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May. 8th, 2017

Fanfic Master List (In progress)

Bleach )

Count Cain/Godchild )

Getbackers )


Loveless )

Merlin )

Revolutionary Girl Utena )

Saiyuki )

Trigun )

White Collar )

Yami no Matsuei )

Miscellaneous )

Drabbles )

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Nov. 12th, 2014

Reading Wednesday

Read in the past week: I Can Barely Take Care of Myself: Tales From a Happy Life Without Kids, by Jen Kirkman. A book that's not without its good points, but ultimately a disappointment. While I did find several bits in this book to be funny, Kirkman's gender essentialism (she's very insistent on proving that she's a "real women") and the heterosexism (she decides that being childfree is the "new gay" except worse because they don't get a parade. Call me when someone dies for being childfree, then you can declare your problems are just like ours.) really brought me down. It's a very defensive book, which is to a degree only to be expected. Kirkamn is defending life choices that are marginalized by the rest society. But she doesn't want to admit she's defensive. She says near the beginning that being childfree isn't part of her identity. My response to that was, "...You wrote a book about it." I'm not saying it's the whole of her identity, but once you've written 200 pages, you can admit something matters to you.

Kirkman also does very little work at applying her experiences to society at large, which made this a disappointing read for my feminist bookclub, which is why I read it.

Princess Ben, by Catherine Gilbert Murdock. I'm so tired of rebellious princess stories. I'm tired of character who are so tired of being royalty, and apparently wish they could starve in the mud like peasants. Characters who react to each requirement of their station as it's the first time they'd heard of the concept, rather than knowing these things like they actually would.

Princess Ben manages to twist the tale to allow the rebellious princess to realize that all that etiquette and all those affairs of state actually matter, and to learn that being a commoner sucks. Unfortunately, the book is seriously brought down by the love story, which is ham-fisted and subtle as a brick. Also, there's a bit of associating weight loss with virtue. It's not as bad as some other examples, but it is there. And it's a little weird that the book doesn't seem to know where it's set, with fictional countries and fantasy creatures, but also referencing China and Mongolia. It bugged me, but it might not bug other people.

Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America, by Melissa V. Harris-Perry. A book about the political role and emotional lives of Black women. Sister Citizen relies heavily on statistics and focus groups, while also creating a running thread of literary analysis (with such titles as Their Eyes Were Watching God, The Color Purple, and The Bluest Eyes) to emphasize its themes. It's an interesting combination, and Harris-Perry makes it work.



Currently reading: Endless Forms Most Beautiful: The New Science of Evo Devo and the Making of the Animal Kingdom, by Sean B. Carroll. Picking up this book had nothing to do with seeing the title and "evo devo" and being reminded of Orphan Black. Nothing at all. Nothing. ("Endless forms most beautiful" is from Darwin's The Origin of Species and is also the title of an Orphan Black episode.)

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Sep. 23rd, 2014

Sleepy Hollow 2x01

Spoilers )

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Nov. 19th, 2013

Meme of simplicity

give me a character and I'll tell you my

OTP/3:
BrOTP:
NOTP:

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Nov. 18th, 2013

Thor: The Dark World

I went into this movie expecting something fun, and that's what I got.

Soilers )

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Nov. 14th, 2013

White Collar 5x05

Apologies if there even more typos than usual here. I'm tired, sick, and I have a bad headache.

Spoilers )

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Nov. 13th, 2013

Veleda rewrites White Collar

I just rewatched "Forging Bonds." So much potential and yet so flawed. The problem with "Forging Bonds" is that it tries to do way too much, to fit way too much story into one episode. So, below, I explain how I would have done it.

Read more... )

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Nov. 7th, 2013

White Collar 5x04

Spoilers )

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Once Upon a Time 3x06

Yeah, a bit belated.


Spoilers )

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Nov. 6th, 2013

Fic: Small Havens (White Collar, Neal, Blake)

Title: Small Havens
Fandom: White Collar
Wordcount: ~560
Rating: PG
Characters: Neal, Agent Blake
Notes: Spoilers for 5x03
Summary: Episode tag to 5x03. Blake stops by Neal's desk with an invitation.

Small Havens )

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Oct. 31st, 2013

White Collar 5x03

Spoilers )

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Oct. 30th, 2013

Why Sara Ellis is One of the Most Feminist Characters on TV

I've said multiple times that I consider White Collar to be one of the most feminist friendly shows on TV. It's not perfect, but it has multiple woman characters, with different personalities, desires, and goals, and it doesn't demonize any of them or pit them against each other. And nowhere, I think, does White Collar earn its feminist cred more than with the character of Sara Ellis. How so? I'm glad you asked! I happen to have written a post all about it. Thanks to [personal profile] frith_in_thorns for looking this over for me.

Be prepared for spoilers through season 4.

Read more... )

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Oct. 27th, 2013

Once Upon a Time 3x05

I need to be better about actually doing episode reactions.

Spoilers )

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This is a thing I used to do

I used to post recipes every one in a while, then I stopped. Well, I have this big, well equipped kitchen, at least for now. So, here's what I had for dinner a couple nights ago.


Pasta Fresca:

4 cups chopped ripe tomatoes
6-8 large fresh basil leaves
1 large garlic clove, minced or pressed
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

1/2 pound fresh mozzarella cheese, cut into 1/2-inch cubes (optional)
grated Parmesan or Pecorino cheese (optional)

Pasta, especially butterfly/bow-tie or fusilli (the recipe calls for 1 pound, but cook however much you want eat)



Set aside 1 cup of chopped tomatoes and 2 of the basil leaves. In a blender or food processor, puree the remaining tomatoes and basil with the garlic and olive oil until smooth. Cut the reserved basil leaves into thin strips.

Cook the pasta. Drain and toss immediately with mozzarella cubes, if using them. Add the sauce and mix well. Top with the reserved tomatoes and basil, and grated cheese if desired. Serve immediately.



The recipe claims this serves 4 to 6, but I can eat the entire batch in one sitting.

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Oct. 25th, 2013

White Collar 5x02

While I do have some quibbles, over all, I'm drifting on a cloud of warm fuzzies. PROTECT THE WARM FUZZIES.

Spoilers )

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Oct. 23rd, 2013

Reading Wednesday

This is just going to be an irregular thing for a while, isn't it? Suck.

Read in the past week: Chicana Feminist Thought: The Basic Historical Writings, edited by Alma M. Garcia. Yes, I know, one book. It was a good book! Very revealing about the workings of the second wave, obviously looking at Chicana feminism specifically, but you get a feel for the era. The book is made up of short works, frequently no more than a few pages. I wished there had been some longer works to really delve into the nitty gritty, but that's a very minor quibble.


Currently reading: The Annotated Peter Pan, by J.M. Barrie, edited by Maria Tatar. Am I only reading this because of Once Upon a Time? No, I've been meaning to read Peter Pan for a long time now. I am, however, reading it right now because of Once Upon a Time. Barrie's Peter is not the malevolent force that OUaT's Peter is, but he is, uh, rather a jerk.

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Oct. 22nd, 2013

Agents of SHIELD 1x05

Spoilers )

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Oct. 17th, 2013

White Collar 5x01

Show is back! And, wow, my musings are jumbled.

Spoilers )

What did other folks think?

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Oct. 16th, 2013

Things which have made my day not awesome:

1. My bike being stolen.

2. Forgetting my watch at home.

3. Having a major onslaught of social anxiety. I feel completely stupid, like a can't win, and wishing I had never said some (relatively innocuous) things because why is everything so complicated wah.

4. I was writing fic an enjoying it, and now I feel like I shouldn't even continue because clearly I'm stupid and have no idea how to write these characters and wah again.

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Well, it wasn't a great bike.

My route to get to work is two-fold. First my mom drives me to a park-n-ride, which is on her way to work. I stash my bike there, and I ride it the rest of the way to work.

Well, when I got the park-n-ride today, the bike wasn't there. I'll confess I don't know why anyone would steal that bike. It wasn't the fanciest to begin with, and was in disrepair. It's possible the lock didn't close correctly.

Luckily, if we can call it that, my mom noticed something was wrong and turned around. She gave me a ride to work. At this point my biggest regret is not having my mp3 player on me for the walk home. I like to listen to music when I walk.

My mom has an extra bike, which I'll buy a locker for at the park-n-ride. Winter is coming, so I'll be riding less anyway, and I'll be moving at the end of may next year. There was never any question of me bringing my bike to Chicago. I have seen the Chicago streets, and sworn never to get on them.

Still, it's an upsetting thing to happen.

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