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2018-03-13:  "pie" by marithlizard
2018-02-28:  "Re: Flavia" by Trip
2018-02-28:  "Flavia" by marithlizard
2018-01-20:  "Re: rakugo" by Trip
2018-01-20:  "rakugo" by marithlizard

21 March 2018 - Wednesday

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20 March 2018 - Tuesday

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19 March 2018 - Monday

Words: 589. Hey, that was almost like focusing! But am I blathering too much about stuff that should be hurried past?

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18 March 2018 - Sunday

Look, it's a Sunday without gaming! That means I will be completely useless!

As part of being useless, I watched Big Hero 6, which I have had from Netflix for approximately one million years. It wasn't bad, although there were way too many male characters (what is even the point?). The visuals for the [SPOILER] were pretty cool, and Baymax is indeed adorable.

Words: 307. See, useless.

Weekly total: 1887.

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17 March 2018 - Saturday

Apparently Crunchyroll crashed under the load of ten million whippersnappers binge-streaming the 783-828th episodes of One Piece, so we could only watch things we happened to have on physical media. So primitive!

  • Sailor Moon S 7-8: We had to explain to Jus that Usagi thinks there's a rule against girls dating girls, but really there isn't. So who says anime isn't educational?
  • Free! 1-2: Ayse has wanted to watch this since before Crunchyroll was a thing, which is why we had it on disc

What with starting ACCA and now Free! without ending any series, I'm not sure the slot-based method of managing our anime is going to keep working. Maybe I should just keep a list of the last episode watched of each show that has more episodes and call it a day.

Inked Tails and Penned Dragons (Brian Kesinger) are more picture books in the same style as Walking With Your Octopus (for some reason), but about mermaids and dragons, respectively. They are pretty silly.

Words: 374. But at the beginning, it all seems so obvious, and only later do I realize that it is all made of 100% fail.

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16 March 2018 - Friday

I showed up at the St Patrick's Day party for work for a little while, but fled before they could make me participate in any kind of "fun".

On the upside, it looks like the indie bookstore I shopped at in Mountain View is opening a branch right next to where I get groceries, only a few blocks from work!

Words: 329.

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15 March 2018 - Thursday

Avalon still works practically all the time. It is very sad. Also I feel like a loser because I have many hours of free time every week, and never do anything with them.

Words: 109. I know more or less what to write, I just can't stop being a lump. Also, this cat is not helping. (But he is very fluffy.)

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14 March 2018 - Wednesday

We had everyone for Thai food and 13th Age, hurray! This session, we proved not quite cunning enough to find and use the shortcut, but at least we avoided most of the painful parts of the long way around and only lost some time.

Imposter Syndrome (Mishell Baker) finishes the "Arcadia Project" trilogy, or at least seems like it wraps up pretty much everything with the plot, even if the main character is still a huge mess. But she's a slightly more functional mess, and also a triumphant one.

Words: 117. Writing after I get home from gaming is hard. Maybe I should get around to installing Scrivener on my pad and try to write some before gaming? But that is social time. Or I could give up on having a non-deferable daily quota, puny as it is. Ugh.

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13 March 2018 - Tuesday

For the first time in a long while, I went up to the northern office, lured by poached pear sour cream caramel pie (Pi Day, observed). The commute was annoying, but at least it was raining instead of hot, and neither bus nor train failed me.

The pie was pretty amazing.

Tricks for Free (Seanan McGuire) is partly about the fallout from the previous book in the "InCryptids" series and partly about how Antimony can't stay out of trouble to save anyone's life, especially not her own. Plus, theme park madness!

Words: 218. I got back late because northern office, so my brain wasn't working very well. (Yes, yes, goes without saying.)

pie by marithlizard (Thu Mar 15 06:02:54 2018)

That pie does sound amazing, and I vote we should get Ken to make it for us.

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12 March 2018 - Monday

Bah, No-Sleep Monday. Nobody likes it. Everybody hates it. Too many dumb customers.

Words: 433, somehow. By doing individual scenes which I will then try to assemble into the initial flashback chapter, I have some things. Kind of.

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11 March 2018 - Sunday

Ugh, Moonlight Squandering Time. Bleah.

Despite the unnatural hour, everyone was present for this week's episode of PAD&D5!

For lack of a better plan, the Heroines of Red Larch go back down into the [SPOILER], where they end up engaging in a real old-fashioned dungeon crawl: mapping, distinct encounters, all the treasure hoarded by monsters too tough to beat. The final encounter brings them back into conflict with the main body of the [SPOILER], but at least they are able to begin defeating them in detail. Next fortnight, there will probably be a huge fight and everyone will die.

Traveling With Your Octopus (Brian Kesinger) is the sequel to Walking Your Octopus, with the green-haired steampunk girl and her cheerful octopus modelling local costumes and customs around the world.

Words: 145.

Weekly total: 1300. That is indeed a weak total.

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10 March 2018 - Saturday

  • Sailor Moon S 5-6: More monster of the week. Jus scorns the main villain's evil laugh as feeble.
  • Ancient Magus' Bride: Those Awaiting A Star 1: Rewatch for Marith who missed it the first time.
  • My Hero Academia 1.8: Ensemble cast power montage! I caught hardly any of them, but I might still like Frog Girl the best.
  • Flip Flappers 8: Now that we have a firmer idea what Pure Illusion is, we understand the first couple of episodes better, maybe.
  • ACCA 1: Marith and I saw this, but she thought the other might like it, and they seem to. Not sure whether we're going to keep watching it, but we might.

Words: 146. Poke. Poke.

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9 March 2018 - Friday

Yay, Avalon is still alive! Mostly.

Words: 152.

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8 March 2018 - Thursday

Words: Well, complaining in yesterday's entry about how I have no idea how to write things took up 311 words... No idea what I will do with tomorrow. Dying in a pit still seems good, honestly.

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7 March 2018 - Wednesday

Kelsey cancelled at the last minute, unsurprisingly, but we played 13th Age anyway, and also ate tacos until we exploded, after playing a little Codenames to establish that my brain is transparent and tiny (like a marble) but Dave has 80% inscrutibility.

This session, we confirmed the lack of physical evidence at the site of the missing plant, so the magic types did crazy wizard stuff while Kazannethorim rolled her eyes at them. Then we had to go through the magical gate to the upside-down ziggurat anyway, and discover that it is next to a second sun, patrolled by flaming undead, and full of chanting cultists that seemed about to sacrifice a vampire to empower the plant we want. Next session, all the fighting!

Words: 188 into the optimistically-titled restart.txt, but I don't think I can count those as progress of any kind. Maybe I need to restart even further back? Or rather, discard even more of my existing ideas instead of reworking them.

How do you become a supervillain, anyway? As step zero, you need powers and a costume (some powers, like a glowing forcefield or Monster Out, count as a costume as well); without that, you're just a criminal. A nom de spandex is optional, the Internet will be glad to give you one if you're lacking.

But that just gets you to super. How do you get to villain? You can just announce it, I guess, although I don't know what the appropriate occasion would be. Join an existing villain team. Fight a superhero, or at least thwart one. Help a supervillain. And, of course, do a crime. What else? How can I get my main character sucked into a life of supervillainy without meaning to?

Maybe it's just doomed to be uninteresting if her parents are already villains, but I like Slink. Florn!

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6 March 2018 - Tuesday

Because I obviously don't have enough web serials to read, I picked up A Practical Guide to Evil (David Verburg?). In this fantasy world, the gods of Good and Evil sometimes give people the power and luck (not good luck, but appropriate) to live out archetypal roles: the Warlock, the Exiled Prince, the Augur, the Black Knight, the Lone Brooding Swordsman, etc. A couple of generations ago, the dark empire, which was mostly a laughingstock on account of being ruled by people who take names like Malicia or Terribilous, finally got some practical people in major roles, who transformed the Legions of Terror from marauding orc warbands to a professional military, and otherwise tried to get things organized instead of horrifying, and consequently stomped all over everyone. Now a young girl from one of the conquered lands wants to rise in the Empire so she can lessen the oppresion of her people...

The Roles and Names are meta to the readers, but to the characters, that's just how the world works, and they deal with it as best they can, so it avoids being parody by a wide margin. And really, isn't that just the sort of crap gods would pull?

Words: 149, but today I realized that most of what I have written so far is made of fail. I mean, it's always been badly-written and deficient in social justice, that hasn't changed, but very few of the however-the-heck-many words I've written since last October are moving my main character toward being either a supervillain or a superhero. This may mean I should start over AGAIN. Or, you know, die in a pit forever.

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5 March 2018 - Monday

Walking Your Octopus (Brian Kesinger) is a cute picture book about a steampunk young lady and her pet (air-breathing land) octopus. The octopus seems happy to help with all kinds of chores, which makes me wonder about Dave.

The last couple of Spectrums have had a lot of art I didn't much care for, but Spectrum 24 (ed John Fleskes) moves back in the direction of my tastes. it's still very diverse, of course, despite being at least 37% MtG cards by weight (seriously, it seems like WotC is guaranteeing full employment for every fantasy artist with an even vaguely realistic style), but it has less of the stuff I don't like. On the other hand, I didn't feel compelled to buy any of the books whose cover art was selected, so maybe Spectrum has failed after all.

Words: 209.

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4 March 2018 - Sunday

Today, I did nothing! Because I suck!

Okay, I did watch a couple of episodes of Darling in the Franxx, which tumblr has been buzzing about a little. It reminds me of Chrome-Shelled Regios, with the domed cities amid the barren monster-haunted wasteland of the entire world. I'm not sure pair-piloting mecha needed to be sexualized quite that much, though, and I say that as a huge perv. (And why always male-female pairs? And in the same commander(?)-driver(?) roles? (The male lead isn't terrible so far, but I'm pretty sure everything would be much better if Zero Two had picked a female "darling". (Male characters, bah!)))

Words: 508.

Weekly total: 2756. Unfortunately, I have reached the point where I need to know what the antagonists are actually up to. Maybe there's another project I can work on instead?

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3 March 2018 - Saturday

  • Sailor Moon S 3-4: What?! Haruka is a [SPOILER]?! Who could have ever guessed?!
  • Monthly Girl's Nozaki-kun 12: The end! Not a very conclusive one, but then Nozaki is Nozaki.
  • My Hero Academia 1.6-7: Right into full-contact combat exercises on the first day of school, as one should expect from All Might!
  • Flip Flappers 7: Well, that explanation was not very explanatory. But I don't think the characters understood it either.

Words: 264.

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2 March 2018 - Friday

I'm up to book 4 (I Am Half-Sick of Shadows) of "Flavia de Luce" and still liking them okay, although I might take a break. They are very much what they are.

Words: 527.

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1 March 2018 - Thursday

Hurray, it's Avalon! But she still lives far away.

Words: 278.

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28 February 2018 - Wednesday

We successfully had 13th Age and Chinese food! First, we had to play Codenames because Ken and Kelsey hadn't arrived, and I still suck at it, but whatever. Then we finished the fight against the dire mantises, avoided the magical gate that leads to literally the tarot card "The Tower", and discovered that something has stolen the giant plant we want, without leaving any sign that it was there except for the giant hole where the plant used to be.

Two more "Flavia de Luce" books, The Weed That Strings The Hangman's Bag and A Red Herring Without Mustard (Alan Bradley), and I am worrying about this girl. She doesn't seem to go to school, her father mostly ignores her, her sisters abuse her (she abuses them back, but still), her only friends are a bicycle and someone with massive PTSD...

Words: 295. Could have been more, but it was already 8734565932 o'clock at night (instead of only half-past 8734565931).

Flavia by marithlizard (Thu Mar 1 21:45:13 2018)

I am glad you are liking the Flavia de Luce books! They didn't ring entirely convincing to me after the first one, but it's been long enough that I don't quite remember why she seemed off to me. Alternately too smart/dumb/old/young as the plot required, I think. Also the sisters need their own passions and projects.

Re: Flavia by Trip (Fri Mar 2 19:31:53 2018)

Yah, there has been some of that. They are not perfect. But I still like them, so I will keep reading them, although I can imagine getting tired of them before the end of the series.

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27 February 2018 - Tuesday

Words: 381. Two good things have happened to my protagonist in this chapter so far, so I think I need to make things horribly awkward now. (She's 13, there is no situation that can't be horribly awkward.)

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26 February 2018 - Monday

I ran out of Taint to read, so switched to Trials by the same author. It is more LitRPG, but SF (kinda?), and funnier. When your protagonist has sold back their ability to make expressions in voice or speech, everything is deadpan humor!

Words: 503, but most of them are probably a huge lump of exposition that should be edited out.

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25 February 2018 - Sunday

Deirdre is sick, but we had PAD&D5 anyway!

After defeating last session's ambush by boldly leaping into the middle of it and daring the [SPOILER] to do their worst, the Heroines of Red Larch retreat to replenish their resources while the ninjas sneak back in to scout. However, their rest is interrupted by the two most dangerous members of the [SPOILER] Hostage Squad, who are coming to parley with the Heroines' friend about the hostage situation. One of the two has been a thorn in the Heroines' side since the first time they saved Red Larch, but the other, although fundamentally annoying, is polite enough, so they all go up to see [SPOILER].

Meanwhile, Mika and Mara, in disguise as low-ranking [SPOILER], have found a variety of interesting things and people in the [SPOILER] lair (including the probable leader), been volunteered for two separate Villainous Activities, and stabbed a few deserving [SPOILER]. Finally they manage to finagle their way to taking the hostage upstairs to confront the Heroines' ally [SPOILER].

The ninjas rejoin the rest of the group as Lamthanc is failing to prove her accusations on [SPOILER]'s body (fighters are totally OP), and when the thorn in their side sees the hostage, the fight begins.

Once the [SPOILER] are driven off, some secrets about the hostage are revealed, and [SPOILER] realizes the fruits of their recent intellectual labor and departs, leaving the Heroines to clean up.

Also I learned that one of the other players has a girlfriend, which has less than 0 direct impact on my life, but reminds me how much of my youth (and really the rest of my life) I have wasted by being me. Avalon not dumping me notwithstanding.

Words: 227.

Weekly total: 2231.

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24 February 2018 - Saturday

Cleaners: check. Grocery shopping: very heavy, but check. Brain: FAIL.

Turkey chili: YUM.

  • Sailor Moon S 1-2: Jus survived seeing this arc of Sailor Moon Crystal, so now Ayse is determined that she should see the correct version.
  • My Hero Academia 1.5: It's not a school adventure unless there's a teacher who hates the protagonist!
  • Flip Flappers 6: So what exactly is Pure Illusion, then?

Words: 278.

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23 February 2018 - Friday

I am not usually a mystery reader, but Avalon recommended the "Flavia de Luce" series (Alan Bradley) so I picked up the first one, The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie. The protagonist is an 11-year-old girl in rural Britain in 1950, so it is very something. Flavia is pretty great, though. She will definitely grow up to be a supervillain.

Words: 308.

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22 February 2018 - Thursday

Taint is a lot like a shounen fantasy anime in text form, but with some Chinese elements, and a protagonist who is terrifying and not particularly sane. But it's hardly her fault, and regaining her humanity is at the main emotional plot. This may be more difficult when the supporting characters span the range from Chaotic Evil all the way up to True Neutral.

Words: 322.

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21 February 2018 - Wednesday

We knew Brooks couldn't make it for 13th Age and Burnt Rice (not actually burnt, but kind of slow and they messed up the order), but then Kelsey cancelled at the last minute again. Bah!

While waiting for Ken to become available, Dave and Mike and I played Codenames, a word-association game that uses completely different brain cells than most games. I played terribly, but it was fun anyway.

Terraforming Mars is a much more standard board game, although cute enough. We didn't finish, even though we played too late, but I would have done well on the next turn. Really.

She's a street rat from one of the world's few remaining dystopian cyberpunk slums. He's one of the psychic space whales that saved humanity. They fight The System. Honor Among Thieves (Rachel Caine, Anne Aguirre) is definitely not hard SF, but it is pretty charming.

Words: 241. But I stayed up too late writing them, since I couldn't start until after I got back from staying out too late playing Terraforming Mars. Bah.

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20 February 2018 - Tuesday

Bah, work. Can we have fully-automated luxury gay space communism now?

Words: 507.

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19 February 2018 - Monday

What, Trump hasn't been hauled off in chains? This President's Day is defective!

I petted Aspen and she purred! She was sitting in the Basket of Warmth +2, looked at me with big blue eyes like I might commit some horrible act of Thumbed Oppression at any moment, so I sat down beside her and petted her (as I sometimes do). She stopped watching me and eventually made a kind of strange noise, and she was definitely vibrating. What a good kitty!

Apparently Barnes & Noble suck the moose wang, so I did not go in search of manga. (The nearest independent bookstore is more than an hour each way by bus, blah.) I did hunt down an Instant Pot, because Ayse and Ken always use one to make tasty food. Perhaps I could make tasty food! Or, you know, die in a pit.

Words: 348.

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