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Oct. 22nd, 2014 11:09 pm
[personal profile] jhameia
- I got my worms! They actually arrived on Thursday but no one had left me a notice. Good thing USPS Tracking was pretty easy, and I went to the office this morning to ask about any packages. They've gone into the new indoor bin I've prepped. I can't tell if the mold is good or bad because the Internet is evenly split; on one hand, it says mold is bad, but on the other, it also says that fungus growth is good and helps break down the stuff for the worms to eat more easily and they don't necessarily eat the scraps directly, or something.

I'm trying very hard to resist opening the bin to have a look see... it's covered with a hand towel so it can breathe and there's minimal evaporation. I'll give them a week and then check!! In the meantime, I better start eating more plant material so I have something to feed the babies.

- I've found that handsewing is pretty great to do when listening to a podcast! I've finally been intently listening to Night Vale while stitching on my rank braids for my Star Trek blouse. There's something about having something visual to deal with that's kind of mindless while listening to something else. I've tried to listen to Night Vale while laying in bed (can't do it at the computer because then I'd just end up reading other things and lose focus on it) but that just made me fall asleep. I also can't machine sew while listening to stuff either; that takes up too much concentration. Thus I am finally up to #17! Which is ten more episodes that I have been able to muster.

So... I might try to take up more embroidery, maybe?

- I blew through editing today! Also sent out and received contracts.

- I made pork and potatoes tonight. I'm using the tiny potatoes. I am trying to be good and eating a new kind of starch to give my diet some variety.

- I shall turn in early tonight.

Here is a random Takarazuka Revue video:

Book Arts: Piano Hinge with Skewers

Oct. 22nd, 2014 11:16 pm
[personal profile] batwrangler
This structure finishes up the "Folded Book" chapter of Making Handmade Books by Alisa Golden.

I may need to pick up some clearance decorative paper and make models that have more visual interest and that are a little less "proof of concept" with whatever I happen to have kicking around. On the plus side, I'm not stalling out because I don't have exactly what each project calls for, so yay, me!

state of the me

Oct. 22nd, 2014 11:21 pm
[personal profile] holli
 Have been listening to Sleater-Kinney A LOT since they announced their new album and tour; sadly did not get tickets to their DC show because by the time I got the page to load (at 9:02, with tickets going on sale at 9) they were ALREADY SOLD OUT, WHAT EVEN.

Am having my periodic "should I learn to vid? I kind of want to learn to vid" phase, mostly because the lyrics to "Combat Rock" are SUCH a Captain America vid that I feel like it might actually be a little TOO on the nose. 

In other news, have been having wonky sleep patterns and not getting as much writing/comicking done as I'd like, so probably now is not the time to learn to vid. Sigh. But I have been doing stuff! Went to a zine thing in Brooklyn; went to Capclave; did the Halloween window at the shop.

I feel like I'm posting a lot more on tumblr than here, though. Sorry, guys. But I'm putting together my Yuletide signup and will have a letter shortly!

Books: Reisman and Link

Oct. 22nd, 2014 07:44 pm
[personal profile] roadrunnertwice

Jessica Reisman – The Z Radiant

Sept 2013

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. A treat of a character-driven planetary SF novel, with an intensely flavorful sense of place. I liked this a ton. I borrowed it from the library last year, and just bought the ebook for a re-read. You can read the first chapter here.

I’m pretty sure I found this via a recommendation from Martha Wells.

The plot is solid — revenge, human experimentation, psychic powers, family secrets, and a once-a-generation planetary trade festival for the backdrop — but the characters and their relationships and the setting and the feel of it all were what made the book for me. I liked life on Nentesh; it had a lovely and comfortable rhythm to it. You’ll see what I mean by the end of that first chapter — I love that sequence of Aren’s motorbike errand in the rain, his dazed arrival at Juven’s house, Juven helping him to bed in the quiet after the card game; such a perfect read for the start of a Northwest winter.

The language is good. Reisman has a deft touch with smell and texture, which is always nice. Occasional bouts of infodump, but not enough to rankle.

A bunch of the characters are bi or of ambiguous sexuality, which I appreciate. And I have a thought about this, but it isn’t fully baked yet. So, I’ve spent a bunch of time reading Dykes to Watch Out For and Bitter Girl, both of which are long-running cast-of-dozens comic strip soap operas populated almost entirely by lesbians, and I noticed something hard to pin down about them. My vague theory that when everyone in the core cast is (at least theoretically) fair game for any other member of the core cast, it fundamentally changes the function of romance and sex in the story. Changes it into something I think I like better. And getting a bunch of bisexuals into the mix moves a story closer to that. I can’t quite tell you HOW things change, but I did warn you this was half-baked.

Finally: I spend a lot of time thinking about Ninuel’s awesome psychic-construct dog whenever I remember this book.

Finally finally: Sir. THAT COVER. Not the ebook cover! That one’s fine. It’s a bit amateurish, but not risible; no real need to rag on it. But the original hardback is TRULY NEXT-LEVEL. I mean oh my god. Friends, I carried that around in public for a week.

(Unnecessary sidebar: I had never heard of the original publisher, Five Star, so I looked into them and was fascinated by their weird ecological niche. It looks — FROM WHAT I CAN TELL — like they publish high build-quality hardback fiction and then don’t even try to sell into trade bookstores, focusing totally on the library market. Is that even possible? Like, can you sustain an SF small press like that??? Well, apparently! Who knew. This thread at Absolute Write was enlightening; see especially Keltora’s reply about halfway down.)

Kelly Link – Pretty Monsters

Oct 7, 2014

I was stalled out in the book I was reading (Froi of the Exiles; I enjoyed Finnikin of the Rock a LOT, but just couldn’t get into this one), and wondering what I should switch to, and then Brenna tweeted about doing a Halloween re-read of Kelly Link and I was like yesssss. And it so happened that I had a stash of unread Link stories squirreled away!

Pretty Monsters has six new* stories and three reprints from Stranger Things and M4B. I’d already read “The Wizards of Perfil” and “The Wrong Grave,” and buried the other four to dig up come winter. I tend to do this with collections of short stories, and also with essays. Sometimes with chocolate, very rarely with dried fruit; I can control myself with essays, but dried fruit just tends to vanish when my attention wanders.

* (Well, uncollected. There’s only one “new” one.)

Anyway, I dunno what you want me to say about Kelly Link, dude. If you aren’t reading Kelly Link, you need to be. That’s pretty much the end of the review; the rest of this is going to be me just jamming with other people in the know.

  • I think “Wizards of Perfil” gets my vote for sleeper hit of this collection. I am like ANGRY at how many things it gets right.
  • “Constable of Abal” has very good texture in parts, but I think it flubs the ending a bit. It’s doing a similar “BUT ALL ALONG,…” twist as “Perfil,” but it’s leaning too heavily on said twist, whereas in Perfil half the point is that the twist is almost beside the point.
  • “Monster” made me laugh, but it’s definitely the kind of story you only get to do once.
  • “The Wrong Grave” is ROCK SOLID. I guess it could have used a bit of a trim at the end, but wow, that story is exactly the sort of thing you cannot get from any other writer today.
  • I’m still thinking about “Pretty Monsters.” Isaac thinks the meta-ness of the structure didn’t stitch the parts into a satisfying whole; I might agree, but I’m not sure yet. But certainly any given section of it was GREAT just in the experience of reading it. Would it have held up better as two separate but similar stories? Maybe. Dunno yet.
  • “The Surfer” pulled zero punches and I liked it a lot. It has more worldbuilding (which I use here to mean self-consistent and systematic divergences or extrapolations from contemporary consensus reality) than almost any of her stories (see p. much only “Valley of the Girls” for other contenders), but is essentially a pure character piece, where the pleasure is in seeing the past and present revealed, and you end with a feeling of “Okay, I’ve caught up! What next?”
  • And of course, “M4B,” “The Specialist’s Hat,” and “The Faery Handbag” are exactly as superb as they were last time around. (Isaac’s take on “M4B” is similar to his take on “Pretty Monsters,” and I totally disagree; I think the nested and then de-nested meta-structure actually adds emotional and thematic heft.)

Reading Wednesday 2014.10.22

Oct. 22nd, 2014 07:46 pm
[personal profile] rilina
Um, yes, it's been a while since I did one of these. Books finished in the last week--

Texas Gothic by Rosemary Clement-Moore: Not unexpectedly, total fluff. This reads fast and easy, and I'm happy to take the cheerful narrative voice when it's delivered with such aplomb.

The Halcyon Bird by Kat Beyer: Sequel to The Demon Catchers of Milan; shares its strengths (atmospheric, strong sense of place and family) and weaknesses (relatively little narrative progress, as most major plot questions are left unanswered). It's easier to read a series with such leisurely pacing when you know the sequels are already written and published and available at a library or book store. Read in progress, I am left with the niggling concern that I might never actually get the rest of the story.

Mockingbird by Sean Stewart: I'm glad I made time for this re-read, as I'd forgotten most of the details of this novel. Also, what a change of perspective a decade brings: I was a few years younger than the protagonist when I first read it, and now I'm a few years older than her. This is an interesting text to consider if you're making a list of sf/f books whose main characters are middle-aged or older women. Toni clearly self-identifies as middle-aged in the novel, but oh, she feels terribly young to me now. (I'm now tempted to do a Sean Stewart reading project, as I wouldn't mind revisiting the ones I've read and there are a couple that I still haven't tried. It might take a bit of work to track down all the titles now, though, as they're largely OOP and most aren't available as ebooks)

Electrical hiking

Oct. 22nd, 2014 07:51 pm
[personal profile] veejane
Oh, smartphones. I type "el hijo" and you correct it to "electrical hiking."

1) Woe betide the bilingual! (Which I hardly am.)

2) Aren't there any shorter words that start with "el"? Like elan? Elastic? Elmo??

I did some electrical hiking on my way home, in fact, or rather, a street light shorted out with an audible pop as I walked by and darkened the neighborhood for 10 seconds. It's incredibly windy due to the northerly states being clobbered by weather, and I am not as enthusiastic for inspecting the attic now as I was some 8 hours ago let me tell you what. I have already had a fight with the elderly windows in the back hall, which are rattling in their frames, and now am regretting that I was not pushier about cutting back the oak which is clawing at my side window.

(Definitely hiring an arborist in the spring.)
[personal profile] musesfool
I was tweaking my yuletide signup - I had to re-add Mr. Butler to my Miss Fisher's request - and I was hit with sudden confusion. Say I only offer two out of a possible 8 characters for a fandom, and someone requests Any. Can I still be assigned to write for them? That is how it used to be, and I don't want to deal with that again.

I guess what I'm saying is, I feel a need to be more conservative in fandoms I'm offering this year. A couple of my perennial offers weren't nommed (also, no Max in Batman Beyond *sadhair*! And yet Bruce Wayne is in. How even did that happen? I guess there's always one - like Wolverine last year), so I can't offer them, and I almost never say Any because I know how easy it is to be surprised by a request that unexpectedly hits the DNW button.

I still have a couple more days to think about it, I guess.


Work was busy from end to end today, and will be tomorrow as well, but just two more days and then Boss1 is leaving on 3 weeks of vacation. And yesterday when I told her I was nervous about her retiring and being replaced, she said I was valuable to the organization and while she couldn't promise anything she was pretty sure they could find a place for me if the new CEO didn't want me. So there's that. I mean, I'm still going to be anxious about it, because hello, have you met me? But it was nice to hear.


Wednesday reading meme:

What I've just finished
Arctic Rising by Tobias Buckell - a near-future eco-thriller that I wanted to like more than I did. I feel like it spent a lot of time info-dumping in ways that bordered on lecturing sometimes without providing a full cast of fully rounded characters - Anika, the protagonist, was cool, and Roo, the Caribbean spy, was interesting, but I feel like everybody else was flat.

Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie, only a year after everyone else. I liked it, though I don't really have thoughts, per se, beyond how ancillaries are kind of like Cylons? Except worse, because they were people first, not clones engineered and grown in vats. And I guess more like Centurions than skinjobs? Also, I guess there are occasions when I'm supposed to know someone's male, but because of the default 'she' in the narration, I'm just always picturing everyone as women, and I'm okay with that.

What I'm reading now
Ancillary Sword, of course! Though I've just started it so I have nothing to say.

What I'm reading next
Why do I even keep this question on here?


The Flash
spoilers will take Things You Can't Outrun for $500 Alex )


lazy b

Oct. 22nd, 2014 01:49 pm
[personal profile] thistleingrey
Sandra Day O'Connor and H. Alan Day, Lazy B: Growing up on a Cattle Ranch in the American Southwest (2003): yes, that Sandra Day O'Connor, the one I secretly kind of wanted to be for two years as a teen. She and her brother have assembled a family memoir with the ranch as a key character, across the AZ/NM state line. Its tone is straightforward, slightly detached, and well suited to its subject. If you like that sort of thing, I recommend this one.

Possible terrorist event in Ottawa

Oct. 22nd, 2014 02:48 pm
[personal profile] james_davis_nicoll

Parliament Hill came under attack today after a man with a rifle shot a soldier standing guard at the National War Memorial in downtown Ottawa, before seizing a car and driving to the doors of Parliament Hill's Centre Block nearby.

MPs and other witnesses reported several shots fired inside Parliament, and a gunman has been confirmed dead inside the building, shot by the House of Commons sergeant-at-arms, according to MPs' eyewitness accounts.

fountain pen inks, RG edition

Oct. 22nd, 2014 01:38 pm
[personal profile] yhlee
For [personal profile] sovay:
Inks that I have used in working on RG on a notebook with Tomoe River paper:

Noodler's Black, Platinum Preppy F

J. Herbin 1670 Stormy Grey, Waterman 52V

Pilot Iroshizuku Kon-peki, azure pearl Parker Vacumatic

Pilot Iroshizuku Syo-ro, Reform 1745

Papier Plume Burgundy, Webster Four-Star

I need to ink something up with Montblanc Alfred Hitchcock so I can add that to the mix.
[personal profile] james_davis_nicoll
Return to Hiroshima
Barefoot Gen by Keiji Nakazawa

I am not going to kill comments on links to James Davis Nicoll until the new design is up.

Are the tags I use here useful? Should I import them over to JDN?

Wednesday Books in Tokyo

Oct. 22nd, 2014 11:31 pm
[personal profile] starlady
What I'm Reading
Silver Spoon volume 1 by Arakawa-sensei, because I'm going to be hanging out at an agricultural institute in Tochigi in January and three years ago I was defeated by the agricultural kanji and then by graduate school. (I was trying to be A Good Student and draw all the kanji rather than just look them up by the readings, but you know what, life is short and I'll pick them up visually eventually anyway, screw that.) Anyway it's an Arakawa manga about a dude who goes to an agricultural high school because it's a boarding school and that's literally all I know yet, but it could be about watching paint dry and I would love it because Arakawa. She is my all-time favorite. And you know, that's the great thing about manga--it can make me read about so many different things and love them all. But yeah, I bought all 12 volumes at Book-Off (which is rebranding as Yafu Off? Or maybe just the one in Shibuya? I don't know at all) for ¥2500; I'll just sell back the volumes I own in the States once I've read them.

What I've Just Read
I literally just finished Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, and it was brilliant. I saw her at a signing this spring and thanked her for writing a book that didn't pathologize fandom and fanfiction without having read it, but I really loved the book itself, and Cath, and Simon Snow, and her relationship to fandom and the people in her life and also to freshman year of college. In some ways, I saw a lot of me and my sister in Cath and Wren; we were nothing like that, except for how we were, and how we could have been. It's a really good book and I'm kicking myself for not buying the necklace when it was available. Highly recommended.

Libba Bray, The Diviners - I really liked it. I just really liked that Evie drank and swore and was scandalous and the narrative didn't punish her for any of that, and I thought Bray did a really good job of bringing history to life. I do have questions about the larger structure of the series and some of the worldbuilding that can't be answered at this point because it's only one book of four, but if and when the next one comes out, I'll be reading avidly.

Michelle Sagara, Cast in Sorrow - I'm now only one book behind on the Elantra Chronicles, and I still really like Kaylin. It feels like she's grown a lot over the last few books, and I'm looking forward to watching that growth continue. I ship her and Severn shamelessly.

Kumota Haruko, Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu vol. 1 - I finally finished the first volume of the rakugo manga! I bought it on a whim because it's popular and because the author was the subject of an exhibit at the Yonezawa Manga Library in June. It's set in the 80s (and yes, when you think about it, the Bubble really was the Showa Genroku) and follows the career of an ex-con who becomes an apprentice rakugo raconteur when he gets out. I expect many doujinshi at Comiket devoted to the rakugo sensei and the sensei's dead rival, who may or may not be haunting the sensei as a ghost? I had a friend who did her Fulbright research on rakugo, so I know about two knuckles' worth of stuff about it, but even that was enough to know that it's a pretty sexist sphere, and I'm glad that Kumota puts that front and center in the person of the sensei's dead rival's daughter, who he's raised in his household and wants to be a rakugo raconteur but simply can't. I don't really care about the protagonist much yet (except, since the mangaka made her name in BL, and this is shelved in BL/Ladies at Book-Off, wondering whether he or any of the other male characters will suddenly appear in a BL scene), but that's pretty normal for me, and also not a dealbreaker by any means.

What I'm Reading Next
More Silver Spoon and rakugo, I dare say.

What I've Bought
…A lot of manga. Two more volumes of rakugo; all of Silver Spoon; the first of the Roman bath manga, vol. 10 of Ôoku, Billy Bat 1 (again; my copies of all of these are in the States); xxxHoLiC Rei 2. Also One Salt Sea by Seanan McGuire, because somehow I never bought it in paper. Oh, and a copy of Woman on the Edge of Time by Marge Piercy for ¥200 at the little bookstore next to the conbini, because it is my policy to always buy books from The Women's Press.

Book Arts: Slot & Tab books

Oct. 22nd, 2014 07:31 am
[personal profile] batwrangler
Last night I made models of both the "Slot & Tab Book" and the "Pocket Triangle & Diamond Book" from Making Handmade Books by Alisa Golden.

The success of these structures depends on paper choice: you need something sturdy enough to stand up to use/folding and flexible/resilient enough to spring back without creases after you fold/curl the sides of the paper to slip the "tab" pages through the "slot" pages. (And in the case of the Pocket Triangle variation, you need a paper that will both hold a crease and not crease too readily!)

One of the nice things about these projects is that they are not dependent on having the exact "right" sizes of paper as given in the book, provided your paper's proportions are basically the same. Also, while exact measurement gives cleaner results and is a good thing to practice, you don't have to be absolutely precise.

Grey Day

Oct. 22nd, 2014 09:54 am
[personal profile] malkingrey
And it's supposed to keep on raining all week.

We've closed the window over the kitchen sink -- a signal that we're no longer expecting a heat wave to come along and make us wish we hadn't. Another week or so, and it'll be time to seal up the unused front hall doors and the office's hallway door. (Reminder to self: purchase new roll of plastic sheeting; the old one was used up last winter.) I also need to get Himself to walk the house's exterior perimeter and seal up any gaps in the foundation stones, and then I need to get him to go down into the basement and put insulating/heating tape on the water pipes. (Reminder to self: purchase tape.) If the tape works, maybe we can get away without running the space heaters in the basement, which keep the pipes from freezing but leave us with the winter electric bill from hell.

Both the sheeting and the insulation/heating tape are contingent upon funding (surely, somebody out there needs editing done!) and upon my nudging Himself to do the work. It's part of our division of labor: I do the paperwork and the calendar maintenance and the talking-to-strangers-on-the-telephone, and he does the messing-around-in-the-basement and the removal-of-dead-mice and the investigation-of-noises-at-night.

The joys of domesticity, and all that.

Wednesday Reading

Oct. 22nd, 2014 08:54 am
[personal profile] oracne
I have made considerable progress on Tolkien and the Great War: The Threshold of Middle-earth by John Garth. It's going to be really useful for a panel I'm scheduled for.

I read an HP Harry/Draco story and I liked it a lot! Black Coffee on a Lonely Night by Femme (femmequixotic) is a non-magical romance AU in which Harry is a rising politician and Draco has quit cricket because he was widowed and is raising his small son. So of course he opens a coffee shop. I loved the voice in this - it's Draco's first person narration - and the way events and characters of the books were handled in this version with a light touch, but still there, and feeling real. I plan to read many more stories by this author.

I also enjoyed Circling Back by chaya, an angsty Bucky recovery story. It's first in an ongoing series; the second story is still a WIP.

Finally, also in MCU, I liked The Way We Really Are by Snapjack - it's Hawkeye/Coulson, with a heavy dose of Black Widow, and I mostly liked it for the character study of Coulson and for the truly excellent portrayl of Maria Hill. The setup in AU, by the way: Clint gets recruited by SHIELD while he's still a teenager, but is an adult fairly soon in the story.

And I have a pile of books for preview.

happy things post

Oct. 21st, 2014 11:46 pm
[personal profile] yhlee
1. I wrote 10 pages of pure crack on RG (#3 in hexarchate trilogy, I'm like 3/4 done now, saving the partial for NaNoWriMo while my brain composts a little more). I have been writing in: Noodler's Black, Pilot Iroshizuku Kon-peki (blue), Pilot Iroshizuku Syo-ro (green), Papier Plume Burgundy, and J. Herbin 1670 Stormy Grey because I am determined that if I am going to go down in history as writing cracky space opera that no one will ever read, I WILL DO IT WITH MY LITTLE PONY BLOOD.

It is so much more of a relief to write PURE CRACK on this novel than worry about it being good. It's a rough draft! It's not going to be good whatever I do! Also, not like anyone cares whether #3 is good or not at this point! Problem for another time! GEKIGANGER ID ATTACK!

(Apologies to any Martian Successor Nadesico fans. We should rewatch that sometime. Sheesh, the memories...)

2. My local library continues to be excellent. I'm currently reading a fun and irreverent book on rhetoric, a topic that, formally anyway, I know nothing about. I also checked out a book on deception in warfare and another on wargaming. Look, if I don't do this kind of thing once in a while they'll take away my Yoon card!

3. I ordered fox ears and tail for the lizard for her Halloween costume, at her request. I briefly considered making them myself, then decided that nah, this is what Etsy is for. Someone else makes money, I get to be lazy, the lizard gets to be a fox. EVERYONE WINS.

4. My mother has been emailing me beautiful iPad photos of flowers and trees in Korea. I miss the foliage and wildflowers in Korea so much, and my mother has a lifelong interest in botany so she would always tell me what everything was (and of course I would always instantly forget all the names except for the really common ones like cosmos and gingko and so on). Also, I had no idea that Hangeul permitted so many cute little emoticons...or I don't know if those are Hangeul emoticons specifically, but hey.

5. I made probably not that authentic chicken adobo last night. (I use vinegar and soy sauce, but no spicy peppers of any kind because the lizard will not eat spicy food.) It was delicious and there are leftovers that I will probably avail myself of tomorrow.

6. Hellsing Ultimate is perfect crack for, uh, after the lizard has gone to bed. OMG so over-the-top lolarious splatter. To say nothing of a world apparently so dystopian that I honestly think that the only way you could save people is to torch the whole place and start over. Because, please, therapists are not going to save Sir Integra, Alucard, or Father Anderson. (Although someone should write me the crackfic where they try.) We've watched through ep. 7 so please don't spoil us!

...what are your happy things, if you want to share? =)

Saw an episode of Flash

Oct. 22nd, 2014 12:49 am
[personal profile] james_davis_nicoll
Were the writers worried that if evil gas man went after a cop the Flash didn't know, he wouldn't go rescue the guy? That's more a Guy Gardner move.

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Oct. 22nd, 2014 12:40 am
[personal profile] skygiants
Dear Yuletide author,

First of all, thank you so, so much for signing up to write for one of these awesome fandoms! I'm going to be incredibly happy whatever you do, so please don't stress out too much about any optional-details-are-optional below. If you have fun writing, that will make it the best present for me. :D

General stuff that I like includes women having relationships with each other -- romantic, friendship, mentorship, really intense and personal enemies, it's all good! -- plus in general ensemble stories, sibling dynamics, found families and friendships, and people growing as people. I SUPER LOVE flawed people being flawed, and ridiculous people being ridiculous. (This definitely doesn't mean I only want comedy stories -- I am pretty much up for anything, tonally -- but I do think that humans are always a little bit ridiculous, and ... most of my requests are for canons that are full of ridiculous people, so.) I am also, for the record, SO DOWN for crossovers, always and forever, if you happen to be inspired to write one.

I would prefer not to see any characters bashed, especially female characters, and although I'm happy to run with creepy or dark explorations of fictional universes if that's what you want to do, I'm generally not a fan of the gratuitously graphic.

And now for the specific requests! )

Thank you so much, mystery author! And again, whatever you write, I will be SO EXCITED BY IT. I'm super excited already! You can tell by the fact that I can't put down my allcaps!

caught up on WtNV

Oct. 21st, 2014 10:07 pm
[personal profile] kate_nepveu
And the only thing I have to say is that I haven't made tiramisu in a very long time and should maybe think about scaling that recipe down (since Chad is the only one who eats it) and giving it a go sometime.

<3 <3 <3

Oct. 21st, 2014 09:05 pm
[personal profile] kass
Peter Capaldi narrates, and stars in, a five-minute short film about surrealism.

Read all about it (the film is embedded there too.)

Seriously, this is the most charming thing I've seen all week. ♥
[personal profile] yhlee
- recent reading
Amulet vols. 1-6 by Kazu Kibuishi. Not yet complete, and I seem to have not read vol. 5 earlier as well as just getting to read vol. 6. This is an excellent comic series about a girl, Emily, who becomes the keeper of an ambiguously helpful magical amulet and is drawn into a science fantasy world along with her younger brother Navin and her mother. It has vibrant, spectacular art depicting a lush and alien world with creatures both cute and creepy, fascinating plot twists, great action, and genuinely gray characters. Considering that the prologue features Emily and Navin's dad dying in a car accident, it is not afraid to go to scary and dark places, but overall it's probably PG or PG-13. Joe loves this, the lizard loves this, I love this. I cannot recommend this highly enough.

Nabi: The Prototype by Kim Yeon-joo. Collection of shorts. My impression is mostly, pretty art but pretty damn incoherent stories except the first one; I don't know whether this is an artifact of the translation or the manhwa artist is just not very good at communication. And what plot there is tends to be "blah blah blah feelings feelings feelings, FEELINGS, feelings feelings, because FEELINGS," which is...not my kind of thing. I have the complete manhwa in Korean as well; I may try muddling through that next, although I don't actually expect to understand the Hangeul. But hey, pretty art, so worth keeping for that.

- recent viewing
Hellsing Ultimate eps. 2-3. Read more... )

Oh, show.

Oct. 21st, 2014 08:41 pm
[personal profile] kass
My "hands" icon (on dw) has never been more appropriate!

[personal profile] sanj and I just watched "Flatline," the latest ep of Doctor Who S8.

And I found many things to love. )

Anyway. The episode filled me with glee. How about you?
[personal profile] sovay
1. Uncanny Magazine has announced its first table of contents, including my poem "The Whalemaid, Singing." I am really looking forward to this.

2. Michael Matheson has posted a partial table of contents for The Humanity of Monsters. I really like some of the names I'm seeing.

3. Next Sunday, I am taking part once again in
Music to Cure MS. If you want to hear me sing the "Lyke-Wake Dirge" for Halloween, here's your chance.

I'm really just not sleeping, and it makes everything slower. Someday, content with thought included.

lurching towards experience

Oct. 21st, 2014 10:37 am
[personal profile] thistleingrey
The Larch cardigan has a new-to-me design feature that gave me unimpressed face at first: cast on the bottom edge, make twisted ribbing for a few rows (ktbl ptbl ktbl ptbl), then bind off every stitch and pick it up again without breaking yarn. Who the hell binds off 200+ stitches, then picks them up?

I did it dutifully. By a few rows past the pickup point, it's clear that the bindoff "row" adds a great deal of stability while remaining flexible. Convincing. I may do it on every bottom hem henceforth, since my ribbing tends to stretch out---though I'm also trying out "combination" knitting by wrapping purl stitches in the opposite direction, then untwisting them on the next row . . . although I "throw" yarn using my right arm. It's no slower than western-style purl, anyway, and throwing is far faster than picking with my crap joints. Yes, things are kept lively around here.

Things I no longer let myself buy manufacturer-made: cold-weather hats, mittens/handwarmers, my cardigans. My socks, "statement" scarves (i.e. how I dress up my comfortably boring clothes for office suitability), and pullovers (rarely worn anyway) may be added to the list at some point. Some things are easier to buy off a rack, especially for a person inept at sewing who lives near a big city and has an office job, but some things I really have become better at making in forms that suit me and sometimes Reason (darkforge has declared himself replete with handwarmers and hats).

Wow, these posts are full of midlife aaaaaangst. Chalk it up to the imminence of what is in the US often a milestone birthday? Since I don't care about the number, I'm not convinced, but something has been rolling over at least subconsciously.

Fiber Tuesday, first in a perhaps only occasional series:
list of projects )

I type on the same desk at which I knit and crochet; a desktop CPU + monitor, a document holder, and a pass-through document scanner sit atop it, too, though it's not large. Little project bags, a non-yarn-specific bowl bought from Elisabeth Carnell's Etsy shop, and the unused chair beneath the standing desk are a great help for keeping different projects from entangling each other (and, till she promised recently never to do it again, for keeping Reason from grabbing and snapping yarn: she has upheld her promise, since she's old enough now to understand when I say that for each grab/harm moment of glee, I tack on one month of not working on things for her). Every two months or so, I upend the keyboard over the kitchen sink and whack it to get the dust and lint out. :P

To my cat, Ibid

Oct. 21st, 2014 01:08 pm
[personal profile] james_davis_nicoll
It's good that you have a Timmy's Down the Well meow of distress but the fact two other cats are grooming each other and ignoring you is not an appropriate use for it.

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Oct. 21st, 2014 11:00 am
[personal profile] telophase
I think today may be one of those days: I sat down on the edge of the bed and put my socks on, then put one shoe on, and then spent some time looking for my other sock before realizing it was on my foot.

Beet bread: the recipe

Oct. 21st, 2014 08:30 am
[personal profile] mme_hardy
Beet breadBeet bread
 Sunset beet bread

Yields two large free-form loaves.  As-baked instructions given; original quantities in brackets[].   The original recipe called for 1.5 pounds beets to be steamed, cooled, skins slipped, and pureed to yield 1.5 cups puree.   I took two fist-sized beets, scrubbed, wrapped in foil, roasted at 400 degrees (the temperature of the roast already in the oven; anything above 300 would do) until done, cooled overnight, and pureed to yield 4 cups.

1 pkg (2.25 tsp) active dry yeast
.25 cup warm water (about 110 degrees)
1 T sugar [2T]

At room temperature:
1/2 c milk
1/4 c butter (should be soft)
1 egg

1/2 tsp ground nutmeg [1 tsp]
1/2 tsp ground white pepper [not in original]
1 tsp salt
Vegetable puree

6+ cups mix of all-purpose flour and bread flour [5+ cups all-purpose]

Proof yeast in water and sugar.   Add all other ingredients and 5 cups of flour,  adding flour in cup intervals.  Mix by hand or in machine until you have a soft, non-sticky dough.  Turn out onto floured board and knead until soft and satiny.   While kneading, turn to form gluten cloak on outside; outside will be smooth and satiny, but inside will still be somewhat better.   Put in greased bowl for first rise; rise until doubled.  (possibly 1.5 hours, but you know how that goes.)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Punch down dough and  divide into 2 or 3 loaves;  place in bannetons/brotformen, if you have them, or steep-sloped bowls, or free-form on cookie sheets to rise.   Bread will rise higher if the sides are supported during the rise.   Rise until almost doubled (about 45 min, ha).  Turn gently on to peel or cookie sheet.   Slash.  Put into oven.  Bake 30-40 minutes or until loaves sound hollow.   Cool on racks.

General notes:
  • Shaping a boule
  • If you bake freeform loaves on baker's parchment, it's much easier to get them into and out of the oven, even if you're using a peel.
  • Dust brotformen/bannetons with rye flour and the bread is much less likely to stick; I used brand-new wicker molds and the loaves popped right out.
  • This makes a light, American-style bread, enriched with milk, egg, and butter.   It's completely unlike a French- or Italian-style yeast/flour/water bread.
  • You can't tell if this is done by checking the color.  Thump it and smell it.
  • The author gives instructions on pureeing several different root vegetables, as well as spinach and tomato.  I'll definitely try this again with carrot, and maybe with butternut squash.
  • This doesn't taste strongly beet-y.  The beet is there as an earthy aftertaste.

[personal profile] musesfool
Brooklyn Nine Nine: Halloween II
spoilers )

The Good Wife: Shiny Objects
spoilers )

Sleepy Hollow: The Weeping Woman
spoilers )

I keep hoping to have a story to post, but I have been choosing sleeping over writing lately. *hands* I feel like I will never get enough sleep. It's a problem. And I've only redone my yuletide signup once so far, so I'm sure I'll be tweaking my offers right up until the deadline, especially as more letters get posted.

[personal profile] james_davis_nicoll

When asked Monday morning by CBC News if the person had been fired, Glenn-Graham initially replied, "Yes." He also confirmed the firing took place on Saturday.

However, subsequent media reports on Monday quoted Glenn-Graham as saying the individual responsible had resigned. When asked to clarify what exactly happened, Glenn-Graham replied by email, saying "the volunteer resigned on their own Friday night."
[personal profile] james_davis_nicoll
DGG told CBC the rogue staffer was fired. He told 570News the staffer resigned. I have an explanation: If DGG's dad, suspecting his son would run for office and knowing that office requires more than any one person could deliver, had him cloned several times over, this would explain why the different stories and perhaps even who sent the email.

spoiler for an old time sf novel: Read more... )

Dear Festividder 2014

Oct. 20th, 2014 08:41 pm
[personal profile] kass
Dear Festividder,

I am mostly reprising last year's Dear Festividder letter, because honestly, everything I said last year about what I like is still true. :-)

You are so awesome. Thank you for making a vid for me!

I love every one of the fandoms listed below. The simple fact that you're going to vid one of these fandoms already makes my week.

I have particular soft spots for quirky characters, chosen family, competence, small town life, and loyalty. I'm a sap and I like to see characters get happy endings. I like slash and I like het and I like gen -- I'm easy.

Musically, go with whatever floats your boat -- there pretty much isn't a style of music I can't be talked into trying.

(If it's helpful, feel free to check out my vids on the AO3 -- fic is there also -- or on my website.)

Make a vid that makes you happy, and it'll make me happy too.

Thank you!


FWIW, I requested Local Hero, Ripper Street, Sneakers, Middleman, Field of Dreams, and Sports Night. my requests, in case anyone feels like making treats )

Unanticipated baking problems

Oct. 20th, 2014 05:22 pm
[personal profile] mme_hardy
 It is really damn difficult to determine whether bread made from brilliant magenta dough is baked.  You still have the cue given by the sound of a thump, but judging the crust color is a lost cause.

Will post beet bread recipe later (probably tomorrow) after I've had time to figure out the success or otherwise of the experiment.  It rose beautifully, smells nice, and is very pretty.

Bonus Level: Gone Home and Hate Plus

Oct. 20th, 2014 05:06 pm
[personal profile] roadrunnertwice

The Fullbright Company – Gone Home

Video game. Aug 15, 2013

I need to start just running a tape recorder when Isaac and I are bullshitting about games, because I feel like I already wrote a very detailed review of this but didn’t get any actual text for my troubles. >:|

Anyway, play this. It’s only two or three hours long, and you can probably get it for a fiver if you keep your eye on Steam / Humble sales. And it’s important to the conversation about where games-as-storytelling-vehicles are going and where they haven’t yet successfully gone.

I’m gonna try and condense the things I think came up in talking with various folk about this:

  • The layout of the house defeated my suspension of disbelief. It shouldn’t even be possible to get locked out of an entire wing like that (WTF! I would go OUT OF MY MIND living there), and the chronological/spatial mapping of the trash you’re picking up for clues makes it look like your parents and sister have been living in a nomadic camp that picks up and moves to a different room in the house every month or two. That’s demented.

    The game actually has an option to start with all the doors unlocked, and I’m tempted to say you should ignore the warning and enable it. I actually haven’t tried this, but I think it would make the house feel less empty and bizarre? It might also let the story emerge more naturally and disjointedly—it’s so simple in its outlines anyway that I don’t think spoilers are a concern. Just save the attic for last and you should be fine.

  • Very mixed feelings about the voiceover. On one hand, it feels like a compromise that sabotages the idea of uncovering a story through the environment and encourages laziness in thinking through certain implications. Other hand: the VA is very competent and her voice does add a lot to the atmosphere. And on the third hand, if you look at it the right way it’s not… really cheating? I guess? Because it’s all info Katie eventually has access to, but temporally shifted by an hour or two and spaced out? But I still dunno if I like that. If you don’t mind being experimented on, I’d love to hear from someone who played for the first time with Sam’s diary turned off.

  • Back on the house again: it’s too big. I realize it’s canonically, diegetically too big. But practically speaking, it seems impossible to make it feel like a lived-in environment. Too many empty identical writing desks and sideboards and the like. I get the feeling Fullbright could have built a much more immersive home, but the bigness was working against them.
  • The actual trash Katie spends her time picking up and looking at, though, that stuff is GREAT. Likewise the parsimony of her narrations/reactions to stuff.
  • The primary story is unsubtle in the way a story about teenagers falling in love for the first time kind of has to be, but there are some very satisfying details that help it stay real. It was hella cute and very good.

    The B, C, and D plots are quite subtle and sly. Well, B and C are sly. D is more on the crawly side of subtle, and TBH I didn’t figure out what was happening on my first time through.

    I’m actually not going to say anything more about the secondary plots, because they DO follow through on the idea of trash-only storytelling, and it’s interesting to see for yourself how well it does or doesn’t work.

  • You don’t have to put stuff back where you found it, and I pretty much left the house looking like 300 raccoons got in there. Throwing board games down the stairs, moving all the pens in the house to one room, leaving the water running. WATCH OUT PARENTS, I’m back from Europe and ready to FUCK SHIT UP.

  • It seems worth asking what a post-Gone-Home story game will look like. Did we learn anything illuminating, here? What, specifically? I think we did, but am not sure what yet.
  • Yes, the fact that there is now a (widely discussed!!) video game about coming to terms with your sexuality amidst ’90s Riot Grrl subculture is probably kind of a big deal for the breadth of the form.

Christine Love – Hate Plus

Video game. Aug 24, 2013

Hmm, my memory of how I felt about this game has gotten a bit hazy.

I think the original Analogue holds together a bit better and has a better story-shape. I also think Analogue was already complete without an explanation of the year 0 discontinuity. But there was a lot of good material in here.

I never finished the part with *Hyun-ae where you have to pause to make a cake (I wasn’t in the mood for cake), and I feel OK with that. In large part, this was *Mute’s game and Analogue was *Hyun-ae’s game.

I can’t shake the feeling that the tragic ending on *Mute’s path is the canonical ending. I don’t see another way out for her.

Finally, I remain kind of conflicted about VNs as a form. Love’s games are the only ones I’ve much enjoyed, so far, and even they’re kind of weird and awkward.

Yuletide sign-ups, w00t!

Oct. 20th, 2014 07:46 pm
[personal profile] kass
I just signed up for Yuletide! My requests this year are Toby Daye, The Golem and the Jinni, S, Death by Silver, Hild, and Orphan Black -- one tv show and five books, hmm. Also in looking over my requests I see that I seem to be unusually shippy / looking for happily-ever-afters. (Well. I'm kind of always looking for those. But this year more than most, it seems.)

I didn't offer as many fandoms as I have in years past, and I suspect I'll go back and edit my offers to include more things. But at least I've signed up. w00t!

(My letter, for those who are interested: follow the fake cut.)


Oct. 20th, 2014 06:55 pm
[personal profile] kass
1. The AO3. OMG, how much do I love the Archive of Our Own. Where I can find fic to fit my yearnings. Because it's all tag-sorted. And also all of my stuff lives there. And it's easy to share things. And it is just the archive of my heart.

2. Yuletide. Which has completely transformed my experience of this whole time of year, from now straight through Boxing Day. There kind of are not words for how much I love Yuletide. It gives me something about December 25th which feels like it's mine. Oh, and it's made possible thanks to the AO3, because no other archive could handle 2000+ participants and zillions of fandoms and the matching involved in all of our many and varied requests.

3. Fanlore. Because when I forget things about fandom, someone else usually thought to write them down. And when I am fixated on a new fandom or pairing or character, if no one's written down the thing I love best, then I can write it down myself. Also there are remembrances there of fans who aren't alive anymore (sniff), and fanworks which are part of my history -- and fans and fanworks who are part of entirely different corners of fandom, and that's equally awesome.

4. Red wine. Because it's been a long day and now I have a big glass of red wine and am ensconced on my red couch and am content.

5. The OTW, which brings you three out of the four above items. They're having a seventh-anniversary membership drive (here's one of today's posts about it: Seven Years, Seven Wonders: Made in Fandom.) If you can spare US$10 or more, you can become a member or renew your membership for another year. And if you can give more than that, it'll help us (us = fandom) to continue to -- in [personal profile] astolat's immortal words in [personal profile] cesperanza's immortal words!!! -- "own the goddamned servers." ♥!
[personal profile] yhlee
- recent reading
I bailed on Wendy Thorpe Copley's Everyday Bento because the title LIES. I should have realized it from the cover [Amazon listing], which shows those cutesy bits of food done up in shapes and stuff. Let me tell you, I remember taking sandwiches cut out in the shape of hearts to school when I was in high school and it was embarrassing. Oh, Mom. :) Anyway, while I have developed an interest in bento (the boxes! adorable geometrical compartments!), I still hate cooking and want to do easy food, not complicated decorative preparations that will be wasted on the audience anyway.

Ann Leckie. Ancillary Sword. (This is the nonspoilery writeup; long, spoilery analysis here.) This is the sequel to Leckie's Ancillary Justice, and it is more complex, more ambitious, and aggressively more successful than its (already pretty good) prequel. It's like everything suddenly pulled together. (Not that I am privy to Leckie's writing process!)

Sword follows up on the events of Justice, but at heart it is an exploration of the foundational problems that plague the Radch. I can't say much more without additionally spoiling Justice. But it's worth reading Justice (which, again, was good, but not as good) to get to Sword.

- recent viewing
Hellsing Ultimate ep. 1. So back in college Joe and I watched the first Hellsing anime, which was both weirdly inappropriate, weirdly stylish, and gory as all get-out, and then later I got seven volumes into the manga before getting rid of it because I was afraid baby!lizard would stumble onto it (she was a climber) and be SCARRED FOR LIFE. Hellsing features vampires, gore, at least one Nazi werewolf, gore, loving and improbable portrayals of blasphemous (or blessed, depending) guns, gore, big-breasted female characters, gore, evil vs. evil, a crapsack universe, fanservice, gore, a demented portrayal of Catholics vs. Anglicans, gore, airships, gore, and...well, you get the idea. What I'm trying to say is that while I enjoy this for what it is--and indeed, all the versions of animanga Hellsing that I am familiar with advertise what they are up front, unrepentantly--it is not remotely in good taste.

My memories of the original Hellsing anime are hazy, but I seem to recall there being more filler and a rather unsatisfactory ending arc involving some kind of shaman making threats against Sir Integra Hellsing. (I believe it was [personal profile] londonkds who informed me that they get all the peerage title things wrong; or it might have been someone else, sorry my memory is so bad! As an American, I can't, er, tell the difference [edit] between nobility titles [end edit] without being explicitly reminded.) The manga was complete crack, but complete crack apparently building toward some kind of arc; unfortunately, since I bailed seven volumes in (there are apparently ten total?) I have no idea how that ended.

Anyway, Joe and I decided we were curious about this, so we gave it a try. This appears to be following more along the lines of the manga--which makes me hopeful that I will get a glimpse of the manga's ending--and is just as gory, cracky, and inappropriate as I thought it would be. But again, the show doesn't try to hide what it is, so I can deal. There are no characters so far that achieve any better than dark gray and I don't expect that to change anytime soon. But hey, it's only ten episodes (one hour each) so we will probably continue watching.
[personal profile] sovay
My poems "Sometimes the Birds, at Random" and "Last Letters" are now online at Through the Gate. It's a small issue, but a stellar one: mountain folklore by [livejournal.com profile] rose_lemberg, Antarctic photographs by [livejournal.com profile] selidor, sea-science katabasis by Jack Hollis Marr and a truthful crane wife by Brittany Warman and [livejournal.com profile] mariness on the bitter origins of sweet perfume. Notes are included. Go forth and read! Find some way to support this magazine; it is tiny and brilliant every time.

I am still sick and this cough refuses to clear off. But it is a beautiful sunny day and there is poetry. These are things to hold on to.

[edit] . . . and I just found out that my short story "In Winter" has been selected for reprint in Michael Matheson's The Humanity of Monsters (ChiZine, 2015).

That also makes me happy. (And I can't wait to see the ToC!)
[personal profile] james_davis_nicoll
One apology can be found here.

Another apology can be found here.

For various reasons, my tolerance for hosting extensive flamewars is somewhat lower than it was two weeks ago, so if I think the conversation here is getting out of hand, I will lock comments down with no warning.


Oct. 20th, 2014 10:09 am
[personal profile] telophase
Toby and I went to a weekend-long LAN/boardgaming/hangout party friends of ours threw over in Dallas. A lot of games were played. And everyone got into the spirit...cut for cat, er, proof )

A weekend!

Oct. 20th, 2014 09:09 am
[personal profile] oracne
I accomplished my goals on the weekend, hooray.

1. I cleaned out my knapsack from last weekend's trip.

2. I wrote approximately 1500 words, less than I really wanted, but a lot more than nothing, and I'm trying not to beat myself up about it.

3. A very large load of laundry is hanging to dry. I have almost another full load waiting, but it's not quite full yet, so I am officially not behind. Until I change my sheets.

4. I got together with C. and we had a nice dinner and walked the new Schuykill River Boardwalk, which goes over the river for a distance, and had lovely twilight views of the clouds and the lights of the city skyline and bridges. It was very satisfying. She suggested we should go to the zoo sometime soon, and I haven't done that in absolutely ages.

5. And I watched Captain America with Younger Tot (aged 6), which she proclaimed was the best movie ever, except it had Too Much Romance and Not Enough Fighting. I ended up talking over most of the dialogue, explaining things and answering questions. I didn't explain WWII all that much, just explained there was a war in Europe and who were the good guys and who were the bad guys, and that Steve wanted to fight in the army so he could protect other people, and he thinks of other people before he thinks of his own safety. We didn't get into the discussing how that isn't the best choice for everyone in every circumstance, or more complex philophical issues. And we discussed how this wasn't real science, and they didn't really have that sort of thing before her grandparents were born and when they were babies. And why Dr. Erskine had to die for Plot Reasons, and that Bucky was going to come back in the next movie but he would think he was someone else and have trouble remembering Steve, which she found very affecting.


Oct. 20th, 2014 08:45 am
[personal profile] mariness
I woke up to the news that a new issue of Through the Gate Through the Gate is out, containing my little poem, Myrrha.

It's no secret that I love this little zine, which on every irregular appearance shines like a jewel. I highly recommend checking everything out here, which includes poems by Sonya Taaffe, Rose Lemberg, Michele Bannister, Brittany Warman and Jack Hollis Marr.

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Oct. 20th, 2014 08:14 am
[personal profile] skygiants
I've been tackling a project at work recently that has to do with the Lindbergh kidnapping case, which is one of the reasons I've been waxing extremely nostalgic about one of my favorite childhood authors that nobody else has ever heard of: Anne Lindbergh, who I didn't realize until I was much older was actually the daughter of Charles and Anne Morrow. Which has no relevance to her books at all, really, except for the cognitive dissonance; Anne Lindbergh's books are charming and SUPER WEIRD eighties and nineties middle-grade fantasies that seem about a billion worlds away from the 1930s and controversies about airplanes and fascism.

My favorite -- which I've just reread -- is called Three Lives to Live. This book has actually been a huge influence on the way I write, and also the way I edit. It's written as protagonist Garet's 'autobiography' for a 7th-grade school project, which means about a third of the book is complaints about her English teacher criticizing her for not doing what "The Professional Writer" would do. At one point the teacher complains that Garet needs to use more active speech verbs than 'said'.

Garet's response is to rewrite the offending passage, like so:

"I wouldn't want to risk it. I bet you wouldn't either," I chirp.
"I would so," she blubbers.
"You would not," I yelp.
"How much do you want to bet?" she queries.
"I'll bet a million dollars," I coo.
"You don't have a million dollars," she yawns.
"Then I'll bet anything you like," I yap.
"You don't
have anything I like," she bellows, "so I guess I won't bet after all."
"Chicken!" I grin.

I THINK OF THIS EVERY TIME I'm about to recommend to someone that they vary their word choice in a dialogue section. There's a lot to be said for the invisible said!

(The seventh-grader whose autobiography involves a lot of bodice-ripping from a love-crazed duke suggests that Garet add 'breathed throatily' to her collection of speaking verbs. I love that seventh-grader.)

...meanwhile, the actual plot involves Garet's relationship with the rest of her family: her grandmother, whom she lives with, and her twin sister, Daisy, who isn't actually not her twin sister, she just came down the laundry chute one day a few months ago. Their grandmother refused to provide any information and insisted that Garet just had to adapt to having a sister in the house. Garet is not adapting to having a sister in the house. Daisy is prettier and smarter and weirder and gets EVERYTHING, including a canopy bed and a laptop computer, ugh! (Sidenote: the book was written in 1993, and I'd forgotten laptop computers were already invented then!)

Then about midway through there's the reveal that spoilers get hilariously weird below below! )

I had not forgotten how much I loved this book, but it's nice to be confirmed in how much I love this book! I'm kind of sad now that it's much too late to nominate it for Yuletide. MAYBE NEXT YEAR.

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