San Antonio Rose
17 October 2014 @ 12:00 am
It's been a Jonathan Swift sort of week. No, I don't feel like getting into details, and it's not any one incident or person, just--rampant epidemic of the Galloping Dumbs and Bizarro World dwellers, and friends being victimized or duped by the same, at a time when I've got a short fuse *anyway*, and to top it all off, I've gotta be a Royals fan for a week.
And it's only Thursday night.

And I really don't like being such a Crabby Appleton that I have to make a conscious effort to relax my jaw and hands because they're hurting from the tension.

Anybody got any *good* news to share?
Current Mood: crankycranky
San Antonio Rose
10 October 2014 @ 03:45 pm
I've been invited to give a lecture about the writing process, and I want to touch on procrastination busters. I've seen a few people talk within the last year or two about installing software that will temporarily block Internet access, either entirely or just to certain sites like Facebook, as a way to keep themselves from getting distracted when they're supposed to be writing. I think this program gives you the option of either setting a time limit or entering a password to turn off the block. But I can't remember what it's called, and search results aren't bringing up anything that sounds familiar! Have you heard of such a program, or more than one?
San Antonio Rose
07 October 2014 @ 07:16 pm
"Big City" MATT ADAMS! NLCS, here we come!
Current Mood: excitedexcited
Current Music: Kool and the Gang--"Celebration"
San Antonio Rose
... you have to translate an article from the German version of Top Gear Magazine and, regardless of who wrote it, you hear Jeremy Clarkson reading it. :D
San Antonio Rose
25 September 2014 @ 02:13 am
I was looking up something else and accidentally clicked on a bookmark to an 1860s German-American Methodist hymnal that's archived on And I got to reading the list of first lines (a lot start with "Ach"!) in hopes of finding one I recognized... and sure enough, there was one in the Bs: "Brüder! wir sind nun versammelt." The database doesn't have much info beyond the handful of hymnals in which it appears and when each one was published, but it has scans from one of those hymnals with very clear text. I thought I knew what the tune should be, despite there not being any music printed in this little songbook, but I wasn't completely certain until I got to the last two lines of the first verse:

Darum Brüder, ernstlich betet,
So wird Manna uns beschert.

You might recognize it a little better in English:

Brethren, pray, and holy manna
Will be showered all around.

Yes, it's "Brethren, We Have Met to Worship"! I can't find any indication which is the original and which is the translation, though the German hymnals were all printed in the US after the publication of the English version; the German version has several verses that aren't in the English version at all. (Now I'm debating whether to offer my services to transcribe and link these hymns to their English counterparts... as if I need another job that doesn't pay....)

ETA: Looked at it a little more closely, since En said she was curious about the extra verses. Looks like there's only one verse, about apostates, that's completely without precedent in the hymn we know and that may come from an alternate version found in a Brethren in Christ hymnal; the German then skips the verse that's in some hymnals encouraging people to pray with any penitents who might be present, and then splits the "Let us love our God supremely" verse into three verses with suitable elaboration/embellishment. Some interesting shifts in emphasis, too--"brink of woe" becomes "brink of Hell," for example, and "tell them that He will be found" becomes "tell them that He's seeking them."
Also interesting and kind of cool: the section of the hymnal where this song appears is entitled "Wachen und Beten" (Watch and Pray). In the Baptist Hymnal, it's in the "Family of God" section!
San Antonio Rose
22 September 2014 @ 06:04 am
Happy birthday, Bilbo and Frodo!!!
Current Music: Springle Ring!
San Antonio Rose
17 September 2014 @ 09:50 am
So Sunday I thought this crud was tonsillitis. Monday and yesterday I thought it was mono (and therefore didn't go to the doctor, because by Round 4 I know what to do). Today I feel too much better for it to be mono, but my cough seems to be headed into my chest--yet the congestion seems to be allergy-caused.
I don't even know, y'all. Just pray it goes away!
Current Mood: sicksick
San Antonio Rose
14 September 2014 @ 05:28 pm
(Ignoring the subject-verb agreement in the subhead, that is!)
Key connections: Star-Spangled Banner, baseball forever linked

And thus be it ever, when free men shall stand
Between their loved homes and the war's desolation!
Blessed with victory and peace, may the heav'n-rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation!
Then conquer we must when our cause, it is just,
And this be our motto: IN GOD IS OUR TRUST!
And the Star-Spangled Banner in triumph shall wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!
San Antonio Rose
14 September 2014 @ 01:58 pm
The crud appears to have turned into tonsilitis. Won't have an official dx until tomorrow, of course, but the tonsils are badly inflamed from what little I could see.
Annnd I'm giving a lecture next Tuesday.

I know I've asked this before, but: Anybody got a pause button for life?
San Antonio Rose
12 September 2014 @ 05:36 am
... and Happy 48th (!) to these guys:

(Miss you, Davy.)
San Antonio Rose
11 September 2014 @ 06:34 pm
Been down with the crud the last couple of weeks. I'm *hoping* that the upcoming cold fronts and rain will knock out any allergy component ASAP, but until the whole thing clears up... expect me when you see me. :P
Current Mood: sicksick
San Antonio Rose
11 September 2014 @ 07:04 am
I will not forget.
San Antonio Rose
23 August 2014 @ 03:49 am
Heard some thumps and bumps and brushing noises just now and thought, "What in the world... cats??" So I opened the front door and turned on the porch light...

... and surprised a big fat raccoon who was squeezed between some of my potted plants.
Uhhhhhh, said the raccoon, not looking at me.
"Rackety-coon," I exclaimed, "you don't belong here!"
So it jumped off onto the shrubbery, and as it found its way to the ground, here came its equally well-fed parter in crime scurrying over from another part of the front yard to join it. They ran off together.

Been a mostly not-fun week, so I needed that chuckle. :D
Current Mood: amusedamused
San Antonio Rose
19 August 2014 @ 06:41 am
Of the six WIPs of which I posted snippets a while back (last month?), two are finished and posted, and three are finished and submitted to spn_gen_bigbang. That leaves "Stole Soul Picnic"--and I am
... for any of my projects, really, but that's the one I promised myself I'd get done this year if I possibly could. :P
Anyone want to give me a prompt for the "characters x, y, and z do A, B, or C" meme? Maybe that'll get the fuel box restocked....
Current Mood: draineddrained
San Antonio Rose
18 August 2014 @ 08:45 am
Email trouble in the middle of trying to square away a translation job, websites going down right when I need them, headache, fever, brain fog, delayed allergic reaction to a bee sting (just a rash, nothing major)...

Car 54, where aaaaaaare yoooooooou?
Current Mood: tiredtired
San Antonio Rose
12 August 2014 @ 10:19 pm
Because I have a million other things I *should* be doing, but I've seen this making the rounds again and decided to jump on the bandwagon this time. Gacked from quickreaver and amber1960.

1) Make a list of fifteen characters first, and keep it to yourself for the moment.

2) Ask your f-list to post questions in the comments. For example: "One, nine, and fifteen are chosen by a prophecy to save the world from four. Do they succeed?", "Under what circumstances might five and fourteen fall in love?", "Which character on the list would you most want on your side in a zombie invasion?"

3) After your f-list has stopped asking questions, round them up and answer them using the fifteen characters you selected beforehand, then post them.

These will probably end up working their way into the Crossed Swords Multiverse, just by virtue of the characters I've chosen. No promises, though. But I do have one stipulation: KEEP IT GEN!
San Antonio Rose
11 August 2014 @ 01:55 am
Needed a laugh tonight and ran across this... there's a certain SPN character who can get this way from time to time!

Especially Serious Sam
by Jack Prelutsky

I'm especially serious Sam--
Yes I am! Yes I am! Yes I am!
I have no desire to smile,
Not even once in a while.
My aspect's entirely severe,
I never know laughter or cheer.
Hilarity's not to my taste,
While whimsy is simply a waste.

I'm unsympathetic to fun,
And don't get the point of a pun.
Mere banter I cannot abide,
I haven't a frivolous side.
Don't bother displaying your wit,
I won't be impressed, not a bit.
Jocosity's truly a bore,
And horseplay I wholly abhor.

I'm somber, sedate, and intense,
So merriment doesn't make sense.
Caprice I dismiss and disdain,
It pains my so-serious brain.
You might as well jest with a wall,
A rug or a red rubber ball,
Tell jokes to an oyster or clam...
I'm especially serious Sam.
Current Mood: stressedstressed
San Antonio Rose
05 August 2014 @ 11:55 pm
Dear idjit,
Let's say you're an evil overlord who lives in a heavily fortified tower. Which do you pay more attention to, three children who are trying to sneak past your snake pit or the Flying Fortress that just went past your window?

Now you know why Frodo didn't ride Gwaihir straight from Rivendell to Mordor.
No love,
Current Mood: annoyedannoyed
Current Music: This Is the Army--"American Eagles"
San Antonio Rose
05 August 2014 @ 06:55 am
(... which I should have done before ending up on TV Tropes...)
Does anybody know of an episode where Murdock's schtick du jour is pretending to be a psychic? I can't remember any, but I don't think I've seen every episode.

ETA: I know in "Labor Pains," he has a Ouija board that he sometimes "channels" out loud. But I'm thinking more along the lines of a Carnak the Magnificent type of psychic--in the fic I'm working on, he's just grouched that he can't read minds, and I need some kind of retort from Face.
San Antonio Rose
28 July 2014 @ 04:16 pm

Honestly, I think the thing I'm most squeeful about is that they USED PIPPIN'S VERSION OF BILBO'S WALKING SONG--I had expected to hear that under Gandalf's quote from it (or the line Bilbo puts in his song, maybe?) in Unexpected Journey, so it was great to hear it here, and to hear Billy's voice again. :D