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A sister and madness

She stops babbling and starts burbling. The burble rises to a sound you barely recognise. Is that a song? Her neck convulses as if the muscles of her throat are in revolt. But the effect is weirdly calming. Each note follows the last like a stylishly dressed assassin: dramatic, unexpected, inevitable. You find yourself nodding along. Even Hephaesta seems relaxed.

The song ends and your friend starts making a little more sense. Someone was hunting her down, but she couldn't abandon her twin sister, the Eccentric Opera Singer. Her sister has been driven mad, though, and is in the place mad people go. Will you make sure she is safe? She pulls a locket from her neck and presses it into your hands before she slumps back into a deep, calm sleep.

[To find her sister, you'll need to increase your Nightmares enough to get into the place that mad people go.]
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We got back from Mexico on Friday night/Saturday morning about 1:00 AM, and I've been sleeping and grooming mostly nonstop since then. Ahhhh hot shower, how I love you! Much more about that, and many pictures, coming soon.

Now I'm swinging into party planning mode, because I think that's a much better way to think about this wedding/reception than to go crazy trying to figure out how to have a WEDDING. We did figure out a date finally that will work for Chris's family and mine, so it's July 30th! Yay! I figure having a very short time frame will keep away the possibility of things getting out-of-control fancy and expensive. The ceremony itself will be tiny tiny tiny, just our immediate families. More information about the reception, coming soon!

The guy still isn't done with my ring. We found one we liked at a store, but it had a diamond and so it's getting replaced with a sapphire. I was really hoping it would be done and ready to wear when I got back from my trip, but I think it'll be worth the wait. Engagement ring, coming soon!

Mom and I shopped like crazy yesterday, and I think I may have found a dress. Plus I think the wedding registry is pretty much done. We're on and, so if you are the kind of person who wants to send wedding presents, that is where to find us. Thank you notes, coming soon!
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Very short....


The Drawing of the Three* by Stephen King
The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell
Rapture of the Deep by L. A. Meyer
Till We Have Faces by C. S. Lewis

*I've read this before
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Dear Everybody,

This is just to let everyone know everything that's going on.

1) I quit the realtime reporting/steno program! There is a long story behind this, but just know, it's the right decision and I'm okay with it. Anyone want to buy a steno machine?

2) I'm ENGAGED?! Haha yes I am. Weird, right? I've got the guy picked out and everything.

3) I'm going to Mexico! I'll be back next Friday night.

So point me to your important updates here cause I won't be scrolling back through 1000+pages of friends entries. Or whatever however much you guys all update....

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I got a little bead crazy and made a bunch of Puss in Boots bracelets. (I know I said I was going to mostly do updates on my Facebook page, but I like LJ so awfully much!)

Puss in Red

Puss in Purple

Puss in Green
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A thing that I am into these days (in case you're wondering about the bizarre tweets) is a game called Echo Bazaar. It's a steampunkish RPG/choose your own adventure, played on the web -- no download or installation necessary. It's one of the only games I've ever seen where writing turns out to be a valuable skill!

So I wrote up a penny dreadful about Smiler Jack (the Ripper?) and got my inspiration level up to a whopping 8, instead of the required 5, to go for the bigger challenge, and I'm pleased as plucky with this outcome:

'Madam,' [says my publisher] 'this is quite an achievement. You'll excuse me if I don't shake your hand.'

You are escorted from the publisher's office and questioned by constables. Your work gives nine hundred readers nightmares and closes four schools. Women scream and faint as you pass in the street. Sales are excellent. You receive an unexpected bonus: late one night, a stranger delivers a package of bottled souls to your door. You don't see his face, but a note with the package reads: 'Best wishes - Jack'

The storyline is along the lines of... you get arrested and stuck in prison. When you escape, you end up, not back in London, but in Fallen London, where strange adventures await. It's nice because it only takes a few minutes to play at a time, and then you just get on with your day. (Something like Mafia Wars, but without the excessive pointlessness.) There are tiny stories, and longer storylines you can choose to follow.

You sign in with your twitter account, and then you can interact with anyone who's following you. You don't ever have to tweet, but you can. And sometimes I choose to. That's right, I choose.

Is anyone else playing that I don't know about? Cause I'll invite you to play a game of chess if you are....

She looks like a librarian, don't you think....

Now to do some REAL writing....
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I went ahead and made a facebook page for my etsy store, so I have somewhere to post updates every time I add something to the store, without a picture spam everywhere all the time. You can "Like" it HERE to get updates on new jewelry, discounts, and special opportunities to win FREE JEWELRY!

Or you can go directly to my etsy shop.

(Can you tell my student job just ended?)

Currently in the shop for just $22, the lovely 12 Dancing Princesses necklace!


This message brought to you by the Corporation for Ladies' Dancing Shoes. Goodnight, everyone!


May. 5th, 2010 12:37 am
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So [ profile] foxarris pointed out something I find very cool, that I never noticed before, about two of my favorite pieces of music (which pretty much makes me unobservant I think, but oh well).


Same chords:


May. 3rd, 2010 10:27 am
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Symmetry, originally uploaded by richlayers.

You guys ever notice how nature favors symmetry? XD

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I was talking with one of my friends about reading, and how some books just suck you in and you can't stop reading. Or if you have to stop reading for a while, you resent the time away from the book and you're really still there with the characters and the story. So I went through my slowly compiling reading list (now 3 years and 4 months long) to pick out the books that I remember really drawing me in, that I couldn't put down, that cut way into my sleep schedule because going to bed didn't seem to matter at the time.

This isn't to say these are my favorite books (although many of them are) -- this isn't to say that there weren't other books I didn't enjoy just as much. These were just GRIPPING: the narrative moved along so well and so seamlessly that I didn't ever want to stop reading.

So here's the list I compiled of those books. They are all kinds and types. You may think a picture book can't count that way, but I counted a couple of them. So there.

Also, the only order they are in is the order I read them in, according to my records.

Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
American Shaolin by Matthew Polly
Tuesday by David Wiesner
Princess Acadamy by Shannon Hale
The City of Dreaming Books by Walter Moers
Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
Carter Beats the Devil by Glen David Gold
Kissing the Witch by Emma Donoghue
What I was by Meg Rosoff
Calculating God by Robert J. Sawyer
Bloody Jack by L. A. Meyer
Bats in the Library by Brian Lies
Nation by Terry Pratchett
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
The Rumpelstiltskin Problem by Vivian Vande Velde
Bone (omnibus) by Jeff Smith
John Dies at the End by David Wong
Y: The Last Man (all 10 volumes) by Brian K. Vaughn
The Willoughbys by Lois Lowry
The Actor and the Housewife by Shannon Hale
In the Miso Soup by Ryu Murakami
The Virgin of Small Plains by Nancy Pickard
Impossible by Nancy Werlin
Troll's Eye View ed. by Ellen Datlow and Terry Windling
Relentless by Dean Koontz
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

So there you have it. What makes a book zip along, impossible to put down? I dunno, but these are the ones that worked for me. How about you -- any that you just couldn't set aside?
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Books finished in April 2010:

Bone: Rose by Jeff Smith, ill. Charles Vess
School Days by Robert B. Parker
Maddigan's Fantasia by Margaret Mahy
Where's My Cow?* by Terry Pratchett
The Ticking by Renee French
Out of the Wild by Sarah Beth Durst
The Elements of Style by William Strunk, Jr. and E. B. White
The Gunslinger* by Stephen King
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Instructions by Neil Gaiman, ill. Charles Vess

I also would have finished Prophecy of the Sisters by Michelle Zink, but it was too boring, and I gave up on it and sent it back. So that doesn't count but I'm mentioning it anyway for some reason. (Possible discussion?)


Apr. 30th, 2010 12:13 am
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1. Respond with something random about you.
2. Tell you which color you remind me of.
3. Tell you my first memory of you.
4. Tell you what animal you remind me of.
5. Ask you something I've always wondered about you.
6. Tell you my favorite thing about you.
7. Tell you my least favorite thing about you.
8. Challenge you to post this on your journal.
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Spring Iris, originally uploaded by richlayers.

A splash of purple!

These are actually too big and heavy to hold themselves up, but hey, if you can't see my helping hand you can imagine!

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Yesterday Chris, Curtis, and I went to the RenFest that was going on in Wichita. Unfortunately, Chris sleeps during the day, so even though he got up early, we didn't get there until 4, and they were ending the whole thing at 6 p.m. (even though it's light out until like 9:00pm now? wtf?) AND tickets were still full price, which we all thought was something of a rip-off.

So we wandered around outside of the fence, trying to decide what to do with ourselves -- go to a movie? Hop the fence and hope no one saw us? Sit in the car and cry?

We couldn't find a likely, unobserved spot in the fencing, so we wandered back around to the entrance, where I muttered to the guys, "Follow my lead," and strolled nonchalantly through the gate without looking at any of the ticket booth people or hand stampers or anyone else. Once through, I stopped and looked back. The guys were trailing after me, looking only slightly smug and/or surprised.

We shopped around through all the tents and booths, and landed at a small stage where a magician was working. He wasn't the best I've seen, but he had a pretty humorous if not entirely original patter, and he had some fun tricks. At one point he needed three volunteers and he called Chris, Curtis and me up together, so that was fun. I may or may not have gotten a close accidental look at how that trick worked.

We walked around some more, avoided all the overpriced fair foods, watched a little bit of the singing pirates, and thought about what to buy. I was leaning toward either one of the knifes with leather sheathes, or one of the belly dancing sashes with all the coins on them. Chris wanted to get a couple of the silver goblets we'd spotted, so we went to that booth first, then back to the leather & sharp pointy object booth.

I ended up finding a pretty nice knife for $10. It needs to be sharpened, but it's really an impressively good knife, especially for $10. And since it was so cheap, I had enough to get the sash TOO. So I came home feeling quite smug and satisfied.

I had my camera, but the only thing I took a picture of the whole day was a sign on a sword rack that said, "Don't Be Stupid."

I'll get pictures of the knife, goblets, and sash (probably tied around my butt) when I get a chance.

We all decided the fair was definitely worth the price of admission.


Apr. 25th, 2010 02:10 pm
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So I realized I haven't updated since the beginning of April. (Although I have posted some lovely book reviews over at [ profile] told_tales, which you are welcome to check out if you're pining for some Rachel writing.

My grandparents are moving from the farm outside town, where they've lived longer than I've been alive, to a cute little place in town. It's been a long time coming and this week they're wrapping it up -- they should be officially moved in by Friday.

In the meantime, they're trying to get rid of their extra guest bed, so that they have room for THEIR bed. It's a nice queen size mattress, box springs, and frame. I've got it listed on Craigslist so if you're in the area (and you need a bed), check it out:

Meanwhile, I've probably got some things to say in the near future, but for now I'm just gonna go do some practice and then get ready for some kind of Ren Fest thingy.
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Sheesh, that was terrible! I barely read at all! I did watch two seasons of How I Met Your Mother, though, that must be where all the time went....

Torchwood: Almost Perfect by James Goss
The Boy Who Couldn't Sleep and Never Had To by D.C. Pierson
A Dissolving Ghost by Margaret Mahy
Fire Study by Maria V. Snyder
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I found out yesterday that, while everyone's on spring break, my job is shut down. That's okay, I guess, it gives me more time to do other things, but it's also somewhat inconvenient to lose a week's pay when I have a car payment and have to get my car registered all right about now. Blarg.

So... I've been making some jewelry, and some people have said it's quite nice, so I'm just sayin... if you were ever thinking, "oh maybe someday I'll buy something," now would be really, really helpful. Or if you don't see anything you particularly fancy, but you'd be willing to post a link to this entry, the etsy shop, or one of the pieces therein, somewhere, for other people to see, I'd really appreciate it.

A few samples:

Rapunzel Necklace

Beauty and the Beast Necklace
Beauty and the Beast

Godseye Earrings

RichLayers on Etsy
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There is a new Near and Far comic up! Be sure to check it out, and digg us! We love to feel the love!


Also, so it doesn't look like I ONLY shill for myself, Chicks Dig Time Lords was released today, and is available at all your favorite online booksellers, as well as direct from the publisher. This is an awesome release from a small publisher, so please support them! Also, there is a big section of Torchwood Babiez.

I know there are Doctor Who and Torchwood fans here! So don't forget your copy. :)
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Meme from [ profile] kyrie1618. If you see this, post a poem in your own LJ today.

I am unable to think of what my current favorite poem might be, but this was one of my favorites in college so:

A Red, Red Rose
by Robert Burns

O MY Luve 's like a red, red rose
That 's newly sprung in June:
O my Luve 's like the melodie
That's sweetly play'd in tune!

As fair art thou, my bonnie lass,
So deep in luve am I:
And I will luve thee still, my dear,
Till a' the seas gang dry:

Till a' the seas gang dry, my dear,
And the rocks melt wi' the sun;
I will luve thee still, my dear,
While the sands o' life shall run.

And fare thee weel, my only Luve,
And fare thee weel a while!
And I will come again, my Luve,
Tho' it were ten thousand mile.


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