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I finished The Goblin Emperor tonight. The title is my summary. It was good but not stunning - the story was slow, the intrigues not always very intriguing. The worldbuilding was basically a generic fantasy court with fancy window dressing - very detailed in some cases, but inconsistently so. The main character was nice, but sometimes just really painfully naive and I wanted to smack him. At times he was just oppressively glum. I'm not really sure that he changed as a person, he just got more used to things and more familiar with what was expected of him, so even as a character piece I didn't find it deeply satisfying. He wasn't really interested in things that were going on, so it led to a lot of exposition. There were some good and surprising scenes with various characters, where Maia learns that they are, in fact, fully realized persons in their own right, which are nice. But the conflicts seemed mostly too easily resolved. I liked the pseudo communists? It was enjoyable enough and I'm glad I finally read it, but I'm not sure on what basis it was nominated for so many awards.

Other than that - the strategic planning session thing at work was good, except it went too long in the beginning and we didn't get time to do enough of the actual *planning* work. I still think it was useful - everyone is basically agreed that we need to hire an interpretive planner. there is something regarding the beginning of a plan to make a plan to seriously figure out what merging SA is going to be, though there are still some elephants in the room that haven't been addressed. I had/got to point out that the inventory system for SA is completely inappropriate for a museum because it doesn't have object tracking capabilities - you can only know where objects are if they are in a box. Not good enough. I got to hear N talk crap out of his ass and *also* talk high level archaeological theory and spot the difference ;p When he does the former I want to smack him - when he does the latter I often find myself agreeing with him, which is refreshing. Anyway - I think I'm probably a weirdo because I actually enjoy those sorts of things, except for the part where it is supposed to also be a networking thing and you should probably talk to absolutely anyone outside of the session about the things discussed, and not just run and hide in your office because you can. After a crazy start of the week, though, it's back to normal - not having a whole lot to do. :/

Never knew no good from bad

Jul. 19th, 2017 10:55 am
musesfool: bodhi rook (honor the heart of faith)
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I went to bed early last night and I slept like a rock. I should not still be sleepy! Arrgh!

Wednesday reading meme:

What I've just finished
Caliban's War by James S.A. Corey, which I enjoyed a lot, mainly because Avasarala is the best and also Bobbie! ♥ Holden still needs a lot of punching though. Ugh. Why is this guy the main character? Not only is he a dead bore, he's a ridiculously common dead bore!

I like TV!Prax better than book!Prax, I think, but I also think the show compresses the timeline in a way that means I don't get bored with a character having repetitive beats, the way I can, and do in this case, in a book.

What I'm reading now
Still, I picked up Abaddon's Gate and started it this morning, so I'm still entertained enough to continue.

What I'm reading next
The next book in this series, probably. I don't even know what the name of it is. *looks it up* Ah, Cibola Burn.

I also read two really long stories that both turned out to be in progress, which I probably should have noticed but didn't. I mean, when I see a thing is 175K words long, I figure it's done. I mean, who has that much to say in one story? But no. Sigh.

In my recent fanfic readings, I learned that I will nope out of a story if you kill off Wedge Antilles. Which was a surprise to me - how strongly my kneejerk NOPE was - but there you go. Do not want! (I mean, I don't care for any character death in my fic, and generally not in canon either! but I get that some AU premises require it. But like Bartleby the scrivener, I would prefer not to.)

I also learned that I don't really ship Bodhi with anyone but if I did it would have to be Jyn and Cassian. Gotta keep the Star Wars OT3 pattern going, I guess. I just don't find Jyn and Cassian all that compelling. *hands* I'd much rather read about Baze and Chirrut being the most married. (I think Rebels is the only place that doesn't have an OT3, but I am okay with that. I'm already bracing for Kanan and Hera to get an undeserved tragic ending.)

I also realized that in addition to believing that Luke Skywalker is asexual, I believe Anakin is demisexual, and both Leia and Padme are bisexual. Ahsoka is mostly into women except that I also ship her with Anakin (and Rex, a little), so there are exceptions? And Obi-Wan is pansexual and flirting his way across the galaxy at any given moment.

Which is probably more than anyone cared to know about my Star Wars head canons. *snerk*

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Day Two

Jul. 18th, 2017 10:21 pm
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[personal profile] elanya
Today is a day of intense tiredness. I'd almost blame PM's but the timing is all wrong. Ugh, bodies. Ovulation, maybe? Because I need everything to get more intense, that's just peachy.

Work was fine, tomorrow is our Strategic Retreat, which is a little ominously named, especially since it has the potential to determine my future job prospects... And also the last day of filming.

We had a family meeting to talk about how we need to do better at keeping house... I guess we'll see if that has any impact.

Early bed for me I think. I'm wiped despite a mini-nap earlier.

in the corner garden

Jul. 18th, 2017 01:23 pm
musesfool: Daisy Ridley as Rey with lightsaber (you were not mine to save)
[personal profile] musesfool
You've all been watching Star Wars: Forces of Destiny, right? Leia, Rey, Ahsoka, Padme, Jyn! They're so adorable! I might be shipping Leia and Sabine a little bit now too. At least I said, "NOW KISS" at the end of "Bounty of Trouble." *g*

I caught this week's Orphan Black.

spoilers )

Ugh I stayed up way too late last night reading and I'm paying for it now. I just want to sleeeeeeeeeeep.

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Day One

Jul. 18th, 2017 12:02 am
elanya: Pensive pony (Default)
[personal profile] elanya
Today was a day of intense grumpyness.

Tomorrow may just be annoyingly chaotic.

I am hovering at the edge of things at work, and there's nothing to do in the margins. I feel like, on the whole, I ought to be better at finding ways in if that's what I want, or finding other things to do if it isn't, but no, I'm not doing anything. I feel frustratingly useless. I'm sure there must be something I could be doing that would be helpful but when I do try things I just get hung up when I need outside input. It is not a very satisfying life, and it is leading me to be easily frustrated with other things. Or maybe that's something else? I really can't tell anymore if something is a legitimate concern or just my levels of frustration being generally out of control and seeking any possible outlet. Ugh.

i'm surrounded by your embrace

Jul. 17th, 2017 12:34 pm
musesfool: han/leia from TFA (stlil crazy after all these years)
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Five things make a post:

A. I had a most excellent birthday dinner on Saturday evening. L and I went to Uva, which I had never been to before and it was so worth it. They have an adorable little courtyard in back, so we sat outside and drank a lot of wine (A LOT OF WINE) and ate like queens.

2. I was going to make myself a birthday cake, but then I was sad and also I wasn't sure it would be good and I didn't want to make a cake that big and have it be terrible (because then I couldn't foist half of it off on my coworkers). That would just be one disappointment too far. I still want to make it though. It looks amazing. And terrible. But mostly amazing. (I would have made fresh whipped cream though instead of using Cool Whip. I'm not much of a food snob, but fresh whipped cream just tastes better, regardless of authenticity.)

iii. The A Wrinkle in Time trailer looks fantastic.

D. Star Wars: The Last Jedi - Behind the Scenes. I might have burst into tears when Carrie Fisher said, "It's all about family," but you can't prove it!

5. I posted a story for my birthday:

Sing a New Song (@AO3)
Star Wars; Vader, Leia, Luke, Obi-Wan; AU; g; 4,130 words
In which Ben has a bad feeling, Luke makes it to Tosche Station, Leia takes control of the situation, and no one understands how hard Vader's life is.

This is the sequel to Just a Little Bit of History Repeating but probably not the one that people were asking for. *hands* I'm probably never going to write a long involved epic AU where they actually overthrow Palpatine. I'm just not that kind of writer. I just want the fraught family reunions where the Skywalkers get to be all ~dramatic~ at each other.

I don't usually write multiple POV stories anymore, but this one seemed to require it, so we could see Luke's "Wtf?!", Obi-Wan's "I have a bad feeling about this," Leia's ability to roll with the weirdness (and also ameliorate the tension between Vader and Obi-Wan), and Vader's misguided belief that he has control of anything, let alone his kids.

As I said in an endnote on AO3, the title is from U2's "40" (and not the Mountain Goats' "Psalms 40:2"*) and I kind of feel like the title of the concluding story of this little trilogy should also come from Psalm 40 but right now it's tentatively titled "How Soon Is Now" for ~reasons. I still have to figure out how to actually write it. Because I couldn't leave Ahsoka out! The story was originally going to end with that - I felt like Vader saying "no, there's someone else" was kind of analogous to Yoda's "no, there is another," but given that it was Luke's section, I thought he ought to have the last word.

Anyway, I like how it turned out, and I'm glad some other people did too. *g*

*which I still think should have a SPN vid made to it, and from which I already used the title "If I'm Not Beyond Repair" for Bucky, or you know I'd be using that for a Star Wars story ("Lord, send me a mechanic, if I'm not beyond repair" could definitely be a Vader and Luke story, you know? Though I could probably do something with "in the burning fuselage of my days" or even "feel bad about the things we do along the way, but not really that bad" if the right story idea struck. Huh. *adds them to the list of titles to use someday*)

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How long to make a habit?

Jul. 16th, 2017 12:22 pm
elanya: Pensive pony (Default)
[personal profile] elanya
Not long to break it, anyway.

I didn't post the last few days because I was busy devouring Martha Wells' new book, and the last of the Books of the Raksura, The Harbors of the Sun.

It was great! The story resolve, finally, quite satisfactorily, and the character stuff was also excellent. I kind of want to re-read the first one, The Cloud Roads, so I can fully appreciate how far things have come. There was stuff that I was hoping for based on the last book that was realized, and in some cases I got even more that I was hoping for! I'm satisfied and happy but also sad both that the book is over and that I know she isn't planning on publishing more about the characters. However She said she will do some more stuff o the Patreon, so I have that to look forward to at least!

I think my mulberry dying saga is over....for now. My yarn is dry, and I just need to take pictures. I'm debating doing a test for colourfastness but I'm kind of afraid of what will happen after all that work :p I still need to work out what the yardage if yarn I have is and what I can even make with it. I've done the counting, I just need to find out what the length is of one loop and do the math. I'm hoping I have enough to make a tanktop but I'm not super hopeful because I'm not super small and I like the to come down over my hips. Depending on close I am I am contemplating getting a skein of plain cotton worsted and dyeing it, also with mulberries but making sure it does *not* get any iron, and using is as the final gradient... we'll see, I guess! I kind of like the idea of one garment with three colours from the same plant, but I'm learning that cotton is kind of a pain.

Hmmmm, what else do I have to report? I don't have any stories on the go atm, thiough I *did* enter a tumblr exchange and so I have a Voltron story to write once I figure out the best way to approach it. The exchange is supposed to be 'pg-13' rated which means I need to think through my ideas and make sure they don't go too dark on me. Probably some recip stalking is in order?

Not 100% sure what I am doing with the rest of my day - no Thirteen, but maybe some other kind of game?
musesfool: anakin's lightsaber (this is your life)
[personal profile] musesfool
Sing a New Song
Star Wars; Vader, Leia, Luke, Obi-Wan; AU; g; 4,130 words
In which Ben has a bad feeling, Luke makes it to Tosche Station, Leia takes control of the situation, and no one understands how hard Vader's life is.

Sequel to Just a Little Bit of History Repeating. Thanks to [personal profile] silveronthetree for cheerleading!

Read it on AO3.

Sing a New Song )

~*~

Feedback is the best present!

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musesfool: ultimate spider-man (what a good boy)
[personal profile] musesfool
Happy birthday to me! Maybe there'll be a story later? If I can wrangle all the characters into cooperating? Skywalkers! *hands*

I was woken up at about 5 am by the chirping of the smoke/CO2 detector. It needs a new battery. Because that never happens during the day when you could easily replace it. So I have to run to CVS in a bit to get that.

So yesterday, I did an online HIPAA training and then had my mid-year check-in lunch with boss3. Which went well but was also kind of awkward because she ordered prosecco to toast my birthday and then I had to be like, and yes, my co-op application was denied. (She wrote a recommendation for me.) So she smoothly switched to "then maybe this glass of wine will help ease that pain." *snerk* I had an excellent cheeseburger and fries (the fries at Odeon are great) and for dessert, the strawberry-rhubarb crumble with buttermilk ice cream, which was fantastic. And probably not going to be on the menu much longer as rhubarb season is coming to a close.

When I gave L. the news, she insisted we meet up for dinner even though we are going to dinner tonight, and since I was already going to be on the UWS because I was going to see Spider-Man: Homecoming (I hadn't intended to, but my niece saw it and was excited about it, and so I couldn't resist), we met up after the movie so she could commiserate with me. It was nice, despite the fact that the table behind us had three or four little kids who were completely out of control running around and shrieking. She wanted to complain but I didn't let her. I mean, if I had known, I wouldn't have agreed to take the table (there was a choice) but I didn't know, and ugh, who wants unpleasantness? Even if parents should do a better job of corralling their kids in public, especially in tight spaces. At least one of them thanked us for our forbearance when they left.

As for the movie, I liked it. I didn't think it was necessary, and as much as I love Peter Parker (and you know I do), I feel like it should have been a Miles Morales movie (I mean, was Ned not basically Ganke?) and also I kind of felt terrible for Donald Glover.

I personally really liked Amazing Spider-Man, and this movie didn't quite match the emotional response I had to that one. Otoh, in this one, the teenagers mostly looked like teenagers, and it also looked like the real world in terms of diversity in the high school.

spoilers )

I guess I better go to CVS now.

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there's no use crying about it

Jul. 14th, 2017 12:21 pm
musesfool: sad cap is sad (too sick to pray)
[personal profile] musesfool
I spoke to the realtor a few minutes ago and my application was rejected. So I guess no amazing birthday present for me this year. He sounded shocked and baffled ("I've seen people with less stellar finances get accepted into co-ops!") and was like, "after you get your deposit back, we can start looking again" but I have to figure out what to do about my apartment, since my lease is up September 30, and I don't know if they'd be willing to do month-to-month since it's a rent stabilized apartment. Ugh, I really didn't want to have to move twice, but I kind of do need somewhere to live.

Right now I'm sad and tired but probably not as shocked as he was, because I just didn't have a good feeling when I didn't hear right away. I'll probably be angry once that wears off, at the way they wasted my time and money and energy. I guess it's better to not be where I'm not wanted, but man, I really loved the apartment.

Sigh.

Comments are appreciated but I doubt I'll feel up to answering them.

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Game Night!

Jul. 13th, 2017 11:58 pm
elanya: Pensive pony (Default)
[personal profile] elanya
Tonight was our pathfinder game which we have affectionately termed 'The Fuck Squad'. We continue to horrify/terrify.befuddle our newbie GM, but she keeps inviting us back! Probably because we have the best snacks. Tonight we had: nanaimo bars, earl grey tea short bread, oat meal cookies, chips, local cherries and raspberries, and chocolate dip for the fruit. And cider. And I think I might be forgetting something? Also oreos I guess

I apparently touched something I shouldn't have with my left middle finger, because the skin blistered and is peeling (doesn't hurt, but it looks like it's wrinkled form being in water too long). I have no idea what I could have touched with just that one finger that wuld have that effect o_O

Also I did an Ask meme on Tumblr, to whit:
Fic writing questions!
  • So reblog this if I can pop into your box and ask you questions about writing (You can probably make a version for art, too). And you can ask them to me if you really want to.
  • Specify fandom if you want for any of the questions.
  • 1. Which is your favorite of the fics you've written for X fandom?
  • 2. Favorite piece overall?
  • 3. Which was the hardest to write, in terms of plot?
  • 4. Which has the most "you" in it, however you'd define that?
  • 5. What is an image/set of images that you're particularly proud of?
  • 6. Idea that you always wanted to write but could never make work?
  • 7. Least favorite plot point/chapter/moment?
  • 8. Favorite plot point/chapter/moment?
  • 9. Favorite character to write?
  • 10. Favorite line or lines of dialogue that you've written
  • 11. If I'm showing off just one of your pieces to someone, which one should it be?
  • 12. What WIPs do you have going now? Are you excited about them?
  • 13. Are there any things that might have happened in any of your stories, but you changed them at the last minute? (So-and-so dies, they don't actually kiss, main character has long extended ballet-based dream sequence, etc.)
  • 14. Would you want to write canon for any of your fandoms (like be hired by showrunner to do an episode)? Which one?
  • 15. Does font matter to you when you're writing a draft?
  • 16. 3 favorite comments ever received on fanfic.
  • 17. Any mean comments? How'd you deal with it? Who laid the smackdown?
  • 18. If you could go back and revise one of your older stories, which would it be?
  • 19. Do you make up scenes at work/on the bus/at the gym? Who are the characters that pop up the most? Do you write them down?
  • 20. Go nuts, and talk about writing. Or write me a little ficlet-whatsit using a character/image/line I shall now specify:
  • Go on, my chickens, and ask each other questions


... and Nary asked me three, which I answered:

6. Idea that you always wanted to write but could never make work?

- I have so many!  Mostly I run out of energy for writing them, so they remain WiPs.  I have some probably-novel-length story ideas that I know I will never get down, just because they’re too big for me to manage.  One is based on a superhero character I came up with and never really played, but I’ve fleshed out significantly in my mind…about a girl who finds out that her father was basically an alien prince who fled here after a coup… I think the story is too big, and I also don’t think I have the cultural knowledge I’d need to write it well and do the characters justice without a whoooole lot of research and some good sensitivity readers.

9.  Favorite character to write? 

-I’m not sure I have one, honestly.  It varies with my mood and interests of the moment.  The better I understand them the easier they are to write though, so that means a lot of RPG characters and OCs, but that doesn’t necessarily make them my favourites (except maybe in that moment).

16.  3 favorite comments ever received on fanfic.

Ummm, hmmm.  *ages later after reading through a million comments*

Well, other than the ones that went ‘I love this story and wold like to accept it for publication in X’… Mostly they are Exchange Squee - one where an author I really like called the fic I wrote for them ‘absolutely brilliant’, one where the comment was just really long and loving and super detailed pulling out a lot of quotes and talking about the themes and such, and one non-recip comment on a drabble written for an exchange that was basically “I really couldn’t believe that was only 100 words, how did you do that to my emotions.”



.... but if anyone wants to ask me more questions here, have at!

I have felt the edge of silence

Jul. 13th, 2017 03:55 pm
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Two things to look forward to:

- The Mrs. Ws from A Wrinkle in Time

- The Wakandan Royal Portrait

I AM EXCITE.

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Busy day!

Jul. 13th, 2017 12:20 am
azurelunatic: A glittery black pin badge with a blue holographic star in the middle. (Default)
[personal profile] azurelunatic
Morning: feeding cat, finishing car registration.
Lunch: driving to Kirkland.
Afternoon: orientation for temp stuff.
Dinner: driving back, locating closed toe shoes and black pants.
Evening: catching up with Purple, sharing leftovers and various video content with partner.
Night: curled up happily.

Another one joins the club

Jul. 12th, 2017 11:06 pm
elanya: Pensive pony (Default)
[personal profile] elanya
One of my local friends had her PhD defense today! I went out after work to join her and some other peeps for food and drinks to celebrate.

I also got my yarn dyed! Mistakes were made. for one, I left the skein in the modified dye for waaaaaaaay too long. Apparently it can damage the fiber if it is in too long.... hopefully that doesn't happen. Also I may have used way more than I needed... The package said 2% of weight of fiber, but the internet said even less, and I think it was right. This became evident when I went to rinse out the non iron modified skein in the same bucket (which I thought I had at least rinsed out pretty well), and it modified that skein too. Whoops! It isn't as dark, but it definitely lost some of its brightness. I'll get pics once they're dry.

I am not entirely sure what I am going to do with them though.... they're not really my colour, and I don't have enough to make what I had been hoping to, which is a little tank top :/ Maybe I can get some more of something similar and do it up.... I am sure I could get more mulberries... Hmm.
musesfool: Reboot Uhura (never tell me the odds)
[personal profile] musesfool
Since I'm sure you're waiting almost as anxiously as I am, no, I haven't heard yet if I've been board-approved. Sigh.

I did lock in the interest rate on my mortgage, though, at the urging of my mortgage broker, who knows what she's about, so there's that at least.

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Wednesday reading meme ahoy:

What I've just finished
Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey. As I mentioned last week, having finished both seasons of The Expanse, and not wanting to wait until 2018 for more, I started reading the books the show is based on.

I definitely think I like the show better, and I definitely see why they made some of the changes they did (especially bringing in Avasarala so much earlier - she's so great!). Book!Miller is more palatable than show!Miller, though I still wish they'd subverted the "hardboiled detective falls for missing girl" thing more, since it's a tired trope without any subversion. But getting his internal narrative helped a lot in making him less of a giant creepy bore.

I still want to punch Holden in the face most of the time, and I didn't think it was possible but the romance is handled worse in the book than it is on the show, where it's basically unremarked most of the time. Having Holden's internal POV made the show's underwritten version seem brilliant in comparison to how poorly it's done in the book. *hands*

I also think making the crew at odds to start was better narrative choice, though had I not seen the show first, I wouldn't have questioned the easy camaraderie in the book.

It's an old-fashioned page-turner of a space opera with some interesting ideas about space travel and humanity, but if I hadn't enjoyed the show I don't know that I'd be interested in continuing on to the next book. Choosing two generic white dudes as the only POV characters was a lazy choice, imo.

What I'm reading now
Book 2 of The Expanse, i.e., Caliban's War. I just finished Avasarala's first chapter, and she's so great. I imagine Shoreh Agdashloo eating pistachios and cursing a blue streak and it pleases me tremendously. And Bobbie's story is a lot less fraught than it was in the show, which is another choice I think the show made correctly. Or maybe it's just that I saw the show first, so it's my template for the story and the characters. *hands* Having two interesting lady narrators definitely offsets some of Holden's annoyingness. I like Prax on the show, but I'm as yet undecided about him as a book character. I guess we'll see.

What I'm reading next
I don't know if I'll be up for Abbadon's Gate next (the reviews are not heartening) but we'll see I guess.

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