Oct. 24th, 2017 12:06 am
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What has been your favorite concert you’ve ever attended?

Jimmy Buffet

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There Was A Ship by hennethgalad. Círdan watches as the ship from Valinor reaches Mithlond bearing the Istari. (Short Story)

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71F - 49F : Morning heavy rain

Oct. 23rd, 2017 08:25 pm
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I went to bed early last night, and so I woke up early this morning, around 7am. I got up and started cleaning in between reading on the internet, and got all my stuffed animals from equucentric up on my new bookshelf, and put away things that Tara had stacked on the table for me to go through. So it was a productive morning, at the expense of my back hurting a lot. But still, it felt good to be productive. I thought I heard the tornado sirens go off, but two people near me said they didn't hear them at all. Although Donna was at the bank, and I assume Cat was at work, so maybe they weren't really near me? At any rate, I did what any good southerner would do when the sirens go off, and sat looking out the window watching the rain.

At 2:30 I went to Starbucks to meet Addie for my bat mitzvah tutoring. We didn't learn anything new this week, just went over what we've already done. It turns out I'm pretty screwed up on what I'm doing. Don't ask me. I'm mispronouncing words, getting tunes wrong, and generally making a mess of things. Addies says last week's topic screws everyone up, so don't feel bad. I guess at least I'm normal in my screw ups?

While we were there someone stopped and asked us if we were studying Hebrew, and said he was fluent in Hebrew so he was going to ask. I guess what I'm doing is vaguely comprehensible as Hebrew, then. Either that or he saw the papers.

I came home and Tara said she'd make us potato soup, but Kevin was hungry right then, so he made chili cheese fries. We ate that, and then when Tara finally got here (around 7) I had some of her potato soup, too. It was all good. Tara's still here cleaning my office. I almost forgot I woke up with a migraine this morning, but it is coming back with the scent of the chemicals from that, and the dog barking at Tara. I took more advil migraine, which I hope will make it go away. So far not working. The dogs were relatively quiet while Kevin was with them but for some reason known only to himself he decided to take a shower and leave them alone in the bedroom. Needless to say, Rogue got upset and started scratching at the door, and Jack started whining, so now they are out in the hallway with me, barking nonstop.
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Title: According to Plan
Fandom: The Legend of Heroes: Sora no Kiseki FC
Character: Joshua Astray, Georg Weissman
Length: 368
Rating: G/Gen
tags:: major spoilers, endgame, brainwashing, villain POV

Music Monday

Oct. 23rd, 2017 10:19 am
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24. A song a band you wish were still together:

Well, I know there's still a band out there masquerading as the 4 Tops, but they do everyone else's music now, and don't do their own, and there's only one original top left, so...

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Oct. 23rd, 2017 10:12 am
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What’s the best Halloween costume you’ve ever had?

This question was meant to be asked in December, which I do not understand. Weirdo meme.

Anyway, the best halloween costume I ever had was a dinosaur that my mom made by sewing a tail onto a onesie. I was very happy being a dinosaur. I was probably 5?

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Write every day - October 22+23

Oct. 23rd, 2017 08:42 am
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Hi everybody,
I managed to catch a gastric flu with high fever, so I'm just leaving this post here for you to report in. I'll edit in the tally and everything as soon as I'm able to be up for longer than five minutes again.

metaphysics and magic

Oct. 22nd, 2017 10:18 pm
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Sometimes you can get away with ignoring metaphysics of monsters and magic. Pick the right plot -- one where the question why some people have powers, and other people don't, doesn't affect the plot -- and the right characters -- who will not think about such philosophical questions, even if resentful that they are in the "other people" group.
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Gone For Soldiers by Alquien.A late night meeting between cousins just before the Last Alliance. (Ficlet)

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Oct. 22nd, 2017 04:47 pm
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The Watchmaker of Filigree Street, by Natasha Pulley. Bloomsbury, 2015

Thaniel Steepleton is a telegrapher at the home office, spending his working hours in a former broom closet, listening to the machines that have their wire tentacles all over Westminster. It’s a boring life. Then one night a bomb threat comes through, set for May. When he goes ‘home’- a Spartan room in a boarding house-he discovers his door open and a velvet box tied with ribbon and addressed to himself. In it is a fancy pocket watch of the finest work. Realizing it’s his birthday, he assumes his sister has been there and left it. When he sends a telegram to her in Scotland and she replies that of course she’s home and hasn’t been to London, the mystery begins.

Six months after this, he’s in a pub when the watch starts sounding an alarm. He goes outside to try and shut off the noise- and narrowly escapes an explosion. Obviously whoever gave him the watch knew when the explosion was set to happen. Thaniel is set by his superior to find where the watch came from, and then shadow him. So he ends up renting a room from the Japanese watchmaker who admits he made the watch. Keita Mori, a lonely man from Japan, doesn’t just make watches. He does all sorts of clockwork- his pet is a clockwork octopus that is supposed to act randomly- but keeps ending up hiding in Thaniel’s dresser drawer, stealing his socks.

Meanwhile, another narrative strand involves Grace Carrow, who is studying physics at Oxford, and has to dress as a man to gain entrance to the library. Her best friend is also from Japan, a dandy from a royal house. She has an inheritance, but her father won’t let her have it- until she marries. Which she doesn’t want to do.

Even more strands appear. I have to admit I was totally confused at several points. There is a supernatural element, making it even harder to figure out. But it all comes out in the end. It’s a steampunk story, a Victorian mystery, and a love story. It was totally engrossing, with a wonderfully created atmosphere, and great details- clockwork fireflies? Yes, please! The characters could have been filled out better; for as much page time as Thaniel gets, we don’t know much about his interests are or even how he spent his spare time before the novel starts! Still, five stars.

78F - 66F : Sunny

Oct. 22nd, 2017 07:07 pm
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I couldn't sleep last night, so I didn't wake up until 2 this afternoon. Then I spent most of the day lying in bed in that depressive state between lying in bed doing nothing and being active that involves lying in bed on the phone. At 5:45 I got up to go for walkies with Donna. I caught quite a few Gen 3 and new to me pokemon, and hatched several eggs. So I guess that was a win. That's it for the day.

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Oct. 22nd, 2017 02:55 pm
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The American Way of Death Revisited, by Jessica Mitford. Vintage Books, 1998 originally published 1963

When Jessica Mitford first wrote this expose, it was a shocking book. That was in 1963; I read the updated 1998 version. Sadly, she died just as they were finishing up the book. I would have loved to have read what she thought about the funeral industry today!

While Mitford is careful to point out that there are honest and caring funeral professionals, she takes aim at the ones who are in it strictly for the money. While *any* business is in it for money, people seeking funeral services are in a very vulnerable position; they are both emotionally wrung out and racing against the clock to get things done. Few people are in the position to shop around, so when a funeral professional engages in some of the practices advocated in some of the professional magazines, they are very apt to get away with them. Strategic placement of less expensive coffins (“Caskets” these days) so they look cheaper than they are, provoking guilt feelings if the family doesn’t buy the most expensive everything, lying about laws concerning embalming, burial vaults, and more are all on the menu. And as more and more family owned funeral parlors get bought up by mega-corporations, which own not just the funeral parlor but the cemetery and the flower shop, choices are disappearing.

What makes this peculiarly American? In 1998, America was about the only place where open casket funerals were common. Having the corpse in view, there was a great opportunity to sell the family on embalming, cosmetics, clothing, and a fancy coffin interior, all of which are unneeded if we’re not looking at Uncle John or Aunt Edith. Embalming was nearly unheard of in other countries. (Mortuaries have been known to lie and tell families that embalming was required by law. It wasn’t. Anywhere.) Having a big funeral at the mortuary, with lots of flowers, was mostly an American thing. Cremation was not in big use, although it’s gotten much more used today. (That was another selling point: they wanted to sell a place in the cemetery to bury the ashes in, so they said that if the ashes were scattered, there would be no place for the family to visit the loved one)

The book is well researched. Mitford managed to get hold of lots of professional magazine, went to funeral profession conferences, and talked with many both in the industry and close to it. The story is horrifying, but Mitford’s wit is biting and the book is an amusing read. She is even handed where it’s called for. I feel it’s a very important book, one that should be read early in life, before one is likely to have to deal with the industry, so that one doesn’t end up railroaded into spending every penny giving Grandpa the send-off the mortuary feels he deserves, marble angles, super mattress in the coffin, shoes for in the coffin advertised as ‘comfortable’, and all.

Challenge #16

Oct. 22nd, 2017 10:32 pm
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Our Challenge #15 will close today at 11.59pm GMT. We have 5 stories written by four authors. Thanks to everyone for participating.

Challenge #16

Posting period: 23.10.2017 - 29.10.2017 (11.59pm GMT)

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Title: Surprise
Fandom: The Faculty
Characters: Casey Connor, Zeke Tyler
Words: 557
Rating: PG13
Disclaimer: Of course, I don't own The Faculty nor the characters

Thought, it might be a nice idea to surprise you. )

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Oct. 22nd, 2017 08:37 am
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Thinking of dear Mewsie today, one year on. I miss your presence, my friend.

Where has all the candy gone?

Oct. 22nd, 2017 08:50 am
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I'm thinking about Mews today. How could it have been a year already? I'll always love her.

I'm taking Pippin to meet her new vet tomorrow, and to get her weighed. Hopefully all the squirrel- and mouse-chasing is keeping her in good shape.

Shiremom had her eye surgeon appointment, and she definitely needs cataracts surgery. We haven't scheduled the surgery date yet, but plan to do so very soon. Her quality of life will be so much improved once she can see clearly again!

I need to stop buying Halloween candy so far in advance. I forgot how fond Shiremom is of mini Tootsie Rolls and Kit Kats.

Note to Self: Put "mini Tootsie Rolls and Kit Kats" back on the shopping list.
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Leviathan by Fernstrike. Númenor is sick. A lord out of the east comes bearing a cure - a leviathan that is also an ouroboros. (Short Story)

Endorenna by Lyra. "But when the devouring wave rolled over the land and Númenor toppled to its fall, then [Elendil] would have been overwhelmed and would have deemed it the lesser grief to perish, for no wrench of death could be more bitter than the loss and agony of that day; but the great wind took him, wilder than any wind that Men had known, roaring from the west, and it swept his ships far away; and it rent their sails and snapped their masts, hunting the unhappy men like straws upon the water." (Artwork)

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