Very little eyeball reading (but I do need to feedback some fic that I read on my Kindle -- note to self!). In audiobook, the boy and I started Not Forgetting the Whale
by John Ironmonger, which is really bringing home to me how much I'm used to inclusiveness in my reading matter (thank you, Ben Aaronovitch, among many others). By which I mean, it seems very straight and white so far. Also, I'm not sure I can actually handle 13 hours of omniscient POV. But two members of my family recced it to me, so we'll forge on for now, if only so I can discuss it with them.Kdramas
Episode 4 of Black
was, if you'll forgive the obvious, SUPER-DARK. ( Warnings for... )
Unfortunately, the story-telling was a little clunky, which made all the awfulness worse. I'm not tapping out yet, but... maybe I should be.Thirty but Seventeen
, otoh, is really sweet, and very much in the genre of fluffy slowburn G-rated romance, with a dash of angst and several dollops of farce, plus found family, cohabitation, and mistaken identity. It has the distinction of the female lead getting to act immature and mildly goofy (as opposed to other timeslip/bodyswap shows I've seen (or even Chief Kim
) where it was always the guys), and I'm enjoying that a lot.
I also recently grabbed The Best Hit
because it has Buja the zombie from Hwayugi
in it, so that's in the line-up at some point too. Other TV
We watched the available episodes of Killing Eve
season 2 and are now waiting impatiently for more.Guardian/Fandom
I am starting to get flaily and/or slightly horrified by the Amount of Meta I Am Missing! What if there are Important Insights I Need To Know? And yet, trying to keep up and have coherent thoughts at people and absorb All The Knowledge is not a recipe for stress-free fun, for me, so I guess I'll continue on my merry, haphazard way, hope for the best, and continue to be grateful for wonderful betas.
(I mean, I'm not even managing coherent thoughts on, like, regular posts, let alone actual discussions.)
Anyway, the magical whirligig continues, and I love it!
And in theory, now I've posted Once Upon a Time in Dixing
, I can move on to episode 7 in my rewatch
and get stuck there
We Netflixed the Gina Rodriguez film Someone Great
. It was kind of like Russian Doll
but 10 years younger, with more focus on friendships, and without the Groundhog Day aspect... if that leaves anything? (New York, parties and drugs, mostly.) I particularly liked the lesbian best friend played by DeWanda Wise ( though that came back to bite me when [SPOILER] )
Anyway, she was otherwise great and it was charming and yay films about female friend groups. \o/Audio
I managed to earworm myself with an Aaron Neville song
just by using really quite an innocuous phrase as a fic title
. It's been hanging around for days now! Writing/making things
Ot1h, I feel vaguely apologetic about how spammy I've been with the fic lately; otoh, no one should ever apologise for fic (except possibly to their betas, who might have other things they want to do with their time *sends trobadora
a gift basket of gratitude*)! So I won't. I'm having so much fun -- this is very definitely the steroidal silver lining. In particular, Once Upon a Time in Dixing
is my favourite thing I've written in ages, so it's very very happy-making that other people like it too. *chairdances*
Anyway, the steroid-fuelled writing can't last. I'm expecting an equal and opposite reaction when I drop down to 10mg early next week (ie, no words at all for a while, or very few, meep!) so I need to lock myself away in a tower NOW until I've got a complete draft of my 520 Day exchange assignment. Argh. I keep psyching myself out about it.
- 520 Day exchange assignment.
Something for the Amnesty round on fan_flashworks (possibly the super-powered smut I currently have at beta because apparently tentacles weren't enough?) Done and posted \o/!
- WIP #2 (which I swear is going to be SO GREAT if only I can finish it! you should all be telling me off when I write anything else!)
I heard from my favourite language exchange friend and wrote her a long email in reply, and it turns out that's still something I can do, so that was pleasing.Life/health/mental state things
Quote from email: I was so sure I would get cleaning done once I was on steroids. Instead it's just a firehose of words and/or feelings and/or socially inept mopiness.
I feel like I'm hurtling downhill on a unicycle, while eating a lot of cake.11 The unicycle is a metaphor; the cake is literal cake.Good things
Waterbeds used to be a thing! It seems SO WEIRD in retrospect, right? Like, why would you sleep on a giant water balloon? Why have a bed that's rendered unusable by a power cut? What were people thinking?!
A couple of good friends came to town over the long weekend. I went to the City Art Gallery with one of them, where there were several installations that seemed (to my biased eye) relevant to my fannish interests. For example, the colourful video visualisation of seismic data made me go, "This is absolutely what the inside of Ye Zun's pillar looked like for 10,000 years!" And the video of solar activity looked so much like spaceships and magic Hallows energy and... in the end, it's all Guardian
I managed to converse with my out-of-town friends without talking all over them and boring them with obscure references to Cdramas? Mostly?)
Also: The boy. Cats. Fic. Cake. The way Zhao Yunlan smiles at Shen Wei.
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