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Over the past week or so, I've fallen head over heels in love with Scott Lynch's Gentlemen Bastard Sequence. Now, whenever I really, really love something, I immediately feel guilty and inferior about it. (No, seriously.) Because I suspect that I have terrible taste, and if anyone checks something out on my recommendation and doesn't think it's incredible, I'll have let them down, and they'll judge me for liking something in such an over the top manner. But we're... just going to try to ignore that. I love these books. You may or may not.

The Gentlemen Bastard Sequence tells the story of a group of thieves born in fantasy!Venice who are essentially inventing the confidence game. As someone who loves heist and con stories, this was like catnip to me. I am always a sucker for con artists with hearts of gold. (Or at least very shiny brass.) Naturally, everything quickly spirals out of control, and things get very political, and very dangerous, very fast. (If you like politics in your fantasy, you will find them here.)

There's friendship, adventure, and an enormous amount of trauma, both to the characters and the reader. Lynch obviously subscribes to the George R.R. Martin school of narrative pain. Unfortunately, he also subscribes to the George R.R. Martin school of scheduling book releases. The fourth book in the series has had its release date pushed back time and time again.

One could make some justifiable complaints about the pacing. The thing is, I really don't care if it takes 300 pages to get to the plot, because that's three hundred pages I get to spend with these characters in their world.

If you like fantasy world building, daring heists, and characters being stupidly loyal to each other, I really do recommend them. The one caveat is that the first book is pretty dismal on the female characters front, though the later books do a better job.


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There we have it. Does anyone love these books enough to squee with me?

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I have more strong opinions on the election. Unsurprisingly.
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So much bullshit, but we won't give in

It is a very small, cold comfort that Hillary Clinton appears to have won the popular vote. At least slightly less than half of my fellow citizens are authoritarian-happy fuckheads, rather than over half. Yay.

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I... have an election post I keep meaning to write. I really don't have the energy. At least I'm no longer at the point where I want so desperately to swallow all my pills.

That said, that delightful feeling you get when you learn your ex girlfriend voted for Stein and still can't shut up about how awful Hillary is.

Ex. Ex girlfriend. There was a reason for that.

(Fuck purity obsessed delicate flowers and the sparkling unicorns they rode in on.)

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The Handmaiden

The Handmaiden is the new film by Chan-wook Park, based on Sarah Waters's book Fingersmith. I don't know if anyone else has managed to see this movie, but my review has spoilers, and I encourage you to read only if you've both read the book and seen the movie. Reading the book unspoiled was one of my most treasured reading experiences, and the movie diverges significantly from the book enough that you'll want to watch it unprepared.

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Taken from salinea on tumblr

Give me one or more characters, and I'll tell you:

First impression
Impression now
Favorite moment
Idea for a story
Unpopular opinion
Favorite relationship
Favorite headcanon


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Oct. 17th, 2016

Fun aside to my previous post: when I wrote the sentence about fat people being body policed, I thought I'd include a piece by a fat person and the subject. Here are some of the results I got when I googled fat people being body policed when they eat: "10 things I hate about fat people," "Fat Americans Need a Healthy Dose of Shame," "Should we be mean to fat people? You bet," and "Why are today's young women so unashamed about being fat."

Ours is a society that can only be cleansed with fire.

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Oct. 17th, 2016

I really hate the way I see people celebrating female character eating big meals as if it's a feminist narrative triumph. People see a female character attacking a steak, and they get excited. "Isn't it great to see a female character who really eats?" And I get why people feel this way. We're told that women must watch what they eat, that staying thin is all important. So, it feels good to see a female character who doesn't seem to pay attention to any of that.

Except. Those female characters have something in common. They're conventionally attractive, and they're thin. This whole conversation would be very different with someone who wasn't a size 2. Indeed, real life fat people find themselves heavily policed when they eat.

Actually, women eating a large amount of food is a common patriarchal expectation. Plenty of guys will talk about wanting to date a woman who will eat a burger with all the trimmings rather than a woman who orders a salad with dressing on the side. But again, women must do this while remaining stick thin.

What's the deal with this? It's all about our society's demand that femininity be effortless. The idea is that women be beautiful without ever having to work at it. Seeing a woman diet punctures the illusion. It's same reason that so many cry about makeup being a "lie." The idea that women have to make an effort to perform femininity isn't sexy.

It's a classic bind. Not being hot and feminine means you're a worthless slob. But putting the work in to be traditionally feminine means you're trivial and shallow.

A fictional female characters can scarf down red meat and junk food endlessly and never gain an ounce for the same reason she can fight a hundred killer robots in a muddy jungle and not smudge her makeup. It's not real. It's also not subversive or daring.

(Necessary disclaimer: it's not bad for a female character eat a lot. It's just not a feminist triumph. That's okay.)

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Oct. 16th, 2016

I like to dust this one off every once in a while.

Give me a fandom (or general fandom topic), and I'll give you an unpopular opinion.

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We could all use a laugh.

The hideous, diabolical truth about Hillary Clinton

Spring 1969: Hillary Clinton graduates from Wellesley, although first she gets in touch with Alinsky and his mentor, Satan. She fails to mention at the first meeting that she, too, is Satan, and then once they know each other it seems too awkward to bring it up. As a consequence, the Devil mentors Herself for many decades, wasting everyone’s time and effort. She also founds the Islamic State. She will toil for many years in secret on this passion project, keeping it even from Bill, whom she is about to meet. Once, during his presidency, he will ask, “Is there anything I should know about, Hills?” and she will shrug and say, “Nah.” A bit confusingly, she also begins to fight the Islamic State, which she will spend her entire adult life doing.

The entire thing is a thing of beauty and a piece of satiric genius.

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Today in ridiculously minor things that make Veleda irrationally nuts: the new fandom trend of calling beloved characters "my son"/"my daughter". It's harmless! It makes people happy! It's no business of mine! There's no good reason for me to hate it as much as I do, but it drives me up the fucking wall. It's so unbearably twee.

It doesn't help that it seems to accompany the sort of knee jerk character favoritism and defensiveness that I hate so much. "Character X just killed a dozen people? How dare you judge my precious son!"

I'm such an asshole.

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Yuletide Letter

Dear Yuletide Writer,

First of all, thank you, thank you, thank you. You are wonderful just for signing up.

Everything here is just a suggestion. Take what you want, or nothing at all, and leave the rest.

What do I like? I like romance, action, angst in moderation, humor, and stuff that doesn't quite fit into any one category. I like platonic love and romantic love. I read gen, boyslash, femslash, and het with equal fervor. I love fluff, but I also love explorations of complicated relationships. I love stories with explicit sex, stories with no sex, and everything in between. I also love BDSM sex, but don't worry too much about that. I adore happy endings.

I like a number of out there AU setting, especially pretty much anything sci-fi (in space, cyberpunk, robots and AIs, etc.), noir, superheroes, and if you happen to know any of the other fandoms in my tags, I like fusions. That's not an exhaustive list. One year I got a surprise orchestra AU that was brilliant. AU settings I'm not into are A/B/O, apocalypse, slavery, coffee shop, and school.

Otherwise, what don't I like? I'm not a big fan of character death and I'll admit to not liking tragic endings. However, I do understand that sometimes these things are called for, so don't feel limited.

I requested Luke Cage, so below this cut there will be spoilers!

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Wolf 359 episode 39

Look at the neat space icons [personal profile] splinteredstar made me! Spaaaaaace.

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Seen around my flist.

1. How did you come up with the title to [insert fic]?
2. Any of your stories inspired by personal experience?
3. What character do you identify with most?
4. Is there a song or a playlist to associate with [insert fic]?
5. If you wrote a sequel to [insert fic], what would it be about?
6. Care to share a favorite hurt/comfort fic?
7. Care to share a favorite crack fic?
8. How would you describe your style?
9. Do you have a guilty pleasure in fic (reading or writing)?
10. Write or describe an alternative ending to [insert fic].
11. What's the angstiest idea you've ever come up with?
12. What's the weirdest AU you've ever come up with?
13. Got any premises on the back burner that you'd care to share?
14. Is there a fic you wish someone else would write (or finish) for you?
15. How do you begin a story--with the plot, or the characters?
16. Are you what George R. R. Martin would call an "architect" or a "gardener"? (How much do you plan in advance, versus letting the story unfold as you go?)
17. Do you have any discarded scenes/storylines/projects?
18. Are there any writers (fanfic or otherwise) you consider an influence?
19. Any fandom tropes you can't resist?
20. Any fandom tropes you can't stand?
21. A pairing you might like to write for, but haven't tried yet.
22. A secondary (or underrated) character you want to see more of in fic?
23. Do you like more general prompts, or more specific ones?
24. A character you enjoy making suffer.
25. A character you want to protect.
26. Major character death--do you ever write/read it? Is there a character whose death you can't tolerate?

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Wolf 359 Episode 38

I really love the podcast Wolf 359, yet I've never talked about it here. What's with that? I keep meaning to do episode posts, and while we know how well that tends to go, I might as well start with this week's episode.

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I still need more general sci-fi icons.

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femslashex letter

Hello author! Thank you so much for signing up.

What do I like? I like romance, action, angst in moderation, humor, and stuff that doesn't quite fit into any one category. I love fluff, but I also love explorations of complicated relationships. I love stories with explicit sex, stories with no sex, and everything in between. I also love BDSM sex, but don't worry too much about that. I adore happy endings.

What don't I like? I'm not a big fan of character death and I'll admit to not liking tragic endings. However, I do understand that sometimes these things are called for, so don't feel limited.

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Demon from Afar volume 4

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Title: Closer to Me
Fandom: Yami no Matsuei
Wordcount: 3,081
Rating: PG-13
Pairing(s): Hisoka/Tsuzuki
Contains: Aftermath of rape. (At the level of canon.)
Notes: Written for [community profile] not_primetime 2016.
Summary: With time, Hisoka and Tsuzuki fall into each other. Title is from the Dar Williams song of the same name.


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Jul. 14th, 2016

I had this idea to write 500 words of fic a day. For most people that would be nothing, but for me it's a pretty significant output. I managed to hit my goal yesterday and the day before, and felt pretty good about the system. But today was such a mess that I didn't even bother to try. It's a sign of how tired I am that I only feel mildly guilty.

Meme from [personal profile] salinea on tumblr.

Give me one or more fandoms, and I'll give you:


Favourite Female:
Favourite Male:
3 Other Favourite Characters:
3 Favorite ships:
Notp:
Funniest character:
Prettiest character:
Most Annoying Character:
Most badass character:
Character I’d like as my BFF:
Female Character I’d Marry:
Male Character I’d Marry:
Character I hate/dislike/least like:


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Last week, for no discernible reason, one of the hinges on my laptop broke, which ended up peeling the top cover away from the screen. I took it to Best Buy, and since it's still under manufacturer's warranty, they shipped it off to Lenovo to see if it can be fixed. I purchased a new computer, but if my old one comes back fixed, the very nice people at Best Buy will let me return the one I'm using now. (I don't know how I feel about that, since I like this one a lot better.)

Stressful, but so far, so good.

Work is... work. I haven't really posted how miserable my work situation is, but suffice to say it is miserable indeed. Tomorrow, VISTAS and former VISTAS will be presenting to a strategic planning committee our list of grievances and possible solutions. This will not really solve all my work problems, even if we get brilliant results (which we probably won't), but it's a start. But the presentation is a big worry, and I didn't get to make the changes that I wanted to make to our collective document today.

Why? Because I spent most of my day at the the emergency veterinarian's. I noticed this morning that my cat, Mazzie, had blood on her rectum. Naturally worried, once at work, I called three different vets, none of which could see me until next week, while also making it clear that I should be get this seen to urgently. One vet gave the number for an emergency clinic. I left work, and once home, began trying to figure out how I would get to the vet. I don't drive, so a cab would be necessary, but I worried that if I hailed one online, I'd get someone who didn't want to take an animal even in carrier, and I was worried about how much time standing outside trying to flag one down would take. I called two companies, one of which took 20 minutes to get back to me and told me they could get a driver to me in 45 minutes. No. I called another, and they said I'd get a text when my ride was booked. 15 minutes later, I was outside, looking for cabs. Luckily, I got one right away and the guy had no problem with Mazzie.

The thing you should know is that Mazzie HATES the carrier. HATES it. I wasn't entirely sure I'd be able to get her into it, and once in the cab, she cried, loudly, the entire ride. She's a stress drooler, so that was a mess, and then she got carsick and threw up. Luckily, none of it got on the seat.

I waited an hour for someone to see me, which for emergency services is not unreasonable. And the front desk people were really nice and gave me a blanket sprayed with pheromones to calm Mazzie down.

When the vet saw me, I discovered that Mazzie weighs 5.75 lbs. Considering that two years ago she weighed a little under 8, this was not good news.

Final verdict? Two unrelated issues. Impacted anal glands (as gross as it sounds), which was causing the bleeding, and hyperthyroidism, which is causing the weight loss. For the hyperthyroidism, anti-thyroid pills. For the impacted anal glands, antibiotics. Was I able to give either of these to her? No! I was not able to give her the pills or the liquid antibiotics. Once she refused to eat, and the other she drooled out. I'm going to need a lot more practice at this.

And then I threw a load of laundry in the wash, including the clothes she drooled on and the filthy blanket in her carrier. Taking the clothes out of the wash to put in the dryer, I discovered my flash drive at the bottom. The one that contains all my files from my old computer. If the computer isn't fixed, it will be the only source of those files. Luckily, it seems to work, shockingly. But I'm nervous.

And now Mazzie is drinking my rum. No, kitty. No.

I am le tired.

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Title: Silver Bells and Cockle Shells
Fandom: Count Cain/Godchild
Wordcount: 1044
Rating: PG
Characters: Cain, Riff, Merry
Pairing(s): Cain/Riff
Notes: Written for [personal profile] splinteredstar, who requested "Cain + Riff re: gardening."
Summary: Cain sets out to plant a garden, in his own particular kind of way. So does Merryweather.


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I miss the days when I used to write fanfic. I still do, technically, but my output is an embarrassment. Honestly, I only write for exchanges.

So, noticing that I am apparently a creatively bankrupt hollow shell with no ideas of my own, I'm taking prompts.

I'm not promising these will be written. Far from it. I give it a 75% chance that I don't actually manage to write any particular prompt. But I'm going to try, dammit. I'm going to try.

Multiple prompts are welcome. Increases the chances that at least one of them will be written.

Fandoms: White Collar, Yami no Matsuei, Revolutionary Girl Utena, and Count Cain are the ones I feel semi-confident about. If there's something else you think I know, I'll see what I can do.

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Fic: Redacted (Agent Carter, Peggy/Dottie)

I never posted my [community profile] ssrconfidential fic here.


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Title: Redacted
Fandom: Agent Carter
Wordcount: 2599
Rating: PG-13
Pairing(s): Peggy/Dottie
Notes: Written for [community profile] ssrconfidential. Thank you to [personal profile] splinteredstar for helping me brainstorm and for giving me a crash course in Cold War weirdness.
Summary: Four kisses that never made it into any mission report.


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Jun. 18th, 2016

Taken from [personal profile] salinea on tumblr.

Give me two characters with:

1. “vs.” for who I think would win a fight
2. “or” for who I like better
3. “+” for how I ship them (platonic, familial, romantic, not at all)

And I’ll give you my reasons for why!


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