Books Wednesday

Jun. 28th, 2017 11:39 am
wendelah1: Sally from Peanuts looking at a shelf of books (book geek)
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What I've finished:

Understood Betsy by Dorothy Canfield Fisher. This was a childhood favorite. I thoroughly enjoyed rereading it. Betsy is an overly-sheltered city child who is unexpectedly shipped off to live with her Vermont cousins. She learns how to think for herself, how to solve problems and be self-reliant.

Read an excerpt )

What I'm Reading now (but not for long):

Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey. I've been enjoying the TV series on Syfy. The Expanse community on DW, [community profile] rocinante is doing a rewatch. (Which reminds me, I need to go post about the season finale.) There isn't much fic so I was hoping that the books would fill that need.

Well. I'm in the middle of book one, Leviathan Wakes, and I'm pretty sure I'm not going to finish it. It's not half as well written as the TV series. The characters are empty shells. They don't even rise to the level of predictable archetypes--there is no there, there. After a few chapters, I wondered if I was being too hard on the writers. So I got out a couple of favorites and read over the first few pages. Sure enough, I learned more in seven pages about the three main protagonists of Red Mars than I did about any character in Leviathan Wakes after seven chapters. The TV series has a structure, and an endgame. The book's pacing is slow and the style is pedestrian. The TV series is far more suspenseful and exciting. I am so, so disappointed. If I wasn't a fan of the show, I'd have quit reading this turkey already.

What's next: All the President's Men by Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward.

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Lest you forget, you have until 9:00 PM EDT, JUNE 28, 2017 to sign up for The Exchange at Fic Corner | [community profile] fic_corner. That would be today. After I looked at the sign up summary, I relaxed. I can match on two of the three fandoms I offered, and everything I asked for has at least one offer. I just hope my letter doesn't freak out my writer too badly.



Why yes, my homemade banner is an illustration from All-of-a-Kind Family by Sydney Taylor. And yes, it is one of the fandoms I'm offering.

Don't Miss Out

Jun. 27th, 2017 01:42 pm
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Sign-ups are still open for The Exchange at Fic Corner | [community profile] fic_corner. I must be feeling more optimistic about life than I was yesterday because I signed up. Yes, I really did. Two of my offers were fandoms that I have written before; the other is for a book series that I loved as a kid** and have always wanted to write. I made three requests, which I then edited to add a fourth. I would never have thought of it as a kid's book, but The Handmaid's Tale somehow ended up in the prompt set. What the heck, I'd never offer it but I might match on it.

That was the easy part, which surprised me. I'm still working on my letter. I just signed up and that part always takes me awhile.

I'm torn between posting my letter in case someone gets inspired to write for me and keeping it hidden until assignments go out so that I don't scare people off.

I told my husband that my prompts will start by getting rid of all of the men. He started laughing.

"You are going to ask your writer to get rid of that guy you hate so much, Professor Whats-his-face. The one that Jo was married to [in Little Women]."

YES. Since I was ten years old, I have wanted to do away with Professor Bhaer. THIS IS MY CHANCE. I know optional details are optional. But I can't be the only ten-year-old who hated that character.

Here is the tag set: The Exchange at Fic Corner TAG SET

Here is the profile: The Exchange at Fic Corner PROFILE

Here is the schedule:
June 18th - June 27th - Sign-Ups. (Depending on the part of the planet you live on. For me, sign-ups end June 28th at 6 p.m. PDT, not June 27th)
June 28th - Assignments Sent Out
August 21st - Deadline for Stories
August 28th - Collection Goes Live

Here is the place to post your letter: Dear Fic Corner Scribbler letters.

I can't see where it specifies the minimum length. I assume it must be 1000 words, like Yuletide. You do have to have an account at AO3.

**

SIGN UP SIGN UP SIGN UP. You know you want to. ♥

Dear Fic Corner Scribbler

Aug. 28th, 2017 12:58 pm
wendelah1: Winnie the Pooh and Christopher Robin holding hands and  looking at the river (Winnie the Pooh)
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Hello and welcome!

Thank you for writing a story for me. Needless to say, my prompts are merely suggestions. If they don't suit you, and you have a plot bunny of your own that you've been dying to write, go for it. If you do, I request just two things. First, please don't ignore my "do not want" list. I know, it's an odd thing to say in a dear author letter but this actually happened to me, though not in this exchange. The other thing I ask is that you be kind to the characters.

Perhaps because I used to take care of trauma patients, I don't enjoy reading hurt/comfort fic, or stories that contain graphic descriptions of my favorite characters being subjected to rape or torture. Stories that humiliate and embarrass the characters will make me feel unhappy and uncomfortable. I'm not a shipper in the conventional sense of the term, although I'm not exactly a gen person either. However, unless a sex scene is integral to the plot, I'll probably skip over it.

What do I like? I love poetry and prose. I love a well-plotted mystery. I like crossovers, alternative universes, and stories about time travel. I like stories that take a scene or an event from canon and expand on it, revealing more about the characters in the process. I love snappy dialogue and banter. I enjoy humor. I like stories about friendship. I like stories about love.

Finally, despite everything, I remain an optimist. I know life is hard. Bad things do happen to good people. However, I like reading stories about how characters cope with adversity; how they get through hard times and come out on the other side, transformed by their experiences.

My Requests )

Monday Morning

Jun. 26th, 2017 08:58 am
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The "laid-back community for pretty much anything," [community profile] venture, is hosting a summer friending meme.



Timeless fans: [personal profile] jebbypal just posted the first challenge at [community profile] timeless_lifeboat: "Baggage." Speaking of luggage, were you aware that Fox aired a comedy this spring wherein an old duffel bag was used to travel back in time? It sounds dumb but it was in the time-honored literary tradition of children travelling in history using magical objects. As in, for example, Half Magic and Knight's Castle by Edward Eager. I read the entire seven book series when I was a kid. Anyway. Making History was cancelled after just ten episodes. This may seem obvious, but maybe it would have worked better if the time travelers had been kids? As an aside, I had thought someone nominated Eager's series for The Exchange at Fic Corner 2017. Nope. I must have dreamed it. Signups end June 28th.

That's it for the good news. The bad news is the Supreme Court has lifted the injunctions preventing the implementation of Trump's Muslim ban.

Roll Call: Court Allows Some of Travel Ban, Will Decide Legality Later

Think Progress: How to make sense of the confusing Supreme Court opinion on the Muslim ban The Court took an easy case and made it very complicated.

AND. We have just four days to stop Trumpcare. There are actions we can take to influence both Republican Senators and Democratic Senators. Let's not leave anything on the table.

Indivisible: Four Days to Stop Trumpcare: Enough is Enough. No exaggeration: We’ve been at this 6 months, and this is the most important week in our fight against TrumpCare. Republicans are planning a vote THIS THURSDAY. But Republicans still don’t have the votes. This truly could go either way. This is the moment constituent power was made for. This is the time to stand up.

By the way, as long as the Republican Party remain in power, the Senate will continue to write important, controversial, life-changing legislation behind closed doors. This is the opposite of transparency. Mitch McConnell has truly made a deal with the devil. He's thrown out the rules. This is NOT how a democracy is supposed to work.

EDIT: The CBO score for Trumpcare is in: 22 Million More Uninsured Under Senate Health Care Bill, Says CBO.

KEEP DIALING, Wendy.

Active Community For Screencaps??

Jun. 24th, 2017 05:32 pm
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Does anyone know of a still active, general purpose screencaps community here on Dreamwidth? One where anyone can post and is still active? The only active one I could find was [community profile] capshare and that's only for posting a tiny selection like 50 screencaps or so at a time, instead of full movie/episode capping.

Links Post

Jun. 23rd, 2017 09:47 am
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About saving the affordable care act: I will not lie to you. This is personal for me. I have relatives with preexisting conditions (doesn't everyone?) and I worked as nurse for 32 years, taking care of people with conditions as diverse as Head and Neck cancer, Chrohn's Disease, kidney failure, and infertility. Instead of this bullshit "Repeal and Replace," which is designed both to cut health care from the most vulnerable of our citizens and fund massive tax cuts for our wealthiest, we need a bill that will "Keep It and Fix It." But first we must stop the Republican party from shoving this massively unpopular bill down our throats.
Saving the Affordable Care Act )
Journalism )
Miscellaneous )
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The usual rules apply – credit, don’t hotlink, don’t ask for zips/rars

Gallery: Home > Versailles > Season 2 > 2.01 The Labyrinth

Links Post

Jun. 17th, 2017 12:31 pm
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We've hit the intersection of social justice, healthcare, politics, and reproductive rights: the moral imperative to stop the Senate from passing the travesty known as Trumpcare.

The Indivisible Guide has your back: It's Time to Stop TrumpCare and We've Got a Plan. The Senate is trying to do what the House of Representatives did in May: jam through its TrumpCare bill in secrecy, without public hearings, without a Congressional Budget Office (CBO) score, and without knowing its full impact on American families. That’s why the time to put on the pressure is now. We’ve put together new resources and an action plan to help.

This kind of activism takes time and commitment but not much physical stamina: it's perfect for those of us who can no longer march in the streets.

There are more links under the cut, loosely organized by category for your clicking convenience: politics, healthcare, reproductive rights, and the ever popular, "miscellaneous."

Politics )

Healthcare )

Reproductive Rights )

Miscellaneous )

I updated [community profile] xfilesficrecs: Fic Recs: 2x05 Duane Barry.

I hope everyone has a great weekend.

Commissions for layouts and graphics

Jun. 15th, 2017 08:51 pm
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please click here to see pricing and info


HI EVERYONE!! I hope you are doing grrreat. I'm trying to save some money in order to go to the hair saloon (which is now long overdue, my Chelsea cut grew out and I SWEAR I'm having difficult times here xD) and was wondering if anyone needed a graphic or layout commission, that we could help each other out!

All I need is a cut and colour and my prices are really low if I may say so myself. And while I know this won't help me live (I've been doing commissions for years but never got many customers and nowadays people aren't really interested in these things unfortunately), it can help me with this little need I have. I swear to Batman my hair is driving me crazy. Which you can see below how it currently is HAHAHA. Anyway. Thanks for your attention, I would appreciate it if you told your friends (and enemies. Like "I HATE YOU AND YOU CAN COMMISSION THIS GIRL IF YOU NEED A LAYOUT NOW GTFO") :D Thanks for reading through my nonsense. Don't be afraid to comment here or send me a private message if you find me, I like making new friends! ♥


Look at me, I'm not Sandra Dee♥

Timeless!

Jun. 15th, 2017 07:01 am
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My apologies for spamming your reading list if you have already seen this. Weeks ago, I told [personal profile] jebbypal that I would make a promo banner and, um, promote [community profile] timeless_lifeboat. I tried, I did, but I have no skills. Luckily, I found [community profile] inconformista. Now I have a promo banner, plus six new icons for Timeless. Please snag it and spam your readers, too.



[community profile] timeless_lifeboat
A new Timeless community at Dreamwidth





I am actually feeling fannish about Timeless, in that giddy, why isn't everyone feeling this way about my show kind of way. I can't stop thinking about the series. I'm actually reading fic. I'M SUBSCRIBED TO TWO WIPS at AO3. It's hasn't been that long but I'd almost forgotten what it's like, to be this in love with a show. It's kind of wonderful, isn't it?

In other fannish news, The Expanse, season one, disc three, is "in transit," meaning someone in the LAPL system has finally gotten off their ass and sent my request. I've been number one in the queue for weeks. They're all checked out now but when I put it on hold, there were copies on the shelf. I called twice to complain and talked to one of the librarians in person, too. They all claimed that they had no idea what was going on, let alone why I kept getting bypassed. Maybe the last in-person visit actually worked.

There isn't much fic and what there is, isn't exactly my kind of thing. I wasn't going to do it until the TV series ended (spoiler! hatred) but I've decided to go ahead and read Leviathan Wakes, the first book in the Expanse series. My husband has read book one. He thought that since the show runners weren't following the book that closely, spoilers wouldn't much matter. He also thinks the TV series is much better written.

Commissions

Here you can find layouts for dreamwidth and other codings. I take commissions for layouts (DW, LJ, website, Tumblr) and other graphics. If you are interested in commissioning me, you can see examples of my work in this community and visit this post for more information.
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