Major life changes? Same old same old?
Still making books for the time being, or at least until the next round of temper tantrums from our duly elected representatives threatens to lock me out of my office in December. I put myself through the wringer trying to clear my desk as much as possible before 1 October, and now that I don't have to break my neck trying to do everything before then, I'm hoping that my stress levels will go down somewhat. Just in time for a hurricane, apparently, so it looks like tonight's the night to buy kitty litter and toilet paper (since I already have eggs, bread, and some amount of milk).
In longer-term news, I'm currently on the fence about whether I want to try to buy the condo that I'm living in from my friend/landlady. I don't want to commit to anything as major as that until I have official job tenure next June, but I'd like to feel a greater sense of stability in my living situation (to know that I could pay for a place without roommates, etc.). With luck, I won't have to make that decision for another few months at least.
On the lighter side, I recently went to the Toronto International Film Festival with my parents, and we saw several films there. We did get a chance to see The Martian
, which turned out to be a quite decent space-survival popcorn flick with an acceptable level of Matt Damon, though the first fifteen minutes nearly gave me motion sickness from the amount of shaky-cam used. My personal highlight was a fantastic documentary called A Flickering Truth
, about the efforts of filmmakers in Afghanistan to salvage, preserve, and restore a number of movies that were made by Afghan Films and were all but destroyed during the Taliban years. (Archivist friends, you will love it, and I hope you can find a way to see it at some point.) We also saw the latest Mamoru Hosada animated film Bakemono no Ko (The Boy and the Beast)
, which wasn't quite as narratively strong as Summer Wars
or The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
but which had some lovely things to say about growing up, found families, and dealing with feelings of loneliness and rejection. Good stuff.What fandom are you in/do you spend most of your time in?
My fannishness is at a bit of an ebb at the moment. There are a number of books and anime series I've enjoyed lately, but nothing that's particularly grabbing me, and I'm actively keeping clear of some of the big trending fandoms because the fannish experience there seems to be toxic at levels that I don't have the time or the brain to handle at present. So I'm just paddling along in my own fannish waters, keeping an eye on the tides.Where do you hang out online?
Here, fail_fandomanon, and Twitter, mostly. I read a handful of friends' Tumblrs but don't Tumbl myself.What are you reading?
I'm picking my way through a half-dozen books, mainly nonfiction (with topics ranging from European defence policies to the exploration of Pompeii), and I hope that in the next few weekends I'll be able to finish several of them. But in terms of things that I've completed lately and loved, Kate Beaton's Step Aside, Pops
and the new English translation of Master Keaton volume 4
top the list.What are you watching?
Still following along with the full release of Sailor Moon
, and working my way through Gakkou-Gurashi
with a local friend. I recently (re)watched all of I, Claudius
with my roommate, and it's always fun to watch Brian Blessed and John Hurt chew the scenery while Siân Phillips delightfully schemes her way past all the tiresome men in her life. I don't think there's anything in the upcoming anime season that's really calling out to me, though I'm eagerly awaiting the DVD release of Library Wars
and the prospect of an anime adaptation for the historical espionage mystery Joker Game series
.What are you making?
I'd like to finish one more fic before Yuletide writing begins in earnest. I'm not sure which WIPs are close enough to warrant completion; perhaps I'll look over them this weekend. There may also be bread-making this weekend, since I picked up some yeast packets last week and haven't had a chance to use them yet.What are you squeeing about today?
...being able to come into work? I suppose that counts.
Oh, and it looks like the Twilight Struggle PC game
is in the beta testing phase! So perhaps I will finally open my Steam account and run some test games with it this weekend.If you could rope old fandom friends into a new fandom, it would be...
Probably Master Keaton
, now that the manga's being released in English. I'm not sure how much fannish activity it would generate, but I've at least written (and published!) meta for it
, and have notes for a fic that I've promised to skygiants
, so there's clearly room for fanworks.I should really watch/read/dive into _______ and then come talk to you about it!Master Keaton
, for one thing. I don't know if I could convince more people to watch the Kara no Kyoukai movies
or read the light novels, but there's a lot of material there that would be worth discussing with others.What else is on your mind?
Not much that's cheerful, I'm afraid. I'm feeling rather down about some other unrelated things at the moment, most of which aren't worth going into. I hope that once I can de-stress from work, they won't seem so bad.