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Spent the better part of the last week on a writing retreat, and holy cow I was SO PRODUCTIVE. It was such a relief, because this summer was just awful for getting any writing done, and there were a couple parts of the book in particular that I just Could. Not. get past. Skipping those pivotal scenes wasn't workable for making any meaningful progress, because I needed the character development in them to get my head around where they'd be at in relating to each other, and I was starting to get that sinking "I am never going to write anything useful again" feeling. :P

But yes. I got a ton written, sorted out some really key stuff, and I am feeling so much better about where this book is headed. So happy about it right now.

And of course, when we were shopping for snacks for the week, Nef and I decided to get some gummie fruit snacks. Because we are adults and can do that instead of just vaguely pretending we don't envy kids who're eating them. And of course, because I am a very serious adult, I told her that if we were going to get them, it had to be these ones.



I mean, since I've been describing the book I'm working on as "Jurassic Park with Faeries," it's actually like... serious inspiration food, right? And it clearly worked. Plus, the tiny gummy raptors are adorable. So yeah.

And today I decided to celebrate all that productivity with an impulse buy. This:




Best double-sided cutting board ever. And, I mean, cooking is a serious, adult thing, right? So it was a totally practical and grownup thing to do.

Yep. I am adulting so hard over here. 

Date: 2016-09-26 02:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cairistiona7.livejournal.com
OH MY GOODNESS A CAP & IRON MAN CUTTING BOARD?? WHERE??? HOW??? *WANNNNNTSSSSSSSS*

And yeah for writing breakthroughs!

Date: 2016-09-26 03:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] imbecamiel.livejournal.com
Is it not AWESOME? It's over at ThinkGeek, here: http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/ivkp/?cpg=95888528&e=c3RyaWRlcmZjckB5YWhvby5jb20&msg_id=95888528&et_rid=1102523858&linkid=95888528_dailydeals_headline_ivkp

(TBH, I love how all these CW things are dramatically promoted as "CHOOSE A SIDE" while I'm just sitting here thinking, "Hey, lookit that, thanks for not making me choose. Because it's pretty much impossible for me to not get Cap stuff, buuuut I really like Tony too and the Iron Man stuff can be really cool. When you put it both on the same product, though... :D" I feel like this kind of defines my fannish experience.)

Date: 2016-09-26 04:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cairistiona7.livejournal.com
The cutting board has been forwarded to hubby as a Christmas idea. *g*

I have a feeling I won't be able to choose a side at all on this, honestly. It's so gorgeous that I might just sit it on the counter or up against the backsplash as decor instead of actually slicing and dicing... unless I decide to put T'Challa cat scratches on Cap's shield. XD

Date: 2016-09-26 02:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cairistiona7.livejournal.com
Also... what if they made a chopping knife that looks like Cap's shield and so every time you chopped onions or cut up a chicken on the arc reactor side of the board you'd be recreating that scene in the fight where Steve slams his shield into Tony's suit's arc reactor (you know, instead of Tony's head because Steve is not, after all, a murderer)??? IT. WOULD. BE. SO. AWESOME!!!!

(And probably very dangerous and not recommended but... AWESOME!!!)
Edited Date: 2016-09-26 02:14 pm (UTC)

Date: 2016-09-26 03:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] imbecamiel.livejournal.com
THAT WOULD BE SO COOL. I might never be able to stop chopping things. It'd be, like... stir fry for dinner, every night forever. XD

Also ;_; because yesss, no matter how far he's been pushed, Steve is not even then a murderer, even if Tony's own murder-mindset at that moment makes him think Steve is actually about to kill him. Man, seeing all the good gifs now that the DVD's out just makes the end of that fight all the more heartbreaking. I mean, the actual breakdown of when Bucky gets his arm blown off, looks like he's about to pass out, clearly isn't going to be any further threat, and Tony then goes right ahead and shoots him in the back anyway... As if poor Bucky hasn't been through enough already. (And then, because I'm apparently a terrible person, the next thing my brain tossed out was, "TONY, how could you shoot an unarmed man!? Like... literally, you disarmed him and then shot him. Not cool." >.<)

Date: 2016-09-26 04:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cairistiona7.livejournal.com
Bucky arm puns. *facepalm* LOL

But oh goodness, the emotions I have about Tony beating up on Bucky after he was down. *sigh* I mean, yes, I do understand the utterly human reaction to the man who killed his parents. AND YET. Tony *does* know that Bucky was brainwashed. And yet he still tries to kill him. And he probably wouldn't have been too bent out of shape if he'd killed Steve as well, to be honest. Tony was just so willing to jettison his own moral code to get revenge on Bucky himself and, according to the writers, get revenge on Steve by taking away what Steve loves, that it just... ugh.

I've read the Russos saying that the conflict will affect Infinity Wars as well, and that there's basically no easy fix for the rift. So I wonder if they'll write Tony as not having much remorse? Which will further back Cap and his team into a defensive position. It's all very complicated and also very realistic as far as delving into the baser parts of human emotions.

Date: 2016-09-26 07:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] imbecamiel.livejournal.com
I knooooow. And I'm not even a fan of puns. Why must my brain do this to me? XD

SO MANY EMOTIONS. Because yes, I do sympathize so much with Tony, and the pain he was going through, and the utter shock that revelation was to him. And I do think that Steve made the wrong decision in not telling him what he knew at some point when Tony could process it without all the craziness and intense pressure they'd been under at that point. So I feel so much for Tony, acting out of that grief and pain and sense of betrayal.

But to carry it that far, to not just lash out at Bucky but to make a sustained effort to kill him, despite attempts to stop him and call you to him senses, despite knowing that the person in front of him isn't responsible for what happened, to keep going beyond the point where he's even a potential threat... and yes, with what the writers said, where Steve is concerned to equate "you withheld important information about the loss of my loved ones" with "I will therefore take away someone you love, so you can feel the same way I do, even though the actual loss I experienced wasn't in any way your fault."

Just. That inequality in degree of offense is for me a really key element in that rift between them, and where I really have issues when people seem to think that the conflict there was primarily Steve's fault. Steve may have "started it" in the sense of making a bad judgment call, through whatever mixture of genuine desire to protect Tony from unnecessary pain and (self-admittedly) selfish reluctance to face any of it himself. But when Tony's reaction crosses the line that far, however justified his original feelings, it really tips the balance of who's got the biggest responsibility in this situation in my opinion. And... Steve reached out and apologized first, and clearly wants to repair the relationship, even if he does still disagree with Tony (heh, on both the "kill Bucky" and viability of the Accords front).

It will be really interesting to see how things play out in the upcoming movies. I certainly read Tony's reaction toward the end, especially after getting Steve's letter, as having a fair amount of softening and remorse... but it's really hard to tell at this point where any of them will stand with the others by that point.

Date: 2016-09-27 12:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kriadydragon.livejournal.com
I want to know who it is that made the rules for adulthood, because no adult should be denied the joy of gummies simply on the grounds of "because adult."

Date: 2016-09-27 02:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] imbecamiel.livejournal.com
This is Truth. I'm pretty sure "I have my own money and can make my own eating choices and no one's gonna stop me" is plenty of justification to not let kids have all the good stuff, not a reason why I should have to stop...

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