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February 15th, 2019

Another Dragon Age Inquisition vid rec!

World on Fire by Talagen
So I kind of went a tiny bit viral on Twitter yesterday and it's cool and also weird.

See, Amazon decided not to establish its second HQ in NYC, the way they originally thought. They claim opposition from locals, which is legit, but also they said they wouldn't be neutral if employees tried to unionize and got a ton of pushback, so they opted out. Which is also legit; unions are good things.

People on Twitter were like "NYC is stupid this is terrible business" and anyway I got involved in a Twitter thread and just basically...went off on this guy trying to tell me I knew nothing about basic economics. Yeah, I got mansplained to about my own local economy, which is not something I thought I'd ever say but hey. And like I didn't mean to keep going but I was kind of on a roll and honestly I was torn between just enjoying dunking on this asshole and being pissed I was being mansplained to about the area I live in, so...(do I win a prize for him saying he wasn't mansplaining he was econsplaining?)

Anyway, then someone screencapped my rant at this guy and shared it and it's got a couple hundred RTs and I gained like 50 followers which is just weird. I'm like "I'm not usually that interesting? Really?"

But I don't want to post about this on FB because I try to keep my FB and Twitter semi-separate, and it feels weird to talk on Twitter about being popular on Twitter, so here we are. The game of social media, where you figure out which social media system you want to use to talk about the others.

Anyway, if you want to read it, here's the screencap.

February 14th, 2019

reading and things

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tassosss: (Aang in action)

Thursday already and I'm not sure how the week has gone by so fast. I meant to post on Monday, and then again yesterday and well, I didn't. Work has been busy, the cat is trying to kick me off of my computer by sitting on my arm, and I made a kinda sad swiss roll tonight for dessert that's still tasty even though I probably should have put the mouse on the inside instead of the outside. But these are the choices we make.

On the reading front, I'm still enjoying Avatar fic, and the two series (unfinished, sadly) I read this week were when the world stops spinning by Nautica_Dawn, which is a lowkey Zuko/Katara plus Toph and Ty Lee survive Aang failing to defeat Ozai. It's rough on Aang's characterization but he's not a major part of most of the story til the end, and I really liked the rest of it, plus the sequel that deals with the fallout from when they actually win the war... more with a whimper than a bang.

The other one is The Worst Prisoner series by emletish which took a little to get into, but once I got used to the style of storytelling (the events of episodes are described but still there) it was a lot of fun. It's basically AU from the middle of season 1 where Zuko accidentally takes Sokka prisoner after the storm when he's fishing, and after that, Sokka and Aang accidentally kidnap Zuko in the Blue Spirit ep. In short, Zuko joins the Gaang much earlier and they have lots of bonding and shennanigans and everyone is wonderfully in character and wonderfully teenagers. I really liked it and thought book 2 is not done I'm eagerly awaiting updates.

Now that I'm two weeks out from reading Embers and the flush of being immersed in the story, the more I think about it, the less I like the second half of it. Especially having read these and the ones from last week for contrast in style and characterization, thought I still love what the author did with the bones of the plot, if that makes sense. Anyway.

Lastly, I read an actual book too! Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C Wrede. I think I last read it over ten years ago, but my niece recently finished them so I borrowed it from her, and it is still completely delightful and charming. Now I need to return it and borrow the next three. Though maybe not till the weekend.

I'm trying to take a little break from reading for a few days so I can get some writing done. For the couple days after my plot breakthrough on my original story last week I flailed around trying to figure out what to do next, and then yesterday settled down and started doing some of the snowflake method exercises to start fleshing out the plot. I've still got plenty of details to work out there, but I'm also at the point I think where I need to do detailed character creation so I know the people I'm going to have at the center of it! I've discovered as I do that just how much more worldbuilding falls out of filling out some random character sheets. Way more than I thought would, so I'm going to continue that for the moment for my four mains. I want to have solid characters at least when I start writing, which I hope to do in March.

I've also got a couple of Voltron fics I need to finish up, and maybe a Dragon Age one, as well as Star Wars edits. I plugged away at that last week. I'm not committing myself to a timeframe, since that doesn't seem to work for me for editing. Unlike the first draft I can't just say, "write now, fix later." I'm at the fix later part.

In other stuff, still watching Schitt's Creek and liking it. Still playing DAII again, though slowly. I picked up the Witcher 3 again also, though I'm not as sucked into that game at the moment. I think I've got too much other stuff going on to really immerse, and I handicapped myself by starting out on normal when I should have been playing story-mode from the beginning. Ah well. These are also the choices we make.

February 10th, 2019

I can never be a food blogger because I don’t have the patience to write a fictional backstory long enough to trick readers into continued scrolling for a recipe in order to drive up my ad revenue. I do enough of that at work anyway.


I got a bag of dried wakame the other month, and now I’m trying to find new things to do with it as 150 grams of dried wakame is a lot of seaweed.

Today’s dish: 7-minute seaweed salad (serves 4 or so)

  • A quarter cup (or so) of dried wakame
  • Apple cider or rice vinegar
  • Soy sauce
  • Sesame oil
  • Black sesame seeds for garnish
  1. In a largish bowl, soak the seaweed in cold water for about five minutes.
  2. Drain the seaweed, give it a good rinse in cold water, tap all the extra water out, then put back into a bowl.
  3. Pour in a splash (a tablespoon? Be your own judge) of apple cider vinegar, a splash of soy sauce, and give it a stir. It doesn’t matter if the mixture looks too wet, you’re going to drain it again at the end.
  4. Let sit for a minute before adding a teaspoon of sesame oil. Stir well.
  5. Drain, put into your serving dish, and sprinkle with a dash of black sesame seeds.

February 9th, 2019

So...I live north of Seattle. It doesn't usually snow out here, and when it does, there's usually a panic because even a couple inches can shut down the region. If you live in an area that routinely gets lots of snow, you're probably snickering, but here's the thing:

Seattle and surrounding areas are really, really hilly, with some really steep hills. Driving on hills in snow is a far different thing than flat ground. Part two of this is that because it's usually warm in our area, above freezing, when it does start snowing things melt at first until the ground's cold enough for snow. So we end up with ice under the snow.

Last weekend we got...a bunch of snow. Maybe 6" Sunday into Monday. I woke up Monday morning, looked out my front door, took a picture, said "nope" and emailed in I was working from home. Things melted Monday but then froze into Tuesday so Tues my street was a hill of ice and I worked from home. Tuesday afternoon the spouse and I attempted to go to urgent care but her car got stuck in ice across the street. Wednesday I stayed from home because my street was still a hill of ice. However by Wednesday cars with AWD could get up and down so my dad with the Subaru Outback came and got us and we went to the grocery store and stocked up on everything.

Wednesday I also fell on ice. I realized I was falling and twisted to land in snow and grass, so the first thump didn't actually hurt that much. But I slipped trying to get up and slammed into the ground and now my right knee is bruising in spectacular fashion. So I worked from home on Thursday, because ow, and Friday I was like "this is stupid" and finished out the week from home. Oh, and that urgent care trip I mentioned on Tuesday? Morgan fell in the snow Monday and sprained her ankle. She finally got to urgent care Thursday and they confirmed it was just a sprain, and it's starting to feel better.

Because, you see, snowpocalypse started this weekend. All week the forecasts were talking about big storm this weekend, with potentially more next week. So when Morgan and I went out on Wednesday, we did so knowing we were going to get snowed in for a while. I got really itchy about wanting to be home safe and sound before it started on Friday, which was the main reason I worked from home--they said the snow would start around 1-2 and I wanted to be home well before that.

So. Friday K the amazing came and so our house is clean (she came a couple hours early and left before the snow started), and we have plenty of food, and it started snowing yesterday afternoon and today we got maybe like 6-7" new snow. Okay, fine, we're staying put today and probably tomorrow.

Tomorrow afternoon around 4pm it's supposed to start snowing and continue into Monday, with 1-4" new accumulation, so clearly I'm going nowhere Monday. And then...we don't really know what's going to happen Monday into Tuesday but it could be up to a foot.

We're never leaving our house again, are we.

We have enough food to last a while, and I can work from home. The spouse is screwed, but at least I can work from home. We're fully expecting her school to be closed most of next week, though, honestly.

Also, rec me good winter boots because neither of us own a pair because we never needed them but now I think we do. Boots that come in half sizes preferred as I'm an 8.5 and the spouse is a 9.5.

Think of me if you're enjoying nice weather, okay? I did not move from the East Coast for this shit.

February 8th, 2019

trope meme!

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tassosss: Keith and Shiro hug (Keith and Shiro hug)
Seen everywhere. You can find it here. I selected one over the other for every question, which was hard sometimes, but gave me a clear ranking, which is farily accurate for the top and bottom. The middle's a bit more of a mudge, but that's because most of those tropes I don't have strong feelings about

1 Found Families
2 Friends to Lovers
3 Snowed-In Cabin/Isolated Together For Extended Period of Time
4 Enemies to Friends to Lovers
5 Hurt/Comfort
6 Adopting/Raising a Baby
7 Characters Swap Roles AU (I don't mean in the bedroom)
8 Loyalty Kink
9 'Everyone is Evil'/Mirrorverse AU
10 'Groundhog Day'/Karmic Time Loop
all the rest )

February 7th, 2019

when it clicks

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tassosss: Keith and Shiro hall (Keith and Shiro hall)
So you know how yesterday I was saying that I was stuck on plotting my original story idea and was despairing of ever figuring it out and maybe I should drop the idea and switch to a troperific romance that I could actually write and wasn't super ambitious? (All that was in the subtext).

Well one of the ideas in the back of my head for shifting where the story starts shifted another bit tonight and while I was taking a shower it all kind of crystallized and I felt it click, and now I think I have a workable idea for a plot that brings in the other setting and a couple characters that I really like but didn't think I'd get too, and has the two characters I've developed as pro-active protagonists instead of murder mystery families of the victim. It requires revamping one of the characters birthplace and profession but in a way I'm okay with.

Brains are weird. I really thought I was going to have to work on something else and give up on this one for a while.

February 6th, 2019

This week in reading, I've continued my foray into Avatar the Last Airbender fic. I'm not going to do long recs for these, but I've enjoyed The Thing About Fire (30357 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] DracoMaleficium which is a Boiling Rock Sokka/Zuko story (mind the warnings), and Ripples in the Water (116124 words) and Set in Stone (68548 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] Lazy8, which is a Katara & Zuko story after everything goes wrong and Aang loses against Ozai. I'm really looking forward to the next story in the series, if the writer continues.

My rewatch of AtLA has been slowed by colds and bad weather, since we're watching it with friends. We're still in early season 1. I've contemplated watching ahead but I haven't quite dared to do that yet.

I did start watching Schitt's Creek over the weekend since it's now on Netflix. I am completely charmed, and enjoying it immensely. I'm in the last bit of season 2 at the moment.

I'm getting back into writing things, poking at additional Voltron short fic, a couple short Dragon Age ideas, trying not to derail myself too badly from bigger projects. Tonight I'm going to dive back into the Star Wars edits I think.

I've also been slowly poking at one of my original sci-fi story ideas, and I'm struggling to come up with a plot. I've got a setting I love - a couple characters I like, but I don't know what the plot to get these specific characters on an adventure is. So far I've come up with a murder mystery - which means they don't make sense as protagonists, and a kidnapping plot - that falls apart when it comes to getting the authorities involved. I'm also not sold on my bad guy motivations/mcguffins. It's been frustrating.

I think I need to maybe start writing vignettes about the characters. I always find that I come up with more details when I actually put words down, and maybe that will both help shake a plot loose and help me get to know my characters better so I can find more spaces for new characters who live in the world.

What else...I feel like I've seen a lot of good discussion posts and a couple new comms that look like they'll have good stuff pop up. I just haven't had the energy to do a links-like post of things. I've never been the best at those. I guess I just want to say that even though I'm not saying much, I"m still keeping up with things.

I'm tired. Digging out from under the shutdown at work has been exhausting this past week and a half. Also the world is on fire.


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Forgot to ask this in my excitement about the new laptop, but does anyone have any advice about what's the best free antivirus out there? I used Avira on my old one but all the Doom and Gloom Buy Our Pro-Version popups got really annoying. I have an adblocker installed on my browsers and no coin, but a good antivirus is important too. The laptop came with McAfee installed but I remember hearing meh things about it so I'd like to switch to something that's recommended (and recommended by people who actually use it and not blog posts/articles of possibly being paid to say certain things nature).

What do you all use? Do you like it?

(Laptop is running Windows 10)

February 3rd, 2019


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My new laptop came the other day! On a day it was snowing and -28f and they just left it on the front steps without ringing the doorbell or anything. In a box that made it *really* obvious what it was. Luckily it came sometime between walking Molly at 11 and 2 so it wasn't out there for long and in my neighborhood there isn't much concern about theft, but still. WTF. In that weather, just leaving something out in the open. Sometimes people walk around back and leave stuff on our back porch (which is enclosed) but you would think the S&H for the laptop would include suggestion to ring the bell or get a signature or something. Bah.

But, new laptop is lovely! Faster than old, broken one and basically incomparable to almost 10 yr old one I'd been using the past weeks. Blessedly quiet and lighter too. Although it does randomly lose wifi connection occasionally, which is annoying. I have no idea what to do about that. I should be using this quiet, quick laptop to work on treats for [community profile] chocolateboxcomm right? Errrrmmm....

Well, I have one done that's been sent out for a beta and a few scribbles here and there of other attempts, but mostly I've been adding to my resource posts. I think there's more than 575 links or so now? I also backed up a bunch of the more useful links via the wayback machine so hopefully if some of the tumblrs or websites do go down the information won't be lost; there's still a lot more to backup, but I'll try to get to all of it eventually. I'm debating splitting up some of the masterposts, though. Some are pretty on point but others have gotten unwieldy and extremely long (there's over 100 links just in the injuries/medical post! How did that happen?). The fighting/military/police/etc one in particular might need to get split up and I'm trying to figure out a way to make the random, final, one less of a mess. {As always, if you notice a link on one of them is dead (or you have a great resource of your own you'd like to share) definitely let me know.}

I made hobo bread (an incredibly easy eggless raisin quick bread) on Friday and it's nearly gone. So easy and so good and not a lot of dishes to clean after making. My kind of recipe. I still need to write up the chocolate peanut butter cookie recipe, I forgot all about that.

Did you all hear about the 13th century handwritten parchment fragments of a manuscript about Merlin that were found at Bristol Central Library? So cool. Also, can you imagine being the researcher randomly discovering something like that? Wow.