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Sunday, 19 August 2018 06:00 pm
kaffyr: Keep Calm and Carry on At Length poster (Carry On)
Giving In And Meming

Specifically, the AO3 meme, just because. It amused me to see how few comments I've gotten over the years since I started posting. One note: I didn't include the nine meta commentaries I wrote because they're not stories. Well, we're all stories in the end, but ....

Account created:
 Nov. 17, 2009
Total stories: 105 (plus 9 non-fiction metas)
Total word count: 385,527, w/o metas; (186,354 w/o  2 novels)
Average word count:  3,671 (w/novels); 1,809 (w/o novels) 
Longest story: Hearts and Moons, 116,887 (w/novels) or Redeeming the Tree, 8,868 (w/o)
Shortest story: Eternity, 98 words
Total kudos:  1,999
Average kudos per story: 19
Story with most kudos: Doctors and Nurses, 98
Total comments: 178
Comments per story: 1.7 (Go figure - averages ....)
Story with most comments: Timing, As Always, Is Everything
Total author subscriptions: 14
Total story subscriptions: 18
kaffyr: Dream Lord quote (Poke a stick at the Unknown)
Wow. Such Inactivity. Much Inarticulate. Wow.

I've been completely AWOL over the past couple of weeks, at least in terms of posting. Getting back to work, dealing with My Boss, The Douche, has taken too much brain power for me to be able to say anything intelligent. 

I've been at creative loose ends since completing "Hearts and Moons." I'm working on the last of my fandom_stocking IOUs, but I find myself thinking, "Oh, I've got to work on -" and then come to a complete stop. Oh. It's done. It's finished. What do i do now? I'm beginning to think that I need to have a novel-length piece to work on constantly, or I'm not happy with my writing.  That's a little weird. More than a little, especially since I don't have much of an idea about what I could make into a full length story. I feel like I want to do something with Twelve, but I don't know what. Or possibly Clara and Me. Again, I don't know what I could do. 

In far more superficial and silly news. I've decided that I like having artificial nails. I got french tip acrylics (Wow! She knows the lingo!) for the wedding, and I loved them, although it's been difficult to type with the length I chose. So Friday, I went to a local nail salon that had been recommended to me; I had the nails "filled" - having the hard acrylic gel ground down and reapplied to cover the section of nail that was freshly grown out - and I had the tips ground down. They aren't quite as elegant now, but it's much more easy to type. And they still look great. The only downside is that the nail technician actually uses a Dremel tool to grind down sections of the extremely hard acrylic finish. And no matter how careful the technician is. the tool also occasionally grinds portions of the actual finger. Yes, it's painful. 

I've spent most of my life biting my nails to the quick. On those occasions where I've let them grow, they've been thin and so sharp that I've actually cut myself with my own nails. And they've split and been pretty ugly. So getting fake nails that look lovely and are hard as, well, nails, without being uncomfortably sharp? It's wonderful. 

(I did think, while the nails were really long. of how much of a class thing having long nails is. It's basically saying to the world, "I don't need to work with my hands, so I can have really unworkabley long nails."

kaffyr: Dillons illustration of Nix's Abhorsen world. (The Old Kingdom)
OK,So I Kind of Love The Silmarillion

I bought it shortly after it was published in 1977, because I was a repeat reader of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and especially loved the appendices. (In fact, back in 1971 or so, I was in the process of writing Tolkien a letter about what I thought was an error in the appendices when I learned he had died. I'm so glad he died before I had a chance to embarrass myself like that, she said shallowly.)

When I first read the book, I was disappointed that it wasn't written in novel form, like LotR. Over the years, however, I found myself returning to it repeatedly, especially for the Ainulindale, the tale of initial creation. I also loved the Akkalabeth, the story of Numenor and its downfall, and I loved parts  of the Quenta Silmarillion, the stories of the first age and the Silmarils, although the stories of Turin Turambar and his family were too dark for me. 

Imagine my delight just last night, when something I was reading included a link to this: read it, all you fellow Tolkien lovers (and the many who are far more immersed in Tolkien scholarship and fandom than I am), and enjoy. 
[personal profile] camwyn  wrote it back in 2004, and it deserves to be re-discovered on a regular basis, because it is high and brilliant silliness. Also, it's a great way to understand the Silmarillion, while snorting in laughter. 

Wow, a post in which I can take delight in something - hurrah!

Dept. of Wednesday

Wednesday, 27 September 2017 11:25 pm
kaffyr: (Expressive Three)

I've made it through hump day! And I'm going to bed, after I brush my teeth!

Thank you for your attention to this matter!

(Sorry about the multiplicity of exclamation marks? Probably not.)
kaffyr: Keep Calm and Carry on At Length poster (Carry On)
Doing It Via Game of Thrones

Because I have thoughts about the most recent season of Game of Thrones, which just ended Sunday, and because I've listened to too many vloggers talking about the episodes WITH WHOM I DISAGREE AND THEY ARE OBVIOUSLY WRONG ON THE INTERNET, and because it appears to be the one thing that can jolt me into writing. 


By "writing" I mean disjointed thoughts presented in rather lazy and unpremeditated fashion, lacking the benefit of intellectual discipline or an editor. 

And of course, I judge the season with my Watsonian goggles on, because
I can't be trusted at all to be Doylist with books or live series that I love. More, I work with the faan's and fic-writer's eye for filling in plot holes. I love making sense of things that don't make sense, by figuring out how to make those things logical within the world I love. I love creating the necessary context to do so. I am, thus, a completely ridiculous and ultimately Cheap Date, when it comes to buying into the universes I love.

Also, I've read all the books (although I need to reread them over the next year), and have kept up obsessively with the show via recaps, reviews and YouTube clips until this season, so anything I say can be greeted with an extremely jaundiced eye. 

Plus, since I've already used the word "also," I might not be grossed out by things other people are grossed out by. Make of it what you will. 

So here we go:

'Ware! SPOILERS for all of Season 7 of Game of Thrones )

Well, that was satisfying. Thank you for your patience. 

Dept. of Sunday

Sunday, 30 October 2016 06:02 pm
kaffyr: (Cubs!)
 Tick As Many Boxes as You Want...
Poll #17720 Cubs Fever
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 8

What Sympathetic Magic Should I Perform to Help the Cubs?

View Answers

Don't watch the game, for god's sake!
1 (12.5%)

Watch the game, for god's sake!
1 (12.5%)

Fingers in ears, sing la-la-la!
1 (12.5%)

Sacrifice to the gods of baseball
3 (37.5%)

No, better, sacrifice to the dark gods, that'll go well!
0 (0.0%)

3 (37.5%)

6 (75.0%)

All of the above
1 (12.5%)

None of the above
0 (0.0%)

Again I say - cats!
7 (87.5%)

kaffyr: Doc Yewl from Defiance (yewlyay)
Just A Thought on Fights on Film or Television

It seems to me that almost any fight, particularly comic-book fights, superhero fights, action film fights, would be shorter, less flashy, and more successful for whoever undertook the final move, if the person determined to win focused almost solely upon kneeing their opponent, hard, in the groin.

(I am reliably informed by those whose business it would be to be in the know that even wearing a cup is not necessarily proof against such a move, given that kicking, punching, or otherwise banging a cup hard enough would cause painful repercussions inside the cup.)

This might not work as well against a female opponent, I'll grant you. However, having landed on the cross-bar of what was once called a boy's bike more than once myself, and having experienced the breath-stopping impact of that, I'm willing to bet it mightn't be as ineffective against women as all that. 

As you can imagine, this has lessened my appreciation of even the most gloriously choreographed fights I've witnessed on the big or small screen lately.

Dept. of Monday

Monday, 4 April 2016 10:54 pm
kaffyr: (Happy Kyouso Giga daughter)
Monday Gratitude

1. I made it through Monday!
2. I went to a meeting and came back to Rogers Park ... and found a parking spot within two minutes of getting into the neighborhood, and only 1 block away from home. HURRAH!!!!! (And thank you, Great Spider!)
3. I did my exercises, making it three days in a row!
4. I'm getting to bed before midnight!
5. I'm - whups, I used up all my exclamation points. Oh dear.  

Dept. of April

Friday, 1 April 2016 07:24 pm
kaffyr: Japanese building w/flowers on blue ground (Blue Nippon)
This and That

[personal profile] selenak  says, April's Fool Day is a bit pointless in a world where Donald Trump has a serious shot at the White House, isn't it? In slightly better news, Bernie stands a chance of winning the Wisconsin primary next Tuesday, and appears to be closing the gap between himself and Clinton in New York, supposedly her home territory. I await those primaries with great interest.

I am so very pleased that  Shōwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjū is getting a new season. This anime, which sort of re-introduced me to the Japanese art (some consider it a minor art; I don't) of rakugo, is for me the best anime of the past season, and it may just be a tiny masterpiece. So, hurrah!

Got through this week, and I'm grateful for that!

I developed a new drink for the weekend, involving a frozen strawberry in a martini glass, over which I pour .75 shot of Sayuri brand nigori sake and 1.25 shots of gin.
I call it a strawberry blossom, and in my un-Japanese that comes out as hana ichigo. I'm having one now.

I did some more work on Hearts & Moons, but need to sit down and do more serious plotting (with a map of my setting) than I normally do. I have an ACTION! SCENE! at the heart of this chapter, and I need to know just what I'm doing - and more importantly, what each of my characters is doing - to make it read believably. I am, however, very pleased to have come up with the winning stroke for our heroes. So it's buckle down this weekend, 
[personal profile] kaffyr . (I won't let the oven cleaning come between me and my writing, although I swear to god, I'm going to get that damned oven cleaned.

kaffyr: Snark about fanfic (Adulthood? It's fanfic)
So ....

What do you call a 60-year-old who watches fanvids unironically, wonders about Transuranic Elements, has a favorite Doctor, a couple of OT3s, writes fic, has an unfinished WIP o'doom, too many action figures, an evening entertainment menu that includes 2-4 anime a night, who rereads favorite SF and fantasy books repeatedly (but who, in all truth, hasn't read much new fiction in the past 10 years - a little, not enough), who occasionally misses going to cons, and who understands everything that she just wrote despite acknowledging that some of it doesn't appear to be quite English?

Poll #17352 Let's Name this Creature
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 17

What Am I?

View Answers

8 (47.1%)

0 (0.0%)

0 (0.0%)

old faan
0 (0.0%)

1 (5.9%)

1 (5.9%)

0 (0.0%)

crazy cat lady (because hey, CATS!)
2 (11.8%)

5 (29.4%)

kaffyr: (Happy Kyouso Giga daughter)
For Owls

'Ware! 'Ware! )

Because I care.  

Dept. of Kwizeeen

Wednesday, 27 January 2016 08:31 pm
kaffyr: (Tired of typesetting)
I Have ...

... made a 10-pound lasagne.*

Fear me.

*With the help of my beloved sous-chef. At 8:30 at night.  


Dept. of Awesome

Thursday, 3 December 2015 11:25 am
kaffyr: (Lead laughing)
Kneel Before the Mighty Pocket Protector

If you know A Capella Science, you might already have seen this. If not, enjoy. After all, as this guy, and my BB says - we won. 

Dept. of Fluffy

Wednesday, 2 December 2015 10:19 am
kaffyr: Dancing French cracked geniuses (Sometimes you need to dance)
In Complete Contrast ...

... to my incoherent ranting of last night, I present these bunnies. Someone a while back was kind enough to present them to me when I was feeling down, and I figured that I wanted to remind people that I'm not always either depressed or railing against portions of the world. So, yes; bunnies. And also, for she who likes them - a capybara! 

 photo bunniez1.jpg

For Shanghai'd photo 6a010535647bf3970b015433fc97e2970c-500wi_zpsdddd5598.jpg


Dept. of Positivity

Tuesday, 17 March 2015 10:16 pm
kaffyr: (Porco Rosso friends)
Good Thing for Tuesday

The Girl Standing in the Light of the Dawn, aka Akatsuki No Yona.

The anime is pure, unadulterated pop melodrama history, with a mystical kingdom standing in for, as far as I can see, Korea. That in itself amuses and/or impresses me, given that it's a Japanese anime. The story is so full of anime tropes that I should be bored out of my gourd, but I'm not. I love the slow (oh, so slow) unveiling of the real story, which is Yona's growth as a person and a leader, with the added fun of unexpected chibiness when it's least expected or, probably, appropriate. The art style isn't even one that I normally go for. In fact, everything about this signals that it's the kind of anime I should just yawn and avoid. 

And yet, it's the one I wait for every week. Tuesday is a big day chez Casa KaffBB, because it's Agents of SHIELD Day.  And it's Yona day.

Someday, I should examine why I love this thing so much. But for now, I'm just going to love it. 

(Well, one reason I love it, is some of its music. Its first opening musical theme, and its second closing musical theme, are so very unlike most anime themes, and kind of glorious. At least, I think they're glorious. Here - have cheesy, glorious anime music!

Oh, so wonderfully cheesy .... )
kaffyr: Clyde of SJA puts a finger to his nose (Clyde's got it!)
I Have My Rabbit Mood Theme Back!

And a happy world enthuses along with [personal profile] kaffyr .

Dept. of Short Notices

Wednesday, 20 August 2014 10:42 pm
kaffyr: Umbrella's, figure rise in a field; from Magritte? (umbrellas rise)
I Am Tired and Going to Bed

But I feel obligated to point out that I learned a new word, of which I think I shall become irrationally fond: singultus (thank you, dictionary.com!) It is the Latin word for hiccups, and I must find a way to use it as often as possible.

I did watch The Bells of St. John tonight, with BB, FB and Emily, but I'm really too knackered to comment intelligently on it. Also, I managed to jam my own eyeglasses into my left eye, and it is somewhat the worse for wear. Perhaps tomorrow?

Dept. of Nostalgia

Wednesday, 6 August 2014 11:53 pm
kaffyr: A cartoon dog ponders reality (Subjective pup)
I Am In Mourning. Sort Of.

My lava lamp has died.

I'm not kidding, you guys.

No, really. It was better than soporifics or tranks to chill me out. BB says he's going to check to see if it's just a dead bulb. If it is, he'll find another one. If the whole thing is dead, he says he's going to get me another one. I love that man of man.

kaffyr: Keep Calm & dive behind the sofa (Dive behind the sofa)

Is for you.

No need to thank me.

*backs away slowly*

kaffyr: from "Spirited Away" (Duck gods)
One Of My Neighbors

A while ago, I mentioned having seen a robin that cheered my day up when I saw her (or him) dashing along, as robins are wont to do. I also recall having some unfortunate piece of Real Life (tm) dim my day again, and I never got the chance to show you the cheeky little creature. Who really seemed as if it were saying "What!!! I'm busy here!!" as I took a quick shot of it.

Well, here she, or he, is. She, or he, still lifts my spirits.

Forgive the over embellishment. I rather overdid it with the vignette button. And perhaps on the green, as well ....
Under the cut, you betcha )

Dept. of Memes

Saturday, 19 April 2014 07:00 pm
kaffyr: (Lead laughing)
This is That Meme

I picked it up, as I mention on the clip, from folks like [personal profile] a_phoenixdragon , [livejournal.com profile] eve11, and [personal profile] flowsoffire . I really enjoyed hearing them - I hope folks enjoy this. (Please forgive however the embed code on the Sound Cloud clip ends up looking; I put it under a cut to save bandwidth.)

Under here ) ETA: The other thing I was supposed to do was to provide the questions as well, for anyone else interested in spreading the word (see whut I did thar?)
And here they are: 
  • What is your username, and where did you come up with it?
  • Tell us where you are from and something about it
  • When did you start watching DW? When did you get into fandom?
  • Who is your favorite Doctor? Who is your favorite companion?
  • Pronounce the following words: Aunt, Route, Caramel, Syrup, Pajamas, Potato, Gif, Tumblr, TARDIS, Brigadier, Bad Wolf, Vortex Manipulator, Morbius, Ponds, Sonic, Eye of Orion, Susan, Polly, Pertwee, Eccleston, Adric, Capaldi, Clara, Medusa Cascade, Tereleptil, Cybermat, Vashta Nerada, Sweetie, Zygon, Dalek, Raxicoricofallipatorius, your favorite bit of anatomy, and a dirty word of your choosing.
  • Share something you love about your primary DW ship. If you prefer, share something about your favorite episode.
  • Share a favorite story or piece of art/vid (with fandom/pairing/author) that you think everyone should read or view.
  • What is your favorite DW quote?
  • If you could travel to anywhere in Time and Space, from Earth history or any of the worlds on the show, where would you go?
  • Do you have a hobby outside of fandom?
  • Anything else you'd like to add?

And, as I mentioned on the clip, here are links to some of my favorite stories (and I added a couple of vids that I think are absolutely tug-at-your-heart, impress-your-head lovely.)
Fic recs here;
One fic that is very important to me for what it says to me about River Song;
My current three favorite videos: here, here and here.

kaffyr: (Lead laughing)
Because [livejournal.com profile] eve11 Demanded It!

kaffyr: The llama from Polar Bear Cafe (Llama-san)
BAM Night

For those of you who might not have noticed, I'll let you in on a secret; I used to hate gin. God-awful stuff, I thought; taste like cheap perfume and doesn't smell much better. The fact that my first memorable encounter with alcohol was via some cheap lemon gin before a basketball game, as a ninth grade cheerleader. Bourbon was my drink of choice.

That all changed this year, whether by virtue of epiphany or changing metabolism I shall never know. Out of the blue, I decided I'd try a martini, and my one-time bartender beloved made me a fine, dry martini with good gin and good dry vermouth.

I was lost.

Thus was born Big Ass Martini Night. Once a week, either on Friday or Saturday, I make myself a very large martini with two huge olives in it. And that does me for the evening. One night a week seems to be sufficient, with occasional weeks where a BAM never materializes. Ah, but when it does ...

It occurred to me that, in this time of selfies and photos of people's food porn fantasies, one could present a picture of one such BAM, artfully displayed against the lava lamp one has (as one does), as an amusing illustration of one of my simple joys.

Kitsch that tastes good )

But I don't just write about booze.

I can tell you that I had an absolutely lovely day, playing for the first time with the Christmas present BB gave me last weekend; a 6 quart Kitchen Aid Pro Mixmaster Mixer. I've been faunching for one for a dreadfully long time, and now I have one! It's bright red and gorgeous and just a little daunting until today because I've never worked with a modern mixer. The one I had most recently was a 1950s actual Mixmaster like my Nana had, and before it, the one my Nana had. They weren't powerful. We'll leave it at that.

Because of that, I was used to mixing everything by hand, or with a little hand mixer - but over the last couple of years, my hands won't let me do much of the first. And of course neither the little mixer nor old Mixmaster could mix or knead bread, so one of my favorite things to do - bake bread - became very infrequent. Well today, I got Big Red out and made banana bread and banana-cranberry bread. Very simple, but oh, so much easier now!

This makes me happy.

kaffyr: A picture of the Eighth Doctor (Eight in time)
 For Your (Possible) Who Edification

Remember the pictures I posted that I took when I and my family went to see "Day of the Doctor"? Well, here's the story that I wrote for my company (yes, I managed to see the the episode and get paid for it - go me!) It was written for general consumption, but I tried to add some little bits for fans. If you read it, hope you enjoy it!

The accompanying video was done by one of our freelancers. It's not done the way I would have done it, most certainly. She focused on me and it was only through herculean efforts by my Best Beloved that we managed to get her attention on some of the other fans. She also wanted to work with "shaky cam" stylings. Again, not what I would have done - but it's also there for your amusement. 

Huh: apparently  the video alone won't embed, so here's the link: http://video.suntimes.com?vcid=25387912&freewheel=58285&sitesection=suntimes


kaffyr: The TARDIS says hello (Default)

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