so i've been reading a bunch because my weird muscle thing makes books the most easily held form of media for me at the moment, and when I was doing a, well, honestly, semi-random above-the-waist draw from my shelves, I pulled out a book that I remembered as being id candy but i wasn't sure it was actually good, called Shadow by Anne Logston.
Shadow is a 500+ yr old elf, an extremely experienced thief, and cheerfully promiscuous. She sleeps with three different men in the first book, and also related the time she got her and her best friend Lady Donya out of a pickle with a band of highway robbers by... having an orgy with all of them, basically. Elven culture in general seems to be wired this way; most of her sexual encounters start off with her asking, "Well, aren't you going to greet me properly?" In addition, elves have sufficient difficulty conceiving that whenever an elf woman is fertile, it's tradition to grab as many elf dudes as she can find and "dance the high circle." Shadow herself was a high circle baby.
Most of the important characters in the book are women - Shadow's best friend, Donya, human warrior hero type; the mysterious assassin Blade; Celene, Donya's mother and one of the city leaders, and a magic worker who helps Shadow with some key plot points. The world is set up... not without misogyny? For instance, Shadow has to escape a rape attempt at one point, from men whose justification that "all elves are slutty" sounds a lot like real world "she was asking for it" bullshit. But it's set up so that women can take on these different societal roles - city leader, shopkeeper, assassin, guildmistress, warrior - and it's not remarkable, or unheard of. Also, it passes Bechdel like, every 5 minutes.
My conclusion upon finishing my reread was it was trashy in all the best ways, and I adored it.
I followed up by rereading another book that I recalled to be similar in terms of fantasy faux medieval setting and plot (female protagonist received a piece of jewelry that everyone and their uncle wants to kill her over; she uncovers plottiness in trying to survive and figure out WHY), The Raven Ring by Patricia C Wrede. (The other reason these books remind me of each other is another piece of id candy for me: hair. Shadow has a pile of hair on her head equal to her five centuries, which she has to keep talking people out of calling her Matriarch for, and styles of braids are likewise signifiers in Raven Ring, with Eleret asking a friend to give her a battle braid when matters escalate.)
Wrede is a better known, better recognized author than Logston (Wrede's gotten some ALA awards). She writes good prose, better prose, better dialogue I think - there are a couple of exchanges I have dogeared in my copy of this book, that I remain really fond of - but I actually came away disappointed on the feminism front. Yes, the book has a female protagonist, Eleret, but the next two characters in the line-up are male - Lord Daner, and Karvonnen the rogue - and worse, as a B-plot they're competing for her affections, and at the end of the novel she chooses one to take home with her (a fairly serious commitment, especially since she hadn't realized they were both romantically interested in her until late in the game). (Compare, Shadow gets laid a lot, but none of her partners think they're gonna go steady or whatever; one gets as far as asking if she's going to be staying long in the city where the story's set and she's like "ahahahah no i don't stick around long enough to see my human buddies get old, it's depressing." There's also, then, no competition between Shadow's partners; in the final scene, where they are sorting out what all happened and drinking together, two of them are there as her friends.)
The supplementary characters (characters whose purpose is additional info/plot propeller) in Raven Ring tend to be male more often, too. Eleret's going to claim the belongings of her dead mother from the military; the military commander is male. So is the magical Adept she seeks advice from. There's a junior magical apprentice, Prill, who is female, but she seems mostly there for flavor; there's one or two female magical experts who are mentioned but remain entirely offscreen. While Shadow passes Bechdel fairly damn often, I had to think pretty hard to come up with scenes where Raven Ring did. Do Prill and Eleret talk about anything but Lord Daner or Adept Climeral? Still not sure. Prill is basically the only positively portrayed female character besides Eleret (her mom doesn't count since she's dead). I finally recalled that Eleret does pass Bechdel with an antagonist, who wants to talk to her about the ring, and with Daner's aunt, who Eleret asks for advice regarding her card reading. Daner's aunt - all of Daner's female relations - are treated somewhat dismissively, as if they are all silly and annoying because they are feminine.
And they are traditionally feminine, in the societally prescribed roles and dresses that seem a lot more like standard fantasy medieval. Sure, Eleret can fight and would prefer to be in leggings instead of skirts, and her mother was in the army - but that's only HER people's culture, the Cilhar aren't like everyone else, the Cilhar are odd, Daner keeps getting in her way because he thinks he's protecting a helpless maiden, his sisters are aghast that she doesn't wear a fancy dress down to dinner.
so overall i found the quality YA novel to be one that elevated a female protagonist by setting her against other women, one step forward two steps back; while the trashy women's adventure book had women with women friends helping each other; and also honestly having healthier relationships with men in terms of openness and respect vs "good" men who belittled and underestimated the female protagonist and had to learn to see her true capabilities.
these were both important books to me growing up but the direct comparison astonished me.
The only reason I didn't burn through Psych in a week is because there was a trip to Maine in the middle of it. Psych made me cry at the end because it hit all these buttons of real world crap in the last season: quitting the job that makes you a drone, feeling like a leech, trying for jobs people put up flyers for because you're that desperate, moving to follow people you care about, living the somewhat awkward OT3 life. And these things being difficult and having to talk to people you care about and just. Things. All my feelings. (I think I'm Gus, overall, but not everything is neatly aligned.)
In the last two months, I've watched about half of Atlantis, half of Continuum, a season of Daria, the Finder, we've started on Better Off Ted, Hemlock Grove, the current run of Teen Wolf, all of Psych, and I'm reaching for something else to spend my time on. Chuck, Witches of East End, Dead Like Me.
I fell asleep two episodes into Witches of East End, which isn't promising, but that's better than being on edge at the "flunked out of college, dead-end job, oops literally" aspect of the first couple of episodes of Dead Like Me, until I finally just stopped it, or the jarring why didn't I remember this part of Chuck where he's vying for the assistant manager position. And flailing about how he was kicked out of college. Was there a reason I stopped watching Chuck? I can't remember.
My degree is a fingertip's length away and I keep feeling like a drop-out for how long it took. At this point, probably the only more terribly apt media I could inflict on myself would be Wonderfalls: got the degree, and the dead-end job anyway.
Nate suggested Community at one point. I've been avoiding Community since it started because I know I can't deal with a show set in community college until I'm done with school. And I don't feel done enough yet. So.
I could go back to Daria but I'm starting to feel weird about watching high school set coming-of-age shows. When will I feel like an adult, and not like a coming-of-age story is still relevant to my life? I think I've asked that before. Like, five years ago.
I think I want purest escapist fantasy, but I get hung up on the fact that I can't relate to anyone.
I'm tired. I need to do something else.
eta: so I'm gonna turn off comments on this entry, because I was not actually looking for TV recs when I said I need to do something else.
Final flavor list:
(Honey and Lemon had fairly low interest but were left on because I totally have those things and I might want them for myself. Kahlua I definitely want for myself what are we even talking about. )
(Members of my household should also respond so I know how many to make for keeping!)
(If you didn't respond to the original post it's okay to ask to be included now. But the flavor list is set, you can only pick from these. The recipe says I should get 15 dozen truffles out of this; ten people replied and there's me and Nate and Echan here, so I could hand out to a couple more people.)
(Although I hadn't mentally processed through the notion of shipping costs for a dozen packages earlier. Poking at USPS I think it will probably be $5-6 per package within the US which I think I can probably handle, though if anyone wants to chip in I will happily accept. Does anyone who has requested truffles live outside the lower 48?)
--fair warning all the nut ones would probably be made with some form of alcohol
--am willing to take requests if i can figure out how to do a flavor neatly
--like raspberry ala chambord
Ping if interested with requested flavors, I'll probably figure out the 4-6 favorite flavors that will cause me the least pain and suffering and send out like, a dozen to everyone who wants.
Recipe includes condensed milk and butter, so sadly not for my vegan or dairy-free friends.
I'm trying to get the projector set up as a second monitor on Bit, because by a miracle* the screen is today medium viewable for fighting with menus (everything is on slow fade transition, therefore the mouse is invisible when moving, I've gotten to love the arrow keys). I did the driver install for the projector off the copy of the install CD jetpack_monkey put on my flash drive, because Bit has no CD drive of its own. Bit remains unconvinced anything is attached to it, citing as its only two available monitors its attached screen, and the Plug and Play! version of its attached screen (?!). I also tried turning it off and turning it back on again despite my fears of screen quality degradation. I am now stumped.
Fucking Bit, I swear to god.
*I figured I couldn't make it any less functional, since it was throwing fucking static last night, so I took a note out of Scotty's book and whacked it a couple of times
ETA: No, you know, the real miracle is it even let me use the wireless keyboard I mean REALLY what were the chances
✔wash a load of clothes so I can wear jeans to drive tomorrow
✔get stuff up from the car
--build Miss a cat tree
--figure out what the fuck to do about the unplungeable toilet
✔eat something. grill cheese? I shopped yesterday
✔watch some more leverage and knit some more
things i want to vid lately:
--finish the "Self-Esteem" vid
--Nate really wants me to make the Actual Cannibal Shia Laboeuf vid
--echan cracked up at the idea of a Dr. Strangelove vid to the Cake cover of War Pigs
--I found a song for the Dot/Phryne vid I want, I should actually follow through on that
--we're talking about clipping Fringe more, it's exciting
IT DESERVES ALL ITS TERRIBLE REVIEWS
like, on the one hand, it's a socialist movie making a very unsubtle allegory about the problems with capitalism, and i want to like it for that,
but it's SO POORLY THOUGHT OUT THAT IT HURTS
also: there was no escape from civilization, I didn't even get the money shot for the dystopia vid. i mean, i guess it IS more realistic that they wouldn't be able to break the system entirely, they would have to keep beating on the walls from within, but it's also really narratively unsatisfying. like, that ending SUCKED
so a few years ago niq and i had this plotbunny about the hilarious rom-com of Alys and Padma, because they were totally a fairytale romance, the prince's grandson and the beautiful young vor maiden. I mean, we headcanon it as a fairly modern fairytale romance where she was actually low vor and worked for a living instead of being like, a count's daughter or something. I mean, her job was a countess's social secretary but
part of the story of their romance included this barrayaran engagement tradition i invented and am routinely saddened does not occur in any of the canon weddings: the reading of the faults. it's kind of an outmoded tradition? but so like the idea is: the best man will tell the bride to be all of the groom's faults, in theory so that she could throw him over in the best man's favor. Oh wait i just found my old post on it, let me quote what Ivan told me about: "a Time of Isolation tradition that has almost entirely died out in which a friend of the groom will slander him most vilely--to scare his bride off, or legitimately warn her what she's getting into, or possibly just troll everyone for the lulz, depending on what fairy tales you heard as a child." Aral read Padma's faults for him, because, ridiculous modern fairy tale; Padma attended, though he was not supposed to, so he could add his own commentary on how he was really much worse than Aral was painting him. Ivan drags Ekaterin off to read her Miles's faults, because he's been writing the list since he was sixteen years old and he realized how desperately Miles wanted to find his Lady Vorkosigan, and he WILL NOT BE DENIED THIS OPPORTUNITY
today i started cracking up at the notion of Selda (we named her, whatever) and Ezar's wartime engagement and you know, things are shitty as hell and there's not time for a lot of niceties but in a moment of black humor Selda demands of this camp of ragged soldiers that someone tell her Ezar's faults, and no one really wants to? he's their leader? it feels inappropriate? but eventually Piotr's like HE EATS HIS GROATS WITH BUTTER. SALTED BUTTER. and eventually half the camp chimes in with stuff about that silly or "he put me on latrine duty!" or whatever (eventually Selda cuts them off and says perhaps someone had better tell Ezar HER faults instead. Negri--we made Negri hers before Ezar's, he was her bodyguard and also her messenger when she outmaneuvered Yuri and sent them an invitation to come take the palace--SO much backstory we've decided on for this lady okay--anyway, Negri agrees to read her faults to Ezar but says perhaps they better do it in private. "Oh, are we going to pretend I am unsullied?" asks Selda; "Yes, my lady, I think we should pretend," says Negri.)
so like, pffffff ridiculous fast forward 85 odd years, Duv is comfortable enough about his extended in-laws to go off on historical rants about people they knew, and Aral drops, contextless, into a thesis on Emperor Ezar, that among his many faults, he ate his groats with salted butter
and Duv, taken aback, asks how one is meant to eat groats?
and Aral replies, with maple syrup, as any good Vorkosigan will tell you.
standard oeprating procedure in effect: order replacement from amazon, notify internet, close computer.
The Twelfth of Never by Yahtzee
Bristow's 11 by Yahtzee
due south unread
Ajax Fassbender's Amateur Guide To Zombie Wrangling by Brigantine
white collar/chuck/fringe unread
Intelligent Designs by auburn
white collar unread
Love as Rich as the Sea by elrhiarhodan
teen wolf/pacific rim unread
we're all together in the same robot (in life) by kellifer_fic
pacific rim unread
i forget the difference between seduction and arson by gyzym
teen wolf/welcome to night vale unread
Welcome to Beacon Hills by HalfFizzbin, otter
teen wolf/white collar unread
My Patience is a Medal by Saucery
teen wolf/gilmore girls unread
bulwark by kellifer_fic
teen wolf unread
Trust In This (Even If You're Scared Stiff) by otter
The Whole Glass Of Water by ladyblahblah
Sourwolf Candy by relenafanel
she's got stickers on her locker by leah k
Completing the Square by clio_jlh
When You're Still Waiting for the Snow to Fall by JenNova
Where we ought to be by clio_jlh
Wild and Reckless Breeze by GotTheSilver
By a String of Blue Lights by Lapin
Coyote Courts the Moon by tzzzz
Happiness is not a horse, you cannot harness it by otter
Bullets and Claws by miya_morana
Still by coppersin
The Skies Above Are Blue by greensilver
Grumpy Old Men by peroxidepest17
glad i didn't die before i met you by deerie
Telescoping Effect by relenafanel
First Date by halffizzbin
Like Calls to Like by Ciircee
AU fluff 'verse by mieraspeller
giving up this whole lie, this whole me by Loz
Dog Days by flaming_muse
teen wolf partially read
tween wolf: season 2 by verity
His Password is Also Derek by teromain
wolf whistle by ashinan
Cry Havoc by ladyblahblah
Aversion Therapy by entanglednow
Rattle this Ghost Town by scoutshonor
A Brief Introduction to Live Action Roleplaying by wldnst
I have a grave to dig by pistol
Trust Fall by Stoney
Show me the way back home baby by stilinskisparkles
Articulation by fleete
Parallels by Survivah
You Saw Me Standing Alone by breenwolf
Not As Described by Febricant
Not Like Bond & Moneypenny by WhoNatural
sterek on a plane by trelkez
The Noble Tie that Binds by minusoneday
teen wolf recs sets
trope: werewolves can turn into wolves
trope: fake boyfriends
fluffy fuzzy recs
accidental marriage; established relationship
knotting and mating
vid things i am still thinking about
the lace stockings stiles is currently making for his wedding to derek, for magical reasons. that I am currently fixing the pattern to, because why would you knit socks flat, why.
herringbone lace stocking pattern
the starter socks I made over the summer
- female lead is a US govt agent in a male-dominated profession
- main character experimented on as a child in a manner that made some major part of her adult life inevitable
- father/figure with morally questionable past estranged from child at start series; relationship grows throughout series
- mother/figure of dubious loyalties
- memory recovery via mad scientist heavy drug usage shenanigans
- fridged boyfriend (might be a double agent of some kind)
- treasure hunt quest for pieces of a technologically improbable device scattered around the globe in the distant past
- prophecy child
- mysterious alternate version of lead character
- mysterious alternate version of secondary character given cutsey nickname to alleviate the horror
- character replaced by alternate impersonating her for a godawful long segment of a season
- brainwashing people to think they are other people
- X-Files homages
- seasonal ensemble shake-up changes all the character relationship dynamics
- season break time jump when show has written self into a corner
I mean I could go on but
Anyway one of the fantasies about getting out I've had was being a hermit, and I mentioned it to niqaeli and she says, "....would your hermitage have *wifi*?" and I said I dunno, maybe
I've been trying out a thing of not actually wifi-free life but less wifi life where I turned off email to my phone and I haven't actually been on tumblr for a week, that was super easy to give up actually, and I think what works for this is one hour a day in the evening on the internets? Which I spend sorting through my email to see if there's anything I actually want to read, and talking to people on IM.
(And like, I haven't posted meaningfully on dreamwidth in months and months, but now I do? go figure)
so I think I might stay with this? Like. At the very least I think I'd like to run the experiment a little longer. One thing I was curious about was whether my sleep schedule would be affected at all if I wasn't staying up late to tumbl or whatever. Answer: no, my internet habits developed because my ability to sleep is fucked sideways, not the reverse. But I kind of. I don't know. It's a thing I'm working out still I guess.
But anyway I'm super not keeping up with anything that doesn't land directly in my inbox or say hello to me right now, so if anyone is interested in being my email penpal buddy or IMing in my one hour a night, you should say! (apparently my hermitage of less wifi involves inviting people to contact me...)
i am misery
if you made plans with me for NYC, I will still meet you! But for limited amounts of time before i go back to curl up on grey_bard's couch. Walking around exploring will not be so much a thing.
also right now i am favoring soft foods. and. really hoping my vicodin 'scrip will last the whole trip.
I am interested in hanging out with my friends and making new fannish friends! Therefore, if you live somewhere reachable by the subway system, I am willing to come to you. If you live somewhere withing a day trip of the city and there's something you wanna do (like hang out with me! or go to a museum or see a show or something social with me!) you could come to me.
I have this vague idea about rereading So You Want to Be a Wizard and recreating Nita and Kit's Ordeal (hopefully without actually changing universes). This might be a multi-day endeavor, or I could just be overly optimistic, given the amount of time I spent communing with my laptop on grey_bard's couch when last I visited. Also probably I should just acquire braces for all my joints now and bring them with me pre-emptively.
More realistic and concrete plans include going out to Coney Island to go to the beach, as I live in a landlocked location but am part selkie on my mother's side and cannot resist the call of the sea.
I am interested in (but last time failed to make plans I followed through on regarding) MoMA, the Guggenheim, visiting the New York Public Library on a day when it is open (last time I managed to go by on July 4th, which is, in fact, a national holiday, when libraries are closed), Paley Center, probably many other historical sites or museums I have not heard of. I will probably visit one of these this time (maybe two, I'm pretty sure the library is somewhere on the Ordeal walking tour).
I will almost certainly spend at least part of one day in Central Park.
Also I am interested in food. I like many kinds of food. I like trying new foods. New York is a great place for this and hey yeah. I also like trying new drinks and would not mind getting medium trashed one night of my trip if a few people knew a good place for that and wanted to hang with me for that ("medium trashed" = walking a bit wobbly, I love people, I may be interested in snuggling other interested parties).
I might like to go see some form of live entertainment (theatrical, musical, burlesque, who knows). Maybe!
But: fannish people. I totally want to hang out with you and meet more of you. You should say hi if any of the above sounds like cool stuff to do! And like, look, I kind of fail at keeping in touch with people, so even if it's been years since we've talked, if you wanna meet up I would be excited for it! Even if we've never really talked personally, just been on each other's reading lists, I would be excited for it! Like, don't think this invitation is just for my besties. This is for everyone I have conceivably run across in fandom like, ever. I am totally serious, I want to hang out with you.
Fair warning: I might talk about Teen Wolf.
Person of Interest/Teen Wolf crossover. Harold accidentally takes Bear on a playdate with a werewolf. For enemyofperfect.
Call it a fit of whimsy. Harold writes the craigslist ad like a personal. Single brown Malinois male seeks playmate for long runs in the park. Like donuts, hot dogs, first edition Asimov. Speaks Dutch.
( Read more... )
anyway um, opinions? advice?
So my question is: Do i know any fanpeople in Vegas who’d want to hang out with me for a weekend? Or anyone who’d considering making a trip to meet me there and hang out with me for a weekend?
So, #saturday sendings is a plan I hatched to unclutter my house by giving away stuff I don't need or have multiple copies of, once a week. It is NOT a drawing, you do not have to like, follow, or reblog (although if you know somebody you think might want something I've listed, reblogging is fine!). It is not just for my followers, it is for anybody who wants. (And I will always use the #saturday sendings tag, you can track that if you want to follow offers without following me!) It is FIRST COME FIRST SERVE. The first person to tell me they want an item and provide me with a valid address to send it to gets to have it. You can contact me by ask, by comment on the this DW crosspost (comments screened), or by email, juliette torres at gmail. If I can ship what you've requested for under 5 bucks (so, small items to the lower 48) I will not ask you for any money! If I calculate the shipping to be more than 5 bucks based on either item bulk or your location, I will ask you to chip in on the cost of shipping. I list mid-week, I send on Saturdays. After Saturday, what's left gets donated locally.
THEM'S THE RULES. And now for this week's offerings!
- Lord of the Rings by Tolkien, omnibus trade paperback, movie cover
Bad Monkeys by Matt Ruff, trade paperbackclaimed The Phoenix Guards by Steven Brust, trade paperbackclaimed
- Deep Wizardry by Diane Duane, paperback, the cover where it looks like they're sinking in the ocean
x-posted from tumblr
- Dan Brown, The Davinci Code (large print) & Angels and Demons (large print)
- Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice (large print)
Arthur Conan Doyla, Eight Great Sherlock Holmes Stories (large print)(the stories are: A Scandla in Bohemia, The Red-Headed League, Speckled Band, Engineer's Thumb, Musgrave Ritual, Final Problem, Empty House, Dancing Men)claimed! Lord of the Rings audiobook on 13 CDs, BBC productionclaimed
If you are in the continental US I will ship any one of these to you at no cost. If you are outside the lower 48 or want more than one, get in touch and I'll figure what I need to ask from you for shipping.
ONE DAY ONLY
x-posted to tumblr
…probably starting in the new year. new year’s resolution!
I am thinking for stuff that ships for under $5 I will just hand out to whoever wants, but if it costs more than that to ship (due to size/weight or you living very far away from me) I will request you cover shipping. So in most cases a dvd, cd, or book you could get for free if you live in the continental US, but if anyone wants this fucking 50lb bag of plaster of paris, I would ask you to pay for the cost of shipping.
(I will be using the tag #saturday sendings on tumblr if you would like to track offers.)
Recipes and/or booze
Teen Wolf (unread)(probably)(Safari is worse about keeping where-in-page data)
Teen Wolf (read most of)
Teen Wolf (recs lists)
Teen Wolf Meta
Teen Wolf RPF (unread)
YOU GUYS I JUST WON AT TABS GO ME SNOOPY DANCE
Teen Wolf (unread)
Teen Wolf (read)(mostly)(probably)
Avengers (recs lists)
Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol (unread)
Cabin Pressure (read)
Slings and Arrows (read)
X-Men: First Class (unread)
Star Trek: DS9 (read)
The Unusuals (nfi)
...breaking again for food. My god this is a long project.