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• What are you reading?

The Summer Birds, by Penelope Farmer, because of [personal profile] rachelmanija's recommendation.

• What did you recently finish reading?

The Tea Master and the Detective, by Aliette de Bodard. I think this is the right length de Bodard for me. The other one I've tried was The House of Shattered Wings, which had a similar flavor: melancholy, lots that is unspoken and maybe unspeakable, communication that is clearly conveying much more to the characters than I will ever understand. Maybe it is just too grown-up a flavor for me.

• What do you think you’ll read next?

I want to read all the good books for eleven-year-olds. Here's my list so far:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/7530468-boxofdelights?shelf=eleven
Suggestions and comments are welcome. No need to read through my list to make sure your suggestion is not on it; more mentions of a book make me more likely to read it.

• What are you watching?

Russian Doll, whenever I get some wifi.

Bad Times at the El Royale. Violent but worth it.

Tully. Really good.

A Wrinkle in Time.
1. This movie is so beautiful.
2. I am okay with it being its own thing, even though it has more love and less math than I would have chosen.
3. I have a surprising sore spot that this movie hit when the Happy Medium, urging Meg to find her balance, yelled, "You can do this, you’re choosing not to."

I don't have a sense of balance, not like most people do. I don't have a thing in my head that is constantly telling me what direction 'down' is. I have a substitute that I have manufactured for myself, from seeing horizontals and feeling pressure against the soles of my feet.

Most likely I was born this way. The nerve endings in my left ear never got finished. My parents noticed that I was deaf in one ear when I was five, but I didn't figure out the balance problem until I was an adult. Fortunately I don't have vertigo because my baby brain was still plastic enough to realize that the signal from my inner ear is not worth listening to.

The balance mechanism in my right ear still works, but the brain interprets any signal from right ear + no signal from left ear = 'down' is whatever direction the right ear is pointing. When I was a kid I used to sit in a swing, raise my feet and close my eyes, to get the illusion that I was spinning, very slowly, clockwise. I was always surprised to open my eyes and see that the swing's chains were not twisted together.

So the yoga exercise that has you stand on one foot, find your balance, and then close your eyes fells me like a tree. It was an immense relief to learn that no, I'm not choosing not to, I just can't.
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My partner spent the government shutdown looking for a new job, and, although 1. everyone else who writes programs for government agencies was too and 2. he's 57, he found one! So we don't have to worry about the next one. But he worked for a government contractor, not the government directly, so there's no question of back pay. Those 35 days were ten percent of our annual income, evaporated.

So, I don't know whether I'll be able to go to Wiscon this year. Help me decide whether it's worth it:

Poll #21383 going to Wiscon?
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: Just the Poll Creator, participants: 15

Are you going to Wiscon this year?

yes
4 (26.7%)

no
9 (60.0%)

maybe
2 (13.3%)

Do you want to spend time with me?

yes
9 (81.8%)

no
0 (0.0%)

maybe
2 (18.2%)

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• What are you reading?

The Tea Master and the Detective, by Aliette de Bodard.

• What did you recently finish reading?

So Lucky, by Nicola Griffith. I agree with [personal profile] omnia_mutantur that the pacing is weird, with an action plot suddenly erupting in the home stretch of a very short book.

• What do you think you’ll read next?

I have Forget the Sleepless Shores, by Sonya Taaffe. I'm very slow at reading short stories though.

• What are you watching?

First Wives Club: This is not a good time to watch a feel-good movie about crazy rich New Yorkers, with cameos from Ed Koch and Ivana Trump, and a side of "oops, I didn't realize I was fucking a sixteen-year-old."

Searching: Meh.

The Escape Artist, a BBC miniseries starring David Tennant and Sophie Okonedo. Terrible. This might be a useful resource if you are studying Women in Refrigerators.
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The mountain lion was a juvenile. The runner got mauled, but managed to suffocate the lion with his bare hands.

[personal profile] oursin, if you're wondering, this is indeed the park where you and I hiked to the waterfall.

https://www.denverpost.com/2019/02/04/mountain-lion-attack-larimer-county/
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• What are you reading?

So Lucky, by Nicola Griffith. This is so hard to read, because Mara loses so much, both physically and socially, so fast. I know that this is one of the possibilities but it isn't one I want to think about right now. I hope I get to see Mara figuring out how to pursue happiness in the body she has.

• What did you recently finish reading?

An Excess Male, by Maggie Shen King. Really good. I'm looking forward to talking about it with SF book group.

• What do you think you’ll read next?

The Waste Land, by T.S. Eliot, for Classics book group.

• What are you watching?

Coherence.
Eighth Grade, which expressed the feeling of eighth grade so well that I was dying of embarrassment all through. Kayla is so brave, and she works so hard!
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When you are waiting for your mammogram results, if you find yourself thinking, "If I do have cancer, I won't have to do X any more," that is a sign that you should not do X any more.

My mammogram results are normal but my sister has breast cancer, and the BRCA gene.
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• What are you reading?

An Excess Male, by Maggie Shen King. So good at depicting people trapped in a totalitarian culture, who want to be good to each other but end up torturing each other, like their society is torturing them, because they can't seem to understand that they could be wrong about what is good for someone else.

• What did you recently finish reading?

Hardy Succulents: Tough Plants for Every Climate, by Gwen Moore Kelaidis. Lots of information about cold-hardy succulents, in general and by species. Lots of good photos. Written by someone who knows her subject and lives in my area.

• What do you think you’ll read next?

So Lucky, by Nicola Griffith. I think this is my pick for Tawanda book group this year.

• What are you watching?

Mortal Engines, in the theater with Mungo. Very pretty, very silly, very violent.

At home, Bloodlight and Bami, Leave No Trace, Wag the Dog, and season 1 of Counterpart.
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You know how some dogs will try a new food because they see another dog eating it and some dogs will try a new food because they see a human eating it? Newt is the second type. Rosemary just caught him finishing off my Wasabi Seaweed Snacks.
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I had osmosed a lot about Raiders of the Lost Ark in the decades that it has existed, so I knew that Indiana Jones is the kind of "archeologist" who is really just a thief, but I was surprised that the movie didn't provide even the skimpiest fig leaf, neither for Jones's theft of other peoples' treasures, nor for his wanton destruction of the context that contains all the information that a real archeologist would treasure. For Jones, those are just obstacles that he can smash to prove that he is the Manliest Man who will do Whatever It Takes.

I was prepared for the heroine to scream and run away, and get captured and sexually menaced, and be useless a lot, but I was astonished to see other men keep dressing her up in ridiculous floofy or slinky white gowns. Was that to signal that, despite all the sexual menacing, she was still good enough to be the hero's Consolation Prize? Is that why, after the heroine is thrown into the pit of snakes, and we see a snake slithering through the open toe of one of her white high-heeled pumps, she clutches the other pump even while she's climbing to escape the snakes?

And I knew the climax was some supernatural/radioactive nonsense that caused the Nazis' faces to melt off. I was wondering how Indiana and Marian were going to be separated from the Ark before that happened. I had no idea that Indiana would protect them by saying, "Just close your eyes. Whatever you do, don't look." As long as you don't look, the horrors that are happening around you can't touch you. They may come close enough to burn away your restraints, but you yourself will remain unscathed.

That may be the most American thing I have ever seen.
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• What are you reading?

Have cold. Not reading. Head full of snot.

• What did you recently finish reading?

I finished Chronicle of a Death Foretold, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, last month, for Classics book group, which is tomorrow. I would like to go. I always enjoy this group, even when I dislike the book. I think it's true that after you've had a cold for a week, you're not shedding the virus anymore even if you're still symptomatic.

• What do you think you’ll read next?

An Excess Male, by Maggie Shen King, for SF book group.

• What are you watching?

Killing Eve, with Neal and Rosemary, so I can't just binge it.
Have also watched On the Basis of Sex, in theater with Tawanda book group. And Being John Malkovich, Adam's Rib, Finding Your Feet, Swallows and Amazons, Love's Labours Lost, and Thoroughbreds at home.
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• What are you reading?

Still Word by Word, by Kory Stamper, and We Are Legion, by Dennis Taylor. I really would have enjoyed this when I was twelve.

• What did you recently finish reading?

Left to Take the Lead, by Marissa Lingen, a short story available here. It is near-future, mundane SF. I love this kind of fish-out-of-water communication so much, whether it is Murderbot, who is just not equipped for some of the baggage that comes with being treated as a person, or here, where the narrator is a normal functional human who comes from a normal functional human society that has profoundly different foundations than the one she is in.

• What do you think you’ll read next?

I've got Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows, by Balli Kaur Jaswal, to read for review.

• What are you watching?

Season 3 of Fargo.

Widows, in theater with family. If I had known how violent one scene (Daniel Kaluuya's character in the bowling alley) was, I would have watched it at home, where I can fast forward or take a break. Fortunately, my son let me grab his hand until that scene was over. (There are other violent scenes, but they are not up-close, prolonged torture.)
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Scorpio (October 23-November 21)
The slow, gradual, incremental approach will be your magic strategy in 2019. Being persistent and thorough as you take one step at a time will provide you with the power to accomplish wonders. Now and then, you may be tempted to seek dramatic breakthroughs or flashy leaps of faith; and there may indeed be one or two such events mixed in with your steady rhythms. But for the most part, your glory will come through tenacity. Now study this advice from mystic Meister Eckhart: "Wisdom consists in doing the next thing you have to do, doing it with your whole heart, and finding delight in doing it."

*

I made a New Year's resolution at https://habitica.com/ to write every day. My task says "Open Eleven. Write a sentence." but it's even more minimal than it looks: I'm committing to opening the file that I'm working on, but I don't necessarily have to write anything in it. If I can't, I am allowed to write a one-sentence review of a book I've read instead.

Let's see if this works.
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• What are you reading?

Word by Word, by Kory Stamper. I gave this, That Inevitable Victorian Thing, and Record of a Spaceborn Few to Nixie for Jolabokaflod, but she was traveling with only a backpack and did not take them back to Portland with her.

• What did you recently finish reading?

Harriet the Spy, by Louise Fitzhugh. The best book about being eleven.

• What do you think you’ll read next?

We Are Legion, by Dennis Taylor, for SF bookgroup.


I watched Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World, a documentary about Native American and First Nations musicians in rock. Even though the DVD does not have subtitles, so I did not catch every word, it was well worth watching.
There is a lot of beauty, both visual and aural, in this movie, but I have to warn for a few photographs of state-sponsored mass murder, with the perpetrators standing proudly in their uniforms over the bodies of their victims, and some photos and brief videos of police brutally assaulting people of color.
Also there are people who talk about things that are not genetic being "in your blood", but they mean well.

Mount TBR

Jan. 1st, 2019 01:43 pm
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From [personal profile] james_davis_nicoll's 100 Books to Consider Reading in 2019, I have read:

The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison (2014)
The Stolen Lake by Joan Aiken (1981)
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (1985)
The Mountains of Mourning by Lois McMaster Bujold (1989)
Wild Seed by Octavia E. Butler (1980)
The Fortunate Fall by Raphael Carter (1996)
Gate of Ivrel by C.J. Cherryh (1976)
Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho (2015)
The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper (1973)
The Secret Country by Pamela Dean (1985)
Dhalgren by Samuel R. Delany (1975)
Enchantress From the Stars by Sylvia Louise Engdahl (1970)
Golden Witchbreed by Mary Gentle (1983)
Winterlong by Elizabeth Hand (1990)
Ingathering by Zenna Henderson (1995)
The Interior Life by Dorothy Heydt (writing as Katherine Blake, 1990)
God Stalk by P. C. Hodgell (1982)
Brown Girl in the Ring by Nalo Hopkinson (1998)
God’s War by Kameron Hurley (2011)
Memory of Water by Emmi Itäranta (2014)
The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin (2015)
Cart and Cwidder by Diane Wynne Jones (1975)
Hellspark by Janet Kagan (1988)
Swordspoint by Ellen Kushner (1987)
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle (1962)
Magic or Madness by Justine Larbalestier (2005)
The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin (1974)
Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie (2013)
Biting the Sun by Tanith Lee (Also titled Drinking Sapphire Wine, 1979)
Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee (2016)
Tea with the Black Dragon by R. A. MacAvoy (1983)
China Mountain Zhang by Maureen McHugh (1992)
Dreamsnake by Vonda N. McIntyre (1978)
The Riddle-Master of Hed by Patricia A. McKillip (1976)
Lud-in-the-Mist by Hope Mirrlees (1926)
The ArchAndroid by Janelle Monáe (2010)
Jirel of Joiry by C. L. Moore (1969)
The City, Not Long After by Pat Murphy (1989)
His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik (2006)
Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor (2014)
Woman on the Edge of Time by Marge Piercy (1976)
Goblin Market by Christina Rossetti (1859)
The Female Man by Joanna Russ (1975)
Everfair by Nisi Shawl (2016)
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (1818)
The Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart (1970)
Up the Walls of the World by James Tiptree, Jr. (1978)
The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner (1996)
The Snow Queen by Joan D. Vinge (1980)
All Systems Red by Martha Wells (2017)
Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson (2012)

I'm going to consider reading:

Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa (2001-2010)
Yokohama Kaidashi Kikō by Hitoshi Ashinano (1994-2006)
Stinz: Charger: The War Stories by Donna Barr (1987)
The Sword and the Satchel by Elizabeth Boyer (1980)
Galactic Sibyl Sue Blue by Rosel George Brown (1968)
War for the Oaks by Emma Bull (1987)
Naamah’s Curse by Jacqueline Carey (2010)
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers (2015)
Red Moon and Black Mountain by Joy Chant (1970)
The Vampire Tapestry by Suzy McKee Charnas (1980)
Diadem from the Stars by Jo Clayton (1977)
Genpei by Kara Dalkey (2000)
Servant of the Underworld by Aliette de Bodard (2010)
The Door into Fire by Diane Duane (1979)
On the Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis (2016)
Spirit Gate by Kate Elliott (2006)
The Dazzle of Day by Molly Gloss (1997)
A Mask for the General by Lisa Goldstein (1987)
Slow River by Nicola Griffith (1995)
Those Who Hunt the Night by Barbara Hambly (1988)
Zero Sum Game by S.L. Huang (2014)
Blood Price by Tanya Huff (1991)
The Keeper of the Isis Light by Monica Hughes (1980)
Daughter of Mystery by Heather Rose Jones (2014)
A Voice Out of Ramah by Lee Killough (1979)
St Ailbe’s Hall by Naomi Kritzer (2004)
Deryni Rising by Katherine Kurtz (1970)
Wizard of the Pigeons by Megan Lindholm (1986)
Adaptation by Malinda Lo (2012)
Watchtower by Elizabeth A. Lynn (1979)
The Outback Stars by Sandra McDonald (2007)
Pennterra by Judith Moffett (1987)
Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (2016)
Vast by Linda Nagata (1998)
Galactic Derelict by Andre Norton (1959)
Dragon Sword and Wind Child by Noriko Ogiwara (1993)
Outlaw School by Rebecca Ore (2000)
Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce (1983)
Godmother Night by Rachel Pollack (1996)
My Life as a White Trash Zombie by Diana Rowland (2011)
Stay Crazy by Erika L. Satifka (2016)
The Healer’s War by Elizabeth Ann Scarborough (1988)
Five-Twelfths of Heaven by Melissa Scott (1985)
A Door Into Ocean by Joan Slonczewski (1986)
The Well-Favored Man by Elizabeth Willey (1993)
Banner of Souls by Liz Williams (2004)
Ariosto by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro (1980)
Ooku by Fumi Yoshinaga (2005-present)
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Still not sure whether this was fun!

I drifted away from participating in the Goodreads community discussions back in April. Last week I went back to my list to see what I could fill in from the books I've read this year. I did keep up pretty well on noting all the books I read in Goodreads. I read a few last-minute books to fill gaps. I resisted the temptation to stick Sea of Rust in for the prompt "A Western" or The Marrow Thieves for the prompt "A book with a fruit or vegetable in the title". I think I've got 46 fills out of 67 prompts. √ means I read the book; a book title without a √ means that I picked something out for the prompts but didn't read it. I'm going to put those on Mount TBR for next year.

2018 Popsugar Reading Challenge

1. A book made into a movie you've already seen – A Monster Calls
√ 2. True Crime - Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI
3. The next book in a series you started - The Obelisk Gate
4. A book involving a heist
5. Nordic noir
√ 6. A novel based on a real person – Be Prepared
√ 7. A book set in a country that fascinates you – Chronicle of a Death Foretold
√ 8. A book with a time of day in the title – I Shall Wear Midnight
[DNF] 9. A book about a villain or antihero – The Traitor Baru Cormorant
√ 10. A book about death or grief - Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant?
√ 11. A book with a female author who uses a male pseudonym – Houston Houston Do You Read
√ 12. A book with an LGBTQ+ protagonist – Tell Me What You Like
√ 13. A book that is also a stage play or musical – The Real Inspector Hound
√ 14. A book by an author of a different ethnicity than you – Sing, Unburied, Sing
√ 15. A book about feminism - We Should All Be Feminists
√ 16. A book about mental health - Eliza and Her Monsters
17. A book you borrowed or that was given to you as a gift - A Glorious Freedom: Older Women Leading Extraordinary Lives
√ 18. A book by two authors - Gena/Finn
√ 19. A book about or involving a sport - You and a Bike and a Road
√ 20. A book by a local author – I Met a Traveller in an Antique Land
√ 21. A book with your favorite color in the title – Devil in a Blue Dress
√ 22. A book with alliteration in the title – The Lamb Will Slaughter the Lion
√ 23. A book about time travel – Paper Girls
√ 24. A book with a weather element in the title – The Other Wind
√ 25. A book set at sea – Ocean Meets Sky
√ 26. A book with an animal in the title - H is for Hawk
√ 27. A book set on a different planet - The Best of All Possible Worlds
28. A book with song lyrics in the title – number9dream
29. A book about or set on Halloween - A Night in the Lonesome October
√ 30. A book with characters who are twins – Castle Hangnail
31. A book mentioned in another book
√ 32. A book from a celebrity book club - The Gate to Women's Country
√ 33. A childhood classic you've never read - The Girl with the Silver Eyes
√ 34. A book that's published in 2018 - The Hazel Wood
35. A past Goodreads Choice Awards winner - Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened
√ 36. A book set in the decade you were born - Harriet the Spy
37. A book you meant to read in 2017 but didn't get to
√ 38. A book with an ugly cover - The XY
√ 39. A book that involves a bookstore or library - The Little Paris Bookshop
40. Your favorite prompt from the 2015, 2016, or 2017 POPSUGAR Reading Challenges

2018 Popsugar Advanced Reading Challenge

1. A bestseller from the year you graduated high school - Lanark
√ 2. A cyberpunk book - Artificial Condition
3. A book that was being read by a stranger in a public place
√ 4. A book tied to your ancestry - The Sparrow
5. A book with a fruit or vegetable in the title
6. An allegory
√ 7. A book by an author with the same first or last name as you - Rapture
8. A microhistory – Word by Word
√ 9. A book about a problem facing society today - When They Call You A Terrorist
10. A book recommended by someone else taking the POPSUGAR Reading Challenge

Book Riot's Read Harder

√ 1. A book published posthumously – The Master and Margarita
2. A book of true crime –
√ 3. A classic of genre fiction (i.e. mystery, sci fi/fantasy, romance) - Tehanu
√ 4. A comic written and drawn by the same person - The Tea Dragon Society
√ 5. A book set in or about one of the five BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, or South Africa) - The Hope Factory
√ 6. A book about nature – Rambunctious Garden
7. A western
√ 8. A comic written or illustrated by a person of color – The Prince and the Dressmaker
√ 9. A book of colonial or postcolonial literature - The God of Small Things
√ 10. A romance novel by or about a person of color – The Kiss Quotient
√ 11. A children’s classic published before 1980 – Pippi Longstocking
√ 12. A celebrity memoir - I Feel Bad about My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman
√ 13. An Oprah Book Club selection – The Handmaid's Tale
√ 14. A book of social science – Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict
√ 15. A one-sitting book - Petra
16. The first book in a new-to-you YA or middle grade series
√ 17. A sci fi novel with a female protagonist by a female author - Trail of Lightning

Stats:

https://www.goodreads.com/user/year_in_books/2018/7530468

I think I read 85 works of fiction, 22 nonfiction. 32 male authors, 69 female authors. 23 people of color, 78 white people.

I'd like to read more nonfiction next year. I tend to start nonfiction, get interrupted by a book group or library due date, and then leave it hanging on my "currently reading" stack forever.
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Scorpio Horoscope for week of December 27, 2018

The body of the violin has two f-shaped holes on either side of the strings. They enable the sound that resonates inside the instrument to be projected outwardly. A thousand years ago, the earliest ancestor of the modern violin had round holes. Later they became half-moons, then c-shaped, and finally evolved into the f-shape. Why the change? Scientific analysis reveals that the modern form allows more air to be pushed out from inside the instrument, thereby producing a more powerful sound. My analysis of your life in 2019 suggests it will be a time to make an upgrade from your metaphorical equivalent of the c-shaped holes to the f-shaped holes. A small shift like that will enable you to generate more power and resonance.



The Creative Process spread is designed specifically to peer into the nature of a project or creative undertaking, and shine a spotlight on the evolution of its parts. The images of the Minchiate Tarot are drawn from a rare surviving 18th century deck of 97 cards - 19 more than the traditional Tarot. It is considered by many to be the single most powerful divination tool on the web, providing deep insight, rich in ancient symbolism, to any question you may pose.

The card in the middle represents the creative force behind the project, be it a person, organization, or other entity. Nine of Coins (Gain): Good luck attending material affairs. Attaining refinement and embracing elegance. Discipline and nobility applied to the maintenance of security and stability. The wise use of resources and foresight. The fulfillment that comes with accomplishment, and the turning of attention to higher things.

The card on the top represents imagination - the prophetic image that stems from the creative force of the previous card to initiate the project. This is the poetry or voice of the undertaking. Page of Coins, when reversed: The dark essence of earth, such as a chasm: Unfavorable news about business, finance, or the physical world. One who delights in all forms of luxury and physical excess, leaving practical matters unattended. Irrationality and failure to recognize obvious facts, coupled with a poor work ethic. Wastefulness, lack of focus, and loss. May portend the loss of a job or promotion.

The card on the left represents emotion - the feelings aroused by or surrounding the ideation of the project that takes place in the previous card. This is the music or scent of the undertaking. Wheel of Fortune: The path of destiny. Karma on a grand scale. An unexpected turn of good fortune. A link in the chain of events. Success, luck, and happiness.

The card on the bottom represents thought - the analytical process of organizing the project and capturing the emotional content of the previous card. This is the science or vision of the undertaking. The Hanged Man, when reversed: Life in suspension. Selfish, materialistic, and untrusting attitudes. Unwillingness to make necessary sacrifices. Going along with the crowd, and refusing to hear the inner voice. Concessions and appeasements that backfire.

The card on the right represents manifestation - the real work involved in completing the project, and the form it will take upon culmination. This is the painting or touch of the undertaking. Two of Wands (Dominion): Established power and influence over others. Setting goals and a vision for the future. Coming to grips with the impact of past decisions, considering the current state of affairs, and developing a plan of action. Responsible leadership.
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• What are you reading?

The Steerswoman, by Rosemary Kirstein.

Reread. This is such a hard book to talk about! Recommending it to my son, I said, "I remember the first time I read this, I wouldn't have kept going if my friends hadn't told me it was great. It's like yet another novelization of somebody's RPG. But that's not what it is at all. But I don't want to tell you anything else! Just read it!"

• What did you recently finish reading?

Pippi Longstocking, by Astrid Lindgren.

I remember being really worried, when I was the the age this book is meant for, by Pippi's embrace of Chaos. I was a believer in Order, and I liked stories that resolved rule-breaking by showing that a rule can be a bad rule, and the people in charge can fail to recognize that, because nobody is perfect; the way to resolve that is to convince the people in charge that the rule is a bad rule, and get it replaced with a better rule, moving us all toward a More Perfect Order.

Not Pippi, though. Pippi breaks rules and just don't care.


• What do you think you’ll read next?

Harriet the Spy, by Louise Fitzhugh, and a dozen other things to fill more slots in my 2018 Reading Challenge.

I'm thinking I might use this to keep track of what I watch, to? I don't know how useful that will be if I don't make comments, but I guess a list is better than nothing. So this week I watched

Sorry to Bother You. With Mungo. Mungo hated Detroit's art show. Couldn't see the point of it.
Atlanta
Unforgotten. That ending was nightmare fuel. I like police procedurals that depict striving for justice, while acknowledging that getting the right person convicted for the right crime won't make the victim whole, and a lot of the time you can't even do that. I don't like "You can't be charged with the terrible things you did, but karma has given this other person the power to torture you!"
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The MRI showed lesions in the ocular region of Nixie's brain. The doctor at that hospital said he thinks it's MS. I don't know whether they have to run more tests to be sure? I don't know much at this point.

They transferred her to another hospital with a neurologist on staff. She'll stay there for three days of steroid treatment. We're trying to decide whether Mungo or I or both of us should go be with her. I'm better at emotional support, but he's pretty good, and also not afraid of driving an unfamiliar car in an unfamiliar city. Also he's a nurse, so better at getting information from medical people.

Tell me what you know about MS. Good resources about living with chronic illness in general also appreciated.
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Last night, while she was waiting to catch the train back to Portland, Nixie texted me about experiencing bright-light afterimages that weren't going away. I said it sounds like a visual migraine, I used to get those, I'm glad you're not driving, it'll probably be gone by morning.

This morning they were still there. Eventually she went to the emergency room, where, eventually, they decided she needed a CAT scan. The CAT scan was fine so now they want to do an MRI.

How scared should I be?

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