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Apr. 12th, 2014

CATWS reaction/meta posts

For later reference, reaction/meta posts I've enjoyed (alpha by author).

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Feb. 12th, 2014

Reading Wednesday

What I just finished reading:

"The Whisperer in Darkness" by H.P. Lovecraft, which has a similar narrative rhythm as The Case of Charles Dexter Ward, yet was aeons more readable. I then watched the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society's film adaptation, which I enjoyed. Last night, I finished "The Repairer of Reputations" from Robert W. Chamber's The King in Yellow.

What I'm reading now:

At the Mountains of Madness, a novella by H.P. Lovecraft, and Discovering H.P. Lovecraft, edited by Darrell Schweitzer.

What I'm going to read next:

"The Curse of Yig," a collaboration between H.P. Lovecraft and Zealia Bishop. Once I finish At the Mountains of Madness, I will be 80% done with the complete works!

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Jan. 15th, 2014

Reading Wednesday

What I just finished reading:

The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath, a novella by H.P. Lovecraft. Every extraneous word was made worth it by the cats' rescuing Carter.
It was a stupendous sight while the torches lasted, and Carter had never before seen so many cats. Black, grey, and white; yellow, tiger, and mixed; common, Persian, and Manx; Thibetan, Angora, and Egyptian; all were there in the fury of battle, and there hovered over them some trace of that profound and inviolate sanctity which made their goddess great in the temples of Bubastis. They would leap seven strong at the throat of an almost-human or the pink tentacled snout of a toad-thing and drag it down savagely to the fungous plain, where myriads of their fellows would surge over it and into it with the frenzied claws and teeth of a divine battle-fury. Carter had seized a torch from a stricken slave, but was soon overborne by the surging waves of his loyal defenders. Then he lay in the utter blackness hearing the clangour of war and the shouts of the victors, and feeling the soft paws of his friends as they rushed to and fro over him in the fray.
More seriously, I have to disagree with Ken Hite that this repudiates "The Silver Key": Carter searches not for the Boston he lives in, but for a bricolage of his boyhood memories of New England, which is exactly what Kuranes predicts he will desire in the end.

What I'm reading now:

The Case of Charles Dexter Ward, a short novel by H.P. Lovecraft.

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Jan. 8th, 2014

Reading goal for 2014

My goal for this year is to read:
  1. The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914 by Christopher Clark (736 pages)
  2. Only Yesterday: An Informal History of the 1920s by Frederick Lewis Allen (338 pages)*
  3. The Great Depression: America 1929-1941 by Robert S. McElvaine (432 pages)
  4. The Second World War by Antony Beevor (880 pages)
This isn't exactly conducive to my other goal, which is to read more books. But I think it will be rewarding.

* Or maybe something else if anybody has recs.

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Jan. 6th, 2014

Production 2013/belated Yuletide reveal

Crossposted from Tumblr.

Code Name Verity/Rose Under Fire


VID: When Brakes Get Wet
Relationships: Julie Beaufort-Stuart/Maddie Broddat
Summary: We close our hands on the metal bars, open our mouths and sing out loud to each other.

FIC: Picture Book (1,045 words)
Relationships: Rose Justice/Róża Czajkowska
Additional Tags: Post-Canon, Established Relationship
Summary: "I was going to ask if I could borrow your camera."

FIC: A Kite for Christmas (1,020 words)
Characters: Rose Justice, Róża Czajkowska, Maddie Brodatt, Jamie Beaufort-Stuart
Additional Tags: Post-Canon, Subtext
Summary: Christmas at Craig Castle, 1946.

MIX: These Foolish Things (Remind Me of You)
Relationships: Julie Beaufort-Stuart/Maddie Broddat
Summary: A non-exhaustive list of songs that Maddie Brodatt has cried to.

MIX: Like Being in Love
Relationships: Julie Beaufort-Stuart/Maddie Broddat
Summary: lim·i·nal, adj. Occupying a position at, or on both sides of, a boundary or threshold.

META: Totally healthy basis for a relationship
Relationships: Jamie Beaufort-Stuart/Maddie Broddat
Summary: Thoughts on Maddie's sideplot in Rose Under Fire.

Manips/photosets
Captain America

Manips/photosets
I did not sign up for Yuletide, but I did write a treat: A Kite for Christmas, which is set at the end of Rose Under Fire. It was inspired by this bit from Picture Book, the fic I wrote for femslashex: "She picked up a frame from the windowsill, a snapshot that Jamie had taken that first Christmas at Craig Castle. He had captured Rose, and Róża behind her, laughing at a pantomime that neither could quite follow due to the performers' Glaswegian accents." This marks my first time participating in Yuletide since 2010. Yay new fandoms/meds. Crossposted from DW, where there are comment count unavailable comments; comment here or there.

Consumption 2013

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I'm a bit in shock that I only read fifteen books this year. There was a period where my attention span was shot and it was all I could do to read a poem, but still. Extremely disappointing.

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Dec. 31st, 2013

Yuletide recs

  • Damask Roses (Code Name Verity, Rose Under Fire; Julie Beaufort-Stuart/Maddie Brodatt, Maddie Brodatt & Jamie Beaufort-Stuart)

    Both Maddie and Julie said they'd never been together at Craig Castle. Jamie knows that isn't true. Fabulous story that slides into the interstices of canon to transform what was written by Maddie, Julie, and Rose. Maddie's point-of-view is spot-on.

  • I got my gal (who could ask for anything more) (Cold Case, Billie Doucette/Rose Collins)

    To quote the fic's recipient, "I don't even know where to start—no, that's a lie, I will start with the not dead lesbians because seriously, thank you." Fix-it fic for 2x22 "Best Friends." Truly a rare fandom.

  • A Domestic Affair (The Golden Girls; Blanche Devereaux/Dorothy Zbornak, Blanche Devereaux/OMCs)

    Blanche's favorite thing about going on dates is telling Dorothy about them afterwards. Great voices of all the girls, including a highly amusing Blanche point-of-view.

  • Serious (Legally Blonde, Vivian Kensington/Elle Woods)

    This is wonderful. Elle is rendered just as she is in the film, an adorable mix of intelligent and clueless, and the progression of her relationship with Vivian just makes sense. Perfect.

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Dec. 4th, 2013

Reading Wednesday catch-up

What I just finished reading:
  • The Night Watch by Sarah Waters

    This novel stands out for its structure: although not told in reverse exactly, the narrative does jump back in time twice, which forces us to mentally re-read preceding sections in light of new information. I only accepted this choice of structure for this particular story when spoilersCollapse ).

  • Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein (RE-READ)

    I read this again because I was writing Rose Justice/Róża Czajkowska for femslashex (an exercise which increased my liking of Rose).

  • Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh

  • A Lesbian History of Britain: Love and Sex between Women Since 1500 by Rebecca Jennings

    Lots of wonderful/terrible history. I think my favorite anecdote was about a woman who sued for libel a man who accused her of heading a "cult of the clitoris," and she lost because knowing what that meant was taken as proof of her guilt. Jennings gently corrects some earlier scholarship on romantic friendship (spoiler alert: even women of the upper classes did each other). Unfortunately, the book peters in the mid-90s: we get up to Lesbian Avengers and then...apparently nothing happened in the decade leading up to publication. Also, I would have appreciated a concluding chapter.

  • Zen Flesh, Zen Bones: A Collection of Zen and Pre-Zen Writings compiled by Paul Reps and Nyogen Senzaki
What are you currently reading?

The Three Pillars of Zen: Teaching, Practice, and Enlightenment by Philip Kapleau (I picked this for a few bucks from a used book store on Saturday) and The Collected Works of Chögyam Trungpa, Vol. 4, which is the first volume of his writing on tantra. David Chapman has returned to his Reinventing Buddhist Tantra series, so I'm doing a little background reading.

What do you think you’ll read next?

Tomboys and Bachelor Girls: A Lesbian History of Post-War Britain, 1945-71, also by Rebecca Jennings.

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Sep. 20th, 2013

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Sep. 18th, 2013

Reading Wednesday

What I just finished reading:

Woo boy. I hit a wall with Lovecraft about a week after I last posted, just after finishing "The Call of Cthulhu." I don't think I can continue without a little processing (lesbian in the house, holla). I have highlighted many passages on my Kindle; I need to transfer them so that I can write them up a bit.

In the meantime, I finished re-reading Code Name Verity. Read more...Collapse )

I then read Wein's new book, Rose Under Fire. Read more...Collapse )

Then I read Flygirl by Sherri L. Smith, which is about a young Black woman in 1940s Louisiana who uses others' reading her as white in order to join the WASP. I must confess that I didn't know there were no Black WASP! SpoilersCollapse ) Needless to say, I've already nominated this for Yuletide.

What I am reading now:

The Atrocity Archives by Charles Stross. Not very far into this, but I will never really grok sendups of cubicle culture, will I?

What I'm going to read next:

Mare's War by Tanita S. Davis? Or maybe The Night Watch by Sarah Waters because I need to know if I can offer it for [community profile] femslashex.

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