my hands and back! It also tidily explains why my SI joint constantly
dislocates, and some of the funky skin issues I have.
The bad: the working theory is psoriatic arthritis.
The odd: I exhibit almost all of the symptoms... But my blood tests don't
The hopeful: I have an appointment with a rheumatologist scheduled.
The freaking awesome: my rheumatologist's surname is Erskine. I look
forward to getting the super serum, and to my new Dorito-shaped torso.
Hmm: Fic is not actually yet completed. But at least the pressure of making wordcount is off? I may be able to finish a rough draft tonight, regardless.
(I'm trying to get as much done today as I can because I'm doing NaNoWriMo this year.)
Hmm: Yuletide fic looks like it wants to be more than 1,000 words long, so I'm actually not 30% done...
Bad: Goddammit, it's HALLOWEEN and the weather is still warm. Whyyyyyyyy. (Because I'm in Louisiana, that's why.) Well, it's not as warm as it could be, but I hear in some places north of us there's snow.
How is your Yuletide progress?
I have this notion that next Gencon I would like to cosplay, but I don't know how to begin and it would have to be a bought costume because I can't sew worth mentioning. Does anyone have pointers? Links to sites for beginners?
(God knows, I am so uncreative I don't even know what I would want to cosplay as, but I presume there are options.)
I am very excited about writing for my fandom! But if you are participating in Yuletide and have not yet written a "Dear Yuletide Writer" letter, please write a letter and link it in the link post below. You don't have to get into tons of detail, but a little about what you like about the fandom and maybe a few areas you'd be interested in seeing explored in a story would be nice. Also, if you requested two characters who have an ambiguous relationship in canon, it would be great to know whether you see them as lovers, friends, friends with unresolved sexual tension, etc.
Here's a link to my Dear Yuletide writer letter. Here's a link to the page where you can link to your letters.
Author/Opus: This is the 202nd puzzle from Thomas Snyder, aka Dr. Sudoku.
Rules: Standard Thermo-Sudoku rules.
Answer String: Enter the 3rd row from left to right, followed by a comma, followed by the 4th row from left to right.
Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 10:00, Master = 25:00, Expert = 50:00
In other news, it is the weekend. Social occasions are planned, sleeping in will be achieved, books will be read. I'm currently reading Elizabeth David's French Provincial Cooking. Her style is so briskly, crustily sexy, vibrant and bossy.
The things you have heard are true; we are the mothers of monsters. We would, however, like to clarify a few points.
Jodie: Over the last year, I've noticed that SFF has almost a sub-genre of stories about fantastical reproduction (The Best of All Possible Worlds by Karen Lord, The Brides of Heaven by N. K Jemisin, Maul by Tricia Sullivan to name a few examples). The genre has also produced a lot of stories which imagine, or express concern about, how parents will have children in the future or in magical worlds, for example Starglass by Phoebe North, Motherlines by Suzy Mckee Charnas and God's War by Kameron Hurley all show futuristic reproduction.
The Mothers of Voorhisville by Mary Rickert is one of these stories about fantastical pregnancies, babies and births. SFF has a troubled time with mothers, and the genre is well known for using dead mothers as a quick and lazy way to inject emotional pain into its stories (Guardians of the Galaxy I'm looking at you). Did you have any concerns about the way motherhood was characterised in this story, or did you feel that The Mothers of Voorhisville managed to present a complicated picture of women who were 'the mothers of monsters' without demonising mothers in typical, sexist ways?
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You can read The Mothers of Voorhisville for free at Tor.
- Practically ran off afterwards to Dr. Vint's class where Sabrina Vourvoulias and Fabio Fernandes were skyping in, which was quite exciting. I live-tweeted the thing and Storified it.
- PK and I went to lunch afterwards and worked on ICFA abstracts. We then went to Coffee Bean to continue.
- AP called at some point wondering if I had time to go shopping with her for Halloween stuff. But alas, she called when PK and I were working on abstracts.
I have a draft abstract which I think is okay. Tomorrow I'll put together a bib because bibs are mandatory for ICFA proposals which is kinda weird to me.
- I also accomplished a couple more paragraphs in my newest short story. Still haven't quite figured out how to segue into the main conflict.
- I feel really tired still, and heartache-y. It's getting annoying.
- I got my shipment of STEAMPUNK WORLD books!! I'm pretty sure the MOTHERSHIP books are in too. Gotta get them tomorrow.
- I also get to dogsit for HH tomorrow. so there's something.