Links & Accomplishments, 6/4/2017 to 6/10/2017

I haven’t kept up with these very well. Oops.

Links

Why Procrastinators Procrastinate, and the related article, How to Beat Procrastination. An oldie but a goodie. Procrastination is explained here with funny drawings and anthopomorphic pals like the Instant Gratification Monkey. I resemble… most of this. And scheduling, I can confirm, has been a great way to (sometimes but not always) get the Instant Gratification Monkey on my side.

Accomplishments

Writing
– Attended writing group
– Worked ~1h on Lioness edits

Other Media
– Listened to Larpcast #91 and 93
– Listened to Stuff to Blow Your Mind, “Anthropodermic Bibliopegy”
– Listened to Stuff to Blow Your Mind, “Neurosecurity: Dawn of the Brain Hackers”
– Listened to Stuff Mom Never Told You, “Policing Women’s Speech”
– Listened to Happier with Gretchen Rubin #120

LARP
– NPCed for Madrigal 3
– Wrote Mad3 NPC PEL

Health
– (Mon) Ninja Fitness Strength workout #3 and Agility #1
– (Tues) Ninja Fitness Endurance workout #4 x 2 (~2.67mi at 4.5-4.7 with an incline of 0.0-2.0)
– (Tues) NF Zen workout #1
– (Tues) 1 min plank/1 min wall-sit
– (Weds) 2.34mi walk
– (Thurs) NF Strength workout #2 and #4; Zen #2
– (Fri) 1 min plank/1 min wall-sit
– (Fri) ~2.5mi walk/run with sprinting intervals
– (Sat) NF Agility workout #2

Rejection Log

– “Remember to Die”, 24-day form from Arsenika

Links & Accomplishments, 4/30/2017 to 5/6/2017

Links

Women Are Dying Because Doctors Treat Us Like Men. In a continuing vein of “the substandard medical treatment of women really pisses me off,” I guess. I know much of what we know of heart disease, for example, comes from longitudinal studies like the Framingham Heart Study, which was all men.

Given my success with Zombies Run!, I am trying out a new fitness app for iOS: Ninja Fitness. Basically you level up your little ninja avatar, gaining different “belts”, through doing real exercises in four categories: Strength (upper body and core exercises), Agility (lower body), Endurance (running), and Zen (yoga and stretches). As you exercise you also gain stars, which you spend to unlock more exercises, as well as outfits and whatnot for your avatar. It’s not quite as slick of an app as Zombies Run!, but for 99 cents, I think it’s worth it. I’ll be switching to this for my runs where I just want to listen to my own podcasts without interruptions.

Accomplishments

Writing
– Wrote ~2800 words on a new short story, “Swan Song”
– Wrote a new poem, “The hope of the chestnut”
– Submitted “Remember to Die” to Arsenika

Reading
– Read “Sigrid Under the Mountain”, by Charlotte Ashley (orig. in The Sockdolager; republished in Podcastle #468)
– Read “Sun, Moon, Dust,” by Ursula Vernon (Uncanny #16A)
– Read “Auspicium Melioris Aevi” by JY Yang (Uncanny #15B)
– Read “Real Ghosts”, by J.B. Park (Clarkesworld, March 2017)
– Read “I Know All of His Names”, by Kate Heartfield (Liminal Stories, Spring/Summer 2017)

LARP
– NPCed for Madrigal 3
– Wrote PEL for Mad3

Other Media
– Listened to Radical Candor episodes 5-6, 15-17
– Listened to Larpcast episode #88
– Listened to Happier with Gretchen Rubin, episodes #114-115
– Listened to Stuff You Missed in History Class, “Three Nuclear Close Calls” and “A Brief History of Foreign Food in the U.S.”
– Watched episode 13 of the new MST3K
– Watched episodes 36-39 of the Forensic Files collection
– Watched episode 1-2 of Bill Nye Saves the World

Health
– (Mon) Did Zombies Run 5K training week 8, workout 1
– (Tues) Did Ninja Fitness strength workout #1
– (Weds) Did Zombies Run 5K training week 8, workout 2… ish. (Had technical issues)
– (Thurs) Did Ninja Fitness strength workout #2, agility workout #1, zen workout #1
– (Fri) Did Zombies Run 5K training week 8, workout 2. Completed the program, woohoo!
– (Sat) Walk in the woods, don’t know how far, maybe ~2mi?

Picture of the Week


Gaultheria procumbens, one of the many plants known as “wintergreen” (also teaberry or checkerberry). This was the only picture from when I went wildflower-spotting this weekend — a lot of spring ephemerals had passed.

Links & Accomplishments,4/23/2017 to 4/29/2017

Links

Shared by friend and travel buddy EB: How I Found the 4 Hardest-to-Find Bookstores in the World. There’s not a single one of these I’d want to pass up, but the underground bookstore in Coober Pedy, Australia, sounds especially interesting.

Accomplishments

Reading
– Read Changeless by Gail Carriger
– Read Blameless by Gail Carriger

Social
– Took a road trip around western MA with EB, visiting numerous places from Atlas Obscura and the 1000 Best Places to Visit in MA list. (Hopefully a post on that sometime soon?)

Other Media
– Listened to Happier with Gretchen Rubin, episode #113
– Listened to Radical Candor, episode 3 and 4
– Listened to Stuff You Missed in History Class, “Mongolian Princess Khutulun”
– Listened to Larpcast episode #87
– Watched episodes 34-35 of the Forensic Files collection
– Watched episode 12 of the new MST3K, Carnival Magic

Health
– Took a ~4mi hike in the Savoy Mountain State Forest
– (Mon) Repeated Zombies Run 5K training, week 7 run 2
– (Tues) 10 x crunches
– (Weds) 10 x crunches
– (Thurs) Repeated Zombies Run 5K training, week 7 run 3

Career
– Gave a presentation to my team about CSS Shapes and Clipping/masking

Picture of the Week


“20 Miles from Boston – 1768” — not sure if it’s truly an 18th-century original, but I found it on Old Connecticut Path in Framingham/Natick while out on a run.

Links & Accomplishments, 3/19/2017 to 4/15/2017

Who has two thumbs and has been suffering some nasty depression the last 2-3 weeks?

👍 👍 THIS GIRL

Luckily, I wasn’t completely idle during that time. Just to get back on the blogging bandwagon, here’s what I’ve been up to.

Links

You’re Writing for Friends, by Mette Ivie Harrison. Pullquote: “Here’s what I want you to remember: You’re not writing for everyone.”

How Hyperfixation Helps Me Cope With Anxiety and Depression. Or: why Lise games more when she’s struggling with depression. I posted this on Facebook, but it’s important enough that I’ll repeat it for the people in the back. In particular, I identified with this quote:

“I don’t know how to cope with my undesirable thoughts without total immersion.

“If I’m not binging on a show, the thoughts are more likely to make an appearance. If I don’t listen to a specific artist or album on repeat, my mind is filled with self-loathing thoughts rather than lyrics.”

When I’m having bad days, thoughts like, “maybe I should have more mastery on my afflic lock?” are a welcome distraction from the chorus of “hate HATE hate HATE HATE.”

A friend of mine replied with, “At what point does hyperfixation become addiction?” It’s a good question, but I’m not sure I know the answer. The facile answer is, “When it becomes harmful,” but in the moment it’s sometimes hard to see the line. I know I’ve crossed it a few times in my life. Mostly these days I think I manage it pretty well; I’m a lot better than I used to be at recognizing when everything in-game starts to take on a funhouse-mirror over-significance. One thing I stopped doing recently — which probably helped me dig out of this depression — is visiting the WoW subreddit, which is a font of negativity and misogyny. Leaving that helped me step back and gain some perspective.

Accomplishments

Writing
– Worked on Lioness edits ~ 7.5 hours total
– Attended writing group

Reading
– Read Heretics and Heroes, by Thomas Cahill
– Read Love in the Time of Victoria, by Françoise Barret-Ducrocq
– Read Double Negative, by David Carkeet
– Read “With Cardamom I’ll Bind Their Lips” by Beth Cato (Uncanny Magazine #15A)

Other Media
– Listened to Stuff You Missed in History Class episodes: “The New London School Explosion,” “Interview: Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr”, “Jules Cotard and the Syndrome Named After Him”, “Aphra Behn, Writer and Spy”, “H.P. Lovecraft”
– Listened to Writing Excuses #12.6-12.14
– Listened to Happier with Gretchen Rubin #109-112
– Listened to The Training Dummies #159-163
– Watched episodes 1-4 of the new MST3K
– Watched episodes 1-23 of season one of Forensic Files (it’s all on Netflix now, ohmygod, I love this show)
– Watched The Brontes. This was so good, and made me want to know more about the sisters!
– Got the “Ahead of the Curve: Gul’dan” achievement in WoW (basically completing heroic Nighthold with my guild)
– Got the “Accomplished Angler” achievement in WoW (finally, after many years). So now my main is titled “Salty” Silbuns.

Social
– Visited my mom in upstate NY
– Had dinner at Bluefin with Kevin

Career
– Attended 2-day leadership training
– Attended MBTI training (I came out as an ISFP, in case you were curious — maybe a post on that later?)
– Finished the CI Scrubber redesign project

Health
– Zombies run 5K training: week 6, workout 2 (3mi) — I ran for 10 minutes straight!
– Zombies run 5K training: week 6, workout 3 (2.95mi)
– Zombies run 5K training: week 7, workout 1 (2.67mi)
– Zombies run 5K training: week 7, workout 2 (2.69mi)
– Zombies run 5K training: week 7, workout 3
– Zombies run 5K training: week 6, workout 1 (3.06mi)
– Zombies run 5K training: week 6, workout 3
– Zombies run 5K training: week 7, workout 1 (2.92mi)
– Had fasting bloodwork

I took a ten-day break from running in there, and REGRETTED MY LIFE AND MY CHOICES, as I’d lost a lot of progress. But I’m mostly back on track now, and approaching the end of the 5K training program. Who knows — maybe I’ll actually run a 5K once I’m done?


A sock monkey pirate that my mom got me as a present. Since he came from a Quebecois Christmas fair, I’ve named him Monsieur Jangles.

Links & Accomplishments, 3/12/2017 to 3/18/2017

Links

Lilou the Pig is a therapy pig that works at the San Francisco airport. She also has an Instagram account, for all your adorable piggie-related needs. Here’s Lilou dressed up for St. Paddy’s Day:*

* Disclaimer: Lise does not support the weird fetishization of Irish culture that accompanies St. Patrick’s Day in the U.S. She does, however, support adorable piglets wearing hats.

Accomplishments

Writing
– Worked on Lioness edits x 1 (~1h)

Crafts
– Cooked mouclade for Alison and Matt S.

Social
– Visited Alison and had tea at Dunbar Tea House in Sandwich, MA

Other Media
– Listened to The Training Dummies #148 and #157
– Listened to a loooooot of Stuff You Missed in History Class episodes: “Speaking with Auschwitz Survivor Michael Bernstein,” “Lady Jane Grey, the Nine-day Queen,” “The King’s Evil and the Royal Touch,” “John Kidwell and the Founding of Hawaii’s Pineapple Industry,” “Edmonia Lewis,” “Henry Dunant, Founder of the Red Cross”
– Listened to Happier with Gretchen Rubin #108
– Watched all of the Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell miniseries

Health
– (Monday) Zombies run 5K training: week 5, workout 3 (3.22mi)
– (Friday) Zombies run 5K training: week 6, workout 1 (3.18mi)
– Had a massage

Links & Accomplishments, 2/26/2017 to 3/11/2017

Links

The New Relevance of the Fantasy Novel, by Betsy Dornbusch

11 Joan Didion Quotes Every Writer Should Know. Some new favorites here!

What Writers Really Do When They Write. A thinkier piece on a similar topic. Pullquote: “The writer, having tossed up some suitably interesting pins, knows they have to come down, and, in my experience, the greatest pleasure in writing fiction is when they come down in a surprising way that conveys more and better meaning than you’d had any idea was possible.”

A comic about writer’s block. I seem to have a theme going this week 🙂

Accomplishments

Writing
– Worked on Lioness edits x 3 (~2h 30m, total)
– Signed up for Camp NaNoWriMo in April
– Wrote blog post: “The shifting phantasmagoria which is our actual experience”: some thoughts on Into Thin Air

Reading
– Read Into Thin Air, by Jon Krakauer

Other Media
– Listened to Happier with Gretchen Rubin, episodes #105 – 107
– Listened to Writing Excuses #11.51 – 11.52, #12.1 – 12.2 and 12.4 – 12.5
– Listened to The Training Dummies #155 – #156
– Listened to Stuff You Missed in History Class: Executive Order 9066 & Japanese Internments, parts 1 and 2
– Watched the RiffTrax of Retro Puppet Master (missed this one in last L&A) and Ator, the Fighting Eagle

LARP
– Submitted character history for Shadowvale

Crafts
– Blocked my pink Forest Canopy lace shawl

Social
– Had dinner with Kevin at Rosebud Diner

Health
– Took a long walk around my neighborhood (2.5mi-ish?)
– Took a 1.4mi walk
– 10 x crunches x 3
– Zombies run 5K training: week 4, workout 3 (2.85mi)
– Hacker’s Diet Introductory Fitness Ladder, rung one
– Zombies run 5K training: week 5, workout 1 (3.13mi)
– Zombies run 5K training: week 5, workout 2 (3.17mi)
– Used my sun lamp x 4 (possibly more, I forget)
– Had annual cardiologist appointment


My guild in WoW recently had a Bad Transmog Raid Night — like an ugly sweater party for gaming. This was my contribution.

Links & Accomplishments, 2/12/2017 to 2/25/2017

I’ve been inconsistent about doing these, but I do like them as a record of what I’ve been up to, so I’m trying to get back in the habit…

Links

I’ve really been enjoying Django’s “Promise Land Reloaded” series, logging his recent Crusader Kings 2 playthrough. It’s inspired me to start playing CK2 again, although I’m not nearly as skilled, or as lucky, as he is!

The Trash Heap Has Spoken. About being fat, taking up space, and role models from children’s TV — a piece I feel I could have written.

“Fieldcraft,” by Kellan Sparver. Kellan is a good friend of mine and fellow VP grad, as well as being someone I support on Patreon. I read this story ~1-2 years ago, in draft form, and loved it. It’s not SFF, per se, but it explores the experience of being bi through the metaphor of being a spy in a fascist regime. As he says, more relevant today than ever, sadly. In any case, I was pleased to see he finally made it available for y’all to read. I hope you’ll consider supporting him!

Accomplishments

Writing
– Attended writing group

Reading
– Read Hounded by Kevin Hearne
– Re-read “Fieldcraft” by Kellan Sparver
– Read The Revenge of the Wizard’s Ghost by John Bellairs
– Read “Don’t You Worry, You Aliens” by Paul Cornell (Uncanny #13A)
– Read “Our Talons Can Crush Galaxies” by Brooke Bolander (Uncanny #13A)

Other Media
– Listened to Larpcast episode 85, “Writer’s Block”, and 83, “Community Moderation”
– Listened to Happier, episodes 101-104
– Watched the RiffTrax of Retro Puppet Master. (Which was… pretty bad. After reading The Disaster Artist, I kind of wonder why Greg Sestero has such fond memories of it, but I suppose compared to The Room, it’s Citizen fucking Kane).

LARP
– Attended Intercon
– Facilitated panels at Intercon: “Bleed in Boffer LARPs”, “Plotting by the Seat of Your Pants”, and “Thrift Store Costuming”
– Played in Kingsword at Intercon Q
– Played in Always Waltz at Intercon Q
– Ran Cracks in the Orb at Intercon Q
– NPCed for Madrigal 3 winter revel
– Finished costume for 5G Crossroads dinner/masquerade ball
– Attended 5G Crossroads dinner/masquerade ball

Social
– Had lunch at Margaritas with Alison

Health
– Did Zombies Run, week 3, workout 2
– Did Zombies Run, week 3, workout 3
– Did Zombies Run, week 4, workout 1
– Did Zombies Run, week 4, workout 2
– Did 20 x jackknives x 2 days
– Had a massage


My costume for the 5G Masquerade I attended this weekend. I was going for “snowy owl.”

Links & Accomplishments, 1/15/2017 to 1/21/2017

Have you been introduced to the joy that is Wholesome Memes? It’s:

  • Arguably the only wholesome community on Reddit,
  • Full of earnest, non-ironic generosity and kindness,
  • One of the secrets to staying sane this winter,
  • Cures terminal cancer of the soul.

One of my favorites:

If this doesn’t make your heart grow three sizes, you may want to consider having it replaced, as you are now legally dead.

Accomplishments

Writing
– Worked on Lioness edits x 2
– Wrote blog post: “The sleeper must awaken: meditations on climbing and new experiences”

Other Media
– Listened to Happier episode 97
– Listened to Stuff You Missed in History Class episodes: “Beer History with Erik Lars Myers”, “Unearthed: Piltdown Man”, “Unearthed, Part 1,” and “Unearthed, Part 2”, and “Maccabean Revolt”
– Listened to Larpcast 82, “Convention Larping”

Social
– Attended Mel’s birthday party

Health
– (Weds) Rock climbing with Jess
– (Thurs) 11am planks
– (Thurs) 6min stationary bike plus 1.5mi walk/run (Zombies Run week 2-ish)
– (Fri) 45-min walk

Links & Accomplishments, 1/1/2017 to 1/14/2017

No links, because I’m boring and back-dating this post.

Writing
– Worked on Lioness edits x 3
– Wrote a blog post: The Incredulous Tsunami (Review of The Incredible Tide, by Alexander Key)

Reading
– Read Sam J. Miller’s “Bodies Stacked Like Firewood” (Uncanny #14)
– Read Nnedi Okorafor & Wanuri Kahiu’s “Rusties” (Clarkesworld, October 2016)
– Read The Incredible Tide, by Alexander Key
– Read “Bellum Intestinum,” T. E. Mallory (Medium)

Other Media
– Listened to Writing Excuses 11.48-11.50, plus 11.Bonus-04
– Listened to Happier with Gretchen Rubin episode 98
– Watched the RiffTrax of The Amazing Mr. X

LARP
– Attended 5G crossover event 2

Health
– 1.75mi run/walk
– 1.4mi walk x 2 (Weds 1/4 and Thurs 1/12)
– Had a dentist’s appointment

Links & Accomplishments, 10/23/2016 to 10/29/2016

Links

Photographer captures stunning photos of maine coons like you’ve never seen them before. Ignore the breathless title; the photos are gorgeous. Thanks to Vik for bringing this to my attention. (I had some glamour shots of Bri! But believe it or not, she chewed them to pieces).

Accomplishments

Writing
– Wrote 2700 words on Lioness

Media
– Listened to Stuff You Missed in History Class, “Vincent Price: A Talk With His Daughter Victoria Price”
– Listened to Stuff You Missed in History Class, “Interview: Anne Byrn’s ‘American Cake’
– Listened to Stuff You Missed in History Class, “Le Theatre du Grand Guignol”
– Listened to Happier, episode 86
– Watched The Bat (1959)

HealthSocial
– Attended RiffTrax Live: Carnival of Souls with Brian and Adina

LARP
– Submitted 5G Silverfire 4 info skill
– Signed up for Kingsword at Intercon Q