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I had a feeling this was not going to be a good year for me and hockey.
I've added 600 words already, and I still have two narrative gaps to smooth over plus two final scenes to elaborate, so I expect the revised draft as a whole will be a good thousand words longer than the rough version I posted on AO3 to meet the deadline. Some of this is just giving more narrative weight to one of the beta kids, so the quartet doesn't come off unbalanced, but other parts are an attempt to inject greater emotional reality and also narratively foreshadow some stuff.
I don't think I am writing deathless prose here, nor is it my best work, but it's structurally interesting and hopefully charming in overall effect. (Also, I feel I am being incredibly non-anonymous, but perhaps it only seems that way to me since I know exactly how up my alley this particular prompt was.)
Really, "divide and conquer" is an excellent strategy if the lizard is on the other side because the lizard will just run away and save her own skin. I still remember the Dungeon World (RPG) one-shot my sister ran over Thanksgiving and the lizard's ranger running away from the spider, then emerging after Joe and I killed it to ask immediately, "Is there any loot?" So funny.
The lizard has volunteered to paint our Catapult in fox colors, which I think would be delightful. Fox ears!
I was a bit naughty earlier. Bringing up my pinterest to find those blouse patterns made me click on some of the others, and there was a $3.99 sale, so now I have coming to me: the 1910s suit, the blue Patterns by Gertie dress, and these two 1950s-60s style dresses. Can't stop, won't stop.
"Who Gives of Himself"
-- a ghazal
Shahana explains to Ari as they gather with others to pray,
"To be a saint of Gailah requires one who gives of himself."
Along with Gailah's old Tevorn is Diawn's younger Madralay,
Who says, "I ain't fancy, but I'm someone who gives of himself."
The middle-aged man who serves Syvera has gone as gray
as the paint horse he rides, yet still stands to give of himself.
The service of Zyweet the Trickster is not so easy a play,
But one woman turns aside the plaint and gives of herself.
Ligia's seer is light of tongue as the birds that wing by the way,
Twittering of the taint she has seen, so she gives of herself.
The scholar who looks to Plumere soon holds them all in sway,
Weaving complaint on complaint to reveal how he gives of himself.
Talaton's own nods her head at the news, tilts the balance away,
and says, "How quaint. Who will dance with me as I give of myself?"
A smith of Barzay holds out her hand. "I'll take that roundelay,"
she says, "and acquaint you with the steps I give of myself."
Yasun has sent a healer to join the row of talents upon display,
who frowns at violence, but shows restraint, and gives of himself.
But one is outnumbered, uncounted by the officiant on this day --
There is in their company no saint of Gorrein who gives of himself.
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You can read more about the ghazal form online.
A saint is someone who epitomizes the tenets of their religion, so the qualifications vary somewhat from one tradition to another. For all the fuss and bother some religions make of them, saints actually tend to lead rather quiet lives. The Jewish concept of tzadikim reflects this.
Give me one of my own stories, and a time at some point after the end of the story or before the story started, and I'll write you at least 100 words of what happened then, whether it's five minutes before the story begins or ten years in the future.
Ailsean, Flik - Chrono Trigger - Cronohutt
Knight of the Round - FF6 - South of Jidoor
Goomin Nam - FF8 - Fisherman's Horizon (Christmas Ver)
Thomas B. Yee - Super Mario RPG - Adagio pour Mallow
GENTLE LOVE - Monarch - Gentle Oblivion
FamilyJules7x - The Stanley Parable - Following Stanley
Lot of piano-y remixes, haha.
In recent news, it's still hard to get uninterrupted sleep, which is what I'm attributing the frequent headaches to. There was also a bit of soreness and coughing yesterday but that seems to have passed today, so hopefully it's nothing really.
I'm also almost positive I've traced a lot of the sudden crashes on my computer I've been having to Chrome, although I'm not sure what Chrome is doing that causes them. Before whenever I ran Chrome, about an hour or so afterwards the computer would just restart (without Chrome, it'd be fine), although sometimes it'd stay up and running. Closing Chrome caused it to freeze. I completely uninstalled Chrome lately and reinstalled it, which has solved the restart problem, but I've been wary about closing Chrome for a while. Last night I closed it once, and it seemed to be alright, but the second time I closed it, the computer froze again. SOMEthing seems to be having a conflict with Chrome, which is annoying since Xkit only works on Chrome and I use that a lot. Bah. I guess for now I'm just going to have to leave Chrome open all the time.
Let's see, a roundup of things... I got shots of all the rare cats in Neko Atsume! I've heard you can get Samurai cat to sit on the pink pillow but they have yet to do so, and also that Nekomata cat will sit on the kotatsu sometimes but I haven't seen that either. TRUE OR RUMORS? Only one way to find out. Why is this game so addictive.
I was cleaning up my desk and I found a tiny booklet for this old Imagination online service Sierra was trying. It's weird to look back at stuff like this, particularly the part trying to explain electronic mail, haha. It's also amusing to see the bits about playing games online or with friends or watching other people play and being like LOOK IT'S STEAM
I also decided to toss up a few ancient PW kinkmeme fills I did ages ago but always kinda liked. Only one actually has vague sex because of course. I already mentioned putting up Barely There before I think, the one with Eldoon and Yanni meeting up.
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I also colored some comics and such! Mostly PW related again but there is another FF6 one in here somehow.
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Oh, I also updated the ukagaka (details) with a new item, then got the idea to just throw all my stupid desktop doodads into one big file. SO HERE IT IS! Includes..
-All the Shimejis I've done (ZombieHunter, ZombieSmoker, Hunter/Smoker, Duster, Dieter)
-The two FLELE shells I made and the English patch (Jockey, Gordon)
-The Hunter/Smoker ghost with SSP and such
It should hopefully all work but hey if you wanted to get em all in one whack, voila! I can't believe I've only made five shimejis... actually considering how much I overcomplexify them I totally believe that.
I feel sorta bad putting off entries until I can make a bigger roundup like this, but I haven't had much to talk about lately. :O And presumably no one really minds, I'd guess. I WISH PEOPLE WOULD COME BACK TO LJ but oh well
My first (of two) panels was this morning, and I think went well if a bit sticky to start off with (also possibly could have done with MOAR panelists - 2 + mod a bit thin?). Somewhat of an irony for cis het monogamous moi to be talking about certain pernicious tropes around sex in sff narratives perchance? Y/N?
General impressions: somewhat but not hugely fewer people. Noticeable levels of diversity. More rather younger blokes? Fair number of faces familiar from previous years even if not many of them are the faces I yearn to see (cue my tiny violin). A sense of change and a degree of uncertainty.
Irk du jour was right at the end of the Where is Wiscon Going panel when someone said something about finding ways of communicating stuff to older people who are non-computer and internet savvy. #NotAllOlderPeople.
In other news, currently the_comfortable_courtesan seems to be turning into Emma Woodhouse (if the latter had lacked the advantages detailed in the first sentence of the novel) and organising everybody's lives for them...