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April 15th, 2007 (02:51 am)
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1. I am very very bad at getting copyediting done in great big chunks of work unless a deadline is bearing down on me. No matter how much I promise myself that while bedridden with period cramps that could wrestle a large dose of ibuprofen into the dust in ten seconds flat something that was reported to my hotline job as suspiciously flu-like in nature, I will take the opportunity to finish up all the copyediting that's due before I leave for NY on Tuesday, it just does not happen, because

2. Sims has eaten my head. Yes, again; yes, still; whatever. And I'm sorry to say I don't even have any further details on the activities of Simified LJers, not even those whom I have been working very hard at getting to sleep with Idina, because

3. I made an Annie house and I can't stop playing it, omg. It contains Miss Hannigan, Daddy Warbucks, Grace Farrell, Annie, Duffy (because I accidentally deleted my Pepper Sim, dammit, and wasn't going to make her over again when I had a ready-made Duffy to hand), Molly, Rooster, and Lily "Dumb Hotel" St. Regis. (These are modeled on the movie actors, by the way, even though it's a Broadway neighborhood, because the movie actors are a.) all Broadway anyway and b.) too fantastic to pass up on. My Bernadette Peters Sim kicks, if I do say so myself.) At first I couldn't get the hang of managing eight Sims at all, and so, for example, Daddy Warbucks played poker with Mark-from-Rent for about ten hours, won hundreds of dollars, and then passed out on the floor in a cloud of his own stink while dying of starvation as soon as he tried to get up from the table. Daddy Warbucks is apparently a gambling addict. Meanwhile Grace did much the same with the piano, and Miss Hannigan, appropriately enough, was fit to kill because she was left to take care of all the kids while Rooster and Lily made out. So I used the nice little maxmotives cheat that kicks everyone back up to the highest level on all of their needs, leaving me free to deal with their aspirations. At that point

4. Daddy Warbucks, Miss Hannigan, and Rooster promptly set up a band. It's a jazz band. Daddy Warbucks plays piano, Miss Hannigan plays bass, and Rooster plays drums, and they ain't half bad for a band comprised of people who have only existed for three days of their own time (and about two hours of mine). However, they had all been sleeping when I maxed their motives, so they all play in the band in their underwear. Miss Hannigan's got the custom bloomers that she wears during "Sign" in the movie, and seeing her jam on the bass in those bloomers and garters is a sight to behold. Also

5. Lily is addicted to shoot-em-up arcade games and aspires to a career in the criminal career track. She matches Velma and Roxie that way, and I don't know how the game knows these things. As well

6. Annie and Duffy are both fascinated with the telescope, and I thought Annie was getting abducted by a flying saucer at one point, but then I realized it was just one of the overhead lights floating in the middle of the air because was viewing the game with walls and ceilings down. It's kind of a shame, because I'm not all that fond of Annie, really, and I've never seen anybody get abducted by a flying saucer. I want to! Meanwhile

7. Molly started out as a toddler, but after Grace and Daddy Warbucks put in lots of work potty training her and teaching her to walk and talk, she grew up. With the highest aspiration level possible, might I add - I forget what it said, something about mites? She doesn't have mites, though, no worries. And do you know I actually got a tiny bit teary-eyed as I watched her go from toddler to child? It's official: I have maternal instincts towards my Sims. And it is similarly official: I need help.

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Posted by: Jillie (dancing_crazy)
Posted at: April 15th, 2007 10:51 am (UTC)
Kristin Idina For Good

Daddy Warbucks, Miss Hannigan, and Rooster promptly set up a band. It's a jazz band.

Sequel. SEQUEL!!!!

Posted by: agent 99 (mouseydork)
Posted at: April 15th, 2007 04:46 pm (UTC)
p is for peters

Pictures, I want pictures.

Also, I'm wondering if you have any recommendations for fiction books that center around gender identity/transgender issues. (Aside from Middlesex.) If you did, that would be unbelievably, amazingly awesome.

Posted by: the girl with violets in her lap (slammerkinbabe)
Posted at: April 15th, 2007 08:33 pm (UTC)

Hoo boy, I'm not really the best person to ask - I'm not as up on trans lit as I should be. Uh, let's see, Leslie Feinberg is always the starting point - Stone Butch Blues is the classic, although it's very much from a time before some of the current genderqueer issues (i.e., there's a strong butch/femme dichotomy that runs through the book). I was just informed yesterday by someone who knows far more about this than I do that Pagan Kennedy has a new book out about a transwoman in the '50s, and I bet that's worth a look. Hmmm... Chris Bohjalian has the most Oprah's Book Club take ever on trans issues (Trans-Sister Radio). It's the sort of book that aims to make trans issues friendly and understandable to, well, to middle-aged women who watch "Oprah". A Concerned Talk Show book rather than a Sensationalistic Talk Show book. And the fact that I am mentioning it shows I am basically listing all the trans fiction I know. :) So, then, David Ebersole did a book about the first transwoman to have MTF surgery, Amy Bloom has a nice short story about a transboy in, oh, I think it was A Blind Man Can See How Much I Love You, Lynn Breedlove did a fun thing called Godspeed that's notable for being more current and genderqueer than anything I've mentioned thus far. Jackie Kay's Trumpet and Dinitia Smith's The Illusionist are also on trans issues. Oh, I'm pretty sure Eileen Myles has written a single novel whose subject would be classed as gender identity issues, but I forget the title.

...I should know more than this. I hope I'm forgetting some, and that this doesn't comprise the entire breadth of my knowledge. Aie.

In terms of my personal recommendations, I'd recommend the Bloom, the Breedlove, and I'd say Leslie Feinberg oughta be a starting place for anybody. I haven't read the Kennedy, the Kay, the Smith, or the Myles, but I mean to read all of them and all of them come highly recommended by other people who, as I said, know much more than I do. (If they should see this comment and wish to jump in here, I know I would appreciate it. :)

Is that helpful? I hope it's helpful!

Posted by: agent 99 (mouseydork)
Posted at: April 16th, 2007 11:12 pm (UTC)

Thank you, that was VERY helpful. You're far more knowledgable than anyone else I could have thought of. Now I'm left with the slightly less daunting task of figuring out what is most relevant to my project.

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