writing: statistics

Apr. 18th, 2014 12:49 pm
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42 stories published at some point by my count.

Male main characters/protags: 14
Female main characters/protags: 28
Unspecified sex/gender/whatever: 2
Also, "characters" is meaningless applied to "A Vector Alphabet of Interstellar Travel," which is doing the Olaf Stapledonian thing with civilizations, sorry.
Of those characters, one (Loi Ruharn from "Wine") is FtM; everyone else is defaulted to cis.

Het main characters/protags: 6
Lesbian main characters/protags: 2
Bi main characters/protags: 1
Everyone else defaults to unspecified. (Well. Shuos Jedao is bi in Ninefox Gambit but there is zero evidence for this in "The Battle of Candle Arc," so I have him listed as unspecified. I really doubt he had any time to think about sex at Candle Arc.)
Um. I have one gay male pair in "Echoes Down an Endless Hall," whom I managed to kill off, although I also killed off the entire rest of that squadron except the one dude who...escapes only to be brainwashed and cyborged by his own side.

Yeeeeeeeeeah this needs work, although I am super super super reluctant to write trans* characters not because trans* characters are evil but because I'm trans* and I really don't feel like bleeding onto the page for other people's freaking entertainment reading, thankyouverymuch.

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Helpful Ginny is helpful

Apr. 18th, 2014 01:37 pm
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So, I've mentioned a few times that Noah (cat #3) is sort of a complete failure as a cat. We're pretty sure he was abandoned by his mother early, or that she was killed before he was brought in to the shelter -- he lacks many of the basic cat instincts. (Like knowing how to drink out of a bowl of water: he dips his paws and licks them instead of lapping up the water.)

One of the things he's not very good at is litterbox management. )

CA:TWS fic: Leviticus 25

Apr. 18th, 2014 12:25 pm
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Leviticus 25
3000 words | PG-ish | Steve Rogers, Sam Wilson, (Bucky Barnes)

"You want to save Bucky Barnes? You are going to have to put your own house in order first because he is going to need a rock to cling to. You are not ready to be that rock for him. You owe it to him -- and more importantly, you owe it to yourself -- to figure things out, figure out how you can be happy in this time and place, whether or not Barnes is with you."

post-movie scene )

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Apr. 18th, 2014 10:37 am
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So, I'm working on a project -- sadly not fiction, where I seem to be on some kind of plateau -- that I will discuss more as I get closer to discerning whether execution is possible, but it's taking me to some hilarious places.

One of them is an investigation of early Chinese novels, which led me to The Plum In The Golden Vase, the "fifth great novel" of Chinese literature, which has spent most of its five-hundred-plus-year existence banned due to graphic sex. Apparently the first really good English translation has just appeared on the scene; according to the article I'm reading, the first English translation in the 1940s had all the sex, but translated it into Latin instead of English, to get around some censorship law or other.

I assume Latin was chosen because Classicists all have dirty minds anyway.

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Apr. 18th, 2014 11:14 am
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Title: Ghosts in the Machine: A Short Story Anthology
Author: Edited by Lana Polansky and Brendan Keogh
Genre: sci-fi, games
Book Number/Goal: 40/52
My Rating: 5/5

A collection of short stories about gamers and characters from various game genres: adventure/RPG, action, arcade, sims. In some stories, the characters are unaware of the artificial world they live in, and are wondering what's happening to them; others know exactly what's going on, and bitterly resent being under control of clueless users and incompetent programmers.

There's a lot of details and dialogues that reflect the gaming environment and terminology, and as such, are exciting even when the characters are discussing mundane matters. Every story ends on a depressing note, because the conflict between the inner and outer realities never ends well...

Awesome reading, especially for gamers.
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We weighed the kittens for the first time in almost three weeks. Jinksy weighed in at 10.5 or 10.6 lbs, and Claudia...seems to be holding steady at 9.7 lbs. That just seems odd. O_o

My head is chock full of things I'm meaning to blog about, which I guess is what happens when I get behind on absolutely everything. As soon as I post this, I'm going to start a rewrite. It's due in a week, so thank goodness my editor said we can push it to a week from Monday if need be. Casual Job wasn't so heavy this week, but the hours were at odd enough times that finding useful stretches of time at home for rewriting just didn't happen. :/

And I've been completely exhausted, frankly. Nothing bad has happened, but I'm just...burned out. The feeling at Casual Job is that this stint of work may finish as soon as late next week, or possibly the week after, which would be a really short spring session (and my wallet will not be at all happy if that's what happens >.<), but I can't help thinking how nice it'd be to be able to get caught up on things and maybe even get ahead on my freelance work before going to Toronto next month.

Once the session ends, we get twenty days of work at normal hours--I usually opt for 9 AM-4 PM--and while ostensibly that means "four weeks", my boss is great about letting me come and go around traveling and meeting my freelance obligations. (Really, my boss is just plain great. He and my boss back at Casual Job: Ontario Edition are by far the two best people I've ever worked for.)

No new Elementary last night makes me sad, but OTOH, so many of us having today off--oh, precious four-day weekend!--mean [personal profile] wildpear could come over for a few hours and we could hang out properly, while [personal profile] scruloose and Kas went to her place and hung out with her husband. (Even Friday nights aren't ideal for this, since [personal profile] wildpear and Kas get up horrifically early on Saturday mornings to hit the market.)

We fit in three episodes of Elementary, starting with "M", and if you're into the show you know why I'd gotten all fidgety about not being able to manage any watching time with her at all for a couple of weeks, having stopped right before that episode. Oh, Elementary, with your complex and genuine human relationships! And we still have nearly half of season 1 left to go. I keep wondering if we can manage some more this weekend, but it may not be all that plausible.

All of us (and here "us" generally means me, [personal profile] scruloose, Kas, [personal profile] wildpear, and [personal profile] wildpear's husband) have Monday off except for Kas, who reminded me that he never gets to bed until fairly late anyway, so there's talk of watching Pacific Rim on Sunday night in lieu of our usual episode or two of Avatar: The Last Airbender. Getting through ATLA is also desirable, because it's so good (we're about halfway through season 3--and if you're keeping score, [personal profile] scruloose and I have both seen it [this is my...third time through, I think], but it's new to the others), but having time to all watch a movie while working around Pumpkin's bedtime and whatnot...? That's a rare commodity, and [personal profile] wildpear & husband haven't seen Pacific Rim.

([personal profile] jinian commented on the fact that I tucked a blatant Pacific Rim reference into "Where You End, Where I Begin", which in retrospect is a telling detail about how long it took me to write that story. ^^; I haven't seen the movie since it was in theatres, despite having the discs. And since [personal profile] wildpear & husband's tech setup has Blu-Ray [as does Kas'], that means we even get to break out the Blu-Ray version of the movie instead of the standard DVD.)

I think my ambitions for the four-day weekend exceed the actual available time, never mind my energy levels, but basically my hope is something like: 1) get enough sleep to feel rested, 2) put a really good dent into the rewrite I'm starting today, 3a) read for fun, 3b) reread the manga volumes for the series I'm taking over for VIZ for a couple of volumes (a series I love and haven't read in ages), 4) see Pacific Rim, 5) write a few blog posts, 6) get wordcount on fic, 7) hang out with [personal profile] scruloose, 8) organize the living room bookcases...

...and I think the list is longer, actually, but I need to stop there before I start quivering with horror.

One of the things I'd kinda like to post about, but realistically don't have much to say about, is that Easter weekend is the time of year when I'm most aware of--and feel worst about--the fact that I don't have much spiritual/religious practice these days. Most years I toss around the idea of going to church services for Lent/Easter or Advent/Christmas, and it so rarely happens. (I am clearly not at Good Friday services right now.) This year is unlikely to suddenly turn into an exception on Sunday, especially since it's our week to have a playdate with Pumpkin on Sunday morning, and [personal profile] scruloose has been handling that without me since Casual Job started (in the name of me getting some downtime and more chance to get rewriting work done). Other than having seen her when a bunch of us went for dinner last Sunday, I haven't really seen Pumpkin in ages, and if it feels like a long time to me, how much longer must it seem to a five-year-old? :/

I know there's no real answer to "I feel bad about not doing [x]" other than "so go do it", whether [x] is "spend more time with beloved but admittedly exhausting tiny extrovert" or "go to holiday services...somewhere". It's a simple equation. But that simplicity doesn't actually translate into "it's easy".

(And I think that's going to have to count as "posting about not going to church on Easter", because I really do need to get to work and anything else in my head on the subject would need picking apart. *sighs*)

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Apr. 18th, 2014 09:38 am
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A Cultural History of Cuba During the U.S. Occupation is one of those library books that sat on my shelf for literally over a year as I renewed it repeatedly because I kept reading, like, YA and Mercedes Lackey instead, until FINALLY I could renew it no more and was like "OK I'M GOING TO READ IT."

And, as always happens with the nonfiction books that I put off reading because I'm lazy, it was incredibly fascinating. As the title indicates, the book focuses on the four years in Cuban history right after the Spanish-American War, when the U.S. was still occupying Cuba but an all-Cuban government was on the horizon.

Marial Iglesias Utset is deliberately focusing her attention, not on major or dramatic events, but rather on how the everyday things that ordinary people do take on enormous political and ideological significance in times of cultural shift -- like, what music do you dance to and how do you dance to it, what cafes do you eat at and what are they serving, when and how and where do you display the national flag? What holidays are state-sanctioned, and what holidays do people take anyway even if the government has not formally declared them a day off? What chotchkes are being sold at the store?

(There's a great passage quoting an ad that appeared in the magazine Patria, under the heading "Long Live a Free Cuba! Independence or Death!" which then went on to advertise commemmorative pins, brooches, buttons, belts, painted plates, portraits of Jose Marti ... because everyone should support the Fatherland and be a patriot! PEOPLE ARE SO MUCH PEOPLE.)

Anyway this is the kind of history that I'm always wanting to see more of -- not who killed what in which battle, but how people live their lives through and in and around and after those battles. HISTORY IS SO INTERESTING. Why don't I read more history? (Because I'm lazy, and there are so many terrible novels out there -- but I should read more history!)

✓ 2014-04-18

Apr. 18th, 2014 08:33 am
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good things

Apr. 17th, 2014 11:16 pm
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1. Totoro - Dr Who t-shirt.

2. Met a grad friend walking to school today and had a good conversation.

3. Rainbows in Queen Anne.

Daily Happiness

Apr. 17th, 2014 11:02 pm
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1. Short day at work today, yay!

2. So I went over to my mom's house expecting it to be fairly quick to get everything set up the rest of the way and ended up staying for about three and a half hours. >_&;lt; But I did finally get everything taken care of and her new computer is up and working and also she gave me $200 so that was nice.

3. Speaking of money, I checked my bank account and the federal tax refund is already in there and the state one is pending. Yay, money!

4. I stopped at Pollo Loco on the way to my mom's and got a couple burritos, but was only hungry enough for one, so now I have a burrito to take for lunch tomorrow. :)

this isn't sane, for the record

Apr. 18th, 2014 12:30 am
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So last night, I finally got around to changing my yahoo and gmail passwords and set up two factor authentication. This sounds like a very boring story, and it is, trust me, but it's also an example of the password equivalent of completionist doctrine: it must all be done.

Because Heartbleed, and why not.

I have a locked and secured doc that has a full list of all my accounts and passwords because you get to the point in your online life where everything can't be happy1 or you end up writing an article about how your iPad was bricked because someone wanted your twitter name and infiltrated your entire Apple ecosystem (that article was nightmare fuel and I don't have an iPad). One of the few useful tips I got from the article is having an account that has no purpose but to be a secondary email on all my accounts; it literally does nothing but receive email about my password changes or activities on my account. I call it my keysmash yahoo account that is the recovery backup for every single account I have. The password is a modified keysmash of thirty-two characters, the username isn't much better, and I don't even know it without looking it up.

This is significant because my master doc is huge--I made an effort with anything important to make a strong password that I could also, at least nominally remember. I added app passwords eventually, so it's ridic long. I started off fixing my gmail first and then my yahoo's--each has a specific type of email it receives (one devoted entirely to Facebook and Harrods, because why not), and setting up two factor authentication (kind of fun) on everything and getting more text messages than I ever have in my life.

Here's the thing; online security was not designed for the human brain, or at least not my brain. I honestly don't know who it was designed for except someone who gets off on calculating pi for days on end or has a hardon for prime number memorization, who can think like that.

At work, I have to change the password (upper case, lower case, number, special character) every three months for my computer, PPM (for looking up defects and modifications for program testing), and my HR login to see my leave and etc. All have a two to three year password memory. My Groove messenger--like AIM, but for work--has another one that can be permanent, thank God. My secure email with Vontage--as opposed to regular email--has to have another one, and I think it has to be changed once a year. Seeing Middleware queues--where webservice calls go to die--needs to be updated every six months. For SQL queries in Oracle, the connection descriptors, usernames, and passwords for six different programs in four environments are each updated four times a year and each program has two to four users. I also have a weird encryption program on my work computer but it changes with my windows login. Oh, and VPN access so I can log in to my work computer from home, Jesus.

In a year as a tester, I will have to create or get updates for about one hundred and thirty two passwords just to log into my computer and do my job.

Online in my regular life, it's more flexible, but to secure my most important accounts, I have to have at least twenty high-security passwords with uppercase, lowercase, special character, number that I can remember off the top of my head and that doesn't count the login for my phone, tablet, laptop, my router login, my wifi login, and my server.

Facebook has an impossible one--I rarely use it, so I don't care that i have to look it up but I do care if someone hijacks it--Apple, Google Every Fucking Thing, Tumblr, DW, LJ, JF, Twitter, AO3, Hulu, Netflix, Roku, Dropbox, Evernote, Trillian, my bank app, my health insurance app, Paypal, Ebay, Sharebuilder, Newegg, my website bank login, cable, utilities, my phone, Amazon, my credit card, my retirement account at work, my health savings account through work, avast mobile security so if my phone is stolen I can erase it, McAfee, okay, I'm getting a headache. All of these have various levels of importance and security, right, because who compares your social media to your bank?

So when i was done with my password changes--smooth segue here--I was looking at my list and started working out how they were connected for vulnerabilities--remember that article I mentioned about the guy and his bricked iPad?--to see which could be considered major keys to everything.

Getting my google, I'm dead in the water, no lie; google infrastructure is like that, so that's a strong memorable password plus two factor authentication. Cracking my trillian gets you my fandom yahoo and google passwords, right, two factor the yahoos, already doing that. Which at this point, I sat down and diagrammed my online life by email address and account and how to limit the damage if one was hacked. The keysmash email seems relatively safe--you know, until fucking Heartbleed--but I ran into a problem here: I'm not a goddamn wizard. Mapping possibilities here in worst case scenario, there's no way I can do a separation that would limit hacking damage to my life to less than 20 percent without magic. For my online life--and real non-work life--I have right now eighty-nine separate passwords that are between medium and high-security needed password levels, and about twenty of them I have to be able to remember off the top of my head because I use them every day.

Modern world, I get that, but every time I read a smug security expert talking about how people are just stupid because they don't choose high security passwords for all five hundred of their online accounts and it's their fault they were hacked I want to destroy worlds or at least explain using small words this isn't (always) an issue of being stupid or lazy; the entire online ecosystem is working against you on this one.

Google alone terrifies me on a theoretical level, because it's linked to so much; Apple, same thing; Amazon, Jesus, it's growing in leaps and bounds; Yahoo, fuck my life; Microsoft, urgh; and I hate to point this out, but there's only so much separation possible. While diagramming my future hacked life, the safest measure seemed to be create a new email account for every single important account (bank, credit card, paypal, etc) to deliver to and secure each one to limit how much information a single hack can get, and it's not like there are a lot of secure online places to set up email accounts, and even if there were, we can't remember that many passwords.

I get--because it's all I know--that this is how it is, that there's no way to be invulnerable, but completionist doctrine: I spent most of last night changing all my major and medium passwords because for the life of me, I spreadsheeted my online ecosystem to figure out a way to be a smart user and limit the damage if I was hacked and I couldn't get it below compromising twenty percent of my accounts with one successful hack. I'd get notified fast--I think I got that much from keysmash yahoo account and two factor authentication--and some of the accounts are pretty minor so it wouldn't matter, but--twenty percent. I'm still working on a security model via staring at my spreadsheet and hating everything, but I keep hitting things i never thought of--my student loan account, places I shopped once or twice where I used Paypal or Google Wallet, and thought about how many places I thoughtlessly and crazily used my credit card and how they link into the ecosystem of online life and what else am I forgetting? And how many passwords I changed yesterday that I still need to memorize because sure, firefox saves passwords, Chrome saves password, IE saves passwords, but if I get hacked, those are the first against the wall, and what if my laptop is stolen or hacked?

Or I take it to a repair shop and completely didn't think about any of that because apparently in the back of my mind repair guy/customer privilege, like lawyer/client privilege, and its not he knew that file existed, or the random name, or feel any need to open it out of the thousands of files on my computer and be curious why it was protected and crack the password. Because God knows, that was a very stupid user mistake, and for four days I didn't know I was 100% vulnerable in my entire online life.

I can't tell if I'm overreacting yet. I also have five passwords >= 20 characters to memorize, which isn't helping my mood at all. Paranoia: it's totally a thing.

Further Reading
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Apr. 17th, 2014 08:24 pm
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Apr. 18th, 2014 10:16 am
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Lately I've been getting into macro photography.
I got an Olloclip for my iPhone,
and all of these photos are taken with the iPhone.
I've mostly been hunting around in the garden,
having a good time.

Some more under the cut. )

Pulp Fiction

Apr. 17th, 2014 09:16 pm
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Today in cultural education: Pulp Fiction. It was...really good. I'm surprised that I liked it. Very surprised.

I have long been not a fan of Tarantino. The man's kind of an ass, and whenever I hear stories about him as a person, they're not positive. My previous exposure to his work has been the CSI two-parter and that stint he did on Alias. Ever since Reservoir Dogs came out I've been hearing about how violent his movies were. What sealed it for me, though, was Sin City, a movie that repelled me. I know that's a Robert Rodriguez film, but Tarantino directed part of it, so I feel his involvement is an indication that this is to his taste. And while Sin City is visually stunning--I don't think any other film has so completely put a comic book on screen--and I love the soundtrack, that film felt like something that was done to me. My memories of it are a nightmarish kaleidoscope.

So yes, I've been avoiding Tarantino films for a long time. But Pulp Fiction was so huge--it came out when I was thirteen, just old enough for my classmates to get into R films, and it seems like everyone I knew watched it. "Jungle Boogie" was played at all the school dances. I even own the soundtrack. So it was time to bite the bullet and watch the thing. I figured I'd been solidly spoiled. Turns out everything I'd ever heard is only from the first hour of the movie, and the other two were a total surprise.

I know all y'all already know this, but it's new to me--also, trigger warning for the thing that is a trigger in the film )

The main stand-out feature of the film is, of course, the dialogue. The dialogue is unparalleled. Not just for its wit, but for how it makes all of the film's characters into three-dimensional people. I can think of few films that gave me such a clear idea of who these people are. This isn't like Oscar Wilde dialogue, where everyone sounds like the author and the dialogue exists to show how very clever that author is. Tarantino is being clever, but clever in the service of showing us who these people are beyond the events of the plot. As Ebert pointed out in his review, most dialogue in most films is purely about the plot. But Pulp Fiction you could listen to as an audiobook.

So now I find myself reevaluating my stance on Tarantino. I think it's perhaps time to give Kill Bill a chance. I still don't know about Reservoir Dogs, though. People have been telling me it's a fantastic film for a long time, but they've also been telling me just how violent it is, and I'm not quite sure I'm willing to watch that to get to the dialogue and the characters.

Food experiments

Apr. 18th, 2014 01:20 am
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Today, made slow-cooker pork with Chinese five-spice powder, herbes de Provence, honey, chicken stock, an apple, and carrot. And a bit of courgette and yellow pepper.

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I...may never be able to Exalt because lizard's reaction was "That's mean." Which probably means no breeding for me. :p And lots of grinding for more nest space? But we'll see.

ETA: Well, we have a nest of three eggs going because lizard wanted to try breeding before I managed to tell her about limited slots and Exalting...we'll see...

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Thank you to everyone who helped us get started! I am, um, stupidly addicted to the Coliseum, which has been my gateway drug into Final Fantasy I...
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