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Purpose:
I'm identifying and describing myself to make it easier for people to talk to me, for me to find community, to point out some common interests, to make it simpler for anyone who chooses to call me on blinkered or privileged thinking, and to avoid inadvertently misrepresenting myself. Because people do change over time, this post is also subject to change.

Names and Pronouns:
Please call me alatefeline on Dreamwidth. I prefer they/them pronouns. Read more... )

Regarding access and subscriptions: I subscribe to people's journals readily if I like reading stuff they post. Feel free to subscribe to mine or not as you like. Basically nothing on my journal is access locked, so please don't feel like it means much if I don't grant you access / accidentally hit the grant access button. I will update if and when this needs to change.
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If you've been reading and commenting for awhile, I probably consider you a friend.

(If you've just started reading my journal in the last day or week or month, I hope we become friends.)

If you are or will be in the vicinity of Portland, OR, USA and want to interact, please drop me a comment or a message here on DW. I'm not *great* at people but y'all are definitely worth trying for.

Thanks.
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Some soothing links since I'm sure we all need them:

PG:

Cats:

Kitten Academy Livestream:
Video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YPv9yKC76hE
ETA: Ooooooooh KITTANS SO SMOL SO SOFT YAY. Purr squeak bounce wobble nap nap.


Purring Lynx:
Video & Audio:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lKJkKnaImic

Purr Yoga:
I'm so pleased this exists. I've been to the cat cafe and I've done (Westernized) yoga; I have not yet done yoga *with* cats BUT I WANT TO.
Website:
http://purringtonscatlounge.com/home/p484/yoga/

Cats 'Helping':
Text:
Humans carefully remove opossums, alive and well, from their barn. The barn cats watch ... and lend a paw, even ... or do they?
http://www.chickensoup.com/book-story/54873/25-a-captive-moment
(PS: Please be aware that Chicken Soup for the Soul is a franchise with some questionable corporate choices and lots of failure to warn. This story was OK for me; it features outdoor/semi-indoor cats, other domestic and wild farm animals, and humans trying to cope with that interface by clumsy tactics such as improvised live traps.)

Relaxation Soundtracks:

Binaural Beats for Gamma Brainwaves: (audio in video format)
(I don't know if it *works* exactly, but it puts *me* in a bit of a trance esp. when I can feel the vibration.)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EVPLIZotdrg

Crickets: (audio in video format)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eKmRkS1os7k

Adult:
(may contain R-rated fanfic, adult beverages, and complaining about the weather): Read more... )

Oooh, did I mention blankets? Are you chilly at all? Do you have access to a soft blanket? *pets silky-fuzzy blue microfiber* Thaaaat's right. Nice blankets.
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Tried to be awake. Succeeded only comparatively briefly. Am concerned.

Tried to find food that sounded edible. Succeeded partially.

Went for a short walk. Got cold. Came home.

Worried about work. And other things.

Wrote 761 words in my currently-working-on setting, counting heavily personal meta parenthetical asides that are probably less than a third of the total. Declined to delete them as they seemed integral to the piece as it currently stands, although I will be yanking out tidbits if I want to turn this into any sort of scene in the current main story. Wasn't there supposed to be one short story that made narrative sense, and introduced characters and key aspects of the setting, and had a conclusion that left a sequel hook? Why is it all coming out prose-poem and world-building? But I *have* been writing more. I have. The number one goal right now is to set that habit. I need to keep going.

(When the going is tough-)
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Peoplefolk, the artists of the internet worlds can be so generous and amazing.

I wish to highlight the talents and thoughtfulness of the amazing [personal profile] ratcreature!

While wandering around my network (as one does (right?)) I stumbled upon a thread offering to draw quick sketches based on one's interest list. I posted a brief remark. And then I got a gorgeous pencil sketch!

Image below cut: Read more... )
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Grateful that (feelings, people, animals, and things including food)...Read more... )
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It's a forty-five minute walk, probably more like an hour with ice, to pick up my package at FedEx. Buuuuut after looking at the news I *really* dunwanna drive (cut for length) Read more... )

ETA: I did the thing! Successfully!
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Oh my god tomorrow is going to be the fourth snow day this WEEK. I mean, I know it's a once-in-thirty-years kinda snow but ARE THERE NO SNOWPLOWS in the entire state?
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Sooooo I watched the leaked episodes of Steven Universe that are for January (maybe early February too?) and now I really really really want to scream about my fandom. Also critique, because there were some things that were issues, but mostly squee and scream. So I am making a post with screened comments so we can shriek and not spoiler anyone who hasn't seen them or bother people who don't care for SU. Please feel free to join me.

SPOILER RICH ENVIRONMENT.
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Chameleon Moon, by Roanna Sylver, is post-apolocalyptic fantasy with a superb diverse cast of found family, all damaged, all talented, all beautifully strange. Including an not-exactly human ace protagonist who I would totally hug if he was okay with that and make cookies for and things.

From the author's blog:
" " Author of The Chameleon Moon Series! The Most Hopeful Dystopia You've Ever Heard Of. (Dys-Hope-ia, You Might Say.) A really cool book about a cast of entirely LGBT, chronically ill and disabled people with super-abilities trapped in a burning, nightmare city; being powerful; being amazing, and SURVIVING. " "

Buy the book here (I know Amazon has many badwrong things about it, so feel free to seek elsewhere, but this book is amaaaaaazing, and also I will lend it to you if you don't have three dollars).

https://www.amazon.com/Chameleon-Moon-RoAnna-Sylver-ebook/dp/B01LW0O7KJ

Author's page (has spooooooiiiilers):
http://thesylverlining.tumblr.com/

Friends who are more informed on disability, ace, and/or POC matters than I am, please please please feel free to critique. But this book hit so many of my queer Aspie feeeeeeeelings that I am incoherent. *flails*
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I wanted to make sure I *posted* some writing to help me stay encouraged to actually write. This is a background snippet that probably won't make it into the original sf short story I'm working on but may give a sense of the aesthetic of the setting. It is a rough draft that I just wrote today and will be editing, but wanted to post pre-edit because planning to post post-edit has historically resulted in me not posting anything. Constructive criticism is welcome. I'm terrifyingly aware that I have succumbed entirely to purple prose and that the uneven second person is way above my actual skill level. Content note: visual imagery focused, second person, very little plot. I'm posting this anyway. Yay?

Read more... )
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Lots of things, including food, weather, school job, job hunt, hints of anxiety, brief mock-violent thoughts Read more... )

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