Cursed day

Jul. 28th, 2015 11:33 am
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My roommate got a job (she's been unemployed for a while), which she's apparently going to quit after 3 days, but the adjustment in routine has meant me waking up 1.5 hours before my alarm every day >_< especially this morning, when her alarm started ringing while she was showering, and her door was open, and I mistook her alarm for mine, and got up and aughhhhhh.

I know partially this is my own fault for going to sleep late, which in turn keeps happening because I'm too stressed, which keeps happening because I am indeed Doing Cool Things. Doing cool things is great, but it's slowly winding me up to where my anxiety is off the charts and I need to figure out how to deal with that.

In addition tonight I'm going to see a ballet (cool things!), which is great except that it means less time to exercise (good for anxiety) and going to sleep late again and ughhhhh.

In other news, I watched Spy. I liked it a lot.

spoilers? )

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Jul. 28th, 2015 12:17 pm
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Daily Happiness

Jul. 27th, 2015 11:30 pm
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1. I didn't get one of the things I'd planned to do today done (putting up a new blind in the bedroom to replace the one that broke), but I feel pretty good about today! I did some translation, posted some manga, and did some housework.

2. We got our new fan today and it's pretty nice! (Just in time for another heatwave, too, ugh.)

3. I finally caught up on Attack on Titan. Argh, it's so good! Seems like the next chapter should be out pretty soon?

Scanlations: Gunjo ch. 15b

Jul. 27th, 2015 06:50 pm
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Sorry for the long wait, but here's the next part of chapter 15! I'm hoping to have the final part done next month, but we'll see. (If nothing else, it's already scanned, so that should make it go a lot faster.)

Title: Gunjo
Original Title: 群青 (Gunjou)
Author: Nakamura Ching
Publisher: Ikki Comics
Genre: Seinen
Status in Japan: 3 volumes, complete
Scanlator: Megchan's Scanlations + HotCakes
Scanlation Status: Ongoing
More Info: Baka Updates

Summary: Out of desperation, a woman asks an old high school friend to kill her abusive husband for her. The friend, having long been in love with this woman, does it, and now they are on the run from the law.

Chapter Summary: Despair won't solve anything.

Chapter 15b

Scanlations: Himegoto ch. 43-44

Jul. 27th, 2015 02:50 pm
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Title: Himegoto
Original Title: ヒメゴト~十九歳の制服~ (Himegoto~Juukyuu Sai no Seifuku~)
Author: Minenami Ryou
Publisher: Big Comics
Genre: Seinen
Status in Japan: 8 volumes, complete
Scanlator: Megchan's Scanlations feat. Audrey + Krim
Scanlation Status: Ongoing
More Info: Baka Updates

Summary: This is the story of three college freshmen with secrets: Yuki, aka Yoshiki, a boyish girl who gets off on wearing her old high school uniform skirt; Mikako, who acts innocent around her classmates, but at night pretends to be a 15-year-old and has sex for money; and finally there's Kaito, who's obsessed with Mikako to the point of dressing up like her.

Chapter Summary: Mikako and Yoshiki are a couple now, but nobody is entirely happy with the situation, including Mikako and Yoshiki themselves.

Chapter 43: Vexing
Chapter 44: Day and Night


Jul. 27th, 2015 03:16 pm
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Is very soon!!

As I said before, I'm renting a car, and I'm not afraid to use it. I'm generally available to those who need me to help them with errands, but also - is there anyone who'd be up for dinner Thursday night? I'm renting basically the smallest vehicle the agency has available (if they have any motorized chairs, that would be great) so I can't take more than 2 or 3 passengers, but if you're interested in a Thursday night trip into the city, drop an email and let me know. If you have restaurant suggestions (steakhouse might seem appropriate?) also put those forward - maybe I can make reservations.

In the interests of full disclosure, as I've mentioned before, I'm a really terrible and somewhat novice driver. You have been warned.


Jul. 27th, 2015 11:28 am
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Ever spend several hours on a blog post, only to have WordPress eat it?

Charlie Brown Sighing


Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.

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Jul. 27th, 2015 10:41 am
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I cannot even begin to tell you my frustration with surveys on religion that classify "religion" as mostly Christianity with occasional Judaism and nothing else, and provide only "none" as the category for people who may be Buddhist, Jain, Islamic, Sufi, Hindu, Shinto, Bon, Wiccan, shamanic, Druid, pantheist, panentheist, multitheist or follow familial/cultural/indigenous local faith traditions -- as well as people who are atheist or agnostic. They're missing the point so far that the point might as well be deep-diving in the Marianas Trench in the Pacific.

Daily Happiness

Jul. 27th, 2015 12:39 am
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1. Day off tomorrow! I'm hoping it will be both relaxing and productive.

2. The kittens are so cute tonight. We have several of those toys with a stick and something hanging from one end that you tease them with, and one of them was on the shelf above my desk. Tonight Molly jumped up on the shelf and got the toy down and now they're playing with it.

3. Our new fan should arrive tomorrow! (Not only did the fan in the computer room completely die, but the one in the bedroom is on its last legs, too, so we had to get a second new fan.)
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Mondays, every week, let's celebrate ourselves, to start the week right. Tell me what you're proud of. Tell me what you accomplished last week, something -- at least one thing -- that you can turn around and point at and say: I did this. Me. It was tough, but I did it, and I did it well, and I am proud of it, and it makes me feel good to see what I accomplished. Could be anything -- something you made, something you did, something you got through. Just take a minute and celebrate yourself. Either here, or in your journal, but somewhere.

(And if you feel uncomfortable doing this in public, I've set this entry to screen any anonymous comments, so if you want privacy, comment anonymously and I won't unscreen it. Also: yes, by all means, cheer each other on when you see something you want to give props to!)

Birthday (and Ant-Man)

Jul. 26th, 2015 09:28 pm
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[personal profile] sholio
And so, I'm 39. When I was about 14, I remember making one of my characters 39 because I wanted him to be old and world-weary, but not too old to relate to. Hi, 14-year-old me, from just this side of unrelatably old! XD

Thank you for the birthday wishes, emails and gifts, everybody. ♥ It was a mellow day in which I didn't get anything done, but in a good way - had lunch with friends, chatted with my family on the phone, and saw a movie (Ant-Man). Which, since this is ostensibly a blog for talking about pop culture and media, I will discuss under the cut.

Ant-Man )

ETA: Some spoilers for Civil War )

Fanfiction: Time and Chance

Jul. 27th, 2015 05:37 am
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A few months ago, when the History Exchange announced itself, I looked at the conditions, saw that the minimum word count was only 500, and thought, hey, I'm busy, but I can easily do that in between stuff. If I volunteer for people I already know about, I won't even have to do research.

Famous last words, etc. The end result was one of the longest things I've written outside Yuletide, and I don't regret a single thing. Eleanor of Aquitaine will do that to you. The prompt asked for an AU, which got me thinking not of one AU but several. Well, there's a certain format for this. I've repeatedly written "Five Things..." tales about fictional characters; there was no reason not to do it for a rl one. Especially since said format, at least in the way it works for me, also provides the opportunity to portray the main character "in canon", so to speak, via several angles.

So, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Queen of France, Queen of England, survivor extraordinaire who still travelled across the Pyrenees on political missions when in her 70s, something that would be remarkable even today, let alone in the Middle Ages. Her life was often so unlikely that fiction couldn't trump it. However, of course there were plenty of opportunities where with just one circumstance changed, her resulting existence would have been just as remarkable (imo), if in a different (or not?) way. After mulling it over (and reading one of the newer biographies, since the last time I did research on Eleanor was more then 20 years ago), I came up with five scenarios which each became its own story. You can read all five here:

Time and Chance (16069 words) by Selena
Chapters: 5/5
Fandom: 12th Century CE RPF, When Christ and His Saints Slept - Sharon Kay Penman, Devil's Brood - Sharon Kay Penman, Historical RPF, Henry II Trilogy - Sharon Kay Penman, The Lion in Winter (1968)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Eleanor of Aquitaine/Henry Plantagenet, Eleanor of Aquitaine/Louis VII of France, Eleanor of Aquitaine & Thomas Becket, Eleanor of Aquitaine & Matilda I of Boulogne, Eleanor of Aquitaine & Raymond of Antioch, Peter Abelard/Heloise (background)
Characters: Eleanor of Aquitaine, Henry II of England, Thomas Becket, Bernard of Clairveaux, Petronilla de Chemillé, Mahault of Anjou, Matilda I of Boulogne, Stephen of England, Eustace IV Count of Boulogne, Louis VII of France, Robert de Dreux, Raymond of Antioch, Melisande of Jerusalem - Character, Thierry Galeran, Henry the Young King, William X. of Aquitaine, Petronilla of Aquitaine
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Historical, POV Female Character, Female Friendship

Five lives which Eleanor of Aquitaine never lived.

A few more remarks on those five roads not taken: Hidden under a cut. )

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Jul. 26th, 2015 11:10 pm
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And, because we all need it, a list of bad sources to avoid.


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