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January 29th, 2015


09:31 pm - OC: Original Character
A questions meme about original fictional characters, courtesy of [personal profile] in_the_blue!

If you know what character you want, you can pick, or you can describe a character and I'll snag my closest match. Or just leave it to me to pick.

Send me a number and I'll answer the questions with one of my OCs:

- How does your OC react when their rival is grovelling at their feet for their life?
- What’s the subtitle that accompanies your OC’s name during their dramatic intro?
- What incredibly lame thing does your OC do while thinking that it’s actually super cool?
- How would your OC react to meeting someone who is attempting to impersonate them?
- Would your OC try to weasel out of a genie wish limit with the wishing for more wishes bullshit?
- Exactly what amount of wealth would be enough to tempt your OC into doing something that is distasteful but not specifically against their moral code?
- What is the most unacceptable pun that someone would use in conversation with your OC?
- Would your OC eat cooked testicles assuming they’re prepared hygienically?
- If your OC attempted to clean their nails with a dagger like some sort of stereotypical fantasy badass would they accidentally cut themselves?
- How many days can your OC go without bathing before they can’t stand being in their own body anymore?

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January 1st, 2015


02:46 pm - Books I Read In 2014
Once again: the full list of books I read in the past year. Not counted are comic books, graphic novels, fanfics, works in progress that I have edited or beta-read, or webcomics. (I've been wondering if I should start counting graphic novels and/or novel-length fanfics. What do you think?)

Titles behind the cut-tag.Collapse )

Trends! My total count is down, from 177 books last year to 152 this year. My first-time-read count has gone up, from 42 to 62 (and from 24% to 61% of all books read).

My five most-read authors (by book count) this year were L. Frank Baum, L.M. Montgomery, Seanan McGuire, Lois McMaster Bujold, and C.J. Cherryh. The authors topping the first-time-read chart this year were L.M. Montgomery, C.J. Cherryh, Charles Dickens, and Rosemary Kirstein; tied for fifth place were Catherynne M. Valente, Seanan McGuire, and Tamora Pierce.

Over the past seven years my most-read authors are Lois McMaster Bujold, Terry Pratchett, Stephen King, and Diane Duane, with Naomi Novik and L. Frank Baum tied for fifth place. My most reread books are William Gibson's Pattern Recognition (ten times in seven years) and Jo Walton's Among Others (seven times in three years).

Man that's a lot of data analysis for no particular reason.

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12:57 am - goodnight, and joy be with you all
Seen on tumblr, and very much taken to heart: "May 2015 treat all of us with more kindness than we need or deserve."

A good night and a good new year to all of you, my dear ones. May it be better than the last.

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December 16th, 2014


09:04 pm - my pants, they are bankrupt
I am so far behind on friendslist that I have lost track of how far behind I am. This is owing partly to having gotten a new laptop and lost the reminder tabs, and partly to general busy-ness and forgetfulness.

Working on catching up now, but I don't expect to be able to get all the way back. :( Friends, if I missed any major announcement since the beginning of November, please to let me know?

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November 19th, 2014


11:53 pm
Ugh, you guys, I have gotten so bad at posting to LJ/DW. And even at staying caught up on flist. I blame tumblr. In part at least. (Though I'm also currently failing at NaNoWriMo, so I dunno.)

Posts I should be making:

  • A poll: should I link tumblr posts here the way some people do tweets? Is this a thing that might interest people?
  • Belated OVFF con report
  • Chessiecon anticipation (I've got one co-moderated song circle with Tom Smith, one concert with [personal profile] ladymondegreen as The Funny Things, and one solo concert)
  • Recent recipes successes: sugar-free plum jam with rosemary, chicken with peaches and balsamic vinegar, gluten-free bread made with flaxseed meal and oat flour, tomato-and-red-lentil crock-pot soup
  • Why I'm failing at NaNo


Maybe I should try this December Talking Meme thing. Or a variation on it.

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October 8th, 2014


05:40 pm
Tonight is the first night of Sukkot. Zman simchateinu; the time of our rejoicing.

I will be off the internet between now and Saturday night. Chag sameach to all those celebrating; happy everydays to everybody else.

Take care, all. <3

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September 24th, 2014


05:38 pm
Tonight is the first night of Rosh Hashanah, the two-day Jewish New Year, first of the autumn holidays. As usual, in mundane terms, this means don't expect to see me online between now(ish) and Saturday night.

In spiritual terms: the year has come to a close, and as always, the next ten days will be our annual performance review.

It's been a rough year in a lot of ways, for a lot of people that I love, and for a lot of people that I will never meet.

Let the year and its curses conclude, we say, and let the year and its blessings begin.

Amen, amen, amen.

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September 3rd, 2014


10:03 pm - Housefilk in Queens, September 21
"Iiiit's that time again!"

"Time to play the music?"


"Time to light the lights?"

"Actually, yes! Because it's time for another New York / New Jersey area housefilk!"

Sunday, September 21, at Witts' End. Details and RSVP here. Feel free to boost the signal!

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June 23rd, 2014


02:30 pm
Dear self: next time you make a post about being gone for three days for the Northeast Floating Filk Con, it'd probably help if you made sure it actually posted before closing down your computer.

Aaaanyway. Hi, internets! [personal profile] sdelmonte and I are back from Contata! Where we got to hang out with and sing with and listen to a bunch of awesome people and excellent musicians, in between and around helping run the thing.

(And now: naps.)

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April 29th, 2014


10:44 pm - Balticon!
So hey, fellow filker types: who's planning to do Balticon this year?

I ask because I maaaay have a concert slot and might possibly be looking for some backup. >.>

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