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Electra ([personal profile] starlady) wrote2014-04-16 23:59
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As of about 12 hours and 15 minutes ago, I'm ABD.

It went great, and I had a great time. Thanks to everyone who's provided support this semester--I couldn't have done it without you, truly.
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ysabetwordsmith ([personal profile] ysabetwordsmith) wrote2014-04-17 00:19


 Word meanings can shift over time.  Sometimes this is good, other times not so much.  I'm often bemused by "decimated" to mean "mostly or wholly destroyed."  It really means "1/10 destroyed."  LInk courtesy of my partner Doug.
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ysabetwordsmith ([personal profile] ysabetwordsmith) wrote2014-04-17 00:11
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johnpalmer ([personal profile] johnpalmer) wrote2014-04-16 21:51

Bad days but maybe hitting a floor

So, the bad news is that Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday were all semi-bad days, but I think I am turning things around by noticing them and increasing my rest. And I got through them. And I did things - I bought shoes, ran outside-the-house chores, picked up my medications, and worked relatively well each of those days.

It's not good, but it's not bad. Small victories are nevertheless victories.

In additional bad news, I'm definitely gaining weight, undoubtedly due in part to having been exercising really heavy a year ago, and learning eating habits from that. Seriously, I was doing thousand-calorie workouts over the course of a day, I had to pump up my food intake. But now I'm not even doing 200 calorie workouts - that's a lot of extra bad eating habits.

I'm trying to go low-carb again, and seeing if it will help. Atkins actually invented his diet for heart patients - it probably won't hurt!

The bad news about fatigue right now is that I'm in that weird middle ground - I'm not so fatigued my emotions are flattened, but I'm not feeling good enough for my native optimism (or is there an extra T in that phrase?) to kick in.

But there are other things. A relationship with a friend is changing, and I'm thinking it's going to end. I mean, not *end*, there are people I haven't seen in forever, but we're not not-friends, we're just not hanging out now. But we're also absent from each other's lives.

And of course, there's always that question: maybe it's for the best. Maybe our time is just past; things change, and that means things end. I don't want that to be true but wants don't define reality.

Ah well. That is life right now. Here's hoping it's treating you better.
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ysabetwordsmith ([personal profile] ysabetwordsmith) wrote2014-04-16 23:43

Poem: "Off the Clock"

This is the freebie for the March Muse Fusion over in Torn World. It was inspired by the prompt "Ressa off the clock."

"Off the Clock"

Ressa treasures the time
after hours when she does not
have to be Ressa the Clerk
or Ressa the Carnal Guild worker.

She can let her hair down,
a fall of straight brown silk
that covers her back like a shawl,
and brush it until it shines.

She can fill the tub with hot water
and pour scented oil over the surface
so that curls of white steam rise up
over the rainbow shimmers.

Some nights, Ressa soaks for an hour,
fantasizing what it would be like
if Bai were free to climb in with her
without worrying about entanglements.

She imagines how he would
play with her hair, so gently,
washing and rinsing the dark mass,
then brushing it out as it dried.

But she is alone in her bath,
as always, so some nights
she just washes quickly to get clean
and then climbs into bed.

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badgerbag ([personal profile] badgerbag) wrote2014-04-16 17:33


Did ok on my trip, but just ok. I also got through work today. And I wrote a blog post because it seemed like it had to be done. But now I'm totally done touching a keyboard. Exhausted, in pain, a bit fevery feeling all over. I have not managed to unpack yet. Moomin helped me put away clean laundry. Zond7 ordered us groceries and cleaned up and we have a helpful house cleaner coming tomorrow. I need serious rest.

Read The Goblin Emperor, which I highly recommend! OMG... more like this!

Also, Pen Pal by Francesca Forrest.

Both excellent!!!
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ysabetwordsmith ([personal profile] ysabetwordsmith) wrote2014-04-16 13:13

Muse Fusion Bingo

The rules and card are up for Muse Fusion Bingo!  Creators can start claiming squares and making stuff.

UPDATE 4/17/14: Woohoo!  We have six creators active.  The top row has all been claimed or filled, so if the rest of the claims pan out, we've got our bingo.

What I Have Written

"Off the Clock" -- the freebie for this session shows Ressa relaxing alone.

"From White to Blue" -- 10 lines, Buy It Now = $5
Triangle flowers bloom in spring.
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ysabetwordsmith ([personal profile] ysabetwordsmith) wrote2014-04-16 11:59

One-Card Draw

 [personal profile] ariestess is holding a one-card draw today.  Crowdfunded divination is fun!
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ignipes ([personal profile] ignipes) wrote2014-04-16 08:30

is it even wednesday?

I was supposed to go over to my dad's house this morning to wait for FedEx to deliver something while he was out, but it turns out the package isn't coming to his house at all, so I woke up early FOR NOTHING. I could have slept two hours more! Damn you, FedEx.

What I've just finished reading:

The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes - You ever read a book and find yourself wondering why the author made every single choice she made? It's like that. I don't understand why somebody with a fairly exciting idea (time-traveling serial killer!) would choose every step of the way to make that story as uninteresting as possible. What a disappointment. Zoo City was so much better; at least that had an adorable sloth. There was no adorable sloth in this book. Nor was there a mystery, nor any sense of twisty time-travel troubles, nor any suspense at all about how it would end. I just don't understand the point of any of it.

Note to all authors anywhere: Writing about serial killers is fine, but it hasn't been interesting to read the serial killer's POV in about twenty years. It's boring. It's always boring. Your serial killer character is not going to be the serial killer character who suddenly makes it interesting again. Stop doing it.

A Darkling Sea by James L. Cambias - Hard sci fi of the "first contact with alien species" variety. A group of human scientists at an underwater research base on a Europa-like moon in another solar system accidentally encounter the native inhabitants, which angers another species with which Earth has a very strict Prime Directive-like noninterference treaty. There's a lot of interesting stuff in here, but in the end I feel like the differences between the two alien species and the humans are entirely too simplistic in a completely artificial way. The author seems to be sneering openly at the notion that maybe it's a good idea for societies to be wary of the impact they have on other species and civilizations, and in order to do this he has to make one of his alien species so unbelievable and nonsensical it's almost funny. They're obsessed with sex! They're eco-fascists! They're mired in post-colonial guilt! What a terrible species they are! Man, I bet this author is fun at cocktail parties, like everybody's asshole uncle who can't stop talking about how much he hates those goddamned hippies. It's too bad, because the book's sci fi and action are really good, and one of the alien species is fascinating and well-developed. It's just that its politics are so implausible and skewed it sours the whole thing.

What I'm reading now:

Nothing. Finished that one last night.

What I'm going to read next:

No idea. This was a disappointing book week. :(
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ysabetwordsmith ([personal profile] ysabetwordsmith) wrote2014-04-16 03:19
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The Science of Politics

 ... says that statistically speaking, America is an oligarchy.
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ysabetwordsmith ([personal profile] ysabetwordsmith) wrote2014-04-16 03:08
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ysabetwordsmith ([personal profile] ysabetwordsmith) wrote2014-04-16 00:05

Story: "Hairpins" Part 25

This story belongs to the series Love Is For Children which includes "Love Is for Children," "Eggshells," "Dolls and Guys,""Saudades," "Turnabout Is Fair Play," "Touching Moments," "Splash," "Coming Around," "Birthday Girl," "No Winter Lasts Forever," "Hide and Seek," "Kernel Error," "Happy Hour," and "Green Eggs and Hulk."

Fandom: The Avengers
Characters: Phil Coulson, JARVIS, Clint Barton, Tony Stark, Steve Rogers, Natasha Romanova, Bruce Banner.
Medium: Fiction
Warnings: This story is mostly fluff, but it has some intense scenes in the middle. Highlight for details. These include dubious consent as Phil and JARVIS discuss what really happened when Agent Coulson hacked his way into Stark Tower, over which Phil has something between a flashback and a panic attack. They also discuss some of the bad things that have happened to Avengers in the past, including various flavors of abuse. If these are sensitive topics for you, please think carefully before deciding whether to read onward.
Summary: Uncle Phil needs to pick out pajamas for game night. He gets help from an unexpected direction.
Notes: Service. Shopping. Gifts. Artificial intelligence. Computers. Teamwork. Team as family. Friendship. Communication. Hope. Apologies. Forgiveness. Nonsexual ageplay. Nonsexual intimacy. Love. Tony Stark needs a hug. Bruce Banner needs a hug. #coulsonlives.

Begin with Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, Part 10, Part 11, Part 12, Part 13, Part 14, Part 15, Part 16, Part 17, Part 18, Part 19, Part 20, Part 21, Part 22, Part 23, Part 24.

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metaphortunate son ([personal profile] metaphortunate) wrote2014-04-15 21:23

the ring thing

Do you wear a wedding ring? Or a ring on the fourth finger of your left hand? If so, do you notice any difference in the way people treat you when you’re wearing it vs. when you’re not?

This question brought to you by the guy who was so very friendly yesterday, like making paper airplanes to amuse a grumpy sick little toddler friendly, like get off at the wrong stop because you just think you’ll sleep a little better if that guy that is soooo friendly maybe doesn’t know exactly what street you live on kind of friendly. Huh, I thought, that’s odd, I don’t get that much anymore, I really thought I had aged out of that, especially what with the kids and all, and then it occurred to me: because of the eczema flareup, I have been wearing my wedding ring on a necklace instead of on my hand.

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ysabetwordsmith ([personal profile] ysabetwordsmith) wrote2014-04-15 22:23

Crowdfunding Project: PoetTown

A project I'm following, PoetTown, is making progress and currently doing a round of fundraising.  This is going to be a searchable hub site of poetry with crowdfunding options.
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ysabetwordsmith ([personal profile] ysabetwordsmith) wrote2014-04-15 20:40
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Food for Thought

This fascinating study suggests that belief, not just food intake, influences how the body responds to meals.  It's not just about the calories in the food.  It's about what we think  we're eating, and how we feel  about it.

So this seems like another place where mind over matter could be tremendously useful.  Meditation can impact other bodily processes.  One option for food satisfaction, therefore, might be meditating to improve those metabolic shifts to deliver better satisfaction with lower calories, and more efficient use of fuel rather than packing it into fat storage.  Unlike other dietary manipulations, this one doesn't cost money and it's likely to improve mind/body interaction.  Worth a try.
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sasha_feather ([personal profile] sasha_feather) wrote in [community profile] access_fandom2014-04-15 20:13
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Book review

A book review of The WisCon Chronicles vol. 7, Shattering Ableist Narratives.

Access and Fandom: Disability Studies From a Feminist Science Fiction Perspective

Review by Katie Wagner and Alexis Lothian.
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ysabetwordsmith ([personal profile] ysabetwordsmith) wrote2014-04-15 16:39

Poem: "Needled"

This poem came out of the September 3, 2013 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] technoshaman. It also fills the "group dynamics" square in my Wordsmith Bingo card. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

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lnhammer ([personal profile] lnhammer) wrote in [community profile] poetry2014-04-15 16:02

For a Five-Year-Old, Fleur Adcock

For a Five-Year-Old

A snail is climbing up the window-sill
into your room, after a night of rain.
You call me in to see, and I explain
that it would be unkind to leave it there:
it might crawl to the floor; we must take care
that no one squashes it. You understand,
and carry it outside, with careful hand,
to eat a daffodil.

I see, then, that a kind of faith prevails:
your gentleness is moulded still by words
from me, who have trapped mice and shot wild birds,
from me, who drowned your kittens, who betrayed
your closest relatives, and who purveyed
the harshest kind of truth to many another.
But that is how things are: I am your mother,
and we are kind to snails.