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Okay, April-kitty just did something that was both frighteningly intelligent, worryingly ditzy, and hilarious. XD

I heard a cat-thumping-on-door noise from down the hall, and then April going "Mrraaaah? *chirp*" in the way she does to indicate "Something is wrong!" Figuring she'd been shut in the AV room or something, I got up and took a couple of steps away from my computer chair to go rescue her.

April then ZOOMS down the hall, into my study, leaps over my feet, smacks into the computer chair which spins 360o, hops down from the chair and goes to look in the biscuit bowl. I start laughing hysterically and go to relate it to the Handsome Hubby.

"...and now she's just sitting there looking at me like 'whaaaat?'!" I say, leaning around the door jamb to look at April. "Seriously, cat, did you do that to make me get up so you could do the chair trick?"

April looks at me, blinks, then suddenly goes "Mrraaaah! *chirp*" again, leaps out of the room, barrels down the hall and flips herself onto her side while still running, skidding to a stop in front of the AV room door, where she sticks a paw under the door and kicks it with her back feet, producing the thudding noise again.

"Oh. Oh! I think Holly's stuck in the AV room!" I go to check, and yes, Holly is indeed shut in and wanting to be rescued.

There is more laughing with the Handsome Hubby.

"So, what, she came to get me to save Holly, and forgot halfway through? 'Mummy, Mummy, Holly's stuck! Come save her! I'll lead you back-- ooh, bikkies!'?"

Hubby: "'Holly's in the well!'"
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Well. I, uh, tend to avoid most forms of social media (I don't have a Facebook page, I don't twitter, blah blah blah no problem with people who do it just doesn't appeal to me blah blah disclaimer), but a few people I like have tumblrs and if you want to follow them you kind of need your own to do it efficiently...

...and some of their stuff really deserves to be reblogged...

...and, hey, it's really easy to put up photos and stuff... Um.


Feb. 10th, 2014 11:35 pm
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My birfday, to be precise! Was fun. There was shopping, and duck (mmmmm. duuuuuck.), and fixed glasses, and a complete lack of being ill. And now there is tired Mel. Bye! :)


Feb. 4th, 2014 09:05 am
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4 1/2 hours of sleep before waking up to deal with the effects of both ear infections, the sinus infection, the throwing-up-because-of-swallowing-goo problem, and the wow-my-gut-hates-antibiotics problem.

Going back to bed now. :P
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Annnnd today's update:

Eyes? Still stinging a bit, vision back to normal. Apparently some people take 24 hours to get over that sh-- stuff. Thing to bear in mind in future, check.

Cramps? Ow.

Whim-whams? Whim-whamming a bit less, but still there.

Anything else? Any little thing that might be affecting my day? OH HEY I WOKE UP WITH A RUPTURED EARDRUM. We're back to that again. Whee! XD

Now if you'll 'scuse me, I need to go put another cold pack on the throbbing spike of pain running down my neck. Sure, the dang steroids mean I can't feel this stuff developing in time to do something about it, but once it's happened and there's nothing to do but ride it out, NOW it hurts... :P

(I'm in that weird state where I'm doing an annoyed rant and laughing at the same time, for which I can probably thank the whim-whams, so don't feel too bad for me, okay? ;P)
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WELP. Today was fun! For a certain value of 'fun' that translates as 'okay, most of that was interesting and did not actually suck, so I'm laughing at it'. :P

To start with, imagine that the entirety of this post is written from the point of view of a woman suffering from massive cramps and hormonal whim-whams. Because, well, it is. That was the general background to my day, so the fact that I am not weeping onto the keyboard and typing the saga of Why I Burned Down The Mall is kind of an accomplishment! This paragraph also serves as the content warning for this post. Written With The Whim-Whams. Expect sudden swerves of topic and a complete lack of internal logic.

The plan was that I would head in to work with the Handsome Hubby, then snaffle the car, drive into town, and kill an hour and a half eating a late breakfast and generally amusing myself until 10:30. I would then go to the optometrist, have a strange man look deep into my eyes and mutter things about 'macula' and 'optic nerve head', arrange to get a new right glasses lens (it's chipped), and skip merrily off to work for the afternoon.

Yeeeeah, I wouldn't be posting if that had worked out as planned, would I? XD First of all, I woke up with the aforementioned massive cramps and hormonal whim-whams, and decided that if that did not improve A LOT over the course of the morning, work and I would both be better off if I went home instead. Then the Handsome Hubby looked at the fuel gauge on the way to work and basically went "EEK!", so 'late breakfast and amuse self' became 'head to service station and fix that'.

Car fuelled, I head in to town, revising the schedule in my head. It's all good! An hour is plenty of time for a reasonably leisurely breakfast, there will just be slightly less amusing of self before heading to the optometrist!

Phone rings while I drive. I call back after parking. My optometrist has called in sick. O_o;; They can reschedule me... several weeks from now... or they can get me in with one of the other guys, at 2pm.

Revised revised schedule. ONE HELL OF A LOT OF AMUSING MYSELF.

Well, work probably wasn't going to see me today anyway, now it's just confirmed. Going home is not an option - radio says there's been a major accident on the route I usually drive, and navigating a new route is not exactly my best skill on a good day, much less with the whim-whams. :P Call work, call hubby to be half amused and half annoyed at him (this requires a responsive audience, it's no fun doing it as a soliloquy). Hubby kindly suggests a couple of excellent ways to kill all the extra time I have been handed. I go from half amused and half annoyed to almost completely amused. This is why I married him, ladies. If you wish to ogle this magnificent specimen of masculinity, the line forms on the left. No touching or flash photos, please.

Some of the amusement involved window-shopping. I would like to note at this point that I did not buy a new iPad despite technically having enough money in my account to do so if I completely ignore my budget. I did not buy a new iPad twice, in different stores! Triumph of willpower, right there. Dear gods I want one.

Maybe I'll ask for money for my birthday.

Ahem. Anyway. I finally get in to the optometrist.

At this point I need to explain a bit more background. Y'see, my rheumatologist is trying me on a new medication for my arthritis, because although I'm currently doing kinda-sorta OK, that's because I'm on enough steroids to disqualify half the [insert whichever country had the last doping scandal] Olympic team. And when you are on lots of steroids, long term, you start running into some of the more 'interesting' side effects. Like, if I keep taking this stuff at this rate, in... mmm... three years or so, I'll have about a 30% chance of developing cataracts. Let's not. So, new drug, in the hope that we'll be able to about halve my steroid dosage without crippling me, because being able to walk properly and keep working is a good thing too!

(Yes, that is a fairly serious thing to be flippant about. Don't worry. I'm assessing the risks etc in a properly logical way in consultation with my doctors and then being flippant about it, because that's how I deal with this sort of thing. ;3 Also, whim-whams.)

Right. Where was I? Medication, that was it. Anyway, new medication comes with its own possible vision-related side effects, which are wayyyyyy less likely (good), but possibly more serious (not good), and part of the way you manage that risk (see? Properly logical and in consultation, even!) is yearly eye exams to make sure weird things aren't happening to your retina. Today was "Find out what Mel's eyes look like when they're healthy, so we can spot anything new as it comes up" day.

Apparently my macula is a shining example of what they should look like. Good to know.

So, in order to get good photos of the back of my eyes, the optometrist wanted to stick drops in 'em. You know the ones. The stingy ones, that make your pupils go all huge for a while.

And Mel sez, "Okay-- wait, hang on, how long will it be before I'm okay to drive again? I need to pick my husband up after work."

And the optometrist sez, "Oh, most people are fine after about an hour."

And Mel totally does not think about the fact that she reacts 'normally' to about one medication in ten, and sez, "All right then."

I blame the whim-whams.

FOUR HOURS LATER, having taken a bus in from work, Hubby drove us home. I had my eyes closed for most of the way, because my pupils still looked like I was on the gooooooood drugs, light BURNED, precioussss - I had lens flares, I kid you not - and everything further away than about four car-lengths looked like a Monet painting. Kinda pretty, but useless for driving. As I type, we're coming up on six hours since that freaky stuff got in my eyes, and I can nearly focus again. I still have little fuzzy haloes around lights, not that I'm looking directly at them when I can help it, because ow.

New rule! Do not attend important medical appointments during the whim-whams. :P
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Woohoo! I got pics! Cut to save your friends list, because huge pictures of eldritch abominations are not what everyone wants to unexpectedly scroll past. :P

Gozer the Destructorrrrrr )

Scuttly, He Who Is Blue Now )

YumYum, Small And Nervous )

Bonus Squee! )
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State of the writing: Continues apace! The dang plot bunnies can't decide which leg to chew, so three different chapters are about half-done right now.

State of the Mel: Doin' pretty good!

State of the Eldrich Abominations: Yuri's yabby NomNom sadly passed away from unidentified causes, before it grew big enough to encounter identified causes, namely Yuri, a frying pan, and some butter. He still holds out hope. YumYum is still alive, but far too small to become a victim. Yet. My yabbies Gozer and Scuttly have both moulted, coming out visibly bigger and different colours! Scuttly now has bright blue claws and legs, and his main shell is really dark, turning an awesome shade of blue under the right light. Gozer is dark brown and has regrown her left claw to nearly the same size as the right one.

State of the Cats: Plotting world domination and yabby-eating.
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Well, since the plunnies have their teeth firmly embedded in my shinbone and chapter 2 of Respec is being written Right Now, and I want to share the addiction er I mean fun with as many people as possible, here are some links for anyone who's wondering where to find Log Horizon:

Log Horizon anime, on Crunchyroll (free, licenced and legal! just need to put up with a few ads, and you have to wait a week to see the new episodes):
The main story manga is starting to be translated here:
One of the side stories, Honey Moon Logs, has just started translation here:
and the first three volumes are scanned in Japanese here, if you don't mind trying to work out what's going on from pictures:–-Log-Horizon-1142.html
And finally, the other side manga, West Wind Brigade (Soujirou~!), is being translated here:

The light novels that are the original story are MUCH darker - I haven't read them yet myself, I want to get them in Japanese, but I have read a ton of spoilers - and are putting up translations as they're done:

Soujirou from West Wind Brigade and Hien from Honey Moon Logs are going to be major characters in Respec, so keep an eye out for them. ;)
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Because the bunnies won't stop biting until I get this out of my head. ;) Notes are at the end of the fic, or you can click on the second cut to see them first if you need to check out game-related terms and acronyms.

Respec: Chapter 1 )

Glossary and terms used )
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A present for Leah, because she is awesome, and because what she wanted for her birthday fitted perfectly with something that's been kicking around in my head since not long after Demon of Justice first started writing itself in there. If it's lasted this long without changing in any major way - and it has! - clearly it was only waiting for the correct time to be written. That looks like now. ;)

This is set some indeterminate time in the future of DoJ, and it contains one whopping big spoiler… but it's one that all our readers seem to think absolutely HAS to happen, so it's not going to be a big surprise. Enjoy!

DoJ Sidefic: Take This Waltz )
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Gozer: "...look, work with me here, okay?!"
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Oh look, we finished a chapter just in time to pretend it was deliberately timed as a holiday present to all our readers! ;) Have an excellent Christmas and a happy New Year, everyone, or whatever seasonally-appropriate celebration you prefer. (Dies Natalis Solis Invicti to any Mithras-worshippers, and happy Atheist Children Get Presents Too Day!)

The Handsome Hubby and I shall be buzzing off to visit my parents, putting the cats in boarding and leaving the yabbies to take over the house (they're just waiting for their chance, man, I tell ya), so I'll be back later... if the yabbies haven't cut off the internet. ;P

Harrington-Wing 'verse, Chapter 2: Trans-shipment )
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Handsome Hubby and I made an impulse buy the other day. Four pet yabbies. XD

For non-Australians, a yabby is a small freshwater crayfish. Wikipedia has a good picture of a really pretty one here, though ours aren't nearly that brightly coloured - more pale brown with blue claws and a bluish sheen to the shell.

They're surprisingly fun pets! Hubby is threatening to cook his (they're also delicious) but he knows he's not allowed to touch mine. (I named them. You can't eat something you've named. Well known fact.) They usually don't hide when you approach the tank. Far from it, in fact; one of mine (a big female) will come up to the front glass and do the yabby body language equivalent of "You lookin' at me?! Are you lookin' at me?!" when I get close, and actually kept making lunging motions at Holly-cat while following her around the perimeter of the tank. Perhaps not surprisingly, that's the one that's missing one front claw, probably due to getting into a fight with something bigger than she is. ;P

The bit I'm having the most fun with, though is their scientific name. Cherax destructor.

I'm not kidding. That name needs to be said in the voice of a Monster Truck rally commentator. Cherax DESTRUCTORRRRR~!!!!! XD Seriously, with a name like that, it's no wonder ol' One-Claw has an inflated notion of her own size and fighting ability!

Shiny toy!

Dec. 20th, 2013 07:53 pm
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Okay, I don't do this often, but I just had to mention that I'm having way too much fun with a new app on my iPhone. It's not even a game! It's a scanner app that uses the iPhone camera to make astonishingly good scans of whatever document you point it at. It cost a whole $3 (OH NOES, MAH BUDGET!).

This one, to be precise: TurboScan. I'm currently using it to get high-quality PDF or JPG scans of pages in my fic notebooks - which I can therefore READ, unlike normal pictures of the same pages - email them to myself with a couple of taps, and then put them up on screen next to the Word file I'm typing them into. Much easier than trying to hold/weight/prop the notebook open while typing, and I can also enlarge it to make it easier to read - I write tiny when I'm thinking, and it's always well lit this way even if I haven't turned the light on in my study and am typing by the light of my screen, and and and XD

To show you how well this is working for me, here's a scanned page from a fic you might recognise. ;) (You're not getting a page from any current chapters, because I am a mean spoilsport who is keeping secrets. >:D)


Bear in mind that this scan is:
- enlarged from a smallish notebook page (like I said, I write TINY - the faint grid lines you can make out are 4mm apart in real life, so just over 1/8")
- extracted from one quick snapshot from my phone camera, that was taken at a bit of an angle and self-corrected from the app
- NOT AS GOOD as the program can produce, because sending it to myself as a .jpg and then uploading it to Photobucket and linking it here involved a bit of file-shrinking. Even so it looks pretty damn awesome. ;)
- the app has an uber-scan mode for getting BETTER scans that involves taking three pictures and comparing them. You can get some REAL detail that way!

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to wander off taking picture-scans of random bits of text and giggling at the results. ;D
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*wanders in, peering at the laptop she's carrying around the house*

*points glumly up at sticky post, which has a new entry*

*wanders out again, muttering about buying the Japanese light novels so she doesn't have to keep making up headcanon*

…Christy? Hon? DON'T KILL ME. I wrote some more of Harrington-Wing too, I swear!
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Dear Vathara:

You are both awesome and horrible. Awesome, because you write wonderful fics, through which I find new fandoms to enjoy. And horrible, because you write wonderful fics, through which I find new fandoms to enjoy and get plot bunnies for.


Love, Mel.

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Soooo everybody wants their new curtains done in time for Christmas, frequently made out of fabric that holy crap why would anyone think this was going to work for a furnishing item?! Seriously! Today I sewed a sheer curtain out of fabric that snags if you look at it cross-eyed. I hope they don't have cats. (Or kids. Or wear rings. Or have rough nails. Or slightly calloused hands…)

Ahem. Anyway. Didn't come here to gripe about that. (Besides, we got the showroom staff to agree not to sell that fabric any more and the sample has been thrown out HAHA.)

Like I said, everyone wants their stuff done by Christmas (and if you are ordering now, NO. IT WILL NOT HAPPEN.) so we're kicking up the overtime and as well as the one extra hour every weekday that has become standard I will be working Saturdays! Yay, money! Boo, lack of free time. Life is compromise. :P Current plan is for us to continue to write, but if I throw a complete wobbly and decide that I refuse to engage any more braincells than are absolutely necessary to sustain heartbeat and breathing during my leisure hours, well… I'll try to be amusing when I tell you about it?
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Sitting here watching Blizzcon, and...

...y'know, the next expansion is all Varian Wrynn's fault.

But Mel! I hear you say. Surely it's Garrosh's fault? Or the fault of the mysterious not-yet-revealed character who's helping him?

Nope. Thrall was about to finish Garrosh off and Varian stopped him. "He is not only yours to punish"? Please. So long as he gets punished (i.e. dead) why does it matter whose hand wields the hammer? It's not like there's any doubt that he's guilty, so the only reason for Varian to demand he be held for trial is so that he can flex his kingly might, posture a bit, and show off. Varian wants a show trial to boost his ego and popularity, distract the human population from the continuing mess in Westfall and Stormwind (dude still hasn't rebuilt his capital city and the peasants are starving, but that new huge statue of him is looking fiiiiine), and keep him in his place as warleader for the Alliance over the other racial leaders. If he's the one who 'brings Garrosh to justice' then clearly he's still the right person to be in charge!

Except not, because Garrosh gets away and starts a whole new mess. Soooooo... yeah. All Varian's fault, AS USUAL.

(Seriously, Anduin, a quiet palace revolution would go down very nicely right now. I'm just sayin'.)
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