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Black Sails! [Feb. 27th, 2017|10:57 am]

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I will say, there are times when having read Treasure Island really helps you figure out what might be actual movements in the plot and what are red herrings in Black Sails. As we get closer to the finale of the series, I'm assuming that will just increase.

Cut for comments on XXXIII )

Movies this past weekend:

3. The Great Wall--I have to give props to a movie where the LEAST pretty thing/person in it is Matt Damon. Gorgeous costuming, cool creatures, stunning vistas (in the vein of "looks fake, but I know it's not" beauty), etc. It's a Chinese historical drama, and while I can appreciate that, it's also got some stilted dialog. I liked it, it surprised me (especially how it ended), but I didn't love it.

4. Elysium--I know, I'm extremely behind on some movies, and this is one I'd wanted to see when it came out in the theater, but after we got out of Great Wall, [personal profile] feochadn decided a Matt Damon-Pablo Pascal double-feature was in order, so we came back to watch this.

I keep wanting to do a post about Shadowhunters, which I've been watching for the last few months, and being completely befuddled by both the show and the fandom. Might do that soon, just for a break from Black Sails posting.
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More from Meyer's history of Reform Judaism [Feb. 27th, 2017|03:54 pm]

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Samson Raphael Hirsch removed Kol Nidre from the Yom Kippur service one year, in hopes of minimizing anti-semitic rhetoric surrounding the prayer and the belief that it authorized Jews to behave immorally in business. He immediately decided this was a mistake and brought it back the following year, but it's fascinating to me what the boundaries of 'reform' were in the mid 19th century and how they're different from what contemporary Orthodoxy considers legitimate as topic of potential halachic reform. It's unthinkable that an Orthodox figure today would contemplate removing such a central prayer from the Yom Kippur liturgy. On the other hand, there are things we do today in a Modern Orthodox synagogue in terms of approach to texts and scholarship, not to mention womens' involvement, that Rav Hirsch would have found unthinkable.


Even more striking is the story of early 19th century Saxe-Weimar, which sought to encourage Reform Judaism for various political reasons. For a fifteen year period from the late 1830s to about 1850, they forbid prayer in Hebrew- to the delight of the most radical Jewish reformers and the agony of the rest of the Jewish community. Which reads to me as the Chanukah story in miniature. I think I mentioned in my last post on the book that Meyer's position seems to be that the story of the rise of Reform Judaism is inextricable from the story of Jewish emancipation in Western Europe, and large parts of Western European Jewry existed in a sort of suspended half-emancipated state in the early 19th century where religious reforms were newly possible, but they represented an actual zero-sum game because they were dependent on state support. Berlin had a single synagogue for its 3000 Jews, and it was actually illegal to have an alternate house of worship, so when the traditionalists were ascendant the reformers had to have secret illegal prayer services and when the reformers were ascendant the same was true for the traditionalists. And mind you, both were competing against the third option- Jews who didn't care about religion either way and if it got too hard would happily convert to Christianity for the economic benefits, which of course was the state's plan all along. It seems like after the 1848's pan-European upheaval, political conditions improved enough that Orthodoxy and Reform could uneasily coexist, and that's when the denominational split as we know it today more or less began.

I've read before more social-history-oriented accounts of the battles between Orthodox and Reform, but they tended to be at such a localized level that I hadn't understood the consequences of these battles in their greater context. Still, I find myself wishing for more of the social history kind of stuff than Meyer is interested in providing. He discusses polemics back and forth about decorum during prayer services- typically the Reformers favored a more orderly, Christian-style prayer service and the Orthodox a more unruly, chaotic prayer, or so I'm given to understand, but he doesn't supply a lot in the way of details about the actual experiential differences. A contemporary Orthodox shul is more likely to have a lay chazan, and to have different people praying at different volumes and different paces at the same time as the chazan, but it does not strike me as the kind of chaos that would spur the Reformers' outrage- I can't tell if this is because I am used to it, or if it's because contemporary Orthodox prayers have also gotten more orderly as a response to popular preference in the past two centuries.
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[Feb. 27th, 2017|08:31 am]

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DS9 rewatch:

"Accession"

Hey, Jane Espenson wrote this episode.

Do they just not realize how much they kicked up the subtext between Bashir and O'Brien? Like, they thought it was safe because O'Brien was married? And I'm not sure I'm pleased with the implication that men just revert to children when their wives aren't around, spending all of their free time playing and living like slobs. Also, O'Brien is really kind of a dick to Keiko. Waaah, she comes back and he has to spend all of this time with his stupid FAMILY which is NO FUN. And then Keiko manipulates the two of them into spending time with each other, instead of them having an adult conversation.

I died at the scene where Quark tells Worf that Keiko is having another baby, and Worf says "Now?!?"

Sisko throws down with a Bajoran who also claims to be the Emissary, and they take it to the Prophets. The Prophets resolve everything of course, but I hope Sisko has some proof of what happened, because as far as anyone else can tell, two men went into the wormhole, and only one came out. Someone out there has a conspiracy theory about how Sisko just murdered the true Emissary.

"Rules of Engagement"

I am not sure how I feel about an episode where Worf is on trial, and the Klingon prosecutor's argument is that Klingons are naturally animalistic and can't be trusted to make rational decisions in battle. I mean, the whole thing is obviously a scam, so he's not really arguing in good faith, but it's still weird. The episode is kind of boring, but almost worth it for the excellent scene of Worf and Sisko at the end.
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only tangentially related to doing some yoga [Feb. 27th, 2017|10:37 am]

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the ongoing discoveries of what getting enough sleep regularly is like [Feb. 27th, 2017|10:28 am]

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January (or whenever) Talking Meme: favorite non-fiction [Feb. 27th, 2017|08:43 am]

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Well, my January was overwhelmingly busy, and then so was February. But! It's never too late to finish a Talking Meme, right??


From [personal profile] luzula: Your favorite non-fiction books

I'm reading a lot (A LOT) of non-fiction for school these days, so the first place my mind went was to start trying to choose a school book... but if we're talking REAL favorites, and I think we should be, then I've got to name Kate Braestrup's books.

Kate Braestrup is a UU minister serving as chaplain to the Maine Game Warden service, which means she goes out to be with families during search and rescue missions and during body retrievals (from lakes, etc), and she ministers to the game wardens themselves. I find her books to be wise, funny, and warm. (Just like [personal profile] kass, who originally brought them to my attention. ♥)

Here If You Need Me is Braestrup's first book, which simultaneously introduces her present-day experience as a chaplain and weaves in the events that led to her service there: the death of her husband in a car accident, her decision to become a UU minister (which had been his dream), raising her four kids in the midst of grief and ministerial formation and their own lives.

Marriage and Other Acts of Charity is her second book, about meeting and marrying her second husband and about her continuing work with the game wardens. She tells a story I love, about bringing a small piece of metal on a date with her to-be-second-husband, presenting him with it. It goes something like this: He, an artist, says, "Oh, did you make this? What is it?" "A kettle," Braestrup says. "You need to know about me that I am the kind of person who can put a kettle on to boil, and then forget about it so thoroughly that it actually melts and turns into little bits of metal." Funny and humble, and also true: as we come to know ourselves, I hope we also come to know the value of being able to tell others in important relationships, "You need to know this about me. You need to choose me with this information included."

Anyway, all her books are lovely and if you enjoy memoir-esque musings interspersed with educational passages wrapped in a willingness to poke gentle fun at the author's self, I recommend them highly.
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[Feb. 27th, 2017|11:57 am]

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Posted this on facebook a couple weeks ago; I saw something the other day on Dreamwidth that made me think it probably was worth posting here too:

The secret reason I'm not okay with everyone cheering on the punching of Nazis is because lots of the leftists cheering the punching of Spencer are fond of calling Zionists Nazis. Where by Zionists they mean Jews.

So when I say "I'm worried about who gets to decide who is a Nazi and can be punched," I mean "I'm worried they're going to punch my family." When I say "I'm worried about the unforeseen consequences of mob justice," I mean "I'm worried about anti-semitic pogroms."

I'm testing out this idea of not talking in code. We'll see if it's a mistake.
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I really love my diss [Feb. 27th, 2017|09:04 am]

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When I get several days in a row to really dive into it, I still love this story a lot. I've never had a piece I've revised and rewritten so many times, so it's heartening to know that the writing is good, and I can see how to make the writing better, and that my characters are all lovely woobies who I will pat on the head and send to bed with a nice hot drink. Or torture. It could be the torture one.

Deadline to supervisor on Thurs, which I will doubtless blow past because it was an impossible deadline in the first place, but I should have something substantial.

In the meantime, don't forget:

- return library book
- deposit cheque
- write to stupid health insurance people that they shouldn't audit my claims just because my foot needs stupid orthotics. DID I ASK FOR A FOOT THAT NEEDED ORTHOTICS? I did not.
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My Festivids this year [Feb. 27th, 2017|09:45 am]

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Just in case anyone missed them, here are the 4 festivids I made this year:

Title: Body High
Music: "Body High" by Mike Taylor
Fandom: Ghostbusters (2016)
Focus: Jillian Holtzmann
Summary: You give me a body high.
Body High DW link

Title: You're So Beautiful
Music: "You're So Beautiful (White Party Version)" by Empire Cast featuring Jussie Smollett
Fandom: The Get Down (2016)
Focus: Dizzee/Thor
Summary: It sure looks good to me.
You're So Beautiful DW link

Title: Dance
Music: "Dance" by POWERS
Fandom: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
Focus: Rebecca, Paula, Valencia, Heather
Summary: Prepare to surrender to the power of femslash.
Dance DW link

Title: Crash
Music: "Crash" by Gwen Stefani
Fandom: Bound (1996)
Focus: Corky/Violet
Summary: Do me real hard.
Crash DW link

There's also a new vid exchange called Equinox that will run in both spring and fall with different themes (voted on) which you can find more about here. The current exchange is space themed and you can find a list of letters with fandoms and requests here if you want to make any treats. I didn't sign up but I maaaay make a treat depending on time and motivation. I have a bunch of vids planned for cons so I'm not sure if I will but you never know.

I'm mostly still on Twitter these days but I'm enjoying all the posts on DW and hope to post more here soon!
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+ / - [Feb. 27th, 2017|08:43 am]

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+ I had a lovely weekend and got to see a few friends, including [personal profile] samtheeagle on Saturday and [personal profile] sanj on Sunday

- I came home on Sunday to discover that there is no heat in my condo

+ [personal profile] sanj and I went out for Chinese food and there was heat there

+ and she was willing to come over and watch Top Chef afterwards, wrapped in blankets

- the night was, um, chilly (but survivable) - my house is currently 45 degrees Fahrenheit, which would be fine for the great outdoors but is kind of on the cold side for a dwelling

+ I do have hot water, so my shower this morning was sublime

- getting out of the shower was a sad thing indeed

+ someone will show up sometime today to fix the heat

+ and for now, I have hot coffee, and a wool sweater, and I am wearing my son's old Hello Kitty ski hat, which looks ridiculous I'm sure but is keeping my ears warm
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New dS fic based on two prompts [Feb. 27th, 2017|03:29 am]

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Title: A Lot of What's True Gets Through
Fandom: due South
Relationships: Benton Fraser & Ray Kowalski; Benton Fraser/Ray Kowalski
Characters: Ray Kowalski
Rating: Teen & Up
Genre: Pre-slash
Length: 8 words less than a drabble
Based on prompts from: ds_snippets and ds6d_fanworks
Summary: Ray keeps his poetry on the inside, but....

Fic at AO3.
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It's a Monkey's Paw, innit? [Feb. 27th, 2017|12:03 am]

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Fandom Catch-up: Festivids and Equinox [Feb. 26th, 2017|03:41 pm]

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Hey guys! In all the personal hub-bub (bub), I forgot to post some fannish things of note.

I made one vid for Festivids this year -- Stronger (Re-Animator series)

I am participating in Equinox Vid Exchange: Vids in Space! Here's my letter.

I'm requesting Dr. Who and the Daleks (1965), Star Trek: DS9, No Man's Sky, Flash Gordon serials, Rocky Jones Space Ranger, Vorkosigan Saga, and a multi-fandom vid about hope and optimism in space (because I want to believe we're going to survive and do better).

Hope that your fannish endeavors are going well!
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linkspam on a sunny Sunday [Feb. 26th, 2017|03:35 pm]

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I don't know about you all, but I have had the hardest time concentrating for the last few months. Funny, that. ;-)

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In case you need some distraction, I cannot recommend strongly enough [profile] ursulav's Summer in Orcus, which is a simply lovely portal fantasy in which birds engage in Regency banter and you will never think well of "house-hunters" again. It's on the children/YA boundary, but with rich characterizations and sensible psychological underpinnings. Plus Vernon's brilliantly creative world-building. Run out and get it!

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And now on to the linkspam:

Courtesy of Linda Holmes at PCCH: this essay on hiking the Appalachian Trail as a black woman. Just lovely. A thing I found myself repeatedly explaining to hikers who asked about my books and my experience wasn't that I feared them, but that there was no such thing as freedom from vulnerability for me anywhere in this land. That I might be tolerated in trail towns that didn't expect to see a black hiker, but I'd rarely if ever feel at ease.

I know Reddit can be a sty, but every once in a while you find something like this summary of all of the Trump-Russian issues.



Here’s a guide from Wired about US Customs and digital privacy. And another essay on the same issue.



Holy crap this is awesome.

I believe this is a church-related group working to protect immigrants.

You’ve probably already seen this link: Welcome to the America black people have always lived in.

This migrant workers’ rights group does good work.

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This is some deep subtweeting: how to identify the Hunger Games districts by using federal government statistics.

Noted for later reading: an essay on the political philosophy of Winter Soldier.

This potato-leek soup looks really tasty.

Old-school X-Files folks may find this Tumblr entertaining. I have to admit that I mostly subscribed to it to see if I was ever going to get recced there (I was, eventually :D ), but it's also fun seeing both classics from old friends get name-checked, and work from relative newbies I'd never heard of. If I were much into fic these days, I'd be reading (and re-reading) a lot of this!

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I've been doing a lot of baking recently. Two successes: a batch of Mexican-chocolate-and-cherry brownies, and a batch of ginger oatmeal cookies. One only moderate success: yet another attempt at macarons. These were both flat and undercooked, although they tasted fine. I'm now 0 for 4 at macarons: I may give them up and try my hand at choux pastry instead...

Happily, the rain appears to have stopped for a bit, so I may be able to get some more running in, which will be healthier than baking.
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Sweet movie [Feb. 26th, 2017|03:02 pm]

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I never get sick, but I'm sick. I blame car shopping + exhaustion. I try to avoid shaking hands whenever possible, but test driving cars with a sick car salesman for an hour, you're kind of doomed. (We did, in fact, finally buy a car, though not from the sick guy. An electric one! I'm psyched that we finally have an electric car, and it was cute, and cheap.) Oh, and then yesterday, I went to the anti-bathroom-bill rally in Tacoma, which felt necessary but almost certainly did not help me fight off this cold. Anyways. I am sick, and there's no two ways about it, so I'm staying in bed today, drinking fluids, and watching movies on Netflix.

Which brings me to this cute one: Sing Street. Rather adorable, relatively pain-free, and with bonus Aiden Gillen and Maria Doyle Kennedy. If you like eighties music, best friends who write songs together, and brothers who love each other a whole lot, I highly recommend. (A note re: the trailer, pretty much all the bullying that happens in the movie appears in the trailer, so a) be warned, but only if you're extremely sensitive to it, and b) it's pretty mild.)

Testing my DW crosspost in five, four...
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yeah i'm pretty sure [Feb. 26th, 2017|04:33 pm]

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amazon didn't have Big Love on prime video until Bill Paxton died, i know I've checked it before, but even then, I'm like 90% sure when i went to check the first season still had "free with an hbo subscription" then i scrolled down and s2-5 were free, i refreshed the page and the top one went to free on prime as well.

i may rewatch next week, in memory of BP, if I'm not caught in a final fantasy death spiral before it's not free anymore.
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The universe took Hudson, for real this time. [Feb. 26th, 2017|09:50 pm]

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Simple, clear advice that gets lost in the constant bullshit of superfoods and guilt [Feb. 26th, 2017|11:23 am]

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[Content: Food, physical activity, smoking, alcohol.]

Ugh, I am so annoyed about this ten a day nonsense.

Look. If someone gives you health and wellbeing advice that is not workable for you, they have given you BAD advice. I don’t care if it’s great advice for most people — the only advice worth having is advice you can follow, and anyone, especially a healthcare professional, who doesn’t tailor their advice to you — to your actual real life that you are living, and to your priorities and needs — is doing you a disservice. The problem is the advice, not you.

Similarly, if any of the following makes you feel guilty, or bad, or judged, or ashamed, then that’s on me. That’s on how I’ve written and presented it, that’s on how I’ve misunderstood, ignored or not thought about some of my potential audience. It’s not a fault in you.

But — if and only if you would like it — here is some information and advice that I hope will help you make informed choices that work for you, rather than feeling defeated and confused by all the conflicting messages out there.

On food, physical activity, smoking, alcohol )
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This is all about Z Nation but it has pictures so you should stay anyway! [Feb. 26th, 2017|12:36 am]

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Hi, hello! I haven't read my flist in much too long so I will do that next but right now I need to vomit my feelings somewhere about Z Nation because I'm obsessed with it. That's what happens when you're vidding a show.

Z Nation is a post-apocalyptic zombie show that has some intensely dark episodes but is also incredibly goofy and it somehow (mostly) manages to navigate that goofy/dark mix with aplomb. It does this because the characters are grounded in their emotional truth, and they are a-m-a-z-i-n-g. Roberta Warren is in my top tier of All Time characters. This is her:









<3_<3

But also look at these losers:



And that doesn't even have Sun or Hector, both of who joined in season 3. Or Citizen Z! Or Kaya!

I ended up absorbing Z Nation by doing computer stuff while AHH watched it in the same room until all of a sudden I was invested. I went back and started watching from the beginning and now it sits next to Prison Break in the fannish corner of my heart for "absurd but dearly beloved and actually good shows that I trust not to hurt me." It's a very specific corner of my fannish heart, and these are basically the only two shows there. Hee.

More under here, spoilers for the series )

I need other people in this fandom with me because I still have to finish this Dragon Age fic and cannot be writing stuff right now. Although the show is really gory a LOT of the time so I know it's not for everyone. (But: multiple POC characters! Warren starts out as a sidekick and BECOMES the heroic leader and gets to experience womanpain! Gorgeous lighting! Ridiculous slow-mo!) I hope my vid snares a couple of you. Hee.
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Shock To Your System | NCIS: New Orleans [Feb. 26th, 2017|12:11 am]

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Title: Shock To Your System
Fandom: NCIS: New Orleans
Music: Shock To Your System by Tegan & Sara
Summary: Gregorio's chemistry with ladies in general and Percy in particular




AO3 | tumblr | youtube
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My subconscious is not subtle [Feb. 25th, 2017|11:56 pm]

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This morning I overslept, which means I was late feeding and medding Dreadful.

The last dream I had before I woke up was that I'd overslept and was late feeding Dreadful. In the dream I was woken up by Marna and Ian standing at the foot of my bed holding Dreadful and looking at me reproachfully. So, I got out of bed and started getting Dreadful's meds together and then things took a weird dream-like turn and I realized I was dreaming and actually woke up.

At which point I discovered that I'd started my period in the night and bled on my sheets. Today was...a day.

(but I did eventually feed the cat)


The results on my Dreadful ridiculousness poll indicate that the yawning picture is a clear favorite, followed by "Oh god, oh god, don't make me choose" and the glitterball in third.

Also, there was one vote for "I'm immune to cat photos", but that was Ian, who is totally lying, so I'm ignoring it.
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Steven Universe S04E17, "Rocknaldo" [Feb. 25th, 2017|10:27 pm]

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spoilers )
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Witcher: Never Did Run Smooth (Geralt/Emhyr) [Feb. 25th, 2017|08:18 pm]

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Never Did Run Smooth (12727 words) by astolat
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Wiedźmin | The Witcher (Video Game), The Witcher 3
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Geralt of Rivia/Emhyr var Emreis
Characters: Geralt z Rivii | Geralt of Rivia, Emhyr var Emreis, Jaskier | Dandelion, Sigismund Dijkstra, Cirilla Fiona Elen Riannon
Additional Tags: Forced Marriage, Ritual Sex, Consent Issues, Frogs, magical curses, Public Sex
Series: Part 5 of Witcher works
Summary:

“Uh,” Geralt said, staring down at the glass case.

“Ribbit,” said the frog.

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so we've got a train wrecked dumpster fire [Feb. 25th, 2017|06:42 pm]

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who has such thin skin he's bailing on the white house correspondence dinner.
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thoughts on traveling to the US, etc. [Feb. 25th, 2017|02:05 pm]

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Given what's going on in the US, together with what may soon be going on in Canada, Geoff has decided that he will no longer travel to the US except to see family (his and mine). He's notified the conferences he normally speaks at every year (techwriting and sff), and he will no longer court speaking engagements with US chapters of the Society for Technical Communication, as he has in the past. (ETA: I understand his decision, but don't plan to stop going to the States myself. It's different for me; I'm a citizen, for one thing, and I feel a connection to the US that he, quite reasonably, doesn't.)

He and I also had a conversation about how much trouble we'd be willing to get in, at a US border or airport entry check. I mean, we're extremely unlikely to be hassled ourselves, especially me (since I'm a citizen), but we might see someone else being hassled, and I wanted to check in with him, to make sure we were on the same page. Years ago, before 9/11, Geoff was at a land crossing into the States, dealing with permission to bring his kids in (they were young, and he'd forgotten to bring a letter of permission from their mom), and saw a group of Arab-looking men being berated by a border guard because they didn't have US currency with which to pay some fee or something. So he went over and offered to exchange money for them, which got him thoroughly berated himself, and iirc threatened with being refused entry, although in the end they did let him in. He's never forgotten it.

So here the two of us are, oozing safety and privilege, and it behooves us to mobilize them if we find ourselves in a situation to offer help or bear witness. But I wanted to make sure that he and I were on the same page regarding being willing to, e.g., end up being refused entry ourselves, or even arrested or otherwise hassled, and I'm pleased that we are.

He also wanted to go over with me whether we knew any Americans who might suddenly need refuge outside the US, should things get really bad, and he also apparently wants to investigate emigrating to New Zealand. I think he's overreacting; things are bad, and loking to get much worse in many ways, but we're a long way from those levels of emergency. Still, I'm not going to stop him, if he wants to! At worst it will make him feel better, and at best I'll be glad he did it...

Unrelatedly, I've barely been on Twitter in weeks, because I had to forbid it to myself in the evening; as well as the other fun things my feed provided, it had become one of my main sources of WTF news (thank you, people I follow!), and reading it after dinner meant I got so wound up I didn't sleep. But I don't seem to have/make time to catch up on it during the day. In lieu, I've subscribed by email to The Daily WTF, as well as some more, uh, traditionally phrased news sources. I would like to find time for Twitter again, though!
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Oh my wor(l)d. [Feb. 25th, 2017|02:05 pm]

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Eating update [Feb. 25th, 2017|12:42 am]

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Keeping track more for myself than anything else, but all updates like this will be behind a cut.

yay, food )
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Cat Reads Comics - Week of Feb. 22, 2017 [Feb. 24th, 2017|09:37 pm]

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We got to this week's comics a bit earlier, which I'm very glad for. When I was all brain-foggy, reading comics with Elizabeth was the only way I found the energy to get them read at all. Now, I was champing at the bit to read them and waiting until Elizabeth could come over was a great frustration!

Still worth it though. I love having an in-person friend to discuss comics with. Especially one who's been reading comics so much longer than I have. And by so much longer, I mean, since 1963. Don't tell me women reading comics is a new phenomenon!

This week's comics: Inhumans vs. X-Men #5, Hulk #3, Spider-Woman #16, Elektra #1, Infamous Iron Man #5, Occupy Avengers #4, Spider-Gwen #17, Mighty Captain Marvel #2 and The Old Guard #1.

Lots of good books this week, but my highlights were definitely Infamous Iron Man and Hulk.

once again almost all Marvel )

Hey, only 2000 words this week! I'm getting better!
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A very important poll [Feb. 24th, 2017|09:25 pm]

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For science!

Is this the most ridiculous photo ever taken of my cat:


OR

Is this the most ridiculous photo ever taken of my cat:


Poll #18033 Measuring Dreadful's ridiculousness
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Which is the most ridiculous photo of Dreadful

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Dreadful's big yawn
32 (60.4%)

Dreadful's glitterball nomming
8 (15.1%)

Oh, god, oh, god, don't make me choose!
12 (22.6%)

I am immune to cat pictures
1 (1.9%)

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games and what not [Feb. 24th, 2017|08:32 pm]

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okay steam says i'm 50% into final fantasy x, but i've only unlocked two achievements. i'm assuming this is normal. i really don't want to play blitzball, so i might only ever achieve the two things.

Tried to use a controller mod for Mass Effect, but it kind of made it harder tbh. my fingers got cramped playing it for 40 minutes. the mod made the up go down and down up, yes i got a controller but i had to put too much pressure on the controller to make it go to dialog options. AND idk, i'll have to figure something else out. it was for an xbox controller and i have a ps2(or 3??) one. not sure if that was the cause of the up down issue. left and right were the same though.

UGH i couldn't stop watching Nintendo Switch reviews this morning. the hype is real... Zelda looks amazing, but i sorta want to wait and get a Graphics card first, which i probably won't reeallly need if i don't figure out how to play mass effect on my computer... i don't want to get a switch/zelda next month (or month after next, i'll have enough saved for the console, but not a game, ironically) and then nothing for 9 months because, 300 bucks is too much to spend on something that only has one game.
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Semi-weekly reading [Feb. 24th, 2017|01:56 pm]

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What have you recently finished reading?

Ninefox Gambit,
by Yoon Ha Lee. I...don't know what to think about this. I liked it, but a lot less than the hype led me to think I would. The story was interesting -- there was never a point when I had to work up the motivation to read -- but I never got that emotional pull I need to really invest in its characters. OK, maybe not never -- I started to get that pull at the very end, but, in a too little too late sort of way. Partly, I think, the twist that I was waiting for -- I didn't know what it would be, but I knew there had to be one -- came about 85% of the way into the story. I did not need quite as much time on the battle tactics/war is hell stuff as we got for most of the story.

The most interesting aspect of the book for me was the presentation of the Kel, and what loyalty and obedience to authority meant for the various Kel characters. That obedience is achieved through physical changes to the brain that basically force it, but as far as I could tell all service to the Kel was voluntary, so the Kel do have agency (and very distinctive personalities) despite the brainwashing. Cheris, the main character, joined the Kel because she wanted to fit in. This seems to be directly connected to her position as an outsider -- someone whose people were recently colonised, whose native language is not the high language of the empire, etc. The formation instinct comes up in many ways: we see one Kel character resent of the forced obedience, we see a character for whom the process fails, and we see a character whose fear is only barely overcome by the formation instinct. And of course, in the end, it becomes central to the story.

But also the book was gory, with references to violence and torture so extreme it became tiresome. (On the other hand, it wasn't actually any worse than the horrors shown in the original Star Wars trilogy, it was just that there was actual substantial narrative attention to the magnitude of destruction.)  And I was not that into the magic tech -- it was frustrating to have something that fundamentally makes no sense, way beyond the way that FTL or transporters or other standards of SF make no sense, be so central to the mechanics of the plot. I heard one booktuber describe it as a sort of magical realism, but for me magical realism gives a sense of the uncanny, and I just...didn't feel that with Ninefox Gambit.

Given how popular this book has been, I sometimes wonder if I don't actually like scifi as much as I think I do.

What am I reading now?

After Atlas, by Emma Newman, in my quest to have something to nominate for the Hugos. I was a little reluctant to read this because I'm not generally interested in the detective genre, but I (mostly) loved Planetfall so I wanted to give it a shot. What I loved most about Planetfall was the main character Renata, and I knew it was unlikely After Altas would feature a character who I'd identify with that much. That is true, but Carlos, the protagonist of After Atlas, is a fantastic character and I'm really enjoying the book so far. I've concluded that Newman is a master at writing characters whose perspective you can deeply understand and empathise with, while also being able to recognise where their judgment is wrong. That is quite an impressive skill. I also really like the way that the book explores the impact of technological changes on people and society, especially in that technology that is genuinely useful and pleasurable is *also* used for social control.

Also, the book seems to be indirectly exploring the effect of automation in creating a vast surplus population whose labor is no longer needed. This is an interesting contrast to Planetfall, where the small society is basically living with full communism and a high level of automation and sustainable technology -- a high-tech ecotopia. The same tech (except light-speed space travel) exists on Earth in After Atlas, but under capitalism the technology creates misery even as it creates convenience and solves problems like food production.

So maybe I do like scifi, just not space opera? But I have a feeling there is some space opera I would like.

What's up next?

More potential Hugo nominations -- I'm thinking of reading A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers even though I haven't read A Long Way to a Small Angry Planet. I get the impression the former can stand alone.

I've also downloaded the audiobook version of the Great Courses Plus lecture series about the French Revolution, but I haven't started it yet as I've been listening to podcasts.

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[Feb. 24th, 2017|07:30 am]

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"Sons of Mogh"

Ah, flirty flirty with Worf and Dax.

Worf's brother is pissed because Worf has basically fucked over his brother's life by defying the Klingon government, and he's got a point.

I'm not sure how I feel about everyone's objections to the Klingon ritual Kurn wants Worf to perform. The only argument I really find persuasive is that they're on a Federation-administered station and Worf is a Starfleet officer. There was a whole TNG episode about Lwaxana Troi respecting another culture's rituals, no matter how incomprehensible and cruel she found them.

And in the end, Worf completely circumvents his brother and finds an alternative, but without consulting Kurn, and it comes at a horrible cost for both of them. This frustrates me, because maybe Kurn would have consented if he'd been asked. I'm kind of disgusted with Bashir for participating. What happened to his principles as a doctor? I guess I would have preferred if the whole episode had focused on this choice, rather than just tossing it into the last five minutes of the episode.

"Bar Association"

Leeta! And a callback to the tooth sharpener Worf bought from Nog. And I think those were Pakleds in a brief shot.

Rom leads a revolt among Quark's employees, and they set up a union. Unions, of course, being obscene things in Ferengi culture. Not a ground-breaking episode, but it's a nice Rom episode, with fun things like character development.
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Better Living Through Chemistry [Feb. 24th, 2017|04:14 pm]

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[Feb. 24th, 2017|10:20 am]

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I Puritani by Bellini, staged by the Met

Look, we already know I don't give a shit about most 19th century opera, this is not news. The first act of I Puritani was a total snoozefest of moderately unlikeable characters, tepid plot twists, and attractive but not particularly character-driven bel canto vocal lines. And so I decided to skip out on the second and third acts, which according to the summary in the playbill were "Act II: Totally misogynistic mad scene" and "Act III: Surprise! Everything works out in the end".




Just to fill out the post, thoughts on the new season at the Met: I was terribly excited to learn that Luis Bunuel's puzzlingly surreal and emotionally complex film El Angel Exterminador had been adapted as an opera and would be staged by the Met... until I learned that Thomas Ades was the composer. [personal profile] freeradical42 and I skipped the second half of his Tempest because we were so annoyed by the way he'd simplified Shakespeare's characterizations, and I did make it through his Powder Her Face, but it was an endurance feat. Maybe the third time's the charm, but I'm not super thrilled about the prospect of seeing him ruin another favorite text.

I'm amused but unsurprised that the Met is already staging a new Tosca, and that their advertising is highlighting its similarities to the Zeffirelli Tosca. Never change, Met. Never change. I am a little... regretful... that I have not seen the current, much-maligned Tosca production and have now missed my shot, but on the other hand, me and Puccini never get along.

And I am very intrigued by the new production of Cosi fan tutte, set at Coney Island? That has the prospect of being a total blast to watch.
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[Feb. 24th, 2017|02:16 pm]

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From you I have been absent in the summer [Feb. 24th, 2017|12:31 pm]

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The boy and I just spent a week in Ngakuta Bay in the Marlborough Sounds, reading, swimming in the sea (avoiding stingrays), getting bitten by insects, and playing Scrabble. It was divine, largely for the absence of news sources, but also because of excellent weather and the aforementioned activities.

Books consumed:

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
The Cloud Roads by Martha Wells
Bonk by Mary Roach (hilarious, but incredibly cis-het focused)
A Year and a Day in Old Theradane by Scott Lynch (short story)
Deadline by Mira Grant

Apparently it was SFF season! I enjoyed all of them very much and am about to fail to say anything further about them. Book reviews are hard.

Now reading Blackout by Mira Grant.
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How to make awesome granola [Feb. 23rd, 2017|04:01 pm]

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It is very easy to make homemade granola. I've been doing it for over 15 years, basing my recipe on one in the Quick & Easy cookbook edited by Shelly Melvin. It tastes way better (I think) than commercial granola, plus it gives you control over the ingredients and their quantities, in case you're trying to avoid certain foods or food types. The recipe is infinitely adjustable, but here's my basic procedure:

4-5.5 cups of grains - I use mostly thick rolled oats (4 cups), plus optional rolled triticale, rolled spelt, millet, amaranth, buckwheat groats (kashi), and recently I accidentally put raw quinoa in the mix thinking it was millet, and it was good!

1/4 cup liquid sweetener - I usually use honey, but have used mixes of brown rice syrup, maple syrup and molasses. All maple syrup is too sweet/maple-y for me, all brown rice syrup is distinctively less sweet.

1/4 cup oil - I use safflower or canola usually, sometimes coconut oil, especially if I'll be adding coconut.

Spices to taste - this is optional, but recommended. I usually use a goodly amount of cinnamon, plus one or more of nutmeg, ginger, ground cloves, cardamom.

0.5-1.5 cups of coconut and/or seeds - also optional. Unsweetened coconut flakes, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, and so on.

1-2 tsp vanilla or almond or orange extract - also optional.

Nuts and/or dried fruit - in any amount and combination you desire, to be added after the baking process. I always use raisins and some nut (pecan, walnut, almond, hazelnut) plus usually either dried cherries or dried sweetened cranberries; sometimes I add date pieces, dried apple pieces, dried mango pieces, other nuts. If I use cashews I like to add them with the seeds rather than afterward because they taste better slightly sweetened and toasted.

Procedure: Preheat oven to 300°F. Mix grains, seeds, and spices in a large bowl. Mix sweetener and oil in a microwave-safe container (I use my Pyrex measuring cup) and heat 30 sec or so and stir to combine, then add to the grain mix and stir until everything is evenly distributed. (A silicone tool works well for this.) Spread evenly on a silicone sheet (like a silpat) on a cookie sheet and bake for 30 minutes. Let it cool and harden in the pan, then peel it off the sheet and crumble into a container, adding the nuts and/or dried fruit and mixing thoroughly.

If you don't have a silicone baking sheet you can still do this, but you will need to stand over the granola and mix it frequently as it cools. Otherwise it will stick to the baking sheet and you will be unhappy. You can rescue this situation by returning the sheet to the warm oven for a while.

If you don't want to heat your kitchen (like, in summer) you can make a half-batch or so in a large skillet. You can just add the oil and sweetener to the pan directly, then pour in the grain mixture. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, for about 8 minutes - you'll see the grains change color as they toast. Continue stirring as the mixture cools off the heat, so it doesn't stick to the pan.

Granola bars are also fairly easy to make. I riff off this basic recipe from the Smitten Kitchen: I use the lower amount of sugar, I don't use the extra corn syrup, I often substitute oil for butter (and use 1/4 cup, that is, 4 Tbsp, rather than 6 Tbsp), I never use nut butter, I don't add a Tbsp of water, and I usually use regular wheat flour rather than grinding oats for oat flour. I also rarely use raisins in them because raisins tend to puff up in the oven. Mostly I make oat-seed-nut bars (I love sesame seeds in these) and cut them in squares. I use a silicone 9x9 pan so I don't do the pan lining, it just turns out in one big hunk when I invert it onto a cutting board.
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Empathetic gaze [Feb. 23rd, 2017|03:21 pm]

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Previous post on this subject: https://sasha-feather.dreamwidth.org/1025648.html

While talking with Jesse about how to *really* get at what I want to describe, rather than male gaze or female gaze, what we came up with was empathetic or empathizing gaze vs. Objectifying gaze.

I like accuracy of language, as you have probably figured out if you've known me a while.

You can divide any image into thirds. Your eye will fall onto the top third line or bottom third line of the frame. What sits on this line? Objectifying images often have breasts and hips of women at the top and bottom thirds. Empathethic gaze images will have the subject's eyes at the top third line (or sometimes the center or bottom third) of the image; the point is that you are focusing on their eyes and that encourages you to feel what they are feeling.

TJ and Amal (http://tjandamal.com/) is a good example of empathetic gaze in a comics medium.
Also see:
Mad Max: Fury Road
Moonlight - notice the focus on eyes and hands in the trailer (https://youtu.be/9NJj12tJzqc)
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Chapter Update: Celluloid Hero [Feb. 22nd, 2017|09:05 pm]

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Celluloid Hero (13688 words) by gwyneth rhys
Chapters: 3/?
Fandom: Captain America (Movies), Marvel Cinematic Universe
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Steve Rogers, Bette Davis, John Garfield, USO Tour Dancers (Marvel), Original Characters, Barbara Stanwyck, Gene Tierney, William Powell, Cary Grant, Randolph Scott
Additional Tags: Golden Age Hollywood, Hollywood Canteen, World War II, The Star-Making Machinery, Propaganda, someone's going to get his V-card punched, and by someone I mean Steve, Letters, Period Typical Attitudes, Minor Bucky Barnes/Steve Rogers, First Motion Picture Unit
Summary:


The talk of the town last night was Captain America’s star-spangled appearance at the Hollywood Canteen, where the ladies swooned and the gentlemen cheered. Rumor has it he will be meeting with studio heads to discuss bringing his patriotic man with a plan to the silver screen.

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wednesday reads [Feb. 22nd, 2017|06:32 pm]

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What I've recently finished reading: Caliban's War, the second book in the Expanse series by "James S.A. Corey". It's a worthy follow-up to the first book, although there's a bit of a weird sense of recycled plot as much of it is driven by a character who wants to find a missing girl, although at least here she's his daughter so his obsession is a bit more rational. Of course we already know about the protomolecule and its evil goo, so there is less novelty, but I think this is made up for by greater depth in the overall story and the interesting new characters. The two (new) women who have POV chapters are wonderful: the foul-mouthed old lady UN official who might not understand military tactics or spacecraft, but has diplomatic tactics down cold, and the Martian Marine sergeant who is the sole survivor of a protomolecule attack that killed all her friends.

The writing is solid and easy to get absorbed in. The relationship stuff is pretty eye-rolly and my least favorite part. But the overall theme is the same as in the first book, that humans are so tribal that we will only stop fighting each other when convinced of a common threat, and also, so venal that we will risk the destruction of humanity just to become even more fabulously wealthy than we already are.

What I'm currently reading: I decided I had enough brain to tackle it, so I started in on Tom Toner's The Weight of the World, the sequel to The Promise of the Child, which I wrote about last week. As it's the second book in the series, the in media res with no explanation is a little less opaque than in the first, though it's still not yet clear where all the threads in this one will be going.

What I'm reading next: NetGalley approved me to read the e-ARC of City of Miracles, the conclusion to Robert Jackson Bennett's Divine Cities trilogy, so EEEEEE I AM SO EXCITED. Ahem. (But seriously, EEEEEE! The first two books in this series are some of the best fiction I've ever read.)
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Boosting the Signal for the OTW: Recruiting Tag Wranglers & Fanlore Staffers [Feb. 22nd, 2017|04:33 pm]

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Check this out about volunteering with the Organization for Transformative Works: openings in Tag Wrangling and Fanlore Staffing.
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[Feb. 22nd, 2017|02:07 pm]

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Ha, I figured out a plot point while in the shower. I love it when that happens. I guess it's because you're doing something physical, which gives your mind a chance to work differently than it does when you're thinking real hard.

I'm glad to have figured that out, because I want to keep up the writing momentum. And when I say momentum, I'm not kidding. Since February 11, not counting today, I have written 9502 words. In ten days.

NINE THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED. AND TWO.

I realize this is a day at the office for some people, but that is probably more than my entire fannish output over the past...five years? This is original fiction, but I'm hoping that when I'm done writing it, in maybe a week, I'll be able to apply it to fanfic.

I'm not entirely sure what switch got flipped, but I'm not complaining.
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Grading Hell Theater: New Year's Resolutions [Feb. 22nd, 2017|10:59 am]

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Today's random silliness [Feb. 22nd, 2017|09:38 am]

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Reading: fiction [Feb. 21st, 2017|10:15 pm]

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Courtney Milan )

Sarah J. Maas )

Kim Stanley Robinson )

Rachel Caine )

Ellen Datllow anthology )

Richard Kadrey )

Diana Wynne Jones )
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[Feb. 21st, 2017|12:45 pm]

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DS9 rewatch:

"Crossfire"

Odo, I have never called anyone a cinnamon roll before, but you are testing me with your careful preparation for a breakfast meeting with Kira. He and Worf also seem to be bonding over the fact that everything on DS9 is chaotic. Stupid humans, stupid other species.

But now Odo has to watch again as Kira hooks up with a powerful member of the Bajoran government. She can have a relationship with whoever she wants, of course, but I think it's worse for Odo that it's another powerful, important man.

"Return to Grace"

I didn't remember that Dukat got demoted, disowned, and divorced for bringing Ziyal back to Cardassia. And I think I always remembered Dukat as a flat-out antagonist and opportunist, but I really think there is genuine respect, even grudging friendship, between him and Kira, or him and Sisko. In this middle stretch of the series, it's the Klingons who are the enemy, along with the Dominion.

Oh, hey, I think that's the first appearance of Damar.

This episode is mostly to reassure us that the Klingons are still doing bad things, and to get Dukat back to a position of power in the government.
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chocolate box fics! [Feb. 21st, 2017|05:19 pm]

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Brief health update: new antibiotic did not kill the infection, I'm still deaf in my right ear with occasional icepick pain, got referred to ENT who thinks it's a viral rather than bacterial infection causing nerve inflammation and put me on prednisone.

I was right, [personal profile] merit wrote both my gift fics! Of course that was a pretty easy conclusion considering that she's one of maybe three people who know both sources in the crossover.... Anyway, ♥ to you, thanks again, and one of these days imma write you something, I swear.

So, what I wrote. My assignment, for [archiveofourown.org profile] LillyRose:

Lucky Strike (1034 words) by Isis
Fandom: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Movies)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Queenie Goldstein/Jacob Kowalski
Characters: Jacob Kowalski, Queenie Goldstein
Additional Tags: Meet-Cute, First Meetings, Post-Canon, Awkward Conversations
Summary: Jacob meets Queenie again for the first time.

I saw Fantastic Beasts on Christmas, and despite having been out of the Harry Potter fandom for some time, I was charmed. It was fun to have a perspective on the wizarding world in a different time and place from the original series, and I particularly liked the awkward but good-hearted characters at the heart of the movie, Newt, Tina, Jacob, and Queenie. And I was devastated at the end (skip spoiler) when Jacob accepts Obliviation!. So I jumped at the chance to write a coda and make everything all better!

Writing from Jacob's POV let me make use of one of my favorite tropes, that of the unreliable narrator who doesn't realize that things are not as he believes - but the reader knows the truth. So the reader is complicit, in a way, with the author, and that knowledge is what gives tension to the unfolding story. (Which also makes the story pointless and inane if you don't know the canon and therefore don't know that Queenie is a Legilimens and reads minds, and that Jacob and Queenie have met before.) I also want to give a shout-out to [personal profile] chamekke who despite being new at beta-reading did a super-awesome job and made this a much better story.

Then, it was treat time. As I've mentioned off and on here, I'm playing Witcher 3, and since a lot of my brain has been occupied with that game I looked to see if there were any requests I could treat. So I saw [archiveofourown.org profile] heeroluva's request, "Honestly I would love to see Geralt being fucked. It can be by monster(s)/creature(s) or original character(s)...and can be consensual or not....I just love the thought of him who's always in control, always coming out on top, finding himself suddenly powerless and no longer being on top. ;) I'd love to see him finding something he can't handle, and I'd love to see him getting off on it." Boom, immediate plotbunny based on a bit of the game I'd just finished, leading to:

A Fiend in Need (2408 words) by Isis
Fandom: Wiedźmin | The Witcher (Video Game)
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Rape/Non-Con
Relationships: Geralt z Rivii | Geralt of Rivia/Original Male Character(s)
Characters: Geralt z Rivii | Geralt of Rivia, Original Non-Human Character(s)
Additional Tags: Monsters, Bestiality, Discovering a taste for bottoming, Chocolate Box Treat, Not actually as dark as it might appear from the tags
Summary: "Well, I'll be fucked," Geralt muttered, with an ironic bark of laughter at the aptness of the phrase that had sprung to mind. "Guess your antlers aren't the only place you're horny."

There's a lot of humor in the game, and I tried to make that style of dryly amused perspective come through here. But it's basically a big monster overpowers Geralt and fucks him, and he sort of likes it. Also, my first smut in a year, and my first E-rated smut in two years. Surprisingly fun to write.

I also wrote a Witcher treat for [archiveofourown.org profile] wednesday's prompt for Geralt/Keira, "at some point Geralt realizes he has more choices than he thought and maybe he should choose a different sorceress," which was also fun to write but turned out to be much less fun to have written.

The bosom that makes the home (828 words) by Isis
Fandom: Wiedźmin | The Witcher (Video Game)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Geralt z Rivii | Geralt of Rivia/Keira Metz
Characters: Keira Metz, Geralt z Rivii | Geralt of Rivia
Additional Tags: Reunited and It Feels So Good, slight AU, Some Yennefer bashing, Chocolate Box Treat
Summary: When Geralt returns to Kaer Morhen, Keira is there waiting for him.

One minor problem was that I had not actually reached the point in the game where I set the fic (I'd reached the point where I could play that part, but I was putting it off so I could accomplish a few more things first) so it turned out to be a bit more AU than intended. Also, I have not played the first two games, and most importantly (as it turns out), I have not read the books the games are based on.

Why I wrote this story, and oops, didn't intend to enter a new fandom with wank. )
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