In your own space, create your own challenge.
Well, it's not a huge challenge? But I'd like to get to know all of you in my Dreamwidth circle a bit better! And I was thinking maybe others are in the same situation where I'm in - seeing lots of new usernames around, starting to learn who's who but not entirely sure about things like which timezone anyone's in, or which pronouns people use, or those kind of things that you usually know about friends?
Please feel free to use any of this (the format, the questions, the general idea) and post it in your own journals so that you can get to know your own circles a bit better. (That's the challenge part!)
Here it is in an easily copied format:
The code to make a textbox of your own (in the HTML tab of the posting window) can be found here.)
And so - the questions! Please feel free to answer as many or few of these as you feel comfortable with - or copy & paste the text in the box above into a comment if that's easier than filling in a form.
What fandom/context did we first meet in, if you remember?
Saiyuki / GetBackers
Nirvana in Fire
Some fandom not listed above
No fandom: a friending meme or similar
This information is lost in the mists of time
Do you have any current fandom(s)? Which one(s)?
What's your age?
What are your pronouns?
Spouse, kids or other significant people I should know about?
If you have pets, tell me something about them!
Where do you live?
What languages do you speak/understand/study?
What do you do?
One thing you’re passionate about?
One thing you want me to know about you?
I have set the questionnaire so only I can see the answers, and I'm going to screen the comments, so I will be the only one to see whatever information you choose to share with me. ♥
Okay, here is the little bookmarklet -- it's pretty limited, but it serves my own laziness, so I share it FWIW and if anyone has the time and wants to upgrade it, go for it and drop me a comment and I'll (ha ha) signal boost any new versions!
And the first comment on it was somebody hoping people would check for access lock when using it, and, well, my coding fingers were itchy (they get itchy about every six months, which is not actually often enough to build skill, sadly), and astolat gave permission to modify, so here's a modified version that automatically warns you if you're about to link to a locked DW post. (I think it would probably also work on locked LJ posts but I haven't accepted LJ TOS, so I can't test that.)
All you do is log in to DW, go to the page you want to signal boost, highlight any text you want to quote, and then click on the bookmarklet. If it's access-locked, you'll get a pop-up warning you and asking you if you want to continue. On any other webpage, it will automatically redirect to the DW posting window.
To set it up, make a new bookmark, and copy-paste the following as the URL:
(If I get around to it, I may figure out how to make it open in a new tab, too. If so I'll update this post.)
There were three cats in the big rolling cage, all white. Edward was still there from last week. He isn't eating much. Two new cats, Daisy and Ally, were in the same unit together. No one is able to tell which is which without a chip scanner. One of them was hiding in a bed. To clean her side of the cage, I just picked up her bed and moved it to the other side with her in it. She growled but didn't cause any trouble. There weren't any towels for the cats to lie on, so I put a couple in their cage. The other cat, who had been lying in the corner, promptly burrowed under them. Edward preferred lying in the litter box to a bed.
Richie, a one-eyed orange cat, is very friendly. He likes to hold his head under the bathroom tap and wash it. Unfortunately, he also likes to stalk Romeo. He had to be put into his cage for a while.
Today's picture is of Thatcher. Offering him a hand is risky, but Virginia got his interest in a long-handled cat toy. If I'd snapped the picture a tenth of a second later, I'd have gotten him leaping at it.
A few weeks ago there was a picture of a cat named Tiramisu. I've since learned that in Italian, that literally means "pick me up." Good name for a cat.
Let's see... Monday. What did I do on Monday? I know I did a lot of household chores, because Monday is both garbage day and recycling for our alley. We amass a LOT of recycling. I also went to the pet store again. Since Ms Ball's illness, the rest of the cats got very used to the idea that wet food might be available to them at all sorts of hours. Plus, as I'm sure many of you recall, I was trying ANYTHING I thought she might eat a lot of. So now the rest of the cats are very, "What is this, hooman? This is not the good gravy stuff???" Thus, I bought a bunch of the good gravy stuff as well as some other cans of things that everyone seemed to enjoy, because why not? At this point, I look at my fat cats and think, "GOOD. There will be lots of time to figure out what's wrong before you waste away, should disease hit!"
So my memory of Monday = errands and housework.
Yesterday was far more pleasant. Even though Shawn had a migraine and ended up coming home early, the day started and ended well. As a family, we all go out to bagels on Tuesday mornings. At some point, I made a comment that I felt that Tuesday were worse than Mondays, because everyone EXPECTS Monday to suck, as it is the first day back to work after a weekend. But, Tuesdays are like stealth Mondays. They're too early in the week to start having happy thoughts about how soon it will be the weekend again, and so they're really like Monday--only without any sympathy. We decided that in the spirit of this, Tuesdays would be a day we would treat ourselves because Tuesdays are hard, too, but no one is going to say, "Ah, yeah, man, TUESDAYS, am I right?"
Then, after picking Shawn back up and bringing her home early, I went to visit my friend naomikritzer at her place. I was able to stay a little later than usual because Mason is in full-swing of robotics, but we had also all earlier agreed that since it was payday, we would go out to Indian at our favorite place: Taste of India in Maplewood. Taste of India is one of those places that a surprising number of people we KNOW frequent. In the past, we've run into our friends the Murphys and the Fox-Manns. This time, it was just us, but it was also just what the doctor ordered.
With Ms. Ball's illness and death putting a literal pall over our holiday vacation, my family and I have been in desperate need of quality family time. I'm fortunate, in that my little nuclear family all really love each other and enjoy each other's company EVEN OUR TEENAGE SON. Which, is kind of miraculous, I've been told. So, dinner was perfect. We all got comfort foods and caught up on life, the universe, and everything in a much need fashion.
Then, when we got home last night, Mason and I played Smash for a half hour or so. I have to report that this button-masher is starting to learn a few combos. I have one character "Cloud," that I can consistently remember how to use. This is starting to excite Mason, as it means that he has a player in the house who isn't a complete push over. He still wins every time, but I'm making him have to fight for it a little.
In other news, Mason has been having a lot of fun watching various colleges start to take notice of his early PSAT scores. Mason took the test early, as practice here in 10th grade, and did extremely well. Every day, after school Mason will update us on the various folks that have started spamming him with "hey, when you get serious about university, don't forget we exist!" emails. The other fun thing he got was an invitation to apply to a summer program at Yale. It's Yale Young Global Studies Program. There is a 20 page application that includes financial aid (because holy moley is this thing EXPENSIVE.) But, we figure we should give it a try, even though the deadline is nipping at our heels already (Feb. 6.) Because, why not? Nothing ventured, as they say. Given how many people apply, it's probably a long shot at any rate.
It's really f*cking cool spam, though, you have to agree, neh?
I also spent a good part of yesterday starting to plan for Mason's PSEO (post-secondary education opportunities) next year. Washington Technology Magnet is OUT of math for our child. So, he's going to have to continue on at university (of some sort, though we are crossing fingers to get into the University of MN's program.) To that end, we are planning on attending the very first informational meeting on Feb. 18, I think it is. (It's on the calendar). I also went ahead and booked a tour of the Science and Engineering department, because, again, why not? But, there are a lot of forms to figure out and things to do for that, too--though, much like with the Yale thing above, my job is not to apply, but to heard our smol into applying for himself.
Still a full time job, if you ask me.
I also spent a lot of time on Monday and yesterday trying to get some hours set for my library job. I tried to pick up an extra shift this week, but someone got to Shoreview before I could nab it. Alas. At least I got my Feb. schedule to my boss, who was able to give me some shifts for next months. Yay.
Luckily, I don't need to pick up too many shifts. This month got covered by a surprise royalty check that was mid-triple digits, the likes of which I haven't seen in a long, long time. (Audible.com, I LOVE YOU.) Next month, my Loft teaching will carry us, too, although I won't see that money until the work is done and dusted, so not until March or April.
I did manage to do all my spell work. I will post under-the-cut below, but I do want to share the one funny observation: I thought for sure that when these spells started calling for various herbs and oils, I would have to write some scathing commentary about how NO ONE HAS THIS STUFF JUST LYING AROUND. And, yet, last night when I was shaking my head thinking, "Oh, right, like I'm going to have camomile flower heads sitting on my shelf," there, in our witchy cabinet, was a vial of camomile flowers that I harvested several years ago, dried, and carefully preserved. I have actually yet to be stumped!
To be fair, I did have to do a couple of substitutions. A spell below called for hyssop, which I didn't have, but lavender is a common substitution, and I have several jars of lavender (to be fair, we grow it and harvest it ourselves, just like we had with the camomile.) I had to make my own dragon's blood oil, but I actually HAVE dragon's blood resin in my cabinet, so there is that.
My witches' pantry is actually surprisingly well stocked!
( Spell-a-Day project (Jan. 13) )
( Spell-a-Day Project (Jan. 14) )
( Spell-a-Day Project (Jan. 15) )
Tower of Dawn (a.k.a. Throne of Glass book 6) - We take a break from cliff we left Our Hero on to follow the adventures of Our Hero's ex-boyfriend and his current girlfriend in the Southern Continent. There's (another) romantic reshuffling, some magical healing, giant birds, giant spiders, and a series of mysteries the protagonists can't solve without having the answers handed to them by the bad guys.
Kingdom of Ash (a.k.a. Throne of Glass book 7) - Literally just started this over breakfast. Not much to report yet.
Who knows? Nothing in a series.
Haydn always enjoyed putting some fun in his music. One of my favorite bits is in the slow movement of the 93rd Symphony. Toward the end, the music starts bogging down, to the point that the strings and flutes are just playing the same chord back and forth at each other. The bassoon plays a single very rude note, and the movement gets back on track to finish up. Maybe that's where Peter Schickele got the idea for the "windbreaker."
running outdoors on Sunday the 13th, 25:40 for a 5K.
otherwise, elliptical every day: 24:48, 25:18, 25:37, 25:43, 24:52, 26:15
some cycling. did the full 17-mile-ish round trip (daycare, work, back home from work) on Thursday the 10th.
Doing more sets of 20 rather than sets of 10 for the strength exercises.
Will keep at it! (need a better surface for doing all these sit ups though)
I used to live in New York, and sent some letters and postcards last fall to help flip the state senate, and am very pleased by this package of reforms, which Governor Cuomo has promised to sign. It includes nine days of early voting, preregistration for 16- and 17-year-olds, and federal and state primaries on the same day. (That last should significantly increase turnout for state primary races.) They also gave preliminary approval for no-reason-needed absentee voting and Election Day voter registration--preliminary because, according to the article, that part will require amending the state constitution--and they're considering automatic voter registration.
This isn't perfect: New York election law is baroque, and not by accident. My father was a lawyer, with an arcane and not-very-profitable sideline specialty in election law; he told me that half of the election law cases in the United States were in New York. I don't think this law will change the complexities of the rules for getting on the ballot, but we can hope that's in the pipeline.
And re-reading it on the recovered drive, I realized that I'd actually gotten to a pretty natural stopping point, and the odds of me finishing the entire planned story were fairly low at this point, so I cleaned it up and posted it! Here it is. (There may be more in this universe that gets written someday? I really want to write something with Han and Finn, if nothing else. But there may not be more. At least not before the next movie comes out.)
a gate to many wonders (3643 words) by melannen
Fandom: Star Wars Sequel Trilogy
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: Major Character Death
Characters: Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Yoda (Star Wars), Anakin Skywalker, Ben Solo | Kylo Ren
Additional Tags: Force Ghost Luke Skywalker, Force Ghost Han Solo, Force Ghost Yoda (Star Wars), Post-Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Force Ghost Anakin Skywalker
Summary: "Dying, for a Jedi Master in the line of Yoda, was a gentle thing"; or, "Hi, Not Listening To This Anymore," Han said, appearing suddenly. "I'm dead."
My writing files became a confused mess during the period the drive was lost, so I'm hoping in the next few weeks to go through the WIPS and sort them into "Never going to write any more of this, clean up what you've got and post it as a forever-WIP"; "This was supposed to be the start of a 100000 word epic but you are never going to write the epic so get it to a stopping point, cauterize it, and post it"; "This was meant to be a short thing and you were only a thousand words short when you lost your nerve so just do it already"; and "actual WIPs." So hopefully maybe you'll see some results from that coming through soonish.
On the Star Wars front, I have been reading the Doctor Aphra comics, because lesbian chaotic neutral archaeologist during the Rebellion era written by Kieron Gillen, yes please. And it is very good but now I have run out of her solo series and I am at serious risk of getting sucked into the Darth Vader comics she first appeared in and if I go that far, then who knows how far down in the pit I will end up? If I start posting about Grand Admiral Thrawn or something, somebody throw me a rope.
I'm losing track of which Snowflake Challenge days I have left to do, so here's the list for my own reference:
Day 7 – Try something new. (Like what?)
Day 9 – Commit an act of kindness. (I mean, I have! But I could always do more kindnesses.)
Day 10 – Create a fanwork. (I've been writing a lot, so this would be good for icons? Or more writing.)
Day 12 – Create your own challenge. (Just need to transfer this from my notebook...)
Day 13 – Set some goals. (Have this mostly in Google Sheets)
Day 14 – The future of fandom. (???)
Day 15 – Talk about why you participated in Snowflake & / or what you got out of it.