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My sister was in town! My sister is the best person ever. And we played games and went to the aquarium and I got to spend the night with this handsome young gentleman:

big fluffy orange and white cat

And now they're going back to Windsor and there is tea.

And I got writing done on the subway, mostly the kind that's probably never going to be posted or go anywhere else, and that's nice and relaxing.
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The thing in Brave is that Elinor doesn’t ever say that Merida is incapable of doing something. She says that she shouldn’t. She doesn’t think that she'll lose, she says, “If you loose that arrow…” Because she knows she'll win.

She’s completely confident of her daughter’s abilities, she just doesn’t think she should use them.
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So everyone should go read The Café Elsinore by hoc_voluerunt. And then come here and talk to me about it.

It's made me think about modern adaptations and changing portrayals of mental health and the cliched argument over the transfer of power between generations in comedies vs tragedies and how parental relationships in Shakespeare compare to parental relationships in fairy tales. And I haven't had all these thoughts in my head at one time since university or mayybe when I was reading Aurora Leigh the year after, and oh, my brain is back.

(My brain is actually having serious difficulties at the moment, but the return of my critical reading skills can only be a good sign)
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Did laundry
Said "mm-hm" on the phone with my mother for 20 minutes
Updated wall calendar

Back to work tomorrow, which I suspect may not go well. No sleep last night.


Jan. 22nd, 2014 11:47 pm
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Returned library books.
Went to Mom's for dinner.
Made a Tumblr. Don't ask me why. Icons will be showing up once a day for the next two weeks, and thereafter very rarely as I make them.
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Took out garbage and recycling
Talked to Mom
Researched psychotherapists
Had dinner with Dad
Wrote 300ish words and filled up one of the major gaps in the last chapter of Arte Regendus
Set up dropbox for writing stuff with [personal profile] knumpify

I've thought of something I could actually do with Tumblr. Still don't like Tumblr or its implied philosophy, but many things on it make me happy.
Also knumpify has writing projects.
Also I've had this list of magazines around for a while, probably time to start thinking about actually submitting things.


Jan. 17th, 2014 11:57 pm
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Things done today:

Did some research on early 20thC Toronto
Told relatives (the important ones)
Talked to [personal profile] knumpify
Went grocery shopping
Read Fun Home by Alison Bechdel
Wrote over 600 words
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So I saw Frozen on New Year's with my sister, which was exactly how to do it. I don't know if I like it as a movie (Can't stand the comic relief character, but can't stand Disneyish comic relief in general) but I certainly like the message. It's also one of the Bechdel Test passing movies that outperformed everything else this year. If you want to see it go see it in theatres.

There was a wind chill warning for a bit Thursday and Friday, so I saw it at the perfect time. Not very cold in my apartment, though - in fact I have to remember not to open the door to the boiler room or it gets way too humid here.

On the other hand, it has an awesome triumphant musical number about being yourself and being awesome and abandoning all your friends and relatives and responsibilities so you can be alone for the rest of your life. It's very catchy. Elsa's issues are actually quite a good metaphor for an anxiety disorder, at least at the beginning.

Brain continues attempting to eat itself. We persist.


Dec. 26th, 2013 02:56 pm
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I got a Lady's Not For Burning fic and oh, it's wonderful. Accessory After the Fact. Thomas Mendip's attitude toward life is enough like mine at the moment that it was lovely to get an exploration of it partially changing.

I also wrote 9 Yuletide fics, which seems like a lot, but 8 of them are only 100 words long. Way too much fun, like I said. And they appear to be well-received, which is lovely.

There isn't much, other than that. It's been a very nice Christmas so far, but there's still Christmas with my dad and my sister and my grandparents and [personal profile] knumpify to go (I grew up with divorced parents. I'm used to multiple Christmases). My mom's internet hasn't been working properly since the ice storm, so I spent yesterday running down my tablet battery and my brother's data plan reading Yuletide fic while Toronto worked on making "White Christmas" an understatement. And then my brother made me watch what is allegedly one of the worst X-File episodes ever (evil trees!). Very nice.

(Much nicer: I get this week off work and I'm only in three days next week. Ack, I used to like work.)

And now I really do need to leave for Dad's.


Sep. 27th, 2012 11:12 pm
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I think I like it.

First meeting isn't all that great as a thing, but after they're working it does go well.

Not sure how I feel about Holmes, but Watson is fantastic.

...I don't think I really have anything to say other than OMG Watson cracks the case they watch baseball it rocks eeeeeee. Not enough time to reflect.

I don't know if I like their Holmes, though. Maybe.

I haven't deliberately watched a TV show when it was scheduled since Dollhouse premiered (Dad was interested). Huh.

First week of work is always exhausting. It seems to be going well but I don't want to jinx it by talking about it.

Seeing siiiiiiiiiiister tomorrow, yay!


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