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but at least it's gone now. Plus! Less phlegm! I think my cold is going away!


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So, you know my opinion on Stuy

Apr. 25th, 2019 01:15 am
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Mainly, that those schools are overrated, that test needs a serious overhaul and critical review, and that everybody obsessed with that school (and the others) seriously needs to get a grip and reconsider the life choices that brought them to this place.

But nobody ever takes my excellent advice, and so they won't stop talking about those schools, and so I keep on reading. It's like a very boring trainwreck that I narrowly escaped but not really.

With that said, I have to admire the NY Times slipping in this snide commentary in this article here: “The bureaucrats who run these school districts have swallowed hook, line and sinker the idea of racial diversity” as an essential part of education in America, added Mr. Yoo, who is best known as the legal architect of Mr. Bush’s so-called torture memos.

Man, that's some serious, if factually-accurate, shade.

On the subject of affirmative action, way in the comments to that article somebody quoted Clarence Thomas opining that affirmative action just makes people doubt the merits of blacks. I will go on the record as saying that it is neither his race nor the specter of affirmative action that makes me doubt Clarence Thomas' credentials, capacity for critical thought, jurisprudence, or ethics. In fact, I have made it a long-standing policy to support what he doesn't, just on general principle, and that policy has yet to steer me wrong. So if Clarence Thomas is against affirmative action, that is certainly good enough for me.

(No, I do not intend to get into a discussion here and now about whether or not policies intended to increase representation of some or all racial minorities are good or bad, or if they're racist against other minorities and/or any or all whites, either in the abstract or with regard to specific situations. Not nearly enough spoons for that today.)

Creative Jam

Apr. 20th, 2019 12:21 am
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The April [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam is now open with a theme of "Identity Crisis."  Come give us prompts, or claim some for your own inspiration.

What I Have Written

From My Prompts

Linkspam: fannish/geeky, misc.

Apr. 20th, 2019 12:40 am
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Fannish/Geeky Things

"Fruits Basket: The Three Musketeers Arc is coming to Yen Press!" This is a set of three new Fruits Basket chapters that Takaya-sensei's doing about the Mabudachi Trio. ^_^ "This story takes place around the same time as the last chapter of Fruits Basket, so for those who haven’t read all of the manga, please proceed with caution!"

Via [personal profile] goodbyebird, "2019 PSO Atlantic Pole bronze medalist, Deadpool". [YouTube ~ 4.5 minutes]

"Tour of Duty: Journey back through each Marvel film that defined Captain America: EW visited the set of every movie as Chris Evans brought Steve Rogers to life. With Avengers: Endgame approaching, it's time to look back".

"Marvel's Kevin Feige Promises 'Major Storylines' for Disney+ Shows".

"Avatar: The Last Airbender's Writer Says a Possible Season 4 Was Sidelined for Shyamalan's Film". [io9]

"CinemaCon 2019: Turns Out The Cats In Tom Hooper’s CATS Are The Size Of Actual Cats".

"Manga Answerman - What Are The Best Digital Manga Services?"


"Farewell From The Establishment!"

"Sleepovers reduce stress in shelter dogs: ASU study shows short-term fostering temporarily reduces cortisol levels and increases rest in shelter dogs".

"Bok Choy Isn’t ‘Exotic’: A young generation of Asian-American farmers is reclaiming Asian vegetables — and in the process, their own culinary heritage".

Via [personal profile] fred_mouse, "GenX Tribe: Breaking Bones and Other Stories of Walking it Off". [CW: All kinds of medical stuff, focusing on things going un- or poorly-treated.]

"The pink lakes of Australia – in pictures".

"Peepshi: The Next Generation". "Spring is officially here, which means the birds are a-singin', the bees are a-buzzin', and everywhere you look, there are signs of new life. What better time to buy a crap-ton of delicious, squishy Peeps and murder them one by one?"

"‘Angels in America’ Audiobook Will Be Narrated by Full Cast of Broadway Revival".

"We Can’t Get Over This Amazing High School Production of Alien". [The Mary Sue]

A post? A post.

Apr. 20th, 2019 12:30 am
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Right, posting is a thing.

--Until about a week ago, my phone (which will be...three years old this summer?) lived in a case with a cover that flipped shut. It now has a just-covers-the-back-and-edges case. There are benefits to this, like remembering that notification lights are a thing and I can tell if I have email without actually turning the screen on! How clever! But so far my literal grip on the thing still feels tenuous, and my slightly-germophobic brain has yet to come to a decision about whether I should lay the phone face-up or face-down by my bedside (or on other surfaces), because the cats walk over the surfaces that the phone face is touching when face-down, but the cats could also at any moment walk on the screen if it's face-up, and I know where those paws have been, friends. *wry*

--Crocuses are starting to just poke up in the front yard, so I guess soon we'll find out whether the manymany bulbs we planted out back a year and a half ago mostly failed to produce flowers last year because it takes two years or because something went wrong. Here's hoping it's the former.

--Sea is moving away disconcertingly soon. It feels like she just got here! (And she did, really. But the Nova Scotia job market lived down to its reputation. >.<) It's weird and sad to think of her being gone, even though it's not as if we'll never see her again. And in the meantime, efforts are ongoing to make sure she gets to eat ALL THE SEAFOOD, 'cause there's no ocean where she's going. :/

--The entire weather forecast is made of rain or showers. This would be less aggravating if rain hadn't resulted in scheduled work not being done on our townhouse this past Monday. (Non-urgent, but we're looking forward to having it done.) It's been rescheduled for this Tuesday, and so far the forecast only says "showers", so here's hoping things can proceed.

--[personal profile] scruloose and I need to start making solid plans for being in Toronto this year, and awkwardly, the trend of my "I really want to go and will enjoy being there, but holy crap, does the planning exhaust me" feeling getting more intense is continuing. Also, 2019 is likely to be a bit expensive in general, so I want to at least look into cashing in some of our heap of Aeroplan Miles to get to Toronto this time around, but the fact that it's one province too far away to count as a short-haul flight is just irritating. The thought of spending 25,000 miles to get to Toronto (the number needed to get anywhere outside "short-haul" range in continental North America) when 75,000 is enough to get to China or Japan is harsh.

--Speaking of money, we have an appointment with our accountant next week--when the company called to see if we were going to be coming in, he literally had one spot left this month. Oops. So this weekend has to include tallying all of my freelance income and deductions to hand off to him. I am very fond of roads and schools and all such things, so I'm philosophically on board with paying my taxes! But oh, the actual paying of them (and paying for his services, but we've plainly established that [personal profile] scruloose and I should not be left to our own devices on this front) is gonna sting.
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Thanks to a donation from [personal profile] fuzzyred, there are 11 new verses in "A Cave Swarming with Strange Forms of Life."   Kenzie tells Pretty Ears about the attack.

Poem: "The Blue Bird of Happiness"

Apr. 19th, 2019 06:00 pm
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This poem came out of the November 6, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] gingicat. It also fills the "blue bird of happiness" square in my 11-5-19 card for the Family Ties Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] fuzzyred. It belongs to the Mercedes thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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RL Update 2

Apr. 19th, 2019 04:09 pm
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Thank you for all your prayers and well wishes.

Mom passed away peacefully this afternoon at 12:24pm.

I was fortunate to have been holding her hand until the end. She was never in any pain, and most of the family was able to get by and spend quality time with her during the past 10 days she was here in hospice.

Again, thank you to my on-line family for your thoughts and prayers.

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so when I realized she'd never seen or heard of The Sixth Sense, I added it to our movie line-up.

She was actually surprised by the twist. This is such a novel experience, I felt I had to record it for posterity.

We've also watched Empire Records (Eva was deeply caught up in the question of whether or not Joe is actually Lucas' foster father, or if he's just fatherly) and 10 Things I Hate About you (we lost Heath Ledger entirely too soon). Also, unrelated to this all, Jenn and Eva watched Legally Blonde. I was surprised that Jenn had never seen that movie before. She was surprised that I've watched it at least seven times already. I'm not sure which fact is more surprising.


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The Rain

Apr. 19th, 2019 10:14 pm
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Title: The Rain
Author: [personal profile] smallhobbit 
Pairing: Harry/Snape
Rating: G
Summary: Harry is getting wet


The heavens opened )


ART: Small Crochet Market Bag v.1

Apr. 19th, 2019 05:00 pm
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I designed a little market bag for one of my bingo squares! Be forewarned, I have not tested this or had anyone else test it, I wrote it as I went. I'll probably make some more to test the pattern more thoroughly later and I plan to make a larger version.

My Ravelry page for the produce is here. Patterns of produce used were by Patti, here and here.

My series that inspired this is called Plums!

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This poem is spillover from the January 8, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] siliconshaman. It also fills the "giant anything" square in my 9-30-18 card for the Fall Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] fuzzyred. It belongs to the Big One thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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What is your comfort item?

Feel free to answer in the comments or paste the code below into your own journal to answer the question.

Book Review Year 5 No 4

Apr. 19th, 2019 12:34 pm
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Only three books this time, but none are part of my regular series:

The Red House Mystery by A A Milne

Yes, the writer of Winnie-the-Pooh also wrote a mystery novel.  It was fun, to a point, but the interest wasn't so much in the mystery but in the characters of Antony Gillingham (the Holmes of the story - he calls himself that) and Bill Beverley (his Watson).  Stangely enough I could almost feel Tigger!Holmes taking part in the story, supported by a combination of Pooh!Watson and Eeyore!Watson - presumably something of Milne's prose carried over into his later stories of the Hundred Acre Woods.  And in true Watson/Holmes fashion, Gillingham/Beverley has produced a few fanfics, including one of my own.  It fills the Number/Colour in the Title square for LJ's bookbingo.

Omega and after: Bloomsbury and the Decorative Arts by Isabelle Anscombe

This was my second book on Vanessa Bell, which looked more at her artistic production.  Although I'd originally reserved it with the library, their one and only copy had gone missing, so I bought a cheap copy myself.  Bell's style is quite distinctive, but I can see why it wasn't particularly popular.  The idea of the Omega Workshop was interesting, and how it would have fared if it hadn't been founded just before WWI is worth considering, but it did seem to suit those artists who weren't dependent on their art, but had other forms of income as well.  There's an interesting conundrum about an artist producing what they feel led to produce, but if it isn't commercially viable it has to be sold to a wealthy patron.  Fills the Historical square.

Saint Overboard by Leslie Charteris

The last of my recommendations from [community profile] ffw_social  The book was originally written in 1936, although the copy I bought was dated 1955 (original price 2/-).  A good adventure, but very much of its time, there was far too much about 'the lady with the adventurous glint in her eyes'.  Worth reading but I won't be reading any more.  Fills the This Starts with the First Letter of your Name square.

For anyone who's interested, here's my book bingo card as it currently stands:
book bingo card )

The Friday Five for April 19, 2019

Apr. 19th, 2019 03:32 am
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April is half over and we are tumbling toward May and soon it will be the season of graduating. It seems like every class has a graduation now, so how about you

1. Did you enjoy your senior year of high school?

2. Did you have a senior trip (high school) and were you able to go on it.

3. Was graduating (from either high school or college/university) a big thing with your family or just another day?

4. What were you looking forward to the most after graduating from either high school or college/university?

5. Knowing what you know now, what advice would you give your graduating self?

Copy and paste to your own journal, then reply to this post with a link to your answers. If your journal is private or friends-only, you can post your full answers in the comments below.

If you'd like to suggest questions for a future Friday Five, then do so on DW or LJ. Old sets that were used have been deleted, so please feel free to suggest some more!

**Remember that we rely on you, our members, to help keep the community going. Also, please remember to play nice. We are all here to answer the questions and have fun each week. We repost the questions exactly as the original posters submitted them and request that all questions be checked for spelling and grammatical errors before they're submitted. Comments re: the spelling and grammatical nature of the questions are not necessary. Honestly, any hostile, rude, petty, or unnecessary comments need not be posted, either.**
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I finally got through the two published Kiranmala books.

These are solid middle grade fantasy - good mix of jokes, though-provoking-ness, adventure, and feelings. Plus some weird worldbuilding (in the best way) and social consciousness.

Two things, though. No, three things.

First, our protagonist is amazingly clueless, especially when it comes to her crush, in particular, and his feelings about her. She's clueless in other ways, too - at several points people explicitly tell her things, but she completely ignores them and then has to come across her epiphany the hard way. Only once does she realize she's done this. It's good for the reader to be a little ahead of the protagonist, but nobody wants to be this far ahead. Even when you account for the age of the target audience, this girl needs to smarten up.

Secondly, the author has clearly read The Hunger Games. Well, everybody's read The Hunger Games*, but I mean to say that the second book has a very Hunger Games vibe that was a wee bit disorienting.

Third, the refugee crisis is very topical. I think, however, that having your obvious metaphor conveyed with actual monsters that eat humans is, perhaps, in bad taste. Yes, we all get the moral that you shouldn't judge entire groups of people on hearsay and vicious rumors... but that moral is rather muddied when our main character, aside from making friends in That Persecuted Group and then having a cluebat generously applied, has also encountered several members of that same group who have hunted her and threatened to eat her. Indeed, one of her friends threatened to eat her at one point.

* For a given value of "everybody", of course.

Challenge #664

Apr. 19th, 2019 12:26 am
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Happy Snarry Thursday, all!

Our new prompt this week is:

Challenge 664: Shelter

Have fun!

You're free to combine this prompt with any other, and remember, we encourage cross-posting across all our journals, DW, IJ, and LJ, so feel free to post your responses to any or all of them.

Notre Dame Fire Update

Apr. 19th, 2019 12:23 am
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The fire in the Notre Dame Cathedral was probably caused by an electrical short.  France has already announced a design contest for a new spire.
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I legitimately realized just this minute that today was not Wednesday, that Wednesday had come and gone. OOOOOPS.

Blame it on Spring Break. Blame it on being distracted by medical stuff. But really, you should blame it on me being so immersed in WsiP that I've totally lost track of everything.EEEK!

Sadly, all the things I'm working on is for [community profile] homemade2homemade so I can't share it here...yet. But, I can take a moment to cheer you all on, belatedly.

So let's do this!
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our future history. hannah montana. miley/lilly. pg-13. 550. ao3.
lilly was an affectionate drunk.

for [community profile] femslashficlets prompt 205: embrace.

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the theme for this month's round at [community profile] fandom10in30 was alphabet, meaning all of the icons had to follow a pattern of the alphabet but you could start at any letter. this month's theme was really interesting (although kind of difficult lol) and inspired me to try some new techniques and styles i don't usually do! i hope you like them!

10 icons + 13 alts )

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Apr. 18th, 2019 12:23 pm
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On the phone with the ex-husband, discussing next weekend. I tell him my parents are coming for the concert. He says, "Are they going to be okay with that show. I mean there's a lot of homosexuals there..."

I say, "They'll be fine, and also that word is only used by people who are being disparaging."

He says, "What am I supposed to call people who have same-sex attraction?"

I say, "That phrase also is only used by people who are disparaging."

He says he's apparently not politically correct but he doesn't mean to be insulting. I do not have either time or inclination to teach him appropriate language usage as I am sitting at my work desk with half the office around me. But seriously, he sounds exactly like the oh-so-concerned "love the sinner hate the sin" crowd.

Wish I'd thought to answer his question with "People."

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Apr. 18th, 2019 09:36 am
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One week to concert, and Tammie's got a nasty cough/cold and my throat is scratchy. Yikes!

Still have four songs I'm not confident on the memorization (or in one case, even the notes, bah I hate when our part is 90% doos and oohs, I have a terrible time remembering which ones and how many and what notes they go on). Time for much cramming.

And somewhere in there I've got to make time to edit my podfic polygons assignment.

And tidy the house because my parents are coming for the show. They're not staying with us, and may not even visit the house because of how the schedule works out, but...

Luckily, tomorrow is a work holiday.
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Folks have mentioned an interest in questions and conversations that make them think. So I've decided to offer more of those. This is the current list.

28. Let’s alternate sharing three positive characteristics of each other.

This one is awkward to do online, so I'll just list three positive characteristics of my audience.

* You're smart.  You know all these incredibly cool things and you love geeking out about them together.

* You're diverse.  You take my writing in directions I'd never find without you, and give me details that make it solid, even when the "official" sources suck.

* You're generous.  Your donations keep our household budget going.

I squish you all so much.  :D
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Have you ever experienced extreme entitlement in another person? What happened?

Feel free to answer in the comments or paste the code below into your own journal to answer the question.

Wednesday Yardening

Apr. 17th, 2019 10:27 pm
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Today was sunny, mild, and blustery.  We bought more birdseed, three bags of topsoil to fill the hollow beyond the patio, and a couple bags of flowers and herbs.

Another [community profile] fluffbingo Fill Posted

Apr. 17th, 2019 09:31 pm
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Pointless fluff, for the prompt: dinner. One more prompt to go and I will have a line. :)

Title/Link: Fifty
Fandom: Quantum Leap
Prompt: Dinner
Characters: Donna Elesee, Al Calavicci, Katie Beckett, Sam Beckett, Beth Calavicci, Tom Beckett
Summary: Donna plans a surprise for Sam for his fiftieth birthday.

Someone New 136

Apr. 17th, 2019 06:26 pm
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Title: Someone New 136
Fandom: Harry Potter
Author: [personal profile] enchanted_jae
Characters/Pairing: Harry/Draco, ofc
Rating: PG13
Written for:
[profile] drabble_weekly Prompt No. 136 - murder
[community profile] mixandmatch100 Prompt No. 76 - temperature
Warnings: None
Spoilers: None
Summary: Harry may not survive his courtship.
Disclaimer: Characters are the property of JK Rowling, et al. This fic/drabble was written for fun, not for profit.

Someone New 136

Ana, delightful child, gave me a cold

Apr. 23rd, 2019 04:28 pm
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I wanted earlier to say that this cold is wiping me out, and I also wanted to say that it's kicking my butt, two phrases which are semantically similar. What came out is "This cold is wiping my butt", which isn't. ("This cold is kicking me out" would have been equally puzzling, but less funny.)


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Today is a happy, happy day, because I finished not one, but two bookbinding projects! I've been working on the both of them for months, so it's both strange and exciting to have them done. One of them is the slipcase that I mentioned before, and that's the one I'll talk about today. The other I simply call THE bookbinding project, because that one was intense. I can't tell you more about it than that at the moment, for reasons most of you already know, but I'll write a proper post about it later.

The slipcase )

A Bad Take on Going Nonverbal

Apr. 17th, 2019 01:06 pm
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(Trigger warning for mishandling of disabilities and twisted assumptions.)

While looking for something else, I stumbled across this helpy article on people who go nonverbal sometimes. It's horribly intolerant, and reminds me of when Deaf people were abused for using sign language because hearing people demanded speech from them. It just pissed me off, so I decided to kick the skeletons out of the closet.

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The Enchanted Awards!

Apr. 17th, 2019 03:00 pm
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One of my stories, Ascension, has been nominated and proceeded through the semi-finals of the third annual Granger Enchanted Awards to become a Finalist in the "Shaken, Not Stirred" Best Action/Adventure Storyline category! I had no idea any of my work had been nominated at all, so that's a cool surprise.

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If you're not opposed to this sort of thing, here's a list of the Finalists and here's the link to vote! (Voting is live until April 27th at 11:59PM CST. Voting is open to all as long as voters can provide an active email address and a full facebook name (meant to reduce duplicate voting.))

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Thank you to whoever nominated and voted for Ascension in the Semi-Finals!

Quick Cross-Stitch Update

Apr. 17th, 2019 05:40 pm
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Although it's only halfway through April, I shall be away next week, so I'm unlikely to get very much more done this month.

The bookmark is almost finished - I might get that done this weekend, then it's just a matter of sewing on the backing, and maybe doing the backstitch.

And the big news, as far as I'm concerned, is that I have completed a whole band of the Klimt.  So I'm an eighth of the way through.

Wednesday Words

Apr. 17th, 2019 08:12 am
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Pretty standard week for me these days. I spent the first half of the week traveling, so was pretty much out of commission, but still managed a handful of words! Not as much as I would have liked, but that seems to be where I'm at this year.

Weekly Word Count (4/10 - 4/16) = 1,715

What I Worked On:
  • May [ profile] daily_deviant - did final read through and drafted fic for posting next month!

  • July [ profile] daily_deviant - continued drafting!

  • August [ profile] daily_deviant - continued drafting!

  • Rare Pair Gift!Fic - did final read through and prepared fic for posting next month!

  • ATF Sequel Ideas - added some scenes/details to my document of doom where I've been jotting down random ideas and plot points that I'd like to potentially work into a sequel. I've got quite a lot of content here and should probably sit down soon and try and wrangle it into some semblance of an actual plot.

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Apr. 22nd, 2019 12:31 am

Hard Things

Apr. 17th, 2019 12:46 am
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Life is full of things which are hard or tedious or otherwise unpleasant that need doing anyhow. They help make the world go 'round, they improve skills, and they boost your sense of self-respect. But doing them still kinda sucks. It's all the more difficult to do those things when nobody appreciates it. Happily, blogging allows us to share our accomplishments and pat each other on the back.

What are some of the hard things you've done recently? What are some hard things you haven't gotten to yet, but need to do? Is there anything your online friends could do to make your hard things a little easier?


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