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2016-11-09:  "Fucking Nazi Cockwaffle" by Jeremy
2016-10-31:  "Re: Slander!" by Trip
2016-10-31:  "Slander!" by marithlizard
2016-10-23:  "Silly" by marithlizard
2016-10-23:  "Re re House" by Trip

4 December 2016 - Sunday

Back on schedule for PAD&D5 !

This week, we got summoned by the dead to [SPOILER], where we saved [SPOILER] from [SPOILER] and got enough magic weapons for Mara and Hazel. Lam also got a magic weapon, but had to go to [SPOILER] and make seduction rolls talk to [SPOILER] to get its full power unlocked. (I don't know if any of this was in the module, the weapons seemed too well-suited to the PCs.) Then we continued tracking down the missing [SPOILER] and found the [SPOILER] that we had been talking about going to for several sessions, as well as what might be [SPOILER] or might be something else entirely. The NPCs were very rude, and eventually resorted to outright violence, but we whomped several times our weight in locals before retreating from the second wave. Because of Lam's awesome new power, we were able to keep them bottled up long enough to make good our escape (probably).

Dave seems sad that we are neither cunning and guileful spies nor straight-up murder hobos, but I think he is too pessimistic about our prospects of succeeding with limited murder-hoboism.

I Did NOT Give That Spider Superhuman Intelligence! (Richard Roberts) is a spinoff of the Please Don't Tell My Parents I'm a Supervillain series, with some backstory of secondary characters from the main series, when they were adventuring or having their origins during the 80s. I liked it well enough, but Goodnight is not quite as charming a narrator as Penny.

It's still way better than my NaNoWriMo-16, which was supposed to be in the same genre.

And, in further monster-girl news:

Volume 8-9 of A Centaur's Life (Kei Murayama) continue to demonstrate that hexapodia is the key. I'm not sure what's going on with the aliens or the portal fantasy plotline, though.

As of volume 1, My Girlfriend is a T-Rex (Sanzo) is almost what it says on the cover. Dinosaur-people for the win surreality! However, the main characters are not actually a couple yet.

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3 December 2016 - Saturday

I let the cleaners in, and later went grocery shopping. That is pretty much all I accomplished today.

Oh, and I made a small child cry, because I am in fact the worst.

  • Durarara!!x2 8: Apparently an Ikebukuro warehouse is the new equivalent of a mountaintop.
  • Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell 6: Finally Strange gets what he wants, and can face his true enemy! But it takes place in Venice, which just makes all the talk of "English magic" even weirder.
  • Nekomonogatari 5: Apparently Senjyogahara is like that with everyone she lets into her lair.
  • Sailor Moon Crystal 20: The awkward truth about Chibi-Usa's origins comes out! I like that Usagi is flipping out and then going "why did I flip out?". It seems very teenagerish.

This week's anime question: is it fanservice to show a female character in her underwear if she is deliberately being sexy at another character?

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2 December 2016 - Friday

Yay, Friday!

That is all.

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1 December 2016 - Thursday

Today I was all alone in the office, except for a brief period when Office Manager Teressa stopped by to drop off stuff for the guy starting on Monday. I completely failed to play loud music or even take a nap.

It's December, so I have now officially failed NaNoWriMo completely! I celebrated by arguing with Avalon instead of writing, because I am stupid and wrong, but I should probably not fall out of the habit of writing.

Also, I should resume dealing with the still-enormous pile of boxes in my back room. And make people tell me their holiday plans, so I can ask for time off work accordingly.

And die in a pit.

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30 November 2016 - Wednesday

After missing a week due to Thanksgiving, we had 13th Age and Thai food again.

We had the fight with the relatively wimpy giants from the castle that got dropped on us, and no one actually died, although people who didn't have Con as their secondary stat almost did. It turns out healers are very useful. Then we forged some work orders and descended into the Maddening Stair, using the giant loot to bribe orcs. Next week, we try to persuade cultists to not get in our way.

The Forever Endeavor (Chuck Wendig) is a little like The Junkie Loser Who Folded Himself, but shorter and grittier and more full of doom. It's Wendig!

Always be wary of mysterious red boxes with single buttons that look like they came from a philosophical Truth-or-Dare game.

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29 November 2016 - Tuesday

Commuted to the far office, ate Peruvian food, heard about sales stuff (Wait, we're trying to get more customers? Who made that decision?!), commuted home.

I finally reread Foxglove Summer (Ben Aaronovitch). How could I have forgotten the thing, or the other thing, or the thing with Beverly? (Not that thing, the other thing!) Why is the next book not here yet?

Except I am waffling whether to boycott Amazon, which makes buying ebooks somewhat problematic.

Bluescreen (Dan Wells) is not exactly post-cyberpunk, more like cyberpunk with cell phones. But, non-white protagonist, even if there is not a lot of non-straight or non-cis. And the hacking did not make me hiss and spit.

NaNoWriMo: 1572, terrible and final. I got a good ending point, so I ended Nefertari vs. The Minotaur's Maze. By my count, it was 43570 words; NaNoWriMo says 43562.

If I had not gone to gaming during November, or if I had not gone to Thanksgiving, I could have made it. If I had not been lame the first two days, I might have been close enough to make it by today anyway.

Next year, 50,000 for sure!

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28 November 2016 - Monday

Wait, I have to go to work again? I thought I finished that level!

Grocery shopping on Monday evening is even more annoying than Sunday morning. The store is full of humans, and everything is sold out.

NaNoWriMo: 1775, terrible. And Wednesday is gaming.

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27 November 2016 - Sunday

Today I tried to write but mostly was useless and a half.

Ghirardelli does not seem as impressed with the cat ball as Pierce. Ah well, at least it's purple.

NaNoWriMo: 2653, tolerable but not enough.

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26 November 2016 - Saturday

Everything was all messed up because of spreading plague among people who meant to go back to college yesterday or today, so we hung around until early afternoon before finally leaving Roseville. I won at 7 Wonders by getting three guilds that exactly matched what my neighbors had been buying since the first epoch. It is a very random game.

I may have tried to eat Jus and Nonni and Elyssa in the park again.

On the way home: year 2 of Welcome to Night Vale! Er, not all of it. But some of it.

The cats are fine, but apparently I didn't leave them enough food. Ghirardelli is glad to have snuggles and gooshyfood.

NaNoWriMo: 2110, acceptable, but not enough to make up for five days of nothing.

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25 November 2016 - Friday

Leftovers! Also, taking kids to the park and trying to horribly devour them again. It builds character, right? (I feel more sympathy for Jeremy's complaints that we always change the rules to make him lose. "Safety cars," hmph!)

While waiting for kids to put their shoes on, or something, I read the first print collection of Phoebe and Her Unicorn (Dana Simpson), a Calvin&Hobbes-like story about a 4th-grade girl and her unicorn who is under no delusion that humans are in any way comparable to unicorns.

I got some manga at the comics and games store, but Ken got an actual game, Tzolk'in and then crushed us all at it. I think it may fall into the same category as Race for the Galaxy, where you have to get a rhythm going or you will be crushed like an insect.

In the evening, Galaxy Quest, because Marith had somehow not seen it! (No gaming because no one felt up to running.)

NaNoWriMo: 0, complete failure.

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24 November 2016 - Thursday

Ugh, forgot to send money to the NoDAPL folks in apology for that whole "give a white man corn and he eats for a day, teach him to grow corn and he kills you and takes your land" thing. I'll have to do that when I get home.

Anyway, yum, food. So much food. I did not eat as much as I used to, though. I must be getting old!

Because we visitors hadn't seen it, we had to be shown the second Captain America movie, Winter Soldier. It was pretty good, for a comic-book movie, and the idea of Nazis in high government office is oddly topical.

I tried to reread Foxglove Summer (Ben Aaronovitch), but the first page made me realize I didn't remember the end of Broken Homes, so I reread that. It is still awesome, and full of plot development and doom.

NaNoWriMo: 0, complete failure.

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23 November 2016 - Wednesday

Despite the attempts of others to use the public highways, we made it to Roseville with no casualties! We even found a sketchy Mexican burrito joint for Ken to get horrible grease food at.

Everyone in Roseville is alive, but Kate is not enjoying it because she caught some horrible respiratory thing at school. Hopefully the rest of us will not get infected.

Somehow, I won Dominion. I think Cities were involved.

NaNoWriMo: 0, complete failure.

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22 November 2016 - Tuesday

Today there is commuting, but tomorrow is only Zuul vacation.

Are Avalon and I made up now? Not really, but we are not fighting so much, I think.

NaNoWriMo: 0, complete failure.

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21 November 2016 - Monday

Today is Monday, but at least tomorrow is Friday. Then, Roseville! Unless people suddenly come to their senses and disinvite me, I guess.

Team-Ups and Crossovers (Marion G Harmon) takes the superhero Astra into alternate dimensions, including the one from Velveteen vs      by Seanan McGuire, for fun with, well, alternate dimensions. No cognates of people, but all kinds of doom.

I'll pretend it made me work harder on NaNoWriMo instead of making me depressed.

NaNoWriMo: 2071, acceptable.

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20 November 2016 - Sunday

NaNoWriMo: 3772, almost good. It took three writing sessions and thus pretty much the entire day, but I am now actually caught up to 50000 * (20 / 30) words.

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19 November 2016 - Saturday

One of the cleaners lost her keys, so they kept coming back to look for them, thus preventing me from showering in time to catch the super-early bus to shopping, but it all worked out in the end.

Earl and Cat appeared at Monkeycat Mountain for the monthly viewing of Chinese period drama. Also, fish. And Nicki Minaj-branded bubbly with bonus glitter in case Ayse wasn't silly enough.

  • Nirvana in Fire 3-5: Intrigue and skullduggery! Mysterious advisors teaching apparently unqualified people from the palace to do amazing things! Mistranslation of "roofie" in a way that makes me hate either China or the people who translated this! Imperial displeasure!

NaNoWriMo: 1855, tolerable.

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18 November 2016 - Friday

I accidentally stayed up until 35485 o'clock at night reading Scandinavia and the World until I ran out.

NaNoWriMo: 2179, acceptable.

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17 November 2016 - Thursday

Avalon is speaking to me again, kind of.

NaNoWriMo: 2003, acceptable.

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16 November 2016 - Wednesday

Apparently people have moved on to the Dismal Resignation stage of life under the impending Nazi cockwaffle regime, and we can play 13th Age again. Also Ken made roast beef and kale salad. I like kale. It's bitter and probably twisted, like my heart.

This week: a great battle against ever-mutating forest monsters (no, not monsters that live in the forest), and our cleric got suborned and turned into a deer by a huge druidic altar. Then someone dropped a castle full of giants on us.

Extreme Makeover (Dan Wells) was fun, but the science really does not hold together, I don't think. Still, it was an interesting end for humanity (not a spoiler, the chapters are all headed "X days until the end of the world") and not an industry commonly brought up as an existential threat.

("Existential threat" always makes me think of Eclipse Phase, but I don't think this one would really be usable, except maybe as a detail of how Earth got so hosed by the TITANs.)

NaNoWriMo: 540, pathetic.

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15 November 2016 - Tuesday

Penric's Mission (Lois McMaster Bujold) is another novella in the "Penric's Demon" series about a not-so-hapless young scholar and his chaos demon in the same world as Curse of Chalion etc. Penric and Desdemona are pretty awesome.

NaNoWriMo: 2114, acceptable.

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14 November 2016 - Monday


I left work early to have cake and happiness with Nonni and his family. It was good cake.

Over Your Dead Body (Dan Wells) is I think the sixth book in the "John Cleaver" series, but it sadly does not add a lot new to the story. Although the main character works out some of his doom, the nature of the doom (internal or external) does not really change. I mean, I still liked it, but I was hoping for major plot twists.

NaNoWriMo: 1431, terrible.

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13 November 2016 - Sunday

Oops. I didn't send out email asking if we were still gaming this weekend, and so Jeremy forgot. Fortunately, he was able to entertain us with a big set-piece battle, and even persuaded us to trade in our [SPOILER] for something requiring less work on his part to keep us alive. Then we made it back to claim our bond at [SPOILER] and promptly spent it all on armor, and rode past several plot hooks on our way back to the town where we started. Since we had not done anything in that area for several days, they still liked us.

But now, no gaming for three weeks, sniff!

Apparently I am a terrible excuse for a human being (not news), the epitome of the reason humanity can't have nice things (also difficult to argue), and a howling Nazi rage-monster (that one's a surprise). And single.

NaNoWriMo: 2169, acceptable.

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12 November 2016 - Saturday

As usual, I meant to do things, but mostly failed.

  • Durarara!!x2 7: I wonder when Russia will stop being the standard source of villains? When everyone who remembers Putin is dead, I guess. ("There are 10 types of Ivans from Russia, those who understand binary...")
  • Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell 5: I don't remember any of this "King's Roads" stuff from the book, but that doesn't mean anything. It seems to be working well in this context, anyway.
  • Nekomonogatari 4: That's one way to deal with an energy-sucking cat spirit in lingerie! But maybe not permanently, since the next arc is "Tsubasa Tiger".
  • Sailor Moon Crystal 19: Yay Pluto!

NaNoWriMo: 385, pathetic.

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11 November 2016 - Friday

Veteran's Day, so no work. (We get all the holidays off.) I meant to accomplish things, but mostly not so much.

Romancing the Inventor (Gail Carriger) is short lesbian romance set a couple of years after the end of the "Parasol Protectorate" series. Awwww.

NaNoWriMo: 2251, decent.

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10 November 2016 - Thursday

The Towers, The Moon (Andrea K Höst) is a collection of short stories following the characters of The Pyramids of London in France, which has been conquered not by ancient gods but by moon(?) faeries(?). It is weird and has low-gravity decadence and strange games and intrigue, anyway. I liked the stories well enough, but I am waiting impatiently for the next book!

NaNoWriMo: 1683, almost acceptable.

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9 November 2016 - Wednesday

No 13th Age, only sadness (carefully not talked about to avoid excess alcohol consumption), Persian food*, and Lords of Waterdeep** 7 Wonders. As usual, I came in dead last, because I am terrible at science.

*Probably soon to be outlowed as Terrorist™ Chow.

**Cancelled because Mike didn't have his reading glasses and LoWD is full of text in a very small font. Also the gaming space is not that well-lit, although it seems fine most of the time.

I feel a little bad about being upset about the election, as I'm in the class that the New Regime wants to re-exalt on the back of all the others. I'm not the one being told I should die for having sex (women), or using the bathroom (trans), or getting sick (poor), or driving a car (black). In some narrow game theoretic-sense, it could possibly even have been to my advantage to support Trump — except that I'm not a FUCKING NAZI COCKWAFFLE! (Accusations of normal, democratic, cockwaffledom not disputed.)

NaNoWriMo: 464, pathetic. The time was probably sacrificed in a good cause, but still. Ayse suggested a way out of my lack of plot, which is not the sort of story I thought I was writing, but maybe it is what I should do anyway.

Fucking Nazi Cockwaffle by Jeremy (Thu Nov 10 18:07:37 2016)

I'm stealing that.

What the hell, America?

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8 November 2016 - Tuesday

As usual, I wasted my vote-by-mail opportunity, but this time I did not go to the far office on Election Tuesday and so was able to deposit my ballot in an appropriate receptacle. This had better work.

NaNoWriMo: 2017, acceptable. I managed to find a way out of the corner I had written myself into, although I am still afraid I have already used up all the plot.

It didn't work. What the fuck, Americans? What is wrong with you? Other than being medieval-minded fucktards who would blast your nose off with a shotgun to spite your face, I mean.

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7 November 2016 - Monday

Today I was annoyed at all kinds of things, but then I got Avalonhugs and that made it okay.

NaNoWriMo: 1746, tolerable.

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