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([personal profile] shallowness Apr. 18th, 2019 09:42)
Due to carelessness on my part, the post about The Widow will be much later, not that I think anyone else is watching it.

MotherFatherSon 1.7

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Inspired by everyone’s ‘What I’m Reading Wednesday’ posts, I’ve just finished The Tropic of Serpents by Marie Brennan. It’s book 2 in the Lady Trent’s memoirs series, and it is far too long since I read the first ‘volume’. Read more... )
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([personal profile] the_rck Apr. 17th, 2019 22:46)
I didn't do much yesterday except dishes and getting the trash out. The second chore, I only half finished because there was a car parked where the second bin needed to go. Scott ended up taking that one out to the curb later.

I've got five audiobooks out via Overdrive. They all have long waitlists, so I won't get another chance at them for months. I'm trying to prioritize them. I have one library DVD that can't be renewed, but I'm at least 80% sure, without having played any of it, that it's terrible (Kim Possible live action). It might make decent background noise for writing, though.

All three of us are having seasonal allergy issues. We're in that bit of spring when it's too warm for the heat but not yet hot enough for the AC. My current plan is to turn on the furnace fan and see if running the air through that filters anything out. Those filters are a big reason we actually use the AC.

At this point, I'm thinking that daily propranolol is over-all helpful. I just can't figure out a way around the problem of sudden spikes of crushing depression and/or panic whenever life throws something unexpected at me. The 'unexpected' part means no warning, and it's a thing that could happen any time. I could forget my glasses at a restaurant. Cordelia could dislocate her knee again. Scott could get six calls from third shift while we're trying to sleep.

It's a hard call because the difference in pain levels isn't vast. It's not a suddenly all better. It's-- at most-- maybe a point on the pain scale, and it doesn't help with the functional pain issues with my hands and neck. Is the difference between a 7 and a 6.5 or a 6.5 and a 6 worth an occasional few hours of mental non-functioning?

I do know that I'll need to not take it Sunday this week because of Easter related family gathering stress. Curling up in a corner and crying during dinner at my SIL's would be awkward. Why is embodiment so difficult?
Title: How to Say Goodbye
Fandom: Phantasy Star IV
Rating: G/Gen
Notes: spoilers, swearing
Summary: It hit Rika almost as badly as it hit Chaz.

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Title: Calm Under Pressure
Fandom: Phantasy Star IV
Rating: G/Gen
Notes: mild spoilers
Summary: Chaz is apparently the only person who associates being on a crashing spaceship with panic.

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On a Wednesday and only 3 weeks after the last! \o/

What I've Been Reading

I found Amy Snow by Tracy Rees on the Tesco's bookstall, which looked intriguing and easy to read, and the cover was pretty, so I snaffled it. It was easy to read and quite sweet and fun. Victorian foundling Amy Snow's foster sister and sole friend in the world dies, but leaves her a treasure hunt to solve.

My Mum lent me The Librarian by Salley Vickers, which was good, although it could have been more about the actual librarianing, but probably I am the only person who would complain about that. (I see in my reading diary that I gave it two stars which is quite high, as three is the most I run to; only now I am baffled because obviously I liked it a lot more when I had just finished it than I think I did now. I cannot explain myself sometimes.)

I also read Tracing Your Merchant Navy Ancestors by Simon Wills, which was helpful. Not that I can actually do any further tracing of anything of that sort until I can visit an archive again one day, but it's good to know where to go, and the bibliography threw up a couple more possible merchant navy titles to look into.

What I'm Reading Now

Currently I'm just at the end of The Magician's Guild by Trudi Canavan, which has been fairly engaging and readable so far (although - and not that I was bored or anything, because I wasn't - technically we've had nearly 400 pages and very little has actually happened when I stop and think about it). Anyway, I've had this trilogy and some of the next on my TBR pile of hope for ages, so it was very satisfactory just to be able to take it down and read it fairly easily. Take that, brain!

For family history purposes, I am going through Wartime Britain 1939-1945 by Juliet Gardiner, which is very interesting, readable, and useful social history. If you write anything in that period, it seems like a good book to have to fall back on for background detail and info, so far at least.

What I'm Reading Next

Well, The Novice by Trudi Canavan, the next book, but probably first An Echo of Murder by Anne Perry, which I got from the library.
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([personal profile] shallowness Apr. 17th, 2019 08:28)
On Monday I posted two comment fics: All the Colours The Great British Sewing Bee RPF/Harry Potter. U. Joe Lycett, Patrick Grant, Esme Young, Luna Lovegood. Written for the prompt ‘Any, any, "Was it really necessary to use every color?"’. 277 words.

Aftermath of a Spoiler MCU. PG. Steve/Darcy. Written for the prompt ‘MCU, any/any, giving away the plot of a new movie’. Mild spoilers for ‘The Aftermath (2019)’. 296 words.

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Ghosts 1.1 Who Do You Think You Are?

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I caught up with that, because I'd been watching The Widow, about which I hope to post later.
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([personal profile] lady_katana4544 posting in [community profile] 100words Apr. 16th, 2019 20:51)
Title: Fragile States of Life
Original (or) Fandom: Destiny (video games)
Rating: G
Notes: Written for the challenge prompt, fragile. Setting is pre-canon, playing loosely with game lore.

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([personal profile] the_rck Apr. 16th, 2019 23:04)
Having the overhead light in the bedroom means that I can read books in there, but it also means that my eyes tire out faster, even when I'm not reading.

I went to Totoro after my appointment yesterday and retrieved my glasses. I got food there for me and Cordelia. Due to the timing of the buses, I got home slightly later than I meant to, but I was still there before Cordelia's friend's younger brother arrived. I ordered pizza for him and for Scott. Cordelia got carry out sushi from Totoro.

My appointment was a little frustrating because those medications that I've never taken for conditions I don't have are back in my record. The medical assistant theorized that there's someone else with a name close enough to mea minn that every system upgrade keeps treating our records as having been incorrectly split. I can only assume a name similar to mine with a date of birth near mine. This time, the medical assistant believed me and told the doctor. I pointed out that I wasn't likely to be wrong about not self-administering an injection.

I managed six Ingress missions while I was out. I need seventeen more to get the gold. I think I can get half of them around central campus. Beyond that, I need to have another go at north campus.
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([personal profile] thisbluespirit Apr. 16th, 2019 21:47)
I wrote a thing:

Lease for Lives (3221 words) by thisbluespirit
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Sapphire and Steel
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Copper & Silver (S&S)
Additional Tags: Community: hc_bingo, Community: genprompt_bingo, Alternate Timelines, Temporary Character Death, Pre-Canon
Summary: Circumstances drive Copper to do more than just bend a rule...
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([personal profile] misbegotten posting in [community profile] 100words Apr. 16th, 2019 07:39)
Let’s do amnesties for another week. Thanks!
[I started this post in July 2018. I feel perhaps I should finish it before I have no memory of anything I watched any more. I already couldn't remember the things I watched in June when I wrote it, so expect even less sensible comments than usual.]

... or some of it, anyway. I have been recording films off the TV a lot lately, especially since I discovered Talking Pictures, which is a good enabler is you're into old British films (and TV). Some modern things may get in, too. I do watch them. I just don't always talk about them.

Films under the cut before I forget them all )
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([personal profile] shallowness Apr. 16th, 2019 08:33)
Victoria 3.4 Foreign Bodies

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Suddenly, there's a lot of TV I want to watch on, so I'm going to be busy with the catch-up, e.g. there is no way I'm starting to watch Berlin Station at 10.45.
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([personal profile] the_rck Apr. 15th, 2019 10:19)
We have a light/ceiling fan fixture in the bedroom again. It took a lot of swearing and time, and Cordelia had to be called in for assistance a couple of times to help hold things up while Scott tightened screws. (My main contribution was retrieving light bulbs.)

We managed to take care of the library during the last half an hour they were open. I checked upstairs for the CD that I can't find at home. I couldn't find it, but I also couldn't find the other CDs by the same artist that the online catalogue claimed were there. I need to go there when I have more time in order to look more extensively. They might have been filed under the wrong genre, or there might be more than one 'Folk' section. Neither seems altogether likely.

The only copy of My Hero Academia v.11 owned by the library system is still 'in transit.' I was really hoping they'd have either found it or ordered a replacement by now. Well, actually, I was hoping, given the four holds, that they'd order another copy before searching for the missing one.

I went to Kroger after this while Scott and Cordelia continued on to the bank to deal with some ATM things. I found an excellent sale on a shelf stable thing that we eat a lot of and bought three times as much of it as I normally would have. I made a token gesture toward Easter by buying three chocolate rabbits.

To-Do List for My Own Reference )

I found the right POV and angle of attack for one of my exchange assignments. I still haven't gotten the characters in the same space, but I'm figuring out how they got there which I think will lead to interaction soon. There'll be no problems making minimum word count on this one.
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([personal profile] shallowness Apr. 15th, 2019 09:52)
All the Colours. The Great British Sewing Bee RPF/Harry Potter. Universal. Joe Lycett, Patrick Grant, Esme Young, Luna Lovegood.

Disclaimer: Obviously these real people did not do this. This is for fun, not profit.

Written for the prompt: Any, any, "Was it really necessary to use every color?" at [ profile] comment_fic 277 words. Spoilers for this past season of Sewing Bee.

All the Colours: shallowness )

Aftermath of a Spoiler. Marvel Cinematic Universe. PG. Steve Rogers/Darcy Lewis. Written for the prompt ‘MCU, any/any, giving away the plot of a new movie’ on a multiples-of-37 day at [ profile] comment_fic. 296 words. Mild spoilers for ‘The Aftermath (2019)’

Aftermath of a Spoiler: shallowness )
Title: Not A Coward
Author: Katya Starling
Fandom: The Wizard of Oz
Character/Pairing: Cowardly Lion, Tin Man, Scarecrow
Rating: G/K
Challenge/Prompt: 100 Words: Amnesty Week XIV: 121: Coward
Warning(s): None
Word Count: 100
Date Written: 9 April 2019
Summary: The Lion blames himself.
Disclaimer: All characters within belong to Baum, not the author, and are used without permission.

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Title: Release
Author: Katya Starling
Fandom: X-Men
Character/Pairing: Storm
Rating: G/K
Challenge/Prompt: 100 Words Amnesty Week XIV: 138: Pressure
Warning(s): None
Word Count: 100
Date Written: 9 April 2019
Summary: Sometimes she just needs to get away from it all.
Disclaimer: All characters within belong to Marvel Comics and Disney, not the author, and are used without permission.

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