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Air conditioning. Running water. Freezers. Water bottles.

Food I can eat. Fresh fruit in particular.

Medication that helps me breathe and medication that helps me remember why.

Friends I can spend time with. Thank you.

The ability to buy a cold drink and a snack (and an excuse to sit in air conditioning).

Bookstores. Clever new (and old!) sf&f books that interrogate the problems of the genre with deep love and rightful anger and snarky humor. Used books. Sale books. Read-it-all-and-put-it-back-but-I’m-gonna-need-to-buy-a-copy-to-re-read books.

Instant access to information and communication via the Internet.

Trees. Thank you, trees.

Pillows.

Ceiling fan.

Views of the sun and the moon, however, hazy.

Things that smell of mint (or catnip!)

The coffee ice cubes turning out to be tasty.
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So I have recently actually created a Smashwords account. Looking for recommendations; please see below.

Since I don’t do well at remember to check things and tend to anxiety-brain a bit about my different accounts, this is a significant thing for me. I am trying to shift more of my reading away from Amazon. I want to support more authors who are marginalized in the U.S. And I'm in a bit of a bumpy patch for fanfic reading for purely personal reasons. I've still got loads and loads of used books and favorite stores to find more. However, I'd like to develop, for Smashwords specifically, a reasonably extensive ‘I would probably like to read this’ list.

So, keeping in mind that I generally, arbitrarily, and oversimplified-ly prefer: picky )

What book or stories would you recommend I buy or ‘buy’ for free on Smashwords? What authors do you think fit my description, and how do you know? If you can, specifying free or paid would be helpful, along with any relevant context about the author(s), and why you like the book(s).

I also have other accounts and sources of reading material, but right now I’m asking about things available on Smashwords.
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Today's gratitudes:

Friends. I'm terrified to admit it, but I have an online community I turn to for support, a family that appreciates me, local folks to hang out with - yay! - which is really strange, interests that help me to interact socially, a fair grasp of what I want and need relationshipwise and a good chunk of it already happening, some peers I like at my job, and a chance at not completely sucking at all of that.

Liminal spaces. I walked across a bridge that is currently closed and a construction site because they are rebuilding it. I stood in the exact middle of the closed highway at the high point of the bridge, in the sun and wind and strangeness of it all, and took pictures of the river and the distant Mt. Hood. I saw exposed metal grids and bizarre pipes and joins being installed and slabs of wood and rusty bolts apparently uninstalled. I collected scraps of metal. I mean to send them, at least some, to [personal profile] kyleri to make shiny things out of them! (If you haven't yet, and you like hand crafted jewelry and/or crap free body products, check out [personal profile] kyleri's website, http://thevagabondtabby.com/ and if you want a picture description for anything I will provide...) I went up and down two sidewalk Bridges to Nowhere littered with sad and awful trash to get between diverging lanes as what seemed like the far side of the bridge, but wasn't, as the wide roadway heaved itself up and over the railroad tracks and fell down into the withering industrial southeast riverside under the hot sun.

Swearing, brainweasel bait: Read more... )

The opportunities I've had of late to geek out, particularly including talking writing with [personal profile] alexseanchai, theology with offline friend ALB, and Magic: the Gathering with my partner S.

Wifi in coffee shops. And iced minty green tea.
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House sparrows twittering away; water sounds in background. (audio with still picture in video format) Rather loud. 13 minutes.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bgtSvpLiLDM

Two videos for this topic… Basket of mewing kittens in yard: (audio with low-quality video and voiceover description). Content Warning: In the first video, the person gets a good deep scratch for moving them out of the basket. The kitties are not thrilled to be transported outside. 5 minutes per video.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OvXHbJzWMqI
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1F8oSjriDp0

Happy bunny hopping and honking. (video and audio). Bunny hops on person’s bed and snuffles happily at person. Less than 1 minute.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9d8JViSZ9vY

Goldfinch song. (audio in video format, with still picture) One nearby and several background goldfinches. Less than 1 minute.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2QqAhz2-vcc

Stellar jay calls. (video complication with title cards, brief muzak) Okay, technically it’s Steller’s jay, but the former is a better description.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V0S3NhhV1js

Allen’s hummingbird. (audio in video format, with still picture) Background indistinct human voices and machinery.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Era1OjcAtxg

Coyote yips and howls. (video and audio) Background bird and animal noises and faint mechanical humming. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XA6RBioito4
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Loads of cute animal photos and suchlike shiny things from sweet_sparrow.

http://sweet-sparrow.dreamwidth.org/723470.html

Soothing animal sounds:

(video and audio):
Canadian lynx purring: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_0jJiM7nyU
Squirrel eating nuts and rustling around: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9iGoDNlKY-g
Loon on water calling: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jdDLAQO7t0E

(audio in video format):
Crickets: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eKmRkS1os7k
Cicadas: (turn sound down or it will be loud) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xGKH6IYD30k
Loon Call: (with explanation, some still pics): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ENNzjy8QjU

I can do some things. And one of them is share soothing adorable animals.
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A superlatively skilled and gifted Bard of my acquaintance is seeking themes for writing prompts. Some selected themes will be the basis of upcoming Poetry Fishbowls, a regularly scheduled audience-participation event, which results in the writing of excellent poetry. Much of the artist's previous work has been in serial narratives featuring vivid characters of variously marginalized identities.

http://ysabetwordsmith.dreamwidth.org/11059588.html

Please go suggest themes! What topic do you really wish someone would tackle that never comes up? What genre, mood, symbol-set, or aesthetic pleases you?
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got sucked into computerland for a bit

going for a walk

will check things when I get back
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Petted FOUR cats on neighborhood walk this morning. Porch Cat, Calico Neighbor Cat, the little bitty mostly-white calico who seems to be their neighbor and rival, and a black and slightly-tuxedo cat out for a walk with his person.

Did a bit of chores of the paperwork-y sort, and communicated reasonably well with S about chores’n’stuff.

Sent my sibling B a picture of me with my genderqueer-flag-striped cat-face button!

Today met up with the excellent [personal profile] kengr at Powell’s City of Books in the afternoon. We had a great conversation. Hooray for people I like to talk to actually living somewhere nearish! Did not buy ALL the things though I was tempted. Also I got a couple of books by C.J. Cherryh, who is a very good writer. Mwahahaha.

Had a great walk. [Content note: Exercise, food, brain weirdness, body weirdness] Read more... )

Found some things that might could be useful while walking. Made tentative plans/options for hopefully-productive tomorrow.
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Things which have, today, delighted me:

Improvements in my overall mental and physical functioning of late; most especially, the energy to do small practical things and random acts of kindness without nearly always stalling out somewhere between the idea and the result.

People being happy about things I have said and done for them or for the world in general: an online friend who got a package, a physical-space neighbor who is possibly on the way to being an actual friendly acquaintance, a partner who gave & got help, listening, and smiles, a passerby who called us superheroes for putting out a smoldering leaf pile where someone had tossed a cigarette.

Petting numerous cats. So many! So fluffy! So purr! 3 of 4 cat sightings successfully negotiated to pets on my morning walk, plus 1 kitty this evening on the way back from the car. Cats yesterday, too!

Our garden plot. The shade of the central fig tree is extraordinarily peaceful. In various plots, there are strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, and blueberries in some stage of bearing fruit. In our plot, we have lots of herbs, lots of things growing that aren’t harvestable at the moment, and a tremendous bumper crop of green beans! I am managing - so far - to handle totally-reasonable-in-origin worries about watering enough, weeding enough, and logging required community service hours despite the entirely unreasonable level of anxiety the provoke. With the rich compost that I nurtured on my shovel and the herbs that I grew in my mouth and the sun on my back and the wind on my face, it’s pretty doable.

Dreamwidth, and the community I find there. Thanks.
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The wonderful [personal profile] conuly has been attempting to feed, medicate, and shelter two semi-feral kittens, and has finally got them into a safe contained space. Anyone in the greater NYC area interested in two baby kitties who are a bit wild and shy but young enough to learn to love people?

Edited: If not, once they've been checked up and cleaned up and properly treated for eye troubles, they'll be moving on...to a shelter, a foster home, or TNR, depending on what's available and how their socialization goes.

http://conuly.dreamwidth.org/2556978.html
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You can call me alatefeline.

More detailed rambling about name and pronouns and gender feels below. Read more... )

I was going to write about 3 sentences to try and update and streamline my sticky post. Ha. Ha. Ha. I love you, folks. If you’ve read this far you get a virtual cookie.

ETA: Also please feel free to comment here, or on another post/comment from me, or message me, whenever, regarding any identity/name/pronoun stuffs you want me to do differently/better for you!!!
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I have successfully made a Very Scary phone call. Yes. Read more... )
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I don't have anything very coherent to say about the Fourth of July and what it means and has meant to me any why it is different for me this year and not-different for some other people and what else I'm thinking of because of that. So I'll let some friends have their say instead.

Babbling...I need to remember that the founding of the United States was definitely NOT an unmixed good for many people, especially the Native American nations that were decimated or genocided as colonial settlement. And some people are NOT okay with fireworks. And if there is a point to this line of thought, it's that this year things are definitely not improving and that's not okay. And that it is still true that this holiday is and has been important to me, and that I do still feel something like love and loyalty for my incredibly deeply awful nation.

If there is work to be done, let it be work that heals the world--
http://swan-tower.dreamwidth.org/816536.html

If we are to celebrate at all, let us all be allowed to celebrate--
http://stardreamer.dreamwidth.org/1626774.html

And if the world is f****d anyway, then at least, be kind--
http://bookblather.dreamwidth.org/431734.html
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I’ve had a difficult day so far. (grief, death of a loved one, altered states of consciousness, minor injury) Read more... )
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Warning, contains emotions in tumbling mixed up words Read more... )
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traveling tomorrow

serious illness in extended family

hugs welcome
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Pride isn't just a celebration. It is that and that is important. But it's also a lifeline to young queer kids. It's a protest and a form of action and so many other things.

https://fontfolly.net/2017/06/20/gay-it-forward/

Whether you are queer yourself or (hopefully!) an ally to queerfolk, please look up your local pride event. Or Google "queer homeless teens." Or "black trans lives matter" or "Two Spirit Native lgbtqia+"... Support as you can.

And remember: survival is resistance.

ETA: Also: There is no one right way to Pride

http://www.robot-hugs.com/pride-2017/

(Comic Transcript linked at bottom of comic now)

You matter. THANK YOU.
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“ ‘ Keep it simple, Jake. ’ ”

***

Brought to you on the behalf of a friend of mine planning to move: an extended quote from Spider Robinson on packing for a move *without* losing one’s mind. (Contents may provoke stress in folks, like me, who loathe large organizational projects.) Read more... )
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Complainy cat is complaining in more detail. Yay?

Content Warning: comparatively less-sick person complaining about being sick and in pain; food, food problems; unpleasant medical details and symptoms; self-directed snark; internaliazed ableism and assorted brainweasels.

Read more... )

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