Previously, in Trip's Life...

30 June 2020 - Tuesday

Oh. It's Tuesday.


Watched:

Read:

  • Small Favors (Colleen Coover) vol 2: I think Past Me had feelings, but now I am approximately one thousand years old and have been on antidepressants for the last four hundred of them, so meh.

Pasta with sauce.


Words: I wrote like 450 words, although I don't know that it will go anywhere.

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29 June 2020 - Monday

I was too mean to Marith, who has in fact learned to eat bell peppers.

Also it's Monday of the fifteenth week of quarantine. It seems like it should be either more or less than that, because time has no meaning.


Read:

  • Yurara (Chika Shiomi) vol 2: You can't have two hot guys in the same manga without there being a love triangle, can you?

Leftovers, although food was cooked for lunch.


Words: I wrote a little of sequel to the thing I wrote consistently like a decade ago. All my OCs are so old now!

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28 June 2020 - Sunday

As usual, sleeping in seemed better than getting up in a timely fashion, but I made it to Atlantic City Rollers anyway. (Good thing I didn't have to go very far.)

As planned last issue, the Rollers travel in time and space to a point a couple of weeks before the goo sample was sent from the North American base, and near that base in the half-flooded ruins of Detroit. (The Mechanic has strong feelings about Detroit, but not the kind that interfere with the mission.) Unfortunately, they land right on top of some gannok (goo-holding alien) scavengers and there's a huge fight. The Rollers win, of course, but end up with seventeen prisoners and a broken hovercraft. One of the prisoners is willing to believe the goo is more danger than opportunity, at least, and helps Nighthawk and Anonymouse sneak into the base. (Nighthawk is important because she is the only Roller without superpowers, so she won't cause the inert goo to activate. At least, that's Feathers's best hypothesis.)

More bad luck! Just as the goo detector goes off, the gannok base is assaulted by the saurians (the aliens that enslaved the velociraptors)! Anonymouse and Nighthawk have to retrieve the goo shipment from the landing bay, steal vehicles, and escape the base without getting Anonymouse too close to the goo! Fortunately, gannok vehicles are normally started by being hotwired, and everyone in the base is running around like their grease-coated fur is on fire, so this isn't too hard.

The captives are released and the Rollers hide out until Nighthawk can take the goo back and put it in the containment grid, and then a week later the rest of them go back.

Next: research!


Watched:

  • Leverage 3.12: Hey, it's the season plot! And Sophie's backstory! Or at least one layer of it.

Read:

  • Yurara (Chika Shiomi) vol 1: Apparently I do sometimes read manga I kept for a decade! This one is a short series about a meek high school girl with ghost-sensing powers, her hot and assertive possessing spirit, and two hot and obnoxious boys.
  • Small Favors (Colleen Coover) vol 1: Another comic pulled off my shelf, this one is pure, unadulterated, lesbian smut.

Fried rice, which apparently is called stirfry in Connecticut.


Words: FAIL.

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27 June 2020 - Saturday

After the cleaners, Marith went back to bed and I went shopping on the bus, which I think was probably fine: there was never more than one person on the bus with me, so social distancing was easy, and not having to coordinate with any other person made it at least 50% less stressful.


I couldn't run for Jus and Marith today, because I was on call for the afternoon shift. As it turned out, no customers caused any problems, but Marith presented Chibi-Hana and Beep-Boop and the lizards with puzzles. Maybe it is something every GM has to learn for every table, but I do not think engagement was high. Puzzles are not usually like real choices. But we did get to the wizard we have been searching for all this time, and he even agreed to pay his library fines and return his overdue books, if only we help him "save the world".


Watched:

  • My Hero Academia 86-88: Finally, the school festival and Eri's smile! But then, moving on to Endeavour taking over the number one spot in the official hero rankings, and Hawks (who is totally OP) and the plot for the first part of next season, which isn't out yet!

Now we must decide what else to watch.


Orzo and chicken and sundried tomatoes.


Words: FAIL.

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26 June 2020 - Friday

Today we got to see the presentations from Jus's Shakespeare Camp! The kids could not get together to perform a play, but they did monologues and costume design and set design and moodboards and puppetry and it was very cute.


Oh no, a pocket frond's cat is sick! And they just lost a human from their family too.


Watched:

Read:

  • The Angel of the Crows (Katherine Addison): It's like Sherlock Holmes, except Watson was wounded by a fallen angel in Afghanistan, Holmes is a literal angel of London, all proper young ladies learn scrying, and there are randomly werewolves and ghosts and stuff all over, because that's just how life is. Remixes some of the original Holmes's cases in this new magical setting, interspersed throughout the longrunning hunt for Jack the Ripper. Despite the gruesome subject matter, it is kind of heartwarming.

Spinch bacon salad, stuffed gnocchis, and tilapia.


Words: FAIL.

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25 June 2020 - Thursday

Late work, no brain.

Stayed up until a million o'clock playing Numberzilla, again. I"m getting better at it, which seems like the most useless possible skill.


Honey mustard garlic salmon!


Words: FAIL.

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24 June 2020 - Wednesday

No gaming, gaming was on Monday. Only dumbness.


Watched:

  • Leverage 3.11: Everyone tries to one-up each other in a flashback sequence to before they teamed up or even knew each other. It may be silly.

Read:

  • Eleanor & Park (Rainbow Rowell): Two teenagers who think they aren't cool fall in love in 1986 in Omaha, despite obstacles both familial and internal. So much feelings! How do feelings even work? I can't write fanfic, but I spent a while thinking about how the protagonists could murder one of the second characters and get away with it, because ew. (Hey, it's not often I root for a het romance!) Side note: if these kids were 16 in 1986, they are exactly the same age as me. More proof that I wasted my teenage years.

Leftovers.


Words: Check, I guess, meh.

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23 June 2020 - Tuesday

Why do I have the grouchy?


Leftovers plus new panzanella.


Words: I guess technically? I opened up Scrivener and committed a few sentences, anyway. This story is supposed to be about a difficult voyage and terrifying invaders, but everything I know to write is about the main character's sex life.

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22 June 2020 - Monday

There was some kind of scheduling thing so we had to move 13th Age Glorantha to Monday, which worked fine once I reminded people enough times. However, although Mike worked very hard on making the battle map in Roll20, with lighting and walls and opacity and everything, it was terrible and I will quit if that's how we have to play going forward.

The map got in the way so much that we barely got through meeting an NPC, getting told, "guard this building, baboons are coming for their hot magic item" and rolling initiative. I feel really bad for not appreciating the work Mike put into it, but no. This is not a functional way to game.


Read:

  • Witch Hat Atelier (Kamome Shirahama) vol 5: We find out more about the Brimmed Hats and their agenda for Coco, but all the witches stick to their chosen path.

Leftovers.


Words: FAIL.

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21 June 2020 - Sunday

I did not do anything today except read webcomics and die in a pit.


Read:

  • Daughter of the Lilies (Meg Syv, Yoko Weaver, Rosey Mae Sommer) book 1: It's very D&Dish, but the demons are creepy, the adventuring seems well-regulated and for the good of society, and the main character is a cinnamon roll.

Watched:

  • The Untamed/Chen qing ling 3: Still in the flashback. We've just been introduced to the principles of Cloud Recesses, and how many of them the main character has broken in like five minutes..

Marith cooked food, but it was too spicy for her so she had to eat ice cream instead.


Words: FAIL. I complained on the Slack a lot, but that's not the same.

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20 June 2020 - Saturday

This time in Hogwarts, Bella and Rosamund and the lizards decline to eat sushi that might be made of house elves, investigate the mystery until they get told to stay out, and deliver the Glass to Partha, who summons something that looks a lot like both the ghost that haunted Baby Lizard and Bella. Also, Bella's dark mark is acting up and she revealed her identity to the rest of the party, who are definitely not now extremely worried.

Jus got to be extremely dramatic, which apparently is what she wants from a game.


Watched:

  • My Hero Academia 83-85: Deku vs Gentle Criminal, with the school festival and a mustache at stake!

I forgot to eat dinner again.


Words: FAIL.

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19 June 2020 - Friday

It's Juneteenth, which seems relevant to the current situation.

It's also the end of the fourteenth week of sheltering in place.


This time I played during the day, which was probably not great, but it's not like I didn't do a work.


Watched:

  • Knives Out: It was not amazing, but it was a perfectly good mystery movie, and the people who got shafted mostly deserved it. Also, Chris Evans being sketchy in a sweater.

Marith made pasta carbonara, out of real carbon.


Words: FAIL.

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18 June 2020 - Thursday

I had to actually log in to work promptly on time instead of being a useless morning zombie. Bah.


Played too much Numberzilla again, because I am Dumb.


I forgot to eat microwave food.


Words: FAIL. I mean, I thought about writing, but was forced to admit that I still don't know what I should be writing.

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17 June 2020 - Wednesday

Ken has returned, so we are back to the away team in 13th Age Glorantha and the interrogation by the Lunar who has vast magical power but still rolled very badly. (I'm glad Mike is making NPCs get hosed by the dice, not just us.) Anyway, we somehow got out of it unvaporized and with some extra money if we ever get to a place where we can buy equipment. Also we got lost avoiding even more Lunar soldiers, tried to take shelter in a cave marked by exciting rainbow pillars, and got chased out by hideous armadillo monsters that swarmed Mernyr. Hmph.

Then I stayed up playing Numberzilla forever until I died.


Salmon with tastiness.


Words: FAIL.

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16 June 2020 - Tuesday

Meh, work. I was wrong about a thing, so now probably everyone thinks I'm an idiot, especially the customers.


Read:

  • Witch Hat Atelier (Kamome Shirahama) vol 4: Another test! A master witch who should not only be barred from ever being a teacher, but should probably not be allowed to talk to people at all! Ancient hazards! Adorable penguigriffons! But the Brimmed Hats are back!
  • "Swingers" (Robert Reed): I think I missed how the twist in this story went, but I wasn't intrigued enough to reread.
  • "Circus Girl, The Hunter, and Mirror Boy" (JY Yang): Not Tensorate, more like soggy Shadowrun where suddenly there was magic and everything was a mess and you need witches. Also, a good definition of person vs monster.
  • "Extracurricular Activities" (Yoon Ha Lee): Reread because I didn't remember it from the title, but I regret nothing.

Leftovers, I think?


Words: Check! I'm not sure that having written down what came next helped, since it seemed to take forever to get to what I had listed as the next step! Maybe I need to use even more detail?

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15 June 2020 - Monday

Whee, it's week fourteen of shelter-in-place.


Watched:

  • Avatar: The Last Airbender 1.8-9: Still early episodic stuff, the characters aren't interacting very naturally yet, Iroh is comic relief. Poor Katara, though. Feeling competetive with the Avatar is never going to go well.

Read:

  • The Fire Keeper (JC Cervantes): I didn't like this one quite as much as the first and I'm not sure why. It had villainous plans, heroic plans, new villains, heel-face turns, and powerups, but I guess it didn't have as much novelty? I think probably the target audience would be fine with it.

Words: I dunno, kinda? I didn't write any actual words, but I did write down what goes in the next chunk of scene, so perhaps that will help? Although I only got to the point where something needs to happen, so I still have to figure out what.

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14 June 2020 - Sunday

As expected, it's the point in this collection where the Atlantic City Rollers start time travelling. Apparently they can still put the touch on Maxiscorp for pure carbon and caffeine and vapor deposition machines because they've now made six time cubes and used five of them on trips to the post-human era (which is only a few hundred years away, but only Moth seems at all worried by that).

On the first jump, the explore Antarctica for signs of the goo, and find an enemy (non-velociraptor-recruiting) alien base that self-destructed. There is finely-divided and hopefully non-viable goo all around it, and a puddle of more active goo in the basement that Feathers kills with fire. Then a supersonic zeppelin shows up to investigate, but goes away with no goo because it's all burned up. Problem solved!

A blind grab to just after Red Fang 13's departure retrieves a bunch of goo, so problem not solved. Fortunately Anonymouse has talked the brownies into building a new room in the base, with only one door and a very sturdy structure, so the goo fight doesn't have to happen in Feathers's lab.

Next the Rollers go back to that same base at a slightly earlier time and send Anonymouse to infiltrate. She can't pass as one of the smelly monkey-looking aliens, but she can lurk out of sight in their base and watch their goo experiments and use Red Fang 13's malware to scoop up information for later analysis. The somnolent goo becomes active when she finally gets near it, though, and she leaves shortly before the base self-destructs (ahead of the time it did on their first visit, probably).

Analyzing the information back in the good old 21st century points to another base that the Antarctic base received the goo from, so that's the Rollers' next target!


After gaming, I went for a walk that seemed long, but I guess wasn't really. It's just not a path I've followed hundreds of times like the route to and from the bookstore. Outside is nice, but why does there ahve to be so much summer?


Watched:

Read:

  • The Storm Runner (JC Cervantes): Start of another non-white-mythology series, this time Mayan. Male protagonist, but this one actually notices girls (who are cooler than him), and there is a bit of a romance subplot. In Mayan myth, AGAB.

Leftovers.


Words: Check. I knew what I wanted to write, but it still took forever to get 600 measly words. Maybe it's because I didn't write it down first, or maybe it's because I suck.

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13 June 2020 - Saturday

Because someone was wrong on the Internet, we didn't get going for grocery shopping until 9:30, but the line when we got there wasn't any longer than when we go at 8, and there was no line at 10:30, so I think the days of carefully timed grocery runs are firmly over. I should see what public transit is like; maybe I can do shopping without Marith having to wake up at all. That would be much better.


I ran Hogwarts for Jus and Marith again, and although there wasn't plot, exactly, some things happened. Bella & co learned about a conspiracy room from the house elves (unfortunately hidden behind an oven of incendiary death which Rosamund can't squeeze past), which demands sacrifice of blood and scurrilous rumours but contains a ghost spider that seems friendly; conducted some experiments on the non-canon artifact they found, which they were subsequently warned against doing in Defense Against the Dark Arts class; eavesdropped on Potter and his friends using the invisibility cloak stolen from them to learn about the plan that they couldn't execute because they had no invisibility cloak; witnessed bizarre and horrifying house elf behavior; and got no help from Snape. It was a pretty good session!

Now I know more about the OC artifact, and realize that something I was planning should be triggered right away by what the PCs were doing with it. My GMing technique of throwing a bunch of stuff out there and not trying to link or expand on any of it until I see what the PCs bite on is being validated, because I am an absolute wagon.


Watched:

  • My Hero Academia 80-82: Hurray, some other characters are getting some screen time! Also Midoriya got more training from All Might just as Dave was complaining he was being dim.

Cooked food.


Words: FAIL. After watching anime and writing up today's gaming session, there is only ZZZZuul.

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12 June 2020 - Friday

Spent most of the day trying to reproduce what a customer is seeing, but it's not working. Bah!


Microwave food.


Read:

  • Spirit Circle (Satoshi Mizukami) vol 5-6: Finally we find out what Fortuna did to make Kooka hate him so much, and it's well into "fuck that guy" territory, but not as bad as what he wants to do, which definitely justifies a vendetta beyond the bounds of time and mortality. But, it is all resoved in a fairly satisfying way. The end!
  • Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky (Kwame Mbalia): Another of the "Rick Riordan uses his star power to promote nonwhite authors" books, this one is African-American and West African myths and folk heroes, which I do not know much about. Male protag, but I guess that's okay. There is a lot about the power of storytelling, and story creation, which there kind of has to be because so much of this material comes from historical times, not unrecorded antiquity.

Words: I filled out character sheets with "More than anything, I want:" for a few characters, so I'll call that a check. I guess..

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11 June 2020 - Thursday

I seem to have developed a very bad morning routine of sleeping in until it's time to log in to work, and then taking little breaks during the morning to brush my teeth and shower. This is probably because I am extremely defective and also no one cares.

Then I stayed logged in until it was time to hand over to India, because it's Thursday (to the extent that time means anything).


Watched:

    The Untamed 1-2: This is a different adaptation from the same source as Founder of Diabolism, but cheesier because it's live-action. So far the plot is very similar, and the pining looks between dewy martial arts youths are very similar, but there is a female character at least in flashbacks, which is doing better than the animated version.

Cooked food.


Words: FAIL. I was working and then watching TV and then dumb.

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10 June 2020 - Wednesday

A customer was full of woe, so I ended up being on a call with them for an hour and a half, and then writing that up and researching all the next steps and everything took the entire rest of the day. But at least I could do it all while sitting down.


I got a new fan, so now if my old fan stops working the way it keep threatening to, I will not die.


Ken bailed on 13th Age Glorantha with almost no notice, so we had to leave the adventure where his character was really pretty important and switch back to the home team. Afridr and her posse (or maybe others see Gosik as the leader, since he has the high Charisma bonus even though he never talks?) are on the trail of some rat bastards from the Grey Dog clan, since cattle raiding is one thing, but murderizing people after they surrender is crossing the line. Apparently the rattiest bastard also murderized one of his own for suggesting he may have acted poorly, so we had to put her ghost to rest with the aid of an oracular hermit. Now Afridr has a bloody rock that may or may not summon a ghost, and Brogandi is creeped out by the hermit muttering about the Stone Woman.


Read:

  • Spirit Circle (Satoshi Mizukami) vol 4: The tag line from the cover blurb is "Those who don't learn from the future are doomed to repeat it..." which is hard to beat.

Microwave food.


Words: FAIL. I sort of wanted to write, but I was really dumb and also busy all evening.

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9 June 2020 - Tuesday

Work meetings. Blah.


Technically it would be time for Elementary in the rotation, but neither of us really wanted to watch cop propaganda.

Watched:

  • Leverage 3.10: Capitalism is always the problem.

Marith didn't feel up to cooking, so pizza.


Words: FAIL. But I got stuck reading stuff I wrote a long time ago, so, um, something. I used to be able to write consistently, even if it didn't have plot or worldbuilding or anything! (I was really not clear on Fully-Automated Luxury Queer Space Communism back then.)

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8 June 2020 - Monday

Monday of week thirteen of shelter-in-place. How cursed is that? Only medium, apparently, but I'd still rather be sleeping.


Read:

  • 2k to 10k (Rachel Aaron): The subtitle is "How to write faster, write better, and write more of what you love" which, sure, that's the whole point of a writing book, but a pocket frond (I think it was autumnalcoyote) recommended it as being actually helpful. It is! Or at least the author kind of thinks the same way I do, despite being a plotter? Anyway, a couple of key insights are that you can get more done in a writing session if you take a few minutes to plan out your scene before diving in, so that when you realize it's wrong and your protagonist would never do that, you only have to change a few notes and not half a chapter, and that if you are having trouble getting words out, it's probably because you're trying to write a scene that's not interesting and shouldn't be written. I'm not sure I can make either of these work with my brain, but they seem sensible. Also I really need to stop skimping on motivation for my character. And learn to come up with endings for stories.

Leftovers and toaster oven food.


Words: No, but I read a book that should make me better at writing in the future. If I somehow become less dumb.

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7 June 2020 - Sunday

I slept in until a million o'clock because no one was expecting me to be anywhere at any particular time. This meant I was not anywhere at any particular time and did not do any particular thing. At all.


Leftovers.


Words: Check. But I don't know how to write. I don't know how people work. I don't know anything.

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6 June 2020 - Saturday

Grocery shopping, check. I was still yawning after first grocery shopping, so I took a nap before second grocery shopping, which meant I got hardly anything done today. I mean, even compared to other days.


In the Hogwarts game, Bella Riddle finally got her hands on the Invisibility Cloak by disguising herself as a boy to search the dorm and steal it from Harry Potter. Surely this will have no repercussions at all. Also inciting the students to riot about Buckbeak must be totally fine.


Watched:

  • My Hero Academia 77-79: Aftermatch of the big fight, new opening credits, and now it's Bakugo and Todoroki vs a foe that cannot be defeated!

Marith cooked tilapia to go with the leftover risotto.


Words: Check.

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5 June 2020 - Friday

It was not unspeakably hot in the afternoon, so I logged out of work early and walked down to the bookstore to pick up the book they had been holding for me for weeks. It turns out they're opening for in-store shopping (in limited numbers, etc) as part of the reopening phase starting Monday, but whatever. I only remembered to start boosting halfway through, and still got a pile of Walkr energy.


Watched:

  • Avatar: The Last Airbender 1.6-7: It is still a little awkward, and they did not give Katara her full awesomeness, but I am sad that the spirit stuff didn't get expanded on later. (Or maybe it did and I forgot about it?)

Marith cooked risotto in the Instant Pot. It wasn't really instant, but it didn't take an hour of constant stirring, so close enough.


Words: FAIL. I caught up here, but that's not really writing.

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4 June 2020 - Thursday

It is still too hot. Also I had to work until late, although it was not as terrible as it could be. (Customers can always be more terrible.)


Read:

  • The Serpent's Secret (Sayantani Dasgupta): A completely different Indian-American middle school girl getting mixed up in Indian mythology! I didn't like this one as much, it was more of a fairytale with princes and kings, and the magic was plot instead of worldbuilding. The connection between astrophysics and magic reminded me a little of Dianna Wynne Jones, but not enough. But this book is clearly for readers at least a little younger than the "Aru Shah" books, so even less for me. Maybe Jus would like it? I'd rather give her the Aru Shah books, though.

Leftovers again, like grownups.


Words: Check.

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3 June 2020 - Wednesday

Too hot again. Why is summer?


This session had a lot of cut scenes, but we were successfully not killed by Fozzar Wide-Read (for whatever reason) and only disarmed and cast out. We have a place to go, if only we can get past the apparently unending number of Lunar assholes wandering our country, but now one of them has us cornered and we have to figure out what we can swear about the letter of infinite authority that only some of us know the trickster has.


Read:

  • Aru Shah and the Tree of Wishes (Roshani Chokshi): Third book out of what is supposed to be five, so the cliffhanger ending is entirely appropriate! They have added another male character, but also the two remaining Pandava sisters, so it's fine. There is also a lot more about the inner lives of antagonists, and annoying alleged allies (there are a lot of people who could be described as "sisters", that's all I'm saying).

Leftovers.


Words: FAIL.

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2 June 2020 - Tuesday

I wanted to skip out early and go to the bookstore to pick up the book they have been holding for me since forever, but instead I did work. It was probably too hot anyway.


Watched:

  • Leverage 3.9: Do most people know how three-card monte works, or not? I feel like that would have an impact on how this episode worked, because it didn't really work for either of us.

Cooked food, although I was too bleah to eat more than one serving, so there are lots of leftovers.


Words: Check.

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1 June 2020 - Monday

Apparently not only is everything full of plague and on fire, we're on the verge of a white supremecist military dictatorship. I am about as white as it gets, so I'll probably be fine, but that doesn't make it okay.


Read:

  • Aru Shah and the Song of Death (Roshani Chokshi): Aru and Mini make some more friends and get more embroiled in the woes of villains who have pretty good reasons for hating the establishment and also get a wife. There is now a male character on the team, but I don't think there's any chance of him taking over or the girls treating him with excessive any respect.

Microwaved food. I mean, I heated it in the oven to be crispier, but it's still microwave food.


Words: I guess I'm counting even 100 words as a check, so sure.

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