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A write up of Contrapoints twitter Wank

It's kind of weird to post a long response to twitter wank here, where no one may have the slightest clue as to what I'm talking about, but I needed a long form space.

So, my thoughts on a controversy that burst forth on twitter that was ostensibly about pronouns, and actually about a lot of other things.

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This week I got my new Criterion release of Hedwig and the Angry Inch. (Lots of pictures over at my Twitter.) It came with this essay. I had my issues with the essay, as I will also distrust anything that itself distrusts "identity" or bemoans "defensiveness." But it did get me thinking.

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Not Prime Time Letter

Hi, author! I'm sorry this so late. I had a one two punch of health mini-crisis and computer breakdown.

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, maleslash, 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 stories with 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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Fruits Basket

Honda Tohru/Sohma Kyou, Kuragi Machi/Sohma Yuki, Sohma Hatsuharu/Sohma Rin, Sohma Kazuma & Sohma Kyou

For this fandom, I just selected all my favorite relationships. For the romantic couples, I'd love to see something happy for them, particularly after the series. But stories set during the series are great too! And for Kazuma and Kyo, I really would adore absolutely anything that focuses on their relationship, during any time point, pre-series, during the series, or after. As a request, although a degree of angst is okay, given how tough these kids have it, I'd prefer something on the optimistic side.



Saiyuki

Cho Hakkai/Sha Gojyo,

I really love how well these two fit together, even when it seems like they shouldn't. I love how comfortable they are with each other. And I love that Hakkai is so clearly not quite right in the head, and how Gojyo just goes along with it. And, author, if following your heart meant hot vine bondage with youkai Hakkai, I would not say no. But don't worry, I'd say yes to a lot of other things as well.


She-Ra

Adora/Catra, Catra/Scorpia, Mermista/Sea Hawk

This is my first time dipping my tow into this fandom, so let's see how it goes.

For Adora/Catra, I'm not really looking for fluff. What draws me to this ship is the tension, bitterness, and affection that neither of them can quite kill, though Catra's doing a pretty good job. That dance scene? Catra dipping Adora with a smirk? Adora's face set in grim determination? Oh, yes. That said, if you heart is set on something fuzzier, pre-series fic would be could too, with the two of them using their friendship to survive.

Catra/Scorpia: If they don't at least make Scorpia-->Catra explicitly canon, I will be so disappointed. Because it's right there. Anyway, I love Scorpia and her boundless enthusiasm and open adoration of Catra. You can keep it a one sided thing, or you can examine what Catra look like when she's actually in a relationship.

Mermista/Sea Hawk: Look, I don't know, okay? I'm just into them. Sea Hawk's relentless cheer and Mermista loathing to admit she actually likes him.





Yami no Matsuei

Kurosaki Hisoka/Tsuzuki Asato


The relationship between Hisoka and Tsuzuki is so magnificently deep and complex. It's not always easy between them, far from it, but their relationship is so vital to both of them, something that centers them both and gives them something to come home to. Hisoka hides behind scowling, and Tsuzuki hides behind smiles, but slowly, their love for each other gives them a place where they can just be. So, you know, anything that alludes to any of that would be loved by me.

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Apr. 26th, 2019

Shit, it's so great to be able to express myself with icons again. And I can always tell people what music I'm listening to!

This really is the best platform.

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not_primetime

I just signed up for [community profile] not_primetime, which is a little terrifying, since I haven't written fanfic in years. But I'm doing the Dreamwidth thing! And one of my offering will be Yami no Matsuei, duh. And if I can't write Hisoka/Tsuzuki, then what's become of me?

(Fun fact: I'm still stumbling trying to remember how to do DW specific html. I was trying to remember how make a user link and being really stymied because it wasn't a # or an @.)

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Okay, so, using this journal

Does anyone reading this walk with a cane? When my sciatica flares up, I tend to walk with a limp. It's not a severe limp, but walking starts to tire me out.


It doesn't cause balance issues (any greater than the neurological balance issues I already have), just makes me exert more. I don't know if a cane would be helpful. So, if you use a cane or know someone who does, feel free to chime in.

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Apr. 15th, 2019

Something that is clear. I want to post on DW. Something that is also clear. I believe I should post on DW, as I still after all this time believe that the LJ/Model is the best fandom platform. Unfortunately, one more thing that's clear is that I tend to not do things I think I should do, and then my anxiety works up to a fever pitch in which even thinking about the thing (in this case DW) makes me start to hyperventilate.

How to solve this? I really don't know. Perhaps some non time sensitive project that would give me inspiration. Maybe go back to in depth manga analysis, although I was always super slow at that.

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Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart

A few years ago, I got into reading NetGalley ARCs. Then I requested a whole bunch of books at once, had a depressive episode, didn'r read or review any of them, and was so convinced that no publish would give me a book again that I just abandoned the whole thing. But now I'm getting into it again, and maybe I'll review enough "read now" books, that I'll look like a decent ARC investment again.

My first book is Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart.

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May. 13th, 2018

This previous Thursday, I put my cat, Mazzie, to sleep. She had been dealing with kidney disorder and hyperthyroidism for a while. A few weeks ago, the vet discovered a large, malignant mass off her shoulder. And then I discovered that she had lost control of her bowels. It was clearly time to let her rest.

This was the first time I had had to make the decision to put an animal to sleep, and to oversee the process. It left me feeling a little, "Why do we even love things if they just leave us?" but I know I'll be ready for another cat fairly soon. It's just how I am.

Goodbye, Mazzie.

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WisCon 42 Schedule

I'll be at WisCon yet again at the end of May. I'll my moderating one panel, participating in another, and running a board game. Schedule below!

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Tis the season, I suppose

This is the post in which I nakedly, and with only moderate shame, tell you about all the stuff you can get me.

First, here's a link to my Fandom Stocking

Second, every year I like to do a little wish list. There's no pressure to do anything, but I've gotten lots of good media recs from it in the past.

1. Fic featuring Lovelace from Wolf 359

2. General sci-fi icons, especially ones featuring robots, androids, or cyborgs.

3. Gothic horror recs. What should I read after I've read the major examples of the genre?

4. Recs for Lovecraftian horror that isn't written by Lovecraft. The Winter Tide is on my to-read list, and I'm excited about that.

5. Recs for sci-fi flavored music. Can be concept albums like the Mechanisms or Janelle Monáe, or just music that puts you in the science fiction mood.

6.Cyberpunk AU's for any of my fandoms.

7. A Sara/Neal vid to Cake's "Short Skirt Long Jacket."

8. If you take leave of your senses and really want to, you could get me something off my Amazon wishlist.

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Thoughts on Jessica Jones season 2

The trailor for season two of Jessica Jones has dropped, along with some set photos. Said photos mean I'm thinking about certain casting revelations that were revealed some months ago.

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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. (You don't have to write an AU, of course. I'm perfectly happy with canon based fic. But a lot of people don't like AUs, so I thought I'd make it clear that I do.)

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.


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100 Movies 100 Days: Traitors (2013)

I want more movies like this! I think a lot of my friends would enjoy this movie. Traitors is a Moroccan film about Malika, the leader of an all women punk rock band, trying to make enough money to release her band's album, while dealing with her family and life in contemporary Morocco.

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100 Movies 100 Days Week One Roundup

My first seven days of movie watching are under the cut, with links if I've made a post about them. Titles in italics are foreign language or silent films.

Seen any of these? Want to see any of these?

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100 Movies 100 Days The Lego Movie (2014)

Superficially entertaining, but, wow, what a paean to male mediocrity.

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genex letter

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 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 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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100 Movies 100 Days: It (1927)

Day two of 100 Days 100 Movies.

No, "It" isn't the Stephen King horror classic. It's a silent comedy starring Clara Bow. This is the movie that made Bow the "it girl."

What is "it?" Sometimes it's been defined as sex appeal. But the movie defines it as charm and magnetism combined with a lack of self-consciousness.

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I feel like a need more film icons. Recs are appreciated.

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I'm taking on the the 100 Days 100 Movies challenge.

The rules:

1. Watch one film every days for 100 days. One film. Every. Single. Day.

2. All films must be new to you. No films you're already familiar with will count towards the challenge.

3.Each film must have been released in a different decade than the one immediately preceding it.

4. Out of every three films, at least one must be in a language other than English OR a silent film.

5. If you are watching more than one film in 24 hours, the previous two rules do not apply to the second film. Watch whatever you want.

6. You get three--and only three--strike days, where you are allowed not watch a film, provided you still to 100 films by day 100.

7. While the films are running; no cellphones, no internet browsing, no additional electronics other than whatever you need to watch the film.


I don't see myself being able to write up a review for every film, but I will post a list every week of what I watched. And we'll see how many reviews or somewhat longer thoughts I manage to put out.

Today's film was The Little Hours. A comedy starring Aubrey Plaza in which a medieval nunnery erupts into sexual chaos when a handsome new hired hand arrives.

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Shipping meme

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

Drinks all of the coffee:

Brings up adopting a pet:

Kills the bugs:

Cooks the meals:

Starts getting into holidays way before they should:

Initiates the couple selfies:

Forgets the birthdays and anniversaries:

Always ends up with too much junk food after grocery shopping:

Nicknames the other:

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May. 16th, 2017

I only had two drinks when I went out tonight, so I am going to be very peeved if I get sick tonight or have a hangover tomorrow.

I had a perfectly serviceable dinner, too.

I'm going out more and more lately. I don't have anyone to go with, which is kind of a bummer, but I get so antsy in the evenings. Maybe I'll see Guardians of the Galaxy 2 again in the next few days.

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I took an Ativan to deal with an anxiety attack. It has sufficiently interfered with my motor functions for me to know I shouldn't take any more. It has also failed to quell my anxiety. Worst of both worlds is always fun when you take a drug.

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All Systems Red, by Martha Wells

All Systems Red is a sci-fi novella by Martha Wells about a cyborg and a group of human scientists on a planetary mission that goes horribly wrong.

I actually discovered this via an anti-rec from [personal profile] sholio. (I say anti-rec, but she was very clear that others might like it.) The aspect she really hated could be a turn off to to others as well. It's not sexual violence, abuse, or anything similar, but it could be a turn off, even if I didn't mind. So, if you want know: The book sets up a found family dynamic, but subverts it in the last few pages, and makes it clear that the protagonist is better off on their own.

I myself like the book quite a bit, and I find that I'm thinking about it enough to give it its own post.

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