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Mum wanted to go shopping yesterday and I agreed. We went to the World of Sports and then to Parkson. She's a lot calmer without my dad around, but still boring--she's not good at judging clothing unless it makes her look slim. And because I'm there, I also bear the brunt of the fat-shaming.

Because I was with her, I didn't get to start playing Pokemon Go until much later, when Kristin got to Subang Parade. And even then, there was no Pokemon catching until AFTER my mom left.

Kristin's husband had some sort of religious/spiritual/out-of-body experience that he really needed to talk about and with someone who's used to, idk, non-normative narratives? It was pretty cool; I didn't really have any advice for him other than to blog about it.

While driving around looking for parking in SS15, I managed to snag a Krabby and a Squirtle! (And while Kristin's husband was talking, a Magmar showed up.)

I've probably said it but I'm really excited to be reconnecting with Kristin like this.

Afterwards, I made my brother walk a round with me for a bit so I could nab some Pokestops that I didn't have a chance to hit up earlier. Added a Poliwag and Exeggcute to my pile! Among other things like Caterpies, the usual Pidgeys, and Ratatas which are ABUNDANT in SS15. I'm still waiting for the chance to take a picture of a real rat right by a Ratata. I lost a Bellsprout, tho =(

I've got to buy my bus tickets to get down to Singapore so I can see JOYCE!!!!!!!!!!!! and DEL!!!!!!!!!!! but it means figuring out where I'm staying, too, oops.
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- Been having lunch with Tariq, which has been good. We ventured out to find some Pokestops, despite the hot sun. We also found a nice little cafe.

- Had breakfast with Kristin the other morning, which was great. I haven't really sat down with just her in years, when I've seen her it's usually with another friend. Which is weird considering she's my oldest childhood friend. And it's been nice to find out that we DO have things to talk about. She's actually a great listener, and she's also funny. We were going to visit the old school, but her kid had chest pains so she had to leave.

- Went shopping with Nina as well on the same day, which was also good. I really really needed new bras. I also got a lip brush and brush cleaner, and some new jeans. Yay!

- Dinner with Ray the other night, along with her mom and her second brother Thari, who happened to be out of the forest for a while. (This is the cousin doing research on dung beetles.)
(Ray caught a Squirtle and a Jigglypuff.)
(This prompted my dad to say, "okay! when we go home, we download Pokemon Go and try this game.)

- I went to a cafe that Tariq and I found today, and sat there for about 4 or 5 hours working. It's got really good WiFi, but the chicken chop was kinda lackluster. Still, I like the owner and I want to get some cake there sometime.

- Dad and I went walking around Subang Lake today. This was also a Pokemon Go trip. We took way longer than expected because he hadn't registered, and he had to come up with a nickname and all the things and blah. I told him we could catch a Pikachu as a starter Pokemon, but he instead looked at the screen, said, "this one is the biggest, so I'll catch this one." It took him a while to realize he had to flick the Pokeball, so we ended the walk around Subang Lake with 8 Pokemon (Magikarps, Ratatas, a Pidgey, and the starter Bulbasaur).

After eating at Silva's, we headed home (with a brief Pokestop). After that we went to walk the dog, where we proceeded to catch even more Pokemon. Some zealous Ingress agent did a thing of making practically all sorts of things a portal: frigging seesaws on the playground, random murals that aren't even there anymore, a shrine outside someone's house (and shrines in people's businesses), and hanging key signs outside the locksmith's. It's all very random and weird. My brother played Ingress and he's pretty sure he knows the agent who designated all those spots.

Nonetheless, we came away with a haul involving Eeves, Pidgeottos, Spearows, and even a Gastly.

We're going to Gasing Hill tomorrow to incubate a couple of eggs. (He has 9 eggs! WHERE DID THE EGGS COME FROM?) Dad also wants to try the curveball thing.

- Mom's annoyed that Dad's into Pokemon Go and we'll see how long she holds out seeing as she now has a smartphone just so she can keep up with everybody else.

- I'm annoyed enough by this that I'm looking into smartphone options this end.
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*yelling* I'M EDITING THE WISCON CHRONICLES THIS YEAR!!

The theme is "Trials by Whiteness" and I'm pretty open to different forms of exploring the theme.

So please send me things!!! Submissions open on Aug 15, close Oct 31, and I'm taking pitches anytime. I'd love to see stuff like roundtables, or conversations between two people who seem on opposite ends of a spectrum. Like a panel report, but from different perspectives. I'm also open to bonkers things like graphs and charts.

5am, 1pm

Aug. 8th, 2016 12:55 pm
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I'm in the transit hotel at Incheon. It's been a few travel full days. My computer says it's 1pm, and the clock on the wall says it's 5pm. I got in around 6pm local time, checked into the transit hotel, and crashed.

As soon as I got back from Clarion, I was out having dinner with Birgit. S came over on Wednesday to hang out--we went to lunch and watched Ghostbusters. (Leslie Jones was underused; Katie McKinnon was annoying except when she was talking science and even that was tiresome; Melissa McCarthy is good; Kristin Wiig's character was so incompetent I couldn't stand it.) Stopped by JoAnn's so I could get some jewelry things for my new piece of tree sap (which I saw on a tree in Balboa Park and made my classmate Derek get for me). It looks really good. Then the next day, I hung with Maurisa and Eric, and then Maurisa and I met with Nalo in the evening. Maurisa brought her friend and we went to Haagen-Daaz to get some icecream and listen to the live band playing in Uni Village.

The Amtrak to Oakland was some 11 hours; I missed the 6.50am train to LA because taxis are unreliable. But the 8.10 train got me to the train tracks, right on time for the Coast Starlight. I lugged my luggage to the Bart station, found Claire's place, and was greeted by Tempest.

Spent the whole Saturday with Tempest! We had breakfast with one of my classmates, and then worked in Borderlands for several hours before heading out to dinner with Chris. Then Joyce and Randy came out to hang and play Pokemon Go so we went to Dolores Park for it. So many Pokemon in SF!

Sunday morning, Maurisa came to get me and we went to dim sum with Emily.

Airport airport airport. The flight was 11 hours long so I watched the following:

MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING 2: This was AMAZING and I am SO glad I got to watch it. It picks up 17 years after the first movie, and since the characters have been established, there is SO much more going on alongside the main three plotlines. Paris is annoying as a teen as can be expected, but adorable all the same (especially her face when she discovers her date is a nice Greek boy, and I also like that he doesn't show up at the end); Toula and Ian are still sqwooshy. I was VERY pleased to see the continued involvement of Ian's parents, who were taciturn and a bit nervous in the first movie, in the whole family drama. It took me a while to realize that yes, they were in the family group, actively volunteering to help out. There were subplots involving family reunions, and as usual I really love how the men of the family act so macho but it turns out to not be a kind of toxic masculinity ("It's not good to keep secrets from your family," said Nick and I BAWLED when I realized what happened). Mama-yaya's character got really fleshed out in a really beautiful way; she was used mostly for comedy in the first movie, and she got a lot more moments in this one that's interestingly, uh, symbolic. Things have changed for Toula and Ian, like Toula losing her travel agency job due to the economy, but it was so believable, and the ups and downs of the family are trite but WHO CARES, it's a story about a family, with attendant suffocation and all. It was a satisfying, satisfying movie that hit all my buttons.

ZOOTOPIA: I see why this movie is good--it's got an ambitious scope and the plot twists and turns are really great. Judy Hopps and Nick Wilde are also really competent characters, which I like. I, uh.... I don't buy the worldbuilding, really. I think the scale is great with multiple climate types in a single city to have multiple types of animals, but what are the predators eating? Seriously. This bugged me all through the movie: WE NEVER SEE THEM EATING. Except donuts and popsicles. But it moves right along, each act feeding into each other really well.

THE MASTER: I watched this because I saw it playing on someone's screen ahead of me, which had two main characters having an intense conversation about their marriage while the husband is beating up thugs, and she's all like "we got married with the understanding that we would separate" and had great lines like "With or without a gardener, flowers die regardless. With or without a man, a woman would still live her own life."| It's not very coherent as a movie: a Wing-Chun master comes to Tianjin to establish a school (translated as dojo in the subs) but apparently the rules are that he needs a disciple who is a local to defeat at least 8 of the schools, and the disciple afterwards must leave Tianjin. Then there's the whole business where he marries a local woman (who's unmarried because she had a baby out of wedlock) for reasons unclear to me. Then there're the machinations of one of the leading schools (led by this woman who never does any actual martial arts, she's the wife of a former Grandmaster, and she's always really well-dressed), some double-crossings by a current grandmaster and the military gets involved and also a dual love story involving the disciple and a local noodle seller who I think is supposed to be coded as an ethnic minority due to her costume and aaaaaaaaaaaaaa what is going onnnnnnn. Like I felt like the movie was shot just so everyone could look cool (and to be fair, everyone does look cool)--it's so artful and posed. I also have never seen a Chinese movie with SO MANY random white people in the background before: the wife worked in a Western restaurant, seemingly the only local there; the grandmaster likes to watch performances of that Russian folk dance where the dancers seem to float across the floor. But really one would watch it for the escalating fight scene, especially the last part where it looks like the protagonist is making his way through a series of final bosses.

THE TALE OF TALES: This movie is hella fucked up and I watched it because I like fairytales but as far as fairytales go, this got hella dark and the bodycount was really high. It has about THREE stories in the one movie, and they never really cohere together other than, sometime at the beginning the characters come together for a funeral, and at the end the three courts come together again for a coronation. But you don't really see the characters from the different threads ever really talking to each other otherwise. And it's super fairytale because it's lush and gorgeous but apparently each kingdom really only needs like the ONE town to sustain it. it's based on a collection of Neapolitan tales, everyone is a one-note character, and it's made to be beautiful and lush and gorgeous, not to make any sense.


THE JUNGLE BOOK: This was pretty meh. There's still hella anthropocentrism up the wazoo; Mowgli is a special snowflake; I don't understand why the animals have American accents. It was entertaining but in the end I didn't care.

I played a lot of Phlinx, and now am in a transit hotel killing time trying to sleep some more. It's 7am, I only need to check out at 9am. So I'm gonna try to be horizontal a bit more.

Brief Stop

Jul. 31st, 2016 07:32 pm
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I am back in Riverside, from Clarion. My classmate Alan and I had planned on staying in San Diego but we couldn't find a hotel last minute and I ran out of people to call to put us up for the night. So he drove to Riverside last night, crashed on my couch, and left this morning. (This was rather necessary as the night prior, he partied until the wee hours and was also awake fairly early, only having a 20-minute nap sometime during our wanderings in Balboa Park.)

I am so tired and so sad and yet also quite relieved that it is over.

I don't get to sleep in my own bed because Soon Young is subletting my room until the end of August but the couch is incredibly soft so I'll use that. I'll also take a train up to San Francisco (Amtrak to Oakland) and stay with Claire Light a couple of days before I fly back to Malaysia.

Right now to relax my brain I'm going to listen to some music and play some Shanghai Mahjong.
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Andy's come and gone.
This week is the first week that we're showing signs of fraying and also being careless around each other.

- Jen and I got out to the Aquarium today. I bought little manta ray earrings ^_^

- Got out to the beach again on Thursday too, and discovered to my horror that sand had been collecting in the inner lining of my swimsuit, which means a huge dollop of sand collecting right at the crotch /o\

Good thing it's a nudist beach so I could just take the whole thing off, and Emily and I went into the ocean to bounce for a bit.

- Hard to believe it's halfway over. I'm not sure I even got a hold of it.
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- Finished my third chapter last night! I've checked out a buncha books today on postcolonial writing today to write my fourth chapter, which will be a whirlwind tour of POC steampunk stuff to demonstrate that steampunk doesn't have to be destined for Eurocentrism. Hopefully I can blow through this chapter in a week before Clarion starts.

- I signed a contract for a sale to Interfictions Online today! This makes it my third pro sale, which means I am now a SFWA-qualified writer *_*

- Sent off two of the three Con or Bust items I donated today! (Psst Kate)

- The more I think about it, the less keen I am on staying in academia. When I next go home to Malaysia, I'm going to look into my mother's apartments on Jalan Ampang (one of which is technically in my name, so technically it is mine) as potential places to live. The problem is, of course, my mother's pharmacy is right downstairs so it could be a source of potential horrible-ness. But I could take all the keys and pretend to not be home! Maybe. I'll talk it over with my father and we'll see how it goes.

(Why, oh why, didn't my parents invest in more commercial property. I could use it right about now...)

- Tomorrow I get to introduce Qiouyi to Yilun!!! We're going to the Hsi Lai temple in Hacienda Heights, and then to a nearby hot pot place :D :D :D It's gonna be gr8.

- Hoping to go to Two Trees sometime this weekend, or next week. Before Brian heads to Albuquerque, maybe. Hmmm....
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YES, Our Stories Matter: Encouragement and Support For Creators With Marginalized Identities
Friday, 4pm - 5.15pm, University C
Jaymee Goh (M), Riley, Alex Jennings, Mark Oshiro, Susan Simensky Bietila

Marginalization affects our success as creators, oppression impacts our ability to create and can grind us down. At the same time, encouragement can come in many ways, from reader comments to supporting each other as marginalized creators. Let's discuss issues like: Why do you keep creating? When do you know you've touched someone with your art? How do you recharge after a setback? How can we support each other within and between different marginalized groups? When it feels like the whole world is telling you that your story doesn't matter, where do you find the strength to pick up the pen?

The Downsides to Maker Culture
Sat, 9:00–10:15 pm, Conference 1
Georgie L. Schnobrich (M), Candra K. Gill, Jaymee Goh, Effie Seiberg

Maker culture as promoted by BoingBoing and others has a great deal of appeal to fans (robots, DIY, what's not to love?) but what are its underlying assumptions? Deb Chachra* declared that she is not a "Maker;" critiquing Maker culture as valuing certain forms of making over others (i.e. traditionally male forms of creativity like electronics vs. traditionally female forms like knitting) and which also values creation over other forms of contribution to society (like caregiving). Does it reinforce divisions based on class and entitlement as the ability to make also suggests that the maker has both the time and money to create? Does it indeed reinforce the idea that traditionally male roles are better? *See http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2015/01/why-i-am-not-a-maker/384767

Science Fiction in Translation
Sun, 10:00–11:15 am, Caucus
Jaymee Goh (M), Arrate Hidalgo, S. Qiouyi Lu

As Anglo SFF as a whole becomes more aware of the Rest Of The World, translation projects seem ready to see a boom. Let’s hear it from translators: how difficult is it to translate SFF concepts from one language to another? What trends are we noticing in what types of stories get translated, from which regions? What SF-nal influences are visible across borders? What can readers and editors do to increase the amount of translated fiction in the genre's magazines?

Asian Ancestresses
Sun, 1:00–2:15 pm, Conference 1
Jaymee Goh (M), Emily Jiang, Mary Anne Mohanraj

From Mulan, to Begum Nur Jahan, to Princess Shirin, to the Lady of Mount Ledang, the mythologies and histories of Asia are filled with women who tower large, rivaling the men of their times despite the unequal footing. How were their stories told to us when we were children? How did we find out more about them? What lessons can we take from their stories? And how do we re-tell them and partake in their legacies today?

Women Writing SFF, All Around The World!
Sun, 2:30–3:45 pm, Wisconsin
Jaymee Goh (M), Jackie Hatton, Arrate Hidalgo, Emily Jiang, Justine Larbalestier

A reading recommendation panel! What books would be of interest to WisCon members? Whether Anglophone, in translation, or in different languages, from Indigenous to diaspora works, let's share SFF we've read recently that encourages USian WisCon members to step out of our cultural bubbles.

JAYMEE AT CON
Pronouns: she/her
Accepts hugs? Yes
Gives hugs? Yes
Takes afternoon naps
When not in panels, found at: POC Safer Space, and this year also at the San Juan 2017 table!
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If you're attending the POC dinner on Friday, please make sure to buy your tickets!!
http://pocdinner40.brownpapertickets.com/
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Yay, there is an official announcement, so I can say it publicly now: I'm going to Clarion!

I did a bit of processing of my feelings for it.

With it on an official list like that, this is how I feel:



Pretend Warner is the Sawyer Fellowship I didn't get =)
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Rick Riordan has offered to MATCH DONATIONS to Rosarium's IndieGoGo up to $10,000 for the last few days WHUT!!!!

So if you haven't donated, PLEASE do in these last few days! If we even get to $30,000, $10,000 short of its goal, that's still enough to get us to its goal!

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/rosarium-publishing-the-next-level/x/10629128#/
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Also I'm reading Bryan Thao Worra's DEMONSTRA poetry collection, selecting at random things to read tonight. Two of the three I've read so far have made me cry.
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I had this dream last night that I was visiting/attending school in a place that's kinda like Oakland and their art school was also all the way across the harbor in like a San Francisco and the art studio space was also like a family home and the dad was the dean of the fine art studies program?? and my host was totally trying to get with his daughter and suddenly it was a sitcom of awkward with the dad trying to laugh it off but not really and they were showing off how changed the studio space had become with these really cute cubicles built on stilts (???).

But it got so awkward I decided to take a taxi home and shared a taxi with this other dude and we were confused about the roads because a stretch of highway going across the water had completely iced over also something in the distance EXPLODED and the taxi driver was like "is that... the CHALLENGER?" Was he referring to a spaceship? a rocket? a sky station? I DON'T KNOW and anyway it doesn't matter because a GIANT ROCK SMASHED DOWN and I somehow feel it was the university.

And of course I tweeted that shit.
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- Kept reading this racist novel yesterday, did lecture, and went to JJ's for a chat in the evening. She's the new scifi librarian and totally awesome. I feel pretty confident that use of the Eaton Collection will be all the more better with her on the course.

- Today I guess I spent most of it checked out. Went to the Qing Ming ceremony at Olivewood again. When I got home, I did some digging around in my garden. Using some new fertilizing stuff, and re-planted some stuff. The chives are not doing great so I moved them into the basil planter which is only half full.

My potato box is coming apart at the seams, so I dug up the plant closest to the break in order to move it. Alas, even though the stem is technically supposed to grow roots when buried, this hasn't actually happened, and I'm not sure why. Maybe I didn't pack in the soil? Maybe that's it. Anyway, that one potato plant had TWO potato! I harvested my first baby potatoes!

I of course immediately took pictures and cooked them. They were delicious. I even had two store-bought potatoes for comparison and I think my homegrown potatoes were definitely chewier and more flavourful. I shall have to figure out how to take advantage of this wonderful discovery. I might have to buy a whole new planter for this endeavor. The baby russets are growing and they should go into the dirt sometime (I've put the most eager one directly into the ground, just to see what happens).

I gave Mary some dill, and I also harvested some oregano (Mexican) so it would stop encroaching on the poor Syrian. I'll take some dill, the oregano, and parsley over to JJ tomorrow, because I have a lot of the stuff already.

Tomorrow Mary and I will hit up the Plant Sale, and then to Big Lots because we're gonna need more crap.
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Monday:
- First day of school. I hung out after lecture for the GSA Executive Council meeting at 7pm.
- My Co-TA this quarter is a serious dude from the History department. A nice change from the previous co-TAs who have generally been way too chill or too anxious.
- I saw Dr. Anthonia Kalu in her office and sat down to chat. Made small talk, told her some good news, and she said I did look a lot happier than last quarter after being rejected for the Sawyer.

Tuesday:
- UGH so I did not realize that when I signed up for Recruitment Day I had also double-booked myself to get out to Long Beach City College for a panel on MOTHERSHIP.
- Went to get a student from the nearby hotel, and hung out generally for breakfast and lunch.
- Around 3pm, Eric and Maurisa and I headed to Long Beach. I brought my Hamilton CDs because Eric still hadn't heard Act 2, and Maurisa and I sang all the way there.
- The panel was good, but Anil Menon couldn't make it, which saddened me. But I got to hang out for a bit, and later we went to a bar in Long Beach downtown which was originally a bank, so it maintained the Art Deco-era style. Very nice. Decent food.
- (Then I asked if we could visit the Vault where they have a speakeasy, complete with password and stuff. Also very cool.)

- Today I came home after lecture and passed right the fuck out. I intend to avoid campus tomorrow, will go to the bank and sort out my credit card issues. Then I'll read a book the rest of the day for my diss.
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So, I had a pretty productive weekend! Maybe. Sort of.

Thursday:
Karen Lord, Tobias Buckell, and Karin Lowachee came to UCR! They came to Nalo's seminar, and then went to the library. There was a late afternoon panel, and I hung out afterwards with Nalo, Toby and Karen. Karen gently pointed out that my suggestion of Gina Torres and Laurence Fishburne to play the main protagonists of The Best Of All Possible Worlds didn't work, and she had mentally cast Angel Coulby as Delarua already, which I was cool with. We talked about reviewers, and she was also annoyed at the John Clute review from a while back--which, incidentally, was also the same review article in which he missed the point of my SP3: Revolution essay.

(Karen is so cool, sob sob.)

Friday:

OK, not actually as productive as it could have been. I was really underslept for some reason, so I went home early and napped. I don't really remember what I did, which is quickly becoming a theme of my life for days that are unmarked by an appointment.

Saturday:

I tried to do some writing! I did a little bit. I also went to listen to the bell tower recital, and Ma Yan came to join me! She's a visiting scholar, working with Dr. Kalu. I'd never had the opportunity to just hang out with her before this, so it was really nice that she came out. After belltower recitals, it's unlocked for visitors, so we went up. Afterwards, we walked to the Botanic Gardens, since she'd never seen them before, and then went to dinner.

Busy Cafe has been bought over my Pho Vinam, which makes me sad! The crispy panfried noodle recipe for Pho Vinam is WAY SALTIER and almost inedible. I HATE complaining about something like that, but the waiter caught my cringing face so I kinda fessed up. I got a slice of cake? Sigh. I'll really miss Busy Cafe... I guess it's really time to move on from Riverside!

Today!

Was super productive! Tempest and I wrote for most of the afternoon, then Marianne came to join us! I think I got about 2000 words done today! But now I'm stuck at the second part of the chapter, trying to articulate the form of Eurocentrism that basically says, "so this thing which is super white is getting kind of boring! let's shake it up a bit" while completely ignoring WHY it was super white in the first place. I'm going to try researching around tomorrow and see what happens. If not, Mariam has a seminar on Tuesday--she's running for Vice Chancellor of Diversity and Equity Excellents (Yolanda is stepping down)--and I'll try got grab her afterwards to ask her.


Anyway, other news!

- I have been voluntold by the inestimable Nisi that I will be chairing the jury for the Carl Brandon Society Parallax and Kindred Awards, seasons 2012 & 2013! What does this mean I'm sure I do not know but I will figure it out, I'm sure. But there are a lot of books to judge, and the more the merrier, so if you want to join the jury, please sign up asap!

- The Sea Is Ours is now available in Southeast Asia!! The publisher and distributor, Gerak Budaya, is a favourite of mine; they publish a lot of local academic material, and distribute a ton of great leftist material. They're also a source for local socialist books, and a Malaysian socialist newspaper! So I"m really proud about this!

- I miscalculated and turns out I shan't be missing the first Friday of the new quarter after all! I can go to ICFA and AnomalyCon guilt-free! Now to figure out whether I can get to UC Berkeley for a SEAS conference, Diana's Wedding, and WisCon, similarly guilt-free.
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- I had a writing session with Tempest this morning! I got another buncha words done, describing my primary texts for the chapter. Still feeling woefully un-outlined, though.

- Couldn't concentrate for most of the rest of the day.

- Went to the International Center discussion group tonight. Got free pizza. Yay.

- My chard seeds are sprouting! Hopefully they will actually take this time and I can plant them somewhere.

- Dr. Maier is apparently chairing my CSEAS panel, aaaaa! I really must start putting together that trip. I wonder if Dr. Lam is heading up by plane or train... I'm doing some mental calculating right now and I'm worried that one of the midterms for the class I'll TA for will fall on that very weekend, so I'll have to email the organizers of the CSEAS conference to see if I can come in on the Saturday only. OR figure something out with my co-TA, get back on Sunday and grade like a demon then.
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It has been a remarkably sociable weekend for me!

Friday I went to Dr. Maier's talk on translation, at least the first half, and in the evening, I went to his house! For a SEATRiP get-together! It was fun. Nice house. Got to have extended chats with various people.

Saturday I mucked about, writing my fic prompt, and went to Javi and Maurisa's place to watch ALLIGATOR PEOPLE which is about as terrible as it sounds, but not too bad. I wrote the beginnings of what looks to be a kids' book, about a little girl in a new housing estate who discovers that mutated migrant workers live in the sewers beneath. I have no idea how this will go; I haven't read any kids' books in years so I'll check some out of the library and have a look-see.

Then Eric and I headed into LA for the Radio Imagination Launch, which was also an Octavia Butler commemoration event! I met Moya Bailey, the other founder of the oEB Legacy Network, aaaaaa!! There was an Earthseed ritual, AAAAAAAAA! It was super neat. I got to meet someone who's been a long-time lurker fan of my blog, AAAAAAAAAAAA!

Today Emily Jiang came into Riverside, wheeeee! I went to campus to work with Mary for a couple of hours, and then practically spent the rest of the day with Emily. We went to the Botanic Gardens, then hunted for grapefruit and yaaaayyy.

And I even got to do a 30 minute writing sesh with Tempest! I got started on my second chapter, which I'm pretty pleased about. I have a lot of secondary sources I want to incorporate into my roadmap before I get into the business of really writing the thing, but I'm pretty hopeful about it.

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