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I had on a really lightweight sports bra, which was not thick enough to blunt the sting. Usually, there's a *stab* and I think, "Wait, did I just get stung?" Today, the little monster got me square on the boob— enough that afterward, I wondered if it hadn't made a preliminary sting first, before going for the big one. Third or fourth sting this year! Pass the insecticide, please— I'm ready to rid the world of yellow jackets, once and for all. :(
I got some follow-up information to the sewer event that happened a couple of weeks ago. The guy that came to replace the dead plants has worked for about three years at the company the county subcontracted for the sewer job. He said that those blown-in sleeve replacements work really well about 90-95% of the time, but when they don't, things turn very bad very quickly. It's either "Yay!" or it's "OMG, there goes the rest of the day." /o\
This explains why the worker that came to the door was SO despondent on his second visit, when the project suddenly was not going well. The plant guy said that people he's worked with have had heart attacks from the stress. Yikes.
I'm working on this week's Idol story, and I really need to do travel planning for August and for our son's orientation trip to UCLA. I hate that kind of logistical planning, I don't know why. This was one of the reasons I wanted to elope when we got married— I had NO desire to do wedding planning, even for a low-key event.
On a visit up to Portland last October, I discovered that my mother and both sisters share my pathological hatred of grocery shopping. I knew my mother didn't like any form of shopping, but I thought I was the only one of the kids who felt the same way. Going to the grocery store makes me feel like my soul is draining right out through my feet. Ughhhhh.
By some miracle, though, the phone charged overnight.
I was up until very late last night though, so the morning was a bust. I slept much of the afternoon, but when I woke up, I got started at a very good clip, and I think this section is almost finished. I'm working out some more argumentation re: minor literatures, but after this I think I'm ready for the next section. I'm also inserting images into my first chapter, which will hopefully add some pagecount.
Also there is a Pokemon Go event right now and I am STOKED and dropped ten bucks for incubators MASS HATCH YAAAAYYYY
We set out through the desert, trying to follow the army that had decimated the town. We fell foul of a fire elemental, but fortunately the nifty "decanter of infinite water" that the DM had given us made short work of it. And soon after we got hit by a sandstorm, which we managed to survive, but lost the trail. we had three options of where to go next, and decided to investigate the plume of smoke which turned out to be an oasis with three orc scouts. Some discussion with them led to a temporary alliance to gain us access to the army's camp, and the orcs were basically epically bad-ass, so Kaz developed a man(orc?)-crush on the leader, Ovak.
On reaching the camp, my monk buddy failed a couple of checks to pretend to be a prisoner, and well, there was violence. Ovak lost an eye. With all the guards dead, we ended the session.
This was such a relaxed session. There was no pressure to move the story along or get through combat before the games store closed, so we could talk tactics, and go off topic and just generally have a bit more fun than usual.
Getting through the army, we reached the orc section and well, Ovak basically sold us out. Such betrayal!! Kaz was heartbroken. Turns out we were just the bargaining chip to get Ovak in to see the war chief so he could attempt a coup. Thankfully, the orc shaman had other plans, and sent us to the cells. We didn't like that, so we slaughtered our guards and waited to see what would happen next.
When the shaman turned up, she revealed Ovak was dead. Huzzah! She also offered us a deal - get the jawbone of an ancient orc warlord from his tomb and she'd put in a good word with the war chief. This would splinter the army too, as the war chief would be able to break away from them. We readily accepted. Off we went, after some shenanigans trying to figure out how to use the lizards orcs use as mounts. We found the tomb no problems, but were nearly wiped out by the spiders in the entryway (thanks to some REALLY bad rolls), but thankfully my monk buddy showed up in the nick of time and saved the lot of us.
Making our way deeper into the tomb complex, we made a split second decision to go right instead of left and apparently made the correct choice, because while there WERE more spiders, it brought us to the tomb in the best possible location. The tomb was now inhabited by a drider, who we tried to make a deal with, but who eventually got fed up with our questions and attacked. Kaz nearly died a couple of times, but we finally prevailed, retrieving the jawbone (and upgrading some of our equipment, including my monk buddy getting an awesome godly lightning-javelin).
The trip back to camp was uneventful, but due to a miscommunication (both in-character and out-), the monk nearly gave the game away at the army gate again. Some quick thinking from him (and AMAZING dice rolls) meant we got through, and we realised we were going to have murder all the guards. Again. The warlock came up with a plan to charm the guard captain to walk out into the desert. It worked perfectly, until she came up against kobolds, and she doesn't speak draconic... More SUPER lucky dice rolls and what the hell the crazy ass stupid plan worked!!
We kept going to the orc encampment and delivered the jawbone, although Kaz stared down the orc war chief, which was super intense and SO MUCH FUN, with me and the DM roaring at each other about honour and strength and what makes an orc, which probably also nearly got us killed. It was super cool and got me 25 XP later. Anyway, Kaz got called brother by the war chief, which is a HUGE DEAL for him, since he's never felt like a "real" orc and now might have a place to be who he should be. Kaz's future is still all over the place. Basically he pledged loyalty to the war chief - provided the war chief can weld the orcs together and give them a chance to live as they once did.
With the orcs on our side, we had a chance to get into the kobold camp, which meant we had our shot of assassinating the half-dragon general. Got in, no problems. Met the aide-de-camp, no problems. Found the general's secretary (a faerie dragon) and utterly failed the creature's riddle. We were only spared because the general showed up, and the battle was on. It was suitably epic, with Kaz going toe to toe with the general the whole time, but the dwarf cleric, who spent most of the battle picking himself up, and had been smacked down by the general before, managed to land the killing blow.
This was such a great day. I can't wait for the next session on Thursday.
2) I can can access a protected site to upload documents to the government from my own laptop. Before I had to use my parents' computer because my laptop complained the connection wasn't secure. *rolls eyes*
3) I'm going to my parents for dinner.
Mal strikes an unlikely partnership to help rescue a missing friend in this brand new story from the world of Serenity in SERENITY HC VOL 05 NO POWER IN THE VERSE.
Come and celebrate the 25th anniversary of the green dragon with a mohawk this week and watch the ultra buff one take on the Dark Lord in a final battle in SAVAGE DRAGON #225 25TH ANNIVERSARY.
From the world of Archie comes a brand new series in classic Archie style and storytelling with a sprinkle of modern fashion, be sure to take a look at ALL NEW CLASSIC ARCHIE YOUR PAL ARCHIE #1.
Have you already picked up one this year's best, most exciting titles in Beautiful Canvas from Ryan K Lindsay? We still have copies of issue #1 that you are going to want on pick up. Seriously just read what is happening in #2. As a mind reader stumbles through Alex's piles of messy issues, the city begins to burn and Lon wonders if she really should kill that small child. BEAUTIFUL CANVAS #2. Mind explode!
The Black Sinister patrols the streets, handing out his own kind of justice as a town lives in fear. A new comic from the creator of Renato Jones, artist of Lobster Johnson and director of the upcoming Don't be afraid of the dark this the original BLACK SINISTER HC.
Becky Cloonan's award winning trilogy Wolves, The Mire and Demeter is finally been put back in print in this new collected format. Including a sketch and illustration section, this book should not be missed. It's BY CHANCE OR PROVIDENCE TP.
Fall head first into the dark land of the Skeksis in this whimsical new adventure from the world of Jim Henson. A tiny bird tries to find it's feet after being stuck in the Skeksis net with JIM HENSON THE DARK CRYSTAL TALES HC.
Listen along while you read with a brand new soundtrack by Dan Auerbach from the Black keys and Robert Finley. Murder Ballad's tells the story of a man fleeing a record label career and failing marriage, only to discover a couple of new musicians that might be able to pull him out of the darkness in MURDER BALLADS TP.
From the one, the only Jonathan Coulton and superstar team of Matt Fraction and Albert Monteys comes a concept album in the form of a comic book from Image, SOLID STATE TP.
The ultimate book for Steven Universe fans bursting with concept art, sketches, storyboards and so much more in the STEVEN UNIVERSE ART & ORIGINS HC.
Finally the iconic Adam Hughes statue can be yours with the beautiful re-release of the DC DESIGNER SER WONDER WOMAN BY ADAM HUGHES STATUE
Great list, great books. See something you gotta get us to stash, just let us know before close of business Tuesday and we'll make it happen. Until we see you next, have a fantastic week!
-planning or outlining
-sending to beta
-taking the day off
-something else, which I will tell you all about
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I made blackberry preserves and cut up the fruit for mixed stone fruit jam -- about half sour cherries, the rest plums, nectarines, and donut peaches -- to cook up tomorrow.
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THE REFLECTION immediately sets itself apart from the rest of Summer with several distinct visual qualities: highly graphic animation, an understated, rather drab palette, no gradients, and a very thick black line work. Like the animation, the sound is sparse and atmospheric…until it’s not; in quick flashes of intense action, sound, and Henry Jackson/Alan Silvestri-style superhero music.
It is very much a superhero comic book brought to life on the screen with as little modification as possible. It’s as if there are beats and pauses where nothing happens, just as if you were lying on the floor, your eyes going from panel to panel. Only word bubbles are missing, though the vast swaths of LCD and LED panels visualize some sound effects, Batman-style.
It’s not quite explained what’s happening; things just kinda unfold, and I’m thankful for that. And it’s pretty easy to see what’s happening: people with powers, aligned on both the good and bad sides, are battling each other, causing a fair amount of collateral damage (though nothing like The Avengers).
The focus is on an Iron-Man like powersuit hero and a more ground-based red masked guy in a tight bodysuit with a big X emblazoned on his face, calling to mind Spider-Man, Daredevil, and Deadpool. He’s able to absorb the powers of anyone he touches.
A photojournalist gets lots of nice shots of X-guy’s fight, but when she ends up caught by a bad guy, she uses her own pretty slick teleportation power to escape, thus not having to be saved.
After a lot of back-and-forth, both X-Guy and the Caped Robot Guy prevail in their battles, each using big loud, devastating finishing moves with authority. Robot Guy then reluctantly introduces himself as “I-Guy”, and is very stingy with answers, except that he probably won’t be able to save NYC every time, since he’s based in L.A.
All four bad guys are placed under arrest by suits and SWAT officers belonging to a S.H.I.E.L.D.-style organization “higher than the FBI”, but while in transit, all four are released by stronger bad guys, though one is apparently killed, presumably for failing. Those two bad guys meet atop one of the Chrysler Building’s chrome eagle gargoyles, adamant that things have only just begun.
Later, the photographer returns to her exposed brick apartment in BALTIMORE, MARYLAND (a very specific American city for an anime) and watches some video on her computer that serves as exposition: three years ago the mysterious “Reflection” incident gave many humans (like her) superpowers. Some went good, some went bad.
What no one knows is how or why. While we’re not sure Red has taken a side yet, and is content to document battles between “The Reflected”, it’s clear she’s not with the metal-manipulating woman or the flame-wreathed “Russian Ninja,” and she’s attracted the attention of someone who seems to be her favorite hero: X-On…who has followed her to BALTIMORE, MARYLAND.
THE REFLECTION is a bit of an odd duck. It features very straightforward heros-vs.-villains story, and a relatively straightforward introduction to the world and its various players, and the potential for some rip-roaring action. And yet it made the choice to eschew an overly flashy visual presentation for very sparse, elemental aesthetic, all thick lines and solid colors.
While perhaps not the prettiest or most precise, I enjoyed the show’s unique (for this Summer season) look and feel, and am interested to learn more about this Baltimorean woman and her role in all this.
P.S. Marvel’s Stan Lee himself announces the next episode. Whether he’ll do them all, or they’ll be done by a new famous comics world player each week, we will see.
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This one is for semi-lazy nights when you still want to get something vibrant and seasonal on the table. All things green in a quick, weeknight pasta option. It's feel-good food that won't weigh you down. The ponzu dressing comes together in a flash, boosted with a good dose of garlic and a thread of toasted sesame oil. The broccoli and green beans are cooked in the same water as the pasta, and everything gets tossed together in one big bowl to serve family style. The recipe is incredibly versatile - it is vegan as written, you can use GF pasta if that is a consideration, and there is very little added oil, if you're keeping an eye on that. It can adapt through the seasons - swap in asparagus/favas in spring, roasted cubes of winter squash or sweet potatoes later in the year. Enjoy! -h
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But really that had me browsing through pictures on my phone recently since that's my main camera for recording my life, and it's kind of hilariously made up of two things for the past few months: bread in various stages and animals that my cat has killed and brought to the door. Which is even more hilarious when you know that my 1st grade science project was titled "Animals that my cats catch." So yeah.
Anyway. I'm making regular loaf bread today from the Joy of Cooking, and tomorrow I'm going to do Casatiello, which is an enriched Italian bread that has chunks of cheese and salami in it. I haven't gone grocery shopping for the extra ingredients yet, which is why it's waiting till tomorrow.
Been working on my Teen Wolf fic this week. I'm kind of feeling like I want to clear off what's ongoing before starting something really new. I'm still messing with Dragon Age short fic, but I don't really have a direction for a lot of that, though I'm thinking I might once I get to some mysterious critical mass.
Still been reading a lot of Dragon Age fic. This week's rec is
Haven (256723 words) by SageFic
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Cullen Rutherford/Female Mage Trevelyan
Summary: Kate Trevelyan, mage and earnest, genteel nerd, travels to the Conclave with Colleen Lavellen, an ex-Dalish-turned-librarian, and Robert Trevelyan, her charming smuggler cousin. But when the Divine's peace talks explode, Robert falls in with bad company, Coll finds herself chasing mercs, and Kate becomes...the Herald of Andraste? Sort of. Kate has absolutely NO idea what she’s doing, and her growing attraction to a certain former templar isn’t helping.
Why I love it: This covers just the time in Haven starting a little before the game with some really great character work throughout. Basically I love this story for the conversations you get between characters. It delves into the mage-templar conflict, and really sets up a nice discussion between mage!Trevelyan and Cullen about Kirkwall that is really well done and not seen very often. Early scenes include Divine Justinia, and there's a lot of good daily life included. It diverges enough from gameplay to keep it interesting. I'm not a huge fan of the Lavellen or male!Traveleyan characters that are included, or the epistolary chapters, but over all it's good.
The Defenders trailer doesn't look terrible, mostly because they seem to understand that Jessica Jones is the most interesting person there. Also, especially in contrast to the previous paragraph, do note that the kingpins here are queenpins -- Madame Gao and Sigourney Weaver's character -- and that Elektra is back in a key role. Plus Trish and Colleen and Misty and Claire and Jeri Hogarth is around as well. Could the TV side have a better understanding that there is more to success than the Males 18-25 demographic?
The Inhumans still looks like a train wreck, btw. Game of Thrones by way of
Speaking of other studios... Fox is making yet another attempt to retain the Fantastic Four rights by floating a Doctor Doom movie. I have no idea how they pull this off; my original hope was to flip the script and make the FF the bad guys -- canonically, Ben and Reed are not exactly blameless -- but I was belatedly reminded that that is probably a terrible idea in the HydraCap era. What I fear is that they'll aim for Wicked or Maleficent territory and wind up with that version of Dracula with Luke Evans because they can't figure out how to handle that their anti-hero protagonist is actually a bad guy who does unforgivable things and that he occasionally does good things or that his bad things come from a not-entirely-evil place doesn't change that. Every villain is the hero of their own story, but that doesn't make him the hero outside of it.