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Hope that everyone is doing okay. *hugs you hard*
Winter appears to have shown up giving us about a week of Fall? Maybe? And then just, winter. I exaggerate, but not by much. Yay climate change. I have tomato soup from Trader Joe's, I'm contemplating nice crockpot recipes for broccoli cheddar soup. And potato soup. Though to be fair I already have a recipe for Damn Fine Potato Soup and I just need potatoes and to make sure it crockpots well. (IIRC it does.)
I think I've hit the point where I need to decide, is it worth it getting only the minimum amount of sleep given both the stress of the current administration and winter, where I always need more sleep, or is it going to make me even less productive to stumble around tired not all the time but a good portion of the time. I spent a number of years only really needing 6 hours of sleep most of the year, and I deeply resent that that's no longer the case. But I think it's just going to be worse if I insist on only getting 6 hours and then it turns out I do need more and I'm just fucking tired and slow.
On the plus side I did finally wake up.
And then I made the mistake about complaining on Twitter that this influx of good horror makes me want to write horror but I don't know if I can write horror. My feed was instantly full of friends saying of course I could, which is good, but then someone said something that gave me an explosion of feral blood-eating plotbunnies, which is both better and worse. And now I have another novel to write. Novella? To sum up my current slate of things:
Long Road is in edits
Malachy is with the Editrix
Starlight has just finished getting second drafted
the second Lifestyles of the Modern Witch novel has a synopsis but will be drafted next year
Nerd Girls is waiting for me to finish with Long Road
Jude Against the Ghost Talkers is getting drafted next month.
I released Turing Shrugged on Kindle at the end of last month
White Noise is floating around somewhere with no projected release date
... So the next time I start freaking out about how I can't write fast or produce fast someone roll that list up and beat me with it.
Blergh. It's cold and I should put the gardens away, such as they were this year, and I don't think I wanna. Maybe I'll just do it over the course of the next week. And at some point I need to convince the boy to help me get the black plastic over the garden beds. Or just haul it on myself. Maybe I'll just haul it on myself tomorrow when I get home. Still cold. Still don't wanna.
Arkady Ostrovsky, The Invention of Russia: From Gorbachev to Putin: How things went wrong in Russia, with the failure of democratic reformers to put in a structure that could survive the transfer of power. Very few heroes here.
Hillary Clinton, What Happened: ( Cue gross sobbing )
Neil Strauss, Emergency: This Book Will Save Your Life: ( Read more... )
Richard V. Reeves, Dream Hoarders: How the American Upper Middle Class Is Leaving Everyone Else in the Dust, Why That Is a Problem, and What To Do About It: ( It me )
Brooke Erin Duffy, (Not) Getting Paid To Do What You Love: Gender, Social Media, and Aspirational Work: ( fans who want to be pros )
Jesse Eisinger, The Chickenshit Club: ( Read more... )
Brittney Cooper, Eloquent Rage: ( Embracing rage )
2) During my trip I read the first of Her Royal Spyness series by Rhys Bowen. I liked it well enough but am curious if anyone reading this has read more books in the series and whether they recommend them? ( Read more... )
3) We recently had another visit from the heron. It was strolling around our end of the lake.
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4) A few more necklaces as well, Halloween and not ( Read more... )
5) Speaking of photos, it's interesting to see all the communities on LJ which clearly have absent moderators/owners because of all the dead Photobucket links in banners, backgrounds, etc. I wanted to ask if anyone knows of active Buffy communities here on DW that I might be able to post a promo to about Top 5's Classic Recs?
Sometimes, when it was late and they were both languid and tipsy, he could get the sort of answers out of her that she would never have surrendered under other circumstances. Hawke was funny like that — you had to come at her sideways, with care, because she'd spook and bolt if you approached her head-on. It was like all the wariness, all the fear that she didn't ever exhibit in the thick of battle was saved up and brought out only when she was faced with a personal conversation. She'd be quite happy to let you think she never felt any emotions other than amusement, curiosity, and self-gratification. The rareness of it made her anger truly terrible to behold, and her grief even more terrible.
Which didn't explain how Varric had stumbled into this conversation.
It was late enough that the Herald's Rest was empty. Even Cabot had retired for the night, although not without a firm admonishment to the remaining pair still drinking by the fire. Most of the lanterns had been doused, making it seem like the only light came from the low red bank of the fire. Varric and Hawke both sat in chairs positioned before the hearth — bottle between them, legs stretched towards the heat — although Hawke's legs stretched considerably further than Varric's.
"Surely you're joking," said Hawke.
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On the plus side, Memrise being so much more usable on the app even than on the website means I can play with it for five minutes' worth of breathing room.
Mostly I'm just tired. I don't think I'm even dropping anything I have to do except I guess Long Road, which has no immediate deadline at least. I should be doing something else but I'm too brain dead now to think about it. No, what I should be doing is using Habitica to make lists of things as I think of them and then checking them off, that's what it's there for.
But right now I should be going to sleep.
Have a Happy Halloween!
Say 'boo' and scary on - comment for a red candy!
For a bonus treat, tell me what your favorite spooky movie is. Do you have a movie that you watch every year in preparation for Halloween? (I'll start: It is not Halloween without managing to watch Hocus Pocus! The movie is ridiculous and I love it so much. I generally manage a rewatch of The Covenant during October too; the plot is a little thin but the eyecandy is delicious.)
If we haven't traded sigs yet, please, let's do! I have far too many sitting around and I'd love to collect yours.
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Day 1: 1. Spanking | Sleepy Sex | Aphrodisiacs
A Boon to Diplomacy (The Hobbit, Bilbo/Thorin/Thranduil/Bard)
Day 2: 2. Dirty talk | Watersports | Forniphilia (Human Furniture)
A Firm Footing (Sherlock, Irene Adler/Sherlock Holmes)
Day 3: 3. Public | Biting | Sthenolagnia (Strength/Muscles)
Chelicerae (The Silmarillion, Thuringwethil/Ungoliant)
Day 4: 4. Bukakke | Knife Play | Begging
Entitlement (Sherlock, Sherlock/John)
Day 5: Day 5: 5. Humiliation | Cuckolding | Body Swap
Double Dare (Sherlock, Sherlock/Mary/John)
Day 6: 6. Size Difference | Bondage | Bonds (Telepathic or Empathic)
Knotty Wood (Lord of the Rings, Merry/Pippin/Treebeard)
Day 7: 7. Creampie | Worship (Body, etc) | Cross-dressing
The Gentleman Thief (Sherlock, Irene/Mary)
8. Latex | Roleplay | Deep-Throating/Face-Sitting (I USED ALL THREE!)
Forensic Protocol (Sherlock, Sherlock/John)
9. Day 9: 9. Asphyxiation | Lingerie | Frottage (I USED ALL THREE AGAIN!)
Five Minutes in Purgatory (Sherlock, Eurus Holmes/Jim Moriarty)
He straightens his suit as her eyes burn through his shell. “I’m your Christmas present.” His mouth has gone dry. She’s beyond perfect, the essence of pure Holmesness wrapped in a shroud of witchcraft. “What’s mine?” He already knows. It’s that he feels alive in her presence, because he is afraid.
She briefly parts the white shirt of her pyjamas to show the peep of a camisole. Prada. The latest Fall collection. Oh, the implications. He comes as close to the glass as he dares, and then closer, and then their bodies nearly meld through it. She begins to whisper. He’s trembling. He’s hard. She speaks of drowning. He feels the pressure in his lungs.
He’ll joke about Darth Vader but the idea of being choked by remote used to make him hard and shooting off embarrassingly fast.
She curls her white hand against the glass as she dances with him, slow and lewd. She clutches her fist at the knot of his tie, and the glass is still there, he’s sure of it, but somehow he feels her heat against his chest, her face nuzzling, her thighs pressing, and his necktie tightening at her command although it’s his own hand pulling. His come smears the glass as he slides to his knees, consumed with joy as his vision goes black.
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2. I felt very under the weather yesterday, and I'm not sure why? Maybe just a bad day. I can usually pick some kind of main cause or worsening factor, but I think yesterday was mostly just "you're chronically ill and you're going to have days like that sometimes". My planning format really came through, though - I did a couple of my most important things and let everything else go and went to bed early at least knowing that I did things to help myself long-term but that I was still listening to myself. Balance! It's a thing!
(Also working on forgiving myself when I don't do that, but that's what I'm in therapy for, in part.)
3. Wednesday Reading time!
( Books. )
Cover Artist: thegreatpumpkin (brazenbells)
Fandom: The Silmarillion, J.R.R. Tolkien
Ship: Elwing/Eärendil, Elwing-centric
Warnings: Pretty much everyone in this story has been dead at some point, though they're, uh, better. Still dealing with their mostly violent deaths, though.
Reader's Notes: Best listened to with headphones. Music is the Introduction and Act 4 Finale from Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake. Thank you so so much to Anna_Wing and Kelsi for, respectively, permission to record and the beautiful, amazing cover art! Thank you also to the mods who pulled this off wonderfully <3
Summary: Amrod and Amras, reborn in Valinor, come to see Elwing.
MP3 [107 MB, 1:17:34]
Podbook [109.6 MB, 1:18:34]
Podfic Post: AO3 | Dreamwidth
Art Post: tumblr