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cover for Warchild


Warchild by Karin Lowachee is full of a muted homoerotic undertones, which is a good description of my entire love life as a teenager, so it's not surprising that I loved this book. But that's not the only selling point of the novel! It also has spies, alien martial arts, slow burn friendships, revenge, double crosses, and a critique of all the terrifying ways child abuse can fuck someone up, in and out of war.

I expected space battles, Obligatory Female Love Interest, and a testosterone fueled climax where the Good Guy Protag gets verbally fellated by everyone around him. Plus, medals, because for some reason in my head all military space opera ends like A New Hope. Instead I was treated to a personal account of one boy surviving every horrible thing the universe could throw at him, because who needs a happy childhood to turn into a well-adjusted and happy adult? Ha ha ha, let's make this kid suffer as he grows up, lose everything, fall in love with someone unattainable, and betray people he cares for multiple times for the person he loves even though he can't figure out if that person actually cares for him or is just using him. If you want some angst, my friends, allow me to introduce you to Jos Musey. Read more... )

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Apr. 24th, 2017 09:20 am
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Wait, tha't it for Good Fight? Noooo!

Sunday-night mishmash post

Apr. 24th, 2017 12:07 am
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--Tori Amos has announced a new album and European-so-far tour for this fall! (In related not-really-news, I just made a Dreamwidth feed for the Undented news site at [dreamwidth.org profile] undented_feed.)

--Another link: for the YOI fans, [dreamwidth.org profile] yurionicefans is a shiny new community.

--[twitter.com profile] Becca_Smash, who's a longtime manga/comics editor and rewriter as well as one of the fine folks behind Sparkler Monthly/Chromatic Press, is currently looking for freelance comic copyediting work. If you have any interest, check out her thread of info here.

--Casual Job starts back up on Tuesday, and I haven't done any work at all to psych myself up for it; the odds of it being extremely (and for my wallet, painfully) short are very high, so I'm...sort of bracing myself for the financial shortfall this year (especially since we can't count on the fall session being very long) by telling myself "Well, the lack of income will obviously SUCK, but at least your routine won't get terribly disrupted."


--For lunch today, [dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose, Ginny, Kas, and I went back to Happy Veal, the hotpot place we tried last weekend, in order to try their only-available-at-lunchtime dumplings. Verdict: the dumplings are very tasty; I think our conclusion overall was that this place and the dumpling spot in the downtown core have different strengths in their dumplings. Happy Veal, though, is only the second place in town I've had green onion pancakes, and they are so good; also, at some times (maybe when the weather's warmer?) they have bubble tea, and I tell you, if the bubble tea is good, just going in for that and green onion pancake would seems like an excellent life choice to me.


--I'm in serious need (which I'm only reluctantly acknowledging) of pruning my manga collection, which should include trying to finally figure out something sensible to do with the Japanese editions of series that I've finished working on (and which don't, AFAIK, have sequels or anything for which I might want to keep them on hand for reference in case of any future licensing). I have some tankos that I want to keep entirely for my own sake--especially the full runs of Fruits Basket and X--but generally speaking, the Japanese volumes are of no use to me once the respective series are finished in English.

A couple of garden things!

I keep adding to my Pinterest board, and I keep rummaging around the Veseys site (which apparently doesn't have a wishlist feature! I made an account entirely because I was hoping for a wishlist!), and among the countless things I'm unsure of, I'm not entirely sure what to do in terms of planning. I'm going to try to avoid being overambitious this year, and I really don't want to get carried away and start ordering a ton of stuff online, so I think the best thing to do is probably to mostly wait and hit up Halifax Seed when they start having plants in for the season, and see what comes together from that. But since I don't have any sense of what they'll have, that drastically limits my planning options. :/ (Plus if there're perennials that don't bloom until their second year and I can't get them there this year, waiting until next year to get them sounds frustrating.)

Dreams of lilacs have made me want to check in with our neighbor on the side where we don't have a lilac and ask how they feel about lilacs. If they're neutral or positive, then we could go back to the board and ask about putting a second one in on that side of our little patch of ground. For lo, Veseys is tempting me with this Bloomerang (!) variety. The color is lovely, and the description brags that it "not only blooms in the spring - it 'blommerangs' with new flowers from mid-summer right up until frost." *grabby hands*

(Dear heaven, these people need a copyeditor for their site. Think I could trade my skills for plants?)

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Apr. 23rd, 2017 09:35 pm
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--Visited a local computer fix-it store that has lots of plants and a dog in the store! They said that while the part is cheap, the labor for replacing the port is several hundred dollars. And there may be other things wrong with this computer too. Told them I'd think about it.

--Started watching Black Sails, which is violent as all hell but I like the queerness and the politicking and the glimpse into pirate society. They must use a filter that makes blue really shine, and there are plenty of blue-eyed actors on the show.

--Playing Dragon Age: Inquisition on the xbox 360.

--It's been about 3 months since my last nerve block (already!) so it's time for another one; but I won't be able to get in for the appt for another few weeks.
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I Lived
I Lived by OneRepublic
Hope if everybody runs, you choose to stay.
 
This makes me want to rewatch the series again (all of these do, tbh)!


One Voice
One Voice by The Wailin' Jennys
This is the sound of one voice.

This is really beautiful!


Stand By Me
Stand By Me by Tracy Chapman
The Sisko family.
 
The Siskos!
 

Suddenly I See
Suddenly I See by KT Tunstall
Suddenly I see, this is what I wanna be
 
Kira and Jadzia are lovely and and I love how happy this is!

Can has working laptop?! Yes!

NSFW Apr. 23rd, 2017 07:49 pm
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Friends. I held a seder yesterday. It was amazing. I want to tell you all about it. At great length. If you like, you can skip to the bottom where there are adorable photos.

Cut for many words and some photos )

Doctor Who 10.2: Smile

Apr. 23rd, 2017 09:47 am
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Non-spoiler reaction: Not quite as good as last week's, but still a lot of fun. Two thumbs up! 👍👍

Spoilers abound )

Spring Equinox 2017

Apr. 23rd, 2017 01:34 pm
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Equinox went live yesterday and I got two AMAZING Star Trek Beyond vids:

- We Are Who We Are, a fantastic ensemble vid full of energy and fun and warmth.

- Alive, a really moving Jaylah character study.

I love them both SO MUCH. :D

Is Capaldi more Tom-ish this season?

Apr. 23rd, 2017 09:21 am
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There's been a couple of times in episodes where he's done a sudden mad grin and I've thought "that's very Tom", and then I was scrolling through the f-list this morning and saw this:

Peter Capaldi looking like Tom Baker

and genuinely did a double take. The wicked, crinkly, mischievous TOMNESS of that is just off-the-scale as far as I am concerned.

What do you guys think?

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Is Capaldi becoming more Tom-like?

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Yes! I've been thinking this too!
10 (41.7%)

Hmmm... maybe
6 (25.0%)

You're talking rubbish again, Rigg
1 (4.2%)

But WHY are all the ticky boxes gone?
7 (29.2%)

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I wrote this for tumblr, where I've been writing about Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People a lot, and decided to crosspost this one here.

At this point, it’s actually a little sad that Saimdang: Light’s Diary and Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People are airing at the same time. Mind you, it’s not because one is easily one of the most hyped sageuks in years and isn’t performing well, while the other seems to have just been thrown out there as an afterthought and is pulling in good ratings, as well as better critical and popular response, it’s the content and themes. Personally speaking, I spent almost 2 years impatiently waiting for Saimdang, and was pretty sure it was going to be the best sageuk of the year when it did come out, something that I thought would hold true after watching the first two episodes. In contrast, Rebel was barely on my radar, and on my “watch now” list instead of “watch if people say good things while it airs” primarily because I liked Hwang Jin-Young’s previous sageuk (and only previous writing credit aside from a special) King’s Daughter Soo Baek Hyang. Halfway through their runs, Saimdang was moved to “I really like it but it could be better” status (with a lot of anger for how SBS execs screwed the show and LYA over, and now they’re taking their screwups out on the show, but I’m not going to dwell on that today) while Rebel has become the sageuk I just can’t see another sageuk surpassing it for a while. (Particularly since they all seem to at least partly center around the tropes and worldview that Rebel critiques.)



this ended up over 2500 words so here's a cut )

Spring Equinox 2017 Vid Recs!

Apr. 23rd, 2017 12:24 am
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 Some more recs (I still haven't watched everything yet):

16 Tons
Alien films
16 Tons by My Terrible Friend
Ripley needs a better employer.

This is awesome and chilling! The song works so well (especially in conjunction with the class themes that were especially strong in the first few films of the series)

Handclap
The Fifth Element
Handclap by Fitz and the Tantrums
A Fifth Element fanvid for Cupidsbow, made for Equinox Exchange 2017.

This is really fun to watch!

Right Now
Star Trek: Beyond
Right Now by Rihanna
All we got is right now. 

I love this! (and I continue to adore Star Trek: Beyond)

Running for Cover
Star Wars films
Running For Cover by Ivan & Alyosha
Oh, things have changed.

I really need to see The Force Awakens (and rewatch the original trilogy)

 

Miles to Go
Vorkosigan Saga
Once There Was a Hushpuppy by Benh Zeitlin
There once was a man who dreamt of the stars...

This is especially awesome considering there’s no existing visual source! …and now I want to reread the series again.

Spring Equinox 2017!

Apr. 22nd, 2017 10:52 pm
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I received an awesome Vala (and the team) vid!

What About Your Friends?
Stargate SG-1
What About Your Friends by TLC
if your friend is true, they'll be there with you through the thick and thin: Vala & the team.
 
Vala! This make me want to rewatch seasons 9 and 10 again.


And my recipient liked what I made, yay!

Doctor Who 10.02 - "Smile"

Apr. 23rd, 2017 09:49 am
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Fun fact! A modern Doctor Who episode is exactly the right length to eat a bowl of cereal, drink three small cups of tea, and apply a fresh nail wrap. The deco styling matches my new Star Wars T-shirt, but I can't quite decide how I feel about this shade of pink. Which is fair, because I also can't quite decide how I feel about this episode!

Spoilers are quoting Bowie. )

So... what did we think of Smile?

Apr. 22nd, 2017 08:44 pm
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I liked this week's episode. Again! Am now cautiously hopeful that this might be a pattern...

Am especially in love with Bill.

How about you lot?

Poll #18251 What did you think of Smile?
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: Just the Poll Creator, participants: 37

What did you think of Smile?

YAY!
31 (88.6%)

nay :(
2 (5.7%)

Other; please specify
2 (5.7%)

What do you think of Bill so far?

YAY!
36 (97.3%)

nay :(
1 (2.7%)

Other, please specify
0 (0.0%)

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Excellent Character Studies
16 Tons (Alien Series, Ripley)
Connection (Contact (1997), Ellie)

Happy Found Families Being Happy
Friends (Stargate: Atlantis)

Super Cool Book Vid
Miles to Go (Vorkosigan Saga - Lois McMaster Bujold)

Star Wars
One Girl Revolution (Star Wars, Padmé & Leia)
You and Me (and Him) (Star Wars, Leia/Luke/Han)

Will Scar You for Life in a Good Way
Under My Skin (multifandom)

I haven't watched Rogue One: A Star Wars Story or Star Trek Beyond yet, so I haven't watched those vids yet. And I totally need to watch Deep Space Nine.
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A History in Kisses (1025 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] Selenay
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Doctor Who (2005)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Bill Potts/Heather, Bill Potts/Original Characters
Characters: Bill Potts
Additional Tags: Character Study, Kissing

Summary: Bill concluded, based on empirical evidence, that kissing boys was not going to be her thing.

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