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Family Ties
The Last Herald-Mage Trilogy/Valdemar Series
NSFW, spoilers.

Stefen doesn't have a family of his own, but Vanyel comes with a big one. Mostly Stefen just loves Vanyel and everything that makes him up, though, family included.

I tried to write it in the style of the original books which lead to some... interesting... stylistic choices. Forgive me for it but hopefully it works lmfao.
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Posted by Bendta Schroeder | School of Science

In a noisy MIT classroom last week, high school students eagerly speculated on the problems they might see in the team math competition they were about to begin. The MIT students serving as the competition’s judges passed out problem sets, shouting pleas for order above the din.

Out of the chaos, teams formed, and Tara Falt, a rising high school junior from Anaheim, California, was soon at the blackboard solving a problem.

Now the only sounds in the room were Falt’s voice, explaining every move in her solution, and the click of her chalk moving across the board. She had everyone’s rapt attention.

When she put the chalk down, both teams erupted into cheers. The judges awarded her full points.

The final session of the MIT MathROOTS program was off to a strong start.

Encouragement in STEM

Launched this year by MIT’s Program for Research in Mathematics, Engineering and Science (PRIMES) — an afterschool program for high school students — MathROOTS invited advanced high school students from underserved communities to develop their math skills at MIT. A total of 20 students spent 11 days — ending last Thursday — at the Institute, learning to solve Math Olympiad-style problems, as well as being introduced to special topics in mathematics.

MathROOTS was designed to encourage highly talented minority and female students to persist in their passion for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields through college and beyond; to give them a sense of belonging; and to expose them to the kinds of advanced math that will keep them inspired.

“I’m proud that MIT has introduced this wonderful program,” says Michael Sipser, the Barton L. Weller Professor of Mathematics and dean of MIT’s School of Science, which provided funding for this summer’s program. “MathROOTS offers the real possibility of changing the lives of its participants, and through them, their communities. I hope that it will become a permanent offering for future extremely talented students, such as the ones we had the privilege of hosting this year.”

“We’re all math geeks here”

MathROOTS student Sofía Dudas had already attended one math enrichment program near her home in Seattle. Before that experience, Dudas was excited to spend six weeks on a university campus learning advanced math with 19 other students who were good at it — giving her a taste of college academics and social life.

But when she got there, Dudas was one of only three girls in the program, and the only Hispanic student. “I liked the math,” she says, but “I didn’t really connect with people. No one really talked to me for the first four weeks.”

But at MathROOTS, Dudas found a diverse group of students — and the deeper connection she had been missing previously. “We’re all math geeks here, and we all share the experience of being good at math, but also being the person who’s not supposed to be good at it,” she says. “Having this common tie has been really awesome.”

Before Dudas came to MathROOTS, she was hesitant about whether she should apply to MIT. She was worried that she wasn’t one of what she calls the “crazy geniuses” that she pictured attending MIT.

Dudas was also worried that going to MIT would repeat her lonely experience at the math camp in Washington: She didn’t want to be the only Latina in the room again.

Now that Dudas knows she’ll fit in at MIT, she says she will definitely apply for admission as an undergraduate. “This program opened some windows for me,” she says. “I realized if I work hard, I could be here.”

Keeping top students engaged

Quinton McArthur, the MathROOTS program director and associate director of admissions at MIT, says that it is essential to keep these students engaged, “and let them know that the community is welcoming, and that we’re invested in their excellence, just as we are in everyone else’s.”

Antonio Monreal, a MathROOTS participant from El Paso, Texas, relished the chance to deepen his knowledge of mathematics, and to approach it in more creative ways. Back home, his classes focus on learning math processes by rote, rather than learning why he should use those processes, or what the processes mean.

Monreal says that at MathROOTS, “They teach you an idea and you have to approach it in your own way. It’s more like an art, instead of a boring systematic thing. This way your only limit is your own imagination in making a beautiful proof.”

Students like Monreal — members of groups that are traditionally underrepresented on college campuses — often live in communities with limited access to courses in advanced math and science, as well as the kinds of enrichment programs that spark students’ interest in STEM fields and encourage them to pursue these fields after high school.

“An eye-opener”

Pavel Etingof, a professor of mathematics and faculty advisor to MathROOTS, believes that the program can help close the gap. MathROOTS focuses on Math Olympiad-style problems because they build on the kinds of mathematics that students have most likely encountered, but require a very different problem-solving approach. Not only are Math Olympiad problems much more fun, Etingof says, but they demand creativity and rigorous thinking, and encourage students to write proofs — challenges often missing from high school math.

“This is going to be an eye-opener for a lot of them,” Etingof says, “because they don’t have the opportunities back at home. If you want to build up representation in science and mathematics, we have to find these students and make sure that they get adequate exposure to math early in their life.”

When Monreal returns to high school this fall, there will be no more formal math instruction for him to take: He completed his high school’s most advanced math class this past spring, and doesn’t know of any enrichment programs available to him outside school.

“I know that I’m going to study a lot by myself, because I love math,” he said, “but there are no resources for me. I wish I knew about a program for people like me who don’t know what to do with talent or mathematical inclination.”

Etingof would like to see more programs like MathROOTS around the country. “MathROOTS cannot reach all of the talented minority and female high school students — like Antonio and Sofía — who need to be encouraged to stay in STEM fields, but who lack opportunities to build on their talents,” he says.

MathROOTS was modeled after a training program at the University of the District of Columbia for the Pan African and Ibero-America Math Olympiads. The program only lasted one year, but some of its participants later became students at MIT, inspiring McArthur — and his colleagues Matt McGann and Stu Schmill in MIT’s Office of Admissions — to revive the program at MIT. Working with Sipser, they found a home for the new program at MIT PRIMES.

MathROOTS students followed a curriculum designed and taught by head mentor Tanya Khovanova, an MIT lecturer in mathematics and the second woman to win the International Math Olympiad; and Yi Sun, a fourth-year mathematics graduate student and longtime competitor, and then tutor, in the Math Olympiad program. MIT PRIMES director Slava Gerovitch serves as MathROOTS’s academic director.

Q&A: Catching Pluto’s shadow

Jul. 7th, 2015 11:59 pm
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Posted by Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office

As NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft closes in on Pluto — scheduled to make its closest approach on July 14 — another mission much closer to Earth has caught sight of the dwarf planet’s shadow: On June 29, SOFIA (Stratospheric Observatory For Infrared Astronomy), a high-altitude NASA plane carrying a 100-inch-diameter telescope, raced over New Zealand to catch a stellar occultation — a rare celestial alignment in which Pluto passes directly between Earth and a distant star, casting a faint shadow on Earth. The way in which Pluto blocks starlight may tell scientists about the dwarf planet’s atmospheric composition.

Michael Person, a research scientist in MIT’s Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences (EAPS), was aboard SOFIA, monitoring its telescope for signs of the occultation; Amanda Bosh, a lecturer in EAPS, was part of a team in Arizona that was triangulating the planetary and stellar positions. Bosh and Person spoke with MIT News about efforts on the ground, and in the air, to put the plane in the right place at the right time.

Q: It sounds like this mission was quite a thrill ride. Can you lay out for us the key moments that ultimately led to catching Pluto’s shadow?

Person: To begin, the whole flight was almost scrubbed, because on the afternoon before the event, wind picked up suddenly and caused the lift truck to bang against the aircraft. Thankfully, the damage was not severe enough to scrub the flight.

Bosh: We identified this occultation more than a year earlier and have been continually measuring the positions of Pluto and the star to update the prediction: Where was the shadow going to fall? Pluto is smaller than the Earth, and so its shadow covers only a small portion of the Earth. We would need to get into that shadow zone if we wanted to see this event. In the two weeks leading up to the occultation, we had been observing Pluto every night with a variety of telescopes.

Person: We had a six-hour test flight the night before, to test out all the instruments and to give the flight crew practice in hitting a particular spot at a particular time.

Bosh: While back in Flagstaff, we continued to measure Pluto’s position as it moved against the background stars, update the prediction, and send that information to SOFIA’s flight planners.

Person: We had been carefully monitoring and updating the ground track prediction for months, so we had a pretty good feel for it. Each time we updated the predicted shadow position, the flight planners would make a new flight plan for SOFIA that would fly us precisely through the center of the shadow at the moment it was to pass overhead.

Bosh: Our goal was to put SOFIA as close to the center of the shadow as possible. When you’re at the exact geometric center of the shadow, you can witness a brightening of the star, while it’s still behind the planet, that occurs as the entire atmosphere bends and focuses the starlight. This is the Holy Grail for occultation observers, because it allows us to see what’s happening at the lowest levels of the atmosphere that are not normally accessible to stellar occultations.

We were certain that we could get SOFIA into Pluto’s shadow, but could we get it into the tiny central flash zone? We were determined to try; we analyzed data all night before the event, and had in place a plan to call and email to SOFIA while they were already in flight, with a last-minute course correction.

Person: About five hours before the event, we received Amanda’s message that the final prediction update was 227 kilometers north of the previous prediction. This was much larger than we had been expecting — but we decided to trust our procedures, and more importantly, trust our colleagues on the ground, so the flight crew scrambled to change our flight plan and get us to the correct place at the correct time.

Q: What were you able to see as Pluto crossed the star?

Person: Each of the three camera teams was gathered around their own monitors watching the star in real time. There were several tense minutes just before the event as the star just sat there, doing nothing. Suddenly there was a murmur you could hear throughout the plane as everyone started saying, “There it is! It’s happening!”

Right before my eyes, the star started fading away as its light was bent and spread out by Pluto’s atmosphere. It started clearly brighter than the star next to it, and over the course of a few seconds, it went down to clearly dimmer as only Pluto’s light remained. Suddenly, it brightened up briefly just for a few seconds before fading back to its dimmest. … We had passed right through the center of the shadow.

Q: What can you tell about Pluto so far from SOFIA’s measurements, and how will the data fit in with those obtained from New Horizons?

Person: For years, since Pluto’s atmosphere was first measured in 1988, it’s been theorized that as Pluto gets further and further away from the sun and thus gets colder, its atmosphere will shrink and in fact eventually freeze out entirely and sit on the surface as ice. Our measurement shows that this clearly isn’t happening yet, and many of these models predict that it should’ve begun happening already. So each successful observation forces us to re-evaluate how we think Pluto’s atmosphere interacts with its surface, and whether some other mechanism is going to continue supporting the atmosphere even as the planet gets colder.

Bosh: Combining the SOFIA measurements with our various ground-based observations allows us to precisely determine where the shadow went, and verify our prediction procedures for future events. We’ll also learn how large the atmosphere is currently, and a host of other data, such as pressure and temperature profiles.

Person: New Horizons will also be making occultation measurements of Pluto’s atmosphere, using both ultraviolet light and radio waves. We made our measurements in visible and infrared light. When you observe this sort of event, the wavelength of light you use determines the altitude in the atmosphere that you see. New Horizons will measure the atmosphere both higher up and nearer to the surface than we will, with our visible and [infrared] data neatly bridging the gap between them. Combining all of these results will let us create temperature and pressure profiles for Pluto’s atmosphere from near the very top all the way down to the surface. So the complementary wavelengths of our various occultations actually make the SOFIA and New Horizons data sets work very well together.

Potential Story?

Jul. 7th, 2015 09:16 pm
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It was the day the winds died.

It was the day the waters stilled.

It was the day all of nature's grandest motions stopped throughout all the world for a full minute.

Stories so old they had passed beyond myth and legend and been nearly forgotten had warned of this. If they were to be believed, the Time Walker had reappeared.

When it happened again two weeks later, researchers, historians, and all many of storytellers spread warning: a new Time Walker had been chosen, because the previous one did not believe themselves strong enough to defeat what they had come to this time to defeat. Near as any of them could tell, that had happened only twice before.

Dragon Scale Green #7, White Opal #3

Jul. 7th, 2015 10:49 pm
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Name: [personal profile] kay_brooke
Story: The Myrrosta
Colors: Dragon Scale Green #7 ("Let me tell you: the only way to get rid of dragons is to have one of your own." ― Eugene Shvarts), White Opal #3 (Reverie/Daydream)
Styles/Supplies: Canvas, Pastels ([community profile] origfic_bingo prompt "lost in translation")
Word Count: 651
Rating/Warnings: PG-13; no standard warnings apply
Summary: One good thing has come from Merrus's arrival.
Notes: Wow am I rusty at this story. I will probably rewrite this at some point.

The rumors ran through the streets )
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it'd be nice to say "oh, but if it's been more than two months since her last class, she needs to be re-tested" so I don't waste a trip. On the phone I even said "I don't want to waste a trip!" so, you know, get it together guys.

Amazingly, that wasn't even the worst part of our excursion to the Y today, nor was the fact that we missed the bus and had to take car service. No, the worst was the woman who was extremely offended that Ana responded to "why did you cut your hair?" with "because I wanted to" and proceeded to go on a five minute rant about how rude and disrespectful Ana is. I just walked away once our car showed up - she was completely unable to be reasoned with, and Ana, for the record, showed remarkable self-restraint. (I told her so, too. She hadn't been trying to be flippant, it was plain to me she was just not sure how else to answer the question, and at any rate, even if she'd been going for snotty that response was incredibly out of line.)

So all in all, the day was not a roaring success. Also, Key Foods is not currently stocking Ben and Jerry's, so I couldn't pick myself up a pint of Chubby Hubby even though 85F with 70% humidity feels like the mid-90s.

In other news, Eva was a trooper as well and didn't complain that her (free!) tennis class was 100% drill, 0% having a smashing game while wearing a cute tennis dress. (Which is especially lucky as her cute tennis dress she picked out for the occasion was in the wash.)

New Bujold TODAY

Jul. 7th, 2015 07:35 pm
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Penric's Demon, a novella in the five gods universe.


Jul. 7th, 2015 10:22 pm
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Do any of you have any experience with 2-in-1s, the laptops whose keyboards can be folded back so that they basically turn into a tablet? If so, what's your opinion? Good? Bad? Indifferent?

My laptop is starting to get some age on it, and -- while it works well enough when I want to get online while sitting on the sofa -- it's not really that convenient when I need to have a computer while out and about. I've been considering getting a tablet, but I need something with a keyboard if I'm going to use it for writing. Typing on a touch screen is fine for a text message or a tweet, but anything longer than that and it just... doesn't work for me.

So, yes, opinions? Anyone? I'm getting an extra paycheck this month, so if I do decide to get something I'll probably be getting it later in July (so that I'll have it in time for VVC).
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first: A Door in the Wall
Second: On the Other Side of the Door

...Perhaps you could find the help that you needed as well

Susan looked at Edmund, who was frowning. She looked at Lucy, who wore a smile which was at the same time hopeful and very confused. She looked finally at Peter, who was looking what she thought of as Kingly.

Help that they needed? What could it be that they all needed together?

Peter took a step forward. He bowed politely to the cat and cleared his throat. “Please,” he said, sounding so much like a schoolboy that it hurt Susan to listen. Who was this shy boy? “Where are we? And who am I speaking to?”

::You are in the southernmost corner of a nation called Valdemar, in a world that is not that which you were born on, nor the same world as your Narnia. And I am Tesnel. I am a Firecat, a representative of Vkandis Sunlord.:: The Cat - Firecat, Susan supposed - took a moment to groom herself. ::I was chosen to speak to you because of your affinity towards other catlike avatars of the gods. And... we need your help.::
Read more... )

Currently Reading - 8-Jul-2015

Jul. 8th, 2015 12:41 am
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Nearly three weeks since the last one of these? How did that happen?

Ashes of Honour, Toby Daye Book 6, Seanan McGuire

There's quite an odd opening to this episode in October's progress, the first chapter is essentially set-up for book 7, giving us an info-dump on Faerie's Goblin Fruit problem, goblin fruit being a nice legal high for purebloods, but lethally addictive for changelings like Toby. Toby is trying to shut down the trade, which isn't making her popular, and there are questions about what she's truly trying to achieve. And then it doesn't come up again. The real plot crops up after the weird opening, with perfect knight Etienne, the knight she always measures herself lacking against, desperate for Toby's help - he's just found out that 16 years ago he got a mortal pregnant, and that's double trouble because 1) it means a faery half-blood has been in the possession of her mortal parent for 15 years or so without the needed camouflage and 2) someone just snatched her. So Toby has to do her only private detective in Faery thing with the police watching and a human parent who's convinced that even if they get her back Faery will steal her child the first chance they get (she's right) and that's before the complications of a political cat-fight in Toby's boything Tybalt's court, escalating problems of the China Syndrome variety in the missing kid's magic, and Duchess Riordan, the opposition to Toby's liege Sylvester, is Up To Something.

It's a good read, but I was a little disappointed with it structurally. Duchess Riordan has been built up as an off-camera threat since the start of the series, we finally meet her here, and she's everything we might have hoped for, but then there's an unexpected plot twist which makes absolute sense for Riordan to follow, but means all that build up towards an expected confrontation falls flat. The role Riordan plays could have been handed to any reasonably powerful Faery noble, leaving Riordan's threat intact, and if there's one thing Faery has no shortage of it's annoying nobles. There's also a definite retcon feel to the introduction of the widow of Countess January O'Leary as a character, which even Toby notes is a little odd as no-one mentioned January being married when she was playing a major role in book 2.

Chimes at Midnight, Toby Daye Book 7, Seanan McGuire

Chimes picks up where the opening of Ashes left off, with Toby trying to shut down the Goblin Fruit trade. When she realises just how many changelings are dying she tries to appeal to the Queen of the Mists for help, which given their daggers-drawn relationship was never going to be easy, but she certainly wasn't expecting to be banished for it. Toby might have 3 days to get out of Dodge, but neither her lover Tybalt nor her squire Quentin can follow her, so if Toby can't go, then she'll just have to overthrow the monarchy, in three days, with the Queen's guards dogging her every move. It's another fun read, and we finally get confirmation of what every reader has to have suspected about Quentin, but I was left with a deep desire to scream 'Just how stupid are you people?' There's one overlooked fact with literally the whole kingdom hanging on it that can be explained away as people choosing political convenience when faced by a larger crisis, but then there's another one, that the queen has one thing going for her, something that makes it almost impossible to move against her, and the entire set of good-guys, renowned heroes and legendary warriors and all, forget about it.

Toby suffering for her quest isn't new, this is a woman able to use 'and then I was disembowelled' _in the plural_, but the plot pushes her to new limits this time, and sitting there in the background is the Luidaeg, noting she has plans for Toby and everything to date has really just been getting her warmed up. Somewhat intimidatingly there's a comment in the author's notes that this was the first of the Toby Daye stories to be plotted - which half-way implies the six novels preceding Chimes are just the backstory for the main event.

Other Media

Spinnerette is a webcomic about a female grad student who develops superpowers after the traditional exposure to radioactive spider DNA. In her case six arms and the ability to shoot web from, well let's just say she has aiming difficulties. It's semi-anime styled, with mostly good art and writing. I say mostly because a couple of the female supers have overly large, in one case ridiculously large, breasts - and Super-MILF? Seriously? But there's enough good here to make me overlook that as they aren't primary characters. And for all the juvenilia of Super-MILF, it actually handles the romance between the two female leads (Spinny and Mecha-Maid) pretty sensitively, and so far it's managed to handle Mecha-Maid being disabled by ALS without making me cringe. OTOH you have to mark it as NSFW because of the two breast-fixated characters, one of whom crops up pretty regularly. OTGH it's positively staid in comparison to an ad that kept popping up while I was reading, which manages to combine being pornographic with being simultaneously boring and distracting. I eventually blocked it because it was irritating the hell out of me, not because of the subject matter (animated cartoon masturbation - I presume it turns someone on). If you want to check Spinnerette out, and I think it's well worth reading if you're a webcomic fan, particularly a fan of superhero webcomics, then I'd block http://hlamedia.adk2x.com/* in advance.

Other Projects

Graveyard Shift, By Me

Health issues (both mine and my dad's) have kept me from my novel-in-progress for far too long, I was hoping to be able to pick it up again around March-ish, but having to wait until May for surgery has left me distinctly behind schedule in comparison to where I wanted to be by now, not helped by having a laptop with a semi-functional keyboard (I can't write on my desktop, sitting is too uncomfortable,  I write with the laptop sitting on my chest while I lie flat on the couch). But the replacement laptop should finally be arriving in a day or two so I sat down last night to reread Graveyard Shift, and read all 134,000 words in a single sitting. That's promising. I dropped it mid-second-draft when dad had his stroke, and I seem to have gotten further into that second draft than I remember. There's some fairly minor plot surgery needed, finishing the deletion of a character who turned out not to be going anywhere - and I've already handled the most difficult scenes for that, reversing who is framing who in a sub-plot,  and renaming a character because her name turns out to completely overlap with the protagonist of an existing fantasy series, who works for exactly the same police department as my character in Graveyard Shift, and I think even out of the same precinct house. There's coincidence, and there's bloody ridiculously annoying! But what's needed most of all is a really tight line edit to pull the wordcount much closer to the recommended 120,000 words, which I think is doable. Anyway, hopefully I'm now back at it.

are those my lungs?

Jul. 8th, 2015 11:47 am
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...I think I hacked them up last night.

Another sick day, this time without a trip in to the city to get a visa for Vietnam as yesterday was. *shifty looks*

Am trying to write fic, but this one involves writing about a family in suburban America (admittedly fictional suburban America) so there are so many possible pitfalls. Not least of which is that I feel like the family needs some dysfunction.

This is where I feel like my extremely functional upbringing hasn't adequately prepared me for writing dysfunctional relationships. Which, granted, they don't always have to be, but sometimes I do kind of wonder if I'm failing DRAMA 101: NOBODY ACTUALLY CONNECTS WITH EACH OTHER, THEY JUST PASS LIKE SHIPS IN THE NIGHT. Because even when my situations don't work out (eg. Between Destiny And Love) the individuals are still functional and self-aware.

And now I gotta think about lunch before it becomes dinner time.

Oh yeah, was going to make rocket pesto (roquette/arugula, whatever)...

I was going to do more writing this morning dammit....

Tuesday night post

Jul. 7th, 2015 08:20 pm
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Work things continue to be super annoying, but I am attempting to soldier on through. Mood not as bad, although my level of cranky yesterday was sky-high. Not bleeding, hooray! DVR has been acting up of late, grrr. Car is lovely but I'm still getting used to driving it in traffic. There's a big difference between a five-speed manual transmission & a continuously variable automatic transmission--I don't have a good sense of what speed I'm at through the way the car feels and sounds, and I am really not used to that.

It's one of those super rare nights where one of my fave sports teams is playing a Texas-based team, so I am currently enjoying watching the Indians play the Astros (Indians are leading 1-0, top of the 6th). Bonus that the game is in Cleveland, although it's apparently not the nicest night for a game--windy (ah, the wind off the lake; I remember it well), a little rainy, a little chilly (especially for people from Houston). So there are a lot of empty seats in what I still think of as Jacobs Field.

Also, apparently they're going to be giving away Sandy Alomar jersies at an upcoming game, which makes me feel even more nostalgic. I do wish the team would finally get rid of Chief Wahoo, though. The Astros have the Indians beat when it comes to team names and logos. Sigh.

Speaking tangentially of sports, I did not watch the WWC because I was busy hootin' and hollerin' at one of the special "rowdy" showings of MMXXL at the Drafthouse. Everything I'd heard about that movie turned out to be true--it is a GIFT, my friends, a GIFT to women everywhere. I enjoyed it tremendously. I was actually a little bit hoarse afterward from all the hollerin'.

Bottom of the 6th now, and after a home run, the Indians lead 2-0 with 0 outs and a man on base. Except scratch that they just got a double play, but still, 2-0! And 2 outs. That's a good place to stop, I think.

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Jul. 7th, 2015 08:47 pm
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Finished my petticoat! Well, sort of. It has no fastening. I'm cool with pinning it a few times. It's very sloppy overall, the hem is in no way even, but since it comes to above the knee and all my vintagey dresses come to below the knee, that's not a problem. It's very very full. I'm happy.

I never heard back from the woman with the sewing machine - I think when she got my number off her phone she didn't see that it has a different area code. So I finally got around to calling her again to let her know; left a message. I hope this does work out, I'd really like a cabinet machine.

... I just came back to edit something in and I completely forgot it. Time for shower and bed.


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