Gabriel Tam returns to Milliways with hopeful news and Galadan prepares for a new step.
Barry starts to figure out this heroing job.
A sparring match between two Guardians and a Sith, I love the enthusiasm of everyone in this thread.
Nashville Predators forward Kevin Fiala was taken off the ice on a stretcher at Scottrade Center in St. Louis after vicious collision with the end boards in Game 1 against the Blues on Wednesday night.
Fiala was skating with the puck deep in the Blues defensive zone. St. Louis defenseman Robert Bortuzzo put a body on him, attempting to prevent him from skating behind the net. Using his weight, he rode Fiala into the boards as the Predators player lost his edge. Fiala went in hard, his lower body on the ice and his skates making impact with the end boards.
Fiala turned over in obvious pain, as trainers and medical staffers attended to him. He was down for several minutes before a stretcher was wheeled out by the Blues’ Vladimir Tarasenko and the Predators’ Viktor Arvidsson.
Finally, Fiala was placed on the stretcher, as fans offered their support and Blues players tapped their sticks. The entire Predators team came out on the ice in support of him as well.
The 20-year-old forward from Switzerland had two goals in four games against the Chicago Blackhawks in the first round sweep, including the game-winning goal in overtime of Game 3.
The Predators said that Fiala is going to a local hospital for further evaluation. He is alert and in stable condition.
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Of Bears and Cages (2712 words) by Tassos
Fandom: Dragon Age: Origins
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Male Tabris, Alistair, Leliana, Sten (Dragon Age), Male Elf Warden (Dragon Age)
Additional Tags: Lothering, Developing Friendships
Series: Part 6 of A City Elf Walks Into a Blight - Ian Tabris Stories
Lothering is full of unexpected surprises. Bears are bigger than Ian imagined they'd be, and men in cages bring up unexpected feelings.
The newly published book Twentieth-Century Russian Poetry: Reinventing the Canon, edited by Katharine Hodgson, Joanne Shelton and Alexandra Smith, is an interesting-looking collection of essays available in paperback for £25.95, in hardback for £36.95, and as a pdf download for free! Just go to the Open Book Publishers book page and click the appropriate link (there’s also a description of the book if you scroll down). I approve of this sort of thing!
aaaaaaaaaand leaked everywhere.
The whole room smells like 'Velvet Sugar' perfume now. It's a bit overpowering, I must say.
Here's hoping it airs out enough before bed or that will be a bit awful..
...the trying to breath anything other than perfume part. *sigh*
It was an Extremely Packed weekend; I wound up spending intensive amounts of time somehow with about three or four people or groups each day, which sometimes turned into real whiplash and "Was that today? That was this morning, I guess." Except for the day that was entirely in the suburbs, I also walked about seven to nine miles each day, in some very worn-out shoes, so I think I've really earned these. Gosh — I spent two days at the Art Institute, saw nearly all my favorite neighborhoods and places, ate too much very good food, hugged a lot of very dear people and (this is the unbelievably scripted part) last night, within about three hours of each other, I had cause to run into people who were just in town for a hot minute but whom I hadn't seen in forever, and the hugs were EPIC and so, so, so good. (One was my favorite-ever teacher at UChicago, a TA for a Shakespeare class who has been one of my biggest champions since graduating; it's been quite a while in person. I was floating on that encounter for hours. The other was a guy I'd met through improv who'd just this weekend come back from four months performing on a cruise ship with Second City. I spotted him through an open door as he was waiting to walk on during a reading.)
It was lilac season, of course. The air smelled amazing every day and each night. The sky was clear and mostly cloudless, that mild, delicate perfect springtime. It all really could not have been scripted better, right down to the rainy mug that is New York right now. I had some very good conversations with family members and friends alike; one big thing that I realized about my job hunt is that I haven't been looking for what's the best fit for me, I've been looking for whatever's most prestigious, and for one reason only: revenge. As Inigo Montoya will tell you, that's not really a sustainable way of thinking. More and more thoughts ongoing about how to live my life actually for me, rather than proving someone(s) wrong or trying to make other people happy/proud.
Biggest decision: I'm going to spend the rest of this year making a real go of it at freelancing and job-hunting. I'm challenging myself to earn certain progressive amounts through writing. By focusing on that, I'll have more luck finding a job that's a good fit, as well as giving me more guilt-free time to actually work on things like comics and novels and photography and social things. If I'm not satisfied with my life in Brooklyn by the end of the year, with my lease up in January, I'm moving back to Chicago. I even bought a ring as an ongoing visual promise to myself. As my friend Clancy (who is doing freelance videography in Cincinnati and Actually Doing It, despite all her doubts!) told me on Monday, right now, with where we're actually at in our lives (ha!), the fall is not that far.
So yeah, that was a very good trip. Much-needed, and done very right.
But rummaging through said linen closet the other day I found something at the bottom of the pile- something smooth and soft and seductive. It was a pink woolen blanket, a rare single, of which I have no memory at all: but ahh, is it warm! I'm using it instead of the feather duvet- which is still too heavy for my twinging knees when I try to turn over. And this is why I never throw anything out.
Cherries blooming mightily down by Robots Library, though yes, several trees are dead or dying. Flocks of Asians out with cameras, and a very little girl in a red kimono with a red parasol being photographed by mother and older bro. Who were speaking Chinese to each other, but oh well. My cherries are peeping out here and there while the plums and the cherries across the way still hang on, aided by cold and lack of wind, which makes the view out the study window very white indeed. This has been your sakura update for the day.
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So I've already posted two of Marvel's Millennial Visions one-shots, which featured alternate reality/future versions of Marvel characters. However, the very first one published was centered entirely around the X-Men, and was so popular it not only got a sequel (which I've also posted scans from here) and the previously mentioned one-shots, it helped inspire the Exiles. In fact, Nocturne and her reality's X-Men first appeared here (though my scans seem to be missing her, sadly).
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For anyone who's new here: I have bipolar I, which means that I spend significant periods of time depressed. I also cycle very quickly sometimes, so I can go from elated to suicidal within a single day or the course of hours. Needless to say, besides sucking in its own right, it makes writing, which I think of as a somewhat neurosis-inducing career , an additional challenge.
 I am pretty sure there are non-neurotic writers out there! But I am literally, professionally diagnosed crazy, and I have spent time in the psych ward for suicide attempts, so...
When writing gets hard, it comes down to routines. Writing is easy when it's a fire in the mind and the words blaze to be let down on paper (or typed into the computer, or whatever--I write both longhand and on a computer depending on my mood or the particular project). But inspiration is completely unreliable, especially when depression comes calling.
My routine goes something like this. Note that I don't claim that this works for everyone! Just this is what I do, and it more or less works for me. Sometimes better than others.
1. Get out of bed. Sometimes this is the hardest step.
2. Get food into myself. I have this rule that no writing happens until I have eaten something, even an oatmeal packet. Bodies are weird (or anyway, mine is! maybe yours is perfectly fine :p). If my blood sugar drops, I turn into a depressed suicidal wreck. I find this completely maddening considering that I'm overweight so you'd think that I could survive for a couple extra hours off fat reserves, but nope! Not so lucky. So I try to remember to eat at intervals. Even so, there's this period in the late afternoon/early evening where I usually have to take a break from writing no matter when I started because my blood sugar is too low for me to concentrate. (This is usually because I'm trying to time dinner to be convenient for my husband and daughter. If it were just me, I would eat smaller meals every four hours and that might work better.)
3. Get exercise. Sometimes I skip this, but I read somewhere that you should try to do the most important things first in your daily routine. I figure exercise is more essential than writing, or anyway, it should be higher priority. Also, I sort of cheat in that right now I'm mostly doing the world's wimpiest exercise biking, on a bike that has a built-in desk, and I use that time either to do reading (right now I'm beta reading for someone, for instance), or write fanfic. I could even use that time to do work-writing rather than fanfic-writing. It all depends.
4. Get shower. Because I am so wimpy, even wimpy exercise-biking leaves me drenched in sweat.
5. Make tea. I allow myself one cup of caffeinated tea a day. Right now that's a Republic of Tea black tea flavored with almond, which honestly I don't like all that much--I tried it out of curiosity and discovered the almond flavor didn't agree with me. So when the tin runs out I'll switch it for some other black tea. After that runs out, I start making herbal teas instead. Too much caffeine can trigger mania or hypomania, or just generally screw with my sleep (and screwing with sleep can mess with bipolar cycling--it's a whole Thing), so I try to not to overdo it.
6. Settle in to write. I turn on iTunes, set the whole thing to Shuffle, and attempt to write at least one sentence/song. Most songs are pop/rock songs of 3-4 minutes. This is not a recipe for blazing fast writing. What it is, is conditioning. My brain gets the idea that every time we switch to a new song, I should get back in gear and get writing. My philosophy is that slow and steady wins the race. I don't produce words particularly fast--I know there are fast writers out there, but I'm never going to be one of them. But I do believe that accumulating words a little at a time consistently will also work.
One of my problems is low morale, and a related problem is being intimidated by high goals. So I set low goals. One sentence during a song of that length is eminently doable. In fact, spurred by one thought, I usually end up writing more than one sentence. And that's good! Likewise, when I am at my most depressed--when I can barely string two thoughts together, or when I feel like everything I have ever written is completely worthless, I set my goals very low. As in 250 words/day low. These days I have novels to write so I can't do that forever, but even 250 words/day is better, in terms of sustaining momentum, than 0 words/day. It's simple mathematics. If you write 250 words/day, you can eventually write a novel, even if it takes you a while. Whereas with 0 words/day? You'll never get there.
This is not to say that you should never take a break! I have 0-word days. Weekends are usually dead time because I have family obligations. Sometimes the depression is just too much to deal with. But there is a difference between occasionally taking a break, and never writing. The latter is what I seek to avoid.
In the meantime: what helps you when you're dealing with doubt or depression? Tell me one thing you like about your own writing, if you like. :)
On Wednesday the NHL announced that Toronto Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock, Edmonton Oilers coach Todd McLellan and Columbus Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella were finalists for the Jack Adams Award.
This is given to the coach who “contributed the most to his team’s success.”
The NHL Professional Broadcasters’ Association votes on the Jack Adams Award.
So which of these guys wins the Jack Adams Award?
Why Mike Babcock Deserves The Jack Adams Award
From the NHL:
Babcock guided the Maple Leafs (40-27-15, 95 points) to a fourth-place finish in the Atlantic Division and the second Wild Card playoff berth in the Eastern Conference. The Maple Leafs, who finished 30th in the NHL standings last season, became the first team since the 2007-08 Philadelphia Flyers to qualify for the postseason the year after ranking last in the overall standings. Toronto recorded 26 more points than last season, all while becoming the first team in League history to have six different rookies each appear in at least 70 games. Babcock is a Jack Adams Award finalist for the third time, finishing second in voting in 2013-14 and third in 2007-08 with the Detroit Red Wings.
Babcock utilized Toronto’s offensive strengths and saw the Leafs score 3.05 goals per-game. He made sure to play the team’s rookies, trusting them right from the beginning of the year and never slowing his support. Babcock also helped resurrect the careers of veterans like Nazem Kadri, Tyler Bozak and James van Riemsdyk who had all been with the Maple Leafs during their lean years and had strong seasons. His faith in goaltender Frederik Andersen helped the netminder shake off early season confidence issues and find his footing when the team needed him most.
Why Todd McLellan Deserves The Jack Adams Award
From the NHL:
McLellan led the Oilers (47-26-9, 103 points) to a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2005-06, their first 100-point campaign since 1986-87 and a League-leading 33-point improvement over 2015-16. The club stayed in the hunt for the Pacific Division title until the final day of the regular season, winning 12 of its last 14 games and posting a franchise-record nine-game home winning streak to close the season. The Oilers’ total of 207 goals-against (excluding shootouts) was
their fewest over an 82-game season since 2001-02. McLellan is a Jack Adams Award finalist for the second time, finishing third in voting with the San Jose Sharks in 2008-09.
McLellan’s ability to bring defensive responsibility to the Oilers was probably his most impressive feat this season. Edmonton’s 2.52 goals allowed per-game ranked eighth in the NHL. The prior season, the Oilers allowed 2.95 goals per-game, which ranked 27th. McLellan also put together one of the best lines in hockey during the regular season with Connor McDavid centering Patrick Maroon and Leon Draisaitl.
Why John Tortorella Deserves The Jack Adams Award
From the NHL:
Under Tortorella the Blue Jackets (50-24-8, 108 points) set franchise records for wins, points, home wins (28) and road points (51). The club posted a 32-point gain over 2015-16, jumping from 29th to 2nd in team defense (3.02 to 2.35 GA/G). The Blue Jackets reeled off 16 straight victories from Nov. 29 – Jan 3, the second-longest single-season winning streak in NHL history behind the Pittsburgh Penguins’ 17-game run in 1992-93. Tortorella is a Jack Adams Award finalist for the fourth time, tying Ken Hitchcock and Alain Vigneault for the most among active coaches. He won the trophy in 2003-04 with Tampa Bay and finished second with the Lightning in 2002-03 and New York Rangers in 2011-12.
The Blue Jackets enjoyed their best season in franchise history after notching just 76 points the previous year. Tortorella coaxed strong seasons across the board from several of his players. Cam Atkinson had a career-year with 35 goals. Captain Nick Foligno improved from 12 goals in 2015-16 to 26 last year. Center Sam Gagner had a career-season with 50 points in 81 games. Center Alexander Wennberg notched 59 points in 80 games in a breakout campaign. Defenseman Seth Jones became an all-star with a career-best 42 points and 12 goals. Jones’ blue line partner Zach Werenski was a Calder Trophy finalist with 47 points in 78 games. Tortorella also got an MVP type season out of goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky, who had a 2.06 goal-against average and .932 save percentage in 63 games
Who Wins The Jack Adams Award
Mike Babcock. He may have had a cadre of young talent, including Calder frontrunner Auston Matthews, but no team had further to go from last year than his Maple Leafs.
This is also a group that started the season winning two of its first nine games and saw goaltender Frederik Andersen have an .876 save percentage over that stretch. Babcock made the necessary adjustments to get everyone back on track and finish the season on a high note.
Our Overall Ballot (in alphabetical order)
Who Should Win The Jack Adams Award
Babcock. He is universally known as the best coach in the NHL but has never won this award. Babcock pushed a lot of the right buttons, stayed patient and was rewarded with an unexpected playoff berth.
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I'm still using ResistBot to tell my Congress people that I support Obamacare and that healthcare should be a right. But I'm starting to feel a little stale on that topic, so I'm probably going to start talking about my support for the EPA because I like clean air and clean water.
I was wondering what other issues folks are talking to their Congress people about. What's near and dear to your heart?