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Mar. 22nd, 2017 09:21 pm
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After reading Peter Beagle's Summerlong and being Tragically Unimpressed, I made my book club read Tamsin just so I could remember the Beagles I have loved before.

Tamsin is very much a Beagle I have loved before; as a teenager it was probably my favorite Beagle just because I identified so hard with sulky, obstreperous first-person-narrator Jenny Gluckstein, a Jewish New York teenager who moves to Dorset and promptly falls head-over-heels for a beautiful eighteenth-century ghost named Tamsin Willoughby, after her cat bonds with Tamsin's ghost cat.

I described the book this way in book club. "But I don't want to oversell you on how gay it is," I added, worriedly. "I mean I haven't reread it since I was a teenager. It definitely might not be as gay as I remember. Maybe it isn't gay at all, and I was just projecting!"

...rest assured, this book is very gay. We're not entirely sure if Beagle knows just how gay it is? There are numerous moments where Jenny describes in great detail the tingly feelings that Tamsin's quirky smile and vanilla smell and tiny ghost freckles make her feel, and then adds something like "I guess I'll probably feel that way about a boy someday!" Will you, Jenny? WILL YOU?

(I mean, maybe she will, bisexuality definitely an option, I'm just saying. The book is first-person, with the device of being an explanation of Everything That Went Down from the perspective of several years later for Jenny's friend Meena to read; the structure makes a whole lot more sense if one just assumes Jenny and Menna are by this point dating. Meena is in the book plenty! Thematically paralleled with Tamsin, even! Meena's jealousy of the time Jenny spends mysteriously disappearing to hang out with a ghost and Jenny's jealousy of Meena's tragic crush on The Boy She Pines For Across The Choir Benches is a whole thing!)

So yes, in retrospect, it turns out I still love Tamsin - even though, in retrospect, reading it now, it's a super weirdly-structured book. The first solid third of the book is all Jenny's SULKY OBSTREPEROUS AGONIZING TEENAGE FEELINGS about leaving New York, which is fine, I guess, except it introduces half a dozen characters that are super important to Jenny in New York and will never be important again. Then another character who's incredibly important to the finale of the book shows up maybe three chapters before the end, and Jenny's like "oh yeah, I forgot to mention her? But she's been here the whole time, having weird interactions with me the whole time, let's just pretend I've been talking about it, OK? OK."

Still, Jenny's amused-embarrassed voice looking back at all the time she spent as a hideously embarrassing teenager continues to ring about as true for me as it did when I myself was a hideously embarrassing teenager. I think I'm always going to love Tamsin for that.

Bad Titling Is Catching (more M/m)

Mar. 22nd, 2017 09:20 pm
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After M/m Keeper/Kept and Keeper’s Interview and Needs a Title. Also needs a title.

There was a moment where Ctirad thought that he’d given the wrong answer, that Sir was going to be irritated with him or, worse, dismissive. Then the arms around him shifted until a hand was patting his shoulder. “You know, Ermenrich sold you far too cheaply. You’re a treasure.”

The praise filled him with warmth, the way it always did. Ctirad let himself stay as he was, leaned against Sir’s chest. It was nice, while it lasted. And it was a drug, but it wasn’t a drug he had any control over, so there was no point in worrying about it. “I’m glad you approve, Sir.”

“All right. Keep your eyes closed, and I’m going to lead you out to my car. It’s not that far from here. Tell - no. Can you tell me something about yourself, while we walk?”

Sir moved until his arm was around Ctirad’s waist, and, feeling daring, Ctirad moved his own arm lightly around Sir’s waist. “Well.” He coughed, a little amused despite the situation. “I’m not straight. And I knew that before I got collared. But there’s uh. Something different about it when you’re not pretending for anyone but your Owner, you know?”
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Chapter 51: Return to Battle

Mar. 22nd, 2017 09:04 pm
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 In which Poe and Ben return to Coruscant to get debriefed for their first mission together.

Disclaimer: I own nothing. 

Author's Notes: I guess I did okay with this chapter. Writing the dialogue was pretty hard, though. (Oh, dialogue -- sometimes you come so easily, sometimes it's like the dialogue gods have abandoned me)

You missed the open skies, didn't you? )

Should Have Parked That Thought

Mar. 23rd, 2017 01:00 am
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Posted by Not Always Right

Outside | Philadelphia, PA, USA

(I live in the busiest part of center city where there is zero free parking. I am walking home one day after running errands. I am approaching a woman in tears, screaming at a parking attendant that had her car towed. I stick around to listen…)

Lady: *screaming* “You have no right to move my car. That is against the law!”

Parking Attendant: “Ma’am, your car has been parked here for two days. You accumulated four separate tickets, over the two days. You abandoned your car during that time, so I had no choice but to tow it.”

Lady: “I don’t care! You have no right to move my car without my permission! I am going to sue the s*** out of your company! You are going to be fired!”

Parking Attendant: “Ma’am, this is a very popular tourist part of the city. You parked your car on the street in front of a meter and abandoned it. With all due respect, you have no right to abandon your car on a busy street, preventing other visitors from parking that is already very limited.”

Lady: “F*** you! I’ve been busy! I’ll see you in court!” *walks off*

(I really don’t understand how someone can leave their car parked in front of a two-hour parking meter and leave it for two days.)

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#Trypod

Mar. 22nd, 2017 08:56 pm
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There's a movement out this month to get people who don't normally listen to podcasts to give one a go. Now, me? I love podcasts. I've got close to two-dozen I subscribe to. Yes, that's probably a drop in the bucket for some people, but I think it's a pretty high number, and it gets higher every time I run out of new episodes of my current podcasts and feel a need to listen to more.

So, in honor of the #trypod movement, I'm going to mention a few of the newer podcasts I've been listening to. Newer for me, that is.

1. School of Podcasting. Hosted by Dave Jackson, this one does what it says on the tin. It's a how-to show that's compelling and fun to listen to. Mr. Jackson has been doing podcasts for 12 years now, and has lots of tips and tricks for creating a podcast of one's own. Since I keep thinking I should start one, I've added his to my feed to get ideas and get myself started.

2. Side Hustle School. Hosted by Chris Guillebeau. This one is pretty cool. Every day, in under 10 minutes, Mr. Guillebeau talks about a person who's created extra income for themselves with a side hustle - something they do in addition to their regular job - and what lessons a person looking to start their own side hustle can learn from each example. It's short, sweet, and to the point. Since being a teacher isn't the most profitable career income-wise, I've thought about doing something to augment the salary. I'm listening to this daily to get inspired. Plus, the stories are really interesting!

3. The Bright Sessions. This is a full-cast drama podcast about a psychologist who works with psychic abilities (kind of like X-Men, but normal people), and through the counseling sessions, a whole dark underside of the world is unearthed. Dr. Bright is the psychologist in question, and all the episodes are done as tape recordings of sessions, voice mails, or other recorded conversations. It's fascinating and compelling. I like the acting styles being used for the various characters, and the different types of powers on display. Definitely worth a listen if you like mutants, tomorrow people, or stories of that ilk.

Three for today, I think. I still have a whole bevy of others, of course, but these are my newest finds. I know I did a blog post about the podcasts I listen to a while back. Maybe I should find that list and do an updated version.

What podcasts would you recommend for people? What's your favorite right now? Are there any you've listened to that you wouldn't recommend?

Resist Days Organizing Call

Mar. 22nd, 2017 08:52 pm
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C&Pd because it's easier than explaining:

A message from #Resist:
Hey there,

Let’s try something new.

#RESIST DAYS
March 31st-April 2nd
Every group, everywhere #resist together.

The goal: at least 1,000 #Resist events around the world in one weekend.

Want to make it happen?
RSVP to join the coordinating call on Monday, March 27 at 8:30 PM ET.

Talk to you soon,

Ashley Kroetsch
#Resist Organizer

PS Don’t worry if you can’t make it -- reach out to your local Co-Organizer to fill in the blanks.

virtual blanket fort

Mar. 22nd, 2017 05:35 pm
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This evening I am building a virtual blanket fort for anyone who wants to drop in. Be kind, and bring cozy things.

I'll start by piling up a huge supply of couch cushions in stacks to make the soft but firm walls of our fort, and draping rainbow fabric from high up so that people can enter the soft space at any height.

Big Wheelchair is Watching You

Mar. 22nd, 2017 11:45 pm
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The other day I received a letter letting me know that Kent and Medway Wheelchair Services is being privatised (they were worried about this happening when I went through the system last summer). Now in theory it shouldn't make any difference to the service I receive, but, as I noted on Twitter, it does mean someone now expects to make a profit out of my needs/my wheels.

Today the new franchise holder followed my twitter account. Now admittedly it's a new account, but they're following a grand total of 7 accounts, only two of which are individuals, and the other one is Tanni, aka Baroness Tanni Grey-Thomson, parliamentarian, multiple paralympian and the most famous wheelie in the country.

The scary thing is I didn't mention where I lived. They must have pulled it out of the #wheelchair stream from a week ago, figured out I was talking about them and made a note to follow me once their account was up.

Of course that's not remotely likely to intimidate someone from freely discussing the service they depend on.

Nope, not one bit.

(Well, not if you know me, but other people...)

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I'm rewatching Enterprise for the first time since its original run. Have some liveblogged reactions.

T'Pol was my first One True Character -- followed very shortly by Integra Hellsing, who I discovered about a year later -- and T'Pol/Archer may have been the first ship I had serious Feelings about. (There are other pairings, like Dorothy/Ozma or anything in Sailor Moon, where I was already familiar with the characters by then, but didn't start actively shipping them until later.) So this is a pretty big milestone in Personal Fandom History.

(Content note: talks about the canon mindrape, and other sexual skeeviness.)

T'Pol comes to Archer's quarters for emotional support (not that she would admit that's what it is). He's in bed in his pajamas. He's helpful anyway. )

Stayaway From Layaway

Mar. 22nd, 2017 11:00 pm
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Retail | Terre Haute, IN, USA

(I work in the layaway department at a superstore. Late one evening, I’m cleaning the counter and a coworker from the electronics department shows up with three PS4s and tells me some customers are coming to put them in layaway. About twenty minutes after he leaves, three college guys walk up to the counter and tell me they’re putting the PS4s on layaway, but they have a question first.)

Guy #1: “I have a question about the layaway.”

Me: “Okay, what is it?”

Guy #1: “How much do we have to pay on these to take them home today?”

Me: “The full amount.”

Guy #2: “So, if we pay $30…”

Me: “…they stay here in the store until you pay the remaining balance. We keep them locked up, so I can assure you they’ll be safe.”

Guy #3: *to the two others* “Man, that girl in electronics said we could pay the $30 and take them home!”

Me: “I’m sorry, sir, but that isn’t how layaway works. You pay ten percent of the total cost and we store them for you. Once you pay them off, you can take them home.”

Guy #1: “So you don’t have like a payment plan or…?”

Me: “No. You can make payments as often as you like, but like I said, you can’t take them home until the full price has been paid.”

Guy #2: “Why not?”

Me: “Because that’s stealing.”

Guy #3: “So you’re saying we should get them at [Video Game Chain] for less?”

(At this point I’ve realized that there isn’t much going on in these guys’ heads, but I still attempt to explain that layaway allows you to spread out payments as opposed to paying a huge chunk of change all at once. Throughout my explanation they’ve been giving me blank stares.)

Guy #1: “All right, we’re just gonna go to [Video Game Chain].”

Me: “Okay, then. Have a good night.”

Guy #3: *as they’re leaving the layaway department* “I wonder how much [Video Game Chain] will charge us to take them home tonight…”

Me: *head-desk*

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