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The dream engine embarrasses me

By making me show up at a doctor’s office wearing only a (shortish) T-shirt. It was probably some kind of specialist or therapist, because I’d had to go all the way to Maastricht for it. (We currently have a house-guest who lives in Maastricht, so the exact choice of place may be from that.) I

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CrossingsCon

I was so looking forward to CrossingsCon — what’s not to like about a primarily Young Wizards-focused virtual con! Well, for one thing the timezone. I got up for the fanfic meetup at 2:30am my time, but for the other thing two days later I thought “well, if I wake on my own I’ll get

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Hindsight 2020

That pun is too obvious not to use. But (I think) unlike many people who have blog posts with that title I want to look back on the things that went right in a year that I’m otherwise glad to see gone. I’ve now kept up the reading notes for an ENTIRE YEAR. It was an

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The dream engine holds a procession

I was working in the town I live in now but in a place with a wider view than our house — it was possible to see much of a large square and, by looking to the right from the window, the intersection with a shopping street. I’d already been in the square (market?) and

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That music meme from all over

Got it from oursin. Mine are all folk or folk-adjacent. I recommend every one of these (and I’ve linked to my favourite versions if I could find them). A Place: Sandy Denny – Lowlands of Holland. Anything Sandy Denny sings gets coated in squee. A Food: Kirsty McColl – Chip Shop A Drink: The Dubliners

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Virtual Worldcon!

The moment CoNZealand announced they were going virtual I went through the ceiling with squee, “I can actually ATTEND!” Because I’d never have been able to go to New Zealand in person; even apart from the travel and accommodation cost, I don’t fly, especially not twenty or more hours. I tried to volunteer, too, but

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Recycling bogglement

We were almost out of plastic recycling bags (bags to recycle plastic in; they’re made of plastic themselves too, of course, but that’s not the defining feature) so I ordered some more. Boggling, as always, at the website of the waste processing and recycling company, Circulus-Berkel. It used to be plain Circulus but they joined

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The dream engine doesn’t let me sleep

I was travelling home by stages and spent the last night in what is in waking life my own town (but apparently in the dream it wasn’t or I could just have gone home), in a derelict house on a little island in the city moat (there is in fact an island in the city

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Risen indeed

When I was thirteen I was the only person in my family who liked church. My parents were lapsed Lutherans and I was in Lutheran catechism class, having been evicted from the children’s choir a year earlier because I turned alto. (So did my friend, and she and I were the mainstay of the children’s

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Following writers

When I was going through my Twitter following/followers list it seemed that I follow A LOT OF writers, so I made a list and found that it’s true: almost a third, 111 people. They have published books, call themselves “writer” or something similar in their bio, and/or I know from conversations that they write. I

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