Planning for the future.

Aug. 17th, 2017 11:35 am
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I've now purchased a new computer! It'll be here in two weeks or so. While there's nothing wrong with my current one, it's starting to get up there in computer years, and it's about time it retired and took up topiary as a hobby. Or the computer equivalent.

The last time I got a new computer was just about seven and a half years ago. Then, it was because there were genuine hardware difficulties - something had gone wrong with the interface and if I used the mouse, the keyboard went unresponsive for a few minutes, and even the trackpad wasn't working propery. I got used to a lot of keyboard shortcuts before I went in for the one I've got now. Which is still working fine, if slowly, and I don't want to disrupt the balance of anything right now. So, buying one before there's any pressing need.

Also, thank goodness my building has a doorman to sign for the package.

I figure that when the new one comes, and I have everything set up and working and reasonably sorted out, I can take all my stuff off this one and have it as a standby backup. Just put it in the closet with its peripherals unless circumstances arise it's needed.

The part I'm most dreading about all this is having to remember my passwords to everything. Maybe it's time I started writing them down.

Media update

Aug. 17th, 2017 10:23 am
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Reading
Well, I now have even more books out of the library AND more new books on my kindle (In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan!), but in fact, I haven't read any original fiction this week, just Les Mis contemporary AUs of the Combeferre/Enjolras/Grantaire variety, including a very good White Collar AU: Still the Same by [archiveofourown.org profile] tears_of_nienna.

Next up, probably Kept by Y. Euny Hong, since it's the library book that's due back soonest.

Kdramas
Finished Strong Woman Do Bong Soon, about a small young woman with super-strength, who's hired as a bodyguard for the CEO of a video games company. It started out intriguingly wacky and cartoony but turned into a giant mess: endless pointless subplots and a tonally whiplashy crime plot about a serial kidnapper. Similarly, the romance began promisingly but became obnoxiously cutesy by the end. Like, to the point where the leading man's secretary, Mr. Gong, on several occasions, had to politely interrupt their cooing at each other because it was making him super-uncomfortable. At which point, the couple would go, "Oh, are you still here?" and immediately resume giggling and fawning over each other, the moral apparently being that love makes you an asshole.

Also finished Capital Scandal, which was excellent. I chased it down solely for the time period (1930s, during the Japanese occupation), since I hadn't seen anything else set then, and I wasn't at all sure what to expect, but it was adorable and fun (and appropriately distressing in places), and did a great job of balancing romance and revolution. The female leads were outstanding, and the guys eventually caught up, more or less. :-)

Started Suspicious Partner on Sunday and am now nearly halfway through. Ahem. It's about spoilers for the first few episodes. )

Next week: starting a re-watch of Goblin with J.

Other TV
Last Week Tonight. That's about it.

Films
The Midwife (French): The last of our film festival films. It was good, and I liked the no-nonsense main character, but I wasn't quite in the mood to appreciate it, due to Life Things, and it didn't make much of an impression on me.

Writing
I had a plan to write pining fic for the Disguise challenge on [community profile] fan_flashworks, but let's just say it hasn't been a fruitful week.
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Title: Friends to the End: The One with the Proposal, Part One
Author: Ericadawn16
Prompt: The wonderful mash-up of Friends and Avengers
Character/Pairing(s): Loki/Amora (Past), Pepper/Tony, Tasha/Loki, Tony/Steve (Past), James/Rae, Jessica/Luke, Victoria/Isabelle, Clint/Bobbi, Jessica/Vange, Clint/Jessica (Past)
Phil Coulson, Loki, May Parker, Jane Foster, Thor, Skye, Nick Fury, Ava Ayala, Peter Parker, Tony Stark, Clint Barton, Darcy Lewis, JARVIS, Jasper Sitwell, Leo Fitz, Jemma Simmons, Melinda May, Grant Ward, James Rhodes, Jennifer Walters, Jessica Jones, Victoria Hand, Isabelle Hartley, Bruce Banner, Felix Blake, Lance Hunter, Bobbi Morse, Al MacKenzie, Pepper Potts, Jessica Drew-Whedon, Amora, Wanda Frank, Kate Bishop, Agatha Harkness
Rating: PG-13
Warnings: Slash, mild language, ANIMAL DEATH, reference to sexual abuse and animal cruelty
Spoilers: a few references here and there, nothing big
Summary: There are coordinated Frost giant attacks across the Earth but is someone behind them?

Beta: HUGE Thanks to [personal profile] i_llbedammned and lavendergaia and Valoscope

*******************************************************************
The One with the Proposal, Part One )

Hero of the hour.

Aug. 15th, 2017 10:18 pm
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It only hits me now I might have run out of time to make eclipse plans. Glasses seem to be sold out everywhere online. There's the Museum of Natural History's big viewing event, which I may well leave work early to attend. Though if it's as cloudy then as it was today, I might just walk to the nearest park and stand outside at the appropriate time rather than try anything else.

On some level, clouds in August - or all of summer, really - is just wrong to me. It makes me think it's late September, and turns every day of the week into Thursday.

So I did my best to stay active, and cleaned out and got rid of a bunch of stuff hanging around my apartment. Mostly papers, with a little garbage and no small amount of dust. Spreading it out onto my bed and forcing myself to look at everything was a big help in terms of making practical assessments. Most of it was done to Hawaii 5-0, which somehow makes for ideal apartment-cleaning TV.
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Title: Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters
Fandom: Person of Interest
Rating: Teen
Words: 52k
Characters/Pairings: Root/Sameen Shaw, Harold Finch/John Reese, Harold Finch/Grace Hendricks, John Reese/Mark Snow, Michael Cole, Robert Hersh, Joss Carter, Kara Stanton, The Machine, Bear
Warnings/Content: Sentinel/Guide AU, mind-bonding, show level violence, show level torture, emotional hurt/comfort, canon character death (Michael Cole). Some Mark/John dubcon in chapters 4 and 5. Follows some events from Ep 1.10 Number Crunch, Ep 1.23 Firewall and 2.16 Relevance.
Notes: Written for [community profile] wipbigbang 2017.

Thank you to my amazing betas: [personal profile] lilacsigil and [personal profile] musyc. You guys were awesome and got me from "I want to write POI Sentinel/Guide fic with soft face touching" to actually getting it posted.

Title is from the Elton John song. ("Subway's no way for a good man to go down.")

Summary: In 2001, Harold advised on a project called Cascade, not knowing he was a Guide himself. Years later, he and John, a Sentinel on the run from Cascade, must help Shaw, who has just lost her own Guide when the Project turned on her. Complicating matters is Root, searching for Harold's Machine and interfering with their rescue of Shaw.

Also at the Archive

Chapter One
Chapter Two
Chapter Three
Chapter Four
Chapter Five
Chapter Six
Chapter Seven
Chapter Eight
Chapter Nine
Chapter Ten
Epilogue

Just for pun.

Aug. 14th, 2017 10:11 pm
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At work today, someone said he'd done medical coding himself, a long time ago.

"Like COBOL?" I asked. No, he said, nothing like that, mostly data entry.

"So not a very BASIC job," I said. And boy, once he got it, did he mean it when he laughed.

some facts about doors

Aug. 13th, 2017 07:25 pm
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here's a post about doors. yes, that's right - doors.

why? well, since i started trying to replace our very narrow door with a door that i didn't hate (an astonishingly difficult task) i have learned many things. well, some things. well, i've basically learned the things that are in this post. and i thought - maybe this will be of some interest to the kind of people who like blake's 7. i mean - right? why wouldn't it be?

there's also some stuff about victorian stained glass, too.

here's what i know about doors now )

A few things

Aug. 13th, 2017 08:11 pm
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하나. [personal profile] ride_4ever pointed out that I currently have exactly equal numbers of White Collar and Due South works on AO3 (243 each). This is a) awesome!!, b) an incentive not to post any more fandom White Collar things, which I will undoubtedly ignore, c) [redacted whining about my thirst for a new fandom].

둘. [personal profile] kanarek13 made an amazing gorgeous (NSFW) artwork in response to my White Collar P/E/N ficlet last week. *wins everything*

셋. I just read In Defiance of All Geometry by [archiveofourown.org profile] idiopathicsmile, a Les Mis modern AU about Enjolras/Combeferre/Grantaire all falling for each other, and it was adooorable, especially the getting-together scene, which made me laugh.

넷. I am 1.5 episodes from the end of Capital Scandal and about to finish it off.
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Title: Hearts and Moons Recall the Truth
Author: 
[personal profile] kaffyr 
Chapter: 27
Previous Chapter: 26 here, or here
Characters: the Ninth Doctor, Rose Tyler, Captain Jack Harkness
Rating: PG-13
Author's Note: In which homecomings give way to leave-takings, and Rose says what has to be said.  I thought this was the penultimate chapter, but have since realized it was not. Not quite. But soon, soon.
Edited by: the irreplaceable [livejournal.com profile] dr_whuh, without whom none of this would be possible. 
Disclaimer: As much as I wish it were otherwise, no Whoniverse characters are mine. They are the sole property of the BBC and their respective creators. I take no coin or credit, but do thank the BBC for letting me play in their sandbox. 
Note: Because this is a long chapter, Live Journal may eliminate paragraph breaks, so you might want to read it over on Dreamwidth. 

*******

Read more... )

tbc

Sticker sheets of kisses to press

Aug. 12th, 2017 04:35 pm
st_aurafina: Shaw in Relevance, with golden lights (POI: Shaw fancy)
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I got my 50K fic off to my second beta/ameripicker. I feel weird. I, uh, finished something. It's due to be posted on the 15th. What even?

Interesting things I didn't realise until I had to edit 50K of my own writing )

I have actually written a lot of things this year!

Tinee Linkspam:
- via [personal profile] musesfool, OPI summer challenge
Leave prompts! (Please leave some more POI prompts!)
- From Facebook, Clydesdale foal leaves the stable for the first time - tinee leggy baby, big world, what do? How do you even horse?
- Also from Facebook, this terrible curse upon some burglars. CW: creepy doll faces
- From my local paper, big news in this part of the world: Giant puzzle solved. (The puzzle is literally a puzzle.)
- From McSweeney's via [personal profile] kalloway, I’m a Google Manufacturing Robot and I Believe Humans Are Biologically Unfit to Have Jobs in Tech. (Rolling my eyes right out of my head at that google dude.)
- From My Modern Met, What Happens When a Bird’s Wings Sync Up Perfectly with a Camera’s Frame Rate. (I have dreams where stuff like this happens, like where the laws of physics are apparently broken)
- Free crochet pattern: Stingray purse or pal (I'm not sure why not both? I could be pals with a purse.)

Root/Shaw things from my endless tumblr wanderings while I was writing 50k of fic:
- Silver Lining - a Root/Shaw doujinshi. Pls pls [personal profile] lilacsigil, read this to me?
- POI OST You Are Being Watched - this is brilliant. Gifs from the final scene over the score for the theme.
- Winter Soldier!Shaw is kinda… Swol - I am all over this idea as an AU.

I think I succeeded.

Aug. 10th, 2017 10:15 pm
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I took a boat ride out to eat pie today, which is as it should be. To be precise, I rode a ferry out to Brooklyn, because New York City is an archipelago and a ferry was faster than the subway, and then walked to where I could eat key lime pie. Real key lime pie, made with just five ingredients, out in Red Hook right by the water. My brother was with me, and we ate on the grass by a miniature beach, having walked through a part of New York City I'd never been to that more than anything reminded me of San Francisco. Not exactly for the food, and not exactly for the water. More in that it was a bright, sunny day with few clouds and little wind, that where I was walking happened to have the lazy, low-horizon line architecture of the California Bay Area, small houses clustered together with the incidental empty lot left to grass and flowers and birds, funky little shops scattered up and down a main drag, a town hidden away out at the edge of a city.

Sometime after I got back to Manhattan, I realized there was a bit of sadness to the day too: I had to retire one of my rings. One of my favorites, to be honest. The little lizard pinkie ring I bought almost thirteen years ago to the day, back in August of 2004 in the Yerba Buena Gardens during a Philippine arts and culture festival just after I moved to San Francisco for college, worn until August of 2017 when the ring finally began to wear thin enough I'm worried it'll snap in two. So I took it off, kissed it, and put it away. I'm adjusting to a different one now. It's got leaves, but no little lizard face.

I can replace it easily enough - it's a common enough design that just looking up "lizard toe ring" on Google gets me the same thing right away, like right here. But it won't be the one I used to wear, and I'm hesitant to look into repair shops because it'd be so easy to replace it might not get taken seriously.

And though I wish I still had a smiling little lizard on my hand, it's not yet broken. I can take comfort in knowing it's not broken, or lost. In threat of those, but I didn't let that happen. I took it off and now it's put someplace for safekeeping. It saw me through a lot of adventures, like the one I had today, running to catch the ferry back, riding up front and feeling a bit of spray on my face and stepping away from my life to enjoy the world for a while.

So I guess, with this new ring, I start over again tomorrow.
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Crack. Possibly unrequited Neal/Elizabeth(/Peter), who even knows, I mean it's only 100w.

Temptation )
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Reading
Finished You Could Make a Life by Taylor Fitzpatrick. It was cute, but I don't think I'm ever going to care about hockey bros, and the present tense in such a long work gave me a constant feeling of impending doom which was disconcerting in such a non-doomy story. Still, an enjoyable read with better characters than most other original longform m/m I've read (admittedly a very small sample).

Next up, I have Kept: A Comedy of Sex and Manners by Y. Euny Hong (author of The Birth of Korean Cool) out of the library, and three newishly acquired ebooks on my Kindle: Let us Dream by Alyssa Cole, Spectred Isle by KJ Charles, and The Bedlam Stacks by Natasha Pulley. Not sure which will grab me first.

Kdramas
Oh, man. Okay. I'm now three episodes from the end of Strong Woman Do Bong Soon, and it feels more and more like someone threw an enormous tray of tapas (or, I guess, Korean side dishes) at a wall and turned the resulting chaos into a show. Like, WHAT IS HAPPENING?! Why is there a roving gang of school kids? Why do we need the kidnapper-traumatises-random-women bits? Or the barely acknowledged domestic violence? What’s with the Indian-not-actually-Indian monk? The problem is I don’t care! I think the bits of this drama I like would make a great 8- or 10-episode show.

Also, really not happy with the conclusion of episode 13. However, the leading woman is still pretty great.

Capital Scandal continues to be excellent, but they're doing that operatic thing where people loudly sing discuss their secrets, and I’m finding it very stressful because the bad guy is smart and evil and arrrgh, stop yelling at each other in public about being undercover revolutionaries!!!!!! And remember your walls are made of paper!!!! /o\ /o\ /o\ I'm worried someone's gonna die. (Don't tell me!)

Chief Kim is still good. There's a chance it'll head down the Do Bong Soon route and turn into a giant mess, but on the bright side, no serial kidnapper, so even if it does, it'll be fine. *crosses fingers*

Moonlight Drawn by Clouds is as adorable as the first time around. I love everyone in this bar.

Other TV
Still nothing much besides Last Week Tonight and a slew of stand-up comedians on Youtube. (Latest crop includes Celia Pacquola, Zoe Lyons and Sarah Pascoe.) This absence of a current show is unusual for the boy and me, but we've been seeing a lot of movies, so.

Films
Claire’s Camera (South Korean): I was a few minutes late for this (having gone to the wrong theatre), so I spent the whole movie wondering if I’d missed some crucial plot point. (My sister, who saw it at an earlier session, assures me I didn't.) Low-affect cast. Possibly improvised dialogue. Would have made a better short story.

Yourself & Yours (South Korean, same director): Like being stuck at a drab party with boring people. Camera locked off, Dogme-like aesthetic, very repetitive and uninteresting dialogue. No close-ups. I did actually like one of the characters (the man with the folding bike played by Kwan Hae Hyo), possibly because I recognised the actor from dramas, but he wasn't enough to get me interested.

Pop Aye (Thai): A perfectly fine first film about a disillusioned architect who encounters an elephant from his childhood and buys it to take it back to his home town. I didn't love it, and there was some ambivalence at the end that bothered me, but it's always nice to see a different culture/country, and it was fine. Road movie + elephant.

The Big Sick (US): The true story of how comedian Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon met and got together, with Kumail playing himself. Romcom with a twist. Really good. Highly rec.

Writing
I don't know if I'm continuing with the drabble-a-day regime, or whether I should try to knuckle down and work on one of my WIPs. Some of the drabbles have been based on old notes/ideas/scraps of dialogue, which seems a satisfying way to declare them complete, and some are new, which means my brain is occasionally coming up with new material, but I'm still not feeling sparky. At the same time, there are two WIPs I would dearly love to finish this year, and time is zooming by.

Dept. of Reawakening

Aug. 8th, 2017 05:33 pm
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Hello Again

Stuff about depression, in case you want to avoid it. )
One way to battle depression is to list some of the things I've been doing that are either positive, good, or even funny or remotely out of the ordinary. 

So let's go: 

I've ordered and received five pounds of premium buckwheat hulls. I have therefore been able to refill my three Korean neck pillows, a necessity as the buckwheat hulls break down and the pillows lose their rigidity. I love my neck pillows. I can't sleep without one. 

I've worked on Chapter 28, as I mentioned. 

I've started watching Season 7 of Game of Thrones (many thanks to FB, who gave me his HBO Go password, and with whom I fangirl thereafter.) BB finally admitted that he wasn't in the least interested in watching Seasons 2 through 6 with me, so I'll watch those at my leisure. It's actually a relief; I'd strongly suspected that BB didn't want to watch, and kept telling him he didn't need to, but for the longest time he insisted that he was fine with watching it. 

We're refinancing the condo, something I'm not sure I've mentioned before. I was already going to be in my 70s before the mortgage was up, so extending it out longer, for lower monthly payments and lower interest rates, was a good idea. Many thanks to BB for taking the initiative on that with our mortgage holder. 

We finally, finally got started on getting our wills set up. There's more work to be done, but we've started, and that's a big deal. 

I've gotten through the first season of Sense8, and am embarking on the second season. It's brilliant. 

And there; that's all I can get myself to write about.

How have all of you been?

 

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200 words, mergatrude and me, Cruiseliner fannish Mary-Sue metafic, with allusions to an animatronic llama called Albuquerque.

In which the solution is obvious, but also not really a solution )

Also, I was going through my WIPs folder and found this unfinished cruiseliner ficlet from 2014, which still seems highly relevant...

I light the last candle in the circle... )

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