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When the radons are gone from the basement, I want bookshelves. I will put bookshelves down there. Then I will go find EVERY SINGLE MANGA BOOK IN THE HOUSE and I will take them downstairs. I will not worry if I've read them. I will not worry if spouse has read them. I will file them in alphabetical order by title.I will look at all the books that have not been filed in the library. I will gather them together. I will put them in the basement. I may make a distinction between read and unread.Then I want boxes. So many boxes. Archival boxes to put the comics in. Those, I may sort into Read/Unread. They will be alphabetical by series. I would like transparent plastic boxes but this may not be possible.THEN I will need more boxes. Big boxes. Bins. I will sort All The Toys. They will go in the bins. Plastic bins. Some will be bundle-able up and we can give them to the Salvation Army or something. Some will go into storage. But they will be OUT OF THE LIVING ROOM.We will see what the yarn will do.But today... Today is not that day. Today, we have bought decongestants, and I have written like 2-4 paragraphs, and I am a plague rat. Kid is also pathetic plague rat, and stayed home from school again.( Still to do, with minor incrementingCollapse )Havva QuoteUnicorn: It is said that the beauty of unicorns is what makes the leaves change.Kid: Who says that?Unicorn: Mostly unicorns.--http://www.gocomics.com/heavenly-nostrils/2013/09/22#.UqkIZyiN5SV( INwatch+BookwatchCollapse ) ( Dragons under foldCollapse )( footer textCollapse )
Last week was about anxiety and stress, the GAD went into high gear and so I spent most of the week utterly wrecked in adrenalin and anxiety. It happens, it's happened to me on and off since I was a kid. Adrenaline surges and panic non stop until I exhaust myself, the remnants are still there but mostly I think it must be like coming down off a high, it is hard and very tiring.Counter balancing this is the need to do stuff, to create so I'm working on Viking garb for Marcus. I want new stuff for me too but as I already have a complete outfit from Annika it's not a high priority for me. This has led to some stuff such as having to buy wool off ebay ( a success) then trying to figure out what to do with said wool as I almost never use wool. ( thanks hive facebookmind) Tablet weaving and a LOT of research. The downside is that I have annoyingly misplaced a stash of linen. So today was spent looking for it. Not sure what I did with it, many metres of pale yellow but it seems to have gone. There is the chance it never really existed at all but with me it's hard to tell. Not like I don't have other stashes around to play with. On the upside of things I did manage to make Marcus a pair of Rus viking pants. They look pretty good, held up with a self made tablet woven belt though I wonder if I will catch flack for that being yellow and green, in the off chance it does we'll just say he's my apprentice and that's that. The next projects are his coat, a tunic and hopefully a pair of shoes. Ambitious but good to keep busy.Last week I also go my Scribe thank yous in the mail. Less expensive than last year as last year I bought and sent books, can't do that again it just cost too much so this year's gift was simple, easy to mail and a lot less costly. I hope that people enjoy it, I had fun looking for the right thing, small but meaningful. Now the next batch of cards will be normal Christmas cards but I'm so behind on them they will probably be new year's cards instead. I never seem to get it that betweenthe end of November and Christmas is NOT MUCH TIME for the amount of stuff I try to cram in there and it doesn't help when I get whammied with anxiety attacks.Still looking forward to Coronation especially now that minion 1 will be with us and attend as well and knowing that the crown will be passed on from one great set of Royals to the next is a great relief. It will be party and we're set to have fun.
Monday, for assorted boring reasons, I was the one to drop Roo off at daycare, instead of her mother. We walk up to the door, and I ring the doorbell."Daddy, knock.""I rang the bell, sweetie.""Daddy, haveta knock.""No, dear, that would be rude, I just rang the bell."..."Daddy, knock!"..."Okay, it's been a minute, maybe you know something I don't." [knock, knock]Daycare teacher opens door, "Oh, good morning! Did you know the bell is broken?""No, but my daughter did..."
For the record, per the Chicago Manual of Style (via this webpage), the only times you use an apostrophe to pluralize are:
Is that you can't have plague without LAG. Which is why I'm all laggy and can't think quickly.( Still to do, with minor incrementingCollapse )Havva QuoteThere is a story about how they got the dice, but it does not matter right now.--From some random stuff about a legend in my world( INwatch+BookwatchCollapse ) ( Dragons under foldCollapse )( footer textCollapse )
Child has the Pathetics.I have the sore throat, slightly runny nose, pathetics, and occasional dizzies.Needless to say, virtually Nothing Of Use got done. Except kitty litter. We got kitty litter. Now I need to get it downstairs.( Still to do, with minor incrementingCollapse )Havva Quote The ways the city loves you back are not human ways. They are not recognizeable as love, not in the way that you expect to be loved, the way the story of in love tells you that you might be loved: [...]; there is no bit of the city which is only and ever yours. The ways the city loves you back are stranger than the love you want.--http://byzantienne.tumblr.com/post/68742777939/is-it-hard-being-in-love-with-a-city( INwatch+BookwatchCollapse ) ( Dragons under foldCollapse )( footer textCollapse )
Kid may be coming down with something, too, as she had a bad case of the Pathetics this evening. No sore throat or sniffles, so maybe she will fend it off?I wrote... 429 words. Woo.I feel pathetic, too.Baxter thinks I am worst cat slave, making him pick the Good Food (aka treat food) out from amidst the Vaguely Edible Gravel (aka kidney diet).( Still to do, with minor incrementingCollapse )Havva Quote7. Rearrange the bracket notes, and the sections. Realize that you have said the same thing twice, once well and once incredibly badly, and that the incredibly badly written one was the one that took up four pages. Delete four pages. Sink into vile despair.--http://byzantienne.tumblr.com/post/68922796439/how-to-write-41-pages-of-academia-in-slightly-more( INwatch+BookwatchCollapse ) ( Dragons under foldCollapse )( footer textCollapse )
Hothouse: The Art of Survival and the Survival of Art at America's Most Celebrated Publishing House, Farrar, Straus, and Giroux by Boris KachkaIf you're not fascinated by the inner workings of the publishing business, then this book is probably not for you. Fortunately for me, I am. Kachka provides a detailed history of one of New York's most distinctive publishing houses, mostly by following the life of co-founder Roger Straus, who might as well have been the Roger Sterling character in Mad Men. Farrar, Straus and Giroux was full of skulduggery, betrayal, and lust, and that's before the house's many authors got into the act. It also did a pretty amazing job of publishing artistic work that actually sold, including a rather long list of books I love. It must have been an amazing place to work, and I'm glad Kachka captured the experiences of the people who were there at a critical time in New York's literary history.The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan StroudA friend demanded that I read this, and I'm glad she did. The Amulet of Samarkand is a hoot, not least because of its narrator -- Bartimaeus, a sassy djinn who would be completely at home in a hard-boiled detective novel. Which this sort of is, in its own way, just set in magical London and not Sam Spade's Los Angeles.The tone put me off just a little at first, because Stroud throws you in at the deep end and tells you almost nothing about the world you're entering. Bartimaeus also has a fondness for footnotes, which is a favorite device of writers who only think they're as clever as Terry Pratchett. As I read on, though, it became clear that it was Bartimaeus who thought of himself as the clever writer, and that Stroud knows exactly what he is doing as he fills you in on the story and the world.The other major character -- Nathaniel, the young wizard who summons Bartimaeus -- holds up his end of the story, but it's the djinn who's the star here. He's a character that you love because of his flaws, and I'm looking forward to spending some more time with him in future volumes.Bloody Jack: Being an Account of the Curious Adventures of Mary "Jacky" Faber, Ship's Boy by L.A. MeyerI've always been fond of historical YA novels, though I'm not sure they were called that when I was reading Johnny Tremain. Come to think of it, I'm not sure what they call them now. I haven't picked up any in a while, though, so this one just sort of jumped out at me on the library shelf.It's a lot of fun. It hits the plot points you'd expect from the intersection of "swashbuckling Navy adventure" and "cross-dressing hero," but it does so with style. It doesn't hurt that "Jacky" is a resourceful guttersnipe with enough smarts and charisma that you can actually believe in her ability to hide her identity for months on a crowded ship. (It doesn't hurt that her disguise isn't 100% perfect,, either. Mayer portrays several characters as being aware that something's a little strange, but they're completely unable to imagine the truth. That makes a lot of sense to me.)The story gets a little wild at the end, but at that point, who cares? I was invested in the characters and the ship and eager to see what would happen next. I'm also pleasantly surprised to see that there are sequels -- and I suppose I should have expected them, since C.S. Forester and Patrick O'Brian proved that you can't keep a great sailor hero on dry land for long...
Sore throat and a sort of general chill and patheticness.The kid, at least, is less sick than yesterday. It seems to've been more a case of Food Did Not Agree than actual stomach bug, or else it was a really fast, 6-hour bug.I wrote 2K words on Crucible today. I am within a few plot-points of the end! O_O (Which is both, "Yay! Rush, rush, sprint to the end!" and "Noooo! How will I live without this book to work on???")While we did not get my thyroid pills whilst we were out for lunch, I did remember whilst spouse was shopping for his mom and uncle, and he picked them up for me. Also cough drops and zinc-drops (1 every 3 hours; hopefully this will mean the sore throat will not turn into a cold).I sat 30 minutes on the floor before I convinced Baxter he had to eat Kidney Diet before I would give him Treat Food. He ate a small handful of KD, and got TF after. I am Worst Cat Slave now.( Still to do, with minor incrementingCollapse )Havva QuoteIt was all a great deal of ceremony for two mortals, and I wondered if these nobles thought themselves to be gods, to be fussed over like this.--Crucible, by me( INwatch+BookwatchCollapse ) ( Dragons under foldCollapse )( footer textCollapse )
This week is named Gaspare. The news:• We released GURPS Loadouts: Low-Tech Armor, by Dan Howard. You can read about that here.• Art moved ahead on my latest GURPS Dungeon Fantasy project. That might just show up before too late in 2014.• I submitted yet another Pyramid article to Steven Marsh (waitingforgo — ). Sooner or later, there's gonna be a big run of issues full of stuff by y.t.• I also worked on GURPS-related web pages and looked over query letters. Yes, that's boring behind-the-scenes stuff, but it means that GURPS is moving again, more or less.