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25th-Oct-2014 08:58 pm - Yuletide Letter!
Shoebox_project - lily
Hello Yuletide writer!

Thank you so much for signing up to write for one of these fandoms-of-our-hearts! I love you already for even knowing them and enjoying them enough to want to explore them more.  I hope this Yuletide is seriously great for you and nothing in my list stresses you out. If it does? Do what makes you happy.  You being happy makes me happy.

What I like in general: slice-of-life, missing scenes, people being dorks under stress.  I love family interactions, traditions, the little things that bind families and found families together. I like character exploration and mockery and snark, and I like characters that like each other, that strengthen each other just by virtue of their presence and support. I would never demand anything crazy plotty though if that is inspiring you, I totally enjoy that too.

Bittersweet tends to be my favourite tone but I am totally okay with either fluff or something darker.  However if you’re going dark (and most of these fandoms definitely don’t shy away from the darkness), I would like some measure of light or hope at the end of the tunnel.

My tumblr is over here if you'd like to check out my obsession with revolutionaries in general, dead French revolutionaries in particular, history, musicals, and hockey.

Requests:

Request 1: Montmaray JournalsCollapse )

Request 2: Newsies! the MusicalCollapse )

Request 3: Drina SeriesCollapse )

Request 4: Jack and BobbyCollapse )

And truly, if none of my ramblings or ideas inspire you, go with what works for you.  I thank you so much!  I hope you have an enjoyable Yuletide.
30th-Oct-2013 08:28 pm - What I'm Reading Wednesday
Fragonard's Girl Reading
I missed last week because I went to see the recent West End production of Merrily We Roll Along in the movie theatre which was amazing. Yesss, Merrily come to me.  Here's hoping they release that filmed version on DVD because I would totally watch it over and over.  Even if I spent most of the movie crying because it's ridiculously sad at heart.  I've never seen it love, but I want to desperately.

What I'm Reading Now

Secret Society Girl by Diana Peterfreund - I'm assuaging my desperate wish to buy & read Across a Star-Swept Sea (It's a retelling of Scarlet Pimpernel!) by rereading another of Peterfreund's books.  This one's an incredibly light book about secret societies at Eli Yale College.

Antigoddess by Kendare Blake - this one is pretty good, but Blake's books are all ridiculously gruesome and need to be read in short bursts to keep from being overwhelming.

Other variable things for online historical fiction class

What I've Finished Recently

Mad About the Boy by Helen Fielding
Allegiant by Veronica Roth
Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith
Gods of Gotham by Lyndsay Faye
...other things I can't remember right now

What I'm Reading Next

I have no idea.  I have a bunch of books checked out, but none of them are appealing.  So far.  We'll see.  I need to canon review for Yuletide so that needs to happen soon.
16th-Oct-2013 10:06 pm - What I'm Reading Wednesday
Tea with Lemon
So let's see if doing a weekly book post can get my brain into blogging in a slightly longer form than Twitter & Tumblr...

What I'm Reading Now

The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith - I'm only about 100 pages into this, but I'm kind of loving it.  JKR has such a gift for describing people in unflattering terms but making them incredibly interesting. I have absolutely no idea what's going to happen, but there's plenty of book left.

Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick - I need to read this by next Friday for a mystery seminar I'm attending. However I've had this book for about 3 weeks, and I just can not make myself get past the first 5 pages.  I don't want to put myself in the (first person even!) mindset of a guy who is planning to kill his friend then commit suicide. I just don't want to.

Les Misérables: Conversion, Revolution, Redemption by Kathryn Grossman - this is a slender little book that's analyzing Les Misérables' historical and social context.  It's incredibly interesting though currently my favorite bit is the argument that Valjean's 24601 number commemorates the DATE OF HUGO'S CONCEPTION. Sadly she provided no citation for that bit, but it sounds like something Hugo would do.

What I Just Finished Reading

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell - I read the ARC of this a while back, but I really wanted to reread the finished product.  I still love it but it felt more unsettling the second time around.  I could feel Cath's anxiety more viscerally.  Also I have a lot to say about being the child of a mentally ill parent & how well Rowell nailed it, but that's for another time.

What I'm Reading Next

Gods of Gotham by Lyndsay Faye & A Killing in the Hills by Julia Keller for that seminar next Friday.  The readings for the historical fiction MOOC.  Allegiant by Veronica Roth because I didn't like Insurgent so much but have to finish the trilogy!
13th-Oct-2013 08:39 pm - Yuletide Letter!
Shoebox_project - lily
To my favorite Yuletide writer!

First of all thank you so much for being awesome and volunteering to write in these fandoms!  I love you already for even knowing them and enjoying them enough to want to explore them more.  I hope this Yuletide is absolutely wonderful for you and nothing in my list stresses you out. If it does? Do what makes you happy.  You being happy makes me happy.

What I like in general: slice-of-life, missing scenes, people being dorks under stress.  I love family interactions, traditions, the little things that bind families and found families together. I like character exploration and mockery and snark, and I like characters that like each other, that strengthen each other just by virtue of their presence and support. I would never demand anything crazy plotty though if that is inspiring you, I totally enjoy that too.

Bittersweet tends to be my favourite tone but I am totally okay with either fluff or something darker.  However if you’re going dark (and most of these fandoms definitely don’t shy away from the darkness), I would like some measure of light or hope at the end of the tunnel.

My tumblr is over here if you'd like to check out my obsession with revolutionaries in general, dead French revolutionaries in particular, history, musicals, and hockey.

Request 1: Rose Under FireCollapse )

Request 2: Newsies! the MusicalCollapse )

Request 3: FangirlCollapse )

Request 4: The Montmaray JournalsCollapse )

Request 5: TrickstersCollapse )



And finally - if any of this stresses you out or doesn't work for you, feel free to ignore it and write what inspires you. I can't thank you enough!
28th-Feb-2013 08:39 pm - Dear Author...
Center Stage - Hard Work
Hi author!

Thank you so much for being so awesome and wanting to write in one of these fandoms!

General likes and dislikes:  I love slice-of-life and missing scenes.  I like women being competent and badass in their varied ways.  I love exploring the many dynamics of family relationships.  (Which is evident in two of my requests there).  I love character driven stories and friendship, and people making each other better.

I'd prefer not to have pwp or incest fics, and I'm honestly not huge on graphic smuttiness.  I definitely don't need a fic solely focused on a ship - which is probably already obvious by my 'likes,' but ships can definitely be awesome as long as they don't take sole priority over other established relationships. And I never know what else to say here.  Like I'm clearly not a fan of misogyny but then this is a 'celebration of awesome women' ficathon so is that necessary to say? I'm guessing no.

Requests: The West Wing, Marvel Comics, President"s Daughter, Les MiserablesCollapse )
6th-Feb-2013 09:47 pm(no subject)
Center Stage - Shoes, En Pointe
I just read a gorgeous Ballet Shoes/Sherlock crossover. I know Ballet Shoes far, far better than Sherlock, but I think you just need to know the general outlines of the Sherlock Holmes character to make the story work. But *Posy.*

Proper Genius (Detective Shoes) (18745 words) by Pargoletta
Chapters: 7/7
Fandom: Sherlock (TV), Ballet Shoes - Noel Streatfeild
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Major Character Death
Characters: Sherlock Holmes, John Watson, Mummy (Sherlock), Mycroft Holmes, Greg Lestrade, Posy Fossil, Petrova Fossil
Additional Tags: Dancing, Gymnastics, Teacher-Student Relationship, Mentors, Childhood
Summary:

Sherlock and John are summoned to find a missing ballet teacher, and Sherlock recalls the meeting of two extraordinary minds.



That was a fantastic find for today.

The author's note commented that Sherlock's universe is one without a fictional Sherlock Holmes (clearly). And - in Theatre Shoes, there's a bit of a reference to Pauline Fossil being their universe's replacement for Vivien Leigh ("she was just wonderful in that big movie about their Civil War"). Which now I'm wondering what would have changed with Pauline as Vivien Leigh. She's clearly younger than Leigh was, and she never played Ophelia at Elsinore, but...it's a thought worth pondering. And who wouldn't be into Laurence Olivier?
28th-Jan-2013 09:33 pm - Fannish Excitement
Poppies
I haven't posted forever and ever, and so much has gone on that if I don't give myself a clean slate, I'll never post again, and that would be terrible!  (Uh, nice sentence, Emily).

So I'm stealing this meme from the lovely osprey_archer because it looks like all kinds of fun.  Also because babbling on about fandoms is pretty much all I've been doing recently so!

Pick one of my fandoms and i will tell you:
1. my favourite character and how i FEEEEL about them:
2. the character i never expected to love this much:
3. the character everyone else loves that i don't:
4. the character i love that no one else does:
5. my absolute most favourite pairing EVER:
6. the immensely popular pairing that i just don't get/like:
7. the pairing i didn't even think of at first but have been convinced of (and how):
8. my favourite non-romantic (/non-sexual) pairing/relationship is:
9. the character i am most like is:
10. the one thing i really really really really wish would happen (or had happened) in canon is:
11. a random au idea i'd love to see in fic (and plan to write? wish someone else would write?):
12: my personal headcanon includes:
13: my deep, dark fandom secret is:
and because thirteen could be an unlucky number to end on...
14: i am actually secretly the creator of this fandom! mwahahaha! and i am about to tell you something shocking/ awesome/ baffling/ behind-the-scenes-ish /unbelievable /spoilery /insert-adjective-of-choice-here:
11th-Dec-2012 09:22 pm - Holiday Potlucks & That Type of Stuff
Requirements of the Service
Sooooo anyone have any great ideas about what I should make for our work potluck on Thursday?  I was going to do a "Chinese" cabbage salad that my mom makes at Christmas a lot, but now four other people are bringing salads so...no.

I feel like I should make something because last time we did something, I totally bought pie (from the Grand Traverse Pie Company so GOOD pie).  And then I could just make snickerdoodles, but not everyone likes people in their cookies (Snickerdoodles are made of people. It is known.)

So does anyone have an easy-ish recipe for something tasty?  Or should I just suck it up and buy something?

My coworker and I spent this afternoon working on our Elephant and Piggie party for after Christmas. ELEPHANT AND PIGGIE PARTY!  I'm crazy excited.  Actually we may be more excited than the kids who'll come.  It's going to include a live performance of I am Invited to a Party!  I shall be Piggie!  There need to be pictures because I shall enjoy this forever.   (Seriously if you guys don't know Mo Willems' Elephant & Piggie, and you need gifts for kids 3-7?  Pick some of these up.  They're amazing and hilarious and not hugely commercialized.)
27th-Oct-2012 11:17 pm - Happy Yuletide 2012!
Shoebox_project - lily

Hello to my favorite Yuletide writer!

First of all thank you so much for being awesome and volunteering to write in these fandoms!  I love you already for even knowing them and enjoying them enough to want to explore them more.  I hope this Yuletide is absolutely wonderful for you and nothing in my list stresses you out. If it does? Do what makes you happy.  You being happy makes me happy.

What I like in general: slice-of-life, missing scenes, people being dorks under stress, characters staying true to themselves.  I'm a total sucker for sibling and sibling-like relationships.

I love family interactions, traditions, the little things that bind families together. I like character exploration and mockery and snark, and I like characters that like each other, that strengthen each other just by virtue of their presence and support. I would never demand anything crazy plotty though if that is inspiring you, I totally enjoy that too.

Bittersweet tends to be my favourite tone but I am totally okay with either fluff or something darker.  However if you’re going dark (and most of these fandoms definitely don’t shy away from the darkness), I would like some measure of light or hope at the end of the tunnel.

I'm not a fan of reading pwp or incest fics, and I'm honestly not huge on graphic smuttiness.  I definitely don't need a fic solely focused on a ship - which is probably already obvious by my 'likes,' but ships can definitely be awesome as long as they don't take sole priority over other established relationships.

Request 1: Newsflesh TrilogyCollapse )

Request 2 - Montmaray JournalsCollapse )

If you haven't read Code Name Verity, don't click this cut!  Seriously, this is a book that you want to go into unspoiled!

Request 3: Code Name VerityCollapse )

Request 4: Drina SeriesCollapse )

Thank you, Yuletide writer!  Thank you so much.  Above all, write a story you love and are happy with, and I'll love it too.  If my ideas or ramblings don't make sense to you, feel free to disregard them.  I know I'll love whatever you come up with.

Yay Yuletide!
24th-Oct-2012 08:55 pm(no subject)
Detroit
I have officially moved!  As of this past Saturday, I am completely moved into my apartment.  I still have boxes & boxes - the second bedroom is almost full of book boxes - to unpack, but at least everything is here. Chavez seems to be adapting well.  She's suddenly way less needy without two other cats and a dog to freak her out. 

The best part about moving was that it rained for two hours on Saturday morning.  Wanna guess which two hours that was?  Yup, when we were moving boxes into my apt.  How'd you ever guess?  Sigh.  But I'd hired two movers to help & it got done quickly and with little stress (thank you all of you on twitter who encouraged that!) so it was more a hilarious pain than anything awful. 

So now it's time to watch the Tigers, sign up for Yuletide, and tell myself it's okay not to be unpacking ALL THE TIME I'm at home.  Also to pray/bargain/rage over the NHL lockout and try to find a book to read that could possibly measure up to Code Name Verity. I finally got my hands on the copy I purchased for the library and read it last night and ...wow.  It feels like the book was written just for me. I am really happy I took advice and went into the book as unspoiled as possible.  Thus - if you want to read an amazing character-driven book about best friends who also happen to be a pilot & a spy for World War II UK? Code Name Verity is for you.  Just don't read it in public or right before you have to be somewhere important.  It's a little emotionally wrenching.  A little. 
11th-Oct-2012 09:06 pm - Apartment Update!
Shoebox_project - lily
So I signed my lease and got my keys this evening!  I went into the apartment half-scared that I IMAGINED ALL THE GOOD THINGS about it, but that is not the case.  The kitchen is still kind of tiny - which is odd since the living room area is really big and right next to it so why didn't they extend the kitchen a little? But it totally matters not. 

The bayou was gorgeous in the heavy dusk, and I'm all kinds of excited about being able to see that every day. 

I'm proud of myself for putting out feelers at work about needing furniture.  Actually admitting I need help?  Amazing. And I'm consciously trying to state what I need. When I get the "Let me know if I can do anything to help?" I'm responding "Well, if you hear of anyone that wants to sell or get rid of a bed/couch/washer/dryer, please tell me! That would be amazing!" instead of "Oh thank you, I totally got it."  Using my words and asking for assistance.  Two things I am trying to get better at...

So far one of my coworkers connected me with someone who's getting rid of a bed and I have a lead on a couch.  It's so exciting! I figure I can pick out stuff I really want later on, but this'll get me started.  And thinking about buying a bed & couches and everything else on top of moving was starting to overwhelm me so I'm going with the easy route.

I'm moving in officially next Saturday...and the internet will be installed later that day.  >.> 
5th-Oct-2012 07:47 pm - So that happened.
Girl with Crows, Aly Comtemplative
So...I found an apartment.  I'd stopped looking during the summer because this is such a tourist town (seriously, I think Jacqueline Carey's latest book is my town - except for the Hellmouth part, I hope) that rents skyrocket during the summer.  Summer people.  Sigh. 

But I started glancing around again in the past 6 weeks or so, and I wasn't finding anything at all - everything in my price range didn't allow pets or was way far out.  That coupled with the anxiety inherent in the system didn't make me all that optimistic about the whole thing.  So I noticed an ad this morning that didn't explicitly negate pets AND mentioned a view of one of the bayous.  I called the number, got a weird BEEP BEEP BEEP *disconnects* and figured that was the end of it. 

About five minutes later, the landlord called back and offered to meet me at the apartment immediately...  I don't even know, but it kind of seems like it was meant to be.  There's this HUGE sky view west over the bayou so I'll be able to watch weather moving towards me.  It just feels really peaceful and lovely.  The pic below is one I put on Instagram - what it looks like from the front door.

My phone takes really terrible pictures...Collapse )

And...now I have an apartment. *hands*  It's just slightly terrifying given everything from before, but I'm sticking with the "it was meant to be" refrain to try to make the jerk brain shut up.  We're signing the lease this week and I'll get the keys on Friday.  Which means I guess I better pack and buy some furniture and arrange to move ahhhhh.

This is where I kind of regret giving/throwing away all my furniture when I moved.  I mean, I had to.  There wasn't any place for it and it was at least third-hand.  But...argh, furniture-buying.

I kind of thought when I found an apartment, it'd be one of those "you can move in in two months," and there would be planning time.  Oh well, I'd procrastinate through that anyway, right?
13th-Sep-2012 07:09 pm - Assistance Requested!
Pairs, Stephane & Johnny
I already posted this on twitter so I apologise if you've seen it twice, but I need some help from you guys if you don't mind!

I'm teaching a class on Facebook for Businesses tomorrow, and I need a demo site to work on.  Would you guys mind 'liking' my test page?  https://www.facebook.com/stormtroopersociety  I might post a thing or two tomorrow during the class, but then no spam ever!  And you can unlike it after 4pm tomorrow.  :D

Thank you!
Band of Brothers - Winters and Nix, Winters and Nixon - Best Friends

There was just so much sobbing at this.  I reblooged it on Tumblr, but I had to put it here.  Because seriously perfect vid with ALL THE STEVE FEELS EVER.

8th-Sep-2012 12:30 am - LOL Meme Times
OHL Boys Rock Too, Colts - Hutchings
Because my_belle_ did it!

Comment and I will ...

1. Tell you why I friended you. If I remember.
2. Associate you with something.
3. Tell you something I like about you.
4. Tell you a memory I have of you.
5. Associate you with a character/pairing.
6. Ask something I've always wanted to know about you.
7. Tell you my favourite userpic of yours.
8. Tell you that you must post this in your own journal.
18th-Jul-2012 11:05 pm - Three Things Make a Post
Hiding
Today was A Day. I did not, however, end up freaking out at work and I came home to a nap and chocolate cake for dinner.  Because I'm a good adult, dammit.

It's decidedly uncomfortable living in Michigan and experiencing a drought.  We're the Great Lakes state.  We don't really...do...droughts.  But it's been nearly a month since it last rained, and it hasn't rained much since winter.  All the poor farmers.  It's supposed to storm tonight, but nice, gentle, steady rain would be better.  I long for a rainy day.

I miss writing here and shall do it  more often. 
20th-Mar-2012 10:35 pm - ...
Jazz Class
So I realise I'm a huge dork for this, but does anyone else totally have a mad crush on Smash?

Cause I love the show so so much, and I know it's so, so bad, but I love it so much!

Broadway, musical theatre, dancing, friendships destroyed under mysterious circumstances?  REALLY HOT people all over the place?  And Angelica Huston chewing scenery.  God, it's like it was made for me.
18th-Mar-2012 03:39 pm - Warning: Complaining Below
Avatar - But I Believe
I wish there were places that delivered groceries to me.  Or at least delivered food beyond pizza.  Or a Thai restaurant.  Oh man, Thai food. I'd be in major love.

On the other hand, I seriously lack the words to describe how excited I am about Korra.  I saw the magically appearing first episode and every bit of excitement I had tripled at the set up for the plot arc.  Also Tenzing's adorably hilarious airbending children and the politics and metalbenders and ugh.  April 14th can't come fast enough.

I've been stuck with this awful virus for the past two weeks or so.  It'd be less horrific if during any of the past two weeks, I'd actually felt like I was getting better, but no.  It's been flying around town here so the way my luck's been going, as soon as I manage to kick it, I'll pick up another version from someone else.  Working with the public kind of sucks sometimes. 

Other times it does not as I just got a copy of the galley for the sequel to A Discovery of Witches. I kind of loved that book last summer, and the wait until the sequel was driving me insane.  Of course now the choice is whether to read the galley instantly and then worry about a potential 18 month gap between books 2 & 3 if I don't get an early one of the 3rd book or to wait....  Decisions.

The decision will probably be made for me as my concentration is pretty much at an all time low with this virus.  On Friday, I was surfing pinterest at work under the guise of 'looking for the ways libraries use the new social network.'  Which actually was interesting, but also just about all the concentration I could muster.

The weather has been incredibly warm and strange this past week.  Highs in the 70s in mid-March are not normal for Michigan.  Watching the gorgeous sunshine and warm weather outside makes being sick even better. I love not being able to go outside in it because it hurts to breathe.  It's fantastic.

This is me pretty much just complaining now.  And I'm not even letting myself get into hockey because then the torrent would overflow.  We'll end now, and maybe I'll take my happy note as going to rewatch Korra...
8th-Mar-2012 07:28 pm(no subject)
VA - Keep Calm
Happy International Woman's Day, all.  Too bad it feels more like 1912 than 2012, but hey! Happy Women's Day anyway.
7th-Jan-2012 10:52 pm(no subject)
Ozzie - One of Those Days
The icon and this quote express this day:

"Sometimes you get a miracle, sometimes you hit the post."

Yeah.
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