Soooooo I really am a bit sedentary

Apr. 24th, 2019 03:26 am
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Well, sedentary with long walks because I'd always rather walk than take the bus, but still.

On the one hand, I want to exercise more for general health reasons. I don't want to end up old and find out that immobility has snuck up on me, nor do I want to discover that it's really true that being inactive increases your risk of dementia. (It's all well and good for me to assert that dementia doesn't run in my family, but that only works if I ignore my father's mother. Which I mostly do, but still. Probably I should stop doing that.)

On the other hand, I don't want to exacerbate existing joint issues, which would really suck and probably not help my old age mobility at all, especially not if that's connected to arthritis. In the past month my mother has mentioned off-hand an alarming number of relatives who were severely restricted due to arthritis at rather young ages - and that's only counting the ones who developed it in adulthood! There's at least one cousin of hers or her mother's who was apparently "totally crippled" before puberty. She can preen all she likes about how that gene seems to have skipped her, I see my sister increasingly worried and yet dodging the thought that she might already be developing arthritis. She's not even 40 yet! (She ought to go to a doctor. I think we all know that neither funds nor time is really the reason she hasn't.)

So clearly the thing to do is find some 15 or 20 minute daily exercise routine that's reasonably high intensity but isn't going to screw up my joints, at least, not more than they already are. Preferably something that can be done by somebody with no real coordination - I can't jump rope, I can't ride bikes, every day I nearly trip over my own two feet/my pants/the dogs and break my glasses.

Maybe I should just buy myself an exercise bike. When I don't need to balance, I am very unlikely to fall down. I'm not worried about myself so much as my poor glasses.

Goodnight, internets

Apr. 25th, 2019 03:38 am
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SOGP 1948 to 2019

Apr. 24th, 2019 08:18 pm
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Lorne died today at 9:55 am.

The weeks leading up to this were full of pain, and the last week in hospital was dreadful. He had been unresponsive since Friday morning, however, today there was no pain, and he simply stopped breathing.

Already I miss him very much. The house is so empty.

bibliography project

Apr. 24th, 2019 07:52 pm
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I'm slowly reaching the end on this. I have only three more items I have to look at to determine bibliographical details or read to see how relevant they are, and they're all being fetched from storage (where Stanford keeps most of its relevant material, from which it takes at least 2 days to fetch it out) or on quickie interlibrary loan.

Meantime a lot of editing and correcting. Authors' names mangled in the databases. An article whose title implies it's about the movies but also discusses the book (and which flabbergasts me by praising the movies enthusiastically for their "faithful adaptatation", even singling out for favor that most cringe-worthy feature, Sean Astin's acting), and another whose title clearly includes the phrase "Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings" but which turns out to be entirely about the movies. A huge anthology from an Inklings conference which turns out to have only two papers partially about Tolkien. They prefer discussing Lewis.

I've also remembered to scan or download articles as I find them, so that I'll have copies handy for the Year's Work next year. I'm now down to a mere 7 articles I'll have to submit to heavy-duty ILL, which will eventually e-mail me PDFs.

Prepping for the Year's Work is an ordeal of its own. When I was first asked to write this, many years ago, I looked over the previous year's bibliography, which would be my source list, and then pulled out from my shelves all the books I had that were on it. I had most of them, and had already read most of those, so I was confident I could do this.

But I kept doing that from scratch every year. As I acquired new books, I'd shelve them in appropriate spots on my Tolkien shelves, or tuck them in a corner if there was no room. Then I'd have to find them all when it came time to write. This year I had three rare and otherwise unavailable items I needed for the bibliography that weren't in the obvious spot. I found them all, but I said: enough. I have some old cubbyholes originally intended for current projects. I cleared out two of them and designated them: one for the current Year's Work, and one for future years including the bibliography. From now on everything goes in there.

That went well, but not everything has. I edit the bibliography this way: enter data into the computer, print it out, take the printout to the library, add corrections and new info to it by pencil as I work over the day, take it home, enter the pencilled notations into the computer, reprint the file, start over with the next library the next day.

Last night, having come home from the library via my piano concert, I went straight to bed but awoke around 3, as I often do. Deciding to get some work done, I couldn't find the printed bibliography with its invaluable notes. Despair. Then it occurred to me: on my way home I'd fueled the car, and thrown out some newspapers I'd had in the passenger seat. Had my annotated printout gone with them?

Despite the hour, I immediately dressed and drove the 30 miles back to the gas station. And in the trash bin, underneath assorted later additions, I found my newspaper and then, now coffee-stained but still legible, my 8 sheets of paper. I had neither noticed they were there nor had they subsequently come to mind until I needed them. Yow. I don't ever want such a close call again, but it's not possible to keep constant track of everything at once. But this is why I have sympathy for people who forget to fetch things you wouldn't think they would forget.

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Apr. 24th, 2019 10:39 pm
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Accomplishments for Today:

Work:
*Did normal workday things!
*Adapted a resource from a coworker and made it more thorough for my Algebra kids
*Put in all the participation grades from this week
*Afterschool PDs, yayyyy.

Social:
*Spent like...an hour after PD chatting with coworkers and kvetching cheerfully about school and stuff.
*Found [personal profile] anu3bis on my commute home, followed him to his new house and spent an hour chatting with him and [profile] balsamic_dragon and the LionCub. We're gonna have dinner a week from Friday! I might show them Anna and the Apocalypse that night! This is all REALLY AWESOME!
*Veronica pinged me and was all "do you wanna Do A Skype Tonight?" and yes, yes I very much do, so I am currently Skyping with Veronica while she knits and I do my words. Veronica is best <3!

Physical:
*I did not go to bed before 11 last night, but I did go to bed before 11:30, and I did set my alarm for 7 hours. I think I woke up briefly before it went off, but trusted the alarm and went back to sleep.
*Also I got up without hitting snooze, but that only sorta counts because I was at Austin's and it's a lot easier to not hit snooze if I know that by jumping in and out of the bed I'm being obnoxious to my partner.
*WENT TO HIGHLAND for the first time in a month and we did FOUR DANCES which is a _lot_ of dances, sheesus. Including Bonnie Dundee which is so hard and I hate it, but I am demonstrably better every time I actually make it there. But we did sword dance, which I tend to like, and Hornpipe, which is the only Highland dance I definitively love.

Personal:
*Caught up on today's emails, including the four or five from yesterday after I had "caught up". Not even *delaying* on them, the ones that needed action, I took the damn action (be it reading the patreon post, responding to the personal stuff, or sending in my kickstarter surveys).
*Am writing my words for the 138th day in a row. They're not done yet, but I think I will probably make it.
*Edit: I did successfully do it! Also almost 400 of them were _fiction_, so that's clearly amazing.
*Gonna take a shower, shut up, it's allowed to be an accomplishment. Unfortunately, I'm probably not going to wash my hair, which I do need to do sometime soon, but still. Regular shower is good!
*School lunch today was _really good_. It was mashed potatoes and tangerine chicken (sortof a sweet-glazed style) and carrots and damn, I was so satisfied with all of it.

Yes, I'm going to continue to do these until I get bored and distracted, so don't worry, like three more days.

~Sor
MOOP!

UntitledTown!

Apr. 24th, 2019 09:09 pm
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 I'm off to Green Bay, Wisconsin tomorrow for the following:
  • I'll be speaking and reading at the UW Green Bay Pride Center Friday at noon
  • I'll be doing an author panel on diverse books at 10AM on Saturday, then tabling at the Book Fair, them doing a presentation on small press publishing on Saturday afternoon. 
  • Full schedule here 
Plus us meeting some people, possibly getting interviewed for a podcast and generally having an interesting time. :-)

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Apr. 24th, 2019 08:46 pm
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Going to avoid the usual fannish outlets for a few days to spare myself the Endgame spoilers--most people are good, but there are always one or two people who think they're way cleverer than they actually are with their "cryptic" commentary. See you next week!

Internet management

Apr. 24th, 2019 05:47 pm
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The time of dodging Avengers: Endgame spoilers has begun! I know more people than usual have spoiled themselves for this one, but I am not one of those people -- I'm anti-spoilers in almost all cases, but it's especially true when 1. I've been anticipating a story for a long time and 2. I've worked very hard not to set any expectations for myself. I have guesses, yes, and predictions, but nothing that I'm 100% counting on being true. After what happened to me with Infinity War, I want to go into this one as blank a slate as possible.

I have tickets for a Friday afternoon show, so I'll be taking a brief hiatus from social media, probably starting sometime tomorrow. Including here, even though I imagine you folks will all be good about putting any spoilers behind cuts. I want to avoid seeing even non-spoilery reactions (especially if the reaction is "I hated it"), and going spoiler-free at that level is 100% on me. So see you soon, and I look forward to hearing what all of you say about it in a couple of day.
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This morning when I woke was full of sunlight and spring blossom against the sky; now the view out my window is full of slate-blue steel-lighted clouds suggesting either imminent thunderstorm or sorcerous apocalypse, although the forecast tells me it's just going to be cold. The cherry blossoms are doing their impermanence thing and covering a block of our street with small fallen fragile pink petals. I didn't get a picture of them, which is all right.

Yesterday the buses were so terrible that [personal profile] spatch and I just walked to Davis Square so that I could make my doctor's appointment and he could get to work, in between which we had bowls of different kinds of soup (boat noodle, khao soi) at Dakzen. Today I walked to the library to discover that my traditional route of access—a concrete stair up the hill behind the high school—has been blocked off with chain-link and plywood, which with all the GLX going around makes me instantly nervous. I would prefer not to have to feel protective about every single piece of twentieth-century architecture within walking distance of my house, especially since some of it is objectively meh. The library's on the National Register of Historic Places, at least. I am fairly confident Eleanor Farjeon's The Glass Slipper (1955) is a novelized play like The Silver Curlew (1953); it has the same feel of translated pantomime, although I liked the other, sillier, more numinous story better. Samuel Fuller's Brainquake (2014) was gonzo and now I really want to read The Dark Page (1944).

I have been sleeping very badly for weeks, but last night I zonked out at something halfway resembling a reasonable hour and dreamed of rafting down the Charles, which I don't know if anyone actually does. Then I dreamed of rafting down canals which are currently train tracks; awake I recognized one from the commuter rail, one from the Orange Line, both rather attractively framed between Venice-walls of brick. I hope that wasn't prophecy.

This first-century cameo of Minerva looks amazingly over everyone's nonsense.

DCU Bang 2019: Sign-Ups Open!

Apr. 24th, 2019 05:36 pm
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Community: [community profile] dcu_bang
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June 22rd-June 26th, Saturday-Wednesday: Accepting Rough Drafts (60% due)
June 29th, Saturday 12PM (Mountain Time): Story Claiming Opens
July 20th, Saturday: Final Day to Drop Out for Traditional Teams
October 1st-October 5th, Tuesday-Saturday: DUE DATE (Works may be posted to the Ao3 collection but will remain unrevealed until their official revealing date)
October 5th, Saturday: Story Reveals Begins
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Submit to the FanWorks zine!

Apr. 24th, 2019 07:27 pm
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Banner image reading "Submit to the FanWorks con zine!"

We will soon be accepting submissions of previously unposted fanfic, fanart, and more for our inaugural FanWorks con zine! Every attending and digital FanWorks membership comes with access to our digital zine – it’s a great way to get to know the work of new writers and artists and share your own creations! There is no limit on fandom, theme, or style.

The zine’s deadline is June 30th. You do not have to be registered for the con to submit to the zine, although if we run short of space, priority goes to attending and digital members. You can find the complete submission guidelines here: FanWorks Zine.

You can submit anything you want to the zine provided it fits the submission guidelines, but if you’re not sure where to start, you may want to consider this year’s FanWorks Variations theme of “Ignite” -- the zine will have a section devoted solely to all the different interpretations of ignition!

Submissions will officially open on the website soon, once we have everything up and running behind the scenes. We’ll post an announcement when we’re ready for you to upload your fanworks! In the meantime, please let us know if you have any questions by emailing fanworkszine@gmail.com.

DCU Bang 2019: Sign-Ups Open!

Apr. 24th, 2019 05:12 pm
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Community: [community profile] dcu_bang
Event Description: The DCU Big Bang is a challenge focused on producing written works of 10k for the Traditional Bang, and 5k for the Mini-Bang, with accompanying fanworks. It’s open to any and all character or pairings that have to do with DC Comics, and we welcome Het/Slash/Femslash/Gen fic, whatever it is you write!

If you are interested in signing up, please read through the
DCU Bang Rules 2019 and
DCU Bang FAQs

Sign-ups are right here!
Full schedule (The below schedule is just the important dates to keep in mind!)

Important Dates:
May 5th, Sunday: 10k Traditional Bang Sign-ups Close (5k Mini Bang & Artist Sign-ups still open)
May 15th, Wednesday: 5k Mini-Bang Sign-ups Close (Artist Sign-ups still open)
June 22rd-June 26th, Saturday-Wednesday: Accepting Rough Drafts (60% due)
June 29th, Saturday 12PM (Mountain Time): Story Claiming Opens
July 20th, Saturday: Final Day to Drop Out for Traditional Teams
October 1st-October 5th, Tuesday-Saturday: DUE DATE (Works may be posted to the Ao3 collection but will remain unrevealed until their official revealing date)
October 5th, Saturday: Story Reveals Begins
October 20th, Sunday: Story Reveals Ends
October 27th, Sunday: Amnesty Posting Begins
November 2nd, Saturday: Amnesty Posting Ends
November 3rd, Sunday: DCU Bang Officially Closed!

Notes/Other Key Info:
DCU Bang Ao3 2019 Collection
DCU Bang Discord Server
DCU Bang on LiveJournal
DCU Bang Tumblr
DCU Bang Twitter (Still being set up, please stay tuned!)

If you have more questions, or require clarifications, you can contact the mods at dcubang@gmail.com, on the Discord server, or by leaving a comment on the Page-A-Mod Post, anonymous comments are turned on!

Check-In – Day 24

Apr. 24th, 2019 07:00 pm
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What have you been doing? ... I usually lead into that question, but I couldn't think of anything witty today.

— Thinking. Maybe a little, maybe a lot.
— Writing.
— Planning and / or researching.
— Editing.
— Sending things to the beta.
— Posting!
— Relaxing, taking a break, etc.
— Other stuff-ing. Look at the comment.

Question: How do you know for sure if it's writer's block and not just a momentary stop?

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