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( Apr. 8th, 2017 10:10 pm)
Photos of two of them under the cut assuming this is behaving.

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kiya: (computers)
( Apr. 6th, 2017 11:38 am)
I think I've got as much of the DW transfer figured out as I'm gonna right now.

Will continue reading stuff that's only LJ-side but now actually also reading DW-side and I think I've got a bunch of things sorted.

Please comment if you didn't get one of the flurry of subscription/access emails that I just caused with relevant handles so I can find you again.
kiya: (let's go)
( Apr. 3rd, 2017 04:20 pm)
Three things make a post.

1) We have been approved to adopt catlings. It's about six months since we lost Len, and we decided it was time to start looking. We will be bringing home a pair of black youngsters, and we are trying to decide if we are also going to adopt a Holstein cat as well.

2) I have made formal plans for next ink.

3) The BIG IMPORTANT THING:

My short story, "Delayed Exchange Deferred", will be appearing in the Zombies Need Brains, LLC anthology, The Death Of All Things. The TOC will be coming out real soon now, so I don't know who all I'm sharing pages with yet, but the company website says "It will include short stories by multi-award winning and NYT-bestselling authors Stephen Blackmore, Aliette de Boddard, Christie Golden, Jim C. Hines, Jason Hough, Faith Hunter, and Fran Wilde."

So, you know, if you're just dying to read my take on playing chess with Death (and yes, they are playing the Ruy Lopez opening, that is not a spoiler), that's where you can go to get you some of that stuff.

The book can be preordered here.

You guys, this is my first professional sale. (ZNB hits the payment benchmark for professional sale for SFWA though I don't think they're officially recognised as a qualifying market from a quick glance at the site.) Also: also. Also! I did the thing! rasfc folks, y'all know I've been wanting to do the thing! I did the thing!
kiya: (connections)
( Feb. 27th, 2017 04:16 pm)
It is the time of the end of February traditionally known as "many packages for Kiya" because of the conversion of birthday money into books and occasional artifacts.

Which occasionally leads to me declaring that I am currently playing the part of [personal profile] whispercricket, who is the usual recipient of Many Package.

Today's many package was, I thought, interesting:

A copy of Stations of the Sun by Hutton;
a "nevertheless, she persisted" t-shirt;
the annual report from my church, with little welcome package of notes.


Meanwhile, in semi-unrelated things, I am poking at a questionnaire from church for a little getting to know you thing that one of the other new members is organising, and trying to figure out how I want to answer "If you could invite any real or mythological religious figure to give a sermon, who would it be and why?"

Um.
Just gotta wait for the right moment to post. :}
If anyone is up for helping me brainstorm, I am seeking:

Suggestions for names/images of people who are simultaneously leaders of a movement/action involving the long arc curving towards justice and synecdoche for that movement/action in popular discourse.

So:

Martin Luther King, Jr.
Malcolm X
Bree Newsome

as for examples.

Susan B. Anthony is probably the first wave icon most recognisable. Hrm. I know there were notable black feminists of her time but I cannot bring names to mind; must fix.

Gandhi. (My examples are rather US-centric and while that isn't a problem for the project per se I don't want to be explicitly US-centric.) Nelson Mandela.

I need enough visually 'I recognise this person as an Icon' people to make the ones who aren't visually recognisable clearly 'okay, even though I don't know who that is, they must be, also, an Icon'. (I don't expect most people would recognise Bree Newsome on the street, f'ex, but I suspect the silhouette of her up a flagpole would be appropriately Iconic.)

Miss Major, I think. Harvey Milk?

Crazy Horse. Some of the young people behind the DAPL protests.

Things.


Also seeking:

Iconic artists/musicians/etc. whose work provided rallying points for similar matters. Johnny Cash. Pete Seeger. Phil Ochs. Possibly Freddie Mercury, given Queen's particular cultural role and his death. Um. Things.
kiya: (connections)
( Dec. 27th, 2016 11:34 am)
Now that I've got things imported over and other such excitements.

Meanwhile: is there any interest in me having my more public-facing blog echo to here?
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( Dec. 27th, 2016 10:17 am)
Due to the moving of LJ's servers to Russia, I am importing my stuff to my Dreamwidth account and shifting over to post and echo. I hope that this will not produce a horrible spammage for y'all.

How I am going to manage the whole everyone's DW accounts thing: I have no idea. I do not have the spoons to be dealing with this, but fuck.
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kiya: (writing)
( Dec. 23rd, 2016 11:34 pm)
Just hit 'send' on submitting a short story in response to an SFWA-qualifying anthology CFS.

I hope they like it.

For, um. The values of the word "like" that are appropriate for that story, which is... not about things one likes.
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( Nov. 30th, 2016 04:23 pm)
I didn't journal about it because brains, what are they? But the official wordcount is now at 50037 on the manuscript, which is named "Cracked Pots" and which I am expecting will come in around 110Kwords when actually finished.

(I also wrote several poems, my monthly article for Patheos, miscellaneous bloggery, and so on.)

Cracked Pots is named off an E. B. White quote: "Genius is more often found in a cracked pot than in a whole one." It is a steampunk fantasy which turned out to be rather more politically relevant than I intended when I started it, and also at about 30K in I figured out what was going on.

I need to get my calendars for next year up on the shop, but I will work on the other 60 or so estimated kilowords as well.
I wrote 3399 words today.

I don't know how the next chapter starts though. :} Sleep on it. Do the last 633 I need tomorrow.
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Stealing my phone and attempting to ring up [livejournal.com profile] rysmiel.

How she gets past the lock screen to do this I don't know.

Why it's usually [livejournal.com profile] rysmiel I also don't know.
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kiya: (writing)
( Nov. 3rd, 2016 06:43 pm)
So I got a bunny for a story on 30 October, and I have no idea what's going on, which is why I'm doing Nano.

Yes, I'm quite mad.

I'm also ahead of the curve. Official wordcount is currently 6051, and I'd need 5K to be on pace....
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Dramatis Personae:
* Aurun, hotshot ship captain, ex-assassin, untrained Force user
* Aaron Selig, demagogue ship's engineer, mad gadgeteer, pessimist
* Tereez, half-Bothan senior Imperial Knight, ex-Sith infiltration specialist
* Valis, junior Imperial Knight, healing and body mod specialist
* Tsavor, also called Hissy, Barabel ex-gladiator
* Arno Lassic, Zeltron hacker and demolitions guy
and introducing (in session #10)
* a survivor from the Ishikarra's round of the Force-activation plague virus whose name I don't recall and will have to look up, Jedi-affiliated weapons specialist

plus
NPC Elon, still a traumatized Jedi survivor of the Force-activation plague virus, medic, and continually having a bad day

Once again I am way behind and trying to catch up before gaming tomorrow.

Session 9 )

Session 10 )
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Hug your cats. Hug your kids. Hug everyone.
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And back for another edition of Star Wars gaming, which I am posting before we do more tomorrow, as I have finally gotten my shit together.

Dramatis Personae:
* Aurun, hotshot ship captain, ex-assassin, untrained Force user
* Aaron Selig, demagogue ship's engineer, mad gadgeteer, pessimist
* Tereez, half-Bothan senior Imperial Knight, ex-Sith infiltration specialist
* Valis, junior Imperial Knight, healing and body mod specialist
* Tsavor, also called Hissy, Barabel ex-gladiator
and introducing (in session 8)
* Arno Lassic, Zeltron hacker and demolitions guy

plus
NPC Elon, still a traumatized Jedi survivor of the Force-activation plague virus, medic, and having a bad day

Session 7 )

Session 8 )
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I say "'The next time somebody complains about millenials, maybe remind them which generation linoleumed over those beautiful hardwood floors.'"
[Other person] grumblemutter.
[[livejournal.com profile] lilairen] ... gets spam for vinyl flooring.
[[livejournal.com profile] lilairen] ... dies laughing.
A combination of setting up Babies yesterday in a hopeless attempt to get ER to nap, a discussion of (not joking) AU Potterverse childcare, and dealing with kids led me to the conclusion that one of the reasons that information-age parenting is hard is that information-age life does not have a lot of useful things for three year olds to do.

I mean, if you're a hunter-gatherer you can have a three year old pull berries off a bush and put them in the basket, and so long as the kid stays in mostly the area they're busy and occupied and productively contributing.

Farms have no shortage of work to do, and some of that work can be broken down into similar 'sort the rocks out of this heap' or 'fill this bucket with stuff' small child tasks.

It gets more complicated when one gets increasingly trade-based, because of the increasing skill levels.

And now?

... ... so FM says to me yesterday, "Mama, how do you spell 'dot com'?"

And then I had to tease out from half-understood questions and half-understood answers whether she was trying to spell it or put in a URL....
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kiya: (lotus discordia)
( May. 2nd, 2016 05:36 pm)
I blame [livejournal.com profile] brooksmoses for the fact that I now have some sort of vague notion that I ought to put out a call for submissions for good Discordian material and Kickstart a spiffy edition thereof.
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