Some of the best money I ever spent: ordering something from Amazon I got a cheap offer for an Audible membership, along with a free credit - I used it on "Sherlock Holmes - The Definite Audio Collection", read by Stephen Fry (a huge Sherlockian himself). It contains the complete works and has been keeping me company for months now!

I just became aware that itch.io is apparently selling a bundle with an insane amount of indie games (over 1000) for a minimum donation of $5. The money is being split between the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and Community Bail Fund. itch.io/b/520/bundle-for-racia

Not suggesting this is necessarily the best use of funds if you have limited donation dollars, but if you like games it might be nice.

I'm in a weird place with social media right now. Haven't really been active here for a bit, but during lockdown I basically lived on Tumblr. The past few days, however, my desire to check my dash has dwindled.

Instead I want to share random stuff about my life, like the fact that I'm now in my "goldilocks zone" with running: the precious few weeks after my hayfever & before the unavoidable summer heat. So I bought myself a Garmin smartwatch & just went on my first phone-free run. Go me? :)

And oh fuck this, if you want to know how my dad actually died, let me point you to the last episode, about 30 minutes in (except for the nurse, it was only us). I can't remember the last time I cried so hard.

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Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist is such a great show, but oh wow, my heart hurts, what with that theme of dead and dying fathers. Never fails to make me cry, no matter how many years it's been (almost 8).

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I was quite proud of my Xicheng vid for Fandom for Australia - except I just noticed while watching another vid that I missed at least one actual interaction, so now I'm just annoyed with myself! (Not using clips from the Gusu era was a choice, but that scene came later & would have been perfect. Ugh!)

Turns out the problem were the Chinese characters - once I used only English, I managed to create all my blends without issue. Now begins the waiting for the samples, so I can taste test before I'll make them public.
I spent a LOT of time thinking about which ingredients to use for each character, now they only need to taste good, too! :)

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What I've been doing this morning: Playing with the custom blend feature on Adagio, making teas for all the characters (SID crew, plus Ye Zun & BCE) - picking ingredients that fit them and making some basic graphics for the packaging.
It was great fun, although I wasn't able to actually save the results because of a bug. But I'll absolutely create that collection once it works again - I won't make it public, though, until I've tested my blends.

It's similar to finding a fic whose description and tags sound utterly perfect for you - only for it to turn out to be unreadable.

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That rollercoaster of emotion when you find a tiny fandom on AO3 with the number (20) behind it - and then it turns out not a single fic is in a language you actually understand. The elation! The heartbreak!

I've been thinking of this quote quite a bit recently:
β€œI heard a preacher say recently that hope is a revolutionary patience; let me add that so is being a writer. Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: you don't give up.”
― Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird

LJ friends recommended that book to me back when I had my first bout of depression. It was so much more than a writing manual to me.

"The world is not going to be saved by individual acts of virtue; it’s going to be saved, if it is to be saved, by collective acts of social and political change."

"To make personal changes is to do too little. Only great movements, only collective action can save us now."

- Rebecca Solnit

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I dreamed an actual soulmates AU, and now I can't remember anything except that it wasn't the usual "marks/words on your body" thing. This irritates me - why does my brain provide me with fic fodder and then take it away? Mean brain, mean! :)

@phyrry I got a comment from you on my recs blog about Hubzilla, but I can't reply to it. Not quite sure what happened.

Nice moment of the day: our biggest national organisation for seniors is teaming up with the biggest supermarket chain.
They created an app where you can sign up, tell them where you live, and they'll pair you with elderly people who need shopping done, giving them a layer of security. It'll be rolled out nation-wide in the next couple of days.
I'd already emailed the local chapter 2 weeks ago, offering my help, but at that time they had enough volunteers. So naturally I signed up.

@enchantedsleeper we're all going to end up with unusually tidy flats if things continue like this!

Being a ridiculous introvert has definite advantages these days - I don't actually mind the lack of personal contact.
I've got some friends with whom I chat more, and I'm watching 2 episodes of Buffy every evening with a friend in Germany. Also, as long as I'm allowed to, I'm walking into work for a couple of hours every day, pick up the mail and stuff. The weather's gorgeous, so those 5k feel really lovely. And I've dusted off my aerobics dvds instead of going to the gym. So far so good...

@fribbledom Switzerland has been criticised by the WHO for testing too little - however, our labs are running at capacity, so while they're preparing to be able to deal with more in the upcoming weeks, right now I expect your friend wouldn't be tested here either.

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