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Morgan Parker's There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé is amazing and I can't stop thinking about it. I am looking forward to reading her previous book. I also enjoyed this interview with her in the Paris Review.


Hottentot Venus

I wish my pussy could live
in a different shape and get
some goddamn respect.
Should I thank you?
Business is booming
and I am not loved
the way I want to be.
I am an elastic
winter: sympathy
and shock, addictive
decoration. In the sunlight
my captors
drink African
hibiscus. They tell me
I look regal bearing fruit.
I am technically nothing
human.
I will never be
a woman.
Somewhere in my
memory, I was held
by a man who said
I deserved it.
Now I understand.
No one worries about me
because I am getting paid.
I am here to show you
who you are, to cradle
your large skulls
and remind you
you are perfect. Mother America,
unleash your sons.
Everything beautiful, you own.


– Morgan Parker
from There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé

meet the chooks

Oct. 24th, 2017 07:55 am
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We finally got backyard chickens! (Aussie vernacular: "chooks", singular "chook")

They arrived on Thursday (six weeks after I ordered them) and are slowly being introduced to the garden. They won't be fully free-ranging, because I have garden plants that I'd like to keep, and the backyard (only the backyard for the moment; although we'll eventually maybe get to the frontyard...

my sister named them )

Anyway, two new additions to the household!

Misc fandom links

Oct. 23rd, 2017 02:25 am
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Last spring there were plans to run a gen fanworks exchange through [livejournal.com profile] collarcorner, which I then flaked out on running, but it has found renewed life with the lovely [personal profile] sapphire2309 and [livejournal.com profile] nywcgirl as the mods. There is a poll over on LJ if you're interested, to determine dates and fanwork types. It'll be run through the LJ comm, but people without LJ accounts can still participate anonymously if you like, with a mod posting your assignment for you.

[community profile] fandomlovespuertorico benefit auctions end today at 6pm eastern time. If you want to bid on anything, last chance!

I think I had some other things to mention, but now I've forgotten them ...
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It's interesting hearing the expectations that my flist has of Star Treks, and where Discovery doesn't or does match up for them.

I was devoted to TOS during childhood -- had a mad crush on Spock in third grade, seriously. My secret is that I didn't own a TV during TNG's run, so I've seen bits of it in syndication, but my basic reaction is "Picard is best captain!" and not much more. I did see all of the movies, both casts, in the theater, because people wanted to and I was still a Trek fan in principle, at least. I started DS9 and really liked it, but then they moved it to Saturdays and I was single and dating and/or otherwise socializing enough of those nights that I lost track of an arc show. And in those days, I rarely remembered to set my VCR -- it took getting into internet fandom to motivate me. (Forever Knight, then X-Files briefly, then Buffy.) Missed Voyager almost entirely -- and wow, when I watch Kate Mulgrew in reruns occasionally it's amazing that she's the same person who plays Red on OITNB. (I know, that's called being a good actor.)

By the time Enterprise came along, M had moved in and therefore I was hanging out at home a lot more, plus we were better about recording things on VCR and then DVR. But Enterprise did not work for me; I guess it did not work for a lot of viewers as I don't remember it being around long and I think M even gave up after awhile.

So even though I think of myself as a lifelong Star Trek fan -- Spock crush in third grade after all! -- I'm really relatively Trek-ignorant, and coming to Discovery as the only Trek series I've followed in real time, other than s. 1 of DS9.

Plus, Michelle Yeoh, Sonequa Martin-Green, and Jason Isaacs are all performers I've really enjoyed in other things. And Wilson Cruz! And James Frain!

I was worried about Rainn Wilson, especially as M is doing a rewatch of the US The Office right now, and though I'm not watching along, I see the odd scene here and there. But he's definitely creating a character that looks like he could be fleshed out well. But wow . . . he was in love with Stella then. (*If* he really was.) The Stella-bot in Mudd's Women was one of the most misogynist stereotypes in . . . ever. though obviously mediated through Mudd's perspective; we never hear her own authentic voice. If I could stand the characters enough to fic them, I'd reconceive it so she was more like the Wife of Bath or something.

Does anybody else remember Janice Lester in TOS and the whole "women can't be captains" thing? I haven't seen that episode since the 70s, and I'm glad they've retconned the concept, but it definitely supports people's contentions that this is a third continuity, rather than the original one or Abrams's one.

Dark Matter 3x11

Oct. 23rd, 2017 01:17 am
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There is only so slowly I can watch this show; sooner or later it's all gonna be gone. ;__;

Spoilers for 3x11 )

Book #8 - Jane Eyre

Sep. 2nd, 2017 07:38 pm
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Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë


I don't think I have to say much about a classic like this. Here's my short summary anyway:

Jane Eyre gets sent to an orphanage by her ill-meaning aunt. After growing up, she applies for a job as a governess. Jane immediately falls in love with her employer, Mr. Rochester. But not all is as it seems at Thornfield Hall.

I hadn't read it before, and when I saw the adaptation with Toby Stephens, I wanted to know how it differs from the book. I threw out another book from my challenge (Mirage by Matt Ruff) and added Jane Eyre instead. It think it's only slightly cheating, since it's been on my bookshelf for ages, so definitely part of Mount TBR in that sense. ;)

cut for rambling, and 'spoilers', if you can call it that, of a 200-year-old book )

Just not my thing. 2 out of 5 stars.



1 - 4 stars - The Long Way To A Small Angry Planet [DW]
2 - 2 stars - The Abyss Surrounds Us [DW]
3 - 4 stars - Neuromancer [DW]
4 - 4 stars - A Local Habitation [DW]
5 - 4 stars - The End of Mr. Y [DW]
6 - 3 stars - The Curse of Chalion [DW]
7 - 5 stars - Ancillary Justice [DW]
8 - 2 stars - Jane Eyre [DW]

gold ghost-type medal

Oct. 21st, 2017 01:44 pm
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I've achieved the gold medal for ghost types! I was really close before the Halloween event started yesterday. Now, of all the type medals, only dragon remains for me. (I'm far away from even silver in dragon types. And I'm okay with that! I like the challenges.)

I've also already wild-caught 4 of the 5 Gen 3 ghost types released for the event. Um. That seems awfully soon! (The Dustskull evolution Dustclops appeared in my living room. Was I to not catch it? Silly!) The event will last 2 weeks.

I suppose that the real quest must be for a shiny Sable Eye, as that's the sole shiny in the event. (So far, I have 3 shinies in the Magikarp family, and no shinies in the Pikachu family. I'm nervous that I'm going to fail to recognize the sunburned-Pikachu-look shiny, should I ever come across it, especially if my phone's night mode tinting is on at the time. I've been advised to watch the ear-tips. Apparently, they're gray on the Pikachu shinies.)

Shadow Unit: Down the Rabbit Hole

Oct. 21st, 2017 09:25 am
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[A/N: So I wrote this for Lewis Carroll's birthday in 2009. It's an AU (alternate universe) of Shadow Unit, in which one of the main characters, Chaz Villette, is imagining what his life would be like in an alternate reality where he wasn't quite who he is, and since it currently exists only on LiveJournal in Chaz's blog, I'm posting it here as well, so that it doesn't get lost. I'm very fond of it.

[If you don't know anything about Shadow Unit: (1) this stands on its own; (2) go check it out! Buckets of free fiction from me & Elizabeth Bear & Emma Bull & Amanda Downum & Leah Bobet & Will Shetterly & Steven Brust & Chelsea Polk.]
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Read more... )

Some Places I have Been

Oct. 21st, 2017 08:24 am
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Create Your Own Visited States Map


We used to go on three week camping trips when I was a kid. We spend hours and hours driving to random places so we could see big statues of Babe the Ox and other weird roadside attractions. My dad loved that stuff. I look at the map and I can see oh, that's our trip out west. Those are the times we went down east and Dad refused to drive through la belle province. There's that Florida trip that was weird and awful.



Create Your Own Visited Provinces and Territories Map


There's still so much of my own country I need to see.

Peggy's Hat and Other Amusements

Oct. 20th, 2017 03:54 pm
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[personal profile] chelseagirl
First off, with a throwaway background movie marquee that advertises "Bend it Like Bentham", The Good Place is officially the best sitcom that the universe has ever known. And I will fight anyone who says otherwise.

Second, I have been drooling over a 40s-style tilt fedora at East Village Hats, and wishing I'd bought one last year for my big holiday gift instead of a peacock-blue wide-brimmed fedora which I love, but which is more generic. (But the color! That's what nabbed me when I walked in to buy.) When I was chatting with the owner, Peggy Carter came up, and I mentioned that I had one of the official red Peggy Stetsons. We bemoaned how little it looks like Peggy's actual hat and she offered to re-block mine so it would look more like the hat that the costume designer mocked up out of the blank Stetson sent her. Anyway, she's reblocking it and now I'm wishing I hadn't said yes to a dinner party next Saturday, before getting an invite to a costume party the same night. (The latter is in NJ, so not realistic to try to do both.) Perhaps I'll just wear Peggy hat to school on the 31st anyway -- I wear so much vintage and vintage repro that half the time I already look like I'm doing Peggy cosplay. (From the broader sense of her wardrobe, not the blue suit beloved of cosplayers.)

And I still want the Grand Film Noir tilt fedora, but probably not in red. But it is one of those serious save-up items. Then I want a proper, well-fitting cloche, and a black cocktail hat with a veil. Then I need a life fabulous enough to wear a black cocktail hat with a veil.

Deadwood rewatch continues. Jack Langrishe just showed up, and Hearst is an Evil MoFo. And Steve the Drunk makes me think of Steve the Pirate in Dodgeball. But only his name. I thought Joanie/Jane were already obviously a couple by this point, rather than semi-roommates; I am definitely misremembering things. They did become a real couple, right? Or did I just wish that into existence? I still go "awwww" over Ellsworth, but he is mansplaining to Alma too much. And wow, Seth/Martha have progressed to handholding. They'resohot. And I am still in love with Sol. I remembered how angry Trixie was, but she's just so awesome anyway. And Al continues to inspire such loyalty. Including in me.
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Thousands of Bats Slaughtered Annually in Asia End up on Ebay and Etsy for Artsy Americans

Oh, of course they're not "ethically sourced," because why would they be when profit is involved?

(You see skeletal art at local craft shows too.)

(I really wasn't creeped out by dead thing art before.)

(Not that I don't understand "killing lots of shit for profit," but also PASSENGER PIGEONS, enough said there.)

(Damn it.)
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From the [community profile] harvey_fanaid fundraiser for hurricane relief, I made a donation and [archiveofourown.org profile] merfilly kindly wrote a new Battlestar Galactica (1978) story for us all to enjoy:

"Acknowledging the Problem" (~1K words) (gen, G) (Cassiopeia, Starbuck, Apollo, glimpse of Adama)

I supplied a prompt about the redevelopment of civil society. We received a two-layered look at the shape of things: up close, a not-entirely-successful party, and at a distance, a road toward renewed civilization.

Thank you, [archiveofourown.org profile] merfilly!

postcards from the edge (of the year)

Oct. 20th, 2017 04:31 pm
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Leave your name and mailing address, as well as an indication if you want a Christmas or seasonal card or just an ordinary postcard.

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Oct. 19th, 2017 09:22 pm
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The Stranger Things phone game is too addictive for my own good. Send help.

... Well, it's semi-addictive. I tend to play in bursts of 30 minutes or so because the gameplay is slightly repetitive and I get tired of it quickly, but no more so than, say, the Lego games - I just get bored with punching things to collect stuff. I played for a couple hours today because after a day or two of beating my head against one of the puzzles, I managed to figure out the solution without having to look up any cheats, and this got me into a whole new dungeon and I didn't want to stop.

It's an adorable game, though. It's got retro 80s-style graphics and puzzles that are just hard enough to be challenging without being flat-out impossible. I've had to look up a cheat to get through one level so far, and I also wish I'd figured out in the beginning that it's very useful to do a bunch of the side quests before you try to fight through too many of the dungeons because you level up on health and carry slots, so it makes the dungeons slightly easier and less frustrating when you aren't dying all the time.

I don't play very many games and I'm having a blast with this one, so take that for whatever it's worth.

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