2. Whatever weird stuff was going on with the skin on my fingers seemed to be really getting better now. I had a couple times over the past few weeks where it looked like it was getting better and then just got worse the next day, but this looks like it's the real thing.
3. I logged in to my old megchan email address tonight, which I have set to forward to my mail email but don't actually read directly except when something needs a response and I don't want to respond with my main email. Anyway, I was logging in to email someone and tell them I'd finally added the lyrics they requested to my site but I found that all my emails had been deleted. Well, everything except what was in the spam folder and a handful of emails dating back to March, so I guess this random mass deletion happened in March? Anyway, it's all gone. Thankfully since I have had it forwarding for the past five or six years, I do have most of the relevant emails that I would need in my main account, but it was still a shock. I filled out the form to ask gmail if they could restore my emails and got an automated message back within seconds saying they couldn't. Oh well. :-/
From Eudora Welty's On Writing:
"Writing fiction has developed in me an abiding respect for the unknown in a human lifetime and a sense of where to look for the threads, how to follow, how to connect, find in the thick of the tangle what clear line persists.
“Both reading and writing are experiences -- lifelong -- in the course of which we who encounter words used in certain ways are persuaded by them to be brought mind and heart within the presence, the power, of the imagination."
"We do need to bring to our writing, over and over again, all the abundance we possess. To be able, to be ready, to enter into the minds and hearts of our own people, all of them, to comprehend them (us) and then to make characters and plots in stories that in honesty and with honesty reveal them (ourselves) to us, in whatever situation we live through in our own times: this is the continuing job, and it's no harder now than it ever was, I suppose. Every writer, like everybody else, thinks he's living through the crisis of the ages. To write honestly and with all our powers is the least we can do, and the most."
The images here are by the Japanese installation artist Machiko Agano. Born in Kobe and trained as a weaver at the Kyoto City University of Arts, she hand weaves her site-specific sculptures using a wide range of materials, including silk, bamboo, and fishing wire.
"I am attracted by the mysterious shapes of nature," she says, "patterns made by the wind on desert sands; shapes of eroded rocks on coastal shores; clouds driven scross the autumn sky. This is my art: the exploration and expression of the fundamentals of nature."
DEAR MISS MANNERS: I am a picky eater. I like some foods; I hate some foods; some foods make me sick even to consider eating. I am an adult and eat what I like.
I have been trying new things and learning about cooking to try to change my tastes, but change is slow.Read full article >>
Still Prisoner of Azkaban. I actually haven't been reading much at all the past couple weeks. idk what else I've been doing...
What did you recently finish reading?
Today I read issues 2-6 of Ms. Marvel. I read the first issue when it came out and liked it, but am not used to following American comics, so I fell behind. I'm really liking it a lot, though.
What do you think you'll read next?
Hopefully the rest of PoA, as I'm already behind on the read-along.
( WNV and SF Giants project )
Speaking of baseball stuffs.... Last year, I did a big long post about what happens right around the baseball trading deadline. Tomorrow's the deadline and this year, in spite of the fact that we've been playing really bad ball lately, we're still totally in the race for both the division title and either of the two wild card spots. So we're buyers. One of our starting pitchers is probably looking at season ending surgery so we already picked up a new starting pitcher.* We still need some help in the outfield and possibly at second base, so the next twenty-four hours could be interesting. We also just sent one of our players down to the minors, but that's probably a move to make room for Belt, who's pretty much over his concussion and ready to come off the DL. However there's another player who didn't get on the plane to New York, so there's all kinds of speculation about him.
So tomorrow I could be saying "OMG that's a brilliant trade!" or "Who?" or "we gave up good prospects for that guy?!"or even "why didn't we do anything!"
*Jake Peavy, most recently with the Red Sox -- who promptly showed, pitched a fairly good game but still lost the because we didn't get him any runs and also the defense was fucking awful that night. The defensive mistakes were unusual but the lack of run support, not so much, Welcome to the Giants, Jake; you're replacing a guy who gets so little run support, the fans have turned his name into a verb for that sort of thing.
Title: Matters of Inconvenience
Fandom: Good Omens
Pairing/Characters: Aziraphale/Crowley; Adam Young, a few usual OCs
Notes: The five prompts that I've batched together to form this piece have come from spacedudebenny (Crowley gets a speeding ticket he can’t magic his way out of), quetzalpapalotl (I’d like some A/C acting godpaternally towards Adam), firesighn (Maybe a cat takes a shine to the mouse, but not in the way Crowley expected?), seji and the-oxford-english-fangeek (Aziraphale and Crowley watch Pacific Rim), and linda3m (naked swimming, wine). I've done my best to write these as readable without having read the rest of the series, but know that they're very definitely set right in the wake of the most recent long main-timeline story (World Without End).
Summary: Life reverts to the usual [laughable] drama faster than you'd like.
Author: Yoshida Akimi
Publisher: Flower Comics
Scanlator: Megchan's Scanlations feat. Molly
Status in Japan: 12 volumes, complete
Scanlation Status: Ongoing
More Info: Baka Updates
Summary: Twelve-year-old Sei lives a normal, quiet life on a small island in Okinawa until one day a strange man who seems to know his mother shows up and tries to kidnap him. After that, nothing is normal or quiet in this sci-fi thriller from the author of Banana Fish.
Chapter Summary: While Toichi and the others worry about what's become of Sei, Rin gets ready to meet Mr. Goldberg.
This goat gets itself stuck, and is in a "hole" lot of trouble. One of its friends comes along but doesn't seem to really be helping...
But don't worry...the little fella is rescued.
Submitted by: (via Janet G)