Bullet point updates

Aug. 18th, 2017 06:33 pm
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So it's been a hot minute since I've been here. Hi. Hello. Sorry.

My mental health still isn't brilliant but it is improving. I had my 6-week review for being back on the meds last weekend and definite improvement but not as much as Doctor would have hoped. On the same dosage for another 6 weeks, then another review and we'll take it from there.

Last Saturday was a Raintown gig down in Shoreham by Sea near Brighton. A lovely little venue and a sold out gig - which considering it was their first time playing down on the south coast was bloody amazing! And so many people seeing them for the first time. I had a little reserved sign with my name on the front-row centre seat and I got a little shout-out from Paul at the end of the gig for how much I travel around to see them.

MONDAY I had an interview for a permanent job in Birmingham. The back end of last week, an agency I used to work for called me out of the blue to see what my situation was. We chatted for a while - and apparently, there's a desperate lack of experienced purchase ledger clerks in the West Midlands right now and they wanted to send my details over to this client. I met with the client Monday afternoon (I had the day off anyway) and I got feedback yesterday. They want to see my for a second interview - they're calling back two of the five interviewees and specifically said they want to see me first. AWESOME!

Like I said to both Facilities & Finance bosses; I don't want to leave. I love this job, I love the team, I've worked really hard to build up relationships with my suppliers. But there is currently no opportunity for a permanent position and I would be an idiot to turn down a potential permanent job when it literally came knocking on my door.
I'm not actively looking for another job and if this doesn't work out, I'll keep coming in til they tell me not to.

I think there was something else but I appear to have lost like... an hour and a halfs time somewhere this evening. I started writing this at 18:33, its now 20:12... I'm zoning out quite badly still. ugh.
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Title: Two Good Liars
Fandom: Wynonna Earp
Pairing: Xavier Dolls/Doc Holliday
Disclaimer: I own nothing to do with Wynonna Earp. It's not my toy box and I'm merely playing.
Rating: PG-13
Summary: Post S1. Xavier wakes up, already rescued, with Doc driving. Doc explains the plan for them to avoid Xavier's former employer.
A/N: Written for the Rare Male Slash Exchange for PositivelyVexed. This is post S1 and doesn't include anything from S2 as I haven't watched yet.

Two Good Liars: )

More Patricia Wrede

Aug. 15th, 2017 02:05 pm
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Sorcery & Cecelia: or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot (Cecelia and Kate, #1)Sorcery & Cecelia: or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot by Patricia C. Wrede

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


This was so so good. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

It's a novel consisting of letters between two female cousins, Cecelia and Kate, at the beginning of the 19th century. One of them has had to stay home in the country while the other is being presented in London, and so they write letters to each other to stay in touch. Magic is real in this world, and both girls become entangled in a plot that sends them into great peril (which, to be fair, they mostly end up enjoying).

We're living in pretty dark times, and reading something extremely funny and witty and utterly delightful was just what I needed right now.



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The Guinness Book of Names (6th Ed) by Leslie Alan Dunkling (1993)

You have a name and one thing after another happens to you, and you behave in various ways and do things, so that soon the name begins to have a meaning. Things have accumulated around your name. (Carson McCullers, The Member of the Wedding)

I always judge a young author by the names he bestows on his characters. If the names seem to me to be weak, or to be unsuitable to the people who bear them, I put the author down as a man of little talent, and am no longer greatly interested in his book. . . . It is one of the first rules of the novelist’s art. Bad authors choose bad names. (Emil Zola, Dr Pascal)


As anyone who has been here and paid attention will know, I like words, I like books and I like names. Therefore, I really really like books on names. I still have the first one I bought (it's 3x2 inches in size, the etymology's as wonky as the binding and the cherub on the cover makes me wince, but I wouldn't part with it for the world), plus a lowering number of baby name books of all kinds.

This, however, started my fascination with all the other ways and means and types of naming things. I originally bought the (I think) 2nd edition, and traded up at least twice in the eighties and nineties, and it covers a huge range of topics: of course, first names (etymology, history, changing fashions in, reasons for choices), and surnames (history, psychology of, common and rarer, changing them) but also deep breath... )



Some Things for Sunday

Aug. 13th, 2017 09:28 am
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1. [personal profile] spikedluv wrote me a wonderful MCU Clint/Coulson story called everything that's right (at the wrong time). It features some of my favorites, including misunderstandings that lead to pining. Everyone should go check it out and give her story some love.

2. Penultimate episode of Game of Thrones for this season. *squee* I guess this means I should finally write up my thoughts on last week's episode. LOL SPOILERS )

3. I was looking at the fall lineup of shows, and I am so pleased that Lucifer will now be on at 8:00 and Gotham has moved to a different day at 8:00. That means with the exception of Sunday night TV, the handful of shows I want to watch are mostly on at 8:00. NCIS:NOLA is still on at 10:00, but I've resigned myself to watching the show after it shows up on Netflix or something.

4. Downton Abbey is redeemed. I have liked these last episodes very much. SPOILERS )

5. I am so thrilled to be going back to teaching tomorrow. I am ready for a regular schedule and meaningful work. I am almost vibrating with anticipation.
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There have been a few photos on various social media of the filming of Welcome Home, Warrior - the Christmas movie Michael is doing for Hallmark Mysteries and Movies.
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Book Reviewing

Aug. 12th, 2017 12:44 pm
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Faint Praise: The Plight of Book Reviewing in AmericaFaint Praise: The Plight of Book Reviewing in America by Gail Pool

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


This was very informative about the book reviewing industry; it was also meticulously researched. I really appreciated the quotes from book reviews of yore and the look at the history of book reviewing. I think Pool offers some very good advice for people who are looking to get into book reviewing. She is also fair in her critique of the industry, admitting that she is guilty of many of the sins she highlights.

Unfortunately, the book is not a rolicking read. It's informative and the topic is interesting, but Pool's writing is pretty dry. The parts where she quotes from what other people have said about the practice of reviewing (usually pretty negative and cutting commentary) and the parts where she quotes actual reviews and the parts where she tells stories about things that happened to her or the one time this guy sued the paper because the review of his book was full of factual errors--those parts were engaging. The rest of it not so much.

Also unfortunately, the book is dated. It's ten years old and barely touches on the way the internet has changed book reviewing. Goodreads isn't even mentioned. I would be very interested to see what Pool has to say about the way the industry has changed in the last decade as well as what she thinks about the current status of self-published books.



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Light Up Every Room (DCTV, Kara/Mick)

Aug. 12th, 2017 06:28 am
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Title: Light Up Every Room
Fandom: DCTV
Pairing: Kara/Mick, background Winn/Hartley, background Len/Mick
Disclaimer: I own nothing to do with DC. It's not my toy box and I'm merely playing. I also own nothing to do with Peter Pan, Shakespeare, Doctor Who are Star Wars. Title is a line from Jasmine Thompson's song "Old Friends" which you can find here.
Rating: PG-13
Summary: Kara calls Mick after a confrontation with her world's version of Captain Cold and Heatwave.
A/N: Written for the DCRarepair exchange for nirejski. This starts shortly after the Invasion crossover and runs through the Legends of Tomorrow Episode Turncoat and Supergirl Episode Luthors. Mick's past is a big part of the fic, both with losing his family, losing Len, and being Kronos. He talks about how difficult this is for him. He's also grieving and depressed, thinking about suicide is touched upon more than once. There is also a bit of kid fic towards the end. If that's going to bother you please don't read. Thanks.

Light Up Every Room: )

Scholarship Reconsidered

Aug. 11th, 2017 09:57 am
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So, over the course of this week, the Boyer model of scholarship got brought up at two separate meetings, so I thought I'd better check it out. Over the last four years, we've consolidated and gone through two level changes, so we're now at the point where we're having to revise promotion and tenure processes yet again. Part of that is defining what we mean by scholarship and which activities will be rewarded by the institution. I think there's going to be a committee. LOL

Scholarship Reconsidered )

On Our Anniversary (MCU, Sam/Steve)

Aug. 11th, 2017 04:16 am
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Title: On Our Anniversary
Fandom: MCU
Pairing: Sam/Steve
Disclaimer: I own nothing to do with Marvel. It's not my toy box and I'm merely playing.
Rating: PG-13
Summary: Steve and Sam exchange cards for their anniversary.
A/N: Written for the MCU AU Fest for smaragdbird. Ev, Jubilee, and Xi'an are all mutant characters borrowed to fill in minor roles.

On Our Anniversary: )

Some kind of good news for once!

Aug. 11th, 2017 03:00 am
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 I've actually booked myself a vacation. Yay! I'm going to Oxford for the Barbara Pym Society's AGM, and have managed to get a week off from August 30th until September 7th. I went last year as well, and it's such a wonderfully Pymian experience that I simply can't miss it. Feels like a way to celebrate mum's memory as well, since she was the one that got me to read Barbara Pym in the first place, and we have talked so much about her books. I even started reading Some Tame Gazelle aloud for her at the hospital during her first stay there in January, and the day before she had her last attack in February we read a couple of chapters and just wondered at the greatness of Pym's style. I haven't been able to finish the book since mum died, but I have read No Fond Return of Love twice this summer.  She is one of my comfort authors, that I return to again and again. So Oxford and Pym, and some time on my own sounds like a blessing after this horrible year.

Hopefully I'll be able to take the bus up to London for a day or two as well.  Read [personal profile] grondfic 's review of Hamlet at the Harold Pinter theatre and it sounds like something I should try to catch. Is there anything else I should look out for? 

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