22 July 1997

Jul. 22nd, 2017 11:02 pm
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One Piece celebrates its 20th anniversary today. Two decades of the same story. Twenty years of writing and drawing a chapter a week very nearly all the year around.

Can you imagine? And it's still so good. It still makes me cry on the regular.

I've been following along for more than half the series' life - since 2004. I've shared lovely hours bonding with friends over One Piece and creating inspired by One Piece. And I met my wife through a LiveJournal post on One Piece.

I wish I were in Japan to celebrate, but alas.

At least I've already had I've of my wishes come true! I've gotten to tell Odacchi 'thank you for everything' along with hundreds of other fans. So until next time... HAPPY BIRTHDAY ONE PIECE!!

Blogflog - Creative Emptiness

Jul. 23rd, 2017 04:11 am
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Link: Creative Emptiness
Disclaimer: This blog entry is verbatim, as originally posted on LKH's blog. Copyright belongs to Ma Petite Enterprises.

Creative Emptiness )

Book meme!

Jul. 21st, 2017 06:46 pm
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Because I'm procrastinating. A bit on the cutesey side but whatever.

Wait, DW doesn't have a rich text editor?? I mean I usually prefer to enter my HTML manually, but here I could really use it. Motherfucker...

...

bold the ones that apply.

1. You currently own more than 20 books.
2. You currently own more than 50 books.
3. You currently own more than 100 books.

4. You amassed so many books you switched to an e-reader.
5. You read so much you have a ton of books AND an e-reader.
6. You have a book-organization system no one else understands.
7. You’re currently reading more than one book.
8. You read every single day.
9. You’re reading a book right now, as you’re taking this book nerd quiz.
10. Your essentials for leaving the house: wallet, phone, keys, and a book.
11. You’ve pulled an all-nighter reading a book.
12. You did not regret it for a second and would do it again.

13. You’ve figured out how to incorporate books into your workout.
14. You’ve declined invitations to social activities in order to stay home and read.
15. You view vacation time as “catch up on reading” time.
16. You’ve sat in a bathtub full of tepid water with prune-y skin because you were engrossed in a book.
17. You’ve missed your stop on the bus or the train because you were engrossed in a book.
18. You’ve almost tripped over a pothole, sat on a bench with wet paint, walked into a telephone pole, or narrowly avoided other calamities because you were engrossed in a book.
19. You’ve laughed out loud in public while reading a book.
20. You’ve cried in public while reading a book (it’s okay, we won’t tell).

21. You’re the one everyone goes to for book recommendations.
22. You take your role in recommending books very seriously and worry about what books your friends would enjoy.
23. Once you recommend a book to a friend, you keep bugging them about it.
24. If your friend doesn’t like the book you recommended, you’re heartbroken.
25. And you judge them. A little bit.
26. In fact, whenever you and a friend disagree about a book you secretly wonder what is wrong with them.
27. You’ve vowed to convert a nonreader into a reader.
28. And you’ve succeeded.
29. You’ve attended book readings, launches, and signings.
30. You own several signed books.
31. You would recognize your favorite authors on the street.
32. In fact, you have.

33. If you could have dinner with anybody in the world, you’d choose your favorite writer.
34. You own a first-edition book.*
35. You know what that is and why it matters to bibliophiles.
36. You tweet, post, blog, or talk about books every day.
37. You have a “favorite” literary prize.
38. And you read the winners of that prize every year.
39. You’ve recorded every book you’ve ever read and what you thought of it.
40. You have a designated reading nook in your home.
41. You have a literary-themed T-shirt, bag, tattoo, or item of home décor.
42. You gave your pet a literary name.
43. You make literary references and puns nobody else understands.
44. You’re a stickler for spelling and grammar, even when you’re just texting.
45. You’ve given books as gifts for every occasion: birthdays, Valentine’s Day, graduations, Tuesdays...
46. Whenever someone asks what your favorite book is, your brain goes into overdrive and you can’t choose just one. You end up naming twelve books.
47. You love the smell of books.
48. You’ve binge-read an entire series or an author’s whole oeuvre in just a few days.
49. You’ve actually felt your heart rate go up while reading an incredible book.
50. When you turn the last page of a good book, you feel as if you’ve finally come up for air and returned from a great adventure.



*: Most books are "first (and only) edition", so by that measure I own several; but for the sake of this question I'll assume that's a first edition of a book with multiple editions, where this edition has a higher market value.

no default

Jul. 21st, 2017 11:25 am
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I wish DW/LJ had a thing where there is no default icon and you're forced to choose one to make your post. I keep forgetting to pick one and then I don't want to trigger a useless edit notification for whoever is on the thread post-facto.

I went to take a look at the DW source. It's perl. No wonder no one wants to work on it. They should just restart from scratch. :P

ETA: So you can choose "no default" but instead of forcing you to choose, it picks none, and puts a DW logo watermark in the logo spot. *faceplam*

Blogflog - The Book is Done!

Jul. 21st, 2017 02:16 am
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Link: The Book is Done!
Disclaimer: This blog entry is verbatim, as originally posted on LKH's blog. Copyright belongs to Ma Petite Enterprises.

The Book is Done! )
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Things we've been watching

We just finished March Comes in Like A Lion season 1 and I am so glad there's a second season coming because this show has shot to the top of my All Time Favorite list. (Which is hard to do! It's a crowded list!) It's so sweet and warm and genuine. It's a slice of life show about people who have suffered and been messed up and are dealing (or not dealing) in various ways and although there's a lot of heavy themes it has such amazing heart. Love it.

Skuld's been watching Master of None and I watch along. It's definitely hit or miss with me. The first season was fun, it has absolutely shining moments. The Thanksgiving episode with Denise coming out was powerful stuff, but the whole will they/won't they straight romance with a side of cheating is boring and hits Bad Buttons so I'm not too impressed with the second season overall.

Tour de Pharmacy (in UK: Pharmacy Road) a silly Adam Samberg HBO special docudrama thing that takes the piss out of cycling in general and the Tour the France in particular was funny. And exceedingly ridiculous. But also funny - and Daveed Diggs had a big part in it so extra love for that!

Twin Peaks: The Return continues to be a tour the force for Lynch & Frost. It's beautiful and unsettling and does things its own way for its own reasons and I adore it for that. We usually watch each episode twice, and in the hiatus after episode 8 we rewatched 1-7 again, so that's three viewings so far and I still don't get bored of it. (Frustrated, yes. Bored? No.)

And since we were on a Twin Peaks kick we finally got around to watching Mulholland Drive and. Yes. That is certainly... a film? I'm not sure what I watched, or why, but it's been a lot of fun discussing it with Skuld and reading/listening to analyses and theories. I'd actually like to rewatch it? Because while I didn't love it, I did find it a really interesting experience.

HOT FUZZ. Because we ran out of other things we were in the mood to watch and we both love this movie to bits. We put it on a random Tuesday night and were late to bed because Hot Fuzz. For all the reasons. Including, of course, the thing Edgar Wright summed up in his famous 2009 tweet:

@edgarwright Me and @simonpegg once wrote some Nicholas Angel and Danny Butterman slash fiction. It was called HOT FUZZ…(applause)

More from Twitter, with fanart )

Things I've read
The Girl with Ghost Eyes (Xian Li-lin, #1)The Girl with Ghost Eyes by M.H. Boroson

Oh no! I really, really wanted to love this. And it had a bunch of ingredients I like. But... they never really came together for me. I think it's a me thing rather than a book thing, and I don't feel I can write a proper review. I mean: the books does have a lot of fascinating themes, Li-lin is an interesting character, and the world is quite vividly drawn. I don't know why it still fell flat for me.


What's next?
I've got new volumes of Vinland Saga and Princess Jellyfish manga to read, and I've got the latest Raksura and Queen's Thief books all queued up on my reader. I just need to find something that drags me back into reading, because with all the Real Life excitement recently my attention span has grown short and my anxiety looms large and it's making it hard for me to focus on words and other worlds...

Kurds

Jul. 18th, 2017 11:02 pm
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I gave a breathless 5 minute introduction to the Kurdish side of the Syrian Civil War after a prompt on my t-shirt at an NDP event tonight... Wheee. And I'm thinking of making a 10-minute presentation to my co-workers, because why the fuck not. Let's see where this predicator business goes... :P

Fic: Renaissance Men (2/5)

Jul. 16th, 2017 05:54 pm
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Title: Renaissance Men (2/5)
Author: BradyGirl_12
Pairings/Characters (this chapter): Brando/Riccardo (Bruce/Dick), Timotheus (Tim), Jason, Luigi Marcello
Genres: AU, Challenge, Historical, Drama, Romance, Slice-Of-Life
Rating (this chapter): PG-13
Claim: For my 2017 Bruce/Dick Bingo Card.
Prompt: Write That Art!
Pattern: Row B (Straight/Vertical Line Bingo) (1/3)
Prompt Count: (6/9)
Warnings: None
Spoilers: None
General Summary: Brando Venucci is a great artist/sculptor/jeweler in Renaissance Florence and is desperately in love with his beautiful model, Riccardo Graciano, the centerpiece of an ambitious artistic project which will make them forever famous.
Chapter Summary: The Great Project begins.
Date Of Completion: April 29, 2017
Date Of Posting: July 16, 2017
Disclaimer: I don’t own ‘em, DC does, more’s the pity.
Word Count (this chapter): 1502
Feedback welcome and appreciated.
Author’s Note: All chapters can be found here.

The Great Project was to begin immediately. Riccardo assented to being the model, excited by Brando’s enthusiasm. On the first day he arrived right after breakfast, dressed in his rainbow finery. He said good morning to Timotheus and Jason and went upstairs. )

Happy 48th anniversary...

Jul. 16th, 2017 01:04 pm
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... of the Apollo 11 launch!

More later, maybe.

Hey Peeps!

Jul. 16th, 2017 10:11 am
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Could you all do me a favor?

I am not used to everyone's usernames on Dreamwidth, is there a way you could let me know who you are so I can put them in my notes?
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There's so much to do for an international move. We've started looking at pet transport, moving quotes, new furniture... It gets pretty overwhelming when taken all at once. But it should be manageable. We can do it, little by little.

It'll get easier when (when, not "if", because I have to let myself hope) can confirm that we can get one of the apartments were're eyeing. They're new builds, which is why we have a shot without spending the usual 2-3 years on housing waiting lists before getting anything but a short-term sublet.

Apartment blathering )

So many things we want to start planning, and so many hopes pinned on this block of flats... and we just don't know if we'll get one. We literally don't know what is required to start a tenancy application. I emailed the landlord/builder rep, and of course they're on vacation now, because that's how Sweden rolls. So there's nobody in the office until the week before I go to the showing.

I keep having anxious moments when I'm sure they will be ALL OUT OF APARTMENTS and we'll be stuck chasing short-term second hand leases where we won't be allowed to bring our cats and it would be a total nightmare. I don't think that's true - they would hardly invite people for a showing if they didn't have any flats left to let - but what if. Agh. *fret fret fret fret*

There are just too many factors in this I can't control, and until those are settled my anxiety/stress levels will be unusually high and that's just. My life now. But fingers crossed?!

Another completely unrelated thing I can't control is the fact that Instagram's embeds don't work here. :/ I've logged a support request, but of course that's somewhere around priority #4987 for the Dreamwidth staff.

See, this is what shows up when I use Instagram's Embed:

Cut for waste of space )

But I've been wanting to share some of the pics I've been posting, and I won't let a giant technical issue I can't solve stop that. I... uh. I've been screencapping my Instagram posts and uploading them to DW...? It's the silliest workaround ever, but it gives me something to do that isn't obsess about how hard life will be if we can't get one of those apartments!

Preview:



Some awkwardly crossposted Instagram pics )

Baby Driver

Jul. 15th, 2017 10:39 pm
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I always love Edgar Wright's directing - Hot Fuzz is one of my all-time favorite movies - so now that he's got a new movie out I didn't even watch a trailer before buying tickets.

Baby Driver is a fun movie, with absolutely amazing directing. And not just "directing" in the sense of telling the actors what to do, but - the opening credits list a choreographer. Pretty much all the music is diegetic - it's heard and experienced in-universe. The same is true for the sound design.

It's such a joyful experience to watch a beautifully crafted scene where everything is integrated to the point of fight scenes where the guns go off in time with the background soundtrack, and the editing is as beautiful as anything in a high quality fanvid.

Here are the first six minutes of the film so you can see what I'm talking about:



Oh and one thing I really loved was seeing the main character speak a lot of sign language with his foster dad, who was a very sweet and sympathetic figure, and the ASL was just there no big deal. Very nicely done, and an unexpected and much-needed bit of representation. (The actor who plays the foster dad is Deaf, too.)

That said... It was not without issues, and I'm not as head over heels for it as a lot of other people.

Some more thoughts )

Fic: Je Ne Sais Quoi (1/1)

Jul. 13th, 2017 11:40 am
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Title: Je Ne Sais Quoi (1/1)
Author: BradyGirl_12
Pairings/Characters: Benny/Ray V.
Fandom: Due South
Genres: Fluff, Humor, Romance
Rating: G
Warnings: None
Spoilers: None
Summary: Ray and Benny ask each other important questions.
Date Of Completion: July 2, 2017
Date Of Posting: July 13, 2017
Disclaimer: I don’t own ‘em, Atlantic Alliance does, more’s the pity.
Word Count: 371
Feedback welcome and appreciated.
Author’s Notes: Hi, luvs! After my Due South works were imported to AO3, I read through a bunch of them and was inspired to write something new for our favorite Canadian/American couple. Enjoy! :)

When did you realize that you were first in love with me? )
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Reading! Yoon Ha Lee's Raven Stratagem came out a couple of weeks ago and it was the only thing I managed to pick up and read during the Schroedinger's Job part of the ongoing New Job saga. But then I put it down again because although I'd read Ninefox Gambit in January, some of the details had faded a bit. And I love the characters so much I want to catch every single nuance of their world and words and everything else, so I went back and re-read it (and loved it just as much - if not more! - the second time around). Then I read all of Raven Stratagem really fast and now I'm sad I have no more Machineries of Empire.

My Goodreads review, cut for space )

Things that happened today:

After getting an email this morning I asked for two days off, booked flights & accommodation and made plans to go to our new city to look at an apartment August 16th, then meeting my new library colleagues on August 17th.

I am stressed/nervous/excited and hope so fiercely that the apartment situation will work out, because the rental housing situation in Sweden is lol nope and this seems like a really good opportunity. Really, really short version: demand hugely outnumbers supply when it comes to flats & getting a first-hand lease requires years of waiting for the right opportunity.

However! There are three new apartment buildings going up in our new town, and the builder-landlords are showing it tomorrow and again in August for tenants to move into November 1st... I have no idea how many people will apply for the available apartments, or how the selection process will work, but I'm going there in person to make a good impression and hopefully sign us up for a flat (I'd totally take one unseen at this point because that's how hard it's to find a place to live, but since I have vacation days to spare and access to cheap airtravel... it's a good idea to get as much information as possible in person.)

My new colleagues are excited for my visit - one of them is taking a break from her holidays to come show me around the library and introduce me to people. She's also offered to show me the best places in town to go for a run! So that's really sweet. ♥ (And so intimidating. Having to make an entirely new set of work friends... uuuuuuuuuuuuuh.)

But yes. Today I learned that it's literally cheaper to fly from Gothenburg to Stansted than it is to take the train from Cambridge to Gatwick. (I'm doing both.) Also: accommodation is really pricey!

So fingers crossed the whirlwind Sweden trip will work out (I'm flying the day of the showing, so if the flight's really late I'm SOL), and that good things will come of it.

Other Fun Moving Fact that's a whole post in itself: no pets allowed in the cabin on flights from the UK (stupid UK!), so we're going to have to hire a freight company to transport Meenie & Nora in the hold of an airplane to get to Sweden. [insert paranoid cat guardian panic & lots of £££ here]

PSA

Jul. 10th, 2017 08:33 pm
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VA employees getting axed

Jul. 10th, 2017 04:27 pm
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That's one way of "fixing" the help Veterans get. What the fuck is wrong with this administration?

Everything that is political is making me rage.

That's all I'll say about it.

*************

One more week, well, actually on Friday, Jd's re-check is scheduled. They'll take an x-ray in his cast, and if his leg is healed, he will be able to get his cast off. That will be nice.

Dominic is out of town again, in California for work. I'm alone until Wednesday. My mom's cousin's husband, John passed away last week, she's leaving on Thursday in the morning to go to the funeral. They are the only family on that side of my family who have ever been consistently kind to me and my Mom. I wish I could go too but I can't figure out a way to be able to afford it.

I'm almost finished making a cosplay for Clary Fray from Shadowhunters. I nearly lost my mind the other day on FB when I made a status update about how I hated the Sibling trope in The Mortal Instruments/Shadowhunters and someone blasted in with a "BOYCOTT CASSANDRA CLARE FOREVER", I was like... um... no? I like her books AND the movie AND the show. Why would I do that? Then she went in on how CC plagiarizes, which the case against her was delayed/ dismissed? And the person taking the case against her is literally trying to copyright (seemingly) well known fantasy tropes like a magically imbued weapon, secret society of demon hunters, etc.

If you aren't my friend on Instagram, I am 'thegreylioness' there as well. :) I bought a really nice lace front wig on Amazon for my cosplay, and I could probably use it for a few other costumes as well. I shared some photos dressed as Clary there. I would share here as well but it's somewhat of a pain in the ass. A few other things I want to get is maybe some black jeans to wear for this costume, and I want to make her Stele. Maybe look into making a Seraph Blade as well but I might run out of time.

Speaking of costuming. I'm in the middle of so many of those projects, I need to buckle down and finish them. I have Dominic's renaissance shirt that is still in pieces! And I have all the stuff, I believe to make Giselle's Curtain Dress from Enchanted. But I get distracted by the kids, and I don't ever NOT have chores that need to be doing. Like right now? I have a laundry monster upstairs and I don't remember when the last time the living room was vacuumed and the dishes need to be done and the table needs cleaning off again.

All these things add up and weigh me down like crazy. I keep wanting to work out, and have the SAME exact problem as my chores VS cosplay. Work out? or do chores? FREAK OUT INSIDE AND DO NOTHING.

I need to make all these doctors appointments too. For the boys, for me, for the dog and cats. It's too much sometimes. And when Dominic is out of town, it is so much worse. I worry sometimes that three kids was too much for me, and think who's idea was it, anyway to have three kids? But Parker is totally awesome, don't know what life would be like without him in it.

I'm feeling constantly like I'm just a drain on the family, monetarily wise, and I don't do much on the other hand so what good am I? It's hard. I struggle with my self worth every single day. It doesn't help that I feel so alone most of the time too. Luckily, I've been talking with a new FB/LJ friend, and that has been nice. I also invited my friend Mindy to go to MN Fan Fest with me in August to meet Jason David Frank. Speaking of which, I need to go buy the tickets, probably.

I hope everyone is doing fine, I still read everyone's posts, but I'm sorry if I don't comment enough.

A walk to the river

Jul. 9th, 2017 08:58 pm
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The weather was lovely today, and there was a farmer's market on down by the river, so even though I'd already gone on an 8k morning run we headed out after a late breakfast.

As I have a new (refurbished) early birthday present-phone with an amazing camera*, I was finally able to snap some shots of things I've seen (or missed!) when passing through these streets on my usual morning run route.

Thought I'd share those pics here before life happens and I forget again...


20170709_120631

Love this door!

More Cambridge details under the cut )

*The phone's a Samsung Galaxy 7S Edge, which I've been coveting since it was released last year, and I love it. It's waterproof!

Fic: Collared IV: What I Am (1/1)

Jul. 9th, 2017 11:16 am
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Title: Collared IV: What I Am (1/1)
Author: BradyGirl_12
Pairings/Characters: Bruce/Dick
Genres: BDSM, Challenge, D/s, PWP
Rating: NC-17
Claim: For my 2017 Bruce/Dick Bingo Card.
Prompt: Dirty Talk
Pattern: Row A (Straight/Vertical Line Bingo) (2/3)
Prompt Count: (7/9)
Warnings: None
Spoilers: None
Summary: For their first official session as Master and slave (24/7), Bruce has dirty talk on his mind. Dick approves, though the ball gag keeps it silent approval.
Date Of Completion: June 6, 2017
Date Of Posting: July 9, 2017
Disclaimer: I don’t own ‘em, DC does, more’s the pity.
Word Count: 1682
Feedback welcome and appreciated.
Author’s Note: The entire series can be found here.

The study was all dark walnut and red leather, the wine-red carpet beneath his knees thick and plush. A very good thing, since he was naked while kneeling. )

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