Oh dear.

Aug. 19th, 2016 01:25 pm
jennaria: Kitty in a teacup (tea?)
Monday: Come home. Internet is out, for no clear reason. Wife calls Internet Provider. They do not have any appointments for Tuesday, how about Wednesday? No, Wednesday is the (one!) day this week when Wife has to come into town, rather than work from home. We settle on Thursday.

Tuesday: Due to other commitments, I get home late. Internet has been up and down, wife tells me.

Wednesday: Get home at normal time. Internet is up (after being down that morning). Internet Provider calls and suggests, since internet is working, that we can delay appointment. Wife reluctantly agrees.

Thursday: Get home just as the heavens open with a wicked bad thunderstorm. Wife and I consider going out for dinner, then look at the aforementioned downpour and decide against it. Wife and I start making dinner, and have just put ravioli into boiling water when there is a tremendous flash and KER-BOOM just outside our living room window. We have barely calmed our pulses when the power abruptly goes out.

Fortunately, ravioli is cooked. We light candles, and turn on flashlights, to finish fixing dinner. Then we curl up with book (her) and computer (me - I was finishing ripping CDs that I'd borrowed from our local library), before trying to sleep. Have just managed uneasy doze when power equally abruptly comes back on, and we must get up and toddle around, turning off all the lights.

Today: Internet was up this morning. This evening, wife and I are going out for happy hour with my co-workers. Hopefully everything will be cooperative when we get home.
jennaria: Soubi from Loveless, with his hair back, wearing glasses (sexy librarian)
This isn't as active as it used to be, and not just due to Tumblr migration*. However, inasmuch as Tumblr claims the sky is falling (again), and also because I am mildly curious as to who's still paying attention: behold a poll!

Poll #17616 Why are you here?
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I read Thia's posts when she is talking about:

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A fandom that interests me (and only then)
2 (18.2%)

Fannish content in general (you never know where you'll find the next shiny thing)
10 (90.9%)

Personal stuff (hi, people who probably know me in RL!)
7 (63.6%)

Writing stuff (still a thing)
8 (72.7%)

Other post-types which I shall mention in the comments
1 (9.1%)




*I'm better about being active on Tumblr - username also Jennaria there, for the curious - but most of my Tumblr content is reblogs, which require a lot less effort.
jennaria: Toph thinking, with caption: but what are your thoughts on yaoi? (Toph is my homegirl)
The first thing you need to know about the 1935 movie adaptation of LES MISERABLES is that it was made during the era of the Motion Picture Production Code, also known as the Hays Code. This required, among other things, that 'special care' be taken when portraying the history of another country, theft, sympathy for criminals, sedition, "the sale of women, or of a woman selling her virtue," and "titles or scenes having to do with law enforcement or law-enforcing officers."

Why Thia, I hear you say, doesn't that cover pretty much the entirety of Les Mis? What's left, an overview of the sewers of Paris?

What's left can easily fit into less than two hours, which says something on its own. )
jennaria: Text icon: "We're having hot lesbian sex, and by lesbian sex we mean tea, but it's still hot." (But it's still hot)
My gift to wife: flowers (see subject line) and the latest IN DEATH novel by J.D. Robb. (She is half-way through it. Only half-way, because she's getting better, see, which means she has to actually do her homework for grad school.)

Wife's gift to me: THE FORCE AWAKENS soundtrack, and Lego Rey with speeder (and random thug).

...I may perhaps have spent half the afternoon putting together Rey's speeder. And discovering that it actually shoots little Lego bricks when you press the right place. Our cats are so going to regret this. Especially because Lego helpfully included a lot of reloads, in case you (inevitably) lose the tiny Legos.

Also we stopped by the local comic book store, which also sells used books/CDs/DVDs/fun random things that Newbury Comics wishes they still had. Wife picked up two graphic novels, we agreed on an Old Who DVD (Fourth Doctor) and the AH! MY GODDESS movie, and I scored not only the 2012 LES MISERABLES (in which Hugh Jackman as Valjean is indeed, stacked like a brick house), but also the 1935 movie version (wherein Valjean gives off more sparkles than a 1970s anime), and the 1952 movie version (wherein, I am told, there is a happy ending, possibly because Valjean acquires a Sassy Gay Friend half an hour in, who will not tolerate this angsting nonsense).

Then we had a terribly romantic dinner of meatloaf, mashed potatoes and mixed veg. In my defense, the meatloaf was shaped like a heart.
jennaria: Sarah from Labyrinth, reading a book, captioned Storyteller (Storyteller)
Not belated this time!

THINGS THAT ARE NOT THE SAME AS THIS TIME LAST YEAR:
- New apartment
- New job
- New state, new region, all the news
- New driver's license (brand new - okay, not so brand new any more)
- okay so technically my niece and nephew were around this time last year but now I've met them, that totally counts for new
- some fandoms
- some friends
- 51% of a new language (Duolingo is my friend)

THINGS THAT HAVE NOT CHANGED
- wife (still awesome)
- cats (still fluffy or fuzzy depending)
- car (still green)
- other friends (hello again!)

Also Yuletide has been revealed, and I can now say in public that I wrote Thicker Than Water, Sleepy Hollow TV series, which I picked up as a pinch hit because the requester wanted Jenny and Abby and something about sisterhood, and I thought HELL YES. And then I went and researched European mythology (but not too intensively, because this is Sleepy Hollow we're talking about), and threw in Ichabod Crane being Ichabod Crane-y, and wrote what is totally an id-story for me, because sisterhood is important and sometimes complicated, even when you're not dealing with demons and the apocalypse coming. It...may or may not be readable without knowing canon? The wife was my beta-reader, and she knows canon as well as I do, so no help there. Edit: I now have testimony that it is, in fact, readable and enjoyable without knowing canon! So hooray.
jennaria: The entry-way to Bag End (home)
When I try to list out all the reasons why, they mostly look silly, because they fall somewhere between 'yeah, it's nice when they do that' and 'but workplaces are supposed to do that'. It's depressing to realize the failures of Previous Workplace by way of contrast.

My Hogwarts boss just stopped by my cube, to give me a little Christmas present (homemade Christmas cookie mix). This is in addition to the nice present that I thought was the department gift (with a card signed by my boss's boss). All the students have gone home for the holidays, I've finished my Yuletide pinch-hit and submitted it, and we are planning to go see The Force Awakens on Christmas Day. (Will we be able to remain unspoiled until then? Stay tuned! Y'all have been wonderful about cut-tagging your spoilers, but Tumblr is Tumblr is Tumblr.) Also we're going to tourist it up a bit: we have been informed that we should check out the local Botanical Gardens, not to mention the Aquarium.

This isn't yet Home in the way that New England is. But it's getting there.

(Awesome Mother-In-Law (one of two - yup, I scored two great mothers-in-law) is moving down to within driving distance this spring. We're making friends and settling in - but it will still be nice to have family that's not a plane ride away.)
jennaria: Great horned owl with its head tilted to one side quizzically (Baroo?)
Current object of interest: trying to learn French via Duolingo. ([personal profile] ysobel, this is at least half your fault. It's because of you that I even knew Duolingo exists.) I'm not anywhere near anything like fluent - Duolingo clocks me at 23%, my vocabulary is still somewhere down in the kindergarten range, and my conjugations are still firmly present tense. But it's fun in a way I didn't expect.

I am much better at reading than I am in interpreting what I hear, much less speaking. I gather this is normal. Or else it's a relic of having been a Classics major, where you barely did the hearing part beyond, like, reading Latin poetry aloud (I can still recite the first line and a half (?) of the Aeneid in the appropriate scansion), and sure as heck weren't expected to speak it.

(Someday, I want to go read things like L'Fantome de la Opera, or Les Miserables, in the original French. I am absolutely sure I am nowhere near that level, but it gives me a goal that's probably more realistic than my other ambition of someday going to Paris and being able to speak to a native without them laughing at my French.)

ETA: In other news, as of two minutes ago, I have my own business cards for the first second time ever! (First time was the Etsy store I helped my mother run.) I have absolutely no idea what to do with them - putting them in with the Halloween candy we hand out is probably not a good idea, right? ;-) But I have them, and they look so nice and official-like.
jennaria: cartoon bunny, standing by the TARDIS, looking confused (Bunny- whowhatnow?)
I have wandered into the edges of Les Miserables fandom. (Somewhere, [personal profile] jenett is feeling smug and doesn't know why yet.) This isn't as bad as it seems, because there are SO MANY ADAPTATIONS, seriously. More than the various versions of Hamlet that I watched, back when that was my shiny thing.

The problem is...um. How to put this. I am kind of choosy. Cut for bemused commentary on multiple movie adaptations of Les Mis. )
jennaria: Stone mural of naked Greek women dancing, with caption in Greek letters, 'Party On, Dudes!' (Party on)
*HOORAY NEW NIBLINGS. By which I mean, of course, that my sister is the proud mother of twins, and I am a proud auntie who is looking forward to going out and meeting said twins in a few months, after the rush of parental units has died down. (My parents are both YAY WE ARE GRANDPARENTS, which I should not find as amusing as I do. But my mother in particular has been so very very careful about 'It's okay if you don't want kids!' I don't. But I am still super-happy about the niblings.)

*Did you know that there was a Santa Fun Run in Boston, first Saturday in December? And by 'Fun Run' I mean 'dear lord people it is right around freezing why are you all in speedos or bikinis THE HAT ALONE IS NOT ENOUGH.' I mean, I am as shallow as the next person, so I appreciated the view! But they still looked cold. (Clearly I really am getting old. :wince:)

*I had the bright idea to do counted cross stitch for my Christmas presents this year. It's a good thing I have a wife, is what I'm saying, because she's the one who points out that maybe I should pick the small easy things, no really Thia, small is good. Which means I have four done, two half-done, and two to go (and of those two not even started, I'm not going to see those people until January some time, so there's a reason for the delay).

*Today is supposed to be writing day. Uh. Let's just say it's a good thing I didn't sign up for Yuletide this year, because I am so not getting stuff written. ...well, maybe.
jennaria: Sarah from Labyrinth, reading a book, captioned Storyteller (Storyteller)
I have original fic that I'm working on - one completed novel, a sequel that I'm working on (first draft done but dear lord does it need a second draft). Would any of y'all be interested in reading it (and letting me know any egregious NO YOU CAN'T SEND THIS OUT TO EDITORS AND HERE'S WHY problems)?

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I would be interested in reading original fiction (and maybe commenting) if you posted it here.

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Yes
7 (100.0%)

jennaria: Sanzo from Saiyuki, aiming his gun at the viewer (Sanzo's pissy)
The short version: the panels were good, sometimes excellent. The attendees were great. The hotel, as a hotel, was wonderful. But the con staff failed at communicating - to each other and especially to the con-goers - and at general con organization. They didn't pay one of their primary attractions (Welcome to Night Vale). And even though I understand why WtNV walked, it was still a bitter disappointment and pretty much ruined the con for me.

On Friday it was great, until it wasn't. )

Saturday was also great, until CRUSHING DISAPPOINTMENT. )

And there was Sunday, the third day. Meh. )

Some links with more details:

On what exactly went down with Welcome To Night Vale, claim and counter-claim. I'm inclined to believe the counter-claim myself, especially as Jeffrey Cranor has said the same thing.

Mark (see above) writes up his experience at the con, complete with death threats because the internet is not always so much with reading skills. Spoiler: he had a better time at the con than I did.

A follow-up masterpost on the various rumors regarding Dashcon. There's a link to the first one, which is a good overview of what all was being said.

ETA: One more post! The official press release from DashCon to Explain All. Especially worthy of note is how they go into passive-voice 'Mistakes Were Made,' and blame the really egregious stuff (the part where they drew up a contract with the hotel without a clear payment schedule, thus creating the clusterfuck of Friday evening, and the part with Night Vale's payment) on different people who are now (of course) no longer with DashCon. Of interest mostly for those who would like the official coda to all the shenanigans.
jennaria: Kitty in a teacup (tea?)
When I get home and have access to a keyboard again? Epic post on Dash-con, because holy shit What Not To Do.
jennaria: An English Handbell being rung (Handbells!)
Today, I spent four hours and change on my feet, playing handbells.

Tomorrow, we will rehearse, then play in church, then rehearse again, then play our Spring Concert. (If any of y'all in the Boston area are interested: 2 PM, Old South Church in Copley Square. We are playing a lot of Christian music (duh, church choir), but also an arrangement of the Muppet Show theme. I shall be wearing a Janis wig I made myself, and doing my best imitation of a Muppet. While playing handbells. So will a lot of other people, it's not like it's just me.)

Tuesday night is the Boston Handbell Festival, at which we shall repeat our Muppet triumph (:crosses fingers:). Also there will be a lot of other pretty music in handbell format.

In the meantime, I am writing Welcome To Night Vale fanfic, and sitting down, because there is quite enough standing in my future.

...also I have so been failing to post here, so. Um. Hi! Not dead!

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