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I need a distraction every time I come up for air from this batch of papers, so I'll try to write a quick comment fic below when I take breaks. I will take prompts as well, if anyone's got any: give me a fandom I know (things I've written in more recently are probably better), a pairing or character(s), and an AU scenario, and I will give you an AU snippet.
(Also, bidding's still going over at fandomlovespuertorico. I'm offering one fic in MCU, Wonder Woman, or Star Wars; current bid's $50, but there's time for that to rise! All proceeds go to benefit the rebuilding efforts in Puerto Rico.)
Constellations, Wonder Woman, Diana/Steve
In the end I went to Ten Thousand Villages (well, Dix Mille Villages) and got a couple of paperweights/worrystones, one engraved "Joy" and the other "Peace." They're pretty and friendly, not so expensive or so cheap as to be embarrassing for anyone, and fitting for a church-related function. Plus they won't be degraded by spending ten hours in the car before being presented! Yay.
And I'm supposed to be on the road in two minutes and I'm not ready yet aaaaaa. Happy weekend, all!
First, a sweet little first date story (Mycroft/Lestrade):
Stigma (12299 words) by Mystrade_Dispatch
Fandom: Sherlock (TV), Sherlock Holmes & Related Fandoms
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Mycroft Holmes/Greg Lestrade, Mycroft Holmes/Lestrade
Characters: Mycroft Holmes, Greg Lestrade
Additional Tags: first date story, First Kiss
"Stigma (n): A mark of disgrace associated with a particular circumstance, quality, or person.
Stigma (Lepidopterology): A patch of modified scales on the wings of males of some butterfly species that release pheromones during courtship."
Thanks in part to his own daring, Greg gets to know a whole different side of Mycroft.
Second, a Torchwood/Sherlock crossover in the five things type format that was charmingly fond of both Mycroft and Ianto:
A Good Many Family Trees Are Shady (6519 words) by blackkat
Fandom: Torchwood, Sherlock (TV)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Ianto Jones & Mycroft Holmes, Jack Harkness/Ianto Jones, slight Sherlock Holmes/John Watson
Characters: Mycroft Holmes, Jack Harkness, John Watson, Sherlock Holmes, Ianto Jones
Additional Tags: Family, Angst, Humor, Tragedy, 5+1
(Or, five times Ianto Jones called Mycroft Holmes 'Tad', and one time Mycroft called Ianto 'Son.')
Excessive force: A judge has ruled in favor of children who were handcuffed in school.
For being at Standing Rock to cover what was happening, Amy Goodman was charged with "participating in a riot." The judge in the case has thrown it out for lack of probable cause.
Museum visitors who match the artwork.
Remember the case of the girl who was raped at 12, had the child, and then a judge was giving her rapist custody? The judge in the case has reversed his order and will not do it now. And there are apologies from the DA's office. Apparently nobody told the judge until afterward about the guy's two previous "sexual offense" trials, one of which resulted in jail time?
Tearing the fabric of patriarchy -- looking at Weinstein and others through the precise wording of law, not victim-blaming.
The power of shamanic art.
What is left of America as we knew it is disintegrating.
And, copied from Facebook:
From a friend's page:
Distracted by taking a knee, the imminent nuclear war with North Korea, the loss of the nuclear nonproliferation treaty with Iran, the elimination of federal civil rights for Trans people, and Russiagate?
The GOP has slipped in some new bills.
The following bills have been introduced (Sept-Oct):
1. HR 861 Terminate the Environmental Protection Agency...
2. HR 610 Vouchers for Public Education
3. HR 899 Terminate the Department of Education
4. HJR 69 Repeal Rule Protecting Wildlife
5. HR 370 Another attempt to Repeal Affordable Care Act
6. HR 354 Defund Planned Parenthood
7. HR 785 National Right to Work (this one is devastating to the working class ... it ALSO applies to Union members)
8. HR 83 Mobilizing Against Sanctuary Cities Bill
9. HR 147 Criminalizing Abortion (“Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act”)
10. HR 808 Sanctions against Iran
Renew your resistance.
Contact your House Representative.
COPY. PASTE. SHARE. Don't let your guard down; the GOP is utterly without morals or simple human decency.
The House at Riverton by Kate Morton, narrated by Caroline Lee
Very enjoyable mystery/gothic history novel largely set in the 1920s. (I feel like Julien Fallows probably owes Morton money). I liked how the storylines intertwined and how each person's interest in the history changed how they saw it. The love triangle at the centre was probably the least interesting aspect, and I wish the story had had more focus on Grace, as the sections without her dragged a bit. Will read more by this author, in any case.
Bearista by Zoe Chant
Does what it says on the tin, though I could have used more coffeeshop UST, as those scenes were a highlight. However the main couple had great chemistry, and I liked how the heroine was strong, interesting and useful in a fight without being an action girl. Zoe is really good at heroines that feel real.
(I hope there's a sequel about Keegan and maybe a carpenter lady.)
A Long Day in Lychford (Lychford #3) by Paul Cornell
I really liked the emotion in this book, and how the characters were at odds for good reason. The feelings were very well conveyed, especially Lizzie's inability to connect with the other two. However, it felt a bit short to deal with all the themes it was trying to get in, and a lot of plot threads didn't feel resolved at all. Presumably they will be in the next one, but I wasn't left feeling like I'd read a whole story as I was with the first two. (Unless the fragmentation was itself a meta point.)
The End of Days by Jenny Erpenbeck, translated by Susan Bernofsky
I mean, it's a book in which the main character (and most of the other characters) dies repeatedly and often horribly, but it's just really pretty okay! I don't know what to say past wow, shiny about the writing and the structure and the themes, and it's just really meaningful! I want to learn German so I can read it in German.
What I'm Reading Now
Audio: In the middle of a Station Eleven reread, as I've been thinking about it recently. Still really good!
Paper: Theoretically, Beren and Lúthien, practically, not much.
What I'm Reading Next
Library book, probably Black Apple as it's due next.
I have signed up to be a creator for the Fandom Loves Puerto Rico auction. It’s a charity auction to benefit victims of the recent hurricane by donating directly to ConPRmetidos. The charity is a Puerto Rican-run organization and all the donations go directly to the victims in Puerto Rico. See the links for more information.
If you want to support the auction by bidding on fanfiction, go here. If you’re interested in a story from me in particular, here is my offering. You have until 6pm EST, Monday October 23rd to bid. ¡Buena suerte!
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I'm revisiting Yuletide source, taking a lot of notes, & contemplating my reading challenge parameters for next year. This year I've focused on women authors again, but lately I've been thinking about literary awards. Maybe next year I'll try doing the Pulitzer lists or something.
Thanks for the good wishes re the cold. It's still lingering but I'm largely better. I'm still baffled that my body allowed a respiratory infection to happen at all. Maybe my allergic responses are relenting a little? *hopes*
dirt ( outside, inside )
neighbors ( squeaky wheels among so many other nice people )
healthcrap ( osteoarthritis + fibromyalgia )
Hope y'all are well! <3
I finished Whispers Under Ground by Ben Aaronovitch. It was good, but I'm not sure these books are quite my genre -- I want less focus on complicated cases and just a touch more on interpersonal relationships and the process of learning magic. Maybe I should just read the fanfic? Anyway, my TV died over the weekend, so now the boy and I are spending our evenings listening to the audiobook of Midnight Riot, the first Rivers of London book, which is wryly and excellently performed by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, who does all the accents and makes me wish they'd stripped out the unnecessary speech tags.
Currently... I still have Cary Elwes waiting for me, but first I'm catching up on fanfic (primarily Les Mis E/R, and Star Wars Finn/Poe) and various internet posts that've been accumulating on my Kindle.
I've watched four episodes of Chicago Typewriter, and I'm soooo confuuuuused. Is it past-lives or time travel? Or a mix of both? Is Yoo a manifestation of the spirit of the typewriter (in which case, am I shipping Han Se Joo/the typewriter o.O)? And did they only name Yoo that so they could use that Platters song "Only You (and You Alone)" in the soundtrack -- hilariously, I might add? What is going onnnn? (Please don't tell me!)
Also, it's a little painful watching him struggle with writer's block, when I too am in a slump. I keep shouting advice at him that I am not taking myself. ;-P
I also watched the 2-episode time-travel/undercover-as-a-eunuch drama, Splash Splash Love, about a high school student who runs away from her SAT exams and jumps through a puddle into drought-stricken Jeoseon, where her identity is immediately mistaken because apparently "high school senior" is a homophone for "eunuch" in Korean. It was cute but felt like a school play compared to Moonlight Drawn by Clouds, by which I mean they didn't manage to sell me on the world-building, and the relationships felt very rushed. And the age difference between the pairing bothered me. And (on an extremely shallow note) the actors weren't as pretty.
J and I have given up on My Girl (I'll finish it on my own) and switched to Master's Sun instead, which is a re-watch for me. Ghosts! Humour! Complicated backstories! Oh, my!
Mystery Queen and Chief Kim are both on hold this week.
My TV turned into a radio over the weekend, so our Parks & Recreation re-watch has stalled (though we did watch the Halloween episode of Brooklyn Nine Nine last night on my teeny laptop). Since I failed to buy a replacement over the weekend, I decided to explore the possibility of having my TV repaired after all and yesterday drove half an hour up the motorway and into Lower Hutt to the repair place.
I realise that to many of you, half an hour's drive sounds like nothing, but Wellington is very compact, and when I gave the repair guy my address, he said, "You're a long way from home." Heh.
Anyway, we have the rest of Parks and The Expanse s2 on DVD waiting for us, and Pru comes over to watch dramas with me once a week, so I'm going to have to resolve the issue somehow. I'd rather not watch stuff on my desktop, because it would involve reconfiguring my living room.
Ha ha ha ha ha. *sigh*
I had my first language exchange over the weekend. We talked for over two hours, in a mix of Korean and English, and we're meeting again tomorrow. I'm a little concerned that we want different things, but I guess we'll see how we go.
I've also downloaded Duolingo, now they offer Korean, and I'm working my way through that. It's fun and addictive (game-ification!), but I'm not sure I'm learning a great deal. I need to knuckle down and actually memorise some vocab.
And my classes start up again this evening.
The guy who used to fix my computer finally emailed me back (\o/) and said he's super busy atm, so I'm hanging in here, waiting until his time frees up enough that he can look at it. Which is 100% better than not having a plan.
...is sunny and warming up. I have some errands to run, and I think I'm going to bike out and have lunch with the boy. And then, of course, Kclass.
Okay, moving on to better things, I am happy to report that I have actually finished a book or two after a long stretch of getting nothing read. (And I actually watched a few movies, too, and am FINALLY starting Star Wars Rebels, though that is going to be a hassle going forward as I have to have a kid hook a computer into the TV for watching purposes.)
Happiness: The Crooked Little Road to Semi-Ever After, Heather Harpham===A memoir of trying to stay sane through a child’s bone marrow transplant… I have no idea why I picked this up on the way out of the library, but then I read it in an afternoon and it broke my dry streak of not getting more than 20 pages into anything before losing interest, but I’m still not sure why.
On Her Majesty’s Frightfully Secret Service, Rhys Bowen===The latest Lady Georgie cozy mystery and not exactly my favorite. I know the pre-WWII upper class was a small, closed group, but I always have to roll my eyes when everyone Georgie knows shows up in the same small town in another country. Also, I do not approve of Granddad’s new living arrangement, though I’m happy Queenie has found her place. Can we get on with the wedding now?
His Majesty’s Hope, Susan Elia MacNeal===Book #3 of the Maggie Hope series, which I waver back and forth between liking and really being annoyed at. It’s not quite to the level of hate-reading, but honestly, I want to smack characters more often than is probably healthy. So, this one is Maggie undercover in Nazi Germany and is really claustrophobic in atmosphere (which appropriate and well-written, but still a little suffocating.) I have more of the series (I really love the book design & I have been slowly accumulating them through used book sales) so I’m sure I’ll keep on reading, but probably not right now.
Moon Over Soho, Ben Aaronovitch, narrated by Kobda Holdbrook-Smith===Another Peter Grant story, another fabulous read by KHS. Seriously, he is fantastic, not just with Peter’s voice, but all of the characters. Also: jazz vampires. For real.
The Darwath Trilogy, Barbara Hambly===Yes, still. I finished the first book, which was an exciting milestone, but then I got sidetracked again. This is my 600+ page omnibus for my reading challenge, so I’m still planning on continuing.
Miss Wonderful, Loretta Chase, narrated by Kate Reading===Oh, so smooth. I feel like I should be taking notes as to how LC sets up an entire character in a single conversation, all without an ounce of info-dump.
The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South, Michael W Twitty==So, D’s family (and thus my kids) have (white (ostensibly)) roots going back hundreds of years in Alabama, North Carolina and Virginia, and I feel like this book is telling more about their history than anything else I’ve ever read. Plus, damn, the recipes are seriously good.