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2017-12-05:  "Meep!" by marithlizard
2017-12-02:  "Re: MLP" by Trip
2017-12-02:  "MLP" by marithlizard
2017-11-26:  "Re: pits" by Trip
2017-11-26:  "No pits!" by marithlizard

11 December 2017 - Monday

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10 December 2017 - Sunday

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9 December 2017 - Saturday

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8 December 2017 - Friday

I'm sure I meant to do something useful today, but without success.

NaNoWriMo extension 31538/50000.

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7 December 2017 - Thursday

Avalon is stuck in bed, which is bad for working, but good for napping.


NaNoWriMo extension 30355/50000. I am still just barely on track to finish by the end of the month. Well, to reach 50000. No idea if that will bring an end to this horrible novel.

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6 December 2017 - Wednesday

Avalon has had surgery on her leg and is not dead even a little bit, although she is not very happy right now.


This week, everyone is healthy and present, so we played a little 13th Age. Only a little, because we can't start until well into the evening after Jus has been put down, and because we apparently cannot focus worth beans (or sessions are so short that the time it takes us to focus leaves almost nothing for playing). Also, it's still D&D.

Maybe I'm just disgruntled because I ate too much Italian foods.


NaNoWriMo extension 29770/50000.

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5 December 2017 - Tuesday

Avalon's accident was martial-arts-related (and now I know why the dojo I went to only taught those techniques on "silly kicks night"!), but apparently bad enough that she needs surgery. That is not okay! Avalon, take better care of your bones!


NaNoWriMo extension 29707/50000. No one has a good plan. Everyone is doomed, including the author.

Meep! by marithlizard (Thu Dec 7 05:38:31 2017)

Poor Avalon! I hope her leg heals fast and she has the good pain drugs!

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4 December 2017 - Monday

I have know Rachel for many years, so I understand that broken bones are just a thing that happens in martial arts, and I will not get too worried about reports that Avalon has broken her leg.


The Black Tides of Heaven and The Red Threads of Fortune (JY Yang) are advertised as being independent, and they probably could be read in either order, but interally they are in that order. They seem like Asian fantasy (pugilists, mountain monastaries, kirin and naga) with magic that is almost sufficiently advanced, but also famliar physical laws and an oddly unEarthly world. Also, all children are of undeclared gender (with medical support) until they explicitly decide to be a girl or boy. Political machinations and strange magic ensue.

There are supposed to be two more pieces coming out next year, which I hope means early in the year and not endless months from now.


NaNoWriMo extension 28877/50000. This is the point where I need a good reason for my characters to not turn the matter over to someone qualified to handle it. And then the characters need a good plan to avoid that happening anyway. Because grownups.

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3 December 2017 - Sunday

Not Your Villain (CB Lee), the sequel to Not Your Sidekick, is okay on representation, but the writing style seems to embody "tell, don't show". Also, we already know what to do about storms and solar panels, so worldbuilding/research failure. Meh.


NaNoWriMo extension 27903/50000.

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2 December 2017 - Saturday

I meant to get up and ready before the cleaners came, but that trick never rarely works. So I was super-useless.


  • My Little Pony 25-26: End of the season! I'm not sure even Jus is enjoying this that much, so I don't know if we will go on to watch the second season.
  • Monthly Girl's Nozaki-kun 1: This is our new show to watch while Ayse & Ken put Jus to bed. It is pretty funny, and also kind of adorable. I'm surprised the main character hasn't thought to rehearse her confession, but that would just ruin things.
  • Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju 4: Why is being a responsible and functional member of society so much work?
  • Love, Chunibyo, & Other Delusions 6-7: Aww, Rikka has a tragic backstory. I can sort of guess how the rest of the season will go, but it will probably continue to be adorable. Also I kind of ship Nibutani and Dekomori.

MLP by marithlizard (Mon Dec 4 18:24:27 2017)

What would we watch instead in that slot though, to keep Jus included? Back to Sailor Moon? Convince her parents that the first part of Avatar:TLA might be okay? Investigate that Adventure Time thing people talk about?

(I'm not particularly thrilled with MLP, but don't mind it either at this point, and I think Jus enjoys being the resident expert who knows all the spoilers. Plus people keep saying it improves in later seasons.)

Re: MLP by Trip (Mon Dec 4 19:10:27 2017)

I don't know, do I look like a parent?!

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1 December 2017 - Friday

The NaNoWriMo progress tracker only works until the end of November, so I have to use the Scrivener wordcount which is a little higher (I'm guessing hyphenated words, but I don't actually know), at 27215/50000. I guess at this rate I might be done before the end of the month, perhaps. Dying in a pit still seems like a better gift to the world of literature, though.

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30 November 2017 - Thursday

NaNoWriMo 26572/50000. I have officially failed, and am made of 46.856% fail and 53.144% suck.

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29 November 2017 - Wednesday

No 13th Age this week. Brooks is out, Kelsey is sick, and Mike is too good for us.


Fourth in the "Harmony Black" series of secret FBI agents vs demons and politicians, Cold Spectrum (Craig Schaefer) finally lets the main characters discover the Awful Truth, and also shoot a lot of people who deserve it. This is a phase change for the series, so it could either end here on a high note or continue along the new course. Unfinalized villains suggest the latter.

"Waiting on a Bright Moon" (JY Yang) feels a little like Ninefox Gambit, but it's explicitly magic, and queerness is a big deal instead of gender being completely optional. It was pretty good, and I will look for more by this author.


NaNoWriMo 25334/48333.

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28 November 2017 - Tuesday

It has been too long since I read a James Alan Gardner book, but now there is All Those Explosions Were Someone Else's Fault, featuring superheroes vs libertarian vampires! Okay, it's more complicated than that, but therefore even cooler. Also in the afterward, the author admits to being a Champions player.

All The Pretty Little Horses (Mira Grant) is a prequel to the "Newsflesh" trilogy. Despite the title, no one is actually eaten by a horse; in fact, it's kind of heartwarming. As much as a zombie story can be, anyway.


NaNoWriMo 24192/46667. I guess maybe I could reach 50k by the end of the year? Or I could die in a pit, that seems better for the World of Literature.

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27 November 2017 - Monday

Work is not so bad after a vacation, it's mostly the getting up that I don't like.


I stayed up too late writing (very inefficiently), but still only made it to 23254/45000.

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26 November 2017 - Sunday

Today I accomplished nothing useful except to see Thor: Ragnarok, and that was questionable. I mean, I liked it, but it didn't make very much sense. On the other hand, Cate Blanchett Murders Everyone, Slinkily. Valkyrie is pretty cool, too.


NaNoWriMo 22353/43333

No pits! by marithlizard (Wed Nov 29 19:12:32 2017)

Should we see the Last Jedi movie?

Re: pits by Trip (Thu Nov 30 22:39:34 2017)

Sure, when it comes out in a couple of weeks!

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25 November 2017 - Saturday

Our hosts had to go to Reno early in the morning to cheer on Kate at a band event (with a football game attached?), so there was no reason to keep hanging around (except in Jus's case) and we made a somewhat timely departure.

On the way back, Ken and I consumed episodes 2.4-2.8 of Alice Isn't Dead. Well, that's a lot of doom!


All my kitties are still fuzzy, because Marith checked in on them.


NaNoWriMo 20874/41667

This is just about exactly half of where I should be, because I suck twice as much!

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24 November 2017 - Friday

After sleeping approximately forever, I felt better, although still kind of mucusy.

We went to Al's FLGS, but roleplaying games consist of 45% Pathfinder, 45% other editions of D&D, and 10% other. Bah!

Ken bought Roll for the Galaxy, which is like Race for the Galaxy as a worker-placement game with piles of custom dice, and we played it a few times. I like it about a million times more than Race, possibly because it's easier to get Produce and Ship phases going (which I'm sure means it's boring to Serious Gamers, but pblt). Dave and Ken still win, because some things are constants, but I don't necessarily lose embarrassingly all the time.

At Ken's instigation, Dave and Al and Robert made characters for Blades in the Dark. (So did Ken and I, although his crazed plan is that we will alternate running, so our characters would each only be there half the time.) I wonder what a good mission for a Shadows crew would be?

Many leftovers fell in battle this day.

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23 November 2017 - Thursday

Happy Thanksgiving! This year, as always, I am thankful for my people. Because they are the best people, even ones who are not here right now.

There was so much food. I did not actually eat too much, though.

After dinner I had a stupid argument with Ken and then hid until I went to sleep for about 14 hours.

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22 November 2017 - Wednesday

No work, only Zuul! I mean zoom! Also episodes 2.1-2.3 of Alice Isn't Dead. America is a creepy place.

Also mucus.

We all arrived safely in Roseville, where everyone was also doing well. We played Lords of Waterdeep and I was terrible at it, but oh well.

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21 November 2017 - Tuesday

The Wrong Stars (Tim Pratt) has aliens that are not monocultural, but alas we don't see very much of them. On the other hand, we see space opera (malevolent Ancients subtype) action, and girlsmooches.


NaNoWriMo 19300/35000

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20 November 2017 - Monday

Ugh, Monday. But at least our new conference rooms are done!


Into the Drowning Deep (Mira Grant) is the sequel to Rolling in the Deep, about the followup expedition to the horrible place of horror. So, in some ways it is very similar, but in others not. (Humans do seem capable of learning, a little, sometimes.) There is a specific plot thread, and something that's been used to taunt the reader twice, that makes me think there needs to be a third story, but I have no idea whether this will come to pass.


NaNoWriMo 18415/33333

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19 November 2017 - Sunday

No gaming today, since we know ahead of time we are missing 2/6 players. Possibly this is for the best, since my throat is full of hoarseness and mucosity.

Hey, do you think that might be related to my inability to write more than a handful of words per day?

NaNoWriMo 17656/31667

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18 November 2017 - Saturday

Between cleaners and no brain, I did not get much done today, but I did go to anime (where we had no Marith).

  • My Little Pony 24: Today's moral: don't be paranoid and jealous. Or if you must, be a competent plotter.
  • The Ancient Magus' Bride OAV 2-3: I found this to be a little cryptic, but apparently it was clear as glass to everyone else, so probably I'm just dim. Anyway, it was very pretty, and also tragic.
  • Love, Chunibyo, & Other Delusions 4-5: Now we know the shape of Class Rep's terrible past! Napping Girl seems to be the only one not involved, but perhaps we will find out more about her. Please note: this show is adorable.

As you might expect (well, okay, be unsurprised by) from Jim Hines, Terminal Alliance is about heroic janitors. In space! There is alien skullduggery, intrigue, betrayal, certain doom, uncertain doom, mystery, space warfare, and no romance. Don't mess with janitors, man.


NaNoWriMo 16951/30000

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17 November 2017 - Friday

Malice of Crows (Lila Bowen) is the third book about everyone's favorite shapeshifting transcowboy (cowtransboy?) monster hunter. It is pretty much a direct follow-on to the second book, and would not stand well on its own, but that just means you should read the other two books first.


I can't believe it took me this long to realize that liking PbtA games' "play to find out what happens" might be related to the way I write without planning out ahead of time.

NaNoWriMo 16673/28333.

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16 November 2017 - Thursday

NaNoWriMo 15804/26667.

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15 November 2017 - Wednesday

My 13th Age character is still dead, probably until the 15th Age. (When we finish this campaign, maybe we should do Microscope for the 14th Age and Interregnum, and then run a game in the resulting 15th Age (using Dungeon World, of course).) The other PCs engaged in elven politics, swapped some characters around, and then set out to save the world.


NaNoWriMo 14770/25000.

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14 November 2017 - Tuesday

HAPPY HAPPY NONNY-DAY!!

I went over to Monkeycat Mountain to help Nonny celebrate reaching the advanced age of FIVE! There was cake with rainbow flowers, and many car-related presents.


NaNoWriMo 14710/23333 words of terribleness.

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13 November 2017 - Monday

That most inauspicious of days, Monday the 13th!


NaNoWriMo 13248/21667. Avalon saved me, or maybe saved my characters, but it's still terrible because I'm the one writing it.

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12 November 2017 - Sunday

I had all day to work on NaNoWriMo but I still only got to 12411/20000, because I suck. I'm only writing about half or a third as fast as I did last year, and it's probably half or a third as good, too.

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11 November 2017 - Saturday

For Marithday (observed), we went bowling. Bowling is okay, but bowling alleys are very loud. I think Jus and Nonny liked it, though, which was the main goal.


Later, we had pot roast and vegetables and brussels sprouts from a brussels tree and fully-baked rolls, and cake for lizards!

  • Steven Universe 5.5-7: Jus has very big feelings about what Lapis did!
  • Durarara!!x2 3.12: The end! Mostly, anyway, although there are lots of unresolved bits and it was not entirely satisfying.
  • Love, Chunibyo, & Other Delusions 3: Augh, there's two of them! But I would totally join the Napping Club.
  • Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju 3: Flashback to WWII, which does a little more to anchor this in time.
  • Steven Universe 5.8-10: Kevin somehow managed to end up being useful! Pearl could not say things! Lion made a choice, but it's not clear what that choice was! Now we have to wait a million years for more episodes!

NaNoWriMo 11179/18333

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