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2020-01-12:  "Re: Reminder!" by Trip
2020-01-12:  "Reminder!" by marithlizard
2019-12-25:  "Re: Guardian" by marithlizard
2019-12-25:  "Re: Guardian" by Trip
2019-12-26:  "Re: Thirsty Sword Lesbians" by Trip

17 January 2020 - Friday

Not only did Marith get a job today, she got promoted to full-time before she's even started! She's still underemployed, but it's better than nothing!


Watched:

  • The Good Place 4.11: Aw, that was sweet. Wait, is that the end? But there's another episode!
  • Orphan Black 2.1: Picking up the doom right where season 1 left off. Is this the time that Art will finally get told what's going on, or will he be left hanging like the last four times someone said they were going to dish?

Read:

  • The Iron Will of Genie Lo (FC Yee): Sequel The Epic Crush of Genie Lo and pretty much wraps up the story. More obnoxious gods, more demons, and college visits, plus epilogue.
  • Race to the Sun (Rebecca Roanhorse): Middle-schooler vs Navajo mythology. From the Rick Riordan Presents line of own-voices non-white mythology YA fantasy, which so far has been pretty swell.

Words: FAIL.

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16 January 2020 - Thursday

It was windy and threatening to rain this morning, so I tried out this "layers" concept. It seemed to work okay.


Read:

  • Woman World (Aminder Dhaliwal): One day, men stop being born. Sometime around then, civilization goes through a rough patch. In the aftermath, a village of women are trying to live their lives. Simple art, one or two pages per episode, made me laugh.
  • Dreamstorm (MCA Hogarth): Back to life-threatening drama, and one partner rushing off to save the other, but all's well that ends well.
  • Family (MCA Hogarth): Space elf finally takes skunktaur back to his planet to meet his family. Space elf world is pretty horrible, and so are a lot of the space elves, but this series is all about family.

Words: FAIL. I suck.

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15 January 2020 - Wednesday

Mike is out due to germs, and Kelsey is out due to capitalism, so that left the four of us to play Roll for the Galaxy and eat Thai food. First game: Brooks won. Second game: Ken won, but the rest of us tied for second. Third game: Dave won, but I came in second.


Read:

  • Best Left Buried: The Crypt Collection (Zachary Cox): A simple and very grim dungeon-crawling game, where you have to spend SAN-equivalent to use any of your class abilities (in addition to losing it when confronted with scenes of unimaginable horror) and can only regain it by going mad.
  • Mindline (MCA Hogarth): Sequel to Mindtouch. Space elf leaves his partner to do a very prestigious medical residency and everything goes horribly wrong. Did I mention the special psychic link they have? (Not that ridiculous, they're both psychic to begin with.) It's much more important in this volume.
  • Dreamhearth (MCA Hogarth): Unlike the life-threatening drama of the previous book, this time our heroes only have to persuade a space station that they deserve residency permits. Also money woes, rival therapists, conniving grandmas, and extremely dangerous scones.

Words: FAIL. I blame me.

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14 January 2020 - Tuesday

Marith had a job interview today! Even if they are wise enough to hire her, she will be underemployed, but it's better than retail standing!


Read:

  • Beneath The Missing Sea (Sam Sleney, Zachary Cox, Ben Brown): Yesterday there was a 40-mile-wide inland sea here, now there's just a huge hole with no water, and all the things that used to be safely underwater are scuttling like cockroaches. A hexcrawl adventure setting, nominally for Best Left Buried, but easily convertible to any system where making up monster stat blocks is easy.
  • A Witch's Printing Office vol 1 (Mochinchi, Yasuhiro Miyama): I had hoped this would be about printing and bookbinding in a fantasy world, and some of it is, but mostly it's about Comiket in a fantasy world, which is not as interesting to me.
  • My Room Is A Dungeon Rest Stop vol 1 (Tougoku Hudou, Takaya Kiyoshi): Male lead gets an apartment in downtown Tokyo super-cheap because it connects to a fantasy dungeon full of slimes and goblins. Female lead is buxom and helpless and often underdressed and easily duped, so bleah. Also, we need better fantasy worlds.
  • Monster of the Week (FT Lukens): Sequel to The Rules and Regulations for Mediating Myths & Magic, further adventures of hapless bi (pan?) boy trying to survive high school while working as an assistant cryptid wrangler/diplomat and his hot boyfriend and token straight friend and threatened by parents, TV reporters, and dog monsters. Bridger is such a good-hearted disaster.

Words: Shockingly, CHECK. Because I am now counting anything more than zero.

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13 January 2020 - Monday

Oogh, Monday the 13th. Most accursed day of the calendar. 5-hour customer meeting, although it did all go smoothly.


Watched:

  • Elementary 3.8: Almost made the NYPD seem sympathetic for a moment! Also I am glad they have not dropped Sherlock's sobriety stuff even after two seasons.

Read:

  • The Promised Neverland vol 13 (Kaiu Shirai, Posuka Demizu): Hey, look, it's some hope! I wonder how this will go horribly wrong and require Emma and Ray to brain their way out?
  • Mindtouch (MCA Hogarth): Platonic love story between a genetically-engineered ace skunktaur and a genetically-engineered-but-in-denial space elf, studying xenopsychology together. Much more touching than I make it sound. Ends with doom, but there are four more books in the series so presumably they will eventually arrive at some kind of work-life balance together.

Words: FAIL. Blargh. Maybe instead of failing to write fiction I should fail at implementing my idea for a magical girl dungeon crawling game. Or figure out what the actual stories are for Lovecraft Country so that I can implement it in PbtA. Or I could die in a pit. That one seems like the greatest contribution to world culture.

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12 January 2020 - Sunday

Slept in like four hours, which made me feel slightly well-rested, but also wasted most of the day because I am defective. Then I wasted the rest of the day doing nothing because I suck.


Watched:

  • RWBY 7.9: I'm not as personally offended as Marith is by some characters not getting enough to do, but she's right that a lot of people should be doing a lot of things, not just the few characters we've had since season 1.
  • The Good Place 1.10: Love confession episode! Including the one that was very surprising at the time!
  • Leverage 2.2: This was mostly an Eliot episode, and that's okay, but it still needed more Parker.

Read:

  • Ran and the Gray World vol 5 (Aki Irie): This volume focuses a lot more on the epic turmoil in the magical world than on Ran's messed-up personal life, but there's still some of that. Also, hot springs episode! (Not Ran, sheesh.)
  • Tomo-chan is a Girl vol 6 (Fumita Yanagida): The secondary couple have finally gotten together, but the primary couple are still floundering with awkwardness. We get an extended flashback to an earlier phase of their awkwardness, too, and also find out about that thing with Gundou-san.
  • Stars of Empire Player's Handbook (Terry N Sofian): Unfortunately, this book was almost entirely the very detailed and retro system with modifiers and charts for every situation, and hardly any description of the steampunk setting with humans throughout the solar system and giant bug monsters eating England and other cool stuff. I looked on DTRPG, and I'm not sure any of the books associated with this game has that, which I find confusing and also stupid.

Words: Still FAIL. I realized what decision the MC needs to make, although it still needs context around it. But maybe it's enough? I don't even know, man.

Reminder! by marithlizard (Mon Jan 13 03:05:06 2020)

Choosing to relax on a weekend day on which you have nothing scheduled and no children who require minding is not a failure of any sort, it is proper human self-care. Do we have to run you through the capitalist dystopia deprogrammer again?

Re: Reminder! by Trip (Thu Jan 16 22:15:39 2020)

But there are so many things that need doing for myself!

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11 January 2020 - Saturday

We needed the cleaners, but it's still weird having people in our apartment first thing in the morning.

Despite the huge amount of extra shopping requested by Ken, I got all the things, or at least reasonable substitutes, and there was tasty burrito dinner.


Nigh-weekly anime:

  • Sailor Moon Stars 188: Now everyone knows everyone's secret ID, but that doesn't help Aluminum Siren!
  • RWBY 6.5-6: Oh, that's what happened to the village. Also, one of Maria's secrets!
  • Chihayafuru 3.13: The queen challenger is settled! I can't blame Suo for hitting on Chihaya, they're both weirdos.
  • Shirobako 4-5: That guy has such Mediocre White Man energy, despite not being technically white (but dominant ethnicity of the area, close enough). I think all the women should just stab him. Or at least him lock in the cell when it's free.

Words: FAIL. I have no scapegoat this time. I have been thinking, though, and maybe I can overcome some of my worldbuilding conundrums by making my MC not average for catgirls. As a bonus, I can make her even more traumatized by her backstory! Also I can give her backstory more tragedy. But can I write that much doom?

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10 January 2020 - Friday

I feel like I did some work, but I have little show for it except finding an obscure bug that will probably never be relevant except to this one customer issue. Also I had to stay late to cover for Boss A, but she will be back from India next week.


Watched:

    The Good Place 4.10: I think the technical term for this is "maltheism". But on the other hand, no universe that includes Disco Janet can be all bad. And somehow, not the finale?

Words: FAIL. Capitalism again.

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9 January 2020 - Thursday

I did not accomplish much at work, but at least I stayed late to communicate my failures to the next shift?


Watched:

Read:

  • The Mongolian Wizard (Michael Swanwick): Short piece, alternate history with magic but with no less of the Great Game. Possibly leading into a WWI/II analog that's not Germany/Hitler-based? Apparently there are a bunch more short stories following this one.
  • Monsters of Mars (Edmond Hamilton): Ancient (okay, 1931) novella about heroic Earthmen getting duped into teleporting to Mars. After almost a century of SF, it seems horribly clichéd, but I'm sure it was innovative at the time.
  • Hannah Green and Her Unfeasibly Mundane Existence (Michael Marshall Smith): Although the protagonist is an eleven-year-old girl, I wouldn't call this a kid's book. There is too much death (not all deserved), cussing, existential angst, thoughts about what it means to become an adult, and sympathy for the devil. On the other hand, no sex and hardly any romance. I dunno, man.

Words: FAIL. I definitely blame capitalism this time.

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8 January 2020 - Wednesday

First Wednesday night 13G and Chinese food of 2020! This session, the people who were not enjoying the grossly transphobic hospitality of the Lunar garrison executed their plan to rescue those who were. At least nobody got killed?

A bunch of Mike's friends decided that he needed way too many glorantha dice, so he regifted most of them to us. The strike rank and hit location dice are not useful, but we enjoyed rolling the rune dice and getting runic associations to go with our random numbers. For the system, it is handy that the runes are in alphabetical order, but it would be thematically better if Air weren't a natural 1. If custom cards were easier, I might try to make a deck of cards with more and better combinations. All 20 runes &mult; 20 numbers might be a bit much, but we could probably come up with something.


Read:

  • Monster Roster vol 1: Desert Denizens (Samantha Gundaker): Dungeon World monsters inspired by mythologies of peoples from desert regions. They will still eat your face.
  • You Can Be A Cyborg When You're Older (Richard Roberts): Not related to Please Don't Tell My Parents I'm A Supervillain, but pretty similar in a lot of ways despite being nominally kind of cyberpunk. The over-the-top body modification is not unlike superpowers, and there are many strange people for our teen protagonist to make friends with. The thing with the AIs is legitemately augh. There's a bit from Soon I Will Be Invincible about how many superpowers are more like chronic medical conditions with exploitable side effects, which I liked but was vague on until I read this book.
  • Snow Day (Andrea K Höst): Another postscript to the Touchstone series but I no longer remember enough of the characters to be heartwarmed.

Words: FAIL. Normally I would blame Jus, but this time I blame capitalism.

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7 January 2020 - Tuesday

I was productive at work again, at least for a few hours. I had four meetings and only two of them were with customers! Also I learned some stuff.


Watched:

  • Leverage 2.1: That was even sillier than the first season. Although as Marith pointed out, nothing is as ridiculous as what happened with the bank bailout, and that's not even fiction.

Read:

  • Wyrde and Wayward (Charlotte E English): Regency(?) England, some families have a tendency toward manifesting bizarre magical traits (being vampires, raising the dead, turning into dragons, etc), MC is from a family known for this but doesn't have powers, comedy of manners ensues.
  • Monsterarium (Ahimsa Kerp, Nahid Taheri): Whimsical (but creepy) OSR monsters.
  • Monster Roster vol 2: Arctic Anomalies (Samantha Gundaker): Dungeon World monsters inspired by legends from cultures that live in cold places. I cannot comment on the cultural appropriativeness, but they will totally eat your face.

Words: Addditional FAIL.

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6 January 2020 - Monday

I did a fair number of things at work, some of them even not wrong, but I also ate a bunch of extraneous carbs, and it's only Monday. Actual Monday, not secretly Thursday or Friday at the same time.


Watched:

  • Orphan Black 1.10: Well, that's a lot of doom. I don't think it's really binding under the rules of the US Patent Office, though, especially given the timeline.

Read:

  • Gleipnir vol 5 (Sun Takeda): Wow, our female lead is extremely murdery. And I don't think she's a good influence on the male lead either.
  • Sub-ether Zero, zero vol 1.1 (Gwendolyn Harper): DCC-based far-future science fantasy, grotty megacities on a ruined planet that also has the current hot entertainment hub, so kind of a mix between 40s LA noir and Judge Dredd. More specifics than I would want, but it's for DCC players. Lots of random tables for things/people/plot hooks to meet on the street. Apparently a part or preview of a more complete setting to come, which might have interesting aliens.

Words: FAIL. I just do not seem to ever have enough brain in the evening to do more than a tiny bit, and sometimes not even that. Not that I can do anything with plot or characterization or theme, and only barely with worldbuilding or description. I'd say I should stick to bad game design instead of bad fiction, so I can push the plot and characterization onto someone else, but that's even more pointless.

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5 January 2020 - Sunday

Oh, right, that's why I don't like shopping on Sunday: the store is full of people and everything is out of stock. Maybe it would be better if I was able to not sleep in and went shopping right at opening time? Seems unlikely that I'll ever know.

The customers were much quieter today, which is good, because apparently I made enough mistakes yesterday.


Watched:

    Orphan Black 1.8-9: Felix is still the best. Alison is growing on me, although she is still a complete disaster. Oh, and there was some plot stuff.

Words: FAIL. But I'm pretty sure I need to do more outlining or at least I need a better idea of the climax, when my MC makes a choice and then has to fight for it. Also I really need to answer the existing questions about how unusual my MC is and whether her power is too good for getting out of trouble and not good enough for getting into trouble. So yah, I suck.

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4 January 2020 - Saturday

Because I am dumb, I ended up with all of today and half of tomorrow on call (but hardly any Sundays for the rest of the quarter, so I can game if I don't give up in despair) and the customers are being annoying.


Nigh-weekly anime:

  • Sailor Moon Stars 187:
  • RWBY 6.3-4: So much exposition! And then [SPOILER] finds out about the end of last season.
  • Chihayafuru 3.11-12: It doesn't seem like making someone do karuta in someone else's style would actually be very good training at all. But never mind that, it's time to determine who will face the current Queen and Master!

Read:

  • Futaribeya vol 1 (Yukiko): Slice of life, mostly 4-koma. A responsible and traditionally feminine girl goes to boarding school and has to room with a beautiful but not-very-feminine girl. They get along great, and by the end of the first volume are just beginning to think that their friendship makes looking for romance unnecessary. Not very much cheesecake at all.

Words: FAIL. I blame customers.

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3 January 2020 - Friday

Yay, it's Friday! I did some work, I guess.


Watched:

  • Elementary 3.7: The one that smells like pumpkin pie. Also a surprisingly positive view of non-monogamy for a female character on mainstream TV.

Read:

  • The Tiger and the Wolf (Adrian Tchaikovsky): It's the beginning of the Iron Age, everyone is a shapeshifter, almost everyone is horrible, the end of the world may be coming soon, a ragtag band of outcasts and fish out of water are probably going to have to be the ones to fix everything. Good shapeshifting tricks, nice descriptions of divine apparitions that are probably not literal.
  • Dark Alleys & Twisted Paths (Martin Killmann): The author thought the core 13th Age book didn't have enough spells/powers/talents/spells, so he made a whole bunch of new ones. Also rewrites of the sorcerer and wizard classes to be more like previous D&Ds. If I liked 13A more, this would probably be a great resource.

Words: CHECK. Maybe I'm to the point where I should start writing? Or maybe I need to firm up the outline more? Hard to say. Outlining, how does it even?

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2 January 2020 - Thursday

Ew, back to work. And now people are in the office, but at least it's Thursday to go with the Monday? No, wait, I have to stay late on Thursday. Bah!

At least we get lunch service again.


Read:

  • Pawn (Timothy Zahn): Petty criminal and alcoholic is abducted by mysterious aliens to repair a mysterious spaceship full of mysterious goings-on. Like most of Zahn's work, oddly lacking in feels.

Words: CHECK, by an even smaller margin.

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1 January 2020 - Wednesday

Today I did some chores around the house, so that was a responsible start to the new year, even if not an ambitious one.


Read:

  • Still Sick vol 1 (Akashi): Yuri doujinshi artist who disclaims all interest in 3D girls meets a coworker who is interested in her work, or maybe her, and has a dark secret.
  • My Father Is A Unicorn vol 1 (Monaka Suzuki): Just what it says on the tin. The unicorn is never explained. He changes shape a lot and causes great consternation in the apartment building.

Words: CHECK. By the loosest possible interpretation, but not zero!

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31 December 2019 - Tuesday

I did a little shopping and only got moderately confused by the new bus route. That's enough for a holiday, right?

Earl and Cat bailed on us, so it was just the four of us grownups and Jus, and we had Korean delivery instead of fondue. But we played hearts and Small World and Jus did not melt down from tiredness and even came in second in Small World! I wouldn't call it a party, but it was definitely better than sitting home alone!


Well, that's it for 2019. Maybe in 2020, Nazis will get what's coming to them.


Words: FAIL. But next year for sure?

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30 December 2019 - Monday

I could do with more one- or two-day workweeks in the new year!


Watched:

  • Orphan Black 1.7: Helena is so creepy. Olivier is so gross. Sarah is so doomed. Art is about to hit the fan.

Read:

  • Before The Broken Star (Emily R King): A girl with a clockwork heart, vengeance, fairy tales, death at sea, all the classics.
  • Dark Pacts & Ancient Secrets (Martin Killmann): Third-party classes for 13th Age: monster, psionic, swordmage, warlock, fateweaver, savage (because barbarians aren't barbaric enough?), all pretty much what they say on the tin, and probably kind of OP. Also some feats and talents for existing classes, and some more magic items. I want to like 13th Age, but it just has too many things to keep track of for not enough benefit from each one, and also it's D&D.

Words: FAIL.

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29 December 2019 - Sunday

The bus routes all changed yesterday, because reasons. The one that goes roughly north-south past my apartment, down to Ayse and Ken's, is pretty much the same, but the one that goes perpendicularly, which I ride in one direction to get to the train in the morning, and in the other direction to get to grocery and books on weekends, has been abolished. Fortunately, a nearby bus has been extended to cover the part of the route that I care about, and it runs both later every evening and more frequently on weekends, so I win.

Shopping is about the only thing I have managed to do today, though.


The kitten I was thinking of adopting, who had languished unclaimed for months, has now been adopted. This is sad, but I am sure she is very beloved in her new home.


Watched:

  • Leverage 1.12-13: Nate's ex-wife is too good for him. Also, Parker's back muscles.

Read:

  • The Way of the Househusband vol 1 (Kousuke Oono): The most feared yakuza of the city now turns his warrior spirit to... shopping, cooking, and cleaning.

Words: FAIL.

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28 December 2019 - Saturday

Ugh, on call. Hopefully the customers will remain quiet.


For additional holiday celebration, I went with Ayse and Ken and Jus and Nonny to infinite sushi and adorable kittens. I got on-called during lunch, but was able to tell the customer to go away and finish doing what we said the first time.

The kittens are very adorable. Orange Boy Kitten Jingle was very snuggly, but also rambunctious and made me miss Marmalade. Dark Girl Kitten Cammie allowed pettins on her own terms. But the most splendid cat was Apple, who Ayse and Jus are trying very hard to get me to adopt. She likes lounging atop her cat tree and being tallest and coolest, so she might even get along with Aspen.

I would have met more kitties, but we could only stay an hour before Ken's allergies started getting to him.


The customers did not return before I was able to hand things over to the next shift. Insert dancing llama icon here.


Watched:

  • RWBY 7.8: Huh, I thought Weiss's mom was dead for some reason. But apparently she just avoids parties and drinks heavily, which seems like a valid response to her life.
  • Elementary 3.6: Sherlock can still almost be a decent person if Watson nags him enough. Also that was a satisfyingly convoluted reason for skullduggery.

Read:

  • Eromanga-Sensei vol 1 (Tsukasa Fushimi, rin, Kanzakihiro): Orphaned high-school light novellist discovers that his hikikomori little stepsister is actually the illustrator for his novels. Incestuous innuendo ensues, although the male lead doesn't seem to actually be a sleaze.
  • Fruits Basket Another vol 3 (Natsuki Takaya): Yep, Sawa's mother really sucks. But now she has friends, so perhaps things will be okay. I still didn't like it nearly as much as the original, although it is good in its own way.

Words: FAIL.

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27 December 2019 - Friday

Hardly any customers today, except the one who kept sending me the log messages about his typos, asking me to debug them. That was good, because I was very stupid today.

I actually walked two blocks to get lunch today (the pita chips were almost gone), but ended up going to In-N-Out Burger because I find Chipotle so unappealing.


Watched:

    Orphan Black 1.6: Well, that's a huge mess in every direction. But I can see choosing death over that neighborhood potluck.


Words: FAIL.

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26 December 2019 - Thursday

It's like Monday and Thursday at the same time, plus I'm the only one of my team in the office so I seem to be ending up with all the cases. Which is not itself bad, I guess, but it's so Monday.

Also there's still no lunch delivery, so I ate most of a bag of pita chips instead of anything healthy.


Read:

  • Silver Spoon vol 12 (Hiromu Arakawa): Hey, that is a plan! With coconspirators and everything! Also, Cheese Girl goes to France.
  • Thirsty Sword Lesbians Beta 0.4 (April Kit Walsh): This game is 1000% about feelings and roughly 0% about whether a scimitar or a longsword does more damage. I mean, there is a move for fencing with someone to hurt them, but there are way more moves for seducing them or trying to find out their tragic backstory or supporting them emotionally. The playbooks are all centered around an inner emotional conflict (grand destiny vs living your own life, traditional values vs living your own life, having monster friends vs having human friends, etc). You can even declare yourself smitten with someone and it has mechanical effects! This is a very early version, but apparently it's been picked up by Evil Hat so it will get proper editing and playtesting and such. Sadly, I am completely unqualified to play this game, not just for the obvious reason, but because the only feelings I know anything about are anxiety, disappointment, and existential despair.

Words: FAIL.

Thirsty Sword Lesbians by marithlizard (Sun Dec 29 03:01:50 2019)

Nonsense. At the very least you have extensive experience with the feelings of being affectionately worn out by small children, loved/tolerated by your cat, annoyed by your flatmate and oppressed by poking.

Re: Thirsty Sword Lesbians by Trip (Sun Dec 29 18:19:04 2019)

Those are experiences, not Feelings™!

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25 December 2019 - Wednesday

This time I only slept in until 10. Surely this will not cause any problems tomorrow when I have to go back to work again, right?

Marith also stopped sleeping at an apppropriate hour and roasted up a bunch of squash and then we took a box of celebratory items over to Ayse and Ken's for Xmas dinner! Dave was not there, because he was off being a Dave, but Earl and Cat were there, and we feasted upon the capon and many other tasty things and were as festive as children allowed.

Watched:

  • Sailor Moon Stars 186: No, they still aren't investigating Chibichibi! Also it pains me that the all the complaints about breaking the antiques are because of their monetary value and not because of their beauty, but teenagers.
  • Guardian 1: Perhaps this is the new series we will lure Cat and Earl down to watch. Chinese urban fantasy, with magic cops and snake ladies and Chinese Harry Potter (you were thinking it too!).

Read:

  • Silver Spoon vol 11 (Hiromu Arakawa): Does Hachiken have a plan? He might!

Words: FAIL.

Guardian by marithlizard (Sun Dec 29 02:59:15 2019)

I was not thinking it...until you said that...

Re: Guardian by Trip (Sun Dec 29 18:20:49 2019)

Really? Have you never seen any of the movies?

Re: Guardian by marithlizard (Mon Dec 30 14:52:50 2019)

It'd be impossible to have not seen any screenshots, at least. :) I guess I think of Harry in the Ingenue Main Character Kid category (emphasis on "kid"), and Shen Wei immediately put himself in the Cute Unworldly Academic Who Probably Knows Way More Than He's Letting On category (emphasis on "cute") by refusing to join the suspicious-sounding research team.

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24 December 2019 - Tuesday

I didn't sleep in until noon! ...quite. I went to lunch at the new Thai place because the burger place with five kinds of Diet Dr Pepper is closed, but the pad thai was pretty bland. I think I may be too snooty to eat there.

Also I noodled around on the Internet until my brain came out, but in between I wrapped some presents. I think of wrapping presents as a huge chore that I'm terrible at, but it's really not that bad.


Watched:

  • Treasure Planet: I remembered this being cooler than it actually is, but it's still pretty cool. I mean, who doesn't want to sail the skies and fight pirates? But Dread Pirate Flint was completely lacking in vision. It makes me want to play Lady Blackbird or maybe Thirsty Sword Lesbians, because of course it would have been a better movie if all the parts played by identifiably-gendered creatures were women.

Read:

  • O Maidens In Your Savage Season vol 5 (Mari Okada, Nao Emoto): Confessions are busting out all over!
  • Shadows & Dreams (Alexis J Hall): Further adventures of a lady PI who keeps getting entangled with hot supernatural women in the magical underground of London.

Words: FAIL.

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23 December 2019 - Monday

I was not very useful at work, because I am dim. I should have been 60% more useful, because I only have to work three days, but no.


Watched:

  • Orphan Black 1.5: Ugh, Vic. But he's probably not involved in the conspiracy yet. ...or is he?

Read:

  • Unnatural Magic (CM Waggoner): Trolls! Genders! Civil unrest! Prejudice! Magic! Romance! Setting forth to make one's fortune! Debauchery! Fabulous outfits! Murder! Some people say this book reminds them of The Goblin Emperor, and I see why, although it's not actually very similar.
  • The Midderlands (Glynn Seal, Edwin Nagy, Mark Nolan): OSR setting, industry and quaint local murders and ancient stones and noble intrigues like Renaissance England only with monsters and green murk and slightly less impenetrable accents.
  • Jujutsu Kaisen vol 1 (Gege Akutami): The monster designs are satisfactorily creepy, but otherwise it's completely formulaic shounen.

Words: FAIL.

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22 December 2019 - Sunday

Atlantic City Rollers fell through because Rachel is full of germs, so instead I went over to Ken's place and we played Gloomhaven. We almost cleaned out the cistern of ever-spawning monsters, but they drew their multiattack at the wrong time and we wiped instead. Still, we got enough money that I was able to buy four enhancements and retire my murder rat. We have unlocked the Summoner, who is apparently terrible, so maybe I'll play that next. Or the paladin of solar flame and death, but that risks being actually useful.

Then we played Uno and Thomas won, fair and square!


Watched:

  • RWBY 7.7: I think we knew how this was going to go even before Blake and Yang went rogue.
  • The Good Place 1.7: First appearance of the Bad Place staff. They do pretty much suck.

Words: FAIL.

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21 December 2019 - Saturday

This time I did not forget all the things!

Nigh-weekly anime:

  • Sailor Moon Stars 185: Ah, Anime-itis! So expensive to cure! So decorous! So tragic!
  • RWBY 6.1-2: I still don't understand why the God of Light made [SPOILER] so blue. And so naked. (Is that the same blue as [SPOILER]'s eyes?)
  • Chihayafuru 3.9-10: The qualifiers for the Master and Queen matches are done!

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20 December 2019 - Friday

Apparently the call from yesterday is still going on. I did some data munging to help out, but we will never be free.


Watched:

  • Leverage 1.10: The one where Parker is not the worst jury foreman ever.

Read:

  • The Ideal Sponger Life vol 1 (Tsunehiko Watanabe, Neko Hinotsuki, Jyuu Ayakura): A young salaryman is summoned into another world to marry a hot magical queen, but his first thought (okay, after "hubba hubba") is, "Why is this actual queen trying to marry some nobody from another dimension? What is she up to?" And she actually is up to something! Also he has a month to plan what to bring from C21 Japan, so it is one of those stories.

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19 December 2019 - Thursday

The office manager apparently didn't trust me to bring the rolls I signed up for, but I didn't take it personally because he apparently didn't trust anyone to have brought edible food. But they did! And we ate it! And it was good!

Then at the end of the day I was stuck on a call for hours with a customer who will probably never be happy, until I could foist them off on the India team and escape.


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18 December 2019 - Wednesday

This week's 13G was less great, because almost the entire session was less than half of the party doing excruciatingly detailed scouting and planning and sneaking around. The tacos were good, though.


Read:

  • Twelve Scorching Days (Melanie Greene): Musician romance, pretty steamy, not too long. Not that I am a romance reader, but it is by a slack frond.
  • Fate of Cthulhu (Stephen Blackmoore): Terminator×Cthulhu: the Great Old One has risen and humanity is destroyed, but a few survivors have managed to send agents back in time to disrupt the key events that led to the rising. SAN loss is replaced with Corruption, which changes your aspects into horrible mutations that the GM will compel against you, and when you run out of aspects to corrupt, you become an NPC monster. It's FATE, so meh, but it does have guidance on tracking whether your actions have made humanity's extinction more or less painful, so that's good.

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