Possible PCOS?

Feb. 22nd, 2019 08:09 am
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Okay I think I have a plan of attack now. I don't know for sure if I have PCOS. I do know for sure that birth control is free with my insurance. I can go back on Yaz without risking getting a big ol pre existing condition stamp on my records. I can ask my doctor if diagnosis would be useful beyond having an explanation for the symptoms without having my medical records messed up.

Fanfic Friday: 2 much fun for 22

Feb. 22nd, 2019 07:02 am
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share your fav fics with us at [personal profile] novembermond's journal

Cool Stuff Friday

Feb. 22nd, 2019 09:30 am
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Friday needs to stop stalking the Amazon page for Terminal Uprising, checking for reviews and sales rank…

Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.

silence golden like cornsilk

18 Feb. 22nd, 2019 12:23 am
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( You're about to view content that the journal owner has marked as possibly inappropriate for anyone under the age of 18. )

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Feb. 21st, 2019 05:08 pm
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Progress on writing "stake everything", 5:10p, an hour after I opened a draft intending to make story words happen: ~1/4–1/3 of the living/dining area is vacuumed. I fall down nao.

(Okay part of my problem is "stake everything" is going to be very lead balloonish if I don't convey Adrien's emotions with at least as much clarity and finesse as I did in "this is a gift", but I'm not entirely sure I know how I did that!)

Progress 6:10p: more of this carpet is vacuumed than not
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Had a blast the other night with [personal profile] anotherfmafan and the gang in the Fullmetal Alchemist chat! Cheryl (DW name??) was ultra-prepared and brought a bunch of trivia questions and prompts for a five-sentence ficlet challenge, and we had a great time!

You probably do not want me on your trivia team, but I did better with the prompts. :D

Prompt: Armstrong with a wiener (Armstrong, futurefic, gen) )

A snowy night in Risembool (Ed&Roy, preslash, PG?) )

Never enough time (Ed, Al, gen) )

When Transmutations Go Wrong (Ed&Roy, gen) )

Train shenanigans (Ed&Al, post-anime, gen) )

When egos collide (Al&Tringhams, preslash??, post-series gen) )

Podfic Fest: Out of the Auditary

Feb. 21st, 2019 07:39 pm
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out of the auditary promo banner

Out of the Auditary is a new, hopefully recurring fest for podficcing works that don't fit into the "standard" fiction format, such as meta, not!fic, epistolary and chatfic, video game codes entries, fake scientific articles, poetry, and many more! Rules and details are here on AO3; submission deadline is March 23rd!

If you want to promo the fest, just copy & paste this code:

Updates and Stuff

Feb. 21st, 2019 12:14 pm
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Cancer Stuff

We got back about a week ago from my wife’s latest round of chemo. She had an infusion reaction and a painful (but not life-threatening) side effect from one of the meds, but otherwise things went pretty well. The oncologist says the lymphoma is responding well to treatment.

In better news, it sounds like they’re going to transfer her care from the hospital in Detroit to a more local cancer center, which means no more 90-minute drives back and forth, and no more needing to stay in the hospital apartments for 1-2 weeks at a time. (At least until we get to the bone marrow transplant part of the process.)

People have asked what they could do, which is very kind and much appreciated. I don’t think there’s much we need at the moment, so my suggestion would be to look into donating blood. Amy needed a lot of blood products at the beginning, and will probably need additional transfusions, and it all drove home how important it is to have a well-supplied local blood bank.

Writing Stuff

On the writing front, I actually got a little work done on Terminal Peace earlier this week. Not much, but it was something. I’m hoping as the cancer stuff calms down a bit, I’ll be able to keep making progress there. But helping my wife to get well again and taking care of the kids is still the priority.

Thanks to everyone who boosted about Terminal Uprising coming out last week, and to those of you who’ve commented how much you enjoyed it and/or posted reviews. I haven’t been able to do as much promo this time, for obvious reasons, so I’m even more appreciative.

I’m still hit-or-miss on emails and such, but I’m trying to catch up and stay on top of things.

Depression Stuff

I’ve talked about my depression off and on. I’d expect, given everything that’s happened these past two months, that I’d be drowning in a nasty brain-weasel flare-up. Surprisingly, I haven’t seen too much sign of that yet.

Yet being the key word there. My response to crisis has always been to focus on helping the person in crisis and doing whatever I can do. I’ve been in that mode for two+ months now.

I suspect sooner or later it’s going to catch up and knock me on my ass. So I’m trying to watch my own symptoms, and to do what I can to take care of myself. Things like letting other people around town help out, or even asking for help when I need it. I also scheduled an appointment with my former therapist for next week, just to come in and talk and vent and see what happens. Then there’s stuff like sitting around and watching the second season of Dragon Prince with my son to relax and unwind a little.

I know I’m keeping some things stuffed down for now to help me function. But I don’t feel like I’m hiding from it. So far, this seems to be working.

Random Cancer-Related Observation

I’ve lost about ten pounds since this all started. This diet plan sucks!

Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.

2 Interesting articles

Feb. 21st, 2019 03:26 am
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Ariel Henly at the Washington Post:

Hollywood should know better: You can't tell evil just by looking.


Moviegoers are supposed to know that characters such as Scar in “The Lion King,” Freddy Krueger and Doctor Poison are evil simply by looking at them. And it’s an impression that lasts long after moviegoers leave the theater, conditioning the general public to fear individuals who, like me, have asymmetrical faces, burns or scars, and to believe that we are not worthy of equality, empathy and inclusion.

Andrew Todd at /Film:

Off the Deep End: ‘A Star is Born’ and Why the MPAA Needs to Include Depictions of Suicide in Its Ratings


Content warning: this article contains forthright descriptions of suicide and suicidal thoughts. It also contains spoilers for A Star is Born.
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CN serious injury, self-injury, blood. Might also choose not to click if you're unnerved by vampires.

seriously )

ETA: I did math and no.

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Feb. 20th, 2019 10:10 pm
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I invite speculation on the extent of Tikki's power at my journal.

I have another question for discussion: CN serious injury, self-injury, blood. Might also choose not to click if you're unnerved by vampires. ETA: I did math and y'all will be reassured to hear the creepy bit won't work.
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Dear tablet autocarrot, if you persist in turning my "in"s into "I"s—and yes I fucking saw you; turning all my "with"s to "will"s does not help your case—then I will have you fucking executed.

ETA: solved!
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"Style Queen" shows us what happens when Plagg uses his power without routing it through Adrien. I don't doubt that Plagg was trying to keep a lid on the damage; he succeeded less well than in "Catalyst", but, you know, unlike in "Catalyst", in "Style Queen" Adrien was plausibly dead. But honestly that makes it worse, knowing that an upset kwami is a more dangerous kwami.

Tikki and Plagg are equal partners. Equally powerful.

(Plagg is canonically responsible for the Chicxulub impact. You know, the K-Pg boundary. The end of the Cretaceous.)

I remain of the opinion that of the pair, the Cat Miraculous is more likely to be misused. Cataclysm has more predictable effects than Lucky Charm.

But [personal profile] silveradept says—I'm not sure I agree, but for purposes of this fic I'm happy to roll with it—the Ladybug Miraculous gone rogue is the scarier.

What would happen if a pretty upset Tikki used her power without routing it through Marinette?


Yes, this relates to [personal profile] opensummer's WIP meme thread.

Nirvana in Fire (rewatch), Episode 7

Feb. 20th, 2019 10:35 pm
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I'm on Episode Seven! AKA, "Mei Changsu Knows (Literally) Where the Bodies are Buried".

Things I noticed on this rewatch:
Notes below the cut. )

Finally adding some icons!

Feb. 20th, 2019 08:50 pm
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I went through the collection of icons I have from, like, 2008 and while a lot of them are either really... graphically unsophisticated, or deal in fandoms I'm not in any more, or attitudes I no longer have, I did discover my complete collection of "[blank] made me gay" ones! The quality is a bit... ow, and some of them I've forgotten the significance of, but I actually still enjoy at least the idea of most of them.

Check 'em out! )
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Prologue Here

Sam’s memories of previous leaps were always vague and filled with gaps, if they existed at all. But he knew that he’d recently leaped into one of the men in Tom’s SEAL squad in Vietnam and stopped Tom from getting killed.

His older brother was still a young man in his early twenties then, sharp, strong, naturally athletic. He was a confident leader, a crackerjack officer and a good man. The Tom Beckett whose reflection he stared at now was older by about a decade, but the added years were the least jarring of the changes. Tom’s sandy brown hair was unkempt and longer than Sam had ever seen him wear it, his face was gaunt, almost skeletal, and the dark, hollow look in the hazel eyes made Sam’s blood run cold.

the rest under the cut to spare my f-list )
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Al once told him that from the Project side of things often several days – even up to two weeks – passed between his leaping out of one life and into another. But to Sam quantum leaping seemed instantaneous; one scene faded as he was yanked away, a new one immediately materialized and he had to get his bearings all over again. A moment ago he was oppressed by stifling heat and humidity. Now icy wind stung his face and seeped into his bones. Clinking beer bottles and boisterous laughter were replaced with a cacophony of honking horns, humming engines, and ominous-sounding coughs.

the rest under the cut to spare my f-list )
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Drop one of these bad boys in a comment and I will respond, without editing:
  • FIRST — the first two sentences of my current project
  • LAST — the most recently written two sentences of my current project
  • NEXT — the next line. meaning i will finish the sentence I’m on and write a new one, which you’ll get.
  • [insert prompt here] — you post a prompt, and i’ll write three sentences based on that prompt, set in the same time/setting as my current project
  • THE END — i’ll make up an ending, or post the ending if i’ve written it
  • BEFORE THE BEGINNING — three sentences (or more) about something that happened before the plot of my current project
  • POV — something that’s already happened, retold from another character’s perspective
Meme provided by [community profile] journalmemes.

I should also note that if you don't want to glimpse a massive angstfest, it's currently wise to say so.


Feb. 20th, 2019 01:24 pm
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[community profile] questionoftheday asks: What is the most ridiculous thing you have ever cried over?

My answer: Was on period. Dropped spoon. Yelled at spoon.

Came to senses, cried about having yelled at spoon.

election day!

Feb. 20th, 2019 12:08 am
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i'm running for vice president of my school's tabletop gaming club! the election is tomorrow and i'm so nervous!

i've got to give a speech and everything--but it's going to be okay!

i've got a good feeling about it, deep down.

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