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But no concerts in caves, alas. That would be fun.

Life has kind of blown up this summer, writing and work and social activities. I keep meaning to write up longer posts about everything, but that is not going to happen, at first because I've had no time, and this evening because I had a pretty dangerous mood drop over the weekend and am sliding into depression. The mania lasted quite a few weeks this time. I hope I can keep making writing progress through this shift.

Alice in Chains and Guns N' Roses

Reconnected with one of my high school BFFs this year, and we road tripped up to the Guns N' Roses concert in Kansas City. I swore I would go if they ever got Slash back, and they did, and I did, and it was amazing. Alice in Chains opened, and put on a fantastic show, and Guns N' Roses absolutely killed it. I can't believe they are still putting on such energetic shows, and playing so damn hard. I continue to love Slash beyond the telling of it, and everything was absolutely wonderful.

(Well, no, early on a visual element triggered my vertigo, so I had to deal with that all night, but it was still worth it.)

horror movies

High School BFF: Do you like scary movies?
Me: OH HELL NO WOMAN, I SAW SCREAM, I AM OUT OF HERE

High school BFF and I both love horror movies, so we've been going to the movies together lately. It's nice to go with someone else who loves them, since J merely puts up with my movie choices most of the time.

So far, we've watched The Conjuring 2 and Light's Out. Both were fun enough, though neither stuck the ending, and I thought both relied too hard on similar jump scares throughout (not similar to each other, necessarily, but repetitive ones within the movie itself).

St Louis Science Center

One of my law school BFFs came down for the Fourth of July, and joined me on an adventure that was part work and part fun, visiting a new exhibit at the St Louis Science Center that was focused on local growing and farm to table. It was raining the day we went up, so I had to rush through most of the outdoor exhibits, but it was pretty fun. Mostly targeted toward little children, which I did not expect. J and his mom went with us, and I grabbed Niece H (still youngest niece, though I do have a great-niece who is younger) to come with us. She's maybe a year or two too young for most of the Science Center, but we had a good couple of hours running from one display to the next before she lost interest, and then we all went out for delicious bbq. (Her birthday just happened, and while there we went through Build a Bear for her gift. I'd never done it before, but it was really fun, if pretty cheesy. She adored it, though, and had a great time whispering her secret creative dream as a part of the one she picked out.) Niece H is just delightful, and I'm so glad we got to spend time together.

After we dropped her off, we took J's mom home, and on the way stopped to play with little chicks and a young pig who were on display at her local farm store. TOO CUTE.

Meramec Caverns

This past weekend, we spent the day at Meramec Caverns with J's family; Meramec Caverns is a large cave system here in Missouri on the Meramec River that does guided tours. I've been through it only once before, one summer of law school. It is still beautiful, and the tour slightly different this time than the last time. There are plenty of places that are open and closed at different times, so it changes a little depending on when you go. Every June, they do a lantern tour, and I think next year we'll give that a try. After, we took a quiet, slow boat tour of part of the river, which was very short but super relaxing.

Pottery

I am not quite back to pottery classes regularly just yet, but the other night, J and I went to a pottery show my teacher was in, and there were some gorgeous, inspiring pieces. There were also things that were completely over-priced, but such is art.

I've trimmed one piece and thrown a second, but am not back to regular lessons until September. Probably. Failures still really mess with my mental health, so we'll see.

Writing

Mostly, I have been writing. I finished a novel-length project (more or less twice; the first draft had no ending, so I had to start over to figure out where I went wrong, and then finally got an ending on draft two, though it's still not right), and I'll start editing it soon to prep it for early readers. I'm already well into my next novel length project.

I've written 340k so far this year. My goal is 500k. When I set it, I didn't actually expect to make it, because when I used to set 350k, I would get close, but never actually get there. This year is apparently a good writing year, and it's been a great lesson that I really do write more and better when (a) I write every day or almost every day and (b) I track my daily word count.
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BOOKS

Still reading WHAT WE LEFT BEHIND by Robin Talley and just started TOUCHED by Michelle Sagara, which is the sequel to SILENCE, which I loved. (Review here.)

MOVIES

Had a mini-reunion with some of my law school bffs over the Fourth, and we went to see Magic Mike XXL. I haven't watched the first one, but XXL is ridiculous amounts of fun. Watching it brought more joy than any other movie I've watched this year, despite my love of the Marvel cinematic universe and Jurassic Park series. Surprised the hell out of me that it was one of the most body positive movies I've seen lately, too.

TELEVISION

Pretty Little Liars: I'm racing through season five. Each time I sit down, I plan to watch one episode during lunch, and then I end up watching two or three in a row. I don't even care where this story is going (well, more or less), I love the ride. The second half of the season has me filled with chosen family feelings. I love how those girls love each other and the people important to them. (Except for Ezra. Ezra can disappear any time.)

MUSIC

The road trip home from Chicago was basically All Covers All the Time because I found out J had never heard any of the "Radioactive" covers, so I played them, and then of course my second favorite song to be covered, "Bad Moon Rising." (My favorite is "Carol of the Bells" but I didn't have any on my device.)

Radioactive: Imagine Dragons, Pentatonix and Lindsey Stirling cover, and the Dirty Tees mix.

Bad Moon Rising: Mourning Ritual and Thea Gilmore.

GAMES

No time to play because of Chicago road trip + reunion, but we finally got the band back together for some Rock Band, so that was pretty epic.

(Originally posted at www.carlamlee.com.)
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Who’s in?


Check out this line-up: Black Oxygen, Adelita’s Way (!!!), New Medicine, Rev Theory (!), Art of Dying, Theory of a Deadman (!), Cavo, Chevelle, Trivium (!), SLASH GODDAMN SLASH OKAY (!!!!!!!), Black Stone Cherry (!), Five Finger Death Punch (!), Volbeat, Hell Yeah, Shinedown (!), and a fireworks show to end it all. I will need so much alcohol to deal with the crowds, but damn, how much do I not want to miss the 20th anniversary.


$35 for 15 bands and 12 hours of music (or $25 for presale if you’re a registered rockaholic with 98.9 The Rock) is an amazing deal. Who wants to come visit me and rock out?



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(LJ Only: Icon is so appropriate. I should upload more icons to dreamwidth.)

Who's in?

Check out this line-up: Black Oxygen, Adelita's Way (!!!), New Medicine, Rev Theory (!), Art of Dying, Theory of a Deadman (!), Cavo, Chevelle, Trivium (!), SLASH GODDAMN SLASH OKAY (!!!!!!!), Black Stone Cherry (!), Five Finger Death Punch (!), Volbeat, Hell Yeah, Shinedown (!), and a fireworks show to end it all. I will need so much alcohol to deal with the crowds, but damn, how much do I not want to miss the 20th anniversary.

$35 for 15 bands and 12 hours of music (or $25 for presale if you're a registered rockaholic with 98.9 The Rock) is an amazing deal. Who wants to come visit me and rock out?



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I keep reading Follow Friday posts on Saturday and meaning to write one up for the next Friday, but then I never do. And I noticed again today that a lot of the people on my reading list also read each other, because I keep seeing the same links posted all over, but not everyone is reading the same people I am, I know. So I thought, for Follow Friday, I'd link to the blogs I read which have links and posts that make me think, make me mad, make me sad, etc. Topics cover all sorts of things, including racism, sexism, sizeism, ableism, homophobia, transphobia, politics, etc.

These are in alphabetical order based on the first user name I knew. Where I knew a second user name off the top of my head, I included it as well. If I have a name wrong, or if you don't want the two names linked, please let me know. I think I only linked ones that are obviously linked, but I could be wrong. Also, I tried to only list names where a significant portion of links and analysis are posted publicly.

These are a few of the many blogs I read and recommend to you.

AngryBlackBitch (I don't know how to make the little feed tag, like the user names, so instead for the ones I read on a feed, I'm linking straight to the site. Also, I started reading ABB when I left Missouri, to keep up on Missouri politics before I returned, but there is so much more than that here. In case you don't care about Missouri politics.)
[livejournal.com profile] asim
[dreamwidth.org profile] badgerbag
[livejournal.com profile] coffeeandink | [dreamwidth.org profile] coffeeandink
[livejournal.com profile] delux_vivens
[livejournal.com profile] fiction_theory
[livejournal.com profile] fox1013 | [dreamwidth.org profile] fox1013
[dreamwidth.org profile] glass_icarus
[livejournal.com profile] hermionesviolin
[livejournal.com profile] inlovewithnight
[livejournal.com profile] ithiliana | [dreamwidth.org profile] ithiliana
[livejournal.com profile] karenhealey
[livejournal.com profile] karnythia
[livejournal.com profile] kibbles | [dreamwidth.org profile] kibbles
[dreamwidth.org profile] ladyjax
[livejournal.com profile] littlebutfierce | [dreamwidth.org profile] littlebutfierce
Living400lbs.
[livejournal.com profile] maevele | [dreamwidth.org profile] maevele
Marci Sischo
[livejournal.com profile] mystickeeper | [dreamwidth.org profile] laceblade
[livejournal.com profile] naamah_darling
[livejournal.com profile] onceupon | [dreamwidth.org profile] onceupon
[livejournal.com profile] sanguinity | [dreamwidth.org profile] sanguinity
[livejournal.com profile] troubleinchina | [dreamwidth.org profile] trouble
[livejournal.com profile] upstart_crow
[livejournal.com profile] vito_excalibur | [dreamwidth.org profile] vito_excalibur
[livejournal.com profile] yeloson
[livejournal.com profile] yuki_onna

There you go, a number of blogs I think you should read.

ETA: Mom was just telling me about the variety shows she used to watch when tv was a new thing and she remembers Elvis in the beginning. My parents have seen so much in their lives.

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I really miss chatting with [livejournal.com profile] karenhealey, who is a fantastic friend but has had to take some time away from chatting and such on the internets for health reasons. She is smart and awesome and entertaining, so of course I miss talking to her more regularly.

Imagine my surprise tonight when, in the middle of typing a paragraph(1), an IM from Karen pops up with a link to this Wikipedia article on cervix dilation sequence.

Our brief exchange:

Karen: *shares link and response*
Carla: THIS INTERRUPTED MAKE-OUTS!
Carla: WELL, WRITING MAKE-OUTS!
Karen: I was going to say, the hell are you coming to your computer to answer AIM during MAKEOUTS?
Carla: HAHAHAHA
Carla: I like the internet and talking to you on AIM but NOT THAT MUCH I AM SO SORRY.

My friends, SO AWESOME.

I am going back to writing make-outs now. Writing make-outs to Meat Loaf even!(2)






(1) The paragraph in question, where I had to stop typing: I rose up and reached for him, one hand on his shoulder and the rise of muscle there, the other pressed flat against his stomach. Soft, downy reddish-blond hair started just ben

(2) "The Monster is Loose" mostly. Why yes, these are werewolf make-outs, why do you ask?

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Get thee to Grooveshark or your favorite place to listen online and listen to The Pack A.D.. I'm particularly fond of "Wolves and Werewolves" (I'm writing to it tonight), but all of their songs are gorgeous.

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FAIL.

TOTAL FAIL.

TOTAL AND COMPLETE FAIL.

MEAT LOAF HAS A NEW ALBUM AND I DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT IT.

Hang Cool Teddy Bear


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Jake introduced me to a new song tonight which I love and I so helpfully have a link to the official video for it, too: Johnny and June by Heidi Newfield.

There are moments of this video which are breathtaking. (There are also moments which are ridiculous and cheesy, but whatever.) I love Johnny Cash references in general and this song makes me happy. It also makes me want to write, but that's pretty standard.

Mostly I love fire imagery and this video has awesome fire.
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I'm getting ready to go to an event, and while I'm getting ready, I have on a 100 Greatest Hard Rock Songs countdown - and "Bring Me to Life" Evanescence is included. They're hard rock? Really? (I'm totally dvring the rest of this countdown, though, just to see if this theory [livejournal.com profile] thestalkycop put in a novel is right.)

I don't listen to enough music these days. I used to write to music, but now I write to whatever I've dvred. This is what happens when you switch from a desktop in an office with no tv to a laptop that goes anywhere, but is mostly set up in the living room where the tv lives.

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