What I'm Reading Wednesday

Jun. 28th, 2017 06:09 pm
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I'm still not recovered from last week, although probably some part of that was my fault for trying to make use of that family history offer over the weekend, but there we go. I'll get there, I suppose.

In the meantime, here's a post.

What I've just finished reading

I have read the next two in the Kate Shackleton mystery series by Frances Brody. I still don't know quite what to make of them - I'm enjoying them, I can read them and yet... I don't know.

I also went to the library and got some Regencies to try and get me back reading again a little better, which worked until I was undone by the Thing last week. They were slight, but no Carolyns, at any rate. (Two more MC Beatons, but nothing that reached the ridiculous/sinister heights of the Mannerling idea.)

However, then I got Snowdrift, the reissued collection of Georgette Heyer's short story collection, Pistols For Two, with three rediscovered stories in it! I mean, her short stories aren't anything to her novels, but this was the most exciting thing reading-wise that has happened to me since I was ill, I think. They were slight, but it was very lovely to have new Heyer words for the first time in probably twenty years.

And then I randomly found on a charity book stall in my supermarket, a weird little teen book I used to have a fascination with back in the 90s, The Bewitching of Alison Allbright by Alan Davidson. It is still a very odd little book, not quite like anything else I can think of & enjoyable to have a revisit, even if not at anywhere near the same intensity as back then. It's not a fantasy - the 'bewitching' involves no magic, just the glamour of riches hiding some sinister/obsessive intentions.


What I'm Reading Now

Nothing, really; I need to get a bit better again. HMS Surprise needs more brain than I have, and I've a few other things started and abandoned, so mostly, nothing and occasionally re-reading some of the older stories in Snowdrift. (I like my new copy better than the old one, which is nice, because it's not always the case.)

I am still taking (family history-related) notes from London in the 19th Century by Jerry White.


What I'm Reading Next

Something, I hope. My TBR pile is far larger than my actual reading ability, but you've got to have optimism and hope and ambition, right?

My Rare Pair Letter

Jun. 28th, 2017 02:40 pm
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Dear Author, I'm sorry for this letter being a WIP for the time being. I'll add some fandom & ship specific notes by the first days of July.

In the meantime, I'd like to thank you for writing for me! I am sure that anything you come up with will be wonderful! The purpose of this letter is to provide some ideas and, hopefully, encourage a plot bunny to pop up and head off. But if nothing in this letter is helpful, feel free to run with your own idea. However, please, don't include my do-not-wants.

Do Not Want:
- Friend or lover betrayal (unless it's canon)
- cheating
- break up fic about my requested ships
- gen, pre-slash or het about my requested characters. My requested het ships are the exception. Past het is also OK
- permanent character death (I love death fix-its and Peggy Sues though)
- fic ending with any of these: one-sided or unresolved feelings, completely hopeless mood.

I Do Love: any kind of shippy fic about my pairings, though especially first times. ♥ I’m also a sucker for slow burn and all the hurt/comfort scenarios, especially when the character is (or both them are) put through the wringer! I love when sexy-times happen as a misguided means of coping with the hurt, of the psychological kind especially, like past torture or non-con for example. I enjoy canon compliant fic as well as divergent canon AUs. For superhero canons I also like non-powered AUs where they still have their usual jobs (or anything that canon suggested they could have done) but no secret superhero life, and they get to know each other and eventually get together in this kind of context.

List of General Prompts:
◾A and B (and C?) getting in trouble
◾A getting in trouble and B (and C?) coming to the rescue
◾A close call w/ much hurt and some comfort
◾Acting on their own feelings
◾Accidental Marriage, Marriage Tropes
◾Accidental Sex
◾Accidental soul bond becomes requited - generally any soul bond AU
◾Angst with a Happy Ending
◾Brainwashing and/or Recovery
◾Canon Compliant, Canon Divergent, AUs (except for mundane AUs)
◾Celebrating Holidays with Family of Choice
◾Competent characters
◾Consensual, dub-con, non-con scenarios
◾Dangerous situations and getting hurt to protect the other
◾Drunk Confessions, Drunk Sex Aftermath
◾Earn Your Happy Ending
◾Fake/pretend couple/threesome becomes real
◾First date
◾Fix-It. All the fix-its!
◾Getting outed and dealing with it; or alternatively coming out to friends/family, or to the public (for in-canon famous people)
◾Getting Together
◾Handcuffed Together
◾Happy Ending
◾Huddling For Warmth
◾Hurt/Comfort
◾Hypothermia
◾Kink Exploration
◾Idiots in Love
◾Loss of Powers
◾Love Confessions
◾Loyalty
◾Moving In Together
◾Non-con, torture
◾Plotty/Long fics (putting this tag here in the event your story is longer than you meant, short stories will be loved too!)
◾Post-Canon
◾Post canon death: A realizing B’s presence dispels his loneliness, makes him feel good
◾post-trauma recovery fic
◾Prison survival or escape
◾Protectiveness, situations where it becomes apparent
◾Realizing You Care
◾Rescue missions or self-rescuing themselves
◾Road Trip/On Vacation Together
◾Sex Pollen, or what comes after it
◾Sharing a bed/body warmth leads to sex
◾Shenanigans during the mission
◾Snowed In
◾Spontaneous consensual Dom/Sub play (I'm cool with any character assuming either role)
◾Stranded or stuck somewhere together
◾Surprise married due to messing up with time travel
◾Temporary amnesia/memory loss
◾Temporary or permanent loss of sense or limb: learning to cope with the loss.
◾Time travel: A and B aren't romantically involved with each other when they meet their future selves, in a very compromising position...
◾Undercover missions, Undercover as Couple/Married
◾Woke Up Married




MY FANDOMS:

Arrow TV (Leonard Snart/Slade Wilson, Oliver Queen/Slade Wilson, Ray Palmer/Slade Wilson)

Dark Matter TV (Anders/Three, Anders/Three/Kierken, Three/Kierken, Six/Three, One/Three, One/Three/Two, Three/Two)

DCAU (John/Wally)

DC's Legends of Tomorrow (Ray/Mick)

The Flash TV (Eddie/Iris/Wally, Leonard/Eddie, Leonard/Wally)

Heroes (D.L./Matt, D.L./Matt/Mohinder, D.L./Mohinder, Matt/Mohinder)

Dear Creator (Rarepair Fest 2017)

Jun. 27th, 2017 09:19 pm
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Hello, I'm [archiveofourown.org profile] kadma and I adore rarepairs, so this exchange is very exciting! I love love love femslash! Every fandom needs a helluva lot more. Below, you'll find a list of my general likes and do not wants, followed by a short paragraph per fandom of prompts / suggestions, all of which are optional.

General Likes:
  • PWP / smut
  • feelings / introspection
  • missing scenes / codas
  • in-character dialog makes my heart race
 
Do-Not-Wants:
  • illegal drugs (inc. marijuana)
  • animal abuse / death
  • alpha / beta / omega and bestiality
  • bodily fluids (kink and non-kink)
  • pregnancy & kid-fic
  • first person POV
  • out of character characters
  • crossovers / aus
 
REQUESTS
 
Faking It (2014)
  • Lauren Cooper / Zita Cruz
  • Karma Ashcroft / Zita Cruz
Recently finished catching up with Faking It and I am smitten by Zita Cruz. She's a minor character, sure, but that's what rarepairs are for, right? Lauren and Zita seem so compatible to me: anything goes with these two. Banter. First kiss. Lingerie shopping. Lauren developing feelings for Zita post-canon, despite dating Liam Booker. Zita attending a class taught by Lauren on how to create a successful brand. It's all good. I also loved the fact Zita kissed Karma to see what the fuss was about, so if Zita catches Feelings for Karma, I see lots of pining and angst waiting to happen.
 
WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment)
  • Bayley / Asuka
  • Alicia Fox / Eva Marie
  • Alexa Bliss / Carmella
Bayley and Asuka have so much chemistry, in and out of the ring. I'd love to see something tooth-rottingly sweet between them. Alicia and Eva is a ship I discovered by writing them and their "opposites balance each other out" vibe is what I love the most. I'd love to see how a long-term arrangement plays out between them: who invites whom over to their place first, who cooks something the other is allergic to and has to spend the night at the hospital with them, who likes red wine and who likes white? Alexa and Carmella are so fiesty individually, so I'd love to see how they function as a pairing. Are scathing remarks how they show affection? Is Carmella resentful of Alexa's success? How does Alexa learn she actually cares about someone other than herself -- and what is her reaction to that person being Carmella? Or, you know, smut and good sex for all these ladies is great too.

Stardew Valley
  • Abigail / Haley
  • Maru / Penny
For these ships, I'd love to see some trope-y goodness. Abigail pining for Haley from afar and Haley being unaware of her existence. Penny tutoring Maru for her college entrance exams and noticing the spark between them. Haley feeling left out of the other young peoples' groups and immersing herself in photography until she takes a snap of Abigail without her knowledge and realises how beautiful she is. Honestly, the cheesier the better. I'd love to see the creative ways you interpret these ships.
 
Hopefully, these prompts gave you an idea of what sort of stuff I like! I'm super stoked to see what you come up with for my assignment. <3

Catching up

Jun. 27th, 2017 08:40 pm
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Today I caught up with most of my washing and my aunts as well, just to put them in the dryer now.

Sami kept me up late last night because it's been so hot. Lately, she's finding it hard to settle down so jumped on my bed and woke me up. Luckily it seems to be cooling down, so I hope to get more sleep tonight.

Still more editing to do on my Not For Prime Time Exchange fic but it's nearly done.

Started to watch Scorpion on Netflix and enjoying it so far (I've only watched two episodes, lol) and finish season 3 of Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Finished season 5 of Orange is the New Black and wishing it would come back sooner so I can find out what happens next.

I discovered Lucifer starts back in October, too far away!

Treating myself to fish and chips from the chip shop and some ice-cream for afterwards.

never back down, never surrender!

Jun. 26th, 2017 08:56 pm
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Today is the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter! A friend asked how I knew my house, and this was my answer:
Someone asked, and my first answer was Ravenclaw, but then I realized that I am waaaaay too emotional to be objective, and I choose what I think is the right thing over what is definitely the smart thing every time. So I thought about what I want, and mostly I want justice and equality, which could be a Hufflepuff thing, too, but a Hufflepuff would approach that through diplomacy and peacekeeping and cooperation, where my instinctive reaction is to fight for it, to take down the wall with a crowbar and a sledgehammer and scream until my voice is heard, so gotta be Gryffindor. I never considered Slytherin, honestly, because I have very little personal ambition, am skeptical of institutions of leadership, loathe nepotism, and generally do not have my shit together.
What about you, friends?

*waves*

Jun. 26th, 2017 08:21 pm
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I did not actually get any squares on my bingo card for knit in public day (which was bizarre as we were busy - but I think mostly busy with people avoiding the horrific weather that day!)

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I have been doing better with reading actual books recently - and in doing so read two very different stories with Transgender lead characters, one good and one, not so good.

1 - The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson - This was the not so good. It has a lot of issues, and does a lot of strange things, and adds unessecary drama to something that should have plenty. It also randomly does lots of class stuff (with extreme!council estate v rich people, who are actually seemingly just middle class-ish....) Set in UK, so lots that jumped out at me than might have if set in US.
The author is not transgender but 'works with transgender youth, who were all really positive about her book'. A statement she actually makes at the end, which is painful and awkward.
I wouldn't recommend as a first trans character read, or a solid good plot - and it's got a lot of triggers to warn for (which includes transphobia, from everyone o.o - and sexual assault)

2 - If I was Your Girl by Meredith Russo - This is a good book, no issues that it doesn't own up to (none are big issues, unlike Williamson's book). It's an interesting story, lacking additional drama, and it covers the experience of transitioning, and how the character felt before and after. It feels a lot more real than the other. Set in the US, so I may not have noticed bits.
The author is transgender - and has a really lovely set of end notes (one for cis readers, one for non-cis readers). It lacks a wince worthy closing statement, and is generally really sincere.
100% recommend, triggers wise, shows transphobia but from a very different angle, and different treatment than the art of being normal, and there is violence towards the character.

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This year, so far, I'm at 28 books read so far (not sure if will make the aim of 90, will have to see :s)

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Long weekend this weekend, may go see wonder woman again.....will have to see how feel.

karyn: letting go

Jun. 25th, 2017 09:29 pm
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My dad got to New York to find my aunt hadn't been moved to hospice yet, even though her condition had not improved. My uncle (her husband) told hospital staff not to move her, to keep pushing fluids and steroids to get her going again, even though she's clearly not going anywhere ever again. He just agreed today to let them put her on morphine. Somehow he took the doctors' reports as more of a forecast, not a status report. He said he thought he had at least another three or four months with her. My dad is coming home tomorrow; my aunt is still technically alive, but she's already gone. She couldn't speak at all; my dad didn't even think she understood he was there. He said that he's seen her for the last time.

Round 8 of Hurt/Comfort Bingo

Jun. 25th, 2017 10:56 pm
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[personal profile] kadma
here is my card for round #8 of [community profile] hc_bingo

haunted forced body modification corporal punishment grief strapped to a moving vehicle
de-age loss of home / shelter suicide attempt head trauma skeletons in the closet
abuse combat WILD CARD homesickness poisoning
pandemics and epidemics burns ritualized pain / injury resurrection cursed
runaways forced to rely on enemy / rival forced marriage drugged kidnapping

RARE PAIR FEST 2017 LETTER

Jun. 24th, 2017 11:17 pm
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[personal profile] lauramoon
Hello, [community profile] rarepairfest author! I am delighted that AO3’s algorithm has brought us together. If you're here, it's because we have in common an appreciation for at least one seriously awesome rare ’ship. Thank you for your conservation efforts. With any luck, we can do for these underloved ’ships what was done for the California condor.

Let's get the necessary unpleasantness out of the way. Here are my DNWs:
          
  • Unhappy endings, serious angst, naked animosity, etc.
  •       
  • Anything even approaching rape or non-con.
  •       
  • Anything about institutionalization, asylum, suicide, self-injury, or any other serious mental health issue.

Now the good stuff. Here's what I do like:
          
  • Well-developed characters. Tiny details. I want characters figuring out a situation because it reminds them of something that happened in third grade; I want characters who have favorites and habits and pet peeves. I live for this stuff.
  •       
  • Found family. Love and love and love. All those Greek kinds of love that are in a thousand Tumblr gif sets. Love without sex. Love with sex. Sex with laughter and sex with I love yous and sexual healing. I am not above that trope.


As for my individual requests:

Thunderheart (1992)
Walter Crow Horse/Ray Levoi

Ughhhhh I love these boys with their snarky, flirty, I'm not going to say, “I love you,” but I will walk to my death with you so you don't have to walk alone written in the stars love. I love when they do badass crime solving together, but I equally love reading about their domestic adventures. Basically, you can do no wrong here. I do prefer post-film stories, and stories that aren't just, "what happened after Ray left the rez"; take me a little further into the future, when Ray's got his shit together and Crow Horse has successfully wooed him.


Lovesick | Scrotal Recall
Evie Douglas/Dylan Witter
Evie Douglas/Dylan Witter/Luke Curran

Oh God, this show. I love how it brings the humor while also drowning you in feels. Evie and Dylan and Luke’s little family unit is my favorite, and while I ship Evie/Dylan hard, I would also be interested in some polyamory. I would love to see them on their little adventures--I adore Luke's bucket list, if you need a prompt.--or even just watching Luke act out films, just as long as they are together and steeped in fondness.


Lucky Number Slevin (2006)
Lindsey/Slevin

I love this movie, and Lindsey and Slevin are among my all time favorite ships. I love how delighted they are just to be in each other's company. They make each other so happy, and on top of that there is so much trust; it's love at first sight. I would just love to see them adoring each other. Maybe they're trying to figure out their place in their new world. Maybe they're doing some spy game shit: Slevin is doing what he does, and Lindsey is wondering what that means for her, how she can help him in his work, if she even wants to. Or maybe they're having a vacation somewhere with white beaches and drinks with little umbrellas in them. It doesn't matter, as long as it's the two of them being, you know, the two of them.

PSA

Jun. 23rd, 2017 02:35 pm
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I'm still tired from yesterday, but a head's up (via a genealogy news feed I follow) in case it's of any use to other people:

Find My Past (one of the big online genealogy sites for the UK) are allowing free access to their main UK collections till 26th June. (No strings attached for this one, not even fake-orders to get it; only registering if you haven't already.)

Some more details & instructions on the site's blog: https://blog.findmypast.com/free-british-irish-records-2445715211.html


*skuttles off to collapse somewhere again*
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