18 April 2014 @ 10:35 am

If you're not playing Beacon-Hills @ Livejournal at the moment, you are totally missing out. We're divided into Team Hunters (YAY HUNTERS) and Team Werewolves (BOO WOLVES) and the bracket stuff is only pantomime booing because everyone is awesome (even the wolves who incepted me into saying bacon hills, you know who you are). You get to write and play games in your team and make pretty art and look at other people's pretty art and it's just a lot of fun. ♥

Come join Team Hunter! Tell 'em mizzy2k sent you. ♥

Side effect of having to use only my tablet or my mouse at work to navigate for a week:

...I keep wanting to reach for a mouse or almost bang my fingers on the screen of my laptop to scroll or--dear God--reaching for the mouse, realizing it's not there, then starting to stroke my screen before it hits me--I use a touchpad.

Okay, as I'm here and have time, continued from here.

Supplemental review of Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2

Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2 at Amazon

I don't think this would work as a full laptop/desktop replacement for most people, but as a very functional laptop supplement/alternative for travel or work, it's better than perfect.

Useful For:
1.) Travel and conventions
2.) Work, meetings, presentations
3.) Final Fantasy I, II, III, IV, V, and VI (all in the Google Play store!)
4.) The Room I and II (really really really)
5.) High graphics/high memory apps
6.) Watching movies/vids/video
7.) Document editing/writing
8.) Photo editing

The Good
Gorgeous scren, colors are vibrant, resolution is (I think) as good as my laptop. With office apps, easy to read text and can be read portrait or landscape. This a very big screen, is what I'm saying.

The weight is less than it looks, but it's solid; it doesn't feel like it'll blow away in a good wind. The back is textured for easy hold, but recommendation: buy a cover immediately. I recommend this one, which also has a strap for your hand and pockets for whatever you use tablet pockets for. It also, like the Kindle covers these days, has a auto-sleep function when you close it and auto-wake when you open it again. There's also an external elastic strap which is priceless when you open it and fold back the cover to keep it open. It's also eight dollars; this is your perfect cover, is what I'm saying.

Major gaming (the Final Fantasy series, The Room, any game with 3D graphics) looks amazing, especially those designed for tablets of 8 inches or above.

The on-screen keyboard is just the right size to type normally on, though next month I'm getting the Logitech or Zagg keyboard, both of which were built with the Pro series in mind and have apparently an independent three week month battery life (at 2 hours a day use, of course) and run on bluetooth. It even makes clicking sounds, and I could almost but not quite type normally; I type fast, but I'm just not used to not feeling my keys, though the click sound did help me there, which yes, weird yet true.

The Other:
This is a 12.2 inch screen-my laptop is 15.6, for reference--and trust me when I say, it's not a one-hand hold unless you like to live dangerously.

Some apps do not look right on this size screen. Not bad, per se, but apps that are created for a phone size of 3 1/2 to 5 or 6 inches do take getting used to seeing at this size and resolution and it is kind of surreal to play Yatzy (actual amazon spelling here) on a 12.2; the dice are huge.

Documents, Writing, Performance

I have six or seven different office programs, one of which comes free with purchase, and I tried three of them on here. It's fantastic; the screen size makes using the onscreen keyboard not a huge problem, though again, I'm getting the external keyboard because keys.

The following apps were tested and found awesome:

TextMaker Mobile - $4.99 - best of breed, only does text/document editing, other apps in family do other things, can read Googledocs and MS Word docs and can access your Word bookmarks in location order. Very nice for writing or reading. Links to Dropbox, Evernote, Google Drive, and OneDrive natively.

OfficeSuite Pro - $0.99 I think ON SALE NOW - covers documents, spreadsheets, presentation (powerpoint), and pdfs. Can access your Word bookmarks in alphabetical order. Handles Google docs and MSWord docs, links to remove files at Dropbox, Google Drive, Box, SugarSync, and OneDrive natively. You do need to download the font packet separately for best results.

Hancom - a suite covering documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and some other stuff I haven't had a chance to check yet. This suite is free with purchase of the tablet. I'm still not sure how to access remote documents directly, so give me time to experiment on this one.

Quick Office - Free - a suite covering the above, seems to exclusively pull from Google Drive or the hard drive of the tablet, which makes sense, since the app was bought by Google. Also works fine but only for Google Drive documents.

I have yet to hit a performance problem with this tablet. It also comes with video editing software and photo editing. I haven't tried them yet, as I don't generally do those things, but give me time, I'm still in my honeymoon phase.


Internal Memory: 32 G
SD Card: up to 64 G (rumor states it can manage up to 128 G)
Ram: 3 G
Processor: Exynos 5400 1.9 GHz
Screen Resolution: 2560x1600
OS: KitKat 4.4
Charging/Data: USB 3.0 (BUY EXTRA CORDS TRUST ME, $6-$8 at Amazon, get two)
Multiscreen capability

Can: be an IR remote control for your TV, blu-ray, dvd-player, auxiliary stuff, and cable box through WatchOn. This rocks like you have no idea. I feel very living in the future when I can control the entire entertainment experience from my tablet screen. It can also control the air conditioner. No, I have no idea why, just saying, that's a function. Who saw that coming?

It's a slow charge, so overnight charging, but it has about six to eight hours of functionality, especially if you turn off wi-fi when not needed.

50 G of Dropbox for 2 years
Hancom Office Suite
1 Year of Inflight internet
$25 Google Play credit
2 years Remote desktop
Other stuff

Compared to my previous two Asus tablets

An order or two of magnitude better. It runs cleaner and faster, it looks better, and it multitasks amazingly well.


The Galaxy Pro series comes in several flavors:
Galaxy Tab Pro 8.3 - $369 (16G, 2G)
Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 - $449 (16G, 2G)
Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2 - $599 (32G, 3G)
Galaxy Note Pro 10.1 - (I can't find this one on amazon; google for it)
Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 - $659 (32G, 3G)

For substitute laptop use, the 10.1 (if you're okay with a smaller keyboard) or 12.2 (nearly full-size for me) are your best bet. However, the Tab Pro 8.3 and 10.1 both come with only 2 G RAM, which was a serious consideration for me performance wise and was part of the reason I went with the 12.2 and its 3 G because more RAM is always a plus. All get good reviews, and especially if you want a strong tablet that you don't need to double as a laptop, the 8.3 is both perfect and much cheaper than the alternatives. If you aren't needing the office stuff, all of them do the high-end app games well and prettily.

Now, pricewise: your best choice is the 10.1, which is right now at $449.00 for the 16 G. Keep in mind the SDCard slot takes up to 64 G officially, so it's a good deal, but you won't be able to store much on the internal drive; the working amount of drive after the OS is around 9 G if my phone is any example and I'm not sure if the OS scales upward on the tablet in terms of size. This isn't a huge drawback, but it's something to keep in mind in deciding where to store apps. I'd recommend without hesitation the 10.1 for anyone who is looking for a high end tablet at a (relatively) reasonable price who travels a lot or attends a lot of meetings or does presentations at work and doesn't want to drag their laptop around.

The price is ridic for the 12.2 but it does have an almost-laptop size screen, 16G more drive than the 10.1 (there's a 32 G model that comes and goes for the 10.1, I think, if you can find it), and another 1 G of RAM. Honestly, it comes down to if you want to use it to type a lot and what your comfortable keyboard size is, and if you play a lot of high octane apps and want the bigger screen (again, Final Fantasy looks freaking amazing and gameplay....magic, really). If you're worried about size, it fits in my purse, along with headphones in their case, phone, glasses and possibly a small army (seriously, my purse is magic (so many random ass pockets) and doubles as a medium backpack yet is also pretty; who knew).

There are definitely more affordable tablets out there if you're looking for a tablet that run probably just as well, and I've heard awesome things about the Nexus family. My choice of Galaxy was because a.) my last Asus annoyed the crap out of me with the throttling on the processor and lack of RAM, causing problems with documents, b.) the Galaxy family has been good to me via phone and my ex-BIL works for Samsung, so there's a product loyalty thing going on, c.) I love my laptop and don't plan to replace it for another year (especially now that it's all repaired and clean and like new), and d.) (before I tea-killed my laptop) this month was possibly my best budget month yet, and I had enough money to overindulge myself unnecessarily on a tablet.

Hey, while I'm here...

App Recs

I might have done some of these before, so bear with me.

Final Fantasy III - $15.99 - awesome gameplay, very close to the original, amazing fun to touchscreen everything. I have a spreadsheet for all my equipment that is deeply awesome and if anyone wants a copy for their characters, I can send it! Macro-enabled.

The Room - $0.99 - very steampunk mysterious awesome and sometimes a bit creepy. The hints are extremely useful and don't generally give too much away, just enough to work out what to do for yourself, which I like.

The Room 2 - $2.99 - very steampunk mysterious awesome times two. Longer, more complicated, and utterly riveting to play. I recommend getting both of these.

Monopoly - $0.99 - I really like Monopoly, okay?

Mahgong Premium - $3.00 - gorgeous, many options, two levels of difficulty.

Yatzy - $0.99 - I also really like Yatzy.

iSpy Cameras - $0.99 - don't judge, there's like one in an aquarium and one underwater that's amazing. You can also move the cameras sometimes.

Minecraft - $6.99 - to be fair, I'm a very casual player, but my son and my nieces and nephew have built like, massive fortresses so I play sometimes and chase pigs.

WeatherScreen - use with any wallpaper, and it's so cool. Currently I have a forest background for my tablet and a city for my phone, and when it rains, it looks like it's raining in the forest (or city) with lightning. Seriously, this one is awesome.

Backgrounds HD - maybe Free? - ALL THE LIVE HD BACKGROUNDS. Seriously, it's kind of awe-inspiring.

Tetris - touchscreen Tetris. Surreal and yet fun and possibly I need to upgrade my hand-eye coordination.

************RECOMMENDED FOR EVERY ANDROID USER******************

AppSales - FREE - a must-have for the app bargain hunter on Google Play. It has all the Google Play app sales almost as soon as they happen, and it also has a watchlist you can access from Google Play via the share function to add it to the list and it will tell you when something on your watchlist goes on sale. Which is where all the other Final Fantasies are waiting until they drop in price or I get really bored.


Note: The googleplay prices I didn't enter on some because after you buy them, you can no longer see the current price unless you log out, and I usually buy these on sale. The ones I know I bought full price I put in, but it might be lower now. Again, Google Play what the hell.

Still coddling Sherlock; he's a good laptop and dear God, five days; we've never been apart that long before.

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16 April 2014 @ 08:35 pm
Today in West Philadelphia.  Monday's high was 82 degrees and last night's low was 30, strangely enough, with lots of rain.  Today was clear and crisp.

16 April 2014 @ 08:11 pm

Originally published at Sarah Rees Brennan. You can comment here or there.

Long have I promised an Unmade snippet, and been bribed with kittens and readers’ tears and all the things I enjoy for one, which is much appreciated!

So here it is.

It is hiiiiighly spoilery for the end of Untold. I’m just warning you. It’s also a little… it’s a little bit… it’s not right is what I’m telling you. I’m not right.

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16 April 2014 @ 06:37 pm
So Friday, I spilled an entire glass of tea on my laptop.

...I honestly have no idea how this happened. I've never done that before; I have sacrificed my skin to avoid even the possibility of such a thing. Because this is my life, my laptop immediately died without even a hope of resurrection.

(This is the month, by the way, that I just purchased my new tablet, so my budget did not include emergency laptop replacement. It's like, what the hell.)

So on Saturday, I went to Parts People down the road, who are literally the only people I buy parts for my laptop from and who are allowed to touch it at all. They always have the right part, and M told me it would probably be ready on Monday.

On Monday, he emailed to tell me that they didn't have a new board, which was the most likely culprit, but was still looking.

On Tuesday, he sent me the saddest email in the world that he could not find the part anywhere. I verified this; I did a google search and found two--two in the world--one of which shipping would cost me a new laptop price, and the other twice my budget threshold on the entirety of repairs.

So googling, I pulled up my model and found out why; my model was discontinued due to the quad i7 processor being too high and throttling the system leading to heat death. My laptop apparently is one of the rare few that survived a year alive, much less almost four. Which is why you couldn't find a lot of them, new or used. Further research confirmed there were two others in my series; the lower one was completely incompatible, but the upper one was a remake of mine, but with a duo i7 processor because see heat death issue.

(This was actually a problem with mine; it would get hot enough that I couldn't sit it even on a pillow for very long or risk setting the pillow on fire (a messageboard had a harrowing narrative of such a thing). I've bought a lot of laptop trays with multiple fans. I could first degree burn myself on my laptop easily when it was running for less than thirty minutes.)

The upper model they had in stock.

I called M and he explained the differences; he could use it to test my motherboard to see if it was really burned out or repairable (spoiler: it wasn't, the tea won), but if I decided to switch, I'd get the duo i7, which is faster and with a bigger cache, but it wouldn't be a quad and my multitask capabilities would be slightly lowered (I asked what I'd have to do to push it and suffice to say, I don't run that many programs at once. Ever). It'd be a straight trade on the processor: theirs for mine, since they're the same price, no cost for me. I'd pay for the new motherboard, which was slightly more expensive than my model, but had a much better video card. He also replaced several parts that were damaged or otherwise less than perfectly functional, cleaned it out, reinstalled my drivers, added arctic ice to everything and the heatsink to lower the heating problem, and apparently felt bad for me and gave me half off labor. And I have sound back, which is nice, since that may or may not have been fried by a heating issue. And came in under budget, which blew my mind and I almost cried.

To offset this: last week, my new manager called me into his office, and told me he and the new assistant manager authorized me for a merit raise of 3%. I used to get the merit bonus when I was a caseworker and ombudsman, but not since I got to testing, so I almost cried. He also added a Mac to testing, which will be my responsibility, and told me he and the AM were impressed with my work.

TO offset that: my youngest sister abruptly went stupid two weeks ago that culminated in super!drama this week, and the super!drama is so dramatic I don't even have words that weren't first uttered in daytime TV. I'm not thinking about it right now, but eventually, when Sherlock and I are over the first flush of joy in being reunited, I'll totally vent my ass off because seriously, new worlds of stupid.

So you know, this has been a really weird couple of weeks.

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16 April 2014 @ 05:35 pm
Thecrazydragon ( http://www.furaffinity.net/user/thecrazydragon ) asked me to draw her anthro dragon woman character in medieval dress, so I had a lot of fun looking up medieval sculptures and fashions and such. And the character in question is very elegantly shaped for dressing in fine robes.

The flowers are lupines; they don't grow where I live, so to me they are extra large bluebonnets.

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16 April 2014 @ 10:34 am
I'm Guest of Honor at NORWESCON, in beautiful Seattle, Washington! It's time for fun with crows, evergreens, and rain! If you're planning to be in the area, here's where you can find me throughout the weekend:


5:00pm, Guest of Honor Banquet. I am not on the menu! But I believe banquet tickets are still available, and you can put food in your face. Yum!

7:00pm, Opening Ceremonies. We are gonna open the shit out of this convention.


1:00pm, Reading. I have copies of Sparrow Hill Road, and I'm not afraid to open them...

3:00pm, Feminism in Fandom. Let's play Bingo!

5:00pm, Lifetime Members' Banquet. Food. Again.

8:30pm, Vixy & Tony concert. Come see the ever-amazing Vixy & Tony in concert with Betsy Tinney and Sunnie Larsen, as well as musical aid from yours truly.

10:00pm (roughly), my concert. I'll be honest here: it's basically the same set-up. There's not going to be a hard line between us so much as "first set list is finished, we pause to pee, second set list begins." I highly recommend attending both. I'll have CDs, T-shirts, and posters for sale.


1:00pm, autograph session. I'll sign shit!

5:00pm, Q&A. Come with your Qs, I'll show you my As.


4:00pm, Closing Ceremonies. Find out who next year's guests will be! Watch this year's guests try not to pass out on the table! Good times.

Hope to see you there!
Current Mood: ecstaticecstatic
Current Music: Freddy's Greatest Hits, "Down in the Boiler Room."
15 April 2014 @ 10:21 pm
This morning I did my oral defense of my thesis. It went extraordinarily well. Gradewise, I got an A on it, and in the writeup that went along with my official grade my faculty advisor called it "a theoretical, historical, and ethnographic masterpiece" which kind of bowled me over big time because if there's one thing he's not given to, it's hyperbole. So I'm thinking he liked it. A lot. *goes into corner and squees quietly into fists*

Also both members of my advising team are now very strongly encouraging me to expand my thesis into a manuscript for academic publication ASAP (*squees more*) because no one's really doing the work I'm doing in gender theory, theology and the experience of growing up trans*/queer in a fundamentalist Christian community. I'm also being encouraged to possibly look at coursework in holistic counseling too. So. Yeah. Things to think about, maybe.

I have two Tuesdays and two Thursdays left of classes, then three final papers, and this degree is wrapped up. Before I get to that, though, I have to make it through this week. Holy Week is the worst for Episcopalians. *woeface* I get to spend Wed, Thurs, Fri, and Sat nights at church for various liturgical services (and somehow do all my class reading and oh, yeah, a class presentation that's due Thursday afternoon and which I haven't even started, whoops), then get up at the crack of dawn on Sunday for two Easter services. The trials of doing field ed in a parish. (Stupid of me.) And my rector's basically warned me not to schedule anything on Monday because I will be absolutely worthless and exhausted.

But then I'll only have a week and a half left of classes to deal with. Which will be AWESOME.

Almost done, almost done, almost done. OH HEY, I THINK MAYBE I'VE GOT THIS, KNOCK WOOD. \0/

Now I have to go to bed because I'm tired because I was up all night last night being anxious and shit. Ah well.


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15 April 2014 @ 11:15 am
Every month I make a post to tell folks what I'm working on, a) because it seems polite, b) because it keeps me accountable, if only to myself, and c) so you will understand why I do not have a social life. This is the April 2014 post. We are now officially in the second quarter of the year. Whee!

To quote myself, being too harried to say something new: "These posts are labeled with the month and year, in case somebody eventually gets the bizarre urge to timeline my work cycles (it'll probably be me). Behold the proof that I don't actually sleep; I just whimper and keep writing."

Please note that all books currently in print are off the list, as are those that have been turned in but not yet printed (Sparrow Hill Road, The Winter Long, Symbiont and Pocket Apocalypse). A Red-Rose Chain is off the list because it's finished and in revisions with the Machete Squad. The cut-tag is here to stay, because no matter what I do, it seems like this list just keeps on getting longer. But that's okay, because at least it means I'm never actively bored. I have horror movies and terrible things from the swamp to keep me company.

Not everything on this list has been sold. I will not discuss the sale status of anything which has not been publicly announced. If you can't remember whether I've announced something, check the relevant tag, or go to my website, at www.seananmcguire.com. Please do not ask why project X is no longer on the list. I will not answer you.

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Current Music: Counting Crows, "Colorblind."
The April challenge for [community profile] hc_bingo went like this:

You get a set of four randomly chosen prompts. You then complete and submit one fill crossing over two or more fandoms. You can choose one prompt or combine two, three or all four out of your strip.

My strip looks like this:

restrained severe / life-threatening illness hiding an injury / illness exhaustion

In more important news, it is my best girl's birthday today. [personal profile] egelantier has already been celebrating for a while, because Russia has the audacity to outpace my time zone, but I wanted to give her a little something. It's not enough, and it's late, but it's given with all my heart and everything I have right now.

Title: Cordelette
Author: [personal profile] arsenicjade
Rating: PG-13
Fandoms: Leverage, WC, M7, dose of bandom
Warnings: references to the sexual abuse of minors, medical inacurracies like you wouldn't even believe
Summary: It's probably just stress. Parker tells herself that a lot.

AN: unbeta'ed, because I cannot get my shit together right now. I used WebMD for my research and, honestly, only did a little. I probably got everything wrong.

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15 April 2014 @ 04:53 am
New PR Stand-Alone: One-Week Rule  
Title: One-Week Rule
Pairing: Newton Geiszler/Hermann Gottlieb; appearances by ensemble cast
Rating: R / NC-17 [NSFW]
Word Count: 5,200
Notes: This isn't a fusion, not precisely, but it borrows a concept from a novel I loved growing up. In The Westing Game, you have a situation in which the residents of a condominium tower start using the lift/elevator as a community bulletin board. Over time, genuine notices and invitations and lost-item flyers degenerate into people ragging on each other and having conversations. As you can imagine, it didn't take much for me to wonder what this happening with the Shatterdome lift/elevator might look like. This is intended as humor, but there's also some serious content (given that it's set in the weeks leading up to Raleigh's arrival, the battles, and immediate aftermath). You do not need to have read The Westing Game to understand what's going on in this story. All my thanks to mystradedoodles and bowlingforgerbils for beta-reading; this was going to be my Mini-Bang entry, but I decided the AU I'm working on will be better suited to the purpose.
Summary: Somebody's got a stick up his theoretical vortex. Starting this off with a bang?

(Read it @ AO3)

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14 April 2014 @ 11:43 pm
Chag Sameach!

I had a rough day. Not only did we not have a seder, we kind of didn't have it because I had school so I got a lot of flack for not taking off school. It's really weird here. I don't know a single person who isn't Christian or lapsed Christian. I feel very uncomfortable about talking to people about not being Christian, and for the first time in my life I don't want to go in and ask for time off for non-Christian religious holidays. I know that sounds like cowardice, but seriously people here are all German. Yeah, yeah, they're American and have been for a long time, but it makes me feel uncomfortable. I think the vast majority of people I know have never even met a Jew. This is strange for me because of where I've lived in my life. Canada? LA? Even in Nashville I knew tons of Jews. In my hometown there are two different communities of Jews: Ashkenazim and Sephardi. We had different synagogues, but we were all from the same religion even though we have separate traditions (and boy-howdy).

I don't think about this a ton, but I feel really alienated right now.

Watching Simon Schama probably doesn't help.
14 April 2014 @ 10:59 am
Psst. C'mere.

So it's no secret that I love the covers DAW gives me, and that showing them off is one of my true pure joys in life. Chris McGrath has been designing Toby covers for eight books now, and he's amazing. Like, seriously amazing. Want proof?

Go ahead. Take a peek.

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Current Music: KT Tunstall, "Black Horse and the Cherry Tree."
14 April 2014 @ 05:32 pm

1 red onion
4 cloves of garlic
two peppers
three courgettes
two large carrots
two sweet potatoes
one butternut squash
two tins of chickpeas (drained)
two cartons of passata
one Sports Direct mug of vegetable stock
a buttload of paprika
half a buttload of cumin
half a buttload of ginger


Chop up the onion and garlic, then fry it up in a little oil with the spices. Once the onion is adequately soft, add the passata, stir in, and leave on a low heat.

Put all the vegetables, cut up into bitesize pieces (this will take FOREVER with the squash I am just saying), and the chickpeas into a mahoosive pan of some kind.

Pour the passata mixture over the vegetables. Realise there is not enough liquid. PANIC! Mix up about 500ml of veg stock, ish? I dunno. It's a big fuckin' mug. Add to pan.

Bring to boil. Then lower to lowest possible flame and cook for... two hours? Ish?

Eat. Bowl. Feta is good crumbled on top. NOM.

Also achieved today: laundry, hoovering, academic reading, tidying, tan.

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14 April 2014 @ 12:13 pm


I am so out of the loop. So Very.


#1: Paul Bettany is going to be in the Avengers. Properly, this time.

#2: There exists a photo of Paul Bettany kissing Johnny Depp.


I need nothing else.
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14 April 2014 @ 09:08 am
Morning all! :D

I am creating a digital library as part of my MSc, and creating a metadata schema for it, and such. In order to keep myself interested I have called it 'Note for Americans and Other Aliens' and it's a digital library of Good Omens context. There are so many pop culture references in there that it's a gold mine.

(And yes, I'm going to use AO3 stats to justify its existence - my lecturers are all very aware of the whole fanfic thing).

So far I have:

Gardener's Question Time podcast
Handel's Water Music
Best of Queen
A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square
Hound Dog

The Good, The Bad and the Ugly (for Lee Van Cleef)

1926 Bentley

Quoits Rules
Aziraphale's New Year's Resolutions

I'm still pondering this, but I can't reeeeeeally justify the time for a re-read (:() so if anyone's got any ideas for other items they'd be hugely appreciated! :D
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13 April 2014 @ 07:46 pm
If I am to treat myself, should it be...



Or both? :D

(Apologies for lack of poll)
Current Mood: curiouscurious
13 April 2014 @ 07:34 pm
First, I know nothing about Marvel comics: all my context I got from the films Thor (delightful) and Avengers Assemble (remember very little except it had good jokes and the final action scene was too long), and reading The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay.

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...and here in my home. He wrote the books, he wrote the stories; he wrote me waiting all that time alone.

This is the shape of my 2014, with travel dates and everything. Beautiful travel dates. Hope to see you sometime in the months to come. I know I just did one of these posts, but there's been some updates, and I want to make sure I don't lose track of anything (remember, these are as much for me as they are for you).


"The Lambs," April 15 (Bless Your Mechanical Heart).
Sparrow Hill Road, May 6.
"Knit a Sweater Out of Sky," May 13 (Dead But Not Forgotten, audio).
"Stingers and Strangers," May 13 (Dead Man's Hand).
"IM," June 1 (website).
"Lady Antheia's Guide to Horticultural Warfare," July 1 (Clockwork Universe).
"Oh Pretty Bird," July 1 (website).
"Bury Me In Satin," August 5 (website).
The Winter Long, September 2.
"Snakes and Ladders," October 14.
Symbiont, November.
"The Fixed Stars," November 4 (Shattered Shields).
"Each to Each," 2014 (Women Destroy Science Fiction).

"The Happiest Place...," February 2015 (Wastelands 2).
Pocket Apocalypse, March 3, 2015.

"No Sooner Met," unknown.
"Driving Jenny Home," unknown.
"Rolling in the Deep," unknown.
"In Skeleton Leaves," unknown.
"Opening Band," unknown.
"There is No Room For Sorrow in the Kingdom of the Cold," unknown.


Norwescon 37, April 17-20, Seattle WA.
Sparrow Hill Road release party, May 10, Borderlands Books, San Francisco CA.
Phoenix Comic-Con, June 5-8, Phoenix AZ.
San Diego International Comic-Con, July 23-27, San Diego CA.
Loncon 3 (Worldcon 2014), August 14-17, London England.
Disneyland Paris, August 18-21, Paris France.
Shamrokon (Eurocon 2014), August 22-24, Dublin Ireland.
Filk Continental, October 3-5, Hamburg Germany.
Windycon, November 14-16, Chicago IL.

Westercon 68, July 2-5 2015, San Diego CA.

No fixed deadline/being written/unsold:

"Broken Paper Hearts"
"The Star of New Mexico"
"White as a Raven's Wing"
"Last Call at the Last Chance"
"Carry Me Home"
"Pixie Season"
"These Antique Fables"
"Pathologies of the Apocalypse"
"All the Pretty Little Horses"
A Red-Rose Chain
Chaos Choreography

Again, to clarify some recent confusion: some things, especially novel-length things, may appear more than once, on both the "publication date" and "being written" lists. This is because the "being written" list is an aggregate, which also includes "no fixed deadline" (IE, being written on spec or for the website) and "unsold" (IE, being written because I can). So new books will appear there for a long time before they vanish, since books take a long time to write, but may also have pub dates listed higher up.

Look at that list. It's so shiny!
Current Mood: awakeawake
Current Music: Talis Kimberley, "Ten Years."
13 April 2014 @ 01:00 pm
My son Tiberius, age 4, watching "The Doomsday Machine," shouts: "Oh no! It's the giant bread galaxy!!"

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13 April 2014 @ 12:35 pm
That was... the worst musical I have ever seen. I'm confused as hell; wasn't that the famous Rodgers & Hammerstein? The Sound of Music guys? Maybe it's the fault of the production, although I don't want to blame them when as far as I can tell they did a good job. The set design was excellent. The costumes were lovely. Not knowing the music I couldn't identify any fault in the orchestra, and as far as I know the singers were all on-key. But the writing was bad, the music was bad, the lyrics were bad, and the songs were poorly integrated. I don't know if the director and music directer flubbed or Rodgers & Hammerstein flubbed, but I spent the production alternating between trying not to tune out (even though listening to what was going on was so unrewarding) and admiring the Cutler Majestic Theatre, which is indeed majestic (and perhaps a bit Cutler).