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2017-11-07:  "Re: Biopsy" by Trip
2017-11-07:  "malformed HTML" by Jeremy
2017-11-07:  "Biopsy" by Jeremy
2017-11-07:  "YAY!" by marithlizard
2017-10-27:  "lumps" by marithlizard

21 November 2017 - Tuesday

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20 November 2017 - Monday

Ugh, Monday. But at least our new conference rooms are done!/p>


Into the Drowning Deep (Mira Grant) is the sequel to Rolling in the Deep, about the followup expedition to the horrible place of horror. So, in some ways it is very similar, but in others not. (Humans do seem capable of learning, a little, sometimes.) There is a specific plot thread, and something that's been used to taunt the reader twice, that makes me think there needs to be a third story, but I have no idea whether this will come to pass.


NaNoWriMo 18415/33333

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19 November 2017 - Sunday

No gaming today, since we know ahead of time we are missing 2/6 players. Possibly this is for the best, since my throat is full of hoarseness and mucosity.

Hey, do you think that might be related to my inability to write more than a handful of words per day?

NaNoWriMo 17656/31667

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18 November 2017 - Saturday

Between cleaners and no brain, I did not get much done today, but I did go to anime (where we had no Marith).

  • My Little Pony 24: Today's moral: don't be paranoid and jealous. Or if you must, be a competent plotter.
  • The Ancient Magus' Bride OAV 2-3: I found this to be a little cryptic, but apparently it was clear as glass to everyone else, so probably I'm just dim. Anyway, it was very pretty, and also tragic.
  • Love, Chunibyo, & Other Delusions 4-5: Now we know the shape of Class Rep's terrible past! Napping Girl seems to be the only one not involved, but perhaps we will find out more about her. Please note: this show is adorable.

As you might expect (well, okay, be unsurprised by) from Jim Hines, Terminal Alliance is about heroic janitors. In space! There is alien skullduggery, intrigue, betrayal, certain doom, uncertain doom, mystery, space warfare, and no romance. Don't mess with janitors, man.


NaNoWriMo 16951/30000

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17 November 2017 - Friday

Malice of Crows (Lila Bowen) is the third book about everyone's favorite shapeshifting transcowboy (cowtransboy?) monster hunter. It is pretty much a direct follow-on to the second book, and would not stand well on its own, but that just means you should read the other two books first.


I can't believe it took me this long to realize that liking PbtA games' "play to find out what happens" might be related to the way I write without planning out ahead of time.

NaNoWriMo 16673/28333.

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16 November 2017 - Thursday

NaNoWriMo 15804/26667.

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15 November 2017 - Wednesday

My 13th Age character is still dead, probably until the 15th Age. (When we finish this campaign, maybe we should do Microscope for the 14th Age and Interregnum, and then run a game in the resulting 15th Age (using Dungeon World, of course).) The other PCs engaged in elven politics, swapped some characters around, and then set out to save the world.


NaNoWriMo 14770/25000.

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14 November 2017 - Tuesday

HAPPY HAPPY NONNY-DAY!!

I went over to Monkeycat Mountain to help Nonny celebrate reaching the advanced age of FIVE! There was cake with rainbow flowers, and many car-related presents.


NaNoWriMo 14710/23333 words of terribleness.

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13 November 2017 - Monday

That most inauspicious of days, Monday the 13th!


NaNoWriMo 13248/21667. Avalon saved me, or maybe saved my characters, but it's still terrible because I'm the one writing it.

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12 November 2017 - Sunday

I had all day to work on NaNoWriMo but I still only got to 12411/20000, because I suck. I'm only writing about half or a third as fast as I did last year, and it's probably half or a third as good, too.

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11 November 2017 - Saturday

For Marithday (observed), we went bowling. Bowling is okay, but bowling alleys are very loud. I think Jus and Nonny liked it, though, which was the main goal.


Later, we had pot roast and vegetables and brussels sprouts from a brussels tree and fully-baked rolls, and cake for lizards!

  • Steven Universe 5.5-7: Jus has very big feelings about what Lapis did!
  • Durarara!!x2 3.12: The end! Mostly, anyway, although there are lots of unresolved bits and it was not entirely satisfying.
  • Love, Chunibyo, & Other Delusions 3: Augh, there's two of them! But I would totally join the Napping Club.
  • Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju 3: Flashback to WWII, which does a little more to anchor this in time.
  • Steven Universe 5.8-10: Kevin somehow managed to end up being useful! Pearl could not say things! Lion made a choice, but it's not clear what that choice was! Now we have to wait a million years for more episodes!

NaNoWriMo 11179/18333

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10 November 2017 - Friday

No work today, because we get All the Holidays off.


Henchgirl (Kristen Gudsnuk) is a reasonably amusing story of a 20-something supervillain and her complicated life with a gang that doesn't appreciate her and roommates that want her to pay rent and relatives that have completely different ideas what she should be doing with her life. It feels like it is mocking the superhero genre more than making fun of it, though, if you know what I mean. (To be fair, the superhero genre is pretty ridiculous.)


NaNoWriMo 11143/16667. You'd think I could do better with a whole day off, if you had never met me.

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9 November 2017 - Thursday

NaNoWriMo 9187, but by this point I should be at 15000 terrible words.

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8 November 2017 - Wednesday

The Prisoner of Limnos (Lois McMaster Bujold) is the sixth (and possibly final?) book of "Penric & Desdemona", in which Penric pretty much gets what his heart desires. They could certainly have many more adventures, but I don't think more are needed.


Ken was not too sick to run 13th Age this week, but my character remained dead. This may be just as well, since the survivors found out the horrible truth behind Anwë's beloved Elf Queen.


I made up for yesterday by not writing anything at all today, because I suck.

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7 November 2017 - Tuesday

Thyroid biopsy results are: no need for action. Whew!


I finally wrote a day's worth of NaNoWriMo in one day! 2126, for a total of 8087 terrible words!

YAY! by marithlizard (Thu Nov 9 05:11:37 2017)

On both counts!

Biopsy by Jeremy (Thu Nov 9 19:50:21 2017)

Have you considered that's what your thyroid wants you to think?

Also, .

malformed HTML by Jeremy (Thu Nov 9 19:50:59 2017)

Apparently "whew" isn't valid HTML.

Re: Biopsy by Trip (Thu Nov 9 22:05:57 2017)

My doctor seems pretty competent, I think she can outwit a gland.

<whew>?

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6 November 2017 - Monday

NaNoWriMo 5961 terrible words. I am still at about 60%, so at this rate I could finish by Christmas.

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5 November 2017 - Sunday

Now that everyone uses networked devices to tell time, Daylight Spending Day causes much less confusion. But it still comes in the part of the year where getting out of bed is unappealing.


We had no Deirdre or Edie for PAD&D5, but gamed anyway because we are just that mean!

The Heroines of Red Larch are thwarted in their desire to assault the [SPOILER] by a revelation from the Crystal Dragon sending them to Yartar. Rimardo's former patron wants to experiment on Lam to find why she can still [SPOILER] when no one else can, but she demurs. Mara and Hazlerae do stay behind, because some information could be gained from them, and they are NPCs this session.

Along the way, the Heroines are attacked by a [SPOILER] and his pet rock, sent futilely by [SPOILER] to wreak a terrible revenge. That sort of thing happens a lot when you're saving the world.

In Yartar, they find [SPOILER]s trying to subvert the faith of the Crystal Dragon by preaching a deviant theology that spreads despair among worshippers of the gods! The Heroines attend one of these sermons to gather information, but Lamthanc is so offended by the preacher's calumnies of the gods that she has to smite them with Moonbeam, and the inevitable fight breaks out.

Lamthanc successfully tanks the majority of the heretics, while the rest of the team concentrates on the preacher and their [SPOILER]. Miraculously, only one or two bystanders are killed, and none of them by the Heroine's actions. The preacher and the toughest enemy escape, but are probably not going to be a problem again, and the city is not destroyed. Hurray!


NaNoWriMo: 4589 terrible words.

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4 November 2017 - Saturday

I did not get up and ready to face the day before the cleaners arrived, and then there had to be scheduling confusion about Marith's birthday bowling, which was eventually cancelled. There was pretty much no writing.


Marith came to anime, although she did not help feast on soup because she still fears the germs.

  • My Little Pony 23: So basically the entire show, or at least the entire cast, is Rainbow Dash's fault. Okay, I'd buy that.
  • Durarara!!x2 3.11: A lot of shounen anime seems to come down to Philosophy To The Death.
  • Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju 2: Flashback, to when the cantankerous old master was a stuck-up young apprentice!
  • Love, Chunibyo, & Other Delusions 1-2: This is surprisingly cute for how goofy it is. Something about the character designs and interactions reminds all of us of 90s anime (in a good way).

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3 November 2017 - Friday

When I remember to put the harness on Ghirardelli to train him for going for walks, he usually just disgruntledly lies in one place, but I managed to coax him to go up and down the stairs a little. Mostly he sat on the neighbors' doormat, though.


I'm up to 3596 words of NaNoWriMo, which is where I should have been on the 2d. Also, they are all terrible.

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2 November 2017 - Thursday

My thyroid has been biopsied. It was a little uncomfortable, but not too agonizing, probably because the needles didn't have to go too deep. Apparently the samples have to be inspected by a human with a microscope and appropriate training, but hopefully the results will be in before my doctor goes on vacation next week.


The Murders of Molly Southbourne (Tade Thompson) is pretty darn creepy, or maybe creepier than that. Hopefully his books will be published as ebooks soon.


NaNoWriMo: 2342. This is how many words I should have had yesterday. Maybe it's more like NaNoWriSeason? Season of FAILURE.

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1 November 2017 - Wednesday

Ken is still full of germs, so we had to cancel 13th Age and also dinner. But it's not like I have a new character, so I guess it's mostly dinner that I miss. (No, not really!)

On the other hand, now I can work on NaNoWriMo and set a good precedent.


NaNoWriMo: 1117. Ugh. That is not enough words. Also, even though I'm rewriting last year's NaNoWriMo, I think I'm making it worse, not better>

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31 October 2017 - Tuesday

The plan was to go over to Monkeycat Mountain to play Halloween-themed games and hand out candy to kids, but now they are a house of plague! I quickly bought some candy and went home, but even though my neighbor has decorated the stairway extravagantly, no one came to eat my candy. I guess I will save it until December, when most people have run out of Halloween leftovers, and then take it in to work.

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30 October 2017 - Monday

PlainText, which I use for all my character sheets because I'm an idiot that way, was failing to sync with Dropbox, so I tried deleting and reinstalling it and discovered that it's no longer in the App Store because it was discontinued at the beginning of the year! Bah! I switched to 1Writer, which cost money but seems to work okay for what I ask of it.

(I also upgraded to iOS 11, which is a little weird but mostly fine. I find the pull-down keys reasonably intuitive.)

I was interested in PlainText because I was trying to make a new 13th Age character, but Ken won't tell me what his houserules for druids are! So I tried making a ranger. Wum.

Why am I not playing Dungeon World?

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29 October 2017 - Sunday

Today's accomplishment: taking a nap. I may be kind of useless.


I'm only up to episode 4, but so far Stranger Things 2 is just as good as the first season.


Aho-Girl (Hiroyuki) has only about three jokes, which isn't enough for even one volume, never mind how many there actually are.


The Nightmares Underneath is technically OSR but with a definite modern indie vibe around it. This is not surprising, since it's by Johnstone Metzger, who has written several things for Dungeon World. Or maybe I just approve of it because it has slot-limited inventory, and Ferocity instead of Strength (though it still has Health and Dexterity). The setting is the Kingdoms of Dream, which are only actually a part of the Dreamlands if you want to go that way, but are always an Arabic-flavored fantasy world being invaded by extrusions of the Nightmare Realm, which are pretty similar to living dungeons with nightmare creatures as bosses (normal monsters and cultists are also attracted to dungeons). PCs are special because they are not as afflicted by nightmare curses as normal people, so they get to go into the dungeons to save the world.

There are tables for when you've retired on your nightmare loot but now find that you have to go back into the dungeon.

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28 October 2017 - Saturday

I finally got to Phlebotomytown, although it threw my schedule off completely. Bah.


In theory, there is no reason I couldn't boil pirogis until they float, and then add some kind of sauce. But it is so much better when Ken does it.

  • Nirvana in Fire 26-27: Well, there's no point in a character having an incriminating secret if it's not going to slowly leak out!
  • Steven Universe 5.1-5.4: That explains a lot about Lion! Wait, no, actually it only explains a little about Lion. But go Lars!

Now we are tragically out of Steven Universe! Woe!

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27 October 2017 - Friday

Apparently there are lumps on my thyroid, so I need to have a biopsy done next week. I'm not freaking out until I have an informed medical opinion on this, so you shouldn't either.


The first volume of Nirvana (Jin & Sayuki (ZOWLS)) is not interesting enough to make me get any more of it.

On the other hand, My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness (Nagata Kabi) is pretty good introspective autobigraphical angst about being a young woman in Japan. It is about half lesbian and half lonely, but all feelings.

lumps by marithlizard (Tue Oct 31 11:01:53 2017)

Meep! Hopefully they are merely a poor choice of Halloween costume on the part of some cats.

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26 October 2017 - Thursday

In volume 1 of Frau Faust (Kore Yamazaki, of The Ancient Magus' Bride), Johanna Faust is going around Europe trying to reassemble her demon, while avoiding the martial artists of the Inquisition and picking up stray kids and other creatures along the way. I am interested to see where it goes.


Avalon is not sick, but she is busy.

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25 October 2017 - Wednesday

Despite Caltrain's attempt to kidnap Ken, tonight is 13th Age and Indian yummies.

The undead in the pocket dimension were a very hard fight, with bonus powers to promote character death, and indeed Anwë was sucked down into death, probably becoming one with the howling void that used to be the Elf Queen. Oops.

I still don't like D&D, but I'll probably make another character so I can keep gaming with my friends until the end of this campaign (unless trying to make a character induces frothing despair). Next game better be something more modern, though!

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24 October 2017 - Tuesday

I went to have my thyroid pinged, because my doctor thought she felt a lump. It turns out the place with the pinger is only a kilometer or so from the vet, so I was able to get a little more cat food to tide them over until Marith can fetch a large shipment.

Ultrasound is gooey.


Avalon is less sick!

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