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After years of having nothing of interest on my profile on FFN and AO3, I finally did up a break down of the different genres and a top 10 ranking of my fanfics based on the number of favorites and kudos they have gotten. What fascinates me is how one work can be very popular on FFN and not so much on AO3 and vice versa, which makes me wonder how good of a metric it is, but it's the most objective one that I have.

Then I ran into problems because it was too long for AO3 (sighs) so I'll have to think of something there. At anyrate, here's my updated FFN profile if you're curious.

In other news, I'm obviously in my end of summer slowdown. I don't know why, but January through around June I tend to be very prolific and then I slowdown, and that's not looking to change soon. Throw in that I've been having a horrible year and lately I've been escaping more by reading than writing, yeah. So aside from finishing the Slayers Resolution rewrite, I don't have much coming up for awhile. I have some ideas, even a good portion of some things written, but I don't think I'll get back to them before January. I may surprise myself, though. Who knows.

Fanfic: Slayers Resolution, Ch 20

Title: Slayers Resolution, Ch 20 of 26, Trouble! The Monster's True Plans Unfold!
Characters/Pairings: Lina/Gourry, Zel/Amelia, Xellos
Ratings/Warnings: If you're good with the anime, you'll be good with this/
Plot: The gang bands together for what they think is a treasure hunt but finds that the world is once again in mortal peril! This is an updated version of the first fanfic I ever wrote, which was under a different name back in 2002.


20 down, six more to go!

RIP Kenny Baker

I briefly met Kenny Baker at a convention when I was about 13. He and Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett) and Peter Mayhew (Chewbecca) signed my poster that is the crown of my geekdom collection that hangs prominently on my wall.

Signing autographs was harder for Kenny Baker than it was for other actors. While they got to sit in chairs, Kenny Baker had to stand on them, for hours at a time, while he bent awkwardly over the table to sign them. I was one of the last people to come through the line that day, and though he had to have been exhausted and sore, he stayed and autographed the poster for me.

I was sad to hear of his passing today and that he won't be in the last two movies, but I was also happy to hear the that he went the way he wanted to go, quietly in his sleep, because that's what I want for me.

Star Trek Beyond

Saw Star Trek beyond today. Some none spoilery thoughts below.

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When I first heard they would be rebooting Ghostbusters, I wasn't that interested. I figured it would either be another male bonding movie, or may be they'd have the token female ghostbuster. Overall, I'm tired of stories about men doing stuff and for the most part am only interested in female driven movies (and if you have a problem with it, I don't care to hear about it). So when I heard that they would be rebooting it with four female Ghostbusters, I was completely on board! And then, when I saw the stream of hatefilled misogyny and attempts by sexist assholes to smear the movie, I knew this was one movie I had a social obligation to see in the theaters. I was worried that it wouldn't be good or enjoyable and would flop, so I was keeping my expectations low.

And...I loved it! It was a fun ride! Even better, even though we caught an early afternoon showing, the theater was packed, and everyone else was also laughing and seemed to be getting into it. And as we were leaving, I heard plenty of people give it a positive buzz.

Non-spoilery stuff below!

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Gun Control Now

This evening I noticed a livestream that a friend had posted about a shooting in Dallas. I turned up the volume and heard the horrible sound of the gun shots being fired against the backdrop of places I knew and recognized and had walked down. This was a few blocks away from where A-Kon, the big anime convention in Dallas, used to be hosted. I used to work in a high rise a few blocks down from where the shooting happened and would take walks through the there on my lunch break. This was very personal.

Texans love their guns. This macho culture pervades that, if they are ever attacked, they'll just shoot to kill. Or if the government comes for their guns, they'll just shoot to kill (yes, Texans really believe someone is coming for their guns). Well, Philando Castile was legally carrying a firearm AND following directions when a police officer shot him to death, so it didn't do him a lot of good. And tonight in Dallas, 2 snipers took down 10-11 people, killing at least 3 police officers, in an area where there was already a trained police presence. So if this could be so deadly in an area already swarming with trained police officers, color me skeptical that a person who took a 1 hour handgun course who knows how long ago would be able to stop a shooter. I am sick and tired of this bull shit myth that has been debunked over and over again that having a gun will keep you safe. Studies have shown, repeatedly, that having a gun puts you at risk!

And yes, I have been in dangerous situations before. When I was 10 and again when I was 13 someone tried to abduct me while I was taking a walk. I got away because I ran and put as much distance from myself and the person who wanted to harm me as possible! This is actually what people who study these situations recommend, getting as far away from the person who wants to harm you as possible as quickly as possible. If I had pulled out a gun, perhaps I could have wounded/killed the attempted kidnapper, but I just as likely could have ended up harming myself or given the asshole more time to get me as I struggled to retrieve my gun (something that is hard to do in emergency situations).

In high school there was a shooting at my school. Two rival gangs had it out in the parking lot when people were coming into class. I walked to school and came in through a different entrance, and remember clearly when a girl walked in looking shocked saying she just saw someone get shot. The only person hit was the rival gang member and he recovered. My mom got a few grey hairs that day.

And in college while working as a cashier there was a shooting in the store on a day I was there. It was in a different part of the building and I hadn't even realized what was happening until it was over. One of the store managers was hit when he tackled the gun man with another manager, but he recovered. They were able to get the gun away from the shooter without any casualties. Even with this, I have never felt like I needed a gun to be safe in the grocery store. I am simply at a complete loss for how the so called good guy with a gun would have made a positive difference in any of these cases, if anything, I just see it as making things more confusing when you have two plain clothes people brandishing guns. Which one is the shooter, which one is trying to take down the shooter?

But I can think of how conducting background checks, making sure domestic violence offenders can't get guns, and banning assault rifles would make a difference in possibly preventing someone from having a gun when they shouldn't.

At anyrate, I'm running off adrenaline, don't know how I'm going to calm down enough to sleep tonight, and just basically am heartbroken and sick and tired of gun violence.

Review: The Witch

We got a free Vudu rental thing, so last night I finally watched "The Witch." Andy even watched it with me. It's one of those movies that makes you think, and where people can, and do, bring multiple interpretations. For his part, Andy didn't understand what happened and I had to explain it to him. Also, I was really glad we had the subtitles on for this and would recommend watching with subtitles on, especially if you have hearing comprehension problems. Anyway, spoilery stuff below.

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Back Home Again

We made it back to DFW late last night. Immediately our allergies started acting up again. I feel like I have a massive case of Day Lights Savings Time and for a while thought today was Sunday and not Saturday, so hopefully my time/day disorientation will soon abate. It was a lovely trip and I hate the fact that I couldn't go out and take a walk by the Pacific this morning.

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Blogging From San Diego

Saturday morning I saw a client, came home in time to say goodbye to my kids when my mom picked them up, and then spent an evening packing and relishing a quiet house. We'd boarded the dog, so it was just the cat. Poor Saya kept looking around the house devoid of kids and dog to harass her and seemed shell shocked.

Sunday we awoke at 5AM. We'd gotten perhaps 3 or 4 hours of sleep and I was hoping to catch a nap on the plane. We had the longest bag check in I have ever experienced in my life, but the TSA lines weren't bad, which was fortunate, because the bag check in was so long that even though we got at the airport 2 hours early we had only about thirty minutes to wait before boarding the plane.

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What I'm Looking Forward to in San Diego!

Next week, I will be in San Diego. It took awhile because it just seemed so far off, but I am in full excitement mode now and ready to go. Andy is going down for a work convention, and we're leaving the kids with my folks for a lot of reasons. Airfare is expensive, I don't want to do big vacations with them before they'll have memories of it, and with Andy being at a conference all day it would be a lot for me to entertain them on my own, etc. I'm looking forward to having a parenting break, though a bit nervous because I've never been away from them for a whole week before. So I'm feeling the tug between "Woohoo, week without the kids!" and massive, massive guilt. Though they both adore my parents and I'm sure they'll have a blast on the Gulf Coast (but with no alligators, alligators are making me panicky right now)!

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