Reading summary

Oct. 11th, 2017 06:31 pm
fred_mouse: line drawing of mouse sitting on its butt reading a large blue book (book)
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I don't have the oomph to write much about what I've been reading, so some partial summaries:

Harbinger - graphic novel trade paperbacks volumes 3, 4, and 5. This is very twisty turny, dystopia with superpowers. The end of book five appears to be the end of the story, and it ends on a potentially optimistic but ultimately depressing note. Volume 3 covers a stack of depressing back story about the horrors that humans create and inflict on each other; volume 4 has a lot of wankery on what is reality; book 5 has the final conflict and a little bit of kind of epilogue. Ratings 3-4

Die for Me (Amy Plum) - teenage supernatural romance that was just a bit too far-fetched for my liking. Yes, the overwrought nature of the narrative was in keeping with the strength of teenage feelings, but some of it was just too tortured. Rating 2. This one is looking for a home; will happily post.

life lived in dotpoints

Oct. 11th, 2017 04:09 pm
fred_mouse: crystal mouse, looking straight out at the viewer (crystal)
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I keep remembering that I haven't updated here, but not bothering. So, some semi-random details:
  • work - did a short contract; was supposed to have a not-a-job-interview this morning, got cancelled on/rescheduled until tomorrow; complained that there isn't anything on seek, checked again, there are three possible jobs, closing date for one is tomorrow, argh.
  • Study - still haven't finished that report.
  • responsible adult - slowly getting sorted bits of the house; am making progress on tax (have all the income stuff, I think, not as stressed about the donations side). Mostly making sure that there is food. Attempting to track expenditure so that we can live within our means while we are on one income with one kid doing skating and two doing dancing (term fees came due last week, same time as the credit card and the fortnightly mortgage payment. Food budget much lower than usual).
  • kids - still growing. Middlest is officially taller than eldest; the younger two are suddenly looking all grown up
  • health - up and down. Wiped today, for no good reason. Lungs are mostly better than they were, the montelukast has made 20-30 [units] of difference in my FEVs, and that has held (except yesterday, when I triggered a coughing fit each time I tried to measure, and thus didn't get a valid measurement). Mood is a bit flat, but not problematically so. Ennui, rather than anything else.
  • garden - scruffy. Failed to prune the mulberry tree before it was in fruit *again* this year.
  • reading - I'm getting some done. I make myself pick up a printed book on a regular basis. Still not reading new books as fast as I should be.
  • craft - finished up the blue knitted blanket; blocked the green/yellow knitted blanket. These are both waiting for photos, then confirmation from AW as to whether they want the blankets for their hospital ward, if not they are going to the cat haven. Also, because was just ariaflame and I the other day/night, I have two new 8" patchwork blocks (I was showing the concept of leaders and enders, and designed a couple of simple blocks, which I then finished up the next day, because when I say simple, I mean I did two 16 patches from already cut blocks, so there wasn't a lot in it). Did four of the 365 day blocks on the weekend, cut a couple more as well.

Fall break renovation edition

Oct. 10th, 2017 09:03 am
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We are in week 2 of the bathroom renovations. Monday October 3rd was demo day. Much like those flip and renovation shows on HGTV, we had surprises, the plans and design were not quite exacts. But I had planned for extra up to 30% of the budget. So the shower drain was redone. The base of the ceramic shower was rethought and done and the first coat of primer was put on. That's week one. All my ceramic floor was saved as was my big, enormous mirror. The shower ceramic walls were done yesterday and ... of course the designer didn't evaluate the right amount of ceramic tiles. I am missing 4 titles. We are getting them today. Paint is being done now, first coat. With a second coat at the end of the day. The ceramic will be finish today and the coat of coulis will be applied tomorrow.

Thursday we have the new vanity being installed. Then the new sink and plumbing and either on Thursday or Friday the quartz countertop will be measured, cut for the sink and then maybe next week installed then the new sink will be finished.

Not much reading but much knitting.


The Uncommon Reader. Alan Bennett. A book every reader can relate to. Here we have The Queen as the reader's surrogate and it does add some layer of intrigue but in the end the Queen proves to be one of us. Keep calm, love books and write. A quick read but not a meaningless one.

An Extraordinary Union by Alyssa Cole. Loved this a lot. Amazing Ellen is amazing. Malcolm is not too shabby also. I cast the Scottish accent John Barrowman as Malcolm. Don't no why but his voice fit the character for me. Elle is smart, sexy, intense and so much the spy heroine I've always wanted to read. Recommended to the power of 1000.


Cathy Yardley's Fandom Hearts series. Starting with Level up.

Currently reading

Sherry Thomas' A Study in Scarlet Women. The first in her Lady Sherlock's series. It is just fabulous. Totally.

I've started to knit again. In the round with double pointed needles. My shoulder is not complaining. Which is wonderful.

Hockey is back fully. I've been watching or listening almost daily. Sophomore year for the Leafs rookies is going pretty nice so far. Habs' start of the season is pitiful. The Pens bounced back but ... are doing a really dumb thing today. Hawks are in Montreal today. Might hear Jonathan Toews speak French. Which he does really well.

Pics of the knitting

Fingerless gloves oatmill with buttons Turquoise fingerless gloves with London iconic images buttonsSave


Oct. 5th, 2017 08:38 pm
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Dear Yuletider,

You are the awesomest person ever, because you're going to write me a Yuletide fic. I adore you, and will treasure the fic you write.

Righto, now we've got the gushy stuff over, here's some specifics:

Read more... )

interpreting lunch

Oct. 5th, 2017 11:42 am
fred_mouse: crystal mouse, looking straight out at the viewer (crystal)
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If I said 'I had an air sandwich for lunch', would it be obvious that I had gone for the low spoons option of grabbing two pieces of bread out of the packet, and eating them as if they were a sandwich, or would it imply something else? And if it implies something else, can you think of a terminology including the word 'sandwich' that describes what I ate? 'Empty sandwich'? 'Filling free sandwich'? Something else entirely?

Yuletide 2017: Dear Writer

Oct. 3rd, 2017 03:45 pm
thefourthvine: Two people fucking, rearview: sex is the universal fandom. (Default)
[personal profile] thefourthvine
Dear Writer Person,


I am, as always, going to provide you with all the details, because that's what I hope to get from my recipient. But if details aren't your thing, please tap out of this letter now. Just know that I really, really cannot handle child or animal harm or death, and I love you for volunteering to write in one of these tiny fandoms. See you on the 25th!

Or, if you want to know more, read on.

Me )

Basketball RPF, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird )

Jazz Age Writer RPF, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald )

Historical Farm (UK TV), Ruth Goodman, Alex Langlands, Peter Ginn )

Dear yuletide writer!

Oct. 3rd, 2017 08:44 pm
maharetr: Comic and movie images of Aisha's eyebrow ring (The Losers) (Default)
[personal profile] maharetr
Usual preamble here: if you've got an idea for Fandom that you want to write, go for it (try dodging my dislikes, maybe, but other that, go for it). Ideas, if you want them, under the cuts. I'm delighted by gen, slash, femslash. I love characters being casually bi/having had relationships with both/(many?) genders. I'm good with explicit sex, but love non-sexual intimacy moments even more. (See below)

Likes )

If you're panicking about producing a fic where people have to Do Stuff, and there should probably be Plot and a Story Arc, and Character Development, and Characters Learning Shit! You totally don't have to. I'm all for 1,001 words of lazy Sunday afternoon; a bunch of vignettes or drabbles; a slice-of-life; a five-times fic; a missing scene or chapter, etc etc... I mean, if you've been bitten by a bunny that is all about the Plotty Character Development then shit yeah, run with it and be joyous. But it's not required.

Dislikes )

On to the fandoms! ETA a note here that my write ups are noticeably Lions of Al-Rassan heavy bc I'm re reading it right now so it's freshest, but all my requests are here because they're beloved wants.

The Juniper Game )

The Lions of Al-Rassan )

Know your name )

Princess Bride )

Anyway, have fun, try not to stress too much (pot, kettle, etc, but still!). My yuletide tag has all my past letters, if that helps somehow, I'm also on tumblr under this username. Feel free to hit up the mods with any questions. Good luck!


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