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I wonder how long I can say "fuck this exhaustion shit" and make myself going out of sheer stubborn. Mostly because I wonder how much of this being tired is lack of momentum and how much is latent stress from the house buying process churning along at the speed of Arctic molasses and not being able to do much about it. It's possibly the latter, but just in case it's the former, fuck this exhaustion shit. Time to keep moving.
I see the Dragon*Con guest list has hit the point where it's going to keep expanding until people start cancelling.
Oh, right! booknerdguru
gave me thinks to talk about in that I love libraries meme. So here we go.faeries
I have had the Katherine Briggs since I was a very wee girl. So there's that. No, I love faeries, faery stories of all kinds, I write a few myself. I'm not sure what in particular appeals to me so much about the concept of faeries, and it's not just the pretty skinny people with wings. Maybe the idea that all the old stories we used to tell ourselves are true.
That there's magic in the world, maybe it's just that simple. I have no idea. Faeries of all kinds amuse and intrigue me. Currently I'm writing two stories involving faeries, one urban fantasy and one sort of historical fantasy involving that big lug there in the icon. I love them both to pieces.hockey
... It exists? And Taylor Kitsch used to play. And this is the extent of my knowledge.most useful thing/resource you found lately
Hrrm. I'm trying to think what useful things or resources I've found lately. Probably Memrise
is the most latest, it's essentially a giant flash-card type web page and I use it to expand my vocabulary of languages. All of them. Except English. And Spanish. And Japanese because I can't toggle easily to hiragana. But Irish, French, German, and Russian I am learning all the vocab ever and it is actually really fun. They've got the timing down so that first you see the word and its meaning/translation, then you get to pick the right word out from a bunch of other words in both
directions, Language-to-English and English-to-language, then eventually it comes down to they provide the English and you provide the Other Language. And if you fuck up a word too many times it goes back to pick the right word out from a bunch of other words.
It has this whole garden metaphor that's kind of amusing. You get seeds (new words) that you can put in your greenhouse (short term memory) and then you harvest them and move them into your garden (long term memory) where you have to water them still periodically but not so often. Anyway, I find it fun! And very useful with all the languages. There's a few other things than languages, but I haven't gone into there and have no idea how well or poorly it's organized. The only problem I have with it is that it's basically a wiki, which means sometimes you get long piles of vocab lists, and it's hard to pick which one is best for your purposes or learning level.spinning
We've sold spinning wheels and spinning stuff for as long as I can remember, but recently I actually learned how. Finally. It's simple to learn but not easy, the mechanics of it are simple but then there's a lot of practice getting your hands and feet to coordinate properly and learning, mostly by touch, how hard to hold or when to keep your fingers loose and which fibers do what. It's a lot of fun for me, although right now most of my stuff is packed up because of the potential move and the alleged house. Still, I like it because it's very easy to fall into a rhythm and let your mind churn over other things. Or I can watch TV or listen to music or audiobooks while I spin. I really want to get into the new house and set up my wheel (I will have a CRAFT ROOM HAVE I YET MENTIONED HOW AWESOME THIS IS) so I can spin some of these fibers, too. I have yak, angora, banana fiber, and camel down all waiting to be spun into something interesting. And recycled sari silk. Seriously, you can spin so many cool things. mythology
OOF. Big topic is big. Um. Speaking generally, I've always been fascinated by mythology; I had Bulfinch's, as a kid, in addition to the fairy books. Although it actually ties into the faerie stories, I guess, because I also had books of Russian and Ukranian folktales, other folk stories I have no idea where they came from. The one about the Golden Conch. I love telling stories; mythology feeds into that. The way it affects and describes a culture, the way it's repeated over and over again, old stories becoming fresh. How it affects us, how we affect our own mythology, some stories coming out of fashion as values change, and so on. Fascinating stuff.carolina history
If this house stuff ever goes through I'll end up being a part of it, in my happy shiny antebellum house. I don't know much of the book history but there's a lot of the oral history around here, people who grew up in the mountains, whose parents and grandparents lived around here. I remember when I first moved down here there was a woman came to a downtown small theatre place who did some storytelling, old histories of old families. I find the oral histories way more fascinating than these battles happened here, this law was passed, the tobacco fields were planted and these big companies moved in. favorite music
... Oh so much. I think there are only a few categories of music I don't listen to widely: current bubblegum pop, rap, and country. Which is my favorite varies from day to day and mood to mood.