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Jul. 19th, 2017 08:14 pm
yuuago: (Frozen - Reindeers are better)
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Well, I've set aside my time off to go to Victoria in September. That'll be nice. It'll be great to just be somewhere else for a while. I'm looking forward to doing absolutely nothing. Relatives keep pressuring me to go somewhere that I haven't been before instead, but... honestly, I can't think of anything that would be more stressful right now than to go somewhere new.

I have Friday off, and I'm really looking forward to getting my Rare Slash exchange fic finished. Man, exchanges are fun, but I'm feeling a little bit burnt out. So, I'll just noodle around with my own stuff for a while after this.

Though, now that I think of it, it might be nice to do a fic trade or two. (Or trade fic for art, perhaps.) I like the way me 'n Grey did it once or twice - decide on a fandom + pairing, and then throw each other three short prompts or so, and pick one. Can't remember what our minimums were - 500 words + 2 weeks to write? Not sure. Anyway, it was fun and stress-free, though I wouldn't want to do it very often.

Lately, I've been listening to an audiobook of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince... This is one of those HP novels that I read only once (unlike the first three), so I'd entirely forgotten the plot. It's kind of fun to experience it for almost-the-first-time. From what little bit I do remember, I recall finding the interaction between Harry and Dumbledore kind of dull, but this time around I'm really appreciating the scenes they have together, sifting through old memories in the pensive. There's just something about those bits, hard to put my finger on precisely what I like about them... It might be, I think, that they both obviously need something from each other, and it's nice to see them actively working together on something.

Braindump

Jul. 17th, 2017 08:38 pm
yuuago: (A Redtail's Dream - Best friends)
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I swear, you look at some photos of pysanky once, and Pinterest becomes convinced that you have some kind of egg fetish. IT'S NOT EASTER, LEAVE ME ALONE.

Finished the draft for my Rare Slash exchange fic. Now I can breathe a little, yay. Though I won't really be able to breathe until it's finished and uploaded. I think this will be the last exchange for a while - I can't think of anything that I really want to do in the near future, except for Trick or Treat, which is still a while away. There are lots of personal things that I want to work on right now (and treats for others, possibly...)

I went driving for the first time in a while - and wore my new glasses, of course. Oh man, what a difference! My prescription is very slight (can't remember what it is, but - very borderline) and if I were an experienced driver, I might not need them. But, never mind. It's such a relief to be able to see everything clearly. Hopefully I'll be a little more confident now. I still hate driving - especially pointless driving for No Reason. It makes me want to finish my library books as soon as possible, just so I'll have an excuse to drive somewhere with a purpose... xD Actually, that's not a bad idea.

Oooh also, my mate Scout did some lovely art of Marzanna for me! Voila. (Unsure if they still have slots open, but they might, worth giving a poke if curious.) ...I think that Slavic mythology stuff might become that thing that I request when I want to commission somebody but can't think of anything specific. xD It's pretty cool to see the differences in interpretations.

Remix...and looking ahead?

Jul. 17th, 2017 12:47 am
gramarye1971: Old Ways (TDIR: Old Ways)
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Signed up for [community profile] remixrevival, because Parallels doesn't seem to be running this year and I'm in need of a midsummer fic exchange to boost creativity levels. More people should sign up (especially if you're nominating anime/manga, because I am happy to adjust my own offerings if people do)!

Writing that first sentence, though, made me stop and ponder: it's a bit past the time for it this year, but would people participate in an AO3-coordinated Dark Is Rising fic exchange next May/June? Perhaps with reveals timed for Midsummer's Day? I may post about it on [community profile] thedarkisrising, but since a significant body of that community overlaps with my flist, it's worth doing a straw poll for it here.
yuuago: (SSSS - Signe)
[personal profile] yuuago
So, fics for Multifandom Drabble Exchange were revealed today. I really, really enjoyed this exchange - there's just something about bite-sized fic that I find really fun.

I suggest checking out the main collection and treat collection if you haven't already. So many fandoms listed! *_* A little bit of something for everyone, I think.

I'm not finished reading everything I'm familiar with, so for now I'm only going to rec my gifts.

7 recs under the cut - SSSS & YiH )

Aaand anyway, here's the 5 fics I wrote, for completeness's sake. (All crossposted to [personal profile] roesslyng, of course.)
aRTD + YiH )

Reading Wednesday

Jul. 12th, 2017 05:06 pm
yuuago: (A Redtail's Dream - Together)
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Finished reading: Medicine River by Thomas King. Now that I'm finished it, I think it might end up on my list of comfort novels. It's just such a cozy read throughout - even though there are parts that handle some very serious topics, there's something about the narrative voice that gives the entire book a feeling of warmth. And I like that the structure allows for picking it up and reading at any point you wish; while there's a bit of a continuous narrative in the background, it's a very slice-of-life novel, and every chapter is pretty much self-contained.

Currently reading: Leaf Storm and Other Stories by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Picked this one up at random; loving it so far. The title-story, "Leaf Storm", is more of a novella - and that isn't a bad thing, because I'm really enjoying it (at this point). It has a nice twisty structure.

Reading next: Whereas by Layli Long Soldier. This poetry collection was on my to-read list for a while; I suppose somebody must have rec'd it. Flipping through now, it looks really interesting - this poet plays a lot with structure and form. A lot of it is the kind of work that doesn't translate to digital very well, unless you make an image of it, perhaps. Anyway, I'm glad that it turns out the library had this one; I'm looking forward to it.

Also reading next: Songs to Kill a Wîhtikow by Neal McLeod. I picked this one up because I found the title so striking. This collection takes inspiration from the monsters known as Wîhtikow*, but the poet also writes about the Wîhtikow in the form of a metaphor for the greed and selfishness inside all people ("the attempt to swallow the light from the sky of the world", as he puts it). Anyway, I haven't looked too deeply into the actual poetry yet, but from what I've seen on a quick flip-through, I think I will love this.

On to-read list: Tecumseh and Brock: The War of 1812 by James Laxer. This was my birthday present. :D I'm really looking forward to this - the War of 1812 is one of those things that I have an interest in, but never really learned as much as I would like on the subject. Haven't flipped through it or anything yet, but hopefully it'll be a good read.

Life + PokeGo + Music rec

Jul. 11th, 2017 08:55 pm
yuuago: (A Redtail's Dream - Kantele)
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Well, today was... something.

☆ There was a call to help sort and pack food and clothing donations for the BC wildfire evacuees, so some of us left work for a while to work on that. It was ridiculously hot out, but that's all right. We were able to get a lot of boxes packed, at least. It was put on a truck that's heading to BC overnight - not sure where specifically, but I'm assuming the Kamloops area. Other trucks have already left, driving through the night to get there. I don't know if we'll be doing more of this tomorrow, and even if we are I don't know if I personally will be able to go, but at least we could put something together.

☆ PokeGo: I participated in my first raid battle over lunch! There were a bunch of Mystic players over by the gym near my work, at just the right time. The battle was... interesting... I've been meaning to do a proper entry about how I feel about the new system and so on, but I'll have to save that for another day. Anyway, it was nice! They were very friendly! They organize via Facebook, mostly, it turns out. I have no plans to resurrect my Facebook account, but who knows, maybe I'll run into them again. But the most important part here is that I had an unplanned social interaction and Did Not Die. ;V

☆ Music rec: Started listening to Le Vent du Nord recently, after chancing to hear their stuff on the radio. They're a folk music group from Quebec; very much to my taste. Ahh, so good! Currently stuck in my head is "Élise", which is lovely.
Embed under the cut )
A few other songs that I've liked: Noces tragiques, Toujours Amants, Le Coeur de ma Mère, eh... well, everything I've heard by them was good, actually. :D The first song I came across was actually one that I can't find on youtube - "Chaise Artente", from Têtu, their most recent album.

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Jul. 10th, 2017 09:33 pm
yuuago: (SweNor - Get lucky)
[personal profile] yuuago
Thanks for the well-wishes, everyone.

Today went pretty well. I'm full of cake. (It was chocolate! With lots of whipped cream!) And also very tired. Updating the age on all of my profiles is going to have to wait for another day. xD

Busy week coming up. Rather... busy rest-of-the-month coming up. I feel like I want to disappear into the void, or maybe a swamp. e_e Not in a bad way, though. There are just a Lot Of Things going on, with like, due dates and such, and I wish I could ignore it for a little while.

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Jul. 9th, 2017 06:40 pm
yuuago: (YiH - Sakari - Fresh air)
[personal profile] yuuago
☆ Didn't manage to get my glasses this weekend. Turns out that the office was closed, even though they're usually open on Saturdays... grumble, grumble. Looks like I'm going to have to leave work early on some day this week in order to go pick them up. What a pain in the ass. I just want my glasses, man. :(

☆ British Columbia is dealing with kind of a craptastic wildfire situation right now, mainly in the Cariboo region*. The Red Cross is taking donations*; I'm not sure which other organizations are involved. The situation isn't comparable to what happened in my city last year - 8k evacuees here, vs 80k last year - but it still really sucks. Seeing this stuff on the news is... hard.

☆ YiH: So, it looks like we're getting an update this upcoming Friday*. I'm assuming it will be the start of actual regular updates again, considering Karo has the rest of Ch05 done, but we'll see. I'm really, really looking forward to it, at the very least. When I was checking a detail today, I ended up just re-reading a huge chunk of it, and now it's so hard to wait. xD ...Speaking of which, while I was sifting through my WIP pages, I came across that fic I started a while back, and to my astonishment it doesn't suck terribly badly. So, I ended up finishing the draft of it. Turned out very differently than what I initially wanted, but that's fine. (It was initially going to be much longer, for one thing.) Wonder if I can get it finished before the update? We'll see.

☆ I finished that long SSSS OC fic I was working on! HOORAY! ...It is 9 pages. I do not want to type it up and edit it. At all.

Don't ask me how my rare slash exchange fic is going. >.o

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Jul. 8th, 2017 09:09 pm
gramarye1971: Bottles of wine displayed in racks (Wine)
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There will be a post with actual content about my current employment eventually, possibly even this weekend, but I need to post a Moment of ShameTM to remind myself why it's not smart to shop while soused.

So around noon today I went out to brunch by myself at the local wine shop and cafe [pause for shouts of hipster! to die down] and enjoyed a nice meal of pancakes, a cup of coffee, a mimosa that was far more champagne than orange juice, and a bartender-recommended glass of Vouvray. I also had a chance to chat with the executive chef and sous-chef of the cafe, who are involved in the opening of a new local beergarden restaurant around the corner. (The chef and I even had a geeky bonding moment where I remarked that I liked his sous-chef's Batman socks, which prompted a brief discussion about the Justice League, so that was fun.) Needless to say, I was pleasantly sozzled as I left, enjoying life in general, and I decided that I'd walk over to the local Asian grocery store to buy a bag of rice to refill my stocks and pick up a few bottles of tea to take to work next week.

Fast-forward a few hours later, when I'm sober, finishing the washing-up after having made katsudon for dinner, and go to refill my rice bin -- only to discover that my stupid happy drunk self bought a 5-pound bag of mochigome (sweet rice) instead of my usual regular sushi rice, because I grabbed the first bag of rice I saw on the shelf and didn't bother to read the label clearly.

I suppose this is as good a reason as any to try my hand at making ohagi and some other snacks that use sweet rice. But apparently, shopping tipsy is almost as bad as shopping hungry as far as my decision-making skills are concerned.

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