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|Saturday, April 18th, 2009|
Warning, Will Robinson
My computer will be getting upgraded extensively this evening. If I'm not commenting or responding to emails for a few days, it'll be because I've managed to bugger it up somehow -- don't be alarmed if that happens.
You locals can get in contact with me via my cel phone. Everyone else, I'll definitely be able to check my email on Monday, if nothing sooner.
|Wednesday, April 15th, 2009|
|I has a dreamwidth!
And because pocketmouse
. Eventually, I'll have a second journal, solely for crafting and my 'mundane' activities, so I can show that one to my folks...
|Sunday, April 12th, 2009|
|Another data point for AmazonFail
Apparently, Amazon didn't just de-rank GBLT themed books, but books about disability and sexuality
Way to stay classy, Amazon.
I think I'll be ordering online through Powells
and Borders from now on, and maybe scout out the local independents.
|Monday, April 6th, 2009|
I hate being tired...
I was sick over the weekend -- felt unwell Friday morning, called into work, and spent the rest of the day alternating between sleeping and being disgustingly ill in the bathroom, and occasionally sleeping on the bathroom floor because it was cool and much more convienent that way. twistedchick was a godsend in that she helped me check on the cats I had agreed to feed for friends on an out-of-town trip, and walked me through the grocery on a juice-and-soft-food run. I was mostly recovered on Saturday but I was exhausted walking back from feeding the cats.
I was better on Sunday, but I still didn't feel 100% this morning, so I called in again.
I'm not at all hungry, is the problem. Over the course of this weekend I've consumer one empanada, a bottle of pomegranate blueberry juice (which had almost no useful vitamins, now that I look at the label), maybe a dozen cookies, three yogurts, and a third of a family-sized container of pudding. This is *not* good.
And I'm just... tired. Not sleepy, just with absolutely no motivation to do anything.
I've made mac & cheese to go with the chili I already have for lunch tomorrow (but I'm not interested in eating it at the moment...) and I'm going to bake a banana sour cream cake later.
Maybe I'll go to bed early tonight and things will be better in the morning.
Current Mood: tired
|Tuesday, March 31st, 2009|
Disturbing wet patch on carpet
I came home this evening, and the odd patch by my door that I had thought was just a pressure mark in the carpet turned out to be wet.
I have no idea where the water is coming from, but there is a patch the size of my hand, just inside my front door where it has leaked from *somewhere*.
The rental office doesn't have a clue where it's from, but I talked to my landlord (hoorah for living in a small building) and they'll either come by tonight, or in the morning and look at it. Which will probably involve peeling back the carpet to get at it, but since I don't want my floor to squish as I walk, that's okay with me.
I just hope it's something easy to fix, instead of something that requires tearing up much of my flooring.
|Saturday, March 28th, 2009|
Drabbles for the restless...
Since I can't seem to settle tonight, and I'm behind on my writing, I'm asking for drabble prompts.
Currently, I'm writing in a fairly obscure corners of the DC Comics Universe (being The Flash and the Justice Society of America), but I can also try Astonishing Xmen and Xmen First Class if you're a Marvel fan. Actually, I can *try* just about any fandom that I'm familiar with, but if it's been years I might not have any juice.
So... character/pairing and word prompts, please?
Current Mood: discontent
Hey, I don't have to wander!
I stopped by Now and Then -- bad idea, they have new Jojoland Melody Superwash -- and talked to the shopladies.
It turns out, they are having a knitting meet up at the Savory on Tuesdays!
While I like the Silver Spring Knitters, they do meet at the Adega, which I don't find cozy, and I do find kind of expensive (though their sweet potato and eggplant fries are *great*!). So I will show up on Tuesday at Savory, and see if I like this group better.
Current Mood: chipper
|Wednesday, March 25th, 2009|
I may have just create sauerkraut soup...
Current Mood: dubious
|Thursday, March 19th, 2009|
Does anyone know pre-Crisis Flash canon?
I picked up my subscription at my local comics shop yesterday, and wound up talking a little bit with the clerk a little about how I was worried about the whole FLASH: REBIRTH thing. He agreed that there were a lot of things that would make for interesting stories, but that DC will probably gloss over (you know, like the fact that Iris got on with her life, to the point of going out on a date!) because the editors running the asylum.
But he brought up the fact that Barry's second wife (from when he though Prof. Zoom killed Iris -- there's time travel involved, it's complicated) wound up in a mental hospital, and was *never* brought up again. Is this true? Did Barry do anything else that is as outrageous?
Because if he had a history of just abandoning people when it suited him, or generally being a self-righteous jerk, I think I understand why so many of the long-term Flash fans are less than pleased that Barry is coming back and Wally is being shunted out of a book he's anchored for more than 20 years...
|Monday, March 16th, 2009|
...so tired... so behind on errands...
Woke up and went to work this morning with a sore mouth -- I think I might have a fever blister *inside* my mouth, because I'm having pain from inside surface of my cheek, at the corner of jaw. Needless to say, this has made eating anything today... interesting.
Also, work is busy busy, so I'm not getting much writing done. I have a story due April 26th, and three more that I'd like to get done *sometime* before summer comes around and I get jossed by new canon.
I'm also brining a brisket for an attempt at corned beef and cabbage. It's probably not going to be ready to cook until Wednesday, or maybe Friday. I need to get a roast pan tomorrow or the day after, since I don't actually own one, and three pounds of brisket won't actually fit in any dish I do have. Especially since I've already ordered a rump roast to make sauerbraten -- possibly for Easter/the equinox. Also, I need to find real horseradish, not horseradish sauce made with corn syrup...
And I should stop by the Whole Food at Tentelytown -- I'm pretty sure that's where I saw the light-up 40th-birthday that I want to get for my brother -- and the AC Moore to get some synthrapol, some more cross-stitch needles, and yet another needle-threader (I lose them as often as I lose tape measures)
I've also cleaned up my apartment for inspection tomorrow -- scrubbed out toilet, tub and sink, vacuumed everywhere, boxed up five banker's boxes of clothes, books, and yarn and stuck it in my storage cubby, found a dead rat on the patio and tossed it in the dumpster (YUCK!), threw out a bunch of shoe boxes, and hung seven spindles on my wall to make it look like decoration instead of clutter.
It's still probably not up to standard (it's cluttered, not dirty), but really, I'm not going to pretend I keep house like my mother. My parents house always feels half-empty when I visit, because everything is *so* neat.
Current Mood: blah
|Friday, March 13th, 2009|
|I'm crazy, that's the only explanation for it.
I signed up for lgbtfest
story, to be posted on April 26th.
I took prompt 448: DC Comics, Todd Rice (Obsidian) and Al Rothstein (Atom-Smasher or Nuklon), If only they'd both realized they were gay/bi a little earlier...
I think I'm going to disappoint the prompt-writer, because I don't break up canon couples as a rule, and Todd's pretty happy with Damon. This is probably going to be a story about regret, and working through the stupid choices you made for yourself (of which Todd and Al both have some *doozies*), and how friends are important when you're struggling with your identity.
I'm a bit sad that only a few other non-Batman DC Comics prompts got picked up -- though with over a 1000 prompts, they probably just got lost in the sea of options... I may have to keep the ones I wrote in mind to write myself, if I ever have free time again. Current Mood: thoughtfulCurrent Music: Bonnie Tyler - I Need A Hero
|Saturday, March 7th, 2009|
I have finished the Rainbow Butterfly socks for penknife
's VSP. These socks were made using Noro Kureyon Sock yarn and the Butterfly Bows
pattern from Socks Socks Socks
.( So cute! )
Now I just have to get the socks to their new owner.
There's also leeflower
's shawl in progress.( ...pretty... )
I need to start thinking about summer-weight projects, since it's getting warmer. In a few months, I won't want to be holding wool at all, and I literally won't be able to during July and August without being in a room with strong A/C. Luckily, the project
is mostly bamboo. Current Music: Nine Inch Nails - Head Like A Hole (Clay)
|Wednesday, March 4th, 2009|
Suggestions on places to stay in and around DC
One of my cousins is likely to be coming to a job fair in DC in a few weeks (I'm not sure if he's a presenter or a job seeker, though).
Any suggestions for "at least moderately reasonable places to stay" in DC proper or right close to a Metro station?
|Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009|
|The Works-In-Progress meme...
like a lemming:
Hmm... some of these I need to work on more, obviously.
1. “I’m quite sure that’s what our erstwhile compatriots were trying to recruit us for, before we tossed them all over the street and scampered off like bunnies.”
2. "Hey, Kitty, did you know Hank has an internet boyfriend?"
3. Hank said slowly, "I went to church, Kitty."
4. "Stop calling me 'Pony', Abigail."
5. "In fact, she's kind of hot and I can totally see why other-me married her, because I would totally be dating Hank if Hank were a girl."
6. It wasn't until Javier stepped through the doorway that he realized that the shabby tavern was a brothel as well.
7. "Dick doesn't bring home ex-villain transvestites!"
8. Jai gave him a Look (probably learned from Piper during a stint of babysitting, if Trickster was any judge – that little nose wrinkle was totally typically of the Lord High Rat King) and stated, "Crowns are shiny."
9. There was a man sitting on the brownstone stoop, wrapped in layers of rags and a filthy green duffle coat when Rick [Hourman] and Jesse [Liberty Belle] walked back from their day working to restore the neighborhood to something less than a disaster zone.
10. "Wally, you can have your 'Leave It to Beaver' dream life – just as soon as you realize that *you* are going to be June Cleaver."
|Sunday, March 1st, 2009|
Where did my spring go?
It's SNOWING outside today. Yuck.
I am going to stay inside and catch Coraline sometime later this week, I think, because I hate being cold...
Current Mood: irritated
|Saturday, February 28th, 2009|
|Fic: In the Rot and the Rust (Piper, gen) Title:
In The Rot and the RustAuthor:
Piper, Desaad, Brother Eye, TricksterRating:
An AU from Countdown #9. Offering Piper godhood was perhaps a mistake…Notes:
Thanks to </a></b></a>jeff_morris
for a quick beta. And hopefully katzdecimal won't mind that I took a line or two from our discussions. Also, a few lines are lifted directly from Countdown #9.IN THE ROT AND THE RUST
I did this in about three hours, which is amazing considering I usually take 6 weeks to finish a story. It's short, and 750 words.
Quick beta, please?
I've just knocked our a short fic -- about 750 words. Can I get a quick beta? Working knowledge of the DC Comics (either Flash or the COUNTDOWN maxiseries) would be helpful, but not necessary
|Friday, February 27th, 2009|
|Oy! Scans Daily MADE comics fans!
Someone unknown got scans_daily
deleted off LJ for copyright violations. One of the mods explains what they currently know
, and asks for everyone to refrain from pointing figures.
However... if it was the work of an industry insider, that person is STUPID -- I've bought twice as many trade collections in the last six months than I did in the three previous years because of stuff I saw on scans daily. It was a wonderful way to get your friends into comics, because you could show them intriguing little bits.
Fortunately, there is an IJ asylum
that can be utilized. Current Mood: pissed off
|Wednesday, February 25th, 2009|
is starting again, with prompts wanted
from now until March 3rd. Since the prompts should focus on characters written as LGBT and dealing with LGBT issues
, I'm wondering how many comic-fandom prompts I can come up with.
At the moment I've come up with prompts for:
- a JSA story with Obsidian, dealing with coming out to his dad as gay while coming out to his boyfriend as a superhero,
- a JSA story about how times have changed -- gay culture over the years from the viewpoint of Sand (written as bi?),
- a Flash story with how Piper came out to the Rogues, and how it made him decided they were a better family than his parents,
- a Flash story about how Piper and his villainous boyfriend Fury -- how did they relate to the gay community, because supervillains all sorts of bad press when you are working for gay rights?
- an Xmen story about Anole -- how hard is dating when you are green and scaly and gay,
- a Marvel story about a LGBT group for teen superheroes,
- a Marvel 1602 story about Jean/John Grey; the cross-dressing wasn't merely a disguise.
|Wednesday, February 18th, 2009|
|DCU: Green Arrow -- 'Quiver'
I bought a copy of Quiver
the other day. Why did no-one tell me about this before?
Kevin Smith wrote a Green Arrow story and no-one told me. I feel left out!
It's tightly written, it works within some of the crack-ier canon from the DCU (I'm looking at the whole Parallax/Spectre/Hal Jordan thing), and Ollie is really well done as guy who is flawed as heck but really tries. The most illuminating moments come when he's realized he's missing ten years worth of memories, and he keeps asking other heroes about Roy and Dinah. And he's hilariously a headcase, as well, suspecting an old man of being a supervillain simply because he has a new computer... ;D
Also, I love that Kevin Smith at least brought up 'If you are a mind and a body, but not a soul -- are you still a person?' -- even though none the characters answered the question.
Phil Hester's art is dynamic yet stylized -- it takes a little getting used to if you're used to more photorealistic styles, but it's very good, and he did a really great job with making the layout flow. And Matt Wagner did the original covers which are included in the book. Current Mood: cheerful