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Apr. 20th, 2014 01:35 am
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Back in my first year of grad school here Monk talked me into coming to Easter vigil with him at the tiny campus chapel in exchange for him picking up the beer and wings after to break the fast. While I am no longer Catholic (and they changed the liturgy between when I was a kid and now) it still smells and sounds right in a way I enjoy. Also, fire. I really like fire. And so we've gone every year, this year was no exception, except this year our bar of choice was out of hot wings. Which was disappointing, especially since with fifteen baptisms it took forever and everyon involved was hungry. Boneless wings are just not the same. We ate them anyway and had a good time, so all in all not a bad night, if not as planned.
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Taking a hopefully-quick break from work to update! I just renewed my Dreamwidth account, and am trying to wrap my head around the idea that I've had it since 2009. DW still feels shiny and new to me in some ways, even though the site does a lot of stuff now that it didn't back then.

New Orphan Black tonight! So excited! And also, I have a bit of dread at watching the show week by week as it airs, since I watched season 1 after it was all out. Waiting between episodes is likely to be an exercise in stress.

This year's Hugo nominations are being tweeted at [twitter.com profile] loncon3 as I'm writing this post (I imagine they'll all be out well before I get this actually posted). Here's an idly-made list of nominations that made me perk up: short list )

John Scalzi just posted the full list of nominees.

My main reaction: I'm glad Seanan got nominated for Parasite--favorite author nominated, yay!--but sad that How Green This Land, How Blue This Sea didn't pick up a Best Novella nomination. It's the first Newsflesh work to not be nominated (all three novels and the first two novellas were), and unless Seanan writes something new in that 'verse, it's the series' last chance at winning one. *sad* (Plus it's my favorite by far of the three novellas, but that's at least as much due to it involving characters from the trilogy as to its inherent quality; objectively, it may not be better.)

I told [personal profile] seascribe I'd describe a flat [personal profile] scruloose looked at when he was hunting for his very first apartment. *g* I only technically knew him at this point (it was back in 1996 or so, and we'd met and hung out a bit at a couple of cons but weren't friends yet), so this is entirely secondhand, but here's the gist:

He and my mother-in-law went to check this flat out together. It was located in the South End of Halifax (which sort of blends high-ends rents and student areas), and it was listed as being a main-floor flat in a renovated house, with bay windows...and it was dirt cheap. I think this was perhaps a case of them seeing the listing and feeling the need to check it out to see what the hell was wrong with the place.

Apparently it was a perfectly acceptable flat, complete with the advertised lovely windows and natural light...except for one small problem. In lieu of an actual bathroom, it had a toilet...standing all by its lonesome. In the middle of the kitchen. With a shower curtain sort of arrangement rigged up around it for nominal privacy (and, I presume, a sorry pretense at sanitation).

Needless to say, when he and I started hanging out only a month or so later, that was not where he lived.
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[personal profile] dira
Yesterday I saw CA:TWS again with [personal profile] iulia, and talked with her about how difficult it is to get a sense of Bucky's POV. So of course today I took a shot at writing it, and then decided that this constituted an actual story. So: story!

Daylight Breaks (638 words) by Dira Sudis
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Captain America (Movies)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: James "Bucky" Barnes, Steve Rogers
Additional Tags: Amnesia, Captain America: The Winter Soldier

He knows two things without being told. There is a war. He is a soldier.

The West Wing Revisited

Apr. 19th, 2014 01:48 pm
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Over the past few months I've been working my way through a full rewatch of The West Wing, concluding in a 2 1/2-day mainline of season 7 when I was home sick this week. My initial watching had not been that methodical. I didn't start at the beginning, but did watch regularly from season 2-ish through season 5-ish when it was airing. Then the end of the show combined with John Spencer's death meant I watched the last quarter or so of season 7 live. At some point I went back and watched seasons 1 and 2 straight through. With the exception of late season 5 through early season 7, I'd seen all of it at some point, and I'd seen some of the eps in that gap, as well.

But my relationship with The West Wing had always been more of it being a pleasant backdrop to my college years. Deeply beloved but not as deeply engrained as some of the other shows I loved at the same time. I was still obsessed with The X-Files and starting to fall for Stargate: SG-1 at the time: those were the shows where I had every episode title memorized. Never this one. So my memories were a little spotty: sharp memories of particular moments or episodes, combined with some gaps, combined with some hazier impressions. My narrative of the show was, I think, the common one: it was great until Sorkin left, and then it kind of jumped the shark, but still managed to end on a strong note.

As a result, it's been really interesting to rewatch--all of it, all in a row, as the person I am now as opposed to the person I was then. I still love this show a lot, for some of the same reasons I did before, but also a lot of different ones, and my show narrative looks a lot different now. For instance:

1. Yes, the show had better writing and tighter storylines and more flash and pizazz in the first four seasons, but wow, did it ever become less misogynistic after Sorkin left! It was really surprising to me just how sexist a lot of those early, memorable, and beloved episodes turned out to be in retrospect. And that whole thread really disappears in the latter three seasons. Also, seasons 5-7 are much better than I had thought/remembered. Sure, the Zoey kidnapping plot was horrible, and there were some boring and unfortunate episodes, like the one where CIA Kate and Drunk Leo hung out with Castro in the 90s, but on the whole, it's still good television.

2. It was also a little surprising to me how conservative it was, in retrospect. I was kind of a baby liberal in college. I grew up in a fairly conservative, religious environment, had a scary raging evangelical phase in high school, and then, thank God, discovered feminism in college. A lot of really basic left-leaning ideas were still pretty fresh and revolutionary to me when this show was on the air, and it felt like it was singing my song. Now, of course, I'm a proper communist, as [livejournal.com profile] gabolange would say, (not precisely, but I am a socialist and a pacifist and a staunch anti-nationalist) and wow, is this show conservative and militaristic. Even in the pre-9/11 years when it thought it was being all leftist and edgy. Oh, America...

3. Ugh, Josh and Donna. Why do you make me care about your horrible selves??? I really don't know why I don't hate them. Josh is such an ass, especially to Donna, and she could do so much better, but instead she just takes it and lets herself be his punching bag, and yet I still find myself cheering for them getting it together in the end, even though he never apologized for his many years of being an ass, or for the particularly horrible things that precipitated their estrangement in season 6. Why do I care??? Why can't I just handwave you away to do your unhealthy codependent, quasi-abusive relationship thing in peace? Instead, I'm all "aww, Josh/Donna! Finally!" Narrative manipulation. I, too, still fall for it.

4. On the other hand, CJ and Toby!!! Not CJ/Toby. I've never shipped them, though I see why people do. But these two are my favorites--originally, now, forever. Toby is my favorite to start, and probably through the whole Sorkin era, with CJ a very close second. He drives me up the wall sometimes with some of his views, but I do love the passion of Toby's convictions. Few people love like Toby loves. And I love Toby and Andy and the twins and the fact that he was always going to go out in a flame of self-destruction because the world just doesn't live up to his ideals. Oh, but CJ wins out in the end, for me but not just me. I think the show as a whole decides CJ is its favorite in the end: so much of the end of season 7 is about CJ's journey, and the road she's traveled, from the brilliant and talented but somewhat green press secretary to chief of staff who owns her authority and wants to work for a living and has learned how to make her own choices. She's the character who grows the most over the course of the show, and as a result, it becomes her show, maybe more than it's Jed Bartlet's show, or anyone else's. I'm still not wild that they gave her a kid in the flash-forward, and I'm ambivalent about CJ/Danny, but overall, I still want to be CJ when I grow up. (Except that I think CJ at the beginning of the show is supposed to be roughly the age I am now, and that's really depressing.)

I could come up with more--about what a phenomenal tribute they made to Leo and John Spencer, about the most excellent way they came to an end, about how I hope that Charlie and Zoey live their separate lives for a while and keep in touch and maybe in 10 years or so end up together after all, or at least stay very dear friends for the rest of their lives. But this has never been a show that I've loved in detail, and I suspect that's not going to change now. Rather, it's the broad sweeps of narrative, and my narrative about the show is different now, but still beloved, and I've found it well worth the time to have rewatched it this way.

Rec of the day

Apr. 19th, 2014 01:03 pm
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[personal profile] astridv
Making a Play by [archiveofourown.org profile] Ralkana
Gen with a hint of C/C subtext; Coulson, Garrett, Clint, Ward; team dynamics/early days; G; 2435 words
Summary: "You've done a great job with Barton," Garrett offers, and Phil is starting to really wonder what John is buttering him up for when the other man slaps him companionably on the shoulder. "I'll take it from here."

(no spoilers, but makes less sense without having watched AoS 1x18)

On rereading (?) beloved things

Apr. 19th, 2014 12:16 am
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[personal profile] umadoshi
[personal profile] scruloose may be coming down with a cold. :/ He was sore-throated and spacey today, and I think he was in bed by 9:30, right after we watched Elementary 2x12 (one of two he missed back when it aired, and I think the only one of the pair that strikes me as being a candidate for having bearing on the season finale--not that I have the faintest idea what that'll entail) and gave the kittens their yogurt.

This is so not an actual linkspam post I'm writing here, but this post at [community profile] tv_talk features a nice picture of Aaron and Shawn Ashmore at the top, if you haven't ever seen them together. (Aaron plays Steve Jinks on Warehouse 13 and Shawn plays Mike Weston on The Following [as well as Bobby Drake/Iceman in the X-Men movies]. One of these days I need to rewatch the Fringe episode that used them both.)

And I really like the most recent xkcd, about the whole (US-centric) "Freedom of Speech" notion that so many people take to mean "I can be a complete asshole and if you call me on it you're trampling my God-given right to be a jerk!"

(I love the ALT text so much I'm just going to record it here: "I can't remember where I heard this, but someone once said that defending a position by citing free speech is sort of the ultimate concession; you're saying that the most compelling thing you can say for your position is that it's not literally illegal to express.")

When [personal profile] wildpear headed out last night, she took the first three volumes of the Fruits Basket "ultimate edition" (large hardbound volumes containing two volumes each; only about half of the series came out in that format before Tokyopop shut down) with her. ^_^ She's only read the series once, and not for years and years; she read what there was in scans when I first got into it in 2003, and then once [personal profile] scruloose and I moved home from Toronto, she kept up with it as it came out in Japan, same as I did. So it's not surprising that a) most of the series is kinda foggy for her now, and b) most of what she remembers has to do with Rin and Haru, since she betaed most of my fanfic until she got pregnant.

To be honest, I'm not sure I've ever simply sat down and read through the whole series. It just feels like I have. I read what I could in scans when I first fell for it; then I read the Tokyopop volumes as they came out, and simultaneously kept up with the Japanese release; there were group rereads on forums and a couple of people's LJs, which sometimes generating fantastic discussions, but I don't think any of them got all the way through; and of course I did a lot of flipping through and fact-/dialogue-checking when I was adapting the two fanbooks, which were years apart...

(It's equally weird to realize I've only read Newsflesh straight through three times--I read each book the year it came out, and then as soon as I finished Blackout I turned around and reread the whole thing immediately, and I read along when Mark Reads went through the series.)

Maybe sometime soon (whatever that means) I should reread such beloved stories and see who among you might feel like chatting about either or both with me on a regular (or sporadic) basis. I don't know, does that sound appealing to anybody?

(I have put zero thought into this so far, but my immediate impulse would be to do rereads that involved full series spoilers, but I know there are a couple of you who are either planning to read Newsflesh and haven't started yet, or are only one book in, and likewise I know of at least one person who's planning to read Fruits Basket for the first time--depending on availability, presumably. This out-of-print thing sucks SO MUCH. So anyway, I'm saying I could be flexible about working around spoilers or making two posts per chunk or something, if someone really wanted. ^_^)

[ETA: Either way, I'm not really leaning towards doing anything terribly formal. I just think it's long past time to properly reread some of the things I love best, and such things are always more fun if other people feel like dropping by. ^_^]

New Fic: Walls for the Wind

Apr. 18th, 2014 08:00 pm
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[personal profile] gabolange
Title: Walls for the Wind
Universe: Leverage
Character/Pairing: Sophie Devereaux, Sophie/Nate, the team
Rating: PG
Word Count: 3,143
Beta: pellucid, whose advice many years ago for a different story made this one successful.
Disclaimer: Leverage belongs to all of us now, but not in the legal sense.
Summary: Sophie Devereaux marries Nate Ford.

On AO3: Walls for the Wind
On LJ: Walls for the Wind
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[personal profile] violsva
I want to do something with words, I don't know. So here's the first lines from a whole bunch of things I am working on, or have on hold, or have floating around. I don't know the titles for any of them.

[[livejournal.com profile] rarewomen]
The riverbank was overhung with flowers, stems drooping low to skim the surface.
[Deadline: May 4th]

The sounds of bubbling chemicals and small explosions are not entirely unfamiliar in our rooms at Baker Street, and I have learned to take them in my stride, or at least not to jump too much.
[This one is [livejournal.com profile] mistyzeo's fault. Nearly 7000 words in two months and I don't know why. Lots of fun.]

[probably titled Go On Take Everything, or something like that]
The first I heard of it was when Headmistress Martin asked me to cover some of Miss Cameron’s mathematics classes for the last week of the winter term.

"Ah, there you are, Holmes! It’s good to see you again."

He hadn’t expected the University to be quite as it was.

Of course I knew Toronto was a stupid idea.
[This is Xu-lai and Jane's Study in Scarlet. 4000 words and no plot until I start properly researching Mormon missionary work.]

It was a chill day in the long tail-end of winter, the sort that makes one doubt that spring will be any different.

Holmes found us a small house in Paris with rent that was not atrocious and space for a small medical practice. “If you do not mind, Watson,” he asked, after pointing out our lack of income.
[the sequel to The Form of My Intent, which is not a priority but gave me a few scenes anyway]

A boy had to depend on his instincts in the world, Betty had told him, lips caked in scarlet and cigarette smoke following the words.
[this one actually just needs a beta to tell me if it makes any sense for people who aren't me, but I've only just started having the nerve to talk to fandom people so it's never had one. Except a very underslept [personal profile] knumpify a few drafts ago, who was not much help.]

Remus yawned and stretched back in his chair.
[This is purely for my own fun.]

“My dear,” said Jane, sitting calmly at her writing desk, “I think I’m going to have to kill you off.”
[sequel to The Landlady]

“You wonderful madman. How did you survive to adulthood without me to look after you?”
[from Mrs. Hudson's PoV, no plot]

A noiseless patient spider

Apr. 18th, 2014 03:21 pm
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[personal profile] violsva
Walt Whitman

A noiseless patient spider,
I mark’d where on a little promontory it stood isolated,
Mark’d how to explore the vacant, vast surrounding,
It launched forth filament, filament, filament, out of itself.
Ever unreeling them, ever tirelessly speeding them.

And you O my soul where you stand,
Surrounded, detached, in measureless oceans of space,
Ceaselessly musing, venturing, throwing, seeking the spheres to connect them.
Till the bridge you will need be form’d, till the ductile anchor hold,
Till the gossamer thread you fling catch somewhere, O my soul.
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[personal profile] umadoshi
We weighed the kittens for the first time in almost three weeks. Jinksy weighed in at 10.5 or 10.6 lbs, and Claudia...seems to be holding steady at 9.7 lbs. That just seems odd. O_o

My head is chock full of things I'm meaning to blog about, which I guess is what happens when I get behind on absolutely everything. As soon as I post this, I'm going to start a rewrite. It's due in a week, so thank goodness my editor said we can push it to a week from Monday if need be. Casual Job wasn't so heavy this week, but the hours were at odd enough times that finding useful stretches of time at home for rewriting just didn't happen. :/

And I've been completely exhausted, frankly. Nothing bad has happened, but I'm just...burned out. The feeling at Casual Job is that this stint of work may finish as soon as late next week, or possibly the week after, which would be a really short spring session (and my wallet will not be at all happy if that's what happens >.<), but I can't help thinking how nice it'd be to be able to get caught up on things and maybe even get ahead on my freelance work before going to Toronto next month.

Once the session ends, we get twenty days of work at normal hours--I usually opt for 9 AM-4 PM--and while ostensibly that means "four weeks", my boss is great about letting me come and go around traveling and meeting my freelance obligations. (Really, my boss is just plain great. He and my boss back at Casual Job: Ontario Edition are by far the two best people I've ever worked for.)

No new Elementary last night makes me sad, but OTOH, so many of us having today off--oh, precious four-day weekend!--meant [personal profile] wildpear could come over for a few hours and we could hang out properly, while [personal profile] scruloose and Kas went to her place and hung out with her husband. (Even Friday nights aren't ideal for this, since [personal profile] wildpear and Kas get up horrifically early on Saturday mornings to hit the market.)

We fit in three episodes of Elementary, starting with "M", and if you're into the show you know why I'd gotten all fidgety about not being able to manage any watching time with her at all for a couple of weeks, having stopped right before that episode. Oh, Elementary, with your complex and genuine human relationships! And we still have nearly half of season 1 left to go. I keep wondering if we can manage some more this weekend, but it may not be all that plausible.

All of us (and here "us" generally means me, [personal profile] scruloose, Kas, [personal profile] wildpear, and [personal profile] wildpear's husband) have Monday off except for Kas, who reminded me that he never gets to bed until fairly late anyway, so there's talk of watching Pacific Rim on Sunday night in lieu of our usual episode or two of Avatar: The Last Airbender. Getting through ATLA is also desirable, because it's so good (we're about halfway through season 3--and if you're keeping score, [personal profile] scruloose and I have both seen it [this is my...third time through, I think], but it's new to the others), but having time to all watch a movie while working around Pumpkin's bedtime and whatnot...? That's a rare commodity, and [personal profile] wildpear & husband haven't seen Pacific Rim.

([personal profile] jinian commented on the fact that I tucked a blatant Pacific Rim reference into "Where You End, Where I Begin", which in retrospect is a telling detail about how long it took me to write that story. ^^; I haven't seen the movie since it was in theatres, despite having the discs. And since [personal profile] wildpear & husband's tech setup has Blu-Ray [as does Kas'], that means we even get to break out the Blu-Ray version of the movie instead of the standard DVD.)

I think my ambitions for the four-day weekend exceed the actual available time, never mind my energy levels, but basically my hope is something like: 1) get enough sleep to feel rested, 2) put a really good dent into the rewrite I'm starting today, 3a) read for fun, 3b) reread the manga volumes for the series I'm taking over for VIZ for a couple of volumes (a series I love and haven't read in ages), 4) see Pacific Rim, 5) write a few blog posts, 6) get wordcount on fic, 7) hang out with [personal profile] scruloose, 8) organize the living room bookcases...

...and I think the list is longer, actually, but I need to stop there before I start quivering with horror.

One of the things I'd kinda like to post about, but realistically don't have much to say about, is that Easter weekend is the time of year when I'm most aware of--and feel worst about--the fact that I don't have much spiritual/religious practice these days. Most years I toss around the idea of going to church services for Lent/Easter or Advent/Christmas, and it so rarely happens. (I am clearly not at Good Friday services right now.) This year is unlikely to suddenly turn into an exception on Sunday, especially since it's our week to have a playdate with Pumpkin on Sunday morning, and [personal profile] scruloose has been handling that without me since Casual Job started (in the name of me getting some downtime and more chance to get rewriting work done). Other than having seen her when a bunch of us went for dinner last Sunday, I haven't really seen Pumpkin in ages, and if it feels like a long time to me, how much longer must it seem to a five-year-old? :/

I know there's no real answer to "I feel bad about not doing [x]" other than "so go do it", whether [x] is "spend more time with beloved but admittedly exhausting tiny extrovert" or "go to holiday services...somewhere". It's a simple equation. But that simplicity doesn't actually translate into "it's easy".

(And I think that's going to have to count as "posting about not going to church on Easter", because I really do need to get to work and anything else in my head on the subject would need picking apart. *sighs*)

Rec of the day

Apr. 18th, 2014 11:45 am
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I would love to rec happy hopeful fic again, but looks like that's not in the cards for now. How about more heartbreak and pain instead?
Proposals by [tumblr.com profile] ilurked
Ward/Simmons; 5 things/AU; spoilers for 1x17; 2261 words
Five unrelated Biospecialist drabbles for the prompt "The 5 times Grant Ward proposes"

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Apr. 18th, 2014 10:54 am
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[personal profile] astridv
People here who still remember the eighties... if you want to feel really old, I got the vid for you:
Kids React to Walkman Technology With Shock and Horror


Apr. 17th, 2014 02:55 pm
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[personal profile] violsva
Charlotte Smith

Oh! for imperial Polydamnia’s art,
Which to bright Helen was in Egypt taught,
To mix with magic power the oblivious draught
Of force to staunch the bleeding of the heart,
And to Care’s worn and hollow cheek impart
The smile of happy youth, uncursed with thought.
Potent indeed that charm that could appease
Affection’s ceaseless anguish, doomed to weep
O’er the cold grave; or yield even transient ease
By soothing busy Memory to sleep!
- Around me those who surely must have tried
Some charm of equal power, I daily see,
But still to me Oblivion is denied,
There’s no Nepenthe, now, on earth for me.
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[personal profile] violsva
Someone wrote me a fic and it has kisses and crimesolving and Holmes and Watson being adorable.
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If your day so far has lacked joy, I highly recommend this photoessay about a young girl who is training to be an eagle hunter in Mongolia.

What are you reading now?

Finally out on kindle in the UK is Hild, by Nicola Griffith, which I have seen praised to the skies all over the place. Lovely so far, and what Griffith does very well is the sense of what it’s like living in the ruins of a far more advanced civilisation, which is something I have always thought must have been very strange in Dark Ages Britain. The book is set about two hundred years after the Romans have left Britain, and in Caer Luel (which it took me a while to work out was Carlisle) there’s a fountain that still works. Hild’s wonder at the fountain, a piece of technology so much more advanced than anything she’s seen before. I have to read it with google handy to work out the place names, but it has got me fascinated by a period of history I knew almost nothing about, which is never bad.

What have you just finished reading?

Also recently out on kindle was Blood of Tyrants, which is Temeraire… 8? Given that there’s only one more book, I’m in it until the bitter end, but I’m finding the books increasingly less interesting, with too many near-identical aerial battles and lightning visits to various countries to learn about their dragons, but nowhere near enough character development. The amnesia plotline here dragged like crazy, and they could have skipped the whole Japan bit. I love Laurence and Temeraire, but it would have been a far better series if it were all about Jane Roland and Excidium instead.

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson, which is an otherwise terrific book where the central conceit (of a woman living her life over and over again) is almost entirely unnecessary. The story works well enough without that, and the constant rehashing of events again and again without any apparent reason behind it began to irritate me after a while. The parts set in the Blitz will stick with me for a long time, though.

It took me until halfway through David Mitchell’s first novel Ghostwritten to realise that I had in fact read it before and I wasn’t just getting flashbacks to Cloud Atlas. Really feels like a dry run for the later novel, and while there are some lovely bit (the China and Mongolia stories were my favourites), it doesn’t really hang together terribly well and the stuff about technology and artificial intelligence feels pretty dated (I think it came out in the late 90s).

What will you read next?

A colleague gave me And the Mountains Echoed as a leaving present. I somehow haven’t read any Hosseini so far, so I’m looking forward to that.

Off to Prague tomorrow for the long weekend. Happy Easter to all who celebrate, and extra day in bed to everyone else!

Thought as I Write

Apr. 17th, 2014 12:35 am
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[personal profile] aximili
My brother says I should try to get published if I'm going to bother writing my stories to completion anyway.

I've never wanted to be a published author or anyone noticeable.

But I also acknowledge that if I were ever successful at something, I could do more good than I could now (working a part-time job and tons of debt.) And writing's really the only activity I have I can imagine ever being decent at that could turn into success, as rare and unlikely as it is. (I suppose much like he thinks on baseball.)

So... Maybe. If I ever get a story to third-draft stage. As unlikely as that sounds. To put it this way - if I get to a point where I think I could use writing to increase my ability to help people in the world, I'll look into publishing. Though we could argue it's everyone's duty to shoot for every opportunity for success so they have the resources for doing good in the world.*
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Recently watched Secretly, Greatly, and loved it. One of those movies that just so perfectly caters to my id, not to mention, Ri Hae-Jin, the kid assassin/spy, is ridiculously adorable.

A music vid without major spoilers:

mvs with MAJOR spoilers )

Wednesday reading

Apr. 16th, 2014 08:02 pm
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[personal profile] cofax7
Hey, it's Wednesday!

Recent reading: My internet was out over the weekend; I got a lot of reading done. Among which: Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison/Sarah Monette. Which is really rather sweet, even though it's a novel of political intrigue. Kind of hurt-comfort, although much of the hurt is offstage. I really enjoyed it, and didn't want it to end.

I also just the other day finished Ann Leckie's Ancillary Justice, which I found ambitious and really interesting. I didn't have as much trouble tracking the POV as I expected, and I liked the way Leckie challenged our male-as-default gender problem through pronouns, language, and cultural behavior. I also liked the plot, which I found interesting, and I'm looking forward to the next one.

Oh, and I read Machines of Freedom, an X-Files novel by Amal Nurriyah. It's set after the 2nd movie, and it's about how Mulder and Scully (and their kids) (and Skinner, Doggett & Reyes) save the world from colonization. I rather enjoyed catching up with the old gang again.

Current reading: I'm on a reread of Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell. I'm on jury duty this week, and it's kind of difficult to switch back-and-forth from the trial to Jonathan Strange fighting with Wellington in the Peninsula, though.

Next up: I'm not sure. Possibly Elizabeth Bear's Range of Ghosts; I read the first chapter on Amazon and thought it was interesting, and I haven't read any Bear since the original Hammered trilogy, some years ago.


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