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posted by [personal profile] elanya at 11:23pm on 20/07/2017 under , , ,
Work was predictably dull.

Knitting was great! I'm getting well into chart 10 (of 13) for Puled by the Sunset. It's very pretty

We walked home, which my hip tolerated, and I have been ding a few basic stretches before bed, which will hopefully help? It feels nice, anyway, though it actually has been making sleeping weird :p I feel like I should go to the doctor but also like going to the doctor is just going to be a giant PITA and maybe not worthwhile. I cant guarantee that any of the individual things bothering me will eb acting up, I'm terrible at describing symptoms, and I don't think there is anything they can do for me anyway :| Diagnosis: I'm old and have not been sufficiently gentle on my body. Probably they will also say I'm overweight and that will help :p pleh
Mood:: 'tired' tired
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posted by [personal profile] elanya at 10:51pm on 19/07/2017
I finished The Goblin Emperor tonight. The title is my summary. It was good but not stunning - the story was slow, the intrigues not always very intriguing. The worldbuilding was basically a generic fantasy court with fancy window dressing - very detailed in some cases, but inconsistently so. The main character was nice, but sometimes just really painfully naive and I wanted to smack him. At times he was just oppressively glum. I'm not really sure that he changed as a person, he just got more used to things and more familiar with what was expected of him, so even as a character piece I didn't find it deeply satisfying. He wasn't really interested in things that were going on, so it led to a lot of exposition. There were some good and surprising scenes with various characters, where Maia learns that they are, in fact, fully realized persons in their own right, which are nice. But the conflicts seemed mostly too easily resolved. I liked the pseudo communists? It was enjoyable enough and I'm glad I finally read it, but I'm not sure on what basis it was nominated for so many awards.

Other than that - the strategic planning session thing at work was good, except it went too long in the beginning and we didn't get time to do enough of the actual *planning* work. I still think it was useful - everyone is basically agreed that we need to hire an interpretive planner. there is something regarding the beginning of a plan to make a plan to seriously figure out what merging SA is going to be, though there are still some elephants in the room that haven't been addressed. I had/got to point out that the inventory system for SA is completely inappropriate for a museum because it doesn't have object tracking capabilities - you can only know where objects are if they are in a box. Not good enough. I got to hear N talk crap out of his ass and *also* talk high level archaeological theory and spot the difference ;p When he does the former I want to smack him - when he does the latter I often find myself agreeing with him, which is refreshing. Anyway - I think I'm probably a weirdo because I actually enjoy those sorts of things, except for the part where it is supposed to also be a networking thing and you should probably talk to absolutely anyone outside of the session about the things discussed, and not just run and hide in your office because you can. After a crazy start of the week, though, it's back to normal - not having a whole lot to do. :/
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posted by [personal profile] elanya at 10:21pm on 18/07/2017 under , , , , , , ,
Today is a day of intense tiredness. I'd almost blame PM's but the timing is all wrong. Ugh, bodies. Ovulation, maybe? Because I need everything to get more intense, that's just peachy.

Work was fine, tomorrow is our Strategic Retreat, which is a little ominously named, especially since it has the potential to determine my future job prospects... And also the last day of filming.

We had a family meeting to talk about how we need to do better at keeping house... I guess we'll see if that has any impact.

Early bed for me I think. I'm wiped despite a mini-nap earlier.
Mood:: 'tired' tired
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posted by [personal profile] elanya at 12:02am on 18/07/2017
Today was a day of intense grumpyness.

Tomorrow may just be annoyingly chaotic.

I am hovering at the edge of things at work, and there's nothing to do in the margins. I feel like, on the whole, I ought to be better at finding ways in if that's what I want, or finding other things to do if it isn't, but no, I'm not doing anything. I feel frustratingly useless. I'm sure there must be something I could be doing that would be helpful but when I do try things I just get hung up when I need outside input. It is not a very satisfying life, and it is leading me to be easily frustrated with other things. Or maybe that's something else? I really can't tell anymore if something is a legitimate concern or just my levels of frustration being generally out of control and seeking any possible outlet. Ugh.
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posted by [personal profile] elanya at 12:22pm on 16/07/2017
Not long to break it, anyway.

I didn't post the last few days because I was busy devouring Martha Wells' new book, and the last of the Books of the Raksura, The Harbors of the Sun.

It was great! The story resolve, finally, quite satisfactorily, and the character stuff was also excellent. I kind of want to re-read the first one, The Cloud Roads, so I can fully appreciate how far things have come. There was stuff that I was hoping for based on the last book that was realized, and in some cases I got even more that I was hoping for! I'm satisfied and happy but also sad both that the book is over and that I know she isn't planning on publishing more about the characters. However She said she will do some more stuff o the Patreon, so I have that to look forward to at least!

I think my mulberry dying saga is over....for now. My yarn is dry, and I just need to take pictures. I'm debating doing a test for colourfastness but I'm kind of afraid of what will happen after all that work :p I still need to work out what the yardage if yarn I have is and what I can even make with it. I've done the counting, I just need to find out what the length is of one loop and do the math. I'm hoping I have enough to make a tanktop but I'm not super hopeful because I'm not super small and I like the to come down over my hips. Depending on close I am I am contemplating getting a skein of plain cotton worsted and dyeing it, also with mulberries but making sure it does *not* get any iron, and using is as the final gradient... we'll see, I guess! I kind of like the idea of one garment with three colours from the same plant, but I'm learning that cotton is kind of a pain.

Hmmmm, what else do I have to report? I don't have any stories on the go atm, thiough I *did* enter a tumblr exchange and so I have a Voltron story to write once I figure out the best way to approach it. The exchange is supposed to be 'pg-13' rated which means I need to think through my ideas and make sure they don't go too dark on me. Probably some recip stalking is in order?

Not 100% sure what I am doing with the rest of my day - no Thirteen, but maybe some other kind of game?
Mood:: 'contemplative' contemplative
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posted by [personal profile] elanya at 11:58pm on 13/07/2017
Tonight was our pathfinder game which we have affectionately termed 'The Fuck Squad'. We continue to horrify/terrify.befuddle our newbie GM, but she keeps inviting us back! Probably because we have the best snacks. Tonight we had: nanaimo bars, earl grey tea short bread, oat meal cookies, chips, local cherries and raspberries, and chocolate dip for the fruit. And cider. And I think I might be forgetting something? Also oreos I guess

I apparently touched something I shouldn't have with my left middle finger, because the skin blistered and is peeling (doesn't hurt, but it looks like it's wrinkled form being in water too long). I have no idea what I could have touched with just that one finger that wuld have that effect o_O

Also I did an Ask meme on Tumblr, to whit:
Fic writing questions!
  • So reblog this if I can pop into your box and ask you questions about writing (You can probably make a version for art, too). And you can ask them to me if you really want to.
  • Specify fandom if you want for any of the questions.
  • 1. Which is your favorite of the fics you've written for X fandom?
  • 2. Favorite piece overall?
  • 3. Which was the hardest to write, in terms of plot?
  • 4. Which has the most "you" in it, however you'd define that?
  • 5. What is an image/set of images that you're particularly proud of?
  • 6. Idea that you always wanted to write but could never make work?
  • 7. Least favorite plot point/chapter/moment?
  • 8. Favorite plot point/chapter/moment?
  • 9. Favorite character to write?
  • 10. Favorite line or lines of dialogue that you've written
  • 11. If I'm showing off just one of your pieces to someone, which one should it be?
  • 12. What WIPs do you have going now? Are you excited about them?
  • 13. Are there any things that might have happened in any of your stories, but you changed them at the last minute? (So-and-so dies, they don't actually kiss, main character has long extended ballet-based dream sequence, etc.)
  • 14. Would you want to write canon for any of your fandoms (like be hired by showrunner to do an episode)? Which one?
  • 15. Does font matter to you when you're writing a draft?
  • 16. 3 favorite comments ever received on fanfic.
  • 17. Any mean comments? How'd you deal with it? Who laid the smackdown?
  • 18. If you could go back and revise one of your older stories, which would it be?
  • 19. Do you make up scenes at work/on the bus/at the gym? Who are the characters that pop up the most? Do you write them down?
  • 20. Go nuts, and talk about writing. Or write me a little ficlet-whatsit using a character/image/line I shall now specify:
  • Go on, my chickens, and ask each other questions


... and Nary asked me three, which I answered:

6. Idea that you always wanted to write but could never make work?

- I have so many!  Mostly I run out of energy for writing them, so they remain WiPs.  I have some probably-novel-length story ideas that I know I will never get down, just because they’re too big for me to manage.  One is based on a superhero character I came up with and never really played, but I’ve fleshed out significantly in my mind…about a girl who finds out that her father was basically an alien prince who fled here after a coup… I think the story is too big, and I also don’t think I have the cultural knowledge I’d need to write it well and do the characters justice without a whoooole lot of research and some good sensitivity readers.

9.  Favorite character to write? 

-I’m not sure I have one, honestly.  It varies with my mood and interests of the moment.  The better I understand them the easier they are to write though, so that means a lot of RPG characters and OCs, but that doesn’t necessarily make them my favourites (except maybe in that moment).

16.  3 favorite comments ever received on fanfic.

Ummm, hmmm.  *ages later after reading through a million comments*

Well, other than the ones that went ‘I love this story and wold like to accept it for publication in X’… Mostly they are Exchange Squee - one where an author I really like called the fic I wrote for them ‘absolutely brilliant’, one where the comment was just really long and loving and super detailed pulling out a lot of quotes and talking about the themes and such, and one non-recip comment on a drabble written for an exchange that was basically “I really couldn’t believe that was only 100 words, how did you do that to my emotions.”



.... but if anyone wants to ask me more questions here, have at!
Mood:: 'sleepy' sleepy
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posted by [personal profile] elanya at 11:06pm on 12/07/2017
One of my local friends had her PhD defense today! I went out after work to join her and some other peeps for food and drinks to celebrate.

I also got my yarn dyed! Mistakes were made. for one, I left the skein in the modified dye for waaaaaaaay too long. Apparently it can damage the fiber if it is in too long.... hopefully that doesn't happen. Also I may have used way more than I needed... The package said 2% of weight of fiber, but the internet said even less, and I think it was right. This became evident when I went to rinse out the non iron modified skein in the same bucket (which I thought I had at least rinsed out pretty well), and it modified that skein too. Whoops! It isn't as dark, but it definitely lost some of its brightness. I'll get pics once they're dry.

I am not entirely sure what I am going to do with them though.... they're not really my colour, and I don't have enough to make what I had been hoping to, which is a little tank top :/ Maybe I can get some more of something similar and do it up.... I am sure I could get more mulberries... Hmm.
Mood:: 'sleepy' sleepy
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posted by [personal profile] elanya at 11:04pm on 11/07/2017
Work was hectic and a little dumb today, but tonight I got my yarn in the mulberries! I'll take it out tomorrow night. I put some iron modifier in one of the pots, but it didn't seem to do much - I think it has more of an effect on animal fibers? It looks nice and dark purple anyway, so I hope that sticks!

The nature of the beast meant my evening was pretty broken up, so I didn't get much else done tonight. Also I think I'm coming down with the cough that the boys have. Ugh! Summer colds are balls. But I'm coughing and m throat is sore :(

Gonna take a shower and try to head to bed. Hopefully sleep will help.

IN other news I still haven't gotten my hardcover of Harbors of the Sun! I know it was released, and other places have it in stock.... But despite preordering (just a few days pre, but still!) the site is still saying they don't know when it will be released. IT IS ALREADY OUT, GIMME MY BOOOK GD IT.

Meanwhile, I started reading The Goblin Emperor on my commute. I'm leaving on an earlier bus, which gives me 10 minutes more to kill in the am, and I don't have a portable knitting project atm, so.... Book!

And oh, SPEAKING of books, I got the draft copy of Ride the Star Wind, so I got to see the art for my story :D Its pretty great, and is exactly what I figured someone might draw from that story :3 I also got an acknowledgment of my other story submissions today, so maybe that's a good sign?
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posted by [personal profile] elanya at 12:14am on 11/07/2017 under , , , ,
Busy day at work, but there were cupcakes when I got home! Mind you we already have actual cake, and nanaimo bars.... but still! They were really good

Tomorrow is also going to be odd at work, but we'll see how it goes.
Mood:: 'sleepy' sleepy
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Well it isn't *midnight* yet so I guess that's not a total backslide :P

Nug party was today. Other than than, Diablotin! Which was a good session even if it was a bit temporally scattered since not everyone (including me) could make the regular time. Party was good - Nugsy had a great time and really that's the most important. The weather was pretty much perfect! And we have So Much Cake left over @_@

I watched all the Star Wars Whatsists of Destiny shorts tonight with Nary, but really it just made me want mooooooar! I'm sad that this will be the last season of Rebels :( But at least new movies will be out soon?

I think that's all I've got. I need to go shower (for really really real this time) and go to bed. At least I eventually remembered to take care of the kitty (food + box cleaning)...
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