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A very late start to drabblevember! But I have mono, so I am allowed to be late. And sleep a lot. And be achey and miserable often without sleeps. :(

So, in order of writing (over the past two days, but I didn't want to post until I caught up.)


1. Kingdom Hearts, Xigbar and Shan-Yu. Because I always thought he'd have got on with the Huns like it's a party. >:D

an intruder )


2. Kingdom Hearts, Castle guards, brief mention of Lea and by allusion Isa.

playing with fire )


3. Kingdom Hearts! You are surprised, yes/yes? :D Also used for #244 on kh_drabble.

we're all wolves here )


4. Echo Bazaar - A most intriguing game, delicious friends

best purchase ever )


5. Yulechat fic! No, srsly. I like Grues! :D

the failing of the hunt )

I picture them as something like Stitch from Lilo and Stitch. Only more likely to eat people. :D But then I also thought Jumba breaking down laughing over Stitch's impending mayhem was kind of awesome. I just got no particularly malicious vibe off Jumba - he just... likes blowing shit up? XD
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Normally? I like spiders. See icon!

But just now, with the shiny sleek black thing with the red spot on its back? Totally freaked out and killed it. And now I feel guilty. :/

But dammit, it was acting all aggressive and I don't even know what kind it was! Can't have been a black widow, they're red on the underside... but what then? And was it dangerous? :(
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So the water? Is still not working. I spent my morning over at Dad's house washing laundry so I'll have clothes to wear to work.

But I rescued a spider from my cat? Which felt really weird, but well. I have this thing about cats and small helpless things. 'Thing' being, if it can't defend itself from the cat, I feel obliged to save it. Which in this case involved staring at it to try and figure out if it was venomous or not - I don't think so, I think it was a very young wolf spider. Not as compact as the types more likely to be venomous and inside.

So! After getting a glass and a paper towel, I returned to shoo Dusky away from this sort of tiny thing cowering in the corner. Trapping it on the wall didn't work, because I couldn't get it onto the paper towel. So I knocked it on to the floor! (Crossing my fingers that it wouldn't go flying, since I'm mostly-okay with them now but I promise nothing if it actually lands on me. ^^; )

Success! And I carted it outside, where I thought it had somehow miraculously gotten out of the glass since I couldn't find it. Brownish/translucent spider + tinted glass = invisibility. Eventually I found it again, by tilting the glass around in the light from the garage. Shook her (him?) out into the grass, and all was well!

Except inside. Where Dusky was still in that corner looking for her neat new toy. XD I mean, she saw me catch it in the glass. She batted at the glass trying to get it! But somehow, the significance of me and my spider-containing glass leaving the house escaped her.
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Having finished Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, which has a rather bittersweet ending and made me want to choke the main character - and I'd still recommend it - I moved on to the Book of the Spider by Paul Hillyard.

Which has so far been very interesting, full of facts and myths I had no idea existed - I really liked the old English one about spiders collecting poison from flowers, the same ones bees and birds get nectar from. Because spiders are evil like that, apparently.

But then I got to the bit about Bolas spiders, who instead of spinning webs actually use one thread with a glob of sticky at the end of it to catch moths. A site with pictures! If anyone actually wants to look? About halfway down is a shot of her little weapon.

My first thought is 'Heeey - Rajura's morning star - it's accurate! Sort of...' XD
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Well, I woke up incredibly late. x.x

Bravely continuing searches anyway! I think I need to reword this, though. I'm learning more than I ever really wanted to know about spiders, and occasionally the entomologists researching them:

If these spiders were indeed deadly poisonous but couldn't bite humans, then the only way we would know that they are poisonous is by milking them and injecting the venom into humans. For a variety of reasons including Amnesty International and a humanitarian code of ethics, this research has never been done.

From here: Daddy Long Legs Myth which sounds as if the writer has had to answer questions about this a bit too often.
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Insomnia shifts into sleep-walking, this lovely tired feeling where I still can't sleep, but feel nicely floaty anyway.

Also calm, which is much better than moody.

Ever had that feeling that you've found a writer that means something, that speaks to a part of you that feels... like you've found a kindred soul. Like some part of the world within them is so similar to yours that the landscapes overlap?

Sean Stewart

So far, and in order, I've read: The Night Watch, Resurrection Man, Nobody's Son.

I should have known after The Night Watch, you know. All birds singing and sunrise and the panicked rush of it.

Or perhaps I did know and was sensibly hiding from it? Resurrection Man, you see. Insects, specifically spiders and butterflies, with the butterflies quite as horrible (or possibly worse) than the spiders. The main character is Dante. I've never seen myself so clearly in a character before, and negative aspects at that.

Dante is afraid of spiders, d'you know? Because really, he is one.

This book I started in San Francisco, and finished sitting on the other side of the Golden Gate Bridge. I haven't been quite as scared of spiders since. Of myself, well... some things are there whether we look at them or not.

Jet is brilliant too. The watcher, outsider, changeling son. Funny nobody really seems to think about the fact that Dante and Jet think of themselves as twins.

It's odd, the contradictions in these titles. The Night Watch, and the implied darkness when really it's about the end of darkness. Resurrection Man, with the implication of life beginning - which it is - but the backdrop is the looming fall of the world into the dark night of magic. All the families huddling together, building fires against the dark, is what it feels like.

Nobody's Son. This is just dizzying. All time and shadows and the weight of the past, while denying any placement in the time line I can see in the other two books. But I must say, I have yet to meet a Mark I didn't like! Especially this Mark. The first guy to name swords and I get it, I actually emotionally connect with why he would name a sword.

Pity he can't keep them. XD

Also. The lesbian relationship therein, which is just a part of the story, and not Some Big Issue. I was just noting that with some happy suspicion (ooh nifty subtext) and then the poor guy who has been following the one woman around with puppy dog sparkly eyes comes out and says this to his friend (no telling how he finds out!) - and I broke out laughing first, and then just beamed because how cool is that? ^_^

Also the ending is brilliant and perfect, all the endings I've read so far end in this neat little... almost like, if the book were a piece of music. This one last tone that holds the emotional heart of the book in it. The Night Watch a fire crackling, and Resurrection Man a sighing of trees, and Nobody's Son?

Sudden record skip. And I'm not kidding. I laughed so hard, the sort of laugh that unties knots inside.

Must do some drawing this weekend.

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