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Sun, Sep. 20th, 2009 01:30 pm
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L'shana tovah! Eid Mubarak!

Also, the [community profile] eid_ka_chand mods are looking for more people to write fic for the Eid ficathon. (Comm also on LJ as [livejournal.com profile] eid_fic.) I haven't read everything posted yet, but so far, I love [personal profile] dhobikikutti's Not One, But Too. It's a crossover between Haroun and the Sea of Stories and Un Lun Dun, and it has wordplay and language and homesickness.
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Sun, Dec. 19th, 2004 12:10 am
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So I volunteered to help out with a rat adoption fair. I felt rather awkward going, seeing as how there is a rat adoption community, and I didn't know anyone. Plus, they had lots of volunteers, and I felt rather useless. But I ended up getting to play with some really cute rats for two hours, so what's not to like about that? There was this one cute boy rat about the same age as my rats, hooded, except the stripe down his back was so thick and black that he looked like he just had two white patches on the side. So cute and squishy! I wanted to bring him home very, very much but knew 1) the boy might not be too happy coming home to that and 2) I'm leaving for Taiwan in a few days and that's definitely not enough time to get the rats all used to each other. I hope he finds a good home.

The day would have been much better, except I had to wake up at 9 for the rat fair, and I had stayed up till 3 the night before reading X-Men movie fanfic. Gah. I don't know how I got into it! I don't even care that much about the movies! I think I was looking for good Syd/Weiss fic -- it's another fandom I don't really care about, but I read some really cute ones, and well, I like Weiss, and I like Sydney as long as Vaughn isn't around. I think I would like Alias about ten times better if Vaughn and the subsequent doomed love affair of doom were excised.

I blame this Syd/Weiss thing on Yahtzee's Soap Opera, which has a great Weiss voice (have I mentioned that I like Weiss? He's so nice and normal). I also like RJ Anderson's What You Never Knew You Wanted, which is angsty and mind-twisty, as well as Celli Lane's The Thousand and Second Time. I like Syd/Weiss in fic because it's the anti-angst and because it makes Sydney so much more likeable than when she's pining after Vaughn. Plus, it's got that thing where they start out as friends and gradually go somewhere else.

And then somehow I managed to stumble onto Logan/Rogue from XMM. This is probably because I read Jenn's For Now series and Katherine's remix For Now (The Fuck Waiting Remix). Jenn's is about Rogue growing up and learning to not be afraid, and Katherine's has Logan's POV. I think the thing that got me the most was that while the story starts out as young girl pining over older man, it quickly becomes something about growing older, about fear and control, and of course, love. I keep thinking about [livejournal.com profile] rachelmanija's post on conflict and compatability in romances -- I love these two pieces of fic so much because they are on subjects that I wish more romances would tackle. There is a very believable internal conflict that gets in the way of Logan and Rogue falling in love and acting on it, which is extremely refreshing in light of the romance genre because it focuses not on external conflict to separate the two or even huge personality differences, which often ends up with a romance conclusion that I don't quite wholly believe in. It's more on accepting yourself and learning to accept love as well, about the frightening nature of being in love and not knowing what to do with it.

I also like how Logan is patient enough to wait for Rogue to accept herself first. I think too many romance heroes use sex as a weapon against the heroines, forcing them to a decision they're not yet ready to make by the strength of physical desire, which is why those scenes of forced seduction read so wrong and squicky to me now. I get all that stuff about women being afraid to make the first move and thus the attractiveness of the forced seduction scene, but I'm so sick of reading them! The most annoying bit is that there aren't very many alternatives to the forced seduction scenario in romances. It feels like I have to wade through twenty books just to get to one with a nice hero who is willing to be patient, to let the heroine figure herself out first. The world always seems to stop when a romance hero needs to figure himself out via falling in love and finding his sensitive side, but I feel like too many heroines are rushed through their own path and never really figure out their wants and needs. And this seems to be rather contrary, given that romance is primarily a female genre focused on female wish-granting.

Another thing I like about the fic is that when we finally do get to the kissing and sex stuff (it's a bit of a fade to black, but you know), it makes sense. It's the destination that the story has been travelling toward, it's not gratuitous, it makes psychological sense, gah, that plus Rogue's problem of not being able to touch is so nicely integrated into the theme of the story. Sometimes, this is why I read fic instead of romance novels.

I feel a little guilty about my increasing irascibleness re: romance novels. I like the genre. I'm not ashamed of liking the genre. I just wish more books in the genre would tackle all the neat psychological issues and gender bits and whatnot that seem to be such a perfect fit for the genre, except they don't, and it drives me nuts. I wish more people writing in the genre took risks and pushed the envelope because I think romance is a great way to explore all this interesting stuff, and instead it's relegated to the back bin of "girly stuff" and no one takes it seriously.

While I'm at it, I would also like a pony.

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Sat, Oct. 30th, 2004 12:27 am
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My stomach is still hurting from [livejournal.com profile] minnow1212's The (Zombie) Master of Culter (spoilers through Game of Kings). Must be read to be believed.

"Scott settled into the camp after an unnerving initial interview with Lymond, who cast an ironical cornflower blue gaze over him (one eye fell out in the middle of the inspection, and stared piercingly at Scott from the mud) and asked if Scott had perhaps confused his words-that-started-with-zed and was looking for the camp of a zealot, not a zombie, before accepting him."

Snerk.

Ahhh, that totally made my day.

Had a showing of Nightmare Before Christmas today, because my mom's here for Halloween so I won't be inviting friends over then. But it was good. I love love love that movie and how off-kilter everything is.

Haven't been reading much lately because lack of sleep is getting to me. Also, I spent way too much time revamping the LJ and playing with HTML. And I'm very, very behind now on comments and the FL and everything, urgh.

Work was ok... we had free Halloween lunch and a costume contest (not many people were dressed up), but I thought the coolest thing was that the executives all dressed up and were serving people apple cider in the cafeteria. I got mine from the CEO of the company (as Elvis Presley) and didn't even realize it until someone else figured it out later.
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Spoilers for JoA )

Alas, I overslept both days this weekend and missed the book/prints/whatnot fair in Oakland. Sigh. I also don't want to go to work tomorrow. Does anyone ever want to go to work on Monday? It's sort of stupid, considering that I just got a new job, but now I'm trying to think of a job that will make me want to go to work on Monday. Probably it's the Job Holy Grail or something.

We went to Andronico's today for lunch, and they had samples of twenty different kinds of cheese, I swear. I read in a book once that places do this because people feel guilty about sampling a lot and end up buying the things. I must have somehow missed this memo, because my first reaction is "Free food! Must take!" and go on shopping without a backward glance. Unless, of course, the sample is so yummy that I go back for another one, in which case I figure it may be worth buying the actual thing. I really love cheese, despite issues with lactose. However, Alton Brown said that the harder, older cheeses have less lactose, yay.

I think I need to set up a book buying budget. I have tons of books that I've bought that are lying about unread in the house... I'm not quite as worried about the fiction, given the rate I go through fiction. Plus, now that I can't borrow books from the bookstore, there will be more chances to read books I own. It's the non-fiction pile that I'm a little worried about, given my last two very large EAS buys. Also, it takes me forever to get through academic non-fiction, mostly because I keep getting distracted by fiction.

I haven't read very much romance of late. It's interesting... I was on a huge romance streak the first half of this year, but it seems to have died down a bit. I blame this entire on Dunnett. It's sort of hard to go back to your average romance after having been immersed in the romance and the history and the overall drama of the Lymond Chronicles. It's not that the romances are bad, it's just that Dunnett had six books to do it in. So my regular genre diet of much fantasy and the occasional SF continues.

I saw the updated Bright Shiny Objects and smacked myself on the head after I realized I have never pimped [livejournal.com profile] minnow1212's Things Left Undone, a series of shorts taking place after "Not Fade Away." It's very, very good. And it makes me cry every single time I read it. It's bizarrely funny, morbid, and heart-breaking at the same time, and some parts have already become a part of my own personal canon. So go and read and praise it better and more articulately than I do.

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Sat, Jun. 12th, 2004 09:07 pm
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Haven't read the FL for a while because my brain has been sucked into Harry Potter fanfic -- mostly Resmiranda's Shadows trilogy, which is very vaguely Hermione/Snape. I have also now been seized with a desire to reread OotP. Hrm. I fear I am developing a new fandom -- I've read HP fic before, generally the highly recced gen stuff, but this fic is seriously eating my brain. And there seems to be an incredible dearth of Snape/Hermione fics out there. Well, good ones. More strangely, for fanfic, I'm not actively looking for very shippy fics. Really, all I want is Snape and Hermione interaction because her braininess and his snarkiness interests me. I have also run into what feels like fanon already (although I haven't read enough to really tell). Apparently, in fanon, Snape has an incredible sense of smell. Hrm.

Several buys at the store this weekend had really nice copies of books I read! This actually doesn't happen that often -- so my name is now on the Firebird ed. of Peter Dickinson's The Kin, Maureen F. McHugh's China Mountain Zhang (in the trade paper edition, because I hate the covers for the hardcover and mass market), the trade paper of War for the Oaks (finally!) and the hardcover of In the Forests of Serre. I am starting to itch to get all the McKillip's in hardcover just because the covers are so pretty. Oh dear. And I finally found a copy of The Mysterious Disappearance of Leon (I Mean Noel), which I am now happily trying to solve.

I posted my resume to Monster.com, finally. Have gotten strange email from an insurance company via it, which looks vaguely weird and boring, but I should follow-up anyway. Job searches suck.

I also managed to do a very horrible parking job yesterday and as such, now have a giant dent in my car door. Sigh. Fixing it is going to make my bank account not so happy with me -- maybe I can put it on the credit card and wait for next month to pay it off. Argh. Why am I such a bad driver?

The No Parking song from OMWF also keeps playing through my head, and I keep wanting to sing the lyrics whenever I'm looking for parking.

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Sun, Apr. 4th, 2004 05:23 pm
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Stupid daylight savings. Woke up at 10 for an 11 o'clock appointment to check out an apartment... then realized 10 was 11 as had not reset my clock. Grrrr. At which point, promptly gave up and slept till 1. Which didn't sound so bad until the clock was reset and it promptly became 2.

Well, at least it's light outside for longer!

Everyone go read this. Jack Bristow, meet Bridget Jones. It's just as bizarre as it sounds, and has perfect Bridget-voice to boot.
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Mon, Nov. 24th, 2003 07:49 pm
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There's a good Dawn fic out there called Umad Learns Sumerian that's quietly charming, informative, and a lovely little insight on Dawn. [ETA: fixed link. Yes, I'm stupid]

Gakked from Anneth: meme )

And shamelessly stolen from [livejournal.com profile] wisteria_: Delurking day! Actually, I don't even know if I have any lurkers on my LJ! But anyway, whoever reads, pop in and do a completely random survey made up by wisteria... leave em in the comments! Go forth!

Delurk here )

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