Thanksgiving has come early

Oct. 20th, 2017 04:28 pm
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Yesterday morning, GK and I lugged ALL the boxes of books in from the little shed. My porch is a sea of brown cardboard boxes; I am endeavoring to get them on to my shelves, damn any kind of order save whatever they may have been in in the box.

OMG. I foresee donating a lot of duplicates to the ASFS* auction next spring--but that's okay. I can't begin to express how joyful I've been feeling since I began opening boxes. The shed thieves, whatever they may have gotten, did NOT make off with...at this point, I can't think of much I haven't seen yet. I can account for 95% of the things I've been frazzled about, and I think I saw some of the titles it was shelved near in a box I just opened. (I had to stop because my back was spasming. That's okay. I'm in here, with a stack of four books to read, mentally rubbing my hands together and gloating about what I'll read next.)

There are a helluva lot of shabby paperbacks...because I've read so many of them multiple times (and they probably weren't new to begin with). There are also a surprising number of coffee-table type books. My selection of volumes on plagues and epidemics arrived unscathed, as did an embarrassingly large block of juvenalia Some of it is Scholastic Book Club vintage...don't judge. I clapped when I unearthed Mary O'Hara and Maeve Binchy (but which do I reread first, Thunderhead or Scarlet Feather? The Secret of the Elms was nestled in beside The Catch Trap--talk about strange bedfellows!--but I was thrilled to see them both.

At this point, I think I'm about 60% unpacked, and I'm starting to wonder if they'll all fit on the shelves. I need to have to shift things around. I have one set of shelves that are fixed--can't be adjusted--which have room for tall stuff. The other four bookcases have holes for pegs, and it so happens I've got a couple extra shelves that GK got via roadside salvage. If I can make room for the tall books on the first bookcase, I should be able to adjust the shelves and arrange the PBs, TPBs and smaller hardcovers on the others.

Far from being daunted, my bookish OCD is looking forward to getting ALL the Anne McCaffrey in one place. Wondering if the HC and PB Dick Francis will fit on the same shelf. Looking forward to alphabetizing the non-series fiction and perhaps arranging the non fiction by the Dewey decimal system. *happy sigh*

Had a nice visit with Lambie Pie--I didn't see a lot of her. GK and I met her at the airport, then I didn't see her until the following week. She flew up to Colorado Springs to see Doc Bizarre and family, and GK rented a car to go pick her up. I went along for the ride, which was glorious. The weather was perfect, clear and not too warm. (Lambie groused about being cold the whole time--and I thought I was a delicate Southern blossom!)

The trip took us through Mora County, which has rolling hills with grass gone yellow at this time of year. Being a Louis L'Amour fan, I recalled that Mora was where the Sackett brothers settled (Remember Sam Elliott and Tom Selleck in the movies?!), so I was quite keen to scope out the terrain. No stops, though!

Colorado Springs is a bustling city, with the Rocky Mountains rising up at the edge of town the way the Sandias do here. It was Doc and the Mrs's anniversary--9 years, WOW--so they went out for dinner and a movie while GK and Lambie took the girls to the nearest mall for the evening. I stayed at the hotel trying to figure out the remote for the TV.

In the morning, we detoured by way of the Garden of the Gods, which is a public park--not a national park; it was gifted to the city in perpetuity as long as it remains accessible to the people FOR FREE. It's got some spectacular rock formations, including one called the Kissing Camels--do a Google image search and add the place to your bucket list--it's worth it!

The drive back was fairly uneventful. Lambie Pie, who can fall asleep the second her ass hits the seat, was zonked out in the backseat most of the way. I dozed for about 15 minutes (according to GK), because it was one of those mornings that came WAY too early. We didn't take the exact same route back--we detoured down the Turquoise Trail to Madrid, which used to be a coal mining town and is now a boutique tourist trap. We had dinner there--I had brisket!--and got in around sundown.

On Wednesday, we drove up the back side of the mountains to the crest of the Sandias, which has truly epic views. The weather was good for that, too. On the way back, we saw some mule deer! They weren't even fazed when we stopped the car to stare at them.

At the base of the mountain is the Tinkertown Museum, which is astonishing. It's a rambling building built by an eccentric gentleman who filled it with home-built dioramas juxtaposed with crazy collections. There's a sign that says "This is what we did while you were watching TV". When I say diorama, I'm not talking about the kind they made us build in shoeboxes, either. Think a Western town in a space two feet deep, three feet high and about fifteen feet long. Of a scene of Heaven vs Hell (That was only about five feet wide) opposite a display of several shelves crammed with wedding cake toppers. Very strange. Google it.

GK and Lambie spent the rest of Lambie's visit driving to the Grand Canyon, then Las Vegas (the one in Nevada, not the one in New Mexico). She flew back to Florida from there, and GK drove the rental car back here. She still had enough energy to help me yesterday--she did all the heavy lifting--and on Sunday we have an engagement for the theater. She and Lambie were supposed to go, but Lambie was afraid she'd sleep through the play. So GK switched the date of the tickets, which means I get to see The Addams Family. I'm very much looking forward to it!

Also--saw Dunkirk yesterday. It was gut-wrenching and intense and at places, I sobbed. Be advised.

I think we're all caught up!




* Albuquerque Science Fiction Society

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Happy Durin's Day!

Oct. 19th, 2017 01:58 pm
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According to the Encyclopedia of Arda, today is Durin's Day.
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Are thoughts of Halloween creeping up on you? It means Classic Recs is coming too!

A month from now at midnight GMT on October 28 (6 PM EST in the U.S. on Oct 27) we’ll be holding our 11th annual Halloween celebration through all the time zones until midnight November 1. This means five days for you to bring your all-time favorite recs of fics, vids, graphics, anything and everything fandom has produced in all the Whedon fandoms! All time periods before 2017 are eligible for posting and, as always, crossover content is A-OK, so get those lists ready!

We also want to alert anyone already familiar with us that following the movement of many people to Dreamwidth, either primarily or exclusively, we are encouraging posts to the [community profile] buffyversetop5 account here. So we hope to see names old and new here soon! Let us know if you have any questions.

It's a BOO-tiful day!

Oct. 17th, 2017 07:01 pm
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Hello Mag7 Fandom!  It's *finally* FALL! )

-boogieshoes


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Title: To the Bone
Author: Tarlan ([personal profile] tarlanx)
Fandom: The Magnificent Seven (TV)
Pairing/Characters: Chris/Vin
Rating/Category: PG13 Slash
Word Count: 1762
Spoilers: None
Summary: It was a dark and stormy night, late in the Fall, at a time when the veil between the living and the dead was at its thinnest.
Notes/Warnings: None

Written for [community profile] hc_bingo Round 8: Haunted, [community profile] trope_bingo Round 9: Bodyswap, and [community profile] mag7bingo 2017: Bodyswap

On AO3: http://archiveofourown.org/works/12392517
 
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Title: Greenhorn
Characters: JD and Buck
Rating/Category: GEN
Word Count: 100
Notes/Warnings: Prompt: JD and Buck: Partners

When the kid jumped off that stagecoach Buck hadn't expected to give a damn. He didn't have time for a greenhorn who had learned all he knew about the Frontier from dime store novels. But women and kids had always been a soft spot for him so maybe he should have figured he'd end up taking JD under his wing. Hell, he nearly died protecting the kid and bore the scar from the Colonel's sword that almost cut him down for good. It took a few years but the kid was now a man, and he made a fine partner.

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Title: Twilight Years
Characters: Nettie
Rating/Category: GEN
Word Count: 100
Notes/Warnings: Prompt: Nettie: Alone for too long

There had been a boy. She'd been sweet on him and he'd come a-courting, bringing her wild flowers. She decided he was the only boy she'd ever marry and they set a date for the wedding. He died just two weeks before the day, thrown from a horse when a rattler sent it spooking. Another man came a-courting a few years later but he couldn't measure up to her first great love.

Now she was in her twilight years, alone, and as she looked back she wondered if she'd been just a little too quick to dismiss him.

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Title: Natural
Characters: Vin and JD
Rating/Category: GEN
Word Count: 100
Notes/Warnings: Prompt: Vin and JD: Horse riding

Vin considered himself a good rider. He'd been taught on Indian ponies, riding bareback for the most part until he left the village and rejoined the white man's world, and saddled up. When JD arrived in town all he carried apart from a suitcase was a saddle. He said he could ride and he proved himself real quick, able to handle any terrain with ease. JD was a natural, knowing how to get the best out of a horse without resorting to spurs or whips. If Chris ever got himself that horse ranch, JD would also have a place there.

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Title: Enough to Forgive
Characters: Casey
Rating/Category: GEN
Word Count: 100
Notes/Warnings: Prompt: Casey: Stronger than she looks

She lost her parents young, turning up on her Aunt Nettie's doorstep with a chest filled with clothing and personal possessions, scared and alone. Perhaps she needed Nettie's gruffness, her indomitable spirit, and fiery independence, using her aunt as a role model as she started a new life out West. With no men around she learned pretty quick how to do all the heavy chores, leaving behind the pretty dresses that were useless when doing man's work. By the time she met JD she was as fiery and as independent as Nettie, and strong enough to forgive JD for Maddie.

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Title: Pedestal
Characters: JD and Chris
Rating/Category: GEN
Word Count: 100
Notes/Warnings: Prompt: JD and Chris: Hero worship

Chris had seen the hero worship in JD's eyes from when they first met, saving Nathan from a hanging. He knew the kid was romanticizing him like a character from one of his books, putting him high on a pedestal. Chris knew he was fast and deadly with a gun, and he knew JD wanted to emulate him. Yet no matter how often Chris tried to tell him different, he knew in the end JD had to figure it out for himself. When the truth finally dawned, Chris hoped he didn't fall too far off that pedestal in JD's eyes.

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Title: Simply the Best
Characters: JD
Rating/Category: GEN
Word Count: 100
Notes/Warnings: Prompt: JD: Better than everyone else

When he arrived in the town he was full of romantic ideas of life out West. He wanted to be the best so he practiced knife throwing like Nathan only to lose out to a girl, became faster and more accurate with a gun like Chris and Buck but never fast enough. He tried to shoot a rifle like Vin but couldn't always make the shot. He tried to drink whiskey like Josiah but found it disgusting, play cards like Ezra and lost every time. Maybe he'd never be better than everyone else... but he was the best horse rider.

END
 
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Title: Belief
Characters: Rain
Rating/Category: GEN
Word Count: 100
Notes/Warnings: Prompt: Rain: Belief

Rain believed in the goodness of others but not to the point where she blindly accepted a stranger into the lives of her people without having a knife to hand, ready to protect them if that person turned out bad. She believed the Spirits of the Ancestors would provide for her people, just as they had given them all a safe haven in the village. Her belief was rewarded when seven good men rode in and saved them.

When she found Nathan hanging upside-down in one of her traps, she discovered she also believed in love at first sight.

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Title: Valuable Lesson
Characters: JD
Rating/Category: GEN
Word Count: 100
Notes/Warnings: Prompt: JD: Taught a lesson

He thought he was all grown up, often getting riled when Buck treated him like a kid. He was a man. Yet when Maddie dragged him into the livery, determined to show him a good time, JD felt so out of his depth, so young and afraid. He was almost grateful Casey walked in on them, apart from having her mad at him. He tried to explain it to Maddie later only to realize too late that he was nothing to her. It took getting shot to figure out why he hadn't wanted her. He was in love with Casey.

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Title: Rescue
Characters: Vin and Nathan
Rating/Category: GEN
Word Count: 200 (double drabble)
Notes/Warnings: Prompt: Vin and Nathan: Staying hidden

Nathan and Vin dropped down behind a boulder, breathing heavily from the exertion of running and dodging as they moved from cover to cover. So far the Greely Gang hadn't spotted them, focusing instead on Chris and the others who were trying to keep them pinned down and occupied. The Seven had the Greely Gang caught between them now, and Vin had a good shot of one of the men but knew he couldn't take it until they had freed the two women taken hostage by the gang. He and Nathan were both light on their feet, crossing the final piece of open ground swiftly while a volley of gunshots from Chris and the others kept the gang distracted. He watched as Nathan shushed the women, releasing their bonds, before quietly guiding them to safe place. Nathan ordered them to keep low, and to stay silent and well hidden.

Once Nathan was sure they would be safe from flying bullets he gave Vin a wide smile and nodded. It was time to join the fight, and with a whoop of delight, Vin took his first shot, bringing down one of the gang that had been creeping slowly up on Chris.

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Title: Silence
Characters: Nathan and Vin
Rating/Category: GEN
Word Count: 100
Notes/Warnings: Prompt: Nathan and Vin: Silence

Neither of them talked much about their past, preferring to share only when the whiskey had loosened their tongues and the words seemed necessary. They kept their secrets, hiding in the silence found in pockets around the crowded, noisy saloon. They listened to Ezra's tall tales as he distracted his opponents at the card table; to Josiah's sermons as he preached to those too drunk to care about the sin of debauchery, to JD's inane chatter, and Buck's reminiscing of the women he had loved. And when Chris grew broody, lost in his dark past, they kept his silence too.

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Title: Fire and Brimstone
Characters: Josiah and Vin
Rating/Category: GEN
Word Count: 100
Notes/Warnings: Prompt: Josiah and Vin: The Bible

Vin wasn't against religion. He recalled his Ma had a Bible, one of those large family heirlooms but it must have been sold off around the same time she died from putrid fever. Vin guessed he should be surprised he wasn't sold off too, though he did get handed around from stranger to stranger until he found a home with the The People. They had their beliefs and Josiah wasn't one to mock or cry damnation. Instead he'd sit with Vin, helping him learn to read by opening passages from the Bible. Fire and Brimstone. It was a good story.

END
 

i don't usually post here...

Oct. 13th, 2017 05:55 pm
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... but I wanted to talk to 'somebody', so here it is. I love Hallowe'en, and every year on the Mag7 Daybook community I run a prompt fest to celebrate.  Usually it's a lot of fun.  I love picking out the pictures for the encouragement posts, love posting my own prompts, just a lot of fun all around.

This year... I'm experiencing doubts this year, maybe a small bout of survivor's guilt. There've been wildfires all up and down the NA Rockies into Canada as well as Washington, Idaho, MT, and OR.  Then we had Harvey, Irma, Marie, and Jose in quick succession, and then Nate, which hit my own area a couple weeks ago.  Then the LV shootings.  Then the Napa/ wine country fires that spread so quickly and have already killed 31 people, with 400 MIA.  And a large part of me is going "Should I really do this celebration this year?  We've already had REAL nightmares and scary things aplenty, so much so, do we really have anything to *celebrate*?"

I'm not sure of the answer there.  What I do know is, I feel a bit odd this year.  I think the Hallowe'en prompt fest has become an institution and I'm loathe to just stop it for those who look forward to it as I do, and yet.... It's always 'And yet...' 

And I just figured out one of the major signs that I'm feeling stressed about the current troubles is that I haven't turned on the tv for at least a week.  Not even to binge-watch DVDs, of which I have a back-log almost as long as my To Be Read pile is high.  I find myself remembering Matthew Shepherd, and just going UGH.

And that's today's post.

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