catlarks: (SASO: Cards)
Hello, dreamwidth!

I was going to write a big entry last week summarizing my trip to Boston but I just, didn't feel like doing that! I had a super great time and saw ALMOST every friend I planned on (Dani, Cassie, June, but no Eric due to weather) and really enjoyed the volunteer thing Yrin and I did most of the day on Sunday, but I'd just... Talked about it enough directly to friends that I didn't feel like rehashing it.

Which is fine, I guess. I've honestly been in such a great mood ever since last Friday and so mostly, I want to talk about that.

But before that we're gonna hash out a few unrelated items )
catlarks: (SASO: lean)
Usually this week would be a week for an access-locked update, since I've been alternating locked and unlocked, but I actually... Don't really want to talk about anything private enough to merit an access lock. That's, nice, actually. My stress levels are pretty directly proportionate to the amount of private shit I want to complain about and not needing to complain is Very Good for my mood.

So we will just do the usual weekly breakdown instead! )
catlarks: (Kinjou: Magician)
As promised, I present to dreamwidth the following: my intended reading list for 2019!

I have chosen to color-code it to communicate my own progress; anything in plain text has yet to be read, anything in red is currently in progress, and anything in green has been completed. I will not be REMOVING anything from this list, however, I may add more books if anything comes up during the year that seems worth preemptively recommending. I will try to keep it updated with my progress; if I read something not on this list and didn't find it worth sharing, that book will not be added.

That all said, the list:

  • Autonomous, by Annalee Newitz
  • The Bear and the Nightengale, by Katherine Arden
  • A Darker Shade of Magic, by V. E. Schwab
  • The Devourers, by Indra Das
  • The Grace of Kings, by Ken Liu
  • The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, by N. K. Jemisin
  • In An Absent Dream, by Seanan McGuire
  • Infomocracy, by Malka Older
  • The Long Way to A Small, Angry Planet, by Becky Chambers
  • The Poppy War, R. F. Kuang
  • The Rise and Fall of DODO, by Neal Stephenson and Nicole Galland
  • The Rules of Magic, by Alice Hoffman
  • Too Like the Lightning, by Ada Palmer
  • An Unkindness of Ghosts, by Rivers Solomon
  • The Witches of New York, Ami McKay


I make no guarantees that I will read and finish all of these books in 2019 (or possibly ever) but this is the list of novels I'm excited to read and which I would be excited to talk about with friends! I know a formal book club is a big commitment so rather than trying to organize anything like that, I hope folks will join me for this kind of, opening the doors for informal book discussion.
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Time for ye old weekly update! Fun facts, I pretty much always start writing these on Tuesdays, but they get posted on Wednesday or Thursday (or even Friday) depending on how long it takes me to finish the whole TL;DR of a thing.

It occurs to me that it might be less daunting to write like, an update about personal life/growth stuff and an update about media consumption/creation each week, since those tend to be the main subjects I talk about. But clearly it would be TOO SIMPLE to break things into more manageable but still cohesive chunks. We write a wall of text all on one page and die like men.

Or you know... Same concept less death maybe )
catlarks: (Kinjou: Magician)
In light of the fact that I cannot write a brief discussion of literature to save my life, I bring to you now: the second half of my 2018 literary year in review. My previous post consisted of mini-reviews of every book I completed in 2018; in this post I offer you commentary on the books I began in 2018 but am still in the process of reading for 2019.

As previously mentioned, some of these books I am still very much excited to read and I simply put them on hold in favor of something else I wanted to read more, or because the tone of the book was something I was no longer in the best frame of mind to consume. Other books on this list — a few, not many — I didn't turn out to be so much of a fan of. Even so, there is only one book here which I don't plan to finish. Everything else on this list I would recommend reading, depending on your personal taste.

With that out of the way... I present my ongoing reads into 2019! )
catlarks: (Kinjou: Computer)
Remember when tumblr shot itself in the foot in December and lots of people were talking about coming to dreamwidth? That didn't really happen, huh? I kind of miss my LJ days, when one day of posts meant hitting the "go back 20 entries" button because I couldn't fit everything my friends had written on one page. I miss having more stuff to read from my friends.

On the other hand, I probably am the majority of some of y'all's reading pages and for that I can pretend to be sorry. (I'm not sure I am very sorry.)

Thanks for always reading my TL;DR life updates )
catlarks: (Kinjou: Red)
I am quite late for a yearly review of the novels I read in 2018 but in my defense, I have had this planned since the last week of December. There are always memes about writing and reading and art that go around leading up to new year's and I couldn't find one that was quite what I wanted, so I made my own.

I'm the sort of person who always has a dozen different books in progress because I'll hop to something new every time my mood changes and am always reaching to read something that hits a specific tonal note. To that end, I present two lists: the list of books I completed in 2018, and the list of books I was reading in 2018 but which I have yet to finish. I'll be writing little mini-reviews of each; with the ongoing reads, some of them I'm still very excited about, some I got burnt out on for one reason or another and may or may not finish.

For a number of years I hadn't been reading much and since maybe 2016 I resolved to start reading more again. I use my library's digital lending system a ton for checking out ebooks and each year I've been reading more than the year before. I wish I did a roundup for 2016 and 2017 but I wasn't back in the swing of journaling yet; I hope that after 2018, I'll do one of these at the end of 2019 as well!

This post contains only the list of books I completed in 2018. In light of the fact that I am a walking TL;DR and cannot keep a post about literature brief to save my life, I am splitting the list of books in progress off onto a separate post, to be completed at a later date. I hope you, dear readers, enjoy this discussion of the books I finished.

And without further ado... The books of 2018! )
catlarks: (Kinjou: Dramatic)
Time for another general life update! My current plan seems to be updating DW once a week and alternating between general updates and work-specific updates, which I realize will make it appear I am not keeping my update schedule to people who aren't logged in, since the work updates are subscriber-locked, but that's fine. Holding myself to a standard with quantity of updates is for me more than it's for any of you.

And so... An update )
catlarks: (SASO: lean)
Time to try to get back into the swing of weekly updates! I have no idea what the hell I've been up to for the past... Month and a half, really, it's all blurred into a bit of a fugue. But that's fine, it'll be fun, we will figure out what I have been doing with my life together!

This only sounds a LITTLE bit alarming right... )
catlarks: (Kinjou: Magician)
I lied, I didn't expect to have the stamina to write a journal entry this week so the last one was gonna be the last life update for the year but actually... My twitter hiatus has left me with a decent bit of free time and spare energy, so here we are.

This might even be fast )
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I love Iruma Jyuto and in this essay I will... detail the circumstances under which he can be shipped with any and every other member of the Hypnosis Mic cast.

Or: I wanted to write a proper character essay about Jyuto, seeing as he is my favorite character in Hypnosis mic and seeing as I have a vast number of opinions about how I feel he "works" in terms of motivations and personality, but couldn't. The nature of hypmic as a canon makes it very difficult to cite all the superfluous bits and pieces of canon, many of them trivia that only exists floating around on twitter in translations of interviews, that I have based my interpretation on. So instead what I ended up writing is this: a messy essay on how Iruma Jyuto can be shipped with literally every other member of the cast.

And in reality I only wrote this for an RP ad whose goal was "I want to RP Jyuto and will RP Jyuto against literally whoever you want to write, I can make any ship work and have fun with it, hit me up, let's do this." So it's not really an "essay" so much as an exhaustive list of premises someone could RP but I figured I might as well preserve it and share it with friends. After all, it does also have some utility as a huge list of potential writing prompts! If you have read this and would like to RP any of these scenarios, or present to me a new and interesting Jyuto/anyone shipping scenario... Poke me in the comments I'm always hungry for more.

A last additional disclaimer: I didn't do a section for Ichijiku because if I'm going to do Ichijiku/Jyuto I just want to do the whole thing myself, I know where I live with femdom.

That all said... Let me show you my Jyuto ships )
catlarks: (Kinjou: Computer)
As is tradition, I am making an update to dreamwidth because I have taken another hiatus from twitter. I've been meaning to update with SOMETHING ever since tumblr started doing its NSFW purge, I just didn't get around to it until now.

It would be really cool if more OTHER people started coming back to DW for want of a less frustrating fandom platform but I am not really expecting it. Nevertheless... It makes me want to put some less tedious content than Life Essays on my journal. I've been saying ALL YEAR that I want to start writing entries with impressions of books I've read or with meta for fandoms I'm in but so far I've only done the one fandom essay, way back in February. I'll have to kick my ass a bit more about that.

But in the meantime... This is a life update )
catlarks: (Kinjou: Red)
I haven't felt like writing a journal update in a while. Back in September I know I was just really burnt out and depressed and it is what it is, but then I didn't feel like writing updates in October either and by then I was feeling better. I keep myself very busy so technically speaking there's always something to report about, but it's kind of... The same something, slightly repackaged, week after week and it gets boring to talk about.

If I'm bored writing it, why should anyone else want to read about it? (ah, a sentiment that applies to creative writing just as well as personal journaling!)

But now I'm taking another twitter hiatus and have more than two months of unaccounted for LIFE BULLSHIT so like, surely at this point there is something worth being excited about.

The question is just figuring out how the fuck to organize it )
catlarks: (SASO: Cards)
I haven't written an entry in three weeks because for one reason or another I just kept falling on my face. Kinda bummed about it, because I haven't missed more than one week's update per month since the beginning of the year when I decided to start journaling again, but what can you do.

And now I'm taking another hiatus from twitter until after Colossalcon East, which means it feels like high time I get back in the swing of things.

And with that said... Some rambling )
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Welcome to my last before-the-deadline panic scream about tenipuri big bang! I don't want to do a journal update for this week because I will have to stare in the face how little writing I have done relative to how much of the story I have left to write! Help me!

And yet I guess I'm gonna do it anyway )
catlarks: (Kinjou: Dramatic)
Alright, belated weekly update time! Except this week we are going to do something completely different, seeing as I am utterly bored by my own monotony and just cannot summon the "gives-a-shit" to write a play-by-play of how my week has gone.

Instead, we're going to talk a little bit about memory loss.

And then probably do the weekly news anyway but like... with actual brevity )
catlarks: (Kinjou: Magician)
Weekly update time! I am going to attempt not to let this entry devolve into one long panic scream about my writing schedule and about trying to meet the big bang deadlines, but... There's a really good chance a large percentage of it is going to be screaming about the big bang. The posting date is first week of August! Come first week of August -- ideally -- I and also you will be free of big bang hell!

And with that said... The update )
catlarks: (Kinjou: Shades)
I have returned to twitter, so the hiatus updates have ended as of the first weekend in July. But I've also spent most of the past week in Boston, which means it is time for the fun and exciting Boston Update.

(Which was begun on Thursday 7/5 but I'm not getting the chance to finish until today, 7/10, which is... probably fine.)

And this may actually be fun and some definitions of exciting, because I did get to do fun things! And not just write die constantly, as I've been doing for the past month!

On the other hand I definitely did do more write dying in Boston too )
catlarks: (Kinjou: Red)
This will be the final update I write during my hiatus from twitter, isn't that exciting? I've been so antsy about being away; I absolutely will not let myself check it but sometimes I open the app screen on my phone, look at the "+26" notifications next to the twitter icon, and close the app screen again. It's strange because it really does feel like this craving I can't quite squash, but like a craving for shitty junky food that I know I won't actually enjoy once I have it.

It'll be interesting coming back. It always feels weird, but probably this time more than any other. We'll see how it goes.

And with that hiatus related update given... The rest )
catlarks: (SASO: Cards)
We are entering week three of my month-long twitter hiatus! I still haven't written nearly as much as I hoped to have written by this date! I'm very antsy about not being on twitter! I'm not sure if this is really having the outcome I was hoping for but I'm stubborn and I'm going to stick with it until the end even so because doing anything other than that is clearly failure. This is just who I am as a person.

I am not a person who easily accepts failure but it's fine it's fine )