(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
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) )
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!
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 opensummer's WIP meme thread.
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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 )
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 )
- 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
I should also note that if you don't want to glimpse a massive angstfest, it's currently wise to say so.