Susan’s Salon: 2020 June 21/22

An open thread for people to just chat about whatever. Posted every Monday (Sydney time). It’s OK to be sad, worried, angry or happy (or all of those things at once). Please feel free to post either troubling news or pleasant distractions in the comments for this open thread. [However, no cranky conflicts between each other in the comments. Links, videos, cat pictures etc are fine – be nice to one another!] Whatever you like but be nice to one another ๐Ÿ˜‡

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33 thoughts on “Susan’s Salon: 2020 June 21/22

  1. I’m watching some things I missed the first time around. “What We Do In the Shadows,” on Hulu, a comedy about vampires on Staten Island, is hilarious. Comedies generally don’t impress me, but this show’s wry, absurdist humor has me laughing out loud.

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    1. The New Zealand film that it’s loosely based on is also well worth seeking out. Different cast (though some of the characters do have a cameo on the show), similar sensibility and faux-reality-show style.


  2. Curbside pickup at my library went smoothly. I received a text and an email that my books were available. There was a link to schedule a time online or you could call. Show up during the appointed hour. Enter vestibule on one side. Pick up bag of books with my name from table (hand sanitizer available). Exit opposite side of vestibule.

    So I’m now reading Hugo related work finalist Becoming Superman. Whew, boy! Even going in with a warning, I was still stunned at J. Michael Straczynski’s horrendous childhood. A real testament to how reading (and, in this case, writing) stories can make a mighty difference.

    Also, City of Lies by Astounding finalist Sam Hawke. Enjoying it so far, very interesting societal structure in our protagonists’ country.

    (Both of these turned up in the Hugo Voters Packet, but I didn’t want to read watermarked PDFs. Blech!)

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  3. I’m still sad – Sir Ian Holm, our beloved Frodo and Bilbo, passed away.
    I’m still catching up from my two years reading slump, and just started the third part of Nemisin’s Broken Earth trilogy. And lots of stories from last year in the award season.
    Also, I get swamped by Netgalley ARCs, and I guess I’m an addict, haha. But still everything’s managable.
    My buddy read with my daughter of Dune (a chapter a day) slowly reaches the grande finale. This way of slow consumption is great and I can only recommend it.

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  4. Since February my usually monthly writers’ group has been getting together on my Discord server. It’s nice to hear the voices and see faces, and it’s help me keep writing when I often don’t feel I have the energy. The permanent anxiety really wears. I’m reminded each time that one of the things I most loved about it was on the months in was our turn to host, all the planning and cooking so there would be food for folks. And on the months I didn’t host, figuring out what food I’d bring to share.

    Posting pictures of what we’ve cooked for just the two of us (and other folks sharing pics of their dinners if they are so inclined) is just not the same.

    Anyway, my current silly fantasy adventure short seems to make people laugh, so that was my Saturday night.

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  5. Got back into reading this week after taking last week basically off to finish off a video game, and enjoyed a bunch of really interesting novels – including an eARC of Yoon Ha Lee’s Phoenix Extravagant, which is really good as you’d expect. But I had some bad career news on Thursday and really needed a pick me up, so i splurged (I mean not really given the price, but when you have double digit unread books to read buying any new one to read instead feels like splurging) for Effie Calvin’s third F-F fantasy romance novel, The Queen of Rhodia – It’s just such an enjoyable fun series (even if this 3rd book does deal with an abusive parent) and I needed something I could count on to end in a happy ending right now.

    Also we spent all week up to our Friday D&D session plotting how to save one of our characters from dying, came up with a way that would save him 2/3 of the time, and naturally the character wound up rolling the “3” on a digital D3 just to crack us up.

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  6. Have just completed my reviews for Best Graphic Story (next up, Retro Best Graphic Story, I will be snarking at Buck Rogers again)… and a question occurred to me, which I have put up on Twitter, but will repeat for the benefit of the cosmic minds over here: what’s the opposite of “apotheosis”? I thought of “incarnation”, but that has specific theological overtones which I don’t think are right; I’m sort of toying with “katatheosis”, “apoanthroposis” or even “dyshemerization”, but I don’t think nonce-etymology like that is going to get me anywhere good. Thoughts, anyone?

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    1. Weirdly, my comment refuses to appear, but I got a duplicate comment warning when I tried to re-post it.

      Do you have an objection to “nadir”? To me it seems like the obvious choice.


      1. @stevejwright: metaphorically it’s the opposite of apotheosis in the sense of “culmination or highest point of development”, but I take it you’re looking for an antonym for its more literal meaning of “ascension to divinity” (which I probably should have inferred from your suggested neologisms).


      2. @PhilRM: yes, it’s because of developments in “The Wicked + The Divine”, which involve (trying to avoid spoilers) someone who is a god and decides to give it up; I wondered if there was a word for that. I imagine it’s not a situation that comes up much.


  7. reading news: I’m most of the way through China Dream by Ma Jian. If you’re familiar with his work, it’ll come as no surprise that this is satire/criticism of Chinese politics.

    I also started reading Japanese fairytales as well – so far I’ve read three:ใ€Œ ใƒใ‚บใƒŸใฎๅซๅ…ฅใ‚Šใ€ใ€ใ€Œไธ€ไผ‘ใ•ใ‚“ใ€ใ€ใ€Œ้›ชๅฅณใ€ (The Mouse Bride, Ikkyuu San, The Snow Woman) but it’s slow going. They’re only a few pages each but they take me 30+ minutes as I spend some time puzzling through the grammar of each sentence then noting anything I’m not sure of and checking it against the translation glossary to see if I got the right sense of everything.

    In some sort of weird synchronicity with my attempts to learn Japanese again, BRIDEAR have just started releasing a children’s story on their youtube channel, written, illustrated and narrated by different members of the band. Chapter 1 of The Far Away Neighbour or ใ€Œ้ ใใฎ่ฟ‘ๆ‰€ใ•ใ‚“ใ€(it also has English translations of each line as they appear):


    1. and of course that’s not the correct Japanese title, which is ้ ใใฎใ”่ฟ‘ๆ‰€ใ•ใ‚“


  8. Susan’s looking quite fashionable this week.

    The credential survived her yearly vaccination, and I was able to not leave the house all week. Mr. LT went out a few times, but only to places where he could stay in the car (vet, drive-thru food). We had an anniversary so I made a nice dinner instead of our usual going out.

    Am vastly amused at the K-pop fans so comprehensively pwning the Drumpf campaign. To quote an earlier generation’s music, the kids are alright. I like a bit of K-pop myself, it’s so shiny and upbeat, with excellent visuals and cute boys (And girls, I suppose, but I don’t fancy them so much).

    @KasaObake: I did a little Japanese practice on a live chat stream about ็Œซ this week. It takes the proper motivation for me. ๐Ÿ™‚

    @Steve: I’d punt with “anti-apotheosis”, but that’s me.


  9. I finished “The Light Brigade” this weekend. It’s probably a better book than I could appreciate – that is, it’s more complex and requires a bit more concentration than I was able to give it. I guess I should go back to Camestros’ review of it (which I skipped when it was posted since I didn’t want it to influence my own impression of the book. Maybe that was a bad idea and I should have read more reviews before I read it myself – one of my problems with the story was that it somewhat suddenly became a different book than I expected, and it took me too many chapters to catch up to that.)

    I’ve now started Gideon the Ninth. So far I’m … of mixed opinion. We’ll see.

    Next week is the first part of my summer holiday – but as I’ve recently acquired the role of associate teen herder, “time off from work” no longer means “more time to read”. *Sigh* (no, not really complaining.) I don’t know how much Hugo voting I’ll get done.


      1. Yeah, I’m starting to get antsy too. I realize they’re dealing with a million different things, but I’m worried they’ll only allow a week or two for voting. That really wouldn’t be a good situation.

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  10. That’s cutting it close with the Hugo voting, FFS. I hope everyone’s taking good notes. I usually throw the stuff I’m absolutely sure about in the day it opens, then futz with it right up until literally the last minute.

    I forgot to add that SHIELD continues to be delightful. This week they were in early 50s L.A. and managed to come up with a perfect in-world explanation why the noir episode was in black and white with a voice-over.


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