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Jun. 23rd, 2017 11:20 am
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Stuff I've been reading. I don't know that I've finished anything lately but I do keep chewing on a variety of things.

Speak Its Name by Kathleen Jowitt. Description from amazon (maybe from the author who we know here on DW :-) A new year at the University of Stancester, and Lydia Hawkins is trying to balance the demands of her studies with her responsibilities as an officer for the Christian Fellowship. Her mission: to make sure all the Christians in her hall stay on the straight and narrow, and to convert the remaining residents if possible. To pass her second year. And to ensure a certain secret stays very secret indeed.. Really enjoying this so far. I have a love of English ecclesiastical sagas like Susan Howatch's Starbridge series. Highly recommend!

The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason by Sam Harris. Ploughing through this. I'm in agreement with him that the Abrahamaic religions need to be history and gone from this world, not that that's going to happen in my life. But I do agree with him. Though one of the reasons it's so hard to plough through this book is he's all kinds of irritating and kind of an asshole. But continue on I will, unpleasant as it is, and that's coming from someone who has no interest in any kind of affiliation with any of the Abrahamic religions. So far.

The Rise of Sivagami by Anand Nellakantan. A prequel to the Baahubali movies!

The Healing Choice: Your Guide to Emotional Recovery After an Abortion by Candace Du Puy and Dana Dovitch. I have skimmed this all the way through and couldn't feel my hands or my feet by the time I got through it. 46th anniversary of my abortion is coming up on July 1, I'm trying to invite this in since repressing it for so long almost killed me last year (as well as my baby, I understand that). Might go through it more, piece by piece but maybe not. At least that's what the authors suggest, don't go in farther than you can stand at a time.

The Making of Buddhist Modernism by David L. McMahan. Oh my this is very very academically oriented. Not sure I'll get through this. On the other hand, looks like I can lend this one out, so if anyone's interested just let me know :-)

Happy Froday -- we're looking at temps in the lower 90s the next few days. This is probably the weekend I go see Wonder Woman :-)
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June 23, 2017 at 07:55AM
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Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/2sI3Lhq on June 22, 2017 at 11:00PM

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Jun. 22nd, 2017 07:27 pm
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Hey Project Runway peeps, new season starts August 17!

Enjoying lots of new summer icons from [personal profile] casey28, check them out on her journal :-)
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Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/2sYA3HW on June 22, 2017 at 08:22AM

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Happy Summer Solstice!

Jun. 21st, 2017 08:38 am
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  1. We are having a very pretty day so far in the Seattle area.
  2. I'm eating biscuits and gravy.
  3. I left Harry inside concentrating intently on something behind the bookcase in my bedroom. Very intently. I left him to it. There could be a corpse in my hallway when I get home.
  4. I have new curtains for my bedroom and they're really pretty. I ordered two sets, thinking I'd need that for the width of the window but turns out I only needed one set, which means the other will get transferred to the closet and replace the ones there now. Though that does mean it'll be matchy-matchy but we'll see.

Have a good day. Because hallelujah, it's Solstice which means tomorrow the days start getting shorter again, hooray for the return of encroaching darkness.

FMK #15: LGBT& Content

Jun. 20th, 2017 11:03 pm
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Last week's F winner was Journey to the Center of the Earth! K was Malevil, which means another giant tome I no longer have to shelve, yay.

I am still behind on reviewing stuff because I had Six Wakes and All Systems Red and A Close and Common Orbit all in at the library, plus All The Sedoretu, and sometimes you just have to priortize?

But in honor of the Tiptree anthology I picked up for the sedoretu story in it (and Pride), this week's theme is LGBT& content! (Most of these are Tiptree or Gaylactic Spectrum finalists, in fact.)
How FMK works, short version: I am trying to clear out my unreads. So there is a poll, in which you get to pick F, M, or K. F means I should spend a night of wild passion with the book ASAP, and then decide whether to keep it or not. M means I should continue to commit to a long-term relationship of sharing my bedroom with it. K means it should go away immediately. Anyone can vote, you don't have to actually know anything about the books.

I pick a winner on Friday night (although won't actually close the poll, people can still vote,) and report results/ post the new poll on the following Tuesday, and write a response to the F winner sometime in the next week.

Link to long version of explanation (on first poll)

Poll! Bear, Chabon, Doran, Gerrold, Lackey, Monette, Orlando & Rebelka, Scott, St. Clair )

more sedoretu

Jun. 20th, 2017 07:02 pm
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So instead of an FMK review this week you get more talking about sedoretu (not the moiety post yet, that's coming. Probably.)

The opinions on the poll about bookmarking were interestingly split - pretty consistently 2-1 in favor of bookmarking, but the anti-bookmarking people seem to feel more strongly about it. I guess the only solution is for more people to start adding stuff to that collection so mine don't stand out as much!

I also finally read Another Story, or, a Fisherman of the Inland Sea, which is the first and longest of Le Guin's O stories. Or possibly I had already read it and then blocked it out. I am... not sure how I feel about it? It is definitely the most SF-based of them, with quantum physics and interplanetary travel and so on (and probably the most useful for people who want to think about sedoretu in the context of a much larger and more cosmopolitan society than we see in either "Mountain Ways" or "Unchosen Love".)

blehhhhh )

Anyway, I still really really like the worldbuilding!

I have managed to narrow it down to ten prompts in the Sedoretu fest that I probably *could* write. (As opposed to the ones I most want to see written, which includes many that I am definitely not the person to write.) They all have pros and cons, which I shall now ramble about here:

Discworld, HP, Sagas, O, LM, Nimona, SW:TFA, Barrayar )

...this is weirdly stressful compared to a prompt meme community where I can just blather on in comments without committing to anything until somebody else either writes the thing or I know exactly what I am doing

I do not like moving

Jun. 20th, 2017 06:14 pm
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And I certainly am not thrilled by the idea of moving again, less than a year after the last move.

However, the place I am (knock wood, fingers crossed, etc) hopefully moving TO? I am extremely thrilled about that.

So if anyone would like to send good energy into the universe about [personal profile] darthneko and my home buying adventure, it would be much appreciated.
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Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/2tGhvZp on June 19, 2017 at 12:59PM

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Jun. 19th, 2017 12:41 pm
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Hello flist, happy Monday I hope!

I had my DirecTV turned off a couple of weeks ago. That process was a bit of a surprise. They no longer come out to take away your equipment though they send you a box in the mail to put your cable boxes and remotes in to send back to them. But the dish just stays there unless you go recycle it yourself (I think they'll be sending me recycling information). They do, however, call you for several days in a row wanting to know why you cancelled and that you can come back any time. For the record, I never gave them a reason because mean, plus the less you answer, the more they demand to know.

Anyway. For those of you who've cut off your cable boxes/satellite dishes -- what do you do for local news/TV? I see Sling TV as an app I can download to my Firestick, but I bet there's other options/apps. On the one hand, I don't miss local channels since I almost never watch network TV but it would still be nice to be able to get to the local news other than through the internet, not to mention MSNBC which is where I watch political commentary (sometimes, I have very low tolerance for talking heads these days, would rather read the news, it's better for my blood pressure). I think there's also possibilities through youtube.

Any ideas or recommendations? Thank you!

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Jun. 18th, 2017 12:10 pm
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Holy crap, look what I just saw on cakewrecks.

Walk this path into the desert

Jun. 18th, 2017 10:19 am
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Still haven't consumed any media, my friends -- well, no television, to my chagrin. On my to-view list?

Past and ongoing tv seasons:
  • Agents of SHIELD, S4 Finale
  • Underground S2's last few episodes (in careful increments and with bated breath)
  • iZombie S3 from 3x07
  • The 100's rest of the season
  • The Expanse (after I've recovered from the travesty of Julie Mao


New tv seasons:
  • Wynonna Earp, S2
  • Orphan Black
  • Dark Matter S3 (because mmh, Portia Lin)


Word-based media that I have consumed or am consuming, mostly on the fly, i.e. in planes, trains, and automobiles:
  • Seanan McGuire's InCryptid series -- I'm done with "Discount Armageddon" and am in the epilogue of "Midnight Blue-Light Special". I like it, but it's a let-down after the Rivers of London series)
  • The Book Smugglers' Quarterly Almanac (Speculative Fiction as such plus meta on it)
  • Nancy Isenberg's "White Trash", a must-read book

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Jun. 18th, 2017 04:24 am
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Sometimes middle of the night wakefulness is pleasant and calm in candlelight. Literally :-)




Sweet dreams ...

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