Movie notes .

Sep. 20th, 2017 06:57 pm
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Logan Lucky - in theaters, PG-13

A heist movie about Southern, redneck-type folks who plan and carry out a complicated robbery. Very little violence (one bar fight), little in the way of bad language, no explicit material. Pretty light, fun, and clever. Channing Tatum is the mastermind of the heist; his brother is played by Adam Driver. Daniel Craig cleary had a lot of fun playing a bomb expert with a thick Southern accent. This movie didn't have a lot of substance, but it was fun. My main irritation is that Adam Driver plays a guy with a partial arm amputation from a war wound. How much money did they spend on CGI for this, and also he took away a great opportunity for an actual disabled person to play this part. There are a couple of jokes involving the prostetic that didn't feel mean to me, but might feel mean to someone else.

Silver Linings Playbook

I loved the beginning and middle of this movie. Bradley Cooper is tremendous in it-- he takes a character that could be (and sometime is) creepy and unlikeable, and makes that character sympathetic. I liked that they showed some of the realities of mental illness. I liked the friendship between his character and Jennifer Lawrence's character. I did not like the ending, which seemed to wrap everything up in too neat of a bow-- a happily ever after sort of ending, when you know it isn't going to be so easy for anyone.

What Happened to Monday - Netflix

A dystopian film set in the near future, in an unnamed European city. People live under an oppressive government, the main crux being a strict one-child policy. Seven identical sisters live in secret, sharing one legit identity as Karen Settman. They each get to go out one day a week, the day they are named after. At the end of the day, each catches the others up on what they need to know to keep up at their high-powered job. One evening, Monday doesn't come home, and the others must find out what has happened. Noomi Rapace plays all of the sisters. It's fun to watch them being badass and fighting, but there is quite a lot of violence and mayhem. Content notes for child harm and death; violence; gore. I enjoyed this film quite a lot.

morning writing

Sep. 20th, 2017 09:23 am
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(continued from yesterday)

It was late into the audience hours when the royal Consort and his cousin unexpectedly turned up in line.

Anduin almost had to look twice when their names - sans title or any other fanfaire - were called, the surprise making him slow. They were both of them in travel clothes, leathers worn smooth and supple, ragged and stained, the sort of clothes for hunting, fishing, and sleeping out on the road. They had obviously been out somewhere; Elwynn forest, Anduin suspected, part of Hardwire's ongoing campaign to train Ren back into some semblance of fitness after the birth of the babes. There was dirt and what looked like fresh blood stains on their clothes, and there would probably be venison or roast boar on the dinner table.

Dirty and disheveled, and Ren, at least, was visibly tired, and both with small gift boxes in hand and the most shit-eating grins Anduin had ever seen. He didn't, in that moment, know whether to kiss them or box their ears.
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morning writing

Sep. 19th, 2017 09:37 am
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No writing yesterday - was home being sickly. =P That'll teach me not to overdo the unpacking while dehydrated. And now, just to prove how many fic bits I can juggle all at once, here, have a bit about the first Love is in the Air valentine's holiday after the launch of the Legion expansion.... (because my muses are random bastards who jump around and this was what Anduin felt like giving me this morning =P)

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"Good morning, your Majesty," was the first warning he had, a little too bright and cheerful, the throne room guards all smiling a little too broadly. Anduin shook his head ruefully.

"Already?"

The senior guard grinned, utterly unrepentant. "It's not so bad, sir.... yet."

"Yet," Anduin echoed dubiously. His willingness to play along with the game made their smiles broader still, both guards moving to sweep back the doors to the throne with more enthusiasm than strictly necessary.

The audience line had already formed, which didn't make it that different from most days except for the composition of the line - even at a glance Anduin could count more mercenaries than tradesmen, when usually it was the reverse. It was the throne itself that was the source of the guards' amusement; or rather, the two small wrapped boxes resting there, given place of pride on the cushion.

Anduin plucked them from the throne. The gift boxes fit in his palm, heavier than they looked, with a metallic sort of jingle to them. "Only two?" he noted, jesting.
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Top of the Lake

Sep. 17th, 2017 12:00 pm
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I have been writing a post about Top of the Lake for literally like 4 years. FOUR YEARS. I keep writing drafts and never finishing them, because it all just feels so enormous and too much and I need like an entire day to get all my thoughts in order.

But, it's happening today friends. IT'S HAPPENING TODAY. SO HELP ME, THERE WILL BE A POST. It will be cobbled together from different drafts I've started over the years, but IT WILL EXIST.

So, below are my thoughts, which were written a few years ago, before I'd seen Mad Max: Fury Road, before Jessica Jones, before Wonder Woman.

Anyway, this post is still not even a fraction of the thoughts I have in my head about this show, BUT. We are doing this. THIS POST IS GETTING POSTED.

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Well, there's now not one, but two versions of Broadchurch (both starring David Tennant!) and I still haven't gotten around to the show that, to me, is the far more subversive, far more interesting, far richer and more beautiful original version of what has now become a multi-season franchise.

I haven't been able to write about Top of the Lake until now because my talents do not lie in talking about the things I find overwhelmingly amazing. I had to wait such a long time for the edges to fade, for this show to settle in my head and become digestible (this is after multiple viewings, because of course I rewatched parts of it ad nauseum) and analyzable and describable.

The non spoilery version is this: Robin (Elizabeth Moss) is a detective who comes back to her small town in New Zealand to visit with her gravely ill mother. At the same time a 12 year old girl in the town is discovered to be pregnant. Robin is called in, because of her big city specialist training, to help interview the girl - however the girl claims she remembers nothing, and Robin ends up leading the investigation into what happened. To unravel this mystery Robin will have to face old friends and enemies, the local gang, police corruption and the secrets of her own family.

If you, like me, are utterly bored by detective stories and mysteries, let me attempt another pitch: Top of the Lake is probably the greatest story I've ever seen about a heroine who is flawed and competent and human, who's allowed to unravel, whose power is never undermined even when she's as low as she's ever going to get, even when the odds are insurmountable. Robin is a heroine you root for when, like Buffy, she has nothing left but herself, her body, her wits. She's someone you root for while you recognize her blind spots, her privileges, her biases. Robin is someone who always, always comes through. Stripped down to the bone she rises, like Lazarus, unstoppable in her passion, her moral duty to do right by the marginalized, her incredible strength.

The amazing thing about Top of the Lake is that it's about a girl who loses everything, but never loses herself. It's about trauma, it's about survival, it's about revenge, it's about justice, it's about compassion and love and forgiveness, it's about asking the ugly questions about ourselves and being uncomfortable and trying as hard as you can to be the best person you can be. It's about trying to make sure no one has to suffer the way you've suffered.

And of course - Jane Campion is an amazing director, and stepping into her world for 7 episodes was like suddenly finding myself in an alternative universe where complex, challenging visual stories are told for me, as a woman. Where the male gaze is not even a distant memory.

Here's one last way of putting it: Robin and Leslie Knope (of Parks and Rec) are two extremes on the same continuum. Leslie is Robin in a light-hearted, brightly lit comedy - Robin is Leslie in a graphic, gritty detective story. Robin is the grown up version of Veronica Mars. The settings, the moods, the tropes are different but the women are the same - beacons of resilience, fortitude, open-eyed optimism, competence, who are the heroes rather than the victims of their narratives.

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And now an addendum written by today!me:

Top of the Lake is the spiritual mother of so many modern shows, and I'm so happy (SO SO HAPPY) that I get to place it a broader than ever tapestry of women heroes of all kinds.

Trick or Treat 2017 Letter

Sep. 16th, 2017 04:33 pm
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So, this is my first year doing the Trick or Treat exchange, and I'm happy to be giving it a shot. :)

I like all sorts of fic, so I'm pretty flexible! Also, I like both happy/fluffy fic and pretty dark stuff, so feel free to go in whichever direction you want. I don't mind unhappy endings. I have some favorite ships, but I also enjoy gen and friendship fic just as much.

I'm not very good at coming up with prompts, and it's hard to get a balance between including proper prompts and having nothing. I tried to include some things that I like/would find interesting about the characters I requested, but feel free to ignore or use that as a rough guideline.

General likes:

- Friendship fic
- Character studies and backstory
- Smut
- For porn, things I like include like anal sex/play, spanking, power play, slavefic, A/B/O, BDSM AUs, humiliation, and watersports. I like both consensual and non-con/dub-con interpretations. Also, I'm cool with a lot of kinks written in a way that's not explicitly sexual, like spanking as non-sexualized punishment or A/B/O worldbuilding. I'm also happy with vanilla smut, though!
- Darkfic/art
- Humor
- Loyalty kink (one character is very loyal toward and cares for another. Recognition of that from the other character can be nice but isn't essential)
- Pining (mutual or non-mutual)
- Enemies becoming friends/lovers and maybe not completely trusting each other
- Characters getting a break from their usual routine, like going out
- Bonding and unexpected friendships
- I love Halloween, so if you want to do something Halloween-themed, I'm definitely game!

Some specific likes for tricks:

- Body horror
- Tentacle monsters
- Gaslighting/manipulation
- Mind control
- Frightening visions/hallucinations/apparitions (take of this what you will--could be ghosts, hallucinations, telepathy, etc.)
- Characters not trusting their own perceptions/questioning reality
- Hauntings/ghosts
- Stockholm syndrome/lima syndrome

DNWs:

- Explicit underage sex
- Character bashing (characters being criticized or made fun of a bit is fine. I just like it to feel fair or good-humored)
- Animal abuse

Fandoms:

X-Men (Alternate Timeline movies)

Characters requested: Erik Lehnsherr, Ororo Munroe, Hank McCoy, Jean Grey, Charles Xavier, Peter Maximoff.

Some of my favorite pairings are Charles/Hank, Charles/Erik, and Jean/Ororo, but I'm pretty flexible on that. I also really like team interaction, solo gen, and friendship.

Some prompts/things I like:

- Anything related to the school. Maybe Charles and Hank running the school together, or one or both of them interacting with students in general. Or Jean or Ororo in a school context. If you want to go with a Halloween theme, maybe the students want to celebrate Halloween.

- Hank taking care of Charles or being loyal to him in general.

- Hank and Charles navigating being in a relationship.

- Hank adjusting to his Beast form, or dealing with challenges related to it. How does it affect his life, either physically (ie, does he have a hard time working in his lab at first because he's not used to his new hands?) or mentally/socially (he must have had to stay in hiding before he developed the serum and before mutants became mainstream). If you pair him with someone, it'd be interesting to see the sexual implications addressed--like, does he worry about accidentally hurting his partner with his strength or his sharp teeth?

- Jean and/or Ororo learning to control their powers or playing with them (whether it's harmless or not is up to you).

- Charles relating to Jean as a telepath and seeing himself in her.

- Jean and Ororo being friends.

- Ororo adjusting to life at the school and in the US.

- Ororo having a crush on Jean (either requited or not).

- Charles pushing the ethical boundaries of telepathy. This could be anything from occasionally influencing people for convenience to something darker like holding someone prisoner using his powers or altering their memory in a major way.

- Anything related to Charles being a telepath, in general.

- Peter getting more involved at the school after Apocalypse. Maybe the younger kids look up to him and he's not sure what to think about it.

- Peter's criminal activities and thrill-seeking behavior.

- Erik finding out that Peter is his son. Up to you whether you want to take it in a humorous or more dramatic direction. I would be all for Erik being exasperated by Peter and them having some fun father-son interaction, but I'd also enjoy a more serious take on how hard it might be for them to figure things out.

- Anything about Erik's time with his Brotherhood in between XMFC and his capture. How did he get along with his new friends/followers, especially when most of them had been following Shaw? What type of leader was he?

- Anything about the effect that Erik's time in prison had on him, or how he was treated. Go as angsty or dark as you'd like.

- For Charles/Erik, I like in-universe stuff or AUs where they have their powers. I also have a fondness for bottom!Erik (and, in A/B/O, omega!Erik), but I'm not particular on that by any means.

Alien Series

Characters requested: David 8, Elizabeth Shaw, Meredith Vickers.

In addition to gen, I really like David/Elizabeth. I'd also be interested in seeing more David/Vickers.

Some prompts/things I like:

- David/Elizabeth, especially if Elizabeth never quite trusts him. I'd be interested in seeing them relate to each other without removing the conflict between them.

- AU where Elizabeth gets a different ending (for better or worse).

- Anything about what happened leading up to Elizabeth's death.

- Elizabeth was alive to see the Engineers' planet (and learns what David did).

- Elizabeth's life/career on Earth before Prometheus.

- David learning more about the Engineers' practices and technology. When did he decide to destroy them and carry on their experiments?

- David's twisted ideas about creation and life.

- Backstory about David's life with Peter Weyland. I'd also be interested in David/Peter Weyland if you wanted to take it in that direction.

- Vickers' life and background before Prometheus. I feel like there are a lot of questions about her, especially in regards to her relationship with her father. Was it well-known that she was Weyland's daughter? What was the source of the conflict between them?

- Anything about David and Vickers' relationship and rivalry, and how they saw each other.

- David/Vickers. Maybe they have hatesex. Maybe Vickers takes out her anger on him. Maybe one or both of them worry about Weyland finding out and disapproving. Or maybe they relate to each other in some way even though there's also some resentment.

White Collar

Characters requested: Mozzie, Sara Ellis, Alex Hunter, Diana Berrigan.

Pairings I like with these characters include Sara/Alex, Sara/Diana, Alex/Kate, and Sara/Neal. I also really like team/friendship fic and characters working together, especially if it's an eccentric or unexpected combination (like Mozzie and Sara or Mozzie and Diana).

Some prompts/things I like:

- Mozzie's schemes, unusual interests, disguises, and conspiracy theories. Maybe he introduces another character to the Tiles of Fire movies, or comes up with a bizarre Halloween costume.

- Mozzie interacting with Diana and/or her son (maybe Theo can go trick or treating).

- I also really like Mozzie's friendships with Elizabeth and Neal, and his interaction with Peter.

- For Diana, Sara, and Alex, I really like that while they have different characteristics and strengths but are all very good at what they do and are highly-motivated. I like Diana's toughness and assertiveness, Sara's determination, and Alex's self-protectiveness. I'd love anything involving their jobs (or "job" in Alex's case), even if it's not detailed casefic.

- I also really like how Sara skirts the line between being on the law-abiding side and sometimes breaking the rules.

- Anything involving Sara's sister. I'm a little annoyed that there was never much closure in canon--even in the form of her explicitly accepting that there might not be a resolution.

- I like Diana's teamwork with Jones and Neal.

- Something post-finale involving one of the requested characters would be interesting. What do they go on to do?

- For something Halloween/horror-themed, maybe someone could find themselves with a cursed/haunted artifact. Or they could break into a haunted building.

Torchwood

Characters requested: Toshiko Sato, Suzie Costello, Jack Harkness, Ianto Jones.

If you go with something shippy, I ship pretty much ship everyone with everyone in Torchwood. I'm not a big fan of Children of Earth and I didn't watch Miracle Day, so I'd prefer something that takes place prior to that (or a canon-divergence AU).

Some prompts/things I like:

- Suzie's experiments with the resurrection gauntlet.

- Backstory and character study for Suzie. Why did she hate her father? How did she come to start killing for her experiments?

- Toshiko being smart and competent.

- Ianto's experiences with Torchwood One and trying to save Lisa.

- Jack's backstory and years on Earth as an immortal. Also, his missing memories from his time as a Time Agent. If you wanted to go a darker route, I'm interested by the implications that he's done some pretty dark things, both that he remembers and doesn't remember.

- My favorite episodes are Cyberwoman; Countrycide; Greeks Bearing Gifts; They Keep Killing Suzie; Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang; Adrift; and Fragments. I love fic based on those.

- Alien tech gone awry (either in a light-hearted or dark way).

- People coming/going through the Rift.

- Aliens. And sex involving aliens if you wanted to go that route.

- Anything involving the Year That Never Was and the effect it had on Jack or on the team.

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Sep. 16th, 2017 02:40 am
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i bought a giant heatpack-filled-with-herbs-and-wondrousness from Origins and it's over my shoulders and mmm i can't wait for winter
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The first time I read this book was in high school english class. I remember clearly how delighted I was to read this book at the time. High school english is heavy on the Serious, Depressing & Literary, but this book had whimsy. It was still about serious topics (particularly focusing on censorship and free speech) but it managed to be that while also being a charming and fun read! REVOLUTIONARY. It felt all the more special because it wasn't supposed to be on the syllabus but my teacher managed to talk the english department into letting him teach this book instead of the Serious, Depressing & Literary book we were supposed to be reading.

Rereading it now, I don't love it as much as I did in high school, I think because I'm not comparing it to all the books one reads in high school english classes, and ultimately although this book is much closer than those to the kind of book I most like to read it's still not quite my jam. But it's still definitely a good book.

Art Study Refs

Sep. 15th, 2017 11:43 am
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Landscape:
MapCrunch (daily 360 panoramic)

Random Street View (same as above)

Random Google Street View (same as above)

Figure Drawing:
Line of Action (choose gender, clothed/nude, time limit)

SketchDaily (same as above plus animal choices)

QuickPoses (same as LoA, but option to show pictures upside down and track progress)

morning writing

Sep. 15th, 2017 09:19 am
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(back to the wedding bits for today!)

The King's study was, in theory, a place of quiet work and relaxation, where the King could retire from the company of councilors and ministers to review the day's issues and draft necessary written orders. Anduin knew his father had only ever used it as such while nursing a hangover and needing a darkened room and some semblance of work in order to stave off those clamoring for his time; being trapped at a desk with paperwork was, quite likely, one of Varian Wrynn's conceptions of hell.
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As a note of interest, the pic of Anduin in my new icon is from the pre-expansion comic that Blizzard released... sadly, there aren't actually that many good face shots of him in it, but the interesting part that I only realized when I opened it up to find a screencap this morning is that he's holding the demon assassin at sword point and the sword is Shalamayne - which he only recovered from the Broken Shore in patch 7.2, during the Alliance quest chain with him. So actually, that comic would take place sometime after 7.2, and not right after the expansion launch the way I initially read it.

morning writing

Sep. 14th, 2017 08:33 am
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(Continued directly from first and second posts)

Dragging in a ragged breath from somewhere, Ren slid the straps of the carrier off his shoulders, pulling it and both boys around to where he could wrap his arms around them against his front. "/Ling, Den, this is your uncle, Hardwire./" He took another breath, the taste dry and sour in his mouth, and dared to look up and meet his cousin's eyes. "/They're mine./"

Whatever the too-fast beat of his heart was trying to brace for - anger, rejection, condemnation - not even the shadow of it appeared. Hardwire's ears spread wide in astonishment, but his cousin leaned in with a low, soothing rumble to scent both boys, inhaling over their small ears. When Den, in an uncharacteristic fit of bravery, reached up to tug at the thick fur of his cousin's beard, Hardwire only chuckled and lifted the cub easily out of the carrier, boosting the boy up to his shoulder where Den clung, wide eyed, to Hardwire's topknot.

"Hear that?" he announced to the room at large, which of course they had but without any understanding of the Pandaren words. "I'm an uncle!"
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evening writing

Sep. 13th, 2017 08:53 pm
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(Continued directly from the last one)

The guard was laughing softly, the sound not unkind. "Never seen a human before? Well, fair enough, I've never seen one of your race travel with them so young. Cute little balls of trouble, aren't they? Reminds me of my own when they were that small." He handed Ren back his papers, with a visitor's week pass bundled with it. "If you need longer, just come back to have it renewed."

"Thank you," Ren said stiffly. The furless races were notoriously bad at reading body language in those with fur but habit and the gritted force of his grinding teeth kept Ren from displaying more than a backwards twitch of his ears, despite how the word 'trouble' had made his stomach drop. The man's tone was kindly, though, and he spared another smile and wave to Ren's cubs, a gesture that was echoed by the other guard, and then Ren whistled to their turtle and they were through the gate and into the city proper.
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Previews

Sep. 13th, 2017 02:41 pm
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Some previews I saw at the movies yesterday:

Home Again

Reese Witherspoon plays a mom, recently separated from her husband, who hooks up with a younger guy. Events transpire, the younger guy and his friends move into her guest house; she navigates her feelings regarding her husband and her possible new, younger love interest. I think this looks cute. People have been talking about age-difference movies on Twitter, and it's nice to see one where the woman is older.

Mother!

Darren Aronofsky horror film. Not my jam.
Speaking of age differences:
Jennifer Lawrence is 27
Javier Bardem is 48
21 yr age difference

Breathe

Andrew Garfield plays a wealthy man paralyzed by polio. This could be good, or it could be ableist trash? The preview looks promising in that he uses his wealth and privlege to help other disabled people; to develop a wheelchair with a respirator attached; etc.

Morning writing

Sep. 13th, 2017 09:39 am
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Just a short bit today! This is set much much earlier than the wedding bits I've been writing - back when Varia was 3, the twins were 2, and the quadruplets weren't in existence yet, and despite 3 cubs between them Anduin and Ren were not currently A Thing, and everything was Very Awkward.

The Dwarven district was mercifully quieter than the human filled Trade area of the city, the primary sounds being the clang of metal and wheeze of bellows from the forges. It was also very near the Pandaren enclave, pressed right to the rear gates of the great Stormwind walls, and the bored guards stationed there barely gave Ren a second glance.

His original identification papers from the Alliance, years old, gave them more of a pause, the senior guard raising a brow and looking Ren over with a curious eye that lingered on his Pandaren robes and the baskets of gear fastened to the saddle of his turtle. "Trader?" he guessed. "This district's market is in two days. You'll be wanting to talk to Mistresse Edelai, she can get you a booth, and the Pandaren can stable your beast out at the lake."

Ren opened his mouth to reply, the Common words coming slow and awkward to his tongue after too long dormant, but the larger basket strapped to the front of the saddle answered for him when his eldest, tiring of observing quietly with wide eyes from between the woven reed, scrambled out. Ren caught him on reflex, plucking the cub up onto his lap before Ling could spill himself right over the edge of the carrier. "/Da,/" the cub cried, bouncing on Ren's knee in excitement, and Ancestor's have mercy, he was down to nothing but fur and a diaper cloth again, his robe crumpled in the bottom of the carrier where the cub had squirmed out of it. "/Da, here? Humans?/"
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Sep. 13th, 2017 10:29 am
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I know everyone is tired of hearing how busy I am, lol, but this week has been truly ridiculous. In a lot of ways it's been filled with wonderful things, as well as boring stressful things (contacting city hall, the water company, the electric company...), and in a way I'm grateful that I can survive this kind of week now, disability-wise, since I definitely couldn't have a year ago. But I'm... intensely at the end of my rope, and things are not going to calm down for like, at least another 48 hours, and IDK if I can honestly survive that long.

stuff and things )

tfw

Sep. 12th, 2017 10:24 pm
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mental health explodes but your boss assures you a many-thousand-dollar raise is coming if you can but HOLD ON TO YOUR HAT(S)

public domain book recs pls?

Sep. 12th, 2017 03:27 pm
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I am going on a 2.5 week overseas trip in about a month's time, and the most important part of any vacation is, of course, making sure you have packed enough books. Which means it's time to restock my e-reader. I don't buy many ebooks (because if I'm going to spend money I usually prefer to have a tangible copy to hang on to) so it is TO PROJECT GUTENBERG to replenish my ebook supply.

So I am looking for recommendations of books in the public domain that I would enjoy reading. There's a vast world of totally-enjoyable-yet-forgotten books out there and I don't know how best to trawl its depths so please let me know of any favourites of yours! (or, y'know, books that aren't your favourites but you think would be up my alley anyway.)

Or tbh I would also be in the market for recommendations of interesting historical romance ebooks for purchase at affordable prices, with the important caveat that there be zero rape (or threat of rape, or general rapey feel), and there needs to be a sense that the main characters actually like each other as people instead of just being hot for each other's bodies. Some actual groundedness in the historical setting would be nice too. I love a great deal of Courtney Milan's oeuvre, for a sense of the kind of thing I'm looking for here.

Dear Trick or Treat writer:

Sep. 12th, 2017 07:01 pm
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Thanks so much for writing for me! I really enjoyed participating in Trick or Treat last year and am looking forward to doing so again. I hope you have a lot of fun, too!

My signup requests are all for fic, but I'm happy to receive art as a bonus gift.

With one exception, I have a strong preference for Tricks that either 1) use supernatural horror tropes in a non-horrific fashion, e.g. werewolves who retain their humanity while shifted, or 2) involve scary supernatural threats that are soundly defeated by the protagonists for a happy ending. The one exception is Dark Matter, where I'd prefer canon-level horror.

Particularly relevant to this exchange: I like werewolves, ghosts, and witches; am generally disinterested in vampires but can be persuaded if the fic is awesome; and do not want zombies. Regarding Treats, I like anything from G-rated fluff to hardcore porn, but don't care for PWPs; I like some sort of character and/or relationship development along with my smut. If you want further details on my fic preferences, you can check out my general fic kinks and squicks post or browse my fic exchanges tag.

The Bone Key, Dark Matter, The Eagle, Hexworld, Integrate, Lynes and Mathey, The Queen's Thief, The Watchmaker of Filigree Street )

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