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Halsted Bernard (Cygnoir)
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Portland-based fiction writer. Tech-wielding librarian. Online diarist since 1998. Gamer into IF, ARGs, RPGs, & VR. Fountain pen aficionado.
Portland-based fiction writer. Tech-wielding librarian. Online diarist since 1998. Gamer into IF, ARGs, RPGs, & VR. Fountain pen aficionado.

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Minimalist Baker’s Everyday Cooking: 101 Entirely Plant-based, Mostly Gluten-Free, Easy and Delicious Recipes by Dana Shultz My rating: ★★★★★ When we visited friends in Scotland in April, they introduced me to a vegan cookbook called Minimalist Baker’s…
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This Week: gnomish librarians, birthday celebrations, snow and ice and "what else?"

This Week was also Birthday Week, which ended up wonderful after a rough start. On Tuesday evening, the snow and ice came back to make things interesting. Our neighborhood saw a few inches of snow, and the roads iced up overnight, so I was back to the bus…
This Week.
This Week.
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This Week: I write about getting Super! Excited! about stuff that doesn't pan out. Aw.

Hey, it’s this week’s This Week! I’m on industrial-grade antibiotics! I don’t have an intro! Occupations I do this thing where I let myself get Super! Excited! about something, painfully excited, that excitement that is all shiny sparkling hummingbird…
This Week.
This Week.
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Have you ever been homesick for more than one home? #Holidailies

Over the past two days I’ve had three different conversations about my life in Scotland. By the time I got in my car to drive home, I was deeply homesick for it, mostly the friends and coworkers I miss, but also mundane bits like Christmas Eve in…
Homesick.
Homesick.
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Reminiscing for #Holidailies about overhearing a breakup on the bus.

I don’t mean to eavesdrop on the breakup. My earbuds are in but I’ve woken up with a start, and the podcast that I was listening to has ended. I don’t have noise-canceling earbuds, so if there isn’t anything playing I can hear everything going on around…
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About that writing offline I mentioned yesterday … I don’t remember a time when I wasn’t obsessed with notebooks. The first notebook I remember loving so hard that I wore it down to a floppy nub was spiral-bound with an orange cover. In my notebook I…
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#Holidailies meditations on mortality, and knitting the same sweater for the past six years.

Sometimes when I stroll through the circulation workroom of my library, a book cover catches my eye but because my to-read pile is already unreasonably large, I will merely nod respectfully to it and keep walking. Yeah, right. Recently my attention was…
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#Holidailies is for processing things that happened two months ago, I guess ...

Face-down on the operating table, I’m not yet numb. This part had escaped my meticulous mental preparation — not so meticulous after all — and when I realize that the numbing portion of the day’s festivities will involve injections of lidocaine, the…
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"Where were you?" And #Holidailies 2017 begins ...

I hear a piercing cry from somewhere in the house. It’s a small house, but sound carries and bounces and hides. I do a full circuit, glancing in all of the usual places, and get halfway around again before I hear another cry, this time from upstairs.…
Where were you?
Where were you?
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Been a while. Let’s see if I remember how to do this! Yesterday, I participated in my first race in almost two years. The race is part of a series called Beat the Blerch based on a comic by The Oatmeal, a/k/a Matthew Inman. Even if you don’t enjoy…
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