Individual grains of sand are irritants, small bits of ground-down shell and lava and minerals, but together they build a beach, a sand bar, a beachhead. We are creating a strong, huge sand bar to stop Trump's pleasure cruise, no matter how much the gilded yacht's engines are pushed. And when that happens, several possibilities arise from the sand bar: climb aboard and take it back, put a hole in its side and let it sink, or watch the waves wash it away. Thing is, we need a ship of state, so we may all have to become metaphorical pirates, theoretical Elizabeth Swans and Will Turners and Jack Sparrows and Calico Jacks (the gentlest and least bloodthirsty of the ones on Black Sails) and take it back, strengthen the hull, replace the engine, repair the holes in it and the damage that's been done (it's a wonder the thing sails at all), take off the fake gilding and give it an honest paint job, and set it back on course.
(I considered saying we were all stone crabs, such as the ones that moved the Black Pearl back to water in Davy Jones's Locker (third POTC), but I am not that crabby this morning despite how much I like and admire the sea goddess Calypso.)
2. Had a nice day off. Got a lot of translation stuff done.
3. I just found out this iOS game I really love, Oceanhorn, is out for the Switch! I've kind of been wanting to play it again, and the Switch controls can't help but be better than the touchscreen ones, so I'm pretty excited about that.
4. Just checked Facebook one last time before bed and saw that the ACA repeal bill didn't pass, thank fuck.
5. Carla managed to snap a shot of Chloe yawning. So cute!
The last week has been a mix of queer romances and SF/F short stories.
Seasons of Glass and Iron - Amal El-Mohtar - ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
A gorgeous contemporary fairytale about women saving each other. ( read more )
Things With Beards - Sam J. Miller - ★ ★ ★ ★
An intriguing and unsettling sequel to the movie The Thing, this is ultimately a story about identity, what we hide of ourselves, what we reveal, and what that choice costs us. ( read more )
The Orangery - Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam - ★ ★ ★ ★
A striking story about predatory men and the choices women make to escape them, told through the framework of Greek myth.
A Fist of Permutations in Lighting and Wildflowers - Alyssa Wong - ★ ★ ★ ★
Gorgeous, beautifully written story about sisterhood and loss and individual choice, told through a metaphor of superpowers. ( read more )
Touring With the Alien - Carolyn Ives Gilman - ★ ★
I wanted to like this story -- it's certainly well-written -- but found myself fundamentally disagreeing with it instead. ( read more )
Spice and Smoke (Bollywood Confidential #1) - Suleikha Snyder - ★
Wow did I hate this book. Enough that I rage-quit it about 2/3 of the way through.
From the summary I went into this book expecting poly relationship negotiations and a generally happy poly ending for everyone.
What I got was jealousy, bitterness and dishonesty, with a side of "you're only sleeping around because you're unhappy," and "when you're really in love with someone you'll want to be monogamous." ( read more )
Madeleine - Amal El-Mohtar - ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
A gorgeous story about mourning and loss and memory and coming out of the dark.
Madeleine's slow, unexpected journey back from grief is just perfect.
Waiting For The Flood - Alexis Hall - ★ ★ ★ ★
A lovely story about mourning for what might have been and finding the courage to once again dream of the future. ( read more )
And Their Lips Rang With The Sun - Amal El-Mohtar - ★ ★ ★ ★
A beautiful, unusual folk tale.
El-Mohtar creates a vivid mythology, filled with striking visual imagery.
The Art of Space Travel - Nina Allan - ★ ★ ★
A quiet story about memory and history and legacy set against an SF-nal background.
I liked the narrator and the stream of consciousness style, but it ultimately felt kind of unresolved.
Our Talons Can Crush Galaxies - Brooke Bolander - ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Short, intense, and unapologetically angry. ( read more )
Catalysts: The Scientific Method (Scientific Methods Universe #1) - Kris Ripper - ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Fuck. This is so fucking hot. And kinky. But also intense and emotionally revelatory and unconventionally romantic and one of the most honest depictions of poly I've ever read. ( read more )
Unexpected Gifts (Scientific Method Universe #2) - Kris Ripper - ★ ★ ★ ★
This series continues to be SO good. ( read more )
Take Three Breaths (Scientific Method Universe #3) - Kris Ripper - ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
This one's a rough read, but entirely worth it. ( read more )
I might have a lot of feelings about the patriarchy and the ways I'd like to fuck it up. One or two at least.
Making it double length also meant I could justify having more than one track by a couple artist.
I've put content warnings on some of these songs. Unsurprisingly, considering the subject matter, there's some discussion of rape and some use of homophobic and misogynistic slurs.
40 songs. 2 hours, 23 minutes of music
fuck the patriarchy (I will not be afraid of women)
Zip file on dropbox (211MB) or Individual tracks on dropbox
As Cool As I Am - Dar Williams
Every Mother's Son - The Pretenders
Quiet - MILCK
Who's That Girl - Robyn
Pretty Hurts - Beyonce
Me And A Gun - Tori Amos (cw: rape)
The Oxford Girl - Oysterband (cw: implied violence against women)
Boys Who Rape (Should All Be Destroyed) - The Raveonettes (cw: rape)
A Girl Needs A Knife - Flash Girls
The Maid On The Shore - Stan Rogers
Real Men - Joe Jackson (cw: homophobic language)
Lucystoners - Amy Ray (cw: homophobic language)
Big Boy On A Saturday Night - Kirsty Maccoll
Daddy Lessons - Beyonce & The Dixie Chicks
Red Dirt Girl - Emmylou Harris
Fast Car - Tracy Chapman
Black Water - Alina Simone
The Old Maid In The Garrett - Steeleye Span
Chill Factor - The Pretenders
Burn - Phillipa Soo
Dixon's Girl - Dessa
Getting Ready To Get Down - Josh Ritter
Manic Pixie Dream Girl - Scary Bear Soundtrack and Avid Napper
Revolver - The Donnas
Break The Sky - The Hush Sound
Cry Like A Man - Christy Moore
When I Was A Boy - Dar Williams
No Mermaid - Sinead Lohan
Drinking With The Jocks - Against Me! (cw: homophobic and misogynistic language)
Androgynous - Joan Jett
Patriarch On A Vespa - Metric
The Ballad of Mary Magdalene - Richard Shindell
Sex Is Not The Enemy - Garbage
Goodbye Earl - Dixie Chicks
Milford Haven - Oysterband
Seneca Falls - The Distillers
I'm In The Band - Bratmobile
Bros - Wolf Alice
Feminism Is For Everybody (With A Beating Heart And A Functioning Brain) - Anti-Flag
As usual, I'd love a comment if you download.
Also, if you like anything I post I encourage you to buy more from the artists.
We talked a bit about things we've been watching and meaning to watch individually: me wanting to watch Black Sails, her starting in on season 2 of Switched at Birth (which meant I got to tell her that Allison Scagliotti guest-starred in a couple of episodes at some point--wildpear, if you see this, she's in season 2!) and having watched the first few episodes of Wynonna Earp). Wynonna Earp led to talking about shows that come with the "the first chunk of episodes are weak/terrible/not representative" warning, which is so common (see also: Black Sails), and between those things Stitchers came up, and then I was saying I still haven't seen the final season of The Vampire Diaries, other than the season premiere, even though--despite having wandered off from the show in early season 5 or so--I've been meaning to watch that season because Scags is in it.
I remember showing wildpear a random episode from...uh, I don't remember; maybe late season 2?...back when I was watching TVD, and I don't think she remembers anything about that, but she somehow wound up watching the very first episode at one point and (fairly) thought it was absolutely terrible...and her mentioning that led to me telling her that even though I abandoned the show, it was way better than that once you get through the first chunk of episodes, although I honestly can't imagine ever rewatching past the first couple of seasons (once it gets into the whole Originals thing, roughly).
Upshot: I read her the Wikipedia summaries for episodes 1x01-1x05, and showed her 1x06, in which Elena and Stefan have the whole "oh God, you're a vampire!!!" day of explanations and he tells her some things about Katherine. I don't know if we'll watch further; I'm game, so it depends on her. (From the summary I expected more Katherine backstory than we actually got in that episode, which is why we watched that one, but IIRC that's around when the show actually starts finding its feet.) But wow, so many of the core cast aren't in that episode at all! Jenna's not around (possibly for reasons explained in a skipped episode), and Caroline and Bonnie and Tyler aren't onscreen at all. (Caroline's mom is, though!)
...and okay, I kinda want wildpear to see some of the show so she can see Candice Accola work, because a) I wholeheartedly adore Caroline even though she doesn't remotely match the character type(s) I usually fall for, and b) Accola ("King" now, I guess?) is my fancast for Kelly Connolly in Newsflesh.
(While writing this post I got sidetracked by rewatching vidder dayln03's Caroline vid for the first time in ages, and I'm full of feelings now. I can't find the vid online to link to now, though. :/ The vidder's YouTube profile is easy to find, but that vid isn't there.)
Shortly before wildpear headed home, I wound up telling her some very random things about Game of Thrones, which she is never, ever going to watch. It came up because some of the things people were saying about the current season, at least after the season premiere and maybe second episode, have been making me vaguely want to check in with the show after bailing an episode into...season 5, I think. (Huh. Same as with TVD.) I don't miss Game of Thrones, really, but wow, some of the acting is amazing. (See: Lena Headey for Stacy Mason! I mean, speaking of Newsflesh fancasting.)
I started as in opened the file on my phone, but did not actually read any of Hollow City, the sequel to Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children.
I am also still in progress on The History of Forgetting: Los Angeles and the Erasure of Memory, though I don't think I read any this last week at all.
What did you recently finish reading?
I finished the aforementioned Miss Peregrin's Home for Peculiar Children a few days ago. Overall I really liked it.
I also read Alison Bechdel's Are You My Mother? As opposed to Fun Home, which is a pretty straightforward memoir about her relationship with her father, this wanders a lot, with probably as much time spent talking about her time in therapy and her readings of various famous psychologists, as well as her wondering how to write this book that she's writing, as there is stuff about her interactions with her mother. But it works really well and I enjoyed it a lot.
I read the first volume of Urasawa Naoki's Billy Bat the night before last. I had been putting off reading it until it was complete, because with this sort of suspenseful story, I knew I didn't want to have to wait between releases. And then the series ended and I loaded it all on my ipad and didn't read it because I don't know why. But now I finally started and it's just as suspenseful as I knew it would be. In fact, I stayed up way too late reading the first volume because I kept telling myself I'd stop with the next chapter and then couldn't!
What do you think you'll read next?
More Billy Bat for sure. Also I definitely plan to get started on A Wrinkle in Time soon, since it is a library book and I can't let it sit forever (though at least as an older book it's four weeks instead of two; but I imagine with people wanting to read it because of the upcoming movie, copies might be more in demand than they normally would be and I can't count on being able to renew it if I don't finish before the due date).
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In this community, we'll have discussion posts about each podcast. Talk about the guests, the conversations, whatever grievances were aired during the ads (lol). We'll also have posts about targeted activism. For example, during Resistance Recesses, you can discuss in the comments if/what you did. (The podcasts themselves frequently suggest specific action items for listeners.)
Listen to all of the podcasts, or just 1 or 2. No pressure.
Our camp's Pennsic prep is a little unusual:
Me: dials phone
Her: Castle Towing1
Me: Hi. I'm going to need some towing at Cooper's Lake this weekend. Can I book that in advance?
Her: Oh you don't need to. We offer 24x7 road service; you can just call.
Me: It's a 20' trailer. Probably 3-ton, but we don't really know.
Her: ... oh. Uh, I don't know if we can do that.
Me: For what it's worth, you did it two years ago. That's why I specifically called you. But I understand things can change.
Her: I need to check with a driver. I'll call you back.
Her: He remembers you. When did you say you need him?
With luck, this will be the last year we have to do our own towing for the house. The Coopers declared it too heavy for them to tow a couple years ago. A lot of what makes it too heavy is the kitchen structure and furniture we store in it. We are well under way with building a new kitchen trailer, which will replace most of that and store the rest between Pennsics. And that will make the house light enough that the Coopers should be willing to tow it to and from our campsite like they had done for years before the new rules. And hey, kitchen trailer instead of having to build and take down our current structure every year.
1 Yes, that really is their name, and yes they're familiar with the Pennsic site.
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Kameron Hurley wrote a piece about the very real anger and fear she feels about the current Republican effort to destroy the ACA.
It's called A Open Letter to All My Bullshit Relatives Cheering on My Impending Death.
I highly recommend that you read it, especially if you're a GOP or Trump voter.
--One of these days I'm going to have to cave and either look into a new music player or start listening to music on my phone. I've been resistant to the latter for fear of draining the phone battery too quickly, but so many people use their smartphones for music that it must not be as big an issue as I fear; also, I formed that fear back when I had a different phone with much less battery life. (And now I have a...power bank? Portable charger? Whatever they're called...that I picked up last summer when I was briefly playing Pokemon Go. *still annoyed about the game's obnoxious decision to not work for anyone using a rooted/unlocked phone*)
--Another "one of these days" things...I really need to start trying to reconstruct my AMV collection at some point, but it's exhausting to think about. :/
--Last night I wrote about 1100 words, which is more than I'd managed since early June, during nanodownunder. I was up too late doing it, and I don't care. Words! (Words that I'll probably blush over when I get a draft and send it to wildpear...and how long has it been since that was a thought? I've generally gotten pretty blasé about smut. And then there's this.)
--rushthatspeaks has a post up about The War of the Worlds. It's well worth reading, of course, but I'm noting it because I'm laughing at myself for how I get caught on it every time I see H.G. Wells referred to by male pronouns.
Remember that mishna I summarized last week, the first one of this tractate? The g'mara is still discussing it (not surprising, given its length). On today's daf the discussion turns to intercalating of years, the decision by a beit din to add a leap-month to the current year. The g'mara tells a story about a case of this and from it we learn lessons of humility:
The year can be intercalated only by a beit din appointed for that purpose. It once happened that Rabban Gamaliel had called for a court of seven to assemble early in the morning, but when he arrived he found eight people there. He asked the group: who has come without permission? Let him leave. Shmuel the Little said: I'm the extra; I didn't come to sit on the court but to learn the process. But Shmuel the Little wasn't the extra person; he spoke up to save the intruder from humiliation.
The g'mara tells another story of this kind of face-saving, this time about R. Meir. A woman came to his study hall and said: rabbi, one of you here has taken me to wife by cohabitation. R' Meir immediately arose and wrote her a get (a bill of divorce), after which every one of his disciples did likewise. And the g'mara says that he learned this from Shmuel the Little. (11a)
2. I stayed up way too late last night reading, and then Chloe was being a pest and making noise and keeping me up, so I didn't end up getting much sleep last night, but now I'm super tired and it's only midnight, so I'm going to go to bed in a few minutes and am hopeful that I'll be able to get a good night's sleep tonight. (And I can sleep in tomorrow, too.)
3. Looooooook at this sweet Molly on my desk!
His visit with his Paternal Granddad went well and he enjoyed the visit. Apparently his Granddad is very impressed with his BBQing skills on the last night and cooked everyone dinner.
But other than that its been a shitty time. They're basically driving both ways non stop or with as few overnight stays as possible so Bug has been sleeping in the van and every time they do a pit stop everyone has to get out and walk a bit. Doesn't matter if you were sleeping. And when there is full stoppage they camp and Grump forgot (or was too cheap) to bring air mattresses or camping pads so its just the sleeping bag on the tent floor.
But what has Bug really upset is that his birthday just came and went and neither his father or stepmom acknowledged it. Not even a "Happy Birthday." He's hoping that when they get home there might be a present or special meal but he's not holding his breath. I got a text from him that night saying:
"I feel like I was brought along on this trip to fulfill legal obligations from the custody agreement, not because they wanted to."
Poor Bug. :( I feel so bad for him and so fucking angry at his father over this.
I told Bug it may not be big and splashy, but Matt and I are going to try our best to make a good birthday for him when he gets home, even if its a bit late. And he knows that his Grandmother will probably have something done up for him too, along with his War of 1812 Reenacting group. But still when its one of your own parents, it hurts deep.