She wheezes and wheezes, but it's not consistent, just persistent. Worse after activity, mostly on the exhale. It doesn't distress her or prevent her from being active. She'll kill a laser bug like nobody's business and she can jump, run, pounce. It just makes her wheeze. Which, to be fair, I do too. XD
So we're all just looking to hope it's nothing that would require a lot of medications or surgical treatment, that sort of thing.
SO. Fingers crossed and best wishes, please. Would be very appreciated and thank you kindly.
Liberty and Other Stories (Prosperity, #2-4, 6) - Alexis Hall - ★ ★ ★ ★
A diverse series of stories expanding on the Prosperity universe, both before and after the events of Prosperity. ( read more )
The New Born Year - Kris Ripper ★ ★
I love this series, and I really liked getting to know Ally better, but I found this a difficult and unpleasant read. ( read more )
Full of Briars (October Daye, #9.3) - Seanan McGuire ★ ★ ★
I'm several books behind in this series, and figured this was a good way to dip back in. Because Quentin. Who is awesome. ( read more )
Gun To My Head - Dira Lewis ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Reread. First read April 5, 2017. Second read April 6, 2017. Third read now, by which you might infer that I really fucking love this book. ( read more )
The Mystic Marriage (Alpennia, #2) - Heather Rose Jones ★ ★ ★ ★
I continue to adore this series. This second installment continues to follow Barbara and Margerit's lives, while expanding the focus to two characters who played a supporting role in the first book. ( read more )
The Element of Fire (Ile-Rien, #1) - Martha Wells ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Reread. I think I first read this sometime in 2010.
This is a secondary-world fantasy set in the approximate equivalent of 17th Century France only with both sorcery and Fae creatures.( read more )
Point of Dreams (Astreiant, #2) - Melissa Scott & Lisa A. Barnett ★ ★ ★ ★
In some ways the murders are the least interesting part of this book. They matter, and they drive the plot, but it's the thematic stuff going on around and in cause of the murders that I found most interesting.
This is a book about relationships, and the ways they are seen and controlled by society and societal pressures. ( read more )
Seven Summer Nights - Harper Fox ★ ★ ★ ★
This was not the book I expected it to be, but I quite enjoyed the book it turned out to be.
This is, as the cover copy stated, a just-post-WWII historical romance between an archaeologist and a vicar, both of whom came back from the war changed. It's about two men trying to fit back into roles and ways of life they no longer fit. ( read more )
Bound to Be a Groom (Regency Reimagined, #1) - Megan Mulry ★
It's queer, kinky, poly, historical erotica. I'm pretty much THE target audience for this book. And I gave up at 13% read. ( read more )
Death by Silver (Julian Lynes and Ned Mathey, #1) - Melissa Scott & Amy Griswold ★ ★ ★ ★
This was a rougher read than I expected from the ad copy. Good, but at times decidedly difficult.
This is a queer, steampunk murder mystery, but that's not really what it's about.
What it actually is is a book about institutionally-sanctioned bullying and abuse and the different ways in which adult survivors of childhood trauma cope with their past. ( read more )
- complete sedoretu: definitely complicated
- finish off Fire And Ice: MCU Jaeger AU series
- finish off 30 days of Steve/Maria series
- finish off Neighbours AU series
I mean, I'd also like to write the sequels to 'Between Destiny And Love', (currently titled: 'Destiny Is Overrated' and 'Paved With Good Intentions'), write that Black Jewels AU, and finish off 'a practical acquaintance with bees', but, eh. Even I have limits to how much I can write while simultaneously holding down a job, managing a house, and having a social life...
Kevin is busy writing negative reviews of his employer. I wish I thought they'd get him fired.
I'm fighting off panic at the price tag, and anger that the animal control agent said he clearly wasn't bitten but there's still nothing they can do and anger that he is slandering my dog (but my dog probably does not have legal standing in a court to sue him - which Kevin won't let me consider doing anyway). And desperate sadness because my dog is going to be locked away with no one to love him, and he's not going to understand why he doesn't have even his sister with him for the first time in his life. And I'm afraid if he's in quarantine they won't be able to let him go outside throughout the day. And basically, my poor dog, who did nothing but try to make a friend he thought was playing with him.
Otherwise, I was supposed to go to the zoo today for gorilla day, to do arts and crafts activities with kids. I emailed two people to ask where to meet and neither of them got back to me, so I didn't go. I did wake up to check my email on time to have gone, but I didn't go. I'm really annoyed about this because it means I either need to spend more time in flamingo plaza as a greeter, or I have to find other events to sign up for. I should probably look in next month to see when these events might be. Yeah now I'm signed up for something called "Boo at the Zoo" on the 21st. If I don't get enough hours by then, I'll finish up then. It's by the orangutans which I actually know something about having studied them as an anthro major in college.
I don't remember if I mentioned this here or not, but 23andMe is doing a study of people who have been treated for either depression or bipolar disorder, and in exchange for your DNA they'll send you a free ancestry and health report. So I mailed off a vial of my spit to help with that study and find out whether I should be chasing this Polish guy or the English guy on ancestry.com. There are also rumors in my mother's family of some Native American ancestry, which it will be interesting to find out of that is true or not. If you've been treated for bipolar disorder, you can click here to get in on the same deal I did - but time is running out. The depression study is already closed.
I opened a loot pets box today to see if I'd get some kind of a toy I could send with Jack to quarantine, but Kevin wound up really liking the toy inside it (which was a borg cube), so we gave it to Rogue, who will not destroy it instead of Jack, who will.
Recently Finished: Packing for Mars by Mary Roach. I've read one of her other books, Stiff, which is about the use of cadavers in science; Packing for Mars, on the other hand, deals with the ins and outs of space travel, both in historical and future context. It was interesting, though I didn't like it as much as Stiff, which was more within my typical niche. ...Also, there are some chapters dealing with bodily functions in detail and in the end I just had to skip through that stuff because it was just more than I ever wanted to know about shitting in space.
Also Finished Reading: Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton. I love the film, so it was interesting to read the novel that inspired it. Overall, I feel that I like the film better - it had a more fun and magical atmosphere than the novel, I think. ...I also found almost everybody in the novel unlikeable, with the exception of Grant and Sattler, so that didn't help much. ;p Upside of reading this: I finally have the context I was missing for the Jurassic Park game I had as a kid on Sega Genesis; there was a lot of stuff in the game that wasn't in the film. Turns out, those scenes were inspired by the novel.
Currently Reading: Dragon Teeth by Michael Crichton. This one is a historical novel centred around the rivalry between palaeontologists Marsh and Cope, told from the point of view of a student working with them. Overall, I'm liking this one more than Jurassic Park - then again, I do so love reading about the Bone Wars and other bits of early palaeontology. :D
Also Currently Reading: IT by Stephen King. This is one King novel that I've never managed to get around to, and with the film remake and so on, I was curious. So far, I'm enjoying it, but oh man, it's... longer than I expected it to be.
Anyway! Aside from the above, I bought some books in Victoria....
( Book Haul )
There’s a great quote from Canha that gets to the heart of what this is about:
I had to think about what I was going to do to show my support for Bruce, for 20 minutes. Even then, I was hesitant to do it. I thought about Colin Kaepernick. It’s like, geez, I love baseball. I want to play baseball. I love my job. I love everything about it. I love this country. I want to be part of this country. But to live in fear, just the fact that I had that small amount of fear, that small amount of hesitation, speaks volumes about that we need more change.Full interview here: A’s Mark Canha speaks out on Bruce Maxwell’s protest and whether others will follow
The A’s have been rebuilding. This is a very young team. But they have lots of confidence. I like their character.
Fandom: Yuri!!! on Ice (Anime)
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Katsuki Yuuri/Victor Nikiforov
Characters: Katsuki Yuuri, Okukawa Minako, Lilia Baranovskaya, Yuri Plisetsky, Victor Nikiforov
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe, Alternate Universe - Artists, Pygmalion, Love Triangles
Yuuri has made the most perfect work of art -- as a statue, Victor is beautiful, exquisite -- a masterpiece. But a part of Yuuri longs to touch Victor and find living flesh instead of cold marble. He's about to get his wish -- but will he be ready for it?
(Yes, it's a Victuuri Pygmalion AU.)
And I should mention somewhere, by Pygmalion I *do* mean hot statues coming to life, not George Bernard Shaw/My Fair Lady/Eliza Doolittle was too damn good for Henry Higgins FIGHT ME etc.
Things with Scott's work schedule are a bit up in the air. They source their raw materials in Texas and so have a supply bottleneck even though they're facing both their busiest time of year due to special orders for cider season and an unusually high demand for the things they make all year. This worries me that they'll only give Scott one day to transition back to day shift by making him work next Saturday night into Sunday morning and then expecting him to start back on first shift at 6:15 Monday morning. It all depends on whether or not the supplies come in and how much of a backlog of orders they have then.
We ended up going to Dairy Queen last night because Cordelia said she really wanted a hot fudge sundae. Seeing what she ended up with, I'd never have called it a 'hot fudge' sundae because the topping was very, very runny. She commented, after eating it, that she really should have thought about the fact that she's not currently all that into chocolate. Her other idea had been an expedition to Novi to the Cheesecake Factory there, but it was 8:00 by the time we were ready to go anywhere at all. Dairy Queen was cheaper and closer.
I'm still working on characters for my game at UCon. I'll be running it from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, and I worry a little that a home rules game won't draw players in that time slot (I was worried about that in any time slot, quite frankly), but I suppose that people who like my games will still see that the game exists. I'm willing to run with just two people. Scott will be running something during that game slot, so I can't ask him to make up numbers.
I have notes, some sketchy and some not so much so, and names for seven characters. It's my intention to write them so that they can be played male, female, or anything else as the player prefers. I did that for my Amber game last UCon, and one of the players decided their character used they/them pronouns. I don't intend to make sex/gender integral to the plot in any way unless the player characters chase after it.
Looking at the online UCon game book section for RPGs is kind of fascinating. There's no character limit for the online listings, and some people post a wall of text while other people say little more there than what will fit in the printed version. It would be interesting to see which of these attract more players or if they simply attract different players. I haven't seen much yet that makes me want to play anything, but many games are better than their blurbs.
I'll be running Sentinels of the Multiverse on Friday morning, so all my GMing will be done by 1 p.m. on Saturday. Sentinels is much less work in the preparation stage. Mainly, I need to pick a villain and a setting and test the combination so that I know what bits of each are likely to kill the superheroes. I may, based on that, offer a limited selection of heroes rather than letting anyone choose any hero at all, but I also may not because that's more work. It's just that there are some heroes who can't function at all against certain villains.