fiber monday

Feb. 19th, 2017 10:03 pm
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Status: Clock had its lower-torso front/back/front and then one front nearly completed up to the shoulder. You may note the past tense: undone because the armhole drop is significantly taller than the distance from lower armhole edge to bottom hem. Swatching beforehand means nothing when the pattern is that distorted, grr. Separately, I need to seam my mother's slippers' ...whatever one calls the segment from heel to low ankle/cuff. I've also begun Reason's requested legwarmers, then rebegun them twice to adjust the size. The pattern's for an adult leg, and it's great---easy to remember, even for me, who leans heavily upon a printout or a scratch sheet's tally marks most of the time.

Okay. tl;dr I hadn't considered necklines' interaction with armholes/armscyes till Ivar failed. Let's clear the decks of prior assumptions, now that 2.Naima has looked okay on me yet fit poorly (too tight two ways near armscye despite mods) and partial Ivar has fit me but looked terrible (v-neck too low and wider than intended by pattern, due to shoulder-induced splay, despite mods). In fact, let's think like a tester and isolate factors to rule some out. To keep the post from choking the internet, I've left example links out---feel free to request them for anything below.

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tl;dr We're up to eight me-made tops I've been too big for, despite modifications and increasingly informed garment-size decisions. It is irritating and frankly ridiculous that people of many ethnicities and body shapes have told me all my life that I'm small. I'm bony, yeah, and I was a coltish adolescent (all bumps and angles), but were I small, THIS PROBLEM WOULD NOT EXIST. I would not have knit multiple cardigans two or three garment sizes "too large" and still be unable to get my bones into them.

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Feb. 19th, 2017 12:56 pm
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I've been training for the nap olympics. I worked three days last week, and took the last two off. Sleep in late, wake up close to noon. Check the news, caffeinate, then nap for four hours. Wake up for most of the afternoon, watch some tv. Take a late nap, then wake up around midnight for an hour or two. Then go to sleep for the night. I dunno if I'm sick, or depressed, or both. Maybe another nap will help.

This week in writing, 2/19

Feb. 19th, 2017 06:11 pm
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Guys the last couple of weeks have been so productive and it is for the extremely boring reason that I figured out a good workday schedule for myself (it involves getting up early and starting work by 9) and ahhhh everything (writing-wise for me personally) is so great right now!! 

WIPs currently active: 6, because I could not resist starting another Pillow Box story to pick up where the last one left off, with 100% more comfort and actual Pillow Box time.

Words written this week: 7,130

WIPs that got no words this week: 2, Cannibalism and Sequel to Saddest Story.

WIPs that did get words this week:

Codename: Aluminum Bastard (aka broken dick epic): 784, almost all of which are getting deleted/rewritten, but on the bright side I think I know where I’m going with the next stretch of the story! Act III is sort of blurring imperceptibly into Act IV here, which means making real! actual! progress! through the arc of the story! and maybe even finishing it someday!!

Born in the Blood: 3,760, so Chapter 12 is getting very close to being done!!

Slavefic #5 (THE DRAMATIC REUNION): 1,295, oh man I keep opening scenes and finding new and different layers and depths of terribleness, what even is this story. Also it’s over 23,000 words at this point, getting close to the midpoint of the story. I think. Approximately.

Pillow Box #5: Comfort/Petting/Sleeping in the Pillow Box: 1,291, just wallowing around in how nice it is when things are only a little bit terrible for Threetoo and Tony…

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Feb. 18th, 2017 10:10 pm
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The Tesla showroom in Manhattan offers free Keurig cups to visitors. It's the most apt thing I could ever have hoped to see, because they both strike me as things that are simultaneously very much in keeping with the future we're creating and very wrong about how we're going about it.

Electric cars aren't a new thing; the technology predates gasoline-fueled engines by a few years. Instant coffee and powdered drinks are well established. It's the precise application of these creations in these particular fashions. Keurig cups are inefficient and unsustainable and frankly make a poor cup of coffee, and Tesla cars' design and form seem less emphasized towards practicality and widespread applicability and more on unreachable luxury. It didn't feel like the future as it should be, either from fantastic leaps or organic development. It felt like what the past thought the future was going to be like.

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Feb. 17th, 2017 08:33 am
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DS9 rewatch:

"Our Man Bashir"

I don't know whose idea this episode was, but it's brilliant. Of course Julian imagines himself as James Bond. And of course Garak's professional pride is offended. And it gives Garak the opportunity to talk about Bashir's fantasies a lot. In his usual pointed way.

Yet again, everyone of the main cast (excepting Bashir and Odo) is on one runabout. This is honestly not a good idea, guys. Which is proved by what happens. This is also typical of Star Trek's treatment of the holodeck technology, where they do something that has huge implications for things like mortality and consciousness, but it's completely brushed aside.

Avery Brooks is pulling a full-on Brent Spiner. He's playing a Bond villain, and by god, he's gonna commit to it.

"Homefront/Paradise Lost"

Dax seriously breaks into Odo's quarters to rearrange his furniture? That's pretty shitty.

Hey, it's Brock Peters! Hello, Papa Sisko. And that's the woman who played Geordi's holodeck girlfriend on TNG. That's kind of weird. Though I guess Brock Peters was in the Star Trek movies.

See, you know Joseph Sisko's restaurant is in New Orleans because there is literally an entire alligator hanging from the ceiling. And he said "crayfish." Uh, no. They do pretty well with the setting, but crayfish is an absolute no. Okay, now they're supposedly walking to Audubon Park, which is not within easy walking distance of the French Quarter. Oh, lord, he pronounced "boudin" as "boo-deen."

I'm sure I've said this before, but the thing that stands out to me, in terms of the difference between TNG and DS9, is that DS9 usually presents moral situations that have no good choice. Changelings have infiltrated Earth and the Federation's leadership. This is obviously terrible. But is the right answer to increase security measures? How far? Do you infringe on billions of people's rights in order to find one changeling? One changeling who can do untold amounts of damage? Troops on the street keep people safe, but how long should they be there? What powers should they have?

I swear, I didn't plan for my DS9 rewatch to be so timely.

Contacting banks about DAPL

Feb. 16th, 2017 11:37 am
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DeFund DAPL is a site about divesting funds from the Dakota Access Pipeline. They have a list of contact information for banks that support the pipeline project, as well as info about how to divest your personal finances and choose socially conscious alternatives.

I have an account with one of the banks on the list, so I took advantage of the contact list and talking points to send them this e-mail:

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A Plug

Feb. 16th, 2017 09:30 am
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This morning, I am surviving by listening to Sea Tangle: Songs from the North, an album that originated on Kickstarter. The singer, Maren Montalbano, is one of my choir buddies, and the violinist leads the band that plays with my choir. The composer did a terrific commission for my choir last year. I don't know the harpist, really, but now she's my friend on the book of faces, does that count?

The cool part is that all involved are female. And if you like art songs, or even if you don't, give it a listen. Because it's really cool. There's a lot of variety.

If you end up buying, and you're feeling especially generous, leave a review. I guarantee you they will appreciate it. My review apparently is not a "verified purchase" review, because I got my copy through the Kickstarter.

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