Reading Ann Leckie's paragraph by paragraph posts of Ancillary Mercy
AND SCREAMING. (That's not a spoiler, is it? I mean, I didn't say if it was good screaming or bad screaming or "is this bit where the Kalrs repaint Ship and we get a minute by minute account of how Breq watches the paint dry going to be an important plot point or...?" screaming.)
And then (today, Tuesday 18/08) the thing she sent me arrived. The first three chapters of Ancillary Mercy
, along with a Mercy of Kalr lanyard, a bookplate, and two badges (Awn Elming and Dlique), because she is amazing and generous.
So I read that, and I WANT TO TALK ABOUT IT ALL NOW, but spoilers. Also I want to read the rest, and may or may not be printing out a paper calendar so I can cross off every day until it comes out.
Non-Ancillary Mercy reading:
Finished reading the atevi soap opera. No, that's not fair. The atevi machimi. (For those who haven't read it: CJ Cherryh's Foreigner
. Atevi are the aliens, machimi is their historical revenge drama TV series.) Will read the rest of them, eventually, while grumbling at myself for starting a 16-book series with my TBR pile/list in the state it's in.
Things that did not happen that I expected/hoped to have happen:
a) it turns out Barb betrayed Bren to the atevi bad guys, because she's tired of only existing to him as a booty call.
b) Bren, or anyone, recollects that human anthropologists and neurologists and zoologists have been wrong before about determining what emotions or cognition a given group of animals or people are capable of having, based on their anatomy and physiology. Like, a lot.
c) Bren's computer is simply too wet and battered to use.
Realised just last week why I keep thinking that the island of Mospheira has something to do with flies. My brain is merging the Spanish word "mosca" with the Australian fly spray Mortein
Returned Fluent in 3 Months
to the library unfinished. I may or may not try again later, but they were overdue and now is not the time.
Picked Margery Kempe up again. Crying to follow.
Started S. Bear Bergman's Butch is a Noun
. Found the first piece, about what butch is and is not, very uncomfortable reading. It was meant to be: it's about the ways we identity-police each other. But I felt more out than in, was reminded more and more that most people looking at me at the supermarket aren't going to see a genderqueer butch, they're going to see a frumpy woman who's not trying hard enough and must have some self-esteem issues to have let herself go like that. :(
Picked up Les Mis again. HAVE FINALLY FINISHED FANTINE, THANK YOU $DEITY. And now for a lengthy infodump about Waterloo. (I actually like that sort of thing, when my brain's working well enough for it. I am the kind of sicko who read Moby Dick
and enjoyed the infodumps
.) (n.b. not holding my breath or counting my chickens yet, but the new medication may be starting to work: my brain was working well enough for Les Mis this week.)
Read 'The Nalendar' by Ann Leckie while I was waiting for more Ancillary Mercy
. Spent probably more time than I should have trying to work out how to pronounce the protagonist's name. Liked the story anyway. :DFanworks
A non-zero number of Foreigner
fics. As many as looked like they wouldn't spoiler me for the later books. I misjudged that, but it's okay. n.b. Yes, there is Foreigner
fic. Some. Also Chanur and Cyteen. I may investigate the Cyteen stuff later.
Also some Last Herald-Mage
fics. There's something very pleasantly nostalgic about reading fanfic written in a good imitation of Mercedes Lackey's style.Games
Succumbed to peer pressure and started Mass Effect
. So far have only played as far as almost to the end of the first mission. Is there a way to pause this thing during cutscenes? For disability related reasons, I would like to be able to bail whenever I need to, no matter what is happening onscreen. On one occasion I was about to approach this guy and I knew there'd be a cutscene so I got up to go pee before starting the dialogue, and just as I reached the door, the fucking dialogue started without me clicking anything. Rude.
Also why is the "get out your weapon" button right next to the "go forward" button? Yeah, I know that is a completely standard layout for modern computer games, but my video game ability peaked with NES Classic sidescrollers. I shot the console next to one of the guys I had to talk to. Thankfully, the game didn't acknowledge this in any way.
I'm playing Jane Shepard, born in space, joined the military as an adept, woobie backstory. I'm playing her as mostly neutral with a bit of angry. She is brown and scarred and has a very male gazey body that unfortunately I couldn't modify to be any less so.
I would like it if Ashley didn't snap at me every time I accidentally pressed E instead of W and engaged her in conversation during a firefight when all I meant to do was walk forward.
It'll get better when I get better at third-person shooters. This will come in time, probably.Garden
First tulip bloomed. Second tulip budded.( visual evidence )