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I wrote several Firefly drabbles inspired by David Bowie song titles, including some femslash (which I will post to my sub!Zoë set on [archiveofourown.org profile] ahavah as soon as I'm allowed).

If you are interested, you can find them HERE at [community profile] drabble_zone.


Whole30 Day 7

Skipped breakfast, because my stomach was a wreck this morning. Felt much better by mid-afternoon. Really excited about completing my first week on the program!

L: Roast beef, salted tomato, steamed broccoli, green olives

Snack: Raisins

D: Taco Salad: lettuce, tomato, green olive, taco meat cooked with red onion, green pepper, and garlic. Topped with homemade salsa.

Snack: Small apple


Songs of Love & Death: All-Original Tales of Star-Crossed Love, edited by George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozois

Apparently I bought this back in 2010, solely for Jacqueline Carey's Kushielverse story, You, and You Alone, which I read and enjoyed. I put the book away and only recently got around to reading the whole thing. I'm glad I read through Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series before I read A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows, so I enjoyed finding out what became of Jerry MacKenzie. This was my first introduction to a lot of well-known authors like Jim Butcher, Neil Gaiman, and Tannith Lee.

Ultimately it took me a couple months to get through the book. The book was hit-or-miss for me, and it was too easy to put it down and not care about coming back. There's a good mix of science fiction, fantasy, romance, and maybe a little horror, but I feel like the editors didn't do the best job in stringing these together. Some of the shifts seemed jarring, and I think I would have liked it if they'd offered them one genre at a time instead of the mix that it had.

I thought some of them were pretty good, some were okay, and a few were disappointing. Overall it's an okay book, maybe three stars. If you have a favorite author in here, it's a good addition to their worlds.

Whole30 Day 6

Had trouble falling asleep again last night. Not sure what's up with that. Have really good energy today though. Enthusiastically working on cleaning the house.

B: Red & sweet potato hash with two over-medium eggs and a handful of almonds

L: Not really hungry since my breakfast was so filling (and late – slept in on the weekends), but I forced myself to eat a compliant meal anyway.

Venison, baked potato with homemade salsa, handful of green olives

D: Pork steak, sauteed zucchini, homemade seasoned fries. No fat because my avocados are gone and I was too full anyway! Used lots of EVOO when I cooked, though.


2018 New Year's Resolutions

I quit doing NYR a few years ago because, well, because I always quit doing them. I really need to make some serious changes though, so I'm going to give it another goal. I'm being ambitious. Please help me stick with it!

1. Lose 40 pounds

2. Successfully complete Whole30 – AND a proper reintroduction

3. Establish a weekly exercise routine

4. Establish a weekly writing routine

5. Finish my novel!

6. Get more involved in fandom:

a) Write and post more stories to challenges
b) Comment on more fics

7. Be a better friend

8. Be a better wife and mother

9. Get back to learning the guitar

10. Read 52 books

11. Build an emergency fund and work on my finances


Whole30 Day 5

I could NOT sleep last night at all. I don't know if it's necessarily Whole30 related, but it's worth noting. Didn't fall asleep until about 1:30 am. Had great energy all day though, once I finally got up for good.

B: Skipped – slept late, then had a stressful morning.

L: Venison, baked potato with homemade salsa, handful of green olives

D: A (thick) slice and a half of roast beef, steamed broccoli with lemon, two slices salted tomato, and a handful of green olives (the bag of avocados that I JUST bought were all bad already!)

Latenight snack: 1 large orange


Whole30 Day 4

I feel so much better today! Good energy, good mood, and no more nausea or headache.

B: Red and sweet potato hash, hardboiled egg, half an avocado with EVOO and sea salt

L: Venison, sauteed zucchini, steamed broccoli with lemon, half an avocado with sea salt

D: Chicken soup (includes sweet potatoes, carrot, zucchini, white bell pepper, red onion) Did not include a fat since I was running late and had to leave, but I'll probably have a handful of green olives when I get back home.


Whole30 Day 3

2 c. coffee with almond milk. Lemon water throughout the day.

B: Red and sweet potato hash, one hardboiled egg, handful of green olives. (Actually had two eggs, but I got full and couldn't finish that and some of the potatoes.)

L: Apple (not following the meal template, but I felt so sick...)

D: Tried to eat some chicken soup, but I couldn't stomach it.

Nausea still bothering me all day. Hard to eat. Will be glad when this part's over.


Guilty Pleasures, by Laurell K. Hamilton

Guilty Pleasures, by Laurell K. Hamilton

This came recommended to me by several people, but I'm stuck waffling between one and two stars. The writing itself wasn't horrible, but the story did not maintain my interest at all. I expected more. I kept putting the book down and barely brought myself to finish it.

This is the novel where we meet Anita Blake, vampire hunter. Vampires are public (and even won the right to vote!) and recruiting, and we also meet were-people, zombies, and ghouls. I don't necessarily have a problem with the fact that their existence wasn't really explained. I can just accept that this is the world for the books. But with all those creatures, I guess I expected a much more compelling story.

The side characters, for the most part, all blended together for me. I had trouble recalling who was who, mostly because all of the vampires acted about the same. I'm not even sure if Phillip was a vampire, but for most of the book I thought he was because he hung out with them and had no personality of his own. They kept talking about him, and I had to keep going, “Wait, who's Phillip?” Then it was, “Wait, who's Aubrey?” The vampire master was a bit more interesting in the beginning.

The climax...was not climactic. We finally found out who the murderer was, and I didn't care at all. [SPOILER] Anita easily, blink and you miss it, takes down a thousand year old vampire with powers no others have, and yet Anita didn't show any real skill that should have made that so easily possible. [/SPOILER] She seems to succeed simply because she's our heroine, and her “bad-assitude” seemed more like luck most of the time. She didn't seem particularly strong nor skilled to me. Her attitude/voice annoyed me.

It seems like this should have been an easy read, but I just never got invested enough to breeze through. I forced myself to finish only because I only had a few more chapters left and it was due back at the library. Had I not had a long waiting room experience that gave me plenty of read time, I would have happily turned it back in without ever finding out the resolution. The book never made me care.


Whole30 Day 2

2 c. coffee with almond milk. Lemon water throughout the day.

B: Tuna steak with sauteed zucchini and red onion (reheated and ate on the road – forgot to add a healthy fat!)

L: Skipped – was out all day, and felt too nauseated anyway.

D: Venison loin, green beans, baked potato with homemade salsa and a little ghee.

Headachey all night last night after I went to bed. Nauseous all day today. Feeling my sugar withdrawals. Dinner also tasted funny to me tonight. Both the deer and salsa tasted weird, but no one else thought so. Not sure what's up with that. Maybe it's tied to my nausea.



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