Daily Happiness

Dec. 3rd, 2016 01:32 am
torachan: aradia from homestuck (aradia)
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1. I stopped at the store on the way home tonight, totally not planning to buy anything for dinner, since I already had something at home, but I happened to walk past the Marie Calendar's chicken pot pies and they looked so good and it's been ages since I had one, so I got it and it was the best dinner and now I wish I'd gotten more (except the freezer is jam-packed again and there's no room for them anyway).

2. I did a bunch of translating this evening. Feeling pretty good about that.

3. Work was hectic this morning, but I managed to come home pretty much on time.

4. Since I work weekends, I don't have that "yay Friday" feeling many people with more traditional work weeks have, but my weekend days are late days, and then I have Mondays off, so I do always feel a little bit "yay Friday" because it means I have three days in a row where I don't have to set my alarm.

5. Snuggly Molly.

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We may have found the underlying cause of the heart murmur, and the reason we can't seem to get his diabetes to stabilize, and why he's been so successful at losing the extra weight: he's hyperthyroid.

Excuse me while I headdesk for a while over my expensive damn cat.

They're running a second test on his blood to confirm the hyperthyroidism and if that comes back positive then I guess we get to add one more med to the daily regime.

Am I the only person

Dec. 2nd, 2016 09:20 pm
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[personal profile] giandujakiss
Who looks to my Amazon order history whenever I have to figure out my prior addresses for some kind of application?

Spiritual Prepping

Dec. 2nd, 2016 04:29 pm
elf: Smiling South Park-style witch with big blue floppy hat and inverted pentacle (Witchy)
[personal profile] elf
I ran across this today: We’re heading into dark times. This is how to be your own light in the Age of Trump with advice like
  • Write down what you value; what standards you hold for yourself and for others. Write about your dreams for the future and your hopes for your children. Write about the struggle of your ancestors and how the hardship they overcame shaped the person you are today.
  • Write your biography, write down your memories. Because if you do not do it now, you may forget.
  • Write a list of things you would never do. Because it is possible that in the next year, you will do them.
  • Write a list of things you would never believe. Because it is possible that in the next year, you will either believe them or be forced to say you believe them.
And I remembered that we have a song for that. Nearly 20 years ago, Leigh Ann Hussey released her album Homebrew, with The Burning Times.

I wish there were a remastered version )

Just spit it out

Dec. 2nd, 2016 03:33 pm
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[personal profile] yourlibrarian
1) I'm glad to hear about the variety of different ways people are making statements (and targeting Pence rather than Trump since giving him any kind of attention just gives him what he wants). Trevor Noah is dead right in labeling him a toddler having tantrums.

Speaking of Noah, I couldn't even watch this interview because I kept wanting to throw things at the TV. He may become more legendary for his patience than anything else.

2) This case is a good reminder that "copyright law" is not there primarily to benefit the artist or creator, but rather the copyright owner, who in many cases is a large corporation with a lot more resources than the artists themselves. Even with the U.S. law allowing only 35 years, that means a lot of people will never get their copyrights back in their lifetimes.

3) Unlike the UK I think there is very little discussion or thought about tea in the U.S., where coffee remains the dominant beverage. I declare that because even non-food establishments offer coffee, sometimes even for free. This is not the case with tea, soft drinks, or other beverages, and sometimes not even water. So I thought I'd horrify my non-U.S. readers with the following (sorry this post is too late for Halloween). Read more... )

My experience is that people are far more likely to drink iced tea in the U.S. than hot tea. How does that compare to other places? Also, I think very few people tend to drink it with milk compared to how many coffee drinkers do so. Read more... )

4) HT to Petzi for an article with lots of recommendations for holiday gifts that will make a difference.

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Welcome to another Transgender Michigan Fundraiser auction!

Transgender Michigan was founded in 1997, and continues to run one of the only transgender helplines in the country, available 24/7 at 855-345-8464. Every tax-deductible donation helps them continue to provide support, advocacy, and education.

Today’s auction is for a signed copy of THE RAVEN AND THE DANCING TIGER, and half a pound of specially roasted coffee beans, both from author and coffee geek Leah Cutter.

Cover of The Raven and the Dancing Tiger

About the Book:

Peter worries about just three things: dancing, finding a girlfriend, and hiding his raven soul.

Peter is a raven warrior, an ancient race known for their assassination and fighting skills. Through secrecy and strict teaching, they’ve learned to cope with the modern world.

When Peter meets Tamara, he knows she’s different. Special. He doesn’t learn until too late that she has secrets too. Tamara is a tiger warrior. And her kind are only interested in killing his kind.

About the Coffee:

Leah will be in touch with the winner to determine what type of roast you want. (Light? Dark? Espresso? Uncertain blend? Decaf? Etc…)

This auction is open to U.S. residents only.

How to bid:

  1. Minimum bid is $15. Bidding starts the moment this post goes live!
  2. Enter your bid in the comments. Bids must be a minimum of $1 more than the previous bid. (No bouncing from $20.01 to $20.02 to $20.03 and so on.) Make sure to include an email address I can use to contact you.
  3. Each auction will run for 24 hours, starting at noon Eastern time and running until noon the following day.
  4. To discourage last-minute sniping, I’ll wait until 10 minutes after the last bid to close an auction.
  5. If you want to be notified about other bids, check the “Subscribe to Comments” box when you bid.

Winning the auction:

I’ll contact the winner, who will then donate the winning bid to Transgender Michigan. You’ll forward me a copy of the receipt, at which point, I’ll contact the donor to arrange delivery of your winnings.

About Leah Cutter:

Leah Cutter writes page-turning fiction in exotic locations, such as a magical New Orleans, the ancient Orient, Hungary, the Oregon coast, rural Kentucky, Seattle, Minneapolis, and many others. She writes literary, fantasy, mystery, science fiction, and horror fiction. Her short fiction has been published in magazines like Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine and Talebones, anthologies like Fiction River, and on the web. Her long fiction has been published both by New York publishers as well as small presses.

Read more books by Leah Cutter at www.KnottedRoadPress.com, and follow her blog at www.LeahCutter.com.


Don’t forget about the DAW Raffle!

My publisher, DAW Books, has agreed to contribute:

6 Tad Williams Bundles: each bundle includes one copy of Otherland: City of Golden Shadow (hardcover first edition, first printing)  plus 1 Advance Review Copy of The Heart of What Was Lost.

6 DAW December Release Bundles: each bundle includes one copy of all DAW December titles: Dreamweaver, Tempest, Alien Nation, and Jerusalem Fire, plus a bonus ARC (dependent on stock).

At any time between now and the end of the fundraiser, donate $5 to Transgender Michigan and email me a copy of the receipt at jchines -at- gmail.com, with the subject line “DAW Raffle Entry.” Each week, I’ll pick at least one donor to win their choice of either a Tad Williams or a December Release bundle from DAW.

You can donate more than $5. For example, donating $20 would get you four entries. However, you can only win a maximum of one of each bundle. This is separate from the individual auctions. Winning an auction does not count as a raffle entry.

Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.

Interesting Links for 02-12-2016

Dec. 2nd, 2016 12:00 pm

Daily Happiness

Dec. 2nd, 2016 02:04 am
torachan: brandon flowers of the killers with the text "some beautiful boy to save you" (some beautiful boy to save you)
[personal profile] torachan
1. I got out and did some errands today even though I really just wanted to stay home.

2. I got a ton of translating done. Very happy about that.

3. It's so windy tonight. I love it!

4. Chloe toes.

Legends of Tomorrow 2x07

Dec. 1st, 2016 10:55 pm
sholio: Peggy Carter smiling (Avengers-Peggy smile)
[personal profile] sholio
... and the Invasion crossover generally.

bweeeeeeee )

'tis the season...

Dec. 2nd, 2016 01:14 am
fairestcat: (Dreadful Santa)
[personal profile] fairestcat
...to need a distraction.

So, rec me your favorite Christmas/winter holiday songs/albums.

Download or streaming or youtube links preferred.

Any genre or style.

Please feel free to link other people to this post, I'd love to get a wide range of answers.


Dec. 2nd, 2016 12:47 am
fairestcat: Dreadful the cat (Default)
[personal profile] fairestcat
Because Dreadful needed more health issues, and I needed something else to fret about, in today's vet appointment they found that he has a heart murmur.

The vet is less worried than I am. For now we're checking for any underlying cause on the bloodwork we were already doing. Then we'll decide if we want to do an ultrasound. And either way she wants to see him again in three months to check on it again.

There's not really anything I can do right now, so of course I'm fretting rather a lot. Damn silly, expensive, vexing kitten.
sholio: Christmas ornaments (Christmas ornament)
[personal profile] sholio
Fandom stocking signup time! (What, were you expecting something else? XD)

Signups and instructions are here! I am currently finalizing my signup; this year I'm not going to wait until the last minute, dangit.

Oh by the way, I forgot to say this earlier, but thank you so much to everyone who left me comments on the love meme. ♥ Not having done this before, I'm not sure if there is an etiquette to it (do you answer them? politely ignore them like one is supposed to do with book reviews?) but they made my day brighter; thank you so much. ♥ ♥ ♥

In other news, today I was invited to a creative writing class on campus to talk to undergrads about my romance self-publishing adventures. They also had another local author who is a trad-published fantasy writer, so basically we had an hour-long mini-panel in which we talked about traditional vs. self-publishing and the students asked us questions. Their questions were excellent, and they were interested and curious, and the other panelist was very courteous about taking turns switching back and forth on taking questions with me and not talking over me (actually, if anything, I had to be careful not to talk over the top of him). All in all, it was a great experience, and the instructor is having us and a couple of other local authors come back to do the same for her graduate students in the spring.

And then I had Thai food and watched more of the Flash with [livejournal.com profile] ellenmillion, and was gifted a painting by a 4-year-old who very politely signed it for me. She also "helped" me brush the snow off my car, which was really more like I was brushing the snow off the car with her (literally; she was sort of like a wiggly snow brush extension) but a good time was had by all, at least judging from the giggling.

With the snow coming down like crazy outside, and December having inexplicably arrived, I'm starting to feel some holiday feels, a little bit? I need to put up some decorations around here.

Update to that Flash casting spoiler

Dec. 1st, 2016 03:52 pm
sholio: Peggy Carter smiling (Avengers-Peggy smile)
[personal profile] sholio
Now compounded with another future casting spoiler.

Under the cut )

Testing emailed photo posting...

Dec. 1st, 2016 04:17 pm
synecdochic: torso of a man wearing jeans, hands bound with belt (Default)
[personal profile] synecdochic
...with a pic of the ladies on the bed.

Cats! )

Scanlations: Musume no Iede ch. 12

Dec. 1st, 2016 12:37 pm
torachan: (musume no iede)
[personal profile] torachan
As a holiday/end of the year celebration, I'm going to be putting out as many chapters of various series as I (and any collaborators) can manage, and to start the month off, I've got another new chapter of Musume no Iede!

Title: Musume no Iede
Original Title: 娘の家出 (Musume no Iede)
Author: Shimura Takako
Publisher: Jump X
Genre: Seinen
Status in Japan: 4 volumes, ongoing
Scanlator: Megchan's Scanlations + muge
Scanlation Status: Ongoing
More Info: Baka Updates

Summary: When Mayuko's mom announces she's getting remarried, Mayuko runs away to live with her dad and his boyfriend. This heartwarming slice-of-life series follows Mayuko and her family and friends as their stories interweave.

Chapter Summary: As with so many Shimura Takako series, the cast just keeps growing and growing, and this chapter focuses on Haruna, the older sister of last chapter's new charater, Miyu.

Chapter 12: Jenny's in a Bad Mood

And since that finishes off volume two, here's a full volume download for those who want it.

Vikings 4.11.

Dec. 1st, 2016 07:24 pm
selenak: (Bayeux)
[personal profile] selenak
Went from Munich to Bamberg, signed about a hundred Christmas letters with no end in sight, rewarded self with 45 minutes of fiction. The second half of Vikings season 4 has started, Amazon Prime puts up an episode a week, which means for the first time I could watch it when broadcast. More or less.

Read more... )


Dec. 1st, 2016 10:36 am
synecdochic: torso of a man wearing jeans, hands bound with belt (Default)
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"Say something! Anything!" "...test, one two three?" "Anything but that."


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