Using Dreamwidth as a Bullet Journal

Apr. 23rd, 2019 09:26 pm
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In Jan 2019 I started a private/locked Dreamwidth as a domestic household management-type bullet journal. Dreamwidth tags trump a paper-based bujo's index system in so many ways.

DW as quasi-bujo is not a new concept by any means, but not sure if anyone has used DW and the power of its tags for personal non-fannish reasons.

*********I have been so intensely frustrated that there are no f@#$%^@$#^%#@^ household management apps that give me the same flexibility that I can find on DW.**************

Four months in, activities and records have built to the point where the value in backwards history can be seen. There are some sections I want to re-built, and digitally, I can do that without losing anything or, really, expending too much time. Some aspects have worked brilliantly, like a 12 month to-do list of major household upgrades - priorities keep shifting, so I can simply move the actions around without needing to constantly re-draw a task list. It works so simply.

The application of the quasi bujo typologies thus far are:

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Tales from the TBR

The book: Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

The summary:

In the kingdom of Goredd, dragons and humans live and work side by side – while below the surface, tensions and hostility simmer.

The newest member of the royal court, a uniquely gifted musician named Seraphina, holds a deep secret of her own. One that she guards with all of her being.

When a member of the royal family is brutally murdered, Seraphina is drawn into the investigation alongside the dangerously perceptive—and dashing—Prince Lucien. But as the two uncover a sinister plot to destroy the wavering peace of the kingdom, Seraphina’s struggle to protect her secret becomes increasingly difficult… while its discovery could mean her very life.

How I found it: I don't remember the exact circumstances leading to the purchase of this specific copy last year, but I've been aware of the book since it came out in 2012. From the mid-90s through the early 2000s, Rachel Hartman wrote a minicomic, set in Goredd some years earlier, called Amy Unbounded, which was a delightful coming-of-age story about a young girl having adventures and learning her place in the world. (Sadly, the series is out of print, but it's worth tracking them down if you're interested, especially if there's a young girl in your life who needs an introduction to the world of comics.) So Seraphina went on my mental TBR, but I'm sure you all know how that can go.

What inspired me to read it now: Hartman's latest book, Tess of the Road, is a finalist for the Lodestar (the Not-a-Hugo Award for Best YA Book), and although I gather that it's not a direct sequel, I still wanted to read the Seraphina duology first.

The verdict: I have no idea why I waited so long to read this book, because it's a delight, although I could wish that the main character had read the situation and not waited quite so long to have some key honest conversations. (I find this trope particularly irritating, which is why I rounded my Goodreads rating down to four stars instead of up to five.) I fell in love with Seraphina as a narrator immediately, and I also adored Princess Glisselda and her best friend Millie. And also the prickly scholar Orma and the dashing and dogged Prince Lucian Kiggs. I could sit here and name favorites all day -- this world is full of fascinating characters, almost all of whom are easy to like (or dislike, in the case of many of the antagonists). Hartman's worldbuilding is both deep and intriguing, especially in the cases where she only drops hints -- draconic society, Goreddi religion (especially the heretic St. Yirtrudis -- I'm dying to learn more about her), the details of Goredd's relationship with its other neighbors. I also like her take on dragons: they are humanized and alien at the same time, just as any sentient species living among us would be. There are dozens of stories left to tell in this universe, and I will read every single one of them.

More thoughts, with spoilers. )

The primary goal of this Tales from the TBR series is to encourage me to read books that I already own. Although successful in this case, I have to call it a mixed success, because as soon as I finish this, I'm buying the sequel, because I have to know what happens next. Worth it, I'd say.
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Songset made for [community profile] icontalking for Doctor Who from What About Everything - Carbon Leaf. I now want to have a go at seeing if I can do the whole song, but in the meantime here's the set I made for the challenge (using the first verse & chorus).


That's the exciting thing. Nobody else in the universe can do what we're doing )
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On the docket to discuss today: Thor: Ragnarok and Avengers: Infinity War. We may or may not go see Captain Marvel again on Tuesday; since I haven't really written up my thoughts on that film in any detail, it deserves its own post, and I want to get down my Infinity War feelings while they're still fresh.

I don't have much to say about Ragnarok that I didn't already say when I first saw it. It was the only Thor movie we watched for this project, and I do think some of the things I love about it come out more strongly in comparison to the other two. Maybe I'll need to have a separate Asgardian marathon one of these days.

And then, there is Infinity War. Let's put this one behind a cut. )
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i was going to wait until later to post this but apparently i’ve watched more than i thought... again... (granted two of these were shorter than usual.)

the defenders (spoilers) )

the runaways — season 1 (spoilers) )

the punisher — season 1 (spoilers) )

spider-man: homecoming (spoilers) )

next up: inhumans, which is apparently terrible. having learned from iron fist, i’m far more willing to skip it if it turns out to be That Bad. (s2 of iron fist gets a very slim chance to prove its worth before i’m dropping it. WE’LL SEE.)

Constant Vigilance

Apr. 21st, 2019 10:40 am
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Every weekend I go back over the posts I reblogged on Tumblr during the previous week to make sure that there aren't any typos in the tags...

...and this weekend, as I was doing that, I realized that something I reblogged is probably propaganda for the Church of Scientology. I did a bit of digging, and I was able to confirm that yes, that gorgeous sci-fi painting is indeed propaganda for the Church of Scientology.

Oh man. It happens to the best of us, but how embarrassing.

Support Writers!

Apr. 21st, 2019 09:32 am
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"I don't like that no one has written about this" has the potential to be super offensive. The chances are that someone most definitely has published writing on the topic, but the person making this statement hasn't bothered to look for it.

I see this all the time in academic essays that I peer review. The author will claim that "there has not yet been any serious writing on this topic," either having failed to do their research or thinking it's somehow okay to dismiss prior research without reading it.

Along the same lines, "members of [minority group] never get published" is incredibly hurtful to writers who have gone through the arduous process of publishing only for their existence to be denied by people who would rather perform outrage than seek out and promote their work.

Support emerging writers!
Support lesser-known writers!
Support marginalized writers!
Support writers!!!

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Apr. 20th, 2019 02:08 pm
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Name: K
Age: 32
Country: Japan
Subscription/Access Policy: 18+

Main Fandoms: One Piece, Tales (of Berseria mainly)
Other Fandoms: Final Fantasy, Fire Force
Fannish Interests: fanfiction and art (which I am terrible at but it doesn't stop me), I also fantranslate
OTPs and Ships: (OTPs) Eizen/Rokurou and Law/Sanji (I enjoying pairing Law with a lot of people)

Favourite Movies: anything fantasy/sci fi/horror and I also love comedies (and am pretty wholly uninterested in Marvel in general)
TV Shows: (all my shows are ending :/) Shadowhunters, Santa Clarita Diet, Disenchanted, Lucifer, iZombie, Altered Carbon, Stranger Things, Ossan's Love, Reno 911!, IT Crowd
Books: I don't read much anymore but in the past I enjoyed Abarat, Everworld, stuff like that
Music: future bass/trap owns me at the moment, but I like pretty much anything with a lot of bass
Games: Tales series, Final Fantasy, Xenoblade and XCX, Star Ocean, Silent Hill, DmC (yes I'm a weirdo who likes the remake)
Comics/Anime/Misc: I currently keep up to date with One Piece and Fire Force, but I've been rereading my collection of manga too (currently on Vassalord)

Other Info: Oh I'm a professional translator in Japan!

If you like video games/manga hit me up I am trying to expand my horizons lol

Random snippet of original writing

Apr. 19th, 2019 11:53 am
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So the Get Your Words Out writing community posted a prompt:

Stop whatever you're doing.
Reply to this post.
Write whatever comes to mind in the comment box—a scene, a summary, a character sketch. It can be terrible, it can be purple, it doesn't need to make sense. For now: Just write.
Post the comment.

Then continue what you were doing.

I liked this prompt so I wrote a snippet of...something.

It's )

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Apr. 19th, 2019 07:41 am
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There is going to be a lot more Princess icons-- as I've been rereading the series, I've put many pictures in my to-be-edited folder. That is why I haven't really made icons for the past couple of days-- both catching up with TV and re-reading the series. I even added some old favorites to my icon rotation a long with applicable lyrics. I want to write fic, I want to create a fanmix for the series. I WANT TO BE THE PRINCESS FAN THAT THE WORLD NEEDS! (since there is probably only like 3 of us that exists in this world!

Everyone have a Leo icon!

Also gee, I hope my manga colouring skills haven't grown rusty! -_-

small babies are cool

Apr. 18th, 2019 10:56 pm
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My nephew Fritzie, at 5 months or so, is in the "oh, hey, I have feet, my feet are cool!" stage of things. He can turn over and do various energetic movements and is now eating a few things other than breast milk, too. And smiles all over the place. Plus he tells you instantly if he has just peed, because he hates marinating in his own fluids and does not wish to do it ever. (Frederick says this is atypical of most infants, but I can't say's I blame him. Fritzie, I mean.)

An overly-lit picture of him from a couple days ago. )

I went and hung out and was useful occasionally as a second pair of hands to do baby things with, this afternoon. K went to a dentist's appointment, F did some work, and Fritzie hung out with me, and was perfectly cromulent for a bit, but eventually decided he was inconsolable; that's just what babies do, sometimes. Mostly I think he didn't want cereal, he wanted *milk*. So K coming back was a relief to him. (The picture's from our combined birthday celebration a few days ago, though. I enjoy it because he is, to quote Diane DiMassa, playing the cello.)

Also, I met the neighbor's three dogs. Two of them are brother-and-sister golden retrievers, and the third is a Leonberger. (This is, for those who don't know, a ginormous dog which just got its AKC certification in 2010. They originated as a mixture of St. Bernard, Newfoundland, and Great Pyrenees. Yes indeed, they are muckin' huge. Also, kindly.) The neighbor let me come in his yard and give them a thorough scritching, so hopefully in future the (protective of her turf) Leonberger will be good with me wandering by.

Then I went to a Dedham Historical Society lecture on "The Indigenous Peoples of Dedham", which was given by a 2nd year grad student in history (going for a Masters but not a Doctorate), who is very shy and not yet all that good at public speaking (in that I could tell she was holding back panic), but was knocking it *out of the park* in terms of being detailed enough to be useful, but never getting lost in the weeds. She went on about how things were vaguely collaborative in the 1600s, and got worse, and then the semi-genocidal King Phillip's War happened and yeah, not good, to understate.

Factoid I didn't know: Apparently the accepted Dedham wisdom is that there were no indigenous settlements in what-is-now-Dedham itself. (I make that specification because Dedham is now about 10 square miles, but was originally 200+ square miles; their turf went down to the Rhode Island border.) She said that there's archeological evidence of seasonal encampments in the area of what is now Wigwam Pond, and that these encampments were generally just about around where the white settlements were. This makes sense, given that the local tribes did tend to have different wintering and summering locations.

Other factoid: She made sure to note that while there was no battle of King Phillip's War in what-is-now-Dedham, what-is-now-Dedham did serve as the common rendezvous spot for the four local counties. This caused murmuring from the clued-in crowd. (In other words, nope, the town was nothing like blameless.)

I could tell she was going to be The Best when, in the first few minutes of her talk, she made glancing reference to the 2008 struggle to change the Dedham High mascot, which was at the time a stereotypical Native American mascot (subdivision red-faced brave). She called the mascot, or possibly the people supporting it, "well-intentioned but misguided," and I was like, "Ah, I am in good hands" and relaxed. (Also, in the course of events, she noted that the current state seal is fairly enh, but the original one is actively awful. I had no idea.)

don't watch iron fist

Apr. 18th, 2019 11:03 pm
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what have i even watched since the last post...


don't watch iron fist )

captain america: civil war — spoilers )

cloak & dagger — season 1 )

black panther — spoilers )

agents of s.h.i.e.l.d. season 4 through ep 15 (ghost rider & lmd) )

next is the defenders, which i was looking forward to a lot more before i watched iron fist. let's hope it's still watchable.

Sidetracks - April 18, 2019

Apr. 18th, 2019 04:53 pm
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Sidetracks is a collaborative project featuring various essays, videos, reviews, or other Internet content that we want to share with each other. All past and current links for the Sidetracks project can be found in our Sidetracks tag. For more links and commentary you can follow us on Twitter, Tumblr. You can also support us on Patreon.

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Ocarina of Time

Apr. 18th, 2019 08:07 am
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Instead of taking another stab at Nier Automatica or finishing Gris, I started playing Ocarina of Time again.

Ocarina of Time is a beautiful and perfect game, but some of its dungeons are rather difficult, and there are the infamous one hundred Gold Skulltulas to collect. I therefore haven't ever played the game without a walkthrough, meaning that the experience can sometimes feel a little like homework.

What I'm trying to do this time around is to train myself to memorize the game so that I'm able to get 100% completion without a walkthrough. This involves playing two save files simultaneously, the first with a walkthrough and then the second entirely from memory.

Back when people were still posting shitty hot takes about "walking simulators," I often heard the opinion that playing a video game shouldn't be like walking through a museum. I actually really enjoy walking through museums, and I'd like to be able to walk through Ocarina of Time like a museum. I think it's very relaxing, not necessarily to know exactly where you're going or what you're going to see, but rather to have confidence that you're not going to get lost or stuck or miss something important.

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Apr. 17th, 2019 08:36 pm
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The advantage of reading a series for the second time is that you feel all the love again-- and you fall in love with characters and pairings all over again.

The disadvantage is knowing exactly what is going to happen to said characters and pairings

Oh Leo and Eshild-- like, I think I will always love you just a little bit--

working from home

Apr. 17th, 2019 10:37 am
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so in addition to my commissions (which are, yes, still coming) i've taken on some content writing work for with two different clients. It's easy stuff, for reasonable amounts of money - not a survivable income yet, but making enough for me to slide along until 01 May - and while some of it can be fun, i'm realizing that i don't want to be an online content writer for money.

no, it isn't meant to be interesting work. and there's a certain -- not pleasure, but the sense of having gained a skill, i guess, to be helping my brain learn how to do dumb work for money. if you all remember, i was severely overinvested in my career to the point where it was used abusively against me, so there's a good lesson for my head to learn on how to be detached.

but it isn't what i want the sabbatical to be like. i want my sabbatical to be writing, working on my own original fiction, building an audience in fandom, trying to actually go for it before i have to turn back and find a corporate job again.

it's funny cause i fucked up my money and that's why im here, pumping out silly 500 word articles for bit cash, so it isn't a complaint, more an awareness. I need the cash, but it also takes up so much of my time?

i feel like there are stories in me, stories i can tell, stories that would sell, and i want to reach for that - jump for it, have nothing to do all day except let words come out; i feel like i really could do it if i could settle down (and defeat ADHD and executive dysfunction, and depression, and my dumb body, of course) and have a month or two to really bang it out. in november i wrote 57K in 10 days because i did nothing else. i can do that.

anyway for now lol i need paid so i'm off to write some really ridiculous stuff, yay

Star Battle Enterprise

Apr. 17th, 2019 07:14 am
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Last night I had a dream that I was reading the synopsis of the new Star Wars movie on Wikipedia. It was both very detailed and very boring. Also, Adam Driver himself came to me in my dream and told me that Reylo is canon. I had to tell him that he is a very sweet man but that I don't care about Reylo. He seemed disappointed, and I felt bad. That was it, that was my dream.

When I was in college I drew a comic strip for the university newspaper about how I had never seen a Star Wars movie in one sitting from start to finish. The running joke was that I couldn't keep the plot straight or differentiate between Star Wars and other big American sci-fi franchises like Star Trek and Battlestar Galactica, which I had also never seen in their entirety. The real joke was that, as a real person and not a fictional version of myself, I had somehow managed to acquire an encyclopedic knowledge of all of these franchises and was therefore able to play metafictional games with their worldbuilding and narrative elements that were borderline clever enough to be amusing to a few other people.

I'm not sure "pretending to not know things about Star Wars" is a joke that would translate well into the present, and I'm grateful that this comic does not exist online, but I enjoyed myself. The fact remains, however, that I'm not emotionally invested Star Wars, and I probably never will be.

Still, it's a lot of fun to watch people get excited on Twitter, and I'm genuinely happy for them that they have something to be excited about. As much as I don't care about Star Wars, it's a wonderful experience to see people actually being nice to each other on social media.

What I've Been Reading Wednesday

Apr. 17th, 2019 09:33 am
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On a Wednesday and only 3 weeks after the last! \o/

What I've Been Reading

I found Amy Snow by Tracy Rees on the Tesco's bookstall, which looked intriguing and easy to read, and the cover was pretty, so I snaffled it. It was easy to read and quite sweet and fun. Victorian foundling Amy Snow's foster sister and sole friend in the world dies, but leaves her a treasure hunt to solve.

My Mum lent me The Librarian by Salley Vickers, which was good, although it could have been more about the actual librarianing, but probably I am the only person who would complain about that. (I see in my reading diary that I gave it two stars which is quite high, as three is the most I run to; only now I am baffled because obviously I liked it a lot more when I had just finished it than I think I did now. I cannot explain myself sometimes.)

I also read Tracing Your Merchant Navy Ancestors by Simon Wills, which was helpful. Not that I can actually do any further tracing of anything of that sort until I can visit an archive again one day, but it's good to know where to go, and the bibliography threw up a couple more possible merchant navy titles to look into.

What I'm Reading Now

Currently I'm just at the end of The Magician's Guild by Trudi Canavan, which has been fairly engaging and readable so far (although - and not that I was bored or anything, because I wasn't - technically we've had nearly 400 pages and very little has actually happened when I stop and think about it). Anyway, I've had this trilogy and some of the next on my TBR pile of hope for ages, so it was very satisfactory just to be able to take it down and read it fairly easily. Take that, brain!

For family history purposes, I am going through Wartime Britain 1939-1945 by Juliet Gardiner, which is very interesting, readable, and useful social history. If you write anything in that period, it seems like a good book to have to fall back on for background detail and info, so far at least.

What I'm Reading Next

Well, The Novice by Trudi Canavan, the next book, but probably first An Echo of Murder by Anne Perry, which I got from the library.

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