding, mentions of bestiality, knotting
Length: 35 minutes 38 seconds
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Name:
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Location:
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Square Feet:
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Division:
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What I Love About My Small Home:
My apartment building was built in 1913 and used to house single women who came to Toronto looking for work. I love that there's such a rich history behind my building; there's even a coach house in the back! What I love most about my small space is how I'm constantly forced to keep only the most necessary items. Because I only have one tiny closet, and not a lot of storage space, I have to be selective in what I can bring into my apartment. I also really love the location - it's right downtown and close to shopping areas, lots of restaurants, parks and the art gallery.

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May. 27th, 2015 09:15 pm
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The robot table was delivered to Manchester Earth Sciences today and will hopefully make its way to Cheltenham over the weekend.

Meanwhile I have trained some minions (which included my boss, so possibly minions isn't the right term) and taken a delivery of T-shirts which turned out to be for the Department of Law and Social Justice. I continue to live in hope that the team will all match next week, although there are only two days left for the T-shirts to put in an appearance.




Here is a photo of Hedy Lamarr, after which one of the lego robot dinosaurs is named. I had to explain to minions that she co-invented the frequency hopping spread spectrum system that underpins modern Bluetooth and Wifi communication. It's interesting that I tend to think the stories about the various female pioneers in Computing are somewhat overused as part of the general drive to encourage more women into the subject and yet then I find out that actually most people haven't heard them. I particularly love the idea that she teamed up with an avant-garde pianist in order to prevent the Nazis jamming allied ship-to-torpedo communication because obviously the team needed to improve the US torpedo technology should consist of a Hollywood actress and an avant-garde pianist - it sounds more like the premise for a spoof spy show than something in real life. I'm wondering if I should ask for Hollywood actresses vs. Nazis for Yuletide this year. I also love the idea that the patterns of frequency hopping used in their original system are based on piano rolls (because, of course).

I think they had all heard of Grace Hopper though B. hadn't. I forgave him because he's only a biologist.

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