What I finished/What I'm reading now: Still going on Seveneves by Neal Stephenson. That said, I'm only 140 pages from the end, and I've been averaging 100 pages a day every day for the last week. That's freaking huge for me. It's been a really good read -- it's been so long since I've been itching to get back to a book when I'm doing something else. I've missed this feeling. I've even been willing to keep reading after it takes a sharp left/long time jump forward, which is saying something.

What's next It turns out The fifth kingdom... doesn't exist in the library system in my state? I'm kinda thrown. That'll have to wait until I buy my MidAmeriConII membership sometime next week, and therefore can get my hands on the reading packet. I've downloaded the free-to-read shorter pieces from the ballot to tide me over. Well, the not-obviously rabid puppy ones, anyway.
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I'm kinda brain dead from tired, and it's hot, and I'm having trouble staying on task. Give me exciting things to think about while I'm on my lunchbreak? Help wake me up?

From [personal profile] helens78:
I have in my hands a list of ten characters, numbered 1-10. Ask me something about any two or three of these characters, and I'll write you 200-500 words about them.

Example questions:
- Who likes bottoming more, 4 or 10?
- Under what circumstances would 1 pay 5 for sex?
- What was 6's first date with 7 like?
- 2 has a kink for armbinders. How does 8 react?
- 3, 6, and 9 walk into a bar. How do they end up going home together, and what happens when they get there?


Or they can be totally gen questions, whatever floats your boat. If you can, reply to the DW post here (anyone know how to put that fancy bit at the bottom of cross-posts that says 'this was originally posted at DW, where there are X comments'?) because I can't see LJ at work.
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maharetr: Comic and movie images of Aisha's eyebrow ring (The Losers) (Default)
( Jan. 3rd, 2011 02:41 pm)

1. What did you do in 2010 that you'd never done before?
Gained a second Housemartian! *smishes her*
Traveled overseas: caught a connecting flight alone; went to Paris with mum, saw a Van Gogh, spoke (really, really basic) French, ate frogs legs; went to Ireland; went to England, met a bunch of my maternal family.
Later in the year, watched someone die (my Poppa).
Wrote consistently on a bunch of writing projects for TWO MONTHS. Whee!
Did Yuletide. Read 52+ books.
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From everyone (but especially [personal profile] meghanc):

Ask me my Top Five Whatevers. Fannish or literary or otherwise. Any top fives. Doesn't matter what, really! Fandoms, books I might get around to writing one day, women in my fandoms, fanfic I'll never write or finish, ideal holiday destinations, goals for the future, celebrity crushes, books I wish would be made into movies, love songs. And I will answer them all in a new post (or in comments). Possibly with pictures or music or snippets of writing or whatever.
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maharetr: Comic and movie images of Aisha's eyebrow ring (The Losers) (Default)
( Nov. 11th, 2009 04:47 pm)
Okay, as the mirror to my Johari Window, I offer my Nohari Window. Again, be as anon or as known as you wish, it's all about learning what messages I'm actually putting out into the world.
How it works: I've chosen six terms from a grid to describe myself. You can go here to choose six terms you'd use to describe me, identifying yourself or not, as you wish. Then we see how much my self-perception matches what I'm putting out there in the world. *grins*
The problem with Livejournal(/Dreamwidth :P) is that we all think we are so close, but really, we know nothing about each other.

Hence, I want you to ask me something you think you should know about me. Something that should be obvious, but you have no idea about.

Then post this in your LJ (only if you want to, obviously) and find out what people don’t know about you.
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maharetr: Comic and movie images of Aisha's eyebrow ring (The Losers) (Default)
( Jun. 6th, 2009 12:28 am)
The Rules
1. You can ONLY answer 'Yes' or 'No'.

2. You are NOT ALLOWED to explain ANYTHING unless someone messages or comments you and asks—and, believe me, the temptation to explain some of these will be overwhelming. Nothing is exactly as it seems.

Questions under here )
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This got longer than I expected... )

You all know the drill, right?:

1. Leave me a comment saying, "Interview me!"
2. I will respond by asking you five questions. I get to pick the questions.
3. You will post the answers to the questions (and the questions themselves) on your blog or journal.
(or in comments, if you don't want to spread the meme around... :P)
4. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the same post.
5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions. And thus the endless cycle of the meme goes on and on and on and on...
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Listening to Margret Throsby, attentive and engaging as always, interview someone with a light Irish accent.

Standing in the crowd in front of the stage, feeling Ani DiFranco's music thrum through my chest.
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Sitting under a tree on my break, watching tiny little ants carry away the massive crumbs of my lunch.
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Handling and conserving documents and newspaper clippings from 1935.

Watching the sun go down in Kings Park: seeing the glow light the sides of the pale gum trees.
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Coming back from swimming in the ocean for the first time in years, and feeling a deep sense of peace and calm.

The pleasure of a meal presented well and with care.
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Huh. That's interesting: it used to be acts of service.
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(The opening of an email to [livejournal.com profile] black_samvara):

"Current state of hotel room:

laptops 2
network switch (working!) 1
ethernet cables stretched precariously across the room 3
ethernet cables we asked the hotel for because we didn't have enough 1
number of power boards not available but needed 1
number of things that we have no idea what they connect to, but were unplugged in the name of keeping batteries charged 1

Also, number of landmark days survived, and enjoyed even 1

It's been pretty good, actually. It like a more indepth version of a school-organised course I did in year 10 called 'Pathways to Excellence', which was all about how our language shapes our world, and about affirmations and positive thinking. This is all about our language shaping our world, fancier affirmations and positive thinking."

Specifically happy-making things: [livejournal.com profile] e_dan turning up to say hi during dinner, and eventually I noticed that he, [livejournal.com profile] mynxii and I were having a conversation while a woman I had been awkwardly talking to earlier was sitting on the other side of the table, quiet and excluded through not being part of our group. I plucked up my courage, smiled at her and said: "Hey, did you want to come over this side of the table?" drawing her into the conversation. I feel proud of myself for a) doing it, and b) it felt natural, and good.

Moment of amusement: [livejournal.com profile] mynxii and I sitting side by side in bed, both on our laptops. [livejournal.com profile] mynxii "I want you to see this, but I don't want to [have to spell out each letter of this url]... oh!" and then sends me a link via gmail chat. <3!
So the day was somewhat blah, but then in the last hour or so, [livejournal.com profile] sarren posts the important parts of the Boston Legal series finale. Spoilers in the post, obviously, but non-spoilery to say that was delightful and charming and well handled. Bravo, and raised glasses to Massachusetts, too. (and to Firefox spell check which confusingly, understood the mess I made of Massachusetts but fails to recognise 'Firefox'. *laughs*)
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( Dec. 9th, 2008 11:34 pm)
The Rules:
1. Answer each of the questions below using the Flickr Search engine.
2. Choose a photo from the first three pages.
3. Copy the URL of your favorite photo into this site. (beware, if you, say, half finish your links then hit 'create', it will wipe what you've input when you hit back. Make sure it's ready/save links before you create ;)
4. Then share with the world.

Questions and answers... )
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