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2018-03-13:  "pie" by marithlizard
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24 April 2018 - Tuesday

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23 April 2018 - Monday

Oh dear, there is incel fuckery afoot in Toronto. Good thing that is not the street where Avalon works any more!

Words: 351.

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22 April 2018 - Sunday

After a long gap (during which I did nothing about updating Lam's character sheet), it is finally time for PAD&D5 again! (Even though one of our ninjas is still en route from Hawaii.)

The Rats of Red Larch (and their Lesbian Separatist Skink, Akrá) are herding their captive mice through the sewers of Yartar, to deliver them to the Water Baron, when they are accosted by an ominous black cat. The cat vanishes before doing anything terrible, but they are then immediately swarmed by loathsome sewer rats. Fortunately, Hazelray is 9th level now, and can cast conjure barrage, so between that and Lam's javelin of lightning, the swarm is quickly dispatched. Mara is hardly even electrocuted at all.

Hazelray is sure she knows where the mice need to be taken, so the Rats continue to traverse the sewers, and are then set upon by hellterriers. A smaller number of larger opponents are no match for the upgraded Rats of Red Larch, though, and the ratters vanish with exciting special effects involving the sigil of Cyric. The cat shows up to ask them if they really know where they're going, but Hazelray is certain, so it vanishes and lets them get on with it.

After some random alligators in a vast cistern, the Rats finally arrive where Hazelray's instincts have been leading them: the temple of Cyric, complete with chanting mouse cultists in red robes, an ominous flame, and a black cat lounging on the altar. A fight breaks out.

The Rats are doing as well as can be expected against something so much larger than them, full of evil divine energy, and with nine lives, which is to say, losing slowly, when suddenly the hands of a titan scoop up the evil high priest of Cyric. "Bad kitty!" Oh, right, there was another Popess of the Crystal Dragon!

The Heroines are going to have to do something about this cult of Cyric in the basement of the Cathedral of the Crystal Dragon, although they were not quite cold-blooded enough to murder a small child's pet cat. This time.

Words: 308.

Weekly total: 2235.

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21 April 2018 - Saturday

Reduced anime tonight, because Ayse and Jus have a Girl Scout thing. We played Roll for the Galaxy. (I am still terrible at it.)

  • My Hero Academia 1.10-11: Rewatch for Marith to catch up. Frog Girl is still the best, though.
  • Flip Flappers 10: Looks like Cocona is not so random!
  • ACCA 3-4: I remembered it being longer until we got to the stupid prince. But hey, Jean has been cleared of all involvement with the plot!

Words: 274.

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20 April 2018 - Friday

Space Opera (Catherynne M Valente) is very much Eurovision × Douglas Adams. The aftermath of the great war! Hapless humans holding the fate of the species in their hands! Special effects! Wild aliens! Snarky judges! Wild alien sex! More special effects!

Words: 374.

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19 April 2018 - Thursday

Words: 415.

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18 April 2018 - Wednesday

13th Age Indian food! This session, there were shenanigans with alchemy and dwarven spies on the way to St Claire Island, and then a lot of breaking into an ancient tower to confront the horrible cultist we believe is lurking inside. There were traps, and also jealous academics.

Words: 259.

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17 April 2018 - Tuesday

Hurray, Avalon is still alive! Although her coworkers seem to be trying to make her stabby.

Words: 308. These numbers seem small, but for a long time my daily quota was 250, so actually it's fine. Really. Not pathetic at all.

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16 April 2018 - Monday

Yuck, Monday. At least it's not too hot yet.

Words: 297.

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15 April 2018 - Sunday

Today, about the only thing I did was read up through chapter 135 in Exhuman, which is not exactly good but has a soap-opera-like addictiveness to it. I really don't know what the protagonist's damage is (besides the obvious), [SPOILER] is obviously best, even if you take [SPOILER] into account.

Words: 475.

Weekly total: 2747.

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14 April 2018 - Saturday

Monkeycat Mountain is full of germs, so Cat and Earl and Marith all bailed, but I went over to eat burritos and watch anime. And get crawled on by germ-laden childs, so we'll see how that works out for me.

  • Steven Universe 5.13: But we know that story isn't completely true! I would like some plot development now!
  • Steven Universe 5.14: This is adorable, yet not plot development!
  • Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju 12-13: Conclusion of the 12-episode flashback! Next season, apparently we skip forward instead.
  • My Hero Academia 1.10-11: I really like Frog Lass. She's sensible. I think she should be the main character, and also get paired with Floaty Nice Girl. Oh, yah, villains, boo!

Words: 312.

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13 April 2018 - Friday

Marith came over to help me pet Ghirardelli and watch Brave. My, Merida was a spoiled brat, and also didn't pay attention to fairy tales. But the plot was not what I expected, so that was good.

Words: 345.

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12 April 2018 - Thursday

Hurray, Avalon is still alive! And can even do martial arts classes!

Now I am caught up on all 83 existing chapters of Mother of Learning and have to wait for more to be written. I think of this subgenre as "worldbuilding and problem-solving".

Words: 257.

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11 April 2018 - Wednesday

Finally, we had everyone for 13th Age and burritos! (But who designs a restaurant website without a menu?!)

This session, the PCs went three levels deep into dreams, summoned the spirit of a past PC and turned her into a tree that bears stars as fruit, and fought the shadow of the battle that probably doomed the Dragon Empire. Also, there was symbolism.

Words: 123.

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10 April 2018 - Tuesday

At some point, I might need an ominous poetry generator (from this article).

Also, apparently some people play in a way that isn't just taking the piss. Weird!

Kigurumi Guardians (Lily Hoshino) is about defending the pure hearts of young girls (as of vol 1; probably other people have pure hearts too), but the heroine doesn't have a transformation sequence, she has a goofy creature that looks like somebody in a mascot suit until she transforms it into a hot older guy in a regular suit to fight off the villains.

Words: 704. But I stayed up until 978568345 o'clock.

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9 April 2018 - Monday

What the hell, plants? Do I have sex in your nose?

Words: 531.

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8 April 2018 - Sunday

No gaming today, too many people are busy with non-gaming stuff.

No brain today, too few smarts.

But, it's a nice day, so I walked down to the movie theater to see Pacific Rim Uprising. It was as good as the first one, I think. Full marks for no romance between the male and female leads. Also, nice setup for a third movie, now that they have [SPOILER].

Children of the Whales (Abi Umeda) could be post-apocalyptic, or secondary-world fantasy. People on a small island/large ship travelling for generations across an apparently endless sea of sand, most of their generations are pretty short because people with telekinesis are the majority and die young, everyone is mostly content until...

Frau Faust (Kore Yamazaki) is still good up through volume 3, and we get to see more demons and how they enable humans in making everything worse. (The demon designs really show that this is the same artist as Ancient Magus's Bride.)

Words: 325.

Weekly total: 2238.

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7 April 2018 - Saturday

Yay, humans came and cleaned my apartment.

Because we could, we got Chinese take-out and watched Chinese drama! Also some people have become tipsy on peach and grapefruit bellini.

  • Nirvana in Fire 35-37: [SPOILER] is a good guy, obviously, but I think his mom is the one they should be putting in charge of the country. Maybe they can work on that after [SPOILER] is consumed by his own paranoia and stops being a problem.

Words: 304.

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6 April 2018 - Friday

I could have gone to the Engineering team's offsite with them, but it seemed like too much pretending coworkers are friends with the aid of alcohol, so I did work instead.

Words: 305.

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5 April 2018 - Thursday

Mother of Learning is about a guy going to magic college, and facing some minor tribulations, and then there is a huge plot twist. It's not an unprecedented one, but it is definitely a twist. Also, chitin may be involved.

Other webserials I have been reading with less dedication:

  • The Rat Messiah has (pretty bad) CG art to go with the story of a bunch of worlds getting smushed together for massive confusion and probable apocalypse, which our amnesiac protagonist must road-trip through.
  • Entirely Presenting You is a cross between superheroics and urban fantasy, with some difficulties in keeping a secret identity.
  • In Flow, a peasant girl falls for a lady knight, gets sucked into a war with strange creatures, and generally gets her life ruined for love and not knowing her place.
  • The Dragon's Scion (by the author of Small Worlds/Strange Cosmology) has a princess who was raised by a dragon, fighting UFO monsters.
  • Ink (ditto) is set in a world in which society has devolved into being run by gangs of tattooed supervillains, and the main character suddenly has to start her own gang from scratch.
  • The premise of Exercise the Demons (ditto) is that even demons need aerobic exercise. But when they set up a company account, how do they pay the instructor?

Words: 259.

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4 April 2018 - Wednesday

After last week's plague scare, we are back to 13th Age and Greek food!

Kelsey cancelled at the last minute again, but surely the events of this session will not be confusing when she shows up next week.

Words: 205.

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3 April 2018 - Tuesday

Words: 571.

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2 April 2018 - Monday

Words: 269. I was doing well for a while, but now I am stupid again.

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1 April 2018 - Sunday

The world of jokes about Easter and April Fool's Day being the same is just too vast to describe. I'm sure you can explore it on your own.

Ayse and Ken did not deceive us about the Easter feast, though! The glazed shallots were not a lie!

Since we had Earl and Cat, we watched more NiF. But Marith crept away sleepily.

  • Nirvana in Fire 33-34: Honorable people are so difficult to work with!

Vol 1 of the Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid spinoff, Kanna's Daily Life (coolkyousinnjya, Mitsuhiro Kimura), is actually kind of cute.

Words: 225.

Weekly total: 2241.

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31 March 2018 - Saturday

It's Easter Eve (what? why is that not a thing?) so I went to Monkeycat Mountain a little early to help the children dye eggs. There was a lot of fighting, because siblings, but also eggs became colorful.

  • Sailor Moon S 10: And now, heteronormativity for Rei!
  • The Ancient Magus's Bride: Those Awaiting A Star 2: Rewatch for Marith. Still very pretty.
  • Flip Flappers 9: Yayaka's backstory.
  • My Hero Academia 1.9: The worst foe a superhero can face: the media!
  • ACCA 2: Ayse and Ken like this, so I guess we'll keep watching it!

Beasts of Abigaile vol 1 (Spica Aoki): "Your keywords for this shoujo manga are: wolf, prison, and rose. Start writing!"

Words: 382.

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30 March 2018 - Friday

Perhaps appropriately, The Lost Plot (Genevieve Cogman) leaves the overarching plot of the last few books behind and dives into draconic intrigue. Also, bootleggers. And giant wolves. And maybe some progress on the UST.

I have been putting the harness on Ghirardelli when he tries to investigate the Outside, but that usually results in him sitting down and not going anywhere. Tonight I waited until he got all the way down the stairs without the harness, then carried him back upstairs, put the harness and leash on him, and carried him back to where he was to let him keep exploring, and he did! Not that we got more than about 5m from the bottom of the stairs, but he sniffed hedges and sidewalks and laundry vents very successfully!

Words: 259. I had to walk the cat!

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29 March 2018 - Thursday

Words: 421. I thought I was being clever in breaking this up into scenes the way Scrivener makes easy, but now I think I was wrong. Perhaps tomorrow's writing will be mooshing everything together into one thing so I can get good flow.

Which day's writing will be learning to end scenes instead of writing the whole story in one single continuous shot?

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28 March 2018 - Wednesday

Small Worlds and its continuation (not really a sequel) Strange Cosmology (Alex Raizman) are about a hapless schmoe who, after a cursed life, finds a thing that makes him a god and also responsible for dealing with the end of the world. Things get worse from there.

I am caught up on this and will probably keep reading it, but it didn't get my vote on Top Web Fiction even though it's at second place overall.

Words: 326. But although it is easy to write more on the scenes of how my protagonist came to be in the media of all this res (I am keeping the slowly-remembering-while-discovering-the-extent-of-her-doom opening), I have the feeling that a good writer would edit them all down to evocative snippets, and possibly not in any particular order.

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27 March 2018 - Tuesday

Avalon is still working way too much, but her feets are operational, so that's something.

The Squidder (Ben Templesmith) is set in a world where the tentacle monsters from another dimension have won, but although there is definite horror, it is not nearly cosmic enough.

Generation Witch vol 1 (Uta Isaki) is slice-of-high-school-life in a modern world where some people can do magic. Whatever.

Words: 191.

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26 March 2018 - Monday

I somehow managed to go to bed at a reasonable hour last night, and yet I am still sleepy this morning. That doesn't seem fair.

Heretical Edge is kind of a cross between Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Harry Potter and maybe Stargate? (It's still ongoing, so I suppose more genres might get added later.) Secret school, magic, monster hunters (and thus monsters), obscured and dramatic ancestry, getting superpowers from murder, indiscriminate use of memory magic, aliens with strange abilities, interstellar empires, ancient curses, the whole eleven yards. Also, lesbian poly.

Words: 437.

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25 March 2018 - Sunday

This week in PAD&D5, Dave did not have to eschew cookies!

As predicted, there is a big fight (in fact, the big fight, as the Heroines have gone so far out of their way to avoid it that they end up running into it from behind) but hardly anyone dies. Rimardo does not even fall into a deep pit this time, although there is one conveniently to hand. Then, having gained control of some wandering damage combat resources from the [SPOILER], the Heroines decide to throw them into the room they have not yet been willing to assault and set them off (metaphorically speaking). Of course it then turns out that someone they especially wanted to take prisoner is in that room, so there is a tense fight against the most fearsome foe, but Rimardo saves the day with daring and the power of the Crystal Dragon!

Laden with captives (mostly) and loot (a little), the Heroines head back to Yartar.

Apparently that finished off this chapter? wing? of the adventure, so we reaped a great bounty of XP. Level UP!

Some third-level paladin spells are actually pretty cool. Maybe I'll have Lam cast some now, instead of just spending the slots for +4d8 radiant damage.

Made in Abyss (Akihito Tsukushi) is about an amnesiac cyborg from a 20,000-meter pit full of excessive carnivores and ancient artifacts, and the orphan girl who finds him. They seek adventure.

Words: 164.

Weekly total: 2331. But maybe it's all wrong again.

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