Spectre Requisitions

Aug. 18th, 2017 05:05 pm
settiai: (FemShep -- paperpinafore)
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There's an exchange called Spectre Requisitions, which is for rarer 'ships in the Mass Effect fandom. It's a lot of fun, and I've participated in it the last two years.

Anyway, I seriously lucked out on my gifts this year, so I need to flail about them a little. I know that I have some Mass Effect fans over here on DW, so maybe some of you will of interest.

First, for a treat, I received a lovely piece of artwork. ♥ I absolutely adore F!Shepard/Garrus/Tali (to the point that 15% of the works on the AO3 about that relationship are fics by me), so I was absolutely thrilled to get the notification for that.

But my actual gift really wins everything. Because someone wrote me 22k words of Ashley/F!Shepard/Kaidan, based on a prompt that I've included in various exchanges for something like three or four years now. It's amazing, and you should totally go read it if you're even remotely intrigued by the idea of that relationship.

Foundation

Aug. 17th, 2017 05:33 pm
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Today we had a structural engineer come over to inspect the house, do measurements, and basically tell us how bad our foundation issues really are. Short version: $$$$$, although it looks like we may be able to do the repairs in stages over time.

In more detail )

No idea how much this will cost, beyond "a lot". We'll get bids once the Engineer's report arrives, and Midwest winters being what they are, it'll probably be spring before anything can be done. We'll probably have to do things in stages, starting with the south wall where the most visible damage is.

Yes, I had a huge cry after Eric the Engineer left. But what can we do? If we ever want to move, we'd have to fix this, and better to address the issue sooner than later.

Unplugging from Facebook

Aug. 17th, 2017 07:50 am
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The last few days have been absolutely toxic on Facebook, so I decided a nice 6 week vacation from FB would be helpful. I have to check in a few times for messages and redirect them to my email, but otherwise, I need a break.

6 weeks puts me at September 28th, so my return would be September 29th, the Feast of the Archangels (Michaelmas), which seems auspicious.

My last break (during Lent) was actually rather productive, although it was hard to stay away from FB. And yes, I'll probably be posting more here.

Dear Femslash Creator,

Aug. 16th, 2017 09:45 pm
settiai: (Absinthe/'Nique -- settiai)
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Just to note: my requests include Critical Role, Doctor Who, Dragon Age, Hunger Games, Mass Effect, and Crossovers.

First of all, relax! I'm far from being picky, and I can pretty much guarantee that I'll love whatever you decide to draw or write for me. These are nothing but guidelines, for you to take to heart or ignore to your heart's content. Also, hey! You're drawing and/or writing me femslash! What's not to love? ♥

That said, I thought that I'd elaborate a bit on my requests in case, like me, you're the type of person who likes to have something to work with. Feel free to use and/or ignore as much of this as you want. I've tried to include a mix of vague prompts as well as more detailed ones, to hopefully make things as helpful as possible whether you're drawing art or writing fic.

More details under the cut. )

Requests under the cut. )

Spectral Realms #7 now available!

Aug. 16th, 2017 01:17 pm
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Just in time for H.P. Lovecraft's birthday (August 20th), Spectral Realms #7 is now available from Hippocampus Press http://tinyurl.com/ya8xglow . Edited by S.T. Joshi, this latest issue of the twice-yearly journal of weird verse offers over 120 pages of poems and related articles from old hands and newer practitioners.


Contributing poets include Richard L. Tierney, Jessica Amanda Salmonson, John Shirley, Ashley Dioses, K.A. Opperman, David Barker, F.J. Bergman, and Yours Truly -- among others. (Full disclosure: I have three poems in this issue, all previously unpublished.)


Spectral Realms is published in attractive trade paperback format, with a classic Gustave Doré cover this time around.

Some BPAL Reviews

Aug. 14th, 2017 04:32 pm
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It's a very hot and muggy August afternoon, so I thought I'd try some summertime scents.

7 Word Story: Lust (Chthonic incense and blood-red pomegranate) Ugh. Nope. I thought it would be more pomegranate, but on my skin it goes straight to cigarette. I had to wash it off. It smelled much nicer in the bottle, all fruity pom.

Schrodinger's Cat (tangerine, sugared lime, pink grapefruit, oakmoss, lavender, zdravetz, and chocolate peppermint) Very light, barely there, sweet and soft, mostly grapefruit and lavender, which is an unusual combo but it works. I like this a lot, but would need to slather.

Baobhan Sith (Grapefruit, white tea, apple blossom and ginger) Started out strongly grapefruit, then faded to ginger tea rather quickly. Very, very light scent. Nice for summer! Will probably not go for a bottle, but will enjoy the rest of the imp I got.

Aizen-Myoo (Yuzu, kaki, and mikan with cherry blossom and black tea) I was expecting more fruit, but the cherry blossom overwhelms all at the beginning. The fruity scents come out as it dries down. Very pretty.

RPG Series: Good (Shimmering celestial musk with vanilla, white honey, acacia, and sugar cane) Oh, wow, this one surprised me! I was leery because musk goes bad on my skin, but the other ingredients overshadow it. I didn't get acacia at all, just vanilla and sugar with a touch of honey. It edges on going to soap on me (probably the honey--that note doesn't like me at all).

The Dying Mule Kicks the Hardest

Aug. 12th, 2017 09:28 pm
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 I know this. I know we are witnessing the last gasps of white supremacy and pure hatred. I know the good apples far outweigh the bad apples.

But my gods, am I tired of the bad apples. 

I swear I have been on the edge of a nervous breakdown for the past week, but it feels longer. Every new day is a new horror, a new threat, exponentially elevated from the past months of new horrors and new threats. 

And today's horror was at UVA, and ...I know that campus so well. I know people there--good, good people. And to see it taken over by murderous goddamn fucking Nazis breaks my heart and fills me with something that I can't name, past fear and anger and revulsion. It is not hatred, because I know that well, and because hatred doesn't touch on the pure contempt I feel for the murderers out there in force today.

We outnumber you, motherfuckers. And the quality of our mercy is increasingly strained. 

I do not think we will have a second civil war, as some do; I do not think the numbers bear it out. I think we will have several years of social unrest, and protests, and movements, and eventually, the goddamn Nazis will melt back into the rotting shadows from which they emerged to begin with, and die there. But they are going to make it damn unpleasant for us in the meantime.

Do not give up. Do not give in.

Hold light in your hearts, and put it together with mine, and let the light burn away the darkness.

Stuff

Aug. 12th, 2017 10:15 pm
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I really wish humans would stop being terrible to each other. Also Nazis with tiki torches really!? WTF. Hasn't humanity learned anything.

Ink

Aug. 11th, 2017 08:38 pm
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Turns out text for scroll project has to be approved by Their Majesties. I got this frantic letter from the Royal Scribe asking how things are going and reminding me I only had such and such amount of time. I replied that the text has been done for days and I've been practicing the kanji for it, working out proportions, stroke order, that sort of thing. So now I have to wait for approval to start the actual scroll, but that's fine, I can use the time to work on the design.

Sheesh, if I'd known that, I would have gotten it to them before they left! Whatever. OTOH, she was really impressed by all the research I'd done, fashioning the text after an actual 14th century Japanese edict. In Japanese, no less.

I've realized that absolutely no one is going to listen to me about Japanese calligraphy until I get some of my work out there, so that's what I'm doing. I also want to start a blog just about shodo/shuji, but that will need to wait until after mid-September, since I have the scroll, prepping for Queen's Prize, and getting the garage cleaned out so the contractor can work. I need to poke around a bit with WordPress and see if I can do a side-blog off of my SCA blog Foxeholly.

Anyway, did about four hours of working out kanji today, since the computer fonts for kanji don't look anything like proper shodo. So far this week, I've clocked in 10 hours of calligraphy, and that's just preliminary work.

Usually I throw away my practice papers (needless clutter), but I'm keeping them to show at Queen's Prize, so people can see how much actual work goes into what I do. I mean, besides the years of studying the language and culture.

Shodo looks simple. It is not. People spend their lives studying it. I probably will, too. For all its difficulty, it is a wonderful way to get away from life's worries. It requires total focus.

Do I know anyone in Philadelphia?

Aug. 8th, 2017 08:44 pm
settiai: (Xanatos/Fox -- bleeding_muse)
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Hey, it's worth a shot. Out of curiosity, do I know anyone who lives in Philadelphia who would have a sofa or clean(ish) corner on the floor available for someone to crash November 16th or 17th through the 19th?

I'm seriously considering going to PAX Unplugged that weekend since tickets are cheap and there are buses between DC and Philly for something like $20. The problem is that I've taken a look at my finances, and I really don't think that I can cover the cost of a hotel room. I've been looking at some potential Airbnb options (which are filling up fast, probably because of the con), but since that can definitely be hit or miss I thought that I'd check on the fandom front first.

Anyone?

VividCon: Monday

Aug. 7th, 2017 11:42 pm
settiai: (Tali -- herbskillz)
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I'd been planning on sleeping in a bit on Monday morning, since we didn't have to be out of the hotel room until noon. My body had other plans, though, so I ended up awake around 8am. More under the cut. )

That said, I did have several lovely surprises waiting for me when I got home. First of all, I had some shiny new dice from a Kickstarter that I supported a while back waiting for me in my mailbox. Then I got an alert that a gorgeous Critical Role art print that I'd ordered ages ago had shipped. Then I got an e-mail that my custom miniature of my halfling paladin, for my in-person Sunday D&D game is on its way.

And then, on top of all that, I got an notification from the AO3 that someone wrote me 22k words of amazing Ashley/F!Shepard/Kaidan fic for the Spectre Requisitions exchange.

Overall? It's been a pretty good day, even if I'm exhausted.

VividCon: Sunday

Aug. 7th, 2017 10:11 am
settiai: (D&D -- settiai)
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I didn't wake up on Sunday morning until 8am or so, after almost a full eight hours of sleep, which my body solely needed by that point in the con. More under the cut. )

VividCon: Challenge

Aug. 6th, 2017 03:48 pm
settiai: (Liberty/Justice -- stoopbeck)
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Notes under the cut. )
reynardine: (summer_brook_reynardine)
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More rain, more water in the basement. Not as bad this time. Bob checked the grading behind the house and all seems well. It looks like this is groundwater seepage. We're going to need to tear out some of the drywall to see if/where there is a crack.

The drywall needs to go anyway. Whoever finished this basement didn't use basement-type drywall, so even a bit of water ruins this stuff (mold).

At least the weather is cooler this week. It feels like September. Everyone is going to be so disappointed when it gets hot again! (Hurry up, Autumn!)

Looks like I'm down to just three events for the rest of this year--Queen's Prize in September (way down in obscure SE Kansas), War College in early October (just working, bleh, I don't know how our shire got talked into this) and Kris Kinder in December (here in KC). There's another event in September nearby in Carlsby (next shire over) the weekend after QPT, but if I go, it will be a last-minute thing.

I very much wanted to attend Vertigo in mid-October, but it happens to fall on Bob's birthday, and so he gets to choose what to do, and he doesn't want to go to an SCA event.

Next year's events will very much depend on when my surgery is scheduled. I'm penciling in Clothiers (early February), RUSH (late March), and Kingdom Arts and Sciences (mid-April), but I won't know for sure about any of those until later.

Dragging about today--took the Seroquel down another step and yep, feeling the withdrawal effects. Getting a few things done around the house, and I hope to have enough energy to cut out a kosode or two. Need to get sewing on them as I want to wear Japanese garb to Queen's Prize.

Waiting for corrections on the text on a scroll I'm working on. Once I get that back, I will set everything else aside and get that kicked out so I don't have to worry about it.

Surgery Update

Aug. 6th, 2017 09:25 am
linaewen: (Boromir Life is Good by fifmeister)
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My bilateral knee replacement surgery went well!  I was in the hospital three days, after which I was transferred to a rehab facility.  The first day or two, I was fairly helpless, but soon I started to be able to use my legs a bit without help -- and then I was off to the races.  I improved so quickly in rehab that my insurance decided it was time for me to go home after 8 days because they didn't want to continue paying for rehab!  I can't complain too much about my insurance, though, as they are carrying me quite nicely this year -- but I did think for awhile after getting home that they'd made a mistake discharging me.  However, it was just that, being home, I had overdone it and wore myself out as a result.

I'm back on track now, continuing to improve.  I may be able to eject the walker soon and stay with a cane only.  I have a nurse and therapist who come to the house a few days a week, and later in August I'll probably start going to outpatient rehab.  I'm walking pretty well, with not much pain, but I still can't bend my knees all the way.  I guess it's only been 2 1/2 weeks, so that's probably par for the course!

In spite of doing well, I still plan on taking my full month off that I'm allowed.  I'm looking forward to continued recovery while relaxing at home and getting to work on some fun projects!  Thanks for your prayers and good thoughts!

VividCon: Saturday

Aug. 6th, 2017 09:38 am
settiai: (Teal'c -- sweetiemissy)
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Considering how late I was up the night before, it surprised me that I woke up fairly early on Saturday morning. I was awake by 6:30am, which would be about the time I normally wake up back home. I was able to convince my body to let me get a bit more sleep after that, though, which was sorely needed. More under the cut. )

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