Picture meme

Apr. 28th, 2017 08:09 am
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Shamelessly stealing this from [personal profile] mybeautifulwars!

"Tell me what you want to see. If there is something about my life that you want a visual of, this is your chance. Simple? Thought provoking? Anything in between? You give me a direction to go towards, I will snap a photo & post it in an upcoming entry.

1... 2... 3... GO!


(Disclaimer: Rude requests? No.)"

parenting is hard, part N

Apr. 28th, 2017 04:18 am
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I've noticed that I'm spending a lot of time teaching my daughter (7) stuff that I'm simultaneously reading about as Stuff Women Internalize That Can Cause Problems — not making waves, not kicking up a fuss about things, trying to accommodate other people, giving a lot of attention to other people's feelings, being deferential and respectful to people in authority.

On the other hand, with E it's on the level of "not making waves" = "not literally screaming loudly because you bumped your leg mildly in a way that your two-year-old sibling just did and didn't even make any noise," and "being deferential and respectful" at 7-year-old diva stage corresponds to "don't yell 'Don't say that!' to everything Mom says, and in general give Mom the courtesy of not yelling given that Mom doesn't yell at you." So… I think I am okay here. But I find myself talking a lot about how it's totally okay to scream and/or be super non-deferential and impolite if someone is trying to get you to do something that you're uncomfortable with. And I still worry: am I finding the right balance? Am I going too far in one way or another? Where's the line?

(I'm trying to raise the boy and girl more-or-less identically, but this is actually a difference — while I try very hard to make sure that I don't teach E anything about being polite and accommodating that I wouldn't also teach A, I probably will not lean so hard with him on the "but if someone harasses you, you can totally go off on them!" because I expect A to have a lot more in the way of examples for that. I mean, I think it's still important for him to know that as a little kid! But more and more I suspect I will de-stress or even work against that view as he grows up, whereas it will probably get more important to me to stress that for my daughter. I think. Who knows. This parenting thing is hard.)

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Apr. 28th, 2017 07:06 am
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Someone is vigorously bathing in my lap to make sure she looks lovely for her new human. :)

furiously grooming!

Barring disaster, we'll be transporting her in two weeks! And then she can get as much petting as she wants:

Thea getting lap scritches
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A Quiet Death Cari Hunter
Lesbian - Mystery / Thriller
Series: Dark Peak (Book 3)
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (January 17, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1626398151
ISBN-13: 978-1626398153
Amazon: A Quiet Death Cari Hunter

In book three in the Dark Peak series, things are looking up for Detective Sanne
Jensen and Dr. Meg Fielding. Dating each other seems to be working, their families are behaving themselves, and the worst of the post-Christmas crime wave is over.

The discovery of a Pakistani girl’s body out on the moors changes all that. No one
knows who she is, who hurt her, or how she came to be there. As pressure mounts
on East Derbyshire Special Ops for a quick resolution, it becomes ever more apparent that the case won’t provide one.

With the Pakistani community closing ranks, and threads of suspicion reaching farther than anyone could have predicted, the investigation leaves Sanne facing an ordeal she may not survive.
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The Black Swan Tinnean
Gay - Paranormal Romance
Paperback: 172 pages
Publisher: JMS Books (October 28, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1539040461
ISBN-13: 978-1539040460
Amazon: The Black Swan Tinnean

Gabe Granger gathers intelligence for George Washington, even after he’s bitten by a vampyre in the service of the British. Remember Littlebury, his longtime friend, stays with him as his black swan, keeping him safe from sunlight and getting messages to General Washington.

After the war ends, they continue working for the fledgling government through one conflict after another. When Gabe loses Remember at the Battle of Gettysburg, he’s ready to give up, but his country still needs his services. And there are many black swans for him to choose from. None are any more fortunate than Remember, and one by one they’re killed in various wars.

All Noah Poynter wants is to be a black swan, and he’s devastated when his pop tells him he’s just a normal. In spite of everything, Gabe and Noah become friends. Is there any hope for the two of them?
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The Werewolf and His Boy Warren Rochelle
Gay - Fantasy Romance
Paperback: 248 pages
Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (September 27, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1619233495
ISBN-13: 978-1619233492
Amazon: The Werewolf and His Boy Warren Rochelle

Their leap of faith could unleash magic-or plunge them into darkness.

Henry Thorn has worked at Larkin's since graduating high school. He likes it-especially when he can use his secret skill of hiding inside shadows so his boss can't find him. Without that talent, he would never have survived growing up different.

When a new hire enters the store, Henry's other latent talent kicks in. He can smell an emotional response even before he lays eyes on the redhead.

Jamey Currey came out, and his conservative parents promptly kicked him out. He, too, is different-he senses Henry's attraction the moment they meet. The first time they kiss, torrential rains fall from skies split by lightning.

Their kiss also awakens the Watchers, diabolical hunters who will stop at nothing-even extermination-to keep magic suppressed. With the help of a coven of friendly witches, the boys embark on a quest to discover an ancient key to restoring magic to the world, and to understand the mysteries of their own hearts.

Warning: Contains a werewolf and a godling, prescient dreams, bloodthirsty monsters, annoying pets, (mostly) friendly witches, dark secrets, sex in hardwares, and meddling gods.
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On a Larp Stefani Deoul
Lesbian - Young Adult
Series: A Sid Rubin Silicon Alley Adventure
Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: Bywater Books (April 11, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1612940951
ISBN-13: 978-1612940953
Amazon: On a Larp Stefani Deoul

Question: Do any of you know the truly scary part about being seventeen?

Answer: Your brain doesn't actually know, understand or care what it can't do; and, while this sounds great in theory, in my particular case, my under-developed brain apparently didn't know I couldn't fly.

So I jumped . . .
And I plummeted . . .

And I promise you, if I somehow manage to survive this act of immature-brain-encased-in-unbelievable-stupidity, I will gladly tell you exactly how I got here.

Which, for the record, is chasing a dark-web killer through the middle of a live action role-playing game, better known as a LARP.

On a LARP introduces readers to teen coder, Sid Rubin, a smartass—and super-smart—high school kid with a strong conscience and a knack for solving problems. This high concept, frenetic ride dives into the fascinating world of interactive role-playing when Sid recognizes the photo of a murder victim during an AP field trip to a police station. What starts out as an Aha! moment soon finds Sid and her unlikely posse of friends chasing a dark web killer through the middle of a live action role playing game. Sid and the gang work to unravel a deeply encrypted mystery while simultaneously enduring pop quizzes, endless Ted Talks, teenage heartbreak, suspicious parents, cosplay, and the irresistible lure of the NYC Public Library.

Stefani Deoul is the author of the award-winning novel The Carousel. She has produced TV series such as The Dead Zone, Brave New Girl, and Haven, and was also the executive in charge of production for the series Dresden Files and Missing.
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Best Lesbian Erotica of the Year, Vol. 1 D.L. King
Lesbian - Erotica
Series: A Cleis Anthology
Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: Cleis Press (December 13, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1627782168
ISBN-13: 978-1627782166
Amazon: Best Lesbian Erotica of the Year, Vol. 1 D.L. King

The Best Lesbian Erotica series is back and sexier than ever! Helmed by one of the best dual erotica writers and editors in the business, Best Lesbian Erotica of the Year, Volume 1 collects the very best stories of femme desire, passion, and hot, lustful sex in one incredible anthology. From tales of a lady's first time with another, to ones of experienced women taking charge in the bedroom, to steamy bar hookups or love-making stemmed from long-held adoration, this collection of F/F narratives has something for every reader.
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Rainbow Gap Lee Lynch
Lesbian - Contemporary General Fiction
Paperback
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (December 13, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1626397996
ISBN-13: 978-1626397996
Amazon: Rainbow Gap Lee Lynch

Jaudon Vicker and Berry Garland are polar opposites yet know they are meant to be together. Growing up in steamy backcountry Central Florida, they fight each other's battles: Berry protects boyish Jaudon from bullies, Jaudon gives the abandoned Berry roots. They pledge that nothing will part them, not a changing Florida nor a changing America, not Berry's quest for her spiritual path, nor Jaudon's ambition for her family's business. When the war in Vietnam, politics, police, rough times, society itself, and other women threaten to come between them, their bond grows deeper. In the safety of their secluded tree house hideaway, they learn to dream, dance--and to make love.
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Depth of Return M. Raiya
Gay - Paranormal Romance
Series: Another Healing (Book 2)
Paperback: 216 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (September 5, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1634775384
ISBN-13: 978-1634775380
Amazon: Depth of Return M. Raiya

Another Healing: Book Two

Betrayed and left for dead by his lover, North has retreated to a secluded island to nurture his coven of witches and their demon partners. His group uses the magic of starlight to bring as much peace to the world as they can. It’s enough. North has no desire to look for love again.

When an accident on a carpentry job reveals that he is a demon, Alan Holsen is sent to North for training. Alan possesses a rare healing ability—one he might be able to use to close the old wounds in North’s heart. While North teaches Alan magic, Alan teaches North to love again, and they both struggle with the leftover resonance of their haunted pasts.

Just when they dare to relax, North’s old enemy returns—and sets his sights on Alan. To save him, North must enlist the aid of neighboring covens, and he learns he isn’t as alone as he thought. But in the end, only North’s love for Alan and the power of the stars have any chance of saving them.

Catching up on TV feels

Apr. 28th, 2017 12:20 am
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I am just poking my head up from massive, massive book edits. Even proofreading a 130K book takes forever. WHY DID I DO THIS TO MYSELF. It should be out early next week, though.

So, a catchup post on various recent TV-related stuff.

First of all, a vid rec: Fringe - Walter - 1985 by [personal profile] jmtorres. I never, ever would've thought of using 1985 for Walter, but it's such a hilarious and perfect song choice for him. Now I have Fringe feels.

This week's Flash: was certainly an episode of TV that happened. Spoilers )

This week's Agents of SHIELD: continues to be my favorite thing on TV right now, and I STILL can't believe I'm saying that about THIS SHOW. Spoilers )

This week's Supergirl: made me have conflicted thoughts about my least favorite character(s). Spoilers )

Daily Happiness

Apr. 28th, 2017 01:59 am
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1. I posted manga! Might get another chapter or two posted before the end of the month, but if not I've at least gotten seven chapters posted this month, which is not bad for as distracted by Zelda as I've been. :p

2. Speaking of Zelda, I didn't play much today, but I did do a bit more exploring in the mountains around Hebra Tower and found two more shrines. I think I'm going to leave off any more exploring there until I get those snow boots, though. It's just such a pain to move so slowly in the snow...

And then I went to turn in some gourmet meat to that guy to finish up a quest and suddenly started to get a blood moon. As soon as I saw the signs, I immediately transported to the shrine at the top of Mount Satori or whatever its called and then flew down to Washu's Bluff and this time I made it in time and finished that shrine quest! (I tried it once before, but landed literally right as the blood moon phase passed and the platform light blinked out.)

I also had enough bits and bobs of Guardians to buy one piece of the ancient armor! I need to kill some more Guardians, though, because now I need a ton more parts. :(

3. Tomorrow is Alexander's birthday, so we went out for karaoke and dinner today. We went to Jollibee, which is a Filipino fast food chain. Everything was delicious, but the peach mango pies were especially good. And the halo-halo. It's a good thing it's not very close by, otherwise I'd be going there for dessert way too often. -_-

4. Carla got some cute pics of sleepy Chloe tonight.

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Late Eclipses (October Daye, #4)Late Eclipses by Seanan McGuire
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

McGuire is hitting her stride with Toby Daye, and I raced through book four. Aside from a few slight pacing inconsistencies I loved it.

Once again McGuire doesn’t hold back with the emotional twists, and neither the reader nor the characters escape unscathed.

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World Ain't Ready (185796 words) by idiopathicsmile - Les Misérables - All Media Types - Enjolras/Grantaire, background Courfeyrac/Jean Prouvaire

Do you ever read a fic and it's just so right and true and real that it just burrows into your heart and makes a home there because it's everything you always wanted, but never knew you needed? Yeah, this fic is like that for me.

It's a fake-dating, high school AU and I'll be honest, neither of those are things are go-to fic tropes for me. And yet, I spent all day today, in between some really, spectacularly unpleasant stuff that I can't talk about, just soaking in this fic. Basking in it and everything it represents.

It's about queerness and community and finding trust, when trust seems impossible. And it's about being seventeen and queer in a conservative town, with fucked up brain-chemistry and crippling self-doubt and overwhelming expectations and basically, what it was like to be ME. This fic was like looking into a mirror.

Only this mirror-me got the things I desperately needed and I'm not sure could ever have had. Because I went to high school in the mid-90s and although a remarkable number of my high school friends have since come out, we never -- could never -- talk about it at the time. I didn't even have the language or self-awareness to talk about this shit. Not about being queer. Not about my fucked up brain chemistry. Not about the crippling fear that I was smart, but not smart enough. (If I could have talked about the second one, the third one might not have come back to bite me in the ass so much in university).

So, yeah, this fic is going to stick with me for a long fucking time, in the way that all the best fiction does. It's one of the most honest stories I've read in a long, long time.
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Indeed 'tis turning out a most enjoyable occasion. Lord A- comes dance with me and tells me how very well they find B- House to answer: 'tis all very well living at one’s club, but cannot compare to domestick life such as he now enjoys.

He looks over to where Lady A- dances with Milord and says, 'twas a lucky day for me when I heard her sing. And what an excellent fellow is her father, has a deal of sound practickal experience of a deal of matters, and comes about to play goff quite remarkable. Cannot touch MacD-, of course, one apprehends that the Scots take to it quite from infancy. Sure I am glad to see him return’d to Town, is giving me the most valuable assistance in finding a secretary.

I am next solicit’d by Danvers D-, that says 'tis somewhat of a bore, had rather be at the theatre or at home, but A- is such an antient friend, shows civil to come.

I ask how matters go with him and he most immediate tells me what a fine precocious infant is Orlando, how very well Miss R- shows in the latest plays, and hears there is a new comedy coming that will be most amuzing. He also minds to tell me that his mother is exceeding well, an entire doating grandmother, and the pugs are in health.

And what an entertaining fellow is her uncle. They will sometimes be in quite an agony of mirth at him. Sure those are lucky fellows at that club of his.

(I daresay Danvers D- has not the least apprehension of the nature of the club.)

After I have resign’d Danvers D- to his next partner, I have the great pleasure of a waltz with Sir H- Z-, that is sure almost as accomplisht in that art as Sir Vernon H- (that is now install’d at St Petersburg about his diplomatick business). I remark that I hear that Mr de C- goes paint a family group, and he says, indeed, he felt 'twas a politick thing.

I smile and say, why, 'tis a very pretty display of conjugal harmony, is’t not?

He smiles down at me and says, indeed 'tis. And lately his boys have been reading a very fine tale concerning wreckers and sure the author must be one that he has acquaintance of, for there are their family tales concerning that dreadfull business.

La, says I smiling, perchance one of your neighbours in Cornwall finds time hang heavy upon their hands and goes essay authorship. And then I turn the subject to tin-mining.

And then Milord comes claim me for the supper-dance, at which I am exceeding glad, for the antient sheep Sir V- P- still wambles somewhat in my direction.

He smiles at me and says sure I am looking exceeding well. And you, says I. We both glance to where Sandy leads out Eliza.

Why, he says, you may imagine the exceeding great relief I feel.

But then we give ourselves entirely to the dance, for we have ever danc’d together exceeding well, and I see heads turn to look upon us, and I daresay there are whispers that sure we remain entire, tho’ very discreet, devot’d to one another.

('Tis entirely to the good, for there are those have observ’d what an exceeding fine woman Mrs F- is, and such an excellent mistress of the household at R- House, and go make vulgar speculations upon the matter.)

And then he takes me into supper, and smiles and says, hopes I will join the party in his box for the opening night of this fine new comedy The Ladies' Rivalry -

Alas, says I, I suppose 'twould look particular was I not there, and 'twould be suppos’d there was something behind tho’ I doubt would come at the truth of the matter.

He squeezes my hand, and changes the subject to how matters go in the anti-slavery set.

After supper comes up to me Biffle desiring a dance, that I grant with great pleasure. He looks a little preoccupy’d, with constant glances to where Viola sits, and I beg him disclose what’s ado.

Why, he says, I confide 'twould be best did Viola go home now, she droops a little tho’ I daresay those that know her not so well as I would not notice, but Sebastian comes stay with us for a few days afore he departs for the Baltic, and she would not oblige him to leave the ball so early, for one must perceive that he greatly enjoys the occasion.

I look over to where Sebastian K- dances with Rebecca G-, and am like to think 'tis entirely so.

One might, goes on Biffle, send the carriage back for him –

O, poo, says I, as I must stay 'til some very late hour to demonstrate how very much Lady B- is in health, can convey him in my carriage. 'Tis no great matter to come by way of M- House or to send Ajax on after he has left me at home.

'Twould be most exceeding kind, says Biffle smiling down at me, and I am in some suspicion that Sebastian would be grateful of an opportunity to hold converse with you concerning his visit to St Petersburg -

(I sigh inwardly, for my tale concerning Miss G-'s fine marriage to a Russian nobleman of exalted rank and liberal opinions that pose exceeding great risque in those parts, has quite took on a life of its own.)

La, says I, I am like to think that Sir Vernon goes undertake any matters I might be concern’d with in those parts very discreet thro’ his diplomatick connexions.

Biffle smiles again and says, tho’ he is entire sure Lady B- would make quite the epitome of a diplomatick wife, her friends must be exceeding glad that she is not gone to those chilly parts.

I say that Sir Vernon is an excellent fellow that I will ever hold friend, but I am entire content’d in my widowhood.

So comes round the hour when all begin summon their carriages, and not only have I not swoon’d, the mirrors inform me I am in quite excellent looks, and indeed, I do not even feel in particular tir’d, that I attribute partly to Docket’s prudent habit of making me go rest beforehand with a cool cloth over my eyes, and partly to the vivifying effects of a fine ball.

I go up to Sebastian K- that lingers about the hall and say, I hope he is ready to depart, for Ajax is just bringing around my carriage, and he says, 'tis most exceeding kind of me, for he did not want to keep Vi up this late in her present condition, tho’ she would not complain.

And when we are ensconc’d in my carriage, he says to me that there are one or two little matters upon which he would greatly desire my sage counsel afore he sails for Bergen, but he confides that I have a deal of matters upon hand at present –

Poo, says I, but 'tis true, there is a deal of business I have to be about at present. Why do you not come take a glass of brandy with me afore you go on to M- House?

Has become a young fellow of considerable address, but stutters a little when conceding to this proposal.

When we arrive at my pretty house, I desire him to go on into the parlour and stir up the fire, for at this time of night is a little chill, whilst I give my instructions to Hector.

Sebastian K- is still standing before the fire when I go in: I wave him into a chair and sit down vis-à-vis.

Sure, says I, 'tis an entire age since I have seen you to say more than hello or goodbye.

He swallows, and says, before he says anything about himself, he would desire to offer to enquire, should I like, about the former Miss G- at St Petersburg.

Hector comes in with brandy and madeira and a plate of little savoury biscuits.

After he departs I shake my head and say, pray, Mr K-, do not do any such thing. I fear 'twould be entire prejudicial to your own enterprizes. Sir Vernon goes about most exceeding discreet to discover have she and her husband been exil’d to Siberia, and if so, how one might communicate and perchance send somewhat to ease their condition.

He gives a little laugh and says, sure, he should have known Lady B- had that matter entirely under hand. But the other matter is – he clears his throat – Herr P- shows a considerable disposition towards business, that one had not anticipat’d from hearing about his design to go live like a wild Indian in the American forests.

Why, says I, I do not doubt that he is a fellow of considerable intelligence wheresoever he goes apply it (save, thinks I, to certain matters of proper social conduct).

'Tis so, says Sebastian K-. But – he frowns – shows some inclination to be rather too sharp in the recommendations he puts forward. I am not sure one would care to give him too much influence –

I confide, says I, that you are right. Was I you, I should go about to ensure that your father does not come to lean upon him while you are away.

He nods his head and says, he will go warn certain of the senior clerks – for he is like to think that does he express his concern directly to his father he will pooh-pooh it – and mention the matter to Jacob S-.

'Tis well, says I, you come to be a prudent man of business.

He blushes.

I pour him some more brandy, and ask how their business does. He tells me most particular about how well Phoebe’s polishes do, and Seraphine and Euphemia’s pickles and preserves.

Sure can I not tell that a young fellow has a considerable admiration for me, I shall have lost all my wont’d skills.

And in due course I come about to saying how very prepossesst I am with the way he has took up their interest, and he begins stammer again, and I stand and go over to him and take his hands and draw him to his feet and kiss him and say, would wish to show gratitude.

Am like to apprehend that he has acquir’d some experience with women upon his travels, but he shows most extreme gratify’d, adding that sure he would never presume upon this mark of favour.

I wish him well upon his travels.

recent reading

Apr. 28th, 2017 02:41 am
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The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Vol. 1: The Crucible, written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa with art by Robert Hack.

Okay, so I was as surprised as anybody when Archie Comics reinvented themselves as well-written, groundbreaking, genuinely quality comics for the twenty-first century, and the whole thing still feels vaguely surreal and as though at any moment the comics will vanish back into some kind of reality warp, but this? Is a goddamn delight, if you like horror comics at all. I grew up watching the Melissa Joan Hart TV series of Sabrina the Teenage Witch, which adds another layer of frisson and piss-take to this book as a reading experience, but I don't think you need that to enjoy this, and I don't think you need to have read any Sabrina comics either. Basically, this just takes the premise of Sabrina the Teenage Witch-- witches live among us, desperately trying to keep their magic secret, bound by their own laws and customs, caught between two worlds-- and, instead of playing it for comedy, smashes it into the mass of genuinely creepy witch-based folklore out there and goes for the gusto.

Not to say that there aren't funny moments. Zelda and Hilda, Sabrina's aunts, have changed from the kind of dotty aunt who appears in sitcoms to a more Arsenic and Old Lace kind of vibe, now that they're supplementing the family larder by scavenging the town's cemeteries. Sabrina does, at one point, wonder whether she should attend her own dark baptism and consecration to Satan in the autumnal forest, or whether she should go to the pep rally and the game with Harvey Kinkle. Sabrina's talking cat remains a source of endless entertainment (when asked how he got turned into a cat, he mutters "This is what happens when you try to enact the Book of Revelations," and does a quick fade).

But mostly this is straight-up horror, aiming both at the occasional gross-out and at impressive psychological creepiness, and it's extremely well-written, with three-dimensional characters, cohesive (and unnerving) worldbuilding, and carefully researched folk magic. The art is gorgeous and expressive, and things like the (correctly icky) redesign of the 1940s Archie villain Madame Satan are labors of love (and footnoted for you at the back of the book). Literally the only complaint I have about this series is that it comes out so slowly, because I want more right away. This is both some of the best comics and some of the best horror of any genre I've read in quite a while, and yes, it will never stop being weird to find myself saying that.


Winter Tide, Ruthanna Emrys.

I shouldn't say too much about this because I beta-read it and am therefore pretty darn biased, but it's neo-Lovecraftiana for people who aren't racist sexist homophobic Other-haters, and it's out now, and it's great, and you should totally read it, especially if you find the Deep Ones and/or the Yith at all interesting. I am also told it works if you haven't read Lovecraft.


Within the Sanctuary of Wings, Marie Brennan.

So this is the fifth of the Memoirs of Lady Trent, who is an alt-Victorian naturalist who studies dragons, and it's the last one. You shouldn't start here-- you should start with the first, or possibly the second, as IMO they get better as they go-- but I thought I should mention that this is a five-volume series which comes to a tidy, pre-planned, and well-foreshadowed end without dragging on forever in endless not-written-yet limbo, and I am... trying to remember the last time I saw that happen ever, actually. M. L. N. Hanover's Black Sun's Daughter, I guess, a few years back, though that's urban fantasy, where I think finished series are somewhat more likely. Anyhow, it's a rare and precious thing. Also, there are many species of dragons in these novels, and they are interestingly differentiated and beautifully illustrated (literally, these illos are very cool).

I could wish the plot were a little less predictable, on both a volume-by-volume and an overall level, but by the time we get to book five the predictability has settled down into the kind of thing where you know pretty much what has to happen, but not how, and not necessarily why, and the details turn out to be fascinating. These are not spectacular books, but they are pleasant and down-to-earth and charming and comforting and should be read by persons who also like the Amelia Peabody series.
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Hey, guys, if anyone had problems accessing the mp4 file to download it the last few minutes, I apologize. That was totally my fault.

I wasn't happy with the resolution of either of the files I uploaded earlier but, at the time, that was the highest resolution avi or mp4 files I could find on any of the download sites. I haven't been able to find a better copy of the avi file but I was able to find a nicer copy of the mp4 so I swapped it out with the earlier file just a bit ago. It has a much cleaner, sharper picture than the earlier mp4 file so you might want to re-download it.

Still no luck on a nicer avi file so I've added a 720p mkv copy to the download list. It's a pretty, high res version of the new episode so it's there if you'd like to have it.

I know that this is me being picky but I always want to share the nicest copies of the weekly episodes with you that I can. Here's the links to the files:

Click me! )

Anyway, enjoy and I'll, hopefully, see you guys tomorrow. :)

*hugs*

Do you wanna watch some reindeer?

Apr. 28th, 2017 07:45 am
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LOTS of reindeer*, migrating from winter to summer pastures on NRK's latest snow TV. After a slow start when they weren't very interested in moving, they are finally on the march, though even this involves a lot of time standing around eating. Reindeer moss cannot be very nutritious, even for reindeer. Technically these are semi-domesticated reindeer, and the ones belonging to the Sara family. Mostly the soundtrack is reindeer walking or eating, or snowscooters, but occasionally there is Sami pop music.

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ETA: Department of you couldn't make it up: Tate Gallery asks staff to contribute to leaving present for the Director. Of a boat. The weak after stopping the staff canteen discount. Was it meant to be performance art?

* Rangifer tarandus for those interested in cervical disambiguation.
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It really didn't warrant its own post, but post-swim I made some tiny blue corn masa griddle cakes (somewhere between tortillas and unfilled gorditas or tlacoyos) sprinkled sea salt across them; roasted fresh rockfish with ancho chili and lemon in the same pan; ground two carrots into a fresh salad...and gobbled it all up. I love twenty-minute meals.

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So the Supergirl showrunners did remember this series is about Kara Danvers aka Kara Zor-El, her beliefs and values! Yay. Supergirl 2x18  )

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Dear person that I would really like to treat,

You needed to give me a scenario that wasn't smut. For this canon, I can't do smut. But I also can't really think of a plotbunny that pulls me in enough that I particularly want to write it. There's a reason that I've never wanted to write this canon when I first read it, while Star Wars, She-Ra, and Melanie Rawn engendered a thousand bunnies and more.

I think it's because the characters themselves were secondary to the worldbuilding, which was beautiful.

The problem with this is that I want characters, and none of them are working for me. (Honestly, if I think about it, the characters of Series 1 and Series 2 are pretty much interchangeable by gender; their function is more important than their personality. Which is a problem for me.)

I would really really like to treat you. But I don't have anything to work with in my head. And for a treat, I don't particularly want to build the story up from the beginning.

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Apr. 28th, 2017 08:46 am
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...and there it is! Two new breeds this time.

This striped egg has a warm glow. - Coast
This egg seems quite harmless. - Desert, Volcano

Also, the announcement says: Next month, get ready for Dragon Cave’s 11th Birthday Celebration.

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Apr. 28th, 2017 12:23 am
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Sooo also, separately from the very deserving kitten, if anyone feels up to helping me out I'd really appreciate it.

I mean, I earned $80 last week! That's exciting. And I've been doing a lot of advertising things, like giving free talks and going to schools to sell principals and school counsellors on our services. But before I even get a permit to practice (ANY DAY NOW) I had to pay dues and application fees, which were over $500.






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Apr. 28th, 2017 12:21 am
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fuzzy calico kitten curled up in a sweater, gently touched by a hand


Hey guys, can you help? My friend Sarah just adopted a kitten who’d been dumped in her neighbourhood and was struggling to survive. Sarah and her husband are awesome cat guardians and I’ve seen them look after sick rescue kittens and geriatric family pets before with amazing love and dedication.

However, they’re not super rich and taking care of a new kitten properly is an unexpected expense. They’re looking to raise enough money to pay for vet visits, vaccinations, spay, and pet insurance to make sure Nimue (that’s her name) has a good start in life.

If you’re able to help them out, please send money to sadarkes@gmail.com via Paypal.

Thanks! (And thanks for signalboosting)

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Apr. 28th, 2017 12:01 am
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Story: Sailing On
Author: Meadowlark
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 1242
Author's Summary: Though they come from different worlds, Vicki and Troilus find common ground to build their life on.
Characters/Pairings: Vicki, Vick/Troilus
Warnings: None

Recced because:

Vicki and Troilus are an odd couple. Born centuries apart and brought together by plot device they don't seem particularly suited to each other. In this lovely fic, Meadowlark shows that despite the obvious differences, Vicki and Troilus have more in common than meets the eye.


A Taste )

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Apr. 27th, 2017 11:09 pm
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Hey, do you guys have any fave Stargate vids? SG-1 or Atlantis, not picky. Or even the like, movie.

I'm teaching my brother how to vid, and he wants to make a Stargate vid, and I figured one of the things I should do is introduce him to the extant fannish vidding culture and also it'd be fun just have a vid watching party.

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