Next weekend (May 2nd-4th), the AFI is showing the original Godzilla, with restored footage. This week it's the Olivier's Hamlet, Henry V, and Richard III adaptations, and My Neighbor Totoro in the Studio Ghibli Encore.
Next weekend is also Free Comic Book on the 3rd, and the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival and the Old Takoma Art Hop both days. I'm hoping to go to MSWF and at pick up a pair of horehound plants, as I saw some last year and I've had no luck growing them from seed.
"TVWise reported last week that Almost Human was looking good for a second season renewal. I’m now hearing that a second season pick up is a sure thing – something Fox recently hinted at by scheduling an encore of the Almost Human season finale for May 17th, just days after their upfront presentation."
Bill was cultured, courteous, and possessed of intellect, charm and integrity. His biography of Heinlein was a tour de force and I was eagerly anticipating the second volume. Amazon has it coming out in June. I wish he could see the reception it will get; I know it will be a good one.
There are a few BNFs in the Heinlein fandom and Bill was indisputably one of them. I'm honored to have been his friend and to have learned so much from him about Heinlein, writing, and the art of diplomacy when we were directors of the Heinlein Society for a brief time.
He was a dear friend of Ginny Heinlein, a lady I was proud to count as a friend too, and he was...he was special.
In memory of Minotaur, the con comm is offering one fully funded scholarship; this is limited to applicants who have not attended any members-only portion of CON.TXT in the past. In addition to the memorial scholarship, five half-price memberships will be available to fans whose financial situation would not otherwise permit them to attend the con; this scholarship is open to anyone. Applications should include a brief statement explaining why applicants need/should receive a scholarship to attend CON.TXT. All applicants must be willing to volunteer a minimum of two hours at the con (don't worry: it's fun too!). Interested? Email your fan name and statement to email@example.com by May 1st, 2014.
life with uterus:
just got my first IUD
I thought I knew pain
Broken Halos and Bloody Crowns 8/? by saph (Bobby/Ellen, Sam/Ruby; E)
All Good Things by monicawoe (Sam/Tessa; T)
Summer Wind by frecklesarechocolate (Sam/Jody; T)
From Heaven Above 3/3 by SunlightOnTheWater (Jimmy/Amelia, Gabriel/Kali; G)
Supernatural AU: Everything Will Last Forever and Never 11/ by Laurbar2000 (Dean/Lisa, others; T)
Why? 1/? by crowleyscompanion (Dean/Krissy; E)
Maybe 3/? by jo_zabby (Jo/Dean; unrated)
Come Back to Me 7/? by NottheDogPark (Meg/Castiel; M)
Beauty & the Devil 2/? by lordofthegays (Dean/Lucifer, Michael/Dean; unrated)
Three Things by De_nugis (Sam/Kevin; T)
Desperation by Scribo_Vivere (Balthazar/Castiel; E)
American Massacre 1/? by AshSPN (Balthazar/Lucifer; M)
The Road Always Leads Home 4/? by anarchycox (Dean/Benny; M)
Feels Like You Do by alexa_dean (Dean/Benny; E)
On the Side of Angels 5/? by LilliumRosa, StartingWithTheRidingCrop (Sam/John; unrated)
Chained by CosenAngel (Dean/Crowley; E)
Breathe In, Exhale 10/? by glass_jars (Sam/Alastair; M)
A Shattered Gun Under the Hand by Stephanielikes (Sam/Crowley; M)
French Toast and Psychosis by bluetoast (Dean/Gabriel; T)
Never had one of those days by sarcasticconfusion (Balthazar/Crowley; unrated)
Back From Hell 5/5 by Kagemirai (Dean/Alastair; E)
Cheveaux de Frise by papyrocrat (Sam/Castiel; G)
The Digestive Adventures of the Owl and the Shrew by lemegeekatyou (Sam/Castiel; G)
If You Had Wings by letmegeekatyou (Sam/Castiel; G)
The Stars Aligned 4/7 by Fireworks in Heaven (Sam/Castiel; G)
Ferris Bueller, You're my Hero 15/? by monoxidegirl (Crowley/Gabriel; M)
Soul Men by greenmage128 (Gabriel/Crowley; T)
The Play's the Thing by clotpoleofthelord (Jody/Linda; G)
Always, Always 1/? by mymindsofar (Meg/girl!Castiel; T)
Anchors and Computer Chips 1/? by mynightmarestays (Charlie/Jo, Bela/Abaddon; M)
Call Me... Maybe? by wincechesters (Charlie/Jo; G)
You Let the Devil In 1/? by dennison (Lucifer/Michael/Chuck; M)
Nesting in Hyde Park by MajorEnglishSquire (Castiel/Benny/Dean; G)
Apologies and Other Disasters 9/12 by kisahawklin (Dean/Castiel/Sam; G)
Forgive Us Father, For We Have Sinned by hop_in_my_moricarty (Dean/Castiel/Sam; E)
Confusion 5/? by Fan12 (Dean/Castiel/Sam/Gabriel; unrated)
Surprise by hollydermovoi (Dean/Castiel/Sam/Gabriel; T)
RPF (ALL SHIPS)
No Need to Close the Door 4/? by Kierastarlight (Jensen/Misha; T)
Trailer 4/? by becausecockles (Jensen/Misha; T)
2. Clean sheets on the bed.
3. Treating myself to a quiet evening in fuzzy bathrobe with creative projects in front of me.
4. Having walked a 10,000+ step day.
5. Trying a new recipe for dinner, and rocking the house.
On the upside I have gotten help with the student loan issue, and they may be forgiven. Please keep fingers crossed!
Thank you all again for your help and support.
Waking Up on the Wrong Side of Bed - how it feels when I know a down swing is coming
Accentuating the Positive - having cyclothymia isn't always all bad news
Irresistible Draw of Madness - why do I always want to watch stuff about people losing their mind?
Love Me, Love My Cyclothymia - where does my personality end and cyclothymia begin?
Wearing My Heart on My Sleeve - on living with self harm scars and getting angry with strangers
It was interesting (and awesome) pulling a full season marathon right up to and through this week's new ep. I suspect it really helps with the sense of pacing and flow of the storyline and character arcs.
It always circles back to free will.
And choices. Everyone writes their own story. Some of those stories are compatible with another's story, and some are in direct opposition. Your truth, my truth. What's the difference between playing God and playing with Conviction? Playing your part vs writing your own script. Characters that need a script to follow, and characters that can go off-script. The angels, demons, Winchesters, humans, and yes, all those "monsters" that are out there.
Free will is always the wild card, the script breaker. But there's always a price. Family is about a choice too. Some families are born, some are chosen.
And sometimes family can be lost, horribly, to the monsters.
Sam better be careful. I'm very worried that he's in danger of losing the one thing he's been able to take for granted his entire life.
(I work as a claims adjuster for a major insurance company and have made a liability decision on a minor parking lot accident in which both parties told the exact same story. Unfortunately my client was majority at fault, but we would only be paying 60% of the other party’s repairs. I call my customer and leave a message regarding the liability decision and my phone number. He calls me back a short time later.)
Customer: “I can’t believe you did this!”
Me: “I’m sorry, sir?”
Customer: “How could you do this without calling me first! You decided I was at fault!”
Me: “Sir, I took a recorded statement from you and from the other party and outlined exactly the kinds of things would factor into the decision.”
Customer: “But you didn’t call me first!”
Me: “I did call you; I took your statement.”
Customer: “But then you made a decision!”
Me: “Sir, it’s my job to make a decision, as you know, and I don’t need your permission or approval to do so.”
Customer: “I know! But I can’t believe you did that!”
Me: “Sir, are you contesting liability? You both told the exact same story and given the facts and damage to both vehicles, you’re both telling the truth. No matter how we look at it, you were backing out and didn’t pay attention to what was behind you.”
Customer: “I know! I agree that’s what happened!”
Me: “Then why are you upset? How can we resolve this?”
Customer: “You made this decision!”
Me: “Sir, I had to make a decision. Again, are you questioning the liability decision? Do you have other information to add?”
Me: “Sir, then please tell me what you want me to say because I simply don’t understand how to resolve this for you.”
Customer: *pauses* “Well, you know what? I’m just mad about the whole thing. You haven’t done anything wrong.”
Customer: “I’m really sorry. I work in customer service and I hate when people call and yell at me, and that’s what I’m doing to you. You made the right decision, I accept it, and I’m sorry for yelling at you. I just… needed to yell at someone.”
Me: *trying not to laugh* “Well… thank you, then. I can definitely understand that!”
Customer: “Thank you for being so patient with me. I’m really sorry, again, to have yelled at you and hope the rest of your day goes better.”
Me: “Thank you.” *we go on to resolve claim payment and I explain repair procedures, etc.*
Manager: “I heard you talking and picked up to listen in. I didn’t know what he was angry about either!” *laughing* “I’ll put a few notes in file about how you handled the call.”
(A few minutes later, a team leader comes up to my desk.)
Team Leader: “Hey, I just wanted to let you know I just took a call from a guy who said he just yelled at you for no reason. He wanted to make sure your supervisor knows he thinks you’re excellent at your job, you’ve provided great customer service and he’s happy with the outcome of his claim. I’m passing this on to your team leader and manager.”
(I STILL laugh about that call, and think it’s one of the reasons I was promoted shortly afterward. Thank you, sir!)
Storium is a web-based online game that you play with friends. It works by turning writing into a multiplayer game. With just your computer, tablet, or smartphone, you can choose from a library of imaginary worlds to play in, or build your own. You create your story’s characters and decide what happens to them. You can tell any kind of story with Storium. The only limit is your imagination.
Storium IS FUNDED and as soon as you pledge, you can log into the beta version. However, my personal hope is for them to hit the stretch goal that will unlock Seanan McGuire's world. Only $4k to go!