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Jul. 21st, 2017 09:53 am
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Greetings flist!

We saw Wonder Woman yesterday. I cried through the whole thing. A little pleased with myself for remaining completely unspoiled except for no cats on Themyscira. I was rigorous about not clicking on a single link or cut tag and my flist is so thoughtful about using cuts, thank you! Gal Gadot is beyond glorious. This movie needs a Best Picture Oscar nomination. Etta reminds me of [profile] lorie945. I actually finally have a superhero movie I love :-)

H and I are leaving for the beach in a couple hours, I just got new tires put on the front so Catbus is good to go.

I was sitting in the Les Schwab tire store when I saw the news on tv about that asshole Spicer resigning. I had no self control, I just burst into loud guffaws and couldn't stop for about five minutes.

Yesterday morning Harry tried to pee on some clothes in [personal profile] hanarobi's room. I thwarted him and he ran outside. I followed him to watch him pee in the dirt and spend about five minutes ostentatiously covering it up with a pile of leaves.

"Small Hands", chapter 2

Jul. 21st, 2017 07:35 am
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[personal profile] shirebound
Here's one more chapter before move-preparations swallow me up completely!

Summary: Two late-comers to Cormallen are nervous about meeting the Ring-bearers. In the process of getting to know them, they learn a great deal about hobbits... and their new king. Characters include Aragorn, Pippin, Frodo, Merry, Sam, and Gimli.

Links to Chapter 2:



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Jul. 19th, 2017 03:56 pm
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[personal profile] baranduin
Harry and MF kinda sorta hanging out together on the patio. They had a snooze though Harry kept an eye on him. Actually this morning Harry achieved a sneak attack on MF, he was so pleased.

Three more pics of Harry beneath the cut.

Read more... )

[personal profile] hanarobi is just leaving to go have dinner with her niece. Today we did nothing but sleep late, then watch Bahubali 2 on youtube without subtitles. We watched the first one, with subtitles, last night. She liked them! Which is good since they're almost three hours each.

No Pictures

Jul. 19th, 2017 10:09 am
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Photobucket has just stomped on me for third party photo posting. Does anyone know a site that will allow posting of pictures on Dreamwidth without charging an arm and a leg?

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Jul. 18th, 2017 10:34 am
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[personal profile] baranduin
Jumping on a very nice bandwagon today.

Happy birthday, dearest Mewsie. I see your name so often in so many ways ...

mews1945's birthday

Jul. 18th, 2017 07:33 am
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[personal profile] shirebound
I'll always love you
Feeling your sweet spirit near
nestled in my heart

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Jul. 17th, 2017 01:41 pm
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[personal profile] baranduin
Book meme gacked from [personal profile] el_staplador! 50 questions about reading!

1. You currently own more than 20 books: I was probably born owning more than 20 books, given my family ...

2. You currently own more than 50 books: Aren't there some 0s missing from the '50'?

48 more questions... )

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Jul. 17th, 2017 10:43 am
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[personal profile] baranduin
Books finished:
Speak Its Name by Kathleen Jowitt. I think I wrote about this mid-read but I've finished it now and enjoyed it a lot. I hope we find out more about Lydia and Colette. Their first date had my stomach all nervous just like on a first date :-) Not to mention this was a finalist this year for the Betty Trask Award and Prize, a yearly award that celebrates first novels written by authors under the age of 35, who reside in a current or former Commonwealth nation.
The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy. So sad. Plus I got confused by the interweaving of the narratives but I think I wasn't paying as much attention as I might have been. I can see rereading this for the beauty of the language but oh the characters made me sad.
Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion by Sam Harris.

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Jul. 17th, 2017 10:24 am
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[personal profile] baranduin
Meme gacked from everyone :-)

Mountain or beach person?
Beach please. Preferably with lots of trees and mountains nearby. But yeah, give me the beach, preferably of the cold stormy kind rather than the tropical kind though really, that's kind of picky. The ocean is good.

Coffee or tea?
Both though they are for separate purposes and times of day. Coffee is for first thing in the morning.

smoothies or milkshakes?
None since they're all pretty much carb bombs so a no-go for me. If I had my druthers, however, I would vote for the bubble tea type smoothies I used to get, it's the bubbles :-)

vanilla or chocolate?
Vanilla. No question.

sun or moon?
Moon. The sun gets too warm for me to warm to it very often.

home body or traveler?
Hard to say. I love to travel and I love to stay home. Having said that, I am getting ridiculously excited about moving to Laramie for many reasons -- but one of them is that I get to move to a new place. I haven't moved in so many years and it's built into my DNA from being an Air Force brat that I GOTTA GO, so moving somewhere, and especially to my best friend's house, is pretty much the most exciting thing that's happened in years. One of my post-move dreams is for me and [personal profile] hanarobi to load up the car and do a wandering US/Canada road trip visiting various flisties.

Sunrise or sunset.
Don't know. Think both are probably pretty darned inspiring.

Mermaid or fairy?
Hmm. I have always found fairies faintly silly so I guess it's mermaids?

Sun or rain?
A nice mix of both, with the balance tilted more strongly to coolness, cloudiness and rain. With occasional sun breaks that make us all go, "So that's the sun! Nice looking! Warm!" And then the clouds come back and we all go, "That's better."

watercolor or acrylic?
Don't know. I don't paint myself and don't think I have particular druthers in either direction. However, in my coloring app on my ipad I usually post-process pics with a watercolor filter so there's that lol.

Eep! It's Monday and [personal profile] hanarobi is coming tonight!

Harry, get ready to have TWO fooders in the house!
Midnight Fluff (currently known as Summer Slick on account of having done a huge shed), prepare to meet a second fooder in this house!

ConGregate 4/DeepSouthCon 55 or Bust!

Jul. 14th, 2017 09:23 am
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[personal profile] eldritchhobbit

I’m looking forward to being a literary/scholarly guest this weekend at ConGregate 4/DeepSouthCon 55!

I’ll be on several panels and wearing my moderator hat. Here is my schedule.



5:00pm – 5:50pm: Writing in Multiple Tie-In Universes 

Moderator: Amy H. Sturgis

Guests: Alexandra Christian, Barbara Hambly, Melissa McArthur, Richard C.

Our panelists have written official novels for Star Wars, Star Trek, and Beauty and the Beast, as well as Sherlock Holmes pastiches. Given that they also write a lot of other fiction, the panelists discuss the differences between writing original fiction and writing for pre-existing franchises/worlds.

6:00pm – 6:50pm: Writing Sherlock Holmes and Other Icons

Moderator: Amy H. Sturgis

Guests: Nicole Givens Kurtz, Misty Massey, Melissa McArthur, J. Matthew Saunders

Sherlock Holmes, James Bond, Superheroes… What are the challenges with writing these iconic characters? And if you change them, how do you make sure to capture their essence? When writing an iconic character, how do you determine what makes them iconic?  Is it Sherlock Holmes being a detective, or Bond working for MI-6?  What happens if Holmes is a demon, or Bond is set in a fantasy world?


9:30am – 10:20am: Mixing Historical Research with Genre Fiction 

Moderator: Amy H. Sturgis

Guests: Barbara Hambly, Kim Headlee, Tally Johnson, Linda Robertson

Given that historical fiction itself is a demanding genre requiring a lot of effort if one wants to do it right, our panelists discuss the challenges they’ve faced and choices they’ve made in blending historical work with the fantasy and mystery genres.

1:00pm – 1:50pm: Writing from Different Perspectives

Moderator: Amy H. Sturgis

Guests: Samantha Dunaway Bryant, Barbara Hambly, Larry N. Martin, Michael G. Williams

Authors often try to write about protagonists who are different from themselves. Our panelists discuss why they feel it is important to capture these characters’ perspectives; the challenges faced in trying to be authentic, respectful, and sensitive in their portrayal; and what they think about current debates and controversies about the importance of diversity, authenticity, and representation in fiction.


Jul. 14th, 2017 11:46 pm
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[personal profile] wallace_trust
This is not an attempt at 'illustrating the story' but rather a depiction of Frodo's departure as my heart sees it.  Frodo departs the world as Sam looks on.  Sam's skimpy clothing reflects the nakedness of the emotions he is feeling, as well as his absolute loss.  


Frodo departs this world as Sam looks on

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Jul. 14th, 2017 10:09 am
baranduin: (Sandpiper)
[personal profile] baranduin
Not so random happies:

  1. [personal profile] hanarobi is coming Monday for 10 days!
  2. [personal profile] hanarobi and I are going to the ocean for three nights while she's here at our favorite place, The Sandpiper, in one of our favorite rooms.
  3. I'm watching Bahubali 2 on youtube at work.
  4. It's Friday.
  5. I'm pretty much aaaaall by myself in my little work area today. T brought in about a million donuts (she's coming up on her 10-year anniversary here and is very generous with the vittles). I've managed to only take one (devil's food) and I'll eat it tonight as a dessert.
  6. I get five vacation days starting next Wednesday!
  7. Inadvertently killing two birds with one stone though noone died. Area rug from World Market. I got this for my bedroom to cover a bit of the really nasty carpet. It has lots of texture, including little wooden and metal rings. To me it's an area rug. To Harry, it's a giant cat toy to roll up, attack and shred.

Happy Froday everyone! My plans this weekend are vacuuming, washing floors and making sure [personal profile] hanarobi's bed has clean sheets.

ETA: Clau-Clau-Claudia! What kind of crack fic do you want this time, oh [personal profile] claudia603? You are our muse and we will write more crack for you next week.

New story! "Small Hands"

Jul. 14th, 2017 08:30 am
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[personal profile] shirebound
I've posted chapter 1 of my new story, which is planned to be a 'short and sweet' Cormallen tale. I hope you enjoy it.

Summary: Two late-comers to Cormallen are nervous about meeting the Ring-bearers. In the process of getting to know them, they learn a great deal about hobbits... and their new king. Characters include Aragorn, Pippin, Frodo, Merry, Sam, and Gimli.

Links to Chapter 1:



Bell's Table

Jul. 14th, 2017 01:21 pm
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[personal profile] elwendell
I've posted a new chapter of Bell's Table here


This one is wholly new. Bilbo and Frodo celebrate the turning of the year. Their first together in Hobbiton.

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Jul. 13th, 2017 09:12 am
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[personal profile] baranduin
Thank you all for bucking me up yesterday, so appreciated. ♥

A miracle has occurred this week. There has been a traffic revision in Tacoma (they've been working on many projects in the area for as long as I've been working in Tacoma and that's 2013).

And it's a good one! It cleared up the daily snarl by the Tacoma Dome. It's a GOOD traffic revision.

Really, I thought they were mythical ...

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Jul. 12th, 2017 12:32 pm
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[personal profile] baranduin
God, I could use a virtual hug today. I'm so work stressed right now I'm about to jump out of my skin.

I know people have many more life stresses than I do, but I could really use a little affection today. ♥

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Jul. 12th, 2017 09:32 am
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Today is Net Neutrality Day

Join in to express your support for keeping the Net out of the hands of the big companies to control what we can see and hear and how fast we can do it.


Jul. 12th, 2017 07:35 am
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[personal profile] shirebound
I'm not hiding, just drowning in move details! Wonderfully, nearly everything on page 1 of my 3-page Task List of Doom is now finished and crossed out. Onward to page 2... much accomplished, much more to be done.

I *think* I may have set a record (at least with me) in being on hold on the phone, waiting for U.S. Postal Service customer service to come on the line so I could straighten out a glitch in my change of address submission -- 1 hr., 6 minutes on hold. Have any of you waited longer than that?

My brain hit a wall over the Fourth of July holiday and refused to process anything connected to the move for several days. To give myself a break, I... wrote about hobbits, yay! I now have two chapters nearly finished for a 'short and sweet' Cormallen story that I tried to start months ago. Thank goodness the writing Muse hadn't been packed away in a carton yet, unable to communicate.

*Wednesday hugses*

It's a birthday!

Jul. 12th, 2017 07:32 am
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[personal profile] shirebound
Happy Birthday, [personal profile] marta_bee! I hope it's a lovely day.


Happy Birthday, Ann Radcliffe!

Jul. 9th, 2017 12:37 pm
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[personal profile] eldritchhobbit
Happy birthday to the mother of the Gothic, Ann Radcliffe (9 July, 1764 – 7 February, 1823).

“A well-informed mind is the best security against the contagion of folly and vice. The vacant mind is ever on the watch for relief, and ready to plunge into error, to escape from the languor of idleness. Store it with ideas, teach it the pleasure of thinking; and the temptations of the world without, will be counteracted by the gratifications derived from the world within.”
― Ann Radcliffe, The Mysteries of Udolpho (1794)



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