Writing

Jun. 26th, 2017 11:52 pm
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Well, I’ve managed another good writing day. I’m trying not to talk too much about it, since it's in the Worst Case Scenario.

Work today was all right. It was a Monday, that was for sure. I ended up not getting to leave until late because we just had one person who somehow managed to get the computer to let him go over his time by about ten minutes. I was ready to commit the most cheerful of murders for that. I now have about 45 minutes of comp time built up over the last week and this week that I need to use before Friday, so I am going to have to get creative.

And really, that's about all I have to say for myself.

Until later, my freaky darlings.

SPECIAL ALERT!

Jun. 26th, 2017 08:47 pm
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Special alert!

[personal profile] alexseanchai is hosting a fiction sale (approximately four cents per word, or roughly $14 per page, with the estimated average of 350 words), for a laudable goal. I'd like to do more than spread the word; I'd like to add to the words.

Give me a PM or reply to this post (ON MY BLOG) when you've made a donation, so I know how many words to write, AND give me a story prompt so I know what to write. You can be vague, or as specific as you like, but I generally write gentle fiction (no sex, minimal violence, lots of cuddling instead of arguing). No, it absolutely does NOT have to “match” or tie into whatever Alex is writing; they are creating the entree, while I am working on desserts.

Your copies are for personal reading, of course. They may be posted on my blog at a later time for others to enjoy as well, but they are paid for by donations to Alexseanchai. If you want a preview of their writing style, check out The Finch on the Apple Bough, a beautiful Cinderella story for the rest of us! To preview my style, well, scan my blog for the last three years; there's plenty of fiction to choose from!

Spread the word, put a little in [personal profile] alexseanchai's tip jar at Paypal, and let's make some summer reading!


For my subscribed readers: I'm still writing the Road Trip stories, and will keep to my posting time and schedule.

Reading update

Jun. 26th, 2017 11:06 pm
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Before I started Dragons of Spring Dawning a few weeks ago, I wrote up a batch of Thoughts about Caramon and Raistlin, among other things, and then while I was reading the first few chapters I wrote a bunch more notes that I haven't posted about yet. At the time I was writing them, I sort of felt like I was reaching a bit in my conclusions, but now I've gotten to chapter 15, which is the most detailed version of Raistlin's Test so far, and wow, I was not reaching at all, wow.

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Mon Dec 26th: What has brought you joy over the past year? Pick three things/people and tell us about them. (2014 December Blogging Meme: NaNoBloPoMo Dec 2014)
1. School: i enjoy being able to take classes for free and i feel comfortable with a lot of the staff and students.

2. Starting all the podcast discussion groups: it's just so much fun running discussions and it helps me keep up with canons.

3. Volunteering: I'm really happy with my volunteer job at the shelter. I always feel accomplished and it's nice having cats to socialize.

December Blogging Meme Masterpost (LJ)

Everyday stuff

Jun. 26th, 2017 10:04 pm
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 I got distracted playing a game last night and didn't post. Oops. 

Sparkly arrived safely for eir work trip, got eir employee ID and everything, and has been busily filling out very boring forms. But ey tells me that the people running the training are very nice, and ey has met some of eir future coworkers. Ey was issued a phone, so now I have eir new work phone number (which I am not to call unless it's an emergency.)

My hand is healing up well from Zinfandel's accidental attack. I spent most of yesterday morning with my thumb taped to my hand, to keep myself from using it and stretching the injured skin, and that seems to have helped. 

Monday Yardening

Jun. 26th, 2017 05:31 pm
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Today is beautiful, mostly cloudy, breezy and cool.  :D  

Round 1, I took pictures and planted morning glory seeds.

Round 2, I transplanted some wild morning glories and started clearing weeds and brush around the purple-and-white garden. 

Round 3, I sowed more grass seed in the bare patch.  There is a chance of rain tonight.   I also cut more brush around the purple-and-white garden.  It's about half done now, I think.

Round 4, I cut more brush around the purple-and-white garden.  It's about 3/4 done, although I'll probably need to go back and touch up parts later.  It already looks a lot better though.

Monday Update 6-26-17

Jun. 26th, 2017 02:49 pm
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These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Poem: "Uncertain Miracles"
Sunday Yardening
Litha
Saturday Yardening
Super-Queers
Garden Photos 6-22-17 Flowers
Garden Photos 6-22-17 Nests
Thursday Yardening
Poem: "One Familiar with Self-Defense"
Hard Things
Garden Photos 6-19-17 Flowers
Garden Photos 6-19-17 Birds


This week's half-price sale in Polychrome Heroics had only modest participation, despite having the quarter-price option. However, I do have one donor who's still picking out poetry for funds already sent, so there will be something more.


Poetry in Microfunding:
"A Hope and a Promise" belongs to Polychrome Heroics and has 15 new verses.  Aidan and Mrs. Ozenne talk more about Saraphina as she interacts with another toddler.  "Essential for Human Survival" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Cassandra and has 11 new verses.  Groundhog and Cassandra encounter one of the monks. "The Inner Transition" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Berettaflies.  Valor's Widow finds out what Stylet has in his backpack.  

Weather has been cooler and pleasant here.  The nest of baby robins fledged!  :D  The cardinal nest lost its egg.  :(  Currently blooming: dandelions, carnations, marigolds, petunias, lantana, million bells, snapdragons, zinnias, firecracker plant, torenia, yarrow, white and red clover, penstemon, daylilies, rose campion, coreopsis, morning glories, aster, spiderwort, echinacea, golden rain tree.  Mulberries and black raspberries are winding down.

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Jun. 26th, 2017 09:44 am
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The Good:

* Found my passport! \o/ See, the new requirements are for presenting a birth certificate or passport when applying to get your driver's license switched over from one state to another. Well, guess who couldn't find either after moving? But I dug around this weekend and found my passport, so now I can get my license changed over, just in time to change over my car license plate before my tags expire.

* House inspection tomorrow at the new place! I'm excited. And then I'll go to the DMV afterwards and get that all sorted out with the car and license.

* Re-potted the roses this weekend, and got containers and dirt to re-pot the pepper plants and sword lilies who have seriously outgrown their current planters.

* Finally got the electric smoker, which was a house warming gift from my dragon's family (gift card, needed my boss to borrow his truck to go get it since it didn't fit in my car). We smoked tilapia and cod with a ginger sesame glaze on it and cherry wood chips, and omg, the cod is to die for and even the tilapia is tasty! (We both hate tilapia, it's tasteless and blah. Smoking it actually gave it flavor!) This is going to become a Thing to do, and hey, we can eat lots of tasty healthy and cheap fish this summer.

The Bad:

* Did shit all else productive this weekend. Didn't draw, didn't write, didn't finish the gardening, played entirely too much WoW and Minecraft (in my defense we leveled two characters from 45 to 52 via the midsummer festival in wow, which is time intensive but low key and gets us past most of the horrible hump from mid 40's to when things get fun again), didn't eat on any kind of schedule, and basically fell into the weekend inertia of "all plans fall apart".

I am somewhere between annoyed at myself for the usual "lack of discipline and willpower" that my brain likes to fault me for and annoyed at the world in general for failing to thus far provide any sort of scheduling or reminder life-hack/app/system that doesn't more or less immediately totally fail for me as it becomes more trouble to use it than it is to try to freely remember to do the things on my own.

I am also equally annoyed and frustrated that scheduling/reminder systems fail to stick for me and then ALSO give me the double whammy of "you are terrible and bad for not doing this thing" versus "this thing is a full time fucking JOB and it's my weekend and I will literally never have down time ever if I follow this schedule" (where "schedule" is things like "eat three meals" and "make a little time to clean up your cluttered junk" and "make time to push yourself into the higher level things you want to do like draw and write instead of settling on the lowest level inertia of gaming"). *throws up hands* I just... I don't know how to do this. I don't know how to reliably make the most out of my day but still balance SOME time for mindless fun things. I always do all or nothing - either I clean and run all the errands and DO ALL THE THINGS until I fall over (which usually happens once every three months or so) or I do nothing at all. I'm really fucking terrible at this "schedule things in small chunks and then do it reliably" shit.

But I need to figure it out or else shit never really gets done and inertia takes over and then I fail at all the things I want to do and let people down and annoy myself and everyone around me. This is very frustrating and I don't have any good answer for it yet.

Good job, you guys! \o/

Jun. 26th, 2017 08:44 am
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A very big THANK YOU to everyone who helped signal boost the [community profile] drawesome community over the weekend! We gained more than 30 new members yesterday, so well done everybody! *high-five*

So far, even though we seem to have a lot of new community members, only a handful of people have ventured into the Introduce Yourself page to break the ice. I understand how it can be a bit intimidating, to put yourself out there in a public comm.

So if any of you guys want to add a contribution to the post (whether comment or sketch) to get the interaction going, that would be awesome! Drawesome, even! LOL.

The Blood is the Life for 26-06-2017

Jun. 26th, 2017 11:00 am
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Middle East meets Hispanic in this epic dessert.  This?  This is why we need multiculturalism.  *DROOL, SLOBBER* 
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When It Rains…
by Dialecticdreamer/Sarah Williams
part 1 of 1, complete
word count (story only): 1398


::This takes place several hours after “Butterfly Effect,” and is therefore part of the Mercedes group of stories set in the Polychrome Heroics universe. No spoilers, but for those who figure out what's going on, DON'T tell Joshua, please! (Laugh.) ::




When the van pulled into a parking space in a narrow rest stop dominated by a long, low building lit with wall-mounted solar lights, Cash whispered a request to Officer Tull as he set the emergency brake.

Kais still slept stretched on the sofa, under a sky blue fuzzy blanket with satin edging. In the back of the van, G slept with his bare feet jammed out at an angle, but every other inch of him covered by the puffy comforter and crisply striped sheet. Not even the boy's floppy blond hair was visible.

Joshua managed to retrieve the walker without waking his son, and had it unfolded by the time the lift touched pavement. He grinned at Cash as the younger man eased out of the cab. “You know, it's kind of weird to be the old guy who's still awake on this road trip,” he admitted.
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non-binary

Jun. 26th, 2017 12:00 am
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Several news articles were posted to the Yahoo Androgynes list recently about legislative progress on allowing people to get identification documents that specify their gender as "non-binary".

California moves closer to recognizing third gender - ... The state Senate passed a bill that would allow Californians to choose gender non-binary for identifying documents like drivers licenses and birth certificates...

Oregon becomes first state to allow nonbinary on drivers license - ... Beginning July 1, Oregonians will be able to choose "X" for sex Instead of "F" or "M" on their licenses and identification cards...

D.C. to allow gender-neutral driver’s licenses - At the direction of D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, the city’s Department of Motor Vehicles will begin allowing residents to choose a gender-neutral “X” identifier on driver’s licenses and other city identification documents on June 26. ...
on the same day that six members of the D.C. City Council introduced a bill that would enact the gender neutral I.D. policy proposed by the mayor administratively into city law. ...


Activist vying for non-binary birth certificate taking N.L. to court

While reading the first 2 articles, I wondered if it's possible that in the not-too-distant future, I could even get a driver's license here in South Carolina which says non-binary. It seems quite unlikely to happen here, but then again, that's what I thought about gay marriage.

But with the Republicans in control of the federal government, it seems likely that there will be some kind of backlash first. Like a "defense of gender act" which would make it illegal for states to issue IDs with non-binary markers.

When the second article mentioned the California legislation again, it suddenly hit me. I was born in California. If the bill passes, I could conceivably get my birth certificate updated. !!! I wouldn't have to wait for SC to pass such a bill, at least not for my BC.

But then that might present other difficulties. Like, "You can't renew your driver's license (or sign up for XYZ), because we only allow M and F, and your BC says X, which isn't a valid value."

I wonder how non-binary gender IDs will affect things that are segregated into M and F. Obviously, there's the bathroom thing... if a state like NC has a law saying that you have to use the restroom which matches the marker on your DL, and your marker is X, can they legally keep you from using both restrooms? And what about prisons... For a non-binary person who is convicted of a crime, how will they decided whether to send them to a men's or women's penitentiary?

For that matter, what about selective service? That will be a can of worms. Suppose that anyone could get out of the draft by changing their gender marker to X or F, because only males are required to sign up? (I'm against the draft and selective service in the first place - I don't think anyone should be required to join the military, regardless of their sex or gender.) I imagine that they'll eventually change the selective service rules to require everyone to sign up, regardless of gender.

Another problem - what about sporting competitions? Will non-binary people not be allowed to compete in men's or women's competitions? But that's already an issue for trans athletes, even without considering non-binary people.

Another

Jun. 25th, 2017 06:52 pm
apollymi: Black cat sitting on pumpkins, no text (Proud mom of a black cat) (Kitten: Black cat)
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Another good writing day. I've topped 3,000 words so far, and I'm pretty much going to write up until I go to sleep tonight, I'm thinking.

I doubt I'll top my best writing day so far (just under 5300 words), but I'm going to see what I can do. If I do manage to top that, I'll be stupidly impressed with myself.

That said, it's not long until bedtime, and I'm going to try to cram in as much writing as possible between now and then.

Good night, all.

Poem: "Uncertain Miracles"

Jun. 25th, 2017 04:59 pm
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This poem is spillover from the January 5, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] daisiesrockalot and [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It also fills the "transformation" square in my 1-1-17 card for the Dark Fantasy Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics, directly following "Insha'Allah" so read that one first or this will make no sense.

WARNING: This poem contains topics that many readers may find disturbing. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. Patches and Rampart help Buraq find Haboob to use miracles to make him stop being a supervillain. This includes a manhunt, terrorist activity, Buraq getting shot, messy medical details of a serious bullet wound, flashback to prior injury, the bad guys fragging their own sniper for violating medical neutrality, taking items from a corpse as a point of positive etiquette, teleporting while injured is no fun for anyone, kidnapping Haboob and fixing him by force, when you apply miracles to a terrorist it kind of sounds like you're torturing him, and not everyone is comfortable with this, dubious consent once Haboob starts to regain some sanity, distressing inability to pray in the customary manner, but Buraq is creative with solutions and it works fine in the end, another overwhelming prayer experience ending in a faint that scares the team healer, traumatic guilt, renaming, radical forgiveness of a divinely repaired terrorist, miracles have a blest radius of extra healing, loss of homeland, austere living conditions, feeling unclean, but fortunately Buraq knows how to fix that, uncertainty, and other challenges. On the whole, however, everyone is better off in the end. Because this poem contains a major plot development in world politics, skipping it would leave a gap, even though it doesn't fall into main storylines. Please consider your tastes and headspace before deciding whether this is something you wish to read.

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old door phased itself out today

Jun. 25th, 2017 07:58 pm
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The 1995 P166 that has been until now door.murkworks.net has formally and abruptly retired itself. So I'm having to move the new box into place now. This is the DMZ box I was talking about earlier.

Henceforth, "Door" refers to "New Door," not the old machine that is broken. It is latest Debian.

Door has three network cards: eth0 going to cable modem, eth1 going to fixed IP LAN segment, eth2 going to DHCP LAN segment. Door is running both DNS and DHCP servers.

Door can see everything in the world, on all cards. Complete functionality.

DHCP side can see everything in the world, on all cards. Complete functionality.

Fixed IP machines can all see Door (including its DNS services), and each other, and talk to the DHCP side, but can talk to nothing living out on eth0.

tcpdump on Door shows Door handing off ICMP packets on eth0, so that direction seems okay.

I am not seeing ACKs coming back to Door on eth0 from google.com but I can't be sure they aren't doing something tricky and my filters are confused.

Kernel IP routing table
Destination     Gateway         Genmask         Flags Metric Ref    Use Iface
0.0.0.0         173.160.243.46  0.0.0.0         UG    0      0        0 eth0
173.160.243.40  0.0.0.0         255.255.255.248 U     0      0        0 eth1
173.160.243.42  0.0.0.0         255.255.255.255 UH    0      0        0 eth1
173.160.243.43  0.0.0.0         255.255.255.255 UH    0      0        0 eth1
173.160.243.44  0.0.0.0         255.255.255.255 UH    0      0        0 eth1
173.160.243.46  0.0.0.0         255.255.255.255 UH    0      0        0 eth0
192.168.1.0     0.0.0.0         255.255.255.0   U     0      0        0 eth2


Door is 173.160.243.41 (on eth0), 173.160.243.45 (on eth1), 192.168.1.1 (on eth2). 173.160.243.46 is the modem. 173.160.243.40 is a network to eth1.

Anybody know wtf?

eta: The router - in addition to not showing door any ACKs for anything from .42 and .43 - is sending out a lot of ARP packets looking for 173.160.243.42 and 173.160.243.43, and I'm starting to think it won't talk to a gateway box in the fixed-IP range. I try to add .41 as a gateway address for .42 and .43 and it refuses, saying illegal LAN address. SUPER RAGIFICATION ENGAGED.

eta2: And the new problem is that the PS4 won't pick up the gateway information from the Linux-based DHCP server. It will pick up an address! It's also not getting the DNS server number either. Why? Fuck if I know, everything else does it right.

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