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Written to [personal profile] alatefeline's prompt here to my Summer Giraffe Call.

The world had been very black and white for a very long time… mostly grey, if the truth was to be told. 973-25-025 was very good at engineering. She designed very good buildings, working fifty or 60 hour weeks, and then she came home and exercised for an hour before eating a sensible dinner and going to sleep.

She knew most of her co-workers, her former classmates, her neighbors in her building, lived similar lives. They had skill, and they exerted it. They had bodies, so they fed them and kept them working. THey needed sleep, so they slept.
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Color-Changing Plastics

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016 07:33 pm
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 My partner Doug tipped me to this article about opalescent plastics.  I first encountered the color-changing effect through plastics that hide or reveal logos as they are stretched or compressed.

Today's DailyOM Offerings...

NSFW Tuesday, June 28th, 2016 05:19 pm
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Insta-Cure - a story for my Summer Giraffe Call

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016 05:22 pm
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Written to [ profile] fullaquirkes' prompt here to my Summer Giraffe Call.

“I think I’ve got it.” Aspen hurried into the common room, three books under her arm and a basket full of miscellany in her other hand. “I figured it out. Now all we have to do is… try it.”

Betsy looked up. “Is this like the part where we ‘tried’ being a cat for half an hour?”

“I apologized for that.” Aspen wrinkled her nose. “I apologized, I made cookies, I even kowtowed. I had to look up kowtowing, but I did it.”

“Cut her a break, Bets.” Topher didn’t look up from his video game. “I mean…” somehow he still seemed able to see the glare Betsy shot in his direction. “If you want to? I mean, I spent that half an hour as a golden lab, remember?”
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Tuesday Yardening

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016 04:19 pm
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Today the high is only 80 so it is a beautiful day outside.  We moved the huge pile of grass that's been sitting in the yard for weeks, several wheelbarrows worth of it.  \o/ 

Second round: We hauled away a huge branch to the woodpile.  Really it was more of a small tree: taller than both of us together, thicker than my leg.  Plus some other sizable chunks that had broken off it.  So yay, more ground is cleared so it can eventually be mowed.

Really a nice cool evening out.  :D

The Sink Is In - Homeownership at its finest

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016 11:45 am
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(I shall try to get a photo, I promise)

We have a sink and faucet!

(New ones, that is, and finally installed.)

This project, like all home improvement projects, expanded and expanded and expanded - but it's done. Well, at least for the moment.

So, problem one: Our walls are nearly-solid wood, not studs. They're 2"x~15", 16"-on-center.

That means the sink plumbing does down, not into the wall and then down.

That means our solid-bottom pedestal doesn't fit, 'cause the solid bottom would go right over the encased-in-cement drain!

So, fix one: we bought two ~4"x4x"x24" pieces of very pretty maple, sanded, stained, and polyurethaned them. Instant (ha) stand-out.

Then we got food poisoning.

Then the P-trap didn't have a down, because plumbing goes into the wall.

Then the hot water didn't work.


It took - well, don't ask, but it took 2 weeks of working on it regularly, but now we have a beautiful functioning sink.

Next step: toilet. Wish us luck!

STATUS: Tuesday, June 28th

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016 11:23 am
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The Daily Report

Well, my Sad Boner Confessional parody seems to be my first Medium post to really go viral, in its own small way. One of my big weaknesses as a businessperson is that when something I do is successful, I find the success very distracting. I.e., I keep checking Twitter notifications and refreshing the Medium stat page. I want to chart the thing as it happens. I’m using a timer to try to control this tendency, so far not very successfully. We’ll see how things go when I start working in earnest for the day.

I’ve now had a nibble of interest from a Medium-based publication (basically, a curated list of articles with some features of a zine). I’m not 100% sure what I’m going to do about that, but it’s still flattering. I’m interested in the idea of the piece being essentially syndicated, but I’m not too keen on the venue. I feel like I’d be bringing more to them than the other way around, which I wouldn’t mind if I liked what I saw better. So I’m appreciating it as a milestone, but I don’t think I’m going to take the offer.

I’ve already gained $1 in Patreon sponsorship a month that I can directly link to the success of the parody piece, which as near as I can tell is more benefit than the original author got from his HuffPo deal. So I’ve got that going for me, which is nice.

Even more so than the piece itself circulating, I’m grateful to see the phrase “Sad Boner Confessional” catching on and resonating with people. If my contribution to The Discourse is that we have a really great phrase for identifying and instantly dismissing these masturbatory bits of drivel.

Financial Status

We had a large recurring annual expense sneak up on us this week at a moment when no one was paying attention, which made for a scary moment when Jack went grocery shopping yesterday. Really looking forward to next month, when my de facto raise from my new Patreon stuff and the Tales of MU Patreon kicks in.

I’d still really like to be able to close out my WorldCon fundraiser before the end of the month. It’s almost there, but the “almost” feels like it’s hanging over my head.

State of the Me

Feeling pretty good today!

Plans For Today

It’s a Tales of MU publishing day. There’s also a chance I’ll have to run out on an errand, and I’m working to get the house in order for the sitters before we leave next week.


Originally published at Blue Author Is About To Write.

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Written to [personal profile] wyste's prompt here to my Summer Giraffe Call.

Content warning: Slavery, suggested violence against said slave. Fire is involved.

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Written to [ profile] book_worm5's prompt here to my Summer Giraffe Call.

The Landing Page for my Science! setting is here

“Well.” Cara frowned out the window. “This is interesting.” The city closest to their fortress-slash-research lab was over a third rubble. The shock waves from the bombs could be felt all the way to the tower, which had been built on a remote island to minimize interruptions from the curious or outraged. “I’d say it’s unexpected, but according to our charter…”

“Mmm.” Alex frowned. “I always thought our charter was a bunch of carefully-worded bullshit.” He was holding a hip flask; he took a long drink from it before offering it to Cara.
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Monday Yardening

Monday, June 27th, 2016 10:34 pm
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Today I picked the first of the blackberries.  The small ones are ripening.  The large ones are still green.  

Echinacea has several flowers open now.  :D 

Poem: "Life Is in the Little Things"

Monday, June 27th, 2016 08:47 pm
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This poem was sponsored by LJ user Je_reviens based on "the little things" square in my 6-1-16 card for the Cottoncandy Bingo fest.

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Edally Academy Chapter 35A: A breath

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016 12:48 am
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Ulunumani didn’t approach them during breakfast; less surprisingly, neither did any annoyed Cevati Bitrani.  In an additional note so unsurprising as to be on par with the sun coming up in the morning, neither did Gianci.

Kekla and Tesdes showed up late, just as the rest of them were finishing

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Coping Skills: Managing Energy Flows

Monday, June 27th, 2016 06:18 pm
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A recent conversation about coping skills has inspired some posts. This one deals with how you handle your energy and other people's energy.

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Coping Skills: About Empathy

Monday, June 27th, 2016 05:30 pm
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Recently I got into a conversation about coping skills. Let's talk about empathy, in the sense of mental perceptions, and how it works.

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Written to an anonymous prompt here to my Summer Giraffe Call.

“This is going to be a difficult case.”

Viola Candroon frowned at the case file. Her secretary’s tidy handwriting filled three pages, detailing every piece of the puzzle laid before them. For the most part, the text was devoid of expression. Maxwell was a very solid investigator in his own right and tended to keep the interviewer out of the interview, as the saying went.

“I dare say ‘difficult’ isn’t going to be the half of it, ma’am,” Maxwell offered. “If you’ll see…”
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Coping Skills: Connecting with Your Environment

Monday, June 27th, 2016 04:39 pm
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I got into a lengthy discussion about coping skills, so I'm copying some of that information here.

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Written to [ profile] rix_scaedu's prompt here to my Summer Giraffe Call.

It was nearly dawn when they finally got to bed. Gabi was exhausted, and she was certain that her wife was, too. Still, they were both flopped across the blankets, awake, staring at the ceiling.

“It’s an infestation,” Alex finally said.

“It’s my family,” Gabi countered, without much heat behind the protest. “You agreed to this?” It was more an apology than it was a defense.
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