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By Kay Ryan
They are not
we say, in the way
of the exquisite
high parts of
you cannot wish
by E. E. Cummings
love is more thicker than forget
more thinner than recall
more seldom than a wave is wet
more frequent than to fail
it is most mad and moonly
and less it shall unbe
than all the sea which only
is deeper than the sea
love is less always than to win
less never than alive
less bigger than the least begin
less littler than forgive
it is most sane and sunly
and more it cannot die
than all the sky which only
is higher than the sky
So that was badass.
And then forearms and shins could generate shields that could be extended through solid structures, like windows and walls and gazebos, but that cost fatigue. So I could stop bullets either just around me or by making windows bulletproof,,but I could only do it for a few seconds, unless someone donated more energy. They had to be willing though. So the gazebo incident protected everyone in the structure from a stampede, but also knocked out pretty much everyone else, partly because they were bad guys so it seemed easiest once they'd let me in.
My offensive weaponry was a stick. Just a handy stick. As is my long term habit in RPGs that allow it. But whenever the stick broke, I coyld just 'heal' it. Healing spells are mostly for animals, plant spells are their own college, and dead/inanimate matter needs repair spells, but I could do some of those. End of stick gets chomped off, I 'heal' it so it looks like a knobbly branch now, no problem.
As power sets go it was pretty cool.
But the dream somewhat lacked a plot because I was wandering around trying to find out what the bad guys even wanted while they just kept attacking me and bouncing or going straight through or possibly disintegrating their weapons. Probably as frustrating for them as it was for me. But it's difficult to do diplomacy when the other guys just won't stop trying to hit you, however futile it has proven to be.
Dream me was so chill though. Like, nothing was going to get through, so it was less inconvenient than water pistols. Wouldn't even need to dry off. They could just do their thing and I'd be waiting patiently for them to calm down, like they were toddler tantruming.
Would drive bad guys nuts.
Cheerfully nuts, but controlled—mostly. Seven extraordinary infants are adopted by an eccentric scientist and trained to fight...crime? Robots? Threats from outer space? Super villains? Alien super villains? Robots? It's not super clear, but you get the gist. This world also has hyper-intelligent chimpanzees and a moon base, so it's got some science fiction elements to it while still having a retro feel, and I like the resultant mood, a kind of nostalgic futurism. The art does a lot of fun stuff with this in the background.
I love the character design, especially that of 1 and 5. The proportions of Spaceboy's Martian ape body are very pleasing to me. That huge chest and the tiny legs and head. I can't get enough of it. The art has an old school feel, reminiscent of Dave Gibbons's work in Watchmen—again with the background details—though Stewart's colors are much more rich and layered. The storytelling reminds me of Alan Moore, too, though with more of an early Promethea feel.
I'm interested in what this is doing (especially Séance—more of him please) and where it's going, except, under all the flash and primates, it's just another comic book filled with white dudes. The Indian manservant (very Wes Anderson and not in a good way) isn't even named in the text and if he speaks at all, it's to provide directions. And then there are the women. All three of them. Because women only make up 30% of the population, right? This is why you have to manufacture your own out of dress forms and wheels. Then Vanya, who isn't given near enough motivation to destroy the world, by the way, spends most of the book naked. She's introduced to us naked (as a baby) then again (as an adult) while wearing a thong and sitting with her legs spread. We see so much of her ass. Especially later when she's redesigned to be naked all the time. If you're going to be like that, where's the male nudity? Also there's a bigger question about the kind of violence done against the female characters in this book and how it compares to the injuries sustained by the men.
Still I did enjoy this and want to know more. I'll be reading the next volume.
Contains: blood, dead bodies, exploding heads, violence, dub-con body mod, dub-con kiss, mind control.
What happened is that Geico subtracted $358.28 from our account today, a payment that supposedly was canceled when I spoke to them on the 20th. I'd gotten permission to make our auto insurance payment on the 30th when we're paid again and asked them to cancel the automatic monthly payment. Which, after this, I'm going to be doing anyway. It's worth it to have to pay a few more dollars in insurance each month to not have something like this happen. The person I spoke to on Saturday promised me it was taken care of, evidently she did nothing.
I called the bank to see if anything could be done, she said no, that once it's pending they can't stop payment on even an electronic check. I could file a dispute but that can take up to ten days to clear the funds back to me. Geico admits it was their mistake, she even did a conference call with me to the bank but they still couldn't do anything to stop it. Because, at this point it's still pending, Geico says that they can't do anything, either, until it posts.
I'm supposed to call them back tomorrow to see if the funds are showing up on their end yet. They've promised me that they'll refund my money as soon as it does but, with the weekend coming up, the odds of it posting until Monday aren't good.
As soon as it's back in our account, or I can get some more stuff sold, I'll get my packages mailed. I am so sorry for the delay. I hate this! I told Lynette, the Geico person working with me, that their doing this really hurts. Especially when I was told everything was handled days ago.
Fingers crossed, it'll be back in our account in a few days. I hope so, I want to be able to get things sent off. Plus, our anniversary is on Monday.
Wish me luck, please, guys. Nothing is ever easy, huh?
but then I went to the buddhist place to meditate and ended up in a much better mood.
the guy leading it was new to me, and whenever he was thinking of an answer he went hmmm hmmm for a while, he was not hasty, so he reminded me of ents. trees would have plenty of time to meditate.
then on the way home I stopped at pizza hut for a pizza, which was pretty nice today.
so the whole evening was pretty much success.
This is so cool, and eerie-looking. I just checked online and apparently the phenomenon is due to a skinny cirrus cloud refracting ice crystals high in the sky. Nature is awesome. ^___^
Note that it's a WIP last updated 6/4/18
Abyssinia (38760 words) by bettyboopz
Fandom: Captain America (Movies), Marvel Cinematic Universe
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings, Graphic Depictions Of Violence
Relationships: James "Bucky" Barnes/Steve Rogers
Characters: Steve Rogers, James "Bucky" Barnes, Peggy Carter, Sam Wilson (Marvel), Natasha Romanov (Marvel), Howling Commandos
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Supernatural Elements, Alternate Universe - Creatures & Monsters, Horror, Pining, Best Friends, Fairy Tale Elements, Pre-Serum Steve Rogers, Post-Serum Steve Rogers, Dirty Talk, Non-Linear Narrative, Angst, Body Dysphoria, monster love story because when are there ever enough of those, Tags may be added, Daddy Kink, Child Death (Implied)
"I wanna eat you, Steve," he whispers. "I wanna fucking eat you. Just wanna . . . Just let me, Steve. Just give me a little taste. Just a little."
"Bucky." Steve wants to laugh, but then again, he doesn't at all. He wants to turn around in Bucky's arms and – "You the Soldier now or something?"
Bucky doesn't answer.
The Winter Soldier is an ancient, bloodthirsty creature of legend. In 1945, Hydra perfects the serum that can turn a good man into an infamous harbinger of death. No one has ever crossed paths with one and lived, or so they say.
Steve Rogers has always been exceptional.
I am ramping up the job hunting (which was always the plan, but still feels terrifying). And I won't have any idea of the work load and flexibility of the new job until after the deadline for the Memoir Incubator.
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I held back two boxes of discs that I hope to sell separately. Things like a full set of all seasons of Babylon 5, Crusade, plus the movies, seasons one through three plus six, seven and eight of Supernatural, the last three never even opened. Season seven of Smallville, all the special edition copies of the Lord of the Ring movies, Spider-Man One, Two and Three, the Avengers Emma Peel collected edition, Starsky and Hutch season one and more. I’ll make a list of everything as soon as I can.
We’ll have more to take in to sell as soon as we can go through our CD collection, which we’re also going to pretty much sell off. Plus I’ll have all my boxes of comics to sell as I can get to them. Though, I think I’ll take additional boxes to one of our other local comics stores. They still haven’t gotten through my box of Hulk comics I dropped off last Thursday at the Great Escape. It’s the store closest to me but that’s sure a long time to go through one short box of comics and make an offer.
Things have gotten so behind because of how buried in medical debt we are. Each new bill has caused a domino effect of missed payments that I’m determined to conquer somehow. We’ve been a month behind on our house payments for a while now. Unfortunately Wells Fargo won’t let you pay extra each month to catch up, they want it in one fell swoop. It’ll just have to stay as it is until we can get in better shape and I can put some back each month to pay it.
There are so many things we need to tackle, the house needs painting, our gutters need work. If I have to sell anything that’s not locked down in our house to get there, I will. I’ll miss our movies, my comics, our music CDs but they are all just stuff. If I can somehow make things better for us it will be so much more than worth it.
Thanks, guys, as always, for listening. 😊💕
by Carol Ann Duffy
If she were here
she'd forget who she was,
it's been so long,
maybe nurse, a nanny,
maybe a nun—
A girl I met
was willing to bet
that she still lived on -
but had packed it all in,
the best verb, the right noun,
for a life in the sun.
A woman I knew
kept her skull
on a shelf in a room -
and swore that one day
as she worked at her desk
it cleared its throat
as though it has something
to get off its chest.
But I know best -
how she passed on her pen
like a baton
down through the years,
with a hey nonny
hey nonny no -
"Anon" by Carol Ann Duffy, from Feminine Gospels. © Faber & Faber, 2002.
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Dæmonology: The Magicians
by Dana Gioia
The world does not need words. It articulates itself
in sunlight, leaves, and shadows. The stones on the path
are no less real for lying uncatalogued and uncounted.
The fluent leaves speak only the dialect of pure being.
The kiss is still fully itself though no words were spoken.
And one word transforms it into something less or other—
illicit, chaste, perfunctory, conjugal, covert.
Even calling it a kiss betrays the fluster of hands
glancing the skin or gripping a shoulder, the slow
arching of neck or knee, the silent touching of tongues.
Yet the stones remain less real to those who cannot
name them, or read the mute syllables graven in silica.
To see a red stone is less than seeing it as jasper—
metamorphic quartz, cousin to the flint the Kiowa
carved as arrowheads. To name is to know and remember.
The sunlight needs no praise piercing the rainclouds,
painting the rocks and leaves with light, then dissolving
each lucent droplet back into the clouds that engendered it.
The daylight needs no praise, and so we praise it always—
greater than ourselves and all the airy words we summon.
"Words" by Dana Gioia from Interrogations at Noon. © Graywolf Press, 2001.
I've also got years of like new Photoshop Users and Adobe Layers magazines that are chock full of tips and shortcuts for Photoshop and the whole design suite usage. They are invaluable teaching tools for the programs. I'm going to be posting them for sale on eBay but I'll also list what I have here in case they would be of use to anyone
There are models of Lee's that I'll be posting for sale, like his Atomic City 2001 Space Pod and Astronaut. Plus a beautiful Quantum Mechanix Star Trek Into Darkness Phaser Replica that he saved up for and purchased back in 2013. I'm hoping we can get around $70 for it. It still sells for around $100, or better, on eBay but I'd rather it go to a fan, and a friend, if we can. Here's what it looks like:
( Star Trek Into Darkness Phaser )
Lastly, I've got a CorelDraw X8 Graphics Suite for sell. That's CorelDraw 2018. This is the full version, not the educational one. It's an upgrade so you need a serial number for an earlier version to install it but that's not a problem. I always save serial numbers off our software so I've got it to send you. It sells for a couple of hundred and up on eBay but we'd be happy to get $80 for it. CorelDraw is a great vector art program. Lee has used it for years in his graphics design work. Heck, we started out with it before the program was even numbered. It comes with tons of fonts, clipart, templates, a cheat sheet for keyboard shortcuts, etc.
Anyway, let me know if anyone is interested in any of these things. It's time for supper and then back to sorting DVD's for sale.
Things That Go Bump In The Night (9278 words) by mochroimanam
Fandom: Raven Cycle - Maggie Stiefvater
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Noah Czerny & Richard Gansey III & Ronan Lynch & Adam Parrish & Blue Sargent, Ambiguous or Implied Relationship(s), Ronan Lynch/Adam Parrish
Characters: Noah Czerny, Blue Sargent, Richard Gansey III, Adam Parrish, Ronan Lynch
Additional Tags: Elements of Horror, Halloween, Haunted Houses, Implied/Referenced Suicide, Ghosts, Campy, Buffy-esque, Past Violence, Scooby-esque
Summary: Subtitle: The real ghosts are the friends we made along the way! The gang goes to a Halloween haunted house attraction, only to find that things are a bit more....realistic...than expected.
Bookmarker's Notes: Spooky Halloween fun, filled with love and friendship. Everybody gets a chance to do their thing and the OT5 are out in full force.
Heavenly Wine and Roses (4484 words) by orphan_account
Fandom: Raven Cycle - Maggie Stiefvater
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Richard Gansey III/Blue Sargent, Ronan Lynch/Adam Parrish
Characters: Richard Gansey III, Blue Sargent, Ronan Lynch, Adam Parrish, Noah Czerny
Additional Tags: absolutely not kissing, Coming In Pants, gratuitous use of ganseyface, gansey does not have anything under control even slightly
Summary: Gansey has everything under control.
Bookmarker's Notes: Burningly hot. The sequel to Roses on Parade.
Terroir (3644 words) by jouissant
Fandom: Raven Cycle - Maggie Stiefvater
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Richard Gansey III/Ronan Lynch
Characters: Richard Gansey III, Ronan Lynch, Noah Czerny
Additional Tags: Frottage, Drinking, First Time
Summary: "He dreamed up some booze," Noah said. "I don't know, maybe you should go up there."
Bookmarker's Notes: Yeah, you could just slip this right into the third book, and then keep on going. The writing is as quick and clever as Stiefvater's, and then there's Gansey, trying to take care of everybody, as usual. Funny, sexy, and just the right amount of creepy.
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Robert Jackson Bennett, City of Stairs: ( interesting epic fantasy )
Robert Jackson Bennett, Vigilance: ( guns, no butter )
Robert Jackson Bennett, The Troupe: ( traveling players sing the world into being )
Erica L. Satifka, Stay Crazy: ( paranoid schizophrenia and communication with other dimensions )
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T. Kingfisher, The Seventh Bride:( fractured fairy tale )
Alaya Whiteley, The Loosening Skin: ( love is skin deep )
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I don't think Roswell will kill off either of the guys in the m/m pairing, but there's no guarantee that the show will treat them well. And I think I have a pretty broad opinion of what constitutes well! But one of them literally just came out as queer, and the example The Magicians has set this week has me on edge.
Star Trek Discovery's treatment of its queer couple has hardly been ideal, but I will take it.
Mostly, this means I am watching all of the Schitt's Creek extra stuff on YouTube. They're all adorable.
Aquaman is plenty good. Whoosh and boom... or sploosh and crunch. Visually very imaginative and impressive.
But I liked best that he won by ( Read more... )
I liked many parts of this film and the story and the spectacle supported each other and it did a grand job of making a whole alien world that's just under water.
Also it's one superhero movie with a good answer for why he just doesn't ask his superhero friends: they can't breathe down there. He has a whole world of his own. Pretty cool.
I am very impressed that they made me impressed and invested in an Aquaman movie when I've been reading comics and being a DC fan for so long and just, like, barely paid him any mind. That sounds mean but I mean, whatever wasn't working for me before, they've fixed it. Pretty cool.
So that was a pretty good day.
but I did read some fic off a rec.
I think it was labelled fantasy AU but that mostly meant they were climbing mountains and dodging arrows so it was sparse on worldbuilding.
It also was short enough it probably mostly relied on resonance with canon, because without having seen Teen Wolf it was just, like, two guys huddle for warmth then kiss then shag then magic married. Fair enough.
But I went looking for something longer with more to get my teeth into
and I think I either need a guide or to learn the magic words for filtering things out
because after applying all my usual Do Not Wants so only no archive warnings apply, and then choosing long finished english fics, all the top ones were like human au? so i filtered those out, and then they're college au? so I filtered those out, and now it's always a girl variations on top of the list. so I filtered those out and... these aren't tagged au but do not greatly resemble what I have read about the show... or they are tagged but how do you get rid of a/b/o fics when the fandom canonically has Alphas?
So now I have not chosen a thing to read.
and without watching the show in the first place it seems like aus shouldn't be a problem, but if the au is college, coffee, everyone is human, or some kind of arranged marriage thing with abo mpreg, I feel like I could read that in fandoms where I have a mental image to go with the names.
Also, I do not want to read about teens, dear self, why are you even?
Because I do want to read about found family pack.
... I also wouldn't mind reading found family superheroes but I feel like lately there's actually been more straight up divorce fic or stories about how one of them is abusive.
and I don't want to tell anyone what to write but it seems to me people looking in the tag for / are not looking for fics where they abuse or divorce each other.
too many statements of problem, ongoing lack of finding fixes for problems.
so reading was frustrating today
and whatever it is I'm looking for from fic I am looking for in whole new fandoms, which is kind of a bad sign, when I have so many pages of marked for later that ought to be a happy place already.
by Dennis O'Driscoll
The tally of years
added up so rapidly
it appeared I had
tricked by sleight
of hand, fallen victim
to false bookkeeping.
Yet when I checked
my records, each
and every year had
been accounted for,
down to the last day,
and could be audited
against old diary entries
verified with credit
antibiotics, concert bookings,
inkling that I had
been ripped off
in some way,
given short shrift,
made to live at an
my routines with
nothing could be proved,
no hard and fast
I had, it seems,
unknown to me,
been living my
life to the full.
"Time Enough" by Dennis O'Driscoll, from Dear Life. © Copper Canyon Press.
Ander: Human cleric
Dorritt: Human warlock
Himo: Wood Elf rogue
Kokai: Gnome Mage
Milo: Human Ranger
Alas, my notes seem to be incomplete. Well, no doubt I can reconstuct the missing material at some future date. Suffice to say we have descended into the city and had a few inconclusive encounters with locals.
There are far too many large dinosaur footprints in this city. ( Read more... )
I've never got to the end of this one, but that was before I started watching episodically so I should make it this time. The cartoon bits are good, probably the best cartoon bits they've done because IIRC they actually had a budget for this one.
They have yet to reveal who the monsters are, but I think we all know.
“Optimism is radical. It is the hard choice, the brave choice. And it is, it seems to me, most needed now, in the face of despair — just as a car is most useful when you have a distance to close. Otherwise it is a large, unmovable object parked in the garage.
...History and fable have both proven that nothing is ever entirely lost. David can take Goliath. A beach in Normandy can turn the tide of war. Bravery can topple the powerful. These facts are often seen as exceptional, but they are not. Every day, we all become the balance of our choices — choices between love and fear, belief or despair. No hope is ever too small.”
- Guillermo Del Toro
1/2 lb pitted dates
1 C dark currants (or double the raisins)
1 C raisins
1/4 C pitted prunes
1- 1 1/4 C sweet wine (grape juice will work too)
1/2 C chopped walnuts
1/4 C ground almonds
1) Soak the fruit overnight (either coarsely chop the fruit before soaking or whir with an immersion blender once in the pan the next day). 2) Drain but reserve the liquid. 3) In a heavy pan combine the fruit, 1 C wine and 1 C of reserved liquid (if doubling do NOT double this). 4) Cook over med-low heat 4-5 hours, stirring occasionally (until the liquid is absorbed) and the mixture is thick. 5) Cool. 6)Stir in nuts and more wine if it's too dry.
at being a human
so so bad
it makes me feel that even I with my limited social skills could make helpful suggestions
and it is Relatable.
Also they are still getting along plenty well enough, they like each other fine, even though they cannot human outside a work context and possibly not even then
so that is Encouraging.
Plus there was a whole section where they shopped carefully for date clothes with the right Texture
which makes sense.
So I'm liking it so far.