Misc. linkspam

May. 23rd, 2017 11:05 pm
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"How Pink Heels Became Harper Watters' Signature". [Dance Magazine] "When Houston Ballet demi-soloist Harper Watters first posted a short video of himself in bubblegum pink heels, he went to sleep with 4,000 Instagram followers. He awoke to more than double that, and 500-plus comments. Now at nearly 65,000 followers, Watters knows he (and his partner in crime, fellow Houston Ballet dancer Rhys Kosakowski) struck a fun chord with a new audience."

"Drag Queen Story Hour Puts the Rainbow in Reading".

Via [dreamwidth.org profile] deifire, "George A. Romero Is Planning a NASCAR Zombie Movie".

"If You're Under 16, You Won't Believe What The Internet Used To Be Like". [Buzzfeed, in case the title didn't give it away]

"'A Kingdom On Wheels': The Hidden World That Made The Circus Happen".

"Nevertheless, He Persisted: Tales of Masculine Perseverance". [McSweeney's]

"13 Real AF Situations Every Anxious Person Has Experienced". [Buzzfeed]

"The need for urgent collective action to keep people safe online: Lessons from last week’s cyberattack".

"Exclusive: Could the legend come true? Tower of London raven allowed to fly free".

"On the radar: receipts". [OxfordWords Blog] "How and when did ‘receipts’ come to mean ‘proof’?"

"Surreal Pencil Drawings Look Like How Repressing Your Emotions Feels". (Really neat; also frequently disturbing.)

"Exploring Yugoslavia’s Mysterious Abandoned Brutalist Monuments: Serbian photographer Jovana Mladenovic photographs forgotten post-World War II sculptures".

"Dear Media: Please Stop Simply Saying the Rape Charges Against Julian Assange Were “Dropped”". [The Mary Sue]

"Why you should never ever feed bread to a duck".

"Coming Up Aces: What does asexual mean?" [Queership]

At Baking Bites: "A Visit to The Museum of Ice Cream, Los Angeles".

"Presenting…The Freelance Writer’s Rebuttal Guide!" [Matt Wallace]

"A Brief History of 'Squee': The word has its fans". [Merriam-Webster]

"The Hot New Millennial Housing Trend Is a Repeat of the Middle Ages: Communal living is hardly a departure from tradition—it's a return to how humans have been making their homes for thousands of years".

SIFF hot take May 23, 2017 at 06:59PM

May. 24th, 2017 01:59 am
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Heal the Living accidental bonus film! beautifully made French film about a heart transplant. not my usual, but another pass holder recommended it, and he was right. solid performances, beautiful. I cried.
commodorified: very worried stuffed crocodile clutching a pillow (not coping)
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Since I'm half-packed and we're leaving in less than 24 hours it's probably time to announce that I am coming to WisCon. (Now watch me wake up tomorrow with Lorayne's cold or something.)

I'm not signed up for any panels, I'm not volunteering this year. I'm not 100 percent sure that this isn't going to end in disaster again. Depending on how I react to the various allergens in Madison I may be very low-energy, I may be sneezy and stuffed-up, I may be spending a lot of time asleep, I may be slow and forgetful due to being low oxygen, I may recuse myself rapidly from controversy or trouble if I don't see an immediate way to be useful.

I may have to leave panels abruptly due to coughing fits. We may be leaving abruptly to get me back to Canada for treatment. (My out-of-province insurance isn't going to cover me for another serious asthma event in the same damn' city as the last one. That's kind of the definition of 'pre-existing'). We have a plan for this. It's as solid as we can make it.

Or we may have trouble at the border and not get there at all.

Or it all may be just fine. I really don't know. There's no way to tell.

But I'm on a new med (Singulair), and taking ALL the other ones, religiously, and so far my lungs seem to be willing to stay fairly functional. I'm bringing my bike. I'm hoping to stay an extra week and see friends. I'm cautiously optomistic.

A small request: if you see me, and we're friends, and you possibly can, grab me for coffee or food or a quick chat? This is almost certainly my last WisCon for some time, and if I do have a dangerous reaction, it's my last WisCon, period.

I know that I've lost touch with a lot of you due to missing the con and generally being offline and preoccupied trying to get my health under control. I'm sorry about it, and I'd really like to connect this weekend if we can, because you all are one of the communities of my heart, and to be honest I'm coming much more for y'all than for the "official" con.

If you or someone near you is wearing scent, I may have to back away rapidly. I'm sorry.

I'm not really accustomed to being a fragile little flower, you know? I'm still working out how to handle it.

Also, if there's a volunteer task I can do, something you need help with, that you can grab me for on the spot, please do. It's hard to contribute meaningfully when you can't make any promises, and I'll appreciate any chances to do so.

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May. 23rd, 2017 10:55 pm
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Strange sad day and ending with a healthy dose of fear :-/

I've always been fairly determined not to let things like terror levels stop me (outside of common sense and actual advice) but I have to admit I'm quite unnerved that Mum is off to the Chelsea Flower Show tomorrow. But she is and of course with the terror level raised in a way she's probably more safe because everyone's on alert. But still.

Watching the reaction from Manchester has been heartening though ♥

(but if it were possible without messing with the freedom of the press I would ban all contact between journalists and the victims' families for at least 48 hours after a tragedy... preferably longer or with some kind of "wait till they call you" clause. Grieving mothers and fathers and friends should not be all over the news and neither should people who are so scared you can see them physically shaking. We know they're sad and upset but intruding like that is quite literally harming people)

And that has been my rant for today. I've been getting quite upset about it.

This afternoon I gave the Rainbows beach balls and hula hoops and we basically messed around in the sun. I wondered if any of them would talk about it (it's happened before) and wanted to leave unstructured time just in case but actually they play piggy in the middle and taught each other to hula and were almost entirely adorable. I mean not entirely, if they had been I'd have been worried :-P

Well this was a bit of a brain dump. Sorry about that.

My happy thought at the moment has been this adorable family with their premature quadruplets. Three out of the four are home now and have just had their first baths and their parents & big sister are clearly super stars.

for the techies: exiting vim

May. 23rd, 2017 05:21 pm
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[personal profile] cellio

I once heard a quip that went something like this:

"I used vi for a couple years."
"Yeah, I couldn't figure out how to exit, either."

I admit that the first time I was unwittingly thrown into the vi editor (predecessor to vim), I had to kill the process from another terminal (yes, terminal). So I was amused to see this blog post today: Stack Overflow: Helping One Million Developers Exit Vim.

In the last year, How to exit the Vim editor has made up about .005% of question traffic: that is, one out of every 20,000 visits to Stack Overflow questions. That means during peak traffic hours on weekdays, there are about 80 people per hour that need help getting out of Vim.

The point of the post isn't actually to bash vim, though it humorously acknowledges the widespread problem (and c'mon, you have to do it a little). Mostly they analyze data about who is presumably getting stuck in vim, complete with charts and stuff. Enjoy.

Kermit is dead. Long live Kermit!

May. 23rd, 2017 04:06 pm
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Kermit the Car, that is. Not to be confused with the eponymous frog.

Yesterday was a long one, totally apart from the hour-and-change devoted to getting Emily's car formally transferred to her. Clients at 10:30, 11:30, 1 and 6, plus one who didn't show and many who called.  The day dawned on the road from the diner, where I saw this oddity outside the Catholic church in Clarence Holler:

I speculated that all clients would be required to wash their hands of all guilt before using the reformers.

Despite the backlog of appointments, everything proceeded pretty much on schedule; I used some downtime waiting for the 1:00 court hearing to fill out all the paperwork to transfer the title, and got there a few minutes before our appointed appointment.  Only thing I forgot was to record the odometer reading, so Emily continued with the paperwork and I headed out to write it down, stopping to take one last (or so I thought) shot of the lucky plates on that car which are about to be destroyed:

This was the set originally on Janis, the Cavalier I got for her to drive during college, and which was on that car when it was totaled in 2013 and Em and Cameron blessedly escaped unhurt.  I gave them my then-car to drive and bought this hybrid with the insurance proceeds (and then some); they tried to trash the plates and put new ones on it, but to me they were lucky charms and they stayed on it for the next three years as my ride and for the five months since I got JARVIS for myself and let them "borrow" Kermit until Emily got a new job.

Now that she has one, it was time. The paperwork all went fine, she was given a number in a short queue to finalize the transaction, and I went out to remove the old plates....

one of which, of course (the rear one in that last photo), was completely fused to the hatch and no amount of unscrewing or prodding would get it off.  Fortunately, the auto bureau plaza has an Auto Zone, so I headed over and bought a can of WD-40. They loaned me a bigger tool for the removal job (this happens often over there, as you might expect).  But I'd forgotten to turn my ringer on after leaving court, and Emily came out pretty panicked because she knew none of this, had been unable to reach me- and wound up having to pay the $118 to buy the new plates and register the thing for its first two years.  I told her I'd get cash out to cover that, and met her back at my office. There, further tools and sprigs of the oily stuff still failed to do the job, but then she asked:

They don't have to be in perfect shape, do they?

Hell, no; DMV destroys them as soon as you turn them in.   This opened up greater possibilities, namely, one (1) tire iron.  The top screws remained, but the plate, she came a tumblin' down:

(Some of the bending was from the accident in 2013, but most of it was fresh destruction. Heh heh.)

All that remained was to attach two plates with two screws- those removed when the front plate popped right off.  The new front plate seated nicely held down by just one, but the back one was a little wibbly wobbly platey watey for her drive home until Cameron could drill out the stripped top screws and replace them:

It's tighter than it looks on the outside. And it's now all hers. I took the damaged plates in to be destroyed this morning, and delivered the receipt to our insurance office, so it's now really all hers.

Weird-but-good karma continued. My last client left the Rochester office leaving me just enough time to get to my workout studio's Pittsford location for their last class of the day.  I pulled in, pulled out my bag, went to check for my heart monitor, and found it half-missing- the strap half.  I could've done it without, but I was worried about where I might have left it and/or lost it, so I got home by 8. This was just in time to find it sitting on my desk, but also near the pile of the six Blackadder videos which had to be back in the hands of the Erie County Library by 9 or I'd be looking at $6 per day fine for turning them in late.  I never would have made it to the library in time if I'd done the class last night- and I made it up, with the strap, after returning the plates this afternoon. 

So that last plate picture is quite fitting: things are a little wobbly sometimes, but the important stuff holds together:)

Icon Retrospective

May. 23rd, 2017 09:29 pm
goodbyebird: Buffy Summers looks down a road outside of Sunnydale. (BtVS the road goes ever on)
[personal profile] goodbyebird
Since I recently did my 100th icon post, I just wanted to give myself a bit of a bird's eye view of how my process has evolved over the years. So picking one icon per post and gathering them all here, in chronological order.

Bit more that 100, as I started out posting to my personal journal back in the day. )

Well. My eyes are bleeding. I remember some of these so fondly, like I acutely remember nailing it. Icons still really function as touchstones for me in fandom though. Tiny memory puzzle-bits =)

My WisCon 41 Schedule

May. 23rd, 2017 06:22 pm
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Posted by Tempest

I’ll be at WisCon this weekend, just as I am every year. EVERY YEAR. And I wouldn’t have it any other way.

If you want to find me, here’s my schedule:

Stop, Collaborate and Listen | Fri, 4:00–5:15 pm Conference 2

Amal El-Mohtar has a history of collaborating with likeminded souls, from editing a poetry zine to performing with a troupe of writer/musicians to co-writing fiction and beyond. How is it possible to discover fellow travelers and co conspirators across space and time(zones)? What are the benefits of such long distance collaborations, and how do different kinds of collaborative projects come together?

Julia Starkey, K. Tempest Bradford, Amal El-Mohtar, C. S. E. Cooney , Max Gladstone

Social Media in 2017 | Sat, 10:30–11:45 pm University C

LiveJournal is now hosted in Russia and doesn’t support HTTPS. Facebook is infected with fake news and trolls (not to mention giving us only random access to what friends have to say). Twitter keeps adding features we don’t want and allowing trolls to flourish. What’s worth using? Is there any way to change the social media landscape?

Rachel Kronick, K. Tempest Bradford, Emma Humphries, Sunny Moraine

How Lazy Writing Recreates Oppression | Sun, 10:00–11:15 am Capitol A

Themes of colonialism and racial oppression are extremely popular in the genre of science fiction. Authors of sci-fi often use the tropes of the genre to explore real issues in the world, however, colonialism and oppression is only alluded to in the fictional elements and not in the elements of the story based in the real world. Practices like color-blind casting are not only lazy but uphold white-default characterizations, stereotypes of marginalized people, and damage the spirit of real diversity and inclusion. On this panel, we will discuss stories like Doctor Strange, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Doctor Who and Star Wars, and how these stories fall short and recreate oppression in their stories through lazy writing, as well as what writers need to be aware of when writing.

Mark Oshiro, K. Tempest Bradford, Nicasio Reed

Reading: Looking for Trouble | Sun, 1:00–2:15 pm Michelangelos

I will be reading from my story The Copper Scarab, which will be just out in Clockwork Cairo!

K. Tempest Bradford, Eileen Gunn, Pat Murphy, Nisi Shawl

Steven Universe and Consent | Sun, 2:30–3:45 pm Caucus

Rebecca Sugar, creator of Steven Universe, said the following at San Diego Comic-Con: “It’s very important to me that we speak to kids about consent. That we speak to kids about identity. There’s so much I have to say about this. I want to feel like I exist and I want everyone else who wants to feel that way to feel that way too.” Let’s talk about how the show deals with issues of consent, especially in regards to its use of SF ideas like mind-sharing, body-swapping, and fusion. What can we learn from SU about how to (or how NOT to) discuss consent in SF texts? What history is there of discussing consent explicitly in SF, and how does SU  connect to it or fail to connect to it? And, going back to Sugar’s comments: how does consent relate directly to identity on SU?

Ty Blauersouth, K. Tempest Bradford, Seth Frost, thingswithwings, JP Fairfield, Jo Vanderhooft

Decentering Whiteness in Fandom | Sun, 10:00–11:15 pm University C

A more in-depth look at how whiteness is always the focus in fandom, fan works in particular. How POC characters are forgotten, written out, killed off by fandom so their white faves who do no more than glance at each other can be together in fanon bliss. How do we de-center the narratives built around minor white characters and problematic faves versus existing POC characters? A hard topic and not for those who think this doesn’t happen.

Tanya D., K. Tempest Bradford, Mark Oshiro


Carolina Dreaming by Virginia Kantra

May. 23rd, 2017 06:00 pm
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Carolina Dreaming

by Virginia Kantra
February 2, 2016 · Berkley
RomanceContemporary Romance

This RITA® Reader Challenge 2017 review was written by ClaireC. This story was nominated for the RITA® in the Mid-Length Contemporary category.

The summary:

When it comes to love, anything can happen on Dare Island—especially in this latest novel from New York Times bestselling author Virginia Kantra. 

After escaping a disastrous marriage, bakery owner Jane Clark has convinced herself that she has everything she needs—her precious son, a thriving business, and a roof over her head. But the arrival of a handsome stranger on the island shows her exactly what she’s been missing…

The only home Gabe Murphy ever had was the Marine Corps. He’s working hard to rebuild his life. It will take a special place, and a special woman, to make him want to stay.

Now Gabe is determined to prove that he’s worthy of Jane’s trust—and her love. But when her past reappears, that trust will be tested, and Jane and Gabe will have to fight hard to hold onto their love and make their dreams a reality…

Here is ClaireC's review:

Carolina Dreaming is the fifth book in the Dare Island series, and I did feel like there was some character backstory I was missing by not having read previous books. People are introduced by name and it felt like those names should mean something to me. Jane, our heroine, played a minor role in a previous book, but that story is summed up in this book since our hero, Gabe, is new to town. Both Jane and Gabe have a LOT of baggage to unpack, but most of it gets handled by the end of the novel.

Quickly – Jane Clark is a single mom, owns the town bakery, lives with her retired-but-not cop father, and her ex-husband is due to get out of jail soon. She escaped a physically and verbally abusive relationship when her son was only a baby (Aiden is now seven), and has devoted herself to being a mom and business owner ever since.

Gabe Murphy grew up with an abusive father and a mother who couldn’t (or wouldn’t) protect him. He spent a lot of time with his uncle, joined the Marines, then worked in oil fields after being discharged. He ran into some trouble with the law when he prevented a rape, and has now hitchhiked his way to Dare Island, home to Luke, his old buddy from the Marines.

Gabe seems like a pretty standard semi-bad boy. He rolls into town as a drifter and keeps people at a distance, having learned from childhood that he can’t trust anyone to stick around. While at first much is made of his convicted status, many of the islanders eventually open up to him, as he proves himself a hard worker on a construction crew, adopts a stray dog (side note, the dog is described as a pit bull mix, but the cover depicts a German shepherd. Do pit bulls on romance covers not sell?), and bonds with Aidan, becoming an adult male figure to look up to in place of Aidan’s absent father. Points in his favor for admitting he read romance from the prison library, and he and Jane share an adorable moment of bonding over their love of Suzanne Brockmann. Gabe’s best quality is that he sees Jane as she is now, not as the misguided teen, or abused woman, or abandoned daughter. He continually points out how amazing her accomplishments have been – opening a successful business, raising a son on her own, taking care of an aging parent, and always feeding and caring for members of the community. The descriptions of her baking are excellent, and I do not recommend reading while hungry!

Jane’s father, Hank, gets some POV through the story, and I’m not his biggest fan. He watches Aidan quite a bit, but doesn’t interact with him at all, just sits in his recliner and watches ESPN. He still thinks of Jane as the rebellious 19 year old who ran off and got married, then had to move back home when her relationship fell apart. It’s clear that even though Jane is close to 30, he still thinks of her as that teenager and absolutely doesn’t trust her to make her own decisions. At one point, he even says to her, “If you believe that, you’re even stupider than I thought.” YIKES DAD.

Much later in the book, Jane is trying to convince him to get to know Gabe, and to trust that she’s learned from her mistakes:

“I’m sorry I didn’t listen to you about Travis [her ex]. You were right about him. But you’re wrong about Gabe.”

“I don’t give a damn about being right. I just want you to be …”

Her heart pounded. “Happy?”

Hank’s gaze met hers. “Safe.”

Hank’s idea of keeping her safe is controlling who she interacts with, and making sure that the community sees her as a mother and baker, not as an independent adult woman. Also, Hank has a secondary romance with the police dispatcher, a widowed Latina woman with four sons. Clearly she’s one of the only minority residents of the island, and while Hank is uncomfortable with how he feels about her, he still to get a dinner invite and kiss her in the kitchen 15 minutes into their “date.” Ugh, I had more feelings about him than I realized!

And what about Jane? She’s obviously still suffering from her mother walking out on the family, from her abusive relationship, and copes by putting her feelings to the side, and putting other’s needs first. It’s clear that her ex sexually abused her while they were married, even if she’s not willing to call it such, but she’s never sought therapy for herself or Aidan. There aren’t any graphic depictions here, but readers who are sensitive may want to proceed with caution. I will say that the sex scenes between Jane and Gabe are well done, with Jane being the instigator in their first encounter. Gabe keeps the focus on Jane, making sure that she’s okay with their actions and not presuming that yes to a kiss means yes to anything more. He does presume a little bit when he’s making plans to settle permanently on the island, which plays into (of course) the Big Mis between Jane and Gabe.

The story wraps up with a bit of drama when Travis (the ex) shows back up, but everything is resolved without fisticuffs or further fallings-out between hero and heroine. Happily the drama gives the community a chance to express their care for Jane and Aidan, and for Jane to stand up to her father and go after what she wants with Gabe.

Overall, it’s an enjoyable book, but Hank really dragged it down for me. I’d give Carolina Dreaming a C+. I don’t regret reading it, but I also don’t feel compelled to go back and read the rest of the series.

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1. These days, I have bad days, and I have worse days. (I also have some good days. Somewhat less for now. This is not my norm, but there you go.) No, I don't really want to talk about it. Right now, anyway. I'm sure I will eventually. Personal problems abound, and I love all of you for being here for me in spite of those.

1A. Thanks to all of you who are patient with my off days when I get a little snappish. Those are less under my control than I would like. Serenity is hard to come by. (Please make all the Firefly tv series jokes you can. :)

2. I have a Tumblr. I have auto-crossposting of public posts set up for the people who have taken off to Tumblr and don't check Dreamwidth anymore, but who want to keep up on my life. I do not log onto Tumblr. Ever. This is not going to change. I don't have the time to be on multiple sites, the mental energy to deal with Tumblr, or the emotional energy to put up with Tumblr's toxic folks.

2A. Yes, I am aware you can curate your Tumblr experience with xkit or Tumblr Savior or whatever the latest trendy scripting extension is, but I don't have time.

3. I do the same with auto-crossposting public posts to Facebook, but I do log onto Facebook occasionally because my LARP runs on Facebook.

4. If you're reading on another site and you want the access-locked posts, you will have to make a Dreamwidth account. That's more personal content and less fandom and nerd content. Well. A little more nerd venting too, I guess.

5. I have many other social networking logins, but mostly don't participate, because I am a lazy social networking slacker.

6. Work is busy and only getting busier. Same with offline obligations. I do my best to reply to comments, but you can also get in touch with me via email to havocthecat@gmail or a Dreamwidth private message.

The Last Line Meme

May. 23rd, 2017 12:29 pm
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Because I think we all need some mindless stuff at the moment, have a meme that I took from [personal profile] musesfool.

Cite the final line of five of your fics – your favorites, or the most recent ones.

1. There was still happiness yet to come...for both the living, as well as for the undead. Wrap The Cloak Of Night Around His Shoulders. Dracula (1968), following the wedding between Seward and Mina.

2. With this bittersweet chapter concluded, they would see to the rest of their lives. Let The Shadows Become Your Shroud. Crimson Peak (2015). That’s basically Alan and Edith limping off to see to their wounds, mourn Thomas, and just live, in the aftermath of a massive exorcism of a ghost from reality itself.

3. There was solace in the shadows, for both young and old vampires alike. Give Your Soul To The Night. Fright Night (1985). Jerry is revelling in winning as quietly as he can, while settling down for a nap, surrounded by turned teenagers, in his coffin in the basement.

4. Only the dead remained. Blood Begets A Curse Anew. Legend (1985). It probably is as grim as it sounds, as Darkness basically teleported a changed Lili (help me; I keep writing Lucy) out of the dining hall, after teleporting the goblins away to somewhere presumably unpleasant. Oh, and should anyone be curious about this story, do beware of a bit of animal sacrifice at the beginning, and references to torture in the middle.

5. And we gladly feast on those that would subdue us. Because We’re Addamses. Wednesday Addams is thinking, and thereby reiterating a statement made in the first Addams Family film.

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May. 23rd, 2017 09:19 am
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Work. School. Work. Work. School. Not enough sleep. Fun times /o\

I purchased a cheap desk from Amazon and paid for it with my free gift cards. From reading the reviews, I knew it was going to be a little wobbly, but that's fine since the TV dinner stands I've been using as a "desk" are a little wobbly. I've mostly built the desk (and I have to redo some of the screws because they suck and they're not all going in completely), but it works. I currently have my laptop on it, though my desk is in the middle of the living room because I don't know where to officially put it yet.

I also have a ton of crap on the floor everywhere because I'm trying to figure out where to put everything. Uh, I'll figure out something.

I keep stalling on this fic because I know where I want to go, but I don't know how to get there. I should put this fic aside and work on a treat, though that'll require canon review. I could probably do that tomorrow when I have time, but I'll plot some now.

(US) Political linkspam (10 links)

May. 23rd, 2017 01:11 pm
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I haven't sorted these, but here's a smattering of what I think are the best of the US-politics links I've read via Twitter/RTed from [twitter.com profile] ysabet_m. 10 links )
musesfool: (shakespeare got to get paid son)
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Writing is dumb and I don't recommend it.

In other news, I woke up at 5:15 this morning to pee and didn't fall back asleep until after 6:50 am, partly because I have a bug bite on my ankle (first of the season *sigh*) and even with cortisone lotion and allergy meds, it didn't stop itching. That is just wrong. My alarm goes off at 7:20 (it allows me to hit snooze three times and still be in by 9). I was not happy.

So instead of anything interesting, here's a meme [personal profile] snacky tagged me to do over on tumblr and as always tumblr is useless for finding things later, so I'm posting it here in case I ever want to see it again:

Cite the final line of five of your fics – your favorites, or the most recent ones.

I'm doing recent, because it's easier than choosing favorites:

1. "Forget about Vader for a few minutes, Luke," she says after another great victory that's come with its own desperate costs. "Let me tell you about our mother, instead." (Mother Is the Name for God, Star Wars, Leia & Padme)

2. It's as good a way as any to start a day. (Stuck in the Middle with You, Star Wars, Ahsoka, Anakin, Obi-Wan, platonic bed-sharing)

3. The Force chimes with a clarity and closeness Anakin hasn't felt in a long time when he sits down beside Obi-Wan, takes a deep breath, and opens his mouth to finally tell him the truth. (and gravity, scientists say, is weak, Star Wars, Anakin & Obi-Wan, Obi-Wan/Satine)

4. Ben went, and he and the galaxy both exhaled in relief. (Everything That Rises Must Converge, Star Wars, Skywalker Family Reunion Time)

5. Rey grinned, warmed by their confidence, and prepared the Falcon for takeoff. (if you find yourself lost, dig, Star Wars, Rey & Leia)

I think I'm better at last lines than I am at first lines, but sometimes I like to wrap things up too neatly, so they land with a thud instead of whatever smart and satisfying sound they should land with. I dunno, what do you think?


Holy Kindle Daily Deals, Batman!

May. 23rd, 2017 03:30 pm
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Posted by Amanda


RECOMMENDED: Uprooted by Naomi Novik is $2.99! This is part of an awesome group of Kindle Daily Deals and it’s being price-matched. A lot of people have recommended this book and Novik’s writing, but some readers did mention on Goodreads that the book is a bit slow at times. Are you an Uprooted fan?

“Our Dragon doesn’t eat the girls he takes, no matter what stories they tell outside our valley. We hear them sometimes, from travelers passing through. They talk as though we were doing human sacrifice, and he were a real dragon. Of course that’s not true: he may be a wizard and immortal, but he’s still a man, and our fathers would band together and kill him if he wanted to eat one of us every ten years. He protects us against the Wood, and we’re grateful, but not that grateful.”

Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life.

Her people rely on the cold, driven wizard known only as the Dragon to keep its powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman handed over to serve him for ten years, a fate almost as terrible as falling to the Wood.

The next choosing is fast approaching, and Agnieszka is afraid. She knows—everyone knows—that the Dragon will take Kasia: beautiful, graceful, brave Kasia, all the things Agnieszka isn’t, and her dearest friend in the world. And there is no way to save her.

But Agnieszka fears the wrong things. For when the Dragon comes, it is not Kasia he will choose.

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Six of Crows

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo is $2.99! This is another Kindle Daily Deal. This was described to me as a fantasy YA Ocean’s Eleven with heist hijinks. I’ve also heard that the audiobook is really good. A lot of readers say the book lived up to its hype. Some say it takes a while to get invested, but that it’s so worth it.

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…

A convict with a thirst for revenge.

A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.

A runaway with a privileged past.

A spy known as the Wraith.

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.

Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.

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My Lady Jane

My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows, and Brodi Ashton is $1.99! Another Kindle Daily Deal! This is a YA fantasy novel that many readers find clever and really entertaining. However, others didn’t find it very memorable. It has a 4.1-star rating on Goodreads.

The comical, fantastical, romantical, (not) entirely true story of Lady Jane Grey. In My Lady Jane, coauthors Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows have created a one-of-a-kind fantasy in the tradition of The Princess Bride, featuring a reluctant king, an even more reluctant queen, a noble steed, and only a passing resemblance to actual history—because sometimes history needs a little help.

At sixteen, Lady Jane Grey is about to be married off to a stranger and caught up in a conspiracy to rob her cousin, King Edward, of his throne. But those trifling problems aren’t for Jane to worry about. Jane gets to be Queen of England.

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In Bed with a Rogue

In Bed with a Rogue by Samantha Grace is $1.99! This is the second book in the Rival Rogues series, but can be read as a standalone. Some felt the romance was a bit unconvincing, but others recommend this if you’re looking for a light Regency romance. It has a 3.8-star rating on Goodreads.

He’s the Talk of the Town

The whole town is tittering about Baron Sebastian Thorne having been jilted at the altar. Every move he makes ends up in the gossip columns. Tired of being the butt of everyone’s jokes, Sebastian vows to restore his family’s reputation no matter what it takes.

She’s the Toast of the Ton

Feted by the crème of society, the beautiful widow Lady Prestwick is a vision of all that is proper. But Helena is no angel, and when Sebastian uncovers her dark secret, he’s quick to press his advantage. In order to keep her hard-won good name, Helen will have to make a deal with the devil. But she’s got some tricks up her sleeves to keep this notorious rogue on his toes…

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This is not in order of importance, but in order of how recently I heard of it.

1. Sir Roger Moore has passed away at the age of 89, following a “short but brave battle with cancer.” He will be best known for his role as James Bond, over the course of seven films. Sherlock Holmes fans may also remember that he was Holmes in the film Sherlock Holmes In New York (1976).

2. My condolences must also go out to Zack Snyder, his wife, and the rest of his family in the wake of a family tragedy. Snyder will be stepping down as the director of Justice League as he mourns the loss of his daughter, and requested that Joss Whedon direct additional material for him.

3. And lastly, but certainly not least: as the numbers confirmed to be both dead and injured continue to rise, my thoughts are with the families affected by the suicide bombing at Manchester yesterday. It just didn’t feel right to post condolences and not mention this one as well. Here’s James Corden’s message to Manchester.

HaBO: Hero is an Aspiring Botanist

May. 23rd, 2017 02:00 pm
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Posted by Amanda

This HaBO is from Anna, who lost this romance in the Great Book Purge:

I’m hoping that someone can help me find this book that I purged from my shelves and instantly regretted. I think it’s a Zebra or Signet book or something of that ilk, but I haven’t been able to find it online. It’s at least 5-10 years old, maybe/probably much older? I’m pretty sure it’s not R-rated.

What I remember of this Regency era novel is that the hero of the book isn’t thought of very highly by his aristocratic family, I think because he’s trying to make something of his life by being a botanist, but it’s not going very well. The hero and heroine try to solve some kind of mystery, or deal with her family or something like that? He’s generally bummed that his experiment isn’t working out and maybe his family is right, but what I remember most is that at the end of the book the hero and heroine are making out in his green house and when he looks from her to the plants he gets really excited that he finally sees shoots growing, so he’s now a winner both in love and science. Please tell me that this rings a bell with someone?

(And incidentally, I’m looking forward to any other books people come up with that might be this one, because botany heroes might a fun reading binge to go on.)

“A winner both in love and science.” My heart grew three sizes today.


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