19 October 2017 @ 10:06 pm
What is sleep?

Ugh.

Bank put a hold on my debit card because it didn't like me sending a present to someone in the UK, and didn't call me about it when I did it, but noooo, at EIGHT IN THE MORNING. (Did I mention that I haven't gotten to bed before 4 in the morning for... I don't know how long now?) I told them that really, I did want to do that, but I dunno if the thing will go through after all. *headdesk*

Spouse had Root Canal Part 1 today. Next week, Part 2. Then after that, Return of the Crown.

Finished That Edit Thing. Did a quickie for someone else on a first-chapter. (But their process is bogged down by going back to rewrite, so it's "put this in the file and don't look back! Run, run! Write like the wind! O;> ) Need to go read other things, too. Maybe in the hotel, I can get some writing done? Grind, grind, grind? Let's hope it's a comfy hotel.

It's YET ANOTHER hotel, as it happens. Not the awesome 2-room + bathroom apartment suite, with kitchenette, nor the second one which was... well, it was a hotel room and I didn't overheat (though I was kinda chilled) underneath the AC unit that spilled frigid air upon me. (Also, that part of the hotel is easily 25+ years old. I'm not too surprised the floor was uneven in spots.) But where was I? Ah, yes. Yet another one. I suspect it's the one-room-two-beds-one-desk arrangement. The one with kitchenettes was full.

It probably has a pool. I should pack a swimsuit. >_>

Or maybe I should just try to write. I need to figure out how someone is gonna spin a suggestion...

Or if I don't do CLB, I should try to get into the right frame of mind to get to a particular scene in DragonSmut(notmuchsmutyet) which has a turn of phrase that should be kind of hawt. *headdesks about this bit of fic that was supposed to be fluffy erotica and developed a plot* Never let the erotica develop a plot. PWP with a plot is direly uneven, it feels. BUT OH WELL, LET'S FINISH IT SOMEDAY.

...cross fingers for me, please.

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[AO3-3704] - If a work was styled with a work skin, and a co-creator edited that work later, the skin would be stripped off (...gruesome), requiring another edit by the first creator to tack it back on. Now the work skin stays where it should be at all times.
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Arranged an Xmas present for incandescens. BUT NO, THE ORDER COULD NOT BE COMPLETED FOR SOME OBSCURE REASON! *puts head down and cries*

Found postcards. Bought myself some purple jeans. They're not very Jeans-Fabricy but they're purple and they fit and they are very flattering. No, really, the inside pocket fabric says things like, "You rock!" and the like.

I have been out and about and fighting with websites and driving (when my eyes didn't want to focus long-distance 'cause I was reading my phone with my glasses down again, oops) and now I want to curl up and be antisocial.

Please forgive the antisocial. Plz buy a book.

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M~~~ ponders which angel holds the Word of Quilts. A Cherub, perhaps.
arcangel says, “Faith.”
arcangel says, “Much as the Angels of Crochet and Knitting are.”
arcangel says, “Because you have to have faith that mess of yarn will turn out to look how you want.”
M~~~ hehs.
M~~~ | ELI : Khalid, dude, you are totally ganking a whole load of Words what oughta be mine.
M~~~ | KHALID : Odd you should say that - I have David on the other line about how it's totally unfair that I've got Sculpting too.
arcangel snickers.
arcangel | Kathriel: Hey!
M~~~ | KHALID : Given the journey from an unshaped block to a finished piece, how can that not be Faith? Indeed, it can be argued that all Words ultimately are a matter of Faith . . .
M~~~ | (Laurence was very annoyed later when the whole schism thing and Khalid getting on the outs with the rest of Heaven was portrayed as a purely Sword-Faith issue.)
arcangel LAUGHS
[...]
S••••• | Novalis notes that cotton and linen from flowering plants. And that Jordi isn't interested in any fiber arts except weaving webs and cocoons from silk.
M~~~ | JORDI: Actually, we've got some copyright infringement notices here from Grandmother Spider...


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17 October 2017 @ 09:41 pm
Took out the trash and bashed my temple on the hatchback-lid because when I flipped it up... it didn't go up as far as I thought it would. It was dark OUTSIDE WHERE I WAS BECAUSE THERE IS NO ROOM IN MY SIDE OF THE GARAGE and I didn't see, and was distracted by blasted pine sap that had somehow gotten into one of my sandals while I was hauling the trashbag out to the car WHICH DID I MENTION IS OUTSIDE.

And I still have pine sap on my foot. What gets pine sap off?! Hand soap doesn't do it...

Spouse went for a crown on one of his teeth, but the dentist didn't like the x-rays and wants a root-canal specialist to look at it because he doesn't want his crown getting holes drilled in it for root canals subsequently.

Kid has no spoons because yesterday burnt them all.

I still need to go down and do my exercise ring on my watch.

I didn't get enough sleep but I did get a nap so that helped some. I'm still so tired.

Got a little editing done for friend.

Here, have a somewhat distressing article.
http://www.politico.com/agenda/story/2017/09/13/food-nutrients-carbon-dioxide-000511

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17 October 2017 @ 09:18 pm
If you like NaNo or my writing and also Twitter, you may be interested to know that I am doing polls on Twitter to make decisions for my NaNo novel! I am hoping to write something silly this year to ease the burden on my poor pregnant brain, and crowdsourcing my ideas seems like a great way to keep it silly and engaging.

The first poll, about what world the novel should be set in, is up now! https://twitter.com/clarekrmiller/status/920088468491038721
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16 October 2017 @ 11:19 pm
Well, 7 hours or so. I need more, but it's better than SIX.

Tried to do dental things but kid was having too much stress and the dentist was not taking the right tone to help the kid get through it, so... we rescheduled. For January. *sigh* Unless they have a cancellation. Well, we'll see.

I am direly tired of having to park outside. I want my garage back! *sob* But this requires our contractor guy to not have thrown his back/leg out on other stuff. (Like, for instance, getting almost all the siding back on the garage exterior.) I WANT TO NOT HAVE STICKY PINE CONES LANDING ON MY CAR! *sob* I want to be able to get in and out of the car outside of the weather and most of the climate!

I want my garage space back. *cry*

At least my headache went away when I was able to sleep on MY pillow in MY bed.

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15 October 2017 @ 11:42 pm
Home  
Have a headache -- probably from sleeping on hotel pillows.

But home. I like home. Home is good.

Very little sleep. (Had to get up early enough to go get hotel breakfast -- they stop serving at 9:30 ON THE DOT. They had cheese omelets which were decent but ugly-looking. I had some of those, orange juice, a couple slices of toast with apple jelly, and TEA. I did "room service" for kid, with bacon, a sausage patty, pancakes, one omelet, and orange juice.)

Have done nothing of use all day, except not fall asleep on anyone.

Spouse has not been sleeping well -- possibly a cold, possibly allergies -- and slept pretty much from when kid and I got back (around 10) till 2.

Lo, and that is all of interest today. And not much interest...

Oh, got some editing done for friend. Yay? I will get him to grok commas someday...

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Accordion to a recent study, replacing words with the names of musical instruments in a sentence often goes undetected.
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14 October 2017 @ 08:49 pm
*headdesk*

however, contractor was banging all day, and by the time we heard he wasn't going to be in tomorrow, well, we might as well stick to the Plan of staying here. *sigh*

There are noisy kids in the pool and I am exhausted just listening to them.

Also cannot go into the pool myself, because I do not want to attract sharks. *SIGH*

Edited a chunk of Thing for friend. Pondering whether I should set up the other machine for STO. Dunno.

Finished Strange Practice yesterday.

Tweaked my latest Borg story on AO3. Uploaded s'more SSO Prologue to AO3. Got like maybe 2 paragraphs of dialogue on Copper Leaf Bargains? Yay?

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Working at Dogskull Patch today. Have located the legendary Mason Jar Burial Ground, where these noble beasts come to die.
--https://twitter.com/UrsulaV/status/919261744765251584


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13 October 2017 @ 08:47 pm
Roofers are DEFINITELY coming this time (and even if they didn't, there would definitely be banging on the house walls), so we are in the oldest hotel/motel in town. (It was the only one that had rooms and was vaguely nearby. All others are full up. I am boggled. What are people in our town for??) We are in one of the original rooms, which used to be an outdoor motel room, so now it's got a window overlooking the indoor swimming pool below.

It is small, especially compared to the awesome one from a couple weeks ago. The bed-lights "turn on" knob is a twist-button thing, but it has to be shoved in and twisted or it doesn't work. The bedside clock was plugged into the power-outlets-and-USB-charger device, but that thing wasn't plugged all the way into the wall socket behind the bedside desk, so the clock wasn't working. Which was probably good, as it meant I didn't try to charge anything and discover it wasn't working! Anyway, the desk was light-weight and thus I could just move it back, fix the plug in the outlet, and ta-da.

The air-conditioner unit is high up in the wall, and has a little airflow-vane that it's waving up and down slowly to circulate the frigid air. I'll have to figure out what to set it to, since it's a little hot when it's not blowing frigid air on me, and way too cold when it is. -_-

But we have probably barely enough outlets for the electronics, and a microwave and a fridge. (No kitchenette this time. Sadness.) And it's not like home isn't 10 minutes away (15 if traffic is terrible).

And I didn't forget my nightgown this time.

(Last night was very rough, and I did not get to bed till 5 in the morning, and THAT was on the foot of the kid's bed. Ugh.)

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It was, in fact, a dark and stormy night, with a little thunder muttering in the east over the Isle of Dogs, and the people he passed on the street were hurrying to get out of it, heads burrowed down in to hunched shoulders. Nobody paid him any attention as he made his way toward the Blackfriars bus stop: just another man in a dark coat, perhaps paler than most, his black hair combed straight back from a high forehead. The overall effect was slightly spoiled by the fact that dampness made his hair frizz.
--Strange Practice, by Vivian Shaw
(This is a paragraph from the page I'm on in the ebook, which went on sale for a reasonable ebook price, which is why I have the trade paperback (at home) and the ebook, and I'm not going to go quote the bit where the main protagonist's purse gets described and I went YES GOOD BOOK, because I'd lose my place. Yes, my prior sentence is terrible and should be shot.)


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13 October 2017 @ 08:44 pm
Title: Queen of the Hill
World: Ursulan
Word count: 440
Rating: G
Prompt: Thimbleful Thursday: king of the hill
Notes: Here's a fun little story about Gwanwyn (Gawain), Grainne (Gaheris), and Agravain as kids. I'm thinking Gwanwyn is about eleven here.


Gwanwyn was the oldest, the biggest, and the strongest, but Agravain still tried to be the winner of all their games. This was unfortunate, because it meant she had to keep beating him, and he hated to be beaten.

But how could he win? He was three years younger than she was, still two inches shorter though he’d started to grow faster in the last year, and his arm was probably half as wide around as hers was, despite the fact that he just kept trying to wrestle her.Read more... )
 
 
12 October 2017 @ 07:10 pm
1: I think my mom's text came in... belatedly. Like, 8am instead of last night. That better be the case, because there is NO circumstance in which I want a non-emergency text at 8 in the flippin' morning.

Especially after getting to bed at, you guessed it, around 4am. Or maybe 3. Still an ungodly time.

But there was the kid having a wake-up-and-need person, and then the PING PING of my phone with the random text, and then somewhere in there the automated pharmacy call happened (yay, pills), and after that the spouse's alarm went off so he could go get food for kid, and eventually I had to get up and eat something because of a school meeting.

And then home and some walking and off to the other appointment (with a stop for snack at a Wendy's), and dinner, and now I'm finally back and at least caffeinated enough that I'm not having to hold my eyes very big and open to keep them from closing.

I need to finish my walking-circle on my watch.

Edit: Just uploaded this. https://archiveofourown.org/works/12345495

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I began to feel as if I was in a poultry themed Greek tragedy. You know how what makes a tragedy is that you can see the character flaws leading inevitably to the end? Well, Kevin is basically a heavily-tattooed Francis of Assisi and by now he was sitting out on the deck in the morning, tossing layer pellets (I got something healthier than birdseed) to Strong Independent Chicken and greeting her as "Sweetie" when he drove up in the truck.
-- https://tkingfisher.dreamwidth.org/1489457.html
(Yes, recycling some of her tweets.)


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11 October 2017 @ 10:33 pm
And did NOTHING PRODUCTIVE. Which is kind of annoying but at least I had some time to just putter around being unproductive without anyone near me. Hashtag Introvert.

I think when I finish uploading (to AO3) the SSO Prologue "logs," I will maybe pull out Queen of Lilies and just make sure that it's at least got an off-site backup on DW, in a filter.

(Earlier, we walked. It is tricky to pick up the fallen pears now because WASPS FOUND THEM. Who knew such a tiny pear could hold THREE WASPS? Ugh.)

Still no pounding on house, which is mixed, because while it would be nice to have progress, I have not gotten to bed before 4am for ages now. Plus hoping that our contractor is not having medical issues. Plus I would like to put my car in the garage again someday! Before it snows!

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When it's all over, the words that you dragged out one at a time in tedium read exactly the same as the ones made of white hot inspiration.
--https://twitter.com/UrsulaV/status/916415190832476167


(This is true. Though I remember at least one white-hot inspiration, and gods but I wish I could do that more.)

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10 October 2017 @ 11:07 pm
Trash has been cast out into the night. In plastic bag, for pickup, but nevertheless.

No pounding on the house today, either, thank goodness. Probably they're having things dry out some. Plus the main guy there has medical issues, so he may've been at the doctor's.

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     Look, you know those Greek tragedies where you can see things coming but are powerless to prevent it? I am in a poultry-themed version.
     And Twitter is a chorus, except that they're mostly demanding pictures of chickens.
--https://twitter.com/i/web/status/916347632108306433 , https://twitter.com/UrsulaV/status/916347726366900224


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09 October 2017 @ 11:56 pm
Rain  
This meant a lack of People Pounding On House, because it rained all day.

The Star Wars trailer came out. The child has been making noises like a demented droid. (eeeeeeee! eeee-eeeble-eeb! b'bweeooo!)

I had a weird dream, that included being in a hotel room (with other people), and then there was a weird bathroom in the closet, and then it was actually stairs down to another room that had a toilet sitting amid water-filled maze-design stuff on the floor, with a regular tub to one side and below, a sort of in-set one, and I looked at it and said, in bafflement at the design, "I dream stuff like this!"

Which did not, sadly, clue me in.

But I seriously do dream weird architectural stuff like that.

Anyway, the kid is getting to bed relatively early, so I need to finish this up.

Some links (hat tip to conuly)
http://www.thagomizer.com/blog/2017/09/29/we-don-t-do-that-here.html
http://www.washingtonpost.com/sf/style/2017/10/05/the-intersex-rights-movement-is-ready-for-its-moment/?utm_term=.42ea49a32f08

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M•• [to arcangel]: WE WILL BE FREE.
arcangel [to M••]: In the meantime, we will have the new fleet resort. Er, colony.
arcangel says, “Risian powerboards work there, but not floaters, alas.”
S_____ . o O ( Wee Willby free, with purchase of another Willby of equal or greater value. )
arcangel [to S_____]: *groan*


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08 October 2017 @ 11:44 pm
I could use it not-broken-into-chunks, and I'm also concerned that a flying squirrel may've gotten into the bedroom (there were... dubious noises, plus my watch fell off my ipad on the bedside table, and while that might have just been my huggypillow catching a corner on the cord (as I assumed at the time), well...), as the duct tape was not sticking well and the habitrail tube into the cage was not covering the hole in the wall at ALL.

Finished the edity thing. (SPELL OF THE FOLLOWING SPELLS! *snicker*)

Always proof your boilerplate extra hard. O;>

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Bifrons, now, Bifrons is a dank fhtagn Mi-Go, the Fungus Among Us, a sheol mushroom man who truly has his gills together, guggo for anything and antique as a china cabinet. You gibber over to Bifrons’s flop if you want to get your corpus collosum fully corpse-thrusty skull-strummed. The shiitake scenester laired in a scumlord paradise, waterfront view over a black river of boiling slime that pours eternally into one of R’lyeh’s puckered sphincters, the A-Line that leads through the youth-infected artisanal slums and terminates at a certain Mr. Yog-Sogoth’s amorphous, radioactive, but surprisingly elegantly lit pad. What can I say, the Thing from Beyond knows window treatments.
----https://uncannymagazine.com/article/down-and-out-in-rlyeh/


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08 October 2017 @ 01:12 am
No banging on the house today, at least. So slept in... a little. But there was a phone call. And then spouse got up. And all told, I'd had... well, okay, 7.5 hours or so? Slightly broken. And he probably had that extra half hour before I got to bed (at 4am again), darnit.

I have updated my phone. Hate most of the new UI decisions. Think there should be more font-choice on phones. (Get your giant "INBOX" word out of that app, darnit! You are taking up VALUABLE SCREEN REAL-ESTATE!)

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Shax smeared a dream of becoming and unbecoming on the bar. It glowered ultraviolet netherhot, curdling into pestilent lumpcream. Shragga [the bartender] shrugged. Shax’s gleeth was always dank here, even if she wobbled in with her Niggurath cultist boy-thing and embarrassed the high-end clientele.
--https://uncannymagazine.com/article/down-and-out-in-rlyeh/


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07 October 2017 @ 08:25 pm
I got a postcard from someone in Australia! Thank you, Australian friend--it's really pretty!

But you put your (presumably) real name, and I don't recognize it, so I think I must know you by another name online... and I can't think of anyone in Australia I've given my address to other than [personal profile] calissa, and it's not her name! MYSTERY.

ALSO (big news for anyone not friends with me on FB/Instagram): it came in the same mail delivery as maternity shirts from my mom and sister, so today was a super extra fun mail day :D
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07 October 2017 @ 12:33 am
I caught a half-hour at the foot of the kid's bed (they're in the front bedroom, so the bigger bed is less awkward, at least...), but still, the contractors came pretty early. And the wall they were nailing tyvek to is... right behind the bed. *sigh*

I'm pretty woozy just now.

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[More from that Stellaris -- or whatever -- game t'other day]
I__ says, “I seem to have eaten a chunk of your borders. Sorry.”
K~~~~~~~ says, “It's okay. When we conquer you, it'll all be cool”
I__ says, “And here I thought we were friends”
K~~~~~~~ :)


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