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All the Masq News that's Fit to Print

I have not posted a real post in like, the longest time. I read my flist daily and hang around other people's LJs/DWs, but posting, not so much. Things have been kind of insane-busy of late.

(1) Work. Multiple projects. Colleagues on vacations at the exact wrong time.

(2) On a marathon draft of my novel. This will take a while. I have sort of accepted that. It's a complicated little bugger.

(3) Also attempting to write a few short stories. Totally different mindset than a novel. Trying to get into that mindset by reading other people's short stories. Science fiction, mostly. Got recs?

(4) Cooking. I have been doing some cooking. Gets me out of my writer's chair on Sundays. I have made some actually pretty yummy, healthy foods. And lost, like, five pounds in the process. Then stressed out big time (see 1 above), went on a sugar rampage, and gained it all back.

Hi, I'm Masq, and I am a sugar addict. No, really. Despite the OMG-yummy (healthy fats! healthy carbs! Vegetables with actual flavor!), my body Freaked Out against the healthy, and now I have to do that withdrawal thing all over again. But at least now I know what to expect when I go back to my new healthy way of eating. My sugar addiction weathered previous periods of weight loss because I was eating processed diet foods with all those hidden, processed sugars. Take those away, and you're left dangling above a very deep pit you never knew was there.

But back to the cooking part. Here's the things my momma never told me about cooking:
(a) when you cook something, it's never one serving. So all that effort actually goes into multiple meals.
(b) when you cook, you can eat anything you want. This may sound like a trivial truth. I'm a grownup, of course I can eat anything I want. But as a processed-food eating grownup, I was pretty much restricted to what someone else had decided to make and package. When you make it yourself, you are still at the mercy of stores to stock basic ingredients, but so far I've been able to find everything.
(5) Anyway. It's Spring. I don't breath. I don't sleep. I just watch the city roll up the sidewalks for the coming months of hibernation.

(6) There's ten gazillion good things on TeeVee right now. OUAT, of course (*sob*lastweek*sob*), Continuum, Grimm, Cosmos, The Americans, and SOON more Orange is the New Black and Orphan Black. Yipee. Okay, The Vampire Diaries is tedious, OUAT: Wonderland was dull as a stump, and Criminal Minds is being written by a million monkeys with a million typewriters (would someone please put it out of my misery please)?

That's about the it.


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Apr. 7th, 2014 08:50 pm (UTC)
Appropos of nothing, but The Americans is fantastic.
Apr. 7th, 2014 09:00 pm (UTC)
It's one of the highlights of my TV week. I often wonder what someone with Actual Historical Knowledge thinks of the various plot lines and missions.

I was in high school/college at the time, but I ran screaming from paid no attention to politics.
Apr. 7th, 2014 09:53 pm (UTC)
It's slightly before my time as I would have been 5 or 6 at the time the show is set, but I do know the geography and some of the science/tech programs they are going after - like the submarine propeller Elizabeth scared the maintenance guy in Norfolk into letting her photograph. The politics I know more from study than memory.

This is another fun time for DC geography nitpickery.
Apr. 7th, 2014 09:59 pm (UTC)
How are they doing on the geography front?
Apr. 7th, 2014 10:12 pm (UTC)
Decent. In season one, got the Northern Virginia public school names wrong. (They don't have Junior high schools either.) But it's not too bad - it's hard to film in DC aside from stock... but the office buildings look right.

They do capture how rundown and seedy DC looked prior to the late 90s.
Apr. 7th, 2014 10:23 pm (UTC)
I imagine any period filming is difficult. I found a nitpicker who was counting every car in the background of the The Americans scenes that obviously post-dated the year the scene was supposed to take place in.

Glad I don't pay close enough attention. What I DO pay attention to is how much the show tries to play into a stereotype of the '80's rather than the way the '80's actually looked. And they've done a pretty good job of that. No exaggeration of hair, clothes, or furniture/decor styles just to match someone's image of the 80s.
Apr. 7th, 2014 09:05 pm (UTC)
Cooking for one: It's certainly a matter of asking yourself, if I make x how many servings can I stand before have to freeze the rest. I made spaghetti last week. Because of what I had on hand that needed to be used up it was double what I usually make for myself. It was very good, but it lasted about as many nights as I care to eat one thing in a single week.

Anything you want to eat: I certainly am a lot more likely to eat just veggies for a day or so if I'm cooking instead of depending on prepackaged things. Fresh veggies are good, processed veggies are okay, but not as good.
Apr. 7th, 2014 09:27 pm (UTC)
I was always one for fresh veggies even before this cooking kick, but I have been surprised at how much better-tasting the (e.g.) organic ones I get at Sprouts are compared to what I have just grabbed in the past. Organic can be gimmicky, and of course more expensive, but I have had some "wow" experiences lately.
Apr. 8th, 2014 03:54 am (UTC)
short stories are very much a different beast, a lot harder (IMO) than a novel. My suggestion would be look for anthologies of your favorite authors in the genre. I don't read as much SF as I used to (and even though I'm in several anthologies, I don't even particularly like reading shorts) haven't read a SF one in eons. I'd look at the library for the best of anthologies that come out every year or maybe some urban fantasy ones. Jim Butcher and Charlaine Harris have several out.
Apr. 9th, 2014 02:36 am (UTC)
Alas, I am still in the process of identifying which authors I like. Urban Fantasy, I got a small list. Sci fi, not so much.
Apr. 9th, 2014 02:58 am (UTC)
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