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Oct. 18th, 2017 06:30 pm
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The last time I posted here, it was about heading back to Minneapolis.

You may gather from the long silence that the semester has been damn near crushing with the workload. I'm tired all the time, and stressed quite a lot. Greek is very hard, Latin is challenging but mostly just a lot to do, the comp lit class has difficult reading (which is at least in English), and teaching Latin...

...well, I actually love teaching Latin. But needing to be chipper and focused and performing in front of the class at 8am five days a week, then grading and handling emails each of those five days as well, plus meetings with my supervisor and so forth, does rather add to the workload.

I'm not getting nearly as much writing done as I'd like. By a long shot.

Very tired.

In other news... Um. I dunno. I read various good books, mostly in snippets every morning on the bus (woo, ebooks on phone): The Stone in the Skull, Provenance, The Nightmare Stacks, An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors, Ruin of Angels, probably a few others I've been forgetting. Continuing to enjoy Squirrel Girl. Really got into The Good Place. Went to a great picnic at Hidden Falls Park. (The falls were indeed hidden, but not well enough to keep me away.) Got to see Rob again for a week. Walked the dog many times. Bought some new (used) shoes. Learned to gel my hair in place against the difficulties of bike-riding, speaking of which, started using the bikeshare program here. Stocked a shelf at the office with pudding cups and apples and trail mix for all the nights I've been staying until 7 to get things done. Had a lot of fun conversations about grocery stores and high school graduation rituals and dogs with my Norwegian law school flatmate.

Very tired.

Gosh, I'm so very tired.

I should stop typing this and stagger home to eat something slow-cooked, and walk the dog, and then translate Latin until it's time for sleep.

Smells and Words

Oct. 8th, 2017 06:38 pm
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I wish I could post smells, because this is Pesto-Making Weekend and it’s sooooo fragrant. I supplemented our garden basil with some from Trader Joe’s, but once the garden harvest was in a heap on the kitchen floor I saw it was more than I expected. Pesto will be abundant this winter, hooray! (We freeze it in ice cube trays, sans parmesan.)


Sanguinity made onion gravy last night and that smell was also heavenly. We ate it on fries, poutine without the cheese curds. (The last few times I tried buying cheese curds, they did not squeak when bitten! I was disappointed.) Right now I’m making mashed potatoes for the leftover gravy.


I learned on Tumblr tonight that Merriam-Webster has a Time Traveler feature where you can look up which words and phrases were born (er, first used in print) in a given year. Here are a few the same age I am:



  • bad hair day

  • comfort food

  • granola (!)

  • labradoodle (!)

  • wish list


Surprises from my mom’s era: it says poster child and private eye were both new in 1938.


This post also appears at read write run resist. Comments read and welcomed in either place!

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Oct. 8th, 2017 03:23 pm
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[community profile] holmestice sign-ups close on Tuesday. I hope that the people who care about that already know? But just in case: [community profile] holmestice sign-ups close on Tuesday.

(Ugh, and I have to find time to write my sign-up at some point!)

Speaking of Holmestice, have two Holmestice-related stories that I posted between rounds!

Talent and Genius
Шерлок Холмс | New Russian Holmes (2013)
Sherlock Holmes & John Watson
Gen, No Warnings Apply, 827 words

I exhaled, and trusted him.

From a prompt offered by [personal profile] rachelindeed during the Winter 2015 round: "Talent hits a target no one else can hit. Genius hits a target no one else can see." (Arthur Schopenhauer)
That prompt was such a beautiful fit for New Russian Holmes, that I wrote this fill the same morning. Even though she hadn't requested New Russian. And then I sat on it for the better part of two years, because she hadn't requested New Russian, and I wasn't sure what to do with it.

But that was silly, so here, have a New Russian ficlet about Holmes and Watson and talent and genius.


Sherlock Ferret & The Amnesiac Admiral for [personal profile] starfishstar
Sherlock Ferret - Hugh Ashton
Sherlock Ferret & Watson Mouse, Wiggins
Gen, No Warnings Apply, ~4500 words
Amnesia, Holometabolism, Friendship, Happy Ending

Wiggins is missing. Watson Mouse is on the case.

Last round, [personal profile] starfishstar was the only one who publicly guessed my authorship for both my stories, and so I offered them a treat. (Several people said after the fact that they had guessed, but they didn't commit themselves publicly and in advance of reveals, so no treats for them.) Starfishstar asked for Sherlock Ferret, which is a wonderfully charming children series. However, as often happens when my brain is handed a cracky, implausible premise, I started asking how that would actually work and... Well. That's how we ended up with Ashton's charmingly earnest world running smack up against the horrifying realities of butterfly pupation. (Don't worry, it all comes out right in the end. Or as right as it can be, when butterfly pupation is in play.)

As per usual when I write these super-obscure Holmesian fandoms, everything you need to know is in the fic. The story is complete in three chapters; I'll be posting the rest over the next few days, as my betas and I have time to finish editing it.

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