Damn cats, I swear

Sep. 14th, 2017 11:01 pm
musyc: Metallicar from Supernatural, captioned "keep calm and carry on my wayward son" (Supernatural: Keep calm)
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Went out front this evening and nearly had a heart attack. Sam, my big yellow idiot, was on his side in the middle of the STREET. Before I could take another step, he stretched and rolled and looked me right in the eye before turning to his other side.

The bastard was asleep in the street.

Brought his fuzzy ass RIGHT in the house and made him stay in even though it was way before sundown. Give me a fright, get stuck indoors. HMPH!

To-do list

Sep. 14th, 2017 02:29 pm
epithalamium: (santa gormless)
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Because I have a sieve-like memory let's have these all listed down so I won't forget:

October:

02 - [community profile] rs_games start posting. Time to start reading and reccing!
02 - Port Mafia week starts. [No idea what to do for this, but I want to do Chuuya/Akutagawa.]
08 - Fractured Fairy Tales start announcing participants. (I won't get in but lol.)
09 - ZEcret Santa open for sign-ups. (Will have to ask Jinger about this. Also need to check the FAQs and rules so I can ask ficcers to have an AO3 ready.)
10 - Souyo Zine start shipping. Idk if any of my flisters care, but SouYo is one of my fave ships in the Megaten franchise sorry. And also all profits go to charity.

November:

09 - ZEcret Santa sign-ups close.
11 - ZEcret Santa assignments handed out.
14 - [This might not happen but last year this was the deadline for the Festive Bastion sign-ups so I'm marking that.]
25 - mini-fest deadline of submission.

December:

01 - mini-fest posting starts.
20 - ZEcret Santa posting starts.

2017 Reading [86-111]

Sep. 7th, 2017 05:13 pm
musyc: A kitten sitting on an open book (Books: Kitten)
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Reread
Ben Aaronovitch - Rivers of London, Moon Over Soho, Whispers Underground, Broken Homes, Foxglove Summer
Marie Kondo - Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Spark Joy
Anne McCaffrey - Rowan, Damia, Damia's Children, To Ride Pegasus, Pegasus in Flight, Pegasus in Space

Andrew Taylor
Ashes of London
Historical fiction
DNF, no score
Bleh opening, no attachment to characters.

Paula Lichtarowicz
First Book of Calamity Leek
SF
7/10
Excellent character voice, great worldbuilding. Some fairly matter-of-fact animal death, one scene a little too gruesome for some readers. (The cat is never harmed.) Point off for dissatisfying ending.

Saints and Misfits
S.K. Ali
YA
DNF, no score
Wasn't an interesting start.

Michelle Lovric
Undrowned Child
Mid
DNF, no score.
Not enough of a ramp-up to keep going.

Thoraiya Dyer
Crossroads of Canopy
YA
DNF, no score
Nah, didn't grab me.

Hillary Jordan
When She Woke
Fict.
7/10
Retelling of Scarlet Letter set in near-future evangelical society. Interesting premise - criminals color-coded according to act, and of course, the usual ick factor of being convicted of murder for an abortion. Don't remember Scarlet Letter enough to judge how close/far it was, but decent story. Not pleased with a couple of MC's decisions regarding her lover, but mostly worth reading once.

Jennifer Wright
Get Well Soon
NF - history, medicine
8/10
Plagues through history! Almost automatically a win for me, and this was written in my favorite NF style - slightly sarcastic. Sometimes a little TOO much, but not at an annoying level. Nice and engaging, lots of details. Illustrations could have been bigger.

Sharon Cameron
Forgetting
YA, fantasy
DNF, no score
Protag just ... snarky teen girl with chip on shoulder. Not for me.

Clare Mackintosh
I Let You Go
Adult, suspense
Couldn't read this and take it seriously. Detective's name was Ray Stevens, and I kept hearing Mississippi Squirrel Revival every time I saw his name.

Tetsuya Honda
Silent Dead
Adult, mystery
DNF, no score
Opening wasn't a grabber.

Alexia Gordon
Murder in G Major
Adult, mystery
DNF, no score.
No interest in beginning.

Hiromi Kawakami
Nakano Thrift Shop
Adult, fiction
DNF, no score
Opener not for me.

Clare Mackintosh
I See You
Adult, suspense
DNF, no score
Not in the mood for "urban paranoia". Writing fine, character not objectionable in first chapters, but just not for me.

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