a sudden, inexplicable urge

Apr. 23rd, 2019 01:20 pm
deird1: Andrew - with James Bond style intro (Andrew james bond)
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I really want to see a movie villain who abhors killing people or putting them in physical pain.

Like – a villain, definitely. But restricted by his own moral code to outsmarting you, or misleading you, or tying you up in a dungeon and keeping you well fed, or framing you for a crime and getting you arrested...
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Spoiler-ish reaction )

Actually a thing it does have in common with Ultra Despair Girls is that I don’t feel completely incompetent at the combat. I have bad reflexes and generally find action games overwhelming, particularly when they already expect you to know how to play them. Here, the enemies behave predictably, I don’t have to remember a whole heap of buttons … I’m not playing on a particularly difficult setting, and I could probably bump that up now. But it’s quite relaxing as it is! Which isn’t to say I don’t freak out appropriately when confronted with, say, a wild boar in a narrow hallway. Or when a giant whale-beast lumbers out of the darkness. Or one of those fucking blue heads jumps out at me. But I’m not freaking out because I feel like I’m too incompetent to survive them.

/my feelings of gaming inadequacy

The most surprising thing about this game is how the cooking mechanic makes me feel hungry (mostly for buttered potatoes) and makes me want to cook things myself. Given I am at home alone for the week, this isn’t a bad thing!


Apr. 22nd, 2019 08:01 pm
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The weekend went well, much better than expected, my mom's birthday party was a nice party indeed and all the travelling there and back was not as tiring as I feared. (Still, I'm very grateful that next week my boss' away on holidays and that tomorrow I have this stuff that needs me to work in the cleanroom all day so I'll be able to hide away if I need one more break than allowed and/or to shirk social interactions.)
But, uh, as I suspected I did nothing fandom-wise, no drawing, no writing, I barely knitted a few rows on my latest pride scarf, I didn't even watch series or movies! But seriously: rest is nice.

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Apr. 22nd, 2019 07:32 pm
sideways: [watership down] the black rabbit of inle (►couldn't be more opposite)
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I keep telling myself to give up on trying to pick up new reads from Goodreads, because it's such an unreliable experience, but then every now and then I run into something that blows me away and would not have crossed my path otherwise, and I'm back to curiously shuffling through titles in hopes of the next big winner.

Unfortunately I don't think City of Stairs is going to be it.

It's a shame, because the world-building is so much up my alley! The gods were real enough to be slaughtered in a war, and the consequences were eldritch and terrible. There is a murder that must be solved in a fraught political situation. The protagonist is a woman, and the cultures based on anything but medieval England. It should at least carry my interest through to the end...

It does not.

At least I can put my finger on the crux of what is troubling me about this one (it's annoying when I can't articulate an annoyance, because I'm forever left wondering if it's justified): it has been written for a visual medium, not a textual one. A decoy first chapter before the true protagonist enters the screen by stepping off a train; a wavering third-person omniscient narrative voice that is generous with exposition and general sights but adds little personal colour or feeling; a lead character who conveniently only really thinks about what is immediately relevant to the story, which hides her secrets nicely but leaves me with only small amounts of personality to connect to at any given time. I can picture this book as a TV show very easily, and perhaps I would like it better then, but as it is I feel little curiosity or affection for anything or anyone.

I don't know what the moral of the story is here, besides "seriously, stop just picking random titles off Goodreads because the blurb is well-spun". Probably simply that execution is more important than concept.

In between packing

Apr. 21st, 2019 09:10 am
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I keep thinking about a community I was part of, the Nexus, when I was a young adult. I miss it, I want to see folks writing stories for pictures of dragons again. I'm going to set something up for that space again on dreamwidth and see if I can promote it around the larger community. It's a very different concept from the normal DWRP we have, and it's got some older era ideas. There's no money being exchanged, real or fake, no tiers to climb, other than "write a story, get a dragon." Anyone in the community who has artistic skills can create a clutch, and the rules for what kind of story needs to happen to get in on that clutch vary by who is running it... but... write a story, get a dragon. Share glee at having worked hard for a cool thing. Build up a world, characters, stories, concepts, community based on that simple premise.

Thoughts for things to occupy my time on the other side of our move.

ugh, bodies

Apr. 20th, 2019 03:22 pm
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Sometimes when I get up in the morning the first thing I want to do is some knitting or crochet, but my body has decided if I do that first thing in the morning my arms and hands will go numb, and then I have to hang my arms by my sides until the feeling comes back.

They also go numb if I do other things where I'm holding them up for too long. (Like play games on my computer, as my desk is not ergonomic and the keyboard and mouse are pretty high up.)

I have no idea why this has started happening or how to stop it. Eventually my arms normalize and then later in the day they don't go numb when I knit or crochet or keep them up to do something else. It's just in the morning/when I get up if it happens to be after morning, and it is really cramping my style on my days off.

Coffee and knitting/crochet. That's all I ask on a sunny Saturday! 
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Mists of Avalon--Book 3 Chapter 9 Part II

Bradley the Incestuous breaks the fourth wall with Morgaine, who has a “divine revelation” about  the wonderfulness of incest, and Morgaine’s stepson Accolon pressures her into sex  by telling her that he and his older brother are both child molesters. 

Welcome to the worst section of the book.

Content Warnings

  • warning: abuse (emotional)
  • warning: abuse (sexual)
  • warning: child abuse
  • warning: classism
  • warning: controversial issues
  • warning: do not want
  • warning: incest
  • warning: incestuous undertones
  • warning: pedophilia (mentioned)
  • warning: potential triggers
  • warning: rape (mentioned)
  • warning: sexism
  • warning: transphobia

(If you want to catch up, the Table of Contents is available here, along with links to every review we’ve done on this book so far.)

Note: This book’s critique may be hard for anyone who has suffered because of incest, pedophilia, or rape. There is a great deal of normalization of these crimes in Mists, as well as a huge amount of rape apologia, and we three critics spend a lot of time tearing all of this apart. Check the content warnings for each chapter, make your own judgments…and please be safe.

Mists of Avalon--Book 3 Chapter 9 Part II

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Apr. 19th, 2019 04:09 pm
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In the process of moving this month, so things are very sparse online!

Also, if you're a fan of interactive fiction (Zork--"You are eaten by a grue" and choose your own adventure style games) or in making them, Twine has got your back if you're a coding newbie. I'm taking a peek to see if it's viable to produce some work I'd like to make less linear.

Hope you're all well and that your spring is going okay.

More once we're out the other side of the rapids, I hope.
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our future history. hannah montana. miley/lilly. pg-13. 550. ao3.
lilly was an affectionate drunk.

for [community profile] femslashficlets prompt 205: embrace.

Read more... )
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the theme for this month's round at [community profile] fandom10in30 was alphabet, meaning all of the icons had to follow a pattern of the alphabet but you could start at any letter. this month's theme was really interesting (although kind of difficult lol) and inspired me to try some new techniques and styles i don't usually do! i hope you like them!

10 icons + 13 alts )

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Apr. 18th, 2019 09:53 am
delight: (hammocking)
[personal profile] delight

Coughing blood today, hooray!

I'll be leaving work early then.

I owe so many people PMs and replies, and I'm sorry. RPG folks, you're on the top of my list -- I only JUST saw a PM from [personal profile] ursula so I'm sorry to you too! -- and that one should actually happen, you know, today. People who need more info about shipping books, I will likely get that tomorrow AM, sorry for being the worst.

This has not happened since I started plaquenil, so it is probably time for a dose increase, oh boy. Er, that or it's an actual exterior infection, but I'm so used to "respiratory = autoimmune" that I wouldn't ever bet on it.

deird1: Joey and Pacey at the prom, with text "I remember everything" (Joey Pacey remember)
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You step off the boat in Devonport, and lots of enterprising salesmen are standing right there, waving "Breakfast at our Cafe!" signs and gesturing to their joint down the street.

You step off the boat in Melbourne, and no-one cares. You want breakfast? Eh, so does everyone else. You got off a boat? Congratulations. People do that sometimes.

Melbourne: the city where nobody gives a damn. (And, for the first time in three weeks, I felt right at home.)

Our holiday can be neatly divided into a few different topics.
the old stuff )

the oops factor )

the natural stuff )

the kidlets )

the verdict )


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