With His Need Laid Bare (nsfw), Fire Emblem Fates, Leo/Niles kidnapping roleplay. My recipient had a very open-ended signup, so I figured I would write a story that had themes that were fun for me to work on, and that seemed to go pretty well.
Eyes in the Dark (not explicit), The Magnus Archives, Jonathan Sims/Gerard Kaey. I love the mysterious feel of this canon and the strong sense of voice we get for the characters (as well we should, given the medium!) and Gerard is such a fascinating enigma. So I wrote something in the style of the canon's first-person statements about supernatural encounters. No spoilers for the series, though it's definitely inspired heavily by Episode 12, "First Aid."
Second, I'm dithering over signing up for femslashex -- I'm fairly sure I do want to sign up, but I have eight fandoms in mind and only six request slots, so I'm hesitating. I thiiiink I'm leaning toward using the final slot for Devil Survivor 2; all the options I have in mind are long shots, but I think that's the one I have the most unsatisfied feelings about. Girls surviving the demon apocalypse together, man. It's a thing.
Third: it's really rare for me to watch live action TV but the household has consumed the first four episodes of Wynonna Earp recently and I love it. It's not Quality Entertainment by any discerning measure but it's so much fun, this paranormal romp made of violence and sass, and the actors are having a good time and playing off each other really enjoyably. Dolls is my fave, I think, but the competition is fierce. (Please don't spoil me for future episodes; I've done pretty well at not learning what's up with these characters and I want to find out through watching.)
ETA Fourth, I forgot earlier: I've been playing Fate/Grand Order since it released in NA and I'm having a lot of fun with it, ridiculous history and all. My user ID is 161,219,808 if any of you are playing and would like to add me. I just equipped the Moonlight Festival CE on my Archer Support for grinding purposes.
What are you doing for fun these days?
( 11) Language )
( 14) Food )
( 15) Technology )
Next up - Magic as seen from these two races in particular and by the Galatics in general (as opposed to the rather messed up Terren take on it), and then I feel like I *might* have enough groundwork laid to start writing.
Terre Prime Worldbuilding
* Standing drafting tables (like the old beat up ones the art institute of seattle had, dammit)
* Standing drafting table where half of the surface is covered in some sort of grippy rubber, like shelf liner, so my pens and stuff stop MOVING (GLASS topped drafting tables? what crack are you people ON?)
* iPad stand that holds it at a good DRAWING angle, not mimicking the angle of a laptop for screen viewage. Like, 10-25degrees, not 45.
* Still looking for an Apple Pencil holder that will attach it to my iPad securely while traveling, but will also work with having a cover on the iPad. And a pencil grip on the damned pencil. =P
* A damned all-in-one social media dashboard for reading the feeds from my social media. I don't care about metrics, I don't care about how popular my posts are, I just want to be able to read my friends list feeds from instagram/twitter/facebook/pinterest all in one damned place.
There's tons of other things, but those are the ones peeving me right now. =P
In other random news, there is no better way to piss me off and make me not use your product than by trying to force that product on me. =___=
Case study - company #1 (fieldbook database), which advertised customization, failed to produce said customization, failed to provide any simple way of deleting an account with them, and has now gone 5+ days of very slow response emails with me wherein I asked politely to delete the account as I won't be using it, they (waited 2 days) asked why, I said because the site doesn't do what I want it to, they (waited another 2 days) and asked what I was looking for, and I have rather sharply told them it doesn't matter and delete the account please. It's been 3 days and I have no reply and no confirmation that the account has been deleted.
Company #2 (scruddle social dashboard) - advertised a lot more features than they actually deliver, has no easy account deactivation on their site, AND pushed my account into billable premium immediately, when I had specifically clicked on the free account button. Something which I would never have found out until they were asking me for payment info in a month if I hadn't gone looking all over the account tab in order to delete the damned account. And now I've had to write them a letter, and the letter is polite but damned right I mentioned that underhanded premium bullshit as part of why I won't be using them.
UGH. Stupid ass marketing monkeys. Look, let me try your shit out because nobody likes to buy before trying, see if it does what I want, and then DO NOT fucking make me complain my way up your chain of command in order to delete my account info from your fucking database when it turns out you don't do anything I want. I'd be a lot more likely to recommend places for what they DO instead of spreading their names far and wide as underhanded slimy dipshits if they'd just make setting up a trial account and then deleting it a painless person-interaction-free process.
I want to write him a summary of the Soviet Army officer's career path, what service branches are available, etc., but nothing I can find tells me the basic stuff. It's all focused on generals and stuff. (Looked on Wiki, looked on Google, neither helped. I found a monograph on dtic.mil that was from 1975 and provided *some* detail, but expected me the reader to know more than I do to make sense of stuff.)
To quote his draft summary: "(1) Early life. Born in 1959, he follows a similar course to Putin (joining the military instead, but attached as an "adviser" to one of the Soviet Bloc countries after a tour in Afghanistan which gave him a scar on his upper right arm from a Taliban attack). He resigned with a TBD officer's rank in the middle of the 1991 coup attempt (a la Putin; he's simply younger) rather than join in the attempt (which he percieved as doomed)."
He's trying to figure it out in more detail than that, but the problem is that he (the player) and I (the GM, one of two, responsible for helping him draw up his character - he does the important work of figuring out policies and stuff, the meat of gameplay, himself) can't find anything much about anything re the company-grade and field-grade officers of the Soviet Army and how they were trained, or how their careers progressed, or anything.
1. As the character was born in 1959, presume he enters officer training from civilian life sometime around 1977. How long is his officer training, and how is it decided whether he goes, say, infantry or airborne troops?
2. What's the career path like from initial officer training (including "what rank does he enter service at?" - the materials I can find state "Lieutenant", but the Soviet Army has 3 Lieutenant ranks!) to, say, battalion command?
3. What additional school-type training would he undergo during that career path, and at what times during his career? (I can help the player figure out good tour-of-duty mixes once I have that information.)
4. What service arms existed in the Soviet Army? I often hear of officers referred to as a "Colonel of Infantry", "Colonel of Air Defense", "Colonel of Strategic Rocket Forces" - but what are the possible options for the "of x" formula?
5. Were ordinary officers even assigned as "advisors" to Warsaw Pact forces, or only Political Officers?
I know these are really detailed questions in some regard. I'm trying to keep them general, but even the general stuff is hard to figure out. My objectives for this are:
B. Figure out what his career would have looked like - where would he have served, at what levels, doing what? (Especially key to figure out when he would have served in Afghanistan.)
C. Figure out if the early life posited is *plausible*.
I thus don't need to know deep details (at least not until a player requests a detailed bio of their Russian adversary from their intel people, at which point I may be back...), but only be able to work out a summary. I can do the hard part of the work myself and with the player, but I need help figuring out the foundational stuff before I begin that.
(Edited to add: Link to something Google *did* dredge up for me, and my note that what I was sent was a draft summary of the character, not a full bio. We'll be working on the full bio once we have the summary agreed to.)
Like, I'll have my own office, which is not just somewhere to put all of my worldly belongings, but an entirely separate room that is an office, for working on things, and I can do anything I want to. I'm not restricted to sedate tiny nail holes and pushpins to hang posters. Anything at all, sky in the limit, and I'm encouraging my dragon to think of her office the same way. We can have customized to us spaces. There is no "this is sufficient, this is good enough to work on", there is our space, our house, and if we want to paint the interior Stormwind blue and gold, we can.
I need to live there for awhile. I need to see how the light falls in my office, whether it's morning or evening, what it looks like. And then... I'm pondering bamboo wainscotting, a small corner computer desk, a larger table for doing art on, the papasan chair because it's mine, me and the cats are the only ones who use it, and it needs to go somewhere. bamboo stalk&leaf raised plaster above the actual bamboo slat wainscotting, painted in blues and greens along one accent wall, and moroccan patterns in purple and warm colors on the rest. hanging my moroccan tea light lanterns from the ceiling, along with custom dyed scarves. The papasan might eventually be replaced with a loom stand and my spinning wheel (it's the smallest of the bedrooms that I'm claiming for office space).
Basically a bohemian adult pillow fort, with my computer and art supplies. And I can totally do it, and not even worry about whether it can be restored to the original "bland marketable white" look. *wiggles* Ok, all the adulting might totally be worth it.
The stupid scraped knee continues to heal and look gruesome while doing so - it's now healing faster than I'm actually generating new skin, which is making the scab peel back from the edges and yank hard on all that brand new skin, and it's generally ow and can stop leaking sticky clear crap any day now. The ankle that I DID NOT sprain, dammit, can also stop being just ever so slightly swollen (enough that it hits my shoes weird) and full of random twinges of ow. Stupid body.
Cleared out the garage with the boss neighbor's help (and his truck) and took all of that over to the new place. More packing this week, but it sounds like his fuel injectors on his truck are going rapidly downhill and the agreed on idea of another load on wednesday might not happen if his truck won't start. =P oh well, it all needs packing anyways, whether we do it in a U-Haul truck or in his pickup.
Mostly I'm pondering what I can wear for the rest of the week to work - I have a profusion of jeans, but I need, like, loose lightweight pants, or shorts, or even skirts, and I don't have many of those. I just can't even contemplate having denim rubbing on this knee right now. =P
Ah well. It's a small enough fandom that it wouldn't be likely I'd get a match on it anyway.
I did at least get a start on my iddyiddybangbang fic, which is going to scratch some of that itch. I meant for it to be mostly Isabeau/Kaga with a side of Yuriko, but I'm not sure why I thought I could get away with Yuriko being anything but a galvanizing central character. I mean, she's the leader of a feminist chaos cult! Isabeau is so ready for this life-changing experience.
I'm a little afraid the story is going to come out too "babby's first feminist awakening" but fuck the police, I am writing the story my id wants for this character. And between her quietly exasperated state of "why are men like this" for so much of the early game and the fact that she builds a battle party of Pallas Athena, Jeanne d'Arc, and Valkyrie when given the chance, I kinda think Isabeau could use more unapologetic fearless lesbians in her life.
The Bad: On the first day mom was here, right after we'd met, gone over to the new house, and had lunch, we were walking around downtown Charles Town poking around the antique shops. And downtown Charles Town tried to kill me. =P Paved over pothole - looked smooth, actually several inches lower than the rest of the street. Deceptive. I stepped into it right as I was coming off the curb, rolled my left ankle to the outside (ankle bone hit the pavement) and landed hard on my right knee. Thankfully I'm very flexy jointed and didn't hard sprain the ankle, though it puffed up a bit and I had to put ice on it for the rest of the day. The knee, on the other hand, looked fine at first, didn't even scuff my jeans... then I pulled up the pantleg because it hurt and oh, look, I scraped off a roughly 3"x4" area of now bloody raw flesh right on my kneecap. Pretty much the whole front of my kneecap.
Mom and her wife are both retired nurses so they cleaned me off fairly well, and we called the first day a wash as I needed to be home with both legs up, ice on one ankle, and letting the scab set on the other knee. Second day I was hobbling but mostly okay, which is when we went golfing... and out of the four of us, I was the only one who came away burned flaming red across my left shoulder. So add on sunburn fever to the knee and ankle, and I said fuck it and called out sick for the next two days, which is why it's now Friday and the only day I've been at work this week. =P The sunburn is now simultaneously "don't touch!" and "aaaargh, itchy!", the ankle is only slightly tender, and the knee alternately burns or throbs and anything touching it - including very very light fabric - is enough to make me grit my teeth and swear. (Brushing it against anything solid is cause for loud vocal swearing.) On the plus side, the Wellness center at work provided antibiotic gel and a stick on gauze pad, so at least it's covered up and being kept moist for a bit because the way the skin dries out around it and makes the scab start cracking was driving me nuts.
The Random: The more I play with anyone and everyone else's commercially offered database things, the more I realize I just need to buckle down, learn SQL, and build my own. Because all the commercial options SUCK.
Also, I question whether my dragon's nephew is human or not - the guy is a fucking BEAST of a tank in WoW, and the fact that his newly leveled not fully geared yet panda alt tank was out DPSing my fully geared panda main DPS is just sad and either makes me look bad, or makes him look inhuman. I'm going with him being inhuman because all his characters are like that. =___= Like, seriously, what does he need us running him through mythic dungeons for? I'm pretty sure he solos that stuff in his sleep. (Not that I'm complaining, since we wouldn't be running mythics without him single handedly carrying our asses through them. =P)
Additional edit: two hours later, the gauze bandage had to come off because now my knee is just BURNING pain, the scab has softened, and because it's softened is now leaking blood-tinged fluid out of it. Ow ow ow ow OW.
I guess you just can't take time to sleep.
Let's see...what has happened since May.
Unfortunately, In June my Dr. declared me officially diabetic. Just over the line, but the Dr. put me on medication.
I just couldn't change my eating habits enough. I am still trying to STOP EATING CRAP, but I think I need to see a dietitian to get a better handle on what I can eat. My main problem is I am such a fussy eater. And, the stress I'm under - I am a stress-eater.
Sometimes just being on the meds helps you lose weight - and I'm not talking about the diarrhea side effects. Urg, so annoying. But, I continue to try.
Oh, I found this info interesting -
"Many people mistakenly use the terms 'dietitian' and 'nutritionist' interchangeably. Although these two professions are undoubtedly related, they maintain distinctive qualities. The biggest difference between dietitians and nutritionists lies in the legal restrictions that each title carries. Only nutritionists that become registered with Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) may legally declare themselves as dietitians or more precisely, registered dietitians (RDs)."
Had a cap put on my tooth to cover root canal #7. My dentist is retiring, so it was the last thing she did for me. I have gone through four dentists in my life. Wow.
My niece Jeannie give me a perm in preparation for my nephew's wedding. Was very happy with how it turned out. I needed some body as age makes you lose hair. I was looking pretty flat.
Was not too happy to go to the wedding - mostly because it involved flying to Minnesota by myself. I hate going to weddings stag, I've done it three times. At least I think that is the last family wedding I will have to attend.
Flew out of Buffalo on 7/21 and came back on 7/24, along with my bro and his wife. In fact, my bro just left Wed to go back home to Oklahoma. Man, time sure flew by. He'll be back next year.
It was an OK wedding, very hot and why did she have the ceremony out in the blazing sun?
The Maren party only had 15 people out of the 150+ wedding guests. Destination wedding for the groom, home base for the bride.
My relatives, left to right - great-nephew Adolph, niece Lauren, brother Adolph, bride Sally, groom nephew Ryan, sis-in-law Liz, great-nephew Andy (twin to Adolph), and Lauren's hubby Drew.
I liked this pic of my bro and me. I think I looked pretty good for a change. You can't really see them, but I'm wearing my rhinestone Autobot earrings. Nerd-ism is never far away from me.
So, now I can update and add MN to that facebook thingy about what states you have visited.
Create Your Own Visited States Map
Drove up to Toronto on Saturday, 7/15, with my buddy Nancy for TFcon. It was weird to be there and not have a room. I didn't take many pics at all, AND I didn't buy much. Just a couple cards and autographs, plus the yearly DVD with interviews. Haven't even had time to watch it yet. No pics to share this time. Was nice to see the couple people I knew.
Just sold my white plow truck. It makes me a little sad, but I had him for 21 years and the frame was cracked. The buyer is a car guy and plans to fix the frame and use him to plow parking lots two towns over. So, I might see him on the road.
I am looking for a new truck, probably a Dodge, but it depends on prices. Geez, when did trucks get so expensive? Ace, my black truck, is getting tired and I am starting to have to put money into him. I just had the disc brakes replaced and the shocks are bad. Well, he is 12 years old, so I guess it's time.
Went to the [famous] Eden Corn Festival with my bro last Sunday. He had beer tickets left over from the day before to use up. We rode our motorcycles because parking is free and you can park close to the entrance. And...I admit it makes me feel cool to be a female biker and ride in where people can see me. I'm such a sad little person, I need approval from somewhere.
And, those are pretty much the highlights of my summer.
The Erie County Fair just started and I hope to get there at least once. I'm waiting for my friend to let me know when she can go - hopefully this Sunday. I wanted to enter a couple photographs but the enlargements turned out crappy. I guess that will teach me to use Walmart photo center. Next year I go to the professional store for prints.
I did enter an Iroquois beer sign/bar clock from the 1950's in the collectible section. The clock still works so I am hopeful for a prize. I'll take a pic when I get to the fair so you can see.
Can you believe summer is almost over already? Where did the time go?
Well, I'm off to bed. 'Night all.