Jan. 22nd, 2017

dragoness_e: Living Dead Girl (Living Dead Girl)
To post an entry last night. Belatedly...

Sammie and Deanne went out adventuring in Bonemire yesterday, catching up on quests. Quests that turned out to have follow-on quests upon follow-on quests. At least of two of which lead into heroic dungeons, so we're saving those for Guild group night. I'd say "screw it" at this point and move to Kunark, but I want enough Drednever Expedition faction to buy stuff from their faction merchant--they sell Sky-themed furniture that's the same as certain quest rewards from the various aviak quests in Barren Sky, and aviak-Sky stuff fits real well in Maj'Dul-style houses (fantasy Arabic) and Sammie has a Maj'Dul-type house.... Yes, I like to decorate.

We also messed around working on various tradeskill faction quests for the Far Seas Supply Division, and Ivana finished out her Tupta baseline faction, and is starting on the dailies.

Elsa was terrified by the thunderstorm; it's always sad seeing a person or an animal so scared. I don't know what to do about that--she doesn't howl, she just cowers and shivers in terror. We have more thunderstorms incoming today; I used to enjoy a wild thunderstorm, but seeing Elsa terrified spoils that now.

I stared at the stub end of that Starscream story, and am starting to mull over ideas on where to go next. Oh wait, I forgot Galvatron's team! They should get a bit of story, too, and I completely forgot them. Whelp, guess I know what I'm writing about soonish.

Stardew Valley advanced another few days; it's now Spring 3 of Year 4. I finally have all my crops growing under sprinklers, which frees up a little time. Still have to care for the livestock, though, and I need more sprinklers, preserve jars, kegs, and places to put them. I think I should have a separate barn for the pigs, as they don't require milking and such like and just get in the way when I am taking care of the cows and goats. I'm working on villager friendships--I've decided to flirt with all the eligible single people in the Valley, and get all of my boy- and girlfriends up to 10 friendship before marrying. I still suck at fishing, and I haven't found the bottom of the mines yet.

Did the monthly reboot of Cybertron (the minecraft server), and that appears to be doing okay. I'm watching Direwolf20's 1.7.10 Let's Play, and it's a lot more applicable to Cybertron than the Forgecraft 1.10.2 stuff is. I'm even getting a few ideas, like automating sorting and initial ore processing better. I'd already decided to move the TiCon smelter some place else, as it is just a roadblock in my main path through my base. Hand-sorting ores and deciding which goes in which processing machine got old a while back, so making some auto-processing is a must.

Looking stormy today, but that's for today's post, not yesterdays, which this is. Later, later.
dragoness_e: (Echo Bazaar)
Worked on more Far Seas faction with Ivana, including going back to Steamfont and doing those 30s tradeskill level quests she never did, just for the faction and tokens. Got enough to go back to Mara and buy up some of the nice crafter jewelry they sell.

Got Sammie on and did some work decorating Norah's house, like I promised a long time ago and said I would get back to after Christmas holidays were over. Wow, those prefab castles have a lot of rooms when you put the stairs in place so you can access the upper floors! She didn't have enough stairs for everything, so I will have to make some stairs up using the layout editor, another day.

Played some more Stardew Valley (of course), and, in Real Life, caught up my backlog of unopened mail and unfiled papers. Found all my tax paperwork. Yay! Not that I'm going to do my taxes just yet, but it's nice to have most of it in one place. Set aside an inbox for Becky's mail, instead of having it all over the breakfast table. It kept getting lost under my old mail. I feel virtuous for getting some real clean-up done.

Does every season 2 episode of "The Flash" end on a cliff-hanger? It's making it hard to watch only one episode a night, I keep wanting to see more. Last night, we watched another episode of "Midsommer Murders", and they don't do cliff-hangers. On the other hand, "Midsommer Murders" suggests that rural England is populated entirely by miserable people in unhappy marriages who are sleeping around with everyone but their spouses, except where it is populated by in-bred aristocrats who've gone off the deep end over the importance of their ancient bloodline. "Snobby aristocrat" is a funny stereotype--are there really people like that, who don't get that the only difference between them and the plebs is that their revered medieval ancestor was the horse thief or mercenary adventurer or fishwife that married well, instead of them?

Finally, I'm actually adding some lines to that Starscream story. Galvatron and his team are entering stage left, and Astrotrain hates everyone.

ETA: In "The Flash", the non-relationship between Zoom and Caitlin Snow reminded me of (and contrasted with) the relationship I have written between Skyfire and Starscream. Starscream is just as big a monster as Zoom--the difference is twofold. One of them is that Skyfire has shown that he can and will kill Starscream if Starscream steps over the line--Caitlin really can't do that to Zoom. Two, Skyfire does care for Starscream, and Starscream knows that, and Starscream really does want to be loved by Skyfire, and won't risk losing that. Caitlin Snow doesn't love or even like Zoom, and I think Zoom is well aware of this, no matter how much he'd like to think otherwise--so there is no possiblity of losing her love and respect to restrain him.

Starscream/Skyfire works because, as I have written them, there is no power imbalance; they are equals. Zoom/Caitlin (egads, I hope no one seriously writes that, but knowing fanfic, they probably do) can't work because she is his helpless prisoner, not his equal.
dragoness_e: (Echo Bazaar)
Subsequent to cutting the links between my old Livejournal and my Dreamwidth accounts, I have disabled all comments on my old LJ account (and will probably do something similar to my old RP accounts over there). I have also drasticly pruned the LJ feeds I was still subscribing to. With a handful of special exceptions, if you don't have a Dreamwidth account, I won't be seeing your posts anymore. As it is, with one or two exceptions, all those old accounts appear to be inactive anyway. *sads*

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