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I seem to have done something inexplicable and wrong to my ankle hurrying down the stairs to the subway. Fingers crossed that stabilizing wrap plus the two Tylenol do something before I have to go be on my feet for more than eight hours tomorrow and then go on a date!

The good news, at least, is that I've had a lovely couple of days, all told. Saturday was some very therapeutic cleaning and organizing. Sunday was work, but absurdly busy, which, while tiring, at least keeps me pretty occupied and I get to talk to lots of interesting people. (I've made a resolution to buy at least three extra business card cases, so I'm never without because I brought the wrong bag.) I have a lot of writing to accomplish before Thursday, at which point I fly back to Ohio probably for the last time for a long, long time, which I kind of can't bear to think about, so. I imagine I will be much less fun after this weekend. (OH. And in between all that, I also have to fight my health insurer, which sent me an email at 8:26 on Saturday evening telling me I made too much money to be on my health plan, for which I'd paid and for which I'd received a membership card that very day. The problem, of course, with basing annual income on holiday hours and wages in retail should be pretty apparent.)

The very good news: Tonight my friend H and I finished The Magicians, WHICH, WOW, I LIKED THAT A LOT, good thing the second season starts next Wednesday! It's such a strange thing to watch as a fannish person, knowing that Lev Grossman actually does get it, because the text is SO tropey and SO wink-at-the-audience-y, and yet it doesn't feel that obnoxious. I actually haven't read the books, despite having had them recommended to me, because everything about them sounded smug and snide and hideously obnoxious and joyless. Maybe they are and they just translate really well to the screen, but I ended up loving the character I resisted on his introduction because the story was telling me SO HARD to love this louche, brilliant, dapper asshole (yes, Eliot, YES!!!), and I'm digging how SO MANY of the actresses are TALL, and MY HEIGHT, even!! And I think the worldbuilding is really fascinating -- much less ironic, or at least emptily ironic, than I feared. The characters are great! I'm rooting for everybody! The women are amazing, and there are so many women! I'm definitely not thrilled about everything! (There was a Big Reveal in the final episode that just, like. Oh fuck no.)

But. Yeah. Rec me fic? A note: I sort of aggressively don't care about dudeslash, but I'm all for that spoiler threesome (enthusiastic bisexuals FTW!) and any het or femslash where the ladies get what they want. That said, I am a gen girl at heart, and I really, really love gen. Off to the archives! <3
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Cuddles for Comfort 2017 banner

[ profile] james just put together the Cuddles for Comfort 2017 collection on AO3, and notes:
The collection is open to fiction, art, vids, podfic, any type of fan creation that features cuddling.

All fandoms!

All relationships and ratings. Gen, slash, het; lovers, friends, siblings, sworn enemies, sentient battle tanks, all welcome!

The fest is from now until Feb 14, though the collection won't really close so folks can post after.

Yesterday [ profile] scruloose and I bought this coffee table...sight unseen, because there wasn't a floor model out. (We have a few days after its delivery to return it, no questions asked, if we change our minds once it arrives.) We looked at some others, but veneer tops are very common, and while our cats are never deliberately destructive, they're cats and have claws, and I suspect a veneer would start having visible scratches within a day. This one has a slate top.

And today I ordered an Alphasmart Neo2 (used, as they were discontinued in 2013 or so). I've heard about them on and off for years and always kinda wanted one. On Facebook, a friend mentioned having just gotten one and already loving it, so I finally went ahead, since the secondhand price on Amazon was pretty reasonable.

Oh, and I think I forgot to mention that a few days ago I caved and bought a supporting Worldcon 2017 membership so I can nominate and vote in the Hugos. I'm not gonna pretend that the main incentive wasn't this note in [ profile] seanan_mcguire's eligibility post:
The 2017 Hugo Awards will have a special category for Best Series, and because of the release of Feedback and RISE during the 2016 calendar year, Newsflesh is eligible.
Yes, hello, I am all over this.
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Sleep With Both Eyes Open (2035 words) by umadoshi
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Newsflesh Trilogy - Mira Grant
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Georgia Mason/Shaun Mason
Characters: Georgia Mason, Shaun Mason
Additional Tags: POV First Person, POV Female Character, Canon Disabled Character, Adopted Sibling Incest, Coping Mechanisms, some spoilers (see notes)

As either a concession to my scruples or a sign of how eager he was to get the hell out into the open air with someone other than a security detail, Shaun put on an almost-reasonable amount of protective gear without my having to say a word. I did the only appropriate thing in response: while he fidgeted, I went back to my computer, pulled up our shared calendar, and entered "PIGS FLEW" on the current date.

He opened his mouth to protest, and I shook my head. "Not a word, or tomorrow morning I have a new blog post about my dashing Irwin brother finally learning some common sense in his old age," I said, which earned me a glower that suggested Shaun couldn't decide whether "common sense" or "old age" was more offensive.

In which Georgia and Shaun take a fleeting break from the horrific workload and stress about two-thirds into Feed.

Additional notes:
--Written for [ profile] cantarina for [ profile] fandom_stocking.
--Title from Dessa's "Warsaw".
--Beta work by [personal profile] wildpear.
--Set roughly between chapters 22-23 of Feed. Includes mid-book spoilers.

You can also read the fic under the cut )

Fandom Stocking

Jan. 16th, 2017 11:10 pm
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My stocking is here.

I got book recs, podcast recs, short fics (timetraveler's tourist guide to Hannibal's crossing of the Alps, ZAMA IN SPACE), art (SPACE EXPLORER T-REX) and various other bits and bobs.

And now I wait for [community profile] fandomgiftbox .
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*Victoria: Pilot
... )

*Beyond: Pilot-1x03
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*Sherlock 4x01-4x03
... )

*Criminal Minds: 12x08-12x10
... )

*Agents of Shield
... )

*Shadowhunters: 2x01-2x02
... )

*Code Black: -2x11-2x13
... )

*Lethal Weapon: 1x09-1x11
... )

New stories by me

Jan. 16th, 2017 12:38 pm
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I participated in the [community profile] fandom_stocking gift exchange, and got a slew of lovely gifts, from icons to book reviews to links to beautiful things. Thank you again to everyone who gave me things! If any of that sounds nice, go check out the comments to my stocking and enjoy the pretty and the recs.

I also wrote two gift stories.

For Nenya Kanadka, I wrote a 2000 word original FF short story, The Pirate's Blessing. A space pirate seeks a very special blessing from the Goddess, and a priestess gets an unexpected blessing of her own. It is tagged
Space Pirates, Ritual Sex, and Holy Space Aikido, which should give you an idea of the tone. I hope it's as much fun to read as it was to write.

For Monanotlisa, I wrote a 400 word short based on Sarah Waters' Victorian lesbian Gothic Fingersmith. It's post-book and so spoilery, and I'm not sure if it makes sense if you haven't read the book, but if you have a thing for hands and gloves, and I know I do, you might like it anyway. Every now and then something just comes to me in a flash, whole, and this was one of them. It's also FF, but a totally different tone. First Page.
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A little girl gets lost alone in the woods. But for better or worse, no one is ever really alone…

The world had teeth and it could bite you with them any time it wanted. Trisha McFarland discovered that when she was nine years old.

Sounds like Cujo, doesn’t it? Sometimes bad things happen and it’s nobody’s fault, just the way of the world. Sometimes all the courage and willpower in the world isn’t enough to save you.

And sometimes it is.

The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon

Along with the Dark Tower series, this unique little book was my favorite of the new-to-me King books I read this year. While it has a lot of aspects that I like about King in addition to tropes I like in general, it’s different from his other books I’ve read (much pithier, for one thing) and a bit sui generis overall.

If you read survival memoirs, you’ll notice that many real people who got lost in the wild, in addition to their suffering and fear and physical breakdown, also had some kind of transcendent or spiritual experience. In between periods of misery and despair, they came to understand themselves, the natural world, and some kind of greater force in a way which felt deeply and lastingly important to them, though many say that no attempt at description can convey what it was really like. King delves into this phenomenon, giving the book an atmosphere at once delicate and powerful, full of realistic and suspenseful wilderness details balanced with a satisfyingly ambiguous exploration of that which is inherently unknowable and indescribable.

Nine-year-old Trisha goes with her mother and older brother for a short hike on the Appalachian Trail. When she steps off the path for a pee break, she realizes that she’s fallen behind and tries to take a short cut to catch up with them. One easy-to-make mistake leads to another, and Trisha is soon lost in the woods. Very, very lost.

That’s the entire book: the extraordinary journey of an ordinary girl. But Trisha is extraordinary too, in the way that anyone may become if they hit the exact right— or wrong— circumstances to bring out their full potential, whether to do right or wrong or simply endure.

If you’ve been following my King reviews and thinking, “Man, these books sound interesting, but so dark! Does he ever write anything that wouldn’t traumatize me if I read it?” Unless you’re very sensitive to children in danger, this could be the one.

The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon is way more emotionally realistic (and so harrowing) than something like Hatchet, but it’s more like that than it is like Carrie, and it’s a lot less traumatizing, to me anyway, than Julie of the Wolves. (No rape, no deaths of sympathic animals.) It’s a character and theme-driven adventure/survival novel with ambiguous fantasy elements and some scary moments, not a horror novel. There’s some snippets of Trisha’s family freaking out, but they get little page time. Trisha suffers, but she’s also very resilient. [If you just want to know if she survives, for the answer: Vg’f n pybfr pnyy ohg fur qbrf, naq irel gevhzcunagyl ng gung.]

Trisha has no special woodsy knowledge. Brian from Hatchet she’s not. Very unusually for a wilderness survival novel with a child hero, Trisha doesn’t do anything that a smart and resourceful but untrained kid couldn’t plausibly have done. The average kid wouldn’t have survived as long as she did, but that’s just statistics. She doesn’t build her own snowshoes, start fires with flint, befriend wolves, or trap rabbits. She eats stuff she finds, she makes a primitive lean-to from fallen branches, and she walks. And walks. No matter how bad things get, she doesn’t stop.

She does it all with nothing but a little bit of food and water, plus her Walkman, which picks up the broadcast of a Red Sox game in which her favorite baseball player, Tom Gordon, is playing. As she gets more and more lost, and is forced to reach deeper and deeper into her mind and body and soul to survive, she calls upon others to help her out: her memories of her family and her parentally disapproved-of friend Pepsi Robichaud, who could only be considered a bad influence if you’re nine and sheltered, her crush and idol Tom Gordon, and various conceptions of God or Godlike forces.

As time goes on, Tom Gordon becomes Trisha’s imaginary companion, becoming more and more of a presence as she goes from simply needing him more to outright hallucinating from hunger and illness. So another of King’s perennial themes comes into play, the relationship of the fan to the fan-object, and how real and important it can be, for better or worse. (You do not need to know or care about baseball to read this book. I don’t. Technical details are minimal, and King tells you everything you need to know.)

But there are other things in the woods which Trisha didn’t call, except in the sense that she attracted them by being there and vulnerable. Maybe it’s whatever animal predator happens to be around. Maybe it’s a specific animal that’s tracking her. Or maybe it’s supernatural. This part of the story is exceptionally well-done and comes to a very satisfying conclusion.

Back to God, King’s perennial question of “Does he exist and if so, where is he and why does he let bad things happen?” is prominent in this book. While lost, Trisha considers and possibly encounters multiple concepts of God. One is the mainstream idea of an interventionist God, whom Tom Gordon petitions with a gesture during games; if that God answers an athlete’s prayers to win, will He answer Trisha’s to live? Another is the Subaudible, which Trisha’s father explained to her when she asked him if he believed in God:

"It had electric heat, that house. Do you remember how the baseboard units would hum, even when they weren't heating? Even in the summer?"

Trisha had shaken her head.

"That's because you got used to it, but take my word, Trish, that sound was always there. Even in a house where there aren't any baseboard heaters, there are noises. The fridges goes on and off. The pipes thunk. The floors creak. The traffic goes by outside. We hear those things all the time, so most of the time we don't hear them at all. They become... Subaudible.

“I don't believe in any actual thinking God that marks the fall of every bird in Australia or every bug in India, a God that records all of our sins in a big golden book and judges us when we die— I don't want to believe in a God who would deliberately create bad people and then deliberately send them to roast in a hell He created— but I believe there has to be something.

“Yeah, something. Some kind of insensate force for the good.

“I think there's a force that keeps drunken teenagers— most drunken teenagers—
from crashing their cars when they're coming home from the senior prom or their first big rock concert. That keeps most planes from crashing even when something goes wrong. Not all, just most. Hey, the fact that no one's used a nuclear weapon on actual living people since 1945 suggests there has to be something on our side."

Much of the book interrogates the idea of a Subaudible, particularly the question of just how conscious it is and if we're our own Subaudible. It also introduces the idea that the Subaudible may have a less benevolent counterpart. This is the God of the Lost, which may be the thing (if there is a thing) stalking Trisha through the woods. If so, is it malevolent or simply dangerous? Is it another insensate force, or conscious and concrete?

What will determine Trisha’s fate? God and the Devil? The Subaudible and the God of the Lost? No supernatural forces at all, just human beings and nature and Trisha herself? Or some combination of those?

I normally find religion the most boring topic on Earth. I did not find it boring in this book. It comes up naturally, and it’s in the form of open questions rather than preaching. I excerpted the part about the Subaudible because it’s easier to quote than to summarize, not because it’s presented as the One Truth.

The prose, which swings easily from King’s usual not-quite-stream-of-consciousness interspersed with bits of omniscient narration to some passages of striking beauty, doesn’t try to imitate a child’s speech. But though the language is adult, the content of Trisha’s inner world did mostly feel convicingly nine-year-old. That’s an age when many kids are thinking about God and why bad things happen. I’ve had children that age talk to me unprompted about those issues in simple language but using pretty sophisticated ideas. The Subaudible isn’t Trisha’s idea, it’s her father’s, but I believed that once he told her about it, she’d keep on chewing over it.

Cut for spoilers. I would not read these if you might read the book; they spoil the climax, which is quite beautifully orchestrated. Read more... )
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I'm still halfway in 2016 mode with books because I couldn't time travel in order to read all the books I wanted. But 2017 is here and with it, new books, new lists of upcoming books, and my renewed lack of self-control. Here's some books I have my eye on in the next few months. Read more... )
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I am truly beyond thrilled with all that I received for [community profile] fandom_stocking this year.

To sum up, I received:

-Two beautiful banners/book covers from [ profile] lost_spook, for the Yuletide story I wrote for her, as well as two icons (and two others to share because they’re fantastic) for Dracula (1968). I’ll see if I can put the second banner in without wrecking anything on Ao3 once I figure out the coding and upload it elsewhere. I'm not sure about creating a third chapter over there just to show them off, but it's an option.

-17 Supergirl icons from [personal profile] medie, and 2 Supergirl related icons from [personal profile] tarlanx.
-3 Dark Shadows icons from [personal profile] liadtbunny.
-A great Methos centered Highlander drabble from [personal profile] misbegotten.
-A book recommendation (which I’ll track down soon) from [personal profile] john_amend_all.
-A massive helping of book recommendations from [personal profile] rebecca_selene. I will be tracking down a large amount of them, if not all of them, in all likelihood.
-Links to Halloween focused stuff from [personal profile] valarltd
-Happy New Year from [profile] falcon_hours, [personal profile] knowmefirst and [personal profile] twinsarein.

I’m uploading as many icons as I can to Dreamwidth, and saving others so I can switch them out at another date if I want. To all that are on my circle/friends list and provided something, thank you again.

I’ll look through the collection further on Ao3 in a little while.
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for [personal profile] musesfool


My ideal Star Wars fic would be an epic saga of an idealized EVERYBODY LIVES ‘verse Read more... )

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(x-poasted to tumblarrrrr)

This is rly just me going on about how much I kind of like that bit in the TVM that everyone hates, pretending anyone agrees with me, and possibly pissing off some Doctor/Clara shippers along the way.

Come with me now on a journey through time and space... )

Miscellaneous linkspam

Jan. 16th, 2017 12:59 am
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"The Transatlantic Cable and Mermaid Erotica". [BizarreVictoria]

"Wide Impact: Highly Effective Gmail Phishing Technique Being Exploited".

"WhatsApp backdoor allows snooping on encrypted messages".

Not so much my thing, but this may amuse some of you! [ profile] wildpear's husband was passing this link from Physics Forums around: "Vacuum or pressure to move spaghetti through a hole".

"Productivity in Terrible Times".

"This Tiny Thermal Printer Turns Anything On Your Phone Into a Sticky Note".

"Nellie Bly and the Women Who Paved the Way for Investigative Journalists Both Real and Fictional". [The Mary Sue]

Via [ profile] alisanne, geeky wedding cakes at Cake Wrecks.

"John Scalzi's 10-point plan for getting creative work done in the age of Trump".

"I wore men’s clothes for a month – and it changed my life".

"How much does it hurt? Aching, throbbing, searing, excruciating – pain is difficult to describe and impossible to see. So how can doctors measure it? John Walsh finds out about new ways of assessing the agony".

"The 1 Photo Going Viral to Help Women Detect Breast Cancer".

"Eindhoven graduate designs a gun for firing her tears".

"‘Goodnight Moon’ author was a bisexual rebel who didn’t like kids". [Annoying headline, but an interesting read.]

"A View from the Edge — Creating a Culture of Caring". [The New England Journal of Medicine] [Content notes: Late-term pregnancy loss. Otherwise, I wouldn't say this is hugely graphic about the writer's (nearly fatal) situation past the first paragraph, but avoid if descriptions of callousness from medical professionals distresses you.] "My recovery involved five major operations including a right hepatectomy. I had to relearn to walk, speak, and do many other things I had taken for granted. But in the process, as a patient, I learned things about us — physicians and other medical professionals — that I might not have wanted to know. I learned that though we do so many difficult, technical things so perfectly right, we fail our patients in many ways.

As a patient, I was privy to failures that I’d been blind to as a clinician. There were disturbing deficits in communication, uncoordinated care, and occasionally an apparently complete absence of empathy. I recognized myself in every failure."

"The Instant Ramen Power Rankings". [Lucky Peach]

"Ramen in Japan, Ramen in America: On flour, chicken fat, and how Americans just don't really know yet". [Lucky Peach]

"What Would Dorie [Greenspan] Do? Celebrate everything". [Lucky Peach, the holiday edition]


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