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May. 6th, 2016 12:44 pm
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What's the opposite of a pet peeve? Something that affects you all out of proportion to its real importance, but it makes you happy instead of annoying you? 

Was reminded today that one of mine is people who tell you "Have a blessed day!" except they pronounce it "blest", because they don't mean it like a Special God Word that has a special è in it, they just mean it like an ordinary word that is part of their ordinary vocabulary, because wishing good things on people, maybe even just people that they happened to share a crappy overcrowded train ride with while all trying together not to step on someone's dog, is part of their ordinary life. 
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It's Marvel movies time! Watched Captain America: Civil War and with it an X-Men: Apocalypse trailer, and I have non-spoilery thoughts. (Well, at least no more spoilery than what appears in trailers.) Before I get into that, though, I wanted to share a quick thought I had while hashing things out with JBJ last night via text (I love technology -- half a country away and we can still watch movies more or less together): IP licensing can be such a pain in the ass, because but for the licensing agreement about certain Marvel characters, we could have had two sets of Maximoff twins. ALL OF THE WANDA AND PIETRO STORIES COULD HAVE BEEN OURS. WHY DO YOU HATE US, IP LAWYERS? WHY?

The Good



First up, saw Captain America: Civil War last night. I loved 90% of it, maybe 95%, and it's been a long while since I could say that about a movie that wasn't a Fast and the Furious movie. It was so good and so much fun and filled with wonderful (and wonderful-in-terrible-ways) character moments. I'm already looking forward to watching it again. It's also made me look forward to the next Avengers movies, which neither Avengers nor Age of Ultron managed (Joss Whedon stepping away from Marvel was an A+ idea).

I was already looking forward to Black Panther, but I NEED IT NOW IMMEDIATELY GIVE IT TO ME. BLACK PANTHER IS THE GREATEST. T'CHALLA IS MY KING. And so on.

The Bad



I haven't had the chance to watch many trailers lately, so I hadn't seen the X-Men: Apocalypse trailer we got with Civil War. (I expected it, though.) On the one hand, I am so, so excited about it, which is unusual. I haven't been this excited about an X-Men movie since X3 came out and was just terrible.

On the other hand, WHAT THE HELL, FOX, REALLY?! Once again, it appears as if the good guys are all white characters and the bad guys are majority minority characters. And here I hoped they'd learned from First Class and it's stupid. (I started to rant here about the whole Darwin death in First Class, but no, I've raged about that enough, including last night to more than one person.) What the hell is wrong with you, Fox? Marvel?

(Rhetorical question. It's racism.)

The Ugly



Not actually a Marvel movie, but we also got the trailer for Warcraft: (a) could they have made it look more like a ripoff of Lord of the Rings and other movies, and (b) much more importantly, why is there a weird flatness to all the CGI?
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Fandom/Geeky Things

First up, do all interested parties know that both Killjoys and Dark Matter are coming back on July 1?

Via [dreamwidth.org profile] ladybusiness, Feeding Hannibal: A Connoisseur's Cookbook (by Janice Poon, the food stylist for Hannibal) is coming out this fall.

Via [dreamwidth.org profile] alisanne, "25 Anime Cosplays That Will Make You Say 'Damn, That's Good'". (I can't stop laughing at the title, though. It's worded so exactly like a standard clickbait title, and yet so restrained.)

"There’s an upcoming game about exploring a dystopian city as a cat".


Writing/SFF

Marissa Lingen ([livejournal.com profile] mrissa) posted "where you go from here" on how learning works and how that relates to writing.

At Terri Windling's blog, a few different writers' thoughts on writing routines: "What Makes a Good Writing Day?"

"This Fall, All Your Book-Buying Money Totally Belongs to Ursula K. Le Guin". [io9]


Useful

"25 Incredibly Useful Free Sites And Services".

Baen Books offers a bunch of their catalogue digitally for free.

"A Map Of Wireless Passwords From Airports And Lounges Around The World (Updated Regularly)".


Miscellaneous

"The Truth About Your Clothing Donations".

"10+ Galaxy Sweets That Are Out Of This World".

"'Keanu' Kitten: How a Cat in a Hat Was Trained to Act for Key and Peele's Movie". [Hollywood Reporter] "Tip #1: The more kittens, the better. It took seven kittens to play the role of Keanu. Each had different strengths, whether it was meowing on cue or sitting still for long periods. Says Atencio, 'Whatever task we had in mind, there was always the right cat.'"

"Badass Chicks in Japanese History - Queen Himiko". [Tofugu]

[reading] Wednesday Reading

May. 4th, 2016 09:41 am
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I’m a Book Depository affiliate, and will receive a small credit if you order from BD using any of the BD links below. There is no additional cost to you.


What I've Read

GUARD WOLF (Amazon link) by Lauren Esker: GUARD WOLF is the second book in the Shifter Agents world. You guys, this has become the Seattle werewolf book of my heart, and I can't wait for the third book, which is supposed to be out this year. I will be doing a review of the first two books later.

THE RAVEN KING by Maggie Stiefvater (Raven Boys #4) (Book Depository link): Went ahead and read it to avoid spoilers. (Also, it gave me something to read that wasn't online, so I could also avoid spoilers for Captain America: Civil War.) I liked it well enough, I guess, but I thought the pacing was off, especially in the ending. And I have some concerns. I will need to think about this further.

EARTHBOUND BONES by ReGina Welling (Amazon link): Received a copy of this from the publisher via NetGalley. I think the bones of the story were good (pun intended), but the pacing was terrible; the beginning, in particular, dragged, and then the ending felt rushed. I didn't connect with any of the characters, in part because of the random head hopping. And I have a problem with the way angel-magic is presented as this cure for mental illness. I won't be reviewing this in more depth (...probably), so I don't want to get into great detail, but I was mostly left frustrated and annoyed. I wish I'd liked it better, though. The bones of the story were wonderful. (Basically, it is about an angel who thinks she has fallen from grace and is now trapped in a human body, the small town that embraces her, and the old mystery she solves.)

What I'm Reading

THE GIRL I USED TO BE by April Henry: Received a copy of this from the publisher via NetGalley. It came out this week, and I'm about halfway through. I like it so far. It's about a girl whose mother was killed when she was just a toddler, and her father was suspected of being the killer. Now, when she's nearly an adult, additional evidence reveals that her father was killed at the same time, and now no one knows what happened. Of course Olivia sets out to solve the mystery.

LISEY’S STORY by Stephen King (Book Depository link): Yes, I am still reading this. I really like Lisey, and I love the way her history with her husband unfolds throughout the story, in pieces and present thoughts and scenes set back in what she remembers, but it is really slow paced and easy to put down, so it is taking forever.

TREASURES, DEMONS AND OTHER BLACK MAGIC by Meghan Ciana Doidge (Book Depository link): I think I'm at least going to finish the first trilogy. I don't know if I'll continue it after. We'll see how much annoyance at the main character's "quirky" traits (and my dislike of first person narrators) balances against the stuff I do enjoy. So far, the stuff I enjoy is losing out, but maybe once I'm done with the cliffhanger ending, I'll like it more.

What I'll Read Next

HOLDING SMOKE by Elle Cosimano: Received a copy of this from the publisher via NetGalley. It also came out this week, and I'm so excited to read it. It's about a boy imprisoned for murder who can leave his body at will and the girl he teams up with to find the true killer.

EVERY HEART A DOORWAY by Seanan McGuire (Book Depository link): Don't know why I haven't read this yet, because I normally read McGuire's work immediately, but I am looking forward to it.

DARK ALCHEMY by Laura Bickle (Dark Alchemy #1) (Book Depository link): I'm trying to avoid buying new books this year, except for a few favorite authors, but someone recommended the second book in the series to me recently, and I bought this book immediately. It sounds like western + magic + kick ass women, and I am here for that so hard. SO HARD.
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--I was staying kinda on top of tabs/links and comments/discussions for a couple weeks there, but at this point I have to admit that there're several people's posts open in tabs that I would usually comment on and will probably not get to. :/ Fond thoughts to all.

--The immediate best news: Civil War (2D) tickets finally went on sale today, and as soon as I got home I bought them for myself, [dreamwidth.org profile] wildpear, and [dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose...for Sunday afternoon, alas, since there's a probably-slim chance that I'll have to work painfully late on Friday (and I don't want to risk having tickets and expecting I'll be able to go to the movie, and then being wrong), and Saturday isn't good for [dreamwidth.org profile] wildpear. But we have tickets, which is the important part. (Thanks as usual to everyone for being so great about spoiler-cutting!)

--I feel so behind on TV, although I'm not yet SO BEHIND...but since the backlog's probably just going to get worse at great speed for the next little while, the feeling seems justified, if preemptive. (Two episodes behind on Elementary; haven't seen the Penny Dreadful premiere yet [or the Person of Interest premiere, but at least that only aired within the last few hours]...see, it's not so bad. Yet. But there's a movie and freelancing this weekend, and in just over a week I'm off to Toronto for TCAF...)

--Speaking of TV, I'll repeat a question I was just asking on Twitter: do any of you watch/know enough about Fresh Off the Boat to advise on whether I can just drop in for this week's episode to see Allison Scagliotti's guest appearance and actually understand roughly (very roughly) what's going on? I don't know how episodic it is. And since it's on my to-watch list, I don't want to go poking around for info in the wilds of the internet and get spoiled more than I would be by dropping in for this one episode. (I generally hate watching random episodes, but...I don't know. I want to see her.)

--Work was only nine hours today, but since that meant getting home around 10:30, and at this rate I'm going to be actually getting to bed only about seven hours before tomorrow's alarm, waking up tomorrow for Wednesday's typically-longish hours is gonna hurt. (And yet here I am. But at least now I'm signing off.)
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You may remember that I made some pathetic efforts to silicone caulk around the back door recently, and the Junebug was fascinated; therefore, he easily identified what the handyman we saw out the train window this morning was doing.

"LOOKIT!" he announced loudly, to the entire train car. "HE HAS A CAULK GUN! MAMA, LOOKIT ALL THAT PINK CAULK!"

It was indeed, for some reason, possibly only for the amusement of those around small children, bright pink caulk.

[family] Mother's Day and Memories

May. 3rd, 2016 01:42 pm
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It's that time of the year again, when I start avoiding advertisements because they're all so focused on Mother's Day in the US. To be honest, this is not the worst time of year for me (that essay I wrote a few years ago, "How to Survive Thanksgiving When Your Family Keeps Dying in the Fall," is still true), but it's not the greatest, either.

This morning, Facebook reminded me that six years ago today, I was called home because Mom went in for emergency surgery and no one thought she would survive it. That was not the first time I was called home, nor the last, but it was probably the worst. I was in Michigan, I was literally in the middle of a take-home final, and I couldn't afford a last minute flight, so I had a 10 hour drive ahead of me before I could be there in person. Mom didn't die at that point, but she was sick enough that neither she nor Dad made it to graduation, even though they'd been looking forward to it from pretty much the moment I moved to Michigan for law school.

Thanks for the memories, Facebook!

Two other times I was called home stand out. One was in either 2005 or 2006, and I wasn't so much called home, because I'd already moved back to my hometown to be closer to my family, but called out of work to the hospital a couple hours away where she was receiving special treatment. Pretty much all the siblings came home for that. We took over a section of the ICU waiting room (we are legion), said our good-byes, and waited. It was terrible. It was, perhaps surprisingly, wonderful, too. We don't get a lot of time to be all together like that, even back then, and sitting and waiting gave us a lot of time to talk. My sister, Kris, tried to teach us to knit. My youngest brother renamed "knit" and "purl" to "neal" and "diamond." I failed miserably at everything about knitting. Youngest brother turned out to be a fast learned. We sat, and we talked, and we brought in food, and we were together. It was terrible. It was wonderful.

Mom lived.

The other time that stands out is in 2012. I was called home, had to leave work in the middle of the day. I was working on office action responses for a trademark client. I'd been called home so many times I didn't even pack funeral clothes, just threw a pair of jeans into the car and a couple shirts. Figured I'd be back at work by Monday. It's just about a four hour drive between Kansas City and my hometown. I did it in less than three. I avoided the interstate, took roads that twisted and curved and forced me to pay attention to my driving, didn't give me much time to think. I made it home. Not everyone did. Mom's birthday was the week before. She'd been at home for it. Had a steak dinner with Dad. I went home. She was unconscious. I went home, held my father's hand. She couldn't hear us. I went home, listened hard, caught her last breath. I went home. It was terrible.

Mom died.
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To be fair it is well and truly Tuesday here, but whatever your time zone when you're reading, do not be deterred, it can still be time for some defeating of the procrastination that's been haunting you. Everyone here will (virtually) hold back the procrastination monster, so you can get your stuff done!

So what are you all up to this week?

For those in need of a smaller challenge, can you check your smoke alarms to make sure they're all working. It may not make a visible difference to your home, but it's worth doing regularly, so that your alarm is more than just a bizarrely placed ornament and is there should you ever need it (and let's hope you never do).


Good luck everyone! You can do it!

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May. 2nd, 2016 09:14 pm
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Rick Riordan has offered to MATCH DONATIONS to Rosarium's IndieGoGo up to $10,000 for the last few days WHUT!!!!

So if you haven't donated, PLEASE do in these last few days! If we even get to $30,000, $10,000 short of its goal, that's still enough to get us to its goal!

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/rosarium-publishing-the-next-level/x/10629128#/
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