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31 January 2021 - Sunday

I slept in even more than usual for a Sunday, because of how stupid I am, but eventually I managed to go do extra grocery shopping at the far Safeway. I did not manage to eat beforehand, with the expected results.


Read:

  • Q-Ship Chameleon; Rimward Stars (Glynn Stewart): Okay, the good guys can be pretty perfidious too. but strategy is like that, I guess.
  • Camp Flying Moose for Girls of All Kinds (Alicia Furness): A simple PbtA game about queer girls at summer camp in a cryptid-inhabited forest. It is not at all a fighty game.

I ate an entire tub of hummus with crackers after getting back from grocery shopping. I guess it was healthier than eating the entire cheesecake. Probably.


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30 January 2021 - Saturday

I did that thing where I plan to get up early and then keep sleeping in just a half hour more and then it's a million o'clock, but shopping was accomplished.

This week in Zoomwarts, everybody gets lost in the secret passages, Bella and her rival agree to stop pursuing Harry, and then Harry and Polka-Dot Lizard got lost too, just as everybody is about to have to go back to their dorms!

Staying up too late will definitely make tomorrow morning more productive, right?


Watched:

  • Dennou Coil 9: Test of courage episode! Also, Isako does something that seems terribly unwise.
  • The Promised Neverland 1.3-4: Sister Krone of the questionable character design is here, but who is the spy?!?

Read:

  • Heaven's Design Team (Hebi-Zou, Tsuta Suzuki, Tarako): I mean, boo, creationism, but it has actual weird biology, so that's something.

Watsonville Apple pizza. Bonus points for not eating enough to make myself sick.


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29 January 2021 - Friday

Hey, look, it's Friday again. I think this should happen more often. (Because I am dumb and bad at capitalism.)


Read:

  • Stellar Fox; Battle Group Avalon (Glynn Stewart): further, increasingly desparate, space battles. Also some romance, kinda.

I guess I ate food today?


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28 January 2021 - Thursday

Yay, new garbage disposal.


Read:

  • Space Carrier Avalon (Glynn Stewart): Yet another milSF series, no hot aliens in this one, but plenty of perfidious Terrans.
  • In/Spectre (Kyo Shirodaia, Chashiba Katase) vol 12: A couple of side stories with the "dying message" gimmick, and an obnoxious but cute yuki-onna.

Microwave food, but it got cold and bleah so then I ate snacks. This was probably not the best decision.


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27 January 2021 - Wednesday

So much yawning, so I was very unproductive and had to stay logged on to work forever to have something to send a customer. Also our garbage disposal did not get replaced today.


Watched:

  • Hilda 2.11: Another reincorporation from first season! I want to see the spinoff show set in the Juvenile Void, though.

Read:

  • Demiurge (Michael Shea): Collection of Mythos stories mostly set in the near past in SF, although some in Antarctica. They are well-written, but I feel like many of them could have been shorter. Maybe I just don't appreciate slow-burn horror, though.
  • Dragonflame (Alex Raizman): A princess raised by a dragon, vs alien invaders that have conquered the world. It's definitely fantasy, but it feels very Star Wars in several places.
  • Dear Noman (Neji) vol 1: Somewhat standard teenager-gets-drafted-into-secret-anti-monster-organization, but yuri and the tall, black-suit-wearing partner may technically be tsundere but her tsun power is pretty weak.

Leftovers and microwave soup.


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26 January 2021 - Tuesday

Now that the Eclipse Phase characters have finished the trippy intro, it's time to figure out what is actually going on and why there are murders instead of emotional bonding.

The storm stole Kelsey, but we were almost done anyway. Hopefully she gets Internet back by next week.


Mustard chicken and asparagus.


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25 January 2021 - Monday

Boo, Monday.


Watched:

  • Hilda 2.10: Christmas episode! With Yule lads!

Read:

  • The Traveler's Gate Trilogy Omnibus (Will Wight): A young man goes from nothing to a terrifying monster in a world where magic is based on opening gates to other worlds. Also, mysterious dolls.
  • "Them Shoes" (CE Murphy): Yeah, you know the ones she's talking about.

It's not microwave food if you eat it cold, right? Not that I'm sure how to microwave a wrap without making it weird and soggy.


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24 January 2021 - Sunday

It's time for Scum and Villainy again! This session, they get the maguffin out of the mysterious ruins and only murder a few people despite an entire entourage of the rich person wanting a tour being in the way. But, on the way back to Warren to drop it off, a Hegemony military ship hails them to surrender on charges of treason! How will they ever get out of this?


Read:

  • The Promised Neverland (Kaiu Shirai, Posuka Demizu) vol 18: Yes, of course that's how that had to play out.

Leftover pizza and tom kha kai.


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23 January 2021 - Saturday

Having slightly less shopping to do this morning was nice. I got that much extra time before having to Zoom.

This week, Bella discovers that she doesn't like her rival for Harry's love all that much after all. The approaching monster can maybe be tricked into playing games for everyone's life, though.


Watched:

  • Dennou Coil 8: Festival episode, full of 6th-grade awkwardness!
  • The Promised Neverland 1.1-2: Marith and I have seen this but Dave has not. It seems to be his kind of thing.

Read:

  • Going for the Triple Gold (Lavinia Rook): F/F/M PWP from a pocket frond. :fanning self emoji:

Shrimp and feta pizza.


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22 January 2021 - Friday

I tried doing the shopping at the nearby store tonight instead of all in one big expedition tomorrow, and it seems to have worked. However, walking a couple of blocks is not enough to make my brain capable of reading. I don't even know how many books I've read the first chapter of this week.


Microwave food.


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21 January 2021 - Thursday

It's two days after gaming, so why isn't it Friday? (I'm surprised my brain can count that high, actually.)


Read:

  • "The Misplaced Masterpiece of Richard Upton Pickman" (Troy Young): Okay, I've had enough of this.
  • "The Speed of Time" (Jay Lake): ...and then the universe ended? I think? I have no idea what happened in this story.
  • More Lore From the Mythos (ed Lily Luchesi): Collection of short stories ranging from straight Lovecraft pastiche to miscellaneous depravity, and from okay to not good at all.
  • O Maidens In Your Savage Season (Mari Okada, Nao Emoto) vol 7: No one gets laid, and if this weren't at least partially in the comedy genre, everything would be very bad at the cliffhanger.

Microwave food.


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20 January 2021 - Wednesday

Is it Thursday? Or Tuesday? I guess it must be Wednesday, because Trump is OUT, and his fucking Nazis haven't managed to stir up new trouble.

"Madam Vice-President" is a good phrase. And Biden may be another old white guy but he has human feelings and some idea what he's doing.


Read:

  • There is No Antimemetics Division (QNTM): Existential horror. It is an SCP Foundation story, but you don't need to know anything about SCP except that it has terrible things and gives them numbers.

Leftovers and packaged food.


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19 January 2021 - Tuesday

Monday falls on a Tuesday this week.

No, wait, Wednesday falls on a Tuesday!

New Eclipse Phase adventure, without Mike but with new player. Her character is three giant centipedes in a trenchcoat with a human head, so she seems to have a good understanding of the genre. Anyway, this time it was Dave's character who solved the problem by breaking things, no antimatter involved.


Read:

  • "The House at the Edge of Time" (Troy Young): Volume 3.1 of "The Other", which fails by making humans not meaningless.
  • The Alien Stars (Tim Pratt): Three short stories following up on exciting adventures of characters who didn't get enough screen time in the "Axiom" trilogy (Ashok, Shall, and Lantern).
  • Doors of Sleep (Tim Pratt): The main character travels to a new universe every time he falls asleep. This causes some difficulties with, well, everything.

Shrimp pasta, and squash.


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18 January 2021 - Monday

I meant to get up early, but then slept pretty badly, so didn't. I did manage to make the enormously long walk that I used to do every day without really thinking about it and buy new shrimp for dinner tomorrow. Apparently any goal, however trivial, is enough to get me to take a walk, but of course I shouldn't actually go anywhere until we get a functional government that can get everyone vaccinated.


Read:

  • Mononoke Sharing (coolkyousinnjya) vol 2-4: The end! Surprisingly, there was some plot, not just raunch, and even a conclusion. But there was plenty of raunch.

Packaged food, I didn't even microwave it. Also too much snack.


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17 January 2021 - Sunday

It's the middle day of a three-day weekend, so I slept in until about three hours later than my WFH wakeup time (which is already about two and a half hours later than my old normal wakeup time) and I could have probably gone back to sleep if looking at the clock hadn't made me feel like such a loser. I'm pretty sure I could in fact sleep 24x7 except for short biology breaks, were it not for capitalism.


Read:

  • Please Tell Me! Galko-Chan (Kenya Suzuki) vol 5: The questions are completely perfunctory at this point, it's just slice of life now.
  • Witch Hat Atelier (Kamome Shirahama) vol 6: Makeup exam, plus mainstream witch society. But we know the doom will return.

Leftover Thai.


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16 January 2021 - Saturday

I got up to go grocery shopping at the time I wanted, so although I still suck, at least I knew the measure of my suckage. Sun Tzu would be slightly less contemptuous.


Bella and Rosamund and the lizards are grounded forever, but at least they aren't locked in a dungeon, and neither are the Golden Trio. Sadly, all credit for getting Harry out of the dungeon had to go to Mathilda, but Bella is being remarkably mature about it. I wonder how long it will take her to snap.


Watched:

  • Dennou Coil 6-7: I'm pretty sure even Isoka knows that's not how to take care of a little kid!
  • RWBY 8.7: Oh, there's Penny. And now everything is getting moving, just in time for the hiatus.

Read:

  • The Other (Troy Young) vol 2: Second volume, mostly different characters because a lot of Mythos investigators didn't make out of the first volume. The Canadian investigation agency is even sketchier, but apparently the ones in other countries are not better. The extent of Nyarlathotep's dickitude surpasses mortal comprehension.

Hawaiian pizza with extra bacon/onion/peppers.


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15 January 2021 - Friday

Oh, right, as a general principle I should blather less and STFU more.


Read:

  • The Ruthless Lady's Guide to Wizardry (CM Waggoner): Set in the same world of trolls and magic and quasi-Victorians as Unnatural Magic but with better pacing and more poverty drug use and truly terrible plans. About the same amount of queer romance and complicated feelings.

Microwave food and way too much diet Dr Pepper.


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14 January 2021 - Thursday

I checked three different stores, and all of them were completely sold out of drain cleaner of every brand and SKU. Fortunately Marith was able to get some from the apartment manager, or there's no telling when our sink might get unclogged. (The answer is tomorrow, when we get someone to come snake it, apparently.)


Microwave food.


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13 January 2021 - Wednesday

Wow, the House succeeded in impeaching Trump a second time. I was afraid they were going to be lame. There are even some senators who may be on board with removal.


I don't know who the competent, productive employee my manager described in my Q42020 review, but okay, sure.


Mike has to suck up to the people building our future robot overlords on Wednesdays, so he can't come to gaming. Ken found another gamer from his Vampire LARP, though, so starting next week we're switching to Tuesdays and have a whippersnapper joining our Zooms.


Leftovers AND microwave food.


Words: FAIL. But I caught up on journaling a bit.

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12 January 2021 - Tuesday

Watched:

  • Hilda 2.8-9: I guess that was technically not breaking the grounding, at first. And then there was the Dr Who crossover. After that, the mystery of the deerfoxes revealed!

Read:

  • The Other (Troy Young) vol 1: Short stories about the secret Canadian government agency that investigates Cthulhu Mythos horrors. Not as militarized as a US version would be, but the leader is pretty sketchy. First of three projected volumes, I think.
  • The Story Engine (Peter Chiykowski): More of the same microfiction seen in Postcards from Impossible Worlds, which I don't understand how people can write. I guess it takes a brain. Packaged with a card-based story prompting system that I don't have enough space to spread out.
  • Gal Gohan (Marii Taiyou) vol 1: Fanservice gal trying to learn cooking as an excuse to get close to the nebbishy cooking teacher. The gal has an actual personality, with at least two dimensions, so it's kind of cute but also very problematic. (Or I'm too old.)

Marinated drumsticks and not one, but two green vegetables.


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11 January 2021 - Monday

I managed to walk to do shopping and not die, so I guess that was good. Right?


Read:

  • Raven's Course (Glynn Stewart): Third in the series, and apparently last, or at least ends with a lot of plotlines, both personal and political resolved, and no trailer for a next book.
  • Vampire Blood Drive 2 (Mira Ong Chua): Pure lesbian fluff, not entirely NSFW. Sequel to My First Vampire Blood Drive.

Microwave food.


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10 January 2021 - Sunday

Once again it's time for Scum and Villainy! This session, Hex and Dolf use their future knowledge to arrange for something terrible to befall some of the Engineers' Guild (because we hate those guys), the rest of the team wakens something perilous from the Dendara ruins and then puts it back to sleep (by feeding it Kit's arm), Echo controls their body by pure mental force, a rival ruin explorer is faced down, a mystic is deeply alarmed, and an obnoxious rich person and her obnoxious entourage appear. In some order.

Alas, I am still a terrible GM, but this time multiple PCs were over 6 stress, and one got level 3 harm, so that's something. I guess I should figure out how to get them some downtime to recover a bit before tormenting them further.


I meant to go shopping, but was too useless.


"Tony Roomba's Last Day on Earth" by Maria Haskins.


Read:

  • The Peacekeeper Initiative (Glynn Stewart): Second of the "Raven" books, the hero's impassioned presentation to senior officers has gotten him put in charge of peacekeeping throughout the sector, but not granted many additional resources.
  • Flying Witch (Chihiro Ishizuka) vol 8: More slice-of-life and cute magic. Our main characters knows her elemental affinity now.
  • Yokai Girls (Kazuki Funatsu) vol 1: Lacking in positive social value, or really anything except meh fan service.

Leftover Thai.


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9 January 2021 - Saturday

The cleaners were late and slow, so I did not manage to get going to shop until way late, but we got at least a little bit of food.

In Zoomwarts, Bella and Rosamund survived the house, although the house did not survive them, and made it back to Hogwarts with a diminuendoed Death Eater Doug and a full-sized and maximally-infuriating Partha. Surely Dumbledore will not be mad, right?


Watched:

  • Dennou Coil 5: The club president's secret ID!
  • RWBY 8.5-6: Yep, Penny is doomed. But apparently so is everybody else.

Read:

  • Raven's Peace (Glynn Stewart): Completely unrelated to his other series, but apparently has the interstellar politics and ship combat my brain wants in these troubled times. In this one, a vast empire is destroyed, leaving all the vital needs they arranged to fulfill unmet and everything in chaos. Mental health is as important to the enlightened future military as physical health, which is nice, and the male main character is bi and demi, which might not be written the best, but is at least acknowledged as a thing, so way better than most MilSF.

Chicken fried rice.


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8 January 2021 - Friday

Survived a whole week of work in 2021, although mostly by staring at the news in horror.

Most of today was taken up with toilet replacement, again. It was very smelly, because correctly-functioning toilets are not the ones that get replaced.


Watched:

  • Hilda 2.6-7: I guess you can't say ACAB in a kids' show, but Ahlberg does not come off well in either of these. The bell-ringer is pretty cool, though.

Maple-mustardy salmon, tiny spuds, squash.


Words: FAIL. Brain too small, also couldn't get to the easy project because computers. Which is a feeble excuse.

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7 January 2021 - Thursday

Is the country still fucked? Given the number of Republicans who want to repeat yesterday until Trump is dictator for life, probably, but relatively few Democrats are ineffectually wringing their hands this time, so there may be some hope.


Read:

  • Into the Black (William Meikle): Collection of Lovecraftian tales which are more like Call of Cthulhu adventures in that the puny mortals sometimes have enough dynamite to win, although they know the extra time they have bought for humanity is meaningless on a cosmic scale.
  • Siege of Rage and Ruin (Django Wexler): The trilogy is complete, the sisters are reunited, many asses are kicked.

Microwave food. Or at least microwave starch.


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6 January 2021 - Wednesday

Well, that was quite a day. Not a day for work, but definitely a day for news. Also stress-snacking and staring blankly into space while not doomscrolling.

(For those reading this in the distant future: Trump got a bunch of his Nazi goons to break into the Capitol with the passive permission and active aid of the Capitol police, because police love Nazis. Congress and staff are mostly okay, and eventually went ahead with certifying the Biden/Harris victory over the objections of Republican lickspittles.)


There was some discussion of hiding from the world forever, but instead we played Eclipse Phase, and various characters poked at things until the uploaded uplifted raven managed to get the moon to explode in a blaze of antimatter annihilation, killing everyone. Victory!

Next session: [SPOILER]!


Read:

  • Komi Can't Communicate (Tomohito Oda) vol 10: More friends, this time gals! Who are perfectly nice!

Microwave food.


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5 January 2021 - Tuesday

The closest I came to having a brain was going for a walk after work with the excuse of trying to buy more diet Snapple.


Read:

  • Earthrise (MCA Hogarth): Reread for unclear reasons, as despite the extended visit to the planet of horny cat-people, it consists of approximately 0% smut by volume. It does have a space elf, and a human who desperately needs therapy.

Microwave food, and also a million sausages because they were about to expire. So many sausages.


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4 January 2021 - Monday

The first Monday of 2021, leading off with a massive Slack outage! Also a dentist appointment, although that wasn't too bad. Apparently I don't brush my mandibles correctly, though.


Read:

  • Finna (Nino Cipri): Knock-off Ikea, wormholes, retail worker depression, not-so-universal instructions, trans-enbyness, and bad places.

Microwave food.


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3 January 2021 - Sunday

Since I was on call all of yesterday, I had to go shopping today, but it worked pretty well. I just beat the line to Trader Joe's, anyway.

Other than that, however, I was super-dumb all day.


Read:

  • Fangs (Sarah Andersen): One-page comics about a vampire and a werewolf who are dating. Several of them made me laugh, several of them made me go "awww".
  • Killing Me! (Akiyama) vol 1: Vampire x vampire hunter in high school. The hunter would totally kill the vampire if she didn't keep messing with her feelings!
  • Eniale & Dewiela (Kamome Shirahama) vol 1: The title characters are angel and demon frenemies, who share a love for the human invention of fashion and a distinct lack of competence.
  • Pulsar Race (Glynn Stewart): Novella set sometime before book four of the "Starship Mage" series, with mostly completely different characters, and also squalid skullduggery and OP magic.

Spicy chicken philly and sweet potato fries for lunch, but I don't even know how to dinner.


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2 January 2021 - Saturday

Unfortunately, being on call from 7:00 doesn't mean I have to be awake from then. I can set my phone to annoy me if customers attack, and go back to sleep forever, which is more or less what I did.


Finally Bella and Rosamund and the lizards made it to the old LeStrange house (and I missed the chance to make them roll with Bravery for riding invisible flying monsters, so it was too easy) and we cut just as the door creaked open.


Watched:

  • Dennou Coil 4: I'm not sure the battle between Isako and Daichi's gang makes much sense, but it's certainly spectacular.
  • RWBY 8.4: Everything Ren is saying is true, but it's not helping. It's especially not helping Oscar. Also, Jean is kind of a doofus.

Read:

  • The Ancient Magus' Bride: Wizard's Blue (Makoto Sanda, Isuo Tsukumo) vol 1: This time it's a female inhuman monstrosity (who is actually pretty cute) and a young human boy with exceptional magic (or maybe alchemical) powers. It is pretty adorable.
  • The Upside of Falling Down (Rebekah Crane): Amnesia from a plane crash, Ireland, running away, falling in love, taming a punk (who is definitely cooler than the love interest), assorted lovely gay Irish boys. Crane definitely deserves credit for having female friendships be at least comparably important to romance.

Pizza.


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1 January 2021 - Friday

HAPPY NEW YEAR! I hope.

I managed to do some minor chores today, but mostly I sat in front of the computer with a space heater blowing on my feet and was completely useless.


Read:

  • The Odds of Loving Grover Cleveland (Rebekah Crane): Like The Infinite Pieces of Us, a traumatized teenage girl ends up in a new place and meets a bunch of eccentric teenagers, befriending many of them and falling in love with one. All the characters and details are different, though.
  • Spy x Family (Tatsuya Endo) vol 3: The cliffhanger at the end of the last volume was temporarily resolved in a ridiculous way, but I feel like there needs to be development of some kind soon.
  • Wardtown (Glynn Stewart): Fantasy Western. Meh.
  • The Ancient Magus' Bride (Kore Yamazaki) vol 13: More intrigue among the great families of alchemy, played out at the secret college where Chise and Elias can screw up everyone's plans.

Leftovers.


Words: Check. I did some more Write or Die. I guess they're words? And in theory, at the rate I'm writing, I could do NaNoWriMo in one hour per day. It would just be terrible. More terrible than usual, I mean.

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