Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Relationships: Justice of Toren One Esk Nineteen | Breq/Seivarden Vendaai
Characters: Justice of Toren One Esk Nineteen | Breq, Seivarden Vendaai
Additional Tags: Unrequited Love, Drug Use
Seivarden feels like she is still in stasis while Breq rushes onward, but there are two sides to every coin.
lilacsigil gives utterly great Imperial Radch.
Two thoroughly exhausting (but mostly in a good way) weeks are behind me; first the Frankfurt Book Fair, then a workshop (in a splendid environment, but still, it was work from morning till night). Hence no posts; I could only get online very briefly.
( Macron, Merkel, Rushdie, Atwood et all under the cut )
Trigger Warnings are there to give people extra information about the media they are consuming. It's like when the continuity announcer says before the showing of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre that "this film contains strong language and scenes that some viewers might find upsetting". It's not censorship to allow people to make a free and informed choice about their media consumption.
The purpose of a trigger warning is to be courteous to people who have PTSD. It's not saying "do not read this". It's saying "if you read this, be mentally prepared to see something that might trigger PTSD flashbacks".
If you really think that allowing people to make an informed choice about something that could cause them a panic attack is a bad thing, then I think you are an inconsiderate, thoughtless arsehole. Sorry.
Once Liberator has landed on doormats I'll put the review up on Goodreads and link to it here. But if you want a little spoiler, although I had some criticisms I genuinely quite enjoyed it, and will definitely buy his next (if he ever writes another).
A) a micro version of MaNoWriMo
(like, not even the 30k mini version, but, like. Average of 100 words/day as a primary goal -- yes, that's only 3000 in the month, and I used to be able to do that in a day, but that's more fiction than I've written all year -- with 10k as a secondary goal (333) and 30k as a tertiary (1k/day). Or maybe 10k as the primary goal? I don't know.)
B) that is a remix of Disney beauty and the beast
(not with lyrics and shit, and I could just do a regular batb retelling, but I kind of want to take the Disney specific stuff, gaston and the west wing and the specific castle staff, and play with it and make it better. A few elements of the live version but mostly based on the animated one.)
(which is for one thing ridiculous because Disney version, and for another thing cheating for nano because pre-existing story, and for a third feels lazy and cop-out-ish and why would anyone read a 10k-word retelling of a fucking Disney movie, and all the rest of the bullshit that my inner critic likes to dump in my head whenever I want to do something)
I definitely don't want to nano the disabled-beauty/autistic?-beast story-of-my-heart, because it's too important for Nani treat,net, and I need something that means less. But.
Stupid idea? Good idea? Shut up and go back to crocheting?
My recipient was iknowcommawrite aka Scioscribe, who wrote me two lovely Treats last Yuletide! FemslashEx allows prompts for original fiction, and this is the prompt I wrote for:
Class issues, identity porn, loyalty kink, and compromised principles: hell yeah. I think ideally I would like this one in a fantasy world, but I’m open to other possibilities. I’d love to see about any variation on this I could think of. Is the revolutionary undercover in the palace, getting ready to overthrow the monarchy while falling for the princess? Is the princess on the run from the revolution, disguising herself, and falling in amongst the rebels? Do either of them begin to rethink their principles or their policies? Is the revolutionary agitating in the open, and the princess is intrigued by her radical ideas? Other things I’m totally here for: wearing a crown while being thoroughly debauched by a revolutionary, hurt/comfort, kneeling, undressing from gowns and corsets, and virgin princess/experienced revolutionary.
Isn't that great? I found it very inspiring.
I wrote Burn, an epistolatory exercise in Ultimate Identity Porn. The revolutionary hides her face to conceal her identity. The princess silences her voice to preserve her purity. They know each other. And they don't...
dancing boys: *two-step*
so i survived another busy season, and seriously, this was the chillest busy season since i started in tax. i did eventually get in some overtime, tho. yesterday was marked by a lot of frantic bursts of activity in and among stretches of nothing working. >.< SO FRUSTRATING. and today everything was fine. and for reasons that escape me, our holiday party is going to be on a monday night. because that makes sense. last year i think it was on a thursday.
i'm watching 28 weeks later and jeremy renner is in it! and idris elba! i saw it before i knew who either of them was, so i only remember robert carlyle and harold perrineau. i like 28 days later better. it's a little more hopeful at the end. 28 weeks seems kind of nihilistic.
if you've been feeling like the world is a trash fire (understandable, since it is), maybe thirty-six baby pandas will help you feel at least a little better. i mean, come on, baby pandas.
also take comfort from the fact that a memorial fund set up to honor philando castile raised enough money to wipe out all student lunch debt for the year. (we will for the moment try to ignore that "student lunch debt" is even a thing.) (we will also for the moment try to ignore why there's even a memorial fund for philando castile in the first place. )
scientists discovered two stars slamming into each other, the first time such a thing has been observed from earth. it was such a massive collision that it distorted spacetime. neat!
there's going to be a women of nasa lego set! also neat! it includes mae jemison and sally ride with a space shuttle, nancy roman and a hubble telescope, and margaret hamilton and a stack of "books" to represent the source code that helped get men to the moon. there was supposed to be a katherine johnson too, but i don't think they could get permission.
richard spencer, known white supremacist and neo-nazi, famous for having been punched in the face on camera, spoke at the university of florida today, and a local brewery had a fabulous suggestion on how to protest. hint: it involves free beer. :D
a huge cache of yiddish documents were found in a church in vilnius, in lithuania, where they'd been hidden during ww2. when the soviets came through and took the country from germany, local jews managed to smuggle some stuff out, and a non-jewish librarian hid a lot of things in the church basement.
 he was killed by a cop. he was a nutrition services supervisor for a st paul school and would help kids pay for their lunches with his own money, hence the purpose of the fund.
Emma Jay Olsen's Angry Feminist Playlist
and my very own Ladies Who Rock
But in terms of feminist metal bands, you can't go far wrong with:
Hysterica (esp Heels)
McQueen (esp Not For Sale)
Wicked Wisdom (esp You Can't Handle)
Halestorm (esp Rock Show - principally because I've never heard anything capture that feeling better)
In This Moment (esp Comanche - we've took all we can and we won't take any more)
and of course
Skunk Anansie (esp Rise Up)
I fed back all the things that you folks asked me to feed back in this and this post; pretty much all of them were received loud and clear. Especially popular was hollymath's suggestion that we put "would you benefit from step-free access" rather than "are you a wheelchair user" on Speaker's cards; this is definitely going to be done, hopefully for spring, but if not then for next autumn.
I've been given more work to do, which is mostly my own fault for volunteering to sort shit out. Nick Da Costa and I have to redesign the end of conference survey, so if you have any specific ideas about that do let me know. Is it too long, too short, too fiddly, etc? What questions do you think should be asked, and which ones do you think should be retired? As usual, I can;t promise to act on every suggestion, but I promise to at least read and respond to every suggestion.
Specifically regarding the app, which I know a few of you talked about: there was a feeling that we've sunk a lot of time and effort into the bespoke app, and it gets better every time - which it definitely does - and the developer is very responsive to requests for changes, so Grenadine is not going to fly. The specific comments about line numbers and clock hiding and too much nesting are definitely going to be fed back to the developer, so if those aren't sorted out for Spring you can take me to one side, spank me, and call me Gerald.
I'm going to go get a well deserved drink now.
I'm going to Japan in November! I'll be there for two weeks, divided between Tokyo, Kyoto, and Fukuoka. The last is a city further south than I've been before, with some very pretty day trips.
I'm going to use AirBnb, which I also haven't used before, but it looks pretty great. I have two lovely apartments all to myself for cheaper than a hotel room would be, and one room in a house with a lady who cooks breakfast, has a friendly toy poodle named Piccolo, and says understatedly, "I am a former hotelier who worked in the five star hotel. I think I can assist you well during your stay."
Any of you done anything fun in Japan?