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2017-04-19 16:37:58 (9 comments; 1 reshares; 26 +1s; )Open 

Library is painted! Photos don't really do justice to the color or glitter. (And yes, I did paint my library like Coraline's Other bedroom. Goes with the Doctor Who office and the Asteroids on the bedroom wall.)

Most reshares: 4

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2016-08-11 20:49:26 (0 comments; 4 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

A solid list. It would behoove many writers to remember that no one owes you a reading of your book, and you can't count on people sticking with it to the end just because it exists. Your cover copy needs to sell a potential reader on the first fifty pages or so, but then those first fifty pages need to sell them on reading the rest.

Most plusones: 49

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2016-10-22 01:10:37 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 49 +1s; )Open 

Finished product! Super pleased with how it turned out. (Even though the glaze ran everywhere, but that's okay.) Can't go wrong with chocolate and caramel.

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2017-05-18 02:10:26 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Welp, a transformer blew and our power is out. KCP&L says it probably won't be back on until midnight, the bastards. I was running through the lists of all the stuff I was gonna do tonight, and absolutely all of it entails functional electricity. I would just say screw it and go to bed, but there are two conditions that make it flat-out impossible for me to sleep no matter how tired I am: too hot and too quiet. Guess what my house is like right now?

We've got a battery backup for the router, so I guess it's watch Steven Universe on my iPad until the wifi gives out and then read by flashlight. Good thing I don't have to be up too early tomorrow...

Welp, a transformer blew and our power is out. KCP&L says it probably won't be back on until midnight, the bastards. I was running through the lists of all the stuff I was gonna do tonight, and absolutely all of it entails functional electricity. I would just say screw it and go to bed, but there are two conditions that make it flat-out impossible for me to sleep no matter how tired I am: too hot and too quiet. Guess what my house is like right now?

We've got a battery backup for the router, so I guess it's watch Steven Universe on my iPad until the wifi gives out and then read by flashlight. Good thing I don't have to be up too early tomorrow...___

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2017-05-14 19:10:24 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

After Friday night's excellent Royals game, there was also an excellent fireworks display.

After Friday night's excellent Royals game, there was also an excellent fireworks display.___

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2017-05-09 13:43:10 (7 comments; 0 reshares; 35 +1s; )Open 

Finally warm enough here to break out a little low-key cosplay at the office.

Finally warm enough here to break out a little low-key cosplay at the office.___

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2017-05-05 17:45:26 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 19 +1s; )Open 

Bookshelves are in place! (This is only one wall, there are more.) Now, taping off the edges so I can paint their juicy innards.

Bookshelves are in place! (This is only one wall, there are more.) Now, taping off the edges so I can paint their juicy innards.___

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2017-04-30 00:50:57 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

The husbandperson manned the camera for the zoo, and got some really good shots.

The husbandperson manned the camera for the zoo, and got some really good shots.___

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2017-04-29 20:29:54 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 16 +1s; )Open 

I think she missed us.

I think she missed us.___

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2017-04-29 01:22:39 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 17 +1s; )Open 

Today was a much better day! We took a Lyft to the zoo to save ourselves a bit of a walk and spent the whole day wandering around. It's a really fantastic zoo, especially given that the one thing I did manage to research was that the place is on a massive hill, so we arranged it that we were going downhill most of the day. There was a bunch of stuff closed, so we'll have to come back next time we're here. Oh darn. (Husbandperson took the pictures, so those should be posted soon. My phone was occupied catching ALL the Pokemon.)

We were just going to stay in for the rest of the night, but we wanted a lobster roll and the ones that delivered were all way overpriced, so we ventured back out. Which worked out well, because we also picked up some killer chocolates.

So this is us capping off our stay with our comped (well, partially comped) drinks in the hotel bar. Gotta love... more »

Today was a much better day! We took a Lyft to the zoo to save ourselves a bit of a walk and spent the whole day wandering around. It's a really fantastic zoo, especially given that the one thing I did manage to research was that the place is on a massive hill, so we arranged it that we were going downhill most of the day. There was a bunch of stuff closed, so we'll have to come back next time we're here. Oh darn. (Husbandperson took the pictures, so those should be posted soon. My phone was occupied catching ALL the Pokemon.)

We were just going to stay in for the rest of the night, but we wanted a lobster roll and the ones that delivered were all way overpriced, so we ventured back out. Which worked out well, because we also picked up some killer chocolates.

So this is us capping off our stay with our comped (well, partially comped) drinks in the hotel bar. Gotta love loyalty programs.

Now I need to get to sleep because we have to be up at the asscrack to catch our flight. Ugh, the end of vacation is the worst.___

2017-04-28 02:07:35 (8 comments; 0 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

Well, today was a massive bust. The Air and Space Museum was a huge letdown: way more air than space (yes, that is what a plane looks like, I get the point), most exhibits at least 10 years out of date and a couple that looked like they hadn't been touched since the 70s, and an uncomfortably militaristic Great Man History bent throughout. Plus the place was crawling with truly obnoxious teenagers. I kind of wish we'd just looked at the cool space models and blown off the rest.

So then we took a nap and got ready for dinner. This was our nice anniversary dinner at Jaleo (Jose Andres's tapas place). We get there, get seated and wait.

And get bread. And wait.

And wait.

It took over half an hour for us to get our first course--a single piece of bread, with no knife or way to split it, and a couple of slices of cold cuts. I mean, they were good, but it... more »

Well, today was a massive bust. The Air and Space Museum was a huge letdown: way more air than space (yes, that is what a plane looks like, I get the point), most exhibits at least 10 years out of date and a couple that looked like they hadn't been touched since the 70s, and an uncomfortably militaristic Great Man History bent throughout. Plus the place was crawling with truly obnoxious teenagers. I kind of wish we'd just looked at the cool space models and blown off the rest.

So then we took a nap and got ready for dinner. This was our nice anniversary dinner at Jaleo (Jose Andres's tapas place). We get there, get seated and wait.

And get bread. And wait.

And wait.

It took over half an hour for us to get our first course--a single piece of bread, with no knife or way to split it, and a couple of slices of cold cuts. I mean, they were good, but it barely counted as a tapas dish for one person and we were supposed to split it, and a plate like that seriously takes about two minutes to put together.

And then we waited some more. By the one hour mark, we'd finally gotten our second course, which was probably supposed to be served hot but was barely warm. Oh, and our drinks hadn't gotten refilled.

So we left. I've never walked out of a restaurant before, especially a nice one, but I've also never had service that bad. I think we probably got profiled as a young couple who wouldn't tip well, which I didn't think would still be happening after I turned fucking 30 (and after I've eaten in much nicer restaurants, honestly). The manager said that they'd comp our meal next time, but who the hell knows the next time we'll be back in DC?

At least we had a really nice lunch yesterday at Blue Duck Tavern. And we found pizza near the hotel and got room service dessert, so we're not going to bed hungry. But still, not a great day.___

2017-04-20 21:47:51 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

To done today:

- Chiropractor
- Breakfast
- Zoo
- Bit of writing
- Caught/hatched a shitload of Pokemon
- Lunch
- Grocery shopping
- Dishes
- Broke down boxes from bookshelves

Still to do:
- Figure out something for dinner because I should probably have real food instead of just popcorn
- Catch up on social media from last night/today
- Movie night with friends

For a vacation where we didn't have many real plans, this week has been very busy.

To done today:

- Chiropractor
- Breakfast
- Zoo
- Bit of writing
- Caught/hatched a shitload of Pokemon
- Lunch
- Grocery shopping
- Dishes
- Broke down boxes from bookshelves

Still to do:
- Figure out something for dinner because I should probably have real food instead of just popcorn
- Catch up on social media from last night/today
- Movie night with friends

For a vacation where we didn't have many real plans, this week has been very busy.___

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2017-04-19 16:37:58 (9 comments; 1 reshares; 26 +1s; )Open 

Library is painted! Photos don't really do justice to the color or glitter. (And yes, I did paint my library like Coraline's Other bedroom. Goes with the Doctor Who office and the Asteroids on the bedroom wall.)

Library is painted! Photos don't really do justice to the color or glitter. (And yes, I did paint my library like Coraline's Other bedroom. Goes with the Doctor Who office and the Asteroids on the bedroom wall.)___

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2017-04-18 15:54:39 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 21 +1s; )Open 

This may be the single most ridiculous impulse purchase I've ever made.

This may be the single most ridiculous impulse purchase I've ever made.___

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2017-04-06 15:14:46 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

I can't remember the last time a debut novel was this hyped, and I also can't remember the last time I read a debut novel this GOOD. It's important and insightful and relevant, but it's also engaging and moving and just a damn good story by any metric.

I actually hesitated to read it because I was worried that it would be depressing and draining like some of the other YA issue books I've read--books that are definitely excellent, but take a lot out of you, like Thirteen Reasons Why or This is Where it Ends. But while there is absolutely pain and anger here, there is also so much joy. It's a book about family and community and moving forward.

Seriously, even if YA contemporary isn't your usual thing, go read it. It's incredible.

I can't remember the last time a debut novel was this hyped, and I also can't remember the last time I read a debut novel this GOOD. It's important and insightful and relevant, but it's also engaging and moving and just a damn good story by any metric.

I actually hesitated to read it because I was worried that it would be depressing and draining like some of the other YA issue books I've read--books that are definitely excellent, but take a lot out of you, like Thirteen Reasons Why or This is Where it Ends. But while there is absolutely pain and anger here, there is also so much joy. It's a book about family and community and moving forward.

Seriously, even if YA contemporary isn't your usual thing, go read it. It's incredible.___

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2017-04-04 15:45:55 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

The Hugo nominations are ON FIRE. So much incredible work being honored! I've got a lot of reading to do...

The Hugo nominations are ON FIRE. So much incredible work being honored! I've got a lot of reading to do...___

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2017-04-04 12:45:18 (8 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

A lot of the points in this article really resonate with me. Like, I picked up the first trade of the Marvel Now Captain Marvel and loved it, only to be discouraged when I got to the next one and realized that the plot was happening in a bunch of books I didn't have. I'm sure they were hoping I'd get excited and go seek out those other titles, but I've got so much other shit on my reading list that instead I got discouraged and moved on to something else. I find I mostly read third party comics (in trades, natch) like The Wicked + The Divine and Lumberjanes where I don't have to get through an entire bookshelf's worth of material to keep up with the story.

A lot of the points in this article really resonate with me. Like, I picked up the first trade of the Marvel Now Captain Marvel and loved it, only to be discouraged when I got to the next one and realized that the plot was happening in a bunch of books I didn't have. I'm sure they were hoping I'd get excited and go seek out those other titles, but I've got so much other shit on my reading list that instead I got discouraged and moved on to something else. I find I mostly read third party comics (in trades, natch) like The Wicked + The Divine and Lumberjanes where I don't have to get through an entire bookshelf's worth of material to keep up with the story.___

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2017-04-01 22:48:38 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

I'm launching into my final push through the draft of this damn novel (and I really mean that this time, I swear to Zod) and whaddaya know, Camp NaNoWriMo starts today! I like graphs and people to yell at me to hit my quota, so might as well sign up. I'm not sure if you can add friends during Camp like you can during the regular event, but here I am anyway. Anyone else playing along for this round?

I'm launching into my final push through the draft of this damn novel (and I really mean that this time, I swear to Zod) and whaddaya know, Camp NaNoWriMo starts today! I like graphs and people to yell at me to hit my quota, so might as well sign up. I'm not sure if you can add friends during Camp like you can during the regular event, but here I am anyway. Anyone else playing along for this round?___

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2017-03-30 13:38:28 (7 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Hey, G+ is integrated with Hootsuite now! It doesn't look like it supports collections, which might be a bit of an issue for me, but considering that I'm trying to expand my social media presence without expanding the amount of time I spend on social media, this could be a very promising development.

In related news, I reactivated my Facebook account, so you can also follow me over there if you like. Not that it will probably be much different than the content I post over here, but ya know. http://ow.ly/fjnk30aoW8E

Hey, G+ is integrated with Hootsuite now! It doesn't look like it supports collections, which might be a bit of an issue for me, but considering that I'm trying to expand my social media presence without expanding the amount of time I spend on social media, this could be a very promising development.

In related news, I reactivated my Facebook account, so you can also follow me over there if you like. Not that it will probably be much different than the content I post over here, but ya know. http://ow.ly/fjnk30aoW8E___

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2017-03-27 20:43:06 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

Cooooooooins.

(Big commissions can make me a little loopy.)

Cooooooooins.

(Big commissions can make me a little loopy.)___

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2017-03-25 15:28:43 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 14 +1s; )Open 

Bathroom selfie! Come say hi if you see me at the Kansas City Writing Workshop! #kcww

Bathroom selfie! Come say hi if you see me at the Kansas City Writing Workshop! #kcww___

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2016-12-12 23:21:32 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

I've been spending most of my time on Tumblr these days (my handle there is constablewrites if you're curious), and part of the reason is this stuff. This is a listing of blogs on various specialties where you can ask your specific story question and get an expert opinion on it. Aunt Scripty helped me figure out a key component of my time traveler's HUD, and I'm actually one of the consultants for the world-building blog.

And honestly, the questions and answers that come up from other people's stories are fascinating. I've only got a few of these on my personal pull list where I read every post, but the ones that are on there are totally worth it.

I've been spending most of my time on Tumblr these days (my handle there is constablewrites if you're curious), and part of the reason is this stuff. This is a listing of blogs on various specialties where you can ask your specific story question and get an expert opinion on it. Aunt Scripty helped me figure out a key component of my time traveler's HUD, and I'm actually one of the consultants for the world-building blog.

And honestly, the questions and answers that come up from other people's stories are fascinating. I've only got a few of these on my personal pull list where I read every post, but the ones that are on there are totally worth it.___

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2016-11-11 23:58:03 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

A lot of stuff has made me cry in the last few days, when I've let myself encounter it. My only connection to the world has been Twitter (well, Tweetdeck, which I am now grateful I have aggressively curated), and beyond that I've binged Leverage, gone to the zoo, made some real progress on house projects, and generally tried to avoid getting stuck in my own head. Because it really is easy to spiral, especially when I start thinking of all the people I know who are going to be hurt by this, the people who will likely not survive. (That's not hyperbole. On a lot of fronts, people are going to die. It's already started.)

But this made me cry in a better way. It's important to keep the grief from turning inward, to turn it outward into action.

Next time, that groundswell movement against the powers that be can be coming from your side. I personally believe it will, that... more »

A lot of stuff has made me cry in the last few days, when I've let myself encounter it. My only connection to the world has been Twitter (well, Tweetdeck, which I am now grateful I have aggressively curated), and beyond that I've binged Leverage, gone to the zoo, made some real progress on house projects, and generally tried to avoid getting stuck in my own head. Because it really is easy to spiral, especially when I start thinking of all the people I know who are going to be hurt by this, the people who will likely not survive. (That's not hyperbole. On a lot of fronts, people are going to die. It's already started.)

But this made me cry in a better way. It's important to keep the grief from turning inward, to turn it outward into action.

Next time, that groundswell movement against the powers that be can be coming from your side. I personally believe it will, that this will be remembered as the dying last gasp of the worst part of America, one final stand against the bigotry and ignorance that has plagued us since the day we decided to build this nation on the backs of slaves.

But it won't happen on its own. Nothing good ever does. Some of you wake up every day feeling like you have no purpose in life, and motherfucker, have I got news for you! The future is waiting to see what we do next. Let's get to it.___

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2016-10-31 19:27:16 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 17 +1s; )Open 

Since August, I have been to World Con, New York Comic Con, and the Last Bookstore in Los Angeles. I may have picked up a few things.

(All the books in the middle stack are signed. Some of these books were free. Others were cheap. The rest...)

Since August, I have been to World Con, New York Comic Con, and the Last Bookstore in Los Angeles. I may have picked up a few things.

(All the books in the middle stack are signed. Some of these books were free. Others were cheap. The rest...)___

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2016-10-31 17:22:39 (5 comments; 2 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

I am not NaNoing this year.

A few reasons. Usually, the husbandperson picks up my slack in November while I'm busy writing. But right now, he's enrolled in classes on top of his normal insane work schedule. That means he can't pick up my slack; as we've been learning somewhat gracelessly, if anything I'm picking up his.

I'm also still chipping away at a WIP that has sternly resisted my every effort to make it go faster. I've tried NaNoing this one before and ended up with 50K words of useless. It's not worth the headache.

Plus, to be honest, there have been some personal issues with the local writing group that have made me less enthused about the social angle of November. (Don't want to go into it, but basically I got shunned for not shunning someone else, because we're all apparently in kindergarten.)

So I'll still be... more »

I am not NaNoing this year.

A few reasons. Usually, the husbandperson picks up my slack in November while I'm busy writing. But right now, he's enrolled in classes on top of his normal insane work schedule. That means he can't pick up my slack; as we've been learning somewhat gracelessly, if anything I'm picking up his.

I'm also still chipping away at a WIP that has sternly resisted my every effort to make it go faster. I've tried NaNoing this one before and ended up with 50K words of useless. It's not worth the headache.

Plus, to be honest, there have been some personal issues with the local writing group that have made me less enthused about the social angle of November. (Don't want to go into it, but basically I got shunned for not shunning someone else, because we're all apparently in kindergarten.)

So I'll still be writing in November, and endeavoring to write every day, but I'm not going with a particular word count goal. It will take the time it takes.

All that said, this article is a solid roundup of advice if you are doing NaNoWriMo. Not a lot of depth here (he talks about many of these points elsewhere) but a good overview of what you'll need to keep in mind to get through the month.___

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2016-10-31 17:10:47 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

Right now quick and easy meals are a major virtue, so this is very intriguing. Seems like it might make a good gift, too.

Right now quick and easy meals are a major virtue, so this is very intriguing. Seems like it might make a good gift, too.___

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2016-10-23 14:49:13 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

Hey, I went to New York a couple of weeks ago! I didn't really talk about it here, because Twitter is just much better suited for the sorts of micro-updates that happen on a vacation.

So for those of you who aren't on Twitter, here's an EPIC COMPILATION of all the posts and pictures from a week of amazing food, mind-blowing theater, and general nerdery.

Hey, I went to New York a couple of weeks ago! I didn't really talk about it here, because Twitter is just much better suited for the sorts of micro-updates that happen on a vacation.

So for those of you who aren't on Twitter, here's an EPIC COMPILATION of all the posts and pictures from a week of amazing food, mind-blowing theater, and general nerdery.___

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2016-10-22 01:10:37 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 49 +1s; )Open 

Finished product! Super pleased with how it turned out. (Even though the glaze ran everywhere, but that's okay.) Can't go wrong with chocolate and caramel.

Finished product! Super pleased with how it turned out. (Even though the glaze ran everywhere, but that's okay.) Can't go wrong with chocolate and caramel.___

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2016-10-21 23:55:05 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Ready for the second rise. Mel Giedroyc is in my head talking about proofing techniques.

Ready for the second rise. Mel Giedroyc is in my head talking about proofing techniques.___

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2016-10-21 22:25:18 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 14 +1s; )Open 

I like to call myself a baker, but when you break it down, I don't actually do all that much baking. So I'm trying to get better about actually practicing and working on various techniques.

Today's experiment: chocolate monkey bread! I've never made bread from scratch before (although the husbandperson has, and he sous cheffed for me to keep an eye on things). So far it's looking pretty good.

Recipe is here: http://www.imperialsugar.com/recipes/category/breads/Sticky-Chocolate-Monkey-Bread

I like to call myself a baker, but when you break it down, I don't actually do all that much baking. So I'm trying to get better about actually practicing and working on various techniques.

Today's experiment: chocolate monkey bread! I've never made bread from scratch before (although the husbandperson has, and he sous cheffed for me to keep an eye on things). So far it's looking pretty good.

Recipe is here: http://www.imperialsugar.com/recipes/category/breads/Sticky-Chocolate-Monkey-Bread___

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2016-10-12 22:15:39 (2 comments; 3 reshares; 15 +1s; )Open 

Why yes, I would like to spend next November living in a castle in the south of France, actually. I would very much like that.

Why yes, I would like to spend next November living in a castle in the south of France, actually. I would very much like that.___

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2016-10-10 21:27:47 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

But when Ochs asked the mothers in the families she was working with about their children’s first words, she got a completely unexpected response. Every single one of them reported the very same word. It did happen to be a noun, but it was a special one, used in a very specific way. It was the word tae, which, as suggested earlier, doesn’t mean “mommy” or “daddy.” It means “shit.” More precisely, it’s an abbreviation of the Samoan expression ‘ai tae, which means “Eat shit.”

But when Ochs asked the mothers in the families she was working with about their children’s first words, she got a completely unexpected response. Every single one of them reported the very same word. It did happen to be a noun, but it was a special one, used in a very specific way. It was the word tae, which, as suggested earlier, doesn’t mean “mommy” or “daddy.” It means “shit.” More precisely, it’s an abbreviation of the Samoan expression ‘ai tae, which means “Eat shit.”___

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2016-09-30 21:12:06 (9 comments; 0 reshares; 38 +1s; )Open 

I'm not very good at selfies. Here's a better one.

I'm not very good at selfies. Here's a better one.___

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2016-09-30 19:26:58 (7 comments; 0 reshares; 27 +1s; )Open 

Time for a new look, I think.

Time for a new look, I think.___

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2016-09-23 22:12:13 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 22 +1s; )Open 

Haven't baked in a while, and GBBO gave me the urge, so trying my hand at my first pastry in a long, long time (and my first tart I think ever) with a Mary Berry recipe.

Man, there's nothing that presents quite so prettily as a fruit tart, is there?

Haven't baked in a while, and GBBO gave me the urge, so trying my hand at my first pastry in a long, long time (and my first tart I think ever) with a Mary Berry recipe.

Man, there's nothing that presents quite so prettily as a fruit tart, is there?___

2016-09-19 13:12:50 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

Things that have gone wrong in the two hours I have been awake:

- Overslept
- Notified that the coat I'd ordered for the New York trip got canceled
- Garage door got stuck trying to close (which it's been doing sometimes but had never before done when I was trying to leave for work)
- Took a chance and stopped into Starbucks, they messed up my order
- Car charger wouldn't read my card, took like three tries to get it to release
- Work computer BSODed

This is the Mondayest Monday to ever Monday.

Things that have gone wrong in the two hours I have been awake:

- Overslept
- Notified that the coat I'd ordered for the New York trip got canceled
- Garage door got stuck trying to close (which it's been doing sometimes but had never before done when I was trying to leave for work)
- Took a chance and stopped into Starbucks, they messed up my order
- Car charger wouldn't read my card, took like three tries to get it to release
- Work computer BSODed

This is the Mondayest Monday to ever Monday.___

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2016-09-17 00:13:50 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 28 +1s; )Open 

I'm not dead, I just haven't been posting here lately, for... Reasons. Not even very good reasons, I guess.

Anyway, free baseball tickets, can't pass that up.

I'm not dead, I just haven't been posting here lately, for... Reasons. Not even very good reasons, I guess.

Anyway, free baseball tickets, can't pass that up.___

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2016-08-16 12:27:31 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

I can't believe it's already time for Worldcon!

This is what my calendar looks like. (And this is only the panels I wanna go to.) Obviously, this shit ain't happening without a time turner, so I've got some work to do determining where I want my focus to be, especially because I need to figure out things like meals and walking the floor and taking a chance to breathe. There is SO MUCH good content on offer that I'm getting major FOMO.

The best part of a con is the awesome people, so I definitely want to make time for that! If you're gonna be around this week, hit me up! I'm sure I can squeeze you in here somewhere...

I can't believe it's already time for Worldcon!

This is what my calendar looks like. (And this is only the panels I wanna go to.) Obviously, this shit ain't happening without a time turner, so I've got some work to do determining where I want my focus to be, especially because I need to figure out things like meals and walking the floor and taking a chance to breathe. There is SO MUCH good content on offer that I'm getting major FOMO.

The best part of a con is the awesome people, so I definitely want to make time for that! If you're gonna be around this week, hit me up! I'm sure I can squeeze you in here somewhere...___

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2016-08-14 22:16:57 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

The combination here sounds rather avant-garde, but I kinda want to play with the components. I'm always intrigued by interesting cake variations, and the olive oil recipe seems very promising.

The combination here sounds rather avant-garde, but I kinda want to play with the components. I'm always intrigued by interesting cake variations, and the olive oil recipe seems very promising.___

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2016-08-13 12:50:44 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

So here's some news I missed (because I'm honestly way out of touch with the park scene since I moved, ya know, a couple thousand miles away): Tower of Terror is getting revamped into a Guardians of the Galaxy ride, which likely presages the creation of a Marvel land at DCA.

My fannish thoughts: Cool! Tower of Terror is one of my favorite rides, one I had the privilege of getting to see up close on a guided tour during my Opera House tenure. I vastly prefer it to Florida's version because the California version has superior narrative tension, letting you build and build until it finally plummets you. (During that guided tour, we rode it with the lights/show off, and one girl was thisclose to a full-fledged nervous breakdown sitting at the hallway waiting to get dropped, because we knew it was going to happen but we didn't know when. Brilliant.) In fact, I'm slightly... more »

So here's some news I missed (because I'm honestly way out of touch with the park scene since I moved, ya know, a couple thousand miles away): Tower of Terror is getting revamped into a Guardians of the Galaxy ride, which likely presages the creation of a Marvel land at DCA.

My fannish thoughts: Cool! Tower of Terror is one of my favorite rides, one I had the privilege of getting to see up close on a guided tour during my Opera House tenure. I vastly prefer it to Florida's version because the California version has superior narrative tension, letting you build and build until it finally plummets you. (During that guided tour, we rode it with the lights/show off, and one girl was thisclose to a full-fledged nervous breakdown sitting at the hallway waiting to get dropped, because we knew it was going to happen but we didn't know when. Brilliant.) In fact, I'm slightly bummed that DCA will be getting the randomized drops, because sometimes randomness leads to a lesser experience than something that can be orchestrated for maximum thrills.

But Florida's show building unequivocally whomps ass over California's. The exterior facade is more detailed and imposing with larger grounds, which helps it feel like an actual hotel, along with the interior that doesn't look like a cheap soundstage. So what we're getting here is essentially the same ride concept with a show building overhauled into awesomeness. Full win!

Beyond that, this video touches on some really good points about fan entitlement and the frequently unreasonable sense of ownership a lot of fans have. He gets to the heart of it pretty succinctly: it's scary to realize that you've outlived your childhood. Which I totally get. I sometimes feel a pang of loss that the Disneyland of my childhood is largely gone, that the place now looks so different from the parks I knew so intimately when I worked there in college (and it wasn't even that long ago that I turned in my ID). I mean, just last night a friend asked me for some insider info for a fanfic concept set at Disneyland, and I had to admit that my once-encyclopedic knowledge of the park's workings is likely not all that relevant anymore.

Time marches on, whether we like it or not. Coming to terms with that is a big part of growing up. The sooner my generation can work through that, the happier everyone will be.___

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2016-08-11 20:49:26 (0 comments; 4 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

A solid list. It would behoove many writers to remember that no one owes you a reading of your book, and you can't count on people sticking with it to the end just because it exists. Your cover copy needs to sell a potential reader on the first fifty pages or so, but then those first fifty pages need to sell them on reading the rest.

A solid list. It would behoove many writers to remember that no one owes you a reading of your book, and you can't count on people sticking with it to the end just because it exists. Your cover copy needs to sell a potential reader on the first fifty pages or so, but then those first fifty pages need to sell them on reading the rest.___

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2016-08-10 18:36:14 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

I started working at Disneyland in late 2005, less than two years after the fatal accident on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. I never worked the mountain, but I had friends and coworkers who did, friends and coworkers who were there that day. I heard the story of the cast member sent to evacuate the fateful train from that girl's roommate.

Everyone at Disney took safety very seriously, but none moreso than the Westside Attractions crew. We knew what happened if we fucked up.

Near the end of my tenure, I went to Six Flags with another Adventureland CM. You know how there are some professions that instantly ruin you for experiencing them as a civilian? This is definitely one of them. Over and over throughout the day we were appalled by low safety standards and baffling procedures. At one point I turned to my friend and said, "Our lives are basically in our own hands,... more »

I started working at Disneyland in late 2005, less than two years after the fatal accident on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. I never worked the mountain, but I had friends and coworkers who did, friends and coworkers who were there that day. I heard the story of the cast member sent to evacuate the fateful train from that girl's roommate.

Everyone at Disney took safety very seriously, but none moreso than the Westside Attractions crew. We knew what happened if we fucked up.

Near the end of my tenure, I went to Six Flags with another Adventureland CM. You know how there are some professions that instantly ruin you for experiencing them as a civilian? This is definitely one of them. Over and over throughout the day we were appalled by low safety standards and baffling procedures. At one point I turned to my friend and said, "Our lives are basically in our own hands, aren't they?" "Yup" was the reply.

So sadly, this isn't all that surprising. Accidents happen, but proper procedures can catch something small and keep it from becoming tragic. The vehicle that killed this kid was reported as malfunctioning by other riders; on every ride I knew of, vehicles could be pulled with minimal impact to operations. (That's actually what happened in the Thunder incident: a rider reported that the dummy engine was making a weird noise. Since they'd already started loading and since this was thought to be a minor recurring issue, they flagged that train in the system to get pulled offline the next time it came back to the station. It just never did.)

This was absolutely preventable. But proper training, rigorous maintenance, and voluntary inspections all cost money, and some companies feel like gambling with your life is better for their bottom line.

The joys of deregulation.___

2016-08-10 13:45:39 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

I was really torn about picking up an extra shift for this week. I haven't done for a while, and I could really use the money. Things have finally started to lighten up from the soul-crushing level they've been at these last few weeks, so I figured that I could probably handle it, even though I wasn't looking forward to it.

Then I remembered that World Con is next week.

So fuck that.

The deal I made with myself is that I need to make sure all my finished Etsy stuff that's just been sitting around actually gets up and listed, along with all the Infinity stuff that I'd stopped posting on eBay because that shit got tedious. That way I'm setting myself up to bring in at least a bit of cash.

Right now, I'm holed up at a coffee shop, with the intention of trying to get through this edit letter for +Brooke Johnson, since she's gonna be... more »

I was really torn about picking up an extra shift for this week. I haven't done for a while, and I could really use the money. Things have finally started to lighten up from the soul-crushing level they've been at these last few weeks, so I figured that I could probably handle it, even though I wasn't looking forward to it.

Then I remembered that World Con is next week.

So fuck that.

The deal I made with myself is that I need to make sure all my finished Etsy stuff that's just been sitting around actually gets up and listed, along with all the Infinity stuff that I'd stopped posting on eBay because that shit got tedious. That way I'm setting myself up to bring in at least a bit of cash.

Right now, I'm holed up at a coffee shop, with the intention of trying to get through this edit letter for +Brooke Johnson, since she's gonna be in town next week. Nothing like a firm deadline to get me moving!

(This coffee shop might also just happen to be a Pokestop in an area of town I haven't mapped yet. Sshhh.)

I'm thinking there will also be some proper console gaming this week as well. The house is still pretty clean from last week, so I'm really focusing my energies on the psychological preparation for SOCIALPEOPLEBUSYAAAH of next week. It's been a long time since I've done a five-day con...___

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2016-08-05 19:49:01 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 15 +1s; )Open 

We have people coming over tonight, which is mainly an excuse to make us get the house clean. (Well, to get the social areas clean, anyway. There tends to be a great deal of shoving things in back rooms.)

I like to have fresh flowers when we have guests. I usually go with the $10 alstroemeria/rose combo from Hy-Vee, but I couldn't pass up these neon daisies. It's like a Lisa Frank bouquet!

We have people coming over tonight, which is mainly an excuse to make us get the house clean. (Well, to get the social areas clean, anyway. There tends to be a great deal of shoving things in back rooms.)

I like to have fresh flowers when we have guests. I usually go with the $10 alstroemeria/rose combo from Hy-Vee, but I couldn't pass up these neon daisies. It's like a Lisa Frank bouquet!___

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2016-08-04 13:08:05 (6 comments; 1 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

A pro-lifer who is actually pro-life and not merely anti-sex! Amazing!

It's basically proven at this point that the best way to prevent women from terminating unwanted pregnancies is preventing them from getting those pregnancies in the first place, yet many conservatives are unable (or unwilling) to recognize that. Kudos to this woman for doing so.

A pro-lifer who is actually pro-life and not merely anti-sex! Amazing!

It's basically proven at this point that the best way to prevent women from terminating unwanted pregnancies is preventing them from getting those pregnancies in the first place, yet many conservatives are unable (or unwilling) to recognize that. Kudos to this woman for doing so.___

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2016-08-03 23:40:28 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

It's funny, as soon as I saw the headline, I said, "I'll bet that's about Kansas City."

The streetcar is pretty fantastic. Navigating and finding parking around downtown is a giant pain in the ass, and the streets around the river can be an incomprehensible maze. One trip on the streetcar and we were resolved never to drive to Power and Light again. Honestly, the worst thing about it is that it's a fairly short route so far. I'm looking forward to it getting expanded (although the construction for that will SUCK).

It's funny, as soon as I saw the headline, I said, "I'll bet that's about Kansas City."

The streetcar is pretty fantastic. Navigating and finding parking around downtown is a giant pain in the ass, and the streets around the river can be an incomprehensible maze. One trip on the streetcar and we were resolved never to drive to Power and Light again. Honestly, the worst thing about it is that it's a fairly short route so far. I'm looking forward to it getting expanded (although the construction for that will SUCK).___

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2016-08-03 14:35:34 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

I've been working on a map of the stops and gyms in my area, and am out and about this morning trying to flesh out the area around the house. (This can get tricky, because the in-game map only shows sites within about a half mile, and determining an accurate location at the edges of that is sometimes difficult. I've done a lot of parking in front of stores that have guest wifi, or screencapping lonely neighborhood locations, in order to get it entered.)

Out of curiosity, I looked to see if there might be a larger crowdsourced utility for this, and there is! And unlike the apps that track individual Pokemon (and thus tax the game servers), this one won't get shut down by Niantic. They were able to import all my KC data, and I'll be working on updating this one instead of my private map from here on out.

So if you're looking for places in your area to stock up on... more »

I've been working on a map of the stops and gyms in my area, and am out and about this morning trying to flesh out the area around the house. (This can get tricky, because the in-game map only shows sites within about a half mile, and determining an accurate location at the edges of that is sometimes difficult. I've done a lot of parking in front of stores that have guest wifi, or screencapping lonely neighborhood locations, in order to get it entered.)

Out of curiosity, I looked to see if there might be a larger crowdsourced utility for this, and there is! And unlike the apps that track individual Pokemon (and thus tax the game servers), this one won't get shut down by Niantic. They were able to import all my KC data, and I'll be working on updating this one instead of my private map from here on out.

So if you're looking for places in your area to stock up on supplies or defend gyms, this might be a good resource.___

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2016-08-01 19:54:04 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

The new take keeps the story in a period setting and offers a fresh view on the characters. Set six years after the original Rocketeer and after Secord has vanished while fighting the Nazis, an unlikely new hero emerges: a young African–American female pilot, who takes up the mantle of Rocketeer in an attempt to stop an ambitious and corrupt rocket scientist from stealing jet-pack technology in what could prove to be a turning point in the Cold War.

I am SO HERE FOR THIS. I adore the original movie, and the prospect of a sequel is mighty exciting.

I wish they wouldn't be so weird about just calling it a sequel, though. It's a continuation of the original story. It may be getting made a couple of decades later, but that doesn't make it a reboot. Stop being confusing, Disney. ::also side-eyes Mary Poppins::

The new take keeps the story in a period setting and offers a fresh view on the characters. Set six years after the original Rocketeer and after Secord has vanished while fighting the Nazis, an unlikely new hero emerges: a young African–American female pilot, who takes up the mantle of Rocketeer in an attempt to stop an ambitious and corrupt rocket scientist from stealing jet-pack technology in what could prove to be a turning point in the Cold War.

I am SO HERE FOR THIS. I adore the original movie, and the prospect of a sequel is mighty exciting.

I wish they wouldn't be so weird about just calling it a sequel, though. It's a continuation of the original story. It may be getting made a couple of decades later, but that doesn't make it a reboot. Stop being confusing, Disney. ::also side-eyes Mary Poppins::___

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2016-07-31 12:59:59 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Fascinating behind the scenes look at what goes into preparing ordinary people for the extraordinary task of addressing millions.

Fascinating behind the scenes look at what goes into preparing ordinary people for the extraordinary task of addressing millions.___

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2016-07-30 18:50:11 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

::hyperventilates::

::hyperventilates::___

2016-07-27 19:27:10 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 15 +1s; )Open 

Today's Daily Nerd Art post was my 500th.  Woo!  So I think this is as good a time as any to retire the feature.

Putting this thing together takes quite a lot of effort: finding images, trying to ensure a good rotation of artists and properties, writing up the posts, etc.  All told I'll spend at least a couple of hours putting together the lineup for the week.  If you've looked into some of my other collections you might have gathered that I'm frequently a wee bit overcommitted, so that's a couple of hours I could really use for other projects.

There's also the sad fact that I'm just not getting as much interaction on these posts as I used to.  Perhaps that's something that's happening across G+ as a whole, perhaps it's just that things are getting a bit stale.  I know I sometimes find myself struggling to say something new about a goodpiece... more »

Today's Daily Nerd Art post was my 500th.  Woo!  So I think this is as good a time as any to retire the feature.

Putting this thing together takes quite a lot of effort: finding images, trying to ensure a good rotation of artists and properties, writing up the posts, etc.  All told I'll spend at least a couple of hours putting together the lineup for the week.  If you've looked into some of my other collections you might have gathered that I'm frequently a wee bit overcommitted, so that's a couple of hours I could really use for other projects.

There's also the sad fact that I'm just not getting as much interaction on these posts as I used to.  Perhaps that's something that's happening across G+ as a whole, perhaps it's just that things are getting a bit stale.  I know I sometimes find myself struggling to say something new about a good piece of art.  Combine the lack of return with the time investment and it's starting to become difficult to justify continuing.

The collection will still be here, waiting for people to discover it.  And I still have a couple hundred posts already formatted and waiting in Evernote, plus countless other pages of artwork bookmarked and waiting for me to take a proper look.  To that end, I'll be renaming this collection Featured Nerd Art, updated on a schedule of whenever the hell I feel like it.

If you've enjoyed this feature, please consider taking a look at some of my other collections or following my main account.  You can also find me on Tumblr, Twitter, and Goodreads under the handle constablewrites.  ___

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2016-07-27 15:51:53 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 47 +1s; )Open 

Daily Nerd Art - Jedi Belle

500th post!  Woo! 

He's got a bunch of these (as is usually the case with princess mashups), but I'm gonna share Belle because she's my favorite.  I also like how her ballgown translates recognizably to something appropriately battle-ready

http://hodges-art.deviantart.com/art/Jedi-Belle-566706101

#DailyNerdArt #Belle #BeautyAndTheBeast #StarWars #Mashup #PrincessMashups

Daily Nerd Art - Jedi Belle

500th post!  Woo! 

He's got a bunch of these (as is usually the case with princess mashups), but I'm gonna share Belle because she's my favorite.  I also like how her ballgown translates recognizably to something appropriately battle-ready

http://hodges-art.deviantart.com/art/Jedi-Belle-566706101

#DailyNerdArt #Belle #BeautyAndTheBeast #StarWars #Mashup #PrincessMashups___

2016-07-27 12:33:07 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

It's been a really rough week at work; a really rough few weeks, actually. (Things keep breaking. I'm not blaming one particular department, but it's totally that department's fault.) I had considered picking up some overtime, but fuck it, I'm treading dangerously close to burnout as the Year Without a Vacation continues.

So instead I'm at Starbucks having breakfast, charging up my phone, and waiting for stuff at the Plaza to open. I actually haven't been up to the Plaza in a while (navigating it can be difficult and stressful, and basically all the shops up there have locations elsewhere) but I'm told it's a good place to catch some water types.

There may come a day when I don't plan my days off around catching Pokemon, but it is not this day.

It's been a really rough week at work; a really rough few weeks, actually. (Things keep breaking. I'm not blaming one particular department, but it's totally that department's fault.) I had considered picking up some overtime, but fuck it, I'm treading dangerously close to burnout as the Year Without a Vacation continues.

So instead I'm at Starbucks having breakfast, charging up my phone, and waiting for stuff at the Plaza to open. I actually haven't been up to the Plaza in a while (navigating it can be difficult and stressful, and basically all the shops up there have locations elsewhere) but I'm told it's a good place to catch some water types.

There may come a day when I don't plan my days off around catching Pokemon, but it is not this day.___

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