things

Apr. 27th, 2017 06:10 pm
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why are they so thingy?
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I guess I got confused by the very weird and non-uniform CW spring breaks, so I missed an episode of The 100. Catching up!

The 100 4.08 God Complex )

The 100 4.09 DNR )

Blargh

Apr. 28th, 2017 08:10 am
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Too many social obligations this week combined with deadlines. ://// I'm not sure I'll be able to finish my triple [community profile] trope_bingo  because my husband volunteered us to host a BBQ this weekend too, after a week of surprise birthday lunches and appointments. WTFDUDE I'D RATHER BE WRITING *glares at the back of his head passive-aggressively* Plus now there's a DW code push on Sunday that cuts off more precious hours to submit.

Naturally I'm here whining about it instead of being productive! LOL

No reaction posts this week so just *muffled screaming* over AoS and Jane the Virgin! Haven't watched iZombie yet, and I'll wait on Grey's and TO too until I get sh*t done. I'll try to comment on reaction posts on my reading page later too- so happy to see other people enjoying the same stuff I'm enjoying on the reading page again! :DDDD

finished the book; more ambivalent

Apr. 27th, 2017 07:18 pm
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I finished Every Heart a Doorway (previous post) and... hm.

Reviewing the story from a personal/subjective perspective, rather than formally assessing its structure and so forth: spoilers )

I need a bleach bath.

Apr. 27th, 2017 10:36 pm
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GUESS WHO IS A MASSIVE FAILURE.

A) failed to sleep AT NIGHT WHEN PEOPLE ARE SUPPOSED TO SLEEP.
B) therefore woke up tired (also the flat was FRREEZZZZING thank you redacted spring temperatures you suppurating weenis farts) and decided to get back into bed until Lindsay got up and we could investigate the newly-opened gym together but fell asleep
C) Subsequently slept for the entire morning.
D) decided to go for a walk prior to the talk I was attending
E) It rained
F) Actually managed to get some work done on the book outline despite colossal problems accessing my notes on my phone because OneNote is a BIG LIE
G) Tragically failed to eat like a human being despite two separate robots intended to make me do that
H) Met up with Holly and had a conversation that involved shouting WHAT THE FUCK IS WRONG WITH STRAIGHT PEOPLE in a crowded cafe
I) Accidentally bought a postcard of bored-looking vagina-owning person riding a giant bird with a dick for a head
J) Went to a talk at the Quaker Centre - gosh what a nice building it is, I may go back - which had both free food and drink but ate neither because I was being obsessive about my macros despite not actually being very sane at this point due to it being 6/7/8pm and eating a whopping 500 calories since waking.
K) Left during the break because I wasn't sure I could handle the speaker from the Daily Mail while hangry
L) Trains were fucked
M) Actually put some food in my body but it is still complaining.
N) Typed up my notes but it's now 11pm and that might be a little bit late to go to the gym when it's been refurbed and I'm not sure where anything is. FAILURE FAILURE FAILURE FAT USELESS FAILURE WHOOOO.

Positives:
have just been at a professional talk where the talk-givers from the field (rep: two well-educated white men and one well-educated desi man) very earnestly used phrases like “the importance of understanding not excusing but understanding the causes of various violent crimes” / “it is a matter of social justice that people who are locked into incarceration cycles are understood and rehabilitated rather than mindlessly punished” / “it is easy for us to dismiss the impact and likelihood of cascading traumas because we don’t live those lives and we want to feel safe from self-examination” while the tabloid journalists in the room just got visibly angry with them 

 
Also obvs work on the book outline, some reading of an actually engaging book (moved onto the Jake Arnott because Sinclair was literally just waffling about films), time with Holly, not being in the house, interesting building/set-up, yes admittedly I did get rained on and it is still bastard freezing and I will never have warm hands ever again for the rest of my life... looked like this

also here is an art i did last night

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Raspberry Pi for Secret Agents – Second Edition ($9.99 Kindle), by Stefan Sjogelid, is free this morning, direct from Packt Publishing. The Third Edition was released last summer.

Book Description
The book starts out with the initial setup of your Raspberry Pi, guides you through a number of pranks and secret agent techniques, and then shows you how to apply what you’ve learned out in the real world.

Learn how to configure your operating system for maximum mischief and start exploring audio, video, or Wi-Fi techniques. You will learn how to record, listen, or talk to people from a distance and how to set up your own phone network. Then, plug in your webcam and set up a motion detector with an alarm or find out what the other computers on your Wi-Fi network are up to. Once you’ve mastered the techniques, combine them with a battery pack and GPS for the ultimate off-road spy kit.

Raspberry Pi for Secret Agents, Second Edition has everything you need to turn your Raspberry Pi into an information-gathering powerhouse. Use the practical spy and pranking techniques to amuse yourself or your friends.

Get the free book from Packt Publishing. Click on Claim, log in and the book gets added to your bookshelf; you can download a DRM-Free EPUB, Mobi (Kindle) or PDF. You can also access any code files and send the the book to your Kindle Library from the My Ebooks page.

Note: Any Amazon links go to the post on the blog, rather than directly to Amazon. Just click the link from the blog post itself to go to Amazon from there.

             

Loose-leaf Links #38

Apr. 28th, 2017 08:00 am
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Loose-leaf Links, Earl Grey Editing, Lapsang Souchong, T2, loose-leaf tea

Loose-leaf Links is a feature where I gather together the interesting bits and pieces on sci-fi, fantasy and romance I’ve come across and share them with you over tea. Today’s tea is Lapsang Souchong from T2. The cooler weather always has me craving smoked teas and this is one of the more smoky varieties.

Awards News ) Community ) On Equity ) For Writers ) For Readers )

Mirrored from Earl Grey Editing.

books for your ears

Apr. 27th, 2017 03:16 pm
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I would have included this in yesterday's reading post had the email announcement arrived yesterday rather than today, but. The 2017 SYNC summer has begun! For those of you unfamiliar with this, it's a free summer YA/teen audiobook program from AudioFile Magazine; two free audiobooks, one new and one older, are put up for download every week for 16 weeks. You need the (free) Overdrive app to download, and there's a link on the SYNC page if you don't have it (it's commonly used by libraries for their audiobook downloads, so you might have it already). There's no DRM on the files, so there's no expiration - they're just mp3 files.

I don't download every week's selections, but over the past several years I've listened to quite a few. (In fact, this is how I first read The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater.) This week's selections, available until 5/4, are The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich, about which I only know what Goodreads says, that it's a psychological thriller told in epistolary format, and The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, which is a novella I've read before but may download anyway for the audio experience.

You can sign up for the mailing list that sends alerts about the books at http://www.audiobooksync.com/, and I think when you download it might put you on the list automatically (though you can easily unsubscribe).
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I really need to get back in the habit of doing this. I mean, I'm procrastinating from writing to do this but when did I ever post to LJ when I wasn't procrastinating from writing? (tip: I was always procrastinating from writing).

I mean, writing is going pretty well at the moment. For me, anyway; I've posted something within the last week which is a rare enough occurrence to rate as 'pretty well', and the thing I wrote when I had writer's block on the other thing is 2k plus and climbing, so I figure I'll get that done pretty soon before I work on the next chapter of before you come to evening. And I reread 10k of reaction-fic I wrote after Novak lost Wimbledon last year, which I'd relegated to my Dead Letter Box folder (for fic I have no intention of finishing) because I hated it and thought it was boring, but today I enjoyed it and was sad to hit the end of what I'd written, and frustrated. What were you thinking past self? I don't understand; you were on a roll. Quit quitting stuff.

I don't know if I'll finish it. Elements of it surfaced in the coming of the fall which I wrote a couple of months after, but all the set-up is done; the sticking point is that the scene I didn't write was The Scene That Was the Entire Point and Reason which are always the worst. But this one had snuggling. Maybe when Wimbledon rolls around again I'll be reinspired, or I'll post it undone over at [personal profile] clofic maybe, or maybe it'll be my writer's block fic for the next chapter of before. I guess [personal profile] clofic is going to be my work-in-progress dump over here, since all finished stuff is now going on AO3. If you want free snippets, or wips, or fic fanmixes or whatever, follow over there.

The other weird thought that occurred after rereading the Wimbledon Reject Fic; I've spent almost ten months now musing on The Fall of Novak Djokovic in one way or another, and I'm still no closer to having a grip on it or why I care. I've never liked Novak the way I like Roger, or Roddick or Muzz, not in the simple and uncomplicated way of wanting them to win everything they touch and being happy when they do. Novak's disingenuous and desperate for attention; I never quite believe him when he says the sky is blue and grass is green (like when he falls and hurts himself only to win the match, when he says he's injured, when he says he isn't, when he says he's fine when he's clearly losing weight, about to burst into genuine pained tears in the US Open final, when he falls and hits his head so hard in Qatar that Muzz came across the court to check on him), but I'm so used to resenting him for beating Roger and begging for attention and being gloriously untouchable, having him broken and off-colour is disconcerting. I know what I think happened after the French last year but Becker's gone and Jelena's pregnant again because we all know having a second kid when things are miserable is a surefire way to fix life's problems (except for all the ways it isn't) and Novak's still this weird echo of himself.

I don't like worrying about goddamn Novak Djokovic but apparently I am, anyway.

At least Roger is back on glorious GOAT form this year and is doing me a solid by skipping the clay season which I can never watch because it's on when I'm in work. Work is a whole 'nother kettle of fish (mostly not awful, but complicated).

The housing situation is at the opposite end of the extreme and is all kinds of ongoing disaster but I've procrastinated all my time away and anyway, there's not much I can say about it that isn't a complaint. Basically it's stressful and come June (our contract here ends July 3rd) I'm going to be a lot less chill about it than I am right now. Get back to me in a month.

Two Free Audiobooks from Sync

Apr. 27th, 2017 03:00 pm
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Today is one of my favorite days of the year, the first week of a summer of free audiobooks from Sync & AudioFile. If you haven’t participated in this giveaway before, you’ll need to make sure you have Overdrive installed on your computer, tablet or phone. If you are using your phone or a tablet, also make sure you have plenty of free space to save the files and be prepared to copy them off to your computer or cloud storage, as you most likely won’t have enough space to download the entire Summer’s selections. I suggest you use the desktop app to ensure you download a copy for backup purposes.

You have only one week to get your download completed (I always double check after, to make sure nothing was missed), but once downloaded the audiobooks are yours to keep. Since they are in DRM-Free MP3 formats, you can also copy them to an MP3 player, burn to a disc or USB drive to play in your car or even listen on the older Kindle ereaders. I’ve linked in the info from the ebook or audiobook version of each title (Amazon has the best reviews), followed by the link to get your copies free, with directions to ensure you get the complete download.

Start off with The Dead House ($9.99 Kindle; $27.36 Audible), by Dawn Kurtagich, narrated by Charlotte Parry and Christian Coulson [Hachette Audio]. There is a Companion Novella that you may also want to check out at Amazon.

Book Description
Welcome to the Dead House.

Three students: dead.

Carly Johnson: vanished without a trace.

Two decades have passed since an inferno swept through Elmbridge High, claiming the lives of three teenagers and causing one student, Carly Johnson, to disappear. The main suspect: Kaitlyn, “the girl of nowhere.”

Kaitlyn’s diary, discovered in the ruins of Elmbridge High, reveals the thoughts of a disturbed mind. Its charred pages tell a sinister version of events that took place that tragic night, and the girl of nowhere is caught in the center of it all. But many claim Kaitlyn doesn’t exist, and in a way, she doesn’t – because she is the alter ego of Carly Johnson.

Carly gets the day. Kaitlyn has the night. It’s during the night that a mystery surrounding the Dead House unravels and a dark, twisted magic ruins the lives of each student that dares touch it.

Debut author Dawn Kurtagich masterfully weaves together a thrilling and terrifying story using psychiatric reports, witness testimonials, video footage, and the discovered diary – and as the mystery grows, the horrifying truth about what happened that night unfolds.

The Picture of Dorian Gray (varies Kindle; $24.49 / $2.99WS Audible), by Oscar Wilde, narrated by Greg Wise [Naxos AudioBooks], is the second selection for this week. As with most classics, there are many editions to choose from on Kindle; you can spend anything from nothing to a few dollars and probably get an edition that will work for reading along while listening. Just don’t accidentally click on that $200 “Diamond” edition that pops up first in the search. Since it isn’t likely anyone would pay that for a Kindle edition of a classic that can be found for free, I have to wonder if there isn’t some kind of scam or money laundering scheme going on when you see a price like that.

Book Description
The Picture of Dorian Gray is a philosophical novel by Oscar Wilde, first published complete in the July 1890 issue of Lippincott’s Monthly Magazine. The magazine’s editor feared the story was indecent, and without Wilde’s knowledge, deleted roughly five hundred words before publication. Despite that censorship, The Picture of Dorian Gray offended the moral sensibilities of British book reviewers, some of whom said that Oscar Wilde merited prosecution for violating the laws guarding the public morality. In response, Wilde aggressively defended his novel and art in correspondence with the British press, although he personally made excisions of some of the most controversial material when revising and lengthening the story for book publication the following year.

The Picture of Dorian Gray begins on a beautiful summer day in Victorian era England, where Lord Henry Wotton, an opinionated man, is observing the sensitive artist Basil Hallward painting the portrait of Dorian Gray, a handsome young man who is Basil’s ultimate muse. While sitting for the painting, Dorian listens to Lord Henry espousing his hedonistic world view, and begins to think that beauty is the only aspect of life worth pursuing. This prompts Dorian to wish that the painted image of himself would age instead of himself. Under the hedonist influence of Lord Henry, Dorian fully explores his sensuality. He discovers the actress Sibyl Vane, who performs Shakespeare plays in a dingy, working-class theatre. Dorian approaches and courts her, and soon proposes marriage. The enamoured Sibyl calls him “Prince Charming”, and swoons with the happiness of being loved, but her protective brother, James warns that if “Prince Charming” harms her, he will murder Dorian Gray. Dorian invites Basil and Lord Henry to see Sibyl perform in Romeo and Juliet. Sibyl, too enamoured with Dorian to act, performs poorly, which makes both Basil and Lord Henry think Dorian has fallen in love with Sibyl because of her beauty instead of her acting talent. Embarrassed, Dorian rejects Sibyl, telling her that acting was her beauty; without that, she no longer interests him. On returning home, Dorian notices that the portrait has changed; his wish has come true, and the man in the portrait bears a subtle sneer of cruelty.

Click HERE to get the free downloads. For each book, click on the audiobook cover, enter your name and an email address, then click on the Get your FREE download now button; on some systems, you’ll be prompted to save an ODM file (others will run it automatically) and, if so, save it to your desktop, then click it after it downloads, to start Overdrive. Don’t stop until you see the Overdrive software open up (there is a link at Sync, if you don’t already have Overdrive installed).

Once in Overdrive, you’ll need to tell it where to save the files (just click OK to use the default location, since Overdrive will keep track of them for you), then again to actually start the download. By default, all parts of the book are downloaded; I would suggest not changing this in the last dialog box, just click on OK to get the download started. Make sure your audiobook is fully downloaded before the end of the week, as once the promo period is over, you won’t be able to get these for free (you can double click any title in Overdrive and will get a message that either it entirely downloaded or you’ll get a list of the “parts” and can download the ones that you don’t have).

You can’t get any titles that have been missed, but once they are loaded into Overdrive (which you will need to install, if you are not already using it for library books), they are yours to keep (there is no expiration date).

Note: Any Amazon links go to the post on the blog, rather than directly to Amazon. Just click the link from the blog post itself to go to Amazon from there.

             

Prompt for 2017-04-27

Apr. 27th, 2017 11:16 pm
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Today's prompt is "sticky".

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Apr. 27th, 2017 08:52 am
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Everything Happens Twice
by Eve Robillard

That bird sitting dazed on the railing
has flown into your window before.

The dead-end street you’ve turned onto-
You did that just last month. The boss

calling you into his office
has nothing new to say.

There are only so many scripts.
Everything happens twice.

The friend who borrows your raincoat
will borrow your raincoat tomorrow. The parent

who never loved you enough
is doing it from the grave. You are writing

the very same poem
over & over again they are playing

that old, old song but it’s never
the very last dance. So smile at the guy

who drinks too much-
the one with forget-me-not eyes. Sleep

with the one who calls you
by another woman’s name.


"Everything Happens Twice" by Eve Robillard from Everything Happens Twice. © Fireweed Press, 2002.

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