Daily Happiness

Aug. 16th, 2017 01:15 am
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1. Glad I went to bed early last night because I ended up having to go in to work before eight this morning to drive the forklift since someone called out sick and there was an early delivery before anyone else who could drive it was there.

2. Not getting to bed as early tonight, but definitely earlier than I have been, so I'm still counting that as progress.

3. Jasper is a cuddly baby but he is such a mommy's boy and pretty much only wants to cuddle with Carla. He used to cuddle with me when we first got him, but he formed a preference pretty early and while he allows me to hug him now, it doesn't usually last long. But tonight he came over to me and cuddled for quite a while! With his pur on at full volume and everything.

I was busy petting him and did not get any pictures, but here is one of him tolerating a hug the other day.

Daily Happiness

Aug. 15th, 2017 12:44 am
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1. I made curry for dinner tonight and it was so delicious, plus now we have a ton of leftovers. It's so nice to have the weather cool enough that I actually don't mind cooking.

2. I had a nice relaxing day off.

3. I'm really tired, so I'm going to go to bed early tonight and hope that maybe helps get me back on a schedule where I'm going to bed between twelve and one and not like at three like I did yesterday.

4. Lately Molly has rediscovered the back of the sofa.

Magic ex Libris: The Next Chapter

Aug. 14th, 2017 09:30 am
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Some of you might remember me talking about a 15,000-word novelette I was working on between wrapping up Terminal Alliance and starting on Terminal Uprising.

That novelette is called “Imprinted,” and it’s the next Magic ex Libris story.

It’s about Jeneta Aboderin, and it’s set roughly eight months after the events of Revisionary.

I haven’t set a publication date yet. There’s a bit of work left to get everything ready, and with Terminal Alliance coming out in November, I’m guessing it will be available in January or February.

I also haven’t set a price. $2.99 would be ideal, because that’s where ebook royalty rates jump from 35% to 70%. What do you think? Does $2.99 seem fair for a 15,000-word story, or should I bump it down to $1.99 and take the royalties hit?

Finally, as long as you’re here, what do you think of the not-quite-finalized cover?

Imprinted Cover: Draft

Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.

Daily Happiness

Aug. 14th, 2017 02:42 am
torachan: a kitten looking out the window (chloe in window)
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1. It's my day off tomorrow and I have no plans to go anywhere, which is just the way I like it!

2. Rick and Morty was pretty good tonight. I think this was probably the weakest of the season so far, but there has been a lot of stiff competition.

3. Chloe snoot!

BH: II pt. iii

Aug. 13th, 2017 10:39 am
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continues directly from the previous post.

all warning continue to apply.

Daily Happiness

Aug. 13th, 2017 12:44 am
torachan: aradia from homestuck (aradia)
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1. I made pancakes for breakfast this morning and they were soooo tasty. I don't really like American style pancakes that much, but I love the super fluffy Japanese ones. We were watching a video on youtube last night that made us both want pancakes and luckily there was a bag of Morinaga pancake mix in the cupboard. :D

2. Today was waaaaaay less hectic than yesterday. One person did call in sick, but it wasn't a big deal.

3. It's so chilly tonight I'm actually wearing a sweater here at my desk, which I haven't done in over a month. I just took a look at the forecast and they're saying nothing higher than mid-high seventies for the next ten days, which would be awesome if true. I do worry about another mercilessly hot autumn like we had two years ago (where it was blazing hot into November) but I'm hoping it stays mild.

4. I looked up above my desk the other day and Jasper was at this perfect angle where all I could see was feet and tail. So cute!

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This is one of the two GotG vids I made back in May/June, now remastered with HD footage! In addition to replacing all the clips with better-quality ones, I also swapped out a few of them and recut a couple parts of the vid, so it's a little different now than it was. (The old one is still on Youtube if you want to compare. Original DW entry here.)

Fandom: Guardians of the Galaxy 1&2
Song: Holy
Artist: Frightened Rabbit
Summary: He may have been your father, boy, but he wasn't your daddy. Parenthood, family, and divinity, by way of Peter Quill.

Streaming: https://youtu.be/sn2J-gAG3Cs
On AO3: http://archiveofourown.org/works/10920468
Tumblr: here

Download: MP4 - 72 Mb (zipped) | DivX - 110 Mb (zipped)
Subtitles: Download zipped SRT file

Embed and lyrics under the cut.

Guardians of the Galaxy - Holy - remastered )

Daily Happiness

Aug. 12th, 2017 01:56 am
torachan: a cartoon kitten with a surprised/happy expression (chii)
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1. Posted manga, woohoo!

2. It was a ridiculous day at work today, four people called out sick, but I made it through the day and hopefully tomorrow will not be as bad.

3. I got my Killers ticket this morning!

4. I love waking up and seeing my kitties together!

Scanlations: Gunjo ch. 27

Aug. 11th, 2017 10:56 pm
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Title: Gunjo
Original Title: 群青 (Gunjou)
Author: Nakamura Ching
Publisher: Ikki Comics
Genre: Seinen
Status in Japan: 3 volumes, complete
Scanlator: Megchan's Scanlations feat. Lari
Scanlation Status: Ongoing
More Info: Baka Updates

Summary: Out of desperation, a woman asks an old high school friend to kill her abusive husband for her. The friend, having long been in love with this woman, does it, and now they are on the run from the law.

Chapter Summary: Who would have thought a couple old coins could be so important?



Chapter 27

Vorkosigans for the win! (Literally.)

Aug. 11th, 2017 01:40 pm
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There aren't very many years when I have really strong opinions on Hugo award winners, but this was one of those years when there was one category where I did have very strong opinions, and I'm completely delighted that the Vorkosigan books won for best series. (Full list of winners and nominees here.)

This isn't specifically because of my personal feelings about it (all the nominated series are ones that I either personally really enjoy or have heard good things about). It's because, of all the series on the list, it's the only one that I consider really, truly groundbreaking at the time it came out. Yes, the series has dated badly in some ways, but it's still kind of amazing to me that these books (the first half-dozen or so, anyway) were written in the 1980s. They stand out much less today, with so much more diversity of books available -- not just in the kinds of people in the books, but the kind of books that are around in the genre. But even by modern standards, these books are kind of weird (one part mil-SF, one part generation saga, one part comedy of manners). And at the time they were written, they were really, truly visionary. There just wasn't anything else like them. I think they were the first SF books I ever read where gay and agender and disabled characters were just there, as an ordinary human component of the future -- and yes, I know that is one aspect of the books that hasn't aged very well, but it was the 1980s! One thing that sticks in my head is LMB's account of what made her write Ethan of Athos: as a mom herself, she had a conversation with some male friends about whether men would be able to raise children by themselves (without a woman in the picture). She thought it was possible. Not a single one of her male friends agreed. I mean, literally didn't think it was a thing that could happen. So she went and wrote Ethan of Athos about an all-male planet to prove them wrong.

That's how much the world has changed in the last 30 years, and that's the milieu that the early books in the series were written in, and yet, books like Shards of Honor and the early Miles books are still completely readable today; they've dated a bit, but to me, anyway, they don't feel nearly as dated as the vast majority of 1970s/80s sci-fi does now.

So yeah, that's why I had strong feelings on that category, and that's why I'm really thrilled it went the way I was hoping it would go. The other series are excellent books. All of them have their own individual strengths; many of them do well what the Vorkosigan books don't. But I wanted LMB to win because, though they have their flaws, I think her books are really, truly visionary, groundbreaking, and influential in a way the others aren't, and that's what I think the Hugo awards (ideally) should recognize.

Cool Stuff Friday

Aug. 11th, 2017 10:42 am
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Friday thinks this next scene needs more elephants.

Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.

Daily Happiness

Aug. 11th, 2017 01:31 am
torachan: a kitten looking out the window (chloe in window)
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1. Had a pretty relaxing day off and didn't really do much of anything.

2. We went to Campos for dinner and got delicious carnitas burritos. Haven't been there in a while, I don't know why.

3. Sometimes I get annoyed with all the emails I get from various ticket-sellers, but today I got an email informing me that tickets go on sale tomorrow for The Killers at the Staples Center in February! I knew they had a new album coming out, so I figured they probably would be touring again, but I don't really pay attention to these things, so I'm willing to put up with all the spam for artists I don't care about to get a reminder for stuff I do.

4. I managed to catch Chloe in a really cutie pose.

Weekly Reading

Aug. 10th, 2017 05:31 pm
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What are you currently reading?
I haven't read much this week, again. :( I did make some progress on The History of Forgetting and am now over halfway through, but otherwise...

I started Attack of the Theater People by Marc Acito and read the first chapter and that's it. :p

What did you recently finish reading?
I read the final volume of Otouto no Otto. This is such a cute series, I'm sad to see it end, but just based on the premise it really couldn't go on for too long.

What do you think you'll read next?
Hopefully anything, lol.

Daily Happiness

Aug. 10th, 2017 02:26 am
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1. My favorite LPer is a big Nintendo fan but has never really played Metroid...until now! And now he's decided to play ALL the Metroid games, which I am really enjoying watching.

2. Today was the grand opening of the new Whole Foods 365 down the street from us, so we walked over after I got home from work. It looks really nice and although it was crowded (grand opening, after all), it wasn't as busy as I worried it might be (probably since we were going at like 8pm rather than midday). We got some yummy treats and will definitely be going back again sometime when it's less busy.

3. We left this box on the floor the other day even though it's really too small for the kitties, just because we were too lazy to take it out to the recycling...but it appears it's not too small for Molly!

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ETA: Dragon Con has reconsidered.

“[O]ver the last couple of days, we got an earful from our fans and others. The issue also caused a second author to ask us to remove her book from the ballot as well. We’ve reconsidered and changed our mind.”

ETA2: John Scalzi has also reconsidered, and will now remain on the ballot.

###

The Dragon Awards were created last year to recognize the best SF/F books, comics, games, TV, and films of the year. Nomination and voting are open to anyone and everyone, and the awards are presented at Dragon Con.

The ballot this year appears to be a mix of genuinely popular work and works where individual authors or groups campaigned hard to get nominated. File 770 published an analysis looking at Goodreads, Library Thing, and Amazon review numbers of the different nominees. I trust folks can draw their own conclusions.

On August 4, finalist Alison Littlewood posted that she was withdrawing her book from consideration. She notes:

“While this would normally be a great pleasure, it has also been brought to my notice that my book has been selected by a voting bloc who are attempting, for reasons of their own, to influence the awards outcome. Essentially, the same group who set out to fix the Hugo Awards are now encouraging their supporters to follow their voting choices in the Dragon Awards.”

Two days ago, finalist John Scalzi also withdrew his book from the award, saying in part:

“The reason is simple: Some other finalists are trying to use the book and me as a prop, to advance a manufactured ‘us vs. them’ vote-pumping narrative based on ideology or whatever. And I just… can’t. I don’t have the interest and I’m on a deadline, and this bullshit is even more stale and stupid now than it was the several other times it was attempted recently, with regard to genre awards.”

Rather, Littlewood and Scalzi tried to withdraw from the award. But according to a follow-up post from Littlewood, Pat Henry of the Dragon Awards is “declining” these requests. Both Scalzi and Littlewood’s books still appear on the ballot.

Henry’s statement, as posted on Littlewood’s blog, claims:

“We are aware of the rabid puppies and justice warriors efforts to effect the voting and we go through a number of steps to avoid ballot stuffing or other vote rigging behaviors.  While we didn’t start the Dragon Awards to foil these two groups, we believe that as we add voters, they will become irrelevant in the our awards.”

Note the false equivalence of rabid puppies, a self-proclaimed group created by Theodore Beale, with “justice warriors,” generally used as an insult against people speaking up for greater representation and inclusion. The rabid puppy slate was posted on Beale’s blog back in June. I’m curious where the equivalent “justice warrior” slate supposedly appeared…

Henry might be right that, when and if the awards add enough voters, slates might become irrelevant. Or they might not. But in either case, that hypothetical future doesn’t change the fact that right now, the awards are a mess, some of the campaigning is ugly, nasty, and hateful, and some authors don’t want to be dragged into that cesspool.

I hope Pat Henry and Dragon Con will reconsider their decision.

 

Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.

Daily Happiness

Aug. 9th, 2017 02:12 am
torachan: tavros from homestuck dressed as pupa pan (pupa pan)
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1. It was really nice to have that extra day off today! (I'll be confused all day tomorrow about what day it is, though.)

2. I made spaghetti napolitan (a Japanese type of spaghetti made with ketchup instead of regular pasta sauce) tonight for dinner. First time I've ever made it at home, and it was so delicious I'm definitely going to do it again. (I've only really had it in spaghetti pan before.) It really is a little too muggy for cooking, but at least it made lots of leftovers.

3. I didn't do much translating today, but I did almost finish up a chapter of Gunjo (should be able to send that off to the typesetter tomorrow, so maybe hopefully have it to post sometime within the next week or so).

4. Jasper has just been so ridiculously cute today. This pic is from yesterday, I think, but today was more of the same, just sleeping all day on the shelf above my desk in various cute poses. XD

Terminal Alliance: Chapter One

Aug. 8th, 2017 10:02 pm
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Terminal Alliance Cover Art by Dan Dos SantosNewsletter subscribers got to see this last week, but for everyone else, I’ve posted the first chapter of Terminal Alliance for your reading enjoyment!

(At least, I hope you enjoy it…)

Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.

Daily Happiness

Aug. 8th, 2017 01:40 am
torachan: a kitten looking out the window (chloe in window)
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1. We went to H Mart today and got a bunch of tasty foods and snacks.

2. We also went to Costco and got a stack of burger patties, and Carla grilled this evening. We used to always get their plain ground beef ones, but recently we've been getting the sirloin ones, which are just a couple dollars more and sooooooo much better.

3. We started watching this hilarious youtube show called Citation Needed recently and it's pretty great.

4. I decided to take tomorrow off. We ran a lot of errands today, so I was thinking it would be nice to have another day where I didn't have to do anything and could just relax, and there's not anything urgent I need to do or be there for tomorrow, so that's that! Soon enough it'll be heading into the end of the year busy season and I won't be able to take any extra time off (or sometimes even my actual days off), so I'd like to try and take a day here and there before then.

5. I posted manga! Manga that has been sitting around fully translated for over a year, so it feels really good to finally get that out there.

6. Cutie Chloe!

Hell by Nishioka Kyodai

Aug. 7th, 2017 07:29 pm
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This one has been a long time coming, but it's finally here!



Title: Hell
Original Title: 地獄 (Jigoku)
Author: Nishioka Kyodai
Publisher: Garo
Genre: Seinen
Status in Japan: Complete
Scanlator: Megchan's Scanlations feat. Migeru + Habanero Scans
Scanlation Status: Complete
More Info: Baka Updates

Summary: A collection of twelve dreamlike stories by Nishioka Kyodai.



Hell
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