Deborah Watling has passed away, which is sad.
We're not losing Who actors at quite the rate Babylon Five is, of course. Though, to be fair, I remember Stephen Furst from St. Elsewhere before I remember his B5 stint (St. E. was a childhood memory, ok, it has a deeper hold on my brain).
I had intended to write for the multifandom drabble thingie (for treats), and managed not to. I wrote three bits of different things (and I think I lost some bits when my computer rebooted overnight), but never got round to polishing and posting them. It has been so damned busy at work I didn't remember until past the deadline.
I really need a clone, ok.
(I am also so going to fail this work thing, and that is because I am not made of magic and the entire concept is flawed and makes me rage in frustration)
(also, I constantly quote Kenny Burns from Red Cap. Because ffs, I am so weighed down on both sides by these people at times)
On another subject entirely (because I was just poking through a file), I'm pretty sure Mirah's 'Cold Cold Water' is one of my personal Root/Sameen Shaw songs.
I saddled up my pony right
And rode into the ghostly night
It was wide, wide open, wide, wide open
I left the only home I knew
I stayed alive and I found you
Here is Greenwood is one of the most bizarre and charming series ever. It is hilarious, but it is not a straight comedy. In fact, the manga contains one of my go-to tear-jerker sequences... But when it's funny, it is very very funny.
Doujin Work is a short series based on a 4koma manga that is also hilarious. It is not afraid to go anywhere and (thankfully) often does. It chronicles the adventures of a group of doujin-making friends... working towards one of them trying to go pro as a manga-ka.
Fandom: Original Work
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Original Male Character/Original Male Character
Additional Tags: Romance Novel, Paranormal, PTSD, Hauntings, Kid Fic, Drug Use
A house full of ghosts is no place to fall in love.
Malcolm Carmichael has been coping with his post-war trauma by taking lovers, teaching art to schoolboys, and trying to ignore the ghosts he sees everywhere. At the death of his mother, he realizes he wants more than just to coast on by, and leaves the exclusive school in search of something more.
Caleb Thibodeaux was so traumatized by the death of his parents in a fire that he hasn't spoken a word since. His uncle Noel hires Malcolm to be his tutor, and Malcolm discovers that Caleb is not the only Thibodeaux son with secrets. The plantation house Fidele is beautiful but haunted, and Noel is much the same.
Soon Malcolm is absorbed in protecting Caleb and Noel from threats both living and dead, and in uncovering the story of Fidele.
Read at AO3 or JennaLynnBrown.com
One of them was even thesis-relevant, so props to me. I took pictures of useful pages on my phone, so now I need to go back through my gallery and make notes, but anyway, work is being done. It was also just a very beautiful and sometimes very sad book. I sat in the library and cried quietly a couple of times in the middle of it. So if anybody else wants to read a series of autobiographical vignettes about a young girl in China during the Cultural Revolution with a faintly magical realism kind of feeling to it, When Huai Flowers Bloom - Shujiang Lu . I have read A Large Number of these memoirs by now, and this one stood out.
The other one was What's Left Of Me - Kat Zhang , which was very Young Adult Dystopian Fiction in tone, but with a surprisingly original premise: all humans are born as two distinct personalities in a single body, but over the early childhood years, one of them will fade, leaving only the stronger person. So the main relationship in the book is between Eva and Addie, who share a body (the plot being that neither ever faded, and thus as a Hybrid (here we are with the YA Dramatic Capitalised Nouns), they are a threat to the American Way Of Life). There are romantic subplots, but I enjoyed that the focus was on the two girls and how they navigated sharing something so fundamental.
ANYWAY. I finally, finally got my act together and actually made accounts at MangaHere and Batoto. ;3; I also downloaded A Certain Manga Reader but tbh I'm kind of dumb and don't understand how to use it. But it's there for when I want to!
So anyway, manga recs, give me your manga recs! Like I said, I still quite like yaoi and shoujo but I'll try anything. :3
Also, I made an original fiction writers discord channel if anyone would be interested in joining! It is here: https://discord.gg/fsKAenq Invite your friends!
And boy, was I glad they didn't have Heston Blumenthal as the final challenge - I didn't like that they had him as both season 7 & 8 finals. I understand why, his recipes are complicated, fiddly and there's a lot of weird, theatrical stuff happening, but final challenge should always be different, I feel.
But anyway, this year the final piece was by Kirsten Tibballs, and it was pretty wild - a trio of realistic looking fruit made of chocolate and tons of other stuff. It was exciting final!
Sigh. Now there isn't much to watch...Until Sunday, when The Block starts! Yay! :D I like The Block: New Zealand, but there's nothing like the Australian version.
Long week ahead at work, and the weather forecast promises a small heatwave toward the weekend. Good for those on summer vacation, terrible for being at work because it gets so hot inside the store. Blargh. Well, I just need to stock up in ice coffees, that will see me through.
(Normally I would feel shitty for stealing someone else's tattoo idea, but since it was really JK Rowling's design originally, I'm feeling okay with it.)
So the question became: Who gets which hallow? My sister asked our whole family, family friends, etc., which of us they associate with each of the deathly hallows.
The results were unanimous. Every single person said the same thing: Carly, resurrection stone (I mean obvs, with my history Lady Lazarusing); Ashley, elder wand; Alex, invisibility cloak.
Okay, by unanimous, I mean every person consulted agrees, but that isn't how Ashley wants it. She wants the invisibility cloak. (Because, she says, she is the responsible one and would make a responsible choice.) Here's the thing: My sister is Slytherin af. She is by an enormous margin the most ambitious of the three of us. She is confident and goal-oriented, total Type A. She is very motivated by money and status, she is super competitive and cannot stand to lose, and she has a kind of Machiavellian sensibility about her when it comes to making decisions. She likes power. She likes to be in charge. She likes to win.
She would hella want that wand.
"But the first brother was arrogant," she said, "and he died."
They all died, I pointed out, but the first brother died in pursuit of greatness, and the third brother evaded death basically by being chill and doing as little as possible, which is my brother's style. The man is 28, and I still wrap presents for him for every occasion, and tell him what to buy. Half the time, I do the shopping for him, and just ask that he pay me back. This has a success rate of about 50%. (I can't decide what his house is. I was thinking Hufflepuff because of how averse to conflict and laid back he is, but Hufflepuffs are also supposed to be industrious and hardworking, so...)
(Also, no one who knows us would be surprised that we are of three different houses. My grandmother told us once that we are the most dissimilar siblings she's ever met, and she has 27 grandchildren.)
Making a playlist dedicated to my deteriorating mental state and general fuck-up-edness is prob what my pdoc means by healthy projects, right?
(Work in progress. Recommendations welcome.)
Wow, this is one of those questions where I'm stumped when it comes to anime, but I'll have trouble narrowing it down in regards to manga if I end up doing the meme again with the subject swapped.
Actual Anime With A Lot of Romance In It Even If It Isn't A 'Romance' Anime - Vandread. Which isn't terribly romantic at all, but does have a lot of developing/established romantic subplots worth rooting for/enjoying. ^_^
Terrible Anime Based On Good Romance Manga - Alice in the Country of Hearts. The anime isn't worth watching, but the manga/games its based on are enjoyable and filled with gorgeous boys and it's fun to watch Alice's interactions with all of them (especially her love interest in each path). But the animated movie version just isn't worth it. Or only worth it if you're already a fan.
I do have some BL series like Gakuen Heaven, Sukisyo, etc. but I don't think I could list those as 'favorites'. I like Gakuen Heaven but think the main couple's romance is boring. ^^;;
Mostly I am just kind of bemused that I went from idly browsing the library new books display to sitting down for an hour and a half and finishing thing book in one go, given it is not at all my usual genre, and recently I've been having trouble finding the time and motivation to read the (also very readable) autobiographies I must read for my thesis.
I guess it just proves that Literally Anything is more appealing that the thign you have to do.
Anyway, it was quite engaging and quite compelling, so I guess that was an hour and a half unintentionally well-spent.
( a breakable takeable body )
Bitch | Out of Control | Everybody's Moon | One More Time to Live | I'm Going to Go Back There Someday | Cloudy | No Rain | Live to Tell | Kiss Off | It Just Won't Quit
( I bought this one when it was on the charts; still have the album on vinyl. )
Setting: Several years post-Chosen, no comics
Word Count: Approx 16,000
Warnings: Mild kink, explicit sex (you know the drill…)
A/N: The continuing saga of the PWP that ran away and developed some semblance of a plot. Written for summer_of_giles, 2017.
Thank you very much to dragonyphoenix, who was kind enough to swap posting days with me after my catastrophic technical failure last week.
This is Part IV in the Sanctuary Series. You can find the other parts of this series at the links below.
PART I – Sanctuary
PART II – Anchor
PART III – Confluence
Dating is a minefield. And that’s just when you’re single, nevermind in a definitely-not-a-relationship with a man who might technically be your boss.
If Buffy were a betting woman, she’d put money on Giles being jealous. But she isn’t, and he’s definitely not.
You can read it HERE on AO3