they wanna make me their queen

Sep. 19th, 2017 01:55 pm
musesfool: Batwoman (your name in the title)
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ZOMG this day! Board meeting imminent!

I just wanted to let people know, in case they didn't and were interested, that Alice Hoffman has written a prequel to Practical Magic about the Aunts, and it's coming out in October: The Rules of Magic! I only found out the other day!

I love both the book and the movie, though they are very different, and I'm excited to read the Aunts' story! #please don't suck!

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but some things may stay the same

Sep. 18th, 2017 04:56 pm
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dear universe,

I have some complaints:

- as per this xkcd (hat tip to [personal profile] twistedchick), & should be used for friendship and / should be used for romance. Please stop getting my hopes up that there is new pairing fic to read in my rare pair when it is not, in fact, pairing fic.

- it's bad enough that I'm following a bunch of works in progress now, but what is up with people getting to the penultimate chapter of a work (and I'm not talking anything short here, I'm talking well over 100K words) and then just...never posting the last chapter? I would plaintively cry, "who does that?" except I am now in possession of such knowledge and it's more than one person! (And I know this because it'll be listed as 53/54 or whatever.)

- this is less a complaint and more a bit of bafflement, but I never know what to say to people who leave feedback along the lines of "I hope you keep writing!" or "I hope you've written more!" Like, click on my name in the by line? There'll be 700+ stories there? I mean, thank you! But yeah.

- why is writing such a garbage hobby? when I have the words, I don't have the time. when I have the time, I don't have the energy. when I have the energy, I don't have the words. Bah.

- subset of the above: I actually opened a story to work on last night, wrote one (1) sentence in two (2) hours, and gave up when I realized it would need to be all porn from there on out. Bah.

no love,

me

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remix! and fic update

Sep. 17th, 2017 09:45 pm
celli: a pixellated version of the Star Trek crew on the bridge of the Enterprise (Star Trek)
[personal profile] celli
Someone did an awesome remix of one of my stories - and since I know for a fact I was a pinch hit I am extra impressed!

Transparent (1734 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Star Trek: Alternate Original Series (Movies)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: James T. Kirk/Leonard "Bones" McCoy, past Leonard "Bones" McCoy/Jocelyn McCoy - Relationship
Characters: James T. Kirk, Joanna McCoy, Leonard "Bones" McCoy, Jocelyn McCoy, Winona Kirk (mentions)
Additional Tags: James T. Kirk & Joanna McCoy - Freeform, Overbearing Parents, Heart-to-Heart Conversations, Divorced parents, Starfleet Academy
Summary:
The one where Joanna and Uncle Jim have a heart-to-heart, and Joanna realises there are much worse things in life than an overbearing parent.

Written for Remix Revival 2017.


I cried, ngl.

Done:
* Coursera Style week 2 story (600/600 on the dot)
* Coursera Style week 3 story, cutting the prior week's story in half (300/300)
* PODSA/SGA crossover:
The Ninth Space Wedding (Is the Charm) (3579 words) by celli
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Pod Save America (RPF), Stargate Atlantis
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Jon Favreau/Jon Lovett
Characters: Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett, Tommy Vietor, DeRay Mckesson
Additional Tags: Crossover, Alternate Universe - Fusion, space weddings, Soulmates, Tropes
Summary:
Weddings have consequences. Especially space weddings.


New:
* Coursera Style week 4 story (0/600)

Progress made:
* PODSA gift story (1069/whatever)

Other:
* basic income contest story (124/5000)
* PODSA mpreg (2062/whatever)
* Star Wars auction fic, two scenes left (704/1000+)
* AIRPF AU with [personal profile] rajkumari905 (3316/whatever)
* AIRPF auction fic (0/1000+)
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Last night, L and I went to the premiere of this English language musical version of The Romance of the Western Chamber (Xi Xiang Ji in Chinese?).

It is not, in fact, Romeo and Juliet, or it kind of is in terms of love at first sight and climbing up balconies and exchanging poetry in letters, but without the tragic ending. Which I was glad for.

It's very charming, though the male lead's voice was not up to the singing, imo. The ladies were all fantastic, especially Mari Uchida as Hong-niang, the matchmaking maid. The women's costumes were lovely; the men's were...well, they started out all right, but Mr. Chang's wedding outfit was made of what looked like baby blue lamé, which is not a look I personally endorse.

Afterwards - and it was not a short play! - we attempted to go here, because it was a beautiful night for a rooftop bar, but apparently my randomly picking a place in the vicinity of the theater because it looked cool meant I'd actually picked someplace popular and happening? There was a large line outside the door anyway, so we were like, we are too old to wait on lines for bars - even rooftop bars! - so we hopped in a cab and had dinner at the bar around the corner, and then stopped off at Insomnia Cookies for cookies. Which I didn't eat last night, but which will be my breakfast this morning.

All in all, it was a lovely evening, and I got to wear my star-print sun dress from eShakti, which is such a pretty dress, guys. I love it a lot.

I also have been catching up on Gotham Academy so I can make my yuletide request, and when Amy showed up in Second Semester, I at first thought, ugh, did they try to shove Harper in here as well? but I sincerely doubt Harper would ever do the nasty things Amy does, so it's not her undercover. Whew. I'll probably have more to say on Wednesday!

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I left work slightly early yesterday and today has been calmer, thankfully. I'm still dragging and my brain is on a bit of a time delay - why is sleeping so hard? even when I'm so tired? - but it's Friday and it's almost over.

Today, while I've been collating etc., I've been thinking about how in Leia, Princess of Alderaan, spoilers )

I really want to read that story without having to write it. You should get on that, stat.

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Yuletide noms!

Sep. 14th, 2017 06:24 pm
astolat: lady of shalott weaving in black and white (Default)
[personal profile] astolat
They close tomorrow so hurry and get your nominations in!

Mine are:

Witcher: Geralt, Emhyr, Ciri, Dandelion (duh)

Dragonriders of Pern: Menolly, Robinton (I totally want Menolly/Robinton NOT SORRY)

Dune (the book): Paul, Jessica, Stilgar, Feyd -- I don't know exactly what I want here, I think I want some outsider POV on Paul maybe?

My runners-up were:

Rome: Pullo, Vorenus, maybe Octavian -- man, I would love a story that undid what the show did to Octavian in S2 so much

Gladiator: Maximus, Commodus

Brimstone: Ezekiel, The Devil

Dungeons and Dragons Cartoon: Eric, Hank, Sheila, Venger

Battle of the Planets: Mark, Jason

and my perennial hope-springs-eternal Dracula: the Series: Lucard (hope doesn't really spring very far lol)

I am totally not mentioning these here in hopes that someone has a spare nom they wouldn't mind using on one of these. ;)
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I missed reading Wednesday in all the madness, but things are slightly calmer at the moment (though the MTA didn't help this morning with the 1, 2, and 3 being suspended. I had to walk through that long tunnel to the A, C, E at 42nd Street, which is at least slightly less rank than it used to be but also this morning it was full of a ton of extra people unhappy about being there), so books:

What I've just finished
Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo, which I loved after I got over my slight disappointment about it being an origin story. I liked that Diana got to save the world with a couple of teenage girls and recontextualize Helen of Troy a little while she was at it. Also, it reinforced the notion that spoiler ).

Star Wars #36, which I'll talk about by itself, since it is pretty self-contained. This is the issue where Artoo finally gets to the Devastator(? I think?) to rescue Threepio, and it's very cleverly done imo, with the narration telling us all sorts of typical instruction manual specs about the R2 astromech line, and Artoo being his usual badass self, thanks in part to some programming upgrades, some very skilled teachers, and of course, a complete lack of memory wipes. Everyone knows he's the real hero of the rebellion. (Sadly, he doesn't ever get to give Vader the tongue-lashing he deserves but I will just go on including that in every story I write, because it pleases me to do so. *g*)

What I'm reading now
A Ruin of Angels by Max Gladstone, which is the sixth Craft sequence book - featuring Kai Pohala and her previously unmet sister, with a cameo (so far - could end up being more?) by Tara Abernathy. I'm enjoying it so far, but as usual, the random references to our world always make me blink - is this a super alternate universe? a far-flung future? Like, I guess I could accept a coffeehouse employee being a barista, even though there is no Italy in this world, but then it makes a Rent or a Casablanca reference, and I'm like, that is very specific to our world! I dunno. It's kind of a weird thing to get hung up on, but it strikes me every time.

What I'm reading next
*hands* One of the things I did last weekend, in addition to getting rid of more books and dvds, was to start sorting through all the books I've downloaded and adding them to iBooks or Calibre (though I can no longer dedrm kindle books via Calibre, which sucks), so I have a lot more books than I realized and they're mostly sitting around on my iPad waiting to be read.

Lastly, here's a link: Ranking the Robin Hood Adaptations — Which Tales Fly Truest?

It gets it right, I think, though there's a sad lack of appreciation of Alan Rickman's Sheriff of Nottingham, which is the only reason to watch the Kevin Costner version, and Robin and the Seven Hoods doesn't even get a mention! But I think the one-two punch of Errol Flynn and that Disney fox is the correct answer.

(I feel like there is also a sad lack of Jason Todd references in this post - after all, he was Robin and now he's a Hood - but I'm too frazzled to come up with good ones. Take it as read that Robins as in Batfam are never far from my thoughts.)

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Reading
Finished Whatever: or how junior year became totally f$@ked by S.J. Goslee and The Bedlam Stacks by Natasha Pulley. Whatever was enjoyable, but I was shipping a non-canon pairing (cf my penchant for friends-to-lovers vs antagonists-to-lovers) so was disappointed by the ending. But the book was mostly about the process of coming out as a teen, to self, family and friends, and that aspect was great.

The Bedlam Stacks was a slow-starter and very world-buildy, and I don't think I was the right audience for it. I'm super-non-visual and there was a LOT of description, most of which didn't settle in my head. I can imagine it really working for some readers, though. I liked the ideas, and the way the magic realism came together.

Next up: no idea. Maybe something by KJ Charles or Cat Sebastian, neither of whom I've read before. I have various books and sample chapters stacking up on my kindle, as always.

Kdramas
I spent a few days idly contemplating Secret Garden OT3 scenarios (Seul/Oska/Ssun, natch) and not starting anything new, but on Monday I dipped a toe into Another Oh Hae Young, and now I am hooked. Grumpy perfectionist Park Do Kyung, in a moment of drunken weakness, let himself be goaded into getting revenge on Oh Hae Young, the woman who jilted him at the altar, by seriously messing up her new fiancé's business. The fiancé broke up with Hae Young (for her own good) before his business disasters cascaded into bankruptcy and imprisonment. Except it turns out to be a case of mistaken identity! A different Oh Hae Young! Do Kyung has epically ruined the lives of two innocent people! Cue oh my god what have I done?!?!? and everyone suffering through the fallout.

There's also some unexplained deja-vu/precognition going on, because of course there is, and Seoul is the size of a postage stamp. I'm good with that.

Past half-way on Chief Kim, and it's still really engaging. There's not even any romance yet; it's pure redemption arc/found family/David vs Goliath.

Moonlight Drawn by Clouds and Goblin rewatches continue. Goblin is especially good to revisit, now that I know what's going on. #immortaldorks

Other TV
The boy and I are continuing our Parks & Recreation rewatch (spurring me to finally buy the last two seasons on DVD).

Films/DVD
We watched a NZ documentary called Tickled, which starts off being about competitive endurance tickling and turns into kind of an investigative thriller.

Writing
Nope.

Computer
The list of things that are no longer working now includes torrenting.

Posting
I started a rambly post maybe a week ago, and keep poking it. I seem to have forgotten how to chat to the internet. *waves instead*

Politicking
The election is 9 days away. I've been sign-waving and leafleting for the Greens, and yesterday I went to a branch meeting and talked more than I intended (ie, > 0).
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Yesterday, I ate my breakfast at 12:30 and then just didn't eat lunch. I could rant about what I think is poor time management and poor organization, which given the fact that I have never in my life not procrastinated on a thing to the last possible moment, would be really saying something, but I won't. It's pointless. I'm just here to redo all my edits because someone kept editing a(n old version of a) document after they sent it to me for updating. Whatever.

Monday night, I was here late and then L and I met up on the spur of the moment and I had three pints of beer, which I haven't done in years and which I should never ever do on a weeknight again. Ugh. I am officially too old for this shit.

Last night, I got home by 7 and just sat on the couch refreshing Tumblr and playing 1010 until it was time to go to bed. Yes, I know I said I deleted it off my phone, and I did, but that didn't remove it from my iPad, so I still have it (and I re-downloaded it to my phone the other day when I was waiting for a train) but I also found it online so I can just play on my laptop now. *hands*

In better news, I heard from the loan officer that my loan commitment letter is preliminarily approved but they needed me to send a bunch of documents I've already sent them twice, plus one new thing that just proves what a dumb racket the whole credit thing is because I have excellent credit, but since I've tried to purchase a home, my credit has been checked three times since April, which is concerning to them. The fact that it's all been in service of trying to get a mortgage, and that no additional lines of credit have yet been opened, doesn't seem to matter. It's like if you have too many accounts, they tell you it has a negative impact, but if you close an account to have fewer, that is also a negative. You carry a balance, which means you have debt! but if you pay it off every month, then that's a negative because you have no outstanding loans! No matter what you do you can't win, which is a clear indication that the whole thing is rigged against you.

I might just be exhausted and ranting. I don't even know. Anyway. Once I get the loan commitment letter, I have to send in the board application package and hope they call me for an interview. Of course this is happening at the same time I'm prepping for my actual board meeting (see above re: work), so the timing is terrible.

I did have a very cool dream where I visited [personal profile] destina and she fed me very fancy pasta and then we went to a murder mystery reenactment.

Lastly, I did my yuletide nominations while I had a free moment, because I didn't want to forget, so this is what they are right now:

Six of Crows
Inej Ghafa
Kaz Brekker
Nina Zenik
Nikolai Lantsov

The Middleman
Wendy Watson
The Middleman
Ida
Noser

Gotham Academy
Olive Silverlock
Mia "Maps" Mizoguchi
Pomeline Fritch
Damian Wayne

I guess I'll let you know if I change my mind.

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and you say how appropriate

Sep. 11th, 2017 04:52 pm
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this day is always weird and solemn, and for the past 15 years, I would call my dad and we'd be thankful he'd survived a terrorist attack (2 actually, since he was there in '93 too), but now he's gone.

The six-month anniversary of his death is Thursday, and then the fourth anniversary of my mother's death is a week from Saturday, so this is a rough stretch to get through, I guess.

On the other hand, work has been so ridiculously hectic that this is the first moment I've had to breathe since I walked in the door, so it kept my mind occupied, which is good. I might just crawl into bed when I get home. I feel like I could sleep forever, but the rest of this work week is going to be busy too, since we're gearing up for a board meeting next week. Boss1 bought me flowers to brighten me up.

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Fic update

Sep. 10th, 2017 10:36 pm
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[personal profile] celli
Last week was a difficult writing week. I had a hypomanic episode, and while for some people that's a creative time it's not for me. I am glad I got done what I got done. This week - well, I have a big work project, but I'll do my best.

Done:
* Remix is POSTED YAYE. :D

New:
* short story for this 'basic income' story contest (124/5000)

Progress made:
* story, vaguely plotted and partly written, for a Coursera course I'm now WAY behind on (160/600)

Other (sigh):
* PODSA gift story (340/whatever)
* PODSA/SGA crossover which needs two scenes fixed, er, still (3439/whatever)
* PODSA mpreg (2062/whatever)
* Star Wars auction fic, two scenes left (704/1000+)
* AIRPF AU with [personal profile] rajkumari905 (3316/whatever)
* AIRPF auction fic (0/1000+)
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Yesterday, I had that awful achy skin feverish feeling and got nothing done. I just wanted soft, comforting things, so I went to finish my AtLA rewatch and discovered that it was no longer free as part of Amazon Prime! WTF?! I didn't feel like digging out my dvds (hush), so I ended up watching the back half of The West Wing season 2, and then this morning I watched "Two Cathedrals" and those final six minutes set to "Brothers in Arms" might be the best use of music on a tv show ever.

Which started me thinking about other iconic musical cues from TV shows, and this is a very short, very incomplete list:

- "Renegade" in the SPN episode "Nightshifter"
- "Don't Fear the Reaper" in the SPN episode "Faith"
- "Bad Moon Rising" in the SPN episode "Devil's Trap"

I could probably fill this list with ONLY SPN moments, so here are some others:

- "Full of Grace" aka, "the song at the end of Becoming II"
- "Devil Town" in the opening and closing episodes of s1 of Friday Night Lights
- "Come Back" in the FNL episode "Wind Sprints"
- "Eli's Coming" in the Sports Night episode of the same name
- "There She Goes" in the pilot of Gilmore Girls
- "Momentary Thing" over Veronica and Logan's kiss in VMars
- "In Your Wildest Dreams" in the HLotS episode "Full Moon"

I'm sure there are many others - what am I missing? I know "Life" used music excellently but I'm blanking on any specific moments right now.

*let's take any moment that uses "Hallelujah" out of the running for now. I still haven't recovered from its overuse in the late 90s.

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Here's a fanfic meme from [personal profile] misbegotten, but it's 50 questions long so I'm breaking it up into parts and will eventually answer them all.

So here's part 1:

Fandom Questions

1. What was the first fandom you got involved in?
Online? Homicide: Life on the Street. alt.tv.homicide was the first newsgroup I lurked on and then participated in. We're coming up on the 20th anniversary of that: November 1997!

It was an amazing newsgroup to break into online fandom with, and it was highly influential on my online behavior.

2. What is your latest fandom?
Latest, and also one of my oldest fandoms: Star Wars. I blame The Clone Wars and also The Force Awakens. The former for making me care about Anakin Skywalker *shakes tiny ineffectual fist* and the latter for giving me Rey and Finn and GENERAL ORGANA.

3. What is the best fandom you’ve ever been involved in?
Aw, they're all great (and terrible) in their own ways. Maybe MCU circa 2012 when Avengers came out, because it was sort of the culmination of friendships that formed when I was in XMM twelve years before. Harry Potter was great because it was such an upswell of creativity and making connections with other fans.

I don't really feel like I belong to any one fandom these days - everything is so disconnected and I don't really have a sense of community in Star Wars. It's more like my DW flist is my fandom, and to a lesser extent, my tumblr dash.

4. Do you regret getting involved in any fandoms?
Ahahahahaha. I regret the way my participation in a couple of them ended.

5. Which fandoms have you written fanfiction for?
Ahahahaha! According to AO3, and including one-offs, and lumping various comics and movie properties into umbrella fandoms, here is the list:

~68 or so fandoms )

6. List your OTP from each fandom you’ve been involved in.
I don't always have an OTP, but here are a few:

HP: Remus/Sirius, James/Lily, Harry/Ron/Hermione
Star Wars: Han/Leia, Rey/Finn/Poe, Baze/Chirrut
Ocean's Eleven: Danny/Rusty
Narnia: Cor/Aravis
MCU: Steve/Bucky, Tony/Pepper
DCU: Tim/Kon, Clark/Lois
XMM: Logan/Rogue, Charles/Erik
The West Wing: Josh/Donna
Gilmore Girls: Luke/Lorelai
FNL: Coach/Mrs. Coach

7. List your NoTPs from each fandom you’ve been in.
I don't always have a NoTP, but here are the ones I very definitely do have:

Marvel: Steve/Tony
Star Wars: Reylo
XMM: Jean/Logan
SPN: Dean/Cas
DCU: Clark/Diana
Gilmore Girls: Christopher/Lorelai

8. How did you get involved in your latest fandom?
It's Star Wars? I've been involved in it, or at least a fan of it, since 1977? If you mean how did I suddenly start writing fic for it after years of not writing fic for it? Well, Ahsoka Tano's appearance is a major key to that, as well as the sad lack of stuff dealing with Leia and Vader's relationship. And of course, the Clone Wars made me invested in Anakin Skywalker, and also provided me with characters like Satine Kryze and Asajj Ventress, whom I love! Those were the main things that I was interested in, and then Rey and Finn came along and I wanted to know more about them, too.

9. What are the best things about your current fandom?
Nearly everybody knows a little bit about it, so you can enthuse about it in public without getting odd looks from people. (Otoh, when you say something like, "But I really like Anakin Skywalker!" be prepared for people to judge you, and not even silently. *hands*)

10. Is there a fandom you read fic from but don’t write in?
Oh yeah. Mostly Yuletide fandoms (e.g., Queen's Thief, Gentleman Bastards, Rivers of London) or things like Discworld or Good Omens, where I would like to write but just haven't really had any good ideas. This also goes for a lot of the one-off fandoms I've written in - I'd like to write more iZombie or Arrow or Sports Night, but I just don't really have ideas for them.

I guess that's a good start!

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I'll find my soul as I go home

Sep. 8th, 2017 10:42 am
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Friday grab bag:

A. Ugh, the trains were disgustingly crowded and slow this morning, and then there was some sort of croissant crisis at the other Starbucks, so the waiting area was jammed with people waiting for pastries that were never going to come. On the plus side, it's Friday! on the minus side, we're back to full days on Friday. *sob*

ii. I forgot Timeless on my potential Yuletide noms post yesterday! Certainly Wyatt, Lucy, Jiya, and Rufus should all get nommed by someone who isn't me. Agent Christopher, too, I hope!

3. Some reading material:
- Donald Trump: the First White President by Ta-Nehisi Coates

- And something a little lighter: Mets Legend Keith Hernandez On Baseball, Books, Broadcasting And Battles at SI.com

d. And speaking of the Mets, y'all saw Dylan O'Brien throw out the first pitch the other night, right? He was very cute about the whole thing, though if I closed my eyes, he sounded like uncannily like my older nephew.

V. from the we make our own fun file: Batman & Darth Vader: two sides of the same coin? I amuse myself, anyway.

5a. And for more serious meta: the dark side is a choice. Oh Anakin. I'm probably gonna have to read this book aren't I? Sigh. #i'm not mad i'm just disappointed #i hate that i have ~feelings about darth vader now #the most problematic fave

5b. and for my own amusement - and from a different comic - someone telling vader what we'd all like to.

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oh, it makes me wonder

Sep. 7th, 2017 10:05 am
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[personal profile] musesfool
ZOMG you guys, work is ridiculously busy and I feel like the coop purchase process is slowly killing my soul. Last night, I was looking over the paperwork and I was just like, this is not going to happen. I'm going to be rejected again. So now that I've made peace with that, I'll just let it play out but not really believe it's going to happen. *hands*

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I guess it's yuletide season now? Here's my current list of potential nominees. If you are planning to nom something here, let me know, and I will cross it off!

Six of Crows: Inej Ghafa, Kaz Brekker, Nina Zenik
Ocean's 11: Danny, Rusty
Middleman: Wendy, MM, Ida, Noser
Earthsea: Ged, Tenar, Penthe
Alexander Trilogy: Alexander, Hephaistion - nommed by [personal profile] litalex
The Iliad (or possibly Song of Achilles?): Achilles, Patroclus
Roman Holiday: Princess Ann, Joe Bradley, Irving Radovich
The Philadelphia Story: CK Dexter Haven, Tracy Lord, Mike Macauley, Liz Imbrie
Blue Beetle: Jaime Reyes, Brenda DelVecchio, Paco Tejas, Milagro Reyes
Gotham Academy: Olive Silverlock, Mia "Maps" Mizoguchi, Pomeline Fritch

I guess I have to figure out what I'm requesting, too. Definitely Kaz/Inej again. Everything else is up in the air. Hmm...

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[personal profile] china_shop
Reading
I read a chapter and a half of The Bedlam Stacks, but nothing was happening so I got distracted with Whatever: or how junior year became totally f$@ked by S.J. Goslee, a fun queer YA book, which I'm enjoying so far. I do plan to go back to The Bedlam Stacks after that.

Kdramas
Just finished Secret Garden, a classic drama from 2010, about which I have conflicting feelings. likes and dislikes, very spoilery )

Next up: If I want to get any writing done I should take a breather, but my willpower is weak and I have many tempting options, so who knows.

On-going viewing: Goblin, Moonlight Drawn by Clouds and Chief Kim.

Other TV
Season 3 of Parks & Recreation, despite having The Expanse season 2 DVDs just sitting there.

Films
We tried a couple of randomly selected DVDs over the weekend (That Girl is Bad-Ass (Thai) and Attack the Gas Station (Korean)), but didn't get more than half an hour into either.

Writing
Stuck in neutral, grinding the gears. Trying to get back into the pre-series WC AU. Which is slightly inspired by Healer. Maybe I should rewatch Healer...

Computer
Still crumbling. Ugh!
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Yesterday, I reached out to the necessary parties to get updated reference letters for my coop board application package, as well as the materials the seller also has to sign (this was not something I had to do the first time around), and also arranged payment for the appraisal, which they think they will be able to get scheduled soon. I filled out a lot of the application form and ugh. I am left once again with an uneasy feeling about passing financial muster despite the knowledge that I should, since I already manage to do so now with higher monthly expenses.

In other news, last night I dreamt I was at some kind of wild party at a hotel and someone was leading around a tiger on a leash that they'd named Anakin and I was like, "I'm allergic to cats, so I'll be going now, but at least you won't be surprised when it turns on you and kills you all." My brain. I don't even know.

Anyway! Today is Wednesday, so here's what I'm reading:

What I've just finished
The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata, which is a modern romance in which our heroine marries our hero because he needs a green card and she needs her student loans paid off. It's a pretty slow burn, and I liked it okay, but I didn't LOVE it, because there is no snappy banter here. Aiden, the hero, is pretty laconic, mostly uninterested in pop culture, and not at all witty, so I didn't really warm to him, though I did like him more at the end than I did at the start. I also thought the setting was pointless - the fake football team names were jarring, especially considering it was supposed to be set in Dallas! And there was no reason it needed to be in Dallas - there was nothing about the city in the book. It could have been set anywhere in Generica. *hands*

Leia, Princess of Alderaan by Claudia Gray, which I loved. It's a coming of age story for 16 year old Leia, who has to complete a series of formalized challenges in order to be invested as the heir to the Alderaanian throne, and I think it did a great job with both her characterization and with weaving her story into the rest of Star Wars canon. Bail and Breha get to shine (♥ORGANAS♥) and there are some nice references to Padme, and Tarkin is the main villain - Vader never even gets a mention, which is appropriate for this point of Leia's life. I guess my one quibble is that I like the fanon explanation of the reason the Organas adopted - Breha had numerous miscarriages and they'd decided to stop trying - over the now canon explanation that she had had an accident in her youth and her health was not up to even trying. Idk. I mean, her having artificial organs is very Star Wars, and the end result was the same, but sometimes fanon feels more emotionally true. *hands* I did like that we finally got to see Breha in action and that spoilers )

What I'm reading now
Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo, which is a YA take on Diana's emergence into Man's World, and I like the focus on her and another teen girl, but I personally am more interested in Diana already in the world, rather than another origin story, so I'm a teeny bit disappointed, even though I kind of knew going in it was going to be what it is.

What I'm reading next
Probably The Ruin of Angels by Max Gladstone, which is the next book in the Craft sequence.

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