Sorry about the time change. Have some porn.
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jump in the saddle, hold onto the bridle
Avengers; Steve/Bucky/Natasha; adult; 1,350 words
Steve could do this all day.
Nothing but OT3 porn here.
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Look at life carelessly. The only things worth being disappointed in or worrying about are in ourselves, not in externals. Take life as it comes and do what lies straight in front of you.
– E.A. Wilson, from Edward Wilson of the Antarctic, pg 36
If one works continually one wants more holidays; if one works moderately with other interests thrown in one doesn't find holidays necessary. I am as fresh for my work every time now as I was months ago.
– pg 43
Practise neatness. It is a good thing, and all one with general restraint and patience and godliness. To be neat you must never be impatient, and to be really tidy you must never be in a needless hurry or bustle.
– pg 27
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I have no real thoughts on last night's Elementary. I was very sleepy. I do know that there was ( spoilerCollapse )
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Questions for the flist:
1. A couple of you have mentioned the India Black books. In what order should they be read? I have a gift certificate and I'll be back to reading fiction eventually.
2. Am I missing something or are there no tags or indexing available to find all of Ta-Nehisi Coates's columns about WWII? (I'm pleased to see I made some of the same choices in reading material, and have added a couple things to my already stupidly long to-read list as well, just from the couple of columns I managed to find.) His commentariat tends to be very knowledgeable about stuff but having to use a list of google search results to read from is tiresome. *is fundamentally lazy*
3. WHY DOES THIS WEEK FEEL LIKE IT'S BEEN EIGHT WEEKS LONG? I said something to my boss today about something I'd done earlier this week, except I was like, "yeah, I did that a couple weeks ago" and he looked at me funny, since it was something I not only didn't do, but COULDN'T HAVE DONE, prior to Tuesday of this week. UGH TIME. WHY SO INEFFABLE?
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Most mornings, my alarm goes off at 4. I get up, I work -- writing, editing, etc. -- I shower and dress, and then I get into my car to go do different work for the rest of the day. About two or three times a week I do something else (e.g. meeting up with friends, going to org meetings, projects, etc.) before I come home, veg out for a little bit, and then shuffle off to the soft, dark place for a few hours.
A couple of days ago, I realized that DST starts this weekend. I moved my alarm back to 3:30.
The idea is that two little shifts would be less bad than a whole hour. If I'd been really smart I'd have started a couple of weeks ago, and bumped back to 3:45, 3:30, 3:15, etc., but so far this is working okay. I am unlikely to want to die on Monday when that hour I am using disappears out from under me. I may not even notice.
I'll tell you what, though: the idea of 3:30 is almost a little much. Like, I say I'm not a morning person, and that what I'm really doing is getting up in the middle of the night, but I'm still having to balance that with a diurnal life, and 3 AM is perilously close to what is probably a red line in terms of making that work. So.
At least I get that hour back at the end of haunt season.
And now, links:
30 Cats And Dogs Losing The Battle Against Human Furniture
I dispute that all of these animals are losing a battle, and not all of the human objects are furniture, but this is still magical.
10 Things That Every Brand New Creator of Science Fiction Should Know
I was surprised how good this list is. I'd also challenge that it's only for "brand new creator(s) of science fiction," since a lot of it is applicable to fantasy as well. And literary fiction. And so on.
Snake vs crocodile: A dramatic showdown
This is not a SyFy original movie. This is a thing that happened at a lake in Queensland where people swim. Australia: kind of amazing.
Ghosts of the Tsunami
Describing this essay as an account of the relationship between the living and the dead after the tsunami that cased the Fukushima disaster hardly does it justice. Longish, so set aside some time.
YouTube channel: Mahafsoun
Belly dance plus metal. Commentary should be entirely unnecessary, right? Beautiful stuff.
150 Journalism Cliches
I remember one of my teachers in high school had a list of bad writing habits to avoid, written in such a way as to demonstrate each habit in the instruction. "Avoid cliches like the plague" was one of those gems. Personally, I think we should use this list to make cable news bingo cards.
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Everyone is too much afraid or too selfish to be 'quixotic' even in little things. Everyone lives by a rule of thumb – by the laws of Society, or the laws of the land, or the laws of the Church, or what not; whereas no one is bound by anything but the law of his own conscience.
— E.A. Wilson
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from Edward Wilson of the Antarctic, pg 27
And in the "for what it's worth" department, I can now read Lolcats in Spanish:
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Cleo is the most laid-back cat on the face of the planet. I mean seriously, she's not even really a cat, I'm convinced.
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Yesterday the maid came by to clean--once a week cleaning is part of the rent--and this week that included vacuuming the furniture, including the chair Cleo was sitting on. The very loud vacuum was turned on: Cleo sat and looked at it. The vacuum came nearer: Cleo licked her paw. The maid started vacuuming the chair (which I've described as "Oh no! Someone skinned a muppet and used its fur for a chair!" Long red fake fur...interesting design choice, no?): nothing. The nozzle of the vacuum was two inches from her side and she was ignoring it. The maid and I were both looking at each other, looking at her, and laughing. Finally I picked Cleo up so the maid could finish removing cat hair. I could *see* us both thinking it would be faster--and probably completely acceptable to Cleo--to just vacuum the cat. I told the maid "Ella es muuuuy tranquila." (The maid likes Cleo and gave her a skritch on the way out.)
On unrelated news, I'm finding more and more that I don't mentally translate to English as I read the newspaper, which is good. This is most notable when I'm reading the (Costa Rican) newspaper to Rita. I understand what the article is saying, but then have a lot of hand waving while trying to come up with the English equivalents. There was a train crash earlier this week between a semi truck and a passenger train (Rita asked about it, since she'd seen something on a TV at the doctors office--follow up with the doctor who took care of her last year), and part of the article was talking about installing "semaforas" at the "cruces de tren" and I had to mime lifting my arm at the elbow before Rita suggested "gates at railroad crossings?"
(Oh, and Rita got a clean bill of health, so to speak, from the doctor. Though she'd also followed up with doctors in the US.)
Learned a great word in Spanish: estadounidense. Estados Unidos as an adjective--United Statesian? Soy estadounidense.
I was having a variety of browser/website issues last night which frustrated me enough that I ended up not even attempting to post my thoughts on last night's ARROW, the last new episode for two weeks. So here I am tonight, and so far things on the Livejournal seem to be cooperating. The "icon" drop-down menu icon worked, so the "Arrow" avatar will show with this review instead of my cartoony Allan-drawn face, as it should be.
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We knew from the end of episode 14 that tonight's episode would be a tense one, didn't we?
( THE PROMISECollapse )
I'm pretty sure the beach with the flaming pyre is the same beach Once Upon A Time used this season as the place in Neverland where Hook first encountered Pan.
I also loved the little shout-out to "Curtis Swan," one of the greatest Superman artists ever, as Thea was showing Slade through the art gallery.
( You are about to view content that may only be appropriate for adults. )
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Today is World Book Day! I hadn't known that, actually, but I still spent the day putting this list together, thinking it was a better thing to do than chew on myself. So here, in no particular order, and for a host of Very Good Reasons, i.e.
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* This book got me through childhood without killing anybody.
* I have read this book more often than perhaps is healthy.
* This book changed how I write.
* This book changed how I look at the world.
* I would memorize this book and recite it on command if books became illegal.
* Gondor has no good reason for loving this book; Gondor NEEDS no good reason for loving this book.
* I have purchased many copies of this book because I keep 'loaning' it to people.
* Elements of this book have been instrumental in how I define the world.
The list begins:
The Oracle Glass by Judith Merkle Riley. ISBN: 0 449 91006 7
* I love this book so much that I hardly ever recommend it to my friends directly -- this is because I'm afraid if they don't like it, we can't be friends anymore. It's a historical fantasy that's written by a history teacher, so it passes the 'pedantic reenactor' test with flying colors. I pick this book up again every couple of years, and I never seem to love it any less.
Good Omens by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman. ISBN: 978 0 06 085397 6
* Nobody I loan this book to ever seems to give it back again. I never can blame them, really. It's that good. Thank Cod I can always get a new copy.
Salt. A World History by Mark Kurlansky. ISBN: 9780142001615
* This book schooled me HARD about just how much this one edible rock influenced the passage of human history as we know it. FASCINATING stuff.
A Madness of Angels by Kate Griffen. ISBN: 978 0 316 04125 6
* I adored the first book of the Matthew Swift series in a life-changing way. I just wish the second two had measured up. (Haven't read the fourth yet, alas.) Still, I wouldn't trade this first one away for nothing.
God Stalk by PC Hodgell. ISBN: 978-1-4165-5576-6
* This is another one I keep going back and reading over and over again. I feel deeply that Tai Tastigon is one of the best, most memorable fictitious cities of which I've ever read, and I adore Jamethiel more than is possibly reasonable.
Vellum by Hal Duncan. ISBN: 0 345 48731 1
* Took this book with me on my first trip to Las Vegas. Was UNPREPARED for it to eat my entire brain and attach itself to my face. I didn't go anywhere I couldn't take the book with me for the first four days of the trip, and had to be bribed with alcohol to leave it behind for meals. Finished it too fast, spent the rest of the trip longing for the sequel. Yes, it's that good.
The Persian Boy by Mary Renault. ISBN: 0 394 75101 9
* Another historical novelization done just the way I love them: using real people, and the stories that fall between the cracks of post-Roman history. This one stirs me every time I pick it up.
Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury. ISBN: 9780380729401
* I don't even feel obligated to explain this particular literary pash -- either you get it, or you never will.
Burying the Shadow by Storm Constantine. ISBN: 9781892065452
* Storm Constantine is a bulletproof author for me. Even when I don't like her protagonists, her language use never fails to knock me OUT. It's hard to choose a single favorite from her works -- look down thread, and you'll see that actually, I can't -- but this one taught me a new kind of magic, and that counts for a hell of a lot in my world.
Digging Up Donald by Steven Pririe. ISBN: 9781904853466
* I have to count a book that makes me burst out laughing, aloud and helplessly in public, as a triumph. I bounced off my first run at it, but on my second try, my hand to Cod, I thought it was going to kill me. My roommate just thought I was nuts, but when she borrowed it, she couldn't keep from laughing either.
Catspaw by Joan Vinge. ISBN: 9780765303417
* This book makes me cry like a wibbling ninny, and I love it beyond reason, but godDAMN, did it teach me something about the meaning of the word Sacrifice.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. ISBN: 9780679783268
* I pull this one off the shelf and read it about once every couple of years. Lizzy Bennet was my role model for more years than I can count, and I love this book unironically and without reservation -- even the excruciating parts.
Cyrano De Bergerac by Edmund Rostand (trans Brian Hooker) ISBN: 978-0553213607
* One of my greatest disappointments in life is that I will never play this title role. It is my favorite of All Things Ever, I've written fanfic pastiches of it, I can practically recite the whole damned thing on command, I even went and dug up that horrid, half-decent Broadway adaptation that, Thank Dionysos, Frank Wildhorn never actually produced. I will die loving this book/play, even if Rostand did totally erase Cyrano's gayness from his text. (Yes. Really.)
Riddle Master : The Complete Trilogy by Patricia McKillip. ISBN: 9780441005963
* This was one of my childhood favorites, and I'm proud to say it's stood the test of time and adulthood pretty goddamned well, really. I don't feel the need to explain this one -- it's so good that it just sells itself, really. All it usually takes is half an hour with the first book, and if a reader's going to like it at all, they're already in love.
Chronicles of Amber 1-5 by Roger Zelazny. ISBN: 9781857987263
* This book taught me to write. It so strongly influenced the beginnings of my craft that I can't imagine what my work would be like now if I had never read it. This is another one that made me make an idiot of myself when I met the author. He was gracious beyond belief though, which is just another reason to love him and his work.
World War Z by Max Brooks. ISBN: 9780307346605
* Simply put, the best book involving Zombies that's ever been written. The movie did not come even close to the goddamned ballpark. Friends who HATE horror, and who NEVER read fiction have gotten bowled over by this one.
Song for a Dark Queen by Rosemary Sutcliff. ISBN: 9780340248645
* Another childhood book. My first Historical Fiction, as I remember, and just as powerful now as it was then. Don't contradict me. I will fight you.
Too Many Curses by A. Lee Martinez. ISBN: 9780765318350
* This book made me stay up way past my bedtime, laughing like an idiot. Turns out that laughter is a hallmark of Martinez' books, but this one, the first I encountered, is still my favorite. It's about the housekeeper of a wizard called Margle the Horrendous, trying to keep things rolling along when her employer disappears, and his enemies start to wonder why. Oh, and she's a kobold, too.
The Starlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy. ISBN: 9781576469231
* Yes, really. Quit lookin at me like that, I was eleven goddamned years old!
The Heaven Tree Chronicles by Edith Pargeter. ISBN: 9780446517089
* Another gorgeously written historical novelization, by an author who, under her pseudonym, wrote the amazing Brother Cadfael Mysteries. The history is bang on, the people are real, human, and vibrant in their struggles. Flawed and gorgeous and mesmerizing.
Graceling by Kristin Cashore. ISBN: 9780152063962
* I can't really say why this YA book stands out so far from the crowd for me, but I can say I loved it. It's incredibly well written, and it made me really wish that the sequels had involved the same character, instead of just being written in the same universe. Ah well. I'll still read them someday, but this frontrunner is quite a favorite for now.
Those Who Walk In Darkness by John Ridley. ISBN: 9780446530934
* Every time someone defends Tony Stark's actions in Civil War to me, I think of this book. It's a Cop's Eye view of an America in which Supers are hunted down and deported -- once. And if they come back, they're hunted down and killed.
Anno Dracula by Kim Newman. ISBN: 9782290049662
* In case you've ever wondered what might've happened had Van Helsing et-al failed in their quest, this is the book for you. It is AU fanfic of the choicest kind, and I am shameless in my adoration of it. The cameo appearances of every damned Victorian horror figure, from Varney to Dr. Jeckyll to Oscar Wilde and Rudyard Kipling make it a history buff, true crime fan, and Victorian classics reader's treasure hunt. Truefax, I loved this book so much I turned into a That Fan the instant I realized Kim Newman was close enough for me to throw myself at his feet. It was awful. I'm pretty sure he thought I was gonna eat him.
The Wraeththu Chronicles by Storm Constantine. ISBN: 9780312890001
* There's something that readers of this series need to know before they begin: The wraeththu are a human mutation. They do not act like gay human males because they are NOT gay human males. They are hermaphrodites whose mutation from the human strain is more than physical. As stated in the book, they appear to combine 'the best of a man and the worst of a woman', and so long as you don't forget that, despite being addressed with male pronouns, they are not MEN at all, I think you stand a good chance of loving this series as much as I do. One of the things I adore about this world, and this author, is that she not only openly embraced the fanwriters and artists who seized on her work, she actually published anthologies of the best Wraeththu fan stories she came across. With full credit. And pay. Yes, really.
The Forgotten Beasts of Eld by Patricia McKillip. ISBN: 9780152055363
* Another formative years favorite, and another that I've all but memorized. Come on -- TELL me you know a single teenaged girl who wouldn't love to call fantastic beasts to do her bidding and live with her, and I'll call you a liar. Here's the thing though -- the story's just as good when you're an adult.
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkein. ISBN: 9780618640157
* Don't even. I read these books, and the Silmarillion some twenty times or more before I graduated High School. I could read and write in Elvish. I went through a phase of refusing to let people call me 'human'. I'd have been Tried as an Adult for sure, if I hadn't had the escape of Middle Earth at my fingers, and I will not accept any shit for unironically loving the books that kept me functionally sane until I could reach adulthood.
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. . . if you can't touch pitch without being defiled I am certain that it's more true that you can't meet a sound man or woman without being the better for it.
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from Edward Wilson of the Antarctic, pg 36
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Yeaaaaaah this is lazy and boring I know but my version of Window Movie Maker sucks ass and I can't do a lot of stuff with it, plus however much I lie to myself, I don't *actually* have time for this
I just really wanted to do this because I'm currently reading the books in French and the Athos/d'Artagnan game is SO STRONG guys, you have no idea, they're so in love with each other and Dumas ships them about as much as I do which is A LOT
I love that French is my first language, I love The Musketeers, I love Dumas.
Hence, I can't stop with the fanvids.
no I'm not
TICKETS TO CAPTAIN AMERICA 3D MARATHON* ON APRIL THIRD HAVE BEEN PURCHASED.
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I AM EXCITE.
I AM GOING TO NEED SO MANY TISSUES FOR THIS.
I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH ALL THESE STEVE/BUCKY FEELS.
*FLINGS SELF INTO THE SUN*
It wasn't up on fandango, and I was getting anxious - the 8 pm show at Kips Bay was already sold out! - but then I checked movietickets.com and there it was. *relieved sigh*
* Captain America: the First Avenger and Captain America: the Winter Soldier only
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Arrow: The Promise (now I am earwormed, but in a good way; I haven't heard that song in ages.)
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Also, here's a thing I noticed on my Life rewatch that I don't think I picked up on the first couple times: ( I guess it's a spoiler?Collapse ) While I have to say that aside from the gross and ill-advised Reese/Tidwell relationship, I don't mind Tidwell that much (though he is way too present; I liked Lt. Davis better), but I still need ALL the post-series fic where Reese moves on from him to Crews, because PARTNERS.
I also don't think I realized till this time around that the finale answers the very first question Crews asks Reese. ( spoilerCollapse ) But I am not up to the finale yet. I will probably have more to say when I get there.
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For those of you practicing cyberfunded creativity, what are your current projects? How can interested people get involved?
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Somebody please write me a Loki/Snape fic.
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Okay, so my current computer wallpaper is of Tom Hiddleston.
But just to assure you where my loyalties lie, I got a tattoo a few days ago. It's the word "Always" with the 'A' replaced by the Deathly Hallows sign, a wand, and the three iconic stars.
There was another Captain America/Winter Soldier trailer during last night's SHIELD. (It seems slightly different from this one anyway. I hate having to wait until I'm home from work to watch them.) It was the best part of the show.
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Also, tickets went on sale yesterday, but I haven't bought mine yet as I'm waiting to see what kind of marathon they're going to run. BUT I AM EXCITE. LESS THAN A MONTH NOW.
And there was new Brooklyn Nine-Nine last night. ( spoilersCollapse )
What I'm reading Wednesday:
What I've just finished
What I'm reading now
I'm just over halfway through The Second World War by Antony Beevor but I put it aside this morning because The Guns of August by Barbara Tuchman just became available from the library, but I can't have it for the full three weeks they normally give you, so I want to get through that one. So I've left WWII in the middle of the Battle of Kursk (apparently the greatest tank battle of all time?) for the early days of WWI. Which. Given that this year is the 100th anniversary, seems like okay timing. (Also, the Beevor doesn't have any other holds on it, so I figure if I don't finish it before it's due, I can check it back out again - they don't let you renew ebooks for some reason.)
I do have some compare and contrast notes between the Beevor and the Hastings, but I'll probably hold off on posting those until I'm done reading. But so far, if you're just going to read one, go with the Hastings. I found him a much more engaging writer, and his primary source quotes are a lot more varied. And his maps are more easily readable (though that may be a technology issue.)
What I'm reading next
Well, given how long it's taking me to get through the world wars, I don't know. The Storm of War: A New History of the Second World War by Andrew Roberts also came through from the library, but I may feel it's unnecessary once I'm done with the one by Beevor. (or, truthfully, I just won't have enough time to get to it before it has to go back.) I also have Hastings' book on WWI, so that's in the queue as well. I'm sure eventually I'll get back to fiction. I just don't know when.
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