Another relic found in a book

Oct. 31st, 2014 09:49 pm
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GRT dropped the whole "Don't you dare use this transfer to make your life more convenient, you darn public transit users, you!" years ago.

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Oct. 31st, 2014 06:33 pm
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I grew up in a place that had very few Hispanic people but a really strong French Catholic population, so the first time a Hispanic friend ranted about white people celebrating Dia de los Muertos I was really confused until I realized that in the wider world of white people it is not actually common to be the kind of person who skips Mass on Christmas and Easter but goes to church two or three days in a row for Allsaints' and Allsouls'.

What can I say?  It happened in my home parish.  And tonight I'm pulling my candles out.

Garden of Repose

Oct. 31st, 2014 08:18 pm
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These are the dead from this Samhain to last, and you can read more about them -- along with a few other posts about death -- in my Moment of Silence tag.

Read more... )

Robin Williams has passed away.  Nanoo, nanoo!

Casey Kasem has passed away.  I knew him as the voice of Shaggy in Scooby-Doo,  Robin in Super Friends,  and Mark in Battle of the Planets.  For a lot of us, he was an iconic voice of childhood and will be deeply missed.

Sparky T. Rabbit has passed to the Summerlands.  I got to meet him at the Pagan Leaders Summit.  Cool dude.

Famous poet Maya Angelou has passed away.

Farley Mowat has passed away.  He was a brilliant writer and naturalist.

Actress Shirley Temple has passed away.  She gave us some adorable movies, and a terrific cocktail.  She will be missed.

Arthur Rankin Jr. has passed away.  A talented animator, he is best known for creating Christmas specials such as "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" along with "The Hobbit" and "ThunderCats."  He will be deeply missed.

Pete Seeger has passed away.  He was a famous folk singer and activist.

Charlie Hill has passed away.  He was a famous Native American comedian.  I found him through his protegees, tracking backwards; this guy is behind the entire NA humor field and invented a lot of the jokes that tribal people tell.  He was truly touched by Coyote, and they are doubtless sitting at a campfire together now, laughing at each other's turd jokes.

Master animator Frederic Back has passed away.  He did two of my all-time favorite animations, "Crac" (aka "The Rocking Chair Cartoon") and "The Man Who Planted Trees."  He will be sorely missed.

Bring out your dead!  Speak of those who have gone beyond, that they may be remembered.

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Oct. 31st, 2014 08:10 pm
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Yuletide: 2,200 words and done.


I think I get to relax now. I still have to do some source-checking for worldbuildy details, and then I will have to locate betas, but it's not like there's a tearing hurry yet!


Oct. 31st, 2014 07:54 pm
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My Yuletide assignment is interesting! There are only three requests, but I could potentially write in two of them. The recipient has not posted a Yuletide letter, but I think the details as given are sufficient, probably. The real question, I guess, is whether I want to write in a fandom I've written in before or one I've only consumed canon for. (Or both if I'm feeling ambitious, which is less likely. Except that there's plenty of TIME, if inspiration hits soon.) SIGH. IDK. Maybe if I revisit all the canon, something will shake loose? I hope??

Annnd there were 2 trick or treaters after all! Such cute little kids. I think all the others headed off together to a party somewhere? Or the "non-scary" event at the zoo? Or an event somewhere else? I certainly heard enough of them in the street before sundown, but they got into cars and didn't bang on anyone's door at all.

*eats all the Twix*

*forces self to store some of the Twix to give away when I see ppl next week*

*takes stomach meds and loses appetite entirely, woohoo*


Oct. 31st, 2014 07:47 pm
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The good: my doctor has a working theory as to what the hell is wrong with
my hands and back! It also tidily explains why my SI joint constantly
dislocates, and some of the funky skin issues I have.
The bad: the working theory is psoriatic arthritis.
The odd: I exhibit almost all of the symptoms... But my blood tests don't
support it.
The hopeful: I have an appointment with a rheumatologist scheduled.
The freaking awesome: my rheumatologist's surname is Erskine. I look
forward to getting the super serum, and to my new Dorito-shaped torso.



Oct. 31st, 2014 08:14 pm
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This adorable little girl (probably somewhere in the 8-10 range) just came by my door with a group of five other kids. They were all wearing Marvel-inspired costumes, and all of them but her were obviously superheroes (Hawkeye, Spider-Man, Wolverine, Lady!Captain America, and Iron Man "because girls can call themselves Iron Man if they want and Iron Woman sounds stupid" - the kid's words, not mine).

The girl (who was Asian) was dressed all in black, with the S.H.I.E.L.D. emblem sewed onto her sleeve. I told her that I knew she was a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent but asked if she was anyone in particular.

Her reply? "I'm Melinda May, but you can call me The Calvary."

... there's a chance that both she and Iron Man might have gotten some extra candy based on pure awesomeness.

Yuletide RPF opt in post

Oct. 31st, 2014 11:53 pm
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Posted by hhertzof

For #yuletide rpf we did not accept nominations of named people directly in the tag set. Instead, if you are willing to be featured in Yuletide RPF fic, we would like you to comment to this post with your Ao3 name/#yuletide chat name or other fandom handle and the range of ratings you are comfortable with.

This post will be closed on 16th November and the complete list will be alphabetized and edited into this post.

DW Post

Yuletide RPF opt in post

Oct. 31st, 2014 07:51 pm
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For #yuletide rpf we did not accept nominations of named people directly in the tag set. Instead, if you are willing to be featured in Yuletide RPF fic, we would like you to comment to this post with your Ao3 name/#yuletide chat name or other fandom handle and the range of ratings you are comfortable with.

This post will be closed on 16th November and the complete list will be alphabetized and edited into this post.

LJ Post


Oct. 31st, 2014 06:41 pm
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Good: Yuletide fic has passed 1,100 words.

Hmm: Fic is not actually yet completed. But at least the pressure of making wordcount is off? I may be able to finish a rough draft tonight, regardless.

(I'm trying to get as much done today as I can because I'm doing NaNoWriMo this year.)
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Ermengarde was the viscountess of Narbonne, in what is now southern France, during the twelfth century. Despite her political prominence at the time, and her rule over what was then a very important port city, almost no sources about her life have survived. Even among medievalists she has been a minor figure. Fredric Cheyette sets out to recover Ermengarde from the historical shadows; given that there are only 64 documents which can be securely associated with her, Cheyette does this in large part by focusing on the world in which she lived. As a woman with her own inner life, Ermengarde does remain frustratingly elusive, but Cheyette's mastery of the documents means that he is able to give us a sense of Ermengarde the ruler. Some of the chapters on heresy might need revision in light of recent work on the Cathars by historians like R.I. Moore, but this is overall an excellent book which has held up well over the past decade. It is very useful reading for anyone working on medieval female lordship.


Oct. 31st, 2014 07:15 pm
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I got trick-or-treaters! Lots of them!

No, see, this is a big deal for me. Back in Tennessee, we never got trick-or-treaters at our house. Trick-or-treating out in the country where our farm was involved getting into a car and drive from house to house, so people mainly stuck to the "main" road; they never went onto the side roads like the one my parents' house is on.

Then, at my old apartment, it really wasn't a thing either. We might occasionally get a kid or two, but they just... didn't do much trick-or-treating at the apartment complex. Or maybe it was just our side of the complex where they didn't? I think most of the families with kids tended to live on the opposite side, so maybe that explained it?

But at my new place? So. Many. Kids. Some of the parents apparently organized and had the kids meet in groups of 20 or so all over the apartment complex, and then the giant groups all went around together. (It's a fairly huge complex, at least five times larger than the one I was living in previously and probably more than that.)

Oh, and the cats absolutely terrified one of the groups. It's chilly out, but they were in a mood, so I left the balcony door cracked just enough for them to slip in and out. I have some decorations outside, a couple of battery-operated plastic jack-o-lanterns and a fake skull sitting on my table (which is covered in some tattered, cobweb-like cloth), and I guess the kids must have assumed the two black cats were part of the decorations. So when they started moving around? One of the kids screamed, which led to all of the kids screaming, which led to two very startled kitties.

But still, trick-or-treaters! ♥

Na - Nope!

Oct. 31st, 2014 11:14 pm
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NaNoWriMo starts in about an hour, and I shall not take part. (I have also just unfollowed my old NaNo group on Twitter because they were retweeting *so many* things that I just yawned.)

My writing right now is split between three projects - the WIP (started a little over a year ago), which needs more brains than I've had recently (and with a brain-eating project on my desk, that state will probably continue for a bit), a coming-of-age story that has, what, 60K right now and which is lots of fun (known world, known characters, bits of plot already known); and Valendon's Diary part II, which is backfill for the aforementioned, and which I'm just having tremendous fun with.

New projects? Not wanted at this point in time.

So I will be writing, but I won't chase wordage.

What I will be doing is two things. One, I will try to find something to post every day - an article about writing, if people still post these things (and not in the form of 'twelve things you need to do to succeed at novelling!').

The other is that I am attempting NaNoCoMo - writing code every day. I have a good start under my belt, and am hoping to have a workable prototype (the minimum viable product) by the end of the month. (Three scenes, one monster, three actions.)

I'm hoping to attend a NaNo meeting or two in London, to meet up with people and talk writing, and I most certainly will write.

Just not 50K on a new project.

Happy Birthday!

Oct. 31st, 2014 06:58 pm
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Happy belated birthday, [ profile] mithrigil, [ profile] rachelmanija, [ profile] ralob, [ profile] vagabondage, and [personal profile] watersword!

And happy birthday, [personal profile] misbegotten!

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Oct. 31st, 2014 06:55 pm
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