Driveby Journaling

Aug. 18th, 2017 09:36 pm
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On fannish things:

  1. my recipient may hate this story as much as I don’t love it, but I am going to finish it, so help me

  2. I’m going to have to write Maria + her gen relationships in most situations, because I actually want to write tielan some Maria Hill, but every time MCU gets me even slightly interested in Steve, they then go and ruin it. I’m never going to love his character, so I’m going to accept that and resolve to write more gen. I do like gen. I just wanted to write shipfic. 🙁

On conlang things:

  1. I updated my consonant phonology table: basically does a much better job with the clicks

  2. I did other work in a notebook that hasn’t been digitalized yet

On real life:

  1. We’re moving in a week. I’m not ready. :screams:

dance our war (poem)

Aug. 18th, 2017 09:26 pm
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we conquered cities

we stomped our feet

danced our war

to every beat

of our twin hearts

and no retreat

cry, my love

the taste is sweet

Promptly Quotable #003

Aug. 17th, 2017 08:23 pm
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Write a poem about

“Friendship is a sheltering tree.” — Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Poems do not have to match the prompt exactly. Prompts are only meant to inspire and be a jumping off point for your own creativity.

Poems can be posted in the comments directly or linked to your own journal.

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What I Just Finished Reading

Clariel – Garth Nix
This is my second favorite Old Kingdom book after Sabriel. The worldbuilding and scene setting, especially in the early chapters, are phenomenal. Having said that, once the main character arrives in the capital city the book flits from one location, supporting cast, and setting to another, never really settling down into a single narrative. It's very slightly disappointing, like watching the pilots of multiple intriguing television series for which no future episodes were filmed. The narrative also falls into the “people traveling up and down the Ratterlin” trap that Nix has revisited in pretty much all of his YA novels since The Ragwitch. Overall, I enjoyed this one, but like the rest of the Old Kingdom offerings aside from Sabriel, I don't think I'll ever reread it.

A Conspiracy of Kings – Megan Whalen Turner
A wonderfully written book. I'm especially fond of the first third of the narrative, in which Sophos basically undergoes a Zen practice period. Like everything Turner writes, it's inventive, tightly plotted, and does not take the easy narrative way out. So good.

Thick as Thieves – Megan Whalen Turner
Page 2: Man, the Mede are an empire of snakes. I don't know how I feel about a book with them as main characters.
Page 15: What a brilliantly realistic psychological portrayal of a man in Kamet's position.

But here's the thing: having correctly identified the big reveal 266 pages before the characters are clued in in no way diminished the ride. And jesus, what a good ride it was. This is my favorite next to The Thief, hands down. Just. The characterisation. The plotting. The worldbuilding. The pleasure of watching these characters figure things out (and the terror of watching them run headlong into danger because they don't know). So good. So good. This is one of those novels that makes it hard to even consider reading something else once you've turned the last page. So good.

What I Am Currently Reading

The Castle of Llyr – Lloyd Alexander
These books were just so much bigger when I read them as a child, but coming back to them now I still maintain that sense of expansiveness and discovery and wonder.

The Waste Land – T.S. Eliot
I love this poem.

The Bedlam Stacks – Natasha Pulley
Page 19: This thing with the statue is wonderfully creepy.
Page 25: Really creepy.
Page 36: Okay, I need to stop reading this at night.
Page 75: Holy. Shit.
Page 85: NATASHA PULLEY, I SEE YOU AND I KNOW WHAT YOU'RE UP TO. The statue. Merrick's mother. Raphael's attitude. But I have a feeling that having figured this out will in no way diminish the ride. Consider me hooked.

The King of Attolia – Megan Whalen Turner
I seem to be reading the books in reverse chronological order now, just so I can enjoy them all again knowing even more about how things will unfold in the futue. And just, yeah. Costis.

What I'm Reading Next
Probably the rest of the Prydain Chronicles. The one-two punch of awesome that is Turner and Alexander is giving me a yen to revisit Cooper's The Dark is Rising sequence.



Aug. 16th, 2017 08:51 pm
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I really need to get my exchange fic written. Odds are not good.

Wrote a poem:

we are tired

of the heavy places,

the deep tirades,

required graces,

every word

you ever spoke

from the day

my eyes awoke


I am hopelessly not up to the challenges, but I did do some work today. First, a word:

akuint • [ a.kui̯nt ] • 1. to sing, 2. to chant (a prayer or traditional song, particularly in a religious or formal ceremony), 3. to appease one more powerful with words, prayer, or song — verb

Then also, I figured out that Akachenti’s tendency to promote proximate, animate persons up a level may have come from originally have a proximate/distal distinction in second and third person pronouns and the agreement markers having merged. I’m not sure yet, but it seems more plausible than just willy nilly deciding that proximate third persons are really second persons, etc.

Wednesday Reading Meme

Aug. 16th, 2017 12:54 pm
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What I Just Finished Reading

Therese Sellers, Alpha is for Anthropos: Look, I read a book this week! Okay, so it's a children's alphabet book for Attic Greek, but it's still a book and therefore it counts. Anyway, it's very cute; all the art is done in the style of red-figure pottery, and the accompanying little rhymes scan (more or less) to various children's songs.

What I'm Reading Now

Comics Wednesday!

Black Panther and the Crew #5, Generations Wolverine And All-New Wolverine #1, Invincible Iron Man #10, Secret Empire: Brave New World #5, Spider-Men II #2, US Avengers #9, Ultimates 2 #100, X-Men Blue #9 )

What I'm Reading Next


Dear femslashex author

Aug. 16th, 2017 10:54 am
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It's the time of year for [community profile] femslashex! I've asked for either fic or art on all of my prompts and would be thrilled with either. All but one of my requests are canons with a visual component, but (as a long-time comics fan!) I'm very happy with different interpretations of the characters so don't feel tied down to their literal canon appearances if there's something different you want to do. The same goes for fic - while obviously I enjoy the tone of each canon, if you want to write something at odds with it, or from a different POV or using original characters to explore the canon pairings, that's all good too.

General likes: plot, women working together against common enemies, non-mundane AUs (coffee shop in space yes, coffee shop in modern day Earth no)

General dislikes: rape/non-con, non-canon character deaths, adult/teen or adult/child sexual interaction, mindless zombies, apocalyptic or post-apocalyptic AUs, character or pairing bashing

I've tried to put several prompts for each of the fandoms and a general idea of what I like about them, but if you want to do something else completely, please do! These are just suggestions.


American Gods (TV) )

Crossover - Denise Bryson (Twin Peaks)/Dana Scully (The X-Files) )

Marvel 616 )

Murder Most Unladylike Series - Robyn Stevens )
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Title: Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters
Fandom: Person of Interest
Rating: Teen
Words: 52k
Characters/Pairings: Root/Sameen Shaw, Harold Finch/John Reese, Harold Finch/Grace Hendricks, John Reese/Mark Snow, Michael Cole, Robert Hersh, Joss Carter, Kara Stanton, The Machine, Bear
Warnings/Content: Sentinel/Guide AU, mind-bonding, show level violence, show level torture, emotional hurt/comfort, canon character death (Michael Cole). Some Mark/John dubcon in chapters 4 and 5. Follows some events from Ep 1.10 Number Crunch, Ep 1.23 Firewall and 2.16 Relevance.
Notes: Written for [community profile] wipbigbang 2017.

Thank you to my amazing betas: [personal profile] lilacsigil and [personal profile] musyc. You guys were awesome and got me from "I want to write POI Sentinel/Guide fic with soft face touching" to actually getting it posted.

Title is from the Elton John song. ("Subway's no way for a good man to go down.")

Summary: In 2001, Harold advised on a project called Cascade, not knowing he was a Guide himself. Years later, he and John, a Sentinel on the run from Cascade, must help Shaw, who has just lost her own Guide when the Project turned on her. Complicating matters is Root, searching for Harold's Machine and interfering with their rescue of Shaw.

Also at the Archive

Chapter One
Chapter Two
Chapter Three
Chapter Four
Chapter Five
Chapter Six
Chapter Seven
Chapter Eight
Chapter Nine
Chapter Ten

Promptly Lyrical #014

Aug. 15th, 2017 08:03 pm
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Write a poem about

“All the toil / All in vain / Every image of ourselves that we create” — “Not to Us” by Nichole Nordeman

Poems do not have to match the prompt exactly. Prompts are only meant to inspire and be a jumping off point for your own creativity.

Poems can be posted in the comments directly or linked to your own journal.

tumblr again, maybe

Aug. 15th, 2017 06:20 pm
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So I renamed my first tumblr and started queuing up posts. We’ll see how long it lasts.

poem (for me)

Aug. 15th, 2017 04:44 pm
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broken eggshells

my heart

emptiness inside

On Hearing Not So Great News...

Aug. 14th, 2017 06:38 pm
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Today, I remind myself

there is always cause to give thanks:

breath is in my lungs,

and I am alive to praise

the God who makes my heart

beat and gives me song

to carry me through the night

and days that are too long.

Sticker sheets of kisses to press

Aug. 12th, 2017 04:35 pm
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I got my 50K fic off to my second beta/ameripicker. I feel weird. I, uh, finished something. It's due to be posted on the 15th. What even?

Interesting things I didn't realise until I had to edit 50K of my own writing )

I have actually written a lot of things this year!

Tinee Linkspam:
- via [personal profile] musesfool, OPI summer challenge
Leave prompts! (Please leave some more POI prompts!)
- From Facebook, Clydesdale foal leaves the stable for the first time - tinee leggy baby, big world, what do? How do you even horse?
- Also from Facebook, this terrible curse upon some burglars. CW: creepy doll faces
- From my local paper, big news in this part of the world: Giant puzzle solved. (The puzzle is literally a puzzle.)
- From McSweeney's via [personal profile] kalloway, I’m a Google Manufacturing Robot and I Believe Humans Are Biologically Unfit to Have Jobs in Tech. (Rolling my eyes right out of my head at that google dude.)
- From My Modern Met, What Happens When a Bird’s Wings Sync Up Perfectly with a Camera’s Frame Rate. (I have dreams where stuff like this happens, like where the laws of physics are apparently broken)
- Free crochet pattern: Stingray purse or pal (I'm not sure why not both? I could be pals with a purse.)

Root/Shaw things from my endless tumblr wanderings while I was writing 50k of fic:
- Silver Lining - a Root/Shaw doujinshi. Pls pls [personal profile] lilacsigil, read this to me?
- POI OST You Are Being Watched - this is brilliant. Gifs from the final scene over the score for the theme.
- Winter Soldier!Shaw is kinda… Swol - I am all over this idea as an AU.

Daybreak (poem)

Aug. 11th, 2017 07:39 pm
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Morning breaks the night

Dawn shatters in light

Hours passed like dreams

Nothing what it seems

Promptly Quotable #002

Aug. 10th, 2017 08:05 pm
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Write a poem about

“From a small seed a mighty trunk may grow.” — Aeschylus

Poems do not have to match the prompt exactly. Prompts are only meant to inspire and be a jumping off point for your own creativity.

Poems can be posted in the comments directly or linked to your own journal.

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What I Just Finished Reading

The Black Cauldron – Lloyd Alexander
Oh, they just do not write YA novels as good as this anymore.

Unmentionable – Therese Oneill
This has been on my TBR list since I read a WaPo review of it when it was first published. Oneill opens by chastising women who want to return to the glory days of the Regency and Victorian eras of balls, courtship, chivalry, and frothy dresses. This seemed like a bit of a strawman set-up to me: I imagine that plenty of fans of the era are aware that the reality was less rosy than a BBC Austen adaptation: that is the whole point of fantasy. The book improved considerably once Oneill got down to the business of describing the realities of the era. She writes with a very Bust magazine or Jezebel-esque snark that was hit-or-miss but left me guffawing more than once. Oneill is upfront about her decision to only examine the lives of middle-to-upper class women, but there's still quite a bit of cherry-picking going on in the examples she discusses. Which isn't to say that the attitudes and contentions they reflect weren't horrible, only that I doubt people accepted them whole cloth. (After all, present day material makes much of the necessity of a Brazilian for good female hygiene or the inferiority of various social, ethnic, and racial classes, but not everyone believes it). All that said, I think this review is making me sound less a fan of the book than I am: I read it in under a day, laughed a lot, and enjoyed Oneill's commentary even as I cringed at the historic material.

What I Am Currently Reading

The Castle of Llyr – Lloyd Alexander
I'm glad to see Eilonwy get a little more real estate in this volume, and I'd forgotten how much Rhudd irritated me back in the day.

The Waste Land – T.S. Eliot
Perhaps my favorite poem ever written; I like to read this one slowly.

China – Kathy Flower
Still truckin'.

The Tarot: History, Mystery, and Lore – Cynthia Giles
This week's passage discussed the origins of the word “Tarot.” (Conclusion: no one really knows where it came from but there are a lot of spurious etymologies out there.)

Tarot: Beyond the Basics – Anthony Louis
Ah, yes, this is what I need from a Tarot book: none of this "intuitive" crap, I want systems for my bogus future-telling methods, and Louis provides them in spades. This week's passages dealt with attributing planets and zodiac signs to the various major and minor arcana, and the differences between classical, chaldean, and modern correspondences. Louis assumes a level of astrological knowledge that I don't have, but I'm enjoying reading it regardless.

Clariel – Garth Nix
Having been spoiled for the ending, I don't feel the sense of urgency I otherwise might as I approach the conclusion, but the writing is still descriptive and atmospheric, and I like the character of Clariel very much.

A Conspiracy of Kings – Megan Whalen Turner
Turner is such a good author, and has my deep respect and love for writing a new novel every time. I read The Thief in 2003, and have eagerly awaited each subsequent book...and while I've always liked them, it isn't until the second read that I come to love them, because there is that small part of me that just wants the newest volume to be a rehash of the old so that I miss the genius of what she's done until I revisit them.

What I'm Reading Next
Finally, FINALLY The Bedlam Stacks has arrived! And when that's done, Thick as Thieves. It's going to be a good week for reading.

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