This is for several of my friends..

Jul. 22nd, 2017 07:49 am
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... you know who you are.

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Disconnected and Upset
by Dialecticdreamer/Sarah Williams
part 1 of 1, complete
word count (story only): 1346


:: Part of the Polychrome Heroics universe, the Mercedes story collection, and the Road Trip story arc. ::


:: Pay Special Attention: this story could be called a bit of a teaser, and a bit of a cliffhanger, but I felt that showing Kais' difficulties in the morning was essential, even as other events begin to overshadow her problems. ::




Kais woke slowly, one hand reaching for the knitted cap she slept in.

Rather, the cap that she usually slept in. There was no cap, and her hair swirled over her face in loose strands that, as usual, paid little attention to the demands of gravity.

She sat up, then promptly overbalanced and had to brace her left arm against the mattress to keep from tumbling straight out of the bed, bunk, whatever, right onto the floor.

It took a few minutes to understand what was different, and then a few more for the implications to begin to sink in. Halfway through a panicky, gasping breath, wondering if she could breathe into a pillow as well as into a paper bag, someone knocked on the door.

“Kais? Kais, would you let me in, please, it's G.”
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Squirrel!

Jul. 22nd, 2017 01:15 am
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You can tell how hot it is because the squirrel's tail is so flat

sandy river swimming

Jul. 21st, 2017 08:33 pm
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This afternoon I went to the Sandy River.

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this red tape is made of blood

Jul. 21st, 2017 01:24 pm
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Paperwork headdesking: a simplified transcript.

Warnings for major complications of the 'bureaucracy is literally trying to kill you' sort, systemic transmisia & ableism & classism, capitalism devouring its young.

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FUCK FUCK FUCK. *sound effects of smashing things, ripping with vicious claws*

I'm going out. *doorslam*

ETA: I did indeed go out and that was good. I went swimming in a river! And other things have come along that need dealt with, sigh. Thank you for all the support, both those of you who have commented and anyone reading and well-wishing later. I may close comments here shortly because I need to move on mentally; we'll see. <3
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Whose Luck?
by Dialecticdreamer/Sarah Williams
part 1 of 1, complete
word count (story only): 1419


:: Part of the Polychrome Heroics universe, the Mercedes story set, and the Road Trip story arc. Kais' luck seems to be holding, but someone else points out a surprising trend in it. ::

:: Pay Special Attention: I tried to be vague about the details of Kais' injury, but I wanted to frame these events first from Kais' viewpoint, so some unpleasantness is unavoidable. (The payoff for this will happen in the next story, of course!)




Kais turned her face toward the window, trying desperately not to cry.

Willem, the young man who had taken her clothes-- every stitch she'd brought with her save what she stood in-- tried to apologize. Again. “I mean, it's called a mangler, but it really shouldn't have done...” He lifted up one torn, button-less shirt and waved at the sodden mess.

“I can check everything your size in the lost and found,” he offered. “I feel...”
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Well, that was anti-climactic

Jul. 20th, 2017 02:40 pm
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The several times delayed apartment inspection is finally done.

This is always a stressful time for me because of my PTSD and Anxiety disorder. Partially it's the distinct feeling of being judged. And partly its the fact that they *could* start eviction proceedings if they don't like what they find.

Never mind that that is actually unlikely, and that I'd have at least one chance (if not more) to correct things. The fact that it is *possible* is enough to be triggery.

That's a fact that our previous manager didn't understand. she actually told me there was no reason to be stressed. Sorry, but that's like telling someone with depression to "cheer up". Or someone with a food allergy to justy get over it.

But the current manager and the maintenance guy came in (and she actually *asked* "May I come in?") they checked some stuff and made notes. But she was pleasant. The only thing close top a negative comment was that I had a lot of stuff. But it wasn't said in a judgmental way, and she noted that I had paths, so it was ok.

She even apologized that I had to move the stuff in front of the closet that has the water heater (it's in a dead end in the hall, so I store stuff like Christmas and Halloween things in it, and store some other stuff in front of the door).

Least stressful inspection *ever*.

I'm still gonna veg out for a while because the anticipation took a lot out of me.

And, of course, we still likely have the inspection by HUD this fall. That's a "random" apartment thing. I'm gonna try writing up something to give to the manager explaining how and why inspections are stressful. And one suggestion in it, will be that for the random inspections, it'd really help some of us if they could let us know that we *aren't* going to be inspected as soon as possible. Otherwise we are stressed out until the time limit runs out.

An appropriate t-shirt for many of us

Jul. 20th, 2017 01:30 pm
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I was looking at Instant Attitudes because I wanted to point it out to a few people. And I came across this shirt...

I don't want to adult today

I don't want to Adult today.
I don't even want to Human.
Today I want to Cat.

Gender in Comics

Jul. 20th, 2017 12:23 am
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I found this analysis of gender in comics to be fascinating.  In many categories, I've written against the mainstream pattern, such as having females with super-strength and males with psychic powers.  In a few areas I may have replicated the pattern; with pheromone control and prehensile hair, I could only think of female characters, although I'm sure there are males with pheromones.

Google is silly

Jul. 19th, 2017 09:42 pm
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I plugged "anagram" into google and it asked "Do you mean 'nag a ram'?"
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Practice, Practice, Practice
by Dialecticdreamer/Sarah Williams
part 1 of 1, complete
word count (story only): 1179


:: Part of the Polychrome Heroics universe, this story happens across several hours of the family's Sunday in the Maldives, but should not conflict with previously published items in the Maldives story arc. Written for a prompt during the July Magpie Monday. ::


::Pay Special Attention: This story focuses on worried, worried parents as Aida prepares to go back to her internship on Monday morning. ::




“She's in the pool,” Elisabeth whispered. One fingertip touched the glass pane on the sliding door, but somehow, she kept her professional, neutral mask in place.

“With the new gear?” Graham's eyes widened. “Already?”

His wife laughed, a sweet, mellow sound that felt like kisses. “I guess we're the ones with too many nervous thoughts, too many worries. At least this time.”

“She wasn't…. Elisabeth, it could have been so… “ Graham draped an arm lightly at his wife's waist, asking for her, silently. She turned toward him at the first brush of his fingertips, kissing the tiny scar hidden just below the corner of his mouth on the right side.

“Please, don't remind me? Don't borrow trouble, either,” she whispered.
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writey thing

Jul. 19th, 2017 07:46 pm
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Actually worked a bit on the Writey Thing for the first time, I think, since April.

I somehow drabbled. This is pure setting-background scenery-brainstorming sense-detail, came out in second person for no particular reason, dunno if it will be in the story, but I have got to be writing on the regular, I need that habit and that mode of expression. I'll take it.

Mentions food, wilderness. Here it is.

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got sucked into computerland for a bit

going for a walk

will check things when I get back

Hard Things

Jul. 19th, 2017 11:32 am
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Life is full of things which are hard or tedious or otherwise unpleasant that need doing anyhow. They help make the world go 'round, they improve skills, and they boost your sense of self-respect. But doing them still kinda sucks. It's all the more difficult to do those things when nobody appreciates it. Happily, blogging allows us to share our accomplishments and pat each other on the back.

What are some of the hard things you've done recently? What are some hard things you haven't gotten to yet, but need to do?

What a day

Jul. 19th, 2017 03:54 am
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Made a run out to ENU (late) this morning. Got the stuff I wanted ( a couple PCI gigabit ethernet cords and a DVI to HDMI cable. Also picked up a few cables from the bix boxes of "free" stuff (power cord, VGA cable, HDMI cable)

But it was a quarter mile from the bus stop to ENU and (of course) another quarter mile back. And I'd not grabbed a water bottle before leaving because I didn't want to wait for the next bus. Silly me.

So I was moderately wiped out by the time I got home. Took a while to recover (probably longer than I should have) and took a shower and changed clothes.

That meant I was running late for my meetup with [personal profile] alatefeline. On top of that the second bus was running way late. So I got to Powell's ten minutes after that already late time I'd have gotten there.

Went in and grabbed a book I wanted to buy (actually there were a *lot* I wanted to buy, but my budget's kinda tight for the rest of the month)

Then I went looking for [personal profile] alatefeline. We'd agreed to meet up in the coffee shop, and I knew from the texts we'd been exchanging that they were already there. They'd told me they be wearing a blue hat. Finally spotted them. (You can tell that we are both somewhat misgendered because they said it was blue, but I'df have described it as sky blue though it was actually a bit paler. :-)

The coffee shop is often a maze because of how close the tables are and the way chairs are often left out. It was worse than usual, but I only had to go about three times as far as the "direct" route would have been.

We had a nice chat. Gaming, SCA, SF&fantasy, and various other things. after quite some time, we got up and I went to show them where the pocket "survival" thingie I'd gotten there was. Of course, they'd rearranged things. And they didn't have it. But there were several other neat things.

We could have hung out longer, but my legs were starting to tell me I'd been a bad girl. So I regretfully, bid them farewell and went to buy my book. I knew I had some credit on my Powells card from selling some books a year or so back.

Turned out I had a lot more than I thought. After buying my book, I still had $11 left. I could have bought the entire trilogy instead of just the first book. Oh well, I need to make another Powells run one of these days anyway.

Caught the 20 with no problems. Just missed the 71. So I had to sit out in the hot sun for another 15 minutes.

Finally got home and made myself a sandwich so I could take my meds. Tried to do some stuff on the computer but gave up. Wound up taking a 4 hr nap.

After that I felt better (though my thighs are still mad at me for some reason). I dug out the stuff from ENU and started messing with things.

Cards are installed and working fine. The cable seems to work, but the cable box won't send at a resolution the computer monitors I tried would accept. I'll try it with the Bluray player after the inspection is over.

Have to discuss getting together another time with [personal profile] alatefeline.. It was fun.
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Serve and Protect
by Dialecticdreamer/Sarah Williams
part 1 of 1, complete
word count (story only): 1737


:: Part of the Polychrome Heroics universe, this finally connects the Road Trip with the young person Halley was chatting with in “One Pebble Falls...” which brings everything 'full circle,' as it were,because the Road Trip crew are from Mercedes. ::


:: Pay Special Attention:: Some cape-political bigotry, stopped early, which will actually have repercussions for the staff and the individual expressing those opinions, (No one is “getting away with” that kind of crap on my watch!) Playfulness with unusual pronouns, and G generally playing the card. ::






The grumble that drifted over Joshua's shoulder was hardly louder than the sigh of his jeans shifting over his legs as he took a seat on the deck, one hand balancing a tray while the other held a thermal coffee mug with silicone lid that still felt nearly too hot to touch. However, the voice sent all of the hairs on the back of his neck standing straight and shrill. Joshua leaned back, clearly getting comfortable while every scrap of his hearing screened and sifted and filtered, trying to make out anything that might have set off his cop alerts.

“I said,” the grumbler repeated in a menacing hiss, “all you super-villain trash should NOT be allowed to take up valuable healers' time!”

Joshua calmly set his plate down, then his coffee. He turned, taking in the dark-skinned woman with small breasts and a linebacker's shoulders, and worst of all, the flush of tears on the woman's face. “I'm not a--” she began.
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went and did stuff

Jul. 18th, 2017 08:59 pm
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Petted FOUR cats on neighborhood walk this morning. Porch Cat, Calico Neighbor Cat, the little bitty mostly-white calico who seems to be their neighbor and rival, and a black and slightly-tuxedo cat out for a walk with his person.

Did a bit of chores of the paperwork-y sort, and communicated reasonably well with S about chores’n’stuff.

Sent my sibling B a picture of me with my genderqueer-flag-striped cat-face button!

Today met up with the excellent [personal profile] kengr at Powell’s City of Books in the afternoon. We had a great conversation. Hooray for people I like to talk to actually living somewhere nearish! Did not buy ALL the things though I was tempted. Also I got a couple of books by C.J. Cherryh, who is a very good writer. Mwahahaha.

Had a great walk. [Content note: Exercise, food, brain weirdness, body weirdness] Read more... )

Found some things that might could be useful while walking. Made tentative plans/options for hopefully-productive tomorrow.
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