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I didn't get the job. I don't really mind. Changing jobs is stressful.

This post has some spoilers for The Hate U Give and Lincoln in the Bardo.

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Oh, my gosh, what a day.

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I can't believe it's only Wednesday. This week is dragging, like whoa.

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[personal profile] firecat reminded me that I really do want to do this most weeks.

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This week began my two-week-and-change break from work. I decided to read as many books as possible, because it's been a long time since I had an extended break that wasn't chock-full of social obligations. I'll be going to see [personal profile] stonebender for a couple of days, but other than that, it's stay home, putter around, do some cooking, and read read read.

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I'm not usually around on Wednesdays, and then when I'm catching up on the weekend and seeing your posts about what you're reading, I tend not to post because it's not Wednesday, but a while back, I decided to just post when I post. I want to have a log of what I read, and this is as good a place as any to keep it.

Recently finished:

N. K. Jemisin, The Fifth Season. Gorgeous, complex, highly readable, magically real, utterly wrenching in places but purely enjoyable all the way through.

Natalie Goldberg, Thunder and Lightning. I like her writing about writing and zen. I am more aware of issues of privilege than I used to be, so I'm less enamored of her presumption that everyone can do the kind of writing practice she prefers, but still, I got a lot from the book, and it's directly responsible for the fact that I'm writing again. Remind me never to do NaNo again -- every time I do it, I end up quitting writing for a long time. This time, it was nearly a year. But then, that happened after I finished my degree, too.

Currently Reading:

Octavia Butler, Kindred
Sherman Alexie, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

On the TBR pile:

Mary Karr, The Art of Memoir
Anna Newell Jones, The Spender's Guide to Debt-free Living
re-read Steve Kowit, In the Palm of Your Hand
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I know it's supposed to be Wednesdays that we do this, but I'm rarely on here on weeknights, so I decided to do it while I'm thinking of it.

Reading

  • A gorgeous short story by [personal profile] ljgeoff

  • The Fifth Season, N. K. Jemisin—beautiful so far

  • Not much else



This got long )

Heading off to catch up on everyone's posts, including last Wednesday's.
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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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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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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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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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I've been ill this week, and not reading (or doing) much. Have read a little bit of the murder mystery I started last week, but not enough to report on.

Listening

Mainly Hamilton. Over. And over. And over. Still obsessed. Also, a new fave: Black woman nerd hip-hop by Sammus. So far, I've heard 1080p, which was touching and made me weepy, and Power-Ups,, which is cute and funny.

Playing

Mostly Two Dots.

Watching

James and I are re-watching classic monster movies. Frankenstein, Dracula, the Wolfman, and their attendant sequels.

I'm watching a web series called Get Your LIFE. Produced by Issa Rae, also known as Awkward Black Girl. Starring Amanda Seales. About a Black comedian who moves from NYC to LA. Short episodes that are friendly to chain-watching. (I've stopped calling it binge-watching because ableism.)

The kid and I are still doing a Jessica Jones episode once every week or two. We're on 4 or 5. It's currently a bit slow, but I'm still pretty stressed out by the Big Bad in this arc, so one ep at a time is all I can manage.
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Reading: Just a murder mystery called Two Graves. There are a bunch of other things I'm ostensibly reading, but literally the only time I'm not too tired to read is during lunch at work.

Listening: I have a musical game I play with myself that I don't think I've talked about here. I'll put it under a cut to spare your reading list )

Watching: Hmm. Have I watched anything this week? I don't think so. New job, tired, etc. And James has a new game he's playing, so he'd rather play that than watch TV with me. So yeah, nothing, I think, unless you count (and I guess I should) watching my "videos that make me happy" playlist on YouTube, which I just created and which I'm really enjoying building. Recently added the Neil Patrick Harris opening of the 2013 Tony Awards. When he starts talking about inspiring young theater geeks, I lose it. Every. Time.

Playing: I uninstalled Two Dots and reinstalled it after I won the final level (which is currently 135, I think). Also still playing my other stuff. I really want a new puzzle game for android phones (hint, hint), but with the tired and all, haven't gotten around to it.
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Just a quickie today. First week of work went well, but I'm tired and trying not to stay up too late. We had to go buy a mattress after work, and I just got home at 9pm, so yeah. Tired!

Really liked The Martian. A lot. More later, perhaps, but honestly, there was almost nothing I disliked about it, and that doesn't happen much. (Some casually bigoted language. Otherwise, I really liked just about everything.)

Listening to the same stuff. Playing the same games. About to finish reading Pride and Prejudice.

G'night!
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This gets super-long; hoping cuts will help. Not sure how good I'll be about this once I start work on Thursday, but I set myself a calendar notification for Tuesdays, so I hope I'll keep it up.

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I am in the last pages of Connie Willis's Doomsday Book, and I don't feel like stopping to make a proper post. More later tonight, or in the morning.
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This will be brief. I was sick enough yesterday that I slept sixteen hours in a row, and today I've barely done a thing.

Except read.

Finished City of Bones, which was readable but nothing special.

Finished Jonathan Kellerman's Killer, which was a standard Alex Delaware thing.

Started Lee Child's Never Go Back, a standard Jack Reacher thing.

Also checked out a bunch more stuff at the library, so I'm set if there are more sick days coming.
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Reading:

I picked up a book by someone I like and respect, and it just wasn't my cup of tea. Not badly written; just not the sort of thing I go in for. I gave it around thirty pages and moved on.

Next, I'm on to Chang-Rae Lee's On Such A Full Sea. Not very far into it so far. Seems futuristic, but can't tell; that's not a bad thing, as I'm only perhaps ten pages in. Writing is so far is lovely, as expected; he wrote one of my favorite pieces of creative non-fiction. Will report back soon.

Edit: I'm also reading Connie Willis's Doomsday Book. Liking it a lot so far.

Listening:

Got Wynnona and Indigo Girls and Linda Ronstadt (What's new? How is the world treating you?) on in the car. Also have an old Karen Carpenter that mom picked up for me at the yard sales, but I disliked the first song, so I skipped it. May give it another shot later. When I'm alone in the car, I play my game where I stop on the first thing that's actual music and not a commercial, so I'm hearing lots of new stuff: mariachi and rap and classical and pop and so on. I enjoy most of it, and dislike very little of it. I continue to have mixed feelings about "All About That Bass," which continues to be my most persistent earworm.

Also, I don't think to mention this, usually, but we listen to Wait Wait Don't Tell Me every week.

Playing:

I didn't care for Plants vs. Zombies 2. Not only because it requires a camera (anyone know why?) to download, but because there's just too much going on. If a game gets too frantic and fast, I start mashing the keys and lose interest.

Still playing PvZ1, Dots, Two Dots, and Royal Envoy 2, along with a thing called Dropwords that makes me long for Bookworm, so I may go see if they have an Android version. Are you playing anything fun right now?

Watching

Checked out a couple of discs of The Saint from the library. Really sexist -- he slaps women All. The. Time! Definitely not going to get more of them, but to be honest, it's the kind of show James and I tend to watch: intrigue/mystery that's not challenging to the thinky bits.

Netflix has some more seasons of Suchet's Poirot,  I still really like it, and it's been long enough since I've read any of the stories that the only one I knew the ending to was the Orient Express.

Disney re-released Sleeping Beauty, a childhood fave of mine, after years of not making it available, as part of the whole Maleficent thing, so we bought Sleeping Beauty and Maleficent both.

I will not give you the feminist commentary on Sleeping Beauty today. You can probably find it online [Jezebel | Tor] | Feminist Fiction | etc]. But I loved that movie as a child, and I was especially enchanted with Maleficent, who intrigued me and sent a frisson of dread/exhilaration through me. I thought she was beautiful and fascinating and interesting.

So why did I fall asleep watching the Jolie piece? Dunno. Will try again, because there certainly is a lot of interesting alternative story going on, and it's right up my alley, but the pace was slow and Jolie's accent was driving me buggy, and I fell asleep about halfway through.
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Reading:

On [personal profile] wordweaverlynn’s recommendation, I read Being Small, by Chaz Brenchley ([personal profile] desperance). I’m still deciding how I feel about it. Spoilers behind the cut. )

Last weekend, I bought two Georgette Heyer books at a secondhand bookshop. Yesterday, I checked out a bunch of books from the library. Right now, all I’m reading is a magazine of vegan recipes.

Watching:

James and I are almost done rewatching Monty Python. I checked out The Saint from the library, so we’ll probably do that next. I also got out the first disc of Orange is the New Black, because my dad hasn’t seen it, and I think he might like it. I have huge problems with how it treats race. I also think it’s very good television, and the acting is among the best on any show ever.

Listening:

I’ve been mostly on Pandora lately. Mix of country, hip-hop, seventies rock, disco, surf music, recent pop, not so recent pop…

Playing:

Still playing a lot of Plants vs. Zombies, Dots, and Two Dots. Also a little of my standby, Royal Envoy 2.
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Reading:

It's been a week of pretty bad vertigo, so not much reading. I'm looking at a Vegetarian Times collection of vegan recipes, and everything else is pretty much on hold, if you don't count websurfing.

Watching:

James and I ran out of cooking shows we wanted to watch on Netflix, so now we're binge-rewatching Monty Python.

Dad and I are getting together this Friday to watch the rest of Redeye, an ep of Criminal Minds, and maybe Equilibrium, the only Christian Bale movie I have liked, which dad hasn't seen.

Listening:

Indigo Girls "Shaming of the Sun" is in the car CD player. I do love that album. Great road music.

Playing:

I got hooked on Plants vs. Zombies last week. I bought it for all three of my devices (iPad, Mac desktop, and Android phone). When I originally tried playing it a long time back, I was still in the "I hate time-pressure games" phase of my life, which lasted my whole life until last year some time when I suddenly got over that. So I'm liking that. I've beaten the first one, but I'm still enjoying it, so I haven't started the second one yet.

Still loving Royal Envoy 2 (on iPad), which I've played roughly a zillion times.

Also playing Dots (on iPad and phone) and Two Dots (on phone); good calm zone-out games.

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