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Weekend Roundup (includes 1 Kickstarter pimp)

It's been a few days since I last did anything but check desultorily on other folks' posts (oh, and post Chapter 22 of Hearts & Moons, which small victory I still feel I must trumpet, or at least flute.) When it came to other things, life kept getting in the way.  But at the end of this very long week, of which more, anon, I think I finally have the spoons to do some sort of catch-up.

First, thanks to everyone who commented on my entry to the spoken word meme fun. I had a lot of fun with it. I am also enjoying other peoples' words -  [personal profile] a_phoenixdragon , [personal profile] flowsoffire , eve11 and the delightful [personal profile] jjpor , whose chatty entry into the meme I'm enjoying a whole bunch. (I really should let him know that, no, going on at length isn't a bad thing, it's a good thing.)

I'm working on Chapter 23 of the aforementioned WIP o'doom ((c) eve11, I think), and feel good about that.

Work is really grinding me down; I'm realizing how difficult it is for me to make the 2.5 stories per day minimum. The stupid, unrealistic, counter-productive minimum. And now that the Idiot In Charge has forced my boss to haul in people who drop below two stories a day for disciplinary warnings, I'm going to be a lot more busy on the union side. In fact, I spent Friday in one of those with someone who was hauled in for doing only 1.8 stories a day.  *eyeroll* When I talked to my boss off the record about this whole thing, I actually told him, "This is killing me." I feel so bad for him, because he's caught in the middle between the Idiot In Charge and the reporters he actually thinks are smarter, at least about this sort of thing. I've probably mentioned that before, so we'll move on.

I had my car towed Friday. I'd gotten up very early to head downtown for the disciplinary hearing and parked in the lot I normally do before I get onto the el to head into the Loop. But I parked in a section of the lot I don't normally do - and failed to see the "don't park here, it's not part of the free lot" sign. Soooo ... $198 later, I got my car released by the Lincoln Park Pirates. The lady in the towing company's office was very glad that I wasn't mad at her; I told her it was my own damned fault, so why should I be mad at her? Still, that was $200 I had planned for something else. Grumpy [personal profile] kaffyr is grumpy.

We sheltered a stray dog (one of the little wooly types, a Peke-mutt mix) for about 12 hours mid-way through this past week, before having to take him down to the Anti-Cruelty Society. He was running around loose Wednesday and someone rang our doorbell, asking if we knew who he belonged to. I made the mistake of thinking that it belonged to one of our upstairs neighbors, so the lady who rang my doorbell and I chased him down and I brought him in - only to find out from the upstairs neighbor that, no, he wasn't hers. I couldn't just let him go back on the street, especially not in our neighborhood, so BB took him up to a vets to check for a computer chip (no such luck), and we held him in our cat carrier overnight, before heading down to Anti-Cruelty.

They keep animals as long as possible, as compared to the city pound, and I made up "we found this dog, and here's where you can get him back" posters that I'll put up tomorrow. Although I'm not certain that whoever had him should get him back - even in the house, your dog should have a collar on, if only to prevent this sort of thing from happening; I'm guessing he got out. Also, I haven't seen any lost dog posters up, which tells me that maybe they weren't all that fussed about losing him.

BB and I watched Frozen Friday night. I liked it a lot, with the exception of a 180 degree personality change on the part of one character. That  could have been written better, but the rest of the story was really well written, avoiding a lot of the saccharine things that can bother me about Disney. I liked the music, the animation, the relationship between the two sisters ... in all, I'd give it a solid B on my own personal chart.

We also watched Pacific Rim, which I can overall give a C+ to - largely because, let's face it, it's live-action mecha, so I shouldn't have been expecting as much as fandom had somehow led me to believe was going to be there in terms of characterization and, yes, female empowerment. And yet I still liked it, both visually and kinetically. And if  they'd taken out 10 minutes of action and replaced it with 15 more minutes of characterization, I'd have enthusiastically upped it to a B, or possibly a B+ because, hey, Idris Elba and Ron Perlman, and Rinko Kikuchi and, yes, because it is live action mecha, and I love anime. As it was, BB said the best actor in it was the little girl who played Kikuchi's character as a child, and I'm inclined to agree.

And finally, please, consider helping this Kickstarter campaign: Crossed Genres is the kind of magazine I wish I'd been able to read back when the type of SF&F magazines ran the vast, diverse gamut from Analog to Isaac Asimov's. It champions diversity, it looks for quality writing, it's worth it. There are only three days to go on its campaign, and as I write this, they are about $3,400 away from their goal. There are a lot of good causes out there, and when you have a limited amount of money to give, the arts often have to give way to more immediate life-saving charities. But the arts save lives, too, so if you have an extra $5 or $10, think about helping this campaign beat the deadline.

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Apr. 27th, 2014 11:02 pm (UTC)
Ah, I haven't listened to yours yet! I too am still catching up.

Oh, that sucks about work, and about the towed car, :( But good on you for looking out for the poor lost pup. I was driving down the road today, rounded a corner and a little shih-tzu came charging at my car from the bottom of a driveway at the edge of a pretty big yard. No fence, no leash; she obviously wasn't supposed to be there. I was going slowly so I just stopped and was going to get out and try to corral her when a guy came around from the driveway, followed by a contrite kid about seven. "Oh thank god," he said, "My little sister let her out! Thanks for stopping!" So the doggie was rescued.
Apr. 27th, 2014 11:25 pm (UTC)
Oh, that sucks about work, and about the towed car, :(

Thanks; I'm glad I happened to have the money to be able to get the car out of hock, since there have been times when that definitely wouldn't have been the case. And work? Well, I'll just have to keep on keeping on.

I'm glad your dog story had a happy ending!
Apr. 28th, 2014 01:51 am (UTC)
I love that Chapter...it is just so awesome and it made me so, so happy, reading it!!

Eeeee!!! I'll have to check his out. Kinda love him (though he and I have never really officially 'met', lol!)

YUS. Feel free to gimme when done. Or even before you're done. Or anytime, really.

Arrrghhh. OMG, I feel for your boss, but...seriously? Do they want to run a paper with no reporters. Well. REAL reporters? Cause that will be what happens. UGH. I really, REALLY dislike Moron at the Top.

Oh honey...that sucks. One little error gets you nailed. I'm sorry, bb...

Ohhh, how kind of you!! Bless you, bb. Hope puppy finds a new home and a better owner!!

D'ya need me to pimp Kickstarter? Cause I could totally do that...


Apr. 28th, 2014 02:04 am (UTC)
Oh honey...that sucks. One little error gets you nailed. I'm sorry, bb...

Luckily, for me at least, it wasn't me. But I am not looking forward to sitting in with people who do get dragged in. And it is getting harder and harder as the weeks go by to scrape up the energy and information to make my own minimums. I just keep putting out quiet prayers to the universe that MATT (I like your "Moron at the Top") somehow gets the ax, because everything he's doing seems to give off a patent aroma of flop sweat.

And yes, get over and check out jjpor and his commentary. On a very shallow level, his accent is delightful, and he has a lot of really interesting things to say with that accent.

If y'all want to pimp the kickstarter, go for it. I think they need all the help they can get at this point!
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Apr. 28th, 2014 02:32 am (UTC)
Oh no! Parking is always such a disaster here. :/

I hope your dog friend finds his way home soon!

I really wanted to like Pacific Rim a lot more than I did. Everyone said such good things, and I was really excited to see it, but it just didn't grab me the way it did a lot of other people.
Apr. 28th, 2014 03:46 am (UTC)
I know, Chicago is second only to New York when it comes to difficulty in parking. (It was in New York that I saw a sign that said "Absolutely no triple parking. This means you." on the street. I don't know if they still have to put those signs up.) But in this case, I really only had myself to blame.

I hoep the dog finds some home, no matter what home it is, so long as he's in kind and careful hands from now on.

Yeah, I wanted to like Pacific Rim more than I did, but I suspect that, like a lot of fandom favorites, the best interpretations are going to be found in fanfic and meta, not the original thing. Which, of course, leads on to ask, what is it in the original (arguably) sub-par creation that sparks the emotional responses that, in turn, lead to better secondary creations?

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Apr. 28th, 2014 03:20 am (UTC)
Sorry about the work stress, and the unexpected parking cost.

Hope someone finds their lost dog. Poor thing.

I feel basically the same about Frozen as you did - although I might rate it higher because I love Kristen Bell so much, and thus got a major kick out of imagining Veronica Mars as Anna.

Pacific Rim, I couldn't like, though I tried. It was entertaining and the effects were cool, but on the whole I'm only glad I watched it because now I know what people are talking about.
Apr. 28th, 2014 03:54 am (UTC)
When it comes to Pacific Rim, I think what I find myself asking, as I said to ladymercury_10 is what it is about the film that resonated so strongly with some fans? Those folks have ended up creating fics and videos that are, in my opinion, far higher quality than the source material. It may be that Guillermo del Toro's obvious love for Big Anime Robots came through so much, that it sparked an answering affection from many of those who watched it.
Apr. 28th, 2014 04:03 am (UTC)
Yay writing!

Urgh, about work and the parking on top of that, but good on you for not yelling at the poor woman at the lot. She probably gets far more undeserved abuse than any one person should have to bear.

And poor puppy! I hope that he finds a loving home to go to or return to.

I followed that kickstarter link and have been reading through a few stories on the website. Looks like a great publication.
Apr. 28th, 2014 04:22 am (UTC)
I followed that kickstarter link and have been reading through a few stories on the website. Looks like a great publication.

Yeah, I'd hate to see this one fail; I put what I could into it. Now if I could just find a skiffy-loving Sugar Parent to take it under their wing, I'd be happy.
Apr. 28th, 2014 06:20 am (UTC)
Trumpeting it is, definitely! WIP's-of-doom are a permanent war ;P Sorry to hear about the work-related stress, though ♥
Apr. 29th, 2014 12:27 am (UTC)
WIP's-of-doom are a permanent war ;

And this one's been going on since 2007 *scuffs feet in embarrassment*

I'll make it through the work stress, but it sure is good to be able to let off steam here.

And I love your icon, because Mark Sheppard is awesome.
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Apr. 28th, 2014 08:05 am (UTC)
I did not rate Pacific Rim either very highly. Too much mecha , not enough story.

Edited at 2014-04-28 08:06 am (UTC)
Apr. 29th, 2014 12:28 am (UTC)
Too much mecha , not enough story.

Yup - and this is from someone who actually is quite fond of mecha. The frustrating thing is that there were hints of what the story could have been with just a little bit more care.
Apr. 28th, 2014 02:01 pm (UTC)
Argh about the parking! That's so frustrating!

Argh also about your job (having had to deal with too many stupid decisions from the idiots in charge over the course of my working career, as I suspect most of us have). Fingers crossed that things improve eventually.

But yay for getting the dog to a decent shelter, from which it hopefully will find a good home.
Apr. 29th, 2014 12:31 am (UTC)
Oh, that's such a wonderful icon!

In Chicago, one learns that it's very important to pa attention to signs put up high on lamp posts in our parking lots. Because that's where you'll find the "This Lot Protected by Greedy Tow Truck Drivers" signs. I just didn't look, so it's my own fault.

I'm crossing my fingers on the pup.

As for work? You and I can probably guess the realistic chance I have of escaping Idiots in Charge ....
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Apr. 28th, 2014 04:35 pm (UTC)
Aw, I'm sorry work is getting you down & how very annoying about the car. :-/

Still, at least there are one or two nice fannish things around the edges - and well done on WIP progress! You should definitely do some trumpeting for that.

Edited at 2014-04-28 04:36 pm (UTC)
Apr. 29th, 2014 12:32 am (UTC)
Oh, the fannish things are what keep me going! Even throughout my deadline day today, I've been working out the structure of Chapter 23.
May. 1st, 2014 04:08 am (UTC)
Always so glad to see ppl latching on to CG. One of my two favorit SFF mags right now. :-)
May. 1st, 2014 04:46 am (UTC)
And you're the person who turned me on to it! I'm so very glad that they made their goal (and a little cushion, too.)
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