a hodgepodge

May. 28th, 2015 06:11 pm
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* I <3 my Pinboard so much. So much, you guys. Never leave me.

* I typed up a bunch of cracky, tropey female-centric recs for someone, as those are fics very dear to my heart, and ahhhh I'd forgotten how much I love writing in canons with women. I miss it, y'all. In the meantime, I might add to that list and post it here, if I get around to it.

* Speaking of recs: I have so many hockey recs I need to make. So many.

* Have I mentioned that I <3 the hockey kinkmeme recently? I DO. (This Eichel/McDavid soulbonding WIP is currently making me very happy.) Right now there's a "Kinkfest" that's sort of being hosted there, info here; it's extremely informal and boils down to "write a kinky thing in this two-week period, and we'll add it to the masterlist." I shall try to come up with something.

* I have been cooking! Emphasis on veggies, just because. It turns out roasting zucchini, carrots, and celery and then sticking them in spaghetti sauce makes for MUCH MORE EXCITING pasta. I'm going to have to experiment with that a lot more. Especially as I now have half a pound of arugula I need to use by, like, this weekend. (Suggestions welcome.)

* O Capdad, My Capdad: the Daddening - an explanation of how (almost) every single captain in the NHL is like Dad.

* bb Geno. YOU GUYS.

* Do you want to watch 5+ minutes of bridge vs. trucks? Of course you do. (Spoiler: the bridge wins every time.)

* The Discovery Channel Twitter trolled the Pens Twitter, and it was the best.

A question and some linkspam

May. 28th, 2015 01:35 pm
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General question, whether you sift through my linkspam or skim over it: do you have a preference between shorter/more frequent or longer/less frequent linkspam posts? Also--and especially for anyone who goes through it erratically?--does it make a difference whether I put the links under a cut?

And speaking of that, have some links. (For context, I consider this a medium-length collection.)

Fandom

"Buffy’s Sarah Michelle Gellar and Alyson Hannigan Reunite and Share Adorable Pics".

Again, not having seen Fury Road yet, I haven't looked at this too closely: "Holy S**t: The Old Ladies Of ‘Fury Road’ Did Their Own Stunts".

At ANN, there's a primary cast list (and photo!) for the upcoming live-action My Love Story!!/Ore Monogatari movie.

[twitter.com profile] silly_cleo linked to this fun The Good Wife vid to Pink's "Raise Your Glass" (footage from...seasons 1-3?).


Cute

"14+ Animals With Natural Umbrellas".

"A Trio of Newborn Baby Goats Stay Warm on a Chilly Evening in Cozy Coordinating Sweaters".


Unsorted

"The Prettiest Place You’ve Never Heard Of" showcases Cape Breton, Nova Scotia...where I haven't been since I was about twelve, but will most likely visit this fall because Ginny wants to head up there. ^_^ (To be specific, the post title refers to Margaree Harbour, not Cape Breton Island as a whole.)

On Boing Boing: "Everything you know about teenage brains is bullshit". "While surveys can tell us about how people perceive the world, the scientific method allows us to test these observations for their validity. As E. O. Wilson said, 'the heart of the scientific method is the reduction of perceived phenomena to fundamental, testable principles.' With this in mind, I set out to review the scientific evidence for the Internet's impact on the brain--specifically the teenage brain. However, to do so I had to first figure out how to define Internet use."

At Everyday Feminism:

--"9 of the Biggest Lies Christianity Tells Us About Sex and Marriage".

--"You Know Those Common Objections to ‘They’ Pronouns? Here Are 9 Simple Facts to Shut Them Down".

--"It’s Not Your Relationship That’s Abusive, It’s Your Partner – Here’s Why That Distinction Matters".

Via Facebook:

--"40 Bizarre Creatures That Actually Exist On Earth". I'm very entertained that the header specifies "on Earth". Thanks...?

--"Jackson Galaxy Solves 10 Important Cat Problems".

--"9 Very Specific Rules From Real Libraries".

--"Dubai's 'Floating Seahorse' Homes Are Partially Submerged And Totally Futuristic".

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May. 28th, 2015 04:19 pm
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I feel like I'm semi getting a grip on my workload but not so much on my blog. But trying. This week I'm finishing up a blog design that I was hired for... outrageously long ago, and a media kit that I haven't been that delayed on but you know, being a massive failure is clearly my forte. Then there's two blog designs — interconnected — and a portfolio on Squarespace, which should be fun.

Then I'm like, done with the design backlog? I think? Though I will — fingers crossed — have another project to work on, if I get off my ass and get this damn contract written, because for the first time in my career, I went, "I'll send you the contract next week!" when someone said she could pay the first installment of her design package the first week of June, and she was like, "OK!" So now I need a contract.

I'm just trying to be all professional and stuff. It's so very very hard.

Of course, that's not all I do, and not all I owe people (er, sup. Still have all that fabric in the closet) but it will be a weight off. I told my mom about everything that's on my mental list yesterday and she was like, "Jesus, stop, no wonder you're stressed," and I was like, "FINALLY! SOMEONE UNDERSTANDS!" I also told her that's why I sometimes randomly scream a little.

See, I want to rebrand, but I have no idea what style I want to go for, because I keep being attracted to the Vogue aesthetic but I'm not sure it's not too overdone or I won't tire of it easily. I also think about very simple, lots of white space, minimalistic branding, but that's kind of what I have now (not on my blog, but on my portfolio and logo and other things) and I know I will get tired of it. So then I think about hero headers and something more Squarespacey but I can't, like, blog on that.

Evidently, my problem is all of them.

But the point is, I want to rebrand, redesign my blog, redesign my portfolio, put up a photography portfolio, which I need to set up and design and fill up with photos I still need to edit. I want to launch a print shop on my own domain, and maybe also stock photography licensing. I have a ton of posts I want to write, because it would be nice to be a month ahead of schedule at all times on the blog. I haven't checked the PR hashtags I used to check every day since I moved here, and I barely check the PR FB groups, either.

It's a bit weird not being in the UK for that, though I'm vaguely pretending I'm only here temporarily, but I'm pretty much decided to be here from September to June, maybe September to September, building my business and saving up. I do want to go back this summer, because I have stuff to bring back, but I haven't decided how long I'll stay or even where I'll be. I keep toying with the idea of Oxford, as well as the idea of pulling up some of my PR contacts and seeing if I can get any press stays in cottages and things, do a bit of a tour. Maybe take my sister with me so she can help me with luggage.

It depends on finances, of course.

I need to start getting up earlier so, if my sister decides to stay in bed, I can go outside and not like, die from heatstroke. I'm always most optimistic when I first get out of the shower and I hate losing that tiny burst of laptop energy, or sit-with-the-cat-and-my-notebooks energy. Today I got out of the shower at 2 PM, waited for my sister to get out of bed, and have spent the past three hours at the desk in her room, but have got very little — practically nothing — done.

But look, a post! And I'm reading my friendlist/circle, which I always want to do and never seem to get round to. Little yays.

bandom goings-on

May. 28th, 2015 08:25 am
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1. So yesterday Pete Instagrammed a collage of all the DCD2 artists with a long explanation of how they are his gang, and he tagged them. He tagged "gabrielsaporta" instead of "cobrastarship," so many children freaked out in the comments. I did not freak out. I very calmly thought "Well, of course, you guys, he loves Gabe best, he has always loved Gabe best." My tinhat is strong.

2. TAI is reuniting for Riot Fest Chicago to play a ten-year anniversary runthrough of Almost Here. I can't go. I know I can't go. But I was so so so happy and excited. Then of course they made a blog post clarifying "This is a reunion show. This is a farewell show" and now I'm sad again. Fuck you guys. At least I'll get new Carden pictures out of this, and maybe even an update on what he's doing with his life.

3. Mikey and Kristin continue to be adorable and happy and dumb as tree stumps. Bless.

4. There are children on Tumblr who have decided that Gerard's discussion of gender issues is "transbaiting." Strong work, keep it up, guys, someday you could win a prize for being dumb.

5. idk, right now I'm pretty consumed with Ekblad/Mitchell as a pairing rn, but all of the above happened and I had so so so many feelings and I just love these guys so much. So much.

The Return of Reading Wednesday

May. 27th, 2015 11:08 pm
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What did you finish reading

L'aigle et le safran, by Sen: (You can buy it online or read it online. I'm reading the paper version, but the online version should normally be the same.) I LOVED THIS! It's been ages since I read something in French that gripped me this much. My only regret is that I wish the political aspect of the plot had gotten a little more spotlight, because a couple of things seemed to come (almost) out of nowhere. I would also say that I regret the "on opposite sides of the war" thing didn't last as long as it did, but I have Official Authorisation From The Artist TM to bug the author at JapanExpo to convince her to write something with more of that dynamic.

Also, the little bonus comic at the end was lovely.


I have also read and/or skimmed through about 15 volumes of La Geste des Chevaliers-Dragons and I am still conflicted over how I feel about the series. On the one hand, I'm not a big fan of the premise (only female virgins can kill dragons), but on the other, some of the stories told within that framework are excellent. I like volume 6 (Par-delà les montagnes) parts of which reminds me of the Valladolid debate, and several others whose names I can't remember right now (except two, but they deserve their own paragraphs).

Cut for extended discussion of volumes 11 and 12 (Toutes les mille et une lunes & Ellys) )

So far the only one I own is volume 11, Toutes les mille et une lunes, but I think I'm going to buy volume 12, Ellys, maybe. I just wish the cover looked like the inside art, because the inside art is gorgeous. The cover... is not.


Currently reading

Still stalled on The Art of War, The Kick-Ass Writer, La véritable histoire de Carthage et de Hannibal, Les Fleurs du Mal, Métronome and Ghosts of Cannae.

Made some progress on Rome's Revolution!

Mostly i'm excited because I've started reading The Grass-King's Concubine! I'm on page 10, though so there's not much I can say, except that I'm liking it so far and want to find out more about the Other Place the protagonist saw.


What are you reading next? (aka the to-read list)

As I said last time, now that I've finished L'aigle et le safran, I'm going to start reading Métronome again. On the other hand, I really want to finish Rome's Revolution as soon as possible.

To-read list )

Additions to the list (*looks at ever growing list to read* *looks at diminshing time to read* *sobs*): The next two Masqué books (I forgot to add those earlier) and the Romanitas trilogy, by Sophia Mc Dougall, on a rec from [personal profile] dolorosa_12 .

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Just finished

The Icarus Girl by Helen Oyeyemi. Magical realism still isn't my cup of tea but somehow this story grabbed me. Stories who have identity as the main theme usually do. I am still very impressed OYeyemi apparently wrote this when she was still studying for her A levels. You can tell this was a debut novel (the ending felt particularly rushed) but I'm looking forward to reading her more recent work.

The Places That Scare You: A Guide to Fearlesssness in Difficult Times by Pema Chodron. [livejournal.com profile] silviarambles recommended this to me. If it hadn't been for her I would never dreamt of picking up such a book. Pema Chodron is a Buddhist nun, this book is very spiritual and yet still approachable for non-Buddisht, non-meditation-practicing people like me. It was still very much out of my comfort zone and I can't say I liked it, but it gave me lots of food for thoght. I thought Chodron's analysis of the causes of pain and suffering in this day and age was particularly spot on, and her observations on the misguided ways we try to cope with this pain very sharp. This is not a book that gives you any clear answers or prescriptions and 'how-to's and perhaps that's why it left me with a powerful 'Now what?' feeling. But I'll be sure to re-read it (in small chunks) at some point in the future.

The Stars' Tennis Ball by Stephen Fry. This is apparently inspired by The Count Of Monte Cristo. Having never read the original, I wouldn't know how it compares. I adore Stephen Fry as a writer, his love for words and his humour shine through whatever he writes but I think The Stars' Tennis Ball is one of his weaker offerings. The plot is a bit improbable, but I was more than willing to overlook the plot holes and general WTFery for good story-telling, and I did just that in the first 2/3s of the book..but when it came to the last third, everything felt too rushed and the characters became cardboard cut-out versions of themselves.

The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison. A really enjoyable high fantasy tale, with a sympathetic hero, an amazingly detailed world-building (complete with its own language, structured enough to deserve an appendix at the end of the book, à la Tolkien) and lots of political intrigue and even a touch of a mystery. It surprisingly featured little violence and darkness, as it was at its heart the story of a decent bloke thrown in at the deep end and learning to make the most of his new lot. Perhaps I'm selling the book short, though, as it also handles sexuality, class, race, social change and not least abuse rather well, IMO.

Uprooted by Naomi Novik. I think I am one of the few people who was not wowed by the >Temeraire books (indeed I never got the urge to read past the first instalment in the series), so I was not scrambling to read Novik's new standalone book. Someone on DW (I think [personal profile] cofax7?) wrote a really positive review that piqued my interest, though, and I decided to give it a go. Blimey, I'm glad I did! This is the retelling of a traditional Polish fairytale (possibly more than one fairytales mashed-up together? It's got quite a bit of Polish folklore, I think - btw [livejournal.com profile] tediousandbrief, I think you might like this because of the Polish connection?) and it seems deceptively simple, at the start, what with its stereotypical fairytale setting and incipit. However, things get a distinctive twist rather quickly (and soon get quite dark as well, there's a lot of violence and fighting sequence that are awesome, especially if you're into that sort of thing). I got sucked right in and devoured the book during a single weekend.

Currently reading

Perdido Street Station by China Miéville. My first Miéville fantasy/sci-fi novel for grown-ups. The world-building and the language are even more masterful than in Unlondon, but the narrative pace is a bit slow-going and I'm having a bit of a hard time getting into the story. I'm only just 12% in the book, though, so I'm confident it will get better. It is a rather long book, after all. And the two characters I've been introduced to so far (a scientist and an artist, who are in an interracial - or actually interspecies - secret relationship) are very interesting. Plus, the city of New Crobuzon and the whole world are very much a character on their own and I'm just a sucker for stories with a strong sense of place.

To read next

I haven't decided yet. As usual, if you have any recommendations, please share.

Halfway There

May. 27th, 2015 03:30 pm
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As of today I have reached the halfway point of my yearly Reading Challenge. To date 7,920 pages or twenty-five books have been read. Only twenty-five more to make my goal. \o/

Here's a few titles (I rarely read new releases so few if any are new this year or even last year.) I've read this year and really enjoyed or felt very strongly about after reading them.

Top Five Non-fiction Books

The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo by Tom Reiss
Shake Hands with the Devil: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda by Romeo Dallaire
Robert A. Heinlein: In Dialogue with His Century: Volume 1 (1907-1948): Learning Curve by William H. Patterson Jr.
Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief by Lawrence Wright
Life by Keith Richards

Top Five Fiction Books

Lost Things by Melissa Scott
The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter by Sharyn McCrumb
Whiteout by Greg Rucka
The Outcast Dead (Ruth Galloway #6) by Elly Griffiths
Available Dark by Elizabeth Hand

What have you read recently that you've enjoyed?

What I am reading Wednesday

May. 27th, 2015 07:39 pm
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What I Just Finished Reading
The Head Girl of the Chalet School. I bought it in Foyles at the weekend when I discovered the paperback had very major cuts. I didn't think I remembered the book that well, but I kept reading it and thinking at various points "I don't remember that". I went and looked at the paperback once I'd finished and there are massive bits missing. Not that it affected my enjoyment of the paperback - if I hadn't known where the missing bits where I'd never have guessed.

What I'm Currently Reading
The Guides of the Chalet School by Jane Berry. I think this was the first Chalet School book by someone else I read. I'm re-reading it because work has killed my brain and I can't cope with anything else more complicated. And this is the Austrian era, which is my favourite.

What I'm Reading Next
I ordered a load of books recently, as I had a voucher for my birthday. I had them delivered to my house, thinking I'd be here and then I went out on Saturday. So I have to wait for this Saturday for them to be delivered. So I'll probably read one of them next. I just can't remember exactly what I ordered!

Mirrored from my blog.

books to read, 2015

May. 27th, 2015 09:34 am
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It's awfully late in the year to make a list of stuff I want to read, but I'm finally reading again, so what the hey. FYI my list from last year is here.

New Fiction
* Octavia Butler's Xenogenesis books
* Kameron Hurley's SF series that starts with God's War
* Cyteen by CJ Cherryh, because [personal profile] verity says so
* Ancillary Justice and Ancillary Sword, because Hugos
* We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson, because I love The Haunting of Hill House so
* The Instrumentality of Mankind, the complete short stories by Cordwainer Smith

New Non-Fiction
* Searching for Sunday by Rachel Held Evans
* The Language of the Night by Ursula Le Guin, because it's sitting on my shelf

Rereads
* The Birthday of the World, collection by Ursula Le Guin
* Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell
* Sunshine by Robin McKinley, because it's time

Fic: "between the lines" (hockey rpf)

May. 27th, 2015 11:56 am
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Another in the "Pretty" series, so Geno/Ekblad, set after the gold medal game at Worlds. Note the tags on the AO3 post.

between the lines

**

The trip to Texas was nice, but there's a ton of work stuff and life stuff to catch up with now that I'm back. /o/ I have a few BBBs bookmarked to read but no time yet to look at them. Hopefully this weekend.

I spent far too much money on makeup with the justification that it was a birthday gift to myself. /o/ Which means NO, I cannot buy myself a Panthers hoodie. Remind me of this when I get sad and decide to impulse-purchase.

(My Amazon wishlist is a weird mix of nonfiction for fun, nonfiction for research material, an entirely arbitrary assortment of novels, makeup, and a Panthers hoodie. Amazon has given up on recommending things to me.)

A goodbye (of sorts)

May. 27th, 2015 08:50 am
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I could start by saying this will be my last post here at Lady Business, but I hope that would soon prove a lie.

It’s been nearly five years now since Renay, Jodie and I first started talking about starting a blog together, and during that time my life has changed considerably. Five years ago I was getting ready to start my MA in Library and Information Management; although that was a busy period for me, I was much better able to manage my workload and still write regularly than I am now that I have a rewarding but often exhausting full-time library job. Add to that my perpetual confidence issues when it comes to writing for a more polished and professional venue and the result was a level of contribution far below what I hoped for when Lady Business was first launched. In its turn, this led to a permanent state of angst and guilt over not being able to be more involved, which brings us to where we are today. I’ve been on hiatus since the start of the year to make sure that whatever decision I came to in the end would be the right one for my life, and I’m now as certain as I think I’ll ever be.

I’m sad to announce that I’m stepping away from my formal role in Lady Business. Read more... )
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i've done other things with my day too. edited an hour of audio, and wrote a paper about supporting a major government system - but! i just did this in 30 minutes. and i thought it - good.

Ridiculous amounts of water

NSFW May. 26th, 2015 02:11 pm
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Man, I love how when the words come, they come totally out of nowhere. All tumbleweeds for the better part of the month, and then suddenly 1k+ spread out between two-and-a-half new things over less than 24 hours! (And on languishing backstory ideas that I've given no significant mental attention to for years, at that. *hands of SERIOUSLY, WHAT*)

Brains: what the hell ya gonna do with 'em, anyway.

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