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Penny Stirling has a story published in Heiresses of Russ 2014: The Year’s Best Lesbian Speculative Fiction. Have bought my copy but haven't read it yet, I like lesbians and stuff by friends but don't tend to like short stories.

Book One of Horizon is finished! Horizon is a really interesting alternate history scifi fantasy story [personal profile] whatistigerbalm is writing about historians piecing together history after the world sort of ended (...I think) and trying not to get into trouble for heresy.

I got quoted in a Buzzfeed article about Chris Lilley's brownface. I don't recall being asked for permission, but I would have said yes so eh. At least people are talking about it now.
alias_sqbr: (happy dragon)
Movies:

Guardians of the Galaxy: Exactly the silly space opera shenanigans it looks like. Not deep or especially well written, and the few female characters are dissapointingly flat, but I still enjoyed it for the explosions and space ships and teamwork. Also they get props for having a scene where everyone gets naked but the only characters we see are Chris Pratt and the CGI racoon :D Starts with a character's mother dying of cancer if that sort of thing is an issue for you. Also the bad guy is a vengeful member of an (in his eyes) oppressed minority called the Kree. EDIT: Oh, also, a very very ableist running gag.

Games:

Triple Town: Still playing.

Papa and Yo: only just started this but it's a really atmospheric magical realism puzzle game where you play as a young boy imagining his way through his Brazillian city. Apparently the creator uses the game to explore his own experiences with an alcoholic father though I haven't gotten to that bit yet. Puzzles are fun and not too difficult so far though there is a bit more jumping than I like.

Anime:

Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun: this is a really fun shoujo anime playing around with shoujo tropes, a bit like Ouran though in a different way. The heroine tries to confess to her crush but accidentally ends up his assistant instead: he's a stoic manly guy who writes fluffy shoujo manga. With the heroine based on his male best friend and one of his heroes based on the Prince-like girl who picks up all the girls. Only 5 episodes in but it's pretty fun.

Fresh Pretty Cure: finally finished it! It was great! Strongly reccomended to anyone who enjoys magical girls/female friendship/redeemed female characters. No explicit romance though there is lots of deliberate subtext, lots of femslash (and some slash) potential, funny and cute and fun. Very silly in parts, but if you can get past the ridiculousness of the monsters the action can be pretty thrilling.

Still watching and enjoying Love Live, Free, and Sailor Moon Crystal.

Books:

The Windflower by Laura London: was reccomended it as a really good old school (80s) pirate romance and that's what it is. Flowery prose and tasty cheese, like a cross between the Black Jewels and Pirates of the Carribean minus the supernatural and most of the action, the (red headed American) heroine is so innocent and loveable that allllll the pirates love her. ALL OF THEM. Which I quite enjoyed since there was little jealousy and I was free to imagine a big polyamorous pirate harem forming five minutes after the book ended. If you can't deal with references to rape do not read this review or this book )
alias_sqbr: (I like pi!)
Chair of the Wiscon Harassment Policy Committee talks about how they ended up with such an unpopular decision about a serial harasser. Lots of discussion in the comments about how the committees ended up missing/losing important information and (badly) reinvented the wheel regarding con harssment.

A discussion at ffa of a Dashcon apology. This con was an UTTER TRAINWRECK and the woman in charge seems determined on shifting blame to everyone but herself.
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It is 5am and I haven't slept yet due to a cold, so to fill in the time I finally caught up on Person of Interest (currently at the end of season 3).

I stopped watching months ago because of a Certain Event mid season 3 which both upset and annoyed me. I was lured back with the promises of the AI science fiction ramping up and lots of delicious femslashiness between hot badass morally ambiguous dark eyed brunette 30 somethings and that is exactly what I got. Still annoyed and upset but glad I watched.

Spoilers! )
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I'm nearing the end of a Coursera on basic writing and it's been a weird experience as a native English speaker who's never thought much about English grammar before. I tend to find the rules and definitions either painfully obvious or incredibly difficult to get my head around, and trying to write with them in mind instead of just working off instinct is as difficult as trying to walk while paying attention to the precise movement of my muscles. It was much easier learning grammar in German since everything was new.

And then half the time during peer review I can tell them what the correct version of their sentence would be but not why.

I assumed, signing up, that "Crafting an Effective Writer" would get beyond crafting sentences and paragraphs and I'm not sure it's actually improved my writing but it was certainly an interesting experience. I was going to add "and now I know what a comma splice is!" except I've forgotten already.
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Vis the Women with Disabilities WA mailing list I came across Enabled Employment, a job site for Australian disabled people working from home.

I signed up and was very quickly contacted by the woman who runs it, we had a text based chat interview a week or so ago and she was really nice. And then today someone offered me a job as a technical blog writer! I still have to discuss the specifics jobwise but as far as the recruitment process goes I definitely reccomend the site to any other Australians with disabilities looking for accessible work.
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First, a plug: Fanart Remix Exchange now has a dreamwidth mirror at [community profile] fanartremix and fandom nominations are currently open!

[tumblr.com profile] barbeauxbot has been talking about her recent ADHD diagnosis and it's got me wondering if my own absent mindedness and concentration issues (which the cfs has made harder to cope with, but they predate it) is due to something similar. And research has shown that adhd meds are apparently sometimes good for cfs/me even if you don't have adhd...but are bad for anxiety even if you do. Urgh. So I will discuss it with my psychiatrist and see what he says.

Read The Suffragette Scandal by Courtney Milan today and it was super fun. A bit...fanficcy, almost, including both the good (lesbian (very) background pairing!) and the bad (a bit too much emphasis on fun moments over a coherent whole) but the female protagonist is a dauntless suffragette journalist and the hero, despite claiming to be an untrustworthy scoundrel, spends the whole book being supportive and thinking she's THE BEST. Since she's basically perfect the only real angst and character growth involves his manpain, but at least he's not too much of a jerk about it.

Currently watching Free, Sailor Moon Crystal, Love Live, and Fresh Pretty Cure, the only one I'm not SUPER enjoying is Sailor Moon but it's still fun. Am paused on Arrow, I seem to be in more of an anime place right now.
alias_sqbr: Nepeta from Homestuck looking grumpy in front of the f/f parts of her shipping wall (grumpy)
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On tumblr because that's where 90% of fanartists seem to be these days. I have rules, a plan, and an faq but no dates as yet.
alias_sqbr: (genius!)
I actually found this works a lot better in a high rimmed bowl, but you CAN use a mug if you insist :)

Dry ingredients, mixed in cooking bowl/mug:
2 Tablespoon plain flour
1 Tablespoon quick oats (or plain flour)
1 Tablespoon brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
large pinch cinnamon
pinch ginger

Wet ingredients, mixed in a different bowl:
1/2 mashed banana
1 Tablespoon chunky peanut butter
1 egg
dash vanilla essence

Fold the wet ingredients into the dry, don't mix for too long.
Microwave about a 90 seconds on high. Eat right away.



This was nice but a little dry and plain. Not sure if I should increase the banana, peanut butter, or sugar. Or add rice milk? Nice with maple (flavoured) syrup. The spices and vanilla are optional. You can make it without baking powder but it's super dense.

I get cravings for sugar, eggs and carbs sometimes and this fulfills that pretty well hurrah. Adapted from several other recipes, all of which either called for masses of fat and sugar or didn't fit my personal definiton of "cake" (I'm still not sure if I'm brave enough to try this recipe)
alias_sqbr: (train)
So I have the odd nightmare where disturbing things happen and I am disturbed. But last night I had a cheerful, mildly romantic dream where disturbing things happened and I thought it was TOTALLY FINE, only going "what the hell that is messed up" as I headed towards wakefulness.
cut for gore and being about my dreams )
alias_sqbr: (happy dragon)
Books:

The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf: This was a fun dystopian YA. Ashala is a teenage Aboriginal girl who leads the mutant...sorry, Illegal rebels and starts the book dealing with being captured by the government. The science was all incredibly fluffy (there are sentient dinosaurs) and the worldbuilding reminded me a lot of Obernewtyn and the Crysalids (and probably other books that have come out since I was a teen) but I still really enjoyed it despite having a very low tolerance for YA tropes. The society and characters are well drawn (the government's reasons for oppressing the Illegals aren't nonsensically evil and have a really obvious paralell with Certain Current Australian Policies) and the plot runs along at a cracking pace, I read the whole thing in one sitting and wasn't bored once. It does a good job of balancing the emotional arcs of the characters with the bigger picture. There's apparently more coming but the end of this was pretty satisfying in a "this was the first step towards bigger things" way YA dystopian way. Also yayyyy being set in WA, it was great recognising the plants, it's not clear but I have decided it's set in Post Apocalyptic Fremantle.

Earth Logic: Decided to put off reading this until the whole Elemental Logic series is done. I liked the ending to Fire Logic, why read aboutnthings going wrong until I can see everything get fixed for good?

Anime:

Love Live: cute femslashy highschool comedy/drama about a group of girls who decide to form an idol group to rejuvinate interest in their school. I'm a couple of episodes in and enjoying it well enough but not in love.

Free Endless Summer: Why do I find this anime so charming? Fanservicey teen boy sports is really not my usual genre.

Sailor Moon Crystal: The animation is pretty sub par, the soulless eyes are really putting me off. Otherwise seems much like the original but a bit less dated/cheesy, and hopefully with less filler.

Games:
The Blackwell Legacy: So I couldn't remember why I decided not to play this game before, then hit the "family history of psychosis" bit. But it didn't take long for it to turn out to be Actually Ghosts(*) and overall it was an enjoyable, moody-but-optimistic old school point and click adventure game with a really well drawn female protagonist. (She's so grumpy and awkward I love it)

Blackwell Unbound: Prequel game. Ok so far but it's about the aunt who dies after a sad life at the start of The Blackwell Legacy, which means no matter what happens I'm going to be sad at the end.

So. Much. Triple Town. Omg, the number of hours I have played of this game are ridiculous. It's like a cross between Bejewelled and 2048, except with cute little castles and villagers and every game adds to your overall score, even the ones where you do badly. And then you use your winnings to get further in future games or buy cute little decorations! If it had dragons I might never stop playing.

(*)Despite all the time spent in a mental hostpital there are zero actual mentally ill people. Also there's a lot of mention of suicide, if that's an issue for you.
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This turned out legitimately nice, not just "well if I ate real pasta sauce I'd be sick" nice.

Fry a tablespoon of onion, then add a cup of frozen peas and a little water/stock, simmer a few minutes until cooked.
Add a chopped avocado, a chopped bunch of coriander, salt and pepper, maybe extra liquid, whizz with hand blender. That's about 3 serves of your basic sauce.

Add:
Baked sweet potato (about 1.5 hours at 180C)
Chopped baked chicken (chicken breasts, salt and pepper, dash of soy sauce, parsley, baked covered at 180C and turned every half hour until cooked. Use the liquid as stock)
Boiled brocolli (chopped broccoli, lots of salt, a little water, simmered in a covered pot until cooked and then drained)

Serve on fresh pasta (the Coles brand fettucine is actually pretty nice)

This is the culmination of several nights worth of bulk cooking, I didn't do it all at once! The version without sweet potato looked much prettier but didn't taste quite as nice :)
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Wrote some semi original fiction omg! One for the Jukebox "write a story about a song" exchange, another for a writing meme I made up myself. Also did some art for that limited palette meme that's been going around tumblr, which was super fun.

Spare Change (1393 words), The Man Who Sold the World, Teen And Up, Horror, Fantasy, Original Fiction, Fanfiction, Inspired by Music, Genderqueer Character
Summary:Two friends meet by chance long after both have died.

The Most Talked About Night Of The Season (5355 words) G, No Warnings, Fantasy, Regency, Happy Ending, Fae & Fairies, Non-Graphic Violence
Summary: Maisie was in no mood for a ball. She always felt like a fool in formal wear. The ball was full of Pixies and Slyphs looking lovely in ensembles much like hers, but delicate ringlets and a ruffled dress were far less flattering on a seven foot tall Lob covered in hair.

A colouring tutorial

Literally every comment on Spare Change has used the word "creepy" :D On one hand I'm quite happy with the story, on the other hand want to stop thinking about it so I can GET THAT SONG OUT OF MY HEAD.

And now....art!
Edward Scissorhands, Iron Man,Bastion, Mass Effect, Dragon Age, Fresh Pretty Cure )
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This is a 90s cyberpunk novel about a lesbian water engineer, it's well written if a bit dry and I enjoyed it, but there is a lot of rape-y stuff that happens on and off screen and some related unfortunate implications (see below)

It is definitely the best example I can think of of a genre novel with a protagonist who is believably mogai/lgbt but whose story has nothing to do with their sexuality. It has some nice, not too heavy handed commentary on corporations and copyright, too, and the non linear structure gives us layered picture of life at the top, bottom, and near bottom of society. I have no idea if the water treatment science is right but it felt realistic. It's a bit grungy but has a basic compassion and optimism at it's core.

My main problems were (a)all the really squicky sex (b)I could see some of the cracks in the plotting (c) I guessed some twists so early I didn't realise they were twists, and so felt a bit deflated when I realised THAT was what we'd been building towards all book.

Finally, there was a subtext I hate in fiction which will probably hit some people with rape triggers super hard. Under a cut for spoilers.
Triggers and spoilers! )
alias_sqbr: Hannelore: Worry hat! Bravery plus 10, charisma plus 5 (worry hat)
I'm currently on 60g a day and have:
30mg (standard pill)
10mg: 3 pills
5mg: 9 pills
15mg: 5 pills
40mg: 12 pills

One site said go down at 10% a month, another 10-20mg a day. So I'm going to do what seems mathematically easiest: 50 (30+15+5), then 45 (30+15), then 40 (40) over the next 3 days, stay at 40 for a week then go to 30. All depending on how I cope with withdrawal of course!

I can get more of the smaller doses compounded, but I might as well start with what I have.

The reason for going off it is I have my life more under control and thus the side effects have become more irritating than my anxiety. At least, that's the way it seems from here, we'll see how I feel once it starts wearing off.
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Last night I had a dream which I'm like 80% sure was based on a book I read as a kid/teen and it's bugging me:

The setting was a mish-mash fascist dystopia YA. When you reached 14 there was the typical Coming Of Age Training and Choice, you drank a liquid because of Reasons, and it turns out it has a certain probability of killing you. In the dream the good outcome was that if you'd been chosen for Strategy it counteracted the intelligence dampening drugs they put in the water supply (which I'd been secretly avoiding somehow anyway. So it was nice to stop having to pretend to be as unintelligent as everyone else. YES DREAM NICE SYMBOLISM) But it's the liquid that can kill you that's bugging me.

And now random dream ramblings:
Cut because noone cares about other people's dreams )

Two memes!

Jun. 15th, 2014 07:33 pm
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I am bored and sleepy, give me something to do!

1) Art prompts with colour schemes!

2) Let’s play Burn Read Rewrite. It’s like Kill Fuck Marry, but with books. (idea for dreamwidthing it from [personal profile] skygiants)
alias_sqbr: (happy dragon)
Overall: Great. As good if not better than the original.
Well plotted, interesting characters, funny, thrilling, cohesive, and OMG THE DRAGONS SO COOL DRAGONSDRAGONS.

The one negative for me was that the ONE non-white character is the bad guy, who without getting into spoilers is SUCH a generic foreign "barbarian" type. Like...he's asian with dreadlocks and sneaky and brutish. Ugh.

On the plus side they seem to have learned from Disney that female characters can have arcs that AREN'T JUST ABOUT BEING THE LOVE INTEREST OMG. Specifically: Astrid, while definitely not central, gets to be cool in ways that aren't entirely about making Hiccup look cool and there is no annoying relationship drama. And Hiccup and the other disabled characters are just characters, their disability comes up every now and then as relevant but it's no big deal. Which is just SO AMAZING. It shouldn't be but it is. If you want to know how to include disabled characters in your fiction watch this movie. Or if you just like AMAZING MOVIES ABOUT DRAGONS.
alias_sqbr: (I like pi!)
After some effort (it required a reinstall, me logging into the website, and then both of us logging in on both machines and doing the right settings) we got "family sharing" working on Steam so I can play all of Cam's mac compatible games on my laptop.

Thus, a collection of recs! All the plotty ones have happy endings unless otherwise stated.
Read more... )

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