Blog Posts by Rena McGee

  • In Which My Cat is Shy

    Originally posted on Near Life Experiences.

    This is for GBE2 Prompt 64 Hidden

    My cat Kali has still not really adjusted to her new living arrangements. When we first came here, the cat spent the first few days alternating between hiding under the futon and screaming her head off. (I am not exaggerating, she was wailing as if she were trying out for a banshee barber shop quartet.) It took her days to get around to eating and drinking again and about two weeks before she stopped freaking out.

    At one point, I had a major scare. I couldn't find Kali anywhere, and I was afraid she had gotten into an area she wasn't supposed to be in. I looked all over the room and couldn't find her. It turned out that she had somehow managed to squeeze in under the bureau draw, something I wouldn't have thought was possible if I hadn't seen her do it!

    But she still has not really settled in. She is extremely shy, and spends most of the day hiding under the bureau drawer, the bed or

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  • Outline of Crystal Singer, by Anne McCaffrey

    Crystal Singer is a great book when you're fifteen and/or know nothing about music. (Why a writer who supposedly does have voice training would hold something like perfect pitch in such high universal regard is mystery to me, for instance. Also, it's kind of weird that there's apparently no "popular" genres a of music in The Future--just classical. Instead of recommending non-classical music careers, the maestro immediately jumps to things like "crystal tuning.") It doesn't really stand the test of time in a lot of ways, but it does manage to be entertaining...if you like the main character, which I don't all that much. Much like the irritating burr in her voice, I find her to be a bit annoying.
    In which there are Divas.

  • In Which There Are Collisions

    Originally posted on Near Life Experiences.

    This is for GBE2 Prompt 63 "Unexpected"
    I was slightly stumped for this particular prompt, but my bad knee acting up since yesterday prompted me to remember a few stories.
    Why I Have a Bad Knee
    I used to ride my bike everywhere and one morning I was going down the road to work. I thought that the person pulling out of their apartment complex driveway had seen me, but this was not the case. (I could have sword they had looked in my direction.) They drove right into me and I and flipped right over the front of the car and landed with my bike on top of me. (The bike was not injured.)
    The panicky woman got out of her car to see if I was all right. Somehow, I ended up spending the next five minutes trying to calm her down. Since nothing was broken, I didn't bother going to a doctor. For a few days, I was barely able to walk, even though I didn't even get a bruise until a few days after the incident.
    Roosters are Effing

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  • Reading: A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs Part One

    Because of the John Carter movie coming out, I decided to do a Re-read of A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Burroughs is not one of my favorite authors because of reasons. I have tried reading the original Tarzan books and have not been able to do that because Tarzan in the stories is a massively annoying tool. (I did like some of the old Tarzan movies and also the cartoon, but I hate the stories.) John Carter is also a massive tool but is somehow more readable to me than Tarzan.

    First, let's talk about planetary romance, because that's what A Princess of Mars is.

    This is the first part of a by-chapter synopsis of A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs. I started it back in February, got sidetracked by other projects and took it back up after I got to see John Carter. (Which was an awesome movie/reboot.)

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  • Simplicity

    This is for GBE2 Prompt 41

    Crossposted from my blog Near Life Experiences.

    When I was a teenager, I used to drive my mom up the wall because I had very little interest in how I looked or what I was wearing. I also had very little interest in makeup or hairstyles or any of a number of things I was apparently supposed to care about. The only time I "cared" about my appearance is when I was being given a hard time because I failed to meet whatever standards my mom had for my appearance.

    My own standards for my appearance are pretty simple.

    1. If I am at home or in a casual setting: jeans and a t-shirt. T-shirt or pants may have holes in them or be extremely worn. Hair: always out of my face. Make up: None

    2. If I am at work or a more formal setting: clothes and hair must be presentable and follow whatever rules are in place for setting. Make up: None.

    (The reason why no makeup ever is because a) I had never learned how to apply it. b) I have an intense

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  • Top Five Fantasy Series

    Crossposted from my blog A Wicked Convergence of Circumstances.

    Ask Me My Top 5 Anything This is something I'm doing on Tumblr. (My ask box is open. Also, if you're on Tumblr, add me!)


    Okay! These are not so much my top five as my "First five from my top ten that came to mind."

    Top Five Fantasy Series

    Chronicles of the Kencyrath by P.C. Hodgell

    What: Our Heroine is a young woman with a mysterious past and uncertain future. She is the member of one of those magical races that have Incomprehensible Missions to Defeat Evil. Problem: Evil is possibly winning and may not be evil, just Incomprehensible and unhealthy for the rest of the Universe. She spends a great deal of time accidentally leaving a path of destruction. The dean of her military academy has warned her not to drive any more of her teachers insane! Meanwhile, her favorite pastimes are reality hacking, pondering abstract philosophical concepts and untangling the mysteries of

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  • Five Reasons People Who Promote “Natural Remedies” Drive Me Up the Wall

    Crossposted from my blog Near Life Experiences
    1. They fail to take into consideration the fact that the reason that the labels don't actually say what the herbal extract or other substance is for is because the manufacturer is not allowed to make medical claims or refer to the substance as anything other than a dietary supplement. If they do take it into consideration, they make up a conspiracy theory.

    2. They fail to take into consideration that if you are treating an herbal or other natural remedy as a medicine, you are going to want a correct dosage of the exact thing you decided to take. Since herbal and other natural remedies are not very well regulated, you may not get the correct dosage, especially if the herbal or other natural remedy is not in an easily recognizable form.

    3. This statement or any variation of it: "prescription medicine doesn't cure the illness it just treats the symptoms." Really now; you cannot see me but I am raising my eyebrows at this

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