Basic bog-standard update post
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Was just reading a nice update post from a friend I see a lot of online, and it was really good to hear the details of what she's been up to. That made me want to give an update, too. I will put it under cut tags, because I'm feeling chatty.

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Media Consumption Wednesday
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Let's see how much energy I have left for this. It's not a grudging obligation; it's just that I am really tired and may peter out.

Reading:

Mostly just poking around on Wattpad. I haven't found much great there. Any suggestions?

Writing:

Still posting weekly on Wattpad, a poem and a chapter of fiction on Monday and Friday, respectively. Or is it the other way around?

Watching:

Finishing a Poirot re-watch with James working through S1 of Jessica Jones with James. The occatsional Hamilton-related YouTube Video.

Listening:

What do you think? All Hamilton, all the time.

Playing:

Two dots. Still. Also a little Befuddled, I think it's called, which is a word game.

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Babbling
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Awoke at 4 to a random sound that my brain processed as something hitting the house. It was probably just someone closing a door in the house somewhere -- it's a big house. I also had the beginnings of a migraine, so it could've been exploding head syndrome, which I do get sometimes, and which is one of the coolest-named benign pschophysiological things ever (if you know of others, tell me -- cool names for shit are my lifeblood).

Anyway. Four in the morning.

Because of the impending migraine, I took aspirin and caffeine, and if I go back to sleep, I will doom myself to a full-blown migraine, so instead I have turned down the brightness on my monitor and settled in with DW/LJ and my "Right-hand Man" earworm to do a nice long update, which I haven't done in some time, and which will be under a series of cuts.

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Starting to get the migraine nausea, so I'm having trouble concentrating. I think I'll cut this short for now and pick it up later. Have a good weekend, my lovelies!

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Media consumption Wednesday
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I don't feel like being all organized about the media consumption list, the way I usually am. I am listening to a lot of "Hamilton," reading some stuff here and there, including a fair bit of bad writing on Wattpad and some that's good.

My job is super-intense these days (though much less bad since the mass exodus), so I am left with little intellectual energy at the end of the day. I usually sit and play Two Dots while James and I watch whatever thing we're rewatching -- currently, it's the Suchet "Poirot."

I was just telling [personal profile] wild_irises that my reading goes in fits and starts. Lately, I'm not reading much, and then I'll go through a period when I'm finishing a book a day and reading everywhere and at all times. The plus side of not reading much is that I'm writing a fair bit, including a new novel that I'm putting out a chapter at a time on Wattpad. I don't expect it will be super-great, but it feels good to make something, so I'll see how it goes.

What's the best thing you've read lately?

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Media consumption Wednesday
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Had a long weekend. Did a lot of writing and editing and almost no reading. I'm writing some poems and my second novel, and having a moderate amount of fun doing it.

Reading

I've put down the murder mystery. I do that sometimes. Maybe I'll get back to it. Next up is Six-gun Snow White, by Cat Valente. Haven't started it yet. The only reading I've done in a week is the AARP magazine and a bunch of social media.

Listening

Hamilton, of course. And now, the soundtrack's in my car, so whenever I'm alone in there, it's on. I also really love the Musicality covers of the songs, which are on YouTube. Musicality is a high-school music group.

Playing

Two Dots. I don't have any other games on my phone or tablet these days.

Watching

James and I re-watched all the old Mummy movies, and then the modern trilogy. Then Airplane. Then last night it was Who Framed Roger Rabbit. The animation/live-action tricks are still really fun to watch. They did it so well.

Jessica Jones with the kid. I had to actually go seek out spoilers, because this villain stresses me out and I had to know the ending. It's not especially because of the rape stuff, but I'm really uneasy with a villain with as much power as Kilgrave has, and with any show (e.g. the Hulk, the Prisoner) in which the hero keeps striving and striving and never winning.

Beyonce's Formation video is perfect and I wish everyone would watch it.

I watched a few minutes of the Grammys online (we don't have broadcast TV): the Hamilton bit, Beyonce's brief speech, and Kendrick Lamar's performance. Powerful.

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Wattpad
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Are you on Wattpad? I'm going to be sharing some of my writing there, and I'd like to follow yours, as well.

Current pub schedule is a poem on Mondays and a chapter of my new novel on Fridays.

https://www.wattpad.com/user/serenevannoy

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Happy Singles Awareness Day
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To my single friends: You are loved and valuable, in and of yourself.

That said, Avon Romance and Carina Press are giving away a romance e-book to people who join their mailing list, and the deadline is tomorrow, and I know a lot of my friends like romances, so I just thought I'd leave you the link, even though I'd rather not do it on this day because, well, this day is fraught for a lot of people. This is not an ad; I have no connection with the companies involved.

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The student I mentor has an urgent need for info about humanitarian visas from Mexico to the U.S. Her family is dealing with a violent relative and they're divided by a border that only my student can cross. Any help/advice super-welcome. Am googling, as well.

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FOGcon tickets
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Are you going to FOGcon, or hoping to? Is the ticket price an impediment to going? If yes, please let me know and I'll give you one or both of our tickets. We paid $60 each, and you can have them for free, or you can pay me whatever you want to pay. I'll let you decide based on your personal situation, no questions asked. Just let me know in comments or message or email. I'll edit this post when both tickets are gone.

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Media consumption Wednesday
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Just determined I won't be going to Fogcon, so I'm feeling sad today. We had to pay taxes this year (when previously we always had a big refund), so the money was not going to work out. My sweetheart [personal profile] stonebender and his sweetheart [personal profile] loracs offered to pay a big chunk of the expenses, but there were other problems with going, so I'm not, and I'm sad, but it's not, on the whole, a bad thing. Now I have to decide whether to keep my upcoming vacation time or cancel it and use it for something I want to do later. On the other hand, my co-worker is going out on a long maternity leave in April, so maybe it would be good to take it while I can. Anyway. Don't have to decide today.

Reading

Have I read anything this week besides work papers and Twitter? I don't actually think I have!

Listening

Literally every previously quiet moment in my brain is taken up by snippets of Hamilton. Over. And over. And over. Still obsessed. I bought myself the soundtrack and pre-ordered the book, and it's SUPER tempting to spend way more money than I have to get tickets to the San Francisco run.

I used to listen to Here & Now on the way to work, and Marketplace on the way home from work, but now I take the kid to school in the morning and drive my student worker to the trolley after work, so I don't. I miss it, but not enough to ask the kids to listen to NPR with me.

Playing

Mostly Two Dots. I keep hearing that The Witness is wonderful, but my download failed and I didn't try a second time.

Watching

James and I re-watched the Blade series and all the monster movies we own, and now we're re-watching Austin Powers. Before I met him, I had only two or three movies I ever re-watched. Now we watch the same ones over and over. It leaves my mind free for other stuff, and he likes sharing the chill time.

No Jessica Jones this week. The kid just started school and work got busy for me, so we're both too tired to bother.

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