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([personal profile] oursin Oct. 23rd, 2017 06:09 pm)

A booklist which includes Tropic of Cancer and Little Women:

Goodreads' 200 Most Difficult Novels. "Novels that made you work the hardest. Let's assume that you actually finished the book and felt that it was worth the effort."

And some of those are Very Long Important Novels but some of them are quite short, and not even short in the sense of 'compressed and elliptical and dense'.

And some of them are challenging reads on account of subject matter but others, really, not so much I would have thought.

And, generically, quite a mishmash.

But a list that includes Clarissa and Coraline?

Okay, some of those books look like set texts that people had to struggle through and then found worth the journey, but others, presumably, are not the kind of books that feature in lit courses.

And some are even in the category I would have considered rattling airport reads...

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([personal profile] ysabetwordsmith Oct. 23rd, 2017 11:22 am)
These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Poem: "Feel the Might of Creation"
Lunar Tunnels
Poem: "Capable of Stretching"
Saturday Yardening
Poem: "Death Whispers at the Tip"
Today's Adventures
Poem: "To Protect the Most Vulnerable"
Thursday Yardening
What to Do About Kneeling
How to Accommodate Special Needs While Attending an Event
Wednesday Yardening
Hard Things


The half-price sale in Polychrome Heroics is now over. I sold six poems outright, with one in microfunding and two more in a pool that should get squared up later today. Most of the sold poems have been posted, I just have one left to do.


Poetry in Microfunding:
"The Inner Transition" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Berettaflies.  Stylet comes out of the shower.  "The Higher a Monkey Climbs" belongs to Polychrome Heroics.  Pips and Jules discuss what to get for G and Joshua after the fire.  "TERF Wars" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Antimatter & Stalwart Stan.  At school, Stan walks into an unexpected argument about gender issues.

It has been raining here since yesterday afternoon, off and on, and that's expected to continue through the early part of this week.  We can use the rain.  The weather had been warmer for a few days but is now chilly again. Currently blooming: dandelions, marigolds, petunias, lantana, million bells, firecracker plant, morning glories, frost asters, goldenrod.  Very few fields remain to be harvested.

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([personal profile] lurkingcat Oct. 23rd, 2017 04:01 pm)
I keep starting entries here and then stopping because they're just one giant litany of grumbles. I suspect I'd be able to cope with things better if I hadn't had a string of cold virus-y things over the last month.

The most exciting thing to happen this weekend was the reorganising of some cupboards. [personal profile] battlehamster has bought a folding exercise bike, which he was sure would fit into the under stairs cupboard if we did some reorganising. He was not wrong and we've even managed to rearrange things in a way that means we can get at the stuff we use regularly without having to empty half a cupboard. Special Agent Kheldar carefully inspected the results and pronounced both cupboards to be satisfactory.

I've also encrypted and wiped the hard drive on the old laptop so it's now ready to go for recycling. There were a couple of moments where I thought it might overheat and fall over for good but it made to the end of the process without melting or catching fire or anything too exciting. Huzzah!
SodOff@Arse.Face
FuckYour@DataHarvesting.Exercise
GetBent@Wank.Stain
StickThisUpYourArse@Once.Git

or if you're less comfortable swearing than me

ReportYourself@DataProtection.Gov
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([personal profile] hollymath Oct. 23rd, 2017 10:13 am)
This'll be a strange week for me. On Friday afternoon my Arabic teacher had some news bad enough that she's canceled her classes for this week. Sad to hear as she's lovely.

Then last night my lecturer for the Monday lecture said UCU voted for a strike today.

While I have no problem supporting the strike, I'm really sad to miss a lecture for this class (Language Mind and Brain; the one I've enthused about (sometimes drunkenly...) whenever anyone's asked me how my course is going)!

And I'm sad for whatever has happened to my lovely Arabic teacher, but I'm relieved because three hours of language-learning all in a row is brutal, makes Wednesdays by far my longest day in uni, and this week I'd have had a meeting partway through so I'd have worried about what I was missing after I had to leave.

But with no Arabic and no lecture, I'm left with only one lecture and two seminars all week! And next week is Reading Week (a concept my American brain is still struggling to understand). I feel kind of grateful for this chance to catch my metaphorical breath: I've been doing okay (if not perfectly) at keeping on top of uni things, but I'm way behind on housework, spending any quality time with my partners, etc.

I do have an essay due this Friday and one next Friday, and Arabic teacher has said she might try to make up this week's lessons during Reading Week too, so it's not as if I have nothing to do. But it does feel like a very light week for me, and solemn though the reasons for that are, I'd be lying if I didn't say I'm kind of glad.
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([personal profile] oursin Oct. 23rd, 2017 09:48 am)
Happy birthday, [personal profile] chalcedony_cat, [personal profile] diony, and [personal profile] em_h!
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([personal profile] ysabetwordsmith Oct. 23rd, 2017 02:33 am)
This poem is spillover from the August 15, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl and the August [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] mama_kestrel, [personal profile] we_are_spc (Fallon and Jay), and [personal profile] curiosity. It also fill the "comfort" square in my 7-31-17 card for the Cottoncandy Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] mama_kestrel.

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([personal profile] fred_mouse Oct. 23rd, 2017 04:13 pm)
Not quite time to go home, and I've read the six short stories. Three I really liked, two I kinda liked but there was something missing, and one I didn't see the point of. So, not a bad way to spend a bit over an hour and a half.

I'm partway through the first of the three novella/novellettes, doubt I'll get that done by the time I have to leave.
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