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June 26th, 2015 01:15 pm
So, was I the only one who's been reading the SCOTUSblog liveblogs in the mornings? ^_^

Unfortunately the side effect of that is that now I'm kind of invested in the redistricting case that they haven't ruled on yet - because gosh it would be nice to live in an actual congressional district, and not a hundred-foot-wide low-population-density connecting corridor between two disjunct demographic areas - but eh what can you do.

Anyway here is an excerpt from the Guardians of the Galaxy fic that I've been attempting to write, to mark the occasion:

Peter knocked on the door of the run-down, too-familiar old ranch house, Drax's hand warm on his shoulder. )

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June 22nd, 2015 04:10 pm - toso
I have "post to dreamwidth" on my to-do list but weirdly (for me - y'all have met me) I couldn't think of anything I burningly wanted to say (at least, not without putting actual effort into meta.)

HabitRPG is still working for me as motivation/tracking (hence the to-do list checking off :P) I decided to buy all the Warrior gear before I switched character types, and I was almost there, and then they added a bunch of special summer stuff, so now I have to buy all the Warrior summer stuff in time to switch types before it's gone and get another set of stuff...

Anyway so I have been doing a fair amount of just quietly getting stuff done? Which is nice. Also the recent weather means I've been spending a lot of time outside, either doing stuff or in a hammock chair on the screenporch. I realize this sort of sentiment is what gets you burned as a witch in these parts, but the weather lately is making me really grateful that we don't have air conditioning. It makes me really aware of what the weather's doing, get me out in fresh air (or inside with all the windows open and fans going) and as long as the nights stay in the 70s, the house never quite gets uncomfortably hot (now that I have said that we will have a run of nights in 90s and I will hate myself, but oh well.) And when it does get that hot, excuse to spend the afternoon sleeping on a hammock chair in the porch in the shade! Always an acceptable choice. Plus, cold raspberries and vanilla ice cream and.

T'other night we had a FABULOUS thunderstorm and I spent it in the hammock chair and feeling thunder roll in my ribcage while my sister's cat kept watch beside me.

Anyway for posterity I enclose my current list of "habits" on Habit RPG. I am using this for things that will never get finished (like ToDo) but don't get done on a regular schedule (like Dailies) - I think a lot of them are less frequent than "habits" are intended to be, but oh well, it is working for me. I wish habitRPG had better tracking for how well I am doing on them, or if they have better stats tracking for them I knew how to use it.)

Read more... )

..that is a lot of stuff. And it's basically everything I do in my free time that isn't "hang out in chat and reload social media", which probably explains why I am leveling up so fast. But. you know. There is a serious risk of me spending ALL my free time hanging out in chat reloading social media. So ATM this works.

(Also I have ~11 dailies but they are mostly really tiny things like "brush hair" and "check nonfandom email" that I will otherwise make excuses to not do. And I have 31 todos, nine of which have sublists and all but 8 of which are in the dark-red danger zone.)

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June 16th, 2015 01:44 pm - green
Yay! June! So much stuff is alive outside!

I am still trying to figure out what I can do with my Growstuff account so instead here is a list of Ten Things That Are Growing:

food )

Usually the wild blackberries come in just as the wild raspberries go out; I think it'll be a light year on those but we'll see. Also it's going to be a walnut year, which usually means a pecan year. I will have to decide if I care enough to try to harvest - usually most of our nuts aren't good and with walnuts it's a lot of trouble to find that out.

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June 14th, 2015 01:25 pm
You have about ten more hours to sign up for the Lost Library exchange, everybody! C'mon it'll be fun!

I ended up requesting works from Steven Universe, Imperial Radch, Vorkosigan Saga, and Chronicles of Chrestomanci! (No it's not an exact match for my noms but that's okay, [personal profile] primeideal requested Les Mis so it's covered.)

If my assigned writer is reading this: Hi! I am a very non-picky recip, write anything you want on these and I'm sure they will be good! One of the things that fascinates me about these fandoms is that we know so little about them and yet individual fans can extrapolate so much from that.

Under the cuts are some stuff about what I personally have extrapolated on these and/or what I would love to see in the excerpts you're providing, but if you would rather not, just don't read, I don't really care.

Mostly I would prefer that you make it clear that you are just providing excerpts of the originals that you have uncovered? Like, this fest is for providing the originals, not for fanwork, so please remember that. [which is to say that as long as you keep up the game that these are all real, I will be happy.]

I know I am requesting a lot of things that are not prose fiction - poetry, holodramas, an album. If you want to provide the originals in the original format I would not object! But I know for some of these that can be hard to get. If you want to provide prose translations or novelizations or episode guides that would be great! Also explanatory material like liner notes or critical prefaces would be A-OK. Also of course for the novels I don't expect you to re-type an entire novel onto AO3! A few representative scenes would be great.

Imperial Radch )

Steven Universe )

Chrestomanci )

Vorkosigan Saga )

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June 9th, 2015 01:24 pm
Ugh, cold, please go away.

ON the other hand I have gotten ahead in my reading. Does anybody have recs for a good young adult or elementary novel to pair with The Three-Body Problem? Goblin Emperor and Castle Hangnail turned out scarily well-matched so far (When the castle loses its master, the young people who were the last heirs anyone would expect must take possession; prove themselves to the courtiers and the locals; overcome histories of abuse, seriously inadequate educations, and their own natural inclinations toward kindness and mercy; and build bridges both literal and metaphorical in order to bring peace and prosperity to the surrounding lands as the courtiers struggle to find their place under the new regime.)

Anyway so now I need one to pair with "The Three-Body Problem" but I'm coming up unexpectedly blank? It's apparently about a planned alien invasion and people on Earth (mostly scientists and government) scrambling to figure out how they are going to respond.

The closest I've got in my unread YA shelves at home is "Freddy the Pig and the Baseball Team from Mars" which I suspect is not a very good equivalent, but then I have been surprised before.

Anyway I didn't expect to be this stumped but the library's catalog isn't giving me much for YA novels about alien invasions either. I guess all the dystopias lately are homegrown Earth dystopias. Any suggestions?

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June 7th, 2015 12:10 pm - good thing, bad thing
Bad thing: The internet was out at work for about six hours yesterday. This is especially annoying considering that providing internet access is one of the most vital things we do. It was apparently due to a "miscommunication" between HQ and the electric company that led to power going out to the servers without IT getting any warning.

Good thing: As a result I had no choice but to buckle down and finish a barricade day fic!

All You Need To Know (4098 words)
Fandom: Les Misérables - All Media Types, Les Misérables - Schönberg/Boublil
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Marius Pontmercy, Éponine Thénardier, Courfeyrac (Les Misérables), Combeferre (Les Misérables), Joly (Les Misérables), Jean Valjean, Bossuet Laigle
Additional Tags: Healing Powers, Barricade Day, On The Barricade, Alternate Universe - Everyone Lives/Nobody Dies, Pontmercying, Love, Crack, triumphant full-cast musical numbers, Joly's Code, Canon Era
Summary:

It turns out that Marius can heal your wounds with words of love.

Don't worry, it came as a shock to him too.



Bad Thing: In the mean time I came down with an ill. It's the sort of ill that makes me feel like somebody turned the gravity up. (also various pains and sniffles and temperature fluctuations but it's the extra-high gravity that's the worst.) It's super-annoying.

Good thing: But while I am The Ill I have Castle Hangnail and the Nimona book to read! And Goblin Emperor! And the Hugo voting packet for what that's worth. And two kitties who will snuggle up to one while one is sleeping for fourteen hours straight!

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June 5th, 2015 10:52 am
Via [personal profile] tassosss, Pull seven lines from the seventh page of your WIP says the meme.

I like that these memes always think I have "A Wip". Here are seven-ish lines from the seven-ish page of all of my current-ish wips that had at least seven screens in Scrivener (which seems to equal about seven pages in Write.)


the GotG one that I worked on for the first time in MONTHS yesterday )

****

The Les Amis pirate AU, as mostly already published on Tumblr )

***

The original fic genderqueer sword & sorcery thing )

****

the E/R Modern US College Activists AU in the process of writing which I have gained a whole new respect for Victor Hugo )

***

The one ft. Actual Booby Marius Pontmercy )

***

the one that's mostly an excuse for the Winter Soldier + bb!Natasha to be adorable together )

***

the one where Marius can heal your wounds with words of love, that was supposed to be Barricade Day everyone-lives crackfic but then somehow got deep and angsty instead and won't be finished for barricade day anyway )

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June 4th, 2015 03:13 pm - have some thoughts about stories about which I have been thinking
and by "thoughts" i mean elaborately worked out fanwank theories

Fury Road )

Imperial Radch )

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May 31st, 2015 12:13 am
So I'm just come back from watching Fury Road.

I have to say, if you're going to watch Fury Road, I recommend doing it after eating half of a large bag of buttered popcorn and having had nothing to drink since lunch: it really focused me on the story, I must say.

Of course as a result my most vivid reaction to the movie was JESUS FUCKING CHRIST DON'T POUR THE FUCKING WATER OUT INTO THE DESERT TURN THE FUCKING TAPS OFF WHAT THE FUCK ARE YOU DOING, so I may not be up to the same level of deep academic analysis that all y'all have been doing.

Anyway. Probably the best movie I've ever seen where the ratio of explosions to words of dialogue was greater than 10:1. Also I did not get bored of fight scenes and car chases at any point? Which was pretty freakin' magical given how quickly I usually get bored of those.

In conclusion, I still like Ancillary Sword better. :P

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May 30th, 2015 01:46 pm
1. [personal profile] jadelennox is running a friending meme! all y'all should go make friends.

2. So today was the first Saturday in, like, a year, that I have had a Saturday morning free for yard sailing. ...I think I have lost all of my resistance. I'm not going to start tracking it every week again, but here's what I bought today:

$1 four chocolate chip cookies
$.50 lemonade
$2 a kite-making kit, a Master of the Universe puzzle, 2 CD sets, an SG1 novel and 3 books on local history and/or folklore.
$.25 a blackwork embroidery pattern
$1 a delta-wing dragon kite
$10 two Rainbow Looms, several pounds of bands, and a Tupperware organizer
$3 two plastic file boxes
$2 a Golden Guide to birds, an Audobon artbook, a Smokies cookbook, and a Tarzan comic from 1966
$.25 Dynaflex Pro gyro ball

total: $15, plus Mom bought me a chili dog and half a strawberry shortcake for lunch.

3. I think there was other stuff I was going to post about but I have forgotten what, oh well. I think I may have decided on what I'm nominating for Lost Library but you should all go back and answer that poll anyway.

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May 28th, 2015 02:57 pm - Organize-y stuffs
1. Seriously I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO NOMINATE for lost_library. ):

I'm definitely doing the song I mentioned last entry for Imperial Radch, and probably also The Complete Poetic Works of Basnaaid Elming, and possibly also the complete lyrics to My Heart Is A Fish, unless I find something more compelling when I re-read.

For Steven Universe, somebody else already nominated the spirit morph saga which is good, but I still have to narrow down the rest. :/ Here is a poll. You can answer it even if you have no idea what Steven Universe is. :P

Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 10


Which SU canon(s) should we make real?

View Answers

The No Home Boys (YA series)
5 (50.0%)

Passions of Xanxor (Romance Novel)
5 (50.0%)

Dogcopter (Movie Series)
2 (20.0%)

Crying Breakfast Friends (TV show)
2 (20.0%)

Space Train to the Cosmos (Album)
4 (40.0%)

G.U.Y.S (merchandising franchise)
1 (10.0%)

Lonely Blade (Movie Series)
5 (50.0%)



Beyond that I don't know. :/ I guess I could throw in some of the ones from last year that nobody offered. Or... nominate fewer than the maximum possible fandoms....

2. Is anyone going to [community profile] connexions_so? I was suddenly reminded that the other mid-atlantic multifandom slash con is actually happening again at long last, and am trying to decide if I should try to go.

3. So I bought my Sasquan membership two days ago and got a confirmation but there is no sign of my membership number or PIN yet. Other people who have done this, is that delay normal or should I be worried...?
3.

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May 26th, 2015 05:40 pm - nope the phrase anaander mianaai is still stuck in my head
1. I am back from weekend at SCA event! I did a lot of stuff including throwing knives for the first time, re-learning how to card-weave, speaking in a bardic circle, acquiring a lot of fabric I did not need, and freezing my feet off for two nights. Completely failed 90% of my "socialize" rolls but whatev.

2. There are cats at my house now. small fuzzy purry things that meow at you until you cuddle them it's so great.

3. [community profile] invisible_ficathon is running Lost Library - last year it ran an exchange for fanfic for fictional fandoms mentioned in other works; this time the exchange is for people to create the fictional canon itself. (I like the *concept* of the fanfic version better but I think a lot of people were confused about it last year and a bunch of stuff was nominated that really didn't work with that conceit, this version is probably going to make more sense.)

Anyway I am definitely nominating Dogcopter (my chances of a Dogcopter/Dog Cops crossover are slim to none, but I live in hope) and the lost song Breq sang in Ancillary Sword about that one time Anaander Mianaai had a really bad breakup.

I'm not sure what else though? You can now have multiple things under one fandom that count as one request so I'll probably put in some more Radchaai stuff and some more Steven Universe stuff but beyond that I dunno. I'm still really excited about all the stuff I nominated last year, but none of it got offers, so. On the other hand as it works this year, if I understand, it'll match on the actual source canon rather than the fictional canon, so surely at least the XF ones would have a chance? :/ Maybe I'll nom The Complete Poems of Jean Prouvaire or sth. Does anybody have any suggestions for other stuff I should nominate....

(I probably shouldn't sign up because will be super-busy in July, but eh, 500 words min, and I'm currently feeling good about my Remix assignment.)

4. I bought a Hugo vote. I figure between using the voting packet and nominees to fulfill my "read recent short fiction" resolution and all the joy that following seventy years' worth of grade-A fandom wankery has given me over my lifetime, forty dollars to Worldcon was cheap, and I have the money right now. Of course that means I have until the end of July to read, at minimum, The Goblin Emperor and The Three-Body Problem. Life is hard.

(PS I read Ancillary Sword last weekend! :D More to come on that later probably but now I really really really want Breq/Seivarden/Mercy of Kalr conduitfic/identity porn/kinkfic/roleplay/threesome/you know what I mean, where Seivarden plays ancillary for both Breq and Ship. Because yes ok.)

5. My class is over! Which means that a, I have days off again!!! and b, I am now officially a Maryland Master Naturalist Intern, w00t.

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May 19th, 2015 09:45 am - Benefit
So last weekend I accidentally Ancillary Justice.

...I accidentally Ancillary Justice despite having a ridiculous to-do list of fifty-one fairly major items all of which absolutely must be finished by Friday morning.

You know, I have a long, half-finished post sitting around that explores why I don't read many novels anymore, but really, the whole thing boils down to: when I'm reading a good novel, I make stupid decisions like ignoring the entire ridiculous fifty-one item to-do list to finish it. and then ignoring it some more to write dw posts about the book.

Anyway, Ancillary Justice: SO GOOD. *chinhands*

So if you took Lord of Light, Sutcliff's Dolphin Ring cycle, The Left Hand of Darkness, the Alternian Empire from Homestuck, and most of Anne McCaffrey's FSP books, put them in a blender, skimmed off all of my favorite bits, and then reshaped them into something entirely new and wonderful, that would sort of begin to explain how I enjoyed Ancillary Justice.

I kind of regret not waiting until the whole trilogy was out tbh although probably better this way, for all I didn't need to spend that time on it this weekend I definitely didn't need to spend three times the time on it.

Here are some non-plot-related-but-possibly-spoilery thoughts under the cut:

Shipping, ft. ships )

On Radchaai gender )

I am totally going to have the two words "Anaander Mianaai" stuck in my head like a mantra for the next week. Thanks, Ann Leckie.

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May 15th, 2015 03:53 pm
I signed up for Remix. Everybody else better sign up too so I don't regret it. (I ended up qualifying in five fandoms, which kind of stunned me. And that doesn't even include drabbles, under which I could probably make it in a couple more, but I've been too lazy to collate my drabbles. I guess if you hang around fandom long enough you just accumulate fic one way or another. On the other hand those fandoms are kind of a wall of regrets: Harry Potter, SGA, MCU, Dresden Files, and Les Miserables.)

In other news, a couple days ago at work we were discussing a much-sought-after-book, and I said someone else could have it first, because I was literally reading thirty-seven books right now.

This got me thinking about how many books I am actually currently reading. By my goodreads "Currently reading" shelf, the number is thirty-two. That's a little bit misleading though. It doesn't include the waist-high pile of books by my bed which were pulled from my LT "in-progress" tag that I decided not to add to GR all at once because the number scared me. It also doesn't include my pending-very-soon library books. On the other hand, most of those are books I haven't touched in over a month (sometimes years) - the list of "books with progess made since mid-April" is somewhere between five and eleven, depending on what you count.

I have found in my tracking over the past 18 or so months that I tend to be actively reading a fairly steady number of books, one each in certain stable roles. Right in "books I have touched in the past month" I have:

Ten. Ten books. )

That's ten. I don't really ever see it getting much below ten, either. It's usually more like eleven or twelve because I might have a couple going in the same category, left in different places around the house. (I'm probably going to start Ancillary Justice before I finish the Silm because I'm enjoying drawing the Silm out, for example.)

Anyway now I am curious. Counting by whatever rules you feel like counting by, how many books are you reading right now?

Poll #16687 How many books are you currently reading?
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 50


How many books are you currently reading?

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1
2 (4.0%)

2
6 (12.0%)

3-5
23 (46.0%)

5-10
3 (6.0%)

10-20
4 (8.0%)

>20
1 (2.0%)

it's more complicated than that ok
11 (22.0%)

what are books?
0 (0.0%)

this is why you never get around to watching tv, mel
0 (0.0%)


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May 13th, 2015 03:11 pm
So yesterday I got up and was like "I am going to be so productive today! I am going to do ALL THE THINGS and get my todo list under control!"

"Actually," said my brain, "You are going to write 1500 words about Les Amis playing paintball."

"That's what I said," I repeated. "1500 words about Les Amis playing paintball."

A vaincre sans péril (1533 words)
Fandom: Les Misérables - Victor Hugo
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Enjolras (Les Misérables), Grantaire (Les Misérables), Courfeyrac (Les Misérables), Feuilly (Les Misérables), Bossuet Laigle, Les Amis de l'ABC
Additional Tags: Paintball, Canon Era, War Games, Fluff with foreshadowings of canonical character death, references to alcohol
Summary: So Courfeyrac talked to Grantaire and Grantaire hooked him up with a man who loaned him about a dozen air guns modified to fire beeswax marking rounds, and some quilted canvas protective smocks, and then Courfeyrac cajoled all his friends into spending a week at one of his father's estates playing war games, which Courfeyrac still maintains was one of his better ideas.

...unexpected crackfic aside, though, I have been leveling up in HabitRPG a lot faster than the other new people in my party? I don't think it's that I'm that much better at buckling down and doing stuff, though. I think it's partly the aforementioned tendency to automatically optimize games, and partly that I came to it having already leveled up many times in "making to-lists". I am probably about level 88 in "making to-do lists" at this point.

Anyway I reached the level where I get to pick a character class. The trick with Habit RPG is that once you do your character sheet the only way to change it is to give them money, so I have to pick exactly right. Anybody have any advice? The choices are warrior, healer, mage, and rogue. I leveled up so fast (with help from well-chosen spells and quests from our leader jam) that I don't really have any idea what the advantages are.

I am basically 100% always a Ranger in "what d&d class are you" quizzes, if that helps. :P

Speaking of me losing saving rolls, I am super-tempted to do Remix Redux this year. I've wanted to do it FOREVER and this is the first year that I can recall that I actually qualify. On the other hand, I just failed out of intoabar. And I'd have to come up with a list of fandoms I can write. And the only other remix exchange I've done ended poorly. Somebody talk me out of this please. Or help me talk Les Mis people into signing up.

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May 7th, 2015 04:10 pm - Are five things posts supposed to be for Fridays? have I been doing this wrong all along?
1.Tumblr update )

2. me vs. games )

3. Writing update! )

4. Nature )

5. Books )

anyway friends, what have you been up to?

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May 4th, 2015 04:54 pm - Age of Ultron
So, I have a WIP I'm working on that's about toddler Natasha and the Winter Soldier having to go into deep cover as uncle and niece.

Currently I'm using a combo of movie canon and the bits of comics/fanon backstory I like and whatever I feel like.

Poll #16662 to those of you who have seen AoU
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 49


Should I:

View Answers

Watch AoU to incorporate new Natasha canon before I go any farther
0 (0.0%)

Pretend very hard that AoU doesn't exist and keep going as I am
13 (26.5%)

It doesn't matter that much it's unlikely anything in AoU will be worth changing your story for
27 (55.1%)

Watch AoU because there might be interesting stuff to incorporate but assume the story will be going AU from movie canon
8 (16.3%)

quit the wip for a couple years and see what the next cap movie ignores/retcons
1 (2.0%)



(try to avoid massive spoilers in comments?)

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April 29th, 2015 02:42 pm - The Next MacGuyver
OK, I did it, I just submitted Hard Core Lego to The Next Macguyver contest for TV series ideas about women engineers.

I seriously doubt I will ever hear back because a, it's not really targeted at teenagers, and b, the way I wrote it up it's way way too cynical and political to play on TV, and c, I did not put in much effort on polish, and d, I don't actually want to win because being a TV showrunner kinda sounds like my idea of hell. But I figured I owed it to Josie & Co. just for the amount of private joy they've given me by existing in my head.

Anyway here's what I submitted, for the curious:
I didn't think I should get away with calling it Hard Core Lego )

The deadline is May 1. If I have time in the next two days (spoiler: I do not have time in the next two days) I'm tempted to write up some version of the Kid Avengers On A Spaceship thingy, which is probably closer to what they expect anyway. But you all should all submit something too!

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April 21st, 2015 03:17 pm - here is almost seven hundred words of poetry all about spiders
It's Blank Verse Blog Week! I suppose, today
I’ll have to try to write in rhythmic glee.
(Am I the only one who feels dismay
That that name's less of iamb than spondee?)


I'm in the mood for formal language play
Because I'm reading in the book called "Doom"
Or sometimes "Angry Elves" if you're my friends,
By which I mean the Silmarillion,
Which I have tried to read before, and failed,
But this year's goal is "Finish all the books
That sit, half started, lonely, on your shelves"
And so I'm pushing though until the end.

I've got at far as fair, lost Beleriand
But must confess I still don't care for elves
Who love unmoving shadows in the West
And sometimes I mix Finrod and Fingon
And so on, but there's one old name I love,
Who's passed right through the story, and then gone
To an unsung and silent happy age,
And that, of course, is she, Ungoliant.

Long I’ve loved spiders, curious and quiet,
The weavers, hunters, builders, mothers, friends,
The fat and fuzzy, bright-eyes-in-the-dark,
Festooning silent places, guarding trails,
But most of all I think I love the way
They are the ones that we cannot shut out:
In all the sealed and sterile homes we've made,
Hidden from the earth that lives, for fear
Of anything that’s free, unclean, Not-Us.
And watching flick'ring lights as evening falls,
It's spiders that will find the open doors,
And dash across the shower-wall and say:
You can't shut out the world though you may try
For there is more outside than you can find,
And it is life, like yours, and not alone.

In the same way as dark Ungoliant
Who walked into the Pure-Land-Walled-From-Fear
And taught them light unshared is light devoured
In that uneasy twilight of the world
When all the Powers kept the world in dark
Except their private garden of the Trees:
Until she came and sucked up all the glow
So covetously kept corralled away,
And left no choice to them but share the Sun.

Not only light she sucked up that dark year,
For of the Nine Fell Oaths that were ill-sworn
Those days before the first dawn of the world,
The first-sworn of them all, and first fore-sworn,
Was Melkor's oath to aid Ungoliant:
And when that oath he broke, she broke his power,
No more with Valinor could he contend,
But tied to Children's clothing, weak he strove
Against the swords of Men and Angry Elves,
His black hands always burning with his Oath
He broke to she who cared not for their cares.

And as to she herself - she rolled eight eyes,
Expecting nothing less from Eru’s spawn,
And went away beyond the pains of song,
And wove her cloth to catch the gen’rous light
Of the bright Sun, the fruit she did not eat,
But left to spread for all beneath the Sky.
And had no truck with Oaths and Wars and such
And raised her daughters and her sons in peace,
To a great dynasty that spanned the World,
Until she chose to leave it her own way,
The only creature ever under sky
Who conquered Melkor and the Valar both,
And in one day, and only as she chose.
(If she *did* leave - the Moriquendi tell,
In the far South, and in the East, that still
She throws her silk into the sky and climbs
To dim the Moon to blood, from time to time.)

I mean, it could just be that she’s the first
Who bears the pronoun she, in all that book,
To do aught more than cry, grow plants, and sleep,
And that is why I love her, like her child
Shelob in Frodo’s tale, who’s feared alike
By Dark and Light, still scorning all their wars.

But mostly I have loved the ones who stay
Outside the realms where Kings and Noldor fight,
The spiders, Old Tom, Hobbits who wed Fae,
And all who learned to live between the light.

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April 14th, 2015 01:21 pm
1. My laptop power cord suddenly died last night (instead of slowly dying, like my last several) so I shall probably be rather less online until I figure out what I'm doing about that (not entirely not-online, because phone + work computer + backup laptop, but less.)

This is probably good for me and hopefully I will get a lot done? :D Maybe?

2. Speaking of I went and found my copy of the Silmarillion this morning since I couldn't just stare at the internet. (It's a First American Edition with a foldout map in the back that my uncle stood in line to buy on the first day.) I've only ever read the Ainulindalë and the Valaquenta out of it because tbh the Feanorians always seemed just boringly overwrought. But [tumblr.com profile] sathinfection is trying to get people to write Akallabeth-based Sauron slash and well. Usually I am strong against that kind of thing. But. someone needs to stop me I own a Ring that I haven't put on once in ten years why is this so hard to resist

2. You've probably seen the stuff about the site that has scraped large amounts of fanfic from Ao3 and reposted it under a paywall, probably in order to phish for credit card numbers and maybe personal info from takedown notices. I am kinda flattered tbh because nobody's ever pirated my stuff before.

It is going to be interesting to see what happens because iirc this is the first time those kinds of sites have targeted fandom large-scale, and I doubt it's going to stop now that the box has been opened, and now that it HAS been opened, it's going to bring all kinds of copyright questions out into the open that we've just been letting sit.

...unless we-as-fandom just collectively ignore it and let the pro authors who are also on the site handle it, which tbh is what I'm leaning toward.

3. Oh speaking of boxes that once opened cannot be closed again, I'm seriously considering buying a Hugo vote this year. I've actually been seriously considering it for several years, because a corresponding Worldcon membership is a pretty good deal in return for a collection of what's currently hot in SF, but I was stopped by the fact there was no way I'd actually get around to reading all the nominees in time to vote. This year, though, some thoughtful fans have conveniently reduced the number of nominees I'd need to read by over half, and that might actually be doable.

4. I am seriously considering starting another side tumblr titled "This book actually exists?" because I am stumbling on them ALL THE TIME now that I work at a library. Examples from the past week:
-An Easy Reader picture book titled Can You Spot a Jedi with a sinister-looking Yoda on the front cover that is definitely not Imperial propaganda, nope.
-A kids' series in which Sherlock Holmes' American great-great-great grandchildren, Xena and Xander, solve crime together.
-A book that retells Tom Sawyer from the POV of Becky Thatcher and her girlfriends who were having WAY better adventures than he was.

5. For Camp Nano I am currently playing with a set of characters that originated in a text-based adventure I programmed for my TI-83 when I was 13*. IT HAS BEEN SUPER-FUN. 13-year-old me had great OCs. But also I am remembering all the way that original fic is way harder to write than fanfic. (There's currently a Jupiter Challenge going on Tumblr to encourage people to write the stories they've had laying around in the back of their minds since they were preteens. I don't think I'm going to do it because tbh I never actually needed the extra encouragement to hang on to my old OCs, but it sounds pretty cool!)

*they live in a world that's like the Early Bronze Age except the glass tech is further advanced because the desert dragons like to chew on sand like bubblegum and thus taught people glassblowing v. early on. Sadly though I haven't figured out how to work this fact into any actual storyline so I am telling y'all instead.

6. Steven Universe. That is all.

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