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"Wait, if you're here, where's our Frank?" Gerard interrupts.

"Isn't it like, a rule that you aren't supposed to go back in time and meet yourself?" Ray says. "Or forward, I guess."

They're both glaring at him suspiciously, like he somehow killed his future self. He can't do that, right? Unless he like, canceled his future self out by suddenly existing or something. He didn't see any other Frank around, unless he was like, hiding under the bed or something.

"He was only in there for a second!" Mikey says. "So how is he even here in the first place?"

"Yeah," Frank says wildly. "But you remember me coming back, and I'm still around, I mean, I was till now, so that means I'll go back soon and everything will be normal again. Right?"

- [archiveofourown.org profile] auctorial's Too bad I don't remember a thing
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Next year's con.txt theme is [Bob Ross and] The Joy of Fandom. How delightful! (Have some happy little trees! Because in art "there are no mistakes, just happy accidents.")

CON.TXT 2018: The Joy of Fandom

"Let’s face it, things in the real world are starting to look a bit dystopic out there, and we’ve begun to wonder if we’ve entered the darkest timeline. It’s a time when we all need Bob Ross to paint us some happy little trees, or some happy little clouds.

"When we REALLY need that fix-it story.

"The joy of fandom is our ability to remix, reshape, and rewrite our favorite media into something that pleases us. We change endings, we bring characters back to life, we reimagine Harry Potter as South Asian or Peggy Carter as Captain America, we put hobbits in coffee shops, boybanders in space, and Alexander Hamilton in a zombie apocalypse, we explore infinite timeline diversions, and most of all, we make our favorite characters get laid, fall in love, destroy their enemies, save the world, and buy some curtains. And always remember, there are no mistakes in Bob Ross paintings, just happy accidents.

"Fandom is not always perfect, and it’s not always the safe space we wish it were, but at least it’s not the real world. With that in mind, we invite you to come and take a break with us, hang out with other fans in person, and celebrate each other and the media we love!"

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Thanks, Alex Orlando! How to adjust your bike's shifter cables is a four-minute video that taught me how to fix a cable AND the rear and front derailleur! And I only broke one other thing in the process (okay, two, but that reflector was totally non-essential and came off during the test ride afterwards, so I don't think that counts) which I'm pretty sure means I came out ahead.

Maybe I should google "how to replace a back tire" and fix the other bike while I'm at it. (Except I feel like I might have already tried that and it was much more complicated than I expected. On the other hand, derailleurs! I can't even spell that and I fixed it!)

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Oct. 15th, 2017 11:32 am
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Okay, they weren't lying about iOS 11. It really does make my iPad (and iPod, though the battery's declining fast) more useful: I can open on my tablet today every .htm file I was looking at on my laptop last night! What sorcery is this! I can read old fic that only exists on my backup drives from a remote device! This is a good day.

In related news, the original Keeper series was extensively different. So extensively that I think I'm just going to reread the entire old version as well (what a hardship!) because it wasn't crystals, it was the alien orb they were addicted to, and that was before the whole Maker adventure. Also it ends with Evan breaking Alex out of prison, which means none of the white planet happens, but I'm sure they figured out where the plague came from which in the new series is after all the keepers start being rounded up as enemies of state (it has to be before in the old series or we would have seen lots more of them being pirates).

Also, I'd completely forgotten about the random insect aliens only Alex can see ("by the way, who's Ed?") which means they're entirely absent from the new series. NOW I HAVE TWO VERSIONS OF THIS UNIVERSE TO READ. SWEET ♥

Thanks Kristine Williams! You are my hero!

PS, Pretty sure this explains why I remember them taking their shoes on and off so much. It only comes up a handful of times in the new series, but I really remember it being every single time they entered or left the room. I'll keep a count when I'm re-reading the old series. (I know at some point I wrote a journal entry that mentioned how much time they spent looking for their shoes. Or Alex did, anyway. Evan always knew where they were, because that's what he does.)

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Oct. 15th, 2017 09:06 am
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Nanna isn't doing well at the moment.

cut for talk of imminent death )

ETA: I got a call and she's gone.

Nanna Rosie, I love you so so much.


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Oct. 14th, 2017 09:05 am
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I did get a dress, and we picked up James' tux the other day, so we're pretty much set now. If you're interested, I posted the dress on insta here. Not the best of photos, and I need to decide what to do in terms of hair styles, but you get the idea.

Kayleigh had a lovely birthday, but when she got there the staff told her the room was haunted, so her and her gf spent the night expecting to see ghosts and saying they were going to sleep in the car. Apparently the room we'd chosen for them has been featured on Most Haunted, and the hotel itself left an A4 sheet of paper talking about the supposed hauntings. But they did stay -- and slept in the bed -- so all was well.

We went to see The Snowman yesterday, and like many films lately, I enjoyed it much more than I expected.

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Oct. 13th, 2017 09:43 pm
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I forgot I was reading the Keeper series, so I just went back to it. I still have another hundred pages to go out of a couple thousand, and admittedly I don't remember the story... perfectly? but. I don't think this is how it happened the first five times I read it.

ETA: It definitely isn't! First off, I don't think the series ended the first time I read it; on further reflection I do vaguely remember checking the author's site for at least a year - possibly two - for updates before accepting that it might be permanently on hold.

...And lo! Now there is more! But there is also less, because I read the entire new Keeper series, and the continuing conversation about infallibility does not happen in it. Nor does whatever made me remember the spikes. (This is why journaling is important! You never know when someone will rewrite history! George Lucas.)

I think from when they escape the planet they crashed on to the end is new. And I think what used to happen after the crash is missing. (They absolutely explored that alien ship. And I remember everyone being fascinated by crystals, not silver.) Unfortunately, with the demise of geocities, the only way of knowing for sure is either time travel, or the possibility that I saved the entire-series-at-the-time and it still exists on an external drive backup somewhere.

That possibility is not zero.


Writerly things

Oct. 13th, 2017 03:36 pm
dragovianknight: a woman spans fire filled with fanciful shapes from one hand to the other (Writing - Telling Tales by the Fire)
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The good: I have a solid idea for the short story I want to write for the Fell Beasts and Fair anthology.

The bad: Said idea came with enough backstory for a novel (or three)...IF I had the skill to plot and write the backstory properly, which I do not. And even if I did, the novel would suffer from a raging case of genre confusion, with elements of classic sword and sorcery, political intrigue, and icky romance cooties.

But the short story idea should work, if I can get it done by the November 1 deadline.

In other news, I have become mostly nocturnal, with my prime sleeping time between 7am and 1:30pm, and my prime writing time between 3am and 5am. IDEK.
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We saw a lot of "Hike Safe" posters last weekend, and mostly what I took away from them was, "Rescue yourself." (Apparently there's more to it than that, but that's the underlying theme.) With Vulcan's Fury coming up this weekend and us planning another hike before fall freezes us out,* it's a lesson I'm willing to take to heart.

"Don't assume you'll be rescued; know how to rescue yourself."

*Frost warning tonight. All house plants to the indoors: this is not a drill, little planties! (Even using a tray, I had to make four trips. I'd be more worried about the moving damage suffered by the massive ivy I brought in if it wasn't an almost-dead sprig of five leaves a few months ago.)
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So I was at the drugstore this morning getting some wart remover, and I foolishly turned down the toy aisle. Why did I not know there is a Magneto Dorbz?! It is now on my desk.

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Oct. 12th, 2017 07:55 am
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Suicide help texting in the US: text "HOME" to 741741 and a volunteer will text with you until you feel safe to continue on your own.

The above link has more information about this free service, along with some simple steps, suggestions, and links/downloads to help you calm yourself - either while you wait, or in place of texting.

Sometimes just knowing someone will be there if you ask for help is enough to get you through a moment of crisis.

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Oct. 11th, 2017 11:06 pm
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If the automatic smart quotes in iOS 11 are causing you grief every time you try to use "cut text" on dreamwidth, they can be easily turned off: General > Settings > Keyboard > Smart punctuation.

Thanks, Reddit.

Unrelated iOS puzzle: where did "turn on night shift" go? On the control panel, if you hold down the brightness slider, a new screen will pop up with "turn on night shift" at the bottom.

Thanks, Google.

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Oct. 10th, 2017 04:33 pm
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I'm so glad James finishes his set of days today. Normally the early starts don't bother me, but I've been dragging the last two days. We were even in bed by 9 last night, and I had a good sleep, but still feel like I need more.

Tomorrow is, must buy a dress day, so we're off to Metrocentre first thing. I've tried some on, now it's making a decision and checking out underwear as it's pointless getting the strapless dress if I can't get a bra to go with it. We also need to pick up James' tux. We ended up just buying in the end as hiring would have only been a little cheaper, plus they couldn't adjust the arms. This way he's got a suit tailored to fit him, which will look so much better.

I often dream about Camp Sparkle people, and last nights merits a mention simply because dream!me asked dream!Sperrywink if she'd beta for me. Which isn't unusual, what was though was I'd apparently written something 500k long, and had given her the first half to beta, with the second half being sent the next day. I just wish I knew what fandom/story it was. It could have been a sign for the future!

It's Kayleigh's birthday on Thursday. It was also my nephews on Sunday and my other nephews on Friday -- stupid birthday clusters! Kayleigh loves animals and phoned to ask if on her birthday we could go on a family day out to a safari park where you can feed giraffes. Which would be great, but mam's booked her a surprise stay in Lumley Castle on her birthday. She's gone all out with extras to the room, but put Kayleigh off by saying she didn't want to go on her trip, couldn't sit that long, why would she want to feed a giraffe etc, which of course made Kayleigh angry as she thought mam was doing her usual thing of spoiling occasions. In the end mam had to tell her she'd arranged something, but not what. Surprises, they really have the potential to blow up in your face.

I need go start something for tea now, but tonight is about relaxing, a long bath while reading Musketeer fic, a face mask, hair washed and conditioned, and then Bake Off. I've also got my eye on the BBB posted stories but I suspect they'll be left for a bit later.

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Oct. 9th, 2017 10:10 pm
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Dear [personal profile] marcicat,

If you would like to know (a little more, but not too much) about Discovery without having to actually watch it (I don't recommend such a drastic course of action at this time, although since the second episode each episode has been incrementally better than the last, which unfortunately isn't saying much), here is how I perceive the show to be both like and unlike your vision, followed by A Custom Summary By Me ♥

Spoilers, of course. No cats! Disappointing.

compared to the show in your head )

A Custom Summary By Me )

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turlough: Gerard Way facepalming, Life on the Murder Scene, 2005 ((mcr) oh shit!)
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"Mikey?" Gerard asks, and when he pries open his eyes all he sees are two tiny hands clutched over the side of the bunk. "The fuck?"

"I'm a kid," Mikey says, the hands disappearing from view. "A fucking kid."

"Language." It's an automatic response and Gerard's horrified at himself as he rolls over in his bunk, peering over the side at Mikey. Because, seriously, he's channelling their mom.

Except, this Mikey is tiny. His hair ruffled up in unruly spikes, and his feet bare, a ragged robot band-aid wrapped around one of his toes. Mikey's also staring at Gerard, and the soft roundness of his face does little to disguise his unimpressed look.

- [archiveofourown.org profile] turps' Four

Mounting Made Easy

Oct. 9th, 2017 01:34 am
dragovianknight: From the start of the Pandaria quest chain. (WoW - Varian Angry)
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Is there a leatherworker in all of Azeroth who enjoyed this bullshit quest for a mount you can't even sell or use on alts?

And this is my reaction while cheesing parts of it with a flying mount. I wouldn't even have tried without one, because I already have the spirit moose from archaeology; WHY would I want a plain white moose who can't fly (though you certainly wouldn't guess that from how the fucker jumps like Superman during the quest).

let’s be real

Oct. 8th, 2017 06:42 pm
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So I’m reading reviews of this mountain that are mostly like, yeah, it’s pretty hard but the view is definitely worth it, just bring a lot of water and allow enough time before dark, be careful if it rains because the rocks get really slippery, and maybe reconsider if you’re afraid of heights because there are a few sharp drops you have to scramble up.

Okay, I thought, challenging but fun, maybe about eight hours? Most people gave times between 6.25 and 7.5 hours, but I don’t climb many mountains these days and I was planning for carrying a dog in addition to my pack.

I read one anomalous review that was like, this mountain is a nice stroll to a pretty view, great half day trip, up and back in a few hours! And I was like, what? Who is this person?

Then I saw that they’d signed their review, “an athletic 20-year-old woman,” and I was like, ha ha! No. Show me reviews from the 40-year-old office worker and then we’ll talk.

It took us nine hours.

We drove through a McDonalds on the way home and Mimi was rewarded with french fries.

Quote of the day goes to Glenn, but which one is a tossup: “I think this is the craziest thing I’ve gotten us into,” or “Well, that was a rich and full experience.”

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Oct. 8th, 2017 11:34 am
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Nanna is still in the hospital. She's had a bad time of it, and in fact, after contacting sepsis we nearly lost her last week. Twice I visited and honestly thought I'd never see her again. The nurse even said no way should she have lasted the night, but she did.

She's a bit better now. Lucid again, but not eating and gets confused. Yesterday she kept saying she didn't know what she was supposed to be doing and had we ever gone through something like this. When her main heart doctor found out the treatment she'd had he wasn't pleased and has said if she goes downhill again she's to have no treatment except things to make her comfortable. No more x-rays or blood tests etc. He's said she'll never go home again, but I don't know if she'll end up in a nursing home, or stay in hospital, or just slip away. Any could happen. It doesn't help she's on a geriatric acute ward, so the ladies around her are seriously ill and keep dying.

She's always said she would go when she was 97, and it looks like she's going to get her wish. She's ready, and logically I know she's ready, but selfishly, I'm not at all. This photo was taken just two days after we thought we'd lose her, you can hardly believer she was at death's door so soon before.

But, things aren't all bad. It's Houghton Feast time, so I've been down to see the opening ceremony and to the parade. Sunderland illuminations have kicked off so I've been there on opening night, and went on the big wheel with James and my oldest nephew. If you're interested some photos of those are on my insta

I've seen Kingsman and Flatliners at the cinema. Been to see Hairspray at the theatre, been to Mog on the Tyne. Took mam out shopping where she actually managed to walk without her stick for a while and we had a lovely day together. And today I discovered my Durham Wasps jacket finally fits me \o/ Okay, so this jacket. For those who don't know the Wasps are my beloved hockey team that were ripped away from Durham and then eventually disbanded by the odious John Hall. Well before that I bought an official jacket, and could never fit into it. I'd bought the biggest size available, but it didn't even come close to zipping up, so I just shoved it in my wardrobe and forgot about it.

Today I tried it, and it fit nicely, which means I'm now a smaller size than I was when I was 19. It's also good as the other day I tried on my winter coats and they're both too big. One even fit over both me and James together and easily zipped up. I've a photo of that, not that it was easy, the both of us crab walking together to hit the button on the phone that was propped up on the mantle piece. But yeah, I can finally wear my Wasps jacket, which is bright blue and yellow, so I won't get missed in a crowd *g*

James also got his Christmas work rota today, and is off Christmas eve and Christmas day, days on Boxing day, and then nights over New Years eve and day, which is pretty much the best it could be. Well, obviously I'd like him to be off Boxing day too to hit the Lush sale but as rotas go it's a good one.

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Oct. 5th, 2017 09:16 pm
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I'm often amused by how easy it is for me to get carried away. I'm going hiking with Mimi this weekend and I thought, "You know, it seems irresponsible of me not to carry a dog first aid kit." So I stopped by the local pet store to get some new vet wrap and styptic powder, put them in a tin with some gauze pads and benadryl, and figured that was better than nothing.

(I ordered some new snow booties at the same time, because she needs them anyway and they're good for protecting the paws in a variety of situations. They asked me what color I wanted: my choices were camo, black, or orange, and I was like, "Oh, orange please. The easier they are to see on the side of the road the better.")

Then I thought, you know, I should probably bring some Advil, for me, just in case. And I could take some baby aspirin, since even if Mimi doesn't need it it'll be handy if someone has a heart attack. And maybe a tampon too; I mean, those are great for bullet holes.

...At which point even I thought, "If you are planning for bullet wounds on a day hike in a national forest, you need to rethink your baseline."

I left the tampon in the tin, though. Along with a few iodide tablets, just in case of nuclear disaster.

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Oct. 4th, 2017 07:47 pm
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Star Trek: Discovery

1) The uniforms are my favorite of any Star Trek series.
2) The first episode felt disjointed, as though it had been overthought and overedited.
3) The third episode makes a better pilot than either of the first two.*

*The opening scene is easy to understand. The questions raised throughout the episode seem important to everyone’s lives, and the action overall is easy to follow. The characters involved are ones we can expect to see again, so it feels worth caring about them. And remarkably, there’s proportionately more context in the third episode than the first, making it a friendlier jumping-in point.

Unrelatedly, if the scientist/engineering team were women, the gender balance might feel less blatantly like “they’re making an effort” and more realistic.

The Gifted

1) She apologizes for breaking the dog’s toy and then fixes it. Blink is my favorite human being.
2) I didn’t notice the neon X, the wolverine, or the X-Men theme song, but I recognized Stan Lee.
3) Most important question for the continued survival of everyone: were the spiders adapting?!
4) If “Rose” taught us anything, it’s to keep your sweatshirt close and your sneakers closer. I can only assume Lauren watches Doctor Who and learned her lesson well. I applaud the sheer cardio capacity of these characters (and the people who portray them).

I honestly have no idea how they managed to introduce and develop seven* relatable characters and two completely different worldviews in 42 minutes. The first episode was like the first half of a great movie. It’s hard for me to imagine that the entire series could maintain this level of entertainment, but I am grateful for a story that can be so thought-provoking and believable without sacrificing hope.

Also, the family: each character is strong, each character is committed to the others, each character is plausible. It’s the most positive TV depiction of a family unit I can think of.

*I left out James, because I didn’t think he was particularly introduced or accessible, although I like him a lot. His least generic line was, “I found you. Trust me, I can find him.” And he was great! But we know or can guess something about the personality and motivation of the other seven (Lauren, Andy, Caitlin, Reed, Marcos, Clarice, Lorna) while James is the male equivalent of a sexy lamp. (Imposing shield?)

On the plus side, including James means that in an ensemble cast of eight, there are four feminine-presenting people and four masculine-presenting people, and it’s not at all obvious. It’s just a regular group of people dealing with society who happen to be pretty representationally gendered.


ETA: Supposedly it’s John, not James. (I rest my case.)
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I much prefer worlds where the heroes are heroic, rather than being people I would like to light on fire (GRRM, I'm looking at you and your ilk).

But, at the same time, I found the first book in Luminous: A Noblebright Fantasy Box Set to be a little...well, irritating. On the up side, the box set is so long that I literally read the entire first book (CJ Brightley's "The Lord of Dreams") in the sample I downloaded. On the down side, if it weren't for the fact that the box set is the same price as Sunbolt, which is one of the books included and which I already planned to buy, I probably wouldn't buy it based off the sample.

Part of this is the book's "the protagonist doesn't know what's going on, therefore the reader is equally confused" anti-worldbuilding. Part of it is that I don't like the protagonist all that much, nor do I like the sledgehammer approach toward treating perfectly normal human reactions as flaws to Feel Guilty about. This ties in to a dislike of the apparent belief that being Heroic involves sucking it up and taking it without ill thought when people are utter dicks to you.

Being a bitter and cranky dragon, it's possible I am not the intended audience of the opening book; it's not a bad book, at all. I simply have fundamental differences with it's premise. Considering the author is also the person who put the set together, this might bode ill for my enjoyment of the remaining books*. But hey, Sunbolt is in this set, as are eight other books, and I would frankly rather spend my money supporting authors who are trying to write Heroes (even when those Heroes cross the line into Lawful Preachy), than whatever the latest grimdark antihero clone is. So Luminous is still on my buy list.

*Also for my chances of selling to any of her noblebright anthologies.
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Is there an app that will turn off everything on my phone at a certain time (like bedtime)? I'm not kidding.

The internet wisely (and with varying degrees of sarcasm) suggests the "off" button. I will try it. In the meantime I'm also trying the "stop playing" timer function.

ETA: The timer function does put the countdown on my lock screen, which is helpful.

ETAA: "Stop playing" works! It kicks you back to the lock screen no matter what you're doing! I love it. One of Apple's better kept secrets. Thanks Google.
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But Pinterest informed me that I had already pinned all but one of the images of Varian Wrynn I was browsing today.

"It's not that I can quit anytime, it's just that I'm being cockblocked" is too long for a tag, alas.
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She fixed the dog's toy. This is my show.
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