FMK: The Snow Queen

Apr. 28th, 2017 08:28 pm
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So, it turns out The Snow Queen is not high fantasy and is a fairy tale AU. Oops.

About the only other things I knew going in was that I had really liked Vinge's Cat books (not actually books about cats, books about a dude named Cat, sorry), that she had at one point been married to Vernor Vinge, and that I was pretty sure that years ago I had heard a rumor that her husband was a total POS.

...turns out that I was unable to find anyone saying anything bad about Mr. Vinge, but her current husband is Mr. Banned-From-Wiscon himself, so apparently I have been thinking poorly of Mr. Vinge for years for no reason. Sorry, sir! See, this is why this stuff needs to be out in the open, not whispers.

Anyway, as for the book itself: it's well-written, I didn't hate any of the characters, the world-building and plot mostly hang together (at least until the very end, anyway), the concepts are interesting, there is no compelling reason I shouldn't have liked it, and yet I never quite managed to get into it. It isn't even that it's not my thing, because it *should* be my thing, and yet )

Anyway, short version: You could probably do a Snow Queen retelling that used the story in a way that worked for me (I should really get my hands on The Raven and the Reindeer) but this was not it; and I would totally read an entire novel about Ngenet and Jerusha (as long as Jerusha got to finally show a tiny bit of minimal competence which she never actually did in the book - a plot line about how she is unfairly treated as incompetent because she's a woman doesn't work if she never actually is competent); and I should have listened to my instincts and run when the summary on the back ended with "...the one man fated to love them both."

...interestingly I also read Makt Myrkranna today (having never read Dracula all the way through) which is also about a pretty, innocent young man who gets lured into the clutches of an ancient powerful beautiful cold devouring woman and her consort, and how his true love traveled across a continent to rescue him and save the world, but somehow I don't have any of the aforementioned complaints about it. A++ worldbuilding, dude does not let heterosexuality make his choices for him, lady makes reasonable choices based on the knowledge she has at the time and caring about him as a human being she is fond of who is in trouble.

I also read Pale Guardian, but I think that's actually the first Ashers book in which nobody ever has to rescue James, so it doesn't quite fit the set.

(eta: no, wait, Simon rescued him at least once in between Simon and Lydia repeatedly rescuing each other, nvm. On a motorbike.)

(I have been sick lying on the couch all day, which is why all the reading suddenly. Also I still have four more library books and two fmk waiting lalala.)

wedding clothes question

Apr. 29th, 2017 10:52 am
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When my cousin T died, her widower asked her friends to come by and, if we weren't weirded out by it, to take any of her clothing that took our fancy before he sorted it out and gave it away to charity.

I wasn't weirded out - T was always beautifully put together, and for me wearing her clothing is a reminder of her style and her bright and bubbly personality - as well as her encouragement to me to push my limits in style. (I was pretty conservative in style until I hit about 30 and basically went IDGAF and wear more or less whatever I like.) So I took a couple of dresses that were not quite in my style, some jewellery, and a coat that was in a style that I particularly liked.

Today, T's widower is remarrying. A good woman, from what I can see, and trusting A's judgement of good character, and T was canvassing for a new wife for A as soon as she knew she was terminal. (I don't know if N was ever on T's radar, but they were friends at some point in the past.)

I guess what I'm wondering is whether it would be appropriate to wear "T's coat" to A and N's wedding today.


sorry no it's not going to be updated

Apr. 29th, 2017 07:55 am
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I always feel a little bad when a note from tells me that someone has subscribed/followed one of my stories. Particularly the ones from old fandoms - Merlin, Stargate Atlantis, Stargate SG1, and so forth.

I'm glad that you liked the story enough to want to see more, but...yeah, nope. Sorry. You'll be waiting a LONG time for that...


Apr. 28th, 2017 05:16 pm
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1. It is warm today. I am wearing a sleeveless shirt and right now I am barefoot. This makes me happy.

2. Relatedly, I did my biannual closet swap -- moved the winter stuff into storage more or less, or at least out of the way, and moved the warm-weather stuff back into rotation. Now that I have done this we will probably get two weeks of cold-and-rainy, or something, but it still feels good to have shifted the closet over.

3. The flowers we planted in a box on our wee mirpesset last weekend are blooming and they are lovely.

4. I ran into someone at the co-op today who saw me doing my job recently and wanted to tell me that she's rooting for me to get the permanent position. \o/

5. Someone nearby has hung a beautiful wind chime, and I like the way it peals.

Shabbat shalom to all who celebrate.
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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.

(no subject)

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.

(no subject)

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 via Paypal.

Thanks! (And thanks for signalboosting)

Another Meme ....

Apr. 27th, 2017 05:51 pm
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... as a distraction while I fight my way through finishing my [community profile] fandom5k story. Borrowed from [personal profile] calliopes_pen, the TROPE MEME:

Comment with a fanfic trope and, if you'd like, a character/pairing, and I will tell you:
♦ how likely I am to write it
♦ maybe a few lines of theoretical fic

Trope Bingo Amnesty 2017

Apr. 28th, 2017 10:27 am
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They're running an Amnesty over at [community profile] trope_bingo, so you can try to work a bingo out of any previous year's amnesty card.

I have three half-filled, some with notes, some without.

Under the cut is my 2016 trope bingo card with the current fills:

2016 trope bingo card )

Any suggestions/thoughts? You can try me on any pairing you know I'll write. I need some inspiration/impetus/distraction right now.


Apr. 27th, 2017 07:26 pm
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1. Today I was good at my job and that felt good.

2. I am making roasted stuffed peppers right now and they are making my kitchen fragrant.

3. I am rich in friends, and there are a lot of people whom I love, and I am fiercely grateful for this, even when my heart aches because some of those beloveds are suffering.

4. The implausible chartreuse of early spring's first leaves, which I adore, every year.

5. The fact that even when life is not easy, I can feel in my bones that I am in a better place than I was a year ago.

anecdata poll

Apr. 28th, 2017 09:01 am
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If an exchange is only being updated/maintained/questions answered on LJ, and you personally have made the switch to DW, would you sign up, even if the exchange was on AO3?

Music Appreciation

Apr. 27th, 2017 06:23 pm
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I heard Uncle John's Band by the Grateful Dead on the radio today, so I feel this is a good time to inform the world that it was only a couple years ago that I realized the lyrics must be "Come hear Uncle John's Band". Before that moment, from the time I was a very wee!Lanna, I had assumed it was "Come here, Uncle John's Band". This is a rare case where I actually heard the word correctly, but got punctuation and, y'know, homophones wrong. :P

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oh oh what I want to know oh how does the song go

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Come hear Uncle John's Band
3 (75.0%)

Come here, Uncle John's Band
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so, are we never going to talk about "let's play this game called when you catch fire I wouldn't piss to put you out"
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I have a job now

Apr. 27th, 2017 10:10 pm
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I wanted to make a post about how I was doing at my new job, and then I remembered that today at 5pm a guy from IT told us not to turn off our computers today because of an important update, and today at 6pm I left work and of course turned off my computer just like I always do. *facepalm* Great job, self. Have fun tomorrow morning.

Overall it's going well though. I think. It seems like every few days one of my bosses tells me of a silly mistake that I can't believe I made and reminds me not to do it again and it's very embarrassing. Fortunately triple redundancy is pretty much built into every step of the process, but still.

The people are nice though, I'm getting used to the hours, and I'm not bored yet. (I will eventually, but my contract only lasts until July anyway, and I'll start sending job applications again in May. Not looking forward to it.)

Critical Role Ep 57-94

Apr. 27th, 2017 08:57 pm
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More quick Critical Role episode notes! Over 6k words, oops. Not cleaned up and with very rough time stamps, mostly taken while watching, and I wanted to edit them a bit but then I'd probably never get around to posting.

Episodes 57-94 )
Talk about your favorite parts of Critical Role with me? :D
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TFW you calculate that the Venus Equilateral Relay Station probably had decades if not more than a century's worth of breathable air for the 3000 people on board.


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