Dear Equinox

Jul. 23rd, 2017 11:53 am
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I hate doing this, but this is a placeholder! I promise to post details as soon as I can. <3 

gardening update, Sunday 7/23/17

Jul. 23rd, 2017 11:02 am
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Three of my squash plants have produced/are producing actualfax squash. This is very exciting! (I suspect I will feel differently later in the summer, since I am already starting to have "oh no, I need to think of something to cook with all of them..." forebodings, but for right now let me revel in the squee, yeah?)

Tan is not fruiting since, as mentioned in my last gardening post, its central stem was destroyed by squirrels before it could set and open more than three or four flowers, and it's currently engaged in regrowing that.


one pale yellow summer squash with a human hand for size reference

1. Sethera - Friday, 21 July 2017


two more images under the cut )


Meanwhile, the Lazarus pepper is not only continuing to grow a very nice bell pepper fruit, its other branch is working up toward flowers. And pepper F1 (of my eighteen grown-new-this-year plants) looks ready to open a bud within the next few days -- a few of the other new peppers are also growing buds, but they're all much smaller and nowhere near ready to open.


one green bell pepper with a human hand for size reference . buds on a pepper plant

4. the Lazarus pepper
5. the Lazarus pepper - new buds!


one more image under the cut )


And now I am going to go mix more eggshells into all the plants' soil, because judging by the growth rate on those squash, they are going to NEED calcium pretty soon. :)

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So today I picked my first two squash. I probably could have let them go another day or two, but whatever. Squash! :D

(I have a plan, but it requires cardamom. I must remember to track some down today or tomorrow...)

two yellow summer squash on a stove with human hand for size reference

7. Sethera and Azer's first squash, ready to cook when I get my act together in a day or two :)


[[original Tumblr post (plants) for when the embedded images inevitably break ; original Tumblr post (squash) for when the embedded images inevitably break]]

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Jul. 22nd, 2017 10:09 pm
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Do scented soaps and lotions taste good to kittan?

Clearly I am approaching due for either figuring out how to clip Thea's claw tips or how to apply the red plastic thingies.

(ow.)

Gawain would approve

Jul. 22nd, 2017 01:46 pm
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I made the last minute decision to go to the OC Fair to watch full-contact jousting. Here is an article about it. This may not be such a good idea because I am officially sick, so I probably won't spend as much time at the fair as I normally would even though full fair admission is included with the tickets. Regardless, I am psyched. My medieval/early modern England/fantasy-loving heart is made happy. <3

On a related note, there is a Shakespeare fic exchange going on! I probably shouldn't participate based on the schedule, but it will be hard to resist. I will try to participate in the madness collection at least. I will be taking another Shakespeare class this fall, so this can count as... um, research?

Back from Readercon

Jul. 21st, 2017 02:21 pm
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I got to meet and talk with Rosemary Kirstein at Readercon! I love her Steerswoman series. She read from a YA novel she’s working on that’s set in the Steerswoman universe, and I very much want to read that novel now (after books 5 and 6 in the main series, of course). If all goes well, book 5 may be completed in the next 12 months! Unless the writing turns out to be on the wrong track, she said, in which case who knows? But when book 5 is done, she thinks book 6 will be completed the year after that (she thought at first it was going to be book 5, so a good chunk of it is written already). She talked a bit about her process: she knows the first and last line of a book, and then she writes from one to the other. I’m always fascinated to hear about different writing methods. She also brought the hand-drawn and color-coded map of her world, which we all excitedly photographed.

Naomi Novik read from the novel she’s working on now, Spinning Silver, which grew from a short story published in the anthology The Starlit Wood. I very much want to read this novel now, too! She said she’s trying to move more to stand-alone novels rather than long series like Temeraire. I attended some of the panels she was on (she was on a lot of panels, wow), and she’s great at articulating complex ideas. I admire people who are both good writers and good public speakers—not every writer does well in front of crowds.

Nnedi Okorafor was an awesome guest of honor, too, and also great at speaking in front of crowds (she’s a university professor as well as a writer). I’ve read both her Binti novellas, and read Akata Witch right before the convention, and now I want to read everything she’s ever written. Though Who Fears Death sounds like heavy going, so I should probably brace myself for that one.

During one of the panels, someone commented on how cold and ruthless they felt the teachers/adults were towards the children/students in Akata Witch. I don’t think it was any more cold or ruthless than how Dumbledore used Harry Potter, though. And the adults in Akata Witch respect the children enough to tell them what’s going on, not just lead them around blindly. Anyway, I am so happy that Akata Warrior is coming out soon.

I don’t think I’ll attend Readercon every year—my friend and I are talking about going to Wiscon next time we get together—but I’m very glad I had the experience this year.

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Today is the last day to sign up for the 2017 Narnia Fic Exchange!

Come play! The NFE is a very low-pressure exchange that produces a bunch of really awesome fic in response to fun and intriguing prompts.

Even if you can't sign up, do keep an eye out for the Madness round, where you can sort through all the prompts and write ficlets that don't need to meet the minimum length requirement. :)

In Memoriam (just learned today)

Jul. 21st, 2017 12:01 pm
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Chester Bennington

1976-2017


I just heard about it this morning, and...goddamn. It's just heartbreaking. I can only hope that Chester finds peace where he couldn't in life.

I can't believe it

Jul. 20th, 2017 06:21 pm
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CW: Suicide:

Linkin Park's Chester Bennington commits suicide at age 41

Regardless of what you thought of their music, this is tragic. Another life lost to suicide... I don't know everyone else's experiences with the band, but I can't imagine my adolescence without them. There was a time in the 2000s when Linkin Park and Evanescence songs reigned supreme in AMVs, which is how I discovered both of them. As cliche as it may sound, their music *spoke to me* at a very emotional part of my life. They were the soundtrack for many nostalgic Yu Yu Hakusho AMVs (especially those made by Maze Castle back in the day) as well as many angsty nights. While my musical taste has shifted away from them in recent years, they were a formative band for me. I've spent the afternoon listening and singing along to Linkin Park songs old and new in his memory.

Maybe nobody cares about this band in fandom anymore, but I just did not expect to wake up to this news today, especially since I can relate to his mental health struggles. Somehow, I made it through all those trying years, and I hope you all do, too.

For hurt-comfort bingo

Jul. 20th, 2017 06:08 pm
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Title: Scars

Summary: Ben and Poe talk about the interrogation on the Finalizer.

Prompt: Minor illness or injury

Disclaimer: I own nothing.

Fic under cut.  )

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Jul. 20th, 2017 11:24 am
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Belatedly, Maple Syrup Rebellion is up!

Still selling fiction! Don't forget you can get bonus stories from [personal profile] dialecticdreamer if you buy stories from me!

Reviving the Wednesday reading mem

Jul. 19th, 2017 05:10 pm
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It has been a long while since I have done one of these. Since I’m trying to kick my summer reading goals into gear, here we go…

What are you currently reading?

Two things—At the Existentialist Café, which is non-fiction an philosophical, and Dubliners by James Joyce, which is a short story collection of Joyce’s early works. At the Existentialist Café is over half done, but I haven’t made much progress on it as of late because it is not the sort of thing I can listen to while drifting off to sleep. I just started Dubliners and have only read the first story. Last year, one of my professors said that all English majors should read Dubliners before they graduate, so I took the plunge and thanked God that he didn’t say Ulysses.

What did you recently finish reading?

Everything from this month with minor spoilers for Norse Mythology )

What do you think you'll read next?

Well, [personal profile] melannen is going to read Enchantress from the Stars, which is also on my to-read list, so probably that because I want to compare thoughts and have something to say.

Look, I just wrote ~700 words of babbling about books! Better quit while I’m ahead.

Edit: Why can't I get this cut to work? I use them so infrequently that I constantly screw them up. Am I not allowed to use punctuation in the cut text? Is it too long? What am I doing wrong?
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