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([personal profile] ase May. 5th, 2016 09:54 pm)
Games Wizards Play (Diane Duane) (2016): Nita, Kit, and Dairine mentor younger wizards in a wizardly science fair: Dairine's mentee presents a spell that can stop earthquakes... if she can work through a few issues with her large and wizardly connected family... while Nita and Kit struggle with a mentee whose personality is even more flamboyant and flawed than his ambitious solar spell.

Climax destroying spoilers. )

Season of the Witch: Enchantment, Terror, and Deliverance in the City of Love (David Talbot) (2012): Popular history of San Francisco from the Summer of Love through the HIV crisis. The focus is the welter of conflict that gripped the city through the '70s, culminating in the devastating two weeks of November 1978 when the Jonestown deaths rippled through the Bay area and Supervisor Harvey Milk and Mayor George Moscone were shot by Milk's fellow supervisor Dan White in city hall.

Talbot's uplifting redemptive finish is Feinstein's nine-year mayoralty. The HIV crisis is presented as San Francisco getting its act together, compared to what came before, which strikes me as a little off-base.

The Martian (Andy Weir) (2011): Fictional account of the survival of an astronaut stranded on Mars.

Spoilers, I suppose. Spoilers of meh. )

Sin is a Puppy That Follows You Home (Balaraba Ramat Yakubu, 1990) (trans. Aliyu Kamal, 2012): a littattafai na soyayya novel, one of the occasional series I think of as "NPR books", ie, books I read becuase NPR made it sound interesting. This is a story of virtue rewarded and misdeeds punished: the wife and mother Rabi is thrown out of her husband's home at the insistence of a new wife, and must support herself and her nine children in Kano, Nigeria. The bad behavior of spouses is the recurring theme of this novel, as Rabi's oldest daughter Saudatu catches the eye of a wealthy businessman and finds her virtue rewarded with a loving and wealthy husband, Abubakar. Alhaji Abubakar casts off his previous wives as their flaws come to light. Greed, selfishness, and irreligiosity play their roles in revealing who is moral and upstanding and who is not. Ultimately, Abdu's fortunes crumble and he is forced to take back the hardworking Rabi, though now Rabi is in charge. "She was the one who handed out the day's provisions, who distributed the detergent and soap. She was the one responsible for giving the house a lick of paint when needed, and deciding what should go where."

To say this is outside my usual reading is an understatement. And I love that! Sin is a bit of a soap opera and a bit of a romance and perhaps a bit chicklit, or at least the story of dense community. Rabi appeals to her siblings for support, her brother-in-law chastises her husband, her children pitch in, her neighbors are part of her support network. Saudatu is able to catch Abubakar's eye when she is visiting with an aunt. But it's also threaded through with profoundly Islamic and Nigerian ideas: routine polygamy, separate spaces for men and women - when Rabi begins selling food from her house, the novel casually mentions her sons helping to take food outside to adult male customers, since of course these men cannot step foot in her house, it would violate purdah - the routine Islamic prayers, woven into the fabric of the characters' lives. It's a short, fascinating look into someone else's culture.

Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, from Missiles to the Moon to Mars (Nathalia Holt) (2016): Pop sci history. The JPL computer department, founding to its transition from "computer" to "engineer".

This is a little more memoir than I like my pop sci. Rise of the Rocket girls is descriptive. It's subjective. It recounts women coming to JPL, their experiences in and outside the computer department. It doesn't go the extra step to correlate this to wider trends. It mentions that the JPL computers hired a black women, it doesn't explore the link that to a century of racial discrimination in the sciences. It passes over the the hiring of a first generation Chinese woman without thought. It mentions that the JPL computer department consciously and consistently hired only women for decades, from almost its inception until its dissolution, and treats this lightly, rather than turning it around from all its fascinating angles: is this a form of affirmative action? Is this a variation of reverse discrimination? Did this impact the payment, the structure, the labor assigned to computers at JPL, compared to mixed or male-only computer groups? There's recounting that women left to get married, left for their first child, came back because they missed working, came back and got divorced, left to salvage their marriages, and the creeping change from "babies end careers" to "single mother supporting her family" happens utterly unremarked, it's just another variation in anecdotes. JPL launched a rocket, so and so got hired, JPL proposed a space mission, so and so left right before the birth of her child, and so forth and so on. It doesn't put in the work to step from fluffy to significant. And that's a shame. This book about these women, and this moment in the history of space exploration, of women's involvement in the military-industrial complex, of women as computer programmers and engineers and mentors and advocates for their junior colleagues, is so slight it's going to slip right out from notice and take these stories with it. Rise suffers a lot from failing my hopes; it disappointing and frustrating that such an interesting topic is not assayed with more rigor and depth.
I Am A: Neutral Good Human Wizard/Rogue (3rd/3rd Level)

Ability Scores:
Strength-12
Dexterity-12
Constitution-13
Intelligence-19
Wisdom-15
Charisma-17

Alignment:
Neutral Good A neutral good character does the best that a good person can do. He is devoted to helping others. He works with kings and magistrates but does not feel beholden to them. Neutral good is the best alignment you can be because it means doing what is good without bias for or against order. However, neutral good can be a dangerous alignment when it advances mediocrity by limiting the actions of the truly capable.
Race:
Humans are the most adaptable of the common races. Short generations and a penchant for migration and conquest have made them physically diverse as well. Humans are often unorthodox in their dress, sporting unusual hairstyles, fanciful clothes, tattoos, and the like.
Primary Class:
Wizards are arcane spellcasters who depend on intensive study to create their magic. To wizards, magic is not a talent but a difficult, rewarding art. When they are prepared for battle, wizards can use their spells to devastating effect. When caught by surprise, they are vulnerable. The wizard's strength is her spells, everything else is secondary. She learns new spells as she experiments and grows in experience, and she can also learn them from other wizards. In addition, over time a wizard learns to manipulate her spells so they go farther, work better, or are improved in some other way. A wizard can call a familiar- a small, magical, animal companion that serves her. With a high Intelligence, wizards are capable of casting very high levels of spells.
Secondary Class:
Rogues have little in common with each other. While some - maybe even the majority - are stealthy thieves, many serve as scouts, spies, investigators, diplomats, and simple thugs. Rogues are versatile, adaptable, and skilled at getting what others don't want them to get. While not equal to a fighter in combat, a rogue knows how to hit where it hurts, and a sneak attack can dish out a lot of damage. Rogues also seem to have a sixth sense when it comes to avoiding danger. Experienced rogues develop nearly magical powers and skills as they master the arts of stealth, evasion, and sneak attacks. In addition, while not capable of casting spells on their own, a rogue can sometimes 'fake it' well enough to cast spells from scrolls, activate wands, and use just about any other magic item.
Find out What Kind of Dungeons and Dragons Character Would You Be?, courtesy of Easydamus (e-mail)
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([personal profile] highlander_ii May. 5th, 2016 01:36 pm)
#92 - The Assassin

Season: 1


Plot: A master-of-disguise assassin is going after an unknown target and Mac and Pete have to stop him.

Trope(s):
[Frequently used Tropes are listed in the first post.]

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/ArchEnemy - subverted
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/HoistByHisOwnPetard
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/ExtendedDisarming
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/MasterOfDisguise
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/ObfuscatingDisability


Thoughts:

We start off with someone ominously approaching a door. Or someone approaching an ominous door. There is lock-picking afoot. And a woman packing - clothing, not carrying a gun. The woman is attacked.

Then her sister? comes in and sees the woman laying on the floor having been stabbed. The sister is whining, but she'd be much better off CALLING AN AMBULANCE. Medical personnel would be much better at saving your sister than crying.

Mac and Pete are trying to figure out who some assassin is who is supposedly really crafty. And Pete's pretty nervous about it.

The sister (Terry) goes to get a job at the woman's old job - an escort service. Apparently she thinks that the woman's last client is the killer or something.

Anyway - Mac's posing as the watchmaker who specializes in timers for explosives and such when Piedra comes in. Things go well until Piedra decides Mac needs to die. The fight is pretty good until we get to the part where Piedra pulls out a pair of butterfly knives. I'm sorry, I can't really take an assassin seriously if he uses butterfly knives un-ironically. They are probably the WORST knives to try to use for any sort of fighting. Oh sure, they'll cut if they're sharp, but unless the person you're going after is stupidly slow at everything, they're gonna clobber you with a club or run away before you get those stupid knives open - assuming you're doing the fancy flipping action, which, why the hell else would you even HAVE butterfly knives? Sure, they look scary, but unless you know how to open them, you just look like a ninny who watches too much tv. (Mac got himself backed into a corner, so the stupid knives might've been effective.)

Knife-related rant over... back to Mac and his really destructive fight with Piedra. B/c holy shit - grandfather clocks are NOT cheap, man. And Pete saves the day.

They're talking to Piedra - though he isn't saying much - and they go through some of his arsenal and they know he uses call-girls to do the pick-ups for his payments and such. Mac is gonna go undercover as Piedra. At the pick-up site, there are some other guys - probably looking for Piedra - and Mac has to try to lose them. Which he does by slotting a board in front of a series of tire spikes designed to make sure people don't drive the wrong way into a lot. The goons following him clearly can't read, so they blow two tires.

Terry tries to kill Mac, ttly convinced that he's Piedra, but he throws some exploding toothpaste and gets her gun away from her. Then he has to convince her that he's not the bad guy and didn't kill her sister - which happens really easily. For someone so convinced that Mac killed her sister, Terry gives up and changes her mind really fast.

Meanwhile, back at chez prison, Piedra is having lunch by way of removing his fake mustache and scar - which the Feds clearly forgot to check - so that he can get out of his cuffs and make a blowgun. Though, Piedra, is it really smart to hide a poison-tipped bit of metal under your fake scar so close to your own skin? What if you move just wrong and stab yourself?

And you know those other guys who were chasing Piedra? They catch up w/ Mac and nab him and Terry and shove them into a car. Meanwhile, Piedra has turned into goddamned Spiderman and crawled up into a space near the ceiling where he has to hold himself up against hallway walls, and he managed to get there w/o making noise.

Mac and Terry convince the other guys that Mac isn't actually the assassin. Then they go to warn the archbishop, who tells them that he isn't going to kowtow to terror. He's going to make an appearance just as he planned. When Mac leaves Terry to stay on the phone, all she manages is a 'please hurry', then hangs up, making her all but useless as a character.

Mac does convince the archbishop to let him stand in the man's place for the blessing, at least until they find the assassin. Turns out, he's dressed as a nun. He attacks Mac and they roll their fight outside where Piedra tries to use his blowdart thing, but Mac ducks and Piedra misses. Terry shows up ready to shoot Piedra, but Mac stops her and there's a tussle and Piedra ends up landing on his own dart.

Then Mac's all bummed b/c he says he'll never know whether or not he could've beaten Piedra.

This is another episode that isn't bad, necessarily, just not one that grabs me and pulls me in. I think they tried to do a little too much - Terry chasing Mac, Feds chasing Piedra, the other Spanish/Mexican guys chasing Mac as Piedra, Piedra after the archbishop - there are too many moving parts, so everyone starts sort of tripping over each other.
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([personal profile] liseuse May. 5th, 2016 06:26 pm)
Have a State of the Liseuse update:

1. I just got back from voting. My local polling station was quiet - I think there were about five other people in there besides me. I'm not actually surprised by that. We've only got the Police and Crime Commissioner elections this time around. And given that no one I know (and I conducted a mini strawpoll in the office today) has received any election material from any of them, you'd be forgiven for not even realising it was happening. I had an oh god moment outside the polling station because the last time I voted was a Thursday in May and it was a lovely sunny day and my mother died the following day (and we elected the fucking Tories, but my personal tragedy rather eclipsed that for a while). Anyway, democratic duty is done.

2. I am still doing the #liseuselonglist challenge. I just haven't managed to write any book reviews. I need to write them for Hanya Yanigahara's A Little Life [I loved it even as it was breaking my heart every second page], Vesna Goldsworthy's Gorsky [technically competent but I don't think the world actually needed a Russians-in-London retelling of The Great Gatsby], and Cynthia Bond's Ruby [very good, but very harrowing]. I finished Ruby yesterday and then started Shirley Barrett's Rush Oh! which, so far, is considerably less harrowing (actual jokes! adorable drawings!). I had a mini break where I read Maggie Stiefvater's The Raven King (#4 in the Raven cycle) A couple of points )

3. I am buying a house. Like, a literal house. I've put an offer in and had it accepted. By offer I mean "asking price" because I was not about to start haggling. Now I just need the building society to turn my "mortgage in principle" into an actual mortgage offer and then I am buying an actual house. Oh god, too much adulting. I don't approve. I am being very very cautious about this and refusing to raise my hopes or expectations. I don't want to start getting excited and thinking about paint and furniture choices (I mean, I am doing this, just not loudly) and then have it all fall through as it easily could. (oh god oh god oh god i'm buying a house)

4. BSL exams are next week. I am not feeling optimistic about them, but I do keep reminding myself that this semester was much harder than the previous one - you do 102 and 103 all in one go, as opposed to Beginners which is just 101 and is delightfully easy. 102 and 103 are a big step up. I also started a new job in that time and started selling a house. So, fingers crossed, but if I do pass I'm not expecting it to be staggeringly well. I haven't decided if I'm going to take the next level. I want to see if French Continuation is being offered in a useful timeslot, and then that will make my decision I suspect.

5. Sunday is the one year anniversary of my mother's death so I am planning on doing something fun and self-indulgent. I still need to see Captain America: Civil War, so it might be that. And there is a possibility that a friend will be in town for the weekend - he suggested meeting up on Monday but I have Full Council and I need to hand my resignation in, so sadly, I couldn't do that.
I am the ecstatic owner of an 18.6 pound cat!!!

I took both cats into the vet this morning for their annual check-up.

Dreadful has lost 2 1/2 pounds since January. The vet is thrilled with how he looks and how he's moving. His coat's glossy and sleek, he's animated and active and full of personality and just in general doing really, really well.

His blood glucose numbers are still all over the map, so we still have to test him twice a day to see if he needs insulin, but our vet and the specialist she's been talking to about Dreadful both think that as he looses a bit more weight those numbers will stabilize.

Sovay, on the other hand, has gained weight. So, we need to start paying more attention to exactly how much food she's getting, but since she's not food-motivated the way Dreadful is, that should be pretty easy.
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([personal profile] rebelsheart May. 5th, 2016 07:13 am)
Anyone who knows me knows that I get emotional on other people's behalves.

A bit over a year ago, my husband [twitter.com profile] iberianwolf lost his father to a long-term disease.

We were awakened just after midnight by a call from his stepfather. I didn't hear much of the conversation clearly and I feel asleep after Iberian left the room.

I woke again around 3:25 with him at my side and very awake. I don't know if there was another phone call, but I knew the first hadn't been good.

His mother had had a stroke and a brain hemorrhage. She wasn't expected to last much longer.

Unable to fall back to sleep, I showered and took him to the airport. He should be landing in DC just as my mother and and grandmother board their flight to come out here to visit us for Mother's Day weekend.

This is going to be one hell of an emotional roller coaster weekend.

Take every excuse to celebrate the people who mean the most to you, no matter how commercialized or trivial. You never know when they will leave you.
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([personal profile] andrewducker May. 5th, 2016 12:00 pm)
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([personal profile] dglenn May. 5th, 2016 05:24 am)

"You can't set up an appointment for chaos! That defeats the whole point!" -- Sam Starfall, in Freefall by Mark Stanley, 2016-05-02 (Related -- an unnamed (I think) robot in the previous strip: "In your face, entropy!")

...get over. LiveJournal was my home from the fall of 2005 until I left in, I think, 2010 (I have no record of when I left except an initial post on Wordpress after leaving LJ, and apparently on that I linked to my LJ profile to explain why. I know I had some sort of rant about linkjacking there, but I just checked archive.org to see they never captured that version of the page. I've also found this comment I made, which indicates I won't be coding my journal anymore, so perhaps it was by April of 2010).

Well, anyway, on LiveJournal linkjacking was wherein you'd write a post with normal links in it. Say you'd write, "You can find the steps on how do this thing I'm talking about here", where "here" would be a normal link to anywhere, but say for this example, it linked to another page on my blog. Well, the linkjacked version of that was when you clicked "here" to go to the other page, you got shown an ad instead. Of course, LJ did this to us twice, two different times in one year, if I recall correctly (I cannot find supporting documentation for the first time but this article talks about a second round of linkjacking in 2010, so obviously there was a first time to make the second time...possible).

ETA: dug around some more and found this, so now it looks like I've got tentative dates for each occurrence; the first linkjacking occurred March of 2010; the second round began about a month later. The reason? LJ messed up their first version of the linkjacker code. The first version simply scrambled pre-existing affiliate IDs on people's links while leaking all kinds of information by allowing data sent via https://to travel to other sites via http://. People posting links on their LJs to Amazon and other sites where they made money were losing money by the fistful over this, so LJ took the code down for a few weeks and rewrote it so it literally hijacked every outbound link on every journal, then stuck it back in our codebase.

LJ also never announced they were linkjacking. Each time they did it, they just did it. No advance warning.

I can't emphasize enough how fucked up this is. I've had problems on websites, OK? It's not all been smooth sailing. I've dealt with features I thought were bugs. I've hit ceilings on my ability to change writing and layout environments that frustrated me. I've dealt with platform owners I thought were assholes (and no, I'm not talking about anyone on DW or LJ, just to be super-duper clear). I've felt some platform owners were not transparent or honest or invested enough in a lot of things. The Basic Account fiasco on LJ did piss me off. Russian ownership bugged the hell out of me and was not a thing that I could even, but I never liked SixApart, either, because when I started on LJ, Brad ran everything; when SixApart took over, it became impersonal - LJ was "just a business" to them.

But even taking 10 years of sometimes icky memories of various blogging environments into account, nothing got to me like LJ's linkjacking, and I'd bet nothing ever will. LJ violated my trust and in turn violated people's trust in me. I got so many fucking emails and comments from people every time they linkjacked saying something like, "I clicked a link from your blog and wound up in Timbuktu adland instead, why the hell are you redirecting people to ads on a blog that's supposed to be about AOL" that I was beside myself.

I couldn't prove it wasn't my idea: there was not a lick of official documentation or a single public post on LJ discussing the linkjacking being done to us. There was no official word on how to stop it or turn it off, either. The second time around people apparently found a way to do so on a per-blog basis via the admin console but it only worked while you were logged in, not for anyone else viewing your blog, and that was all just users digging around in the settings for something that worked - which is a lot like throwing one pot of spaghetti at the wall after another until finally, finally, something sticks.

That was the end of LiveJournal for me. I had my first two journals there (the same ones I have now here and on Wordpress, respectively) and I made the first online friends I'd ever had there, some of who were wanting to meet in person when I left, some of who actually lived nearby me who became closer-than-usual friends just for that reason. I still think about them though we've never talked online or offline again. I also got on problem-free with LJ's staff, regardless of which company was running LJ from one year to the next, which I know is contrary to speculation I've heard over the years that I got on badly with some of them. Nothing bad carried over to Dreamwidth from there.

LJ was not bad if you discounted the drama in each News post that went on for years, all the different owners and ownership styles we had, and that making Basic Accounts see ads, when LJ had always been 100% free (but with more limited features for free users) until that moment (which I think they eventually might have gone back on) really kind of sucked. LJ only became intolerable when I realized linkjacking might always be an issue: there'd be an outcry, they'd pull the scripts that made linkjacking possible for a while, then they'd reintroduce them when things got quiet again. Always without warning: a true stealth strike every time. I just couldn't deal with it.

If they'd never linkjacked I might still be there, but it's probably for the best that I'm not. Dreamwidth's smaller and more personal, and I never have to worry about unknown (or any!) ads creeping around my blog, so I'm less stressed about where I'm keeping what online (and I mean, putting my other blog on Wordpress was not a bad choice, either, but they *do* show ads, which again I have no control over, which does sort of bug me). I look at LJ every once in a while (mostly because maybe half my list crossposts to it, otherwise I'd have no reason to visit at all) and I see they've 'gone Facebook' now that the real Facebook's stealing users and visitors from all over for itself, and I think, they were so short-sighted to do some of the things they did, but too late now.

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]
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([personal profile] lavendertook May. 4th, 2016 10:17 pm)
Seven months now, and I'm missing my Saki so much. I just see her everywhere--just expecting her to walk up with tail held high, eyes meeting mine, and making greeting chirps.

I promised [personal profile] mews1945 some pics of Saki fetching. So here she is bringing back a cough drop in its wrapper that I threw for her. She's almost 3 here, when we were living in the old efficiency. I'm so glad she only spent half her life there and I was able to move us to this one bedroom with more views.



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([personal profile] beatrice_otter May. 4th, 2016 08:20 pm)
Title: Ghost Stories
Author: beatrice_otter
Fandom: Star Wars: Original Trilogy
Characters: Luke Skywalker, Chewbacca, Han Solo, Anakin Skywalker
Summary: After Endor, Luke gets something he's always wanted

On AO3

The thing about Force-ghosts—or whatever the proper term was, neither Obi-Wan nor Yoda ever said—was that they didn't feel like living beings. )
You all know the horrors of the Flint water crisis. There's a bi-partisan Senate bill to enable federal funding to help fix the crisis, so Americans might want to contact your congresscritters to tell them to vote for it.

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([personal profile] sineala May. 4th, 2016 06:01 pm)
What I Just Finished Reading

Nothing. I really need to finish writing this story.

What I'm Reading Now

Comicsssss. Wednesdayyyyyy.

Captain America - Sam Wilson #9, Invincible Iron Man #9, New Avengers #11, Scarlet Witch #6, X-Men '92 #3 )

What I'm Reading Next

See first paragraph. On the plus side, the end of this story is in sight. On the minus side, that means I am currently mired in the part I hate, where I make no progress because it feels like I've been writing it for ages and I can see the end but I am not there yet and everything is awful. I hate this part of writing longfics. It always happens about now.
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([personal profile] topaz119 May. 4th, 2016 05:05 pm)
Well, more like the April reading meme, but roll with me...

finished
When a Scot Ties the Knot, Tessa Dare -- I... really should have loved this one, but for a really long time, I thought it was going to go DNF. I liked all the disparate parts (her, him, the castle, people finding a home, etc, etc) but I dislike the trope TD used to get them together, and only finished by skipping over the parts with sex (not that it was badly written per se, just that I don't like the set-up used to get them naked.) Finished, though.

White Night, Jim Butcher -- I'm still trundling through the Dresden audiobooks (I only started reading them b/c the HoB loved them and kept wanting me to read), but as advertised, I do think they're getting better. I can remember how the middle part of the early books just draaaaaaaggged on, but now things keep moving along. Also, I think there are enough side characters I really like to keep all the books populated with a favorite. In this case, both Marcone and Thomas are around, which is perfect for me. Harry's idea of how to mentor/teach Molly makes me want to smack him, but I do feel that's actually consistent with his character. Also, wow with the Harry/Marcone in this one. 

Scandal Wears Satin, Loretta Chase -- Book #2 of her Dressmakers series, which suffers, I think, from the HEA of the first book. The stakes aren't nearly as high in this one--no one is going to starve if things don't work out. Everyone is in reaction mode, b/c the big issue affects a side character and only spills over to the h/h by proxy. Still: LC. A favorite for a reason.

Arabella, Georgette Heyer -- An old favorite, but on audiobook this time through. It suffered a bit in how the narrator read Beaumaris and how that just didn't match up with how he's sounded in my head for lo these many years. 

March, Geraldine Brooks -- I went into this knowing that Brooks based the character of Mr. March was based on Bronson Alcott, who is not my favorite authorial parent (to say the least!) I'm actually pretty shocked that I not only finished this, but enjoyed the journey. I feel like I found personal letters & journals of people I'd only known as a child, with all the good & bad that seeing them through adult eyes implies. 

The Iron Duke, Meljean Brook -- Despite my love of steampunk, I had somehow not managed to read this one (which is sort of the ur-steampunk romance) until this most recent 24-Hour Readathon. The world-building is really fantastic and Brook manages not to info-dump it all at once. I think I could have gone with a bit more character development and the end felt rushed (in that we had this glorious ride of a build-up but then the HEA almost happens off screen, but that's possibly because it was more of an action-adventure with a romantic subplot that grew all kinds of crazy) but I did really enjoy it.

You Are A Badass, Jen Sincero -- sigh. I really need to not take random recommendations to heart. The non-stop advice to Be on the right 'frequency to engage' with the universe/spirit/god/etc was bad enough but then there was the part about how people are depressed so they can get attention & that was enough of that. DNF.

Come As You Are, Emily Nagoski -- Given that I grew up in a Catholic family (sex is only for baby-making) during the sexual revolution of the 70s (if it feels good, do it), I kinda feel like it's a miracle I have at least a semi-adjusted attitude toward sex. This book would have been invaluable to college-aged!me (less guilt! better orgasms!), but it was still fascinating to all grown up me.

Level Up, Cathy Yardley -- Short contemporary romance that ultimately felt really disposable. Plus points for a Hispanic, computer geek of a heroine, and even more plus points for the group of friends she finds herself in the middle of (I want a bookstore like the one in the center of the plot), but everything moved so quickly that I'm having trouble recalling details even though I only just finished it. 

now
Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates -- The library just delivered my hold, which is great timing given that we (#2Son and I) just finished his first Black Panther (and loved it.)

Small Favor, Jim Butcher -- #10 of the Dresden Files. I'm rolling my eyes (Luccio, REALLY?), but still listening. 

The Bollywood Bride, Sonali Dev -- I just started, but there's a lot of backstory being alluded to.

next
The Raven King, as soon as I can get my butt to the library!
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([personal profile] sine_nomine May. 4th, 2016 03:20 pm)
Wow... it's after 3 PM and I've done so little today out of so much I have to do.

But I got the kitchen cleaned and the dishwasher running and I'm starting on hanging up stuff in the bedroom. More of that to do before unpacking from whatever weekend it was that I was away and getting the car emptied out mostly from ditto.

Thank goodness G and N's flight is presently delayed approximately 2 hours (down from 2 and a half; will be interesting to see where this resolves... and I am tempted to let them land before heading to the airport, or at least get pretty darn close to landing. It's only 20 minutes away after all.

In other news, stuff with KC has imploded; potential for even deep friendship is -- very regrettably -- in doubt. Explorations with QK continue; we are taking our time figuring out just what this is exactly and how, when, where and why it fits into our lives.

In other other news, the GLBT Center here wants to hire an administrative assistant. But the list of job responsibilities is so long I'm afraid I get overwhelmed just reading it. Still, it would be an interview I could wear a shirt and tie to; might be worth applying just for that.

Oh and in other other other news, Major NonProfit announced their new CEO (note the change in title from Executive Director to CEO; word on the street is that they will be looking for a COO as well) so stuff will start getting shaken -- not stirred -- up there soon (including, I suspect, instituting closing on major Jewish holidays - always a good thing!).

Okay, back to it... must keep swimming.
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([personal profile] delight May. 4th, 2016 12:15 pm)
So today, between the hours of 6 and 12, I:

– disconnected Dad's TPN
– learned I had gotten a job
– went to Staples to scan important paperwork related to that job
found some of the other important paperwork related to that job
– and my high school diploma, which apparently they have to have on file due to state law even though they already have my university one
– started laundry
– did some cleaning of bedroom
– did dishes

I still need to:
– get the rest of the paperwork scanned
– finish the laundry (there are a few more loads)
– vacuum
– do a bunch of writing stuff I'm not going to wear myself out itemizing
– dressing change

But for now I'm taking a nap.
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([personal profile] sraun May. 4th, 2016 06:30 am)
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