Having a Twitter Break

29 June 2017 11:01 am
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The deluge of awful news is just too much for me right now. Sorry.

Reading Wednesday

28 June 2017 11:10 pm
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I finished Heir to the Empire (Star Wars by Timothy Zahn) and I liked it much better this time around. It's actually a great story and very well written, plotted, and put together (except for some minor paragraph/dialogue construction issues and there could probably be a bit more description).

Bonus - lots of pov's. I usually dislike being stuck in only one character's head, so this was a real treat on that count. There wasn't as much Thrawn as I thought, but there is another new secondary antivillain that I didn't remember at all that was wonderful - the smuggler Karrde. His story really tugged on the heart strings at the end. 

Also, I forgot how well described Chewie's homeworld was and where Lando is hanging out now. So, IOW, I am stoked on this series again, yay!  I am thrilled to be enjoying reading science fiction now. :happy dance:

Sadly, the sequel isn't due to arrive until next week, so I'll finish up Thrawn while I'm waiting. Also, since it was 3:30 this morning when I realized I didn't have Dark Force Rising yet, I ordered Rogue Squadron (by Micheal Stackpole, the other writer I'll meet in July).  There might have been some wine involved, lol. It should arrive Friday, so I'll probably have time to finish Thrawn and it before DFR gets here. 

I'm still slowly (mindfully) working my way through Karma Yoga. I think I have two chapters left. 

I also started A Study in Scarlet (Sherlock Holmes). I came across this excellent podcast on all the things wrong with Moffatt as a showrunner, and it focused on Sherlock mostly, which put me in the mood. Glad I did, because I forgot how much I like Doyle's writing, or is it Victorian writing in general? Either way, I will now be working my way through the Holmes canon again. Thanks to my younger self for obsessively making sure I have it all :-)  (Cause, yeah, I've spent a little money on books the past month, gah!) 

Commentary meme: Under Her Skin

28 June 2017 09:13 pm
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[personal profile] moetushie asked for any part of Under Her Skin that I liked. But I'm feeling indecisive, so I'm doing the whole thing. Aren't you all lucky?

(I keep meaning to get an additional YOI icon. This does not actually make me wanna barf.)

Under Her Skin, under a cut )

What I'm Reading Wednesday

28 June 2017 06:09 pm
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I'm still not recovered from last week, although probably some part of that was my fault for trying to make use of that family history offer over the weekend, but there we go. I'll get there, I suppose.

In the meantime, here's a post.

What I've just finished reading

I have read the next two in the Kate Shackleton mystery series by Frances Brody. I still don't know quite what to make of them - I'm enjoying them, I can read them and yet... I don't know.

I also went to the library and got some Regencies to try and get me back reading again a little better, which worked until I was undone by the Thing last week. They were slight, but no Carolyns, at any rate. (Two more MC Beatons, but nothing that reached the ridiculous/sinister heights of the Mannerling idea.)

However, then I got Snowdrift, the reissued collection of Georgette Heyer's short story collection, Pistols For Two, with three rediscovered stories in it! I mean, her short stories aren't anything to her novels, but this was the most exciting thing reading-wise that has happened to me since I was ill, I think. They were slight, but it was very lovely to have new Heyer words for the first time in probably twenty years.

And then I randomly found on a charity book stall in my supermarket, a weird little teen book I used to have a fascination with back in the 90s, The Bewitching of Alison Allbright by Alan Davidson. It is still a very odd little book, not quite like anything else I can think of & enjoyable to have a revisit, even if not at anywhere near the same intensity as back then. It's not a fantasy - the 'bewitching' involves no magic, just the glamour of riches hiding some sinister/obsessive intentions.


What I'm Reading Now

Nothing, really; I need to get a bit better again. HMS Surprise needs more brain than I have, and I've a few other things started and abandoned, so mostly, nothing and occasionally re-reading some of the older stories in Snowdrift. (I like my new copy better than the old one, which is nice, because it's not always the case.)

I am still taking (family history-related) notes from London in the 19th Century by Jerry White.


What I'm Reading Next

Something, I hope. My TBR pile is far larger than my actual reading ability, but you've got to have optimism and hope and ambition, right?

Twin High-Maintenance Machines

NSFW 28 June 2017 11:34 am
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Definitely not standing: Jo Swinson, Jamie Stone, Layla Moran, Wera Hobhouse, Tom Brake, Tim Farron, Alistair Carmichael, Norman Lamb, Ed Davey
Probably not standing: Stephen Lloyd, Christine Jardine
Probably standing:
Definitely standing: Vince Cable

... Oh arse.

Look, coronations are bad. The "candidate" does not get examined, does not get their feet held to whatever fire the membership is stoking, does not have to state any positions before the crown is lowered. Recent political leaders who have had a coronation rather than an election include TMay, Arlene Foster, and Gordon Brown. We do not want to be in that company.

But even if coronations were ok, the coronation of someone who's published views are 1, so often at odds with the membership and 2, so changeable depending on who he is talking to... Lads, this is really, really, REALLY not good. And given the article I linked to in the very first piece I wrote on potential leadership elections after the GE, this whole situation smells really fucking funny and I do not like it one bit.

I'm in conversation with a bunch of other senior Lib Dems members of the awkward squad to try to do something about this. I mean, if there was a proper election and the members decided that Vince was the best person, that's one thing, but this is just a subversion of party democracy, and I hate it. Eurgh.

But if we can't do something about it... I don't know. The scissors are feeling very close to my membership card right now.

ETA: OfC given the legendary efficiency of the LDHQ membership department, if I were to cut up my membership card and send it back we'd probably have had another 2 general elections before they got round to processing my resignation...

a request for help

28 June 2017 02:26 am
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It's taking a lot for me to even write this but I don't think I have any other option. I just found out that my family and I are most likely going to lose our house by the end of the week. We're probably going to have to move into the first place that will take us and will probably have to ask someone to temporarily keep one of our pets as most apartments have a two pet policy (we have three dogs). I'm currently unemployed and it's very difficult for me to find a job. I have an invisible illness that necessitates a sitting job which is rare to find in my area. Because my illness is not technically considered a disability, I receive no special treatment or benefits. I'm still actively seeking employment but in the meantime I thought I would try and open up commissions. Unfortunately, I'm not an artist, but I do write. All of my previously written work can be found on my AO3 here. I'm willing to write any fandom/ship from this list in exchange for a "coffee" ($3) on my ko-fi here. If you have a spare $3 lying around and I would appreciate this more than you could ever possibly know. Thank you for even considering it. 💖 Layla

Meme for a rainy afternoon

27 June 2017 01:57 pm
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Pick any story I've written, or, in the case of my longer, chaptered works, any chapter from any story I've written, and comment to this post with that selection. I will then give you the equivalent of a DVD commentary on that snippet: what I was thinking when I wrote it, why I wrote it in the first place, what's going on in the character's heads, why I chose certain words, what this moment means in the context of the rest of the fic, lots of awful puns, and anything else that you’d expect to find on a DVD commentary track.

My fics are here.


Also, I note with some amusement that the only fic mentioned in this post that I haven't actually managed to finish is The Fall of Strelsau. Though it's now sitting at 6,833 words, and yes, includes a by-election.

State of the SB

27 June 2017 11:22 am
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Hate everything.
Having cashflow problems, some of which are my fault, and some of which are other people's fault, and all of which are beyond my control and therefore incredibly frustrating.
Cashflow problems meaning I am having to cancel on commitments, which I hate doing.
Politics in general is full of arseholes who keep arsing.
Work is frustrating, because I can't do the things I need to do for various stupid reasons (also beyond my control).
Have had no sleep and lots of pointless arguments with members of household, which means I am dangerously low on spoons, grumpy and frazzled.
And to top it all, my right tit is a big scabby painful mess.

Here's hoping you lot are all a bit happier...

Twin Peaks 3.08

26 June 2017 11:50 pm
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...may be the single weirdest hour of television ever produced. Seriously. If the first seven episodes were David Lynch not giving a fuck about what people expect and doing whatever he wanted, then this is him just letting go and not even thinking about what he wants but just disintegrating his ideas into pure patterns of light and sound. It makes Eraserhead look like Bicycle Thieves. It's beautiful, it's horrifying, and it's... rrrrrrrrrrrrrrreeeeeeeeally fucking weird, and somehow still advances the plot more than maybe any other episode in the entire series, and I love it, I love it, I love it.

Check in - writing and Twin Peaks

26 June 2017 12:59 pm
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Work is trying to suck my soul from me!! Which is why you still haven't seen me on your journals. 

I'm going to try and finish my Missy-centric fic for  who contest today, since it's all gonna end Saturday  :sobs:

First, I had to get last night's Multimedia Experience from David Lynch out of my system. I posted a 'concert' in it's honor here on Terror.  

Hugs and Love everyone. I hope you all had a good weekend :-) 
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Locked because I don’t want it to appear on Who Daily, as it’s a proclamation of plans. To be safe, if I bork the friends-lock, please don't put this on today's edition, Who Daily Editor of the Day. And, um, yay, writing hiatus over? Until maybe Femslash Exchange and Yuletide?

Now unlocked! But if you're not a fan of discussing race and/or queerness in science fiction, give this post a pass.

Read more... )

Summer

25 June 2017 07:17 pm
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Ugh, summer is upon us, and it is woefully hot. Since I lack air conditioning at home, I almost wish that I was taking summer classes in order to escape the heat. I needed a break, though. Last semester wasn't necessarily difficult, but it was draining. This was most likely caused by my lack of personal writing over the last few months, which left me without a true creative outlet. Academic writing can be fun, but it's not necessarily the best form of expression even if I do manage to express myself through my interests and choice of topics at times.

So, I have stalled out o my writing and decided to withdraw from [community profile] getyourwordsout because I was so far behind. I could have continued plodding along, but the whole thing was stressing me out. Basically, I was behind from the start. I'm not great at dealing with failure and overcoming my shortcomings, so I just pushed it to the back of my mind. I will probably try again next year.

I finally saw Wonder Woman last week with my family, and I heartily enjoyed it. I did not grow up with Wonder Woman or comics, but I enjoy superhero movies in general. I went to support the female director and the idea of a female-led superhero flick without any personal investment in the character. In spite of that, this was the least bored I've been at the movies in a long while. This makes sense because it has a lot of the narrative tropes that I enjoy. Very mild spoilers ) Basically, I want to be her. If I read comic books, I'd probably be doing that right now.

I also rewatched the Fantastic Beasts movie, and I felt like I liked it a lot more this time. I always enjoyed the world-building and characters, but the story felt lacking. While I still think it could have been better, I felt way more invested in the story this time around. I also still think Newt is a refreshing lead, and I am always happy to see more Hufflepuff characters in the limelight.

I wasn't interested in the fandom back when I first watched it, but I am curious now. I havent gone looking for fics, but I would love some recs. I don't know who is still paying attention to this half-dead journal, but fic recs for Fantastic Beasts would be much appreciated if you have any.

Dept. of Remembrance

25 June 2017 06:28 pm
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 Alexander, Bestest Old Pussycat

Under here. )

Music meme day nine

26 June 2017 08:35 pm
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Day Nine: A song that makes you happy. Didn't I do this just recently? There was something about favourite songs, anyway, which I interpreted as songs that make me happy. (Yes, it was here.) So, clearly I have to choose one that isn't on that list, which makes it harder. I will therefore go with this one, because there's just something altogether fab about it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PI3LAgGBxqU

(no subject)

24 June 2017 09:48 pm
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 Alex Is Dying

We're sitting with him on our bed. 
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What Happens When a Drive Dies?

Stupid drive.... )

PSA

23 June 2017 02:35 pm
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I'm still tired from yesterday, but a head's up (via a genealogy news feed I follow) in case it's of any use to other people:

Find My Past (one of the big online genealogy sites for the UK) are allowing free access to their main UK collections till 26th June. (No strings attached for this one, not even fake-orders to get it; only registering if you haven't already.)

Some more details & instructions on the site's blog: https://blog.findmypast.com/free-british-irish-records-2445715211.html


*skuttles off to collapse somewhere again*
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Definitely not standing: Jo Swinson, Jamie Stone, Layla Moran, Tom Brake, Tim Farron, Alistair Carmichael, Norman Lamb
Probably not standing: Stephen Lloyd, Wera Hobhouse, Christine Jardine
Probably standing: Ed Davey
Definitely standing: Vince Cable

You'll note that Norman Lamb has moved from probably standing to definitely not standing. He announced this with rather petulant article in the Grauniad, in which (among other things) he proclaimed the Lib Dems' second referendum policy as toxic. Now I agree, it is toxic. "First we'll negotiate brexit, then we'll set up a referendum, then we'll campaign against the deal we ourselves negotiated!" is an utterly ridiculous policy. The problem is, it was only in the sodding manifesto due to the insistence of people on the rump brexity wing of the party, of which Norman Lamb is definitely one. This was as far as the rest of the party, who just wanted "we will stop brexit" to be the manifesto position, could be dragged. Policy making by committee often comes up with soggy centrist compromises, and often that's a good thing and satisfies most people, but sometimes it's patently rubbish. This time was the latter. What I don't get is Captain Brexit blaming the rest of the party for it. Well, I do. He'd like us to embrace brexit. And that is not going to happen.

Anyway, the rest of the article sticks the boot in to members in various other ways, and alludes to, but doesn't actually acknowledge, the problems autistic people have with the idea of Norman as a leader, and frankly, just makes me glad he's not standing. At least he has the self-knowledge to know he's not right to lead the party as it currently is, even if he declares it in a rather Skinnerian way.

Principal Skinner asks a pertinent question

So the only likely runner at this point undeclared is Ed Davey. And there will be siren idiots voices whispering in his ear, saying:
Don't stand, Ed. Leadership elections are expensive, Ed. They are divisive and set party members up against each other, ed. It'd be easier all round just to crown Vince, Ed. You don't want the hassle, Ed. The party doesn't want the hassle, Ed. Lets just have a coronation, Ed.
To which I say, pish, tosh, bunkum, bollocks, and bullshit.

Yes, leadership elections are divisive, and do set members up against each other, and sometimes even cause resentments. Do you know what's even more divisive, and causes even more resentments? Not letting Lib Dems have democracy. Not letting us scrutinise each candidate and come to a decision on merit. Not having hustings at which we can put questions to candidates and examine their views and records and promises. Imposing a leader on us without us having a say. I can guarantee you that while a leadership election might be divisive, it's nowhere near as divisive as a coronation.

Now, Ed Davey told one of the BBC politics correspondents (I think Norman Smith) the other day that he would declare whether or not he was standing "on Thursday or Friday". He didn't declare yesterday. I'm hoping he declares he's standing today.

And if you'd told me last month I'd be crossing my fingers for Ed Davey to run in a leadership election, I'd have thought you insane in the membrane, crazy insane, got no brain. Just goes to show what a funny old world it is...

Dept. of Jump!

22 June 2017 05:28 pm
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So. This Happened.Surprise! )
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For A Start

[personal profile] lydy  is brilliant. She is a bit of a force of nature, one I would like to see more of, learn more about, and in general have more a part of my world. I still treasure a night many, many years ago, in the "secret" consuite at Minicon, when I had the benefit of her humor and intellect. 

I think I agree with her on things cultural, political, emotional and intellectual at least 80 percent of the time. The other 20 percent of the time? I suspect that we'd probably have some interesting discussions. 

She has written an essay that I believe is well worth reading and thinking about, concerning how women, the world, and "the rules" - for every single value and power of "the rules" that might exist in this universe - intersect. It is her answer, or at least an excellent precis of her answer (because her real answer is the way she approaches the world every day), to the question many men ask (in which the asking is too often more complaint about having their privilege questioned than actual question) of women: "How can I interact with you women without being a douche, if you won't tell me the rules?"

I think I agree about 95 percent with this one. And even if I didn't agree with it nearly that much, it's still an excellent starting place for conversations, or indeed for an internal dialogue, if one were inclined to think about it. Because, as I said, 
[personal profile] lydy  is brilliant, and brilliance nearly always is an excellent light by which to make one's way in this world. And, as she said to me when I asked if I could link, she wants to start conversations.
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Rair Pair Fic Exchange

22 June 2017 11:00 pm
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My letter is under the cut.

Read more... )

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21 June 2017 11:05 pm
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So here I am again, posting to DW. I'm generally just going to say: this is a fandom journal. I like writing fic prompts here on DW, so I might as well use DW some more?

Anyway --

I'm accepting fanfic prompts! If you know I write it, have seen it on my AO3, or just generally know I'm into it, feel free to request it. Minimum 300 words right back at'cha.

As for RL news, I got a promotion and a raise today, so there's that. :) Making this post public for the prompts.

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