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(these are generally in the order I finished them, not necessarily when I posted them)

Let me know if you would like a download link for any of them.
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I got slightly more (read 140 words) done on the Atomic Blonde and TTSS fic today. I keep having to remind myself that all this draft really has to do is exist, and I can go back and fix stuff later.

Vids!

Apr. 20th, 2019 03:37 pm
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The 2019 Spring Equinox Exchange is live and I received two awesome vids!

Help I'm Alive (But I'm a Cheerleader)

We Break the Rules (Bound (1996))
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I recently finished reading KJ Charles' The Henchmen of Zenda, which reminded me I needed to reread Martha Wells' The Death of the Necromancer.

They're very different stories (HoZ is a Ruritanian romance that turns The Prisoner of Zenda on its head, DotN involves the main characters' Count of Monte Christo-type scheme being upended by the titular necromancer), but both involve anti-heroes, a Victorian (or Victorian-ish) setting, intrigue, and queer main character(s).
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Forget the Sleepless Shores by Sonya Taaffe and Not for Use in Navigation: Thirteen Stories by Iona Datt Sharma are two excellent collections of short stories!

Taaffe's work is beautiful and haunting! I particularly like how hopeful and compassionate Datt Sharma's are! (I'm also thrilled by how queer the stories in both collections are!)
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Gay Pride and Prejudice was interesting to read after recently rereading Pride and Prejudice, although I had been hoping Christie’s approach to queering the text would be something more along the lines of The Henchmen of Zenda than Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. The alternations did, imho, mesh fairly well with the original text, I just wish the author had taken a different approach.

The romance between Caroline and Elizabeth did remind me of [personal profile] dualbunny's lovely Lost in Austen vid The Owl Moans Low.
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I'm really fond of queer Regency romances! Here's a few I've read recently:

Band Sinister by K. J. Charles

Sir Phillip Rookwood and Guy Frisby’s families have had bad blood between them since a scandal years ago. Guy’s sister Amanda breaks her leg and consequently has to stay at Rookwood Hall while it heals.

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The Covert Captain by Jeannelle M. Ferreira

Captain Fleming, home from the Napoleonic wars, falls in love with her Major’s spinster sister Harriet.

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Frederica and the Viscountess by Barbara Davies

The notorious Viscountess Norland arrives at her brother’s house after years abroad. There she meets Frederica Bertram, who has been visiting Thornbury Park.

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The Ruin of a Rake by Cat Sebastian

Lord Courteney needs his reputation (it’s something along the lines of Lord Byron’s) rehabilitated so he can visit his nephew. Julian Medlock’s sister Eleanor convinces him to help.

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Spring Flowering by Sarah Mendelsohn

After Ann’s father dies, she goes to live with her Aunt and Uncle in Birmingham.

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The True Queen by Zen Cho

Muna travels from Janda Baik to England via Fairy to find a way to break a curse on her and her sister Sakti. Complications ensue.

Read more... )
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My local library bought/is in the process of buying two books I suggested!

(Daughter of Mystery by Heather Rose Jones and Salt Magic, Skin Magic by Lee Welch - I've heard good things about both and I'm excited about reading them)
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Any suggestions re: what to make/do with a yard of Captain Marvel fabric?

photo under cut )

The reason I was actually there was to get replacements for two buttons that broke. Now I know why my grandma had a button box - buttons are annoyingly expensive.
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It went from rainy spring weather yesterday to like two inches of snow today *unhappy sigh*
I ended up making cabbage and noodles today, which turned out well.

Zen Cho's The Sorcerer to the Crown is delightful so far! (also, is it just me, or is LibraryThing better at providing relevant recommendations than Goodreads?)
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I’m still trying to figure out how to end the Atlantic City vid. I may have to look through seasons 11 through 14’s bloopers to see if there’s footage of Alicia, Billie, Kaia, and Mary’s actresses dancing.

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In other news, I have a halfway decent draft for the multifandom vid that was on hold for a while (yay!), another draft of something I’m less confident about, and an idea for a vid for Wiscon.
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iTunes is having issues downloading an audiobook I just bought *unhappy sigh* *waits impatiently for Apple get back to me* (I'm particularly annoyed because it's an audiobook of The Covert Captain)

ETA: Apparently the audiobooks tab doesn't exist in the purchased items section of iTunes 10.7.0.21's store for some reason (?), but I found a workaround, yay! (aka I updated iTunes to the newest version on an old laptop and downloaded it from there (I'm really glad I used an old laptop because I absolutely hate the new interface)).

I'm kinda sad Supernatural is ending after season 15 - especially because I'll miss seeing the Wayward ladies (although it becoming a closed canon might mean the Dean vid I've been pondering may actually materialize at some point). I'm trying to decide if I should wait for season 15 to air before I finished the Atlantic City vid (there's like 40 seconds I still have to fill).

Despite the weather over the last few days, spring seem to be here - I saw some irises (I think they're a variety of Iris reticulata) and snowdrops blooming!
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I reread Jeannelle M. Ferreira's The Covert Captain the other day (it remains absolutely wonderful), which meant I was reminded of how much I want to read more f/f regency romances (and for Michelle Martin's Pembroke Park to be available as an ebook or something - I have a physical copy, but I wish it was easier to get a hold of).

With one thing and another, I ended up finding this this podcast about f/f regency romances, and now I have three other romances to add to my to-read list.

Are there any regency romances with queer ladies as the protagonists that you particularly like?
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I just found out that Courtney Milan has a novella coming out later this month called Mrs. Martin's Incomparable Adventure. It sounds delightful!

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I really enjoyed Amanda Downun's The Necromancer Chronicles and I was so excited to see another story set in Ersín (especially one that features Savedra)!

The Poison Court is set one year after the events of The Bone Palace. I loved all the intrigue, and was delighted to see Savedra and Varis (and a number of other characters) again! I really hope there’s a sequel at some point – I would love to read more about Savedra, and I’m curious about the aftermath of various plot points.
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I just realized Amanda Downum's The Poison Court was just released! It follows Savedra Severos from The Bone Palace. Going by the blurb, it sounds like it's full of mystery and intrigue:
On the eve of delicate peace talks, the court mage is found murdered. As Savedra investigates, she stumbles further into a web of secrets that enmeshes three kingdoms--entangling spies and sorcerers, lovers and enemies, strangers and kin. Among those secrets are Savedra’s own, dangerous enough to destroy her king and her family if they come to light.
I can't wait to read it!
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I liked it, and will probably make a Carol/Maria vid when it comes out on DVD.
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I really like Elizabeth Bear's Ancestral Night. It’s set in the same universe as the Jacob’s Ladder trilogy, but much later on. It’s (to quote this article) "about a shoestring space salvage operator who isn’t who she believes herself to be, uncovering the secrets of a universe that is much vaster and more treacherous than she understands. Also, pirates, and politics, and a giant praying mantis space cop."

I enjoyed the characters (especially Haimey, Singer and Cheeirilaq), the world building, and the way it looks at identity. I'm really hoping hoping some of the main characters show up in the second part of the planned duology.
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It seem that every time I'm at a particular bus stop, there's this one lady there who once she finishes her cigarette invariably drops it on the sidewalk or street without even bothering to at least put it out. Which annoys me so damn much.
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I was thinking about Kameron Hurley’s The Stars Are Legion and Elizabeth Bear’s Jacob’s Ladder trilogy (Dust, Chill, Grail) the other day. Both of them feature crumbling generation ship(s), mystery and intrigue, biotech, and queer characters - I remember both of them having really interesting world building and complicated characters.

…the upshot of which is that now want to reread both of them.

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