[poem] Craftwork

Oct. 25th, 2014 11:39 am
kaberett: a patch of sunlight on the carpet, shaped like a slightly wonky heart (light hearted)
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For all of you; and specifically for [personal profile] jelazakazone, a bit.

I am living a borrowed life on
borrowed time, in that
the theft thereof has not been noticed yet--
my other selves are paper-thin;
they echo in the corners of my eyes,
their futures circumscribed by our own hand
and thereby written out of history.
Egal: perhaps they would be better, but
it's me who's living this, who's
strong or weak enough to hold on tight.
I will make a patchwork of my fractured nights,
my scraps of grace: as ever bound together
with the brilliant shining thread that you,
unknowing, trace.

Dear Yuletide Author - 2014

Oct. 25th, 2014 03:11 pm
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Hello Yuletide Author!

This is my third Yuletide, hoping I can keep the momentum going! First of all, if you have an idea for an amazing story that you're dying to write, please go ahead and write that! These are just some starting points if you want them :D

Maleficent )

Brothers Bloom )

The Immortals )

The Book Thief )

In general:

I like humour (dark or light), wordplay, clever people being clever, worldbuilding, action and so on. Any crossovers/AUs/gen/slash/het you feel like throwing in there is fine!

I don't like explicit torture descriptions, or extensive sex scenes - people getting hurt or horny is fine, but please avoid graphic details.

You can look on my journal to see what I like, or the couple of stories I have on Ao3. Thank you for sharing my love for these incredible fandoms, and enjoy yourself writing them! Happy Yuletide!

Note to self: sticky toffee pudding

Oct. 24th, 2014 03:44 pm
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Nigella Lawson on the topic (semi-steamed); entirely baked version involving TINY FREEZABLE RAMEKINS; if doing the thing of soaking the dates first, lots of people recommend tea and you want to use overbrewed rooibos; this is totally a thing you can do, self.

PS you -- The Pioneer Woman makes creme brulee look not entirely terrifying, Rasa Malaysia wants to be your misguided friend, the Graun is your spiritual home, and the Beeb wants you to have two recipes.

[counselling log] Bits & pieces

Oct. 24th, 2014 11:52 am
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  • At least some of my being terrified of writing for people other than myself (so - blog posts, technical writing, etc) is related to my dad's terrible thing of going "too slow!" at us whenever he asked us a question over dinner. Ergo I baulk and dig in my heels and refuse to write anything until the deadline's gone wooshing past because I'm too scared, and at least when it has gone wooshing past I am safe in the knowledge that I have disappointed people and can therefore can just get on with things (to some extent with a cocktail of sleep deprivation and adrenaline driving me forward). (Don't hesitate/it'll never push you forward/don't waste the time you've been given...) (There is a poem trying to happen about how I am living on time borrowed from my other selves.)
  • I look despairing when talking about TOG, and open and happy and secure when talking about P-the-no-longer-unethical or Awesome Ex-Housemate C. (And realised myself, somewhat wryly, that towards the end of our relationship I felt that I was without hope on the topic of Us; out the other side of that I find that I am not, in fact, as hopeless as might be good for me.)
  • Joking and current music fields aside, I'm pretty confident that I do love TOG in the knowledge of who and what he is, as opposed to an image of him disconnected from reality. I was very clear that I didn't expect that he would quit and that I loved him in that knowledge and belief; unfortunately nothing much has changed there except for developing a hard limit. Which makes not worrying about him difficult, alas, and means I have all these feelings that I need to work out what to do with.
  • I am all tangled up and sad & trying to carry other people's burdens all unasked at the moment; it's not good for me and I need to work out how to set them aside. Homework for the week was lots of breathing exercises (we know they work for me) and some focussing on the serenity prayer (at my own wry suggestion; counsellor said "Will that help?" and I replied "Well, it'll make me grin wryly, so yes, in a sense....").

Next session late Friday afternoon next week. Counsellor is once again attempting to charge me less money...

"Dunbar," by Anne Spencer

Oct. 24th, 2014 01:12 am
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AH, how poets sing and die!
Make one song and Heaven takes it;
Have one heart and Beauty breaks it;
Chatterton, Shelley, Keats and I—
Ah, how poets sing and die!

Week 2 Day 2

Oct. 23rd, 2014 08:23 pm
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I had two points, one in each of the first two intervals, where I felt as though I couldn't make it. The second interval was incredibly slow - maybe only 4.5mph. But by the fifth and final interval, I felt fantastic.

Burlap continues to be a pretty good running companion, and requires fewer corrections. He still tends to try to run in front of me when I turn left, though. In July, on one of my previous c25k attempts, he darted in front of me when I was going all out and sent both of us tumbling down the sidewalk. He had noticed something moving in the shadows; turns out it was one of those little American flags our HOA plants in everyone's yard around the 4th. Despite repeated correction, he still tends to bump into my legs when we're out and about.


Oct. 24th, 2014 05:45 am
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Geneva harbour with Mont Blanc behind. The snow’s thicker on the mountain than over summer, and I picked a rare cloud-free afternoon to go out, so it was actually possible to distinguish Mont Blanc *and* photograph it.

As it happened, I accidentally set my camera to ‘sport’ so I got 35 very similar photos of a not-moving-at-all mountain. (19.10.14)

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So [personal profile] azurelunatic posted adorable Pacific Rim fan jewellery to Tumblr. And I appear to have thinky thoughts about a work of fanart.

drift compatible )
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One of the presenters at this conference was working on landscape sentimentality in fin-du-siécle lit. She cited an early (comic) example, of the heroine in Northanger Abbey, who was mystified by her upper-class companions seeing ‘pictures’ in the landscape.

In keeping with the theme of the weekend, I spent some time turning landscape into image.

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 Here is consequence, folding its wings
on the fence. Here are your chances. After years
of moving whatever you do
from one place to another in the manner
that constitutes your work, you have to admit
you know what you think. About tonight
not so much fallen as struggling to its feet, gorgeous
in spite of what it's done to you. All
is forgiven. The loneliness composed on the road, after hours,
off-shift, out of it, or left behind, the vindictive
clairvoyance of local law enforcement, protracted
incidents represented by lacunae in your resume,
strategic negotiations pursuant to the project
of getting the fuck out of there, or making
the best of being stuck where you were,
in those rooms now creaking in a forest of outlived rooms
recalled as eras are recalled, their outmoded fixtures
and period costumes, motes afloat
in parallelograms of windowlight. Who are you?
What of you persists? Your life is built on intervals
the way a chord is, on changes that alter you
by thirds, by fifths, in silences the progression climbs
to where each song ends, and the next begins.

There's analysis of the poem here.

Misposted from Monday

Oct. 22nd, 2014 08:21 pm
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Today's assignment is to run 2.5 minutes, walk 2.5 minutes x 5 repeats It went pretty well, and I ran after dinner. I'm hoping that I ran early enough that it won't impact my sleeping *crosses fingers*. It was really enjoyable, and I feel good that I was able to make it through all of the intervals without stopping early!
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AFRAID? Of whom am I afraid?
Not death; for who is he?
The porter of my father’s lodge
As much abasheth me.

Of life? ‘T were odd I fear a thing
That comprehendeth me
In one or more existences
At Deity’s decree.

Of resurrection? Is the east
Afraid to trust the morn
With her fastidious forehead?
As soon impeach my crown!

[picspam] mooooooore Kew

Oct. 22nd, 2014 08:09 pm
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The shot I was most pleased with from last trip in early October: three lilypads in a row, in different colours.

Another seven photos. )

And my absolute favourite shot, from the oak walk (where I was very excitable and very pleased by ALL THE OAKS), is light through oak leaves:

Novelty / routine

Oct. 22nd, 2014 07:38 pm
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So, Monday I followed [personal profile] moreteadk's example and tried a new route. A colleague (who is a serious runner who regularly runs marathons) said that he often goes for training runs down a certain minor road, 20 minutes out and 20 minutes back. I hadn't registered the road as an option because from the end it just looks like a residential cul-de-sac, I didn't realize it went on for miles. It's about a mile of almost exactly perfect running road, tarmac'ed actual road but with almost no traffic once you get past the first handful of houses, since it just goes to a farmhouse. And it's along the brow of the hill so although not perfectly flat, it's not nearly as much downhill (forcing me to run uphill on the return leg) as my usual route. However, after a mile it turns into this kind of farm track thing, which is a public footpath (yay), but is muddy and uneven and uphill (boo). I'm guessing my amateur runner pal must do a fairly big cross-country section to take it to 20 minutes.

I think the best plan is going to be to run to the end of the road part and back, and finish the last mile or so by running along the first, relatively flat, section of my previous route (which starts from only 100 metres up the road from the end of this new road). This does mean a slightly awkward stretch running through a the busy village centre and across a multi-road junction, but that section is short, and the combined route would also allow me a full 5K without having to run along the side of a busy road or more than a few metres uphill.

I basically wasn't running at all in the middle section along the farm track, just kind of scrambling through the mud. It wasn't impassable, just you have to figure out where you can safely put your feet, which is obviously really slow. And even the nice flat bit along the ridge I didn't take very fast, partly because it's a new route, and partly because it was on the edge of too cold for my lungs and I wasn't doing brilliantly with breathing. So I only made 3.3 km overall in half an hour, but at least I've discovered a new and possibly better route for future runs.

Whereas today it was definitely too cold and I didn't get away from work before it was starting to get dark, so I dragged myself to the gym and put in 5K at 7.2 kph on the treadmill. Fairly easy, again the main impediment was boredom, in spite of the Zombies, Run! podcast. This time the background music in the gym was less loud, which did help, but I think also my real problem is not so much that I can't hear the dialogue as that I can't hear the specific voice actor who plays Archie, and she was a central character in the previous episode. I couldn't hear her in this episode either but I could hear everybody else, so was much better able to follow the plot.

That gave me a time of 41'46'', and reasonable confidence that I'll be able to manage 7.5 kph on the treadmill soon, even if it takes me a few tries.

Engage smug-mode. Smug-mode engaged.

Oct. 22nd, 2014 06:51 pm
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I did it. Today I ran for 30 minutes non-stop. Never EVER in my entire life have I been able to do that before. Now I just need to do that two more times and I have officially completed the program. Husband says I'm now entitled to purchase my kitchen machine. In reality, though, I'll wait a few months and see if I can get one marked down a little in the January sales. I mean, there's no reason to actually waste money if I don't have to.

So 30 minutes. That was tough, but I didn't feel like collapsing and dying in a ditch somewhere afterwards.

I don't really have anything else to say about it, really... I ran. It was running. Some of it was relatively fast for me and a lot of it was quite slow. I think what I'm going to try to do is to try today's strategy again. A bit faster for the first bit, slow in the middle and then faster again for the last bit. It'll be a bit like the running/walking bits, I think, and I can gradually make the slower bit shorter. I think that'll probably happen automatically, really.

I tried to keep an eye on landmarks today, so that I can listen to whatever I like without needing something to time me. The run started and stopped at easily recognisable places, so for the next few times I'll have to pay attention to whether I'll stop at approximately the same spot each time. Otherwise, I'll have to pick a spot to stop and start walking. Not a big deal at all.

I've measure today's approximate running distance and it was only actually 4K, but I think it's time now to start working a little more with distance rather than time, so I'm okay with that. I can adjust further to make it longer as/if I get quicker.


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