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Because I don't have enough shit to do, and I'm feeling artsy, I'm planning a few projects for the summer:

1. Finish the outfit for the Regency game, because it most likely will happen eventually. This means finish setting buttonholes in the dress, add the ribbon decorations, wash and iron the damn thing; finish making the hat; turn cut bits of coat into sewn coat. The above order is descending both in priority and in how long it'll take.

2. Make wax tablets for writing, and make sure I dig out my scribe kit and that my quills haven't cracked and my inks haven't dried. If they have, acquire news ones, possibly with someone who's going to Drachenfest. Wax tablets require actual crafting and may call for power tools, I'll try to get wooden frames that'll allow me to skip that part.

3. Make surgical tools from iClay.

4. Turn the spare fabric I have lying around into a new dress for Libra, and work out something pretty for a head covering.
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Summer TV Plans

'Tis the dry season, meaning the one where full-season TV dries up and all I have is short season excellent quality summer TV- which will run out in anything between one and two months. So, it is time to plan plans.

Currently watching, currently airing:
Game of Thrones (five weeks to end of season)
Outlander (something like 8 weeks? I'm not sure how long of a season order they got, tbh)
Penny Dreadful (five weeks to end of season)
Preacher (just started)
So You Think You Can Dance (just started but I may drop it, juniors aren't as interesting)

Currently watching, catching up:
Teen Wolf (midway through season 4, so a season and a half 'til I'm caught up)
Orphan Black (just started, has four short seasons, should keep me busy for a while)

On the menu for when those are done:
The Man in the High Castle
The Good Wife (people keep insisting it's good, I'll give it another shot)
House of Cards (have two seasons to catch up on)
Orange is the New Black (low priority, at least two seasons to catch up on)
The Americans
Plus there's a handful of shows starting over the summer that might catch. And then it'll be September again. And I'm still working my way through several years of Power Rangers.
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T minus three days to the trip, give or take a few hours. Pre-trip jitters are here, a couple of days earlier than I'm willing to deal with them, but work is busy enough to distract me most of the time.

I should make lists, lists calm me down. Later, maybe.
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I think I may be too old to get the full impact of Spring Awakening. Or too jaded, and too skipped-the-awkward-and-ignorant-teenager-phase-because-internet. Or possibly I just need to see it in a production that isn't community theatre, with better actors and better sound quality.
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Sometimes I'm not sure who's more to blame, men for putting women down without even thinking about it, because of hundreds of years of socialization, or women letting them do it, taking the easy, repressive, 'daddy'll take care of it' route instead of fucking standing up for themselves. The last, also through hundreds of years of socialization- except it seems to be getting worse, or more glaring, because by now the whole stupid lot of them should know better.

The above is brought to you by the basic car maintenance workshop for women I took today. I learned several new things that'll help me be more self sufficient with my car, but everyone, from the other ladies to the coordinator (who kept trying to change the subject and went all 'oh this is so over my head' complete with an inane giggle whenever things got too science-y), to the instructor who, despite actually being awesome, informastive and not a bad teacher, had to make an actual effort not to address his explanations only to the one guy in the group.

And don't even get me started on the reporter who came to cover the workshop and her photographer, who wanted a photo of manicured fingers with rings on them and tried to deck our cars in Hello Kitty accessories. I was thoroughly rude to her and don't regert it for a second.
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On Tuesday I played in a taboo live action game. Taboo games are high intensity small group games, usually in a single room and over more more than 3-4 hours, which deal with taboo topics- there are Holocaust games, military moral dilemmas game, grief games, the occasional post-apocalyptic cannibalism thing, sexual assault themes and so on. They're almost always 18-and-over, and aren't something I'd normally play at a con with players and/or GMs I don't trust. Hell, these are games that have safe words. Sometimes. We even had to use one once. Anyway, the point of them is high dramas and difficult themes. So the rest of this will be under a cut, because I need to work through some stuff.

Theme of the game- we are the families of six soldiers who have lost contact with HQ in enemy territory, and are MIA. So it's all of us in a secure base, waiting for updates. Content warning- drama, angst, angry outbursts, apparent rejection, estranged couples.Collapse )
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Decided that I want a list of fic ideas, just so I can refer to it if I'm short on inspiration. By how likely I am to actually write them, at the moment.

White Collar- sequel to Enough. Neal, pushing boundaries; Peter, pushing right back.
Criminal Minds- parts 6-8 of Cravings (tags for 6X12 and/ or 6X14, tag for 7X02, late season 7).
Power Rangers Dino Charge- Chase and Kendall, pre-series, fighting.
Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue- How Carter Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Both Mitchell Siblings
Sleepy Hollow- finish that WIP I've been dragging since June
Killjoys- How Dutch Got Her Name
Da Vinci's Demons- 15th century art and culture during return trip from the New World
Da Vinci's Demons- Leo and Riario, detox shenanigans
Power Rangers Samurai- maybe, maaaybe rework that WIP I left hanging into something that doesn't trigger me. Maybe.

Not bad to be going on with. There's also PurimGifts, of course, but I'm not listing it here because spoilers.
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I am an ableist. I will probably be one forever. It's the one 'ism' I can't seem to shake. I will always, probably forever, take as a given that a person who is over a certain age, has steady employment, and suffers from no impairments that I'm aware of, is capable of rational thought, of reaching logical conclusions, of basic deduction, awareness and empathy. If we arrange to meet, I will assume people are capable of arriving at the time and place agreed upon, or of letting someone know they'll be late. I will assume people can call a taxi is they find no other mode of transportation, and if they choose not to do it despite being able to afford it, I'll think less of them. If someone takes on some kind of task, I will assume that they know their own abilities and will take steps to perform the task, and let people know if they need help or find themselves unable to complete the task.

I will expect people over a certain age (say, 14) to be able to entertain themselves, and to be able to communicate thoughts and emotions clearly (this is asking a lot, and I'm setting myself up for constant disappointment, I know). I will assume that the average adult, unless they have some limitation that I'm aware of, is capable of basic self care, will not lock themselves out of their apartment or forget to feed the cat or leave their phone places or go on vacation without their meds, and can use Google and a map. I will always expect people to be thinking, intelligent creatures. I will be unforgiving of willful ignorance. I will assume that unless proven otherwise, or unless I'm outright told it's not so, people have the capability of defending themselves, or speaking up when something makes them uncomfortable or upset or harms them in some way (this too is way too high of an expectation. I'm an idealist, k?)

I will trust a person's report on their well-being, physical and emotional, for at least the first 25-30 times. I will trust that if someone has a chronic health situation going on, physical or mental or emotional, they are taking all the steps they are capable of, are willing to, and can afford to take to manage the situation. If they're doing all they can to manage the situation, I will do my level best not to assume all of the above. I will at some point fail. Hopefully, I'll fail in private and not where my failure can hurt someone.

Eventually, my aversion to people who can't be on time, can't take care of themselves, and can't be considerate of other people's feelings for no good reason except that they're sort of terrible at being adults will mean I distance myself from them, and I'll be left with only the more or less capable people as friends. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, if the past weekend is any indication.

This is an open note. If you're reading this we're most likely friends, and you're all keeping up the standards set above that you haven't pissed me off yet. Congrats.