Advantages of a two-house household

Jul. 21st, 2017 12:36 am
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For those who don't know, we live in an up/down duplex. Marna, Ian and I live upstairs and Lorayne has the downstairs, with two spare rooms for any guests of upstairs or downstairs.

Lorayne also has two window AC units. One of which is in her big spare bedroom. We do not have any AC upstairs, just a lot of fans.

It's been hot and humid as fuck in Ottawa for the last week. It's finally starting to cool down, but the heat is really lingering upstairs. Last night I couldn't fall asleep because of it.

So, I said fuck it and am sleeping downstairs tonight.

Dreadful followed me downstairs and was staring forlornly out the screen door, so we invited him in. So, Dreadful's sleeping downstairs too tonight.

Rayne's cats, Kina and Chakra, are less than impressed.

They've met Dreadful before, and even lived with him for a week when we stripped the wainscotting in the kitchen several years ago, so we're not worried it'll come to blows overnight or anything. They'll cope. And I think Dreadful is enjoying the change of scenery.

Also, the lack of dog.

Oh yeah, we got a dog. We've had him for about a month. Our intent was to foster him, but Marna fell in love, so now he's ours.

His name is Bogart, we think he's some sort of pointer cross, but he was rescued from the Everglades, so we can't be sure. He's about 18 months old and weighs about 40 pounds. He's a sweetheart, but he has some behavioral issues we're working on.

And Dreadful has NOT reconciled himself to this new family member yet. He's never lived with a dog before, and he's not sure he wants to now. They're cohabiting relatively peacefully, but Dreadful is still keeping his distance.

ETA: and then Kina and Dreadful got in a fight in the hallway. So much for not coming to blows. So, now they're locked on opposite sides of the dog gate for the night.

*sigh*
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As promised, some books I've read:

Point of Hopes (Astreiant, #1) - Melissa Scott & Lisa A. Barnett -
★★★★

Complicated mystery plot in a fascinating, intricately-crafted fantasy universe.

I really appreciated the casually mainstreamed queerness in the worldbuilding. read more )

The Ruin of a Rake - Cat Sebastian - ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

This book has everything I loved about Sebastian's previous books. Complicated, flawed and messily human characters, a clear-eyed and intelligent class analysis and a refreshingly unapologetic queerness. read more )

Point of Knives (Astreiant #1.5) - Melissa Scott - ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

A satisfying mystery with an even-more-satisfying beginning of a romance between the main characters as they transition from people who sleep with each other occasionally to people who'd like to have a romantic relationship with each other. read more )

Peter Darling - Austin Chant ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

An amazing queer, trans reimagining of the Peter Pan story. read more )

The Horse Mistress: Book 1 - R.A Steffan - ★ ★ ★

Enjoyable poly fantasy with a genderqueer protagonist. read more )

A Boy Called Cin - Cecil Wilde - ★ ★ ★ ★

I'd describe this book as an aspirational romance. It's a delightful, cozy fairytale of an idealized relationship. And that's not a bad thing. I think there's value particularly in queer aspirational romances. read more )

There Will Be Phlogiston (Prosperity, #5) - Alexis Hall ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

I picked this up because it was free and I'd heard good things about the author, but honestly I was mostly expecting a smutty, poly diversion.

What I got was so much more. read more )

Chasing Cameron: the complete series - Hanna Dare - ★ ★ ★ ★

A series of m/m novellas with a lot of sex, not all of it between, or only between, the two protagonists.

I was really pleasingly surprised by how non-mononormative this series is. read more )
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One of the benefits of the new mood-stabilizer is that I'm reading again. After reading my way through a shit-ton of fanfic, I'm now switching between fanfic and pro novels.

I'm mostly only interested in reading queer stories at the moment, which has meant a lot of queer romances and also SF/F with queer characters and relationships.

I started with everything ever written by KJ Charles and OMG was that a good choice. Her stuff is AMAZING. Highly, highly recommended. She writes m/m historical romances, some straight historicals, some fantasy. One of the things I love historical queer romances because I love reading about queer people in history being happy, and Charles' books totally fill that desire.

A lot of queer historicals, or at least a lot of the ones I've read, are really interested in class and the intersection of class and sexuality and how that impacts relationships. Class differences are at the heart of almost all of Charles' books and it makes for a great lens through which to look at the various historical periods she writes in. The other thing that makes me happy about her books is that very few of her protagonists are uncomfortable with or tortured about their sexuality, which is again really refreshing to read about.

Then I moved on to Cat Sebastian's regency romances which I also highly recommend. Again with the queers being happy and not angsting about their sexualities and again with the class and anxiety about class differences being a significant factor in all the relationships.

I also highly recommend Joanna Chambers' Enlightenment series, in which one of the characters is quite guilty about his sexuality, which is possibly more realistic, but doesn't appeal to my id in quite the same way.

It was at about this point in my dive into books again that I got myself a Goodreads account, which is here, and started actually reviewing stuff as I read it.

Several people I read here regularly post reviews of the books they've read on their journals, and I think I'm going to start being one of them, I'm not going to commit to any specific schedule, but expect semi-regular book posts (the first going up directly after I finish writing this post).

The other thing I'm loving about Goodreads is having a place a list of books I've been recced that look interesting. I'm almost entirely reading digitally these days, mostly on Kobo. So, when I want to read something new I can go to my Goodreads to-read shelf and see what strikes my fancy. There are a lot of books with poly relationships in there right now, because I specifically solicited recs for queer, poly stories on twitter.

If you're curious my to-read shelf is here, and I'm always taking recs. Nothing too serious or dense right now, I'm still easing my way back into this reading gig.

Drabble!

Jul. 18th, 2017 08:00 pm
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Because it's not a fandom until there's a Highlander crossover...

This is 17776, aka something with some kinda cool space stuff, and absolutely terrible worldbuilding I cannot even express. I was mostly bored by the football stuff, although there were occassional interesting bits to me. But oh my god, guys, the worldbuilding, it burns us, precious. Hey, authors, just a thought, but when you have to lampshade twice how bad the worldbuilding is, maybe you should possibly just revise the thing instead?

Anyway, here's a drabble.


Double Drabble: .Who Wants To Live Forever? (200 words) by Lanna Michaels
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Highlander: The Series, 17776: What Football Will Look Like in the Future - Jon Bois
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Pioneer 9, Pioneer 10, Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer
Additional Tags: Double Drabble, Flash Fic, Crossover, Fusion, Post-The Gathering, 17776's a+++ worldbuilding
Summary:

The Game ends in 2026.

seeking The Martian canon help!

Jul. 18th, 2017 06:42 pm
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So I was trying to work out how to make a crack crossover work and I realized I am very not-clear on a vital aspect of The Martian canon. That is: how many surface-to-orbit vessels are there, and how do they work?

The Ares crew took some kind of lander down to the planet, which remained there(?), since Mark uses the jet fuel to make water, yes? He's all happy that Martinez piloted them so well, there's still stuff left. And they took the MAV back to the Hermes, and the MAV had been pre-sent so it could charge itself.

However, the original lander is not good enough for getting back to orbit, since Mark has to go to the other MAV. But is he going there since that would be a good place to meet up with the next mission, or is he going there because there'd be no way for him to go up from his site to meet up with the rest of the new crew on the Hermes? Can the original lander not "charge itself" like the MAVs can? I do not remember if they took it apart to make the Habs/the rovers/anything else, so it's possible it's not even in the correct form to be useful for that purpose anymore.

Anyone remember this off hand? Am I doomed to a deep-dive canon review over this? Basically what I want to be able to do is have Ares 3 go up to the Hermes, wait a couple days, then take the MAV, or something else, down to the planet again.

This week in writing, 7/16

Jul. 17th, 2017 01:39 am
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Still not great, but better than last week! 

WIPs currently active: 5

Words written this week: 3,259

WIPs that got no words this week: 0

WIPs that did get words this week:

Codename: Aluminum Bastard (aka broken dick epic): 104, still inching along. I probably just need to hit a scene break soon, but then I’m going to have to figure out what happens next, so…?

Born in the Blood: 821, and it is distinctly possible that every one of them is terrible, but I haven’t figured out how to make them less terrible so for now I’m just going with it.

Dragon!Bucky/tribute!Steve and Learning to Be a Good Citizen: 490, including realizing that I needed to insert an entire chapter before where I initially started writing. 

All Eternals Deck #2: 598, possibly all getting deleted when I redo the beginning because i figured out that I was doing it wrong…

Slavefic #6: 1,246, DIRELY in need of a POV change. Soon. Yes. 

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Regression to the mean

Jul. 16th, 2017 06:29 pm
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Tonight, for the first time in my life, I made burritos. The tortillas were kinda small, so I had the opportunity to make multiple ones.

The first burrito was perfect. The ones after that, well... I'm gonna blame it on the fact that the tortillas ripped a bit :P

But, seriously, it was hilarious how much beginners luck there was, and how quickly I lost it.

Fic: Best Toy Ever

Jul. 12th, 2017 10:19 am
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I wrote something! Looking at AO3, this is the first non-exchange fic I've posted since November 2014. And with all those bingo cards, instead I write a fic that has nothing to do with any of the prompts and is instead entirely the fault of both of my boys. But hey, I wrote something, even if it is fluffy silliness about a broken toy :-D

Title: Best Toy Ever
Summary: "ImpSec is my ... intelligence utility." - Miles, in Diplomatic Immunity.
Five-year-old Miles makes use of some ImpSec assets.

Best Toy Ever )

that farmer and his dog again

Jul. 10th, 2017 04:22 pm
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Writing progress is - well, I'd call it glacial, but I hear glaciers are going quite rapidly these days. In the hope of inspiring myself, I've been collecting bingo cards and I'm putting them all here. If anyone has any particular requests or suggestions for any of the prompts, feel free :-)

gen bingo, h/c bingo and trope bingo )

This week in writing, 7/9

Jul. 10th, 2017 01:25 am
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(I missed a week there but I also missed a week or more of writing, with all the things finished and going out into the world, so we’ll call it a wash and start fresh, huh?)

WIPs currently active: 6, because I started altogether too many new things while trying to coax myself back into action after more than a week just not writing at all. (It’s a lot for me! It was unsettling!)

Words written this week: 2,280

WIPs that got no words this week: 0

WIPs that did get words this week:

Codename: Aluminum Bastard (aka broken dick epic): 133. This sure is a story in which stuff is happening. I should probably… reread the last couple chapters and try to remember where the fuck I was going with this in the previous geological era when I last worked on it.

Born in the Blood: 389, and hooboy I hope you did not want a lot of detail about [significant lifetime event taking place in this chapter] because the whole thing happened inside those 389 words.

Less-Sad Sequel to “Ring the Bell Backward”: 567, and struggling not to feel like, spiritually jossed by Spider-Man: Homecoming even though this story obviously occupies a fairly drastic alternate universe from canon.

Dragon!Bucky/tribute!Steve and Learning to Be a Good Citizen: 133, haha oh look I started a sequel how did that happen??

All Eternals Deck #2: 308, oh hey look I finally figured out how to start the next Bucky/Bruce story, too! :D

Slavefic #6 (Steve Learns Some Stuff about Sex): 555, picking up literally about three minutes after the end of The Sacrifice Play. :D

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I watch stuff

Jul. 9th, 2017 04:07 pm
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  • Inglourious Basterds: I was enticed to watch this movie by being spoiled for the ending, and I would not have watched it otherwise. Good film, I enjoyed the ending. :P Way too gory for my tastes otherwise, I had to look away a lot. Brad Pitt's gang were kind of superfluous, weren't they, wow. If they hadn't existed, Shoshanna and Marcel would still have gotten it done. I guess the other moral of the movie (other than the obvious "kill lots of Nazis") is being multi-lingual is important.


  • Scraps: This is a TV show where a cook goes around the country, the idea being to use food scraps in food. For a half hour show (so, effectively, a 20-minute show), they make some really odd choices in what to spend time on showing, like in the first segment of the show they often show things like chocolate making and oyster farming and how to make baguettes, going more in depth than they have time for and then rushing the rest. There’s an odd tension between being a travel show and a cooking show.

    Also, because every food thing they make is described as being really good, the best, most amazing thing ever, changing their world, I don’t trust them. Like, in other shows, they for sure go over the top in praise, but by saying something didn’t turn out well, you trust them more when they say that someone is good, you know? This show advertises that their recipes are online and stuff, but I feel like I would approach those recipes as “who the fuck knows” and stuff, because I have no trust that these things actually taste good even coming out as they were meant to be. (A problem with trying new things: does it taste bad because I don’t like the thing, or does it taste bad because I made it wrong.) Also, in the ~magic of tv~ they are clearly not making enough during the shown-on-the-show parts to feed 12 people, but it’s soooo noticeable. So who/when is doing the actual cooking? Where are things being stored? Who is doing the dishes? I won’t even ask how long it takes them; the conceit is this is all done in one day, but there was already a recipe where it was “marinate this chicken for 24 hours”, and they did the tv-switch-thing of one that was already started, so it’s already full of lies. :P (Also, as usual, I pay way too much attention to things like “okay, someone is filming this” and that there’s a whole unseen group, etc.) (This is also what I notice first when there’s those pictures that go around of weird positions photographers get into on nature photoshoots: someone is also there, taking a picture of it.)

    OK, also, almost all the “scraps” they highlight? They are often not kitchen scraps you often get in your kitchen from general cooking, they are things you have to seek out. For every “overripe strawberries for jam!” and “stale bread for soup!” there’s equally something where it’s like “where do you even get that”. (such as peanut flour made from the leftovers of making peanut oil), plus they did once outright go "thye don't sell this stuff at grocery stores and never have".


  • Lego Batman: fun and enjoyable movie! I feel this was a better batman movie than the two Nolan movies I've watched.


  • American Gods: Got like 5 minutes into the first episode, turned it off for too much gore and damage to eyes. I shall probably try again. It's been a while since I read American Gods and I don't think I ever reread it. I don't recall being hugely blown over by it; there are parts I still remember, but I also remember being a bit confused by the plot and, idk, a little meh overall. Anyway, it wouldn't take much for me to like the adaptation more than the book, so long as I can get more than 5 minutes into the adaptation. :P


  • Lemony Snicket netflix show: Enjoying it so far! The format of the show makes all the definitions stuff much more palatable and humorous to me than when I was reading. Y'all are right, it is very Jewish.


  • Doctor Who: This show needs to stop being good and raising my expectations. It's going to let me down and the higher my expectations get, the further there is for me to fall :( I do like how we've now had two seasons in a row that end off with two ladies going off to explore space and time together.