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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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Quick good things from the last week or so, no order:

Garden plot, and things sprouting and growing.

People who stop to help strangers.

Guinea pig cuddle-squeaks.

Sunlight and finally being warm enough.

Access to water in some situations where it could've easily been unavailable.

... State of the me: still very stressed and exhausted, but hanging in there; good things help. And so do you; thanks for reading.
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Argh continues argh. Car thing. Insurance thing. Work thing. Long term thingy things. Health thing. Apartment thing. Much stress grumble grumble, must remember to sleep and food and relax on the regular while trying to do things. Me continues hanging in there. May you all have the bestest kittysnuggles or equivalent. I cannot grammar. Loveses you all.

afk

14 May 2017 17:25
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Sorry that I have been not here very much recently. School continues stressful, I've added gardening which is coming out of my sleep schedule it seems like, and I have had to do a ton of cleaning because of reasons related to school job you can probably figure out, and I just. Argh. I will be all right, I miss you folks, and I will be back more often when I can.
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Thanks, friends, for recommending things - and for making things!

I've been reading rather a lot, as a way to de-stress. Gorgeous, queer, friendship-centric, wtf-romantic, fiction about love and helping people and coping with screwups. A few rereads of familiar novels and some snippets of fic I've read over and over. And a book about plants. But nonetheless, it has been a busy weekend, and I'm wondering where it went.

https://the-comfortable-courtesan.dreamwidth.org/

http://archiveofourown.org/works/2306315/chapters/5074574
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why are they so thingy?
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Grateful for:

moments of courage

planning for effective help & mutual support with partner

sunshine and rain making things grow

completely ridiculous flowers

got my meds
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This rescue kitty in Baltimore is looking for a forever home. The people who found her love her and she is super human-friendly, but she can't live with other cats!

http://synecdochic.dreamwidth.org/777659.html

Comment over there, not here please...
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Hey! I'm here, I'm alive, and I'm more or less working on some things that will help with various things. Also some good things because Spring!

Context & Bad Things: Friday I commented a bit about being really miserable. A Bad Thing happened at school, and I was processing that. Read more... )

Good Things:

The plum, apple, and cherry trees are in full magnificent blossom here in Portland, with pear and crab-apple still in bloom but starting to drop petals and leaf out. There's that particular intense reddish pink that I want to call cherry-candy-colored but it is historically older and prettier than cherry candy! Sunrise cloud red-pink?

S and I are struggling with some communication with each other - I miss her nonverbal signals; she has a hard time finding the spoons to verbal at me - but we're very aware of it and love each other a lot and are working on it, and I think we made progress talking and listening before she needed to go to work. Progress is good!

I have discovered the Everything Croissant. You know all those seeds and spices and onion bits and more seeds you get on a good savory Everything Bagel? Try those swirled into a croissant with extra butter, and shaped like a giant muffin of croissant-y tastiness for extra silliness.

We got our community garden plot assignment at last! Payment, required training and volunteer hours, first day to weed and turn over, details of commute, and deal between me and S on who does what still to be worked out, but WE GOT ONE YAAAAAAY! And okay, it is far away, but still YAY GARDEN.

I have actually seen the sun at least briefly more days than not this past week.

One of my school kiddoes LOVES the sensory activity kit I put together for her and it is also helping with eliciting some spontaneous oral language stuff. Other stuff is complicated but hey smile of pure joy on little kid's face after squishing a squeezy toy and ringing a little silver bell = YES. Also several students keep giving me dandelions to wear at recess, so I do. <3



I have some time and some energy now and will try to go do some things accordingly.
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I did some things around my apartment. And brain. Yay. Yay.

Read more... )

I read part of a C.J. Cherryh book. And admired tulips. Tulips are cool.
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This week, starting Wednesday-ish, has been completely messed up by things at School Job spilling over to home.

I have not done much by way of writing, or creative other things, or chores, or socializing, or indeed functioning. Aside from a fair amount of laundry because of Reasons.

I have, however, read several books. If you have not already done so, go check out RoAnna Sylver, Lois McMaster Bujold, Catherynne M. Valente, Nalo Hopkinson, and/or Kij Johnson all of whom are on balance very good and enjoyable authors for me to read. I'm either intrigued or guiltily pleased but not 100% convinced by Nisi Shawl, Ada Palmer, Charles Stross, John Scalzi, M.C.A. Hogarth, Michael Swanwick. I am angry at Becky Chambers because I wanted to like the book, which had many good points, and then something very Not Okay was treated as a Good And Right thing.

ETA: STUFF under cut, see tags:
Read more... )

That's all for now.
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Grateful for:

magnolia trees in full bloom

beeswax from local-ish hives

sunlight

hugs some from some of my students

food

iodized salt

One line snippet of writing (still trying!):
(Actually this is a snippet I like better from the other day. But I did write a sentence. STILL TRYING NOT GIVING UP. Although all weekend I wrote image descriptions for pictures of cute animals and extra research / student intervention notes for school, not fiction as planned, but it was different and relevant so OKAYS moving along.)

Awakening. Morning uncurls tendrils of slow sunlight wavering across the bed cover and the exhausted mother’s dark hair.
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This would be a poll if I had a paid account, but I don’t. So - please reply by comment, if you are interested! I will respond with at least one CUTENESS THERAPY item for you!

Q1. A favorite fuzzy animal for adorableness purposes?
(Or fluffy, feathery, scaly, etc…)

ETA: Species posted so far: Red panda, elf owl, great horned owl, domestic cat, fishing cat, tiger, red fox, sheep, rabbit, human, capybara, hedgehog... Formats so far: Descriptive text, picture, video.

more_questions )
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Wrote a few sentences. Post to be posted tomorrow with the things and bits. Will try to finish 1 of the missing scenes from the outlined short story.
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Another tiny short bit I don't necessarily feel up to posting per se. This one was actual story content! Also I figured out why that scene is stuck, so research this weekend! Will proofread and compile these draft bits to post soon. I promise.
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I did write something yesterday, but I didn't post it so... we'll see if I can catch up today!
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discussion of genetics in science fictional context Read more... )

PS: This one is dicey! Let me know if I've messed up, in your opinion!
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So I commented quite a bit on the Sky gender identity in the Living Trees setting yesterday. Read more... )
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Babbling about gender and world-building for my Living Trees setting:

Read more... )
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Here is my first April post of trying to write and post something daily, even if it is rough!

Read more... )

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